Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Winter class list ----

Grey Heron's Winter class list for January

Learn Knitting Fundamentals - Beginner class

Absolute beginner:

For the absolute beginner - the classes run over 3 consecutive weeks

Wednesday daytime= Jan 8th, 15th, 22th - 10am to 12pm
Saturday morning = Jan 11th, 18th, 25th – 10am to 12pm

You will learn: setting up the ground work to knit, then hands on
- to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast off

Cost $49.00 paid in advance by Tuesday Jan 7th.

Class fee includes - instruction book and practice yarn, needles, 6 hours of instructions

Top Down Small sample Sweater

Enthusiastic – Advanced beginner:

This class provides you with the tools for knitting a top down garment. It becomes a “no sew” project. 
Since you start knitting at the neckline, your project starts off faster, fewer stitches to deal with, you can try on your sweater as you go and at the end – no seams to sew!!

Thursday daytime = Jan 9th and Jan 16th – 10am to 12pm

Cost $ 39.00 paid in advance by Wednesday Jan 8th.

Class fee includes – pattern, yarn – (must provide own needles), 4 hours of instructions

 It’s Toe Up sock time

Intermediate: must have experience using DPNs 
Previous sock knitting required:

Toe-up sock knitting has its advantages:
you can try on your sock as you go, leave no leftover yarns behind

 We start with a small sample sock and move on to start your first pair of full size socks
toe cast-on, short row heel, shaping gussets,  stretchy specialty cast-offs.

Thursday daytime = Jan 23rd and Jan 30th - 10am to 12pm 
Cost $39.00 paid in advance by Wednesday Jan 22nd.

Class fee includes: pattern, yarn – (must provide own needles), 4 hours of instructions

Thrumming Mitten class

Intermediate: must have experience using DPNs

Learn this wonderful technique called thrumming. We teach you how to make a thrum, several techniques 
for knitting in your thrums and general discussions.
These mittens are perfect for dog walking, keeping your fingers warm and toasty and help keep the winter winds out.
Kits are available or we can build one for you.

Tuesday daytime= January 21st - 10am to 12pm

Cost $ 50.00 includes all materials – please bring your own needles – paid in advance by Monday Jan 20th

Class fee includes: pattern, yarn, roving, 2 hours of instructions

Cables Beginner

Enthusiastic Beginner:

Let’s have fun making cables. We will create a sampler swatch with several examples of different types of cables.
Let’s take it one step further – cable without a cable needle!! How’s that for fun… 
Don’t be scared off – it is not difficult.
We will teach you how to read a pattern with cable charts and understand the fundamentals.

Tuesday daytime = January 28th – 10am to 12pm

Cost $ 34.00 includes one skein of Cascade 220 – paid in advance by Tuesday 27th

Class fee includes: yarn, pattern and 2 hours of instructions (must provide own needles)

Oops, I’ve made a Mistake! – Now what??

Absolute beginner – Intermediate knitter

“Something’s wrong and I can’t figure it out. I might have made a mistake but I just can’t tell.”

Does this question sound like what you ask yourself from time to time? Here’s your chance to learn how to catch and fix a mistake. Learn how to “frog it” back and fix your mistake. 
Learn the old “hook and ladder” method of fixing mistakes.

Wednesday daytime = January 29th – 10am to 12pm

Cost $ 29.00 includes handouts and 2 hours of instructions – paid in advance by Tuesday Jan 28th

Class fee includes: This time we ask you to come with some homework. Instructions handed out at time of registration
Materials to bring: two swatches, 4.5mm to 5mm needles, 3mm crochet hook

As with all our classes, preregistration is required. The class fee is non-refundable or transferable.
Class minimum is set at 3 students and a maximum of 6 students.  
Up coming classes include: Beginner Crochet, Bootcamp Refresher, Lace for Beginners, 
Colourwork for beginners and Intermediate knitters, Bead work, Double knitting, Stitch Combos

Grey Heron 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood, ON 

If you have questions, send us an email: greyheron@bellnet.ca

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Spirit....

Well, I can't believe another year has flown by. Our new location in the Arts & Culture district of Collingwood provides us with beautiful large bright windows, displays of colours and a good karma table area for gathering.
We've had several graduates from our classes who have grown to love the relaxation that knitting provides us in our busy everyday lives.
We have helped create heirloom baby blankets, family felted clogs, beaded cowls, hats and scarves, lace shawls, thrum mittens, needle felted animals, knitted Christmas Tree angels and much more.

Thanks to all for supporting our shop. It's been a pleasure to guide you, help you, laugh with you and share knit afternoons with you.

Wishing you a Very  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

12 Days Til Christmas SALE...

In keeping with the spirit of "It's better to give than receive" here's your chance to do just that. 

We are in a giving mood, starting this week on Friday 13th - It's your lucky day.... 

To kick off our SALE, we start with....

Friday 13th - Gorgeous fingering weight yarn by Rhichard Devrieze-  $15 per skein

Saturday 14th - Real Fox fur pompoms - $20.00 for 2

Sunday 15th - from our friends at Cabin Fever my most favorite book "Need a Hat book" - $17

Monday 16th - Bucilla Christmas stocking kits - create your very own family heirloom - 50% off

Tuesday 17th - Sally Melville's wonderful book " Book 2 - The Purl Stitch" - $18

Wednesday 18th - Knit Picks interchangeable Harmony or Sunstruck kits - $57

Thursday 19th - Bravo DK yarns by the bag - 10 balls = 1460yds for $25

Friday 20th - Soakbox kits- yarn, pattern, nail polish, soak wash, soak hand cream - $25

Saturday 21st - Cascade Pacific yarns - 213yds wool blend - $6.00

Sunday 22nd - Clover notions - offering a wide variety of knitting notions 15% off

Monday 23rd - Felting tools - have fun needle felting - all tools 20%

Tuesday 24th - Manos Clasica - wonderful chunky wool, perfect for our cold winters - $15

We are OPEN everyday til Christmas - Mon - Fri 10 - 5:30 Sat 10 - 4 Sun 11 - 4

From all us of @ Grey Heron - "We wish you a very Merry Christmas" 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Regia Latex - non skid paint for felted slippers

Many of you have been waiting for this product. The first order has sold out and the second order is on the way.
Add this non-skid latex to the bottom of your felted slippers - it grips and stops the slippery bottoms

Here's the write up blurb:

It comes in three colours, black, blue and red, and can be applied with a brush or even a scrap of cardboard.
You should try this amazing latex product!

Applying Regia ABS Latex milk:
To ensure the milk does not go right through the whole sock, cut 2 matching templates out of card the shape of the sole and insert into each sock. Mark out and paint the desired motif onto the socks with the latex milk freehand or using a stencil, applying the latex milk sparingly. Then allow the socks to dry well.  You can use a gentle heat source to speed the drying process up.   Paint over the stencil with the ABS until the thickness seems right.  Allow the socks to dry well, preferably overnight.

Tip: The socks are more comfortable if the latex milk areas are kept reasonably small.
These slipper socks can be machine washed but not dried in a dryer, as stated on the label. 
People with a sensitive skin or a latex allergy should not wear this product directly next to their skin.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Learn Lace Knitting

This class is for the beginner to learn about the stitch combinations that make up most lace knitting projects. 

Thursday Nov 7th and Thursday Nov 14th

10am to 12pm     $25.00

Includes:  handouts, pattern

We start practicing lace knitting by making a
bookmark – small do-able project

From there, we start on knitting your choice of lace scarf or lace shawl. 

You can join in the KAL = Knit A-Long with our Thursday afternoon knit group. 
Choose your yarn, pattern and start your lace knitting with your "guidance counselors working at the same table in case you need some help. 
 Pre-register by Friday November 1st.

Saturday, October 12, 2013


We just finished our Felting class this week. Boy did we have a great time!!

We had several felting ideas like: 
slippers, mittens, hats, boots, animals, clogs, handbags, totes

Here is a mighty fine felted carpet created by one of Brown Sheep's customers. 

The group at Brown Sheep have shared this story:  

Chad shared his “recipe” with us for the rug, in case you’d like to create one yourself.  He used six different colors of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky Weight yarn and cast on 73 stitches on size 15 needles and knit for 93 rows.  He knit about 45 pieces, and then felted each piece.  He wanted to have circles and abstracts pieces in the rug, too, so he added them into the design.  After all the pieces were felted, a company put the rug together for him.  Total time for the project?  “It took me one year and three months to knit and felt all of the squares for the rug— in between other projects.”

Who's up for making a carpet?? 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Green Gable Knits .... surprise!!!

This delightful book is one of a series of books written by Joanna Johnson.

Her latest book called Green Gable Knits will be released next month. Aside from the Anne of Green Gables story line, the book boasts of many knitted patterns.

Peggy Jo Wells owner of the Brown Sheep wool company mentioned this book and author to me. Joanna's knitted designs use many of the Brown Sheep wool choices.

Grey Heron has been chosen as one of the exclusive yarn shops to review the book, patterns, conduct KALs etc.... CAN'T WAIT!!!


Monday, September 30, 2013

knit wear fall 2013 magazine has just arrived

Once again, Knit Wear has a fabulous magazine full of interesting styles -

Colour blocking section,   24 intriguing projects to make...  

As they say - Simple handknits for the thoughtful knitter!!   $15.99

No excuse required to have more cake...

It's our "Relocation Celebration" 

Thursday October 3rd to Saturday October 5th

Come check out our new shop  space

Cake cutting on Thursday October 3rd at 2:00pm

Enter our draw to WIN a set of Knitters Pride needles

Yarn SALE  10% off      (in stock only)

Daily draws too - pattern books - Eucalan - Notions and more

Grab your needles & hooks and join our Thursday Drop in afternoon

Grey Heron 65 Simcoe Street, Studio 1, Collingwood, ON


Monday, September 16, 2013

It's Felting Time @ Grey Heron

It’s Felting time @ Grey Heron

Here's your chance to learn about felted knitting
Come join in the fun!! 

We are making felted clogs, felted hats, felted mittens, felted handbags +++

Wednesday October 9, 2013      1pm to 3pm   $25.00  

Materials extra (includes one FREE pattern)

Learn about felting: What yarns to work with: 

How to machine felt: How to embellish with "Needle Felting": 

We will provide you with a list of "Tips & Tricks" to improve your finished project

Preregistration required  by Friday October 9th. 

Call or drop by....

Harry Potter inspired felted clogs
Felted Mohair/wool hat