Articles By Mairi McKissock

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.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule

Posting date: 1 Aug 2016

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer, but it’s not too early to plan ahead for your Fall knitting schedule!  We have booked a full schedule of classes for September through December – you can browse here for what is available, or check out the class pages for all the details of the ones that interest you.

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)Event Image

Create your own modular masterpiece!  Elizabeth will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating modular garments as you work on this stunning project over this four-session course.

Skill level: Intermediate
Dates: Saturdays, 17 Sep, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, 24 Sep, 8 & 22 Oct, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (4 sessions, 9 hours total)
Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
Cost: $113 + HST + materials
Details: click here

 

Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking (workshop)JB_sample_IV

Unleash your creativity (and use up some of your yarn stash) with something new!  Instructor Jane Bridgeman will teach you everything you need to know to get started with the traditional (but newly popular) craft of rug hooking.

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

 Brioche – Single Colour (workshop)

For those who missed it last time, Cristina is running her introductory Brioche workshop again.  This is the place to start if you have ever admired those fascinatingly thick, soft, drapey, textured wonders of Brioche that we see so often these days.  Warning!  It’s addictive.

Skill level: Intermediate
Dates: Saturday,  1 Oct, 2 – 5pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
Cost: $41 + HST
Details: click here

Mosaic Cowl (workshop)

Come to this Thursday evening workshop to learn the basics of working mosaic patterns, and get started on a simple cowl pattern, just in time for cooler weather.

Skill level: Intermediate
Date: Thursday, 20 Oct, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (1 session, 2 hours)
Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
Cost: $29 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Brioche – More Techniques (workshop)

Expand your brioche knitting skills by applying new cast on and bind off methods, and learning to work in the round.

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

Learn to  Crochet (course)

Everything you need to know to get started with crochet, and get going on satisfying crochet projects.

Skill level: Complete Beginner
Dates: Saturdays, 29 Oct – 12 Nov, 10:30am – 1:30pm (3 sessions, 9 hours total)
Instructor: Sherri Bondy
Cost: $113 + HST + materials
Details: click here

Swatch Bootcamp (workshop)

Swatching might be the least popular knitting activity there is.  But learning to do it well could be the best investment you ever make in your knitting career.  This is the second essential step to making your garments fit well.

Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
Date: Saturday 29 Oct, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $41 + HST
Details: click here

Finishing School (workshop)seam

Learn to finish your knitted garments painlessly and professionally.  These are essential skills for any knitter – blocking, seaming, tidying, fixing, and more.

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 5 Nov, 2:00 – 5:00 pm OR Saturday, 26 Nov, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $41 + HST
Details: click here

Continental Knitting (workshop)

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

Crocheted Cowl (course)SB_granny cowl

You’ll be delighted with how easily and quickly you can make this dramatic, crocheted cowl.  Just in time for the gifting season…

Skill level: Adventurous Beginner
Dates: Saturdays, 19 Nov & 3 Dec, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
Instructor: Sherri Bondy
Cost: $53 + HST + Materials
Details: click here

 

Rug-hooking with yarn (workshop)

This is a project-oriented workshop that will get you started on a stash-busting rug project using the yarn you already have available.

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
Dates: Saturday, 19 Nov, 1:30 – 3:30 pm (1 session, 2 hours)
Instructor: Jane Bridgeman
Cost: $29 + HST + materials
Details: click here

All About Top-Down Socks (course)Top_Down_Socks1

Everything you need to know to knit socks of any size, using the classic, top-down, heel-flap & round toe construction technique.  This class is suitable for first-time sock knitters, but be sure to check the listing for prerequisite skills.

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

Rug-hooking with yarn (Finished)

  • Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Dates: Saturday, 19 Nov, 1:30 – 3:30 pm (1 session, 2 hours)
  • Instructor: Jane Bridgeman
  • Cost: $29 + HST + materials

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.  In this 2 hour workshop, it is expected students will make a significant start on their project in class, and leave class fully prepared to complete the project at home.

Crocheted Cowl (Finished)

  • SB_granny cowlSkill level: Adventurous Beginner
  • Dates: Saturdays, 19 Nov & 3 Dec, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
  • Instructor: Sherri Bondy
  • Cost: $53 + HST + Materials (Note: pattern is included in class price)
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.

Mosaic Cowl (Finished)

  • Skill level: Advanced beginnerEH_mosiac_cowl_II
  • Dates: Thursday, 20 Oct, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (1 session, 2 hours total)
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
  • Cost: $29 + HST + materials

 

Mosaic Knitting is a term coined by Barbara Walker to describe slip stitch knitting using 2 colours. This simple, yet effective technique can be used to create stunning designs without having to work with more than 1 yarn at a time. This class will focus on how to read Mosaic patterns and how to use the technique. We will work on a series of patterns to make a”Sampler” that can be joined and made into a cowl, or continued into a scarf

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, 4 Nov, 2 – 5 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.