One of the things I really like about working in the store is interacting with people. I learn a lot from my customers, I enjoy their different perspectives, it opens my mind and stretches me. There is an infinite diversity in people’s colour preferences, and while I’m pretty good at combining colours, their choices are sometimes things that I didn’t see or wouldn’t think of.
The yarn above is one of those instances. I was taking pictures of new colours of Manos Alegria that had just come in, and afterwards, put the skeins on our table before putting them away. A client (Deborah) popped in and said: “Oh, is that a fade?” And there is was, right under my nose, a great combination for a Find Your Fade wrap!
Colours (from top to bottom):
- A2349 Oxygen
- A2463 Pescador
- A2363 Tahiti
- A9008 Orquidea
- A2620 Thistle
- A9453 Macachines
- A2530 Nickel
Another client, Amy, came up with this fade in Mineville Merino Sock, perfect for the So Faded pullover. Love it!
Colours (from top to bottom):
Another fade of Mineville Merino Sock from Daphne for a So Faded pullover.
Colours (from top to bottom):
I’ve seen a lot of buzz about this pattern online, and since I find colour combining infinitely entertaining, I figured I’d give it a closer look! It’s super pretty, very simple, and available in an adult size or child’s version. Plus the yarn is light enough for knitting in the warmer weather – a great project to take to the cottage or on vacation! See Patterns HERE.
Mineville Yarn Project Merino Sock
Soft, supple with a perfect 2ply twist, this 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon fingering weight yarn is simply beautiful. Spun in Italy, it is just right for everything from a lovely lace shawl, to socks, mitts, sweaters and hats. Machine washability makes it an easy choice for everyday wear. One skein will knit one pair of women’s socks.
Mineville Wool Project is a relatively new “off-brand” brand from the sisters at Fleece Artist and Handmaiden. The prices are excellent because we purchase the yarn in one-time only lots. This means that once it’s gone, it’s GONE, so be sure to order enough for your project.
- 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
- 345 meters / 115 grams
- 2.5mm to 3.5mm (US 2.5 to 4)
- Machine Washable
- Made in Canada
- See it on Ravelry
It was so sweet, how could we resist making Tristan? Mineville Merino DK seemed like just the thing, we used colour 22 Blueberry Pie. It was a great call, the cardie came out soft and super pretty!
1. The pattern calls for 200m, so one skein should have been enough, but we used an extra 20m, so consider getting a second skein (you can make a cute matching baby hat with the extra).
2. The pattern DOES NOT include instructions for button holes. They expect you to sew on snaps and any buttons are decorative. If you want you can put a yarn-over button holes, our buttons are spaced about 12 to 14 rows apart.
3. If you want to make a larger size the pattern is available as “Tristan” up to size 12 months, but it isn’t free.
4. After Blocking our tension came out a bit looser than the pattern’s (ours is 19 sts & 27 rows = 10cm, theirs is 22 sts & 30 rows = 10cm), which means that our garment is larger than the pattern’s and isn’t really newborn size. Ours measures 23.5cm across the chest, theirs is 20cm. According the The Craft Yarn Council’s Baby Size Chart 47cm chest circumference is a bit smaller than an 18 month size.
Is it going to be warm? Is it going to be cold? I can’t tell anymore! I’ve been wearing shawls around the store lately, but I feel like I’d like something with a *touch* more structure, a little more style. After an exhaustive search, I’ve settled on Maeve, a shrug with a modern cable detail and little sleevettes.
The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn, but after looking at the tension, needle size and finished projects I’d say it’s more like a DK weight like Mineville Merino DK or Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. If you want to go up to a light worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash, or Malabrigo Rios, go up a needle size to a 4mm/US6 or 4.5mm/US7 needle (test your tension and see how you like the fabric). I think I just want something simple and heathered, I’ll probably just use
I like heathers and tweeds, and since my Maeve will be worn a lot I need it to wear well. I think I’ll use a basic staple yarn like Cascade 220 Heathers – sometimes it’s best to keep things simple and not overthink it. I’ll probably make a smaller size, it;s a very unstructured garment and the dimensions of this type of style are generous.
Mini Knit Hack
Sometimes I like the feel of a yarn once the project has been blocked, but not so much in the skein when it’s straight off the shelf. If you don’t love the feel of your yarn in the skein, you can soften it up by washing it before you start knitting.
- If your yarn is not already in a skein wind it up around the backs of a couple of chairs, or on a swift (if you have one).
- With scrap yarn, secure the skeins in at least 4 sections (to keep the yarn from getting tangled while being washed).
- Wash skeined yarn in Eucalan no-rinse delicate wash (it is very easy, see instructions on the bottle/youtube/their website). Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to the water to stabilize the colour.
- Hang yarn to dry.
- Wind yarn into balls or cakes.
- 3.75mm/US5 – 29″ circular needles (or longer)
- 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
- tapestry/darning needle
Sideways Cable Hat
I think this hat is super cute and super clever – it’s knit sideways and then joined up the side. I think it would look amazing in a semi-solid colourway of Mineville Merino DK, or Cascade 220 Sport Superwash.
If you are intrepid try using a provisional cast on and then invisibly join the two sides using kitchener stitch. If not, that’s ok too – for a nice, easy seam just use a provisional cast on (it’s just casting on with scrap yarn, not hard), and do a three needle bind off to finish. If all of this sounds too daunting to deal with, just cast on normally and seam using mattress stitch.
- FREE Pattern
- 3.75mm/US5 needles
- cable needle
- tapestry needle
I’m currently knitting a tubular cowl and I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty breezy knitting (I actually worked on it at the movies last week, and I’ve been teaching myself how to knit continental with it). When you work in stocking stitch in the round (like the Duotone Cowl) you only need to knit, no purling is necessary. Even better, the knitting is almost continuous (except for changing colours), you just go round and round and round. It makes for some very easy, mindless knitting. When making a tubular scarf the fabric will be two ply, so you can knit on a larger needle and at looser than normal tension, otherwise the scarf will be a bit too stiff and thick.
Mineville Merino DK would make a gorgeous Duotone Cowl, I’d use either two different semi-sold colours or a single variegated/multi-colour (get 2 skeins). For a slightly more traditional/conservative look use super soft merino Cascade 220 Sport Superwash in their lovely heathered colours.
Mineville Merino DK: 2 skeins (1 in each of two colours)
Cascade 220 Sport Superwash: 4 skeins (2 in each of two colours)
- FREE Pattern
- 5mm/US8 or 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles (one or two sizes larger than the yarn calls for)
- stitch marker
- tapestry or darning needle
- scrap yarn
- spare circular needle