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NEW Fall Class Schedule & Yarn Swap

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Fall Classes

Our Fall class schedule is published, you can download it or register online by clicking the button below:

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Yarn Swap

The Next Yarn Swap is Sunday October 22, from 1-3pm

Our yarn swap is a big eco-friendly redistribution of yarn, needles and other craft supplies. Bring in the crafty stuff you never want to see again and deposit it in one of our baskets. Poke around at all the other donations and take home whatever you from the donations. Don’t be embarrassed by the quality of yarn you bring, whatever is left over is donated to charities like Street Knit, Sistering, Silver Circle Seniors Services, and Gilda’s Club, most of whom prefer acrylic! If you want to donate please feel free to drop it by anytime (sealed up in a plastic bag). This is a free drop-in event, you do not need to register.

KNIT HACK Granny Stripe Ends (Part 6)

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For all the posts in this series, you can go HERE!

I’ve been making good progress on my blanket, I’d say it’s about 45% finished, but the ends have started driving me up the wall. They’re getting a little tangled and in the way when I work, so I’ve started weaving them in. I tried weaving them in from the bottom up, but it was too excruciatingly boring, and instead employed a childhood game. Like most kids, my brother and I weren’t into tidying or putting our toys away, so my mom came up with a game. Depending on the quality of our mess, sometimes she would have us put the toys away by brand, other times it would be by colour, or size. So I started weaving in my ends by colour – all the reds first, then the orange, then the pink … really whatever tickled my fancy. It worked, I was distracted from the tedious exercise and the ends thinned out.

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KNIT HACK Weaving In The Ends

Weaving in the ends on a granny stripe blanket isn’t especially hard, but to make it look nice you’ll have to do it with a darning needle. Because of the granny stripe technique, the ends do not look nice worked in as you crochet, they will not be visible on the back of the work. As a reference, I leave a generous tail at the beginning and end of each row, at least 12″/30cm. Having a good amount of yarn makes weaving in the ends much easier and more secure.

 

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1. With a darning needle weave the end you want to work (here GREEN) up in through the stitch or the same yarn above (so Green goes through Green). On rows where there is only one post or stitch at the start of the row you may want to go right through this post to conceal the yarn. On rows where there are two posts or stitches, you don’t need to do this.

 

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2.  Thread needle through the tops of the stitches of the colour you are weaving in (the Green end goes into the tops of the Greens) for THREE or FOUR full clusters or the colour of the row above (here you can see the needle going through two).

 

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3.   Turn your needle and work back across in the opposite direction.

 

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4.  At the end of the row evaluate your work, give it a small tug to make sure the yarn is settled, and you can trim your end.

 

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NEW Schoppel Zauberball COTTON

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Schoppel Zauberball Cotton

FINALLY, someone has stepped up to the plate and made a 100% wool-free cotton sock yarn that feels lovely and looks beautiful! Over the years we’ve tried some of the other options on the market, but they were Meh. I prefer things that are a pleasure, and I’m really happy that we’ve found one. YAY!

Schoppel Zauberball Cotton is self-striping and knits up in a long, ombre colourway. It’s currently available in 6 colours. And it can be used for any kind of project, including but not exclusive to socks, shawls, wraps, tops, hats, gloves, baby clothes – whatever you want to make with a fingering weight yarn. Plus it’s made from 100% Organic cotton. People have already started making projects with it, you can see how it knits up HERE.

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NEW Interweave Knits Fall 2017

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Interweave Knits Fall 2017

The new Interweave Knits Fall 2017 issue has arrived!

  • Gorgeous sweater patterns for men and women
  • Great article on short row sleeve caps (ie. set in sleeves without sewing!)
  • See the patterns on Ravelry

CLEARANCE Koigu KPPPM

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CLEARANCE Koigu KPPPM

Koigu KPPPM is a classic stunner of a hand painted yarn. Koigu is known for their meticulous, luminous colours and soft, comfortable yarns you’ll want to knit and knit and knit, and then wear and wear and wear. Just one skein is enough to make a pair of Turkish Bed Socks, a Beret, or a Newborn Hat.

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 50g/160m (175yds)
  • 3mm needles
  • 28 sts = 4″ (10cm) on 3mm needles
  • fingering weight
  • label recommends hand wash, lay flat to dry (but should not felt in the wash)
  • Made in Canada
  • Pattern ideas on Ravelry

 

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FREEBIE Father Cables

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Father Cables

In case you are of the early holiday gift making persuasion, this cool cabled hat should get you off to a strong start! Father Cables isn't cables for beginners, but it sure is purty.

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Merino Worsted: 1 to 2 skeins

Super soft & buttery, this yarn has a lot of body and a little bit of a halo.

Malabrigo Rios: 1 to 2 skeins

Machine washable, this super soft merino wool will have a little bit more drape (or slouch more) than an untreated yarn (like Malabrigo Merino Worsted)

Berroco Vintage: 1 to 2 skeins

Cheap 'n cheerful, soft and comfortable, the heathered colours of this machine washable yarn would make this hat an instant favourite.

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 3.75 mm/US5 – 16” circular needles
  • 4.5 mm/US7 – 16” circular needles
  • 4.5 mm/US7 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • tapestry/darning needle

FREEBIE Whisper

 

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Whisper

How pretty is this light, summer cover-up!? Not only is the pattern a freebie, but you can make it with any DK weight yarn – the very ultra soft, silky, and affordable Cascade Ultra Pima would be perfect! The pattern uses a series of needle sizes to create shape, so you’ll be very pleased if you already own a set of interchangeable needles, and if not it might be a great excuse to indulge!

Materials

  • Cascade Ultra Pima: 3 to 4 skeins
  • 16″ (or 24″ can work) circular needles, sizes 4.5mm/US7 & 5mm/US8
  • 24″ circular needles, sizes 5.5mm/US9 & 6mm/US10
  • 32″ circular needles, sizes 6.5mm/US10.5 & 8mm/US11
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry/darning needles
  • row counter
  • FREE Pattern