Safe Shopping! 20% discount!

Posting date: 24 March 2020

Per Ontario health guidelines, we are closing the store to in-person shopping.

We are, however, still doing business, with a 20% ‘Safe Shopping’ discount.

We will be providing assistance by phone and email, with pick-up or mail orders available.  Please use one of the following methods to contact Nina:

  • Call the store and leave a message: (416) 331-8085
  • Email the store: creativeyarns@gmail.com
  • Email Nina directly: nina@creativeyarns.ca
  • Call Nina’s personal cell: (416) 430-0788

Nina will be at the store once a day to handle all calls and emails, and prepare orders for pick-up or mail-out.  If you leave a message at the store, she will call you back at that time.

We understand that this is not as convenient or enjoyable as visiting in person!  So, we are offering a 20% discount on all orders placed during the COVID-19 shutdown.

 

Classes cancelled

Posting date: 20 March 2020

Following the latest health guidelines, we have now decided to cancel all scheduled classes.  We will be contacting all registered students personally to give a full refund.

COVID-19 Update

Posting date: 17 March 2020

Dear friends and customers,

Like everyone else, we are evaluating the virus pandemic situation on a day-by-day basis.  At this time we have made the decision to remain open, following Canadian public health guidelines.

The following groups of people are considered to be at high risk:

  • anyone over 70 years of age
  • anyone with asthma or other known respiratory problems
  • anyone with existing cardiovascular issues
  • anyone with immunocompromisation issues
  • anyone who has traveled outside Ontario within the last 14 days

If you fall into any of these categories, please do not come to the store in person.  Instead, please call Nina (416-331-8085) to discuss your needs.  We can prepare any purchase and either make it available for pick up by a friend, or mail it to you.

Store hours are also changing.  We will be open from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and the Thursday evening social knitting group is cancelled until further notice.

Scheduled classes will be continuing until further notice, as class sizes are small and the large classroom allows appropriate distancing.  If you cannot attend because you are in one of the risk groups identified above, call Nina for a full refund.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  We want everyone to stay healthy, and we will get through this together.

More Classes!

Posting date: 7 March 2020

Did you miss the Toe-Up Socks class at the end of February?  It was really popular.  There were so many people on the waitlist, that we decided to run it again right away.  It is already more than half full, but there are a few spots left, so call right away if you want to take advantage of this second chance.

We are also running a beginner class for Stranded Colourwork at the end of April, also with Liane Schwarz.

Holiday Hours

Posting date: 21 December 2019

Best wishes for Christmas & all the holidays you celebrate!

Our store hours for the holiday period are:

  • Tuesday, Christmas Eve: closed
  • Wednesday, Christmas Day: closed
  • Thursday, Boxing Day: closed
  • Friday 27th Dec: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (normal hours)
  • Saturday 28th Dec: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (normal hours)
  • Sunday, Monday – closed as normal
  • Tuesday, New Year’s Eve: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, New Year’s Day: closed
  • Thursday:  normal hours resume

Mini-Socks!

Posting date: 4 December 2019

‘Tis the season… for our annual mini-sock advent calendar.  One sock for every day of advent, all stuffed with delicious Lindor chocolates.  The first customer of each day gets the sock for that day – not just the chocolate, the sock is yours to keep.

Of course, the store is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so three lucky customers will get advent socks on Tuesdays!

When you visit the store during advent, don’t forget to ask Nina about the advent socks – you might just be today’s lucky customer!

Black Friday Sale!

Posting date: 26 November 2019

We don’t often have a store-wide sale, and Black Friday is the big one for the year.  From this Thursday, 28 November, through Saturday, 30 November, we are offering:

  • 15% off all yarns, including new products and best sellers
  • 20% – 40% off specially marked bargains (including all Shibui yarns!)
  • first chance at a new selection of clearance yarns (50% off)

And don’t forget that our annual garment sale is also on at this time!

So, come visit us this weekend for our best bargains of the year.

Annual Garment Sale!

Posting date: 19 November 2019

From now until Christmas, we are having our best value sale of all – you can buy finished garments, all new and unworn, that have been used as store samples.  In most cases, these are being sold for little more than the cost of the yarn.  Original  designs, unique creations, quality craftsmanship; these are one-of-a-kind specials, going for bargain prices.

If you need an extra-special gift for someone this holiday season, or if you just want to treat yourself to some high-quality hand-knit luxury, come down to the store & browse this year’s selection of available sale garments.

Trunk Show! Natural Ewe Yarns

Posting Date: 11 September, 2019

Mark your calendars for Saturday, 28 September – we have another inspiring trunk show scheduled, with Natural Ewe, a local (Muskoka) supplier of hand-dyed yarns.

Natural Ewe yarns are our favourite kind of product – natural fibres from ethically raised animal and plant sources, processed and dyed in environmentally friendly ways.

They will be showing a wide range of yarn bases and colours, with a large selection of popular gradient kits.  Yarns include ultra-soft merino, organic cotton/linen blends, and luxury blends with cashmere or mohair/silk.  There will also be plenty of samples, and the opportunity to ask questions about the yarns and dyes.

So, plan to visit us and meet the owner of Natural Ewe on Saturday the 28th.

  • Date: Saturday, 28 September
  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

New Yarns

Posting Date: 3 May, 2019

We have some lovely new yarns in stock for you. It has been a while since we featured new yarns here, so there’s not room to cover everything. Here are just a few:

1-ply SW merino fingering weight from Lichen and Lace

The soft tonals and variegations of this lovely yarn complement the softness of the single-ply merino. It’s an excellent choice for next-to-the skin garments like shawls and cowls.

Zen Yarn Garden sock yarns

We have a great range of Zen Yarn Garden sock yarns, in both Superfine Fingering (90/10 Merino/Nylon) and Serenity 20 (70/20/10 Merino/Cashmere/Nylon). Beautiful colours in hardwearing yarns, at about the lowest price point for hand-dyed sock yarns in the store.

Urth Yarns Kashmir Mono

The photo just doesn’t do justice to the exquisite colours of this utterly decadent, 100% cashmere yarn. For something truly special.

There’s more! Visit the store to see everything that’s new.

Trunk Show! Trailhead Yarns

Posting Date: 6 March, 2019

Mark your calendars for an exciting trunk show by Trailhead Yarns on Saturday, 23 March.

Trailhead Yarns are a very interesting, local (Ontario) independent dyer, with a focus on plant-based, natural yarns that have a low environmental impact. They fill a niche for beautifully hand-dyed yarns suitable for anyone interested in cotton, linen, and other summer yarns, people with wool allergies, vegans, and anyone with environmental concerns.

They offer a wide range of colours in four yarn bases, all of which will be available to admire at Creative Yarns during their trunk show. They will also bring samples of knitted projects, and will be available to answer any questions about their yarns and how to use them to best effect.

So, come see us on Saturday the 23rd, and expect to be inspired!

  • Date: Saturday, 23 March
  • Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Collaborative promotion – Barcelona Collective shoes

Posting Date: 8 February 2019

Do you like shoes? Really cute, really comfortable shoes? We are trying to arrange for an exciting, collaborative event with Barcelona Collective, and we need your help to arrange this.

We would like to bring in Barcelona Collective representatives, with a full inventory of their beautiful shoes, for a one-day event at Creative Yarns, possibly at the beginning of April. You’d have the chance to try on these amazing shoes, and pick the ones that work best with your favourite hand-knits. Or, buy your ideal shoes, boots, or sandals, and pick yarn to make a sweater to go with them.

We need to know if enough people are interested before the event can be confirmed with our partners at Barcelona Collective. If you think you might be interested, please take a moment to look at the range of styles available on the Barcelona webpage, then answer a few quick questions in our survey.

Holiday Store Hours

Posting Date: 20 December 2018

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and customers! May all the holidays that you celebrate be filled with love and warmth.

The store will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, and 2nd January. Normal hours will resume 3rd January.

  • Mondays: closed
  • Tuesday 25th & 1st: closed
  • Wednesday 26th & 2nd: closed
  • Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (social knit night)
  • Fridays: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: closed

Lizzie Anne Trunk Show Cancelled. Flash Sale Instead.

Posting Date: 29 November, 2018

We are extremely disappointed to announce that this Saturday’s planned trunk show for Lizzie Anne yarns has just been cancelled by the supplier, due to problems with production and a shortage of inventory for the show.  At this time, we do not have further information about future availability of yarns from this supplier, but it is likely that we will not be restocking Lizzie Anne yarns in the immediate future.

We know that many of you were planning to come for this event, and looking forward to it.  We do not want you to be completely disappointed, so we are offering a flash sale in compensation:

  • All day, Saturday, 1 December
  • 15% discount on all regular-priced yarns store-wide
  • 25% discount on all Lizzie Anne yarns currently in stock

See you Saturday!

Trunk Show! Lizzie Anne Yarns

Posting Date: 1 November, 2018

Mark your calendars for an exciting trunk show by Lizzie Anne Yarns on Saturday, 1 Dec.

Lizzie Anne Yarns are a local (Ontario) independent dyer, with an impressive collection of yarn bases in a beautiful range of hand-dyed colours, including speckled, semi-solid, hand-painted, and gradient kits.  They will be visiting with samples of knitted projects, and a huge selection of yarns, including some not previously carried in the store, and will be available to answer all of your questions about their yarns and how to use them to best effect.

  • Date: Saturday, 1 December
  • Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Winter Classes

Posting Date: 1 November, 2018

We have a few classes running this month, just in time to tackle a gift project for the holiday season.  Click on the links below for full details:

  • Learn wet-felting, a fun new skill in Sherri Bondy’s Fabulous Felted Scarf Class on Saturday 17 November.
  • Learn all about knitting socks, while making a miniature, ornamental sock in Mairi McKissock’s Mini-sock Workshop on Saturday 17 November.
  • Learn how to finish all of your projects neatly and professionally in Trish Denhoed’s Finishing Workshop on Saturday 24 November.

Extended Store Hours

Posting Date: 17 October 2018

The nights may be getting longer, but so are our opening hours.  This is just a reminder that our regular opening hours are in effect again, and the store is open for an extra hour most evenings:

  • 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