Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yarn SALE Boxing Week only

It's time to clear out a few yarns to make room for a brand new addition to our shop.
We have a few bits & pieces from Classic Elite, Berroco, Mission Falls, Sirdar, Zauberball Sock, Garnstudio, Twilley's, Naturally... and a few novelty yarns

Stock up your stash for the coming year... while enjoying savings of 15% - 30%

No returns one the sale yarns.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday hours...

Grey Heron Holiday Hours

Thursday Dec. 22nd 10 – 7
Friday Dec. 23rd 10 – 7
Saturday Dec. 24th 9:30 – 2

Sunday Dec. 25th CLOSED
Monday Dec. 26th CLOSED

Tuesday Dec. 27th 10 – 4
Wednesday Dec. 28th 10 – 5:30
Thursday Dec. 29th 10 – 5:30
Friday Dec. 30th 10 – 5:30
Saturday Dec. 31st 10 – 2

Sunday Jan. 1st CLOSED
Monday Jan.2nd CLOSED

Tuesday Jan. 3rd regular hours

We wish you a very Happy Holiday & a Happy New Year

Karen, Brenda, Heather

Monday, December 19, 2011

One hat finished... more to go

Well, in my early morning rising today I decided I stay up and keep knitting on Jim's hat. Maybe I could get it finished... and I did...
One ball of www.cabinfever.ca Cabin Fever Northern Lights- Molasses colour- a brown tweedie mix... it was a simple roll back, ribbed cuff stst top with 4 dble decreases... I like the pattern of a four decrease top better than an 8 decrease top... I find it sits nicely on the top of Jim's head.. I would have a picture except that it's now on his head... anyway, now onto to the Gap-tas-tic cowl... it takes so long to make any headway... 131 sts in seed stitch... boring!!.. at least the yarn is fun.. Cascade Nikki- multi chunky weight... coral, brown, purple, grey, mix... it really is nice...
Now to start a cowl for Jim... what pattern to choose.. I think a simple 2x2 rib would work.. When you live by the water the wind can be really bitter... along with the snow blowing...
We're on the downward slope of Christmas week... we dropped off gifts on the weekend- one more group to go... the wrapping is down, so on to turkey dinner tomorrow with our friends from www.loftgalleryart.com Phil and Debra... We get together often for dinner meetings, Sunday afternoon coffee and the gallery usually with a few goodies...
So, that's it for today... more pictures tomorrow... Ciao Karen

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Knitters Christmas gifts galour

What knitter doesn't want a shiny new set of interchangeable Knit Picks needle set? We've got you covered.. all three- Harmony, Zypher and Nickel... These little beauties make your knitting smooth sailing.. If you haven't tried them- come on in and have a look... get them on your gift list... The Harmony sock needle sets are on the way. We sell them as fast as we get them... tried and true- they make knitting socks a breeze... Every man knows that in his tool cupboard he has the best that money can buy- knitters shouldn't be any different...
Denise needle kits have just arrived- all under one cover, these are a great traveller's set. I also carry the companion cable set and extra single needle tips with 2 cables. These extras are perfect for the knitter who has many projects on the go at the same time- ok, that's all of us..
Put your name on one of our Apple Pie Sock yarn kits. www.applepietrail.ca
This pattern was created by Brenda Harris just for our kits. brendaknits.ca We expanded to include a wonderful Apple Leaf Lace and Apple Blossom pattern designed by Heather Hufton. So, get your selections made early.
Our last orders are ready to be sent in on Dec 14th... after that we can't be sure the product will be here before Christmas.

I don't know about you, but my Christmas knitting is not nearly finished... something for Jim, Melanie and Lisa... Since Jim's away this weekend- I'll be busy working on his surprise...

So, don't forget- stop by, make your Christmas list and put it on the fridge...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Get your Christmas list filled in...

It will soon be the last day to order your Knit Picks products for arrival before Christmas.
Leave a big wish list note on the fridge with your must haves-
I will be placing my last order on the 15th of December to ensure delivery for Christmas.
We have in stock;
the interchangeable needle kits
sock needle sets - nickel & harmony
small circs for sock knitting
numerous bits & pieces of notions
straights in harmony woods- oh are they ever lovely to work with:)
of course we have the Try It set- one tip of each with cables
Let me know your wishes- order early to avoid disappointment...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Shop local this season

Small business owners put great thought and planning into the product they bring into their shops. We carefully choose colours, styles, needs and extras that we think will bring joy to your knitting world.
So the season of giving has arrived. Whether it's a gift for you or someone else just know that we've had you in mind.
Support your local yarn shop-

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lest we forget...

It's been nineteen years since my Mom passed away. I think of her often especially when I'm knitting with her knitting needles. The elastics still in place on the ends of the DPNs... making mittens I expect.
Remembrance day is the time to remember the brave young men & women who fought to keep the future generations free. Some made the ultimate sacrifice and others refrain from talking about their time in war torn areas of the world. In any case, I say Thank You from the bottom of my heart. My cousin Charlie Weir was part of the Canadian army who liberated Holland. He doesn't talk about it much but such a young man he was at the time. Here's a picture of him talking with school children at a service in London Ontario.

He's a real character, still very active in his late 80's...

Monday, November 7, 2011

Knitters Connect...

Awhile ago I was asked if I would like to write a few articles for Curious the Tourist Guide..I said sure, that would be such fun... My first article appeared in the November issue...
http://www.curiousguide.ca/ on page 12. This tourist guide is picked up by day trippers everywhere. The guide takes from corner to corner of the GTA and around Southern Ontario... The center fold is a handy map to keep tucked in the glove box for further needs. You will find the most interesting stories, jokes, recipes and of course wonderful shops to visit. The paper also dedicates a full page to B&B locations. You can follow the butter tart trail too- now that's fun!!

Knitters Connect

For years knitting circles, guilds, wool festivals and events were knitter’s places to meet. With today’s modern technologies, knitters connect 24/7 globally with each other.

Surfing the websites like Ravelry have become part of our daily connections with like minded stitchers.

We knit on the subway, bus, train, gather at coffee shops and LYS to share our stories & expertise.

We can Knit Cruise, Knit Retreat, Knit A Long and join a Sit n Knit club with others who have a passion for knitting.

The face of knitting is changed forever as we develop new ways to connect with other kindred spirits. How many knitting blogs do you read in a day? (Wise Hilda, Yarn Harlot, cosmicplutoknits)

Connect with us again as we share new designs, techniques and stories. What’s on your needles?

Karen – Grey Heron Wool Shop Collingwood greyherondesigns.com

Now, what's my next topic? You'll have to wait for the December issue...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

and then came Saturday...

Knit Fest 2011- was so much fun... Set up was early for a 9am start... Jim was in the kitchen preparing lunch for 22 crazy knitters... tough job.. he managed - nicely -the food was delish!!

Brenda made a tasty breakie- muffins, fruit and coffee.. The Ravenna hall had the perfect set up for the day... ring side kitchen counters, lots of table room and excited knitters...

We had girls from Barrie, Meaford, Collingwood and area... and Deb from Orillia... what a day... the top down baby cardie was well under way as Deb enlighted us to the differences between YO, M1left, M1right, M1 small (her choice).. your choice to make but now that you know how each one looks, you choose the outcome.. off they went again... they continued along with their workbooks... studying the next choices... it wasn't long before lunch was served... it was a good time for a seventh inning stretch... a few girls slipped over to the Ravenna General store for a pie or two.. and on our way again... this time we add patterns... wow!!... choice again... 4st, 6st, 7st patterns.. Deb full of ideas on placement, math hints and samples to drool over... again choices to make... since this class was releasing your inner designer- the choices were tough... but did they have fun!! not only with colour but pattern, cardie sizes- so much to learn... quick tips along the way and before we know it- the show was over... we were tired but revived up... the sun was bright all day blasting through the windows... and the view of Beaver Valley was stunning... a BIG thanks to Brenda for all her help- Jim for the marvelous chef duties- and to Deb for sharing her design talents with all of us.... we are better knitters today... now what about Knit Fest 2012??... in the making

What a week!!

Last week was filled with fun... On Wednesday morning Brenda, Deb Gemmell and myself were introducing the local Rogers morning show hosts to the world of knitting. The table was full of ideas that would fill the one hour show with chat.
From there, Deb came back to the shop to sit in with the afternoon class. We had our regular group of gals along with three new knitters. Deb was most kind to help Mary rekindle her knitting talents. Here's Carol with a little show and tell. She edged her shawl with a touch of ruffle... well done... Deb & Brenda deep in thought...
a little Halloween treat... Carol's weekly basket of fruit n veg goodies...
All n all, it was a great class- thanks to Deb for dropping by... www.cabinfever.ca

Friday, October 28, 2011

Knit Cafe success story

Thursday was our launch of the Thursday afternoon drop in Knit Cafe. Heather was winding yarn for her latest project - a grey felted bucket hat.
Ladies started arriving with bags in tow. We discovered three projects from years past that needed finishing. All sweaters in an almost finished state- but not quite... needed Eatons Lady Fair aran colour for two of the projects. The other sweater in need of a collar was rust in colour. It had very deep sleeve cuffs so with a little discussion Shirley decided cutting the ribbed cuff off and replacing it with a beautiful rust tweed was going to do it. So, the cuffs and collar will be a beautiful rust tweed. With Heather's guidance Shirley will get started at their next knitting group meeting in Markdale and by the time our next cafe happens they rust sweater will be one it's way to completion. whew!! oh and she will stop @ Hilda's for a custom cut zipper for the closure.
Now, Min's sweater needs some help but with luck Brenda who also joined us for the afternoon has an Eaton's stash at home- how handy was that!! and the chances of that- slim to nil... stroke of luck!! With the stars a lining Min may just get the chance to finish this beautiful fair isle sweater. Jan was working on a luscious alpaca ribbed scarf. I had a small show n tell- a wrap nearly done knit in Sirdar Indie- a chunky multi colour. The purple and green peek through the dark browns with delight. It will be nice and warm... oh and my Tilli silk twinkle scarf that my dogs decided to run around the house with the other day... I came home to find the ball of silk in one room and the scarf/needles etc in the other... They took one look at me and headed for the hills... their frolic was over and trouble was ahead... never mind- it's all good and the dogs are alive and well...
So, I look forward to next week- do drop by and say hello... K

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Launching new Apple themed sock yarns

We've been hard @ work in the creative department. Our latest pattern has been created by Heather Hufton of our Grey Heron Knit Cafe.

This spectacular apple leaf pattern works all over the sock right down to the toes... We have our mohair blend and superwash merino kits already to go...

Sample has been made up in Shelridge yarns ina beautiful Lime green. Stop by the shop and pick up an Apple Pie Trail sock yarn kit. It's all Canadian!! eh...

Knit Cafe opens Thursday Oct 27th...

Our drop by Knit Cafe opens on Thursday Oct 27th... Come spend a fun afternoon knitting with Heather. Bring your projects- haul them out of the closet- we all have them- dust them off and head for the Cafe.
We serve coffee/tea and sweets- good laughter- good fun- good learning- can't be bad for the spirit....

We will not have formal teaching as this is a drop in setting- but Heather will be able to get you on the right path if you have strayed.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pom Pom ribbed hat

Here's our first of many hat patterns for the colder weather. It can be made for just under $20.00. Made in Viking Garn chunky it knits up in a flash.
It's a fun style- great for skiing- cross country skiing- winter walking

Monday, October 17, 2011

Knit Fest 2011

This is a new event for our area of Grey/Bruce/Simcoe counties. Well renowned Canadian knitting "Top Down" specialist Deb Gemmell will be our guest instructor for the day. We are so fortunate to have Deb live in our county. www.cabinfever.ca
This class is to inspire your knitting creativity, provide you with the tools to change a basic pattern into a gem.
The event takes place on Saturday October 29th from 9 - 4... lunch provided- vendor market

So make the call to join in the fun. 705-444-0370

Knit Fest 2011 hosted by Grey Heron Wool Shop
66 Pine St, Collingwood


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Look what just arrived

two fabulous mags- and a new one too with a wonderful sweater...
Knit Wear takes one sweater and creates different styles from the same pattern... good learning tool...
Knitting Traditions as usual has magnificent Swedish and Finnish patterns from days gone by. They never good out of style.

Thursday, October 6, 2011



October 5, 2011 (Hamilton, Ontario) // The Blue Mountains Apple Pie Trail was awarded best Ontario Tourism Culinary Experience Award this week at the Ontario Tourism Summit in Hamilton, Ontario. Accepting on behalf of the Trail was Patti Kendall the Marketing Manager for the Blue Mountain Village.

Kendall, excited and honoured to win the award said, “We have everything it takes to deliver amazing visitor experiences and compete with other world-class experiences in Ontario. The Apple Pie Trail combines culinary, adventure and agriculture to provide visitors a unique opportunity to get involved with our beautiful landscape, meet our locals, taste our terroir and return to the area again and again driving tourism for the region.” Kendall continued, “Special thanks to our partners and supporters including our 32 trail businesses who enthusiastically provide authentic local products and experiences all year long, and our sponsors who believed we could successfully collaborate on this amazing regional tourism product. Our key sponsors include Global Fruit/The Red Prince Apple, Blue Mountain Resorts, The Westin Trillium House, Scenic Caves, Scandinave Spa, Free Spirit Tours, Collingwood Downtown, Municipality of Meaford, Town of The Blue Mountains and Grey County. Thank you.”

The 32 members of the Apple Pie Trail include:
Collingwood Downtown: Café Chartreuse, Espresso Post, Heavenly Sweets, Downtown Farmer’s Market, Tesoro Mercato, Collingwood Cooking Academy, Grey Heron Designs
Blue Mountain Village: Rusty’s at Blue Bar& BBQ, RoyalMajesty Espresso Bar Bakery, 3 Guys and a Stove, Oliver Bonacini Café Grill, The Pottery Restaurant
Craigleith: Craigleith Heritage Depot
Thornbury: Oakley’s Field Fresh Market, Ashanti Coffee Estate, Thornbury Bakery Café, The Cheese Gallery, Sisi on Main
Clarksburg: The Honey House, Clarksburg Farmers Market, Matilda Swanson Gallery, Loft Gallery
Beaver Valley: The Farmer’s Pantry, Blackbird Pie Co. (previously Blue Mountain Gourmet), Georgian Hills Vineyard, Ravenna Country Market, Apple Top Farm
Meaford: Grandma Lambe’s, Meaford Farmer’s Market, Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery
Owen Sound: Owen Sound Farmers’ Market, Rocky Raccoon Café

The trail is in its second full year and is receiving much International attention from Ontario Tourism and the Canadian Tourism Commission with media and travel trade trips from Japan, Mexico, England, Korea and Germany, coming exclusively to experience the area and the Trail. Additionally, Trail Adventure packages are available to guests to Blue Mountain and residents alike to enjoy the culinary adventure experiences that support local businesses, local agriculture and the apple growers of Georgian Bay. Visit www.applepietrail.ca

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sweater Kits yarns in house!!

OMG!! These yarns are wonderful... Silky mulberry , merino & ewe, and more... in colours that are exciting... check it out... http://www.sweaterkits.com/
We have kits too...

Stop in... they are irresistible

New colours for our Apple Pie Trail sock yarns

Georgian blues

Grape Harvest

We have expanded our colour range in the Apple Pie Trail sock yarns. The Georgian Blues of course created for the many shades of blue waters along our bay. The Grape Harvest is a multi mix of colours. They will arrive this month.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Knit Fest 2011... we're having FUN!!!

Grey Heron presents: KNIT FEST 2011

Knit a BASIC TOP DOWN baby cardigan & then LET'S PLAY

Get your creative juices flowing – Spend the day with Deb Gemmell from Cabin Fever

Vendor market – FREE draws – Lunch included

Saturday October 29, 20119:00am to 4:00pm – Ravenna Hall, The Blue Mountains - $65.00 + HST


Here’s your chance to enhance your transferable knitting skills. This class is the jumping off point to adding a pattern to your socks, hats, mittens and sweaters.

During the class you will knit a baby-sized Top Down cardigan following the pattern provided.

This simple garment will be your blank canvas.

Now let’s have some fun. Add a stitch pattern into the body of the sweater, play with the neckband, cuffs and bottom border of the sweater.

Make this sweater your own creation.

There will be lots of help as you take your first step away from the basic pattern.

Materials list:

Beginner/Intermediate Level knitter

Paper, pen, measuring tape, 8 ring markers, sewing up needle

Bring: DK weight yarn, 2 circular needles in the size recommended by your yarn (2 lengths - 40cm/16” long and 60cm/24” long) , a set of double-pointed needles

http://cabinfever.ca Check the website for more patterns. We will have a selection of Cabin Fever yarns and patterns there in the market area for purchasing.

Call for more details 705-444-0370 Grey Heron 66 Pine Collingwood

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

not just any Heel cream...

This weekend Brenda went shopping for Grey Heron. - a fine job was done!!One item on my list was a fabulous Heel cream manufactured by SOAK. I've tried and it's wonderful... leaves your heels feeling refreshed, soft, not greasy - just ready for your hand knit socks... speaking of socks.... $10.00
Kate Atherley AKA Wise Hilda blogger designed the red & white striped sock for the latest Vogue magazine. She was so kind to post the free sock pattern on her blog...


Do take the time to read her blog. As I say "it's all about the math" read her blog- she says the same... BTW- this sock pattern covers off size women's S to men's XL...
Send Kate a quick message thanking her for the download...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Looking for new patterns???

If you are looking for exciting patterns by delightful designers- check out this group. You will find them on ravelry or just Google their name. Have fun...

April Klich, Army of Knitters, Atenti, Bag Hardware, Bekah Knits, Cocoknits

Connie Chang Chinchio, Cookie A, Cosmicpluto Knits, Crafty Diversions

Deep South Fibers, Designs by Romi, Dull Roar, French Press Knits

FreshStitches, Grace Akhrem, Grannycore, Heirloom Stitches

Imagine Knit Designs, Indigirl, Irish Girlie Knits, Joji, Kate Jackson Knits

Kira K Designs, Knit and Tonic, Knitterell, Leigh Radford, Marie Grace Designs

Miriam Felton, MJM Crafts, Olgajazzy, Pam Powers Knits, Pick Up Sticks

Roo Designs, SKIF, SKNITSB, Stolen Stitches, The Shetland Trader

Tiny Owl Knits, Tot Toppers, Tree Knitter Designs, Westknits

When I Grow Up, Woolly Wormhead, Ysolda Teague

Neon Buddha & Pure arrive @ Grey Heron

Lifestyle clothing for travel, work, home, yoga & you.
Designed in Canada
100% preshrunk cotton blends

The Fall collections have just arrived!!... beautiful colours, styles & trimmings...
We have changed our clothing sizes to include 14 - 24 or M/L to 3X only..
We are very excited to move forward with fun fashion in women's sizes.

Our fall NB/Pure collection has flowing tunics, matching pants, wonderful sweaters (cardies & vests) to match... several stand alone jackets.. long sleeve Tees - scoop - v - crew - cowl - ruched turtleneck.. line details that shape our curves - neck ruffles ever so flattering and did I mention TUNIC length... yes indeed.. http://www.neonbuddha.net/
Gorgeous wraps for fall.. with more on the way... Do stop by... enjoy fall fashions with colour, style & details...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fall knitting class info

Grey Heron Fall 2011 knitting class info

Hello everyone,

Fall is fast approaching and you know what that means… sweater time… and the Poncho is back

That’s right… the warm & cosy poncho is the hottest item for fall

www.ravelry.com has a multitude of beautiful selections to choose from

My fav is the A Very Harlot Poncho by Yarn Harlot.. easy, accommodating – just right

Check out a few of Cabin Fever poncho patterns – perfect for a Mom & Daughter


This year we will be offering morning, afternoon and evening classes.

Our first class will be a Refresher of Knitting Skills class

Wednesday October 5 & 12 & 19 from 10:00am to 11:30am OR 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Learn casting on/off; increasing; decreasing, choosing your yarn;

reading your pattern, labels, gauge +++

This class will be working with straight and/or circular needles.

Your choice of class project- scarf or hat

Handouts provided

Class fee- $50.00 +HST for the three week program –

workshop material yarn + pattern(s) included *project yarn & needles extra

More details provided upon registration


Our second class will Learning to knit with Double point needles

Wednesday October 26th & Nov 2th & Nov 9th

from 10:00am to 11:30am OR 7:00pm to 8:30pm

How to cast on with four needles; to join without gaps; prevent ladders between needles;

join so stitches don’t twist; knit in the right direction +++

Mittens, Fingerless mitts, Top down Hat, Hat in the round, Leg warmers

Handouts provided

Class fee- $50.00 + HST for the three week program- workshop material yarn + pattern(s) included * project yarn & needles extra

More details provided upon registration


Our third class will feature Make your 1st sweater

Wednesday Nov 16th & Nov 23rd & Nov 30th from 10:00am to 11:45am OR 7:00pm to 8:45pm

Your skills from the previous two classes have lead to this point, so let’s get ready to make your first sweater.

This class will set you on the right path to making wonderful sweaters!!

Learn all the skills required to make a sweater – gauge to get the size right, increases/decreases left/right slanting, neck shaping, shoulder shaping, front button-hole band, seaming and more….

We will make a small sized sweater with all features listed above. This class is the perfect learning tool.

This project can be completed during the 3 week class period.

Class prerequisite: knit/purl, increase, decrease

Class fee- $75.00 + HST - three week program-

pattern included * project yarn & needles extra


Wednesday Dec 7th, 14th & 21st morning & evening - set aside for special project knitting.

More info to follow


The afternoon classes on Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm are set aside for an Intermediate knitter group. They work on special projects of their choice - with guidance provided if needed.

Here are a few examples of up coming projects we will offer

Moebius (Infinity) scarf, Socks, Felting, Thrum knitting, Multidirectional Scarf, Lacework

Ask for more details


Classes will fill quickly - get back to us to register **

Materials for class must be purchased @ Grey Heron;

Classes are to be pre-paid in advance; non-refundable; non-transferable

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding classes, give me a call or drop by.


Grey Heron

66 Pine Street,

Collingwood, ON

L9Y 2N7




Follow us to Blue Mountain Village

We will be featured in the Apple Pie Trail vendor market. Stop by.. say Hello.. and check out the Apple Pie sock yarns....

The 5th annual TASTE OF BLUE presented by Collingwood Whisky kicks off this Saturday at noon until 5pm.


Guests can sample food, beer, wine and liquor from over 13 Village Patios plus the Culinary Market featuring members of the Apple Pie Trail.

Live music starts at noon with Pop & Jazz Sensations Coco Love Alcorn and Brian Macmillan – back by popular demand after great success at the recent Peak to Shore Music Festival. Coco & Brian will play at noon and again at 4pm.

Tasting kits are $20 each and the first 600 include a signature bag with a sampling glass from Collingwood Whisky. Also included in the bag will be a map and itemized list of food and drink samples that will take you from Sunset Grill, along Water Street, up to the Village Plaza and over to the Oliver & Bonacini patio. In total guests can visit over 16 food and drink locations including local wines from Coffin Ridge and Georgian Hills Vineyard along with Creemore Beer and Thornbury Cider.

Three local chefs will showcase the tricks of their trade including the Collingwood Cooking Academy at 1pm, Rocky Raccoon cafe from Owen Sound at 2pm and Rusty’s at Blue at 3:15pm.

Free children’s activities will run from 1-4pm including free cookie decorating and face painting on Water Street.

Come early to get your Tasking Kit bag - stay late to enjoy a variety of local food & drink!

Friday, August 26, 2011

knitting class info..

Can you believe it... we're approaching the end of August... and so the schedule for fall knitting classes emerges...

This year we offer morning, afternoon and evening classes each Wednesday.

Our refresher knitting classes will commence on Wed October 5th @ 10:30am to 12:00pm and again @ 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
This will be a 2 week class followed by 2 weeks each of learning to knit with circular needles and double point needles.

Our afternoon classes will continue for the intermediate knitters @ 1:00pm to 3:30pm.
We will offer a mixture of technical skill enhancements and fabulous project designs.

The special interest classes such as learning to knit socks, make infinity scarves, felted hats/mittens/slippers, cables, lacework, fair isle work, thrumming and more will be scheduled for each time segment.

The full schedule of classes will be finalized by early Sept.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's my yarn crawl holiday time....

I'm excited.. The shop will be closed from Sat Aug 27th to Mon Sept 5th... We will reopen on Tuesday Sept 6th...
I'm doing the yarn crawl around Ontario... Muskoka to Ottawa to Kingston to Picton and finally a little wine tasting in NOTL...
relaxing, knitting, visiting, cruising, tasting... can't be bad LOL

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Customer loyalty.. do you practice??

This is an often heard lament these days from retailers in our area. The question stems from the rural retail experience for the past 150 years or so and the significant change in customer behavior over the last five years. One of the foundations of the rural community was loyalty—loyalty to your family, your neighbor, your community—including loyalty to local retailers and service businesses. When you looked for a product or service, you looked to your local businesses. Your loyalty was rewarded by a high level of service including an inventory based on your past needs, a willingness to order in special products, fair pricing and extended credit terms if necessary. It worked well for 150 years, but things have changed.

There are many pressures that have changed purchasing patterns, and to name just a few: 1. The focus on price rather than on value 2. The pressure to provide immediate gratification (ie. Customer wants it now—unwilling to wait) 3. Willingness of the customer to accept substitutes (ie. Buy what is offered—not necessarily what you really wanted) 4. Ability of the customer to search further afield (including on the web) 5. Economic uncertainty limiting many customers to purchase only essential items

Does this mean the ultimate demise of the rural retail business? Some undoubtedly have failed or will fail, others have closed because the owners don’t want to carry on under the ‘new’ rules. However, we need not go ‘belly up’ to use a Georgian Bay fishing term. Loyalty in the past was based on physical proximity (your local town) and personal relationships . Today you can get to Toronto, Toledo or even Tokyo to purchase products, and few of us know the owner of Wal-Mart or even Canadian Tire and none of us have been personally served by him or her.

Today, you can build loyalty, but in a different way. Your shoppers are looking world-wide for products, so why don’t you look world-wide for customers? Build loyalty by building a customer base which has an interest (and preferably a passionate interest) in what you offer, what you do, or what you are interested in.

Collect e-mails from customers that show interest in your business, and treat those people as your primary customer base by interacting with them on a regular (but not spam level) basis. Build a following on Facebook or set up a blog attached to your business Web-site. Give your ‘fans’ good solid information, interesting ideas or facts, personal comments and discussion.

Build your customer loyalty around their interest in what you are doing. With luck and some good management, you will find customers corresponding with you, tracking you down from some surprising and very far-away places. Lots of folks come to the southern Georgian Bay region, and from the studies done most of them return more than once. You can build a loyal customer base out of all those folks from around the world who find our region worth visiting. Whenever they return, they will come to visit (and shop) with you in person because you have a common bond with them, and you have been loyally including them in your business life. If you don’t know how to start, please look at the Chamber website for companies and people that can get you going!


Friday, July 29, 2011

It's beading time...

After our Wednesday with Lucy N DVD, we all are inspired to knit with beads. So many ways to add touches of charm, glitz & glam.. makes one's head spin... try it and see how it goes... We viewed the section on lace work too... The Leaves & Bead Smoke Ring had just arrived so perfect timing for a picture.

Pat K is working on a gorgeous cowl in soft white with pearl beads - a gift for a friend... I wonder who''s next on her list??
I'm working on a beaded bracelet pattern for a quick knitted gift... pics to follow..

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sock sizing - resizing - good fit

Hand knit socks are gems to have. If you knit socks for someone special - this post is for you.

Follow along with Wise Hilda and gather "footsie" measurements. WH is working on better finished sizing for sock patterns.

Check her blog for the email address.

My tape measures are ready for knitting class tomorrow-

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Elvis has arrived...

It's that time of year again when our streets are closed and the sounds of "Blue Suede Shoes" is rockin the speakers...
Yesterday at knit class we celebrated with the famous "Elvis King cookies" made by our local Tim Horton's. Jan Trude and group have been making these cookies for years now. ALL proceeds are donated to the Collingwood General and Marine http://www.cgmh.on.ca/ for their education programs.
It was our summer movie afternoon knit class. The temperatures were soaring outside while we were coolin off with Lucy Neatby DVD viewing. Once again the class discovered new techniques and fun ways to add changes to their projects.
Diane is working away on here EZ denim blue cable sweater. Ruth is working on a secret project for a fall gift. Dallas was knitting on sock #2 using the famous nicknamed "Parrot" Zauberball sock yarn. Heather was just getting started on her Man socks for the fall fair judging contest. Arlene was showing off her beautifully finished Baby Bunting bag for her fall grandchild arrival. I'm designing the last of my retreat weekend kits. Before we know it- our weekend will be here...
So, it's HOT downtown but soon the street will be full of Elvi in glitter suits... join in the fun.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Georgian Hills Winery...


Come to visit our area winery.. have a tasting, or a cheese pairing... the vineyard is in full swing...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Need A Baby Cardigan book arrives....

It's here- finally the newest Cabin Fever baby book... http://cabinfever.ca/ what a lovely array of patterns... just as cute as can be... My customer Joyce will be so happy when she comes in on Friday... cotton tweed in Oatmeal is back in stock for her sweater and the baby book is here too...

The A-line cardie pattern arrived too... this pattern has been added to my "to do" list.. for the full figured gal who wants 3/4 sleeves, longer length and style- this pattern is for you...

With a call from my customer who lives in South Africa and fabulous customers- today has finished up on a happy note.
Until tomorrow- Elvis is coming to Collingwood... stay tuned..

Summertime in Southern Ontario

I love southern Ontario. It's a wonderful place to live and explore. Our Monday drive took us to our favourite cheese n turkey shop in Listowel. A little turkey and a lot of cheese- Danish cheese at its best!! some blue, havarti, esrom, gouda... all great choices...
Then a little yarn purchase here and there... lunch out in Mount Forest... then a quick drop by the Mount Forest Chamber office...
http://www.mountforest.ca/ to pick up area info... fabulous promotion of Ontario tourism.. and then back home to Georgian Bay... http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca/ where you can do just about anything... free Jazz by the Bay in Thornbury every Sunday night.. head for a swim @ our 3 area Blue Flag beaches... or of course shop for yummy yarns at your LYS= Grey Heron... Ciao for now, Karen

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Apple Hat cutie

In keeping with our Apple Pie Trail product line, we have just finished our children's Apple hat.
The pattern will only be available in our hat kit with instructions to make up in sport, DK & worsted weight yarn. The rolled edge followed by ribbing sets off a nice edge.
The sample is made up in Mission Falls yarn.
Look for it on our shelves next week.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

KnitScene winter 2011 also arrived

It's a wonderful issue- hats- cardies- lacework... all just beautiful...
check it out for yourself...

Once again, we are spoiled for choice... The Grand Palais Shawl is my fav... soft natural white- lace trim- slightly chunky yarn... gorgeous over my fall coat... one more one my must do list...

Knit One Knit All... EZ's new book... It's here!!!

I can't believe my eyes. Standing at my shop door this morning was a package with the new Knit Scene mag and the new hardcover book "Knit One Knit All".
Its delightful photos of recipe cards in Elizabeth's hand writing, fabulous pictures and of course outstanding designs- hats, jackets... which one to make??
I am taking orders... call me
Grey Heron 705-444-0370

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday afternoons with Lucy

I love Lucy... not Ricardo but Neatby!!.. We had such fun yesterday. I planned to host a Lemonade & Popcorn party every Wednesday afternoon with the knit group so we could watch Lucy Neatby DVDs. Yesterday was our first show. How much fun did we have?? TONS!!... so much so they want to watch the same DVD again. The cast ons, & offs followed by the Inc & Dec was so interesting- they want to view it again... The helpful tips and how to/why info combos was such a good fit.
Sometimes one has to get into knitting for a while so when a DVD of info come along it opens the mind to new concepts instead of confusing one.
They are keeners now to try a few of their new techniques. Next week pictures... We were pleased to have join our group Marsha from PA USA. Her husband was on the golf course and she had dropped into the shop the day before, we chatted about the movie afternoon and she joined right in.
If you might think Lucy's DVDs would be interesting- try it you'll like it!!
Ciao for now, Karen

Apple Leaves by Heather

Heather strikes again..this little beauty is covered in apple leaf patterning... the picture is not my best work but when the camera acts up...
It's a cuff down- Shelridge apple green sock yarn... one of our Apple Pie Trail sock kits.... www.applepietrail.ca/... Our standard ribbed cuff down pattern is included in the box... as well the apple leaf pattern or the apple blossom "Tat" pattern...
Brenda Harris designed the plain sock pattern for us- cabinfever.ca
That's Brenda of the Cabin Fever fame.. www.brendaknits.ca
If you haven't yet picked up your copy of the Need a Sock book, there's no time like the present. Socks of all shapes & sizes... add this book to your knitting library & you won't need another...
We do have a wonderful selection of sock yarns- stop by & check us out.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Girly Apple Blossom sock..

Well, Heather's been at it again. Using the Shelridge sock yarn in pinks & purpley shades this gorgeous "Tat" sock emerges. Our apple blossom tat is positioned just about the ankle bone. Who needs a permanent tattoo, just make our "Tat" sock and feel cool...
This pattern is part of our Apple Pie Trail sock kit. www.applepietrail.ca Check out this trail. It takes you all over our Southern Georgian Bay region. You will have a wonderful day...
Contact greyheron@bellnet.ca for sock kit inquiries.

My new project gets started...

I have choosen Softspun from Briggs & Little to make a beautiful scarf from the latest Knits Weekend mag.
I'm starting the Wheat Field Scarflette by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. It's cute and do-able in a short time, even though cast on is 422sts... no time for chatting while that's happening.
stay tuned for more pics!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Knits Weekend has arrived

The new knits weekend edition has arrived at the shop. Oh boy... so many wonderful things to make. I have my eye on a cute little wheat colour scarf...
The sweater shown on the mag front is so nice- side to side - garter - Noro- all great features. This just might have to be my fall sweater...

$15.99 only 3 left... hot item..

Thursday, June 30, 2011

See you in August....

Well, I simply can't believe it's summer holiday time for Brenda...
Where has the year gone?? We had a wonderful luncheon send off party yesterday @ the shop in honor of US... and Brenda of course... salads, sandwiches and "Girlie" cupcakes made for us by Bob the Baker from Thornbury Bakery Cafe in Thornbury. http://thornburybakerycafe.com/
We missed Carol & Audrey @ the lunch - they are off on holidays... but Ruth pulled in from Timmons just in time to share lunch with us...
We are gearing up for Canada Day... so have a great celebration!! I'll be in Thornbury with my family taking in the festivities... http://thornbury.ca

Friday, June 24, 2011

Wednesdays with the Knitters

Every Wednesday the knitters arrive for a fun afternoon of laughter & learning.
They've had wonderful successes - just look...
Audrey = socks - Berroco Sox, Kroy, Lang, Zauberball,
Ruth = EZ cable sweater + "Buttons" Cabin Fever Top down Baby sweater
Diane = EZ cable sweater
Lyn = Sally Melville vest
Carol = Fair Isle Philosopher's sweater - set to be steeked!! + John Deere roll neck sweater
Arlene = Baby Surprise Jacket + Sally Melville baby hat
Dallas = socks + wave hat + felted lambs
Heather = Apple Leaf & Apple Blossom socks
Pat = lace yoke sweater
It is a productive class... each one learning a new technique and/or tip each week...