Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A tale of 3 hats

This vintage pussy cat balaclava pattern is kicking my ass! Above is the THIRD incarnation, and it still doesn't fit properly! The saga reads a bit like the story of the three bears .....

The First version: I made it according to the pattern in worsted weight yarn, and it worked out just fine, except it was toooooo big! (that said, the pattern worked out just fine. The Ravelry notes said that it was fitting small, but I must have had a later publication of the pattern, which was emmended.)

The Second version: I made the hat again in Cascade 220 Sport Superwash, which seemed like it was the right thing to do since the worsted turned out too big. But it was tooooooo small!  My needle choice was too small, should have used 3.75mm for the neck band, instead of 3mm - the poor kid will never get through it. (as a note, really liked the yarn, especially the heathered colour, it was nice to knit with). Rather than rip it out, I'll just leave it for the next baby who comes along. 

And then there were Three: This is when the shit really hit the fan. I made a third in pink, because Lucy (baby/recipient/niece) has developed an appreciation for the colour. (Note, the pink was not as fun to knit with as the heathered aqua, but I really love my niece, so I did it, despite the fact that she's too young to place requests.)  I whipped it up and delivered it on Christmas eve, and the next day we tore it open, tried it on her, and she cried. The neckband was still too tight!  I took it home, ripped out the neck, knitted it again on larger needles, and delivered it in time for Christmas dinner. We tried it on, and the neck was juuuuuust right! But .... (to quote Pee-Wee herman, "everyone I know has a big but"), now it is obvious that there isn't enough coverage on the forehead.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! I don't have any DK/Sport weight yarn at home, so I'm just going to put off version four until I get back to work on Thursday. 

On the upside, She does look awful cute in it, and the ears are working. If you were wondering what's with the outfit, she was dressed as an elf for Christmas (complete with jingle bells on her ankles), which was even cuter.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Super fast & soft socks!

What I'd love right now ... socks in super soft & warm Malabrigo Rasta!

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Vogue Knitting Winter 2011/2012

The new Vogue Knitting Winter 2011/2012 has arrived! 
See all the patterns here. See videos of the garments here.

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Interweave Crochet Winter 2011

The new Interweave Crochet Winter 2011 has arrived!

"Who says lace is just for summer? In this issue, we explore lace for winter with several big, bold winter lace designs and a handful of fine lace designs, to add a light touch of lace to your burly winter garb. And socks! We have three ways to make socks, including fabulous Pamir slip-stitch socks. Maire Treanor's series on Clones lace continues with two shamrock designs. Add some jackets and vests, as well as a blanket, and it all adds up to 22 projects to cheer you through winter."

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Paintbox Blanket worthy of it's name!

This blanket is soooo beautiful!  And it's so simple too, log cabin squares are such a no-brainer!

Paintbox Log Cabin Blanket

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Pretty Pretty Baby Blanket!

This is such a pretty baby blanket and great use of a gorgeous yarn, Malabrigo Rios

  • 5.5mm double pointed needles
  • 5.5mm-47" circular needles (or any long ones)
  • 4 to 5 skeins Malabrigo Rios (for a 30" x 30" blanket) 

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Indispensable Capelet

I love the look of this Capelet! It's such a beautiful yet simple application of Malabrigo Rios. The only hitch is the pattern is written in French, but if you are comfortable with a little translation it's an easy peasy project! Here are a few hints: rang = round/row, maille/s = stitch/es.

L'Indispensable chauffe-├ępaules

(Indispensable Capelet)

  • 3 to 4 skeins Malabrigo Rios
  • 5mm-29" circular needles (or 24")
  • 5mm-16" circular needle, or double pointed needles, or use magic loop

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Four Cables Pillow

I really like the simplicity of this pillow. Cables - good. Super Bulky yarn - good. 

  • 2 skeins Cascade Magnum
  • 10mm-29" circular needles

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A neat bag for a Noro

This bag is a freebie from Interweave, and as soon as I saw it I knew it would look stunning made up with a Noro yarn (Silk Garden or Taiyo - both currently on sale 25% off until Dec 24th) - it reminds me a little of the Sunflower Satchel

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Adorable Aran Tea Cozy

Just had to share this with you, it's too adorable - a little aran sweater for your teapot!

  • 1 skein Cascade 220 Superwash or Berroco Vintage,
  • 4.5mm needles
  • 4.5mm double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • 3 buttons

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Adorable Dog Collar Pattern

Awwww, toooooo cuuuuute! Happy holidays puppy!

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A Seriously Cozy Blanket!

Doesn't this blanket look sooooo cozy!  It'll be warm for sure, you'll be able to turn down the thermostat for sure!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SALE Malabrigo Aquarella & Gruesa 25% Off

100g/65 yds ~ $13.50 (reg. $18)

100g/65 yds ~ $11.25 (reg. $15)

  • 1 skein  Malabrigo Gruesa or Aquarella
  • 9mm-16" circular need'es
  • 9mm double pointed needles

  • 1 skein Malabrigo Gruesa or Aquarella
  • 8mm or 9mm double pointed needles

  • 1 to 2 Malabrigo Gruesa or Aquarella
  • 6mm needles
  • 6mm crochet hook (edging)
  • button

  • 7 skeins Malabrigo Gruesa or Aquarella
  • 10mm to 12mm circular needles (minimum 29" long) 

  • 2 skeins
  • 6mm-16" circular needles
  • 6mm double pointed needles

  • 4 to 5 skeins
  • cable needle
  • 8mm to 10mm needles

  • 2 skeins Malabrigo Gruesa or Aquarella
  • 8mm-16" circular needles
  • 8mm double pointed needles

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Hours & Boxing Day Sale

Holiday Hours 2011
Dec 24 - 11am - 5pm
Dec 25 - Closed
Dec 26 - 10am - 4pm  Boxing Day Sale! 
Dec 27 - 11am - 6pm
Dec 28 - 11am - 8pm
Dec 29 - 11am - 6pm
Dec 30 - 11am - 6pm
Dec 31 - 11am - 5pm
Jan 1    - Closed
Jan 2    - 11am to 6pm

Boxing Day Sale!
Dec 26, 10am to 4pm
30% Off All Stock! Includes: 

  • Yarns
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Booklets
  • Needles
  • Accessories
  • Items already on sale
  • Soak Wash & Eucalan (refills not included)
Please note, it will be busy on this day, we will likely not have time to provide special help with your projects. Additionally, we will likely not have time to research projects for you online.  In order for us to help you it is advisable for you to bring the pattern/s you want to buy materials for, with the yarn and yardage clearly specified (how many metres per ball). 

Returns and exchanges are not accepted on this day. No substitutions, sale does not apply to special orders or items already on hold. 

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A Great, Quick, Cowl!

Is there anything more satisfying than a simple, elegant accessory? Love the semi-solid colours of Malabrigo Rasta, we have both Pearl Ten and Paris Night in stock - my faves!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

SALE Abuelita Merino Worsted 25% Off

100g/200m $12 (reg $16)

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

SALE Berroco Boboli 25% Off

Berroco Boboli 25% Off
100g/200m  $12.38 (reg. $16.50)

  • 5 to 8 skeins of Berroco Boboli
  • 4.5mm-29" circular needles
  • 2 stitch markers

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Pucks 'n Purls: Hockey for Knitters & Crocheters

Knitting and hockey - together at last!
Toronto Marlies vs. Hamilton Bulldogs

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Ricoh Coliseum
Marlies' Alley Open: 1:30 p.m.
Gates Open: 2:00 p.m.
Game Time: 3:00 p.m.
Pucks n' Purls Seating: Behind Marlies Bench (Section 100/119)
Price: $20 per ticket

  • A family event bringing the kniting and hockey community together for a professional hockey game between two arch-rivals
  • Free skate for 250 Pucks n' Purls ticket holders after the game
  • Check out prizes and displays in the concourse
  • Games and inflatables in Marlies' Alley 1.5 hrs before game time
  • Pre-game draws for great prizes
  • Duke the Dog yarn toss and presentation of scarf or toque
  • Intermission: Fastest Knitter Face-Off between two knitting record-holders
Tickets are available at DKC meetings or at using Special Offer Code pucksnpurls


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Saturday, December 10, 2011

SALE Noro Silk Garden 25% Off

50g/100m $9 (reg. $12)

  • 5mm needles
  • 22 skeins Noro Silk Garden (in as many different colours as possible)

  • 5mm-29" circular needles
  • 5mm double pointed needles, or 12" circular
  • 8 to 12 skeins Noro Silk Garden

Camp Out Fingerless Mitts

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