Archive for November, 2009

More Exciting Books and Magazines

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

This exquisite new book, The Alchemy of Color Knitting, by Gina Wilde provides the building blocks of colour theory as well as a colour lesson with each pattern.   The book is divided into three sections:  “Monochromatic Colour,” “Working the Colour Wheel,” and “Hue, Value and Intensity.”  There are 25 projects in all, including patterns for wraps, pullovers, shawls, hats and an exquisite Peacock Cardigan.

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You’ll find sweaters galore in the Araucania Collection Book 3 by Jenny Watson.  Long, short, pull-overs, cardigans, you name it, it’s here.  Great patterns that will keep you warm on even the coldest winter day.


If you’re looking for great gift ideas…
The Mirasol  Accessories Collection by Jane Ellison contains 19 accessory patterns for men, women and children.   Some great patterns include ……





This Kinglet Hat is a fast knit on 6 mm needles using four skeins of Sulka in contrasting colours.  Great gift for the man in your life. 




The Arrowhawk socks will keep anyone’s tootsies warm and cozy.  They have llamas dancing around the ankles and can be worn over other socks or just on their own.  Grab four skeins of K’acha and your feet will kiss you every time you put them on. 



Another favourite is the Love Hearts Blanket.  Using a basic square shape, this blanket can take on any look you wish, just by changing the yarn or colours.  This one is knit using a variety of colours of Qina





Plus, we just received a shipment of the new Interweave Magazine, Knits Accessories.  This special issue has lots of small project gift ideas, from hats, socks, mitts and gloves that would make anyone happy. 

Christmas Staff Picks for under $30.00

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Alexa’s Pick: Bulky Neck Scarf
I made this last year for my mum but it never made it out of the store… oops! The sample is here, along with a variety of different ones that Alexa has beautifully designed (more than one skein required for those designs)
Blue Sky Bulky x 1 skein
20 mm needles
Square Button x 1 (not shown in photo)
Total Cost = $28.90 + tax


Sarah’s Pick: Branching out Lace Scarf
Sarah is casting on for this project soon and is thinking about dying this yarn – it’s going to be beautiful!
Diamond Luxury Cashmere/ Silk x1 ball
3.25 Bamboo straight needles
A printer to print the pattern
Total Cost = $24.90 + tax


Anina’s Pick: Tilli Thomas Baby Beanie
An adorable angelic hat for a December Baby!
Tilli Thomas Flurries x 1 skein
3.75 Aero Needles
Baby Beanie Pattern
Total Cost = $29.85 + tax


Jan’s Pick: Pick up Sticks Blooms Bracelet
This bracelet is fast and fun – try it for your first felting project!
Blooms Bracelet Kit x 1
Total Cost: $15.95
+ tax


My Pick: Lantern Moon Mini Rice Basket
These baskets are perfect for home or on-the-go. They also expand to fit many skeins/balls of yarn, plus your work in progress!
Mini Rice Basket x 1
Total Cost: $15.95
+ tax


Other Gifts under $30.00 are:

Knit Mate: 27.95
Includes point protectors, knitting counter, stitch holders, locking stitch markers, jumbo tapestry needle, small tapestry needle, and a measuring tape!

Go Knit Pouches: $25.95

Urban Yarns Gift Certificates: Any amount

Check back next week for more gift ideas…

Pick Up Sticks

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


This kit will bring anyone joy for years to come.  You can choose to make this poinsettia wreath for someone who doesn’t knit, or give the kit to someone who loves to create an heirloom piece of art.

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And, who wouldn’t love to spend wintery days wrapping their tired tootsies in these cozy, comfy, snugs.  These kits include suede sole pads for traction, exterior wool, and interior lining of alpaca.  Plus, they keep their shape.  Hint to anyone listening, I would love to have a pair of these for Christmas. 

ripple toteOr, for purse lovers, this tote has great texture with ridges formed using short rows and tucks.  The handles are rings encased in i-cord and felted.  Another great gift idea!

We also carry a great assortment of other kits by Pick Up Sticks including the Sushi Wallet, Coin Purse, Blooms Bracelet, and another one of my favourites, Flora Doll. 


Friday, November 20th, 2009


We now carry a large selection of magazines, including VOGUEknitting.  The holiday issue has just arrived, featuring numerous projects and ideas.  Are you a “cowl girl”, because, if you are, this issue has a great selection of cowls: the latest projects for necks.  We particularly love the collared cowl, stitched in  a circular knit/purl pattern and crowned with a ribbed turtleneck.   Misti Alpaca’s Chunky makes this a perfect winter knit to keep warm through the winter months.  But, that’s not all, this magazine has loads of other great ideas…stop by and see for  yourself. 

We also carry knitsimple.  This edition has great ideas for holiday gifts including quick and simple stocking and ornament ideas.  And, last but not least, we also have a great selection of Interweave Magazines, including Holiday Gifts, Cozy Knits, and weekend

Congratulations Astor!

Friday, November 20th, 2009

If you weren’t here last night for the Book Launch of Introduction to Knitting: A Simple-to-use Guide to Creating Hip Knits … here’s a few photos of what you missed:



Thank you to everyone who came to the event last night – it was a lovely evening! For those of you who want the book or kit, we sell both at the store, and will soon have the kit’s online.

Congratulations Astor!

Book Launch Press Release

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Urban Yarns Hosts Book Launch:

“Introduction to Knitting: A Simple-to-use Guide to Creating Hip Knits”

Book Launch will be held at Urban Yarns on Thursday November 19th at 7pm: 4421 West 10th Ave. Vancouver, BC. Space is limited, so please call ahead at  604-228-1122 to reserve your spot.

astors-book1 This 64 page, full – colour instructional knitting book appeals to all knitters; from “know nothing” beginners to those who want sophisticated hip designs.

A Simple-to-use Guide to Creating Hip Knits provides both written and illustrated step-by-step instructions. The book goes beyond the basics; from “good to know” information to “must know” information. There are four original knitting patterns at the end of the book. Projects include: “gain confidence, skill progressive” scarf, unisex slouch hat, Mr. Ugly Doll, and tube top + shrug = sweater pattern.

Introduction to Knitting: A Simple-to-use Guide to Creating Hip Knits is available at Urban Yarns for $19.95.


Astor has been teaching beginners how to knit for almost a decade. With the experience of teaching hundreds of beginners – as in “know nothing” to “my grandmother gave up on me” beginners – she developed a nothing is obvious philosophy. Both in class and her designs, Astor is well known for her knitting humour. Her unconventional style of teaching has made her a popular knitting teacher in Vancouver.

For more information  about the book launch for Introduction to Knitting – A Simple-to-use Guide to Creating Hip Knits, please call Urban Yarns at 604-228-1122.

Remembering with CamoSweaters by Susan Hillman

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009


On this day of Remembrance, I would like to share with you a project that I think is very touching and inspiring.  I met Susan at our Edgemont store where she was looking for yarn to finish a border for a collaborative afghan quilt to send to Afghanistan.  She is a lovely, caring person who touched my heart with her efforts and is an inspiration for all.  Below is a description of her project that was recently exhibited in a gallery on Bowen Island.

“CamoSweaters” is an ongoing project dedicated to the (131) Canadian soldiers (1 diplomat and 2 aides) killed in Afghanistan between 2002 – now.  The symbolic sweaters are knitted by hand as a reminder of the socks, scarves and mittens lovingly knitted by women for the troops of WWI and WWII.  In July, 2006, I knitted a red sweater and sent it to “The Red Sweater Deployment Project”, an open participatory project out of San Francisco dedicated to over 4,000 US soldiers lost to the war in Iraq c/o Nina Rosenberg and The Curiosity Guild, San Francisco, California.  That small contribution inspired me to recognize the Canadian casualties in Afghanistan, which I, myself, could honour by knitting a sweater for each soldier lost.

Just a reminder that we are open today at both stores but only from 12-5. 



Zauberball Crazy – Socks

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Our newest in sock yarn.  Zauberball has been kicked up a notch, as two strands of the main ply have been dyed individually and then twisted together for a crazy combination!  The end result is a self-striping multi-colored pattern, with a bold variegated design.  Zauberball Crazy is 75% Merino Wool and 25% Nylon.  We have a great selection of colours, so go crazy!

Very sweet indeed…

Friday, November 6th, 2009


Felicia from Sweet Georgia Yarns dropped off our first shipment of her yarns yesterday! We’ve been so excited to receive them! We brought in three of her gorgeous yarns; Cashsilk Lace, Merino Silk Lace, and Superwash Worsted. Below is the Merino Silk Lace made from 50% merino and 50% silk. With a gauge of 24-32 stitches and 765 yards, this yarn is perfect for those intricate lace shawls.


The Superwash worsted is going to be a popular one for luxury baby garments. 100% wool, knit on a 5mm needle.


The colourways are divine, and as her labels say “passionate + relentless + unapologetic colour” – now that’s what we’re talking about! These yarns are only at the Point Grey store right now, but will arrive in Edgemont next Thursday.

And we didn’t forget about this weeks special… The Namaste Messenger bags have come down in price from $59.95, to $39.95. If you carry a laptop around town, this is the bag for you! Come and take a look – we have five great colours to chose from!

Sirdar meets Peru

Monday, November 2nd, 2009


Sirdar has excelled once again with their innovative designs in this new book.  Peru Naturals, 330,  features fabulous patterns for women, using, of course, Peru Naturals.  This yarn is a delightful mix of alpaca and wool and great for winter warmth.  The shifting colour shades within each ball make each project  truly unique. 


And, Peru 327, is a keeper as well, with 5 designs for a sweater, cabled hoodies, a shawl and a tunic dress. 

Along with these books, we carry a great selection of Peru, so come in and transport yourself.  I’m dreaming of sunrise at Machu Pichu.