Friday, January 17, 2014

New Madeline Tosh DK

Tosh Merino DK 58 Citrus

Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino DK
Delicious is the best way to describe Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino DK. It is a seriously sexy yarn. It is a 100% superwash merino wool, with a generous 225 yards per skein. This single ply yarn is the thicker cousin of tosh merino light using the same fiber to create a hand-dyed skein with rich depth of colour and tone. It knits up at a versatile dk to worsted gauge, perfect for sweater and accessory projects. Each squishy soft skein is hand-dyed in small dye lots and machine washable.

  • 100% superwash merino wool, single ply
  • 206m/225yds
  • machine wash in cold water, air dry
  • fibre base from South Africa, hand dyed in Texas
  • see pattern ideas

Rikke Hat

  • FREE pattern via Ravelry
  • 170 projects made with this yarn
  • 1 skein Tosh Merino DK
  • 3.5mm-16" circular needles
  • 4.5mm-16" circular and double pointed needles

Honey Cowl

Age of Brass & Steam


Eternity Scarf
  • pattern via Ravelry
  • 19 projects made with this yarn
  • 3 sizes available
  • 1(2,2) skeins Tosh Merino DK
  • 5mm-24(29)" circular needles (see pattern for size)

Effortless Cardigan

  • pattern via Ravelry
  • size 12mos to 12 yrs
  • 2 to 4 skeins Tosh Merino DK
  • 3.75mm needles
  • see pattern for amount of yarn required

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Year Sale!

Sale Revised to End of February!
Sale price applies to yarns listed below, which are already in stock (special orders are full price). 

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Lang Mille Colori Baby         
Malabrigo Worsted                        
Manos Maxima                             
Noro Silk Garden                          
Noro Taiyo                                  
Cascade 128 Superwash                
Cascade 128 Superwash Multis        
Diamond Luxury Alpaca Sport         
Diamond Luxury Alpaca Handpaint   
Malabrigo Mecha 
Noro Odori 
Schoppel Alpaka Queen 

25% Off
Fleece Artist Trail Socks  
Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock  
Sweet Georgia Superwash Sock  
Berroco Comfort  (clearance)

New Year Stash Busters!

This project is easy, fast, and will use up ALL of your miscellaneous stash yarn. It is made with a basic Tunisian Crochet technique, but don't let that put you off because it's really easy, fun, fast, and anyone can learn it. You can take a class with us in store (private or project class), take an amazing online class from Craftsy (presently on sale for $14.99!), or teach yourself via Free Tutorials from Stitch Diva. For this blanket you only need to learn the base row, tunisian simple stitch, changing colours, 3 colour tunisian, and binding off - basically a beginner class. You do not need to know how to crochet to learn Tunisian crochet. 

A great project for using up smaller leftovers. Combine similar weights and fibres (worsted with worsted, bulky with bulky, animal fibres vs plant fibres).  I think this ribbing/colour combo would also be a great technique to use to make a simple pillow cover, especially with Noro yarns. 
  • Pattern available on Ravelry for about $3.50 CAD
  • 16" circular & double pointed needles (6mm for bulky, 4.5mm for worsted)
  • bulky weight yarn, but you can sub worsted and cast on more stitches.

This project is a great opportunity to experiment and play with texture and colour. Yarns can be any thickness, texture or fibre. To get an effect like the picture above, choose base colours (hues) which are harmonious (blend well together) plus a contrast colour. For example, greens + teal blues, blues + purples, oranges + reds, reds + dark pinks, oranges + yellows, oranges + browns. You can also choose yarns that are all from the same base colour. In the example above the designer has chosen colours which are in the same colour family, orange, but vary in their value (relative darkness or lightness), plus a light beige for contrast.  They have also played around with the value of the colours, putting dark colours next to light/bright colours, which creates contrast and makes the colours 'pop'. 
  • FREE pattern via Ravelry
  • 8mm-29" (or longer) circular needle
  • bits of yarn in an appealing palette, size doesn't matter

  • pattern available via Ravelry, individually or as part of the ebook Color by Number, or the MEGA ebook Coloring Book
  • Any yarn of any weight
  • needle size appropriate for yarn
If you don't have the stash but you want to make the blanket any of the following would work beautifully:

  • pattern available via Ravelry, individually or as part of the MEGA ebook Coloring Book
  • Any yarn of same weight, as many colours as you like
  • size appropriate for yarn

This project can be a great stash buster if you've got a big pile of yarn that's a similar weight and fibre. I I doubt its a quickie, but it is definitely a beauty.  It can be downsized to make a stunning baby blanket too!

This scarf is a great way to use up little bits & bobs of yarn that's the same weight. The pattern stitch, linen stitch, is a dense one so increase your normal needle size about 1mm & check your tension
  • FREE pattern via Ravelry
  • fingering weight yarn, but you can sub sport or worsted
  • 4mm-36" circular needles (or size appropriate for yarn)

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

NEW Yarn Freia Handpaints Ombre Lace

Freia Handpaints Ombre Lace has a rustic aesthetic, soft hand, is lofty, and retains nice stitch definition. It is a blend of 75% Colorado wool blend spun with 25% nylon for added strength. It is superwash but hand washing is recommend for longevity. To achieve the long colour runs in the Ombré yarns, the people at KnitWhits/Freia have developed their very own dyeing process. Though labour intensive, the hands-on nature of the process allows them to ensure an even consistency in the yarn and colours over multiple dye lots. This method also means that the yarns will match well from one dye lot to the next (although no two balls of hand painted yarn can ever be the same). Hand Painted in the US, with fibre sourced from the US.  

Fiber Content: 75% wool, 25% nylon 
Ball Size: 75g/2.64 oz, 589m/645 yds 
Gauge: 40 sts/50 rows over 4” on US3/3.25mm needles
Price: $38.97  


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