My Open House on Saturday, August 10th

My Open House on Saturday, August 10th

My friend Francine of Fancy That – Creations by Francine came over on Friday night to help me setup for my Open House. Francine has a gift of creating beautiful display as shown in the pictures below. She also bought over a selection of her shawl pins and stitch markers with her that were available for sale during the open house. My friend Natalie of Natalie Servant Designs let me have her binders full of her patterns available at my open...

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Robbins’ Nest in Brighton, ON

Robbins’ Nest in Brighton, ON

Earlier in July, I spent several days at my friend’s cottage in Prince Edward County (I visited this cottage with my friend last September and blogged about it here) with my Mom and brother. We had a lovely but busy time at the cottage partly due to my brother’s car problems. I brought most of my yarn with me on the trip because I planned to make an appointment with the owner of Robbins’ Nest in Brighton, ON as it was about a...

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Natalie’s 4th Annual Tour de France KAL

My friend Natalie’s 4th annual Tour de France KAL (Knit Along) started today. It is run out of her ravelry group Natalie Servant Designs. This year’s shawl pattern is the Père Lachaise Shawl and she talks about her inspiration for this pattern in this blog post. Natalie posted pictures of the different versions she knit of this shawl in this blog post. Natalie knit the small fingering weight version using one skein of my Cash Sock...

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Trunk Show at The Loop in Halifax

Trunk Show at The Loop in Halifax

Mimi, the owner of The Loop hosted a trunk show for Yvieknits Yarns at her store yesterday afternoon. I arrived at the store just before it opened in the morning and we spent the morning setting up for the show. I brought almost hundred skeins of yarn, 4 shawl kits and lots of knitted samples with me so there was lots to do. My yarn was displayed in three spots in the store. The basket on the end of the big table (picture top left) contained...

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Halifax

Halifax

I’m in Halifax visiting my friend B. and her family at the moment. I arrived in Halifax very late on Thursday night since my flight was more than 3 hours late. Long story. Usually when I visit, we (B. and another friend) go for a girls day trip out to the Valley (Wolfville area) which we did today. We have a set plan of stops developed over the years. The first stop is the Wolfville Farmers Market, then to Gaspereau Valley Fibres which a...

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Mountain Path Socks

Mountain Path Socks

Kari Verge, who co-hosts the TwoTangledSkein podcast, released the Mountain Path Socks last Sunday. She designed these socks using a skein of my sock yarn in the Mountain Top At Dusk colourway (shown on pattern page) that I had donated to the podcast to review last fall. This is the first relased pattern that was designed using a skein of my yarn. I volunteered to test knit this pattern for Kari. I decided to test out both the medium and large...

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Shawl Challenge at my knitting guild

Shawl Challenge at my knitting guild

The challenge this year at the Ottawa Knitting Guild was for shawls. There were five categories: shawlette from a pattern, shawl from a pattern, shawlette adapted from a pattern, shawl adapted from a pattern and design your own shawl. I entered a shawlette and a shawl into the challenge and I was surprised and pleased to win second prize in the shawlette from a pattern category (red shawlette pictured below). For the shawl I made Madli’s...

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Tulips

Tulips

The annual Ottawa Tulip Festival is currently underway so my Mom and I took the bus downtown yesterday afternoon. We had a lesiurely lunch in the market area and then we headed over to Major’s Hill Park which is one of the main tulip bed sites. Here are a few of the pictures that I took of the colourful tulip beds there including a picture of my Mom by the tulips.   We went up the hill and sat for awhile under the shade of a tree...

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My New WIP (work-in-progress)

My New WIP (work-in-progress)

After recently finishing knitting a large wrap in laceweight in a pattern that included lots of nupps, I was in the mood to knit some simple garter stitch lace. I remembered seeing a shawl that would fit the bill in one of my Jane Austen Knits magazines. I found the Margaret Dashwood Shawl in the Summer 2012 issue and I decided it was exactly what I was looking for. I went looking in my stash and I found some skeins of Noro Silk Garden Sock...

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The Gathering 2013 and other news

The Gathering 2013 and other news

I attended The Gathering in Port Hope, Ontario on April 13, 2013 with Francine of Fancy That – Creations by Francine. We drove down the day before and stayed overnight at the lovely Summerhill B & B. It was a lovely surprise to find that we had been given the two tables right across from where people entered. We set up our tables quickly and before we knew it, people were starting to arrive. This event is very well run and set up so...

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Overdye Sweater Request

Overdye Sweater Request

A while ago, a friend asked me if I could overdye a sweater for her. It is a lovely cabled sweater knit out of a merino/silk yarn but unfortunately it was a light grey colour which is not flattering for my friend’s colouring. My friend did knit this lovely sweater but did not choose the colour (store sample originally). I suggested overdyeing it green as I know that is a colour she loves and that we like the same greens. I also asked if...

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Recent FOs

Recent FOs

I have three FOs (finished objects) to share and all three projects were started last year or earlier. Note: I have a project page created in ravelry for all the projects page mentioned in this post. First up is the Sand and Sea Shawlette from Coastal Knits which I just finished blocking. This is a crescent shaped shawlette which gets its shape through the use of short rows. I knit this using a skein of Malabrigo Yarn Lace in the Snow Bird...

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I got a mention in the Ottawa Citizen today

I got a mention in the Ottawa Citizen today

There is an article in today’s (Saturday, March 2nd) Ottawa Citizen in the Travel section on page K2 called “Five Worth The Drive – Special places for knitters”. The online version of this article is here. This article is about five yarn stores that are in the Ottaw area. In the writeup about Unraveled , the yarn store in Merrickville which sells some of my yarns, I was mentioned as one of the indie Canadian fibre...

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My Chandelier Shawl and A New Yarn

My Chandelier Shawl and A New Yarn

I bought one skein of a new yarn my supplier was offering in my last order to test it out. It is a single ply fingering weight yarn with a tight twist that is comprised of 100% superwash merino. It comes in 100 g skeins with approximately 365 m/400 yds. I dyed it up awhile ago in a combinations of different reds. It took the dye amazing well. I knit the Chandelier Shawl from the Shaping Shawls book by Anna Dalvi (This is a great book!) with...

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The Open House on February 9th

The Open House on February 9th

My friend and co-host of the open house Francine (of Fancy That – Creations by Francine) came over to my house on Friday afternoon so that we could setup our display. She brought her mannequins, her stand and lots of her shawl pins and stitch markers with her. Natalie of Natalie Servant Designs kindly let me have her binders containing her patterns for the open house as well. The two pictures above were taken just after we had finished...

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Open House for Yvieknits Yarns on Feb. 9th

Open House for Yvieknits Yarns on Feb. 9th

I am holding an Open House/Trunk Show at my house in Stittsville (Ottawa), Ontario on February 9th, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm to celebrate the upcoming one year anniversary of my website. I have invited my friends Francine of Fancy That – Creations by Francine and Natalie of Natalie Servant Designs to join me for this event. This means that not only will I have all of my yarns and the shawl kits available here but there will also be a good...

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Belated Christmas Knitting

Belated Christmas Knitting

I have almost finished knitting my planned Christmas (belated now) gifts for my friend B. and her family. I have finished and blocked the lap blanklets for her two daughters. I used the Hourglass Throw pattern by Anne Hanson for each but I knit it with my BFL DK as I wanted something a bit smaller. I used 4 skeins with 1 less repeat wide for the orange one (colourway – Orange Julius) for the younger girl. I used 5 skeins for the...

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And the winner is …

Thank you all for taking the time to enter my contest and for the kind words of congratulations and best wishes for the new year. It is very much apprecriated. There was a total of 42 people who entered this contest. I suggest checking out the comments as there were many great pattern suggestions. I used the random genator at random.org to pick the winner and the winnner is Sarah Rose who was comment #28. Her comment was “The Cosmopolitan...

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My year in review and a give away contest

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that this upcoming year is a happy and properous one for you with lots of fibery goodness in it. 2012 was a year of change and growth for me with regards to Yvieknits Yarns. My friend Nelly encouraged me to open my own website and she even went so far as to host and create this website for me. She also taught me what I needed to know to maintain and grow the website myself with a little support. This website,...

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Knitting Related Gifts – Received and Given

Knitting Related Gifts – Received and Given

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas. My family and I did.   I received some knitting related gifts this year which I wanted to show off. I received this cup with the great saying on it which was bought at the Unraveled yarn store in Merrickville and this padded spindle bag which I absolutely love from Zig Zag Stitches etsy shop. I also received a copy of Cast On, Bind Off reference book. I bought a copy of this book also for my Mom...

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

We are having a white Christmas here. I took this picture yesterday standing in my open front door. I didn’t finish all my holiday knitting in time but that is all right. I will get it done soon and mailed off to my friend and her family who don’t mind at all if gifts do not arrive on time. I did finish another cowl yesterday but I used a different pattern this time. It is Woodstacking by Anne Hanson and I knit it by...

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My Holiday Knitting Progress

My Holiday Knitting Progress

I have finished two more items and I have two more items currently on the needles. First completed item is the 2luvcrew socks from the book Socktopus by Alice Yu (great book – I highly recommend it). I knit these socks using my Cash Sock yarn in the Autumn Glory with quite a bit of yarn leftover (28 g). The second completed item is another Wrapped Ribs Cowl (pattern by Natalie Servant). This time I knit it out of MadelineTosh Merino...

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Unraveled in Merrickville, Ontario

Unraveled in Merrickville, Ontario

I headed out to Unraveled in Merrickville, Ontario to deliver these 10 skeins (4 angel select lace, 6 merino light fingering) yesterday. If you haven’t visited the Unraveled store before, you should. Beckie, the owner, has a great selection of yarn and fibre. Check out Natalie’s blog post here where she blogged about an interview with Beckie about her store including a little information about Beckie herself. Here are a few pictures...

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My sock yarn has been reviewed

My sock yarn has been reviewed on the Ottawa podcast TwoTangledSkeins. They discussed my sock yarn two times during this episode. The first time is near the middle while they are discussing their current WIPs (works-in-progress) since Kari is knitting mittens with my sock yarn and near the end while they are talking about promotion codes currently being offered to their viewers. Thank you Kari and Sue for the great review of my sock...

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Holiday Knitting

Holiday Knitting

It’s that time of year again. I usually give several handknit items as gifts each year. I am blessed in that my family and several of my friends like and apprecriate hand-knitted gifts. I have just finished my first bit of holiday knitting. It is a reversible cowl that is part of the Wrapped Ribs Scarf/Cowl pattern recently released by my friend Natalie Servant. I had some of my cash sock in the caribbean waters colourway leftover from my...

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Lavender Fields Shawl Kit

Lavender Fields Shawl Kit

My Mom bought this Lavender Fields Shawl Kit (picture on the right) from me in early June. The kit contained the Lavender Fields Shawl pattern by Natalie Servant, 1 skein of my BFL/Silk Select Lace in the Persian Violets colourway and 1 grey fresh-water pearl shawl pin made by Fancy That – Creations by Francine. She finished it and had it blocked in time for me to use as a sample at the Ottawa Knitting Guild’s vendors night on...

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Upcoming vendors’ night at Ottawa Knitting Guild

Upcoming vendors’ night at Ottawa Knitting Guild

Just a reminder that I will be a vendor at the upcoming vendors’ night for the Ottawa Knitting Guild on Monday October 15th held at the Woodroffe United Church located at 207 Woodroffe Avenue. This event starts at 7:30 pm and non-guild members are welcome to attend for the usual $5 drop-in fee. I will have lots of yarn with me ranging from laceweight to DK weight, some of Natalie Servant’s patterns, and 4 shawl kits (Natalie’s...

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My Childeric’s Bees

My Childeric’s Bees

I started my Childeric’s Bees shawl while I was in Halifax and I managed to finish and block it in time to display it as a sample in my booth at the Twist Fibre Festival in August. I knit my Bees shawl using my Yvieknits Merino Light Fingering in the Cosmopolitan colourway. I used approximately 440 m out of the 685 m in the skein to knit the shawl as written (14 bees) but I am a slightly tight knitter. Natalie’s patterns are always...

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My weekend away

My weekend away

I went away last weekend to Prince Edward County with one of my best friends. This weekend was our very belated birthday celebration as our birthdays are only 8 days apart. My friend was very vague about where we were going but as she was organizing the trip I didn’t think much about it. It turned out that she wanted to surprise me with the fact that she and her husband had bought a cottage in Sandbanks Summer Village in May. The cottage...

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My purchases at the Twist Fibre Festival

My purchases at the Twist Fibre Festival

I made a few purchases including this cute card with a lamb holding a knitting needle in its mouth from the Gaspereau Valley Fibre Farm booth. When I go to visit my friend in Halifax, we usually go out to Gaspereau Valley Fibre Farm store but we were unable to go this summer so I was very happy when I saw that they were going to be a vendor at the Twist Fibre Festival.   I also bought a pattern for a cardigan called Morning Echo from Sweet...

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