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TICK-TOCK I got me a knitting clock!

I just wanted to introduce you to (ahem, show off) a the new member of our little family – the knitting clock! The clock is on loan from a friend of my dear friends Mildred & Trevor. It knits one stitch every 5 minutes, so it’ll be a while before it makes it way’s through an entire scarf.

The original “Knitting Clock” was the brainchild of designer Sirene Elise Wilhemlsen in 2010. To the best of my understanding, our clock’s author is a bit of a renaissance man and built it because he wanted one, and working models weren’t available for purchase from the designer. I don’t know if he’ll make any more, but if you want to buy one you can leave your contact info in the comments and if he’s interested I’ll direct him there.

PREORDERING 16″ Wrist Rulers!

The 16″ Wrist Rulers were SUPER popular and we sold out FAST! We’re really happy you fell in love with them as quickly as we did, so we are going to try something special and take pre-orders for them and then we will reorder them next week. We will ship them as soon as they arrive, which shouldn’t take too long, since the people who make them have been super kind and quick so far. Since it’s a preorder, we’re adding a few more colours to the selection too!

Wrist Rulers

If you find yourself always needing to measure things when you’re on the go, this is the perfect product for you! Wrist Rulers are stylish leather wristbands with engraved measurements, both in inches and centimetre measurements. Wrist Ruler is made in the US

Leather Wrist Rulers

Leather Wrist Rulers come in natural leather, as well as colours, and are sized. Sizes are based on wrapping around your wrist twice. Give it extra length depending on how loosely you want to wear it. They recommend allowing an extra 1/2 inch for the stud closure. My wrist is 16cm/6.25″ (measured around the knobby part that sticks out), and the 16″/40cm Wrist ruler fits comfortably – it’s loose enough to move up and down, but it isn’t loose enough to fall off my wrist. The 17″/43cm size is loose enough to easily slip off over my wrist.

NEW Wrist Rulers!

Wrist Rulers

If you find yourself always needing to measure things when you’re on the go, this is the perfect product for you! Wrist Rulers are stylish leather wristbands with engraved measurements, both in inches and centimetre measurements. Wrist Ruler is made in the US

Leather Wrist Rulers

Leather Wrist Rulers come in natural leather, as well as colours, and are sized. Sizes are based on wrapping around your wrist twice. Give it extra length depending on how loosely you want to wear it. They recommend allowing an extra 1/2 inch for the stud closure. My wrist is 16cm/6.25″ (measured around the knobby part that sticks out), and the 16″/40cm Wrist ruler fits comfortably – it’s loose enough to move up and down, but it isn’t loose enough to fall off my wrist. The 17″/43cm size is loose enough to easily slip off over my wrist.

Rubber Wrist Rulers

The “Rubber” Wrist Rulers are an affordable alternative to their leather cousins. They are actually made of silicone, and are currently available in yellow and black. It’s a great Vegan alternative to the leather Wrist Ruler, its waterproof and can go anywhere! Rubber Wrist rulers come in one size and are adjustable (kind of like a belt). The full length is 18″/48cm.

STORE HOURS Mother’s Day, Victoria Day + Summer Hours

Mother’s Day Washcloths by Purl Soho

Mother’s Day Weekend

Saturday May 11: 11 am to 6pm

Sunday May 12: CLOSED

Porcupine lace Washcloth by Jennifer Hansen, featuring a mid-Victorian lace pattern

Victoria Day Weekend

Saturday May 18: 11 am to 6pm

Sunday May 19: CLOSED

Monday May 20: CLOSED

Crochet Grocery Bag by Knit-O-Matic

Summer Store Hours: May 22 to Sept 15

We’re shifting over to our Summer Store Hours after the Victoria Day long weekend, so please note that the daytime Sit & Knit moves to MONDAY & SATURDAY, and we are CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. We go back to the regular store schedule the week of September 16th.

Monday: 11 am to 6pm (Sit & Knit: 12 to 4pm)

Tuesday: 11 am to 6pm

Wednesday: 11 am to 8pm (Sit & Knit: 5 to 8pm)

Thursday: 11 am to 6pm

Friday : 11 am to 6pm

Saturday: 11 am to 6pm (Sit & Knit: 1 to 4pm)

Sunday: CLOSED

NEW One-Skein Clapo-Ktus Wrap/Scarf

clapo-ktus shawl/wrap in handmaiden flyss

Clapo-Ktus Wrap

I just finished this Clapo-Ktus wrap and it came out beautifully! I was itching to work with some of the Handmaiden Flyss on our shelves, a Canadian hand-dyed blend of Silk and Linen, and I was looking for a one-skein project that wouldn’t take too long and would show off the textile – I think totally NAILED IT.

The Pattern

Clapo-Ktus (terrible name, but the pattern is free) is actually a combination of two popular patterns, the Clapotis scarf/wrap, which involves dropped stitches, and the Baktus scarf, which is knit from side to side. The dropped stitches are gorgeous and make great use of the yarn’s natural drape (linen and silk are both fibres that are ALL drape, and have zero body). The Baktus part of the design give it a triangular shape, and allows you to use exactly as much yarn as you have on hand (hence a one-skein project).

The Finished Product

I wasn’t initially sure the one skein would be enough, but as I dropped the stitches it expanded beautifully, and after blocking it was magnificent. If you are interested, I would definitely also recommend making a Clapotis with this yarn, it would be a stunner! I originally envisioned this project as a wrap for the spring and summer, and I think it will hold it’s own in this department, but when it was finished and I tried it on I actually ADORED wearing it as a spring scarf. The fabric isn’t heavy or dense, and the textile is soft but has just enough texture to make it interesting. The Handmaiden Flyss is definitely knit-worthy, I’d like to make a sweater with it next!

Just one caveat – I ended up with these weird open stitches on one side, where the dropped stitches were initially created (you can see them in the picture below with the hanger). I thought I followed the pattern, so I’m not sure what went wrong or how I ended up with this. With all the dropped stitches in the fabric I don’t think it’s a big deal or unsightly, but if you have any idea what I’ve done please leave a comment!

clapo-ktus shawl/wrap in handmaiden flyss

Materials

clapo-ktus shawl/wrap in handmaiden flyss
clapo-ktus shawl/wrap in handmaiden flyss
clapo-ktus shawl/wrap in handmaiden flyss

clapo-ktus shawl/wrap in handmaiden flyss

NEW Little Looms!

Rico Weaving Looms

We’ve stocked some little hand-held looms this spring that we think will keep your yarn mojo going throughout the summer! If you’ve ever wanted to try weaving, these little looms are a great and affordable way to try it out. Weaving is a perfect way to use up stash yarn, and it’s also an excellent way keep little hands busy (especially at the cottage). Woven tapestries are a great way to fire up your creative juices and experiment with colour and texture, but you can also make wash cloths, trivets, blanket squares, purses and pouches …. anything rectangular or square.

Rico Loom Small

The small loom from Rico is 19cm x 29cm is super basic and is great for kids or anyone who wants to try weaving without expending too much of cash or energy. Kit comes with Loom, shuttle, comb, and instruction booklet (instructions are in english, french and german), and comes in a pretty & sturdy storage box. Grab a few colours of inexpensive Lily Sugar & Cream craft cotton and you’ll be good to go!

Rico Large Loom

The large loom from Rico is the next step up at 30cm x 39.5cm. It has a little more structure than the small loom and makes a larger fabric. Kit comes with Loom, two shuttles, comb, and instruction booklet (instructions are in english, french and german), and comes in a pretty & sturdy storage box. Pick up some Cascade Ultra Pima and you’re set!

NEW Needle Felting Kits

Crafty Kit Company Felting Kits

New from the Crafty Kit Company, these needle felting kits contain everything you need to create a beautiful and realistic creature. You’ll learn how to make the basic shapes, then build them up with felting wool, and finally, add the details that will really bring your creation to life. Each kit comes with all the materials you need (felting wool you need, felting needles, glass eyes, a mat to work on, clear step by step instructions, and more). Kits come in a pretty box, they make great gifts as well as projects to keep kids occupied (approximately age 8+).

Robin Needle Felting Kit

Robin Kit

The Robin needle felting kits contain everything you need to create a beautiful and realistic bird. You’ll learn how to make the basic shapes, then build them up with felting wool, and finally, add the details that will really bring your creation to life. Each kit comes with all the felting wool you need, a tube with 3 felting needles, glass eyes, wire, a wooden bobbin, a mat to work on and clear step by step instructions. Finished object will measure approximately 10cm tall. Skill Level: Easy Peasy (beginner)

Snoozy Bear Kit

The Snoozy Bear needle felting kit contains everything you need to create a beautiful and realistic sleeping animal. You’ll learn how to make the basic shapes, then build them up with felting wool, and finally, add the details that will really bring your creation to life. Each kit comes with all the felting wool you need, a tube with 3 felting needles, glass eyes, pipe cleaners, a mat to work on and clear step by step instructions. Finished object will measure approximately 18cm long. Skill Level: Easy Peasy (beginner)

Fleur the Unicorn Needle Felting Kit

Fleur the Unicorn

The Fleur the Unicorn felting kits contains everything you need to create a beautiful and realistic animal head. You’ll learn how to make a wire armature, then build it up with felting wool, and finally, add the details that will really bring your creation to life. Each kit comes with all the felting wool you need, a tube with 3 felting needles, glass eyes, wire, pipe cleaners, nylon, a mat to work on, wood slice for mounting, faux leather strap and clear step by step instructions. Finished object will measure approximately 15cm tall. Skill Level: Upgrade Your Skills  (Intermediate)