Articles By Mairi McKissock

Top-down Raglan (Finished)

  • MP_TOP-DOWN-RAGLANSkill level: Intermediate
  • Date: Saturdays, 2  & 9 Apr, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (2 sessions, 6 hours total)
  • Instructor: Michelle Porter
  • Cost: $77 + HST

Learn how to get started on a top-down raglan pullover. As you work down from the neckline, we will get your stitch markers set up in the correct place and ensure the increases are forming correctly. Then we will get your body separated from your sleeves, so you can carry on knitting the sweater as you choose.

Oddball Design (Postponed)

  • MP_Odd-Ball-designSkill level: Easy
  • Date: Saturday, 4 Jun, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Michelle Porter
  • Cost: $41 + HST

This is the ultimate class for stash-busting creativity!   Enjoy creative experimentation with a variety of yarn textures and colours, combining them to create a new fabric.  Explore random stripes, doubling up yarns (and sometimes a bit of planning) with all your odd balls and leftovers.

We will swatch to get ideas and then discuss some easy garment construction to utilizing these techniques.

Machine Knitting – First Project (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Dates: Saturday, 16 Apr, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $41 + HST + materials

This is a project class for students with a basic understanding of knitting machine operation.  You will start a first project on the machine, creating a bias cowl.

Brioche – More Techniques (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Date: Saturday, 22 Oct, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $41 + HST

Improve on your brioche knitting skills by using different cast on and bind off methods, and knitting in the round with one yarn and knitting brioche in the round with 2 yarns.

Continental Knitting 2 (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Date: Saturday,  12 Nov, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (1 session, 2 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $29 + HST

This is a ‘beyond the basics’ class for students with newly acquired continental knitting skills.  You will learn how to manage a variety of additional techniques with comfort and efficiency, including increasing, decreasing, and knitting in the round.

Finishing Finesse (Finished)

  • Skill level: Beginner/Intermediateseam
  • Date: Saturday, Saturday, 1 Apr, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $41 + HST
 Here is your chance to go to Finishing School. Haven’t you always wanted to do that! Learn the techniques required for a professional finish to your garments and projects.  Most people hate finishing knitting projects. Instructor Trish Denhoed actually enjoys it!  So come learn a few easy steps to make your garments look more professional.

Fitting First Steps (Finished)

  • Skill level: BeginnerTD_Fitting
  • Dates: Saturday, 28 May, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 sessions, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $41 + HST

One of the most common questions knitters ask is about making a sweater fit. In this class, we’ll take a look at the first steps to making that happen. You will pair with another student and record your measurements, and then we will discuss how to use this information to knit patterns effectively. Be sure to read the note about materials to bring. Let’s get fit!

Vertical Stranding (Finished)

  • Skill level: IntermediateTD_Vertical Stranding
  • Dates: Saturday, 18 Jun, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 sessions, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $41 + HST + materials

Have you ever felt vertically challenged? Let’s meet the challenge together and find an easy way up. Instructor Trish Denhoed learned the technique directly from Lorilee Beltman, the designer who developed this easy way to carry yarn when making vertical lines in coloured knitting. No more bobbins or tangled yarn!  We will start knitting a sock in class.

Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking (Finished)

  • Skill level: Complete Beginner JB_sample_III
  • Dates: Saturday,  24 Sep, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Jane Bridgeman
  • Cost: $41 + HST + materials

Using the very simple technique of traditional rug hooking, participants can discover ways to use their ʻstashʼ to create a work of art, while exploring colour and texture.
Rug hooking aficionado Jane Bridgeman will provide an overview of traditional rug hooking, including types of hooks, backings, frames, fibres and cutters. After a short demonstration of hooking technique, you will get assistance to hook a small 5” x 7” mat from a kit containing linen backing, and a range of fibres including hand-dyed yarn, roving, wool strips, wool flannel, silk sari ribbon, and silk yarn. The small project can be completed in class, allowing easy progression to larger hooked landscapes or abstract works in the future.

Several different simple finishing options will be demonstrated, as will transfer of a pattern to backing.
Different types of frames and hooks will be available for loan during class, making this a very accessible way for anyone curious about the technique to try it out without first investing in tools.

 

Rug-hooking Landscapes (Finished)

  • JB_landscape-1Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Dates: Thursdays, 21 Apr – 12 May, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (4 session, 6 hours total)
  • Instructor: Jane Bridgeman
  • Cost: $77 + HST + materials

Interested in tackling a larger rug-hooking project?  This project class is for anyone with a basic understanding of traditional rug hooking technique, who would like to work on a multi-session project in a supportive, social environment.

Bring your hook, hoop and yarn/wool/fabric stash to tackle your own ʻGreat Canadian Landscapeʼ project. Hook a landscape in a season which suits your stash.

Over 4 sessions, learn to create contrast and interest in your foreground, mid-ground, and background using both hooking techniques and your materials.

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!

Introduction to Machine Knitting (Finished)

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Dates: Saturday, 13 Feb, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $35 + HST + materials

Did you ever think about trying machine knitting? This is an opportunity to understand how the hobby knitting machines work, what you need to know about them, and even try to knit a few rows on a machine.

All About Top Down Socks (Postponed)

Skill level: Beginner/IntermediateTop_Down_Socks1
Dates: Saturdays 26 Nov – 10 Dec, 2:00 – 4:30pm (3 sessions, 7.5 hours total)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $95 + HST + materials

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.

How to Read Charted Crochet Patterns (Finished)

  • Event ImageSkill level: Intermediate
  • Dates: Saturday, 26 Mar, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Sherri Bondy
  • Cost: $35 + HST + materials

Have you always wanted to learn how to do charted patterns but couldn’t figure out what all the squiggles on the page meant?

Come join us as we demystify the squiggles, work through a sample chart, and give you the skills you need to read charted patterns written in any language

Crochet Entrelac (Finished)

  • SB_crochet_entrelacSkill level: Advanced Beginner
  • Dates: Saturdays, 12 – 19 Mar, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (2 sessions, 6 hours total)
  • Instructor: Sherri Bondy
  • Cost: $65 + HST + materials

Entrelac crochet is fun and easy! No need to turn your work, you always work on the same side, quickly building up your squares to make a thick and sturdy fabric.

Join us as we learn the basic technique and work together on a quick and easy project.

Twisted Stitch Cowl (Postponed)

  • Skill level: IntermediateEH_Lierne_Cowl
  • Dates: Saturdays, 20 Feb & 5 Mar, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
  • Cost: $45 + HST + materials

The Lierne Cowl is a lovely example of Twisted stitch knitting. This project includes many technical elements such as: provisional cast on, knitting in the round, picking up live stitches, changing gauge through the use of needle changes, simple lace stitches, using a cable needle and blocking. This class would be ideal for knitters already comfortable with knit and purl stitches to increase their knowledge of some of the finer elements to make a spectacular garment.

Confident Pattern Reading (Finished)

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate.
Date: Thursday 21 Jan, 2 – 5 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $35 + HST

When you read a pattern, does it seem like you are reading another language? tbl, psso, k2tog, decrease evenly across the row while maintaining the pattern…….   Let’s explore it together and get bilingual.

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