November Canadian Art Deco Knits yarnies: Fleece Artist and Handmaiden Fine Yarn

My November pattern, the Aldred Mittens, used Canadian yarn from two sister companies: Fleece Artist and Handmaiden Fine Yarn. It’s not really a surprise to me that I had appropriate yarn from them in my stash to knit with!

Aldred Mittens by Natalie Servant, photo by Zoé Servant

These wonderful companies and the yarns they dye are familiar to many knitters in Canada and around the world. They are very dear to me from my early forays into knitting and designing. I’ve used their yarn to make socks, shawls, and gloves. Some items were for me but many were gifts. It was inevitable that I should use yarn from these companies in my designs as well.

I used Handmaiden Fine Yarns Sea Silk for the large version of my Chrysler Crown Shawl. I remember how happy I was to find two matched skeins of this yarn and it seemed like the perfect yarn to use in my very first paid pattern.

Chrysler Crown Shawl by Natalie Servant

I used Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 and Angel Hair for my first third-party submission to Knitcircus. Tudor Ruffles was a textured scarf, and the idea for it had come from the beautiful yarn from Fleece Artist. I really wanted to use as much of the yarn as possible because I was in love with the colours. My goal was to show off the matching lace weight and fingering weight yarns. This is what I came up with:

Tudor Ruffle scarf by Natalie Servant

I also made a golden version that used Fleece Artist Opaca for the lace weight yarn:

Tudor Ruffles by Natalie Servant

When I was working on my Summer in Provence series of patterns I used Handmaiden Fine Yarn Ottawa for my large Poppy Field Shawl. I just wore this cozy shawl a couple of days ago and I still love it!

Poppy Field Shawl by Natalie Servant


Childeric’s Bees was a great excuse to play with Handmaiden Fine Yarn’s Mini Maiden.

Childeric's Bees by Natalie Servant

Not only have I knit with yarn from these companies, I’ve also spun fiber! My recent Giftable Cowl was knit with lovely 4 ply yarn that I made from Fleece Artist Merino that I got for my birthday.

Giftable Cowl by Natalie Servant


Fleece Artist and Handmaiden Fine Yarns make many different yarns and I’ve used quite a few. In fact you could almost say that Fleece Artist yarns are at least partially responsible for me being in a position to write this blog post. Back in 2005 when I was very pregnant with my first child I was getting ready to go to my husband’s work party. I was huge and I didn’t have anything appropriate to wear. I wore a silk shawl I’d made and a plain t-shirt I’d bought to wear with it. A fellow knitter approached me in the bathroom to chat about the shawl, and as a result I started going to a sit & knit afternoon at my LYS. The friends I’ve made and the skills and ideas I’ve gleaned from those sessions have helped to turn me into the knitter that I am today. Thanks!

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Indie GAL: Crochet

At last I’ve reached my final post of my favourites from the Indie GAL sale. These patterns & thousands more are on sale on Ravelry until Friday Nov. 27 at 11:59 EST. Use the coupon code giftalong2015.

I can’t really crochet. I’ve tried a few times to learn, but it hasn’t quite worked out. If it ever does, patterns like the ones below are what I’d tackle:

Geisha’s Finest by Tanja Osswald

Geisha's Finest by Tanja Osswald(c) LiliTupili


A Scarf of Many Triangles by Beth Graham

Scarf of Many Triangles by Beth Graham(c) JS Webb Photography


Sorbet Shawl by ACCROchet

Sorbet Shawl by ACCROchet(c) ACCROchet


Porcelain Berry Shawl by Elena Fedotova

Porcelain Berry Shawl by Elena Fedotova(c) Ravliki


Amigurimi Reindeer Marley by Kate E. Hancock

Marley by Kate E. Hancock(c) Kate E. Hancock


Sleepy Fox Amigurimi by Michelle

Sleepy Fox by Amanda Michelle(c) Amanda Michelle


Elegance Fingerless Gloves by Sonja Otto

Elegance Fingerless Gloves by Sonja Otto(c) Sonja Otto

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Indie GAL: Home/Toy/Miscellaneous

I’m almost done with the blog posts of my picks for the Indie GAL. I’ve got one more post for tomorrow. Tonight it’s about items for the home, toys, and other miscellaneous patterns. Again, these patterns are all 25% off until Fri. Nov. 27 at 11:59 EST with the coupon code giftalong2015 on Ravelry.

Endless Roses Christmas Stocking by Denise Balvanz

Endless Roses Christmas Stocking by Denise Balvanz(c) Denise Balvanz


Fancy Hen by Ella Austin

Fancy Hen by Ella Austin(c) baa ram ewe


Mon Dinosaure by cheezombie

Mon Dinosaure by cheezombie(c) cheezombie


Animal Balls by Claire Slade

Animal Balls by Claire Slade(c) Claire Slade


Daisy Bunny by Browneyedbabs

Daisy Bunny by Browneyedbabs(c) Browneyedbabs


Charlie, the fish by Stana D. Sortor

Charlie, the fish by Stana D. Sortor(c) Stana D. Sortor

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Indie GAL: baby and kid knits

There are many designs appropriate for kids. Looking through them for me was kind of like visiting a store with clothes for tiny people: I wish I had little tiny people to knit for.

Dasher by Ann Kingstone

Dasher by Ann Kingstone(c) Susan Campbell


Belle Isle by Heidi Atwood-Reeves

Belle Isle by Heidi Atwood-Reeves(c) Heidi Atwood-Reeves


Such is the quality of bees by bunnymuff

such is the quality of bees by bunnymuff(c) bunnymuff


Bluestem Circle Beanie by Julie Hart

Bluestem Circle Beanie by Julie Hart(c) Julie Hart


Directrix by Lee Meredith

Directrix by Lee Meredith(c) Lee Meredith


Langstroth by Elizabeth Green Musselman

Langstroth by Elizabeth Green Musselman(c) Elizabeth Green Musselman


Elfbaby Hat by Robynn Weldon

Elfbaby Hat by Robynn Weldon(c) Robynn Weldon



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Indie GAL: patterns for hands

Here in Ottawa it’s been getting colder. I peeked in my work bag last week looking for my fingerless mitts to use at the office and discovered that I had 3 different sets of hand knits for hands with me: gloves, mittens, and fingerless mitts. I love making items for hands and changing up what I wear. Here are some more ideas of wonderful patterns that are 25% off on Ravelry during the Indie GAL (use coupon code giftalong2015).

Eragon by Anna Dalvi

Eragon by Anna Dalvi(c) knitandknag


Mica Mitts by Laura Nelkin

Mica Mitts by Laura Nelkin(c) Nelkin Designs


Copperline Mitts by Elizabeth Doherty

Copperline Mitts by Elizabeth Doherty(c) Blue Bee Studio


Bedford by Jen Lucas

Bedford by Jen Lucas(c) Stitch Definition / Jen Lucas


Sidetracked Cable by Kelene Kinnersly

Sidetracked Cable by Kelene Kinnersly(c) Amy Kinnersly


Lagniappe Gloves by Emily Ringelman

Lagniappe Gloves by Emily Ringelman(c) Emily Ringelman
Nara fingerless mittens by Wondrlanding

Nara Fingerless Mittens by Wondrlanding(c) Wondrlanding

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Indie GAL: socks

I’m continuing with my picks from the various categories of patterns involved in the Indie Design GAL on Ravelry. All patterns are 25% off until Fri. Nov. 27 at 11:59pm EST with the coupon code giftalong2015. This morning’s picks are all about keeping your feet warm & stylish with knits that’ll keep your brain going.

Intertwined from Maureen Foulds

Intertwined by Maureen Foulds(c) Maureen Foulds


Pit Railway Socks by Cynthia Levy

Pit Railway Socks by Cynthia Levy(c) Cynthia Levy


Lacy Leaf Socks by Cheryl Chow

Lacy Leaf Socks by Cheryl Chow(c) Cheryl Chow


Honeycomb Cables by Louise Tilbrook

Honeycomb Cables by Louise Tilbrook(c) Louise Tilbrook Designs


Swirling Star Socks by Knitwise Design

Swirling Star Socks by Knitwise Design(c) Knitwise Design


Year of Plenty by Debbie Sullivan

Year of Plenty by Debbie Sullivan(c) Veronica Schleihauf


Dark Passage Socks by Beverly S.

Dark Passage Socks by Beverly S.(c) Beverly S.

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Indie GAL: Sweaters

This morning was about shawls. Tonight I’m moving on to sweaters. Perhaps you’ll find what it is that you’re looking to make next. Remember, these patterns are part of the sale on Ravelry until Friday @ 11:59pm EST with the coupon code giftalong2015.

Wheatcrop Jumper by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud

Wheatcrop Jumper by Ruth Garcia Alcantud(c) rockandpurl


Innisfil by Laura Chau

Innisfil by Laura Chau(c) Laura Chau


 Simple Ziggurat by Åsa Tricosa

Simple Ziggurat by Asa Tricosa(c) Åsa Tricosa


Corazon by Julia Trice

Corazon by Julia Trice(c) mindofwinter


Locus Vest by Katya Frankel

Locus Vest by Katya Frankel(c) Katya Frankel


Tavie by Meiju K-P

Tavie by Meiju K-P(c) Meiju K-P/Tanu Kallio

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Indie GAL: Shawls & stoles

There are not enough days between now & the end of the Indie Design GAL to deal with each of the different categories, so I’m going to double up posts – one in the morning, one in the evening.

This morning it’s all about shawls & stoles. Of course some of mine are in my GAL bundle, but here are a few of the ones from other designers that caught my eye:

Wendell Holmes by Corrina Ferguson

Wendell Holmes by Corrina Ferguson(c) picnicknits

Vacillate by Cindy Garland

Vacillate by Cindy Garland(c) Wild Prairie Knits

Flower of Cebu from Christiane Burkhard

Flower of Cebu by Christiane Burkhard(c) Christiane Burkhard


Fernweh by Simone Kereit

Fernweh by Simone Kereit(c) Simone Kereit


Notting Hill Gate by Toby Roxane Barna

Notting Hill Gate by Toby Roxane Barna(c) Dennis F Barna


Snowscape by Dani Berg

Snowscape by Dani Berg(c) Dani Berg


Flowers of Traken by Lotta Groeger

Flowers of Traken by Lotta Groeger(c) Atalante

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Sunday spinning update plus GAL cowl/scarf suggestions

I managed to power through the rest of my Loop bump this week, watching the colours change:





At some point I’m going to have to start plying! Perhaps this week, although the calendar is starting to fill up. I can’t quite believe it’s almost December.

And now back to the Indie GAL I was talking about yesterday. This afternoon’s suggestions are all in the cowl/scarf category. Here are the ones that caught my eye today:

Whitefish Ripples by Faye Kennington

Whitefish Ripples by Faye Kennington(c) UkeeKnits


Alameda by Clare Lakewood

Alameda by Clare Lakewood(c) Clare Lakewood


Wolcott by Alicia Plummer

Wolcott by Alicia Plummer(c) Alicia Plummer


Montague Street Cowl by Nina Machlin Dayton

Montague Street Cowl by Nina Machlin Dayton(c) Nina Machlin Dayton


Autumn Tango by Diana Rozenshteyn

Autumn Tango by Diana Rozenshteyn(c) Diana Rozenshteyn


Scarftex by Linda Marveng

Scarftex by Linda Marveng(c) Kim Müller


Arboles Cowl by Sashka Macievich

Arboles Cowl by Sashka Macievich(c) Sashka Macievich

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Indie GAL: Hat faves

There are *thousands* of patterns up for 25% off in the 2015 Ravelry Indie Gift-A-Long. How on earth can you find what you want? Well there are a few ways.

1) Use the search functionality on Ravelry The fabulous organizers of the GAL have made this easy by creating a searchable bundle. You can search on all the usual things: yarn weight/amount, garment type, colorwork, etc. You can even see which sale patterns you’ve already added to your favorites.

2) Pinterest boards: Want to browse through all of the pretty pictures? Have a look at the garment-specific boards in the Indie GAL account.

Still feeling overwhelmed? Well I’m going through the designs one type at a time and picking out the ones that interest me. Remember that what you have to do is add the pattern to your Ravelry cart and use the coupon code giftalong2015.

For tonight, here are some of the hat patterns that have caught my eye:

Alkira Hat by Ambah O’Brien

Alkira Hat by Ambah O'Brien (c) ambah(c) ambah


Lakeview Hat by Danielle Chalson

Lakeview Hat by Danielle Chalson(c) makewise


Trondra by Emily K. Williams

Trondra by Emily K. Williams(c) Emily K Williams


Kauri by Gabriella Henry

Kauri by Gabriella Henry(c) sweetp


Nautilina Beret by Elizabeth Sullivan

Nautilina Beret by Elizabeth Sullivan(c) Veronica Schleihauf


 Aureate Hat by Triona Murphy

Aureate Hat by Triona Murphy(c) Triona Murphy


Chicken Wire by Susan Villas Lewis

Chicken Wire by Susan Villas Lewis(c) Susan Villas Lewis


Hermia Hat by Sarah Jordan

Hermia Hat by Sarah Jordan(c) Sarah Jordan


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