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I made it to the second colour on my shawl last night. Small problem. The first and second colours fade nicely but they are too close.
There is a large jump between the colours in the second and third ball so I have to change colour two. It is a potluck and I am going to go through our skeins and find one that is darker. Then what?? I am working short rows now. And the rows started out very short - only 10 stitches and now each one is getting longer. I could rip out the 6 rows that are complete. I could but I'm not going to. I'm going to join in the new ball now. I don't think anyone will ever know. Please don't tell 😘

Brian Smith has a new pattern out. I love the honeycomb!

Brian used 2 skeins of Cascade 220. You can mix 220 with 220 Heathers.

Woolstok would work or how about two skeins of Woolstok with two skeins of Dream State?


My Alliums are starting to bloom. In the next few days we should see bright purple flowers.

Dad and Lucy brought Lynn and I tea this afternoon. Lucy got up to say hi and then went back to sleep. Going to work every day is very tiring.

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The pattern for the Odyssey Shawl is free on Ravelry. This would be a great project for our KAL. Here are a few older posts about the KAL.

Photos ©Joji Locatelli
Odyssey is a crescent shaped shawl in 3 colors of medium-weight yarn. Medium weight means DK, or worsted, or even Aran! The good news is that you knit it up super fast. Each color section ends with a lace band that features striking big eyelets and wavy texture.  
It works with MANY yarn weights, and with ANY yarn! You don’t need to buy any special yarn for this design. Check your stash and see what inspires you! 

As we were unpacking the box from Primrose we put together some combinations for Odyssey using Vintage DK.

Salted Pearl
Sweet Dreams
Dusty Rose
5th Ave
Silent Film
Morticia
Glacier
Tempest
Highlands

Doreen came in today to show off her latest project. It is stunning!!! This is Andrea Mowry's Rose Cardigan.

It was raining when Doreen came in and she was willing to stand outside while I snapped pictures. Thank you Doreen.

Doreen used four colours of tosh sport.
-Night in Chile
-Wellwater
-Undergrowth
-Dubrovnik
This open cardigan is a true adventure in knitting! Combining unique sideways construction, cables, fading and exposed seams to create a flattering oversized dolman style sweater that looks great on all types of figures! Knit in one color or four, to suit your style! This sweater has a beautiful curved underarm that creates a lot of drape for an oversized look, with long, slim cuffs that give you different styling options. You can either wear them long, to accentuate the slender portion of your arm, or cuff them for a shorter sleeve!
Did I mention that it is stunning??
Doreen commented that she was apprehensive about knitting the cardigan after she purchased the pattern. It is a lot of pages and at first glance it looks very confusing. After you start knitting it makes perfect sense. Andrea writes a great pattern.

The sizing is very large. Doreen knit the XS.

FedEx is delivering a box of books tomorrow.
We have been out of Laine #6 and a few copies are coming tomorrow.
Strange Brew will be back in stock as well.

My second ball (on the right) is wound and ready.
I'm finishing early before our guests arrive. Dad's job is cutting the beans. He swears that when he cuts them they taste better.
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Rachel is one of the owners of Spincycle Yarns. She just finished Koivua and it is beautiful. I borrowed a few pictures from her Instagram page.
Koivua is a top-down circular yoke sweater that features stranded colorwork and texture created with simple knit and purl stitches, making this an engaging yet not difficult sweater to knit. The sleeves balloon gently and are finished with a simple, classic i-cord. The body and sleeve lengths are easily adjustable, keep in mind changes will alter the yardage required.
You can purchase the pattern for Koivua on Ravelry.
You need two different colours of worsted weight yarn for the sweater. Rachel used Dream State in the colour The Family Jewels as her contrast colour. Our shipment from Spincycle has left Washington State and should be in the store tomorrow. The Family Jewels will be in our box - 20 skeins of the beautiful colour.
Rusted Rainbow (above) and Mississippi Marsala (below) are also in the box.

What happened to the weather? Oh my goodness. Yesterday I had to put the air on in the store and today I put the heat on.

I started Slow Curves last night. Joji writes an amazing pattern.

This morning I made a new banner for the front page of the website. I know that you aren't supposed to be proud of yourself but I think I did a good job. I am starting to understand the program that I bought to make banners. There is a bit (a very large) learning curve. Yes, I love Cathy's pictures!

One of the specialties of my dad's construction company is arena floors. They go into older arenas and redo the pipes and concrete pad. Lucy had fun running through the sand this morning.
She walked through freshly poured concrete as well. That didn't make anyone happy. Thankfully it was in area that no one would notice.

We are having dinner guests tomorrow so I washed the floors and cleaned the kitchen. Now I'm tired. It's time to watch The Amazing Race and then bed. Of course I'll knit a few rows. I won't make it to the next colour on Slow Curves tonight but I'll make a good effort.
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Vintage DK from Primrose is a dream to work with.
Guthrie is growing. I am obsessed. I forgot how much I love fair isle knitting.

More colours of Vintage DK are on the way and should be here tomorrow afternoon.
Glamping
Morticia
Succulents
Sweet Dreams

This is Hedgehog Skinny Singles in Bloom. It will be my first colour for Slow Curves. I started the shawl in the store today and then there was a knitting needle problem. Somehow it got caught in the zipper pull of my backpack. We had to take the stitches off to free the needle. Think Dumb and Dumber - that was Lynn and I.

After dinner we went to the store to plant flowers.
We had a long rope so that Lucy could run around the parking lot while we worked. She didn't even get out of the truck. She is three going on 10. That dog likes to sleep.
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Dad and I braved Terra today. Boy was it jammed.
The colours are always so inspiring.

When you shop with my dad there isn't a lot of stopping to smell the flowers. Get in and get out. We did a lot of damage in a short period of time.
My planters at the door have pretty flowers.
We bought plants for under the tree in the island as well as for the planter box on the shed. There are a few plants for the huge planter that Beth plants. I don't think we bought enough so there will be another trip (or two).
I have five more planters to fill but we didn't have enough room in the truck.

Noro Kureyon is now on the website. I am fairly sure that we have a few more colours in stock but Lynn and I will confirm and add to the website this week.

If you are thinking about making the Log Cabin Afghan, please don't get too caught up in the colours. Every ball has a lot of colours in it. There could be one colour in a ball that you don't like but when the whole afghan is finished you won't notice it.

I did some shopping for the store this afternoon. We are going to have shawl cuffs in the store

These gorgeous, one of a kind leather cuffs add a little something extra to that stunning shawl or cowl. The cuffs are handmade in British Columbia by the Knox Mountain Knit Co. and no two will ever be the same. The cuffs are made by upcycling leather belts. 

These cuffs are a must have for your knit wardrobe! 

Knox Mountain Knit Co gave me permission to use some pictures from their Instagram page. We don't know what will be coming - I ordered 30 so that we can get them in the store ASAP. Some will be plain and some will be fancy. 






We will have two new magazines in the store on May 31.

I received an email from Tiffany at Twill & Print and the next set of enamel pins should be shipped to us later this week.

Now it's bed time. The fireworks have kept me up this weekend. Our neighbours thought it was a good idea to start setting them off after 11pm the last few evenings. Hopefully they have run out and it'll be a quiet evening.
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There was a bit of knitting today.
My contrast colour is Hedgehog Merino DK in the colour concrete - it is the grey. I wound all three balls and ordered them from lightest to darkest. Because the skeins are hand dyed they are all a bit different. I used one skein to the armhole - perfect. I'm onto the second skein. I am going to use about 2/3 of the skein for the body. The other 1/3 will be for the sleeves. That way the sleeves will fade darker like the body.
We have three brand new colours of Noro Kureyon. Kureyon is not on the website yet but I will be doing it this week. This makes me want to knit more squares for my Log Cabin Afghan. I know that you might have seen these pictures before but they are so beautiful so I'm going to share again.
This is Cathy's Log Cabin Afghan. She took these amazing photos at their cottage.

You can find the pattern for the Log Cabin Afghan on Ravelry. There are many different patterns but this is the one that we have used.
It is a great pattern for travelling. Or sitting at the soccer field or baseball diamond. Each square is one ball of Kureyon. After making the first square you will have the pattern memorized. All you need to know is cast on, knit, cast off and picking up stitches. A beginner can easily do this project.
Joining the squares is very easy. No sewing - they are joined with a three needle bind off.
The pattern calls for 20 squares but Cathy did 25. I will be making 25 for mine as well - I like the size of Cathy's.

Beth finished the planters at our house. Tomorrow dad and I are going to brave Terra to buy flowers for the store.



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Stephen West has a new shawl called the Spring Cleaning Shawl. The pattern is purchased on Ravelry.

Photos ©Stephen West
Gather a collection of fingering weight colors to knit this short row shawl design. Dive into your stash and use little bits of yarn and leftovers for the garter stitch sections and eyelet contrast stripes. There are seven sections for you to play with speckled or tonal yarns, perfect for featuring those souvenir skeins from your travels and yarn festivals. Contrast color eyelets decorate the garter stitch sections and I-cord edges frame the triangular shape.
I overestimated the yardage to be safe for varying gauges and yarn types, so if you are making a simpler two color version you should have enough yarn using three skeins for the main color sections and one skein for the contrast eyelet rows.
MC - Section 1 - 90yds / 82m 
Section 2 - 90yds / 82m 
Section 3 - 90yds / 82m 
Section 4 - 90yds / 82m 
Section 5 - 270yds / 247m 
Section 6 - 290yds / 265m 
Section 7 - 250yds / 229m
CC (yarn over eyelets & bind off) - 110yds / 101m

I received two funny emails this morning
Linda and I are presently on vacation in England and Wales.  Her phone is not working, so she asked me to send you this message: “Close the store until we return from our vacation at the end of May!’. 
We can’t wait to see your new Uschitita and HH colours.
And..
Kerstin and I are still in England drooling every day with your new yarn blog posts. We considered asking you to shut the store until we return.
I think I have decided on my colours for Slow Curves. I am going to use Skinny Singles.
From right to left.
Bloom
Potluck 86
Potluck 78
DRK

I brought the yarn home with me and could wind skeins tomorrow. Tonight I worked on Guthrie.

I'm divided and the rows are going much quicker now with all the sleeve stitches on holders. I considered doing a few more rows but my bed is calling. I should have slept more while I was away😘
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I went straight from the airport to the store. I wanted/needed to see the new colours.
They are beautiful.




Both Hedgehog and Uschitita have added a lot of semi-solids to their colours.
These are the three new Skinny Single Potlucks. I will get them photographed and on the website over the weekend.


I quickly laid out some skeins before heading home.




I was very tired so I left the skeins laid out and will play again tomorrow.

Yesterday was a long day. I started a post and then remembered at midnight that I hadn't finished it. I was trying to get to my armholes and almost made it. Two more rows. Everyone on the plane today was commenting on how great my sweater looks.

Dad and Lucy are here and we just made pizza for dinner. After the golf is finished we are going to have a game of dice. Then Beth and I will watch the finale of Survivor. I should make it to the armhole split.
I didn't make it to the armhole split. Once the chart was finished the pattern asked for 4 rows of the main colour. UGH. I'm almost finished those 4 rows. The split will happen tomorrow.


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The Uschitita finally arrived today. The colours look awesome. Lynn and Alex did a bit of moving around to get all the new colours hanging. I can’t wait to get in the store on Friday afternoon and play with them.

The second box arrived from Hedgehog as well. Lynn and Alex have all the yarn hanging and they say it looks great.

It was a beautiful day so I went and played 9 holes at 6pm. I had the course to myself and had a great time. My body is a bit sore now and I am ready for bed. For some reason I was awake before 7 again this morning and there was no time today for a nap. I didn’t make my knitting quota today. I have a lot of knitting to do tomorrow if I’m going to divide for the armholes before flying home.



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Mr. Canada Post brought in a small box from Hedgehog Fibres today. The second box should be delivered tomorrow. 

I’m sorry that the pictures are so small. Lynn took the pictures on our store iPad and then she emailed them to me. They look clear on the iPad and on my phone but are fuzzy here so I made them small and they are looking better. 

This is Zenith - one of the brand new colours. Lynn said that it looks amazing in person.

Three new potlucks in Skinny Singles.


I visited my friends at River City Cafe in Murrells Inlet for lunch. It is Bike Week in Myrtle Beach. There are hundreds of men and women of all shapes and sizes and ages riding around town. They hang out in Murrells Inlet and it was fun sitting outside and watching them ride by.

Mom and dad’s Magnolia tree is in bloom.



This is the front of my house. It is so nice to see all the flowers blooming. 

My knitting laid out on the coffee table.

The hockey game is on so I should get more rows in tonight.

Most of the day was great except for the hour spend on the phone with UPS. Our Uschitita did not arrive today. They didn’t have enough drivers to deliver today. I’m not buying that story but there isn’t anything I can do. All I can say is that it better be delivered tomorrow or the nice lady I spoke to in Tampa is going to yell at a lot of people.

I want to end on a happy note - there will be another order coming from Spincycle next week.
Dream State
-Mississippi Marsala
-Nostalgia
-Rusted Rainbow
-The Family Jewels

Dyed in the Wool
-Dead Reckoning
-Deep Bump
-Frosty Night
-Kimono
-Ruination
-Rusted Rainbow
-Sweve
-The Family Jewels


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