Monday, January 21, 2013

We carry knitting needles - What are you looking for?

We each have our favs - interchangeables, fixed, straights, circs, DPNs - OH my gosh!! so many brands to choose from....

Knit Picks - Clover - Denise - Chiaogoo - Susan Bates - Lionbrand
Bryspun - Addi - Brittany - Pony - Unique

Interchangeable sets - Knit Picks, Denise, Chiaogoo, Addi
Straights - Knit Picks, Clover, Susan Bates, Lionbrand, Bryspun, Brittany
DPNS - Knit Picks, Clover, Bryspun, Brittany, Chiaogoo, Unique
Circulars -Knit Picks, Clover, Denise, Susan Bates, Pony
 Interchangable Tips - Knit Picks, Denise

We also carry crochet hooks and a huge wall of notions... Check with us to see if we have what you are looking for. We can always order in for you...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Looking for gorgeous wooden buttons?

We carry a wonderful selection of wooden buttons made from a variety of Canadian woods and reclaimed exotic woods.

Peach, Apple, Magnolia, Yew, Juniper, Wenge, Yellow Pine, Purpleheart, Cherry, Maple

If you are looking for that perfect single button closure for a shawl or several buttons for your latest sweater, come check out our collections.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New colours for Spring

It's a rather nice collection of colours.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My fortune says: You will be doing something new at work

Wow, I couldn't agree more. Every once and a while an opportunity presents itself... it sure did today. So, many thanks to XYZ, well suffice to say you know who you are - the timing was perfect., just like the day Rhichard and I sat down for our first meeting. I'm staring at the Master Colour Mixer's yarns- gorgeous beyond belief... of course my mind jumps to ideas - great we could make socks, hats oh and a beautiful lacey shawl- and so the first opportunity shows up....
The pattern development stage evolves... so much time invested to knit, tweek, reknit, draft the pattern, review and review again... as of today we have about a dozen patterns ready to launch at the TNNA show in Long Beach CA.... op number two...
Then, the timing to introduce "Beginner weaving" classes at the shop. You heard it here first... Are you curious about weaving? Want to try your hand at weaving- stay tuned for class info - op number three
One never knows from one day to the next the changes that will open up before you.

Faithful friends win again... so thanks

Friday, January 11, 2013

Evening in Paris

This cute little beret is hot off the needles. Tomorrow I will block it but for today, I wanted to share it with you.
This gorgeous yarn by Rhichard Devrieze in colourway Into the Shadows was just perfect for my memories of downtown Paris in the evening. The dark purple skies, reflection from the river combined with the golden light beaming from the lamp posts.

This is one of a series of hat patterns that will be ready for Rhichard to take to the TNNA show in Long Beach CA.
The beret takes only one skein - now you can make more!! The directions will have two types of decreasing patterns, two types of cast ribbing and two sizes - a traditional beret size and  today's fun slouchy version.

It is so much fun watching the colours evolve. In no time at all, you too can have a new topper to wear.

Now, for my next hat.... hum sideways slouchy I think... time will tell 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Process versus Project - which type of knitter are you?

Ok, this is an interesting topic. Is process knitting all about the techniques used to knit a project? Is project knitting all about knitting a project that you already know the needed techniques?
Tricky choice....
I enjoy the challenge of trying something new- pushing myself out of my comfort zone, but on my terms. By that I mean, when I'm ready I will tackle that new stitch or cast on. Sometimes it's because I see a beautiful pattern and want to knit it. After reading through the pattern details I think, OK, when I'm ready I'll come back to this and try it out. I like to try the new stitch or XYZ in a swatch format, so it is easier to tink or unravel it and start over again. Until then, I'll be a project knitter... get it?
It's exciting to start something new, see the progress, watch the lace stitches  unfold, or the colourwork come alive and then you reach the end - hum let down- just a little? OR thrilled to have accomplished the process?
Which ever one you are today, have fun. Choose yarns by colours, textures or by feel- find just the right pattern - learn the process and become a project knitter.

Don't for get, supporting your local yarn shop will provide you the opportunities to learn a new process, become a project knitter and enjoy all the fun, learning and friendships that you find at your LYS. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

KnitFest Spring 2013 - Saturday April 13th....

 Let's talk KnitFest Spring 2013.... mark your calendars 
The format for this day will offer more options. You may now sign up for a full day of fun & learning OR if your times only permits morning or afternoon then you can now sign up for a half day.
Full Day
Sign up for the full day 9:00am to 4:30pm = $95.00 +HST (includes, any handouts, lunch, goodie bag)
Half Day
Sign up for either a morning or afternoon class = $40.00 +HST ( includes any handouts, beverages)

Joining us this year will be Kate Atherley (aka Wise Hilda Knits blog) from Toronto. Here’s a glimpse into her bio.

 Kate Atherley, a.k.a. Wise Hilda

I'm a teacher, designer and writer, based in Toronto. My book "Beyond Knit and Purl" has been praised for its fresh approach to teaching knitting.

I'm Lead Technical Editor for Knitty & KnittySpin, and the Knitting Editor of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine. Kate will be bringing her new book along for you to purchase. Get your own signed copy…
The other teacher joining us is Glenna C. (aka Crazy Knitting Lady – Knitting to Stay Sane blog)  Here’s a glimpse into her bio.
I live near Toronto. I started knitting as a child and really focused in on knitting during my studies. I have since added knitting design and teaching to my repertoire, have been producing knitting patterns for self-publication and for independent yarn dyers for several years
My patterns have been featured in Canadian Living Magazine, Knitty, Magknits, and online through Ravelry and Patternfish. I have designed for Tanis Fiber Arts, Indigodragonfly Yarns, The Sweet Sheep, and others.
Program for the day:  
Knit Faster... Continental Knitting – morning = $40.00 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 = $40.00 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 = $40.00 @ 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 = $40.00 @ 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 
Call to register. Payment required upon registering. Class limit = 14 per class