Thursday, May 28, 2015

Baby Surprise Jacket

Usually when I log in to Ravelry, I skip right to the patterns section. Today I decided to scroll down on the opening page and see what was there. Today to my delight I found a bundle of photos of pet models for various projects. I LOVE IT WHEN RAVELLERS POST PICTURES WITH THEIR PROJECTS ON THEIR PETS.

One of my all time favourite projects is the Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket.

Check out this lovely feline model.

 I have not tried but I suspect none of my cats would co-operate with this.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Purl Soho

Today is my day off. A lazy start to the day, checking e-mail and then on to what is trending on Ravelry. With nothing on my agenda but house work, it was so easy to fall down the Ravelry rabbit hole. It started with a new cowl from Purl Soho..........

          Purl Soho
Purl Soho is a fabulous little yarn and quilting shop in the Soho district  of Manhattan (I think). I have been there, but to be honest, I was not truly sure exactly where I was in terms of the various New York boroughs. Purl Soho has an impressive on-line and Ravelry presence due in no small part to its fabulous FREE patterns. Their patterns are simple and classic. The instructions are so clear and thorough. They often use tricky little stitches which might be confusing but offer extensive photo tutorials to help you understand exactly what you need to do.

This is the cowl that started it- CROSSHATCH

Once I got started I kept on going. They have 7 pages of patterns on Ravelry, most of them FREE.
I am intrigued by the interesting stitch in JASMINE SCARF below.

We have just ordered some beautiful new mohair for the fall. This simple little SPRINGTIME BANDANA will be perfect. But I may not wait, we have some Silk Whisper mohair and silk which has been calling my name for  months, just waiting or the right design.

We have just restocked one of our favourite sock yarns CoBaSi. CoBaSi is a blend of cotton, bamboo, silk and nylon.

Beautiful especially for summer socks. So perfect for the little ankle socks below,  LACE ANKLETS.

PRE-WRAPPED WRAP is a blend of wrap and over sized shrug. It looks so comfy  and after viewing the instruction, it appears to be a very simple knit accomplishable by even a new knitter.

Many knitters will recognize their BANDANA COWL pattern, currently  #3 Cowl on Ravelry.

I love their CANDY-CANE BEDROOM SOCKS. They might be on my list for Grand Lake (my family cottage where I visit every July) knitting this summer.

They have a few crochet designs as well.

And APRIL SHOWERS SCARF might be just the design I am looking for to use as a sample for Bella Lino, a linen/cotton blend  and one of our favourite yarns from Classic Elite.

Treat yourself to a browse through the PURL SOHO website and patterns


Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Estelle Yarns is now carrying a new line - RICO.

We were impressed and decided to try a couple of the new RICO blends

Fashion Fantasy

Fashion Fantasy DK
RI383135-001 RI383135-002 RI383135-003 
RI383135-004 RI383135-005
Fashion Fantasy is a DK, 100% cotton, 50 gram balls, 120 meters - beautiful, mottled colours.
RI97312-01-00 RI97313-01-00
Baby Classic DK-New Yarn

Blend - 50% Acrylic, 50% Polyamide

165m, 50g

Baby Classic DK has dozens of colours. The most recent additions to the line was a very soft dusty palate which we have stocked.

RI383981-038 RI383981-040 RI383981-041RI383981-042 RI383981-043 RI383981-044Ri383981-039  RI383981-001
RI97299-01-00 RI97300-01-00

Monday, May 4, 2015


We have just restocked one of our favourite summer yarns-

Ultra Pima

Ultra Pima is a supersoft, machine wash and dry fiber- a generous 200 meters on a 100 gram skein. Several of our customers have used it to knit the Cotton Lace Poncho, pattern FREE on Ravelry.

For more ideas and FREE patterns, visit either the Canadian

or American Cascade websites.

I particularly admired this shawl, pattern FREE on both websites

We currently have 10 colors which will be added to over the coming months.

Q270-3704 Q270-3719 Q270-3730
Q270-3767 Q270-3718 Q270-3717
Q270-3726 Q270-3713 Q270-3739