Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sock Designing binge...

Well, Pam and Carolyn have been on a sock designing binge.... and look what they have created!!

These gorgeous patterns can all be found on ravelry as purchase patterns.

We launched these patterns at the KW Knitter's Fair this year.






If socks aren't your thing, then of course they both have stunning designs available as hats, fingerless, shawls,scarves, ponchos and much more on the way.....

We have Pam's socks on display at the shop - so do drop by to see her designs.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Grey Heron Fall Knitting Classes

Grey Heron Fall Class List

Here’s our list of some of the fall knitting classes.

Knitting “Refresher” Bootcamp – 3 hours of relearning
If, you are a previous knitter who wants to rekindle your love for knitting, this class is for you.
We change topics every 15mins… We get you up to speed and ready to knit for fall.
Saturday September 26th from 9am to 12pm = $40.00
Our focus is to provide a concentrated relearning of cast on, cast off, increase, decrease,
read a pattern, understand yarn labels, abbreviations, pick up stitches, buttonholes,
joining yarn, yarn weights,
More info – materials list provided at registration

In in the Round – Time to knit Hats and Cowls – 2 hour class –
MUST know how to knit already. This is NOT a beginner class
Time to learn how to knit in the round and make hats and cowls for everyone.
Wednesday September 30th from 10am to 12pm = $25.00
Please bring practice yarn and 4mm – 5mm needles if you have them
We offer one FREE hat or cowl pattern for you to get started with.

Fair Isle “Mad For Plaid” theme class – 4 hour class – Intermediate level
Thursday October 1st and October 8th from 10am to 12pm = $30.00
Let’s have fun with colour! Learn to knit with more than one colour.
We are creating a Plaid patterned wrap, or mittens, or cowl or??
Learn different techniques to create your family tartan perhaps.
More info to follow…

Beginner Felting class – 2 hour class – $25.00
Wednesday October 7th10am to 12pm
Let’s make felted mittens or slippers. Patterns supplied. Discussion on “knit and then felt”.
Each pattern is knit oversize, then “felted” in the washing machine.
Knit a very warm wind proof pair of mittens.
Felted slippers are the perfect cool weather cosy item.
Two perfect items for gift giving.
We will help you choose your yarn and get you started on your project.
Handouts included

Traditional Gansey knitting theme class – 4 hour class Enthusiastic Beginner ++
Thursday October 22nd and October 29th from 10am to 12pm = $30.00
Come learn about traditional British Gansey knitting.
We offer a FREE fingerless or a hat pattern for you to knit.
Homework – have ready to go a 6” swatch still on the needles, ready for working
sample Gansey stitches.

All classes:
All classes must be paid for in advance.
Please arrived 10 minutes early to get settled and grab a coffee.
Please make sure if you are choosing yarns for your projects that you
come in before the class to purchase your yarn and wind it ready to start in class.
Please remember to put your phone on vibrate.
Should you need to take a call, please step out in the hall to chat.
All classes are non-refundable, non-transferable.
Call us 705-444-0370 to register.

Drop in Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Beginner Knitting Classes Fall 2015 - Come learn with us!!

Beginner Knitting Class – 2 sessions 4 hours = $52.00

For the absolute beginner - 2 consecutive weeks

Wednesday daytime = Sept. 16th and 23rd - 10am to 12pm
You will learn: setting up the ground work to knit - discussion
cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast off, read your pattern
abbreviations, yarn weights, needles, knitting notions, etc…

Cost $52.00 paid in advance by Tuesday Sept 14th.
Class fee includes - instruction book and practice yarn
Materials: need 5mm needles, FREE scarf pattern available to work on
Saturday will be offered at a later date. Please send me your request.

Grey Heron Yarn Shop 65 Simcoe St. Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7
greyheron@bellnet.ca      705-444-0370

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mitten Class details - September 2015

Mitten Class – 2 sessions 4 hours = $52.00

It’s the time of year for knitting cosy mittens. Small project

Perfect for gift giving!!

We start by knitting a small mitten so you become familiar
with the different techniques.

We then move on with a regular sized adult mitten pattern.

Friday Sept 18th – 9: 30 to 12pm - Friday Sept 25th – 10am to 11:30am

Week one – Anatomy of a mitten discussion, pattern review
Knit small mitt – ribbing, gusset, thumb, decreases, – start adult mitten

Week two –Sort out issues, Q & A – How do I add a pattern?,  
What’s your favourite thumb? Graft top or not? Stripes?  Fingerless? Flip Top? Etc…..

Skills required = Intermediate
Must know how to knit, purl, knit with DPNs and/or magic loop

Materials = worsted weight  - 200yds, needles to achieve gauge (3.75mm – 4.5mm) 
in the format you wish to knit – DPNs, Magic Loop, 2 Circulars

Class policy = pre – registration required
Purchase materials at Grey Heron,
Must have yarn and needles ready to go for class (winding completed before class), 
Please arrive 10 mins. early to grab a coffee and get set up.
If you arrive after we have started, please grab a seat so we can continue.   
Please turn phones on vibrate – excuse yourself to the hall if you have to take 
a call Classes are not transferable, missed a class? receive handout only

All this for $52.00
Class limited = 6
Last date to register Tuesday Sept 15th

Grey Heron Yarn Shop 
65 Simcoe St. Studio 1, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7  
705- 444-0370

Friday, August 21, 2015

Zen Yarn Garden in abundance arrives... come and get it!!

Zen Yarn Garden is in the house!! all 60 skeins of it

I know Christine, I said I was keeping this for the show... BUT

I just can't hide it away until the Knitter's Fair in Kitchener... 

Serenity 20 = 70% SW merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon – 400yds = $34.00

Serenity Silk + = 75% SW merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk – 500yds = $36.00

Serenity DK = 90% SW merino, 10% cashmere – 250yds = $34.00

Serenity Worsted = 75% SW merino, 15% cashmere, 10% nylon – 175yds = $34.00

Of course, we all know computer screen colours
are not really a good reflection of the real thing...
so, drop by, check it out for yourself it is irresistible
I will order more for Kitchener... 

What's a clothesline??

And in lots of places they are now illegal.
It's the poem at the end that's the best!!!    
Remembering Mom's Clothesline.  
(If you don't even know what clotheslines are, better skip this)   
1. You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.    
2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands.  
3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes -    
    Walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.     
4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always  
    hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.  
5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!  
    What would the neighbors think?  
6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend,    
    Or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!  
7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines
    so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle.
   (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)  
8. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather... Clothes would "freeze-dry."  
9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes!    
    Pins left on the lines were "tacky"!  
10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that  
      each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the  
      clothes pins with the next washed item.  
11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in  
        the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed. 
      IRONED??!! Well, that's a whole OTHER subject!
12. Long wooden pole (clothes pole) that was used to push the    
       clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets/pants/etc.)  
      didn't brush the ground and get dirty.  
And now a POEM...    
A clothesline was a news forecast, To neighbors passing by,    
There were no secrets you could keep, When clothes were hung to dry.    
It also was a friendly link, For neighbors always knew    
If company had stopped on by, to spend a night or two.  
For then you'd see the "fancy sheets", And towels upon the line;    
You'd see the "company table cloths", With intricate designs.    
The line announced a baby's birth, From folks who lived inside,    
As brand new infant clothes were hung, So carefully with pride!  
The ages of the children could, So readily be known    
By watching how the sizes changed, You'd know how much they'd grown!    
It also told when illness struck, As extra sheets were hung;    
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too, Haphazardly were strung.     
It also said, "On vacation now", When lines hung limp and bare.      
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged, With not an inch to spare!  
New folks in town were scorned upon, If wash was dingy and gray,    
As neighbors carefully raised their brows, And looked the other way.  
But clotheslines now are of the past, For dryers make work much less.  
Now what goes on inside a home, Is anybody's guess!    
I really miss that way of life, It was a friendly sign    

When neighbors knew each other best... By what hung on the line.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tink says- It's time for a summer SALE - Elvis is coming!!

Tink says “ It’s time for a Sale” 

Elvis is coming - Blue Sock yarn is 20% off

Look for the SALE tags around the shop

Loads of BOGO 

Knitting Books = Save 20%

Knitting Magazines = Save 50%

Good bargains to be had…