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Happy New Year!! 2016

2016 is the Year of the Monkey!! 

It's a special year for me and I'm a stay tuned 
for fun happenings at the shop... until then

Happy New Year!!

We are closed until Monday January 4th @ 10am.

Cheers, Karen 

Boxing Week SALE

Boxing Week SALE
Monday Dec 28th – Wednesday Dec 30th
What a Deal!!  Super Special - Cascade 220 Wool - $7.99 (in stock only)
ALL printed patterns - 50% off ALL Apple Pie Trail Sock Kits - 50% off ALL Magazines – 30% off Various other sundry items – up to 50% off
The following yarns are on SALE- up to 50% off 
Sock and Fingering yarns Regia Sorbet Sport – 9.48 Regia Active Sport – 3.48 HiKoo Cobasi sock (no wool content) solid – 3.98 multi – 4.48 Shelridge merino sock – 6.00 Rhichard Devrieze yarns (local) – 8.50 Rowan Fine Art fingering – 14.98 Shantiknits (local) – 13.00 American Brand – 14.98 Grundl Wina – 7.50 Various collection of sock yarns Various lace weight yarns – Manos and Malabrigo
DK - Double Knitting yarns SMC Bravo DK – 1.75 Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton – 6.00 King Cole Merino DK superwash – 3.00 Sirdar Baby Bamboo – 3.25 Sirdar Baby Crofter – 3.25 Stylecraft Stars DK with glitter – 5.00 King Cole Flash – 4.00 King Cole Country Tweed – 6.50 Misty Alpaca Pima Cotton and Silk – 11.80
Worsted weight yarns C…

Holiday Hours

Grey Heron Holiday Hours

Thursday December 24th – OPEN 10am to 2pm
Friday December 25th – CLOSED
Saturday December 26th – CLOSED
Sunday December 27th – CLOSED
Monday December 28th to Wednesday 30th – OPEN 10am – 5:30pm
Thursday December 31st – CLOSED       Happy New Year!!
Friday January 1st – CLOSED
Saturday January 2nd – CLOSED
Sunday January 3rd – CLOSED
Monday January 4th – OPEN 10am to 5:30pm

Wishing everyone a very  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Grey Heron 2016 Beginner and Novice Knitting classes

Grey Heron 2016 Beginner and Novice Knitters

This class is for the Absolute Beginner!101
Two session class (4 hours total) learn the hands on knitting basics of how to cast on, knit, purl, cast off. We study a little theory of pattern reading, pattern abbreviations, yarn labels,    Several projects to work on between sessions.
Jan 6th and Jan 13th Wed mornings 10 – 12 class includes - handout, yarn and needles - $50
Previous experience: None ********************************
Attention Beginners and Returning to Knitting  - 102 (This class would be perfect for Knitters returning to the knitting world)
Two session class (4 hours total) Review of basics + learn the hands on knitting basics of how to increase and decrease, apply stitch combinations and discussion about more theory details. Several projects choices to work on between sessions.
Jan 20th and Jan 27th Wed mornings 10 – 12 – $40.00 - Must bring 4.50mm to needles, yarn 
Previous experience – must have the 101 skills ***********…

The knitted skirt - lovely addition to your winter wardrobe

One of my customers dropped in yesterday to brighten up my first Sunday working in a while.

It's the season to be OPEN all days from Nov 27th to Dec 24th... long haul but it's our shop's way of providing all opportunity for our customers to shop during a busy time.

The topic of skirts came up. My friend V loves skirts over leggings, very practical I say since our winter winds can be very harsh.
She is currently working on one called Tartan Love. This sweet little plaid number could easily fit over leggings and what a dynamite fashion accessory.  

Here's a few other skirts - cables, lace, transitioning colours

So, check them out on ravelry - have some fun with style and colours... Thanks V for the great idea!!

Grey Heron November News

Grey Heron News November 2015 We have expanded our holiday shopping hours for your convenience.

SundaysNov 29th, Dec 6th, 13th and 20th - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Fridays: Nov 27th, Dec 4th, 11th, 18th – 10:00am to 7:00pm

NEW yarns this week:
DROPS Andes: 65% wool, 35% Alpaca 10sts = 4” @ 9mm needle = 
Super Bulky $10.45 per ball Lovely and soft – perfect for cowls, hats and scarves
Fleece Artist Classic Thrum mitten kits: $36.00 Lovely selection of colours – hand dyed in Nova Scotia Kit contains yarn, fleece and pattern

More Regia: 
Arne and Carlos sock yarn Second edition – limited quantity $17.50

New from Regia – 
Pairfect sock yarn – creates perfect stripes and matching socks

Looking for your next project? Come in and let us help you….

CLOSED Saturday October 17th

We will be CLOSED on Saturday Oct 17th

We are attending a funeral
OPEN again on Monday October 19th @ 10:00am

Grey Heron Project Classes

Grey Heron Project Classes
New project classes coming up:       Cost: $18 per class Time: 10am to 12pm
Must know how to knit and purl already – confidently
We like to choose projects that offer learning so, here’s our line up so far…
Wednesday Oct 21st - Jared Flood – Turn a Square hat – tubular cast on, stripes

Wednesday Oct 28th - Yarn Harlot – The Unoriginal Hat – different cables, textured

Wednesday Nov 4th - Boho Knits – Antelope – picot hemmed edge, eyelets, texture

Wednesday Nov 11th - Kate Atherley – Slouchy Lace Hat - lace, increases, decreases…

Grey Heron October News

Grey Heron October News New classes coming up:
Wednesday October 14th @ 10am to 12pm – Thrum Mittens $25.00 Learn how to make these fabulously warm mittens. Homework required –
Friday October 23rd @ 10:30am to 12pm – Learn How to explore Ravelry $ 18.00 Learn the basics of Ravelry. Search for patterns, Use your library, How to use the tabs, Groups, Forums, etc. Please bring your laptop, tablet, smart phone Make the best of your search time – connect with other knitters worldwide!!

Anyone interested in this yarn by Turtlepurl? "Blue Jays" - Self Striping sock Yarn – 450yds $30.00

Do you have any class ideas that you would like us to plan? Let us know…
Thanksgiving hours – Sat 10am to 4pm, Sun and Mon CLOSED, Tues 10am to 5:30pm

Have a wonderful weekend, Karen

Sock Designing binge...

Well, Pam and Carolyn have been on a sock designing binge.... and look what they have created!!

These gorgeous patterns can all be found on ravelry as purchase patterns.

We launched these patterns at the KW Knitter's Fair this year.

If socks aren't your thing, then of course they both have stunning designs available as hats, fingerless, shawls,scarves, ponchos and much more on the way.....

We have Pam's socks on display at the shop - so do drop by to see her designs.

Grey Heron Fall Knitting Classes

Grey Heron Fall Class List
Here’s our list of some of the fall knitting classes.
Knitting “Refresher” Bootcamp – 3 hours of relearning If, you are a previous knitter who wants to rekindle your love for knitting, this class is for you. We change topics every 15mins… We get you up to speed and ready to knit for fall. Saturday September 26th from 9am to 12pm = $40.00 Our focus is to provide a concentrated relearning of cast on, cast off, increase, decrease, read a pattern, understand yarn labels, abbreviations, pick up stitches, buttonholes, joining yarn, yarn weights, More info – materials list provided at registration

In in the Round – Time to knit Hats and Cowls – 2 hour class – MUST know how to knit already. This is NOT a beginner class Time to learn how to knit in the round and make hats and cowls for everyone. Wednesday September 30th from 10am to 12pm = $25.00 Please bring practice yarn and 4mm – 5mm needles if you have them We offer one FREE hat or cowl pattern for you to get started wi…

Beginner Knitting Classes Fall 2015 - Come learn with us!!

Beginner Knitting Class – 2 sessions 4 hours = $52.00
For the absolute beginner - 2 consecutive weeks

Wednesday daytime = Sept. 16th and 23rd - 10am to 12pm You will learn: setting up the ground work to knit - discussion cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast off, read your pattern abbreviations, yarn weights, needles, knitting notions, etc…

Cost $52.00 paid in advance by Tuesday Sept 14th.
Class fee includes - instruction book and practice yarn Materials: need 5mm needles, FREE scarf pattern available to work on Saturday will be offered at a later date. Please send me your request.
Grey Heron Yarn Shop 65 Simcoe St. Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7      705-444-0370

Mitten Class details - September 2015

Mitten Class – 2 sessions 4 hours = $52.00
It’s the time of year for knitting cosy mittens. Small project
Perfect for gift giving!!
We start by knitting a small mitten so you become familiar with the different techniques.
We then move on with a regular sized adult mitten pattern.
Friday Sept 18th – 9: 30 to 12pm - Friday Sept 25th – 10am to 11:30am
Week one – Anatomy of a mitten discussion, pattern review Knit small mitt – ribbing, gusset, thumb, decreases, – start adult mitten
Week two –Sort out issues, Q & A – How do I add a pattern?,   What’s your favourite thumb? Graft top or not? Stripes?  Fingerless? Flip Top? Etc…..
Skills required = Intermediate Must know how to knit, purl, knit with DPNs and/or magic loop
Materials = worsted weight  - 200yds, needles to achieve gauge (3.75mm – 4.5mm)  in the format you wish to knit – DPNs, Magic Loop, 2 Circulars
Class policy = pre – registration required Purchase materials at Grey Heron, Must have yarn and needles ready to go for class (winding comp…

Zen Yarn Garden in abundance arrives... come and get it!!

Zen Yarn Garden is in the house!! all 60 skeins of it
I know Christine, I said I was keeping this for the show... BUT
I just can't hide it away until the Knitter's Fair in Kitchener... 
Serenity 20 = 70% SW merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon – 400yds = $34.00
Serenity Silk + = 75% SW merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk – 500yds = $36.00
Serenity DK = 90% SW merino, 10% cashmere – 250yds = $34.00
Serenity Worsted = 75% SW merino, 15% cashmere, 10% nylon – 175yds = $34.00
Of course, we all know computer screen colours are not really a good reflection of the real thing... so, drop by, check it out for yourself it is irresistible I will order more for Kitchener... 

What's a clothesline??

THIS IS FUN TO READ AND QUITE TRUE... WE ARE PROBABLY THE LAST GENERATION THAT WILL REMEMBER WHAT A CLOTHESLINE WAS.   And in lots of places they are now illegal. It's the poem at the end that's the best!!!     Remembering Mom's Clothesline.   THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES:  (If you don't even know what clotheslines are, better skip this)    1. You had to hang the socks by the toes... NOT the top.     2. You hung pants by the BOTTOM/cuffs... NOT the waistbands.   3. You had to WASH the clothesline(s) before hanging any clothes -         Walk the entire length of each line with a damp cloth around the lines.      4. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always       hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.   5. You NEVER hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!       What would the neighbors think?   6. Wash day on a Monday! NEVER hang clothes on the weekend,         Or on Sunday, for Heaven's sake!   7. Hang th…