Thursday, February 28, 2013

Grey Heron wins award!!!

We received this fabulous award last night at the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce AGM. 

Entrepreneur of the Year 
Sponsored by the Centre for Business and Economic Development
Presented to a business owner, new or existing, who in the last 12 months has developed their business to meet changing community and consumer demands. They will have provided a high level of business service, a product or service needed, as well as being involved in the community.

The winner this year has been selected for continuing involvement with marketing and promotion of the town and the region.  She has also has generated innovative product ideas (both for herself and others); she has a firm belief in cooperative and interactive marketing, and a regional perspective for providing visitors a superb experience.  Her company has, over the past two years, changed the focus of its business in response to changing buying patterns and clientele.  The winner this year is

Grey Heron!!!!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Knit Swirl books in stock

Knit Swirl books are now in stock again. Our first Swirl workshop has just started with the second series starting on Saturday March 2nd. The workshop runs over a two month period so you have a chance to knit on other projects in between.
We review the book, choose your size, choose your yarn, get you started and keep you going, right to the end!!
We want you wearing this gorgeous jacket this Spring!!

Come join the fun. This is a five hour class for $75.00   Call to register 705-444-0370

Friday, February 22, 2013

Why I love the Apple Pie Trail....

When the Trail first started I thought – wow!! What an idea and how can I participate? For Grey Heron, it all started with colour. How can I use apple colours and colours of wool to create a product that could possibly become a non-culinary offering. After my promotion to the APT group, they liked it and I thought OK – we’re off… I’ve never looked back.

Last year I had a visit from two Australian journalists who had taken the opportunity for a side trip to apple country before heading to a family wedding in the area. They wanted to take pictures inside my shop with an interest in my Apple Pie Trail Sock kits. Before I knew it, they had wonderful photos of my basket of apples surrounded by my sock yarn kits (McIntosh, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious). We chatted about the area and it soon became evident they were sold on all we had to offer. They did follow up with an article in their home newspaper about the APT and area.Oh, and Grey Heron Apple Pie sock kits left with them too... with love from one wool lover to another - on another continent no less...

Then I had a visit from a writer from Ming Pao Toronto newspaper. She took pictures here with an interest in my hand crafted apple wood buttons. She wrote a wonderful article with many references to Collingwood businesses.A few weeks later in came a lady looking for the applewood buttons she saw a picture of in?? you guessed it...

Over the last year I’ve had visitors from Ohio, Michigan, California, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania,  who all received my Welcome to the Apple Pie Trail. The three knitters from Kentucky were shopping, dining and planning their spa visit in Collingwood while their husbands were golfing for the day. The couple from Ohio had plans to bike the trails and enjoy yarn shopping searching for local yarns.  Many of the other visitors were knitters who had searched for yarn shops using before arriving in the area. They wanted a recommendation for a nice place for lunch, so of course I refer to my APT members list. 
Then I have the couple from Victoria, AUS who found me through google browsing at their kitchen table. That's right!! They were coming to Canada for a holiday. Where were they going to stay outside of Toronto? Southern Georgian Bay.... all found  via the Apple Pie Trail website.

I write on Facebook about the APT. I tweet about the APT. I use the APT logo in ALL my adverts. 
I leverage the fame of the APT to my best advantage. My advertising budget could not come close to advertising in the venues the APT has promoted this fabulous experience. For Grey Heron, the Apple Pie Trail experience has been one of excitement and opportunity.

Working with Patti Kendall and Kristin Ellis (two experts in the field of promotion and marketing) has taught me to follow the leaders – Ontario Tourism Culinary Experience 2011 award winner
Look at the write ups the trail has received - Look at the promotion of the Trail – website, brochure, magazines, Ontario Tourism partnerships, trade show and media event promotions and on and on…..

So, you are asking what has the trail done for Collingwood… take a look around and see the promotion of this town!! 
The question to ask here is?? How has the Town of Collingwood leveraged their dollars spent? I don't see any promo materials for businesses to hand out the tourists. I don't see town website support for the Apple Pie Trail... some buried link somewhere.... Where's the BIA business/map listing brochure to hand out the tourists? How is the BIA advertising to tourists outside of this area? 
So the moral of this question is - The Apple Pie Trail wins the arm wrestle... hands down!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cherub DK has arrived

Here's a lovely yarn for knitting. The solids and multis are such pretty colours.

Super for children's clothing - really nice for summer weight cardies.... and the price point hits the mark!!
Choose your colours here
$3.10 per ball

Let me know what colour you'd like....

55% Nylon / 45% Acrylic
Yardage: 50g - 180 yds
Gauge: 22-24 sts=4" / #4-#5
Wash: Machine Wash Warm /Tumble Dry

Saturday, February 16, 2013

New addition to our family

My little Danish spinning wheel has been part of my shop decor since we opened. I am proud to say that I now have my very own Haldane spinning wheel . It's a beauty previously owned and loved by a 93 year old lady named Alma. She has taken very good care of this beauty and I am pleased to bring it back to life.
With the help of Cheryl the spinner, I will launch on my new adventure starting with a drop spindle lesson(s) ++ and move onto the wheel from there. So, fibre and I will become better friends.

Of course not to have any idle time, Cheryl the weaver will teach me the ins and outs of weaving on my new Dorothy loom, arriving Monday next week.... until then, I will be reading and you tubing my new techniques.

Shades DK from King Cole has arrived

Well, talk about yardage!!! 319yds per ball @ $10.00 - what a steal... lovely colours too

Perfect for summer knitting and of course for baby knitting too...

This is the first of many new summer yarns on the way from King Cole. Stay tuned for more arrival info

Yarn tasting- yummy afternoon

Sampling new yarns can be so much fun with excited knitters, great yarns and of course decadent goodies from Heavenly Sweets.   on Valentines Day...

The colours were gorgeous - the yarns were textured - and we now have favorites!!

Manos = Alegria 445yds of soft superwash/nylon blend - we all want this one
Estelle = Sakura silk blend - oh so lovely... summertime silk cotton blend
Turtlepurl = Silk merino blend 50/50 - Silky Turtle toes - summer weight lace shawl - to die for!!
Rhichard Devrieze yarns - 100% merino - wonderful feel - Color Affection shawl was our choice
a few more in house yarns were swatched and re-loved...

Everyone took home a felted heart gift

Friday, February 8, 2013

Felted clog class - Learn from the Expert!!

These felted clogs by Bev Galeskas so so thick & warm - you can't just make one pair!!

We are hosting a Felted Clog class with Donna B - She's the expert for sure with over 150+ pairs made to date. She knows the pattern off by heart, in fact her 9mm Denise needles are super glued together.
She keeps them ready to go for her next pair.

Grab your gear and head on over to Grey Heron for your intro to making Felted Clogs.

Wednesday February 13, 2013 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Wednesday February  20, 2013 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

We review the pattern, help you choose your yarn, get you started - and keep you going until the clogs are finished.
We teach you about felting, offer ideas on needle felting a pattern on the top and teach you how to make your  suede bottoms.

Fee for class: $25.00 for 2 hours - What a deal!!!

Pre-register for the class required

Materials and pattern extra - handouts and guidance included (along with fresh ground Kicking Horse coffee)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Knitscene Spring 2013 has arrived

It is so much fun to receive the Spring knitting magazine issues. Yesterday the Knitscene Spring arrive full of beautiful styles in gorgeous colours.

Knit Swirl Workshop

Have you thought about making a Knit Swirl jacket? Here's your chance under the guidance of Donna B. Her latest version "Sheer Beauty" is just stunning!!
The yarn combo included Rhichard Devrieze " Purl"  and Fibre Garden lace mohair "Purl"... so breath taking in the off white!! Her first version "Stratosphere" was variegated in pinks and purples - again I could have sold that 6 times while it was showcased in the shop.

Workshop fee: $75.00

Workshop scheduling takes place over several weeks - as follows:

Wednesdays: Feb. 27th @ 10 - 12, Mar 20th and Apr 17th @ 10:30 - 12:00  = 3 classes
Saturdays: Mar 2nd @ 9:30 - 11, Mar 23rd and Apr 20th @ 9:30 - 11:00 = 3 classes

We suggest at time of registration, you choose your yarn(s) so you are ready to start.

We begin the workshop with a discussion about the book by Sandra McIver. We teach you how to read your specific chart and get you started. Over the next two classes, we help you customize your sleeve length and provide you with helpful tips and finishings to complete your swirl.

Sign up today. Class limit: 6
Books are available for purchase @ Grey Heron

Grey Heron 66 Pine St. Collingwood  705-444-0370

Sheer Beauty - colour choices

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Learn to knit socks

You asked for it.. so here we go...

Tuesday February 19th @ 10:00am to 1:00pm - 3 hours of learning (break @ 11:30)

Let start small and work our way up from there. A cuff down sock - learning the parts and pieces as we go - the heel flap, heel turn, shape gusset, right down to the toe decreases and finishing off with the famous "kitchener stitch" toe.

We supply the yarn, handout and the pattern - you must bring 4.5mm double point needles...

All this for $30.00 per person.

Pre-registering required.

The following week we offer the "Make your 1st pair of Socks" class.... you'll be ready... on your mark... 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Yarn Tasting anyone??

Here's a new reason to have a party.

It's a Yarn Tasting party on Thursday February 14,2013 from noon  to six.

Come in and join the table - knit up sample swatches of new yarns. See the new colours and fibers.

Bring your own needles.

Cupcakes, coffee, tea served.. free give away for the first 10

Best of all, It's a FREEBIE!!!

You've got IT!! play with yarn, meet new friends, have a cupcake with yummy icing and more

Call for more detals 705-444-0370

On-Line shopping now open for business

We now have on-line shopping available for your convenience. Browse through the pages to discover new products and existing yarns for purchase.

Paypal processing is available too. You can purchase interchangeable needle kits from Knit Picks and Denise. We will have a selection of Knit Pick needles up loaded for purchase very soon.

Many yarns have been up loaded and many many more are coming on line each week.

Looking for something specific? Let us know... we aim to please!!