Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Hours & New Open Workshop

CLOSED Good Friday
OPEN Easter Sat, Sun, Mon
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, April 18-21, 2014
We will be closed for the Easter holiday on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. We will be open Saturday, Easter Sunday & Monday, April 19, 20 & 21, from 11am to 6pm. 

Free Pattern: Bunny Nuggets by Rebecca Danger. Use a worsted weight yarn (Cascade 220 Superwash or Berroco Vintage) and 3.5mm or 3.75mm double pointed needles. 

Open Project Workshop
Skill Level: any

Want to learn something but can't make it to one of our regular workshops? No problem! You can work on any project you like in our Open Project Class. You can also use the time to get help with something you are already working on or if you need some support with finishing – it's up to you! 2 session class: $49.97 + tax, 1 session class: $25.97 + tax. Materials not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class.

Instructor Liane Schwarz, 2 session class:
Tues. Apr 22 & 29, 6-8pm
Mon. Jun 2 & 9, 6-8pm

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yarn Swap & Tasting Sunday!

Yarn Swap & Yarn Tasting
April 13, 2014 - 1 to 4pm
What is a Yarn Swap? A yarn swap is a big eco-friendly redistribution of yarn, needles and other craft supplies. Bring in the crafty stuff you never want to see again and deposit it in one of our baskets. Poke around at all the other donations and take home whatever you like. Don't be embarrassed by the quality of yarn you bring, whatever is left over is donated to charities like Street Knit, Sistering Toronto, Women's Shelters, and the Hospital for Sick Children, most of whom prefer acrylic!

This swap will be extra special, we're hosting a Yarn Tasting for Cascade & Estelle Yarns. Try out some yarns and take home a door prize (while supplies last). 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Back Issues Be Gone!

Buck Bin!
We're purging some back issues of magazines and pattern books for ONE DOLLAR! That's right, great magazines need good homes, so come in and have a browse. 

  • Debbie Bliss
  • Interweave Crochet
  • Interweave Knits (including special issues)
  • Knit.1
  • Knitscene
  • Piecework
  • Vogue Knitting

Pattern Booklets
  • Berroco pattern booklets (including Norah Gaughan issues)
  • Mission Falls pattern booklets

Knitscene Summer 2014

Knitscene Summer 2014
The new issue of Kntiscene just arrived, take a look at the goodies inside! It's full of light summer tanks, tees, tunics, shawls and light pullovers.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

NEW Yarn Cascade Ultra Pima Paints + Solids

Colours 9782, 9798, 9781

Colours 9778 + 9795

Colours 9799 + 9773

A great new yarn from Cascade, Ultra Pima is soft, machine washable, and lovely to knit and crochet with. It's a DK weight (on the light end) and comes in solid and hand painted colours, and looks a lot like Misti Pima Silk Handpaint, but without the the hefty price tag - ten dollars less per skein! If we don't have a colour in stock we're happy to look into special ordering it for you.

Cascade Ultra Pima Paints

Cascade Ultra Pima Solid

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Knitting Traditions Spring 2014

Knitting Traditions Spring 2014
The new issue of Interweave Knitting Traditions has arrived! If you are a fan of traditional knits, you'll definitely want to pick up a copy ASAP.

Knit.Wear Spring 2014

Knit.Wear Spring 2014
The new issue of Interweave Knit.Wear has finally arrived (maybe it was waiting for the sun to come back?). It's a goodie, take a look at the projects on Ravelry.

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Website!

We have a pretty new website

The new site's features include:

  • fully mobile enabled (easily read on your phone)
  • pretty pictures
  • News: for recent store news
  • About: an exhaustive "about us" page
  • Resources: updated resources for all skill levels
  • Patterns: updated patterns pages
  • Classes: updated classes pages
  • Stay in the Loop: a list of ways to stay keep up with what's going on in store
  • Contact: a pretty e-mail pages

For the time being our blog is staying put, and when we are ready to integrate it with the site we'll let you know. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Technical Difficulties

Sorry or website is down, we are having technical difficulties that will hopefully be resolved soon! In the interim you can follow this link to an archived version of the site (it has all the same info & links). Thanks!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Spring ... Grignasco Sahara 25% Off

Grignasco Sahara

Grignasco Sahara looks lovely, it's easy + feels great to knit with, and it looks amazing knitted up. Sahara is a soft, luscious fibre blend for Spring + Summer: 20% silk, 40% bamboo, 40% linen. It has a lovely semi-matte sheen and uneven texture that gives it a very modern, very urban texture. It's also discounted (Squee!) because it has been discontinued (Boooo-urns!). 

The Deets

  • 50g-100m
  • 4.5 to 5mm needles
  • 18 sts + 24R = 4"/10cm
  • 20% silk, 40% bamboo, 40% linen
  • Hand wash in cold water, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Italy
  • SALE $7.50 (regularly $10)

Dropped Stitch Spring Cowl

This project is my favourite combination of simple, fast, easy, and deceptively impressive looking. For a snug fit cast on 75 to 80 sts, for something longer that can be wrapped twice cast on 140 to 150 sts (you'll need 4 balls). 

Initially we started making the Easy 1-Ball Cowl pattern (much cred to the designer!) but made changes to make the most of this very pretty yarn and to make it easy for you to make one too. 

17” wide x 12” high (unstretched)


2 balls Grignasco Sahara colour 1195 (50g/100m)
5mm-24" circular needles
stitch marker

K            knit
R            row or round
Rep         repeat
St/s         stitch(es)
YO          yarn over: bring yarn over the needle


YO 2 Times (Double Yarn Over)

Cast on 100 stitches. Join in the round being careful not to twist the stitches, place marker on right needle.

R1 + 2: knit. 

R3: YO 2 times, K1; rep from to end of round.

R4: drop 2 yarn overs, k1; rep from to end of round.

R5 to 7: knit.

Repeat R3 to 7 nine more times.

Repeat R3 to 6 one time.

Bind off loosely. Weave in ends. 

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