Showing posts from September, 2014

Docknits Workshop Weekend!

This past weekend was the 2nd Annual Fall Docknits Retreat

Everything about this weekend is fabulous!  A wonderful knitting shop in a unique lakeside community, with a terrific staff who teach classes and hold workshops on all sorts of fibre topics...then add an enthusiastic group of knitters!

When I was asked if I could do a workshop for the 2014 Retreat, how could I resist? My family traditionally vacationed each fall in the Port Elgin/Southampton area because my Dad loved to fish there in the Saugeen while I hadn't been here in had a nigh nostalgia rating with me!

The subject of the workshop was "Colour Play in Stranded Knitting".

We were going to take inspiration from art work from the Southampton Art Gallery, or a photograph brought to class by the knitter, pick shades, and using the Kaffe Fassett "Magic Ball" method, play with colour while knitting a motif that I had designed especially for this weekend.

Yarn Dominance in Stranded Knitt…

Faraway Seashore

Faraway Seashore
A light and frothy scarf knit in alternating sections of Stocking and Reverse Stocking Stitch......inspired by the waves while on vacation at the English seaside.

Scarf size:  approximately 200cm/80in in length, the "body" is approx 30cm/6inches wide (lightly stretched) and the Kidsilk Haze ruffled edge is 8cm/1.75inches
Gauge: 15 sts to 10 cm
Needles: 4.5mm, 100cm circular needle, or the size you need to achieve gauge
Yarns: Yarn A: Rowan Finest, 2 balls shade Cool (067) Yarn B: Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe, shade Frost (203) (I used a half a ball leftover from stash)

Using Yarn A, CO 300 sts
Although there is no right or wrong side on this is important that you identify the "right" side to make sense of the stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch sections.
Stocking Stitch (SS) - the all knit side is the right side Reverse Stocking Stitch (RSS) - the all purl side is the right side
Section 1, SS: 3 rows Yarn A, 2 rows yarn B, 1 row Yarn A Section 2,…

My Design Portfolio

Chunky Alpaca Cowl
Knit in Rowan Chunky Alpaca I wrote up how I did it and here it is for you to download!
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The Eshaness Cardi  which is available thru the LifeLDC Ravelry Store

The Hibiscus Cardi

YARN! at the Kitchener Waterloo Fair

Well, I stuck to my plan of NO MORE YARN!

I am so fortunate to have not one, but TWO local yarn stores to supply my fibre needs.  My really close LYS Main St. Yarns, and my nice drive to Ancaster local Rowan stockist The Needle Emporium! These two LYS's provide me with lots of yarn appreciation time.  MSY wasn't at the Fair....but

Julie from The Needle Emporium had a booth at the KW Fair and she was there with lots and lots of Mrs. Crosby yarn.  This yarn is seriously gorgeous and I have had to "step away from the yarn" more than once.  Julie did a blog post about the Fair and you should go visit and read her post!

Just because I wasn't buying....didn't mean I couldn't ooh and ahhh! laughing!

I'd like to use this blog post to introduce you to a brand new Canadian indie dyer!

What can I say about this yarn.....the bases are all BlueFaced Leicester....

Hennessy - 100% BFL  Kilcoursie - 80% super wash BFL with 20% Nylon Pengallie - 80% super wash BFL with 20% S…

Well, I didn't buy any yarn...

True to my word, I didn't buy any yarn at the annual Kitchener-Waterloo Guild Fair...but I did snap up a few irresistible goodies!

Then I saw this booth!

Look at those yarn bowls! At one point I had 3 of them in a row....trying to decide... this was the one I chose...

See, I didn't buy any yarn! but that doesn't mean I didn't fondle any....I'll save that for next time!

Don't forget that Sally Melville offers you this Discount for her "Essential Techniques Every Knitter Should Know" class.  Click on through....tell them Sally sent you :)

Wow, Thank you Sally for this great offer!

Don't forget to enter my draw to win 4 (or even 5) skeins of Rowan Fine Art Aran.  I will keep adding names to the draw until I finish my Emley sweater!  Front and Back both done - sleeves are next!

Are you joining the new Kaffe Fassett Mystery Blanket knit-a-long? Rowan will be releasing the first pattern on October 1! I'm doing the "Red" 
colour way and have ordered …

Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Fair

I was NOT going to go to the Fair this year...but a "are you going?" "we are on our way" e-mail, combined with a dull and overcast day prompted me to hop in the car and head West on the 401!

Spontaneous means you just never know what will haven't done any didn't just go.

My only thought was...NO MORE YARN! Honestly, my allocated yarn storage area is full and I really need to clear out.  It is ALL lovely yarn, but I have to be realistic...more about this later

After parking, texting my friends to say "I have arrived...where are you?", we met up and immediately went for a coffee.  They had already toured one of the two large show halls and were ready for refreshments. I had to contain myself for a bit :).  (Last year all vendors were in one hall and there was a bit of trouble with the size of the hall, the number of enthusiastic knitters, and a Fire Marshall that just didn't understand that knitters want to ge…


OMG!  +RowanYarns is doing it again!  This time with KAFFE!!!!  Rowan has just announced a new Afghan KAL - this time it is designed by Kaffe Fasset!  Go to Rowan's Facebook page to read all about it!

Kaffe is celebrating 50 years in the world of Fibre Arts....and how fitting that he has designed the next Rowan Yarns Knit-A-Long Afghan!

There are 4 colour ways, an afghan and two pillow options for the KAL!  Here is a link to take you to the materials list on the KnitRowan web site!
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER ANYWHERE! But you do have to be a KnitRowan member to download the patterns....not a member? You can register is free....and gives you access to all of the great free patterns on the Knit Rowan web site, a monthly newsletter....all sorts of good free stuff!
To join in on the can participate on the Rowan Yarns Facebook page, or on the Rowan Yarns Ravelry Group.  It is that simple! 
Hint:  If you just want to knit along and post your photos occasionally....the…

Fine Art Aran Giveaway Update!

There have been some good guesses as to what design I will knit out of the ...

Since nobody has picked the design I am knitting.....I am going to change it up! This is my I can do that :)
So now, tell me what design you'd like to make from the "Simple Shapes Fine Art Aran" through on the link above and go to the Rowan web site...have a look!  Then leave a comment below with your favourite design.....for a chance to win my extra skeins of Fine Art Aran!
Everyone who has already commented on my original post is entered in the draw for my extra skeins of and yes, you CAN enter again! 
I might have 4 (or even 5!) extra this is a great opportunity to "win" this yarn!
Anyone who also guesses what I'm knitting will get an extra entry for the draw.....

I have to tell you.....NO PHOTOGRAPH does justice to this yarn.  The colours in this photo are brighter than in real life. I never thought that space dyed yarns wer…