Sometime this past Fall, we brought in a few yarn lines from Juniper Moon. One of these lines is their 100%, worsted weight baby alpaca, Herriot. Herriot comes in a range of natural, neutral colours and is just divinely buttery to the touch (and I don’t even like working with alpaca, as you may know.

Well, Juniper Moon also offers patterns along with their yarns and we got Jan’s Mom to work up a sample of Ida Mae, an indulgently large, ombre wrap. And it turned out FANTASTIC. I don’t wanna ruin all her lovely handiwork by talking on and on, but this pattern is just stunning. It *is* heavy, which makes for a perfect winter wrap/blanket, and would look awesome with a belt. For now, take a looksie at the photos, and come on down to check out the yarn. Yarn and pattern are both available in-store and online. And if you ask really nice, I think the sample is still hidden away in the back room at Point Grey…


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Shawls, wraps, wrap-front sweaters, big cowls, scarves… the list of knitwear that can be improved (or that necessitates) by a shawl pin or some other form of closure goes on and on! Here’s a quick overview of a couple of my favourite designs that we have in stock right now.

Talking Pins
Made by local artist Nancy Walker, these unique pins are crafted out of clay and will bring just a little bit of delight to your day. Pins are available in store.

Jul Designs
Working in a mix of wood, silver, bronze, precious stones and other materials, Jul offers a wide range of styles of shawl pins. I think my favourites here are the twig and Inca designs. Jul pins are available in store.


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If you follow us on Facebook, you may have noticed that we just got in a new product that we are beyond ecstatic about: Harrisville Designs brand new WATERshed. WATERshed is a 100% wool, worsted weight yarn that comes in 16 of the most incredible heathered colours you can imagine. Yardage is 110 yards/50 grams.

Above, left to right: Penstock, Stonewall, Granite, Birchbark

From their website: “The inspiration for this yarn came from canoeing through the watershed in Harrisville, New Hampshire. The water bubbles up from natural springs, flowing from the top at Spoonwood Pond down to the bottom at Lake Skatutakee. The names for each color were derived from various things I observed along the rivers, lakes, and stream as I paddled along. The color blends were designed to replicate the essence of the objects for which they are named. Water is the reason our village was established here. Every day the river brings more water, power, and life through our mill. Our watershed is an endless source of life and natural beauty. I hope you enjoy the yarn as much as we enjoyed spinning it.”

Above, left to right: Gatehouse, Elm, Barn Door, Monarch, Eastview

This yarn has an incredible degree of loft and the colours are beautiful and warm (and, as I love to see in a well-designed collection, all of the colours look great together. Seriously, it’s impossible to put together a single bad combination).
Most excitingly, we are currently the only yarn store in Canada that is carrying WATERshed, as this is a limited-scale production.

Above, left to right: Nelson, Cheshire, Bancroft, Silver Lake

Above, left to right: Canal, Mallard, Spoonwood

Most of us at the store are already swatching. I’ve chosen Cheshire (911) and Eastview (931) to play around with some new colourwork ideas, and it is a dream to work with.

We also have the full collection of WATERshed designs from Harrisville: Ambit, Antrim, Brando, Henniker, Hillsboro, Stoddard, and Surry. Patterns are available in store, and the yarn is available instore and online.


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If you live somewhere where winter is still going on, raise your hand.

Ok, ok, and now if you feel like you’re getting sick and tired of cold, grey weather, keep those hands up.

Great, then I have got something to share with you!

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Super duper colourful, cheery, mix ‘n’ match, made to order mittens design by our very own Donna!

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Seriously, I don’t think there is a soul on wintry earth who wouldn’t be cheered up looking down and seeing these on.

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The pattern calls for DK weight yarn, and is perfect for using up all those leftovers you have kicking around (or you know, buy a couple balls of… Debbie Bliss Rialto DK or Berroco Vintage DK). The pattern is available free in store with purchase for the time being.

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I think it’s safe to assume that a good number of you have attended or at least heard about the fantastic annual Knit City events put on by the incredible Amanda and Fiona over at KnitSocial.

Cascadia

Well, we’ve got some great news! Amanda and Fiona are releasing their very first book, Cascadia, and we get to host a leg of their travelling trunk show! The book looks just gorgeous (you can see all the patterns over on Ravelry), and I think that Amanda and Fiona have done a brilliant job in sourcing patterns from some of the best local designers. There are designs from our once-own Alexa and Emily of Tin Can Knits (and Alexa contributed her photographic eye to shoot the book, and Amanda, as well as a grab-bag of other great minds.

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Now, we’re letting you know good an early so you can mark the date on your calendars. We’ll be hosting the trunk show on Saturday, February 8th from 11-2. There will be copies of the books for sale, samples of the patterns in the book to admire and try on, and we’ll also get some of the designers out for a meet-and-greet (and maybe even a book signing if you ask them nicely).

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Hopefully we’ll see you all there! (and don’t worry, we’ll be sure to send out plenty of reminders closer to the date) In the meantime, what’s your favourite design in the book? I’m quite partial to Judy Marples’ Raven’s Nest Shawl, myself.

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If you are like me you often start your new year off with a bang. You are ready to start new projects, learn new skills, and maybe you are determined to knit up some stash yarn. Well it’s the 12th, I’ve already fizzled a bit on my resolutions. But there’s still a lot of year left so let’s talk new projects!

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Is this the year you learn socks? If it is, I’ve got a yarn for you! Biscotte and Cie is a Canadian company and they make amazing self striping yarn. Even the simplest socks look amazing in the yarn, and the best part? You don’t have to do any of the color changes or weave in any ends, just whip up your first pair of socks. If socks feel daunting we have Q n A classes, Sock Bootcamps, or private lessons, all the support you need to finish up your first pair.

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Tis the season for knitting! It’s December 8th, and that means only 17 days of knitting ’til Christmas. Time to think thick and quick! Urban Yarns has a GREAT selection of bulky yarns and patterns to match that you can knit up in an evening or 2.

Malabrigo Rasta has to be my very favorite bulky yarn. I have used it to make a few False Creek Cowls this year and there is always the lovely Marian Cowl. Marian has been a huge hit around the shop for a few years now, never going out of style and always flying off the needles.

Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky is another great thick and quick yarn. It’s a super soft combination of alpaca and merino, perfect for a hat or scarf, anything next to the skin. The Trellis Scarf is a glamorous long scarf with a trendy fringed edge, while the Frosty Cowl (which takes just 2 hanks!) is a closer fitting cowl.

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Enjoy some bulky knits!


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So it’s getting a bit chilly and frosty here in Vancouver, and I am finding myself unusually cold for the season. I mean, it’s pretty embarrassing to be a knitter with chattering teeth who cannot for the life of him find a single pair of mittens anywhere in the apartment!

On that note, I’d like to share a selection of some of my favourite warmers!

Mittens (because gloves, while nice, are fiddly, and I need to knit these fast, before I freeze)

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Thrummed Mittens
These are the ultimate in warmth and coziness. I’d love to see some done in the wonderfully coloured roving from Great Adirondack Yarn Co.

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Gloaming Mittens
Lovely little bit of colourwork from Brooklyn Tweed – try them in the Harrisville Designs New England Shetland.

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Pearl Chain Mittens
Oh I just love the cheery brightness of these – maybe in Madelinetosh Sport?

Hats (while it’s not true that you lose most of your body heat through your head, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep it warm!)

RikkeHat
Rikke Hat
Simple and slouchy! And gosh… any DK weight yarn.

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Little Scallops Hat
Just enough to cover your ears, and add a pop of colour – would be great in Lorna’s Laces Sportmate.

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Cocoon Hat
This bulky hat will up quickly in Rowan Cocoon for immediate satisfaction.

Scarves/Cowls (while I love the Honey Cowl, let’s take a look at some other options)

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Big Herringbone Cowl
Need an excuse to use Blue Sky Alapacas Worsted Hand Dyes? Look no further! mmm, royal alpaca…

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Jeweled Cowl
Maybe a little bit light for Northern climes, but if you live somewhere where the mercury doesn’t drop so much, this cowl lets you carry some lacy frosty glitter with you.

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Linen Stitch Scarf
And finally, a great unisex scarf! Linen stitch really works brilliantly at blending disparate colours to create a unified pattern! Especially fun with Koigu.


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Ooh, what a fantastic little treat we’ve got in!

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It’s a rare day that Shibui produces something that I’m not over the moon about, but that’s because they put out some fantastic yarn (and great patterns as well). The newest offering from the Portland-based company is Pebble, a light, luxury blend.

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Pebble is 48% recycled silk, 36% fine merino, and 16% cashmere, and comes listed as a ‘heavy laceweight’. It is really lovely in the hand, soft, with a fine halo from the cashmere, but also a delightful tweediness from the recycled silk and merino. This yarn may well be my new fall obsession.

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Unfortunately, my photos really truly cannot do this yarn justice. Do yourself a favour and check it out in person, it is well worth it..

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Oh, oh, it gets better! Along with Pebble, Shibui has launched a few new patterns, my favourite of which is Cliff, hands down (so much so that I am tempted to make a boys version). You can pick it up on Ravelry, or you can buy a copy in-store!

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Ooh, brr. The weather has taken a turn towards the distinctly chilly today, and while I’m slightly hesitant to call it Fall… I just can’t admit that winter is here yet, so Fall Classes it is!

Last Call: Vivid Blanket Workshop

Coming up this Sunday is your last opportunity to take a lesson with our visiting knitter Emily Wessel of Tin Can Knits fame. Emily is teaching her fantastic Vivid Blanket Workshop This Sunday, November 3rd in Point Grey from 1-4pm, and if you want a brilliant, portable, colourful, fun project to play around with, you should sign up!

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You will make one square, and learn all the techniques required, including the pinhole cast-on, knitting lace from charts, and working in the round using either double-pointed needles, or the magic loop technique, depending on your preference.

More information can be found on our classes page.

Don’t miss out, sign up today!

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Beginner Classes

And I would very much like to take this opportunity to flog our bevy of beginner classes! Thinking about knitting gifts for Christmas? Well, it’s not too late, especially not with our incredibly talented instructors guiding you along.

Cast on, cast off, knit purl, learn them all! Great for fresh-faces beginners and also excellent as a refresher if you haven’t knit in a long time. We’ve got classes most days of the week, and you can see the whole schedule online here!
Some sessions will be starting up very soon, so you’d best take a look, and talk your non-knitting friends into giving it a shot!


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