Archive for December, 2014

Knitter’s Advent, Day 4

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Today I have the perfect Vancouverite gift idea. One that all the bicyclists, outdoor enthusiasts and eco-friendly conscious can enjoy. Flat bags are locally crafted and made out of reused bike inner tubes and funky fabrics. They come in many different shapes and sizes and the best part is that you can custom choose the fabrics you want yours made in!!

Check out the collection we have on hand in store for sale:IMG_0576

We have fabric swatches that you can choose from for a custom made bag and if you come soon, it can be made in time for Christmas!

They make a perfect, different and unique project bag for the Vancouver knitter. Check out the Flat bags website for more info and come into the shop to have a look at all the funky choices.

Knitter’s Advent, Day 3

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Call me crazy, but I always like getting a few pairs of socks for holiday gifts. No, not sock yarn, or handknits, just some regular old socks. Not exciting, but useful.

Today’s gift idea is like that, mundane, but essential; Soak!


Very nearly every project needs blocking, and a big part of that is using a good wool wash. In my eyes, Soak is the best. We have plenty of scents, but personally, I also go for ‘scentless’ – if you’re gift knitting, you never know who’s scent-sensitive, so I like to play it safe.

Now we have a lot more options in store than are at the link above – unfortunately you’ll have to come in person or call us to find out exactly what’s on hand.

And today, I’m choosing to feature Wendy Johnson’s Sanquhar Cowl. I love the detailed colourwork, I reallllllly wish I could dig my needles into it right now, and the fair isle patterns are suitably holiday-ish.


Knitter’s Advent, Day 2

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

It’s late, so I’m going to with a bit of a no-brainer for today’s gift idea.

One word: Madelinetosh

We can’t keep it in stock, much as we try. And I guess the colours are pretty OK. If you like rich, vibrant, deep colours.

From the finest of laceweight, to the bulkiest A.S.A.P. there is hands down something for every knitter. If you had to pick blind, two skeins of this sqooshy goodness is sure to be a home run.

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And if you need a pattern to go along with the yarn, look no further than Madelinetosh’ own patterns!

Knitter’s Advent, Day 1

Monday, December 1st, 2014

It’s that time of year again, folks!
Now that December is upon us, we like to start a running tally of new and exciting items that make perfect holiday gifts.

I’m going to start with an oldie but a goodie today. I know this is something that I list every year, but I want to mention it now, because these always sell out well before the end of the month.

Interchangeable Needle Kits.
Whether it’s Addi or Knitter’s Pride, there’s a needle kit for every knitter. I’ll refer you back to my ooooooold post from 2012 comparing all our kits for further reading. Maybe print that off and leave it lying around with one or two kits helpfully circled as a nice little hint-hint to your cohabitants.

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Limited Edition


And to use those circular needles? Might I suggest one of my favourite circular designs? The Jeweled Cowl, by Sachiko Uemura. I have made…. several of these, and they are always a success. Plus it’s a good excuse to start working some glitter into your winter wardrobe.

A Very Trendy Cowl

What’s in your tool kit?

Monday, December 1st, 2014

It goes without saying that all knitter’s and crochet enthusiasts love their gadgets, notions and accessories….it seems to come with the territory.  There are many “must haves”, things that support and bring ease to knitting and then those that just LOOK PRETTY….right, you know what I am saying, we are all suckers to this!

So I thought that I would share what I have in my knitting tool box, what I use all the time and can’t live without, what helps me stay organized and on track with my knitting as well as what makes me smile to look at.   I am sure you have some of these things, but there may be a few that surprise you or that you haven’t seen before.  Don’t you worry all of these products can be found at Urban Yarns on our big notion wall or in the shop and all make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers….wink….wink….

I love Chic-a.  All their products are so versatile, durable, compact and pretty.  So many different pouches, bags and needle cases (see picture below) that will keep you organized and in style.  I can’t live without a calculator, my curved darning needles, a good pair of scissors, a measuring tape and gauge ruler, T pins or blocking pins-check out this brand new blocking pin set
This kit will make blocking so much more efficient and easier and goes lovely with this blocking mat set and of course stitch markers, you can never have enough of those.

These clips are super handy, I use them to hold my tales in nice little bundles that stay out of the way while knitting, as well as for holding pieces together while seaming. They come in two convenient sizes. Cable needles in all shapes and sizes as it depends on my mood and what yarn I am working with. A crochet hook or this handy “fix-a-stitch” set for those drop stitches and quick mends.

The uses for highlighter tape are endless. Use it to mark your place on a pattern, keep track of your row on a chart or highlight important notes. It is transparent and re-stickable to an extent so it lasts a long time. I also use these Clover chart readers to mark my place on charts and patterns. They are magnetic and fit perfectly over a plastic sheet protected pattern or chart. The set includes two sizes.

This is one you may not have seen before. You know the usual hard straight stitch holders, well these are SO much more comfortable and convenient as they are a flexible cord allowing for more movement and less bulk. They also have a needle type tip on one end for ease of getting those stitches on and off of the holder. They also come in two convenient lengths.

Yes you can never have enough stitch markers or tip protectors in many different shapes and sizes.

Definitely can’t forget about project bags! Another thing you can’t have enough of….and one of those things that are just fun and pretty.

Last but not least, I can’t forget about needles!!! Whether you prefer the sharp Knitter’s Pride birch wood needles or the metal slick and fast Addi Turbo’s, we have you covered.
We cary circular needles of all lengths in both the wood and metal as well as kits in both (perfect Christmas/Holiday present)

Also Straights and DPN’s in all sizes:

And to hold all of your needles? Chic-a has plenty to offer…I have this one and love how it holds all my random circular needles AS WELL AS my dpn’s all in one compact case!!IMG_0542IMG_0544
There are many different styles to choose from, one that just holds circulars, just straights, just DPN’s and then the combo case-all very durable and compact.

Now what is in your tool kit? Or what are you missing, come on down to Urban Yarns to fill in any holes or start a wish list for the holidays, we have lots of great stocking stuffers!!