Spinning News!

Posting date: 14 Oct 2017

Our next spinning social will be on Saturday 28 October, in the downstairs classroom.  As before, spinners of all levels are welcome, so long as you have your own spindle or wheel, and fibre.  And if you are simply curious about what this spinning thing is all about, feel free to drop by and ask questions.

If you haven’t yet tried spinning, we have a comprehensive spinning fundamentals class coming up.  The irrepressible Sherri Bondy will be teaching a two-session course for spinning beginers on Saturdays 11 and 25 November.  Learn everything you need to know to convert fluff to yarn – spinning, plying, yarn & fibre characteristics, tools, techniques and so much more.  Sherri brings with her a spinning ‘resource centre’  that is an education all by itself.  Have you ever seen, never mind handled, yak down or qiviut?  Do you know how many different kinds of cotton there are?  Why do we care about rare sheep breeds?  For the spinning-curious, this class is not to be missed.

And we’ll have another spinning social on Saturday 25 November, in the afternoon following Sherri’s class.  A perfect time to practice new skills in a very relaxed and supportive group.

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.

Babyull Lanett – restock & new colours

Posting date: 13 May 2020

Babyull Lanett from Sandnes Garn is a big seller, and not just for baby projects.  Its a high-quality, cruelty-free, easy-care, economical, baby-skin-soft wool yarn, blended with enough yarn to make it durable enough for socks and other tough-duty projects.  No wonder it’s popular!

Now restocked in our most popular colours, and a few new ones to round out the selection.

Noro Ito – new colours

Posting date: 11 May 2020

We’re not just loading existing stock into the online shop, we are also getting completely new stock in some yarns and colourways.  The latest addition is several new colourways of the popular Noro Ito.

This is a great yarn for quick-knit projects that hold your interest at every stitch.  The balls are huge – 200g – and you can knit an entire scarf from one ball, or an adult man’s sweater from three.

Customer Project Gallery

Posting date: 9 May 2020

One of the things we miss most during this prolonged COVID-19 shutdown is seeing all the wonderful projects our customers bring in to show us.

So, we have started a customer project gallery on the website – a sort of virtual ‘show and tell’ page to help bring us together while the physical store is closed. Our first customer project entry is up already: Karen’s lovely crocheted baby sweaters.  We’d love to feature more customer projects every week.

To make this easy, please just email us your project photos to this address:

projectgallery@creativeyarns.ca

Include a note with:
  • The name of the pattern/designer
  • The name of the yarn you are using
  • Your name (or Ravelry ID, if you prefer) so we can identify you
  • Any comments you would like to share about the pattern or yarn

Patterns now available online

Posting date: 8 May 2020

We have now added patterns to the online store! There are only a couple to begin with, but we’ll be adding more over the next week. We know you miss being able to see and knit along with Nina’s new (and old) designs, so the pattern store will allow you access to these again.

You have the option of buying just the pattern, but as always, Nina’s patterns are free with purchase of yarn for the project.

Online Store Updates

Posting date: 1 May 2020

We have had a busy week adding lots of products to the online store.  More are being added every day, but here is a summary of what is new this week.

  • More needles and interchangeable needle set components.
  • A whole new department for notions.  You can find crochet hooks here, as well as needle felting supplies and all the usual knitting accessories.
  • More than 50 yarns, which you can find under the ‘New‘ tab on the online store main menu.
  • A new section for sale items.  33% off select yarn!

New yarn highlights include lots of Malabrigo, lots of sock yarns in general, and beautiful hand-dyed Canadian yarns from Ravenswood Fibre Co, Log House Cottage Yarns, Rhichard Devrieze, and Zen Yarn Garden.  But there is lots, lots more – take a look!

Now Available – Online Shopping

Posting date: 25 April 2020

Today is Local Yarn Store Day.

Normally, we’d be celebrating with some sort of in-store get-together, but nothing is normal during a pandemic.

It seems fitting, however, to launch our Online Shopping portal today. Our mission has always been to provide an oasis of calm in a hectic world, a place where we can share joys and sorrows as well as inspiration and creativity. We are more than a store, we are a community, and on Local Yarn Store Day, we are reaching out to connect, once again, through virtual media.

We hope that you will visit our Online Store and let us know what you think – it is a work in progress, and we will be adding new products every day, as well as adjusting to your feedback. Please also tell us how the current crisis is affecting your knitting/crafting life on this LYS Day, and any suggestions you may have for celebrating a future LYS Day in a more normal world.

Wishing you peace, health, and safety in this unusual time.

Coming soon – online shopping!

Posting date: 23 April 2020

First, a big thank you to those of you who have reached out to us by phone to order yarn.  We know that this is not a good way to shop for yarn, unless you already know what you want!

So, we are very excited to let you know that we will soon be able to offer online shopping.  As you know, Creative Yarns has always been about the in-person experience, and we had not previously had plans to do online sales.  But, we hadn’t planned to close down, either, so something had to change.

The online store is now partially stocked, and being tested.  We expect to be able to open for business in a few days, and will make another announcement then, with a link to the storefront.