Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sunday was my day off and our day to drive out & about. We headed over towards Elmira- we like the farm land countryside drives... As we drove along we bumped into Wellington Fibers.
http://www.wellingtonfibres.on.ca/ We stopped to by and were invited in... Jim had the tour about the washing, dying etc... room while I chatted with Donna.
The mohair/wool blends were wonderful- soft, pretty - just lets the imagination run wild...
I have a plan to choose colours and have some blends made up for the shop... ready for fall perhaps...
It made for a wonderful day drive, a pleasant surprise and something new to look forward to...
Thanks Donna for taking the time for a chat...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Grey Heron April class info

It’s class time again… Here’s a few “I need help” requests we’ve had come in from our knitters so we created a class just for you.

If you haven’t attended one of our classes with Brenda Harris as the instructor well you are in for a treat!! Brenda is a very accomplished passionate knitter. She is a wealth of knowledge and her classes offer numerous helpful hints far beyond the lesson techniques offered.

Check out Brenda’s blog @ www.brendaknits.ca

Part 1= Wednesday April 14th 10:30am to 12:00pm $25.00 for 1 ½ hours

Finishing Techniques

v Learn to sew seams

v Mattress Stitch

v 3-needle Bind off

v Kitchener Stitch

Finishing a garment can make or break the overall look for your newest labour of love. This class is designed to help you fine tune your skills and create a level of confidence that when you read a pattern and see the term “use 3-needle bind off” you are so confident that you can do just that- your class skills kick into high gear and your project is finished with ease….

If the thought of finishing your sock toes with the famous “Kitchener stitch” has you running in the other direction barefoot- take this class and

de-mystify that technique….

This is a “hands on” class so you must have your “homework” finished to bring to the class. This will enable you to practise the techniques over and over again…

Homework: 2 squares of knitting as follows:

Cast on 40 stitches- worsted weight yarn, (17 sts – 22sts) using 4.5mm-5.5mm - straights or circs. which ever you like

(fine or chunky yarn too difficult to work with)

Work 5 rows of ribbing k1,p1 and then

Work stockinet stitch (knit RS, purl WS) until piece measures 4”, Do not cast off

Make two squares leaving both “on the needles” Do not cast off so you have “live” stitches to work with.


Part 2= Wednesday April 21st 10:30am to 12:00pm $25.00 1 ½ hours

Finishing Techniques

v Learn to pick up stitches in the correct ratio for ribbing buttonhole bands

v Learn to pick up stitches on a curve as in a neckline

v Learn to make a perfect one-row buttonhole

Have you shyed away from making a sweater pattern that asks you to “pick up stitches around the neckline and work ribbing”? Or perhaps a pattern that calls for “buttonholes spaced correctly on the ribbed band”. If these terms are confusing and keep you away from knitting a fabulous sweater pattern, then this is the class for you.

This a “hands on” class so you must prepare homework ready to work on for the class.

Homework: make two squares as follows:

Cast on 40 stitches – worsted weight yarn, (17sts – 22sts) using 4.5mm to 5.5mm straights or circs. which ever you like

Work 5 rows of ribbing k1, p1 and then

Work stockinet stitch (knit RS, purl WS) until piece measures 4”

On RS (right side) cast off 5 sts and work across row in st st.

On next and every other RS row cast off 1st @ the “neck edge” until 30sts remain

Work stockinet stitch for 1” more –leave work on needles- do not cast off


Part 3= Wednesday April 28th 10:30am to 12:00pm $25.00 1 ½ hours

The pre-requisite for this class is participating in our Part 2 Finishing Techniques.

We have designed this class to accommodate the knitter who has a semi-finished project that needs “fine tuning”. After completing the Part 2 class you should be able to try your hand at picking up stitches for the ribbed band and creating perfectly spaced buttonholes.

You want to dive right in and getting going, BUT are still a little hesitant.

Bring your project to class and let Brenda guide you to the finish line!!

This class has a limit of 4 participants.


Now, we know that offering a daytime class means some of you can’t attend. Please let us know what timing works better for you and we can arrange for another series of Part 1 & 2 of Finishing Techniques.

If you have any questions about the classes please give us a call or drop by. Classes are limited to 8 participants unless otherwise indicated.

Karen & Brenda

Grey Heron Natural Designs

66 Pine Street,

Collingwood, ON

L9Y 2N7



Thursday, March 25, 2010

Alpaca Lace- soft & lux has arrived

Yesterday our Berroco Alpaca Lace yarn arrived- oh ya!! Now you're talking- just thinking of all the gorgeous lace work projects in the making...
Shawls- Luna Moth, Swallowtail, Snow Drop- yarn harlot, Heirloom Lace - Canadian Living,
the choices are endless---- just check out ravelry
Off white, Grass green, Azure Teal, Oatmeal- fabulous choices for your projects

50% Peruvian wool, 20% Super fine Alpaca, 30% Nylon = $11.95 - 30sts, 2.75mm, 433yds

Stop in- check it out-add to your stash!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Successful mission...

Well, what a find... Shelridge farms has the finest collection/selection of hand dyed yarns... have a look for yourself... now add a little solid colour... and presto!! the latest Cabin Fever sock pattern emerges...
oh ya, I found my Apple Blossom colourways.. I can see it now... soft pinks to strong dark pinks surrounded by spring greens... successful mission!! just in time for the spring Apple Blossom extravaganza here in the Georgian Bay region...

In search of Apple Blossom sock yarn

It's my day off and I've planned to meet Buffy Taylor @her farm, Shelridge Farms. I'm so excited!! The Taylors have a wonderful selection of yarns - perfect addition to my wool shop. I haven't received my Classic Elite Alpaca sox yarn and I can't wait. I've already labelled one colourways Blue Mountain- blues n greens.. just like the bay... and of course not to be out done by Bruce Trail - mixture of greens n browns- just like the trails... so my search for the perfect Apple Blossom colourways just might be over... yesterday I discovered that Shelridge had the perfect colourways, already labelled Apple Blossom- :))
The area I live in is a blend between water, nature and orchards... now you see the bay, the trails and the apples..
Pictures to follow- on this beautiful sunny day

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

First signs of spring

Here's a tiny start to Spring... snowdrops are coming up....
The sun has been shining for several days now... It's hard to believe that just two weeks ago this front yard garden had
2 1/2 ft of snow sitting there...

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's a rainy day in Collingwood...

Well, it's the afternoon already but I've had a fun morning. The knitters are racing into the shop, picking up project yarn for their March break holidays and off they go... Wish I was going on a March break!!! someday!!
So, I'm busy working on the Block squares for our afghan class.... taking care of a few housingkeeping details around the shop, back to my knitting... and now it's raining... sure hope the snow stays on the hills or the March break skiers will be board!!... maybe they'll revert to knitting... ah, one can always hope... Hope springs eternal I hear....
I finished a little baby shrug- so cute- Sirdar Bamboo and PomPom in baby pink... My 50's babydoll never looked so good!!
And back to my baby blanket.. I'm working with Flusi Regia sock yarn- dble strand- giant dishcloth really--- gorgeous colours--- for my BF's daughter's 1st baby...
Classic Elite and Naturally arrived at the shop this week... with more to follow... I can't wait for the Alpaca Sox, hand dyed variegated- my feet need something soft and comfee...

I'll post pics as I finish... Spring clothing is arriving over the next few weeks- GELCO of Germany is here now- beautiful colour pallet...
Ciao for now, Karen