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“F” is for Frost Flower

I have finally finished the next entry for my “A” to “Z” Knitting Challenge!

The Frost Flower lace pattern is one I have wanted to try for many years but was rather intimidated by the idea of a 24 row pattern in which every single row includes pattern stitches, no nice easy purl rows in between to provide a break!  But, here it is at last, my “F” is for Frost Flower scarf!

Frost Flower Scarf

As an added bonus, completing this project also allows me to cross off another of my 2017 goals, #8 – Tackle a more complex lace pattern that I have never tried before. I do however, plan on adding a part B to this goal as I have decided to give myself the challenge of trying to design my own original lace pattern!!

I added a beaded edge to each end of my scarf to provide a little extra glitter and the yarn I chose has a lovely metallic thread throughout.

For this project, I used Lion Brands “Shawl in a Ball”, Metallic Moonstone which I purchased from YarnCanada.ca (love this online store!)

This is a yarn I would definitely recommend. I have used yarns before which include a metallic thread running through them, and I have previously found that they split, gather or tear. This yarn did none of these and was lovely to work with. I was very happy with the progression of colours throughout the ball and yardage is amazing, 518 yards per ball!! I completed my looong scarf and still have at least 1/3 of the ball left over for another awesome project!

I will be making my Frost Flower Scarf pattern available for sale in the next few days.

Now it’s time to start planning for “H” is for Hat. For those of you who missed it, I went a little out of order and have already completed “G” is for Granny. I have chosen two shades of Lion Brand’s Landscapes yarn, a solid colour and a self striping, for my hat and will be designing a mosaic motif!  Can’t wait to get started 🙂

 

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Oh Happy Day! Yarn Order Arrival!!

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Living in a fairly small city means that there are very few options for yarn shopping so for a long time now I have been looking for good online shopping options.  Many people have recommended various sites but, as a Canadian, the issue always came down to the horrendous exchange rate when converting from US dollars to Canadian! Even something as simple as Patons Astra becomes ridiculously expensive when buying from a US site. With the exchange, Astra would cost me $5.35 Cdn from Yarnspirations and other US sites. When I buy it in Canada or from a Canadian site, it is only $3.49!!! There is something very wrong about this! I design and knit a lot of small holiday ornaments using Astra, so this yarn is a definite favourite.

Astra

I have found the perfect solution in YarnCanada.ca. Not only is the selection absolutely superb, incorporating almost 40 brands with outstanding colour, weight, and type options, but the ability to sort by any of these selections makes for a very satisfying shopping experience. YarnCanada also offers the best pricing I have found anywhere!

The yarn listings include clear images with plenty of details regarding gauge and content, and the ability to create multiple wish lists is an added bonus.  I often have different projects planned for the future and creating a wish list of possible yarn options for each is a very useful feature.

My order was processed extremely quickly, and shipped the next business day, as promised. A tracking number was provided and I was able to track my order right up to the delivery at my door which was a full two days earlier than expected and free shipping for orders over $35.00 dollars!!!

YarnCanada is most certainly my yarn store of choice and I am already planning my next order! I highly recommend this online store, thank you for the excellent shopping experience!

To close, one more photo of the ever present cat!

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