Tea time!

I just love the variety of styles for tea infusers, and I have to admit, I have a soft spot for the slightly whimsical ones. We’ve gotten a few in recently that I just love. What do you think? My favourite is the diver – he even comes with a little tray to set him on after removing him from your cup, so he doesn’t drip all over the table.

Diver, snail, fish on a line, shark, platypus and elephant tea infusers

The Perfect Shot

Are you a photograper with a serious need for caffeine? We have just the thing – a lidded camera lens mug!

lens mugs

New Yarn for Canada and for you!

The lovely Fleece Artist team has done it again! This time, they’ve designed 13 new exclusive, limited edition colourways, each inspired by the colours of one of the national parks in each of our provinces and territories for Canada’s 150th anniversary. The colours, as usual are beautiful, and they are available in 2 different 100% superwash merino bases – Chinook (a soft 2 ply yarn) and Merino Slim (a soft single). We’ve got 1 set of the Chinook and 2 of the Merino Slim. Come check them out – they’re already going quickly!

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Remember my Tang Fish?

Just wanted to show you all how the Bis-Sock self-striping colourways knit up. This is the beginnings of a sock in the Tang Fish colourway. Squishy, fishy feet!

Tang fish

 

More new yarn!

We just got in 5 new colours of 100% squooshy merino Malabrigo Chunky – just in time for a quick knit hat for the inevitable May long weekend snowstorm! ;)

Isn’t it pretty?

Malabrigo Chunky

New yarn!

BisSockIf you like self-striping sock yarn, have we got a treat for you!

We’ve started getting in Biscotte & Cie’s Bis-Sock yarn. We have 7 lovely, stripey options for you, as well as a deep charcoal grey semi-solid for coordinating with some of them. It’s an amazingly soft 85% merino/15% nylon base that’s a treat to knit, and with 400 yards, you can knit a whole lot of sock out of a single skein! Current self-striping colourways in stock are Sorcerer’s Uniform (from the Harry Potter line), Tang Fish, Rainbow, Apple’s Heart, Hope, Grincheux (Grinch), and For Him. We’ll have the website up at the till, too, so you can see how each colour knits up. Come have a peek, and maybe a squeeze!

Please note: if you drool on it, you have to buy it!  :)

Yarn Review: Malabrigo Sock

Malabrigo SockMalabrigo Sock is a classic in my mind. Lots of people love it for socks, but to me, it’s the perfect shawl yarn. A 100% super soft merino is great for big cozy shawls or lacey cowls against your neck. It has a great hand, which lends itself well to drapey shawls, but also holds blocking well and has great stitch definition, which is great for cozy, textured shawls. I’m also always tempted by pretty variegated colourways, but some companies and dyers are better at laying out the colourways so they look just as nice once they’re knit as they did in the skein. Malabrigo is definitely one of those companies. I’ve yet to see a colourway that didn’t knit up amazingly.

 

His Majesty’s Dragon

Temeraire aka His Majesty's DragonMy first foray into historical fantasy was a fabulous intro. The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik is one of my all time favourites. The characters are amazingly well-written and have great depth, the historical details are researched in great detail, and the story is epic.

The series is set during the Napoleonic wars, but with a twist. Naval battles are obviously a critical part of the war effort, but the turning point is most often the air force of dragons. However, naval officers such as Laurence, the Captain of the Reliant, are respected men of standing, whereas the Aerial Corps’ officers are seen as crude and unrefined.

The book begins in the heat of battle, where we meet Laurence, having just taken the French ship Amitié. Given that the Amitié’s crew is depleted, Laurence is surprised and displeased at the loss of life and damage caused because their Captain offered battle rather than surrendering. We find out why almost immediately – they are carrying a precious dragon egg that is about to hatch. Dragons are fascinating creatures in this world. We learn that they must be harnessed by their permanent handler immediately after birth, or they remain feral for their entire lives. No naval officer would ever give up his career for the Aerial Corps, but this egg is about to hatch, and England’s air forces are sadly lacking, and they can’t risk this dragon going feral, so they draw lots to see who will be doomed to be the dragon’s handler. However, the dragon decides to imprint himself on none other than Captain Will Laurence, whose world instantly falls apart.

All is not lost, though, because Laurence learns that the life of a dragon’s handler is not at all what he expected. His promising career is gone, as are the prestige and riches he would garner as a naval officer, but he finds something much more in his relationship with Temeraire and the Aerial Corps.

And thus, an epic adventure begins, with the most intelligent, precocious, fascinating dragon you will ever read about – Temeraire – and his new handler, Will Laurence.

This whole series is fabulous, and this first book had me hook, line and sinker from the very first paragraph; I just couldn’t put it down. It’s intelligent, fast-paced, full of intrigue, but also full of budding friendships and deep philosophical dicussions. Temeraire is probably one of the best written characters I’ve read in years. If you haven’t read these yet, do yourself a favour, and pick up the first book His Majesty’s Dragon (or Temeraire for the British edition). You absolutely won’t regret it!

Guess what’s back in stock?

Skull tea infuser

Have you seen our new journals?

I love them! Slim hardcover journals, with gilt pages and gold foil detailing on the front covers, and a simple lined journal on the inside. Classic!

gilt journals

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