Articles by Mairi McKissock

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.

Fabulous Felted Scarf (Finished)

Skill level: Complete Beginner
Dates: Saturday 17 Nov, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 sessions, 3 hours)
Instructor: Sherri Bondy
Cost: $75 + HST

Christmas is coming up fast! Learn how to make this gorgeous wet felted wool scarf in one 3 hour class. Perfect for that one-of-a-kind gift.
Kits with all the materials you will need (including fibre) are included with registration.

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

Previous Classes

Classes listed below (marked Finished) have been run in the past.  Many of these classes can be run again if there is sufficient interest.  If there is a class you are interested in, on these or any other topics, please call or email to let us know.  We will notify you when a class of interest to you is scheduled to run again.

Storewide yarn sale — one weekend only!

Posting Date: 20 August 2018

Summer is still with us, and we hope that all of our customers and friends are enjoying the fine weather and all of the opportunities it brings.  However, we must plan ahead for the Fall season.  In order to make room for new Fall inventory, we will be having a flash sale this weekend:

  • Friday, 24 August, and Saturday 25 August only
  • 10% – 25% off all regular yarns in the store
  • 50% off clearance yarns (includes a new selection of yarns moved to clearance for this event)

So, join us this Friday or Saturday to stock up on your favourite yarns at a discount.

Summer Store Hours

Posting Date: 10 June 2018

We hope that everyone is gearing up for a fun summer now that the warmer weather is here!  Please take note of our changed opening hours for the months of June, July, and August:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (social knit night)
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed

10th Anniversary Prize Draw

Posting date: 17 February 2018

In celebration of Creative Yarns’ Tenth Birthday, we will be holding an extensive prize draw, with many prizes sponsored by our wonderful distributors.

Visit the store between Thursday, 1 March and Saturday, 3 March to receive prize draw tickets.  The draw will be held at end of day, Saturday 3 March.  You do not need to be present to win.  Full details, including a list of prizes, will be available in the store.  No purchase necessary to enter.

Nina would like to thank our wonderful and supportive distributors and friends:


Rhichard Devrieze Trunk Show

Posting date: 16 Feb 2018

So, we all love hand-dyed yarns, right?  And you’ve noticed the beautiful wall of Rhichard Devrieze yarns next to the seating area, right?  Well, we have another exciting event for our 10th anniversary celebration week..

Join Rhichard Devrieze for a trunk show of his amazing hand-dyed yarns, with samples, demonstrations, Q&A, explorations of colour possibilities.  Rhichard will be visiting with us all day Saturday, 3 March to talk about yarn and dyeing, and he’ll be bringing a wonderful selection of yarns and samples.  Drop in any time, and stay as long as you like.  You’re sure to be inspired by creative possibilities!

  • Date: Saturday, 3 Mar 2018
  • Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fleece Artist Workshop

Posting date: 14 Feb 2018

We are excited to announce a very special workshop, just in time for our 10th anniversary celebration week!

Join Ruth Gallo from Fleece Artist to explore the creative possibilities of fabric making with different Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden yarns.  Bring your Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden stash, and learn how to pair colour, texture and stitch patterns to create one-of-a-kind knitted fabrics.  We will have a trunk show from Nova Scotia designers Ruth Gallo of Todwick Studios and Ilga Leja.  This free event is designed to inspire and open the door to working with texture and colour.

  • Date: Thursday, 1 Mar 2018
  • Time: 4:00 – 9:00 pm

Please call to register!  Space is limited.

Happy Tenth Birthday, Creative Yarns!

Posting date: 14 Feb 2018

It is hard to believe, but as of March 1st, Creative Yarns is ten years old!  Now, we know that technically we should be calling this a tenth anniversary, not a birthday.  But it just feels right to wish Creative Yarns—the baby born from Nina and Jody’s dreams, perseverance, and vision—a happy birthday.  Whether you have been a friend of Creative Yarns since its doors opened at its first location ten years ago, or whether you just recently discovered it, you know that Creative Yarns is the hub of a community of knitters and crocheters.  It’s not simply a store in which a vast array of yarns, patterns, notions, and needles can be purchased and classes can be taken — although it is that, too.  Quite simply, it is a place where friends meet to knit, laugh, and share together.

As with every birthday, it is appropriate to thank all those who have helped that baby grow up.  From Nina, please accept her very sincere gratitude for the support and goodwill you have shown her over the past ten years.  While most of that time has been joyous and full of laughter, Nina is especially grateful for the love, support and caring that her ‘family’ has shown during those times of grief—when we lost Jody—and times of challenge—when Creative Yarns needed to change locations.  From the start, Creative Yarns was the product of one family—Nina and Jody’s.  Now, ten years later, that family has grown to include all of you.  Thank you.

Shibui Yarn Tasting – Saturday 27 January

Posting date: 22 Dec 2017

Mark your calendars!  We will be hosting a ‘yarn tasting’ event for Shibui yarns at the end of January.  You may have noticed the rack of sumptuous Shibui skeins near the counter – soft blends of silk with mohair, merino, cashmere, or linen, in all of our favourite colours.  These are some of the nicest of the new yarns that we are now carrying, and if you’d like a chance to play with these (and others that Shibui sells), to see how they knit up, and feel how delicious they are to work with, this is your chance.

Shibui will be visiting the store with a trunk show of knit samples and sample skeins for us to knit with.

  • Date: Saturday, 27 January 2017
  • Time: 2:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Creative Yarns classroom (downstairs, not wheelchair accessible)


Happy Holidays!

Posting date: 20 Dec 2017

We’d like to wish all of our friends, customers, and suppliers a very happy holiday season.  Merry Christmas, for all who celebrate it, and a Happy New Year!  We hope that all of your celebrations are perfect, whether you are looking forward to fun times with family, or just a break from normal routines.

And thank you so much for your continued friendship, custom, and support.  This was a big year for us, with an unexpected move to a new location, and we appreciate every single person who helped us with the change, offered kind words, participated in our sales events, or came out to visit and shop at the new store.  With every passing year, the knitting community that we are proud to serve feels more and more like our extended family.

Holiday Hours:

  • Sunday 24 Dec – Wednesday 27 Dec: closed
  • Thursday 28 Dec: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (social knit night)
  • Friday 29 Dec: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday 30 Dec: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm
  • Sunday 31 Dec – Monday 1 Jan: closed

New Yarns – Fleece Artist National Park Collection

Posting date: 24 Nov 2017

We have new stock of two additional yarn lines in the Fleece Artist National Park Collection colourways, created in honour of the Canada 150 celebration.  These highly-coveted yarns have been flying off the shelves – previous orders have sold out before we could even think about announcing them!  Fortunately, we have recently received a new batch of Festival Socks (fingering) and Back Country (chunky) yarns in all of the Park colourways.  If you have heard of these yarns, but missed your chance last time, hurry along to the store to see what’s available.

(Mini) Sock Workshop (Finished)

Skill level: Intermediate
Dates: Saturday 16 Nov, 2 – 5:30 pm (1 sessions, 3.5 hours)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $42 + HST

Learn all you need to know to work classic, top-down socks in one afternoon.  We’ll create miniature socks that illustrate all of the essential sock techniques, but are small enough to complete in a single workshop.  Your finished socks can be used as ornaments.

Vertical Stripes Cowl (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Dates: Saturdays,  2 & 16 Dec, 11 am – 1pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $53 + HST

Take advantage of the magic of two-colour (almost brioche) stitch and create an intricate vertical stripes cowl.