Monday, June 22, 2015

The Summer sock Adventure Club

The Summer Sock Adventure Club

Here’s your chance to knit a fun sampling of socks to learn a new technique or 
just to join in the adventure….
We will help you understand: 
patterns, sock anatomy, fit, working a stich pattern, magic loop, heels and toes  

WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE- don’t rush the process – small portable project – 
knit several pairs

Date: Thursday – 10:00 to 11:30 - June 25, July 9, 23, Aug 6, 20 – Saturdays too, just ask
Cost: $ 25.00 June to August  = 5 classes (materials and pattern extra,)
We offer this club every other Thursday to keep a flexible timing.  
You may attend all dates or as you like.

Follow this link to all ravelry “Hot right now” FREE sock patterns  

Below we have compiled a few sock ideas for you to look at on ravelry.
All the terms listed below to describe information about the sock pattern are different techniques you will learn within all sock patterns – Take up the challenge!! 

Week 1: Follow along with Pam or branch off on your own – Pam does have more patterns in the works!
Pam has knit up one of her newest sock patterns “Afterthought From Forethought” for us to start with.
This sock features fun techniques using magic loop, working stripes, cuff down, afterthought heel, ribbed leg, coloured toes/heels. Learning the afterthought heel allows the striped sock yarns to continue in stripe all the way down to the toes. Then the “after thought” heel comes in to play.

NOTE: This pattern will be up loaded to Ravelry as a paid for pattern, but Pam has offered it up for this class only as a “pay by donation”.

Here’s a list of Ravelry’s best, most popular, toe up, cuff down, traditional textures, cables, lace, summer sock patterns. Have a look at them – you just might find a pattern to knit next….

Rose City Rollers – cuff down, heel flap, short rows, tennis short sock style
Hermiones’s Everyday Sock – 10,000+ have knit this sock, textured, cuff down, slip stitches, negative ease
Socks on a Plane – chats, toe-up, cables, short rows
Jaywalker – 10,000+ have also knit this pattern, chevron pattern, cuff down, charts
Nutkin – short row heel, cuff down, short row toe, patterned
Pom Pom Peds – tennis short sock style, cuff down, gusset, heel flap
Java Socks – ribbed, cuff down, cables
Gladys – Gansey traditional, chart, textured, cuff down
Molly & Hector – Shetland traditional, texture, toe up, chart,
For Get Me Not – short socks, lace,
Cherry Swirl – Fleece Artist basic, cuff down, help flap
Business Casual – unisex, cables, heel flap, cuff down
Longing for Spring – toe up, eyelets, lace, textured, charts
Fisherman’s Fancy socks – cables, cuff down, twisted stitches
Not for the faint of Heart – up for a “Big Challenge” – 
Check knitty.com for “Over the Top” designs
Check these two patterns – great design features – challenging
Kaika –bobbles, charts, short row heel, toe up, picot bind off
Fox Faces- dutch heel, ribbed, braids-plaiting, lace

Call or drop in to register for the club. 


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Shawl Adventure Club

The Shawl Adventure Club

Here’s your chance to knit your first shawl ever learn a new technique 
or just to join in the adventure….
We will help you decipher: pattern, charts, lace, texture, cables, multi-colours++++

WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE- no rush – no pressure – make 1 make 4 – it’s up to you

Date: Thursday – 10:00 to 11:30 - 


June 18, July 2, 16, 30, Aug 13, 27, Sept 10, 24 – Saturdays too, just ask

Cost: $ 30.00 June to September  = 8 classes (materials, patterns extra)

We offer this club every other Thursday to keep a flexible timing.  
You may attend all dates or as you like.

Follow this link to all ravelry shawls in order of popularity. (includes pay for patterns too)

Below we have compiled a few shawl ideas for you to look at on ravelry. 
If you find another pattern you’d like to knit, bring it along with you. 
We do have a Shawl Idea book in shop. 
Drop by to have a look.

Absolute Beginner:
Basic Triangle Shawl – top down, plain – by Kate Atherley
From Tip to Top – bottom up, plain – Generic  pattern

Level 1:
Nurmilintu – lace and garter, side to side  - by Heidi
Hitchhiker – garter with zigzag edge, side to side  - by Martina Behm
Multnomah – garter and lace, top down  - Hello Knitty
Wingspan – all garter stitch, side to side - Maylin
Holden – lace trim, top down – by Mindy Wilkes
Ex-Boyfriends – garter, colour blocking, asymmetric,  by Jennifer Beever

Level 2:
Ashton – DeeO’Keefe tutorial
Burn – Lace, garter and beads- by Heidi
Color Affection – garter and 3 colours  by - Vera
198 yds of Heaven – all lace but on the easier side – Verity  Knits
Swallowtail – all lace – by Evelyn Clarke
Esturay – all lace - by Tin Can Knits
Travelling Companion – texture colours – by Karen Strauss
Elizabeth – Dee O’Keefe
Belfast Shawl – Kraemer yarns

Level 3+: - so many other choices -
Dragonfly wings – all lace - by Boo Knits
The Lonely Tree – all lace – by Silvia Bo Bilvia
EZ 100th Anniversary Gull Wings Half-Circle all lace – by Mwaa knits - + more
Ishbel – all lace – by Ysolda Teague
Red rock Canyon  - By Rosemary Hill
The Elder Tree – Silvia Bo Bilvia
Elizabeth – Dee O’Keefe

Call us or drop in - Happy Knitting Karen  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

And the winner is? Everyone of course!!

We hosted a KAL (Knit Along) at the shop during March. We called for participants and 18 ladies stepped up to join in the fun.
The prize to win was a set of Magic Loop needles by HiyaHiya complete with the gorgeous silk case.
I am happy to announce that Jennifer M has knit the winning wrap!! Congratulations!!

The lovely textured Guernsey Wrap rekindled knitters to reconnect with knitting, conjured up a family connection to the Guernsey Islands, some just wanted to have fun and knit something a little different- what ever the reason - we all had fun!!

Red, turquoise, many shades of grey, off white, pure white, baby pink, royal blue, natural brown, lilac, heathered dark green, butterscotch, granite - a real rainbow of choices

We had a wonderful time!! Thanks to everyone for participating. Stay tuned we have another KAL coming up soon

Happy Knitting, Karen



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FREE Afternoon Knitting Class - We're making Fingerless and a matching Cowl

Come for an afternoon of Knitting

It seems like we are still in need of hand and neck warming items!!

Here’s a lovely little pair of Ravelry’s favourited fingerless “Susie’s Reading Mitts”




Use our new yarn by Drops – Alpaca and Silk blend
or any other pretty yarns we have on hand  to make these sweet fingerless

How about a matching cowl “Stacked Eyelets”



Both projects have a simple approach and offer a little “yarnover” technique.  
We can help you create a “Picot” edge on the cowl to match the fingerless.

Perhaps a Mother’s Day gift??


Stop in Wednesday April 29th around 1:00pm and we can get you started.

This is a FREE drop in afternoon to learn how to knit these projects

Drop by to pick out your materials so you are ready to start.

We’d love to see you – Mark your calendars and join in the FUN!!



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Knitscene Summer 2015


Southwest inspired knits - how wonderful - vibrant colours - great designs

Summer tops, tanks and tees

Knit Purl Spring Summer 2015 arrives


Again, this magazine presents 22 lovely patterns ready for warmer weather wearing. 

Tops: Tees: Pullovers: Cardies: Accessories