Can I Keep Them?

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I live in my favourite place in the world.  It took a long time to get here…to figure out what we needed to do to live here.  And it was worth it.  I wake up every morning, in every season, to beauty…everywhere I look.

But I do miss my friends in Toronto.  So every year (OK, 2 so far, but I don’t see this ending) a small group of friends make the trek north in the dead of winter to see me.  Seriously.  Not in the summer, when the roads are clear.  They wait till it’s -30° C and the weather network is throwing around phrases like “flash freezing warning”. I know we like wool and everything, but THAT’S friendship.

This is Anastasia.


She brought us cake, made by her cousin at Good to the Last Crumb.   That blur behind her? Stephannie racing to the cake.


And not just any cake…YARN CAKE!  With a pattern.  Which we ate.  All of it.  No, you can’t have some.

We got to roll around in Glenna’s Midnight Collection samples:


What’s even more amazing is that the samples were out romping around with her carrot cupcakes a hair’s breath away. Brave woman, that.

We moved right in to the house we rented and sprawled across every spare bit of space.




Getting up occasionally to cook:


(I love Martha because she brought me purple carrots. PURPLE!)

And we knit.


While introducing the uninitiated to Firefly and Buffy. (Though I somehow managed to dodge Dr. Who again…and I wasn’t even trying to!)

The Boy helped me bring over a little yarn. Two carloads full. So there was some very organized and well thought out hoarding:

Retreat 2011

And more food:


“Drizzle the cream ARTISTICALLY”, were the instructions.

We entertained Little Miss Lambie Toes…


Why yes, that IS a demon on the TV. Children’s Aid is SO going to be after us. And yes, that IS a world famous knitwear designer making faces at the munchkin. The extent some people will go to to avoid designing an entire Firefly-based sock collection in one weekend…

Really, this post should be all about the child:


“Mummy, this is MY stash…YOUR stash is purple.”

This year, this was more than a retreat to me. It was a milestone. At last year’s retreat, our entire stock fit into 2 plastic tubs. This year, we couldn’t bring it all. A year ago I was certain that no one would ever buy our yarn ever again. And this group of women encouraged me, made me laugh and told me I was crazy. They told me they had it all figured out and all I had to do was make beautiful yarn. And then each one went home and did at least one little thing to help us grow. It wasn’t exactly the same group this year. It may not be the same group next year. But this weekend. This oasis of calm and laughter and flavour and colour in the middle of winter is just what I need at exactly the time I need it.

(PS:  We really REALLY missed you Sandi and Andrea and Joyce and Jen!)

Reunion Cowl

Have you met Natalie?


My friend Natalie is a fabulous young designer.  On our trip to Rhinebeck this year, we were all fascinated by her Reunion Cowl…snatching it from her and wearing it every which way. (I’m pretty sure we all thought we could be just as cool and cute as Natalie if we only had one of these for our very own.)  And because of the lightweight design, it’s a natural match for our MCN Lace.  Natalie graciously agreed to adapt her design for us, and now there is a medium sized Reunion Cowl!

Still big enough to wrap around twice for a cozy neckwarmer!


Natalie is having a contest on her blog for a kit:  a skein of MCN Lace + the pattern in the colour of your choice!  (We’ll even custom dye it for you, if you don’t see something you like).  Go visit Natalie now and enter!

Kits are available now!  $30 includes all the yarn and the pattern to make this yummy cowl!

MCN Lace – merino/cashmere/nylon blend

Moonshadow – 1 Skein Available

Bronx Cheer – 1 Skein Available

Angry Bridesmaid – 1 Skein Available

Babybluejayblanket – 3 Skeins Available

The Great Pumpkin – 2 Skeins Available

Ernie Shirt – 1 Skein Available

Goth To A Flame – 1 Skein Available

I Like To Mauve It Mauve It – 2 Skeins Available

Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet – 1 Skein Available

I Gave Her My Heart, And She Gave Me A Pen – 1 Reddish Skein

I Gave Her My Heart, And She Gave Me A Pen – 1 Blue/Grey Skein

Flamingos Are Not Munitions Experts – 1 Skein Available

Yo, Meltin’ – 3 Skeins Available

Twilight In The Berry Bush – 1 Skein Available

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Pewter! – 1 Skein Available

Spinach Armada – 2 Skeins Available

Hi, I’m Fred. I Like Tacos, ’71 Cabernet. My Favourite Colour Is Magenta. – 1 Skein

Merino Cashmere: 80% Merino/20% Cashmere – 400 Yds/100g skein – $32

Held My Breath Too Long – 4 Skeins Available

You Got Peanut Butter On My Trout! – 4 Skeins Available

Herb Tarlek, Jr. – 4 Skeins Available

Flamingos Are Not Munitions Experts – 5 Skeins Available

Monkey Laundering – 3 Skeins Available

Babybluejayblanket – 4 Skeins Available

Rachel H’s Tiara – 2 Skeins Available

**Please Note: The colour for Rachel H’s Tiara is extremely difficult to photograph; the colour is best described as a greenish blue, kind of somewhere in between the two colours. The close-up photo is truer to the colour than the full skein photo.

To purchase any of the above yarn, please send me an email at orders AT (replace AT with “@”, no spaces) indicating which colours(s) you would like, where you live and whether you want it shipped surface or air mail. First email request for each yarn/fibre secures it. I will send you a paypal invoice for the full amount plus shipping and ship the packages off within 3-5 days. Shipping charges to the US will start at $5.44 for surface mail and $7.70 for air mail. Canada Post doesn’t make shipping charges for Canadian or International packages easy, so I will send you a shipping quote for your order for your approval. Best attempts are made to photograph colours accurately, however colours do differ from monitor to monitor (I’ve checked). I’ve also described the colours…and hope that helps. Custom orders are always welcomed! Just email me with what you have in mind.