Thermohair Socks Promise Toasty Toes!

Rosehaven Yarn Shop has been carrying Thermohair socks for a number of years now and I am realizing it has been a bit of a secret.

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The people that know we carry them come year after year to buy the socks for gifts because they know that nothing beats them to keep away the cold.

Then we have the customers that happen across the socks in the display and are so thrilled to find these often dreamed about elusive socks.

They are made by a family run farm in South Mountain, Ontario from their lovely Angora Goats. Thermohair socks are 75% kid mohair. This is the most soft and expensive of the mohair grades. It’s micron count is close to cashmere, giving the socks the softness of cashmere, but the strength of mohair.

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The socks trademarked under THERMOHAIR are made of kid mohair, which is the first hair sheared from the young kid. This particular hair is very fine and soft, the most luxurious and expensive of the mohair grades. The finished socks are knit in a looped sequence for cushioning, and are blended with 25% nylon for stretch. THERMOHAIR socks are especially insulating for those working or sporting in the cold outdoors. They are ideal for contractors, hunters, fishermen, linesmen, skiers, skidooers, skindivers, hikers, etc.  The men’s all grey are slightly heavier than the other colours, suitable for  work boots and loose footwear.

We also carry the therapeutic version of the socks for people who have cold feet, resulting from various health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. These have no extra elastic at the top, allowing an unrestricted blood flow to the feet.

Even our UPS driver Dave is a convert to the Thermohair socks and bought his wife a couple of pairs for their evenings in the hockey arena. She was thrilled by the fact that her toes stayed warm throughout the entire evening watching the kids play hockey.

They also are machine washable and I throw mine in the dryer and they have survived my abuse for 4 years and are still in great shape. Now my teenagers have discovered them so my socks seem to have migrated to their dressers. I guess I know what the family wants for Christmas presents this year!

Wine & Wool In The County Knitting Retreat Materials List

knitting tool essentialsSo time is flying by and fall is here and we are organizing and getting ready for our big Knitting Retreat at Jackson’s Falls in November.

Our two instructors, Robin Hunter and Elizabeth McCarten have organized their materials list which I am posting here for you perusal.

Double check which class you are signed up for and then you can start organizing for the weekend too!

Seamless Techniques Class Materials

100g chunky weight light-coloured wool
25g of contrasting colour chunky wool for use as waste yarn
Size US #10 / 6 mm 24”/ 60 cm circular needle
Size US #10 / 6 mm set of 4 double-pointed needles
6 ring markers
small scissors and a tapestry needle
a CROCHET HOOK, 5 to 6 mm in size. (No crochet experience is necessary)
pencil and notepaper, or other means to take notes

 

Lace Knitting Perfected

Students should bring worsted weight yarn in a light colour, needles in an appropriate size for the yarn (4 – 5.5mm), a crochet hook in the same or a slightly smaller size, stitch markers in several colours, waste yarn in a lighter weight, paper, pens in several colours, rulers, darning needles and scissors.

 

Steek Class Materials & Homework
(Because you need something to cut!)

Materials:
50 g of non-superwash worsted-weight 100% wool in a light colour (MC)
50 g of non-superwash worsted-weight 100% wool in a dark colour (CC) (omit if not working stranded knitting)
25 g or less of a contrasting colour lighter weight non-superwash yarn (sport or
fingering weight
a few yds of waste yarn for holding sts
sewing thread (cotton or polyester)
5.0 mm circular needle, 40 cm long
set of 5mm dpns (for 3-needle BO and borders)
3.25 mm crochet hook
large-eyed blunt tapestry needle
small-eyed sharp sewing needle
small scissors with sharp points
sewing thread (cotton or polyester
6 ring markers
Prerequisite Techniques (these are all available on Youtube):
longtail cast-on,
although it is not necessary to know how to crochet, please take time ahead of class to learn how to make a crochet chain,
3-needle bind-off (this is what the dpns are for).
Homework:
(If you do not know how to do stranded knitting, then simply CO 72 sts, work 4 rnds of k2, p2 ribbing, and then 3” of Stocking stitch.)
With 5 mm circ, CO 72 sts using the longtail method.
Join into a rnd, being careful not to twist and work corrugated ribbing as foll:
Rnd 1: *K2 MC, k2 CC, rep from * to end of rnd, place marker to indicate start of rnd.
Rnd 2: *K2 MC, p2 CC, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 3 and 4: Rep Rnd 2.
Rnd 5: Knit around in MC.
Rnd 6: *K1 CC, k3 MC, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 7: K2 MC, *K1 CC, k3 MC, rep from * to last 2 sts, k1CC, k1 MC.

Rep Rnds 6 and 7 until work meas approx 3”.
In class, we will set up 2 armhole steeks and a neck steek, learn how to secure them, cut them open, and, if there is time, finish the cut edges.

 

What the Pattern Doesn’t Tell You (and the class for the Sunday afternoon about Garments)

Students should bring small amounts of worsted weight yarn in 3 different light colours, needles in an appropriate size for the yarn (4 – 5.5mm), a crochet hook in the same or a slightly smaller size, paper, pens in several colours, rulers, darning needles, scissors.

 

Afterthought Buttonhole Class Materials
50g worsted-weight wool
Size US #8 / 5 mm 24” circular needle
Size US #7 / 4.5 mm double-pointed needles
Size US # 5 / 3.75 mm crochet hook
small scissors and a tapestry needle
pencil and notepaper, or other means to take notes

Quince & Co. Yarns Exclusive to Rosehaven!!

Hello all!

We are thrilled to announce that we have officially been invited to be a flagship store for the Quince & Co. Yarn Company. 

This is especially exciting for Canadians because we will be the only store in Ontario to carry their yarn and only the 2nd place in Canada to have it. The only other shop is Espace Tricot in Montreal.

Quince & Co. offers wool yarns that are sourced and spun in the US. Known in the trade as “territory wool,” their wool comes from Merino, Rambouillet, and Columbia-based sheep that roam the ranges of Montana and Wyoming. All Their wool and wool-blend yarns are spun in New England mills with venerable histories. By sourcing their wool in the US and manufacturing their yarn locally, they minimize their carbon footprint.

When Quince looks for an animal fiber, they want to know if the animal was raised in a way that sustains the earth and preserves the culture of the people who care for it.

Quince Kestrel
Kestrel 100% linen
Quince Sparrow
Sparrow 100% linen

We have been carrying their two 100% linen yarns, Sparrow and Kestrel since this past spring and it has been well loved by our customers that have bought and made garments with it. One person’s description of the Sparrow was that it turned to butter in your hands as you knit it. Yum!
 

 

 

Now we are just waiting for the boxes to arrive of  Quince’s Chickadee, Lark, Osprey and Puffin in lots of luscious colours.

Lark Petra sweater
Lark Petra sweater
Chickadee Kilkenny cowl
Chickadee Kilkenny cowl
Osprey Camilla pullover
Osprey Camilla pullover
Puffin Cullin Cowl
Puffin Cullin Cowl

Wine & Wool In The County – A Knitting Retreat!

jacksons fallsWe are putting together our first ever Knit Retreat and we are so excited to invite you all to come and enjoy a fabulous weekend in beautiful Prince Edward County, the capital of fabulous food and wine for eastern Ontario.

There will be classes each day being taught by Robin Hunter and Elizabeth McCarten.  Robin has been knitting her whole life, so long she has no recollection of learning. She brings her extensive background in sewing, tailoring, pattern drafting and millinery to her designs and to share with students. Elizabeth McCarten is a top knit designer and has created amazing and beautiful garments with the patterns available on Ravelry. Both of these ladies have also been showcased in Vogue knitting magazines for their talent and designs.

Jackson’s Falls Country Inn is built around the original old school house for the area and is filled with old artifacts from the school house including the original chalkboards and maps. There is a wood stove to cuddle up next too and a friendly dog that likes to wander in for an occasional pat.

Elizabeth steekingYou are welcome to bring your own wine to the Inn and can drink it in the public rooms or your own room with only a $5 cork fee to cover the legalities of the liquor license for the Inn. All the rooms are set up to be a shared occupancy so tell us in the registration form who you will be rooming with.

We have also invited a few vendors to join us and show us their wares on the Saturday so bring along some cash for a yarn treat to take home. Silver Cloud Alpacas, Anwyn Yarns and us of course Rosehaven Yarn Shop.

Follow this link to see the itinerary and to register.

 

Come join the fun in the County!

Freebies! What Could be Better!

imageWhen I came into ownership of Rosehaven I acquired a rather large amount of knitting, crocheting, Piecework, Fibre Focus and other magazines. Plus of course there is also my own stash of magazines to add to that.

They were all a year or so old and not worth really anything much but there were still some good patterns in them and then I thought why don’t we work a trade system?  Originally the idea was that people could bring in their old magazines and trade for some different ones. I quickly discovered that when someone brought me their magazines it usually consisted of large bags of them!

I quickly changed the whole trade idea to just take what you like and if at some point you have a few to donate back, great! If not I wasn’t going to worry because we seem to have an never ending supply of magazines! I think one of the best things that came out of this idea was the day a woman came in to check things out on her way to visit her elderly mother who at one time was an avid knitter, sewer and all around amazing crafter. Her mother was unable to do any of the things she loved due to her arthritis but she still loved to see what others create. I loaded this lovely lady up with lots of magazines of different crafting genres and sent her happily on her way.

She popped back into the shop about a week later with some of the magazines to return and said how it made her mother’s day to have all these magazines to look through. She got very excited about all the creations in the articles and spent the entire week pouring over the magazines. It really made my day hearing that!

It proves that sharing can be fun so come and check out the pile of magazines and get a good laugh over a few of the much older ones and grab a couple with ideas and patterns you would like to create.

Rosehaven on the Road

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Leslie Hits the RoadWe squished, stacked, stashed and dashed down the road last weekend to two separate yarn/craft sales in Toronto. We pillaged the shelves of our little shop and took Rosehaven on the road; Diane and Amy headed to Knitter’s Folic while Lesley and I camped at CreativFestival. Though it was exhausting and the learning curve was steep, I think we arrived home to the County inspired and enlightened by the experience.

At Creativ, I had the pleasure of teaching two knitting demonstrations, one about Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on and the other on the joys of i-cord. It was great to meet such fearless and  inquisitive participants, some of whom visited in the Rosehaven booth post-lecture. Several people asked about follow-up instructions for Judy’s Magic Cast-on and I’ve decided to post them here.

Back in 2006, Judy wrote a wonderful tutorial for the online knitting magazine, Knitty.com. The photos that follow are from that tutorial (which is worth a look if you find yourself confused). The following instructions assume you’re using a circular needle; this cast-on can be accomplished using double-points, but I don’t recommend it.

Judy's Magic 11) Hold your needle in the right hand with the tips together.

2) Leaving a tail (at least 18″, or long enough for the desired number of stitches), loop the tail over the top of the upper needle. Hold the yarn in place with the index finger of your right hand so it doesn’t slip off.

3) Position the yarn in your left hand as you would for a long-tail cast Judy's Magic 2on. Your index finger will be loading stitches onto the lower needle, your thumb will be loading stitches onto the upper needle.

4) With your index finger, carry the yarn under the lower needle and between the needles. With your thumb, carry the yarn between the needles and over the top of the upper needle.

5) Continue in this manner (under-the-lower-and-between, between-Judy's Magic 3and-over-the-top) until you’ve cast on the desired number of stitches.

Huzzah! Judy’s Magic Cast-On! That’s all there is to it! You’re now ready to proceed with your project, whether it’s the toe of a toe-up sock or the beginning of our Bird’s Nest Bag.

Happy knitting!

Rosehaven on “The Edge”

Lesley's VestEver since it appeared in the window late last week, Lesley’s drape-y vest has garnered no end of attention. People have stopped, admired, offered to purchase and asked how to make, Lesley’s vest. I don’t think she expected it!

Vest FabricThe magic of this piece is undoubtedly the fabric,  a product of Lesley’s fertile and fearless imagination. Wrought of alternating rows of Malabrigo Worsted and Fiesta Rayon Boucle, this fabric has magnificent drape and a surprisingly silky hand; it opens a world of color-play alternatives.  Due to it’s success, we’ve decided to bundle the materials, pattern and tools as a kit for CreativFestival, our upcoming Spring trade show.

Now, Lesley is what I’d call a “stream-of-consciousness knitter”. She knits from the gut, tapping into some natural, instinctive gift for abstractly combining colors and textures. This is an ability that provides for me, a confessed “nerd-knitter”, an endless, quizzical fascination and admiration. Just don’t ask her how she does it…and don’t ask her to do it twice. Enter ‘the nerd’ who will now attempt to codify the magic and attempt to write the pattern.

Because it is knitted sideways as a rectangle, this vest has two long edges running the width of the garment, which got me thinking about selvedge and edge treatments. I think we’ve all attempted to incorporate selvedge stitches into our knitting, whether to smooth the edge of a scarf, prevent curling, or to ease the pain of seaming knitted garments. Here are a couple of useful edge treatments I’ve used recently:

Slip-Stitch Edge1) Slip-stitch Edge: Slipping the first stitch in the row (as if to purl) and knitting it normally when encountered at the end of the row, is the among the most common edge treatments. It creates one long stitch for every two rows of knitting and eliminates that ‘loosey-goosey’ stitch often seen at the edge of knitted pieces. This edge can also be useful when seaming, as it creates a natural seam allowance which is very easy to see.

Yarn-over Edge2) Yarn-Over Edge: This is a very simple edge that works particularly well for garter stitch. It creates a lovely, finished, rolled edge, making it the perfect solution for reversible scarves. It is created by slipping the first stitch as if to purl with the yarn in front. Rather than passing the yarn between the needles to be in position for the next knit stitch, let the yarn run over the top of the right needle, creating a short yarn-over. The yarn-over is then worked together with the last stitch when it is encountered at the end of a row.

I-Cord Edge3) I-Cord Edge: I love this one so much, I used it to edge our new Tea Cozy pattern. It’s an easy way to create a super stable edge. Work it like this: Knit across to the last three stitches. Slip the last three stitches as if to purl. For extra effectiveness, give the yarn an extra little tug when you begin a row. Best thing about this edge? It visually matches the I-cord Bind-Off, meaning that you can create a border that matches all the way around!

Moss Edge4) Moss Edge: This is a simple, self-explanatory edge stitch ideally suited to bordering scarves because it is pretty on both sides and prevents curling. It also makes an attractive alternative to ribbing at cuffs and bottom edges. Do it like this:  Every row, on an odd number of stitches, *p1, k1* repeat until last stitch, p1. In other words, you’ll work each stitch the opposite way it appears. If it looks like a knit, purl it and vice versa.

Ribbed Edge5) Good Ol’ Fashioned Ribbing: ‘Nuff said! Ribbing looks great from both sides and prevents curling, too!

Happy Hump-day, knitties 🙂

New Textural Yarns In the House!

I am a lover of anything colourful and textural when it comes to my knitter’s dreams so when Marsha came with her books of samples from Estelle and I saw these my heart was going pitter, patter rather loudly!

hudson-estelle yarnhudson_455 ocean floor hudson_768red hudson_760pastel rainbow

 

 

 

These are the three colours we currently have in stock. I make a cowl out of the pastel rainbow one. It turned out gorgeous and it only took an evening to knit up.

I love those quick instant gratification projects!

They also come with a pack of the free patterns that the yarns have been used on, like this one.

Our New Look

The new look inside the shop.
The new look inside the shop.

I had our friend Michael Grills, photographer extraordinaire, come and do some shots of the store and how it now looks. He does beautiful work and somehow magically makes the room even bigger and brighter!

As you can see we have a nice sitting area at the front of the shop, and my Mom brought an afghan that my grandma made for us decades ago for one of the chairs. Lots of colour was her rule and I love that it is in the shop now to keep her close. She passed away about 10 years ago when she was 92 and was always an avid knitter and would have been thrilled that I now own a yarn shop. My other grandma, who was Nana, was also a big time knitter and used to make baby sets to donate to the hospitals for years and years. It is funny how it was always around me but I only picked up my needles in my early thirties. Those ladies would sure have loved that I turned into such a big knitter that I bought a whole store filled with yarn!

IMG_6101-webI also added some fresh new colours and a bigger sign out the front to welcome everyone in. Plus one of my favourite people, Susi Mayer, had the brilliant idea to make a sweater into an open sign. Her lovely husband made the giant knitting needles out of old curtain rods and rigged us up to hang it. Isn’t it fun looking?!

We miss our Susi, who has moved back to Germany with her family, but we are very hopeful that she will come back again!

Knitting Class for Beginners or a Refresher

Hello all,

Well here we are 2014! I came in like a lion or maybe a polar bear would be more appropriate considering the deep freezing temperatures and loads of snow. There sure was no worries about it being a white Christmas this year!

We are starting off with a two evening class on the Thursday the 16th and Thursday the 23rd, from 7 to 9 pm to learn how to make a simple mobius cowl. A mobius means that the item will have a single twist in the design of the cowl.

Mobius cowlIt uses one skein of Malabrigo’s Rasta yarn. This yarn is 100% merino wool and is very soft and is handpainted so the colours of each skein are unique and beautiful.

The class fee is $15 plus the cost of materials. The Rasta yarn is $28 and the large needles are 10mm with a 40″ cable, $14.75.

Call the shop if you are interested in taking this class. Right now we only have 3 spots left. 613-476-9092

Grand Unveiling

Well it’s been just over a week since I was handed the key to the shop, and oh what a week it was!

If you haven’t had a chance to drop by, join us on Thursday, December 5th for the Grand Unveiling. There’s a chance to win a one of a kind, hand knit hat by Lesley, as well as specials and discounts all day long!

Bring the invite below along to receive 10% off your purchase. Invite coupon is good for Thursday December 5th only, so don’t miss out! You can right-click on the image below, and choose Save to download it and print it, or right click and choose Print.
Drop us a note
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Grand Unveiling
If you can’t make it to the store in person, You can still get 10% off your online purchase by entering: “unveiling” (without the quote marks) in the coupon area of the online shop.

We have also started our Knit & Natter Night on Tuesdays at the shop from 5pm to 7pm. It has been a great group of ladies that have come out the last two weeks and all are welcome to join us. It is free to come out and you can bring whatever crafty project you are currently working on and if you are a newbie to knitting and need some help we can definitely help you out!

I hope to see you all in the shop soon!

The Countdown is On!

Only 20 days left before I get to officially move into Rosehaven Yarn Shop! Linda and I are spending as much time as we can together getting me up to date on all the details of the shop and I am having a blast!!

The official date I get the keys is Sunday, November 17th. I will close that day and Monday to paint and reorganize the new display furnishings I am bringing in and such. If all goes well then I will be back open for business on Tuesday morning at 10 am.

I am rearranging the layout of the store a bit so that we can have a better space for people to come in and sit and knit on the main floor. With that in mind I am going to start a Knit and Natter evening for anyone and everyone to pop in and hang out and knit together. From the feed back that people are offering it looks like it will be Tuesday evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm. Official word will be on the website soon but assume that it will start on Tuesday the 19th.

stitch and bitch imageThere is no cost and anyone can come and all crafting is welcome, it doesn’t have to be just knitting. I will have a pot of tea for us and my handy dandy Kerig machine whipping up coffee as needed or feel free to buy one at the local coffee shops or bring one from home.

This would also be a good opportunity for beginner knitters to come and get started and learn from a group that are all of varying experiences. There are always people happy to help out and answer a question. I will be setting something up for beginner knitters I am trying to sort out a date for that and a project that everyone can work on to hopefully have for the gift giving season ahead.

See you all in the shop soon!!