Fall Knitting Classes!

This fall (September through December) we are happy to offer a variety of knitting classes, including…

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Dewberry Cowl KAL

Saturday September 19th & 26th, 10:30 – 12:30

Join us in knitting the very wearable Dewberry cowl by Hilary Smith Callis! A perfect one-skein project that you’ll find yourself wearing at the office, at parties, or giving as a gift to your most stylish friends.

Class is two two-hour sessions, costs $15, and is limited to six people.

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Colourwork Mitts

Friday September 25th & October 2nd, 1-3PM

Learn to knit a pair of Norwegian-style colourwork mittens using Henriette Hope’s free pattern Norwegian Selbu Mittens! Stranded colourwork is an addictive and impressive-looking technique that involves reading charts – this class is perfect for the knitter who has knit mittens before but wants to try stranded colourwork, or perhaps the knitter who has tried stranded colourwork but never a selbu mitten!

Class is two two-hour sessions, costs $15, and is limited to four students.

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How to Knit Cables

Friday October 2nd, 10:30 – 12:30

or Thursday November 26th, 6 – 8PM

Cables can be intimidating, but with a little practice they can become a favourite method in your knitting arsenal. This class provides the materials for you to get some guided practice, but students should feel free to bring their own materials if they want a project to take home with them.

Class is one two-hour session, costs $15, and is limited to five people.

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Cabled Hat

Friday October 23rd & 30th, 1 – 3PM

Nothing says cold weather chic like a cabled hat! Perfect for either the hat or cable beginner looking for their next project, we’ll use the Purl Soho classic Traveling Cable toque pattern to work up a new staple for your winter wardrobe – or a great gift for that worthy person in your life!

Class is two two-hour sessions and costs $15.

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Sock-along

Saturday October 31st, November 14th & November 28th, 10:30 – 12:30

Our classic three-session sock-knitting class, the Sockalong helps you knit the sock you want to knit! Chloe will help you learn the methods you want to learn (such as magic loop, DPNs, two-at-a-time, toe up, cuff down, short row heels, afterthought heels) while explaining what each different method has to offer.

Students are required to bring their own sock yarn (approx. 100g/400m of fingering weight yarn is required to make a pair of adult socks) and corresponding needles. A plain sock recipe is provided, but students are free to bring a specific pattern if they have one they’d like to try!

Class is three two-hour sessions, costs $15, and is limited to six students.

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Effie’s Finishing Class

Thursday November 5th, 1:30 – 3:30PM

 Join our favourite knitting wizard Effie in her famous Finishing class – you’ll get tips and practice binding off, grafting, and seaming so that all of your projects can come off the needles as neat as you’d like them to!

Students will need; their own darning needle, 4 knitted squares at least 4″×4″ in stocking stitch in a light colour of worsted or DK weight, and knitting needles in the size that corresponds to their knitted squares.

Class is one two-hour session, costs $15, and is limited to five students.

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Entrelac Knitting

Friday November 6th, 1 – 3PM

Perfect for knitters looking to shake up their boring projects, this class will cover the basics of entrelac knitting, which creates a basketweave-type texture: knit flat, in-the-round, garter stitch or stockinette, and incorporating different colours.

Class is one two-hour session and costs $15. Pattern is included.

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Knit or Crochet Snowflakes!

Friday November 13th & 20th, 1 – 3PM

A fun festive project to work up as a gift or decoration for your own igloo, snowflakes work up quick and are a great way to break up the monotony of larger holiday projects. In the first session you will pick out your pattern and get started, in the second we will tackle any issues you encountered, finish up, and discuss blocking/starching.

Class is two two-hour sessions and costs $15.

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Wanderers Slippers KAL

Saturday November 28th & December 5th, 2 – 4PM

Treat your feet as the coldest weather approaches with a pair of Wanderers “modern mukluks” by designer Andrea Mowry. Appropriate for the beginner colourwork knitter, or the experienced knitter who wouldn’t mind some support from their fellow wanderers!

Class is two two-hour sessions & costs $15, pattern and materials purchased separately.

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Learn to Knit

Thursday Evenings; September 24th, October 22nd, or December 10th 6 – 8PM

Thursday Afternoons; October 1st or November 19th, 1 – 3PM

Learn to Knit is a class for the absolute beginner! Students will learn how to cast on, the knit & purl stitches, and how to cast off. We also discuss different types of yarn and basic patterns. Needles and yarn for practicing are provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn and needles if you have them!

Class is one two-hour session, costs $15, and is limited to four students.

& now for some of the latest yarn news from the shop;

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Some popular colours of Cascade 220 back in stock!

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Some new greys in Cascade Ecological Wool & Eco+

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Four new colours in Hayfield’s Baby Chunky

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Three new colours of Borgo de’ Pazzi’s Naturalia!

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and a very special shipment from Penguin Soup – several skeins of their self-striping colourway WyldStyle – in the fairy sock base so it has a bit of sparkle! You can see it knit up here in the pattern Groovy Socks by Caroline Hegwer. This is a LIMITED TIME colour for the shop – when it’s gone it’s gone – and the next shipment will be something completely different~

That’s all for now, yarn lovers!

Chloe

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Fall Crochet Class Schedule + more new Fall Yarns~

I am thrilled to announce the release of our Fall (September thru December) crochet class schedule!

This fall our crochet classes include;

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Blanket CAL

Saturday September 19th, October 3rd & October 24th, 1-3PM

Join fab crochet instructor Cyndy for our fall Blanket Crochet-a-long! Whether it’s your first blanket or fortieth, you’ll get the support you need for the result you want. Bring a pattern of your choosing or use Cyndy’s own Super Cute Polka Dot pattern!

The cost is $30, or $15 if you purchased the materials from our shop~

 newbeaniepicCrochet a Hat

Saturday October 3rd, 10:30 – 12:30

A perfect class for the beginner or intermediate crocheter seeking a fast project to introduce working in the round & shaping! We’ll focus on Tia Davis’s freely available Basic DC Beanie, and if we have time will cover how to whip up a wee flower to decorate it!

The class is one two-hour session and costs $15, not including materials.

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Saturday November 7th & 21st, 1 – 3PM

Slippers are a wonderful, useful project for the crocheter looking to gift others or themselves! Our lovely instructor Cyndy recommends either Mamachee’s Oma House or Galilee slipper patterns.

Class is two two-hour sessions, and costs 15$ – this covers both sessions.

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Crochet a Cowl!

Saturday November 21st, 10:30 – 12:30

Perfect for a beginner or intermediate crocheter looking for a warm, quick winter project! Using the free patterns for Sara Freisberg’s Chunky Color Block Cowl (pictured) or Stephanie Jessica Lau’s Triple Luxe Cowl, let our awesome crochet instructor Cyndy be your guide.

Class is one two-hour session and costs $15.

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Thursday September 10th, August 8th, November 12th or December 3rd, 6-8PM

Do all of the previous projects sound SO GREAT but you don’t happen to crochet? This class is for you! Learn the basics of crochet including the single, double and chain, as well as how to do a foundation row and fasten off. You can bring your own project or work on a scarf or dishcloth from a pattern provided.

The class is one two-hour session, and costs $15. Materials aren’t included but there will be spare hooks and yarn for you to experiment with in class.

also new at the shop….

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50% Super Fine Alpaca, 50% Peruvian Wool/100g/215yds, 198m

A cold weather classic, we are very excited to have gotten Ultra Alpaca back in stock in neutral heather colours, perfect for those foolproof fall favourites.

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50% Wool, 50% Premium Acrylic/100g/342 yds, 312m

A brand new yarn from King Cole, Panache is a beautifully heathered single ply in a DK weight that I can’t wait to give a try in a Sprig Cloche or some Nalu mitts.

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100% Acrylic/100g/192yds, 160m

Last but not least, Borgo de Pazzi’s new yarn Royal is sure to be a hit with any knitter needing a last minute gift for the colourful people on their holiday list – with plenty of yardage in a chunky weight, one ball is plenty for a fun hat or fluffy cowl!

Stay tuned for our Fall knitting schedule~

Chloe

Pre-Autumn Yarn Arrivals

I know I am not supposed to talk about the oncoming Autumn yet, officially, lest I harm your tender summer hearts – but there is a lot of holiday knitting ahead and knitting is always on topic!

A new shipment from Diamond this past week included…

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Baby Alpaca Aran

50g/93m/100% Baby Alpaca

You will not believe how squishy these guys are. Well, actually, you will if you’ve squished its bulky cousin Baby Alpaca Sport before. I love the idea of using it to line a pair of colourful Scandes Mitts.

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 Kasha

300g/600m, 656yds/78% Acrylic, 12% Mohair, 10% Polyester

These mega fluffballs come with a one-ball afghan pattern on the label – perfect for the beginner who wants a showstopper to knit while watching tv.

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 Snuggly Spots

50g/165m, 179yds/55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic

So it looks like Sirdar is moving away from the speckles in their Snuggly DK line – which means a dedicated line of our speckly, spotty friends. Since its arrival, Kelly and I have been ALL ABOUT that green colourway. And 55% nylon means it is delightfully soft.

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Harrap Tweed

50g/155m, 170yds/40% Nylon, 30% Wool, 24% Acrylic, 6% Viscose

That’s right – 40% nylon! Winter socks, anyone? Patterns like Purl Soho’s Men’s Socks for Giving and tincanknits Lumberjack,  or even just plain old plain socks– I’ll take a pair in each colour, please. Between the black/grey tweed and the brown tweed they have the “dad”/”father-in-law” gift on lock!

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Pure Superkid Mohair

50g/207m/100% Superkid Mohair

Just LOOK at that shiny gems! Ugh! UGH! So shiny! Mohair is all about absorbing colour and shining it back into the world. A fingering weight warm enough to make up a cowl like Loggia or the one-skein Undersea Garden – and to line your yearly Fiddlehead mitts project! That’s right, I’d put it inside a mitten, because sometimes life is about those secret yarn treasures you keep for yourself.

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Also in the order – 4 new colours in Crofter DK, perfect for those easy, plain projects that need a yarn to do all of the work.

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If Crofter isn’t your style, there’s 3 new colours in the Pure Wool Superwash! Perfect for sweaters, mitts, scarves… for weather that I’m sure is a far, far way off.

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Not to bury the lede, but on Saturday we got in some more of the locally dyed Penguin Soup yarns! We’re expecting some more by the end of this week, but they’re already disappearing fast – it doesn’t help that anyone who knits with it once comes back for more~

That’s all for now in terms of yarn deliveries, but stay tuned for our Fall class schedule in the next week or so! Not that it’s Fall yet. Nope, don’t worry. Still summer. Weeks and weeks of summer left, I’m sure.

-Chloe