Archive for April, 2008

First in the Door

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

We’ve been open almost 4 years now, amazingly. Time flies. We still remember our first customer – the Rowan lady. The day before we officially opened we were working one evening, trying to finish all the last-minute details. The front windows were totally covered with brown paper but we had the door open and a man poked his head in. “Is this a knitting store?”, he asked incredulously. “My wife will LOVE this, are you open for customers?” Having just spent a small fortune on inventory, leasehold improvements, computers etc., we were not only open for customers, we were in fact desperate for customers. His wife arrived within half an hour and bought bunches of Rowan yarn. We’ve loved her ever since. Meet Ingrid, the Rowan lady and our very first customer:

She’s wearing her most recent project, the beautiful Fleece Artist “Lady of the Lake” cardigan. The kit comes with a pattern, 250g curlylocks and 300g kid aran. It’s a quick knit with two strands of yarn knit together on 6.5m needles. Valerie, who works in Edgemont two days a week, also knit a Lady of the Lake, in a beautiful shade of blue. It’s currently on display in the Edgemont store window.

Accompanying Ingrid is the adorable Miss Millie in a cute little handknit hat, natch. Four year old Teddy usually comes along but he was at pre-school yesterday. Teddy first visited when he was three weeks old and Millie was probably even younger. Hopefully these kids will be knitters someday soon.

Ingrid’s current project is the beautiful Babette blanket. She scooped up the Koigu the day it arrived and started hooking. Anina is also hooked on Babette, here is her progress as of week two:

Warning: this project has addictive qualities.

A customer recently commented that some mini Babettes knit in cotton would make beautiful placemats for summer patio tables. What a fantastic idea, thanks Jane!

Learn how to crochet a Babette blanket at our May 4 workshop, 1 – 4 p.m. Phone the store or email us for more information. This class is almost full so don’t delay.

Our special yarn this week is Crystal Palace Waikiki at 40% off the regular price. Waikiki is 62% viscose and 38% cotton and knits at 5 – 6 st per inch on 4mm needles. Check out all of our yarn specials right here.

Happy knitting and hooking!

Brooches and Buttons

Monday, April 7th, 2008

We have some beautiful new pewter brooches and buttons from Perl Grey:

We’ve also restocked lots of the popular Perl Grey Ring and Stick pins.

And we have a new selection of shawl pins from our talented local woodcrafter, Dale Ramsay. These are gorgeous pins in a great range of colours, shapes and sizes. Photos will follow soon.

These brooches, buttons and pins are the perfect finishing touch for so many different projects. It’s hard to choose just one…

Lights, Camera, Action

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Kim Werker was all set to shoot the Summer 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet in Vancouver one day last week. The photographers and models were booked, the garments were ready and everyone was scheduled to meet at the beach early one morning. And then it started to snow. Snow in Vancouver at the end of March? Unbelievable. Pretty much destroys your Summer photo plans. But Kim is unflappable. She called her LYS and we were happy to oblige. The team set up at Point Grey and shot away in the midst of a busy shopping day with a couple of classes adding spice to the mix. It was a lot of fun. Can’t wait to see the new issue.

We unpacked more stuff this week. There’s a new 100% Camel yarn that you’re going to like. It’s supersoft, with 230 metres to the ball for only $8.95. We have some new colours of Elspeth Lavold Silky Tweed and Silky Wool. And we opened a big box full of Lantern Moon bags, needles and accessories. Have you seen the cute little Notepad Holders with a yarn and needle motif on the cover? These are great knickknacks for any yarnoholic. We also have more of the popular Sheep Tape Measures. There’s one black sheep in every bunch!

And we’ve ordered Sivia Harding’s beautiful new RiverRock beaded scarf pattern. It will be in the stores early next week.

We’re sad to report that our staffer and instructor, Nicholas Jacques, will be leaving us in a couple of weeks. He’s moving to Chilliwack. Must be love. So we have an immediate opening for 2 – 3 days a week in our Edgemont store. Phone us if you’re interested…

Show and Tell

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

We’ve seen some fantastic sweaters lately. Paul came in yesterday wearing his Mixology sweater from Son of Stitch and Bitch:

It’s knit with a combination of BSA Alpaca Silk and Noro Silk Garden. What a great sweater and also a perfect fit!

Julia knit a beautiful sweater from the Debbie Bliss book Out of Town:

It’s knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Doesn’t the colour suit her perfectly?

And Val has started a lovely garment with Sirdar Baby Bamboo:

A perfect colour combination. Baby Bamboo is an incredibly soft yarn that’s 80% bamboo, 20% wool. There’s a great colour range, with four punchy new colours for Spring.

We’d love to see what you’re working on. Send us photos of your completed projects and we’ll post them on the blog!

You Tube Knitting

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Have you seen these videos on You Tube?

Ramen Knitting 101 Ramen noodles aren’t just for eating…

The Last Knit This is a good one…

And you probably already know that You Tube has tons of instructional videos on various knitting and crochet topics.

Our Tuesday special this week is Grignasco Rapsodia at 40% off. It’s a nice boucle yarn that’s 55% wool and 45% dralon. And we recently added some new colours of some of our specials, including Debbie Bliss Merino Aran and Merino DK. There’s a gorgeous new Merino Aran buttery-yellow shade. We also have some pretty new colours of Grignasco Karma. Check out all of our current specials right here.

We have more price reductions to report… Addi-turbo prices have dropped by almost 15%, we’ve re-priced many sizes from $20.95 to $17.95. We can’t re-label our existing stock but we’ve changed the computer prices so you’ll receive the lower price at checkout. And if you’re uncertain about any of our prices, just ask us!

And thanks for all the positive feedback on the possible DB Whistler Retreat. We’ve started a list of names and we’ll contact everyone on the list when we have more information.