Monday, December 29, 2014

Knitting Class list for Jan to March 2015

Classes coming up: January to March

Two hour classes = $25.00,    Three hour classes = $30.00, others marked
Materials are extra unless otherwise indicated

Beginner – Level 101- absolute beginner
Novice – Level 102 – Comfortable with the knit stitch, the purl stitch, work basic increases and decreases, and can cast on and cast off
Intermediate – Level 103 -

Each class has been labelled with the skill level required to tackle the class.
If in doubt about taking a certain class, just ask us and we can let you know more information.

101 knitting – Saturdays – Jan 10 + 17 - 10am to 12pm
Learn all the basics from A to Z
Two sessions -  Learn the basic skills of knitting – casting on, making knit stitches, making purl stitches, combination- knits & purls, stockinette stitch, garter stitch and castng off. Ready to advance? - move on to 102 Learn to Knit in the Round.
Patterns: beginner hats, fingerless, boot cuff, baby sweaters, booties
Worsted weight wool yarn
Needles: 4.5mm or 

102 - Knit your first Accessory “in the round” 
Wednesday Jan 14th 10am to 12pm - no seams to sew – Project hat, cowl, boot cuff – basic skills
You've finished 101 and/or know how to cast on, knit, purl, create combination knit with purl stitches and cast off. 
Time to knit something beyond simple scarves! 
This is the perfect class to take you to that next step! 
Learn increases, decreases, joining in the round- ++++
Pattern of your choice - we can help select
Yarn of your choice
Needle appropriate for the size yarn and project
Stitch markers
Prerequisites: Finished our 101class and/or know how cast on, knit, purl, combination stitches and cast off.

102 - Beginner Cables – Wednesday Jan 21st – 10am to 12pm 
Learn the art of cable knitting – project boot cuffs, hat, or pillow - our your choice
Prerequisites: Finished our 101 class and/or know how cast on, knit, purl, combination stitches and cast off. FREE pattern for cable cowl available

Prerequisites: Finished our 101 class and/or know how cast on, knit, purl, combination stitches and cast off.

102 – 103 - Top Down sweater knitting  – Wednesday Jan 28th 10am to 1pm - small sweater to learn the concept- no seaming, faster knitting,

102  - Lace – Wednesday Feb 4th – 10am to 12pm - basic stitches, simple project, tips n tricks, join KAL for the Holden Shawl*** 
Here's your chance to learn a new skill. We will knit a bookmark in class featuring all different stitch combos used in creating lace knitting. 
Yarn; worsted weight leftovers
Needles: 4.5mm to 
All participants are invited to join in our Holden KAL (Knit A-Long). It is an easy pattern to follow where you can apply your new lace knitting skills.  

Refresher Boot Camp- Saturday February 7th – 9am to 12pm - re-hone your knitting skills in this 3 hour course – We get right down to business – 
It’s just like riding a bike - We cover 12 hands-on topics
Materials: worsted weight yarns
Needles: 4.5mm - 5mm

103 - Techie class - Knitting “Magic Loop” - Wednesday Feb 11th – 10am - 12pm 
Small circumference knitting with long cable - say goodbye to DPNs!!
This month learn the Magic Loop method of knitting small circular objects with a
long circular needle. This is a very handy technique when you don't like or don't have double pointed needles! You can work tops of hats, sweater sleeves, socks, and mittens all without double points! 
Yarn: Worsted weight leftover yarns
Needles: 40 inch long circular needle in size appropriate to your yarn
Stitch markers
Notebook & pen
Prerequisites: 102 + 

Beginner Sock - 102 – 103 - Socks – Thursday Feb 19th– 9am to 12pm 
Cuff down – start basic sock  – class includes a pattern
Here's your chance to knit your first pair of socks. We start off with a sample sock and then move onto casting on for a worsted weight sock. We supply the sample sock yarn.
Needles: 4.5mm DPNs, or 4.5mm @ 40" for magic loop

Techie class - Fixing your MistakesWednesday February 25th – 10am to 12pm - Learn to identify and fix mistakes. Ripping back to fix a mistake is something that's frustrating and discouraging for many people and often unnecessary! 
Learn to recognize your knit stitches and purl stitches look like and what to do when something goes wrong. 
Materials: Homework 
Worsted weight yarn
Needles: 4.5mm - 
Knit two large swatches - Cast on approx 30 and knit until work measures 4” high and leave work on the needles : Knit one swatch in stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) and one in garter stitches (knit all stitches)
Bring small crochet hook - 3.75mm or smaller
Tapestry or Darning needle
Prerequisites: 101 + 

Beginner Sock class - toe up magic loop 
102 – 103 - Socks – Thursday Feb 26th – 9am to 12pm
Toe-up - start basic sock  – class includes a pattern
Here's your chance to knit your first pair of socks. We start off with a sample sock and then move onto casting on for a worsted weight sock. We supply the sample sock yarn.

Techie class - Finishing school –Wednesday March 4th – 10am to 12pm
Sew perfect seams, blocking, three needle bind off, buttonbands, etc….
More info to follow on this class.... 

102 – 103 sock class - Secret Weapon to knitting the Perfect fitting Sock 
Thursday Mar 5th 9am to 12pm - includes handout
hands on tutorial- now learn how to get the absolute perfect sock fit – must have knit socks before and/or taken the beginner sock class.  
Measuring tape, paper, pencil, 


Drop In For Help Wednesdays – Need help with your Project? 
Reserve your seat - call ahead 705-444-0370
Join us from 1pm to 3pm - $15 payable upon arrival
Our format has changed slightly for this program. Due to an overwhelming demand of assistance required, we have changed the format to a reserved seating only. 
We have room at the table for 5 - to avoid disappointment - please call ahead to reserve your seat. 

Drop in Social Afternoon - 
Every Thursday bring your knitting, your crocheting and a friend to join in a fun social time at the shop. FREE coffee and tea... This is a time to gather with like-minded individuals - Unfortunately no instruction is provided at this time.  

General information
• All classes are $25 per person for 2 hours unless otherwise indicated.
• Please register by the day before the class you wish to take. 
Payment is due at registration. You may register over the phone as you may pay with your credit cards over the phone.

• Please be considerate of your classmates! Purchase and prepare ALL materials BEFORE class so you are fully prepared at the scheduled start time. 
Classes begin promptly.

Classes are non-transferable/non-refundable. Missed classes cannot be made up.

Accessory Club info to follow shortly. 

Up coming classes - Beginner Fair Isle, Steeking your knitting, Teens Knitting class during March Break, 

Grey Heron 65 Simcoe St, Studio 1, Collingwood, ON 705-444-0370

Friday, October 24, 2014

We're Making Mittens - All Canadians need winter mittens!!

We’re Making Mittens

Every Canadian needs mittens- with cables, stripes, thrums, felted, fair isle

Fridays – Nov 7 – Dec 5 from 12pm to 3pm

$25.00 to join the Mitten Club

Save 10% off your yarns used for your club mitten pattern

All patterns are supplied

We will teach you the skills you need so don’t worry about that!!

If you need more help before the next class, you can always drop in on Wednesday afternoons for help!!

If this winter is like last winter – we will need nice warm mittens!!

Please register before the first class

Monday, October 20, 2014

Getting the Best Fit from your Hand knit Socks

Getting the Best Fit from your Hand Knit Socks

I hear this over and over again… My socks fit OK, but the fit could be better

I have a wide foot but a narrow heel… how do I get a good fit?

We are offering the “Sock Secret Weapon to getting the Perfect Fit” Class

Join us on Wednesday November 5, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

During this 3 hour class: $30.00 + HST (Includes hand-out)

We will discuss fit, measure your feet and design your special fit

The class is limited to 6 participants
Payment required at time of registering.
You will discover techniques that will make socking knitting so much easier!!

Contact Karen at the shop – email – phone – drop in
(Homework and materials list available)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Needle Felting class - fun with fibres!!

Needle Felting a Tea Cosy – Freehand Floral!!

Join Sue Mitchell for 3 hrs of felting fun 

Friday October 31st from 12pm to 3pm

We are so pleased that Sue can come to teach at Grey Heron

She usually winters south offering her felting skills at A Good Yarn in Sarasota

We will be needle felting a floral pattern onto a felt tea cosy

Class cost = $45.00 (fibre supplies extra) – will need felting tools

Only 7 spaces!!  Must pay at time of registration (non refundable)

 Check out Sue’s work on her ravelry link:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grey Heron Fall Retreat weekend info package

Grey Heron Fall Knitting Retreat 

Retreat weekend details

Thursday October 2nd

·        Book signing with Megan Goodacre at Grey Heron shop in Collingwood
1:00pm to 3:00pm
·        Arrange your transportation to Chantry Breezes in Southampton –
Check in after 4:00pm
·        Get settled in your room, plan your dinner at an area location- options provided
·        7:00pm to 9:00pm – meet the group – gathering front room, bring your current knitting project for show and tell

Friday October 3rd

·        Breakfast – 8:00am to 9:00am – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class – 9:30am to 12:30pm -Knitting with wire and beads - Karen
·        Lunch – 12:30pm to 1:30pm – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class – 1:30pm to 4:30pm - Shawl design - Megan 
·        Free time until dinner 4:30pm to 6:00pm – explore Port Elgin – Idiots Guide to Knitting - book review
·        6:00pm - Dinner at local restaurant - included

Saturday October 4th

·        Morning lakeside walk – 7:30am – try the paved beach walk
·        Breakfast - 8:00am to 9:00am – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class - 9:30am to 12:30pm - Expert Tips - Megan
·        Lunch – 12:30pm to 1:30pm – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class – 1:30pm to 4:30pm - Fair Isle mitten designs - Megan 
·        Free time until dinner 4:30pm to 6:00pm – explore Southampton
·        6:00pm – Dinner at Chantry Breezes

Sunday October 5th

·        Breakfast – 9:00am – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Pack up and – Say goodbyes – until next year….


We are so pleased to have Megan Goodacre joining us for the weekend. Here’s her bio:

Megan Goodacre is a Canadian graphic artist, blogger, and longtime knitter. The creative force behind Tricksy Knitter, Megan mixes her (slightly) eccentric skill set of math, fine art, design and general craftiness to write how-to knit articles and design knitting patterns. Her work has been published by Interweave, Twist Collective, and Creative Knitting.
Transplanted from balmy Vancouver Island to Ottawa in 2013, she can either be found huddled next to her computer for warmth, or warding off aggressive squirrels with her knitting needles. Read more about her adventures at
Knitting with wire and Beads
Learn to knit a funky beaded wire bracelet. This is a basic introduction to knitting with wire and beads.
Have fun with colours and design.

Skill needed 
Basic knitting

What to bring
Semi-precious stones and wire bracelet kit pre-purchased from Grey Heron – $15.00
extra kits will be available

Professional Knitting Tricks
Learn to knit like a pro with this tasting of tips and tricks. Have you ever wondered how to Norwegian purl? Make a smooth shoulder bind off? Russian join? A chain stitch selvedge? Add these tricks and more to your knitter's toolkit, and you will become a faster, more efficient knitter, and your knits will look and feel even better than they do now.
Techniques will be taught with short demos throughout the class; choose the techniques that catch your fancy and try them hands-on.

Skills needed
Basic knitting and enthusiasm                                             

What to bring
4.5mm - 5.5mm (US 7 - 9) circular needles, two sets
Yarn is supplied
Scissors, Crochet hook, Blunt yarn needle

Triangular shawls from the top down
Unlock the secrets of this most satisfying knitting project! Top down triangular shawls, whether you make them in simple textures or complex lace, make beautiful gifts and accessories. And, a triangular shawl is a great way to showcase a special skein of hand-dyed yarn.

We’ll cover construction, design, and finishing. To practice techniques, students will work on miniature shawls in class. Topics will include: how to start with a garter stitch tab, which type of increase to use, with stitch patterns work best, choosing a bind off, and how to block.

At the end of the class, choose one of Tricksy Knitter’s shawl patterns to take home with you.
Skills needed
Basic knitting skills. Familiarity with increasing is helpful 

What to bring
3.5mm - 4.5mm (US 4 - 7) circular needles.
Shawl kits available for purchase at Grey Heron or available at retreat.
from $20 and up depending on shawl size
If you plan to start a full-size shawl during the class, I suggest bringing a choice of needle sizes so you have a suitable needle after you select your yarn.
Blunt yarn needle, crochet hook, stitch markers

Exploring colour
A cosy pair of mittens is a perfect canvas for playing with colour—and a wonderful gift! Combining colours is a powerful creative tool: it can be moody, sassy, bold, traditional or understated. It’s up to you!
Using a simplified Scandinavian mitten construction, you will choose from the colour charts provided or design your own!

On the technical side, we’ll look at two-handed stranded knitting, how to weave in floats, knitting a thumb, and colour dominance. On the colourful side, we’ll look at the colour wheel and colour interactions.
Skills needed
Basic knit and purl
Working in the round

What to bring
Needles for working in the round in two sizes*
* sizes will depend on kit yarn selection – info to follow
Mitten kits will be available for purchase before retreat at Grey Heron or available also at retreat. from $20
Blunt yarn needle, crochet hook, stitch markers


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Cost for the Weekend:

1) Single Occupancy .................................... Total cost: $585.00 + HST

2) Double Occupancy ………………………………… Total cost: $525.00 + HST

Cost includes: Accommodation, 3 nights at B & B, 7 meals, snacks, refreshments, 4 classes
and a “swag bag” from Tricksyknitter.

Draw for autographed “Idiots Guide to Knitting” by Megan Goodacre

Door prizes: Games for Prizes: Chocolate sampling from Heavenly Sweets, Collingwood: 
Tea sampling from the Purple Sock to Coldwater 

3) Daily participants ………………………………….. Total cost per day: $150.00 + HST

Cost includes:  Lunch, Dinner, snacks, refreshments, 2 classes

Please note that ALL class kits and supplies are extra, but you will receive a 15% discount

CANCELLATION FEE: $100 for the weekend participants, $50 for the day participants.

Please drop by the shop, or call 705-444-0370 , or email ( to purchase your retreat participation package. Debit, Visa, Mastercard, Cash or personal cheques are accepted

Full payment required by Friday September 19th.

Grey Heron 65 Simcoe St, Studio 1, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7

Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet the Artist @ Loft Gallery this weekend

Loft Gallery
tel 519-599-5912
Summer Hours:
July/August: Open Thursday to Monday
Thursday         11-5
Friday              11-6
Saturday         10-6
Sunday            11-5
 Monday           11-5

Hi Everyone
We are into mid July now and open 5 days a week for the summer (see times above).
This Saturday is and "Meet The Artist Day" in Loft Gallery on "Artsburg Day" weekend.
"Meet The Artist Day"  July 19   10am to 6pm

visiting artists:
Debra Carroll, Janet Liesemer , John Adams and Kelly MacIntyre
Some of the artists will have new paintings and you can talk to them about possible commissions if you like.

The artists also love meeting customers of their paintings and getting feedback from them.
Check out our website to view their current paintings that are in the gallery.

Look below to see some of our new paintings in the gallery.
Announcing: Launch of new Website

Debra has launched a new website with a history of many of her paintings never before seen in Clarksburg from her career in Toronto.

You will also see some paintings she has painted and sold since coming to Clarksburg and opening Loft Gallery with me 8 years ago.

If you don't see your painting here please take a photo of the room with Debra's painting hanging in it and send it to us at

Phil and Debra,
Loft Gallery,

 John Adams - Endless Trail