Saturday, September 22, 2012

Special offer to attend KnitFest

Hi everyone,
We have a spaces left for our workshop on Saturday Sept. 29th so we have decided to offer you the opportunity to attend by enrolling by the class. The pricing listed below is for the class only. This doesn’t include the lunch or goodie bags.  
The remaining spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis. Here’s your chance to learn fabulous techniques to enhance your knitting skills.
Happy knitting,
Karen Farmilo

Knit Faster... Continental Knitting – morning = $35.00 for 3 hours @ 9:30am to 12:30pm
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 = $39.00 for 3 hours @ 9:30am to 12:30pm

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 = $35.00 @ 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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 = $35.00 @ 1:00pm to 4:00pm
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

Friday, September 14, 2012

Scrumbling handbag class with Nancy McHugh

This is just a fabulously interesting design class for the “simple” crocheters in the crowd.

Here’s a sample of the Monet Hobo Scrumbling handbag

Create your very own “One of a Kind” handbag

The 2 part class schedule has been setup for
Thursday October 11th from 10:00am to 12:00pm
and Thursday October 18th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Class includes; pattern, stitch instructions, lining template, 3 bags of yarn (21 colours)

All for $65.00

We are so very fortunate to have  Nancy McHugh join our teaching group. Here is her bio;

Nancy's mantra "Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" has led her to careers in hand made clothing design and costuming theatre and film productions. She is a published designer for Simplicity Patterns and was listed by Flare Magazine as one of the top 20 Canadian fashion designers.

Call to register or drop by the shop. Class is limited to 6 participants.

Happy knitting/crocheting


Duct Tape Diva photos

Well, a fun time was had by all. It's surprising how heavy the finished mannequin is, how revealing it is and how hard it is to stand for more than an hour.

Have a look -

 Here's four of our group Diva's... more to follow next week
Stuff with fibre fill, try spray foam, create a stand

Display scarves, necklaces etc... when not using it as a measuring tool for your knitting or sewing.

Spectacular class

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Scumbling we will go...

Well, let me tell you the latest craze @ greyheron is our Scumbling "Monet" Hobo bag. While it looks random, there is methodalogy behind it. Of course the colour play goes without saying but the pattern creates this slightly abstract gorgeous hobo bag.

Get ready for a scumble class in October. Date tbd--- here's a sneek peek....


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

We're going on-line... yippie!!

For all your needs at your finger tips- anytime of day or night, afterall were knitters, we know no time boundaries...
We should be ready in a couple of days, and it will continuely build as new products arrive.

Look for us on

Online shopping - Soakwash, Cabin Fever products, Cascade, Brown Sheep, King Cole, Eucalan and the list goes on - needles too

Monday, September 10, 2012

Denise2Go arrives next week

Here's our newest needle kit from Denise interchangeables.  This handy kit gives you the most used needle sizes with cables in a beautiful little bag.

The stylish case, hand-sewn from designer cottons, contains:

  • 6 pairs of knitting needles, US#5-#10 (3.75 – 6mm)
  • 1 G6 (4mm) crochet hook
  • 3 cords, 14, 16 and 19” (36, 41 and 48cm)
  • 2 end buttons and 1 extender
  • Needles, hook and cords are all colored to coordinate with
    the rosy case.

Pantone colours for Spring...2013 !!!!

I know, it's early - but give them credit- they are keeping us on our toes. What a nice colour pallet.

Just wanted to keep you in the "know" 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Toasty Texter - Thrum fingerless

Tons of fleece = warm & cozy
Thrumming is such a wonderful technique to add to a pair of fingerless. While you are busy texting your hands are toasty warm - hence the name.
Funky Fingerless

We have kits ready with multi coloured Corriedale fleece and 100% wool + blends and of course the pattern. Makes a great gift for a teen or the young @ heart... Another Small Project brough to you by the Grey Heron design group.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Holiday Gifts just arrived

Where to start- so many lovely gifts and just the right ones too.... I'll get my list started with the Ipswich Scarf after my Aunt Ella- therefore I'll call it Ella in her honour. An 86 yr Aunt who drank beer from a bottle and smoked big fat cigars- much to my mother's chagrin... of course in the 60's that would have been out of character, but Aunt Ella was a strong Englishwomen - perhaps a feminist before her time who died in Ipswich UK. Strong - willed kind "one of a kind" ...