Archive for the ‘Handmaiden’ Category

Feeling Irish

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011


There is something nice about hoisting a glass of green beer and being clad from head to toe in green once a year! St Patrick Day is coming up on Thursday and it’s got me feeling green in a good way. I like a low pressure holiday, just a trip to the bar and an attire requirement, no problem.


I am especially pleased with this holiday because I absolutely LOVE green already. It’s no problem to pull some chartreuse out the closet, or perhaps some emerald? There are so many pretty options. It’s really the same in my yarn stash, so many shades to choose from. My daughter is even a shade of green, Hunter green!


If you are looking for a quick little Irish knit check out this cute little Four Leaf Clover Brooch. Knit it up in any weight of yarn, the only requirement is green. The pattern can be found on Ravelry here and Urban Yarns if full of all different shades of green. If you are feeling a bit more greenly ambitious I recommend the Photosynthesis Shawl by Emily Wessel. I knit one up in purple but I’ve always felt it would be best knit in green, to play upon the leafy theme.


This week’s special is Sublime Soya Cotton DK, 40% off. It was $6.95 but is now $4.17. This is a cool yarn, perfect for knitting baby items in some pretty ice-creamy colours. It has great drape and is buttery soft so it’s also great for a spring or summer top as well.

Christmas Staff Picks for under $30.00

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Alexa’s Pick: Bulky Neck Scarf
I made this last year for my mum but it never made it out of the store… oops! The sample is here, along with a variety of different ones that Alexa has beautifully designed (more than one skein required for those designs)
Blue Sky Bulky x 1 skein
20 mm needles
Square Button x 1 (not shown in photo)
Total Cost = $28.90 + tax


Sarah’s Pick: Branching out Lace Scarf
Sarah is casting on for this project soon and is thinking about dying this yarn – it’s going to be beautiful!
Diamond Luxury Cashmere/ Silk x1 ball
3.25 Bamboo straight needles
A printer to print the pattern
Total Cost = $24.90 + tax


Anina’s Pick: Tilli Thomas Baby Beanie
An adorable angelic hat for a December Baby!
Tilli Thomas Flurries x 1 skein
3.75 Aero Needles
Baby Beanie Pattern
Total Cost = $29.85 + tax


Jan’s Pick: Pick up Sticks Blooms Bracelet
This bracelet is fast and fun – try it for your first felting project!
Blooms Bracelet Kit x 1
Total Cost: $15.95
+ tax


My Pick: Lantern Moon Mini Rice Basket
These baskets are perfect for home or on-the-go. They also expand to fit many skeins/balls of yarn, plus your work in progress!
Mini Rice Basket x 1
Total Cost: $15.95
+ tax


Other Gifts under $30.00 are:

Knit Mate: 27.95
Includes point protectors, knitting counter, stitch holders, locking stitch markers, jumbo tapestry needle, small tapestry needle, and a measuring tape!

Go Knit Pouches: $25.95

Urban Yarns Gift Certificates: Any amount

Check back next week for more gift ideas…

What’s New?

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Some big boxes of the luscious Handmaiden yarn arrived this week. They were absolutely bursting with exquisite colours and textures. Here’s a small sample of the beauty we beheld:

Gorgeous bias shawl kits, cashmere cloche kits, devins toque kits, stormwater shawl kits, textures scarf kits and wavy scarf kits in some stunning new colourways. All lovingly hand-dyed in small batches by Jana and her maidens. Pure knitting inspiration!