Last minute Christmas gift ideas

Posting Date: 21 December 2022

 

Oh no! It’s this time of the year again. Christmas is in a couple of days and if you still didn’t prepare gifts for some of your loved ones (or probably yourself), we are here to help you to find out some ideas of last minute Christmas gifts for crafters.

Let’s start with the easiest one – Gift Certificate. You can purchase one at Creative Yarns and put any amount of money. You will definitely be safe with a gift certificate, and your loved ones will get whatever they want. 

 

You can’t be wrong with giving yarn to your craft friends. We have a beautiful selection of the finest quality yarns. Check out our online store to explore all options.

The next idea is a knitting needles set. Look how cute is it! We have several options from different brands. They all go with a case that is so convenient for keeping them on place.

Hope these last minute Christmas gifts ideas will help you to find out the best present for your loved ones. 

Our working hours this Holiday: 

December 24 – 27 : closed

December 28 – 30: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

December 31: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

January 1 – 2: closed

 

Happy Holidays!

Holiday hours

Posting date: 21 Dec 2022

 

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holidays! May this holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.

Our Holiday hours this year are:

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, 3 Jan.

See you soon!

 

BLACK FRIDAY Sale

Posting date: 24 Nov 2022

 

 

Don’t miss our Black Friday Sale! 

All yarn in store 20% – 50% off.

All yarn at creativeyarns.ca 20% off with discount code BLACKFRIDAY22. 

Sale is in effect from Friday November 25, 2022 to Sunday November 27, 2022. 

 

 

New! Yarns from Knitting for Olive.

Posting date: 24 October 2022

We’re delighted to start carrying some beautiful new yarns from Knitting for Olive,  a small, mother-and-daughter Danish yarn company.  They are knitters and knitwear designers first, so their yarns come from their own love of high-quality, natural fibres that are environmentally friendly, cruelty-free, and easy to work with.

Knitting for Olive Merino is produced from Patagonian merino, where sheep are not subjected to mulesing. Pure Silk is spun from pure bourette silk (raw silk) produced from silk fibers collected from cocoons after the chrysalises are allowed to mature into moths and escape. Both yarns are spun and dyed in Italy using environmentally safe practices, and the finished yarns are STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified, meaning that they are free from any harmful chemicals.

These are lovely yarns to work with. The quality of the yarn and beauty of the colours elevate simple designs to elegance and luxury.  We can’t wait to see what wonderful things our customers will make with these new yarns.

Knitting for Olive Merino yarns in rows, showing the range of colours.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posting date: 10 Oct 2022

We’d like to wish a very happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends and customers.  We hope that you have loved ones to spend it with, and plenty of good food to celebrate it with.

Fall is here, the autumn colours are breathtaking this year, and we are well into prime ‘knitting season’. The store has plenty of new yarns, new colourways in old favourites, and new pattern suggestions for you to dive into.  Whether you are knitting gifts for the coming holiday season, or warm, woolly garments for your own Fall and Winter, we have suggestions for all your knitting needs.

As a reminder, our winter hours are in effect:

  • Monday:      Closed.
  • Tuesday:      10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:     10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday:          10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:     10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:        Closed.

See you soon!

 

Pattern suggestion: Bibbe pullover

Posting date: 4 October 2022

 

Fall is officially here. The start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere was couple weeks ago and what is the best way to celebrate than to knit up an oversized pullover? Creative Yarns is here with a weekly pattern suggestion.  

Step one is to pick a nice pattern. Creative Yarns suggests Bibbe pullover by Meghan Kelly. It is an oversized dolman pullover worked in pieces from the bottom up. Increases are worked at the underarms to shape the sleeves. Short rows shape the shoulders. When working the front, the neck shaping is worked simultaneously with the short row shaping. pattern suggestion bibbe pullover

Step two is to pick a nice yarn. We decided to knit this beautiful pullover with Arranmore Light by The Fibre Company. It is woollen spun DK weight yarn. It is 80% merino wool, 10% cashmere and 10% sillk. Garments made with this yarn are light and warm at the same time. 

pattern suggestion arranmore yarn

Shibui Yarn – Clearance Sale

Posting date: 13 Jul 2022

A skein of soft, gray, tweedy yarn.A special offer for all lovers of Shibui yarns!  We love Shibui, too – beautiful solid colours in high-quality luxury fibres – but it’s time for us to clear out our inventory to make room for new products.

So, we’re having a clearance sale, with 20% off all Shibui yarn, while stocks last.  In-store, or online.

We carry:

  • Shibui Twig – a soft blend of linen/silk/wool; light, cool, and easy with a luxurius feel
  • Shibui Rain – mercerized cotton chainette; lustrous and fluid
  • Shibui Pebble – a tweedy silk/merino/cashmere blend with a cushy softness
  • Shibui Fern – organic brushed cotton in a cabled yarn; light, soft, and very easy to work
  • Shibui Echo – a lofty, textured silk/merino blend
  • Shibui Reed – a soft linen chainette with exquisite suppleness and drape

Summer hours

Posting date: 7 Jul 2022

Please note that the store will be closed on Saturday 9 July.

Our summer hours this year are:

  • Monday:      Closed.
  • Tuesday:      10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:     10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday:          10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:     10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:        Closed.

See you soon!

 

Regular business hours

Posting date: 30 March 2022

Spring is on the doorstep, and we hope that you are also looking forward to more outdoor activities in the near future!   We are returning to regular business hours, and will be closed again on Sundays.  Our regular hours are:

  • Monday:      Closed.
  • Tuesday:      10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:     10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday:          10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:     10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:        Closed.

See you soon!

 

Sunday Opening Extended

Posting date: 5 January 2022

Happy New Year!  We wish you all a joyful New Year, full of possibilities and (hopefully soon) free of COVID and all the disruption it has caused.

Sunday opening hours have been very popular this winter, and so we are extending them.   Our opening hours are currently:

  • Monday:      Closed.
  • Tuesday:      10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:     10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday:          10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:     10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:        11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

See you soon!

 

Holiday Hours

Posting date: 18 December 2021

Best wishes for Christmas & all the holidays you celebrate!  May your days be filled with joy, and may the New Year bring you only good things.

Our store hours for the holiday period this year are:

  • Friday, 24 Dec (Christmas Eve): closed
  • Saturday, 25 Dec (Christmas Day): closed
  • Sunday, 26 Dec: closed
  • Monday, 27 Dec: closed
  • Tuesday, 28 Dec: closed
  • Wednesday, 29 Dec: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 30 Dec: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 31 Dec: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1 Jan: closed

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, 4 Jan.

 

December Mini-Socks

Posting Date: 30 November 2021

It’s time for our annual mini-sock give-away!  The mini-sock Advent calendar is back this year – one-chocolate-stuffed mini-sock for every day of Advent is hanging on display, and will be given in turn to the first customer of each day befoe Christmas.

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.

A limited number of additional mini-socks are available on a first-come first-served basis.  Like last year, we are also 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, big or small, 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 Yarn Sale!

Posting date: 24 November 2021

Yes, we are having our annual Black Friday Yarn Sale.  From Black Friday, 26 November, through Cyber Monday, 29 November, all yarn in the store will be 20% off.

Note that the physical store is closed on Monday, and the Cyber Monday sale is online-only.

For online purchases, just go to our online shopping portal, make your purchase selections, then enter the discount code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. 

Pattern suggestion: Halmstad Sweater

Posting date: 27 October 2021

Today’s sweater suggestion is the Halmstad sweaterby Todd Gocken.  It is available as a free pattern from Knitty.com.  Men are notoriously difficult to knit for.  Maybe your favourite man is an exception, but they do have a reputation for not liking anything that’s actually fun to knit.  This pattern is the answer!

The colourwork patterns are conservative enough for average male preference, but interesting enough for average knitter interest.  Plus, there’s a surprise in the construction.  A fun surprise.  You work the sleeves and body together in one piece, then cut it open at four steeks.  And then sew side and arm seams.   Take a look at the pattern to see how it’s done.  If you’ve done any stranded colourwork before, you’ll know that this makes the knitting very, very easy.  And the stripes are guaranteed to line up.

A steek, for those unfamiliar, is an area of a few stitches on every row that form a bridge between different parts of the garment.  It becomes a safe place to cut the knitted fabric for a seam to be added later.  With a nice, ‘sticky’ yarn like BC Garn Bio Shetland, it is easy to stabilize the fabric before cutting – any method will work, without special precautions.

BC Garn Bio Shetland is a slightly lighter weight yarn than used in the original pattern.  You can use it without modification at the specified gauge, just be sure to check your tension before you start, and modify needle size if needed.  The finished sweater will be lighter in weight, but still warm and comfortable..

 

 

Pattern suggestion: Earflap Hat

Posting date: 27 October 2021

This free Purl Soho pattern for an earflap hat, designed by Jake Canton, demonstrates the versatility of the BC Garn Bio Shetland yarn.  Just hold two strands of the yarn together to substitute for a worsted weight yarn.

This particular hat was knitted by Mairi, using substantial leftovers from her Tobermory Tam project.  One skein would be plenty for even the largest size of hat.  Mairi had a bit less than that, so added a second colour at the tip.  You could also work the hat in blocks or stripes to use up odds and ends of different colours.  And, of course, a contrasting colour for the optional tassles adds a bit of drama.

The pattern is written for sizes from baby up to adult large.  Mairi made the largest size hat, and warns that it is very large indeed.  The yarn is also very soft and stretchy, with lots of room for big hair with a loose fit.  A smaller size would work for most people.

GOTS Certification – What and Why?

Posting date: 25 October 2021

You may have noticed that our ongoing  BC Garn Bio Shetland Promotion is all about a yarn that is GOTS certified.  GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard, and it’s an important part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.   So we thought we’d take the time to tell you a little bit about it, and why it’s important.  There is tons of information about it on the official GOTS website.  And we’ve got a couple of brochures here that explain how the GOTS standard contributes to sustainable development, and how it benefits consumers.

GOTS is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.  With respect to yarn, this means that:

  • The fibre used – whether plant or animal – was produced organically.
  • Animal-based fibres come from animals that were raised in humane conditions.
  • Fibre processing, including dyeing, was ecologically non-damaging.
  • People involved in the yarn production, from farmers to factory workers, were not exposed to toxic chemicals.
  • Those people were also fairly compensated for their work.
  • No forced labour or child labour was involved.

GOTS certified yarns are always a good choice!

Pattern suggestion: Tobermory Tam

Posting date: 24 October 2021

The Tobermory Tam pattern was designed by Mairi McKissock especially for our Bio Shetland promotion.  The pattern is exclusive to Creative Yarns until the end of the promotion, and it is available for free with the purchase of yarn for the project.  The sample hats will be in the store this week for you to look at in detail.

A Scottish tam, like the French beret, is a style of hat with a flat top and extra width at the sides, so it can be styled in different ways.  It is particularly easy to wear, and suits most face shapes.  If you think you don’t look good in hats, try a tam!

Pattern suggestion: Raglan Sweater

Posting date: 20 October 2021

This top-down raglan sweater pattern is a must-have.  It was written by our own Michelle Porter

We don’t want to forget basic essentials when we’re posting pattern suggestions for our Bio Shetland promotion.  And this one is super-flexibile.  Make it in any size, and at any gauge.  Make it with long sleeves or short.  Give it a turtleneck, or a crew neck, or a scoop neck.  Knit it in one colour, or in stripes.  Use lots of different colours, or just a few.  Add cable details, perhaps down the arms or along the raglan lines.  Or use eyelet increases for the raglans, like in this picture, for a really easy tough of elegance.

The possibilities are endless, and a good, basic pattern like this gives you a framework to build on.

The basic pattern is written for aran-weight yarn, but you can hold two strands of Bio Shetland together as a substitute.

We think that BC Garn Bio Shetland makes wonderful, light sweaters.  There’s a lot of yardage in those inexpensive skeins, and a lot of warmth in that woolen-spun yarn.  So, here’s a raglan sweater pattern to help you make that sweater-to-live-in that everyone needs.

Pattern suggestion: Full of Minis Welted Hat

Posting date: 12 October 2021

This welted hat pattern belongs in the Fun category!  Fun to knit, and fun to wear.  It is the Full of Minis hat pattern by designer Barbara Nalewko.  You can make it with just about any fingering weight yarn, but we’re suggesting it for use with the BC Garn Bio Shetland currently on promotion.  The welts combine beautifully with the woolen-spun characteristics of the yarn. multiplying the warmth factor.  Most knitted hats are less effective in windy conditions, but the extra layers of fabric in the welts make this hat warm even in windier weather.

The welts in this hat are quite easy to make, because the colour changes for every welt.  So, it’s easy to see which stitches to pick up on the welt rows.  You could make it with just two colours, alternating colours on every welt.  Or, you could make it with dozens of colours, using up scraps from your stash.  Either way, it will be an eye-catcher and a conversation piece.