Enjoy the fireworks, the bonfires and the moments this Canada Day weekend! Enjoy a 15% Discount on almost everything in the shop! Use the discount code CANADADAY2019 at checkout from today until 11:59pm on July 2, 2019.
Pictured above is Brenton Point by Alison Green, a brand new free pattern designed using a non-wool yarn! She has designed it using Berroco Remix Light - a yarn that has proven to be a favourite. Remix Light is free of animal fibers, and is made from recycled fibers. It’s comfortable to wear in many climates, making it a great transition-season yarn. You will need between 2 and 3 of your main colour and one each of 4 more colours and since there is 432 yards in one ball, you will have lots left over to make more tops!
The pattern is worked from the bottom up with the fun part saved for the end, so if you find single-color stockinette in the round a little boring, the yoke can give you motivation to speed through those plain sections. 3.25 mm (US 3) and 3.75 mm (US 5) needles are multiple lengths or as needed to get the gauge of 22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch with the larger needles. I would suggest interchangeable needles with the shorter tips so that you can get the multiple needle lengths.
The shorter interchangeable needles that I chose to use on the Dog Star sweater above are the ChiaoGoo Twist Shorties Mini and Small Sets. I knit the ribbing on the sleeves using the 2 inch 3.25 mm tips and the 5 inch cables and the rest of the sleeves using the 3 inch 3.5 mm tips with a 5 inch cable. The body of the sweater, I knit using the 3 inch 3.25 mm tip and a 14 inch cable for the ribbing and switched to the 3.5 mm tips for the remainder! Like Brenton Point, Dog Star is also knit from the bottom up. Here, I have the sleeves and the body knit and ready to join together for the yoke.
My grandson Caleb just had his first birthday! On Sunday, I decided to cast on Dog Star by Tin Can Knits using Regia 6 Ply Tweed. The pattern includes the sizes from 0-6 months all the way up to 4XL in Women's and 4XL in Men's. I finished knitting the body and sleeves by June 25th. Good thing I am only knitting size 1-2 with such a short deadline! My son and his family are coming Saturday afternoon and staying overnight. With two little ones and both working, visits are always too short!
I finished up to the short rows June 26th!
Here I am finished the short rows, the neckline ribbing and I am binding off! The little bit of yarn is all that is left of my 150g ball of yarn in 098 Anthracite that had 410 yards...7g. I only used 19g of 002 Nature for the colourwork so there is 131g left.
Finished and blocked!
Can't wait to see my son, daughter-in-law, Caleb and his big brother Landon this weekend!
I have Summer Commitment by Espace Tricot on my needles! While I have been working on my Denis top, I needed something easier to work on whenever we were driving somewhere. The Euroflax linen that I am using for my Denis, I did not want to unravel and get tangled so I am only working on that WIP at home! Summer Commitment is the perfect bag for strolling around town, going to market, or a day at the beach! The bottom is knit flat and then stitches are picked up for knitting the main body in the round. It has straps that are knitted and kitchener stitched together but I am leaning towards using a single JUL Designs Forager leather handle instead. The yarn that I am using is the yarn that Lisa used in her design, Filatura di Crosa Kilim. The yarn is very sturdy but is very hard on the hands with the tight gauge and really curls while you are knitting with it. The bag itself feels great already and I am sure that once it is blocked will lay flat.
This week I saw whiteon’s Deschain by Leila Raabe knit using Berroco Estiva! This cropped boxy pullover is worked flat and then seamed, with slim sleeves picked up and worked in the round down to the cuff. Dropped stitches update the classic shale lace motif gracing the body’s front and hem.
KNIT GROUP AND GALLERY
The current Knit-Alongs are the Knit Your Any Sweater KAL and the Knit Any Shawl KAL and the Knit Your Project: the everlasting knit-along to encourage and support you to knit your own project (any project, and join in anytime!) from May to August 31, 2019!
Liz knit Close to You by Justyna Lorkowska with the yarn that she won on LYS Day! Close to You is a beautiful free pattern with a lovely story:
One day, while I was planning my trip to a yarn festival, my husband asked me to get him some undyed yarn while there. “Hope he doesn’t destroy it”, I thought. You know… all that money could be spent at some booth with pretty skeins. I did get him the yarn in the end. And he started studying a lot about acid dyes and temperature, and pH levels (he’s a nerd!)… and then he showed me his creations.
I immediately fell in love and was slightly shocked to see that my own husband can dye yarn. Soon the flat became flooded with colorful skeins and he created his own Martin’s Lab Yarn.
(How cool is that?)
“Why are you doing that?”, I asked.
“To be close to you”, he replied.
…and this is how this shawl was born.
Beautiful baby bonnets knit by Veronica (@xovee.knits)
Lise (Mattedcat) knit this Violet Dress by Shelby Dyas - a free pattern on Ravelry for her granddaughter.
Lise’s granddaughter looking sweet in her Violet Dress! She just wanted to twirl and twirl around in it!
Nik finished another pair of socks! Look at the Canada Day colours!
Don't forget! Use the discount code CANADADAY2019 at checkout from today until 11:59pm on July 2, 2019 for 15% off. Even if you can't make it in, order online and pick it up when you can or have it shipped!
Happy Friday, Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Crafting!