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.

Regular business hours

Posting date: 30 March 2022

Spring is on the doorstep, and we hope that you are also looking forward to more outdoor activities in the near future!   We are returning to regular business hours, and will be closed again on Sundays.  Our regular hours are:

  • Monday:      Closed.
  • Tuesday:      10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:     10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday:          10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:     10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:        Closed.

See you soon!

 

Sunday Opening Extended

Posting date: 5 January 2022

Happy New Year!  We wish you all a joyful New Year, full of possibilities and (hopefully soon) free of COVID and all the disruption it has caused.

Sunday opening hours have been very popular this winter, and so we are extending them.   Our opening hours are currently:

  • Monday:      Closed.
  • Tuesday:      10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:     10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday:          10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:     10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:        11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

See you soon!

 

Holiday Hours

Posting date: 18 December 2021

Best wishes for Christmas & all the holidays you celebrate!  May your days be filled with joy, and may the New Year bring you only good things.

Our store hours for the holiday period this year are:

  • Friday, 24 Dec (Christmas Eve): closed
  • Saturday, 25 Dec (Christmas Day): closed
  • Sunday, 26 Dec: closed
  • Monday, 27 Dec: closed
  • Tuesday, 28 Dec: closed
  • Wednesday, 29 Dec: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 30 Dec: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 31 Dec: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1 Jan: closed

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, 4 Jan.

 

December Mini-Socks

Posting Date: 30 November 2021

It’s time for our annual mini-sock give-away!  The mini-sock Advent calendar is back this year – one-chocolate-stuffed mini-sock for every day of Advent is hanging on display, and will be given in turn to the first customer of each day befoe Christmas.

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.

A limited number of additional mini-socks are available on a first-come first-served basis.  Like last year, we are also 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, big or small, while stocks last. Coupon is valid one time per customer.

Note that every mini-sock is different, and socks will be picked at random.

Oliver’s Hat

Janice made this striking version of ‘Oliver’s Hat’ for our BC Garn Bio Shetland promotion.  The pattern is Oliver’s Hat, by Sandra Manson, and the yarn, of course, is Bio Shetland.  It’s a lovely pattern that suits the yarn very well.  Janice’s colourwork is beautiful, and the finished hat is delightful.

Janice describes Bio Shetland as ‘a light toothy yarn which makes it perfect for colour work. It is lovely to knit with and the longer yardage comes in handy. Once blocked the yarn felts beautifully showing off the knitted design.’  She particularly loves the way the crown worked up.

She also warns that the pattern is on the small side and recommends that knitters check for gauge etc to get their size.

Black Friday Yarn Sale!

Posting date: 24 November 2021

Yes, we are having our annual Black Friday Yarn Sale.  From Black Friday, 26 November, through Cyber Monday, 29 November, all yarn in the store will be 20% off.

Note that the physical store is closed on Monday, and the Cyber Monday sale is online-only.

For online purchases, just go to our online shopping portal, make your purchase selections, then enter the discount code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. 

Sandra’s ‘Veronica’ Cowl

Veronica cowl, pattern by Marie Wallin, hand knitted by Sandra

Sandra made this lovely version of the ‘Veronica’ cowl for our BC Garn Bio Shetland promotion.  The pattern is Veronica, by Marie Wallin, and the yarn, of course, is Bio Shetland.  Sandra’s stranded colourwork is beautiful, and it’s a great pattern choice for the yarn.

Sandra says that she used 16 different colours in this project!  We are hoping to see more of her lovely work as she uses the rest of it in other projects.

Pattern suggestion: Halmstad Sweater

Posting date: 27 October 2021

Today’s sweater suggestion is the Halmstad sweaterby Todd Gocken.  It is available as a free pattern from Knitty.com.  Men are notoriously difficult to knit for.  Maybe your favourite man is an exception, but they do have a reputation for not liking anything that’s actually fun to knit.  This pattern is the answer!

The colourwork patterns are conservative enough for average male preference, but interesting enough for average knitter interest.  Plus, there’s a surprise in the construction.  A fun surprise.  You work the sleeves and body together in one piece, then cut it open at four steeks.  And then sew side and arm seams.   Take a look at the pattern to see how it’s done.  If you’ve done any stranded colourwork before, you’ll know that this makes the knitting very, very easy.  And the stripes are guaranteed to line up.

A steek, for those unfamiliar, is an area of a few stitches on every row that form a bridge between different parts of the garment.  It becomes a safe place to cut the knitted fabric for a seam to be added later.  With a nice, ‘sticky’ yarn like BC Garn Bio Shetland, it is easy to stabilize the fabric before cutting – any method will work, without special precautions.

BC Garn Bio Shetland is a slightly lighter weight yarn than used in the original pattern.  You can use it without modification at the specified gauge, just be sure to check your tension before you start, and modify needle size if needed.  The finished sweater will be lighter in weight, but still warm and comfortable..

 

 

Pattern suggestion: Earflap Hat

Posting date: 27 October 2021

This free Purl Soho pattern for an earflap hat, designed by Jake Canton, demonstrates the versatility of the BC Garn Bio Shetland yarn.  Just hold two strands of the yarn together to substitute for a worsted weight yarn.

This particular hat was knitted by Mairi, using substantial leftovers from her Tobermory Tam project.  One skein would be plenty for even the largest size of hat.  Mairi had a bit less than that, so added a second colour at the tip.  You could also work the hat in blocks or stripes to use up odds and ends of different colours.  And, of course, a contrasting colour for the optional tassles adds a bit of drama.

The pattern is written for sizes from baby up to adult large.  Mairi made the largest size hat, and warns that it is very large indeed.  The yarn is also very soft and stretchy, with lots of room for big hair with a loose fit.  A smaller size would work for most people.

GOTS Certification – What and Why?

Posting date: 25 October 2021

You may have noticed that our ongoing  BC Garn Bio Shetland Promotion is all about a yarn that is GOTS certified.  GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard, and it’s an important part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.   So we thought we’d take the time to tell you a little bit about it, and why it’s important.  There is tons of information about it on the official GOTS website.  And we’ve got a couple of brochures here that explain how the GOTS standard contributes to sustainable development, and how it benefits consumers.

GOTS is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.  With respect to yarn, this means that:

  • The fibre used – whether plant or animal – was produced organically.
  • Animal-based fibres come from animals that were raised in humane conditions.
  • Fibre processing, including dyeing, was ecologically non-damaging.
  • People involved in the yarn production, from farmers to factory workers, were not exposed to toxic chemicals.
  • Those people were also fairly compensated for their work.
  • No forced labour or child labour was involved.

GOTS certified yarns are always a good choice!

Pattern suggestion: Tobermory Tam

Posting date: 24 October 2021

The Tobermory Tam pattern was designed by Mairi McKissock especially for our Bio Shetland promotion.  The pattern is exclusive to Creative Yarns until the end of the promotion, and it is available for free with the purchase of yarn for the project.  The sample hats will be in the store this week for you to look at in detail.

A Scottish tam, like the French beret, is a style of hat with a flat top and extra width at the sides, so it can be styled in different ways.  It is particularly easy to wear, and suits most face shapes.  If you think you don’t look good in hats, try a tam!

Pattern suggestion: Raglan Sweater

Posting date: 20 October 2021

This top-down raglan sweater pattern is a must-have.  It was written by our own Michelle Porter

We don’t want to forget basic essentials when we’re posting pattern suggestions for our Bio Shetland promotion.  And this one is super-flexibile.  Make it in any size, and at any gauge.  Make it with long sleeves or short.  Give it a turtleneck, or a crew neck, or a scoop neck.  Knit it in one colour, or in stripes.  Use lots of different colours, or just a few.  Add cable details, perhaps down the arms or along the raglan lines.  Or use eyelet increases for the raglans, like in this picture, for a really easy tough of elegance.

The possibilities are endless, and a good, basic pattern like this gives you a framework to build on.

The basic pattern is written for aran-weight yarn, but you can hold two strands of Bio Shetland together as a substitute.

We think that BC Garn Bio Shetland makes wonderful, light sweaters.  There’s a lot of yardage in those inexpensive skeins, and a lot of warmth in that woolen-spun yarn.  So, here’s a raglan sweater pattern to help you make that sweater-to-live-in that everyone needs.

Pattern suggestion: Full of Minis Welted Hat

Posting date: 12 October 2021

This welted hat pattern belongs in the Fun category!  Fun to knit, and fun to wear.  It is the Full of Minis hat pattern by designer Barbara Nalewko.  You can make it with just about any fingering weight yarn, but we’re suggesting it for use with the BC Garn Bio Shetland currently on promotion.  The welts combine beautifully with the woolen-spun characteristics of the yarn. multiplying the warmth factor.  Most knitted hats are less effective in windy conditions, but the extra layers of fabric in the welts make this hat warm even in windier weather.

The welts in this hat are quite easy to make, because the colour changes for every welt.  So, it’s easy to see which stitches to pick up on the welt rows.  You could make it with just two colours, alternating colours on every welt.  Or, you could make it with dozens of colours, using up scraps from your stash.  Either way, it will be an eye-catcher and a conversation piece.

Edna’s ‘Wake’ Sweater

Edna knitted this beautiful sweater recently using BC Garn Bio Shetland.  The pattern is Wake, by Veronik Avery.  Bio Shetland has similar characteristics to the yarn used for the original design.  So, it can be substituted without modification.

Edna used just 6 skeins (300g) of Bio Shetland.

We love the bias-knit cables in this design, and the extra length in the back.  It’s a nice, easy-wearing casual style that’s great for layering.

Mairi’s Ruffled Wrap

This ruffled wrap has been at the store as a sample for a while, but we’re featuring it now as a pattern suggestion for the BC Garn Bio Shetland promotion.  It’s a great free pattern by an unnamed designer for Patons UK.

Mairi used just four skeins of BC Garn Bio Shetland, in the colourway ‘Washed Jeans’.  You won’t be surprised that the colourway goes beautifully with denim jeans for a great casual look.  The wrap is worked side-to-side with increases up to a middle point.  So, it was easy to judge how much yarn to use.  Increase for two skeins, then decrease for two skeins.

The pattern was great fun to work.  Most of the knitting is garter stitch, with tiny little cables to add interest, and short row turns to give extra volume for the ruffles.  The long crescent shape is very flexible, allowing the wrap to be styled many different ways by adjusting the drape.

Also, it’s super-warm, thanks to the lofty, woolen-spun characteristics of the Shetland yarn.

 

Special Promotion – Bio Shetland

Posting date: 2 October 2021

We’re trying something new this Fall knitting season – a special promotion for one of our favourite yarns.  BC Garn Bio Shetland is an absolutely lovely eco-friendly, pure wool, woolen-spun, inexpensive, lightweight yarn.  It’s suitable for all kinds of warm, soft, light-weight garments and accessories.  And it comes in a truly wonderful range of colours.  The range of colours, combined with the ‘sticky’ characteristic of a woolen-spun yarn make it ideal for stranded colourwork.

Here are the details:

  • From now through 31 October, get 20% off all purchases of Bio Shetland, either in person at the store, or in our online shop.
  • From now through 30 November, get a one-time 20% off coupon good for any yarn purchase when you post a new, finished project using this yarn on our project gallery.
  • Discount coupons will be sent by email when your project is published, can be used any time up to the end of this year (31 December, 2021), and can be used either in person at the store or in our online shop.

During the promotion period, we will be highlighting a few patterns that are terrific for this yarn.  We’ll publish those here on the news blog, and also collect them on a new page for the Bio Shetland Promotion under the ‘Home’ tab in the web page banner menu.   Additional ideas are available on Ravelry – you can use the ‘pattern ideas’ tab that’s available for any yarn in their database.  Here’s a link for the Ravelry  pattern ideas for Bio Shetland.  Also on Ravelry, the ‘projects’ tab for any yarn shows all the projects that other users have made with it – here’s a link for Ravelry projects made with Bio Shetland.

Special Event – Sylvia Olsen on Zoom

Posting date: 9 June, 2021

Six years ago, we hosted a wonderful workshop with Sylvia Olsen, as part of her cross-Canada knitting tour.  She taught a fascinating class on Coast Salish knitting techniques, and shared stories from her book, Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Nine Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns.  Together with her partner, Tex McLeod, they spent six weeks travelling from Victoria to Newfoundland, and conducted workshops in more than 40 locations (including Creative Yarns).  She taught knitting, listened to stories from hundreds of knitters, and told her own stories.  Along the way, Sylvia gained a new appreciation and formed a new relationship with her country.