New LYS Alert

Attention Knitters in Southern Ontario!!

We’d like to welcome a new shop to the family! Yarn It! in Cobourg, ON is having their Grand Opening this Saturday. They will be celebrating with a No Tax Sale all day! There will be refreshments and goodies served, as well as door prizes and a ribbon cutting with a representative from the mayor’s office. If you are going to be in the Cobourg area this weekend, stop in and say hello to Cathy and check out her new LYS. And while you’re there, you should probably top up your stash from her great selection of yarn!

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New from King Cole

King Cole Baby Book 8 has a bounty of designs for boys and girls using colourful stripes, playful motifs and simple textures including cables and lacy effects.  These are classic designs you will knit over and over for your loved ones.

The wonderfully creative Sue Batley-Kyle has amazed us once again with her imaginative and precious designs. Using a stunning palette of shades in the luxuriously soft Comfort DK, there are knits to delight both the beginner through to the most experienced knitter.

Let yourself be enchanted by this irresistible book comprising of patterns sure to charm your family and friends.

King Cole Aran Book 3 is the third book in a series of traditional, time-honoured aran knits for babies and kids up to 7 years of age. Another timeless classic by the prolific Sue Batley-Kyle who drew her inspiration for this collection from the glorious Yorkshire countryside where she lives.

Combining traditional aran stitches with modern shapes and a gorgeous palette of colours, Sue has designed adorable knits for babies and children using a fabulous palette of colours from King Cole’s Fashion Aran.
There are 28 darling patterns to choose from including overalls, a poncho, dresses, sweaters, and a onesie. Not to mention a knitted crown for your little prince or princess!
These patterns will be available in fine, local yarn shops across the country.

Cascade Spuntaneous

Gracing the cover of Knit Simple Winter 2017 is one of our all time favourites, Spuntaneous from Cascade. Spuntaneous is a super bulky, single-ply yarn that is buttery soft. Made with 100% extra fine merino wool, its design and texture will have you thinking cushy, warm comfort the minute you feel it. This BFF hat pattern is sure to become this season’s hottest accessory!

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These stripey confections couldn’t be simpler. From the garter stitch band through the stocking stitch body, they are worked in the round on 10mm  (US 15) needles. Put a personal spin on the design by choosing the position, width, and sequence of the stripes.

 

These are the ultimate in last minute gift ideas! 2 balls + 2 nights = 2 amazing hats!! Stop by your LYS today and pick up your favourite colours in Spuntaneous to create your very own show stopper!

Have a look at the awe inspiring colours of Spuntaneous here. And here to see more of the incredible yarns from Cascade.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

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New from Lang

Attention Knitters in Quebec!!

If you are in the Montreal area this weekend and are looking to do some knitting for a good cause, the folks at Les Tricoteuses du Quartier are hosting a 24 hour Knitathon to benefit the Vero and Louis Foundation, which supports adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Make a difference with your knitting and contact Les Tricoteuses at (514)796-6972 for more details and to register.

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Lang Rosalba

Gradient yarns have never been more popular among knitters. They take the guesswork out of trying to match colours, and ensure that you’re not blending colours that are just not going show up together. With that in mind, Lang Yarns have created an exquisite new chunky wool and nylon blend with sublime colour shifts that is sure to be a hit with knitters and crocheters alike.
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Rosalba is an outstandingly soft, coulourful yarn for accessories. This extra fine, bright merino wool is enveloped in a thin transparent nylon mesh.

Rosalba knits up beautifully, and with 300 meters per ball, one ball is all you need to knit an infinity scarf or shawlette!

This extremely soft, oh so fleecy yarn is comprised of 72% extra fine merino and 28% nylon for strength and durability.

Lang Yarns are synonymous with quality and Rosalba definitely fits that bill.  As soon as you see the vibrant shades and get your hands on the cloud like ball you will be grabbing one in every colour!

 

 

Rosalba is perfect for any patterns that require a gradual colour shift. The best thing about Rosalba is you get all those eye popping colours in one ball, so you’re not faced with hours of weaving in ends when you’ve completed your project!

This fast and fashionable Shawl and Snood Pattern knits out of one ball and is available for purchase at local yarn shops across the country. Knit one up quickly for a last minute gift, or package up the pattern and a ball of Rosalba for the knitter on your gift list. Either way, the recipient is sure to be delighted!

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Be sure to ask about Rosalba and all other fine yarns from Lang Yarns at your favourite LYS. And be sure to post any pictures of your creations with Rosalba. We love seeing what becomes of our yarns!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

 

Contest Time!

It’s contest time again, and who doesn’t love a contest? We have two amazing Hudson Bay Goes Pacific Blanket Kits to give away to two lucky winners, so read on for more details!

We love to celebrate our wonderful country and there is no better way to say “I am a Canadian and proud of it” than with this  Hudson Bay Goes Pacific Blanket Kit. Designed by Sheila Griffith, owner of Serenity Knits in Newmarket, Ontario this pattern is a great expression of our Canadian heritage. As Canada 150 draws to a close, we think it fitting that we give away kits to knit this iconic blanket in our last contest of the year.

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Hudson’s Bay wool blankets were first introduced in 1780 as a means of trade for beaver pelts. They were highly sought after because of wool’s ability to retain heat and wick away moisture. Over 200 years later these blankets are world famous for their traditional green, red, yellow and indigo stripes, and are sold in high end department stores all over the world.

 

Before we go any further, let us tell you a little bit about Sheila, the creative mind behind the design of the Hudson Bay Blanket. Sheila was born in Toronto but now calls Newmarket home. Sheila’s grandmother taught her to knit at the young age of five years old, and she remembers that her first project was cuffs to go inside her winter coat. Like most knitters, Sheila’s creative streak doesn’t stop there–she’s also an avid sewer and quilter. In fact, she makes all of her presents for her 8 nieces and nephews every year!

In 2016 Sheila’s dream came true and she purchased her little piece of heaven, Serenity Knits. Sheila claims she doesn’t really have a favourite item to knit, “Sometimes I really want a challenge and other times I pick up socks for some mindless TV knitting.” We can all relate to that can’t we?

The lucky winners of this incredible kit will receive the yarn and pattern to knit their very own quintessential Canadian blanket. Knit in Cascade Pacific, an amazingly soft blend of 60% acrylic and 40% superwash merino, you will get as much enjoyment knitting this as you will displaying it in your home.

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If you are new to Cascade yarns, have a look at here at the extensive range of yarns and colourways they have available. With that kind of selection there is without a doubt something for everyone.

Should you wish to get started on this right away, a free copy of the Hudson Bay Blanket pattern is available for download on our website or our Ravelry page.

Here’s all you need to know to enter this awesome contest:

Head on over to our Facebook page, like this post, and then leave us a comment about a Hudson Bay memory you have, or what comes to mind when you see the iconic colours of the Hudson Bay blanket. Simple as that, leave us a comment and you are all set to become one happy knitter! Or should we say, two happy knitters considering we’re giving away two kits!!

Contest closes December 20, 2017. Winners selected using a random name generator and announced on December 21, 2017.

This contest is open to residents of Canada only.

 

Cascade Mondo

Mondo–the name says it all. Big…beyond big. In fact, if you look up “mondo” in a dictionary the definition is humongous.

mondoA favourite in the Cascade family, Mondo is just what it’s name implies, SUPER bulky. And because it’s a velvety blend of superfine alpaca and wool, it is SUPER soft as well!

With a gauge of .75 – 1 stitch per inch on size 25mm (US50) needles this jumbo yarn knits up in record speed. Knit a cowl in an hour or a squishy blanket in a day! Cables will pop with Mondo, and decorative stitches will stand out for miles, as they should!

The creative minds at Cascade know that plied yarn is integral to good stitch definition and so they have plied three loosely spun singles together to make Mondo. Plied yarns are better balanced thereby making your knitted stitches better balanced too. They are also more durable than single ply  yarns and tend to pill less.

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Thanks to TV shows like Outlander, jumbo knits are literally bigger than ever. With the seemingly never ending supply of cozy knitted cowls, shawls and gauntlets parading across our screens, knitters have taken notice and have taken it upon themselves to recreate their own Outlander inspired accessories. A quick pattern search on Ravelry for Outlander yielded 266 matches, that’s a whole lot of options for patterns!

And what about those jumbo blankets we are seeing all over the internet these days? Mondo is exactly what you need to make these bold statement pieces. Another quick Ravelry search and we see quite a few blankets knit with just one or two balls of Mondo.

As with all of their yarns, Cascade have a couple of patterns for Mondo on their website that you can download for free. The Giant Steps Cowl uses just one ball of  Mondo and knits up in the blink of an eye. A simple drop stitch pattern is all that’s needed to highlight the beauty of Mondo. The Hearthstone Throw is knit with three balls of Mondo and makes for the perfect gift for any wee one.

If you haven’t seen or tried Mondo yet, head on over to your LYS and give it a try. You’ll be delighted by it’s softness and versatility.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!!

Yarn Spotlight: Sudz Crafting Cotton

If there is one thing we can be sure we will never run out of, it’s dirty dishes. As much as we would love to never have to look at them again, it’s simply not going to happen.

So, if we have to do dishes we might as well make it interesting!doing dishes

Sudz Crafting Cotton is a durable yet soft cotton in a pleasant array of colours. This workhorse of a yarn will scrub dishes and counter tops to a gleaming clean yet it won’t irritate or dry out your hands. And unlike other dishcloth cottons on the market, there is no unpleasant odour.

There is nothing saying you HAVE to knit dishcloths with Sudz. Sudz is also great for all things baby. Sweaters, blankets, bibs, you name it! Because Sudz is perfectly safe for the washer and dryer, it’s a no-brainer for new moms who don’t always have time to hand wash.

 

 

 

Sudz makes for ideal gifts. Gift it in the ball with a simple dishcloth pattern for new knitters and they will be thrilled! One ball projects are just the ticket for neophytes. And they have a functional product at the end. It’s win win!!

Or maybe you make up a nice little spa set as a gift for a new mom. Knit a delicate, lacy pattern for a spa cloth, wrap it around a bar of beautiful handmade soap, and ta-dah!! A perfect “pamper yourself” gift!

The extensive variety of colours offered in Sudz allows you to match your colours to your kitchen and bring a little personality in to your home. Have a friend who just bought a new house? What a wonderful housewarming gift–a few handmade dishcloths to coordinate with their new kitchen!

 

Sudz is an affordable way to try out new stitch patterns on a small scale. You probably don’t want to use your fancy ball of cashmere to try out that new cable pattern you saw. Why not use a ball of Sudz? You get to try out your new pattern without risking the integrity of your art yarn, and you have a finished dishcloth or doily when you are done! Have a few mistakes in it? The dishes won’t mind, we can assure you of that!!

Reusable grocery bags are all the rage these days, so now’s the time to head on down to your LYS and grab a couple of balls of Sudz and go green! A wonderful last minute gift idea, these knit up in a couple of nights and people can’t get enough of them. WARNING: these can be addictive to knit!!

So the next time you need a last minute gift, want to try out a new stitch pattern or just need a break from a bigger project why not ask for Sudz and try it out? You’ll be so glad you did!

Let us know what you like to knit with dishcloth cotton. We love hearing from you and we get a lot of ideas from your comments, so please keep them coming!

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

 

Cascade Magnum

With only nine weeks until Christmas, time is of the essence for knitters right now.

The most wonderful time of the year is also quite often the busiest time of the year. And nothing is better for those with little spare time than super bulky yarns. One of our all time favorite super bulky yarns is, without a doubt, Cascade Magnum! With oodles of colours available and a ton of free patternsMagnum is great for last minute Christmas gifts.

 

 

There are so many reasons to love Magnum. Too many in fact, to mention them all, but we thought we could mention a few.

Magnum is a 100% Peruvian Highland wool that is available in a multitude of exquisite shades. Have a look at some of the plush colours available.

 

 

Rich heathers and sophisticated solids make up this palette of over 55 colours. This many options will make it easy to find a colour to please everyone on your wish list! Your biggest dilemma this year will be deciding which of your Magnum masterpieces you are willing to part with! We know you started out knitting them as gifts, the intention was there–it’s just that Magnum endears itself to you with each and every stitch making it so difficult to say goodbye to.

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Due to the lofty, unspun nature of Magnum, it is amazingly warm yet astoundingly light–a pleasant surprise for a super bulky yarn! By virtue of it’s loftiness, sweaters knit in Magnum tend to keep their shape rather than stretching out because of the weight. And since Magnum is 100% wool, you’re not compromising on warmth.

 

 

Magnum knits up at an unbelievable 2 stitches per inch, meaning projects literally fly off the needles! Knit on jumbo needlesMagnum makes weekend projects a breeze.

Arm knitting? Yes please!! Magnum is absolutely perfect for arm knitting! Use a single strand for an understated look, or strand it together with different shades to create your very own custom variegated yarn.

Whatever your reasons for choosing to knit or crochet with super bulky yarns, we are positive that you will love working with Magnum as much as we do. Leave us a comment about what you love about knitting with Magnum, we love hearing from you.

Happy knitting and crocheting everyone!

 

 

Comfort Wolle Sock Collection

We have waxed on in the past about our love for H&W Comfort Wolle and with the newest collection of colours now available in yarn shops across the country, we just can’t seem to stop talking about it. HW-Comfort-Wolle

You probably find yourself wondering what the difference is in all of the sock yarns that are available these days. The primary difference with Comfort Wolle is the price point. This durable yarn is affordably priced making it a highly sought after sock yarn. A 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon blend, Comfort Wolle is strong and soft with consistent colour changes.

If you were to do a yarn search on Ravelry for Comfort Wolle, you would see that this yarn is a favorite around the world. With over 40 pages of projects, inspiration will not be a problem! While Comfort Wolle is a tried and true sock yarn sweetheart, you will be thrilled to see all of the other projects such as shawls, sweaters and even doll clothes!

One of the things we love the most about Comfort Wolle is that they introduce new colours every month. What a great way to keep lines fresh and interesting. And unlike other sock yarns, they don’t just reintroduce the same colours every couple of years, they actually come up with new and innovative colour combinations all of the time! How great is that?!!

Have a look at these 8 new shades for the October Collection. Rich shades with incredible colour saturation, this is a wonderful selection of self striping and jacquard patterns.

 

 

Should you prefer a solid sock yarn, Comfort Wolle has you covered with their Uni line. Certain projects pair best with solid colours, cables and lace for example, will show their intricacy better in a solid shade. We positively love Comfort Wolle Uni for stranded colourwork, or Fair Isle, also. Like the self patterning version, Comfort Wolle Uni is also a  blend of 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon.

 

 

For those who like to indulge themselves in something a little more sumptuous, you will fall in love with Comfort Wolle Cashmere Wellness. Luxuriously blended with 65% superwash merino, 25% nylon and 15% cashmere, every stitch is pure bliss. Cashmere is said to be seven to eight times warmer than sheep’s wool, and is one of the world’s most decadent fibres. There is no way you’ll stop at just one ball! Here is a sampling of some of the newest colours available this month.

 

 

If you haven’t yet seen Comfort Wolle in your favorite LYS we strongly recommend you ask for it and give it a try. We are positive you won’t be disappointed!

Let us know what you think about Comfort Wolle and what you are making with it. We always love to hear from you!

Happy knitting and crocheting  everyone!