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NEW Fleece Artist National Parks Merino Slim

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Fleece Artist Merino Slim NATIONAL PARKS

In honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday, Fleece Artist has curated a collection in their Merino Slim yarn, highlighting 13 of Canada’s National Parks, one for each province and territory. Fleece Artist Merino Slim is a super soft, single ply yarn in a superwash Merino. It has a subtle, natural sheen and is great for shawls, sweaters, and accessories. Please note, the National Parks collection is a limited run, so get it while it’s available!

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 400m (437 yds)/113g
  • Fingering Weight
  • 3mm/US2.5 needles
  • 26 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Made in Canada

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SALE Mineville Meirno Sock

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SALE 10% OFF Mineville Merino Sock Yarns

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 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)
  • 26sts/4″
  • Machine Washable
  • Made in Canada
  • See it on Ravelry

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NEW NATIONAL PARKS SERIES Fleece Artist Festival Socks

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Fleece Artist Festival Socks NATIONAL PARKS SERIES

This light fingering weight sock yarn has a nice tight twist for a durable sock. The silk adds warmth and a bit of sheen while the kid mohair increases the strength and give a subtle haze. These colours are a limited run in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, so when they are gone, they are gone for good.

  • 45% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 15% Kid Mohair, 10% Silk
  • 100g/400m
  • 32sts/4″
  • Made in Canada

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RESTOCKED Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits

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Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits

Thrumming is a very old technique that is seriously fun and functional. Small tufts of roving (wool that hasn’t been spun into yarn yet) are knit into the garment creating a fuzzy warm layer on the inside and irresistible dots of colour the outside. As you wear them, the thrummed roving felts down, keeping your hands warm and cozy (take note dog owners, these are ideal winter dog walking mitts). The mittens will be the colour of the yarn and the thrums (roving) will peek through. This kit can also be used to make Thrummed Socks (great as house-socks or slippers)! Each kit is individually hand-dyed, no two will be exactly alike. Kit does not include needles:  3.5mm/US4 double pointed needles are required.

Kit Includes

  • Pattern & instructions  (or you can download them free HERE)
  • Yarn: Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester Aran, 125g (100% wool)
  • Roving: 60g (100% wool)
  • Sizes included: Child, Adult Small, Adult Medium, and Adult Large.

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FYI Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair

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Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair

Just in case you need to pick up a last minute gift, our very own Liane is selling her knits at the Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto (Bloor & Spadina). You can’t miss Liane, her table is right in the hall as you enter!

SALE & FREEBIE Malabrigo Merino Worsted

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SALE 20% OFF  Malabrigo Merino Worsted

Malabrigo Merino Worsted is simply divine, squishy, knitting pleasure. It’s a single ply, super soft merino wool with tons of loft (it fluffs up). Use it for anything worn next to the skin – it’s so soft and airy you’ll want to cuddle up in bed with it. Note: this yarn must be hand washed (it felts like a beast), but it’s so soft it not only feels like a baby’s bottom, you can also wrap a little tush in it too! It can also be knit very densely, which makes it great for knitting stuffed toys.

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Big Herringbone Cowl

We made this cowl a million years ago, but it’s a classic and people still love it and make their own. Two skeins of Malabrigo Merino Worsted were enough to make a proper cowl that wraps twice.

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FREEBIE & HACKS & FINISHED Noro Striped Scarf

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Noro Striped Scarf

Yup, I did it, I made ANOTHER Noro Striped Scarf. My creative juices have been syphoned off by other tasks lately, and I just needed a project that’s simple, brainless, but also tactile and lovely. Plus I has some Noro Silk Garden in my personal stash that really, really, really needed to get used.

I used a total of 6 skeins (3 of each colourway) and my scarf is VERY long, it wraps around three times. 4 skeins will make a normal length scarf. I haven’t bothered blocking the scarf, but Noro Silk Garden always enjoys a little bath in Eucalan.

NORO STRIPE HACKS

As far as striping Noro goes, you’ve got a few options:

  1. Alternate the two colours of self-striping yarn. This is what the original pattern does.
  2. Alternate one colour of self-striping yarn by starting it at different parts of the colourway. When you do this you can guarantee that your colours will always match.
  3. Alternate a solid or semi-solid colour with a self-striping colour.

I went with option number 3, using a neutral colour that contrasts with the self-striping yarn. The neutral is Noro Silk Garden 269, so it is technically a self-striping yarn, but the colour shift is so subtle that it is barely noticeable used in this way. Cream is also a secret fix for when you can’t find the right contrast colour, it always makes the other colours ‘pop’.

By the way, you are absolutely allowed to edit the colourway. If there’s a colour in your ball that you absolutely loathe (or just modestly dislike) cut it out and move on. The same thing goes if the colours start to blend together and you lose the stripes, cut one colour and move on up to the next. Life is short, don’t be afraid to jettison recalcitrant colours!

NORO LEFTOVER HACKS

If you’ve got little bits of Noro Silk Garden left-over and possess DPN (double pointed needles) skills, they make excellent little ornaments and decorations. I made a PILE of them last year, they use about 12g of Noro Silk Garden.

Materials

  • Noro Silk Garden: 2 to 3 skeins in each of two colours (a total of 4 to 6 skeins ), we used colour 269 (cream) and a contrasting colour colourway which has been discontinued, colour 381 is the closest to what we used.
  • 4.5mm/US 7 needles
  • tapestry needle
  • FREE Pattern