Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Learn to Knit Socks

Learn to Knit Socks @ Grey Heron


                                    Cuff Down Class

                      Thursday April 9 @ 9:30am- 12:30pm
                  Saturday April 11 @ 9:30am to 12:30pm   
                                      Toe Up Class

                  Thursday April 16 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm
                   Saturday April 18 @ 9:30am – 12:30pm

Learn sock anatomy – Cuff, Gusset, Heel, Instep, Sole
Knit a small sock sample – Learn new techniques
Then, you will cast on for a pair of cozy warm socks – 
good “learner” sock- FREE pattern
Or, start your first “sock yarn weight” sock

Skills needed:  
Must know how to knit using DPNs and circular needles

So, join in the fun!!              You will be very glad you did!!

Cost: $30.00 for 3 hours of instruction – 

Limited seating - Pre-registration required

Call, drop in or email for further details:

705-444-0370                    greyheron@bellnet.ca

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Apple Pie Trail Stop # 3

Grey Heron Yarn Shop, a crafter’s paradise located in historic Downtown Collingwood, opened its doors in 2009 and has been serving the knit and crochet community with skeins and skeins of beautiful and texturally alluring products ever since. This quaint shop offers a wide range of yarn weights in both natural and synthetic fibres, pattern books, knit & crochet magazines, as well as knitting accessories and notions. Among the many knitting kits available is the Apple Pie Sock Kit, which contains enough yarn plus the pattern to create an adult sized pair of socks available in charming colours modeled after the local apples such as Ginger Gold, Red Delicious and McIntosh. Also available, specifically designed for the Apple Pie Trail, are wooden shall pins and buttons made from local apple wood – each is truly unique and one of a kind - a great embellishment to adorn any handmade sweater, cardigan or shall. 

Grey Heron Yarn ShopOwner, Karen Farmilo is a self-taught knitting expert who offers a fantastic calendar of classes available from beginner knitting and crochet to more complicated classes that focus on lace, cables and Fair Isle, a knitting technique that use three or more colours. When you start to learn to knit or crochet, it’s nice to know that expert advice is always available. While many of us love to knit our Christmas presents, Karen’s advice is to start as early as July or August giving yourself more time than needed ‘just in case’. For more information about the Grey Heron Yarn Shop visit their website.
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Knitting a Warm Wrap- Knit-Along Challenge - Are You Ready?

A little warm knitting for this frigid weather – Knit-Along Challenge
Join us for a fun knitting adventure
Jared Flood has created this gorgeous wrap called “Guernsey”

This is a fun Traditional Channel Island textured knit

We have five yarn choice options ranging in price from 

$30.00 to $60.00

Beautiful colours and textures available!!

So, what’s the challenge you ask??

1) Buy your yarn for this project @ Grey Heron
2) Start your project on Sunday March 1, 2015
3) Finish Guernsey by Tuesday March 31, 2015
4) Now, your name is entered in our draw for a chance to –
WIN a set of HiyaHiya Magic Loop needles – valued @ $60.00
Sign up by Saturday February 28, 2015 @ 4:00pm

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Grey Heron Fall Knitting Retreat Weekend 2015

It’s that time of year where our plans are well under way for the Fall Knitting 

Retreat weekend at Chantry Breezes B&B 
located in beautiful Southampton Ontario - shores of Lake Huron

Mark your calendars - Thur. Sept 17th - Sun Sept 20th - 2015

This year we will have a few extra special events:
Experimenting with Colours
Traditional Intarsia
Knitted Tartan
Heritage Textured Knitting
Beaded Delicate Purse - sized for Smart phone, Lippie and Visa
Pricing to follow: Held at Chantry Breezes B&B Southampton, ON

Enjoy good food, great friends, fun learning, awesome experience!!

More details to follow. Contact us if you have any questions. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

New yarn arrivals this week @ Grey Heron

New Yarns this week @ Grey Heron
Lopi Lite has arrived in 32 colours
Aran 18sts @ 5.mm 100m/109yds
$5.00 per ball
Rowan Felted Tweed DK in 14 colours
Double knitting 22-24sts@ 3.75mm – 4.mm
$12.50 per ball
On the way…
Zen Garden fingering and Glitter Sock – Mixed colours
Zen Garden Serenity DK – Mixed colours
Rowan Kid Silk Haze – 12 colours
Classic Elite Liberty Prints – 6 new colours
Last call for our Sweater "sessions" classes - Here's your chance, join the group knitting sweaters.
Pick your pattern - Easy to Challenging and we're here to guide you along. New techniques to learn?
No problem - we'll teach you.... Run into troubles... drop in for help... Pick your date... 
Wednesday February 11th @ 10am to 12pm OR Saturday February 14th @ 10am to 12pm
$80.00 for all 5 sessions - Great pricing for this custom class - limited to 4 members
Happy Knitting, Karen 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Knitting Class list for Jan to March 2015

Classes coming up: January to March

Two hour classes = $25.00,    Three hour classes = $30.00, others marked
Materials are extra unless otherwise indicated

Beginner – Level 101- absolute beginner
Novice – Level 102 – Comfortable with the knit stitch, the purl stitch, work basic increases and decreases, and can cast on and cast off
Intermediate – Level 103 -

Each class has been labelled with the skill level required to tackle the class.
If in doubt about taking a certain class, just ask us and we can let you know more information.

101 knitting – Saturdays – Jan 10 + 17 - 10am to 12pm
Learn all the basics from A to Z
Two sessions -  Learn the basic skills of knitting – casting on, making knit stitches, making purl stitches, combination- knits & purls, stockinette stitch, garter stitch and castng off. Ready to advance? - move on to 102 Learn to Knit in the Round.
Patterns: beginner hats, fingerless, boot cuff, baby sweaters, booties
Worsted weight wool yarn
Needles: 4.5mm or 5.mm. 

102 - Knit your first Accessory “in the round” 
Wednesday Jan 14th 10am to 12pm - no seams to sew – Project hat, cowl, boot cuff – basic skills
You've finished 101 and/or know how to cast on, knit, purl, create combination knit with purl stitches and cast off. 
Time to knit something beyond simple scarves! 
This is the perfect class to take you to that next step! 
Learn increases, decreases, joining in the round- ++++
Pattern of your choice - we can help select
Yarn of your choice
Needle appropriate for the size yarn and project
Stitch markers
Prerequisites: Finished our 101class and/or know how cast on, knit, purl, combination stitches and cast off.

102 - Beginner Cables – Wednesday Jan 21st – 10am to 12pm 
Learn the art of cable knitting – project boot cuffs, hat, or pillow - our your choice
Prerequisites: Finished our 101 class and/or know how cast on, knit, purl, combination stitches and cast off. FREE pattern for cable cowl available

Prerequisites: Finished our 101 class and/or know how cast on, knit, purl, combination stitches and cast off.

102 – 103 - Top Down sweater knitting  – Wednesday Jan 28th 10am to 1pm - small sweater to learn the concept- no seaming, faster knitting,

102  - Lace – Wednesday Feb 4th – 10am to 12pm - basic stitches, simple project, tips n tricks, join KAL for the Holden Shawl*** 
Here's your chance to learn a new skill. We will knit a bookmark in class featuring all different stitch combos used in creating lace knitting. 
Yarn; worsted weight leftovers
Needles: 4.5mm to 5.mm 
All participants are invited to join in our Holden KAL (Knit A-Long). It is an easy pattern to follow where you can apply your new lace knitting skills.  

Refresher Boot Camp- Saturday February 7th – 9am to 12pm - re-hone your knitting skills in this 3 hour course – We get right down to business – 
It’s just like riding a bike - We cover 12 hands-on topics
Materials: worsted weight yarns
Needles: 4.5mm - 5mm

103 - Techie class - Knitting “Magic Loop” - Wednesday Feb 11th – 10am - 12pm 
Small circumference knitting with long cable - say goodbye to DPNs!!
This month learn the Magic Loop method of knitting small circular objects with a
long circular needle. This is a very handy technique when you don't like or don't have double pointed needles! You can work tops of hats, sweater sleeves, socks, and mittens all without double points! 
Yarn: Worsted weight leftover yarns
Needles: 40 inch long circular needle in size appropriate to your yarn
Stitch markers
Notebook & pen
Prerequisites: 102 + 

Beginner Sock - 102 – 103 - Socks – Thursday Feb 19th– 9am to 12pm 
Cuff down – start basic sock  – class includes a pattern
Here's your chance to knit your first pair of socks. We start off with a sample sock and then move onto casting on for a worsted weight sock. We supply the sample sock yarn.
Needles: 4.5mm DPNs, or 4.5mm @ 40" for magic loop

Techie class - Fixing your MistakesWednesday February 25th – 10am to 12pm - Learn to identify and fix mistakes. Ripping back to fix a mistake is something that's frustrating and discouraging for many people and often unnecessary! 
Learn to recognize your knit stitches and purl stitches look like and what to do when something goes wrong. 
Materials: Homework 
Worsted weight yarn
Needles: 4.5mm - 5.mm 
Knit two large swatches - Cast on approx 30 and knit until work measures 4” high and leave work on the needles : Knit one swatch in stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) and one in garter stitches (knit all stitches)
Bring small crochet hook - 3.75mm or smaller
Tapestry or Darning needle
Prerequisites: 101 + 

Beginner Sock class - toe up magic loop 
102 – 103 - Socks – Thursday Feb 26th – 9am to 12pm
Toe-up - start basic sock  – class includes a pattern
Here's your chance to knit your first pair of socks. We start off with a sample sock and then move onto casting on for a worsted weight sock. We supply the sample sock yarn.

Techie class - Finishing school –Wednesday March 4th – 10am to 12pm
Sew perfect seams, blocking, three needle bind off, buttonbands, etc….
More info to follow on this class.... 

102 – 103 sock class - Secret Weapon to knitting the Perfect fitting Sock 
Thursday Mar 5th 9am to 12pm - includes handout
hands on tutorial- now learn how to get the absolute perfect sock fit – must have knit socks before and/or taken the beginner sock class.  
Measuring tape, paper, pencil, 


Drop In For Help Wednesdays – Need help with your Project? 
Reserve your seat - call ahead 705-444-0370
Join us from 1pm to 3pm - $15 payable upon arrival
Our format has changed slightly for this program. Due to an overwhelming demand of assistance required, we have changed the format to a reserved seating only. 
We have room at the table for 5 - to avoid disappointment - please call ahead to reserve your seat. 

Drop in Social Afternoon - 
Every Thursday bring your knitting, your crocheting and a friend to join in a fun social time at the shop. FREE coffee and tea... This is a time to gather with like-minded individuals - Unfortunately no instruction is provided at this time.  

General information
• All classes are $25 per person for 2 hours unless otherwise indicated.
• Please register by the day before the class you wish to take. 
Payment is due at registration. You may register over the phone as you may pay with your credit cards over the phone.

• Please be considerate of your classmates! Purchase and prepare ALL materials BEFORE class so you are fully prepared at the scheduled start time. 
Classes begin promptly.

Classes are non-transferable/non-refundable. Missed classes cannot be made up.

Accessory Club info to follow shortly. 

Up coming classes - Beginner Fair Isle, Steeking your knitting, Teens Knitting class during March Break, 

Grey Heron 65 Simcoe St, Studio 1, Collingwood, ON 705-444-0370


Friday, October 24, 2014

We're Making Mittens - All Canadians need winter mittens!!

We’re Making Mittens

Every Canadian needs mittens- with cables, stripes, thrums, felted, fair isle

Fridays – Nov 7 – Dec 5 from 12pm to 3pm

$25.00 to join the Mitten Club

Save 10% off your yarns used for your club mitten pattern

All patterns are supplied

We will teach you the skills you need so don’t worry about that!!

If you need more help before the next class, you can always drop in on Wednesday afternoons for help!!

If this winter is like last winter – we will need nice warm mittens!!

Please register before the first class