Archive for January, 2010

Kalin’s cute mitts

Thursday, January 28th, 2010


From Interweave Knits Accessories, Kalin made these cute mittens with only 1 ball of Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed. We all love one skein projects, so why not try out your first pair of mittens with this great pattern.


With the Grand Plan Mitten Chart on page 116, you can chose what weight of yarn , and which size of mitten you would like to make. Kalin used the Hiya Hiya 9″ circulars in a 4mm for her mittens and the chart for a 5 stitch gauge.


You can basically make these mitts out of any yarn you can think of. Kalin said she has also used Elsebeth Lavold’s Angora, although she did advise that mitts in that yarn are probably best for more colder climates than ours at the moment!


We have this featured yarn on sale at the moment for a great deal at 25% off! Hurry up and get it now, during our “Go Canada” sale!

GCC: Olympic Preparation

Monday, January 25th, 2010


All around Vancouver there is excitement in the air (and a little annoyance at the traffic) surrounding the olympics. I love the idea that nations will be coming together to compete in the world of sport and I am happy that Vancouver will be showcased to the world. I love this city. Of course, one of the first things I considered was what knitwear I would be sporting around town during this busy and exciting time.


All of the posters and flags around town have the pretty blues and greens that are the colours of the games. I knit up this fair isle headband with the games in mind. It has the blues and greens, snowflakes, maple leaves, and some pretty swirls (no connection, I just like them). It’s a small project so it knit’s up quick, you can be wearing one to the opening ceremonies! To knit up this little number you will need:

1 ball (less than 100 yards) of washable wool in DK weight (I used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK)

1 Gourmet Sock 2010 Mini Ball (sock yarn is held doubled)

1 Canadian 2010 Headband pattern

3.25mm 16″ circular needles

The pattern and yarn will be available in a kit and should arrive in North Vancouver this week.


We also recently received some of Sweetgeorgia’s new colourway for the games and I just had to knit some up. A good friend of mine just had a beautiful baby boy and I decided I would knit up the 5 Hour Baby Boy Sweater. This sweater is knit from the top down which I really like.


There are some great advantages to knitting a sweater from the top down: you can try them on as you go (or try them on someone else as the case may be) so you can make sure everything is fitting  the way you want it. You can also maximize your yarn usage by knitting the sleeves shortly after they have been separated out (this will make total sense once you have tried a top down sweater I promise). This means that once you have finished the sleeves you can just keep going on the body until it measures the length you want or until you run out of yarn. The only disadvantage to top down I can see is that they can sometimes lack structure. No seams to keep everything in.

For the 5 Hour Baby Boy Sweater I knew I would be cutting it close for yarn with just one skein so I made sure to knit the sleeves ASAP. Instead of knitting the sleeves flat and sewing them up, I decided to knit them in the round.  I only needed one skein of the Sweetgeorgia worsted weight for this sweater (although I really used every last drop)! To knit one of your own you will need:

1 skein Sweetgeorgia Superwash Worsted (200 yards)

6mm needles, straight or circular (double points too if you are knitting the sleeves in the round)

5 Hour Baby Boy Sweater Pattern

This pattern turned out quite charming in the olympic colourway but of course you could knit it up in any of the worsted weight, I might knit up a few more!


Tough Love Sock

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010


Fresh out of the box today: Sweet Georgia’s Tough Love Sock. Absolutely gorgeous, vibrant colours… you won’t be able to resist! This yarn is made from superwash wool mixed with Nylon, which is great for socks since it’s machine washable.

We also received more colours in Superwash Worsted, and Cashsilk Lace (super yummy yarn!). Tough Love sock is available now in Point Grey and will arrive in Edgemont next week.

Don’t forget that our “Go Canada” sale will run through until Sunday January 31st, so drop by one of our stores to find some amazing deals!

Urban Yarns “GO CANADA” Sale!!!

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

In celebration of the Olympics and Canada’s athletes, we will be holding a sale starting tomorrow, January 22nd at 10am. Come by to find amazing deals on lines such as Rowan, RYC, Debbie Bliss, Sirdar, Sublime, Noro, Mission Falls, Namaste, and Fleece Artist! Our “Go Canada” Sale will end on January 31st, so be sure to get in soon and get the best deals before they go!

We will be open regular hours throughout the sale, but on the Friday’s when we are open until 9pm, there will be no Stitch and Bitch. Stitch and Bitch will start again on February 5th. Our winder will not be available for use during the sale, but please feel free to come by and wind your yarn after the sale.

Urban Yarns will not close during the Olympics, and neither of our locations will be affected with traffic or road closures. All local transit buses will be running to both stores.

A very sweet basket of yarn…

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010


The Sweet Georgia limited edition colour-way is now in! Show your 2010 Olympic spirit by knitting in Tough Love Sock, Cashsilk Lace, Superwash Worsted, and Superwash Sport.

We’re expecting another big order from Felicia very soon, so check back for updates! This yarn is available now in Point Grey and will arrive in Edgemont on Thursday.

Be sure to check out Thursday’s blog post… you won’t want to miss it!

GCC: A Little Malabrigo

Monday, January 18th, 2010


A few of the lovely ladies at Friday night’s knit night were working on a pattern that I just had to try, the Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson. It always seems like a good sign to me when I see 2 or 3 people knitting the same pattern and it comes out looking just right. I’m not necessarily a follower but sometimes a good pattern is a good pattern and Star Crossed is one of the most popular patterns on Ravelry. The pattern was cute, trendy, uses the soft and colourful Malabrigo worsted, and knits up nice and quick. These are a lot of the things I look for in a pattern! I whipped this one up this past weekend.


To make this hat you will need:

The pattern (free here on Ravelry)

1 skein Malabrigo Worsted

6mm and 8mm needles


Once I had finished my Star Crossed hat my charming cousin insisted I make her a slouchy hat too. I thought I would do something a little different so I knit up the Meremaid tam. Her favorite Disney movie is the Little Mermaid so it was a perfect fit. I knit this one up in colours Purple Grapes and Mustard. The more contrast between the two colours for this hat, the better.

To knit the Mermaid Tam you will need:

The pattern here

2 skins of Malabrigo Worsted

5mm needles


Once you have knit a hat or 2 I think you will find you have some leftovers. Or, perhaps you have a little worsted weight yarn just kicking around in your stash. I found this cute little pattern called the Who? ipod cozy by Kayleen Grage. To make this little cutie you will need

The pattern here

A little bit of yarn

3.5mm double pointed needles

2 little buttons

I hope you enjoy a few quick knit slouchy hats!


Vogue Knitting International 09/10

Saturday, January 16th, 2010


Well it looks like gray is the “in” colour this year. Finally… a colour most of us can wear! And if you’re into bright colours, remember that you can always add bursts of colour in your accessories!

Take a look on page 68, to find a fabulous tutorial on short-row shaping. If you’ve never done short-row shaping, give it a try! It creates the most gorgeous curves,  ruffles, and movement  in your garments.

Vogue Knitting International: Winter 2009/10 is available at both of our stores!

Lovely Lorna’s Laces

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

We’re happy to say that we’ve re-stocked our Lorna’s Laces! Seven beautifully dyed colour-ways of Shepherd Sock to chose from:


Lorna’s Laces also sent us some great Pearl Kits. With one of these kits, you have the option to make the Ouroboros Cowl, or the Lyerka Scarf. Each kit includes 1 skein of Pearl, made from silk and bamboo, plus both patterns.


Gourmet Crafting Corner

Monday, January 11th, 2010


Hello out there in the Urban Yarns world, perhaps we haven’t met yet: I’m Alexa. I’ve been around the shop for a couple of years now and I knit, a lot. I thought I would use this weekly blog post to share some of the projects I’m working on and techniques I may have picked up along the way. To kick it off I thought I would start with something I know best: mittens!


I love mittens. I know love seems like a strong word but really, I love them. They are so warm and cozy, they remind me of snow (I have to be reminded from time to time as there was none on the streets of Vancouver this year) and of childhood, with mittens attached together with a string. I have knit many pairs this year and I was recently informed that January is National Knit Mittens month. There is even a ravelry group dedicated to it (here). These are a few of the mittens I have been working on.



First up are the infamous Fiddleheads. These mittens are very warm with a charming fuzzy lining. They aren’t exactly a beginner project but a good way to master fair isle knitting (that’s knitting with 2 colours at a time, one held behind the other). Mittens are a relatively small project so they are a good opportunity to learn something new.

For the Fiddlehead Mittens you will need:

1. The pattern, which is only available online here or through ravelry here.

2. Yarn: 2 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Sport, Melange, or Alpaca Silk in the main colour and up to 5 contrasting colours. For the lining you will need 1 skein of the Brushed Suri.

3. Needles: I used 3.5mm short double pointed needles. As usual if you are tighter knitter go up a size, looser knitter go down a size. Length of needle is also a preference thing.

The most important thing to remember when choosing your colours is to have a lot of contrast between your main colour and your contrast colours. They are called contrast colours for a reason. If you use navy blue against black you won’t be able to see the lovely fiddleheads form. If you choose a very light or very dark colour for the main it makes your life a lot easier. I am happy with my colour choices of the past but with so many options in the Blue Sky Alpacas Melange, Sport, and Alpaca Silk we are always contemplating new colour choices around the shop. These are a few:


The other pair of mittens I’ve been working on are my newest pattern: the Antler Mittens. They have a nice long cuff (which I enjoy but if you don’t, it’s an easy alteration) and they are cabled. I made them with the ever luxurious Worsted Hand Dyes to match my scarf. To whip up this pair you will need:

1. The pattern, availble at the shop

2. 2 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes

3. 5mm doubled pointed needles.


Even though these mittens are long they are done in a thick yarn so they knit up nice and quick. There is still plenty of January left to knit up a pair of mittens!

Fabulous New Blue Sky Patterns!

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

These three new women’s patterns from Blue Sky Alpacas are clean-lined and classic looking garments, made for all body types. Take a look…

Greta Blouse


Swing Cardigan


Everyday Hoodie


I can just see this Coverlet on top of a bed in a rustic cottage. For another project idea, they suggest to crochet a narrow version for a table runner.

Crochet Coverlet


A great new project to try out the new Organic Cotton Multi; the Cotton Baby Set. Kalin has already started on this one, so we should have a sample soon!

Cotton Baby Set


Hop is my new favourite! What a cute bunny. I can see a lot of grand kids getting these little guys for gifts this year!



And just in today… two more new colours of Alpaca Silk, and one new colour of the Dyed Organic Cotton.

We hope to have all of this weeks featured items (Spud and Chloe and Blue Sky Alpacas) on our website in the near future. For now, you can email or call in your order for these products.