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buon giorno!

Well, that was a nice little break! The mister and I just got back from a long-planned trip to Italy and had the most amazing time seeing places we’ve read and studied about, eating incredible pastas and gelato, the wine, oh the wine! It feels like we’ve been gone for so long, and it also feels like we never went! How can it be all over already?

Due to circumstances delaying things on al of our ends, the pop-up shop at Room6 is going to be postponed for a few weeks. We don’t have a date yet, but we’re all hoping for the beginning of November. Melissa is tending her husband who is slowly but surely recovering from a kidney transplant, I’m getting myself organized, and Megan is awaiting deliveries of items that will be part of the shop. It was agreed that it’s best for everyone to take a few more weeks to get ready. I will update here on the blog and on our Facebook page when we have a new date set.

In the meantime, I’m still working on the five (yes, I crazily brought five) knitting projects. I finished one of them, almost done with two of them, half way there with the fourth one and never touched the fifth. I also never wore 20% of the clothes I brought and really only needed 1 pair of shoes. When will I ever learn!!! lol

I believe I was the only person knitting in all of Italy. Well, maybe that is exaggerating, but I never saw anyone with needles or a hook. I carried a project with me most days so that when we would take a break from our job of being good tourists, I could relax and knit a few rows. Of course my vino della casa helped relax me a bit too. I wish we had such good wine here, at such good prices! Or maybe it’s better we don’t. hah. Same with the gelato.

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I never did find a yarn shop, although I didn’t look very hard. But that’s okay, I did get lots of inspiration for future ideas!

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Sorry for just reposting my instagram photos, but I haven’t had time to download the ones from my camera. Laundry and a kitty who needed surgery yesterday got me sidelined. But soon, I hope. Prego!

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coming this fall

eeeeek! We are so excited! Coming this October to our favourite little shop in The Cove are our yarn and kits! Melissa and I will be launching our wares on the weekend of October 18/19 (we’ll be there to meet and greet and talk about yarn and patterns and wind up yarn) and then our things will be carried through winter. Room6 is owned by the adorable and enthusiastic Megan. We will have our Mitt Kits as well as some new ones we’ve been working on.

Deep Cove is such a beautiful place; it is close by, but feels like you’ve gone somewhere very special.  At least half my photos seem to be of the cove and the boats and the hiking rock.

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Meanwhile, we’re up to our elbows in dye and pattern testing and kits and orders and Etsy, a Christmas Bazaar we are doing in November, and a trip to Italy for the mister and me planned a year ago and most importantly… a new kidney for my brother-in-law! Was life ever quiet? I can’t remember!

More details coming soon!

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I need another cappuccino, pronto, per favore :)

good morning, saturday

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working on my test knit, ready to skein up a test yarn, drinking a french press latte, contemplating a piece of apple pie for breakfast… enjoying the quiet, except for the snoring cat.

How is your weekend starting?

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Okay, let’s throw this one back

To when we were definitely style setters!

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When we took ballet class together, back in the day, our instructor, Tony, dubbed us the Dolly Sisters. And that name has stuck with us since. We try to live up to their style.

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Melissa came up for a few days this week so we could talk to a local shop owner about collaborating on a secret project that we are so excited about! And it’s happening right here in my back yard, for this fall!!! Not my literal backyard, mind you, but very close to here. More details soon ~~

For now I’m working up a new pattern for our lace weight yarn and knitting away while dancing plies and arabesques in my mind.

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Cheers!

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ready, set…

And we’re off! We have Etsy open again, yay! Like our market booth, we’ve scaled back what we are offering for sale, choosing to focus on hand dyed yarn, handspun yarn, kits, patterns and a few woven shawls. Both Melissa and I love dyeing yarns and spinning, so that is what we will have!

We will be slowly adding items to Etsy this week. Nothing is as easy as it would first appear… a motto that my husband has muttered for many, many years and it is true. It took us a couple of hours on Monday to get where it is now. We had our computers out, our iPads on FaceTime and worked away.

Besides the yarn and kits, we are offering a couple of patterns for sale. The first one listed on Etsy is the Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts.

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I sold many of the kits at the market and have only 3 left, and those are listed in the shop. I’ve been busy dyeing up yarn the last few days and will have them ready to list in the shop later next week as well. Also, I have the pattern for sale, via PDF file, for anyone who would like to knit it using their own yarn, and that is available on Ravelry and Etsy.

Here are the Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts, as modelled by my daughter, the Lovely Sarah, hand model extraordinaire!

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The pattern starts with ribbing and the Ripple Wave pattern low enough on the wrist that it will not peek out from under your coat sleeves.  The thumb is worked with a gusset and then the top of the mitt has a fold-down cuff in ribbing.  I find when I go out for a walk and it’s chilly, and yet I want to be able to take a photo with my phone or text or something requiring the use of those digits, it’s nice to fold down the cuff.  Or to keep the fingers warm, unfold it and they stay snug.

The gentle ripple wave pattern shows off the colour changes of variegated yarn, and the kettle-dyed tonal yarns give just a hint of colour variation.  Here is the latest I’ve dyed up in the last few days.

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Oh boy, I’ve got a lot of skeining and winding to do!