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.
‘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!
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.
Tunisian crochet is a fascinating technique – part knitting, part crochet – that a number of people have been asking about recently. So, we have a new two-session class, starting on Saturday, 26 October. Full class details are available here. Call the store to register!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.