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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Getting the Best Fit from your Hand knit Socks

Getting the Best Fit from your Hand Knit Socks

I hear this over and over again… My socks fit OK, but the fit could be better

I have a wide foot but a narrow heel… how do I get a good fit?

We are offering the “Sock Secret Weapon to getting the Perfect Fit” Class

Join us on Wednesday November 5, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm

During this 3 hour class: $30.00 + HST (Includes hand-out)

We will discuss fit, measure your feet and design your special fit

The class is limited to 6 participants
Payment required at time of registering.
You will discover techniques that will make socking knitting so much easier!!

Contact Karen at the shop – email – phone – drop in
(Homework and materials list available)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Needle Felting class - fun with fibres!!

Needle Felting a Tea Cosy – Freehand Floral!!

Join Sue Mitchell for 3 hrs of felting fun 

Friday October 31st from 12pm to 3pm

We are so pleased that Sue can come to teach at Grey Heron

She usually winters south offering her felting skills at A Good Yarn in Sarasota

We will be needle felting a floral pattern onto a felt tea cosy

Class cost = $45.00 (fibre supplies extra) – will need felting tools

Only 7 spaces!!  Must pay at time of registration (non refundable)

 Check out Sue’s work on her ravelry link:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grey Heron Fall Retreat weekend info package

Grey Heron Fall Knitting Retreat 

Retreat weekend details

Thursday October 2nd

·        Book signing with Megan Goodacre at Grey Heron shop in Collingwood
1:00pm to 3:00pm
·        Arrange your transportation to Chantry Breezes in Southampton –
Check in after 4:00pm
·        Get settled in your room, plan your dinner at an area location- options provided
·        7:00pm to 9:00pm – meet the group – gathering front room, bring your current knitting project for show and tell

Friday October 3rd

·        Breakfast – 8:00am to 9:00am – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class – 9:30am to 12:30pm -Knitting with wire and beads - Karen
·        Lunch – 12:30pm to 1:30pm – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class – 1:30pm to 4:30pm - Shawl design - Megan 
·        Free time until dinner 4:30pm to 6:00pm – explore Port Elgin – Idiots Guide to Knitting - book review
·        6:00pm - Dinner at local restaurant - included

Saturday October 4th

·        Morning lakeside walk – 7:30am – try the paved beach walk
·        Breakfast - 8:00am to 9:00am – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class - 9:30am to 12:30pm - Expert Tips - Megan
·        Lunch – 12:30pm to 1:30pm – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class – 1:30pm to 4:30pm - Fair Isle mitten designs - Megan 
·        Free time until dinner 4:30pm to 6:00pm – explore Southampton
·        6:00pm – Dinner at Chantry Breezes

Sunday October 5th

·        Breakfast – 9:00am – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Pack up and – Say goodbyes – until next year….


We are so pleased to have Megan Goodacre joining us for the weekend. Here’s her bio:

Megan Goodacre is a Canadian graphic artist, blogger, and longtime knitter. The creative force behind Tricksy Knitter, Megan mixes her (slightly) eccentric skill set of math, fine art, design and general craftiness to write how-to knit articles and design knitting patterns. Her work has been published by Interweave, Twist Collective, and Creative Knitting.
Transplanted from balmy Vancouver Island to Ottawa in 2013, she can either be found huddled next to her computer for warmth, or warding off aggressive squirrels with her knitting needles. Read more about her adventures at
Knitting with wire and Beads
Learn to knit a funky beaded wire bracelet. This is a basic introduction to knitting with wire and beads.
Have fun with colours and design.

Skill needed 
Basic knitting

What to bring
Semi-precious stones and wire bracelet kit pre-purchased from Grey Heron – $15.00
extra kits will be available

Professional Knitting Tricks
Learn to knit like a pro with this tasting of tips and tricks. Have you ever wondered how to Norwegian purl? Make a smooth shoulder bind off? Russian join? A chain stitch selvedge? Add these tricks and more to your knitter's toolkit, and you will become a faster, more efficient knitter, and your knits will look and feel even better than they do now.
Techniques will be taught with short demos throughout the class; choose the techniques that catch your fancy and try them hands-on.

Skills needed
Basic knitting and enthusiasm                                             

What to bring
4.5mm - 5.5mm (US 7 - 9) circular needles, two sets
Yarn is supplied
Scissors, Crochet hook, Blunt yarn needle

Triangular shawls from the top down
Unlock the secrets of this most satisfying knitting project! Top down triangular shawls, whether you make them in simple textures or complex lace, make beautiful gifts and accessories. And, a triangular shawl is a great way to showcase a special skein of hand-dyed yarn.

We’ll cover construction, design, and finishing. To practice techniques, students will work on miniature shawls in class. Topics will include: how to start with a garter stitch tab, which type of increase to use, with stitch patterns work best, choosing a bind off, and how to block.

At the end of the class, choose one of Tricksy Knitter’s shawl patterns to take home with you.
Skills needed
Basic knitting skills. Familiarity with increasing is helpful 

What to bring
3.5mm - 4.5mm (US 4 - 7) circular needles.
Shawl kits available for purchase at Grey Heron or available at retreat.
from $20 and up depending on shawl size
If you plan to start a full-size shawl during the class, I suggest bringing a choice of needle sizes so you have a suitable needle after you select your yarn.
Blunt yarn needle, crochet hook, stitch markers

Exploring colour
A cosy pair of mittens is a perfect canvas for playing with colour—and a wonderful gift! Combining colours is a powerful creative tool: it can be moody, sassy, bold, traditional or understated. It’s up to you!
Using a simplified Scandinavian mitten construction, you will choose from the colour charts provided or design your own!

On the technical side, we’ll look at two-handed stranded knitting, how to weave in floats, knitting a thumb, and colour dominance. On the colourful side, we’ll look at the colour wheel and colour interactions.
Skills needed
Basic knit and purl
Working in the round

What to bring
Needles for working in the round in two sizes*
* sizes will depend on kit yarn selection – info to follow
Mitten kits will be available for purchase before retreat at Grey Heron or available also at retreat. from $20
Blunt yarn needle, crochet hook, stitch markers


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Cost for the Weekend:

1) Single Occupancy .................................... Total cost: $585.00 + HST

2) Double Occupancy ………………………………… Total cost: $525.00 + HST

Cost includes: Accommodation, 3 nights at B & B, 7 meals, snacks, refreshments, 4 classes
and a “swag bag” from Tricksyknitter.

Draw for autographed “Idiots Guide to Knitting” by Megan Goodacre

Door prizes: Games for Prizes: Chocolate sampling from Heavenly Sweets, Collingwood: 
Tea sampling from the Purple Sock to Coldwater 

3) Daily participants ………………………………….. Total cost per day: $150.00 + HST

Cost includes:  Lunch, Dinner, snacks, refreshments, 2 classes

Please note that ALL class kits and supplies are extra, but you will receive a 15% discount

CANCELLATION FEE: $100 for the weekend participants, $50 for the day participants.

Please drop by the shop, or call 705-444-0370 , or email ( to purchase your retreat participation package. Debit, Visa, Mastercard, Cash or personal cheques are accepted

Full payment required by Friday September 19th.

Grey Heron 65 Simcoe St, Studio 1, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7

Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet the Artist @ Loft Gallery this weekend

Loft Gallery
tel 519-599-5912
Summer Hours:
July/August: Open Thursday to Monday
Thursday         11-5
Friday              11-6
Saturday         10-6
Sunday            11-5
 Monday           11-5

Hi Everyone
We are into mid July now and open 5 days a week for the summer (see times above).
This Saturday is and "Meet The Artist Day" in Loft Gallery on "Artsburg Day" weekend.
"Meet The Artist Day"  July 19   10am to 6pm

visiting artists:
Debra Carroll, Janet Liesemer , John Adams and Kelly MacIntyre
Some of the artists will have new paintings and you can talk to them about possible commissions if you like.

The artists also love meeting customers of their paintings and getting feedback from them.
Check out our website to view their current paintings that are in the gallery.

Look below to see some of our new paintings in the gallery.
Announcing: Launch of new Website

Debra has launched a new website with a history of many of her paintings never before seen in Clarksburg from her career in Toronto.

You will also see some paintings she has painted and sold since coming to Clarksburg and opening Loft Gallery with me 8 years ago.

If you don't see your painting here please take a photo of the room with Debra's painting hanging in it and send it to us at

Phil and Debra,
Loft Gallery,

 John Adams - Endless Trail 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Join the Heron Accessories Club

The Heron Accessories Club
Knit “Must-Haves”: Experiment with new techniques in small projects: Sharing time with others

Each month we offer a new technique and a pattern to try – or bring a pattern of your choice

Beading: Braided Cast On: Colourwork: Lace: Latvian: Stripes: Brioche: Cables
Double Knitting: Miters: Thrums: Slip Stitches: Short rows: Fancy cast ons:  

Knit -----   Hats: Scarves: Mittens: Berets: Cowls: Shawls: 
Fingerless: Jewellery: Slippers

We have chosen patterns from  Ravelry -  “the Cream of the Crop”
They might not be the easiest – but they certainly are interesting and well liked!!

Once you register you will receive an email with the pattern.
Print your download, review the pattern for areas you need help with, drop in to the club meeting, purchase your materials and get ready to start.

If you run into trouble, you can attend the Wednesday FREE help afternoon and/or join in the drop in help each other group.

Six months until the gift giving season!!  We will keep you on schedule!!

Membership card - $30.00
Member Benefits
10% discount on yarn used for the project of the month pattern
10% discount on knitting needle sets – Addi, Knit Picks, ChiaGoo
FREE accessory pattern each month – advanced to intermediate
FREE pattern review/techniques day – instructional
Drop In – Sit’n knit group – help each other – share tips and tricks – date flexible  
Drop in help afternoons – Wednesday 1pm to 4pm FREE with membership
Club meeting times
Review pattern/techniques day = 3nd Thursday and/or 3nd Saturday in August – December - FREE
Thursday 10am to 11:30am – Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 23, Nov 20, Dec 18- Intermediate
Saturday 10am to 11:30am – Aug 23, Sept 20, Oct 25, Nov 22, Dec 20 – Advanced Beginner
Drop by to register. If you have questions, give us a call or send us an email.
Grey Heron 65 Simcoe St. Collingwood, ON