Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy New Year!! 2016

2016 is the Year of the Monkey!! 

It's a special year for me and I'm a stay tuned 

for fun happenings at the shop... until then

Happy New Year!! 

It's the Year of the Monkey!! 

We are closed until Monday January 4th 10am.

Cheers, Karen 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Boxing Week SALE

Boxing Week SALE

Monday Dec 28th – Wednesday Dec 30th

What a Deal!! 
Super Special - Cascade 220 Wool - $7.99 (in stock only)

ALL printed patterns - 50% off
ALL Apple Pie Trail Sock Kits - 50% off
ALL Magazines – 30% off
Various other sundry items – up to 50% off

The following yarns are on SALE- up to 50% off 

Sock and Fingering yarns
Regia Sorbet Sport – 9.48
Regia Active Sport – 3.48
HiKoo Cobasi sock (no wool content) solid – 3.98 multi – 4.48
Shelridge merino sock – 6.00
Rhichard Devrieze yarns (local) – 8.50
Rowan Fine Art fingering – 14.98
Shantiknits (local) – 13.00
American Brand – 14.98
Grundl Wina – 7.50
Various collection of sock yarns
Various lace weight yarns – Manos and Malabrigo

DK - Double Knitting yarns
SMC Bravo DK – 1.75
Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton – 6.00
King Cole Merino DK superwash – 3.00
Sirdar Baby Bamboo – 3.25
Sirdar Baby Crofter – 3.25
Stylecraft Stars DK with glitter – 5.00
King Cole Flash – 4.00
King Cole Country Tweed – 6.50
Misty Alpaca Pima Cotton and Silk – 11.80

Worsted weight yarns
Classic Elite Liberty Prints – 7.48
Rowan Original Denim – 3.00
Rhichard Devrieze worsted (local) – 7.50

Aran Weight yarns
Estelle Cloud Organic Cotton aran – 5.00
Cascade Avalon solid and multi – 4.00
Rowan Fine Art Aran – 12.48
Cascade Longwood fine Merino Aran – 7.50
Filatura – Cashmere Lux – 8.00
Cascade 220 Aran superwash – 8.00
Manos Clasica – 9.00

Chunky Weight yarns
Diamond Chroma – 4.50
Borgo Bio Chunky – 7.50
Cascade Jewel chunky – 6.50
King Cole Opium chunky – 6.50
Cascade Pacific chunky – 5.00

Bulky to Super Bulky
Viking Balder superwash – 7.00
Viking Naturagarn – 3.25
Sirdar Big Softee – 3.00
Borgo de Grosso – 19.00
Borgo de Nat Degrade – 15.00
Sirdar Indie – 4.00

ALL SALES FINAL – No exchanges - 
Sale applies to in stock yarns only.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Holiday Hours

Grey Heron Holiday Hours

Thursday December 24th – OPEN 10am to 2pm

Friday December 25th – CLOSED

Saturday December 26th – CLOSED

Sunday December 27th – CLOSED

Monday December 28th to Wednesday 30th – OPEN 10am – 5:30pm

Thursday December 31st – CLOSED       Happy New Year!!

Friday January 1st – CLOSED

Saturday January 2nd – CLOSED

Sunday January 3rd – CLOSED

Monday January 4th – OPEN 10am to 5:30pm

Wishing everyone a very 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Monday, December 7, 2015

Grey Heron 2016 Beginner and Novice Knitting classes

Grey Heron 2016 Beginner and Novice Knitters

This class is for the Absolute Beginner! 101

Two session class (4 hours total) learn the hands on knitting basics of how to cast on, knit, purl, cast off.
We study a little theory of pattern reading, pattern abbreviations, yarn labels,   
Several projects to work on between sessions.

Jan 6th and Jan 13th Wed mornings 10 – 12 class includes - handout, yarn and needles - $50

Previous experience: None

Attention Beginners and Returning to Knitting  - 102 
(This class would be perfect for Knitters returning to the knitting world)

Two session class (4 hours total) Review of basics + learn the hands on knitting basics of how to increase and decrease, apply stitch combinations and discussion about more theory details.
Several projects choices to work on between sessions.

Jan 20th and Jan 27th Wed mornings 10 – 12 – $40.00 - Must bring 4.50mm to needles, yarn 

Previous experience – must have the 101 skills

Learn to knit in the round with Circulars 103

How to knit with circular needles. – Learn all the techniques to make knitting in the round fun and exciting. Without any seams to sew, knitting in the round works up quickly and allows for all kinds of projects.   
Previous experience – must have the 101 and 102 skills
Several simple cowl patterns to choose from to work on between class

Feb 3rd Wed morning 10 – 12 - $22.00 – pattern and hand out included - materials extra
Previous experience – must have the skills taught in 101 and 102 classes

Learn to knit in the round with DPNs 104

This class a great next step to Learn to Knit 102 and 103.
In this 2 hours class we'll take the mystery out of knitting on double pointed needles

Skills required: 102 and 103 Level skills needed: You are comfortable creating the knit stitch, the purl stitch, work basic increases and decreases, and can cast on and bind off.

Feb 10th Wed morning – 10 – 12 - $22.00 – pattern and handout included – materials extra

Pre-registration required. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

The knitted skirt - lovely addition to your winter wardrobe

One of my customers dropped in yesterday to brighten up my first Sunday working in a while.

It's the season to be OPEN all days from Nov 27th to Dec 24th... long haul but it's our shop's way of providing all opportunity for our customers to shop during a busy time.

The topic of skirts came up. My friend V loves skirts over leggings, very practical I say since our winter winds can be very harsh.
She is currently working on one called Tartan Love. This sweet little plaid number could easily fit over leggings and what a dynamite fashion accessory.  

Tartan Love

Here's a few other skirts - cables, lace, transitioning colours

Dickson - Worsted 
Autumn Folige - DK

Lanesplitter - Aranish 

So, check them out on ravelry - have some fun with style and colours... Thanks V for the great idea!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Grey Heron November News

Grey Heron News November 2015
We have expanded our holiday shopping hours for your convenience.

SundaysNov 29th, Dec 6th, 13th and 20th - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Fridays: Nov 27th, Dec 4th, 11th, 18th – 10:00am to 7:00pm

NEW yarns this week:

DROPS Andes:
65% wool, 35% Alpaca 10sts = 4” @ 9mm needle = 
Super Bulky $10.45 per ball
Lovely and soft – perfect for cowls, hats and scarves

Fleece Artist Classic Thrum mitten kits: $36.00
Lovely selection of colours – hand dyed in Nova Scotia
Kit contains yarn, fleece and pattern

More Regia: 
Arne and Carlos sock yarn Second edition – limited quantity $17.50

New from Regia – 
Pairfect sock yarn – creates perfect stripes and matching socks

Looking for your next project? Come in and let us help you….

Friday, October 16, 2015

CLOSED Saturday October 17th

We will be CLOSED on Saturday Oct 17th

We are attending a funeral

OPEN again on Monday October 19th @ 10:00am


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Grey Heron Project Classes

Grey Heron Project Classes

New project classes coming up:       Cost: $18 per class Time: 10am to 12pm

Must know how to knit and purl already – confidently

We like to choose projects that offer learning so, here’s our line up so far…

Wednesday Oct 21st - Jared Flood – Turn a Square hat – tubular cast on, stripes

Wednesday Oct 28th - Yarn Harlot – The Unoriginal Hat – different cables, textured

Wednesday Nov 4th - Boho Knits – Antelope – picot hemmed edge, eyelets, texture

Wednesday Nov 11th - Kate Atherley – Slouchy Lace Hat - lace, increases, decreases

Wednesday Nov 18th - Caitlyn Ffrench – Distinction Shawl – 3 colours, top down

Maximum 6 per class: First come first served: 
Pre-registration required: Purchase yarns at Grey Heron: 
Receive 10% discount on yarns purchased for these project classes 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Grey Heron October News

Grey Heron October News
New classes coming up:

Wednesday October 14th @ 10am to 12pm – Thrum Mittens $25.00
Learn how to make these fabulously warm mittens.
Homework required –

Friday October 23rd @ 10:30am to 12pm – Learn How to explore Ravelry $ 18.00
Learn the basics of Ravelry.
Search for patterns, Use your library, How to use the tabs, Groups, Forums, etc.
Please bring your laptop, tablet, smart phone
Make the best of your search time – connect with other knitters worldwide!!

Anyone interested in this yarn by Turtlepurl?
"Blue Jays" - Self Striping sock Yarn – 450yds $30.00

Do you have any class ideas that you would like us to plan? Let us know…

Thanksgiving hours –
Sat 10am to 4pm, Sun and Mon CLOSED, Tues 10am to 5:30pm

Have a wonderful weekend, Karen 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sock Designing binge...

Well, Pam and Carolyn have been on a sock designing binge.... and look what they have created!!

These gorgeous patterns can all be found on ravelry as purchase patterns.

We launched these patterns at the KW Knitter's Fair this year.

If socks aren't your thing, then of course they both have stunning designs available as hats, fingerless, shawls,scarves, ponchos and much more on the way.....

We have Pam's socks on display at the shop - so do drop by to see her designs.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Grey Heron Fall Knitting Classes

Grey Heron Fall Class List

Here’s our list of some of the fall knitting classes.

Knitting “Refresher” Bootcamp – 3 hours of relearning
If, you are a previous knitter who wants to rekindle your love for knitting, this class is for you.
We change topics every 15mins… We get you up to speed and ready to knit for fall.
Saturday September 26th from 9am to 12pm = $40.00
Our focus is to provide a concentrated relearning of cast on, cast off, increase, decrease,
read a pattern, understand yarn labels, abbreviations, pick up stitches, buttonholes,
joining yarn, yarn weights,
More info – materials list provided at registration

In in the Round – Time to knit Hats and Cowls – 2 hour class –
MUST know how to knit already. This is NOT a beginner class
Time to learn how to knit in the round and make hats and cowls for everyone.
Wednesday September 30th from 10am to 12pm = $25.00
Please bring practice yarn and 4mm – 5mm needles if you have them
We offer one FREE hat or cowl pattern for you to get started with.

Fair Isle “Mad For Plaid” theme class – 4 hour class – Intermediate level
Thursday October 1st and October 8th from 10am to 12pm = $30.00
Let’s have fun with colour! Learn to knit with more than one colour.
We are creating a Plaid patterned wrap, or mittens, or cowl or??
Learn different techniques to create your family tartan perhaps.
More info to follow…

Beginner Felting class – 2 hour class – $25.00
Wednesday October 7th10am to 12pm
Let’s make felted mittens or slippers. Patterns supplied. Discussion on “knit and then felt”.
Each pattern is knit oversize, then “felted” in the washing machine.
Knit a very warm wind proof pair of mittens.
Felted slippers are the perfect cool weather cosy item.
Two perfect items for gift giving.
We will help you choose your yarn and get you started on your project.
Handouts included

Traditional Gansey knitting theme class – 4 hour class Enthusiastic Beginner ++
Thursday October 22nd and October 29th from 10am to 12pm = $30.00
Come learn about traditional British Gansey knitting.
We offer a FREE fingerless or a hat pattern for you to knit.
Homework – have ready to go a 6” swatch still on the needles, ready for working
sample Gansey stitches.

All classes:
All classes must be paid for in advance.
Please arrived 10 minutes early to get settled and grab a coffee.
Please make sure if you are choosing yarns for your projects that you
come in before the class to purchase your yarn and wind it ready to start in class.
Please remember to put your phone on vibrate.
Should you need to take a call, please step out in the hall to chat.
All classes are non-refundable, non-transferable.
Call us 705-444-0370 to register.

Drop in Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Beginner Knitting Classes Fall 2015 - Come learn with us!!

Beginner Knitting Class – 2 sessions 4 hours = $52.00

For the absolute beginner - 2 consecutive weeks

Wednesday daytime = Sept. 16th and 23rd - 10am to 12pm
You will learn: setting up the ground work to knit - discussion
cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast off, read your pattern
abbreviations, yarn weights, needles, knitting notions, etc…

Cost $52.00 paid in advance by Tuesday Sept 14th.
Class fee includes - instruction book and practice yarn
Materials: need 5mm needles, FREE scarf pattern available to work on
Saturday will be offered at a later date. Please send me your request.

Grey Heron Yarn Shop 65 Simcoe St. Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7      705-444-0370

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mitten Class details - September 2015

Mitten Class – 2 sessions 4 hours = $52.00

It’s the time of year for knitting cosy mittens. Small project

Perfect for gift giving!!

We start by knitting a small mitten so you become familiar
with the different techniques.

We then move on with a regular sized adult mitten pattern.

Friday Sept 18th – 9: 30 to 12pm - Friday Sept 25th – 10am to 11:30am

Week one – Anatomy of a mitten discussion, pattern review
Knit small mitt – ribbing, gusset, thumb, decreases, – start adult mitten

Week two –Sort out issues, Q & A – How do I add a pattern?,  
What’s your favourite thumb? Graft top or not? Stripes?  Fingerless? Flip Top? Etc…..

Skills required = Intermediate
Must know how to knit, purl, knit with DPNs and/or magic loop

Materials = worsted weight  - 200yds, needles to achieve gauge (3.75mm – 4.5mm) 
in the format you wish to knit – DPNs, Magic Loop, 2 Circulars

Class policy = pre – registration required
Purchase materials at Grey Heron,
Must have yarn and needles ready to go for class (winding completed before class), 
Please arrive 10 mins. early to grab a coffee and get set up.
If you arrive after we have started, please grab a seat so we can continue.   
Please turn phones on vibrate – excuse yourself to the hall if you have to take 
a call Classes are not transferable, missed a class? receive handout only

All this for $52.00
Class limited = 6
Last date to register Tuesday Sept 15th

Grey Heron Yarn Shop 
65 Simcoe St. Studio 1, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7  
705- 444-0370

Friday, August 21, 2015

Zen Yarn Garden in abundance arrives... come and get it!!

Zen Yarn Garden is in the house!! all 60 skeins of it

I know Christine, I said I was keeping this for the show... BUT

I just can't hide it away until the Knitter's Fair in Kitchener... 

Serenity 20 = 70% SW merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon – 400yds = $34.00

Serenity Silk + = 75% SW merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk – 500yds = $36.00

Serenity DK = 90% SW merino, 10% cashmere – 250yds = $34.00

Serenity Worsted = 75% SW merino, 15% cashmere, 10% nylon – 175yds = $34.00

Of course, we all know computer screen colours
are not really a good reflection of the real thing...
so, drop by, check it out for yourself it is irresistible
I will order more for Kitchener... 

What's a clothesline??

And in lots of places they are now illegal.
It's the poem at the end that's the best!!!    
Remembering Mom's Clothesline.  
(If you don't even know what clotheslines are, better skip this)   
1. You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.    
2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands.  
3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes -    
    Walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.     
4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always  
    hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.  
5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!  
    What would the neighbors think?  
6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend,    
    Or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!  
7. Hang the sheets and towels on the OUTSIDE lines
    so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle.
   (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)  
8. It didn't matter if it was sub-zero weather... Clothes would "freeze-dry."  
9. ALWAYS gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes!    
    Pins left on the lines were "tacky"!  
10. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that  
      each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the  
      clothes pins with the next washed item.  
11. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in  
        the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed. 
      IRONED??!! Well, that's a whole OTHER subject!
12. Long wooden pole (clothes pole) that was used to push the    
       clotheslines up so that longer items (sheets/pants/etc.)  
      didn't brush the ground and get dirty.  
And now a POEM...    
A clothesline was a news forecast, To neighbors passing by,    
There were no secrets you could keep, When clothes were hung to dry.    
It also was a friendly link, For neighbors always knew    
If company had stopped on by, to spend a night or two.  
For then you'd see the "fancy sheets", And towels upon the line;    
You'd see the "company table cloths", With intricate designs.    
The line announced a baby's birth, From folks who lived inside,    
As brand new infant clothes were hung, So carefully with pride!  
The ages of the children could, So readily be known    
By watching how the sizes changed, You'd know how much they'd grown!    
It also told when illness struck, As extra sheets were hung;    
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe too, Haphazardly were strung.     
It also said, "On vacation now", When lines hung limp and bare.      
It told, "We're back!" when full lines sagged, With not an inch to spare!  
New folks in town were scorned upon, If wash was dingy and gray,    
As neighbors carefully raised their brows, And looked the other way.  
But clotheslines now are of the past, For dryers make work much less.  
Now what goes on inside a home, Is anybody's guess!    
I really miss that way of life, It was a friendly sign    

When neighbors knew each other best... By what hung on the line.