Last-minute pre-holiday KAL plans + great new yarns!

Hello Scrollwork!

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

Ethan and I have been talking about running a knit-along (aka KAL) for this pattern for ages and I know that the Christmas holidays are around the corner and everyone’s getting extra busy but we just decided to go for it anyway. Need a new hat and/or cowl for the burgeoning cold season? Need an emergency gift item that’s gender-neutral and a speedy knit? Or maybe you’d just like to learn how to cable or read charts and would like someone to be there to tell you you’re doing it right? Scrollwork is the answer! Both Ethan and I have knit this pattern in the past for other people and I’ve wanted one of my own for a while now. You can choose to knit the hat or the cowl or both, and either Ethan or I will be here on the meetup days to give guidance, fix errors, provide encouragement, et cetera.

Meetup dates are:

Sunday, November 29th, 1-3 p.m. with Ethan

Sunday, December 6th, 1-3 p.m. with me (Bridget)

Sunday, December 13th, 1-3 p.m. with at least me and maybe Ethan too if I bug him enough ;)

If you want to participate but can’t make it to all/any of the meetups, feel free to check in with our Ravelry forum thread for the Scrollwork KAL!

(And participation in KALs is free in the shop if the yarn you’re using was purchased here!)

Now, on to new yarns in stock!


A rainbow of Indigodragonfly Chameleon Sock, a luxurious hand-dyed merino/cashmere/silk blend!


Indigodragonfly MCN Worsted (top row) and SuperBaa DK (bottom row)!


Louet Gems *WORSTED* weight, a 100% superwash merino that is both machine washable *and* dryable!


And at long last, Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits!!

One month ’til Christmas! Go go go! Happy knitting! :)

Tuesday LYS Update

Here’s a quick look at what’s new at your lovely little local yarn shop (aka your LYS!)…


New colourways and re-stocked favourites in Cascade Ecological Wool and Eco+!


A restock of colours and neutrals in the workhorse yarn, Briggs & Little Heritage!


Malabrigo restocks in “Sock”, “Rios”, and “Rasta”!


New Gobstoppers – already disappearing fast!!


Fiddlehead Mitten packs in our original colour scheme *and* a new blue-gray colour scheme!


Locally-made yarn bowls and yarn gourds!


And brand new issues of Interweave Knits and Crochet Accessories!

Primetime knitting season is upon us, and I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things you’re going to make this winter! :)


Fun with Woolen Spun!

More and more people in the yarn world are talking about woolen spun yarns – 100% wool spun from lightly carded fibres, creating light and lofty yarns that are airy and springy, soft but still woolly. Local dyer, Ambrosia Yarns, recently delivered some of their hand-dyed woolen spun yarn to our shop in two weights:


This is a light fingering-weight, 350 yards in 50 gram skeins, shown here with a skinny-version Thayer scarf sample which used only one skein.

Birstwith Hat by loveaslug

photo © loveaslug

Emily, aka loveaslug on Ravelry, picked up three skeins the other day and has started this *gorgeous* Birstwith hat – I can’t wait to see how this turns out, so I’ll be keeping an eye on this project page on Ravelry!


And now we have this beautiful worsted-weight woolen spun as well! At 350 yards to 114 grams, soft and warm hats and mitts are easily made with one skein; a sweater uses as few as four.


This stunning sample of Cordova was knit up in only five skeins – it’s in the shop now, come a take a look this weekend!

Sweater (knitting) Weather is here!

… and we have so much yarn in stock right now for all of your new fall projects!


From Berroco, we have new colourways in Peruvia Quick!


As well as Vintage!


And Vintage Chunky!


Berroco Ultra Alpaca!


And Berroco Remix!


As well as two fantastic new books, Berroco Vintage Men and Berroco Portfolio Vol. 1!


We also have new colourways in Noro Kureyon and Silk Garden!


Brand new Diamond Luxury Highlander, a sport weight wool perfect for stranded colourwork projects!


And Diamond Luxury Fine Superwash Merino Lace, a soft but woolly texture perfect for lace-weight sweaters and cowls.


And a whole bunch of new colourways in Malabrigo Nube, a beautiful handdyed merino roving!

We’re open this Saturday from 11 to 4 and Sunday from 12 to 4, so pop in and squeeze some colour this weekend!

Class Schedule Updates!

A few things have been switched around and new dates of some of our most popular classes have been added to our Fall 2015 schedule!


First, we still have space in this Sunday’s Intro to Needlefelting class! It runs from 2-4 and you can make adorable things like, for example, this little pumpkin I made yesterday! Needlefelting is a super fast and easy to learn *dry* felting technique that uses wool roving and a little barbed needle to make 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional designs! Sunday’s class will be taught by Raechelle of Blackbird Studio.

We’ve also added additional sessions of our popular Intro to Socks and Intro to Mittens classes in November because our September sessions were so popular!

Intro to Socks – Thursday, November 5th, 7-9:30 p.m.

Intro to Mittens – Thursday, November 12th, 7-9 p.m.

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have rescheduled Glenna’s two classes from Saturday, October 24th, to Saturday, November 21st! They are “Steeks Don’t Scare Me” in the morning and “Codebreaking the Yarn Shop” in the afternoon.

More information about all of our classes can be found on our website here:

New week, new season, new things in stock!

It’s officially fall now and we’re experiencing a particularly autumnal grey day today – perfect weather for dreaming about new projects while working on the ones we’ve already started, right?


We just received a bunch of new buttons and shawl pins from Kawartha Wilds Art Pottery – perhaps the perfect finishing touch for a warm woolly scarf or shawl?


We also just received a full set of the brand new Rainbow Roll from Noro – these are large wheels of pencil roving in Noro’s signature slow-change colourways. I’m so excited to see what you spinners and felters will do with these!


And if you’re looking for inspiration in hard-copy form, look no further: brand new issues of Knitting Traditions, Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, and Interweave Crochet are now in stock!

Also, because it is now fall, we’ve officially switched to our fall hours, which means we’re OPEN on Sundays! We’ll be announcing some knit-alongs that will have meetups here on Sundays in the near future, but for now, the shop is open for business every Sunday from 12 – 4!

Closed This Weekend!

last long weekend

It hardly ever happens, but I’m taking a full weekend – Saturday to Monday! I’ll be back on Tuesday, September 22nd, and starting September 27th we’ll be open on Sundays!

P.S. Our fall season of classes and workshops officially starts tonight with Intro to Mittens! We still have space in all of our scheduled classes – listed here – so give me a shout at if you want to sign up!

Malabrigo Mecha and Mechita + Sock Yarn Favourites

Welcome to September! It still feels like summer outside, but fall is undoubtedly on its way, which means we’re getting new yarn in on the regular!


New colourways in Malabrigo Mecha, a bulky-weight single-ply superwash merino yarn in beautiful handdyed colours. This was a very popular yarn last year and we’re very glad to be stocking new colours for Fall 2015! (One skein would make a cute Benson hat!)


And brand new for Fall 2015 is Malabrigo Mechita, a fingering-weight version of Mecha! These are also brand new colourways that have never existed in any other Malabrigo base before. (They would look stunning in Melanie Berg’s Sunwalker shawl)


We also restocked some of our sock yarn favourites (just in time for your Labour Day Weekend roadtrip!), like the Crazy Zauberballs above (including a couple new colourways!)…


As well as Schoppel’s Das Paar matching-skein sock yarn!


And new colourways in the nearly-indestructible Trekking XXL!

Have a great long weekend everyone! Our weekly knitting social, Purlez-Vous, will start up again on Tuesday at 7 – hope to see you here with your fall projects on the needles!

Fall Class Schedule + new yarn in stock

First thing’s first: the new class schedule for the Fall 2015 season is up on our website! I’m so excited to have Glenna of Knitting to Stay Sane back for four classes this season, as well as Margot from Newfoundlander at Heart for rug hooking and Raechelle from BlackBird Studio for needlefelting! It’s shaping up to be a great fibre-filled fall!

Since we’re gearing up for the cooler months now, we’re also getting regular shipments of lovely new things!


New Gobstoppers in stock! In Merino fingering, Merino-Silk sock 4-ply, and 100% Yak fibre fingering weights!


Malabrigo Rasta is also back in stock! A super-bulky seasonal favourite!


Malabrigo Arroyo! Handdyed 100% superwash merino in sport weight!


And terrific new magazines! Felted – Special Issue, Interweave Knits Fall 2015, Folk Knitting – Special Issue, KnitPurl Fall/Winter 2015, and Knitscene Fall 2015! Full of awesome ideas for autumn projects!

Lena Tee + Linen Dreams

If you’ve visited the shop over the last couple months, you might’ve caught me working on a light grey linen tee – the Lena Tee!


This is the Lena Tee by Carrie Bostick Hoge, knit in Louet’s Euroflax 100% Linen yarn in “Cloud Grey”.


This is a super simple pattern: two garter stitch panels knit flat for the front and back hem, and then joined in the round for the body, and then the front and back knit up flat from the underarm with another set of garter stitch panels just below the neckline.


The linen is a little rough in the hands while you’re knitting it, yes, but now that I’ve washed and dried (in the machine!!!) this a couple times, I totally understand why people knit with and wear linen in the summer: it’s light and cool and airy and drapey. I was watering my tomato plants this morning and the breeze goes right through this but the gauge is still tight enough to be totally modest and opaque.

Lucky for me (and you), Ravelry abounds with patterns specifically designed for light-weight linen:

photo © Carrie Bostick Hoge

photo © Carrie Bostick Hoge

Saco Stripes by Pam Allen – a simple summer classic with stripes!

photo © Carrie Bostick Hoge

photo © Carrie Bostick Hoge

Kit Camisole by Bristol Ivy – I love the 1920’s silhouette of this one!

photo © Jane Heller

photo © Jane Heller

Sparrow tank by Pam Allen – with the lovely button detail down the back!

photo © Bristol Ivy

photo © Bristol Ivy

Rue Shawl by Bristol Ivy – just in case you’re not feeling the knitted tank top vibe…


We have a beautiful range of linen colourways in stock right now and there’s a whoooole lot of summer left. Plus, my Lena Tee is going to live in the shop for a while, so come in and FEEL it to see why I’m so in love with linen right now! <3


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