New Yarn – Hikoo Bubble Tea

Posting date: 30 March 2021

We’re now stocking the fun, new Bubble Tea yarn, from Hikoo.  This is a yarn with a lot going on – thick-and-thin texture, softness and drape, balanced with just enough ‘memory’ and elasticity.  It’s ideal for lightweight accessories, or loose, drapey wraps and cardigans.  And it’s a very easy yarn to work with.  The simplest patterns will come out looking terrific, because the yarn does all the work.  No complex knitting tricks required!

 

New Yarn – Martin’s Lab Tough Sock

Posting date: 29 March 2021

There’s always room on the shelves for more beautifully hand-dyed sock yarn!  Nina’s latest ‘find’ is the ‘Tough Sock‘ yarn  from Martin’s Lab, a small independent dyer in Toruń, Poland.

This comes in a gorgeous range of vivid colours, and the 75/25 Merino/Nylon blend and high twist means that it lives up to it’s name – although deliciously soft, it is tough enough to be perfect for socks.  Or anything, really!  Sweaters that don’t pill; shawls that can be blocked aggressively and carried around for everyday in-and-out-of-a/c use; next-to-skin accessories; you name it.

What’s not to love about a hand-dyed sock yarn?

 

New Yarn – Illimani Santi

Posting date: 23 March 2021

This recent arrival falls into the category of affordable luxury yarns.  Illimani Santi is a gorgeous blend of ultra-fine merino, baby alpaca, yak, and mulberry silk.

This is a very versatile yarn.  DK weight,  it has great drape so it can be worked loosely for a garment with liquid flow.  But it also has terrific stitch definition, so you can use it at a tighter gauge for denser projects with cables or textured stitches that really pop.

And, it is very, very soft and smooth.  So you can use it for next-to-skin garments, including luxurious cowls.

New Yarn – Katia Easy Hat

Posting date: 22 March 2021

This has been in stock for a while, but is new to the online storeKatia Easy Hat is exactly what it claims to be.  It might be the easiest hat project you’ve every tried, and it’s definitely the yarn you’ll reach for if you ever need a hat for Right. Now.

This is a self-patterning yarn, jacquard-style, so it looks like clever knitting.  But even the contrasting brim colour is part of the single-ball pattern.  There are no extra ends to weave in when you’re done.

Available now, in three beautiful colourways.

Creative Yarns Re-opening

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.

New Yarn – Linello from Lang Yarns

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?

New Yarn – Juniper Moon Cumulus Rainbow

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.

New Yarn – Estelle SW Merino DK

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!

New Yarn – Hayne’s Creek Heathers

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.

December Mini-Socks

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.

Black Friday Sale!

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.

Locking down, again

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.

Winter hours

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).

New Yarn – Fibre Co. Amble

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.

Closed for holiday weekend

Posting date: 4 September 2020

We will be closed all day this Saturday, 5 September for the Labour Day weekend.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope that you, too, have the opportunity to rest and relax over this long holiday weekend.

Our online storefront remains open, of course, and any orders placed will be shipped out, or available for pickup, on Tuesday, 8 September, when we reopen.

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.