Spinning Social – Saturday, 29 July

Posting date: 18 Jul 2017

Are there any spinners out there who would like to join us for a spinning social on the afternoon of Saturday, 29 July?  We will be getting together at 2pm in the downstairs classroom to spin and chat.  Our core group of spinners are all spindlers, but wheels are welcome, too (bring your own, of course) as there is plenty of room downstairs.

New spinners are particularly welcome, so long as you have your own spindle and fibre.  This is not a class, but we are happy to share tips and encouragement.  Learning to spin is mostly about practice, and the best way to practice is in the company of other spinners.  If you are a new spinner with a wheel, you should have enough experience with your wheel to be comfortable with its operation – we don’t know if there will be any other wheel spinners there to help with wheel questions.

Prize Draw Winners

Posting date: 12 Jul 2017

We had a very busy time at the prize draw event this weekend, and we’d like to thank everyone who came in to participate, especially those who were visiting the store for the first time.  We hope you’ll come back and see us again often!

Congratulations to all of our winners:

  • Grand Prize winners: Simona and Linda S.
  • First Prize winners: Cathy S., Taninei, Sam, Gwen, and Sylvia
  • Second Prize winners: Trish, Bev, Angela, Sylvia, Jane O., Joan, Susan, and Linda S.

And once again, a big thank you to all of our distributors and suppliers.  It was a lot of fun to give away so much beautiful yarn, needles, project bags, and knitting notions.

 

Gala Re-opening Prize Draw Event

Posting date: 27 Jun 2017

Everything is running smoothly at the new store, and we are all as pleased as can be about the new location.  If you have already been here for a visit, you will have recognized much – the same great choice of yarns, the same friendly atmosphere, the same welcome for those who’d like to sit and knit.  Everyone seems to like the new layout – it is easier to see what’s in the store, both yarns and sample garments.

To celebrate our successful move and re-opening, we will be holding a grand gala prize draw for customers on Saturday, 8 July.  Many of Nina’s wonderful suppliers have contributed prizes large and small, but including Fleece Artist and other top quality yarns, and a grand prize of a full Addi interchangeable needle set.  Full contest rules will be available in the store, but all customers on Saturday 8 July who spend at least $20 will receive prize draw tickets.  There will be multiple draws, with prizes grouped into value categories, and purchases over $100 will earn tickets for the grand prize draw.

The draw will be held at the end of the day.  You do not need to be present at the draw to win – come any time during the day, and you will receive draw ticket(s) with your purchase.  So, if you have been thinking of a sweater project, or even just a pair of socks, Saturday 8 July would be a great time to buy your yarn.

Nina would like to thank her suppliers for their generous prize contributions:

 

Move news – everything on schedule

Posting date: 9 Jun 2017

Our move is underway, and the store is currently closed.  Everything is on schedule to reopen at the new location (1213 Ellesmere) on Thursday, 15 Jun.  We’ll see you soon!

Moving Sale!!!

Posting date: 18 May 2017

Creative Yarns will be changing location very soon.  Don’t worry, we’re not going far – the new store location will be just a little further East on Ellesmere Rd, at Midland Ave.  Our target is to move mid-June – open for all normal business hours at the current location (269 Ellesmere) until end of day Wednesday, 7 June, then moving and getting the new store ready to reopen at the new location (1213 Ellesmere) on Thursday, 15 June.  However, there are still renovations going on at the new location.  Please check back here closer to the date to find out if there have been any changes to the schedule.  Here’s where we’ll be:

The really good news for our customers is that we will be having a huge “Farewell and See You Soon!” sale, in order to reduce inventory before the move, and to thank you all for your continuing business.  Many yarns will be on clearance for 30 – 50% off regular price.  Some regular yarns are on sale for 20 – 30% off.  Books are on sale at 20% off.   Best of all, every single one of our non-sale yarns, including new yarns and best-sellers, will be on sale for 10% off purchases over $100, 15% off purchases over $200, or 20% off purchases over $300.  In all cases, you will receive a coupon for 10% off your first purchase at the new location.

So, hurry along to the store to save big on purchases before we move, then see us soon at the new location, with another discount waiting to welcome you.

Glove crochet class!

Posting date: 22 April 2017

We have a brand new class coming up soon – Trish Denhoed’s Crocheted Dragon Gloves on Saturday 13 May. This is a simple, fun, project class that makes optimal use of basic crochet skills and some colour-changing yarn.  Join us, and be very impressed by these lovely gloves.  Click here for more details.

Finishing class!

Posting date: 14 March 2017

Trish Denhoed’s finishing techniques workshop is our most popular class, and probably also our most useful. Recommended for anyone who knits garments (or would like to) – learn how to manage seams, edges, and garment details neatly and professionally. The next session of this workshop will be on Saturday 1 April.  Click here for more details.

New Yarn – Fresco

Posting date: 1 March 2017

We have another new yarn in the store.  Fresco is an Italian linen-viscose blend, from Borgo DePazzi.  It’s lightweight, has fantastic yardage, with a beautiful sheen,  great drape, and just a bit of textural interest.  We recommend a fairly loose gauge for light, airy summer garments & wraps, and the inexpensive price point makes it very suitable for larger garments.  Nina has already worked up a sample scarf in silver-gray, but the possibilities are endless.  Available in a range of solid and variegated colours.

If you are planning to attend the Yarn Tasting event on Saturday, Fresco will be one of the yarns we’ll be ‘tasting’.

 

 

 

Estelle Spring Yarn Tasting!

Posting date:20 Feb 2017

Estelle Yarns are sponsoring a Spring ‘Yarn Tasting’ event at the store.  Estelle will provide a range of new yarns for you to try out.  Register for the event, bring your own needles, and come knit a few swatches with us.  Decide what you like, check out the colours, and help us decide which we should stock.

Date: Saturday 4 March, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Creative Yarns (classroom)
Bring: needles in a variety of sizes

Estelle Yarns will be providing door prizes, and we will have tea, coffee and snacks available.  Make sure to call the store (416-331-8085) to register for this event, as space is limited.

New Yarn – Fleece Artist Halo

Posting date:20 Feb 2017

Halo is a brand new hand-dyed yarn bundle offering from one of our favourite suppliers – Fleece Artist.  Each bundle contains one skein of Merino Slim and one skein of Angel Hair (70% Kid Mohair, 30% Nylon), in matching dyelots.  It is so new that we haven’t seen any stashed on Ravelry yet!  But look at all the wonderful colourways currently in stock at the store!

We think this would be wonderful to knit up into a garment with stripes of complementary textures (gauzy lace mohair striping with solid merino).  There’s loads of yardage between the two skeins; two bundles would make a generous light top.  Or, hold the two strands together for a quick knit of something light, warm, and fluffy.

Fleece Artist Custom Colourway for Creative Yarns

Posting date:7 Dec 2016

cy-news-060This Autumn, Nina worked with Fleece Artist to create an exclusive, custom colourway for Creative Yarns. cy_northern-lights Samples were provided, colours were tweaked, and eventually we received a full order.  Available now in the store, this luscious sock yarn knits up beautifully.  Inspired by the Northern Lights, it uses some of Nina’s favourite colours.  And every skein sold in the store comes with a free project bag, perfect for carrying a pair of socks-in-progress.

 

Sale! Nina’s Handknit Designs.

Posting date:3 Dec 2016

cy_sale-007This is an exciting announcement for those of us who admire all the wonderful sample garments Nina has around the store.  We are having a sale of Nina’s handknit designs.  Many of these amazing garments will be on sale – at very attractive prices – all this month.  If there’s someone special in your life who deserves a beautiful, handknit gift this year, Nina might have something appropriate and ready made.

We all know how much work goes into handmade garments.  cy_sale-003Normally, this means that unique, custom designs are well beyond our price range, if we don’t have the time (or skill) to make them ourselves.  But this year we have a large selection of high quality designs available for little more than the cost of materials.

Hurry in to see what is available.  These are unique pieces, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

 

 

December mini-socks, 2016

Posting date:30 Nov 2016

It is time for our fifth annual mini-xmas-mini-socks-2016-056sock Advent calendar.   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.  Last year we saw some pretty fierce competition for mini-socks, so there are even more available this year – 75 of them, in addition to those on the Calendar.  However, December is the busiest month of the year, and the mini-socks will still run out early.  So, do your Christmas yarn shopping early for the best chance!

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, Cathy, Trish, Jean, Phoebe, Corinne, Kathy, and Monika.  Thank you, everyone, for joining in the fun of our December mini-sock tradition!

Find us on Facebook!

Posting date: 27 Nov 2016

Do you use Facebook?  Nina now has a Facebook account, and she’s going to be using it to post occasional store news.  Look for the ‘Find us on Facebook’ button at the right of the home page.  Click on it to go directly to the Creative Yarns Facebook page.  And be sure to send us a friend request if you’d like to see Nina’s updates in your Facebook feed.

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)

Event ImageIn the depths of winter, these are the mittens you will reach for most often. Come and learn everything you need to know about twining technique, and mittens in general.

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)

Event ImageThis fun workshop is a must for knitters and crocheters of any level.  Come and get a quick infusion of confidence for all of your colour decisions.

  • 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!