2016 Fall Class Schedule

Fall is in the air. The days are still warm but the evening chill tells knitters that cowls, scarves, mittens and sweaters will soon be required.

Creative Yarns has a panoply of knit, crochet and rug hooking classes and workshops this fall to interest you. A full description can be seen by clicking CLASSES tab above or on the more info link. Come join us to learn something completely new or to perfect your techniques.

To register, come into the store or call us at 416-331-8085.  Be sure to check out our store policy here.

Crochet – Skill Development & Projects

Sherri will lead two courses this fall.

Learn to Crochet – A comprehensive course in the foundations of crochet.  Everything you need to know to tackle your first crochet projects. Sherri will lead this course on three consecutive Saturdays from Oct. 29 to Nov. 12, 10:30 am-1:30 pm.  More info here.

Crochet Cowl – Cowls are fabulous projects for that last minute gift! This project is a twist on the traditional granny square – turning it on its side and into a fashion forward accessory. Saturday, November 19 & Dec. 3, 11:00 am-1:00 pm.  More info here.

Knitting – Skill Development, Techniques & Projects

For skill development, we have two workshops led by Trish.

Finishing School – Our most consistently popular workshop.  Everyone needs to know how to finish their hand knits painlessly and professionally. Trish will make it all easy for you on either Saturday, Nov. 5, 2:00-5:00 pm or Saturday, Nov 26, 10:30 am-1:30pm.  More info here.

Swatch Bootcamp – Yes, we know most people hate making swatches.  But if you want a garment to fit properly, swatching is the only way to go.  Learn how to make and use them, and learn why swatches will be your best friends.  This is the second essential step to making your garments fit well. Saturday, Oct. 29, 2:00-5:00 pm.  More info here.

Learn to Knit – For the complete novice, Isla will give you individual instruction. Please call the store to schedule.  More info here.

To learn or improve your knitting techniques, Cristina and Elizabeth have some interesting workshops for you.

Brioche Stitch – Single Colour – An introductory workshop for anyone new to Brioche. It’s a wonderful technique, full of possibilities. This technique is on trend at the moment as any fan of Stephen West will attest. Cristina will walk you through the basics Saturday, Oct 1, 2:00-5:00 pm.  More info here.

Brioche – More Techniques – A more advanced Brioche workshop, for those who have already taken the introductory workshop. Improve on your brioche knitting skills by using different cast on and bind off methods; knitting in the round with either one or two yarns, and fixing mistakes. Cristina developed this course at the request of enthusiastic brioche converts from her earlier workshops. Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:30 am-1:30 pm.  More info here.

Continental Knitting – The class offers a glimpse into the secrets of continental knitting: how to hold your yarn, knit, purl (several ways) and control tension. Cristina will lead this class on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2:00-4:00 pm.  More info here.

Mosaic Cowl – Mosaic Knitting describes slip stitch knitting using two colours. This simple, effective technique creates stunning designs without having to work with more than one yarn at a time. The class will focus on reading Mosaic patterns and the technique itself. We will make a ”Sampler” that can be joined for a cowl, or continued into a scarf. Elizabeth will lead this class on Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 pm.  More info here.

For those of you wanting to get your teeth into something bigger, there are a couple of project courses led by Elizabeth and Mairi.

Modular Diamond Vest – Unfortunately this class has already started. Using a modular technique, we will create a multicoloured vest incorporating three solid colours and one variegated yarn. Fingering weight yarn results in an easy to wear and versatile garment which may be dramatic or subtle, the choice is yours. Elizabeth is leading this class over four Saturday afternoons, Sept 17 & 24 and Oct 8 & 22.  More info here.

All About Top Down Socks – This is a comprehensive class that teaches all you need to know to create socks of any size, using a classic, cuff-down sock structure. In this class, you will create a pair of top-down socks with a set of double-pointed needles (dpns). Mairi is leading this course on three consecutive Saturday afternoons from November 26 to Dec. 10, 2:00-4:30 pm.  More info here.

Rug Hooking – Skill Development & Projects

Jane will lead two workshops this fall.

Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking – Using the very simple technique of traditional rug hooking, participants can discover ways to use their fabric and/or yarn ʻstashʼ to create a work of art, while exploring colour and texture. Rug hooking aficionado Jane will provide an overview of traditional rug hooking, including types of hooks, backings, frames, fibres and cutters. Saturday, Sept. 24, 10:30-1:30 pm.  More info here.

Rug Hooking with Yarn – In this project oriented workshop, students will use yarns from their ‘stash’ to create a 15 x 20” table runner- a great gift or home decor accessory.  A variety of rugs hooked with yarn will be available to view as inspiration. Saturday, Nov. 19, 1:30-3:30 pm.  More info here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January Classes

Posting date: 4 Jan 2016

Happy New Year everyone!  We hope you had a fun-filled festive season, and are looking forward to a great New Year.  We have a full schedule of classes this Winter.  Here are the listings for the first ones coming up, this January:

Beginner Knit―Individual instruction

Skill level: Complete beginner
Date:
Call to schedule (1 hr session)
Instructor: Isla Ghent
Cost: $12 + HST
Details: click here

Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking (workshop)

JB_sample_IVWith this class, we welcome a new teacher to the Creative Yarns family.  Jane Bridgeman will be teaching traditional rug hooking technique to small group classes.  Jane is part of the new wave of the rug-hooking craft, merging traditional techniques with modern materials and aesthetics to focus on creative expression.  A true fibre artist, Jane is thrilled to be sharing her love of the craft, and has put together a wonderful introductory workshop that will allow anyone to try rug-hooking with minimal investment.  There has been a tremendous amount of interest in this workshop, so we have scheduled three separate sessions, to  accommodate as many of you as possible.

Skill level: Complete beginner
Dates: Saturday, 9 Jan, 1:30 – 4:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours) OR
Saturday, 23 Jan, 1:30 – 4:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours) OR
Thursday, 3 Mar, 1:00 – 4:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Jane Bridgeman
Cost: $35 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Twined Mittens (course)

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Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced

Dates: Saturdays, 9 -30 Jan, 10:30am-12:30pm (4 sessions, 8 hours total)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $85 + HST + materials
Details: click here 

An introductory workshop for anyone new to Brioche. It’s a wonderful technique, full of possiblities, and Cristina will walk you through the basics.
Skill level: Intermediate
Dates: Saturday,  16 Jan, 2 – 5pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
Cost: $35 + HST

Details: click here

Confident Pattern Reading (workshop)

We’ve all been there.  We see a pattern we’d like to knit, but the instructions might as well be written in Sanskrit.  Join Trish for help decoding the mysteries of knitting pattern language.
Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate.
Date: Thursday 21 Jan, 2 – 5 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

Two-colour Brioche (workshop)

A more advanced Brioche workshop, for those who have already taken the introductory workshop. 
Skill level: Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 30 Jan, 2:00 – 500 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

 

December mini-socks, 2015

Advent-calendar-2015-011Posting date:19 Oct 2015

It is time for our annual mini-sock Advent calendar.  This is the fourth year we’ve had the Advent calendar, though the mini-socks have been around for longer than that.   There’s one sock for each day of Advent (1 – 24 December), and each sock is stuffed with a delicious Lindor chocolate.  The ‘sock of the day’ goes to the first customer of each day, or at least the first customer who remembers to ask, because the store does get busy in December, and sometimes it’s hard for Nina to remember what day it is!

Nina also has a bag of additional mini-socks to give away to customers in December.  But there’s only 50 of them, so do your Christmas yarn shopping early for an extra chance to win a mini-sock.

The mini-socks are made by knitting instructor and Creative Yarns regular Mairi McKissock, from bits of leftover sock yarn donated to the cause this year by: Betty, Jane, Sylvia, Monika, Nina, Cathy, Barb, Evelyn, and Patty.  Thank you, everyone, for joining in the fun of our December mini-sock tradition!

Late Fall Classes 2015

Posting date:19 Oct 2015

We’re now fully into Fall, and have more exciting classes for you to consider between now and Christmas

Here are all the course offerings for November and December:

Beginner Knit―Individual instruction

Skill level: Complete beginner
Date:
Call to schedule (1 hr session)
Instructor: Isla Ghent
Cost: $12 + HST
Details: click here

Colour Theory (workshop)

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  • Skill level: All welcome
  • Date: Saturday,  7 Nov, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm (1 session, 2.5 hours)
  • Instructor: Mairi McKissock
  • Cost: $30 + HST

Details: click here

Learn to Crochet (course)

A comprehensive course in the foundations of crochet.  Everything you need to know to tackle your first crochet projects.

Skill level: Complete Beginner
Dates: Saturdays, 7 -21 Nov, 2:00 pm-5:00pm (3 sessions, 9 hours total)
Instructor: Sherri Bondy
Cost: $95 + HST + materials
Details: click here

How Many Ways can you Cast On? (workshop)

It’s good to have choices.  Learn new cast on techniques, and when to use them. 
Skcast onill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Date: Thursday, 19 Nov, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (1 session, 2 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $25 + HST
Details: click here

First Socks, Top Down (course)

Event ImageJust in time for Christmas.  Hand-knitted socks might be the best gift idea ever, and if you’ve never knitted socks before, this would be the place to start.

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Dates: Sundays 21 Nov – 5 Dec, 10:30 am – 1:00pm (3 sessions, 7.5 hours total)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $80 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Swatch Bootcamp (workshop)

This workshop could be the difference between consistently successful knitting projects and off-size failures. Trish will demystify the swatch process for you.
Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
Date: Saturday 28 Nov, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

Two-colour Brioche (workshop)

An advanced Brioche workshop from our local Brioche expert, Cristina.  For students with a basic understanding of simple Brioche stitch, or who have already taken one of Cristina’s introductory workshops.
Skill level: Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 5 Dec, 2:00 – 500 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

Continental Knitting (workshop)

Learn how to knit with the yarn held in your left hand – a comfortable, efficient way to knit.  This workshop is suitable for English (right hand throw) knitters who want to learn the flexibility of being able to knit with either hand.
Skill level: Easy
Date: Saturday,  12 Dec, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm (1 session, 2 hours)
Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

Finishing School (workshop)

Our most consistently popular workshop.  Everyone needs to know how to finish their handknits painlessly and professionally.  Trish will make it all easy for you.
Skill level:
Beginner/Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 12 Dec, 1:00 – 4:00pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

Early Fall Classes 2015

Posting date: 12 Aug 2015

We have a full schedule of classes coming up for this Fall, and a new instructor to welcome!   Elizabeth Hilton will be teaching a project class in modular garment construction, working on her Modular Diamond Vest design over 4 sessions.

Here are all the course offerings for September and October:

Beginner Knit―Individual instruction

Skill level: Complete beginner
Date:
Call to schedule (1 hr session)
Instructor: Isla Ghent
Cost: $12 + HST
Details: click here

Modular Diamond Vest (course)

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This stunning project is a lot easier than you think!  Join Elizabeth to make a customised version of this vest, with yarns chosen just for you.
Skill level:
Intermediate
Date: Saturdays, 19 Sep, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, 26 Sep, 10 Oct, 24 Oct, 2:00pm-4:00pm (4 sessions, 9 hours total)
Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
Cost: $95 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Twigg Stitch (workshop)

Just when you thought there was nothing new left in the knitting world, Cristina finds something else that you just have to try.  Twigg stitch is an intriguing new colourwork technique.  And, you know that classes with Cristina are always fun…
Skill level:
Intermediate
Date:
Saturday, 26 Sep, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm (1 session, 2.5 hours)
Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
Cost: $30 + HST
Details: click here

Becoming a Yarn Sommelier (workshop)

Knowing how to get the best results from your yarn makes knitting and crocheting so much easier, more successful, and just more fun! Join multi-talented expert Sherri for a tour of all the things you didn’t know you even needed to know about yarn. Fondle exotic fibres and yarns and learn how to pick exactly the perfect yarn to make your projects shine.
Skill level:
All welcome
Date:
Saturday, 3 Oct, 2:00pm-5:00pm (1 sessions, 3 hours)
Instructor: Sherri Bondy
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

Twined Hat (course)

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Just in time to be done before the cold weather.  Twined knitting is the warmest, most windproof knitting technique there is.  You will never own a better hat than this, and along the way you’ll learn techniques that can be applied to all sorts of other garments.
Skill level:
Intermediate/Advanced
Date: Saturdays, 3 – 24 Oct, 10:30am – 12:30pm (4 sessions, 8 hours total)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $85 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Finishing School (workshop)

Our most consistently popular workshop.  Everyone needs to know how to finish their handknits painlessly and professionally.  Trish will make it all easy for you.
Skill level:
Beginner/Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 17 Oct, 1:00 – 4:00pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

Ravelry 101 (workshop)

A fun and friendly session to learn your way around the wonderful, online world of Ravelry.  A must for anyone who is not yet getting the most out of what modern social media offers to the knitting world.
Skill level:
All welcome
Date:
Thursday 22 Oct, 6:30-8:30pm (1 session, 2 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $25 + HST
Details: click here

Simple Brioche Stitch (workshop)

Cristina loves Brioche stitch, and you will, too, after taking her inspiring introduction to the many possibilities of this wonderful technique.  Note that Cristina will be teaching a more advanced Brioche workshop (Two-Colour Brioche Stitch) later in the year for those who would like to advance after this session, or who already took this introductory workshop in the Spring.
Skill level: Intermediate
Date:
Saturday,  31 Oct, 1:30-4:30pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
Cost: $35 + HST
Details: click here

Learn to Spindle Spin (course)

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Hand-spinning is getting more popular all the time, and we have a growing community of spinners at Creative Yarns.  Yes, it might be a little bit addictive.  Join Sherri for this comprehensive introduction to the joys of spinning.  It’s easy to get started, and we have one of the best programs in the area, with ample time, an experienced instructor, and plenty of time between sessions to master the basics before moving on.
Skill level:
Complete beginner
Date: Saturdays,  31 Oct & 14 Nov, 10:30am-1:00pm (2 sessions, 5 hours total)
Instructor: Sherri Bondy
Cost: $55 + HST + materials
Details: click here

 

Workshop update

Posting date: 21 May 2015

The special guest workshop with Sylvia Olsen, announced on Tuesday, filled up almost immediately, leaving a lot of disappointed knitters on the waitlist.  Today, her organiser was able to confirm that she can stay in Toronto long enough to hold a second workshop on the morning of Friday, 29 May.

Workshop: Coast Salish colourwork techniques
Date: Friday, 29 May
Time
: 9:00 am – noon
Location: Creative Yarns, 269 Ellesmere Rd
Cost: $65 (+ HST)
Skill level: Intermediate

It is likely that this workshop will also fill quickly, so call the store now to reserve your spot!

Sylvia Olsen workshop!

SO_workshopPosting date: 19 May 2015

We are very happy to announce a surprise guest workshop.  Sylvia Olsen, knitter, author, and Cowichan sweater expert is doing a trans-Canada tour, and will be stopping in Toronto on 28 May.  We have been very fortunate to be able to fill in at the lost moment to host her knitting workshop on Coast Salish colourwork techniques at Creative Yarns.

This is a very rare opportunity to learn a uniquely Canadian indigenous knitting technique, from a true expert and master story-teller.  Expect a wonderful evening of cultural insight and knitting magic!

The cost of the workshop includes yarn and pattern for a Cowichan-style toque.

Coast_Salish_toqueDate: Thursday, 28 May
Time: 6:309:30 pm
Location: Creative Yarns, 269 Ellesmere Rd
Cost: $65 (+ HST)
Skill level: Intermediate

Call the store now to reserve your spot!

Spring Class Schedule

Posting date: 10 Mar 2015

The Spring class schedule has been finalised, and all classes are open for registration, including a few remaining places in the last classes of the Winter term.  Please click on any of the links below for full details:

 

Class Updates

Posting date: 16 Feb 2015

We are nearing the end of our winter term, but there are still places available in some of our Feb/Mar classes, listed below.  The spring schedule is almost finalised, with early registration now available for Spindle Spinning, Starting Stranding, Crocheted Linen Stitch, and Favourite Things in April; Brioche Stitch, Colour Theory, Short Row Techniques, Finishing School, Knitted Linen Stitch, and Fairisle Vest in May; and Continental Knitting and more Finishing School in June.

Learn to Crochet (course)

Skill level: Complete Beginner
Date:
Saturdays, 21/Feb – 7/Mar, 11:00am-1:00pm (3 sessions, 6 hours total)
Instructor: Sherri Bondy
Cost: $65 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Knitting Set-in Sleeves from the Top Down (workshop)

Skill level: Intermediate
Date:
Saturday, 7/Mar, 2:00-4:00pm (1 session, 2 hours)
Instructor: Mary Pat McDonald
Cost: $25 + HST
Details: click here

Moebius Knitting (workshop)

Skill level: Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 21/Mar 10:30am-1:30pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Mary Pat McDonald
Cost: $35 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Becoming a Yarn Sommelier (workshop)

Skill level: All welcome
Date: Saturday, 21/Mar, 2:00pm-4:00pm (1 sessions, 2 hours)
Instructor: Sherri Bondy
Cost: $25 + HST
Details: click here

Ravelry 101 (workshop)

Skill level: All welcome
Date: Thursday 26/Mar, 6:30-8:30pm (1 session, 2 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $25 + HST
Details: click here

Holiday hours

It’s hard to believe that another year is drawing to a close!  We’d like to thank you all for your support and friendship over the year, and wish you all a wonderful & festive holiday season!

Please note the following changes to store hours over the holidays:

Wed Dec 24th: 10am – 2pm
Thu Dec 25th:   closed
Fri Dec 26th:     closed
Sat Dec 27th:    closed
Sun Dec 28th:    closed
Mon Dec 29th:    closed
Tue Dec 30th:    10am – 7pm
Wed Dec 31st:    10am – 2pm
Thu Jan 1st:        closed

Winter 2015 Classes

We have a very full schedule of classes coming up this winter!  January is full of mitten classes:  Michelle’s easy, Chunky Fingerless Mitts project class is a perfect next step for a beginner who has perhaps knit a scarf and a hat and might like some mitts to go with them.  Sherri’s Polar Vortex Mittens class will have you making toasty-warm, fleece-lined mittens that are also quite accessible for experienced beginners.  Mairi’s Twined Mittens course is a more advanced class (suitable for confident intermediate knitters) that will teach you pretty much everything about Swedish tvåändsstickning (twined knitting) and general mitten architecture.

We are also very excited to start offering spinning classes.  Sherri’s Learn to Spindle Spin class is a great way to start for beginners with no previous spinning experience.  In March, and not just for spinners, Sherri is teaching us all how to Become a Yarn Sommelier – an understanding of yarn structure and fibre characteristics will help you with yarn substitutions and design understanding even if you’re not planning to spin.

For those of you who have been wanting more project classes, Michelle’s Cabled Vest class will be very popular.  Michelle has a particular genius for designing dramatic, stylish garments that are really easy to knit.  Whether this is your first garment project, or just the nicest one you’ve seen recently, we think you’ll enjoy this class.  And just a little later, there’s Mary Pat’s Moebius Knitting class – dramatic, fun, and just a little bit different, like we always expect from Mary Pat.

And how about crochet?  Sherri will be teaching two crochet classes: Learn to Crochet, and (for working in the round) Great Grannies!

Some of our more popular classes are also returning for the winter session: Finishing, Ravelry 101, and Toe-Up Socks on Two Circulars, all with Trish, and Knitting Set-in Sleeves from the Top Down with Mary Pat.

So, pick your favourite class, and call the store now to reserve a spot!

December mini-socks

Thosemini-socks-012 of you who have been around for a while will remember that ornamental mini-socks are a December tradition around here.  Once again, we have a mini-sock Advent Calendar to share with our customers.  There’s one sock for each day of Advent, each sock stuffed with a delicious Lindor chocolate.  The ‘sock of the day’ goes to the first customer of each day, or at least the first customer who remembers to ask, because the store does get busy in December, and sometimes it’s hard for Nina to remember what day it is!

The mini-socks are made by knitting instructor and Creative Yarns habitué Mairi McKissock, who always has a few extra (OK, quite a lot extra) to give to friends & fellow patrons.  This year Mairi will be away for much of the month, so she has left her stash of mini-socks with Nina, to distribute as she likes.  So stop by the store and be nice to Nina.  Maybe she’ll give you a mini-sock!

Store hours change

Please note that store hours will be changing, and we will be closed on Sundays from now on.  Other opening times remain as before:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (social knit night)
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed

Berroco Fall Yarn Tasting

We are delighted to announce a Fall yarn tasting event, showcasing some of Berroco’s Fall yarn collections.

  • When: Saturday, 18 October 2014, 1 – 4pm
  • Where: Creative Yarns, 269 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough
  • Bring: your favourite needles (yarns vary from fingering to aran weight)

We will have samples of new Berroco yarns, including the complete colour palette for several lines.  There will be plenty of yarn for you to test and enjoy in the store, as well as a raffle for door prizes.

Creative Yarns will provide coffee and snacks.

This event is free, but registration is required to reserve a spot.  Call now (416-331-8085) to reserve your place.

Amanda is Here

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The Amanda jacket is a lovely piece that can trace its roots back to a simple stockinette shrug in a similar yarn weight.  This time, the shrug was knitted in a Mosaic stitch pattern, documented by Barbara Walker, which gives a dramatic texture to the piece.  A wide Trinity stitch shawl collar was added, providing a lighter contrasting texture. The collar was “finished” with an i-cord bind off, a simple to knit that gives a polished look.  The transformation from shrug to jacket was completed with the addition of ribbed sleeves finished with a stockinette curl.  The construction of the jacket is deceptively simple since it is based on four rectangles with no shaping.

The store sample, knit in Bluefaced Leister yarn in Aran weight, is soft and lucious.  The yarn is 100% _MG_4214wool from West Yorkshire Spinners.  The company notes that the wool is  “reared, sheared and spun in Britain”.  More information about the yarn can be found here.

The jacket can be worn in the traditional fashion, with the shawl collar around the neck.  But, for the more adventuresome, it can be styled upside down, with the collar as a band across the bottom of the jacket.

For further versatility, there is no need to make all sections of the jacket.  If you stop at the first rectangle, you will have a gorgeous shrug with a textured stitch pattern.  If you knit the shrug with sleeves, you will have a collarless jacket.  The options are yours._MG_4210

The pattern is available at Creative Yarns at no charge with purchase of yarn for the project.

Americo Original Yarns Are Here

Creative Yarns is now featuring four amazing Peruvian yarns from Americo Original. These yarns feel so soft and buttery and the colourways are so beautiful that they are a sensory treat for knitters. Americo has extraordinary pattern support for its yarns. You can see the fabulous garments and accessories patterns here. Patterns are available at no charge when Americo yarn is purchased for the project.

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ABRAZOS:  Abrazos is an interesting thick and thin lace weight yarn that is a mix of cotton and bamboo. It makes the most incredible wraps and garments. See a close up of Abrazos yarn here.

BABY LLAMA:  This 100% baby llama, sport weight yarn is soft and luscious. There are outstanding patterns for sweaters, scarves, wraps and shawls for this yarn. See a close up of Dehaired Baby Llama yarn here.

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COTTON FLAMME:  Cotton Flamme is 100% pima cotton with a matte, textured finish. It is said to be a fingering weight yarn but works to a sport weight gauge, ideal fro wraps, sweaters and shrugs. See a close up of Cotton Flamme yarn here.

SEDOSO:   Sedoso is a seductive mix of royal alpaca, cashmere and silk in a lace weight yarn. There are amazing patterns for sweaters, scarves and shawls. See a close up of Sedoso yarn here.

Folio by Berroco – Fabulous Yarn for Spring

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IMG_1873The new Berroco yarn, Folio, has been in the shop for a few weeks now. It is flying off the shelves.

Knitters love this trans-seasonal DK weight yarn with exceptional yardage. It is a luscious, superfine alpaca and rayon blend that feels as soft and luxurious as cashmere. It can be knit on many needle sizes to give the drape and flow your project requires. Folio comes in many wonderful colours that will remind you of Spring.  More colours are being added regularly.  You can see more information about Folio here.

Berroco has great pattern support for this yarn. Several of the projects shown here are photographs of their pattern book for sale in the shop. You can see the wonderful drapability in each piece.  You can see additional patterns here and a free capelet pattern here.

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Yarn Tasting – What a Great Event

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There was lots of lively conversation and laughter as more than 24 enthusiast women gathered at Creative Yarns on Saturday (February 15) to join in the second “Yarn Tasting” event.  They were there to “needle” or “hook” test the new spring yarns from Estelle.  What a fabulous way for crafty people to spend a wintery afternoon – dreaming of their spring knits, over coffee and sweet treats.  Our youngest participant, in her early teens, crocheted the small Granny Squares seen above as her taste test.photo 1

 Estelle not only provided the 15 yarn samples from Manos, Lang, Cascade, Estelle and King Cole, they also generously donated amazing prizes.  Norma, Linda and Evelyn were lucky enough to win draws for three special prizes – the yarn and pattern for a large project.  Everyone else took home great prizes too.- a pattern and a skein of yarn for a smaller project.

Our thanks go to Estelle for sponsoring this event and to Cristina for hosting it.  You can see Estelle’s full line of yarns on their website.

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Rowan’s Pure Wool Worsted Makes It’s Debut

rowan_worstedThis wonderful, worsted weight yarn has made its debut at the shop. It is a soft, 100% wool yarn that is machine washable. And oh my – the colours. Creative Yarns has 31 of the 50 available colours in stock with more to come. The shades range from soft neutrals to bright jewel tones to sultry darks. The wide range of colours provide a wonderful palette for colour work in many forms: stranded techniques, intarsia or gradient designs. For Rowan’s full range of currently available colours and details about Pure Wool Worsted view the Rowan website here.

This will be a “go to” staple yarn for many knitters. It will be fabulous for any patterns including accessories, cardigans, pullovers, kid’s clothes and blankets that call for worsted weight yarn.  For inspiration,check out these free patterns available from Rowan.

 

The Creative Process – The Step and Ladder Scarf

Event ImageThere is a new scarf on display in the shop.  It is an original design, something we have come to expect at Creative Yarns, but this one was created by Cristina, knitter extraordinaire, knitwear teacher and member of the shop’s knit group.IMG_1827

The creation of this scarf has been a journey for Cristina.  She was inspired by a interesting, drapeable, felted lattice scarf that was gifted to another member of the knit group.  Cristina wanted to create a scarf that was different from her inspiration piece, but that was felted, draped well and had open spaces.  She tried several yarns, various felting methods and different stitch patterns.  These trial runs had some interesting results, but none of the scarves met all her goals, But then she hit gold this fall.

The Step and Ladder Scarf meets all of her objectives: it is very different from the inspiration piece; it is lightly felted and drapes beautifully; and, it has a lattice like grid with open spaces.  Best of all, everyone that sees it  loves it and doesn’t want to take it off.  The scarf can be styled in numerous ways as you can see in the photos.  Cristina confided that she made several as Chistmas gifts but couldn’t bear to part with them.

The scarf is actually quite straightforward to make – the difficult part was developing the design and finding the right yarn and felting technique.  Cristina has done all that for us.  If you are interested in making one for yourself, or perhaps as a gift (if you can part with it), Cristina will be teaching a class on the techniques used on February 22, 1-4 pm.  The pattern will be provided in the class.  You can find all the details here.

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