Shop Update: July Heat Wave Edition


Let’s start with what was delivered just this morning! These darling yarn bowls are made just a stone’s throw away in Penetanguishene by  Lorie of Firefly Pottery~

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In other exciting news – all of the yarns you see in this picture have been majorly marked down to make room for the new fall yarns we have coming in! They’re all cottons or cotton blends, and now is the perfect opportunity to scoop some up for that last summery project (or to stash for next summer’s project!).

Markdowns include;

Borgo de’Pazzi Striscia was 11.50 now $5!

Sirdar Beachcomber was 8.75 now $4!

Katia Tahiti Beach & Tahiti Spray was 12.50 now $6!

Borgo de’Pazzi E-Co was 9.95 now $5!

Louisa Harding Noema was 8.95 now $6!

Katia Jaipur was 7.50 now $5!

Diamond Luxury Collection Summertime was 15 now $7!

Noro Tokonatsu was 14 now $7!

Katia Silk Cotton was was 18.95 now $9!

Louisa Harding Anise was 14.95 now $7!

Diamond Luxury Pima Nebla was 7 now $4!


We have some new crochet arrivals at the store this week!


Addi Crochet hooks and Swing crochet hooks, plus an Addi crochet set that includes 9 sizes! (2mm – 6mm) Perfect for the new crocheter who wants to try a different handle, or the experienced crocheter who has a taste for Addi’s!



New CoBaSi (Cotton/Bamboo/Silk/Nylon blend) sock yarn – some new-to-us colours, some we have had before but are back in stock! CoBaSi is a favourite for those who want a wool-free sock blend – however, I definitely can’t stop thinking how cute it would look in a baby sweater.


Speaking of new-to-us, we got in two colours of CoBaSi Plus, the worsted weight sister of CoBaSi. I love how CoBaSi’s bouncy twistiness sizes up! Come in, give it a squeeze, and let us know how you like it!

That’s it for now crafters – make sure you’re knitting in a cool place this weekend!

Mid-Summer WIP Forecast

One of the things I love most about hanging around a yarn shop is seeing all the different projects people are working on – it’s great inspiration, and insight into someone’s personality! Here’s a glimpse into each of the shop knitters’ current works-in-progress (WIPs) ~



I have started to jokingly refer to Kelly’s current taste in projects as “garter stitch eyelets”. Between Antarktis (in some Penguin Soup Emperor (merino/nylon blend in colour ‘Sibyl’)), Extra (in Sandnesgarn Tweed), Soir d’Ete (in Noro Taiyo Sock) and Dangling Conversation (in Montoya Beach) it seems like any yarn-over triangle shawl on ravelry immediately piques her interest!

To break up the eyelet deluge, Kelly whipped up the 8-bit Fair Isle Hat last week, and has been working in the background on her own Late August shawl in Zealana Rimu.



Although usually sock-focused, Leslie has been taking a break and working on a pair of Mitt Envy out of olive-green Alegria – each mitt has only taken 7g which is ridiculous. Next up, she’s thinking a Quietude Cowl out of the newly arrived Union – maybe the center-left rainbow colour?




Ever since we got the DROPS Brushed Alpaca Silk last winter Elaine has been  working up garter stitch cowls in it (not unlike this pattern), experimenting with holding together multiple strands of the same colour or different colours with amazing results. It’s like an impossibly light, warm cloud – cast on, knit, and three-needle bind-off to join. By Christmas I am pretty sure she will have tried every colour.



I think my penchant for fingering weight yarn can officially be marked as stupidly inconvenient. The whole time I have been working on the fingering-weight wrap version of the Wheaten shawl all I can think is that I could’ve done it in DK, or even the worsted version, and complete the beast so much faster! Agh! Don’t even ask me what I chose to knit Jessie’s Girl, another WIP out of – you guessed it – it calls for a sport weight, but no, I had to substitute in some Mandarin Petit. A pox upon the whole yarn classification!

Have you found yourself lost in a specific knitting mood lately? Perhaps a pattern genre like Kelly, a specific yarn & project combo like Elaine, or a weight weakness like myself?  Feel free to drop by to proselytize or complain with the rest of us 😉


New Yarns & Old Faves

A new month deserves a new update on some new colours and entirely new yarns~!


New natural marl colours in Cascade Ecological Wool – perfect for when you need something big on yardage and warmth~


Cascade’s Eco Duo is back in! This stuff flew off the shelves last winter thanks to it’s lovely striping effect and even lovelier softness~ the sample hat/scarf didn’t hurt either 😉


Also back in is the infamous James C. Brett Marble Chunky. We get requests for this all the time and I am so so thrilled to say that it’s back for fall!

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King Cole’s Baby Glitz is a brand new yarn – a sparkly dk in baby colours for when you need something with a bit of shimmer. The photo really doesn’t do the sparkles justice!


Our other new baby yarn line – King Cole’s Smarty DK! It’s a ‘speckle’ yarn, which seems to be all the rage lately- a bit of colour to keep things exciting, but none of the self-patterning that can overwhelm cable or lace patterns.


These are some of the new colourways we have brought in, in yarns we already carry – a teal/orange and a camo in the Baby Crofter DK, a wide variety in the Crofter DK (including the subtle white/grey/blue shown~),  blue/white/green/yellow in MerryGoRound, soft purple/yellow/pink/orange in Baby Marble, and three new colours in Candystripe – caramel, bubblegum, and lollipop, respectively.


New colours in Cascade 220 Sport (top center) and original Cascade 220 (top right/left, and bottom row) for those woolly winter projects that you’re looking to start now~


There’s more to come before September – this time of year is all about getting in yarns for fall for all you holiday project preppers out there! We have even gotten in some holiday sparkle Red Heart for those looking for reds, greens, whites, and golds.

And, of course, the Lakeside Yarn Crawl marches on! If you haven’t grabbed a passport yet, you still have plenty of time to get in on the action before it ends on Labour Day. With a stamp on your passport, you get an afghan block pattern (each store has a unique pattern!) and an entry into the in-store draw. Our draw features a handy project tote (in either pink or blue, your choice), some sheepy magnets, stitch markers, and all of the requirements for the Late August Shawl (your choice of colour in two balls of Cascade Eco + the corresponding size circular needle)!


Last but not least, starting this Friday, and every following Friday over the summer, from 2pm – 4pm we will have the aSOCKalypse! A free drop in for anyone looking for advice, moral support, or just camaraderie in the pursuit of sock knitting~ A great way to try out new techniques like magic loop, toe up, judy’s magic cast on, or afterthought heels in a supportive environment. As always, you can keep up with any changes to our class schedule via our website.