New Yarn – Linello from Lang Yarns

Posting date: 27 February 2021

Are you ready for summer?  Maybe you’re just ready to think about summer!  We’ve got a lovely new yarn in stock that will have you dreaming of a warmer, safer world in no time.

Linello, from Lang Yarns, is a treat for anyone who loves the look and feel of linen, but maybe wishes it were a bit easier on the hands.

It is a blend of linen, cotton, and viscose that is light, soft, strong, breathable, easy to knit, and durable.  Like all Lang Yarns, it is a high-quality preparation, with great consistency.  And it comes in a terrific range of colourways, with long, striking colour runs.

Nina already has a summer scarf worked up in this yarn – you can see it in the project gallery.  What will you make?

New Yarn – Juniper Moon Cumulus Rainbow

Posting Date: 14 February 2021

This is a new addition to the popular Cumulus line of yarns from Jupiter Moon Farms.  Cumulus Rainbow has the same yarn base, but adds beautiful colour gradients to make your soft cotton projects more exciting.

If you’ve already worked with Cumulus, you know how luscious it is.  Cotton yarns are sometimes disappointing – they look and feel great in the skein, but end up feeling hard, even stringy, when knitted up.  Not Cumulus!

Juniper Moon Farms brag about the long staple length of the Israeli  Mako cotton they use for this yarn, and it’s justified.  That extra staple length allows them to spin this yarn thicker and with more loft than lesser quality cotton fibre.  The result is a yarn that’s thick and bouncy, but with a smooth surface that makes it soft enough for the most sensitive skin.  It also holds up well to wash and wear.

Nina has a new design based on this yarn (Gallery pictures & pattern coming soon!), and there is additional pattern support from the yarn distributor, like this beautiful, but simple, Watery Ripples shawl from Vicki Myers.

New Yarn – Estelle SW Merino DK

Posting Date: 13 February 2021

Here’s another great general-purpose yarn that we are now carrying in a wide range of colours.

Estelle Superwash Merino DK is particularly well-suited for baby items.  It is next-to-skin soft.  It knits up quickly, but isn’t too heavy.  It’s 100% wool, so it’s naturally flame resistant, but it is also Superwash treated, and is machine washable.  Plus, it comes in at a lower price point than similar yarns, and is tremendous value for money.

It is very similar to Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (now on clearance), and can be substituted without modification into any pattern where you would use Cashmerino.

It’s also an excellent choice for light-to-medium weight sweaters, as it has good stitch definition to highlight cables and other interesting textured patterns.  And it’s soft enough for cowls and neckwear.

In short, a terrific all-rounder that checks all the boxes!

New Yarn – Hayne’s Creek Heathers

Posting date: 12 February 2021

We have another marvelous new yarn in stock, the aran-weight Hayne’s Creek Heathers from the Canadian company Gathering Yarn.

This is a brand new yarn range, and we love everything about it.  The soft, heathered colours are beautiful and visually interesting; the lofty, woolen-spun structure is warm without being heavy;  the yardage is truly excellent for this weight of yarn; it is spun from 100% Peruvian Highland Wool in a Fair Trade certified mill in Peru; and the cost per skein is remarkably low.

We recommend this yarn for quick-to-knit outerwear projects of all kinds, but especially for cozy warm sweaters that you will come back to season after season, but won’t break the bank.

Of course, it will also work well for hats, mittens, scarves, and any felted projects.

December Mini-Socks

Posting Date: 1 December 2020

Our annual mini-sock tradition will be available online this December, as the store is still closed for in-person shopping due to the coronavirus.

These decorative mini-socks are made from scraps of sock yarn, and no two are alike. They might have one colour of yarn, or a dozen, but every one is locally handmade with love – love of our craft, and love of our shared community at Creative Yarns.

Each sock has a loop for hanging – on your Christmas tree, if you have one, or perhaps on your key chain or zipper pull to add a note of whimsy to everyday life.

We are making these available through the online shopping portal and, yes, you can buy them if you want more than one. But we would much rather give them away for free!  So, put one in your cart and enter the code MINISOCK at checkout to get one free mini-sock with any order, while stocks last. Coupon is valid one time per customer.

Note that every mini-sock is different, and socks will be picked at random.

Black Friday Sale!

Posting date: 26 November 2020

Our physical store may be closed for in-person shopping, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

All yarn orders placed between Friday 27 November and Monday 30 November will receive a 25% discount.  That’s 25% off all yarns, no exceptions.

To get your discount this weekend, just go to our online shopping portal, make your purchase selections, then enter the discount code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Your order will be made ready for curbside pick-up, or shipped to you directly according to your preference.

Locking down, again

Posting date: 21 November 2020

Following provincial and municipal rules for the Covid-19 lockdown, our physical store will be closed for in-person shopping after Monday 23rd November.

We will be open this weekend, with some extra hours.  Hopefully this will allow those of you who need some last-minute yarn selection advice more time to visit without crowding :

  • Saturday 21 Nov 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 22 Nov 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Masks and physical distancing are, of course, still required, as per city bylaws.

After Monday, we will be happy to assist you by phone (416-331-8085), or through our online shopping portal.  Curbside pick-up and home delivery are both available.

Stay well and stay safe!  We look forward to seeing all our friends and customers again in person when it is deemed safe to reopen.

Winter hours

Posting date: 1 November 2020

This is a reminder that our winter hours are currently:

  • Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Of course, Covid-19 is still with us, so we are following all health and safety guidelines and Toronto bylaws.  Masks are required in the store at all times, and you are requested to maintain physical distance from other customers. 

If you are uncomfortable with visiting the store in person, we are still offering curbside pick-up for orders placed online, or by phone (416-331-8085).

New Yarn – Fibre Co. Amble

Posting date: 27 October 2020

Amble is a new fingering weight/sock yarn, available now in-store and from our online shopping portal. It’s a terrific product – a bit more interesting than your average sock yarn.

For starters, it’s an incredibly versatile yarn, suitable for just about any fingering weight project, including cowls and scarves with next-to-skin softness requirements. Plus, it’s machine-washable, for easy care. A great choice for heirloom-quality baby things.

The warm, modern colour palette will be familiar – these tones and hues show up in other yarns from The Fibre Co., one of our favourite suppliers of quality yarns.

But the backstory for the yarn is just as interesting. It uses eco-friendly processes for sourcing, blending, treating, and dyeing the fibre that are leading edge, and second-to-none. Read more about this interesting yarn here.

Closed for holiday weekend

Posting date: 4 September 2020

We will be closed all day this Saturday, 5 September for the Labour Day weekend.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope that you, too, have the opportunity to rest and relax over this long holiday weekend.

Our online storefront remains open, of course, and any orders placed will be shipped out, or available for pickup, on Tuesday, 8 September, when we reopen.

Summer Hours

Posting date: 29 July 2020

We are moving to reduced hours at the store (1213 Ellesemere Rd) for the remainder of July, August and September:

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

However, our online storefront remains available 24 hours a day!

2020 Toronto Yarn Hop

Posting Date: 19 June 2020

As many of you know, we participate every year in the Great Toronto Yarn Hop, a locally organised tour of yarn stores that usually takes place via public transit.

Not surprisingly, this year’s event will be largely online, as gatherings on public transport are not permitted at this time.  We do hope to see some of you in person making individual visits, but if you are shopping safely from home, you will be able to use the provided discount code from your Yarn Hop passport in our online shop.

Sale! 20% off Handmaiden Special Edition Yarns

Posting date: 5 June 2020

Handmaiden yarns (together with sister brand Fleece Artist) have always been one of our favourite Canadian independent dyers.  They have been in the business for decades, and have some of the best yarn base selections, with consistently spectacular colourways.

So, we make a point to stock up on their special edition offerings, most recently the ‘Wanderlust Islands’ series, with colourways inspired by island vacation destinations.  We have these limited edition colours in three luxury fibre blends: Flyss (Linen/Silk), Swiss Mountain Woolie Silk (Merino/Silk), and Alpaca Merino (Merino/Alpaca).

These are all wonderful yarns, and they have been popular as all Handmaiden yarns are.  It’s just that we ordered rather a lot of them, expecting these to be a big seller at this year’s Knitters’ Frolic, and of course that didn’t happen, due to COVID-19.

So, we’re selling the remainder of our stock at 20% off.  These colourways will not be repeated, so if you like what you see, buy them now!

 

New Yarn – Kremke Stellaris

Posting date: 5 June 2020

This is an entirely new yarn for our store, and we are excited by the creative possibilities it brings.

Kremke Stellaris is more of a thread than a yarn, and while it can be used on it’s own to create wonderfully fine cobweb-weight projects, we feel that it really shines (literally) when held together with another yarn to add a bit of sparkle to your work.

It is soft, easy to work with and comes in a wonderful range of colours.  Nina’s new capelet design shows how easy it is to add an elegant shimmer to transform the simplest of projects.

We started out with just a few of the available colours, but it is already popular and selling well, so we will definitely be getting more in soon!

 

New stock – Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk

Posting date: 5 June 2020

We just received an order with lots of wonderful new colours in one of our favourite yarns: Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk.

This is a light-weight yarn that is as soft as a cloud, knits up quickly at a loose gauge, has tremendous yardage, comes in a terrific range of colours, and is remarkably inexpensive.

Nina has worked up a new design using this yarn – you can see a picture of her capelet sample in the project gallery.

 

Cabot Trail – restock & new colours

Posting date: 21 May 2020

This morning we received our restocking order of Trailhead Yarns Cabot Trail (laceweight tencel), including a few new colours.  We know that some of you have been eagerly awaiting this, in order to knit Nina’s new Checkerboard Tunic, or the summer version of her popular Layering Tunic.

If you think you know what colour you want, order online now, to be sure you get your preferred colours – there were only five of each new colour, and several have been sold already!

Buttons!

Posting date: 19 May 2020

We made a big addition to the online store today.  Buttons!  Hundreds and hundreds of them – literally.

It turns out that browsing online for buttons is actually quite a good way to shop.  Or even just window-shop.  Because you can filter by size, shape, and colour, you can narrow down your options and easily see what might really work for any given project.

Of course, colour representations are never perfect online.  But, we are a full-service yarn store, so if you are buying online, we offer a button-matching service. We will suggest buttons to match a yarn that you are buying, or we will check that buttons you have selected match the yarn you have purchased. Just add a note with your yarn order requesting a button match (or to check any already selected buttons), and we will contact you with button suggestions and not ship your order until you have a added a matching button selection, if desired.

We can also offer button-matching for any yarn previously purchased, so long as it is a yarn and colour that we still have in stock for comparison.

Store re-opening on Tuesday

Posting date: 15 May 2020

Per provincial guidelines, we will be re-opening the store on Tuesday 19 May.  This is very exciting, after such a long shut-down, and we are really, really looking forward to seeing many of you again.  However, we must work with some limitations and restrictions:

  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
  • No more than two customers in the store at one time.
  • Maintain 2m (6 ft) distance from other people at all times within the store.
  • Please wear a mask while in the store.
  • Please keep visits short, both to minimise any contagion risk in shared indoor spaces, and to allow other customers time to visit.
  • Customers are invited to use our hand sanitizer (available at the counter), or washroom (at back of store) to wash hands on entering and/or before leaving the store.
  • Please stay home if you have any symptoms of cough or fever

Additionally, the online shopping portal is still available, with shipping or curbside pick-up options.

We are sorry, but we still cannot offer hands-on knitting assistance yet.

The coronavirus is still with us, and there is an expectation that numbers of new cases will rise as businesses all over Toronto start operating again.  So it is very important that we follow all of the provincial and Health Canada safety guidelines.

Persons considered ‘at risk’ should not visit any store, including ours, until further notice.  Persons at risk include: anyone in poor general health, anyone with immuno-compromisation issues, anyone with cardiovascular issues, anyone with diabetes of any type, anyone with chronic respiratory issues.

Online Store Updates

Posting date: 15 May 2020

We have had another busy week, expanding the online store.  We now have most of our yarns catalogued in the online shop. There are a few low-volume yarns still to add, and those might take a while, but all of our most popular lines are now available.

As always, you can find the newest yarns under the ‘New’ menu tab, and our sale yarns under the ‘Sale’ menu tab.  Our latest sale items include deep discounts on some gorgeous, hand-dyed luxury fibres from Handmaiden, one of our favourite Canadian yarn dyers.

This week, we have also added a number of Nina’s original design patterns.  We’re not done – there will be more added over the next few days, but we do now have up a good selection of her new patterns, and the most popular of her older patterns.

And while you’re here, check out the customer project gallery.  We are posting customer project photos here as you send them to us. Thank you for all the pictures you have sent! You have made some beautiful things!

It will likely still be a while before we can gather at the store together with our knitting projects for ‘show and tell’, so please continue to share your projects with us here!  Email photos to projectgallery@creativeyarns.ca, together with any notes about the pattern and yarn used.