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NEW Mineville Merino Fingering

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Mineville Merino Fingering

Soft, supple with a perfect 2ply twist, this 100% Fine Merino fingering weight yarn is simply beautiful. Spun in Italy with a 21.5 micron Merino this yarn is just right for everything from a lovely lace shawl, to socks, mitts, sweaters and hats. Machine washable makes it an easy choice for every day wear. One skein will knit one pair of women’s socks, a hat or gloves, great for shawls & wraps. Luminous semi-solid colours to dye for at a very reasonable price!

  • 100% Fine Merino
  • 350 meters / 115 grams
  • 2.5 mm (for socks)
  • 28sts/4″
  • Machine Washable
  • Made in Canada

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Manos Del Uruguay Alegria

Manos del Uruguay Alegria is an amazing sock yarn made from an easy-care blend of ultra-soft superwash merino with durable polyamide.  Its “hand” is remarkably soft and resilient, and the bright, playful colorways would make exciting baby projects as well as socks.

  • 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide
  • 100g/425m (445yds)
  • Fingering/Sock weight
  • 2.25 to 3mm (US1 to 3) needles
  • Gauge 28 – 30 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Machine wash in cool water, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Urugauy


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New FREE Pattern: Alpaca Slouchies

So we got some new yarns, and they’re super yummy but they’re off-brand (the distributor brands sells them under their own brand), so I knit up some samples to show you what they can do, wrote some patterns, and Ta-Da!

Estelle Big Alpaca Bulky Hat 2

Grey (1.75 sts/inch)

Estelle Big Alpaca Bulky Hat 1

Grey (1.75 sts/inch)

Slouchy Alpaca Hat: Grey (1.75 sts/inch)

This hat uses Estelle Big Alpaca Bulky, which is kind of like a super soft and cuddly version of the very popular Cascade Magnum. People always say they love magnum, but wish it was softer, so when Big Alpaca Bulky crossed my threshold I knew it was PERFECT! And yes, we sell the pompoms too!


big alpaca hat bulky 2

Blue (2.5 sts/inch)

big alpaca hat bulky

Blue (2.5 sts/inch)

Slouchy Alpaca Hat: Blue (2.5 sts/inch)

I love alpaca, but always wish it was thicker. Ask and ye shall receive!  Estelle Alpaca 60 knits up on an 8mm to 10mm needle (US11 to 15) for quick & dirty (figuratively) luxury. And it’s off-brand, so it’s a good value too. And we sell the pompoms too!

New Store Project: Gradient Cowl



I’ve wanted to knit a Gradient cowl for ages, and stocking Rowan Kidsilk Haze was a great excuse. It was super easy, just seed stitch, which I know sounds tedious but it was actually extremely satisfying – must be the yarn. It’s so light and airy, so fluffy and cuddly, like a big hug from an adorable toddler. When I put it on I kind of want to hug myself.  Even the grafting at the end was fine, I just followed the instructions and I turned out awesome. It also worked up much faster than I expected, normally I avoid scarves but it was way fun and quick. There was also very little finsihing, I was able to knit my ends in as I went, they just disappeared!  At the very bottom of the post we’ve included some colour combo ideas.

The only caveat is that the pattern used more yarn than I expected (10 balls), but you can scale it down a smidge  so it only uses 6.


In order to get away with using only 2 skeins colour A & C, and 1 skein each of colours B & D you’ll need to try the following:

  • cast on 39 sts
  • work in 3.5″ increments
  • possibly go up to a 6mm/US10 needle
Gradient Cowl with Rowan Kidsilk Haze

Gradient Cowl with Rowan Kidsilk Haze

Gradient Cowl with Rowan Kidsilk Haze

Gradient Cowl with Rowan Kidsilk Haze

Colour Combinations

Be sure to remember that the 1st & 3rd colours will be the most dominant, and you’ll use the most of the 1st colour. Click on any of the images below to go to our store.

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Gradient Combo 1

These are the colours we used

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Gradient Combo 5

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Gradient Combo 6

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Gradient Combo 3

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Gradient Combo 4

Rowan Kidsilk Haze Gradient Combo 2

Next Up

Our next store project is a Cable Cowl (like a braid) with Rowan Cocoon – it knits up so light and fluffy on 8mm/US11 needles!!


New Store Project: Violet Waffles Hat (in green)


Violet Waffles


Violet Waffles


Violet Waffles

Viole Waffles

It’s 49 days until Christmas (32 to Channukah – eek!) and we’re thinking about smallish, giftable projects. We just finished this great hat, Violet Waffles, with one skein of Mineville Merino DK. The yarn is soft, bouncy, very comfortable, and machine washable (makes it harder for them to wreck it). The pattern didn’t look like much, but it fits amazing, looks amazing, and is a great hat for people who aren’t into super flashy knitterly designs (men, teens, designers).

To sub other yarns, you could try 2 skeins of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport, one skein of  Madeline Tosh Merino DK, or 2 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

Friday Freebie!



Yup, it’s time to get yer holiday knitting started! Frost knits up up quick on 7mm/US10.75 needles with Rowan Cocoon, a gorgeous blend of merino wool & a little mohair.

  • See on Ravelry
  • Free Pattern
  • Sizes: to fit 40 (42, 44, 46, 48)” chest (+3″ ease)
  • Yarn: 9(9, 10, 10, 11) skeins Rowan Cocoon
  • Needles: 7mm/US10.75 (straight or circular, try Addi Turbo, Knit Picks or Knitter’s Pride)

Summer Blanket-spiration (Free Pattern)

I love crochet in the summer, it’s ideally suited to cotton yarns and you can often very portable and flexible.  Also, if you get your blanket done during the summer you’ll get to use it come the fall!

Crochet Circle Blanket

Happy Colours Blanket by Just-Do

Happy Colours Blanket Tutorial

You can use either Cascade Ultra Pima or Cascade Ultra Pima Fine (use a smaller hook with the fine – 3.5mm or 3.75mm), just choose one and go with it. The circles also make great trivets!