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

More yarn!

We’re topped up our stock of Malabrigo Sock, Malabrigo Rios and the nylon Sidekick project bags. Come have a look!

Cashmere, gradient sets and socks, oh my!

We just got in another yarn shipment, and we think you’re in for a treat!

If you like to wrap up in large, squishy shawls, you’ll love our new gradient sets. They contain five 50g skeins of light worsted weight Casbah 5 Ply in classic tonal gradients. Casbah is a lovely blend of soft merino, a touch of nylon for strength, and a little cashmere for a soft, squishy, luxurious treat. Here’s a sneak peak through the bags:

casbah gradient sets

If you’re more into cozy socks, we’ve got a treat for you too. We’re now carrying Fleece Artist’s Cottage Sock. It’s a supersoft fingering weight merino sock yarn, with 20% nylon for added strength. And as always, Fleece Artist’s colourways are awesome. This sneak peek just doesn’t do them justice:

Cottage Sock

Yarn Review: Fleece Artist Merino 3/6

We’re starting a new little series of blog posts today, with some reviews of our favourite yarns in the shop.
We love carrying Fleece Artist/Handmaiden yarns, because it’s always nice to support other Canadian businesses, so today, we’ll start with their Merino 3/6 yarn.

Fleece Artist Merino 3/6This is a lovely DK weight yarn, with a nice tight ply twist that gives it great stitch definition for cables and the like, and an awesome squish factor. The merino base is super soft, and machine washable, too. I also really like that it now comes in slightly larger 125g skeins – a little extra yardage is always nice! As with all of the Fleece Artist yarns, the dye job is always awesome. Whether you like a subtle tonal or a bright multicoloured/variegated yarn, there’s always such depth to all of their colourways. See what I mean?

 

Knitted Soap?

Yes, that’s right – knitted soap! Well, sort of. The soap isn’t knit, but it does look like a knitted bar of soap or a knitted toque-shaped soap. It’s the perfect soap for knitters!

knitted soap

Turtles, Turtles, Rah, Rah, Rah!

Ever wondered what our Turtles, Turtles, Rah, Rah, Rah tea would look like as soap? Well, here you go!

Turtles Leaf Soap

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