Articles by Mairi McKissock

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:
  • Email Nina directly:
  • 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.

Stranded Colourwork for Beginners (Cancelled)


Skill Level: Intermediate
Date: Saturdays, 4 & 11 Apr, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
Instructor: Liane Schwarz
Cost: $52 + HST + materials

This class will focus on the basics of stranded colourwork, suitable for fairisle and other all-over colourwork patterns. By making a beautiful fairisle hat, you will be introduced to chart reading, stranding with two colours, effective fingering techniques and several more tricks of the trade that will give you the confidence to tackle more challenging projects next time.

Shawl Design Bootcamp (Finished)

Skill Level: Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 14 Mar, 10:30am – 3:30 pm (1 session with lunch break , 4 hours total)
Instructor: Robbie Laughlin
Cost: $48 + HST

With so many options for shawls these days, it can be difficult to choose one to cast on. But what if you could make something truly unique and all your own? With this class, you’ll learn to work shawls without a pattern by designing your own. Robbie will walk you through the most common shapes, showing you how to shape them, add texture, and make them your own.

Pattern Writing and Editing (Finished)


Skill Level: Intermediate
Date: Saturday, 7 Mar, 10:30am – 3:30 pm (1 session with lunch break , 4 hours total)
Instructor: Robbie Laughlin
Cost: $48 + HST


In this 4 hour class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of writing, editing and publishing your first pattern. In the first half, Robbie will lead you through the steps required to write a successful pattern, including setting up a style sheet to keep yourself organized and using mobile devices to enhance productivity and write with consistency. In the second half you’ll learn the basics of charting, using spreadsheets for math, how to set up a good layout, and formatting to make your pattern easier to read.

Toe-up Socks (Cancelled)


Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Date: Saturdays, 21 & 28 Mar, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
Instructor: Liane Schwarz
Cost: $48 + HST

This class will show you that making socks is not as difficult as it seems, especially when you’re using short rows to shape your toes and heels. Toe-up socks are ideal for the first-time sock knitter, and great for those who already knit socks, but would like to try a different construction on for size (no pun intended). And best of all is the fact that knitting in this direction allows you to gauge size without yarn shortage anxiety, because you can basically knit until you or your yarn runs out of steam.

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


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.

Punch Needle Embroidery (Finished)

Skill Level: Complete Beginner
Date: Saturday, 30 Nov, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (1 session, 2 hours total)
Instructor: Robbie Laughlin
Cost: $24 + HST


Needle punch embroidery is a fun way to exercise your yarn creativity.  Technically, it’s a form of embroidery, and it does involve working patterns into a backing fabric held in place by an embroidery hoop, but it’s way less fussy to learn – there’s really just one basic ‘stitch’ technique, though you can do a lot of creative things with it.

Tunisian Crochet (Finished)

Skill Level: Basic crochet
Date: Saturdays, 26 Oct & 2 Nov, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
Instructor: Liane Schwarz
Cost: $48 + HST


Tunisian crochet’s hybrid technique combines elements of crochet and knitting, and produces a love child that looks surprisingly like neither parent, but rather a very attractive woven fabric. But the real wonder of it comes with its speed and creativity, because once you have mastered the basics you will be making holiday gifts in a blink and playing with colour combinations like an expert designer. And if you’re anything like me, you will wonder where this lovely creature has been all your life!

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

Crochet Basics (Finished)


Skill Level: Complete beginner
Date: Saturdays, 21 Sep, 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (3 sessions, 6 hours total)
Instructor: Liane Schwarz
Cost: $72 + HST

This class will teach you everything you need to know to turn you into a happy hooker!  So, if you’ve ever had a burning desire to learn how to crochet, this is the class for you. You will learn all the basics, and a few tricks besides. And for those of you who knit, this is a great way to expand your needlework horizons. Crochet is a fabulous companion, not only for fixing mistakes, but also for making quick and easy borders.

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.