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…

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Summer sock Adventure Club

The Summer Sock Adventure Club

Here’s your chance to knit a fun sampling of socks to learn a new technique or 
just to join in the adventure….
We will help you understand: 
patterns, sock anatomy, fit, working a stich pattern, magic loop, heels and toes  

WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE- don’t rush the process – small portable project – 
knit several pairs

Date: Thursday – 10:00 to 11:30 - June 25, July 9, 23, Aug 6, 20 – Saturdays too, just ask
Cost: $ 25.00 June to August  = 5 classes (materials and pattern extra,)
We offer this club every other Thursday to keep a flexible timing.  
You may attend all dates or as you like.

Follow this link to all ravelry “Hot right now” FREE sock patterns  

Below we have compiled a few sock ideas for you to look at on ravelry.
All the terms listed below to describe information about the sock pattern are different techniques you will learn within all sock patterns – Take up the challenge!! 

Week 1: Follow along with Pam or branch off on your own – Pam does have more patterns in the works!
Pam has knit up one of her newest sock patterns “Afterthought From Forethought” for us to start with.
This sock features fun techniques using magic loop, working stripes, cuff down, afterthought heel, ribbed leg, coloured toes/heels. Learning the afterthought heel allows the striped sock yarns to continue in stripe all the way down to the toes. Then the “after thought” heel comes in to play.

NOTE: This pattern will be up loaded to Ravelry as a paid for pattern, but Pam has offered it up for this class only as a “pay by donation”.

Here’s a list of Ravelry’s best, most popular, toe up, cuff down, traditional textures, cables, lace, summer sock patterns. Have a look at them – you just might find a pattern to knit next….

Rose City Rollers – cuff down, heel flap, short rows, tennis short sock style
Hermiones’s Everyday Sock – 10,000+ have knit this sock, textured, cuff down, slip stitches, negative ease
Socks on a Plane – chats, toe-up, cables, short rows
Jaywalker – 10,000+ have also knit this pattern, chevron pattern, cuff down, charts
Nutkin – short row heel, cuff down, short row toe, patterned
Pom Pom Peds – tennis short sock style, cuff down, gusset, heel flap
Java Socks – ribbed, cuff down, cables
Gladys – Gansey traditional, chart, textured, cuff down
Molly & Hector – Shetland traditional, texture, toe up, chart,
For Get Me Not – short socks, lace,
Cherry Swirl – Fleece Artist basic, cuff down, help flap
Business Casual – unisex, cables, heel flap, cuff down
Longing for Spring – toe up, eyelets, lace, textured, charts
Fisherman’s Fancy socks – cables, cuff down, twisted stitches
Not for the faint of Heart – up for a “Big Challenge” – 
Check knitty.com for “Over the Top” designs
Check these two patterns – great design features – challenging
Kaika –bobbles, charts, short row heel, toe up, picot bind off
Fox Faces- dutch heel, ribbed, braids-plaiting, lace

Call or drop in to register for the club. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Shawl Adventure Club

The Shawl Adventure Club

Here’s your chance to knit your first shawl ever learn a new technique 
or just to join in the adventure….
We will help you decipher: pattern, charts, lace, texture, cables, multi-colours++++

WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE- no rush – no pressure – make 1 make 4 – it’s up to you

Date: Thursday – 10:00 to 11:30 - 

June 18, July 2, 16, 30, Aug 13, 27, Sept 10, 24 – Saturdays too, just ask

Cost: $ 30.00 June to September  = 8 classes (materials, patterns extra)

We offer this club every other Thursday to keep a flexible timing.  
You may attend all dates or as you like.

Follow this link to all ravelry shawls in order of popularity. (includes pay for patterns too)

Below we have compiled a few shawl ideas for you to look at on ravelry. 
If you find another pattern you’d like to knit, bring it along with you. 
We do have a Shawl Idea book in shop. 
Drop by to have a look.

Absolute Beginner:
Basic Triangle Shawl – top down, plain – by Kate Atherley
From Tip to Top – bottom up, plain – Generic  pattern

Level 1:
Nurmilintu – lace and garter, side to side  - by Heidi
Hitchhiker – garter with zigzag edge, side to side  - by Martina Behm
Multnomah – garter and lace, top down  - Hello Knitty
Wingspan – all garter stitch, side to side - Maylin
Holden – lace trim, top down – by Mindy Wilkes
Ex-Boyfriends – garter, colour blocking, asymmetric,  by Jennifer Beever

Level 2:
Ashton – DeeO’Keefe tutorial
Burn – Lace, garter and beads- by Heidi
Color Affection – garter and 3 colours  by - Vera
198 yds of Heaven – all lace but on the easier side – Verity  Knits
Swallowtail – all lace – by Evelyn Clarke
Esturay – all lace - by Tin Can Knits
Travelling Companion – texture colours – by Karen Strauss
Elizabeth – Dee O’Keefe
Belfast Shawl – Kraemer yarns

Level 3+: - so many other choices -
Dragonfly wings – all lace - by Boo Knits
The Lonely Tree – all lace – by Silvia Bo Bilvia
EZ 100th Anniversary Gull Wings Half-Circle all lace – by Mwaa knits - + more
Ishbel – all lace – by Ysolda Teague
Red rock Canyon  - By Rosemary Hill
The Elder Tree – Silvia Bo Bilvia
Elizabeth – Dee O’Keefe

Call us or drop in - Happy Knitting Karen