Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day and to keep us snuggly in these not yet spring months, Carmen Jorissen of New Leaf Designs has designed the Cosy Moments Shawl! The design is absolutely beautiful and uses my very favourite yarn – Scheepjes Whirl!

Cotton Candy Man

If you’ve used Scheepjes Whirl before, you know it has a beautiful drape and is absolutely perfect for shawls (as well as light-weight blankets, garments, scarves, etc.). I think I’m going to use an Ombre shade – either in Pink to Wink or Indigo Plane … but I’m also tempted to try Cotton Candy Man or Dandelion Munchies … but since it’s Valentine’s I may end up using something in pinks and reds …

Follow our Instagram account @thestitchery.ca to find out what I have decided on (hopefully, I will be able to decide!).

Although I crochet as well, knitting was my first love and we don’t get very many knitting projects for Scheepjes MALs so I’m super excited for this MAL to start on February 14th. This is a four part MAL and completely free thanks to Scheepjes. You can support the designer (and not have to wait for the next three pattern installments) by purchasing a full PDF of the pattern on Ravelry. Note, you do still need to wait to February 14th for the pattern to drop into your Ravelry library.

So grab a whirl, your needles and a cosy place to knit and enjoy the MAL with me from February 14th to March 6th.

As a newsletter subscriber, you also get a coupon code of LOVE15 which gets you 15% off your purchases (excluding gift cards, Rozeta kits and shipping) through to midnight February 16, 2020 (MST).

Happy Valentine’s Day and more importantly Happy Knitting!

~ Monika ~


Back to school time! Love it or hate it, back to school also signals that fall is coming so fibre artists start to get very excited! We can start digging out the chunky yarns and wool and get going on blankets, scarves, hats, mitts – pretty much anything goes for this time of year (even crochet bikinis if you’re going on a beach holiday haha).

We have some wonderful yarns to give you some motivation for fall and winter and we also have the Ubuntu crochet along kits to give you something to work on weekly as of September 12th to create the beautiful blanket in small, medium or large as designed by Dedri Uys (crochet queen!). The special stitches and techniques file is already out and let’s you check your gauge and practice new stitches before start day. Shop for your own Ubuntu kit here and also check out the Clover Amour hooks which are comfortable for hours of crocheting – which I can attest to personally.

Now that your we’ve got you thinking about blankets, check out the Cascade 220 Solids. We have this lovely 100% Peruvian wool available in Hudson’s Bay colours for some very cozy winter projects. Daisy Farm Crafts has a free pat

tern on her blog for a baby-sized blanket but you could make it any size you like! If a blanket is too big a project, maybe try mittens, slippers or a scarf as those will also make great gifts. The only limit is your imagination – and when that runs out, go to Pinterest and Ravelry 🙂

If you’re looking for a one skein project that will look great for yourself or for a gift, check out the Mondial Bacio which is a soft merino blend chunky kit (it comes with 2 wooden buttons). The single skein kit makes a hat or scarf and is available in wine, royal blue or dark grey.

Last (but not least), if you’ve been a subscriber you know that I love knitting socks and I think they are great for any time of year. Socks make for a very portable project, work up fairly quickly and leave you with something usable, comfortable and warm when you’re done! We have a range of sock yarn available for various budgets in a wide range of colours. New to The Stitchery is Scheepjes Invicta Matterhorn (only $7 for a 100g ball!). Don’t let the price fool you, this isn’t a discount yarn and is a virgin wool blend from the Netherlands.

Thanks for sharing your time with me! I look forward to seeing some of your fall and winter projects!

Happy making!

~ Monika ~