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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Random Pics of the Day...

Elsie wanted a bed sheet skirt like mine so I used an old pillowcase to whip one up for her. 

Happy Thursday :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wrap Up Party at Urban Yarns

This past weekend was the Dyeing to Get Some Colour class that I mentioned a while back so I jumped on the ferry Friday and spent 24 hours on the Mainland. 

My first stop was at Urban Yarns in Point Grey for a Wrap Up party to celebrate the end of their Jane Richmond Knit Along. I brought a bag full of samples to pass around and try on and had such a great time seeing all of the finished objects made from my patterns, it was such a thrill! 
{ Kynna }

Urban Yarns has quickly become one my favorite LYS for 3 very good reasons:
1. Staff
They are so fun, energetic, welcoming and friendly! They make it worth the stop :) 

2. Stock
 Anina knows her stuff, she keeps a good eye on what's trending in knitting and stocks her shop accordingly. Not only does she carry what's tried and true, Anina makes sure to stock the yarns we can't get enough of, one look at their selection of Madelinetosh and you'll see what I mean. They also carry a huge selection of Spud & Chloe and Blue Sky Alpacas!
3. Savvy
Anina and her staff are internet Savvy. They embrace Ravelry and the online knitting community as well as independent designers. The internet has changed the face of knitting and it can be so discouraging walking into a shop that doesn't embrace this fact. (I was actually treated like a nuisance at one LYS because I was using a pattern downloaded from the internet. I certainly don't consider Manu by Kate Davies any less of a pattern just because I've printed it from my computer at home!) 

There was wine and cheese, and plenty of laughs going around. I'm glad I forgot my knitting in the car because it was nice to just chat and observe and check out what everyone was working on.

{ Such a fun group of ladies! }

 I had such a great time meeting everyone, thank you all for such a warm welcome! 

I even went home with this gorgeous skein of MadTosh...
 Thank you Anina for fueling my latest obsession!
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I would also like to apologize for not posting an announcement about this event on the blog. I really wanted to share the details before I left so that anyone wanting to attend had a heads up but I woke up really ill on Thursday which pushed back all of my preparations for this trip. I was so sick in fact that I was sure I would have to cancel! So I apologize for not being more organized, it wasn't my intention.
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As for the colour class, I think it deserves a post of it's own :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

More Sock Knitting

As you may know, I've been on a bit of a sock kick. It began because I wanted to have purse knitting to carry around with me, so I cast on a pair of Audrey Socks. Then I needed the perfect little project bag to house my purse knitting so I made this at our sewing group and filled it with pair number two, my Georgia Socks. Then I read this post by the Yarn Harlot and was haunted by rainbow socks and the fact that the yarn she was using sold out the minute she blogged about it. Then came time to place our group Knit Picks order and my goodies were all sock related...

I knew I needed to get off my dpns because they were beginning to hurt my hands with all of the sock knitting I was doing. I ordered a 40" fixed circular needle so that I could start magic looping my socks. So much better!

I also ordered this elastic thread. I had seen a machine knit sample of a sock at Urban Yarns that had elastic thread sewn into the band and it stuck with me. I've always thought those elasticized sock yarns were a really neat idea but could never get over how hideous the colour selection was. I'm excited to test it out. 

And last but not least, I ordered self striping sock yarn... in the Rainbow colourway! 

I can tell you this, there is nothing more addictive than knitting Rainbow socks. Nothing. 

And, each 50g ball of Felici will make one sock for me and one sock for Elsie! Her miniature rainbow socks only require 14g per sock so I am so pleased that we can each have a pair ...and she loves rainbows a thousand times more than I do.   

Does anyone else have rainbow socks on the needles?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Spud & Chloë | Dogwood Set

Back in December Katie invited me to design a simple project using Outer to share as a free pattern on the Spud & Chloë blog. I had just finished a design (yet to be released) with the Sweater weight yarn (which is really lovely stuff!) so I was excited to work with their yarns again.

I picked up a skein of Outer from Buttons & Needlework Boutique and dove into swatching. Because the yarn is super bulky it was difficult to squeeze a project out of just one skein, or at least the project I had in mind. The slipped stitch cowl I was swatching would require one and a half skeins.

The Spud & Chloë team chose Rocket for the final sample.
Isn't this a fun colour! It reminds me of flowers and Spring blossoms.

 { Dogwood Cowl }

If you've knit any of my accessory patterns you may notice that I like to use up every last inch of yarn so as much as I loved my cowl, leaving half a skein unused just didn't sit right with me. I decided to create a set of matching slip stitch mittens that also require one and a half skeins of yarn. 

{ Dogwood Mittens }

So now you can treat yourself to 3 skeins of Spud & Chloë Outer and whip up these fast and easy projects without wasting any of this warm, squishy, soft and oh so lovely yarn!

Designing for Spud & Chloë was a really great experience, they are amazing to work with! So thanks again Katie for such a fun opportunity. 

You can download the pattern for this set free from the Spud & Chloë blog!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

On My Needles...

I can't really fill you in on what I'm working on at the moment although I can share a few abstract pics of what I have on the needles. 

 Quite a few skeins of Madelinetosh have worked their way into my stash over the years (thanks to the Valley Yarns booth at Fibres West). Until now, these skeins have served as decoration in my office. Gorgeous eye candy adorning my desk and bookshelf. 

I've had a ton of ideas floating around in my head lately, I don't know what it is, could it be Spring? My head is so full that I've taken to sleeping next to my sketch book. 

One of my ideas turned a skein of Madelinetosh DK into a really fun cowl (soon to be released) and so began my obsession with my Madtosh stash. It's had a snowball effect and now I'm working 
from a  g o r g e o u s  skein of Madelinetosh Vintage. 

The colour is Cove and it's impossible to describe, it's too gorgeous for words. 

I know, I get hopelessly romantic about colour, I can't help myself. 
When it comes to colour, I totally believe in love at first sight.