Archive for the ‘Kim Werker’ Category


Monday, June 25th, 2012

Every so often there is an absolute run on a pattern and yarn. It happened with Amanda’s Jenny wrap and with the Clapotis and Handmaiden Mini Maiden. It seemed that not only were knitters enamored with a certain pattern, they just HAD to have the exact same yarn to go with it! Well the latest craze? Insouciant by Julie Hoover.


This pattern is a simple and elegant t-shirt with the lovely drape of Habu’s Tsumugi Silk. The shape of the shirt is such that it would fit any body type and the yarn is a beautiful tweedy raw silk. Nothing wrong with that combination! Anina is working on hers and more than a few have come through the shop in the last few weeks.


Here at UY is seems that what we really do is substitute yarns. There are always endless combinations that would work for any given pattern. Insouciant seems to be an exception to this rule. There is really no other yarn that is quite like the Habu Tsumugi and I can’t even think of another yarn I would use! It’s just a perfect combination.

Crochet Me

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

The house was packed last night for the launch of Kim Werker’s new book, “Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution”. Kim gave a fascinating talk about her passion for crochet, the startup of and her involvement with Interweave Crochet. She showed us some beautiful samples from her book and past issues of Interweave Crochet. Julie Holetz talked about her design process and showed off the striking plaid scarf and edgy messenger bag she designed for “Crochet Me”.

Kim’s presentation was so engaging that we almost forgot to take photos. We finally got around to snapping a few shots. Kim showed us the Larger-than-Life Bag, designed by Cecily Kein, from the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Crochet.

And the stunning Babette Blanket, designed by Kathy Merrick, from the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet:

There were also many fantastic knitted and crocheted garments in the crowd. Sadly, we have photos of only a small sampling of the many beautiful creations we saw last night as I have the attention span of a gnat and was constantly distracted.

Valerie wore a lovely crocheted sweater of her own design:

Jill wore a great crocheted vest, accessorized with a cute little crocheted flower:

Stacey wore a gorgeous cardigan, knit with Rowan Felted Tweed and Kid Silk Haze:

Stacey’s cardigan is NOT lopsided. It just looks that way because of my terrible lack of attention to detail. Sorry about that, Stacey. I clearly need photography lessons.

We were mesmerized by the Babette Blanket:

Kim says it’s an easy project that’s suitable for a beginner. Anyone up for Crochet Boot Camp?

This is the Circle Rug, designed by Donna Hulka, from Crochet Me:

Jackie modelled the “I’m a Crochet Sweater”, designed by Missa Hills, from Crochet Me:

There were many more fantastic samples that we fondled and modelled and lusted after. It’s definitely a new generation of crochet and we love it!

Kim sent us a sweet thank-you note: “I cannot thank you enough for the amazing launch event you put on last night! With so much of my work focused on travelling and far-off places, I was all a-tingle to be here in my hometown, at my LYS, doing my crochet schpiel and meeting people, with friends and family in attendance to boot. It was a very special, and terribly fun night for me. Thank you.”

Thanks Kim. We had tons of fun and were honoured to host such a special event. We’ll do it again sometime soon.

P.S. Check out Kim’s, Julie’s and Carol’s reviews of the event. And Kalin’s fantastic review of the book…


Friday, September 28th, 2007

We’ve finally got this blog going after forever saying “we really should”. Thanks to our blog angel, Nicole, for getting us on track.

We have so much to write about! We plan to tell you about our new products, specials, classes and special events. We hope to inspire you with photos of some of the beautiful knit and crocheted creations we see every day in our stores. Please email us photos of your projects and we’ll post them here. We’ll also keep you up to date on the latest knitting and crochet trends and industry buzz.

Speaking of special events, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting the Canadian launch party for Kim Werker’s new book, “Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution” on October 23, from 6 – 9 p.m. We hope you can join us. This is Kim’s new book:

Kim is the editor of Interweave Crochet magazine and the founder and creative director of She lives in Vancouver and is a regular UY customer. Kim is on a mission to revolutionize crochet by reinterpreting crochet design and demonstrating that crochet can be stylish, edgy and fun. With her abundant charm, boundless energy and determination, this woman will accomplish anything she decides to do!

Kim will be signing her book and giving a talk about the many creative possibilities of crochet. There may be an opportunity to learn some new techniques so be sure to bring a hook and some yarn. We’ll also preview some of the outstanding fashions featured in the book in an exclusive trunk show.

To register for this event, please send us an email or phone us at 604-228-1122. You’ll be guaranteed a spot if you sign up by October 9. There may be a small admission charge, depending on the number of registrants.

Kim’s book will be released on October 8 and we expect to receive our shipment in mid-October. We have one advance copy of the book so come in and check it out at our Point Grey store. To reserve a copy, please send us an email or phone us at 604-228-1122.