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A Dieter’s Dessert….

I was just thinking of the gorgeous desserts that The Fern Resort offers us every April at our Yarnover Sleepover retreat. Do you remember the Butter tarts? The brownies? The Sundaes? Well, I’m always watching my weight. In fact, I almost never have dessert unless it’s at The Fern.

Now, April is a long time to wait for a treat, so I decided to work off some of my cravings with a little needle felting. Here they are!!

 

I spent the day felting up some macarons. I know you can’t eat them, but half of the appeal of a dessert is just looking at it. You know, “have your cake and eat it too.” Well, I just get the first half of the quotation. I can mound up my macarons and use them as a centrepiece, though and dream!!

I do need to felt up two more, however, to get a balance. I was thinking of chocolate with a coffee filling and vice versa, coffee with a mocha filling. (I put 2 in a kit so others can make a “fat free” dessert too 🙂 ) What do you think? What flavours am I missing?

Have a colourful day!!

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A Sample A Day…..

……keeps the doctor away, maybe. I’m sure every knitter has read about the physical and mental benefits of knitting. It calms the spirit, lowers blood pressure and soothes the troubled mind. At this rate, our Yoso teachers should be the healthiest people around, given all the samples we knit for the classes we teach along with our “other” knitting.

I’m not sure about the others, but I know that I’m always “frantically knitting.” I must get this done and go onto to that!! Yikes!!

Gayle just sent me this picture of her latest sample for her reversible cables class. There will be an advanced one this year.

I’m always amazed at Gayle’s precision with the gorgeous stitches she works. This one is reversible, but not exactly the same on both sides.

Here’s mine. It started out as a sample and has ended up as a vest with vertical striping and if it looks a little like a bar code, it was intentional.

There are more…maybe in another post.

Have a relaxing day.

 

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YARN SALE

 

Date – Saturday October 27th
Time – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Place – Please e-mail info@yarnoversleepover.com for directions
Prices – $3.00 – $5.00 per skein or cone, some a bit more but not much
Yarn – All natural fibres – merino, silk, linen, linen/silk, cashmere/wool, wool, cashmere/cotton, merino/silk, wool/silkWeight – most are DK weight, but also lace, bulky, worsted weights – Put Ups – 150 gm cones, 100 gm skeins and some smaller – Lots of sweater quantities

Directions – Go south on Whites Road from the 401. Turn left at Oklahoma, the second set of traffic lights. There’s a gas station on the corner. Turn right at Hillview, the third street on the right. Drive to the very end of Hillview to Park Crescent. Turn right on Park Crescent and drive to the very end of it, too, to #502. There will be balloons.

Yarns For Sale
The list shows – Fibre/colour/weight/# gms/# of cones or # of skeins/balls COLOURMART YARNS

Colourmart yarns are remaindered yarns from the best yarn producers in Europe and the British Isles.These yarns are all on cones and can be knit directly from the cone, therefore, few joins in projects. www.colourmart.com for info

Yardage for different weights of yarn for 150 gram cone –

Lace Weight – 2,300 yards
Heavy Lace Weight – 1,550 yards
4 Ply – 1,150 yards
Fingering – 770 Yards
DK – 570 yards

Cashmere – Red – Lace Weight 1
Cashmere – Kelly Green – Lace Weight – 130 gms 1
Cashmere – Dark moss Green – Lace Weight – 124 gms 1
Cashmere – Dark Green – Lace Weight – 153 gms 1
Cashmere – Turquoise – Lace Weight – 109 gms 1670 yds 1

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Cashmere – Turquoise- Lace Weight – 90gms 1
Cashmere -Navy- Lace Weight – 88gms 1
Cashmere – Teal – Lace Weight – 90gms 1
Cashmere -Red – Lace Weight – 76gms 1
Cashmere – Pale Blue – Lace Weight – 177 gms 1
Cashmere – Beige – Lace Weight – 73 gms 1
Cashmere – Pale Bluey/Green – Lace Weight – 100 gms 1
Cashmere – Dark Turquoise – Heavy Lace Weight – 214 gms 1
Cashmere – Dark Blue – Lace Weight – 63 gms 1
Cashmere – Med Blue – Lace Weight – 30 gms 1

Cashmere – Cloud’s Buzz – Bright green – DK 150 gms 1

Wool Marl – Blues – Fingering – 92 gms 1
Wool Marl – Blues – Fingering – 92 gms 1
Wool Marl – Blues – Fingering – 82 gms 1
Wool Marl – Blues – Fingering – 61 gms 1
Wool Marl – Blues – Fingering – 32 gms 1
Wool Marl – Blues – Fingering – 78 gms 1
Wool Marl – Blues – Fingering – 135 gms 1
Wool Marl – Greens – Fingering – 104 gms 1
Wool Marl – Greens – Fingering – 87 gms 1
Wool Marl – Greens – Fingering – 116 gms 1
Wool Marl – Greens – Fingering – 92 gms

Wool Marl – Browns – Fingering – 47 gms 1
Wool Marl – Browns – Fingering – 72 gms 1
Wool Marl – Browns – Fingering – 82 gms 1
Wool Marl – Browns – Fingering – 84 gms 1

Geelong – M8034
Marl – Brown Olive Mar – 3/14 Fingering – 150 gms
2 Yak/Merino – Ginepro Mouline – Rich Brown/Tan
Marl – 3/14 – Fingering 150 gms 3

Extra Fine Merino – Mineral – DK 158 gms
Extra Fine Merino – Mineral – DK 180 gms
Extra Fine Merino – Mineral – DK 196 gms
Extra Fine Merino – Mineral – DK 83 gms

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Extra Fine Merino – Caramac – Gold – DK – 150 gms – 460 yards
Extra Fine Merino – Persian Red – 10/30 – DK – 150 gms – 485 yards
Extra Fine Merino – Highlighter Yellow – DK – 150 gms – 485 yards 3
Extra Fine Merino – Neptune – DK – 150 gms – 485 yards 4
Extra Fine Merino – Pale Aqua – DK – 300 gms – 500 yards 1
Extra Fine Merino – Pale Aqua – DK – 1 kg – 2800 yards 1
Extra Fine Merino – Forest – DK – 150 gms – 485 yards 1
Extra Fine Merino – Palest Peach – DK – 150 gms – 485 yards

2 Extra Fine Merino – Palest Peach – DK – 150 gms – 485 yards – washed and skeined 2

3 1/2 1 1/2

Extra Fine Merino – Orange Lily – 3/48 – Lace Weight – 1
Extra Fine Merino – Meadow Pink – DK – 150 gms – 485 yards 1
Extra Fine Merino – RAF Blue – DK – 150 gms – 485 yards 2
Extra Fine Merino – Peardrop – Pale Green – 4 Ply – 150 gms – 1150 yards 3

Extra Fine Merino – Mineral – Lace weight 3/48 150 gms 1
Extra Fine Merino – Bottle – Heavy Lace Weight – 300 gms 1
Cashmere/Cotton – Grenadine 2/28 – 150 gms 3
Cashmere/Cotton – Off White 2/28 – 600 gms – 4600 yes 1
Extra Fine Merino – Red – 4 Ply -150 gms – 790 m 3
Cotton/Silk – Geranio – 2/9 – Fingering -300 gms – 1630 yards 1
Silk – Mio Brown – 20/60 – Fingering 1
Cashmere/Wool – 30%/70% – Shellac – DK washed and balled – 100 gms – 280 yards 7
Cashmere/Silk/Merino – Verde Tweed DK- 490 yards 4
Cashmere/Silk/Merino – Marengo Tweed – Black/white flecks – DK – 490 yards 2 Extra Fine Merino – Pale Blue- Chunky Thick and Thin – 1 kg – 1300 yards 1

Wool/Silk – Yam – 2/4 Chunky – 500 gms
Cashmere/Merino – Nero – Black DK – 150 gms 485 yards
Mohair – Black – DK – 150 gms – 2

Silk – Darkest grey – Cobweb 1
Silk – Navy – Cobweb 3 Linen/Silk – Black DK Big weight 1
Angora/Merino/Nylon – Pistacho – Fingering – 450 gms 2000 yards 1 Angora/Merino/Nylon – Verde – Fingering – 450 gms 2000 yards 1
Wool/Silk – Ecru DK 150 gms 450 yds 6

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OTHER YARNS

Wool – Natural – Worsted weight – 958 gms 1

Irish Wool – Brown – Aran – 268 gms 1
Irish Wool – Brown – Aran – 245 gms 1
Irish Wool – Brown – Aran – 250 gms 1
Irish Wool – Brown – Aran – 98 gms 1

Wool – Navy – Worsted – 116 gms 1
Wool – Navy – Worsted – 96 gms 1
Wool – Navy – Worsted – 108 gms 1
Wool – Navy – Worsted – 97 gms 1

Naturally – Wool – Natural – Aran – 225 gms – 440 m
Donegal Aran Tweed – Wool – 50gms – 88 yards 20

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Inca Gold – Baby alpaca Black 50 gm – fingering 2
Inca Gold – Baby alpaca navy 50 gm – fingering

Coton Egillo – Mercertized Cotton – Grey DK 50 gms – 109 yards 12

Lopi – Icelandic Wool – Black Heather Bulky 100 gms – 109 yards 8
Lopi – Icelandic Wool – greys/blue/green/ Bulky 100 gms – 109 yards 10

Briggs and Little Heritage – Wool – Grey 113 gms – 215 yards 4

Briggs and Little Regal – Wool – Dark Grey – 113 gms – 272 yards 1
Briggs and Little Regal – Wool – Light Grey – 113 gms – 272 yards 3

Classic Montera – Llama Wool – Off white – 100 gms – 127 yards 4
Condon’s Yarns (PEI) – Wool – Pink – 113 gms – Sport weight – 275 yards 7 Condon’s Yarns (PEI) – Wool – Grey – 113 gms – Worsted weight – 200 yards 9 Handmaiden Silk Floss – Silk – Handpaint Rusts – Lace weight 50gms – 500 m 1 Valeria – Angora – Pale Blue – 1/2 oz 33 yards 18
Shelridge Wool/Cotton – Pine – 4 oz 2

Wool – Blue – Fingering – 61gms 1
Wool – Blue – Fingering – 69 gms 1
Wool – Blue – Fingering – 68 gms 1

Filatura Di Crosa – Kinair – Green – Kinair/Nylon – Cobweb – 20 gms – 214 yds 17 Hillsdale Mohair/Wool – Natural Worsted – 350 gms 1
Ram Wools – Tweed – Silk – Blue and white – 50 gm – 93 m- 6
Mineville Wool Project – Hand Dyed – Wool/Mohair – Bulky – 200gms – 300 m 2

The End I think – Unless I find more somewhere.

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The Warmth of Friends….

I thought this lovely picture came very close to expressing the YOSO experience!! Yes, we have a wonderful weekend in April, with great food, first class accommodation, a choice of excellent classes and lots of other “fun” activities. But we also have something that money can’t buy. We have the opportunity to spend time with friends; to make new friends and to be a friend.

So many of us have bonded together over YOSO’s seven years, that it makes coming back each April feel like a camp reunion. Every year, people new to YOSO may have felt like perfect strangers, on Friday only to be best friends on Sunday. That’s part of the magic of our yarnover sleepover weekend at the Fern in Orillia.

Yes, we’re about knitting, but we’re also about knitting people together. Book your next date with an old friend or a new one. April 12-14, 2019. Come and share the love.

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How men and Woman See Colours

I went on a hunting trip through Gayle’s blog posts and found this interesting piece.

Here’s what Gayle has to say:-

My husband and I were picking the colour for a carpet runner and it was clear that we were thinking, and seeing, differently. Our lovely salesman pulled out the pic you see above to explain what may be going on. I can’t credit the creator as I don’t know what the source is, but it’s fun and may be useful in some situations of discord.

Now I know why my husband always asks for anything I knit for him to be in Blue. He never wears any other colour – Oh except maybe grey or beige. It does say something about the other half doesn’t it 🙂

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Obsessed with the Fade

Hi again,I’ve been able to track down some of the YOSO teachers in between our meetings to see what they are working on. Here’s Deb Gemmel’s latest post. It looks like an amazing project!!

Have you done one of these? What did you think of it?

The title says it all. I’m having so much fun I don’t want to put my pullover down. I started another Any Gauge Raglan 6 days ago and it’s almost done (OK, no sleeves makes it pretty fast). This is worsted wool from Dragon Strings, wonderful to knit with which is  more than half the pleasure, with colours that go around the colour wheel: red, gold, green/blue, blue. I am just into the blue now.

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The blending is interesting for a newbie. I did [2 rounds new colour, 2 rounds old colour] twice between the red and gold. I think I could have done more blending here.

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When I went from the gold to the green/blue I worked the set of 4 blending rounds 3 times. I thought that worked better. It just meant starting to blend when I had more yarn left in the colour I was working on. It’s definitely a bit of a guessing game.

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The blue/green to blue hardly needed any blending at all but I did some anyway.

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And now I’m working with the blue alone.

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I looked up what other people recommend. Here’s a short list:

  1.  Stephen West (youtube video) recommends working 2 row stripes with the old and new colours for as long as you like. You have to love that relaxed attitude.
  2.  Fruity Knitting (youtube podcast) did a lovely interview with Andrea Mowry , one of the most popular fade designers. The interview starts at 46 minutes into the program.
  3.  The Unique Sheep (blog post) recommends  2 rows New; 4 rows Old; 4 rows New; 2 rows Old.
  4.  For an analysis of the Fade trend read Grading the Fade by Stichcraft Marketing.

I will be doing another one for sure. All those lonely balls of yarn in my stash will get some friends. It’s really a community project for my stash. How can I resist that?

Thanks for reading. Let me know if you’ve tried this and how you liked it.

Deb

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Knitted Bling!!

We’re well on our way to preparing for our 7th annual Yarnover Sleepover weekend in April. Monika brought an idea for a class to our September meeting. In fact she taught us all to knit beaded bracelets. They were so easy and so much fun that we decided “Beaded Bracelets” had to be offered as a class in April 2019. Here are some pictures!!

This is Deb Gemmel’s bracelet knit with blue yarn, pre-beaded with these lovely blue and pink beads. Deb just happened to be wearing a top that matched the colours of the beads!! Some things were meant to be.

This is Trish’s, which has some lovely mauve shells in between the purple beads. Monika carefully selected all the beads, strung them onto beading thread in a specific order so that each bead would be offset by the one beside it. I am in awe of Monika’s care and patience in doing this. She even included the findings to close the bracelets and the pearl cotton thread to knit the garter stitch which positioned the beads.

Here’s a peak at Monika’s work station. It looks like so much fun. Certainly the project was.

Both Julia and I choose red ones. Julia was wearing a red sweater, which was set off, perfectly, by the red beads. We hope to be posting our class list in early November. And we’ll be posting to our blog often. Please drop by and comment!!