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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
We will be running a new session of Trish Denhoed’s very popular class on finishing techniques, on 4 November. This is an invaluable class – every knitter needs to have these skills in their toolbox! There will be more classes posted soon, and a newsletter announcement, but this is the first class on the schedule, and November is coming up quickly. So check your calendar now, and call Nina to reserve a spot.
Our last spinning social was great fun, so we’ve scheduled another one for Saturday 30 Sep. The format will be the same as last time – we will be getting together at 2pm in the downstairs classroom to spin and chat. I think we will have a few wheel spinners this time, and of course plenty of spindles. There’s plenty of room, so bring some fibre, your own spindle or wheel, and join us for a spinning afternoon.
New spinners are always welcome. It’s not a class, but you’ll get plenty of tips and encouragement.