Friday, December 30, 2016

Learn to Knit - Life time skill of FUN!!

Learn to Knit – Life time skill of FUN!!
Dates for 2017:
Saturday, January 21, 2017 OR
Saturday, March 11, 2017 OR
Saturday, May 6, 2017 OR

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Class Size: maximum of 6 students
Registration: Stop by to register or call
payment in full required at time of registration
The class is FREE, but in order to attend you must purchase one of our materials packages

We have prepared different kits of materials for you to choose from

Each kit contains a book, needles and yarn
Skill Requirements: Absolute beginner – Ready to learn!!

Learn to Knit Thrum Mittens

In this class, you will be learning how to knit

Warm and Cozy Thrum Mittens

A fabulously fun and easy pattern
By Fleece Artist
Ribbed cuff, stockinette hand, thumb gusset, top decreases

·         Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
·         Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
·         Fee: $40.00 per person, not including materials.
·         Class Size: maximum of 8 students
·         Registration: Class must be paid for in full at time of registration to hold your seat.
·         Skill Requirements: Must be able to confidently cast on, work in the round, knit, purl, and bind off with little to no assistance.

Learn to Knit Mittens

In this class, you will be learning how to knit
World’s Simplest Mittens

Fun pattern designed by tincanknits – Canadian designers

This pattern is written for multiple gauges, knit the mitten
in fingering to chunky weight yarn! 

Ribbed cuff, stockinette hand, thumb gusset, top decreases

·         Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017
·         Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
·         Fee: $30.00 per person, not including materials.
·         Class Size: maximum of 8 students
·         Registration: Class must be paid for in full at time of registration to hold your seat.
·         Skill Requirements: Must be able to confidently cast on, work in the round, knit, purl, and bind off with little to no assistance.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours






Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Carol Feller's Russler Wrap offering

Carol Feller just released her new pattern called Russler. What a gorgeous wrap!!

Photo by Joseph Feller

We will be offering a FREE afternoon of colour coordinating yarns of your choice for you to create your stunning masterpiece!!
With our newly arrived Indulgence Cashmere blend yarn, you will find 12 colour opportunities to start with and blend in your other colour needs.
The pattern works with 3 colours but, with our plan the cashmere blend and 1 other colour would be a fine choice. Have a look at the Indulgence colours... 


Please join us on Wednesday December 14th from 1pm to 4pm
for our FREE afternoon of playing with colour options for this lovely wrap.
Our FREE KAL will start Wednesday January 11th on a Drop In basis – from 1pm to 4pm  and continue on Wednesdays until February 8th.

All yarns for this KAL must be purchased at Grey Heron.

If you have further questions, please just ask. Do drop in to see the Indulgence Cashmere as it selling right out of the box!!



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

12 Days of Christmas SALE

12 Days of Christmas SALE

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Christmas
we will offer special discounts on certain products

Starting tomorrow Dec 1st to 3rd the following items 

 will be on SALE

All project bags SAVE 12%
We have some lovely bags in stock that knitters 
will surely love to receive 

All Rowan yarns on Clearance

Pure Wool Superwash Worsted – $18.00 now $10.00
Wool and Hemp Tweed Worsted – $11.50 now $7.00
Felted Tweed DK – $16.75 now $10.00
Fine Tweed – discontinued – now $6.00

while supplies last – SALE applies to in stock yarn only

Cascade Casablanca and Souk – clearance

Both yarns have lovely long colour blocks, 220 yds, great colours

$19.00 now $10.00 per skein 

This SALE ends on Saturday Dec 3rd @ 4pm

Stay tuned for next weeks SALE notice on Wednesday Dec 7th

ALL items purchased during the 12 Day sale
are considered a final SALE
No returns or exchanges


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fun classes coming up = $20.00 each

It’s Drop In Time = $20.00 for 2 hours of learning and fun!! 

All classes are Thursday mornings 10am to 12pm – see dates below

We have set aside the formal classes to offer a “drop in” format group of classes
to help you with a few Christmas gifts.

Thursday Nov 3rd = Fun with one colour Brioche stitch cowl/scarf
Skills: Brioche stitch, provisional cast on, 3 needle bind off

Nov 10th = Cable hat band design
Skills: Charts, provisional cast on, 3 needle bind off, pick up stitches,

Nov 17th = Swedish Twined knitting – hat, mittens, slippers
Skills: traditional Swedish knitting

Nov 24th = Shetland “Hap” small project
Skills: Lace, Seaming, Charts,

Although these classes are “drop in”, you can register right up until the day before the class date. You might be lucky and we have room, but if you don’t want to miss out on a particular class, please drop by to pay for the class in advance.

You will need practise supplies and materials for the projects,
so do check with us for those details.

Just a reminder: these are not beginner classes.
You must know how to confidently knit, purl cast on, bind off
and know standard increases and decreases.

Send us an email or call if you need more details.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Handwoven Nov Dec issue now in stock

Mixed yarns highlight this issue of Handwoven, as weavers will read how to make the most of weaving thick and thin. Enjoy 10 projects with options for 4-shaft, 8-shaft, and rigid-heddle weavers. Whether it’s a deflected doubleweave scarf that separates into two layers at the ends, a rigid-heddle shawl that’s easy to weave and wonderful to wear, or one of the other must-weave projects, you will find plenty of reasons to cozy up with your loom! Deb Essen also shows you how to easily fix common threading mistakes. And in his column “Notes from the Fell,” Tom Knisely teaches you how to weave a beautiful baby blanket and gives an idea for a new family tradition.

Projects include:
  • Dancing Circles Scarf
  • Discovery Towels in Thick & Thin
  • Diamonds with Pizzazz Bag
  • Fibonacci in Rep Runner
  • Thick and Thin Bed Rug
  • “Wearing Purple” Crackle Runner
  • Royal Holiday Runner
  • Layers of Air Scarf
  • Salmagundi Shawl
  • Traditions: Sweet Little Wedding Towels

Spin Knit 2017 magazine NEW!!

Spin & Knit features spinning and knitting projects for all skill levels, whether you just started or are more experienced. Explore your local fiber festival with our insider’s guide filled with tips such as wool show secrets, what not to miss, and how to shop like a pro. Learn about the animal fibers we love to spin from various sheep breeds to camelids to goats.

We’re batty for batts—and we know you are too! Learn three ways to spin striped batts. Discover how to control color and texture and spin lofty, smooth, or wild yarn that make your knitting sing.

New to spinning? Maggie Casey covers the basics with a step-by-step introduction to spinning. Anne Podlesak shares the inside scoop on how to get your special fleece processed at a mill. Already have a stash of handspun yarn? Leslie Ordal explains why not getting gauge is not a hindrance to knitting with your handspun.

Get all this and more in Spin & Knit!

Projects include:
  • North Road Hat by Kate Larson
  • Timberlane Cowl by Eileen Lee
  • Leaf Cap by Melissa LaBarre
  • Cenote Shawl by Anne Podlesak
  • Stone & Fire Cowl by Amy Tyler
  • Kelp Shawl by Benjamin Krudwig
  • Secret Garden Mitts by Heather Zoppetti
  • A New Slant Scarf by Jillian Moreno
  • Locked Up Bag by Kathy Augustine

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

McCann Family History

Benjamin, born in Bulter Ohio, and Caroline "Carrie" McCann met & married in Ohio had 5 children, three daughters, Malacy, Ann, & Emma and two sons William "Frank", and Joseph Alpheus "Al" McCann. 
The McCann clan lived in Ramsey Illinois during the Civil war, and later moved onto Winfield, Kansas before finally settling in Barry County Missouri in a place know then as Sugar Creek that would later be come to know as Seligman Missouri. 
Benjamin was a carpenter and farmer by trade, and his sons followed in his footsteps building many of the towns buildings, homes and area bridges for the Frisco railroad.
Frank married Hattie Beirly and had three children Mildred, Lillian, and Benjamin "Bennie" McCann. 
Al met and married Alice Yount they had 7 children Josie, Maynita, Lenna, Nettie, Georgia, Chloe and their only son LaVoughn who died in infancy. 
About the same time as the LaVoughn's death, Lenna who was young gave birth to a son out of wedlock, Wayne L McCann who was raised as the son of Al and Alice. 
Al and Alice made their homestead on 200 acres in Seligman on the edge of town and remained there until their deaths. They are buried in Seligman Cemetery with their children Lenna, Mayinta, and Georgia Jeff, and her husband George Jeff, and their Grandson Wayne. 
Frank and Hattie are also buried there along with Benjamin and Caroline. 
Josie McCann Thompson was buried in Eldorado Kansas.
Nettie McCann Payne was buried in Idaho. 
Chloe McCann Roley was buried near her home in Grantspass Oregon. 
Georgia an George owned the family farm until George's death, then Wayne moved from California to help care for the farm.  the land was still in Georgia's name and was passed down to her son Charles and his wife Jewel. 
Once Georgia died, the land was then sold to a developer who had the trees cleared, ponds filled in, and pastures sold off, the reamining land was sectioned off, and is not recognizable due to development. 
The old homestead built in 1902, burned to the ground around 1984 during a storm. 
This is the house where I spent the majority of my teenage years, this is where I learned to make homemade butter, to cook on a wood burning stove and to sew clothing on the very treadle machines that my great great great grandmother once sewed the clothes for the burials and weddings in Seligman.  

You can bet that nearly every time I visit I hug at least one of the trees in the grove of sugar maples that were planted by my great great great grandfather and once stood by the home providing syrup, shade and wind breakage, and still stand strong and proud 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fair Isle Mitten/Fingerless Class

Please join us for a 2 1/2 hour class:

We will be knitting the Churchmouse Mitten or Fingerless
Fair Isle cuff pattern

Thursday Sept 29nd - 10:00am to 12:30pm  = $25.00 

The pattern must be downloaded from Ravelry 
so you can bring it to the class. 

The pattern offers three different fair isle patterns and 
three different edgings to choose from. 

Mix and match many times for a new look

Pattern uses Rowan Fine Tweed fingering weight yarn
We do carry this yarn in stock

Any fingering - sport weight yarn will work

Please come in or call to register for class.

 Purchase your yarn and have it ready to go.

Must know how to knit small circumference in the round either by knitting with double point needles or magic loop method. 

We will be teaching you how to choose colours, knit braids, knit welts, colourwork tips, read complex pattern, read charts, 
 weaving in ends, kitchener stitch, 

Class must be paid for at time of registration

Please bring: pencil, paper, highlighter - We'll have the coffee on!!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Intro to Traditional Rug Hooking

Mark your calendars -

Tuesday Sept 27th and Tuesday Oct 4th

Intro to Traditional Rug Hooking - 9 hours of instruction!!

Take part in the 2 day program.

This is a fun learn hook chat workshop.

We supply the kit in our package pricing of $130.00.

We take you from start to finish... speaking of finished...

here's a quick peek at the two choices of kits.

We have space for 6 participants only.

Registration opens on Thursday Sept 1st.

Payment required at time of registration.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer Classes @ Grey Heron

Baby Surprise Jacket class - 2hrs - $23.00

This adorable baby sweater knit in garter stitch was designed by Elizabeth Zimmermann in 1968.

The updated 12-page pattern offers child and adult sizing, a collar and a hood for additional options.

If you'd like to work through this project with some guidance, helpful tips and ideas, join us for this
two week class.

Thursday June 23rd and Thursday June 30th - 10:30am to 11:30pm

There is homework to be completed before class. We do have patterns available for purchase. 


Traditional Shetland Hap Shawl class - 3 @ 1 1/2 hrs - $60.00

Here's your chance to try a little something from the Shetland Islands. This Hap Shawl is knit in the traditional manner.

Thurs July 7th and Thurs July 21st and Thurs Aug 4th - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Pattern available at shop

Please register and pay in advance for each class. Yarn for classes must be purchased at Grey Heron.

The classes are non refundable and non transferable.



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Colourwork Cowl Class @ Grey Heron Saturday May 28th

Pretty Poppy Cowl

Please join Sue Mitchell @ Grey Heron for a class in colourwork.

Saturday May 28th – 10am to 1pm – 3 hrs @ $48.00

Class includes pattern, Sue’s instruction & helpful hints

Sue’s lovely design is a great first colourwork project!

It's knit in two colours and utilizes just knits and purls.

Here’s your chance to try a variegated or self-striping yarn for the poppy colour section.
Let the colour work for you while you enjoy the process.
An optional i-cord cast on and bind off are offered for more advanced knitters.

Both charts and written instructions are available in the pattern!
Available in 3 Sizes:
S (M, L)
33” (84cm) 43.5 (110 cm), 55” (140cm)

Class fees are to be paid in full at time of registration,
either in person or with a credit card over the phone.
Classes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

All class fees are subject to HST.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Spring is here - News shop hours

With the Lakeside Yarn Crawl starting up in June we've decided to stay OPEN on Sundays to give the crawlers an opportunity to drop by during their weekend day tripping. 

Our first Sunday to stay OPEN will be Sunday April 17th

Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm
Monday - CLOSED 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Yarn SALE until Saturday March 12th

“A Tribute to Women”

Our roundtable knitters have decided the following 
yarns are the chosen ones for the 

International Women’s Day SALE

SALE – Save 20% until Sat March 12th

The Dye Guy – fingering weight - Socky Talky $19.20
The Dye Guy – fingering weight – Paca Toes $ 19.20
Regia – sock yarns $14.00
Rowan Felted Tweed DK - $10.36
Cascade Eco chunky - $21.60
Estelle Gladstone chunky - $10.40
Estelle Murrina chunky - $10.40

Sale applies to in stock product only. 

ALL sales final – No exchange, No Refund

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Knit Thrum Mittens - class details

Thrum Mitten class
Perfect for dog walking, keep your fingers warm/toasty - keep the winter winds out.

Saturday Feb 27th 10am to 12pm
Wednesday March 9th 10am to 12pm

$25.00 (includes pattern)

Materials extra
Please purchase your supplies @ Grey Heron

Learn this wonderful technique called thrumming.
We teach you how to make a thrum, several techniques for knitting in your thrums and general discussion.
Intermediate: must have experience using DPNs/Magic Loop – knitting small circumferences

Homework – must have cuff knit so we are ready to start the thrumming process

Class fees are to be paid in full at time of registration – in person, call in with credit card

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


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 March 23, 2016 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

During this 3 hour class:  $30.00 + HST

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!!
 Be ready to take your boots off to measure your feet!!

 Must have previous sock knitting experience – Not for beginners

Bring yarn and needles - fingering - worsted
We will be practising different techniques

Contact Karen at the shop – email – phone – drop in