Now available, Laine no. 5 and Pompom no. 25!
They sold out fast, so we have restocked your favourite colours of the Regia Design Line by Wool and the Gang “Kinda Magic Sock”. You REALLY loved the grey & curry and the light blue & pink colour combinations, so we got more for you!
People who wear snazzy socks have more fun. Regia Design Line by Wool and the Gang (also known as Regia Kinda Magic Sock) yarn comes in a kit and knits up in a pattern all by itself; as you whiz through your knit the leopard print pattern will start to show its spots, and then before you know it, TA-DAH – one pair of leopard print socks, as if by magic! The kit comes with full instructions and you can follow an instructional video too (see below). Note: it’s important to get the correct tension in this yarn to make the patterning work, so swatch before you start.
Regia LOVE a good sock. Based in Germany, they have over 65 years’ experience in the bag of making the best-of-the-best sock yarn. They come with a 10-year quality assurance too – that’s how bloomin’ good they are.
Weather is a strange thing, our environment has such a strong influence on us, but we rarely feel our relationship with it (spoiler, this might end up being a slightly philosophical update). Spring brings a lot of change and does strange, unpredictable things to my mood. My fibre arts compass goes haywire, I lose my direction and end up working on a bunch of random little projects that don’t really have much to do with selling you stuff. That’s ok, we can both use a break once in a while to charge our creative juices.
The following is a parade of the random projects I’ve accomplished this spring …
A pink, mohair tissue box cover. It isn’t my first tissue box cover, but so part it is my favourite. I made it for my house, but it landed at my parent’s house (cause you know, every mom should receive a pink mohair tissue box cover for mother’s day). I’ll make a second for myself. Why pink mohair? I wanted it to hearken back to an old 1960’s mohair sweater, the colour was perfect – Thank You Fleece Artist-Handmaiden! Why a tissue box cover? They’re ugly, I can’t think of a better object to ear a sweater.
I sometimes in the warm weather I like to mess around with Tunisian Crochet, and flat, rectangular things are great for that. I took the Rowan Original Denim for a ride, and it was win-win all around! We now have a pretty new table thingy in the store, and I got to rev my spring crochet engine. The denim was lovely and the crochet was fun! If you want to learn how to do Tunisian Crochet (it is very easy) we have an upcoming class on May 28th. If you can’t make that, you can also learn the way I did – on Craftsy! Jennifer Hansen’s Tunisian Crochet class on Craftsy is EXCELLENT, I highly recommend it.
This bowl cozy is another test-drive, playing around with yarn, covering up something unsightly project. Plus, you can never have enough knitted & crochet objects in a yarn store, right? Anyway, I chose the yellow because it matched the other stuff already on the table. The DMC Natura XL crocheted really well, I’m very pleased with it. Just a side note, crocheted bowl don’t seem to stand up all by themselves, unless you make them twice as tall and fold the edge over on the inside of itself, to make a double wall. I opted to stick a regular bowl inside my crocheted bowl to maintain it’s structure. It’s all display, but hey, what isn’t these days?
This one is in-progress, but what the hell … I’ve completed swatching for DAWNING, a bulky-weight lace pullover from a back-issue Creative Knitting (I tracked a digital version down through the interweb). I wanted to take the DMC Natura XL out for a real drive, and I always need things to wear around the store. The uninspiring colour matches my summer wardrobe, which is usually a safari-esque palette.
So far, I’ve made 4 swatches, and one arm (presently blocking). I usually try to start a sweater with the arm – if things start going sideways with the tension I can find out much faster than if I’d started with the back. Cotton has a tendency to stretch, as does lace, so thorough swatching was important to make sure I won’t end up with a sweater-a-saurus. I was also curious to see how the yarn worked-up on different size needles; it seems to be fairly flexible and does well on a 7mm/US10.75 to 9mm/US13 needles, but if you use the larger sizes expect your garment to stretch in the wash.
Yes, I made a tea cozy that looks like it crawled off the page of a Dr Seuss book. And I LOVE it! It was a birthday gift for my mother, who can’t stand receiving gifts unless they are something she has been coveting or are hand knit. And yes, I went out and bought a teapot to go with it – it was necessary to try on the cozy as I worked. And let’s face it, this one is ALL display. It is currently hanging out with the Mohair Tissue Box Cover (above). The pattern is by Loani Prior, Tea Cozy GENIUS. The yarn is Noro Silk Garden, and full disclosure, I used an extra skein and played around with the colour distribution A LOT. What you see in the finished product is extensive editing.
Well, there you have it, a bunch of weird stuff. If there is a theme, I guess it would be “don’t be afraid to try new things”. You never know what you’ll like, or even fall in love with. Spring & Summer are great low-pressure seasons when you can play around and try new things, and I am all for taking advantage if that.
On my to-do list is a larger project using Rowan Original Denim – I’m thinking a knit wrap of some kind? Something that really exploits the denim texture and indigo colour.
Cascade 220 Superwash Wave is a great new self-striping, ombre yarn. It’s made with the same great machine washable Peruvian wool as Cascade’s staple Cascade 220 Superwash, but it knits up in a long, “pixelated” colourway. The yardage is the same, one skein is enough for an adult hat or mitts, 2 for a scarf, 4 for a baby blanket (approx 30″ x 30″), 5+ for an adult sweater (depends on your size).
Yup, Regia Pairfect Arne & Carlos socks knit up like the pictures. There’s no changing of colours or yarns, no weaving in ends, and both socks look exactly the same – just follow the instructions and the yarn does the work! Plus, Regia sock yarns are German engineering at it’s best. Regia yarn is well known for its durability and shape retention. It’s machine washable up to 40° C (100° F) and can be tumble dried without felting. It’s so good, Regia offers a 10 year guarantee!
We’ve stocked 5 pretty colours, including one that looks suspiciously suitable for CHRISTMAS (for those intrepid knitters who start their holiday knitting over the summer).
How to Make Identical Socks with Regia Pairfect
The yellow starter thread – which comes from inside the yarn skein – marks the beginning of each sock. Simply cut off the yellow starter thread and begin knitting the first sock. After the first sock is completed, unwind the yarn to the next yellow starter thread and cut it off. Then simply knit the second sock. (see video below)
I finished this blanket a few months ago, it was a bit of an experiment, but it worked out well. I was curious about working with super-jumbo yarns, but store samples get banged up pretty quickly, so choosing a yarn that wears well was really important. I decided to try a yarn that’s been very popular for Arm Knitted blankets, Premier Couture Jazz. I’ll be honest, it isn’t a sexy luxurious yarn, but knitting transformed it, it looks like a wool roving worked up. Added bonus, it’s been kicking around the store now for three months and IT STILL LOOKS GREAT! I used a dark blue, ’cause ya know, things get banged up around here, but I think it would look glorious in a more interesting colour (I’ve been eyeballing the mint).
I used super jumbo 25mm needles, but I felt like the tension was a bit tight and I think that you can push the needles up to 35mm. Yup, BIG NEEDLES. The project took 3 days to complete and that included lots of work in between.
For more project suggestions for this yarn, read our first blog post HERE.
We just received our back-order of the Original colourway of the Cascade Knitterati Gradient Lapghan Knit-Along Kit, if you’ve had your eye on one of these to kick off your summer knitting now is the time to pick it up! It’s not too late to join the knit-a-long, and your kit comes with a copy of the lapghan patterns that have already been published.
Cascade Yarns had so much fun with last year’s 30th Anniversary Afghan that they created an all-new mystery design for 2018! The Gradient Lapghan Knit-along started in March 2018, and a new pattern will be released every three weeks for a year. There will be 16 squares in all—created by 16 top designers. Click here for the list of Gradient Lapghan Knit-along Designers.
The Knitterati Gradient Lapghan is made with four shades of four colours in Cascade 220 Superwash Merino Aran, 20 skeins in all. The first square pattern was released in March 2018, with a new square revealed every three weeks in 2018. See the published Lapghan squares HERE.
NOTE: To participate, you will need to sign up at Cascadeyarns.com to receive pattern releases for each square via email as they’re released. You can join Cascade’s Ravelry group to share your progress.