The Empire Knits Back

Inspira Cowl

Group Cowls


Are you looking for a fun cowl to knit? The Inspira Cowl is a free pattern on Ravelry – click here to view / print!

We used 3 balls of Liberty Wool from Classic Elite Yarns – 2 balls of the main colour and 1 ball of the contrast.

Close Up 3We modified the pattern a bit. Cast on 144 stitches with 5mm needles. Follow the Steampunk version (with no decreases) until you are out of the contrast colour. Cast off and block.

If you knit a bit on the loose side or want the cowl to fit a bit tighter around then neck then you might want to cast on 138 stitches.

If you want a different look to the cowl then try using a solid colour for your main colour.

Trust us when we tell you that the cowl is addictive. You make one and then want to try another in a different colour combination.

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Needle Felting – Attempt #2

So despite my the fact that my felted pig is a little homely (ok – more than a little), I did learn a lot and I put those new skills to use on my second project. Anyone who has seen Finding Nemo knows this is an Angler Fish and that he lures other fish to him with the light that hangs out front of him.

I was pretty pleased with how this turned out although I think he looks a little more demented than ferocious. His back end is a little wonky but in the grand scheme of things this will be OK.


Angler Fish

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It all started with this…

When the BS and I were in Indianapolis for TNNA in May, one of the booths that caught my eye was called Woolbuddy. These were kits to make all different types of cool felted animals. Like a little kid, I bugged and bugged the BS until she bought some for me. I had never needle felted before and even I can admit the first attempt fell well short of being a huge success. But despite the sad little pig that emerged from my efforts, I was totally hooked on needle felting. I finally understood why all of the Fiber Trends felting supplies that we sell were hard to keep in stock.

Needle felting was addictive and punching that roving into submission was a great way to get all of my aggressions out.

Over the next couple of weeks I will share pictures of the progress I have made on the needle felting project I have been working on since June.



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Some new hats…

Rikki 1 Rikki 2 Squish 1 Squish 2
Well, I might not have been blogging, but I have definitely been knitting.  Over the next little while I will catch you up on the projects that have been completed over the summer.


First up are two slouchy hats.  Why two?  Why not?  I love hats of all kinds and am rarely seen without one so a good selection is a necessity.   The top pictures are of the “Rikke Hat”  (free pattern on Ravelry – thanks Sarah!) .  I knit this in Misti Alpaca Pima Handpaint Silk and Cotton so it will be perfect for those days when it is too warm for a wool hat.  I always like to knit with lots of colour and thi s certainly didn’t disappoint.


The bottom two pictures are of the “Squish Me Cap” (pattern available for purchase on Ravelry – great pattern – well worth the money).  I knit this in Zara Print Melange from Filatura di Crosa.  This is a new addition to the Zara family for fall 2014 and I am very excited about this yarn.  The subtle colour changes really gave the finished hat a beautiful texture and the purple colour is one of my favourites.  This yarn is set to arrive at our warehouse at the beginning of September (I made my hat out of a couple of sample balls) and I can’t wait to see all of the colours in person.  I see a sweater in my future!

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Zara June 2014Zara is one of our favourite yarns at Old Mill Knitting.  It combines the finest quality Merino wool with the total ease of Superwash care.  It is a DK-weight, available in a wide variety (over 50)of classic solids.

Zara is:

100% Extrafine Merino Wool

5.5 sts + 7 rows = 1″

G-6 (4mm) crochet hook

#6 (4mm) needles

1.75oz/50g 137yd/125m

Machine wash cool, lay flat to dry






A retail store who sells Zara sent us this picture to share with you.

Pattern: Aileen (purchased on Ravelry).  There were no alterations made to the pattern except for being knit on a 4mm needle.  The vest takes 7 balls for an extra small and 11 balls for an extra large.

We’re working on something fun for you to participate in over the summer.  Keep checking back!


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Sweet Yarns, Sudbury ON

Paulina wants to let everyone know that tomorrow, June 3, Sweet Yarns is opening at their new location:

947 Lorne Street
Sudbury, ON

Drop by and say “hi” for us all – and before you visit, you can visit their website here!

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Coming Soon – Loyal Pattern Print from Naturally Yarns!

This might be my new favourite yarn of all time! It has everything I love – colour changes, pattern changes, easy to knit with, soft on the hands. I made these two little hats to show as samples and you can see how the yarn patterns differently depending on the size of the item that is being knit.

Every time it will be different – how cool is that. I can’t wait to see the patterns that Naturally has done with this yarn.

Yarn and patterns won’t be available until late summer 2014 – put it on your list of yarns to look for.

Liberty Prints Hats

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Yeah, I’m kind of a big deal…

The Champion’s Cowl

Ok, I might be getting a little big-headed but it nice to win another challenge after such a long losing streak.

Thanks to all of our great athletes who made us so proud to be Canadian. I know this seems a little late to be posting this, but there were a few problems with the pattern that needed to be ironed out and it seems that has now happened.

The pattern is Sunriver Reversible Cowl. It is available for purchase on Ravelry. As you can see, mine is knit with the print and solid colours reversed to how Lynn did it.


Beth Oly Cowl

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We have a winner!

The Olympic Cowl Challenge has a winner!!!!!!

Congrats Beth, she did some serious speed knitting to catch up and is becoming a knitting guru. I needed more medals and when they finally came I was not free to knit….weLynn Oly Cowlll that’s my story and I am sticking to it! We have had the “lunch” discussion and I think we are both craving a gourmet Canadian Tire hotdog. We just need a nice warm day to go!

Here is a picture of my cowl knit in Liberty and Liberty Print.


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From our friends at Classic Elite Yarns

How do you take your patterns?

Are you old school (paper) or new school (phone or tablet) when it comes to knitting patterns? I am a little bit of both. Sometimes I like having a paper copy of my pattern that I can make notes on (but always a copy…I NEVER write in my books or magazines), but if I am making something that has a small chart, I will upload the chart to my phone and use a app like GoodReader to view it. And of course there are the times when I use a combination of the two.

I want to tell you about a cool new way CEY is offering patterns. When we started our new format in November, we wanted to not only have really nice books, but a way for you to access the pattern online. We came up with a plan that will have many of you jumping up and down for joy.

If you purchase the hard copy of the pattern book from your LYS, you will notice on the inside of the back cover there is a scratch-off sticker and a link (click the image below to enlarge). If you follow the link and put in the code, found under the scratch-off, you will be able to download a copy of the book. Another great feature of this platform is that the download is provided through Ravelry, which means will be able to store the copy of your book in your Ravelry library and access it anywhere you have web access.

CEY DownloadCode
If you don’t have a Ravelry account*, you can still use the link to download the PDF copy of the book. But you will want to make to save it to your computer as this is a one-time only download. If you try to use the code a second time, it will not work.

I love this. Now I can have access to my pattern no matter where I am. How many times have you been at the doctor’s office (or dentist…or at the auto shop…or on the subway…or just about anywhere you take you knitting) and had to stop working, because you know you had to do something different with your knitting, but couldn’t remember what? Now you can pull your pattern up on your phone and keep going (now I just need to master the guesstimation of how many balls of yarn I need to bring with me).

Please note this this feature is available only one way. The download code is available to you if you buy a hard copy of the book. Unfortunately we cannot offer it the other way around.

Now that you have this great new way to view CEY patterns, I have to ask again…are you old school, new school or a combination?

Knit on!

*For those you who may not have a Ravelryaccount, I ask WHY NOT? Ravelry is an awesome tool for fiber enthusiasts. You can see what other people are doing, talk about yarns and patterns (or just about anything else on their forums), use their ‘library’ of patterns to search for the perfect project, track your projects and so much more. The best part of Ravelry? It’s free! If you don’t already have an account, I encourage you to sign up today.

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