Arboreal Cowl, a quick knit or a nifty gift!

arborealAs the days get shorter, and knitting time becomes more limited, super bulky yarn and needles make for quick gifts!

The Arboreal Cowl, available as a free Ravelry download, uses just 106 yards of super bulky yarn and can be knit in a variety of yarns. We love it in Swagger (1 skein for $26.50) or in Borealis knit together with 2 strands of Kidsilk Haze (2 x $15.95) for amazing loft and depth of colour. The pattern also suggests holding 3 strands of worsted weight together to achieve the same gauge.

Knit this Aujourd’hui!

Another great free cowl pattern from Tante Ehm on Ravelry, Aujourd’hui showcases the colour and texture of a beautiful hand-dyed super bulky yarn. Swagger, Bulky, Andes, Outer, Twinkle or Drops Eskimo, or Mega (all in store) are great choices for this cowl.

Aujourd'hui Cowl by Tante Ehm
Aujourd’hui Cowl by Tante Ehm

Peerie Flooers Hat Class

peerie flooers

We’re very excited to have been given permission by Kate Davies to use her Peerie Flooers design in our fair-isle/stranded knitting hat class. Class will run for 3 consecutive Saturdays (November 23rd and 30th, December 7th) at the Gastown location, starting at 9:30am (1st class) and 10:00 am and each class will be between 1 hour and 1.5 hours depending on the content for the day.

The class fee of $120 includes the pattern and yarn (Rowan Fine Tweed) required to complete the hat. Please bring a 16″ circular needle in a 3mm size as well.

Class size is limited to 6 students, please contact us to register.

Basic-Intermediate knitting skills are required for this class.

Zealana Air – New patterns and colours

Leaf Panel Beret knit in Zealana Air
Leaf Panel Beret

The beautiful Zealana Air pattern book has arrived in store, along with new colours of this ultra soft, durable, and pill-resistant yarn that is lighter and warmer than 100% cashmere. AIR features 40% of down from the brushtail possum fiber, combined with 40% cashmere and 20% mulberry silk.

Just one ball is enough for the Leaf Panel Beret shown above, while the striped shawl shown below takes 2 balls each of 2 colours.

Striped Shawl knit in Zealana Air
Striped Shawl

Drops Big Delight

Drops Big Delight Hat and Neckwarmer
Hat and Neckwarmer knit in Drops Big Delight

Drops Big Delight has arrived in the store and we’re excited to see this soft and feltable self-striping wool. As always, Drops has lots of free patterns available on their website, everything from 1 ball hats to stunning garments and afghans.

Sweater Knit Along

cardigan

Hey Knitters? Does anyone want to do a sweater knit along? Three of us are doing the Stonecutters Cardigan. Does anyone want to do a knitalong? Let me know soon if you are interested so I can order more yarn in the Blackstone tweed ($9.95/50gm) colour of your choice.

Other yarn options are available for other budgets, animal fibre sensitivities, and wash-ability. Just let us know and we can suggest some alternatives.

A 10% discount for purchase of the entire yarn needed for this project applies. I can also ship the yarn if people wish to knit with us remotely. We can share on the blog and Ravelry group.

Cheers!

The Sun is out and New Spring Yarns are Here

Wow the sun is shining. Gotta love that Vancouver!

New yarns and pattern books in store from Berroco for Spring.

Berroco Maya

This irresistible chainette blends silky Pima cotton with just a touch of soft baby alpaca.  Super soft, 85% Cotton 15% Alpaca.

Hank Weight: 
50g – 1.75 oz
Hank Length:
137yds – 125m
Knitting Gauge:
5 sts = 1″
20 sts & 28 rows = 4″ (10cm)
Needle Size:
8 (US) / 5 mm
Crochet Gauge:
4 sc = 1″ 16 sc & 21 rows = 4″ (10cm)
Hook Size:
8(H) (US) / 5 mm

 

Berroco Fuji

The compelling texture and sophisticated silk blend make this machine-washable yarn perfect for warm-weather projects. Elegant and cool for summer; 38% Silk 25% Cotton 22% Rayon / Viscose 15% Nylon

Hank Weight: 
1.75 oz / 50 g
Hank Length:
125 yds / 115 m
Knitting Gauge:
5 sts = 1″
20 sts & 28 rows = 4″ (10cm)
Needle Size:
7 (US) / 4.5 mm
Crochet Gauge:
3.75 sc = 1″
15 sc & 20 rows = 4″ (10cm)
Hook Size:
8(H) (US) / 5 mm

Burnett by Berroco Yarns – a great baby cardigan!

Burnett by Berroco Yarns
Burnett by Berroco Yarns

Baby knits are always a fabulous gift!

Knit in one piece with foldback cuffs and an easy checkerboard pattern, this baby cardigan looks great on all babies. Sized for 6 , 9, 12, and 18 months, it is shown in Berroco Comfort, but feel free to substitute Berroco Vintage if you would prefer some wool content.

Kudos to Mom at Simply Notable for her Cork Forest

corkforest1These little Cork Forest Christmas trees make an awesome hostess gift. Check out the pattern and the blog of Simply Notable a mother daughter blogging team of awesomeness!

Here’s a fast affordable gift: Cute one ball bib for baby

orangelo_bib_lgThis one ball bib is knit in Berroco Comfort Chunky. $7.49 G0 to the Berroco site for the Free Pattern Link.