Friday, August 31, 2012

September class - "just do it"

Hi everyone,

We are announcing the start to our fall knitting and crocheting classes.

Every Wednesday – from 1:00pm to 3:00pm  $10.00 Brenda’s back on Sept. 12th
“911 Knitting Afternoon” - It’s our version of help on demand. Are you working on a project that has you puzzled about techniques or perhaps is a bit advanced for you? Not to worry, come in on a Wednesday – it’s a drop in class where you can get the help you need to finish your project.

Every Thursday afternoon - 1:00pm to 4:00pm is our Drop in Knit Café. Its FREE  
Heather’s in the house
Bring your knitting or crocheting – join us for tea or coffee. We have a fun time.

Skills classes

Wednesday Sept. 5 –       1 -3 in the classroom Knitting 101 - Part 1 &2  = $40.00
If you are a beginner knitter or in need of a refresher course, this is the class for you. This class gives you a full introduction to knitting – knit stitch, purl stitch, cast on ,cast off, simple increase/decrease
We provide you with the 101 package – mini skeins of yarn & the Let’s knit book

Friday Sept. 7        10 – 12 in the classroom Basic Crochet = $40.00
Here’s your chance to have fun with crocheting. Learn basic stitches, crocheted edges, flowers, curlyQs. We provide you with the basic crochet package – mini skeins of yarn, one hook and the Let’s crochet book

Wednesday Sept 12 –      1 – 3 in the classroom Knitting 101 – Part 2
Review of knitting home work. Continue with lessons. One free scarf pattern provided

Wednesday Sept 26 –       1 – 4 in the classroom Beginner Sock class = $40.00

Learn the skills required to make your very socks. We start you on a small sample sock, learning each and every part of the sock.
By the end of the class you are ready to start your first pair. We provide you with the sock pattern and mini skein of yarn. Needles not included

Must know how to knit, purl and work with double point needles.

Make your very own “Duct Tape Diva” form

Two dates to choose from

Wednesday Sept. 12   9 – 12  Make you own mannequin = $45.00 (includes supplies, bring your own tee shirt)
Wednesday Sept. 19   9 – 12  Make you own mannequin = $45.00 (includes supplies, bring your own tee shirt)

Here’s a fun and handy item to make. We limit the class to 4 people.
It takes the full three hours to get set up, wrap you in duct tape, take it off you and finish it up.  
Now you have something to try your sweaters on as you knit, after all it’s you

Small Project Thursdays

Thursday Sept. 6, 20, Oct 4, 18 -    10 – 12      It’s KAL (knit along) Sweater class = $55.00
Do you want to start your fall season off with making a lovely sweater? This class runs over 8 weeks, meeting every other Thursday morning.
We help you pick your pattern and yarn. We review your pattern instructions with you (discussing buttonholes preparations, increases, decreases) so we make sure you know the instructions. As we approach the last class, we review finishing technique skills.  

Thursday Sept 13   10 – 12     Open Class day – a multitude of offerings = $20.00 (includes one free pattern)

Here’s your chance to start your gift knitting. Small projects with good learning curves )(

Cable boot cuffs – fun gift – turn it into a mitten cuff, hat trim, cowl, scarf
Felted Ballet flats – fast easy
Top down OR Bottom up Beret – plain or choose your fair isle stitch pattern to add to your plain beret
Thrum slippers – cozy & warm
Garter shawl – two colour, easy gorgeous
Cowl – jumbo seed stitch OR simple lace – your choice
Thrum Fingerless – Toasty Texters – keep those blackberry fingers warm

Thursday Sept 27 10 – 12    Open Class day – a multitude of offerings =  $20.00 
(bring your own pattern)

This time we are working with patterns from Each project is full of tricky techniques. Push the envelope and try something new.

Escargot hat – lovely little cloche hat
Annis shawl- beautiful garter and lace
Blossom shawl- by Ilga – lovely lace work
Calorimetry – headband fast n fun
Citron – mohair shawl
Crosspatch- fair isle hat band with flat top
Fetching – cable fingerless
Fish hat- just as it sounds – fish with big lips and fins
Knotty but nice- guy hat full of cables
Quest one/two- cute cloche style hat two versions

Knitty has wonderful designs to knit. Please check out the different offerings. We cannot supply the patterns so you must bring your own print out.  

That’s our line up for September. As always, if a timing doesn’t work for you, just let us know and we will try to arrange other times for the classes.
The beginner/refresher class will run in October in the evening and on a Saturday. Please let me know if you’d like to sign up for either of those times.

Pass this along to other knitters. We’d love to have our classes, Wednesdays and Thursdays so full that we have to buy more chairs.

Happy knitting,

Karen ,

Grey Heron
66 Pine St.
Collingwood, ON

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Casablanca new yarn arriving from Cascade

Check out these colours- seriously, Noro Silk Garden move there's a new kid in town
Skein = 220 yds 18sts gorgeous colours.....

Seven colours on the way... line up your projects girls, Christmas is coming

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Apple Pie Trail article - Grey Heron gets BIG shout

Ontario’s Apple Country near Collingwood dishes out delicious apple treats.
In the Blue Mountains surrounding Collingwood, Ontario, it’s all about the apple.
Though the region, about two hours northwest of Toronto, boasts Georgian Bay and countless other sparkling cottage country lakes as well as great ski resorts such as Craigleith, Osler and Blue Mountain (the province’s largest ski centre), the area now has a new focus — the Apple Pie Trail.
Winner of the Ontario Culinary Association’s 2011 Culinary Experience Award, the Trail features 32 members including restaurants, bakeries, cheese shops, cafés and wineries and offers a delectable guide to Ontario’s Apple Country. Not every Apple Pie Trail stop is dining-oriented, but all celebrate the area’s most plentiful and popular fruit.
Start your tour at a farmer’s market — the ones in downtown Collingwood, Owen Sound and Meaford are great choices — to buy a basket of Red Prince apples, a variety prized for both cooking and eating, and first grown in the areas through which the Apple Pie Trail winds.
Next stop: the Ashanti Coffee Estate, for a home-baked apple crumble muffin and a cup of hand-roasted coffee grown on a plantation in East Africa belonging to café owners and Thornbury residents Amy and David Wilding-Davies. The café is their way of providing fair trade works in East Africa and melding that culture with their own Canadian heritage.
Knitters will enjoy browsing at Collingwood’s Grey Heron Natural Designs, a yarn boutique specializing in wool shades such as Red Prince, McIntosh, Delicious, Golden Ginger — all inspired by apples. Those with a taste for knowledge will want to plan an afternoon at the Collingwood Cooking Academy for lessons in making pies, crepes and even butter, all flavoured with apples.
The fruits of the trees and vines of the Apple Pie Trail don’t all find their way into baked goods, as a visit to Georgian Hills Vineyards for a glass of Ida Red Frozen to the Core dessert wine or a stop at Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery for some Forbidden Fruit Hard Cider will prove.
Whether you’re feeding your appetite for food, drink, crafts or culture, you’ll find a feast on the Apple Pie Trail.
Photo © Gregory Olsen
Article courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission.

KnitFest Sat Sept 29th info

Hi everyone,
Fall is right around the corner so it’s time for KnitFest. This workshop is full of exciting techniques to learn as both Kate Atherley and Glenna C will be returning to Collingwood for another sensational visit.  
We have maintained the same pricing as last time $87.00 + HST. Lunch is provided and goodie bags will be supplied.
Choose from one morning class and one afternoon class.
Since Grey Heron has expanded their space, the workshop will be held @ 66 Pine St. Collingwood
Saturday September 29, 2012       9:30am to 4:30pm
The workshop participation has been limited to 24. Please register early so you don’t miss out on your choices.
Call with your credit card number or stop in at your earliest convenience.
Happy Knitting,
Karen Farmilo    705-444-0370 

Class description as follows:  
Knit Faster... Continental Knitting - morning
Continental knitting is arguably a faster method of knitting as it minimizes the number of motions in creating a stitch. It is also a handy skill to be comfortable with in order to make colour work stranded / Fair Isle knitting a bit speedier with a more even tension.  But maybe even more exciting is to give your hands a bit of a different motion to help ward off repetitive strain.  We will look at the differences between picking and throwing your yarn, and how to maneuver the yarn overs and increases and decreases.
Skills required: you must already know how to knit for this class ... this class will focus on teaching you a new style or two to get you stitching faster but assumes you already can successfully work the basic stitches
Please bring or buy a worsted weight yarn and needles. (Probably about 4.5mm)
Instructor – Kate Atherley
Steeks Don't Scare Me! – morning

Do you want to take your colour-work knitting to the next level? Do you want to hone your stranded colour-work skills and delve into the world of the courageous skill of steeking? We'll practice different methods of reinforcement and learn about the do's and don'ts of this fabulous technique. Come learn all about steeks, when we cut up our knitting on purpose! You too can cut your knitting with confidence!
Required skills:
Must be comfortable working in the round
Helpful to have some experience with 2 stranded knitting ...knit stitches both English style (in the right hand) and Continental style (in the left hand).
There will be homework for this class: When you register for this class the homework will be given to you...either in person or by email.  You will need to set aside about an hour or two to complete homework
--Please bring: Stitch markers, Tapestry needle,  Sharp sewing scissors
Instructor – Glenna C
Let's Twist Again ! - Twisted Stitches & Traveling Cables - afternoon

There is so much you can do with those perfect, tight, defined twisted stitches.  join us to learn: What twisted stitches (ktbl) are and how they can be used differently from regular knit stitches; How to use twisted stitches in cables and twists to make sts travel in beautiful patterns; How to work these twisted cables with AND without a cable needle!

Please bring:
*worsted weight wool (ex. Cascade 220,) and needles for working small circumferences in the round (DPNs, Magic Loop Length, 2 circs)- a range of sizes 3.75mm - 5.0mm you are looking for needles sized so you would normally use to get 5 sts/inch over stockinette, plus two sizes smaller.
*stitch markers, cable needles
Instructor – Glenna C

The Perfect Fit: Size, Fit & Altering Patterns - afternoon

This class will teach you the skills you need to ensure your knitted garments are flattering and well-fitting. We will show you how to decide on size options - and set you well along the way to a successful and flattering sweater project. We will explain how to read sizing tables and schematics. We'll show you how to measure yourself. And most importantly, we'll explain garment fit, including demystifying terms like "negative ease". Come on in to explore how to adapt and alter existing patterns, to obtain the best fit for your shape. We'll discuss what to do to find a pattern for that perfect yarn and how to go about adapting that commercial pattern you love that does not have quite the right size for you.
--Please bring paper, pencil, calculator and a tape measure. If you've got a specific pattern you want to work with, bring that too.
Instructor – Kate Atherley

Monday, August 27, 2012

Catchy billboard...LOL

Every once and a while we take a daytrip out to Lake Huron area - Kincardine, Port Elgin, Southampton
My old stomping grounds as a child. We slipped into the multiple car pile up @ Tim's in Southampton - look what we found... this amazingly funny billboard across the street... We laughed our heads off - and we won't forget to join in the fun every Saturday night in the summer to drop by the lighthouse to listen to the pipe band parade go by..... marketing at it's best...
The sandy beach was gorgeous and full of families having a picnic and swim... what a great day we had

Monday, August 20, 2012

More sweater examples

Samus knit in Lamb's Pride worsted
choose from 6 chunky knit patterns
What ever your choice is, these beauties would do the trick...
Now, what shall I choose?

Fall KAL sweater of your choice...

Typically, KALs knit the same projects - different colours perhaps, or maybe different yarns but traditionally the same project - well, @ Grey Heron we choose to express our individuality and knit a sweater of your choice, here's an example
Takoma by Julia Farwell-Clay from 

The yarn has just arrived in the exact colours from Cascade... Maybe this will be your choice for the sweater KAL starting Thursday Sept 6th @ 10am and running for 8 weeks, plenty of time to knit your fall cardi. Week one, let's examain your pattern. Go over every detail making sure you get off on the right foot. Then we meet up every other Thursday morning to see the progress, sort out any blipps and carry on...
Need to learn a few new skills - check
Need the gentle peer pressure to knit - check
Need to order buttons - check
By the time you are ready for the buttons, your personally choosen ones have arrived - pewter - wooden - toggles -

Does this sound scary - not so - we are here to help you every step of the way

Come on in and register today. The eight week class cost is $55.00 and you even get a 10% savings on your yarn purchase.... Just think, by the end of October you are sporting your new sweater... 

Soakboxes on the way...

One of the hotest new products out is called Soakboxes. Lorna's Laces, SOAKwash, Handmaid cream and a wonderful pattern designer, Fioan Ellis have all partnered to bring knitters these to die for gifts.

Clark Cable in red, Lace Kelly in teal blue, Double Pointe Pink in soft pink, Cuff au Lait in taupe
including a colour matching nail polish - count me in...
Here this week. Makes for a great knitter gift - or for yourself first to try it out and then think of your BFF knitter.. LOL

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vogue Fall 2012 Pantone colours

 Here's the Fall 2012 colours as setout by Vogue.
Lime, Lavender, Turquoise, Hot Pink, Gold, Olive - check out the rest on the ink below. The article is quite lengthy but detailed.

Friday, August 3, 2012

August knitting classes @ Grey Heron

Hi Everyone,

Here’s an update of our August knitting classes.

Wednesday - August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm  $10.00
“911 Knitting Afternoon” - It’s our version of help on demand. Are you working on a project that has you puzzled about techniques or perhaps is a bit advanced for you? Not to worry, come in on a Wednesday – it’s a drop in class where you can get the help you need to finish your project.
Classes on Wednesday afternoons;
Wednesday August 8th 1:00pm to 3:00pm $10.00 – How to knit cables without a cable needle – It’s not difficult. It’s faster…

Wednesday August 15th 1:00pm to 3:00pm $10.00 – Learn all about short rows. They make your sweaters fit better. Receive a short row scarf pattern FREE – so you can practise your new skill (value $5.00)

Wednesday August 22nd 1:00pm to 3;00pm $10.00 – Embroidery & Embellishments – have fun with this class. Learn simple stitches and touches that add to the finished look of your project. (4’ swatch homework required)
Classes on Thursday mornings;

Thursday August 9th 10:30am to 12:00pm $20.00 (includes $5.00 pattern) – Cabled Boot Cuff - 1st Small Project Learning Class
Learn provisional cast on, Kitchener stitch, cableless needle work, pick up stitches,
adjust for size and convert cuff pattern to more accessories.
Must have knowledge of knit, purl, cast on and cast off
 Thursday August 16th 10:00am to 12:00pm $20.00
Learn how to knit this fabulous shawl- Wingspan 
Short row project – pattern review – start set rows
Must have knowledge of knit, purl, cast on and cast off
 Thursday August 23rd 11:00 am to 2:00pm
Make your very own Duct Tape Diva It’s a fun time. Tape supplied Call for materials list.     
Thursday August 30th 10:30am to 12:00pm - $25.00 ($5.00 pattern included) = 2nd Small Project Learning Class
10:30am to 12:00pm
Top Down Beret – any weight of yarn
i-cord top, double point needles, adjustable
size, fancy ribbing
Must have knowledge of knit, purl, cast on and cast off

Thursday afternoons 1:00pm to 4:00pm is our Drop in Knit Café. Its FREE
Bring your knitting or crocheting – join us for tea or coffee. We have a fun time.
No formal instruction provided – This is not a learning class

Classes on Friday mornings;

Friday August 10th - 10:30am to 12:00pm - $25.00 ($5.00 pattern included)
Felted Slipper class – bet you can’t make just one!
Learn about felting. How to instructions provided.
Expert tips on creating the perfect pair.
Friday August 17th – 10;30am to 12:00pm - $20.00

Felted Clog Class  
Adult or child size – This is a purchased pattern
that we have on hand at the shop.
Pattern review, set up rows started, understanding
of project construction
Friday August 24th – 10:30am to 12:00 FREE (provided you have taken one of the previous felted slipper/clog classes
This is our wrap up class for the felted slipper or clog classes. We can help you finish up and make suggestions for suede slipper bottoms.
Receive a Felted Bucket Hat pattern.

That’s it for our August classes. Hopefully you will find an interesting class. Come join in the fun.

Grey Heron is a wonderful place to learn, laugh and meet new friends.

Pre-registration is required. These are non- refundable/transferable classes. Payment required at time of registering.

Sneek Peek for September – Beginner knitting, crochet and sock classes, Knit Along Sweater mornings, Fair Isle Christmas Stocking class,

KnitFest Fall 2012 with Kate Atherley and Glenna C is planned for Saturday September 29th. It’s an all day workshop.

Call or drop by to register or find out more information.

Happy knitting,


Grey Heron Wool Shop
66 Pine St, Collingwood, ON