Friday, June 11, 2021, Issue 202: Happy Friday!
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- By Susan Wong-Tsang
- Posted in June 2021, KAL, knit-along, summer knitting, We are open!
We are excited to announce that Re-Opening Day Phase 1 is Friday, June 11th! You will be able to come in, touch, look and browse as long as you wear a mask and stay 2m away from each other. Curbside pick up will still be available for anyone still not comfortable with coming in as well as shipping.
There is of course, a lot to see at the shop! There is a ton of yarn, kits and accessories and is well stocked. Thank you so much for supporting us during the pandemic.
We still want to be cautious so for everyone's safety, I hope you will follow these guidelines.
- There will be a maximum of 3 clients allowed inside
- Masks are mandatory. If you are unable to wear a mask, please order online
- Sanitize your hands upon entry
- The time limit will be 15 minutes if there are people waiting
Keep in mind that according to Ontario law, if you are exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID, you have to quarantine in your home for 14 days, even if your tests come back negative.
The pattern for the Fireworks 4 Day KAL by Marie Greene of Olive Knits is now available for pre-order on Ravelry with a $2 savings (no code needed) until June 25th when the price goes up to $11usd. The official pattern will be added to your Ravelry library on July 1st (early). Check back for the pattern when the time comes and join us for the cast on party!
The 4 Day Knitalong has never been about 4 days – not really. It’s about knitting a sweater faster than you thought we could – and doing it with the energy, enthusiasm, and support of the Olive Knits community.
This year, with hope on the horizon, we’re embracing the 5th Annual 4 Day Knitalong with renewed energy and joy. Join us for the knitting party of the year – a celebration of life, friendship, and brighter days. Fireworks is a celebration in the stitches!
The shop is participating and will be donating one of the prizes. Pattern photos started popping up on Instagram on June 7th from participating shops. Mine, I am afraid has only been cast on...I am knitting mine using The Fibre Co. Arranmore Light in Orla. Kelbourne Woolens Scout and Madelinetosh Tosh DK have been used by other participating shops!
WIPs and FOs
Well I am getting close to finishing my Rhys by Alison Green but I am not finished yet!
I cast on Rhys for the Berroco Cardi Party 2.0 using the yarn and pattern that I won for their Cardi Party 1.0! The Berroco Cardi Party is running from May 15-June 25th. We could make our cardigans in Berroco Yarns OR a Berroco cardigan pattern in any yarn!
Ten more rows and then the ribbing are all that remains on sleeve 2! I am using Berroco Cambria in Juniper which is a DK weight luxurious blend of baby alpaca, linen, and lyocell.
Rhys as designed is a cropped cardigan featuring columns of eyelets and a wide garter stitch front band. I modified mine by knitting 18 repeats instead of 10 repeats of the first 4 row repeat. The back piece is knit following size 44.5 while the fronts are knit following size 52. I will knit narrower front band in the 3 x 1 ribbing instead of the garter stitch bands..
On Monday, I decided to put my Rhys on hold and cast on Frog and Toad by Kristina Ingrid McGowan for my grandson’s upcoming birthday gift.
It calls for DK weight yarn so I am using Berroco Vintage DK in Fennel. The designer used 2.25 mm (US 1) needles which is a very tight gauge even though I am a very loose knitter.
The frog is now waiting for me to attach the eyes. It is unbelievably cute already!
KNIT GROUP AND GALLERY
The newest Knit-Alongs are the Any Sweater / Shawl KAL and the Knit Any Project: the everlasting knit-along to encourage and support you to knit is running from May 1 to August 31, 2021. I will get a thread started soon!
Remember to post photos to the finished object (FO) thread when you finish a project during the Knit-Along so that you will be included in the next draw! We will also add the option of posting your finished project to Instagram using the #sue2knitskal so that I can find them!
Diane’s daughter gave her the "Knit Like a Latvian" book so she is knitting socks like these with Drops Flora!
Diane’s first attempt at weaving with 8/2 cotton! Aren’t her finished tea towels great?
Sandi (sandima) finished a second Gnot Just Another Gnome by Sarah Schira (pink one).
Last week I included Jen (zjewell)’s Soft Structure Test Knit, but here she is wearing it!
Jen (zjewell)’s Glacier Tunic by Joji Locatelli is off her needles too!
Debbie (@love.knit.spin.weave) finished her summery Emery Tee by Lena Skvagerson using stash yarn.
Debbie (@love.knit.spin.weave)'s “wear your pride” hat from her Belfast Mini Mills subscription box is finished and blocking on a balloon while she wait out the self-quarantine requirements in PEI.
Libby knit Ashes by Joji Locatelli for Emily and her son Matthew’s wedding! Yarn is Shibui Lunar and Drops Kid Silk.
Here is a close up of Libby's Ashes.
Patti (@patnelann) finished one Rhinebeck Roomies by Crazy Sock Lady Designs and one Bonfire sock by Potter and Bloom! Now she will make another pair the same.
Patti (@patnelann) also finished these The Willow Socks by Knit On Designs.
This Saturday, June 12th is Worldwide Knit in Public Day and we will once again host! Be proud and bring your WIPs to work on AND bring your show and tell FOs!
This year has a maximum of 10 people for outdoor gatherings. We will split the groups front and back if we reach more than 10. Bring suntan lotion, a hat, sunglasses and food and water for yourself. Water to re-fill your water bottles will be available as well as coffee or tea.
VIRTUAL SOCIAL KNITTING
Virtual social knitting using the Zoom app! It has been a great way to knit together through social distancing! Join in with us either Tuesday afternoon from 2 - 4 pm or Thursday nights from 7 - 9 pm. We are continuing to hold our Zoom meetings each week until we can meet again in person. Clicking on the link will take you to our Zoom meeting.
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting
Meeting ID: 407820804
Happy Friday, Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Crafting! Keep calm and keep on knitting and making!
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