Christmas Knitting

Christmas Knitting

I’m not quite finished my Christmas knitting for this year yet. I’m still finishing up the foot of the 2nd sock of the fair isle socks I’m making for my Mom. I had one sock finished by Christmas so I blocked it and then wrapped it up. The sock pattern is Lavender Basket by Ilga Leja and I’m knitting it up using 1 ball Zauberball (orange/red/purple) and 1 skein of Riverside Studio SW Merino Nylon Sock in Green. I also knit up a cozy sweater for my Mom. The pattern I used Top Down Swing Coat #603is the by Deb Gemmell using 2.5 skeins of Cascade Yarns Eco+ in 2445 Shire (a pretty green). We saw a knitted sample at my LYS which my Mom really liked so I offered to knit it for her for Christmas if she picked out a colour. The pattern has an interesting construction and is nearly seamless. In fact, I’m thinking of knitting one for myself. I also knit a shawl for my best friend and a shrug for each of her two daughters. For my best friend, I knit the Drift shawl by Tincan Knits using 2 skeins of Mineville Wool Project #3103 (DK weight) in a pretty teal colour that I bought at Gaspereau Valley Fibres on one of our yearly trips to Wolfville. I wanted to knit her a cozy shawl to use as a scarf. For each of her girls, I knit a Lady Cornwall shrug using a skein of my Merino/Silk DK in Ocean Mist and Robin’s Egg. I ran slightly short on the larger shrug so I used some of the leftover yarn from the smaller shrug on the armhole edges. I have created individual projects in Ravelry for these items and you can find more information and notes there. My Ravelry name is...

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And the winner is ….

And the winner is ….

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter my giveaway contest and for all the lovely comments about my yarn and good wishes for this new year. And the winner is Lulu (patmom on Ravelry) who is commenter #4. She said “How lovely! Love this Cosmopolitan shade! Difficult to say, I would probably knit a shawl!”. I have sent her an email and I am waiting to confirm that the cosmopolitan is the skein that she wants. Thanks again and best wishes to everyone in this new...

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My 2015 in review and a giveaway

My 2015 in review and a giveaway

Happy New Year! I hope that 2016 will be a happy and prosperous one for you and your family. I’m happy to report that 2015 was another year of growth for Yvieknits Yarns as I increased my sales by 15% from last year, now have a second yarn store placing orders on a regular basis, and launched two new yarns. I introduced my two new laceweight yarns, BFL/Silky Select Lace and Silk/Linen Select Lace, at my annual trunk show at The Loop in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May. I was very happy with its reception and the attendance at this event. I continue to host two open house a year, one in February and one in August. New this year, my friend Joanne of Wild Woolly Luxury Soaps brought a selection of her lovely soaps and lotions to sell at my open houses. In addition to my open houses and the trunk show, I was a vendor at six other events throughout 2015: Chesterville Spin-In, The Gathering in Port Hope, Twist Fibre Festival, Almonte Fibrefest, Ottawa Knitting Guild vendors’ night and Needlers Retreat vendors’ night. This was my first year being a vendor at the Almonte Fibrefest and it turned out to be my most successful event so far. There were 4 new patterns released this year that suggest using one of my yarns: Prairie Fire shawl by Ash Alberg and three patterns by Karin Bole Tupper: Matinée, Matinée II, and Velloso which was just released. On the retailers front, since June I now send regular shipments of my yarn to Ram Wools Co-op in Winnipeg, MB as well as continuing to send regular shipments to The Loop in Halifax, NS. In September, I delivered my first yarn order to Yarn Forward in Kanata, ON (they only carried my silk hankies before). I would like to start 2016 with yarn giveaway. This year I’m giving away a skein of my new Silk/Linen Select Lace yarn in either the Cosmopolitan or Caribbean Waters colourway (the winner’s choice). These two skeins are still listed on the Silk/Linen Select Lace page so you can see the details but I have temporarily removed the “add to cart” buttons. Contest Details For a chance to win your choice of the Silk/Linen Select Lace skeins shown: add a comment to this blog post stating what you would make with this skein if you won one entry per person please contest closes at midnight on Monday, January 4th, 2015 EST I will use a random generator to pick a winner on January 5th. Note: Do not worry if your comment is not displayed immediately. I manually review all comments that my anti-spam filter flags as spam...

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Handmade Gifts

Handmade Gifts

This year I’ve managed to finish my planned knitted gifts for my best friend and her family earlier than usual and I plan to mail these gifts off to Halifax on Monday. I don’t always manage to have them completed before Christmas. I knit socks for my best friend and her two daughters using yarn from my stash. I’ve been trying out Fish Lips Kiss Heel lately so I substituted this heel into each sock pattern. I like how it fits but I’m not sure yet how well it will wear in comparison with the slip stitch heel flap. For the first pair of socks I knit, I used the Vanilla Latte Socks pattern using Fresh From the Cauldron SW Stripe sock yarn in the Danny & Sandy colourway. For the second pair of socks I knit, I used my basic vanilla socks pattern and a skein of Biscotte Yarns Bis-Sock yarn in the Clown Fish colourway that I bought at the Twist Fibre Festival last summer. For the pair of socks that I knit for my best friend, I used Cookie A’s BFF Socks pattern and using a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in one of the Rare Gems colourways that I bought at Rhinebeck several years ago. Since over the last couple years I have knit cowls for everyone else in the family, I thought this year that I would knit one for her husband. I chose the Woodstacking pattern which is the one I used to knit a cowl for my brother a few years ago and I used 1 skein of my Merino/Silk DK yarn in the Soot colourway to knit it. For my friend’s Mom, who I’ve known since I was 14, I traded a skein of my Silk/Linen Select Lace yarn to my friend, Joanne for some of her handmade soaps and 1 hard lotion bar. I thought that she would enjoy using these special soaps in her new...

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Winner of Comier Grille Shawl pattern is …

Winner of Comier Grille Shawl pattern is …

The winner of the Cormier Grille Shawl pattern is Denise who said “I love love love art deco, so the Frond mittens and Hat are my fav!”. I have sent you an email with the details on how to claim your pattern. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter my giveaway contest.

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Cormier Grille Shawl Pattern Giveaway

Cormier Grille Shawl Pattern Giveaway

My friend, Natalie Servant recently released this Cormier Grille Shawl pattern as the January pattern from her new subscription e-book Canadian Art Deco Knits. Natalie knit her large fingering weight sample of this shawl using about 1.5 skeins of my sock yarn in the pewter colourway. This was my first time providing yarn support to a designer and I’m really glad that Natalie was the first. Natalie is releasing a pattern a month in 2015 as part of this e-book subscription. Here is Natalie’s description of her e-book taken from her blog here. “All the patterns were inspired by Canadian Art Deco architecture. This e-book will include 4 lace shawls, 2 double knitting projects (a hat & a scarf), 1 textured scarf, and 5 colorwork projects (a fair isle hat, a stranded cushion, stranded mittens, roositud mittens and hat, and a stranded cowl). ” You can purchase the e-book here. My Mom kindly bought me a subscription as one of my Christmas presents. Contest Details For a chance to win a copy of the Cormier Grille Shawl pattern (pdf) provided by Natalie. (Note: This pattern can be gifted to the person of your choice if you already own it): add a comment to this blog post stating which is your favorite of Natalie’s patterns. You can find a list of Natalie’s patterns here. one entry per person please contest closes at midnight on Sunday, January 18th, 2015 EST I will use a random generator to pick a winner on January...

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And the winner is …

And the winner is …

A big thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway contest and for the kind words and well wishes for 2015. I enjoyed reading everyone’s suggestions as to what they would make with this yarn if they won. And the winner is Heather with comment #10 (I used the random generator at random.org to determine the winner) who said that “I would choose the pewter skein and make a pair of Suzy’s Reading Mitts to help keep my hands warm while typing at work :)” I have already emailed Heather and she has confirmed that she wants the pewter...

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My 2014 in review and a giveaway

My 2014 in review and a giveaway

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that this upcoming year is a happy and properous one for you and yours with lots of yarny goodness in it. 2014 was another good year for Yvieknits Yarns. I exceeded my sales from the previous year again and I am especially happy that my biggest gain this year was in my retail sales (direct to my customers) at the various events that I attended or hosted throughout the year. I added a new product to my line last January: handpainted silk hankies which has sold well for me throughout the year. My friend and vendor partner, Francine taught “Knitting with Silk Hankies” workshops at the Eastern Ontario Needlers’ Retreat last November and at Yarn Forward in Kanata, ON in the fall. I happily supplied the silk hankies for all her workshops. She has more workshops scheduled at both locations of Yarn Forward in the new year. I held two successful open house in February and August again this year. Both were well attended and everyone seemed to be having a good time. My open house in February was my most successful event so far. I plan to hold open houses in February and August again this year (details available on the Events page). I attended several events as a vendor this year usually sharing a table/booth with Francine of Fancy That including a few new ones. I was a vendor at the Chesterville Spin-In (new event), The Gathering in Port Hope, St. Distaff Day (new event), trunk show at The Loop in Halifax, NS, Twist Fibre Festival, Ottawa Knitting Guild vendors’ night and the Eastern Ontario Needlers’ Retreat vendors’ night (new event). There were 2 new patterns released this year that suggest using one of my yarns. Robin Hunter released her Martine Dubois Crescent Scarf using 1 skein of my Merino Single Ply Fingering yarn in the Raspberry Mocha colourway in September. Natalie Servant released her Cormier Grille Shawl using 1.5 skeins of my sock yarn in the Pewter colourway for the fingering weight option. This is the first pattern from her new Canadian Art Deco Knits e-book. On the retailers front, I sent a shipment of my yarn to Ram Wools Co-op in Winnipeg, MB in September and Yarn Forward in Kanata, ON started carrying my silk hankies in August. I continue to send regular shipments of my yarn to The Loop in Halifax, NS. I would like to start this new year off with another yarn giveaway like I have for the past two years. This year I’m giving away a skein of my Merino/Silk DK yarn in either the Pewter or Berry Twist colourway (winner’s choice). These two skeins...

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