Posting date: 8 March 2021
As of today, retail stores in Toronto are re-opening, with strict COVID-safety restrictions. Creative Yarns will be re-opening starting Tuesday 9 March, and our hours will be:
- Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Creative Yarns will be following all city and provincial rules and guidelines for safe re-opening. In particular:
- Please read and follow the City of Toronto patron screening criteria before deciding to visit.
- Masks are required for all persons able to wear one.
- We cannot accommodate more than two customers in the store at one time. Please be mindful if there are others waiting to enter, and keep your visits as brief as you conveniently can.
- We cannot allow extended ‘sit and knit’ time in the seating area.
- Hand sanitizer is available when you enter, and we are cleaning all customer-used surfaces after every visit.
Online shopping with curbside pickup is still available for anyone not comfortable with visiting in person, but we hope that this opportunity to look at our yarns for yourself will be helpful to many of you.
We are very much looking forward to the time when COVID restrictions are no longer necessary! There is nothing we enjoy more than having a store full of knitters, relaxing together to chat, knit, and share creative ideas.
In the meantime, thank you very much for your continued patronage through this very difficult time. Your words of encouragement and support, as much as your purchases, have made it possible for us to keep operating and have hope for the future.
Here’s another great knitting project from Nina. The pattern for this comfy cardigan is ‘Reluctant Homeschooler‘ from Caitlin Hunter. Nina knit her version in Estelle Chunky, a low-cost, easy-knitting, easy-care, wool/acrylic blend.
The comfy, easy-wear style of this cardigan makes it super practical for everyday use. The pattern is also very easy to work, with minimal finishing. You work the body all in one piece, knitting the sleeves in the round and joined them with the body to work raglan shaping all in one go. Once you have finished the body, just pick up stitches to work the button band, attach a couple of pockets, sew on some buttons, and you’re done!
Larraine found this easy, free pattern for stranded mittens, by Melissa Anderson. It’s one of the many knitting tributes to Bernie Sanders’ famous mittens, but the mittens are pretty great, whether you enjoyed the meme or not.
Larraine used Estelle Chunky to make her version of the mitts. For one pair of mittens, the pattern requires one skein of the main colour, and smaller amounts of three other colours.
This would be a great pattern to use up scraps of leftover chunky yarn. Alternatively, you could make multiple pairs of mittens from full skeins of the same four colours, changing which colour is the main colour for each pair.
A fun project, Larraine! Thanks for sharing.
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?
Nina test-drives every new yarn she brings in to the store, and this is the first thing she did with her order of Linello from Lang Yarns.
The scarf pattern is available from Lang, but it will look just as gorgeous with any simple eyelet lace repeat.
Nina loves linen yarns, and this is a particularly nice blend of linen, cotton, and viscose, The scarf is cool, breathable, and summery, and the yarn has a very nice hand. It’s easier to work with than pure linen, but retains all of the best characteristics of linen.
Mairi was inspired by Mary’s ‘Stole Dunes’ wrap posted to the gallery last year, and used the same base pattern to create her own hand-knit cowl . This is why sharing projects is so much fun! Seeing what others have created inspires our own project directions, in delightful new ways.
In this project, Mairi wondered how easy it would be to convert the pattern for circular knitting. A little bit fiddly, as it involves working multiple rows together in a ‘barber pole’ spiral, but really not too hard. And the result is this lovely cowl/wimple. She used exactly one skein of Lichen and Lace 1-ply Superwash Merino Fingering, in the ‘Huckleberry’ colourway, together with a partial skein of plain black fingering yarn left over from a previous project.
The wavy ripples in this pattern make a great cowl, because they bunch up nicely for extra warmth around the neck, or easily stretch over the head for a cozy wimple. Just the thing for a winter walk!
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.
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!
Stephen West‘s Seaswell shawl is a perfect canvas to play with fades and gradients.
Pat worked her version using two skeins of Lichen and Lace sock yarn, and two skeins of Artfil Belle, all different. We love the soft fade from ivory, through brown, to turquoise and blue!
This is a lovely pattern; not too challenging, and great fun to work, but the finished shawl is suitable for everything from casual to dressy.
Great choice, Pat – thanks for sharing!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dashia designed this colour block sweater herself, and plans to make the pattern available soon.
It’s an over-sized design, with a comfortable, stylish drape and a flattering neckline.
Dashia used three colours of Drops Sky, which is a super-soft alpaca/merino chainette yarn. Like all of the Drops yarns, it’s high quality, and great value for money. The whole sweater needs just 6 skeins in total – 1 skein of gold, 2 skeins of light gray, and 3 skeins of dark gray.
Lovely design, Dashia! We’re sure you’ll get lots of use out of this lovely piece.
This free pattern from Espace Tricot is called ‘The Classic‘ for good reason. It’s the quintessential classic raglan sweater that goes with everything, and you end up wearing again and again.
Nina modified her version by working fewer rows of neck ribbing for a simple crew neck, instead of the mock turtle neck in the original.
The lovely mottled wheat colour comes from using one strand of Drops Brushed Alpaca, in colour 19 ‘curry’, held together with one strand of Manos del Uruguay Marina, in colour ‘filigree’. The whole sweater used just 6 skeins (150g) of Brushed Alpaca and one skein (100g) of Marina. So, it feels as light as air and as soft as a cloud.
Combining different yarns like this can make the simplest of projects come alive with depth of colour. Ask Nina for her advice about yarn and colour combinations for any project you have in mind!
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).
Mary made this version of Svetlana Gordon‘s dramatic ‘Stole Dunes‘ wrap pattern, using complementary shades of Log House Cottage Squishy Sock yarn.
You could use just about any yarn for this project, because gauge isn’t too important for a wrap. Depending on yarn weight and needle size, it could end up bigger or smaller, but it will make a super wrap at most sizes. You could also vary the number of pattern repeats for whatever size you want. A longer, thinner version could make a lovely scarf.
However, Squishy Sock is a particularly good yarn choice. It’s as soft and squishy as the name implies, and it comes in a superb range of complementary tonal shades and fades. We definitely love Mary’s colour choices!
This is a great pattern, too. Not super-hard to execute, but great fun. And the way the stitches run both horizontally and vertically creates a dramatic effect that looks terrific and makes other knitters wonder how you did it. Anyone who sees it will think that you are very, very clever to have made something this interesting!
This is Cristina’s version of Pernille Larsen‘s beautiful Olive lace sweater pattern.
Christina used 4 skeins of Illimani Sabri II yarn, in colour ‘Bone’. This is a lovely blend of alpaca and cotton, in an easy-knit, chainette-construction worsted weight that gives great stitch definition. So the finished garment is light and very, very soft, but with a nice amount of give. Easy to wear, and easy to care for.
And it looks even better in person than it does on the dress form!
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.
Nina made this version of Isabel Kraemer’s design Clapton, using her favourite yarn, Fleece Artist 2/8 Blue Face Leicester in black, with one skein of Malabrigo Mechita in gold for the highlights.
It’s a lovely design, with a classic shape and relatively simple stranded pattern for the yoke. And, like anything worked in BFL 2/8, it is light, warm, soft, and luscious.
Nina made this slightly longer, for a tunic-length sweater, and needed just a bit more than two skeins of 2/8. She thinks that a regular length sweater, in most of the smaller sizes, could be made with just two skeins of 2/8. If you’d like to make one like it, Nina would be happy to advise about yarn quantities.