Now Open Fridays!

We are now open Fridays 12-5:30 for the season.

Come oin and check out our fine hand knitting yarn selection, as well as baskets, notions, and new from Cavallini Paper Co. totes, tea-towels, puches, and cards.

Reasonable priced these vintage prints on canvas make excellent gifts $15-$19

Closed early Thursday for Halloween.

Hello Friends. I will be closing between 4 and 4:30 pm on Thursday Oct 31st to be home in time for Halloween.

If you wish to come to the store please email me to let me know you are coming. If I don’t hear form anyone, I will leave at 4:00 pm.  Play safe. Boo!pumpkins

Closed Saturday for Thanksgiving

Hello Friends, We are closed Saturday for Thanksgiving after our big weekend last weekend and recovery cleanup, we are taking the long weekend off. Sorry for the inconvenience. See you next week Tues, Thurs, Sat.

Enjoy the weather and your family, or just some rest. 😉  Happy Thanksgiving!fall-harvest

Big Blue Moma Measuring Bracelets

New In Store $30

Now you will never be without your measuring tape!

Made of Leather with a single post closure, these leather bracelets are a must have for the knitter, designer, or anyone who just loves to measure things…yup…you know who you are. Wrap it twice around your wrist and you are prepared for that knitting project on the go, measuring your windows for blinds (personal experience) and a whole lot more.

Our font is a 14 point, which means it is easy to see for those of us over 50, and we cater to both imperial and metric measures because as Canadians we go both ways don’t we? As of May 27th, these bracelets are also adjustable so if you buy the wrong size, we can help you through the resizing process in about ten minutes.

These are complete for gift giving and come in a small wooden box, complete with a quote about creativity engraved on the inside of the box lid and colour coded to match your new bracelet. Turn the box into storage for your favourite notions once the bracelet has become a regular feature on your wrist. The boxes, and the bracelets are made in house-in the back yard actually-of our studio in Calgary. We use premium leather, but each one is from an off cut so colours are limited and change frequently.

This product is a handmade item so minor imperfections are inevitable.

Off to the Chelsea Flower Show! Closed until Saturday May 25th

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Chelsea Pensioner Ron Wilkins enjoying the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Credit: Paul Grover

Here today until 4 pm then I am off to the Chelsea Flower Show, in London England and will be closed until Saturday May 25th when the lovely Eve will be looking after the store. Re-opening Thursday through Saturday, May 30th until the end of June.

Sorry for any inconvenience but not that sorry because it’s the Chelsea Flower show!!!!

Ok I might have to plant a peony, after that pic, ants and all.

One Ball Cashmere Blend Ribbed Beenie $12.50

We are still open Mondays until at least the end of February.

Wow make this beenie in Cashmere Virgin Wool hand-dyed for $12.50 in Mineville’s beautiful Cashmere Blend Aran Sock yarn. (pattern has been revised sorry I screwed it up the first time)

Materials needed:

90 metres of Aran weight yarn, 5mm circular and Dpn or just Dpn needles

Cast on 64 stitches and join in the round.

K1P1 for 7 inches

Use centre double decreases over 3 rows to reduce to 8 stitches as follows:  Corrected

Begin one stitch before the end of a row on a purl *, P1K1, P1K1, P1, S1Knitwise, K2tog, PSSO* repeat 8 times for first decrease row

work 3 rows in pattern ending one stitch before beginning of round

*P1K1, P1, S1Knitwise, K2tog, PSSO* repeat 8 times

work 3 rows in pattern ending one stitch before beginning of round

*P1, S1knitwise, K2tog, PSSO* repeat 8 times

work 1 row in pattern

K2tog 8 times

Cinch last 8 stitches and darn in end.

Eh Voila!

To make a slouchy de-stash or add a shorty from the store’s cookie jar for 2 inches of stripes as you wish. Work in pattern for 9 inches before the decrease rows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last minute projects #2 under $10

Make this fun hat for $8.99 with one ball of James Brett Rustic Chunky in about 2 hours. IMG_0015

With 8 mm needles DPN or 16 inch circular and DPN

CO 44 stitches and join in the round

Work in rib for 5 rows.

R1-6: Knit 5 rounds, Purl 1 round

R7-15: Knit 4 rounds, Purl 1 round, Knit 4 rounds

R16: P2tog, Purl to last 2 stitches, P2tog (42 stitches)

Decrease rounds

R 17: Knit

R18: *K2tog, Knit 5*, repeat to end of round

R19: Knit

R20: *P2tog Purl 4*, repeat to end

R21: Knit

R22: *K2tog, Knit 3*, repeat to end

R23: Knit

R24: *Purl2 tog, Purl 2* repeat to end

R25: Knit

r26: *K2tog, Knit 1* repeat to end

R27: Knit

R28: P2tog to end (6 stitches)

 

Draw yarn through 4 stitches, with remaining 2 stitches make and icord with remaining yarn by knitting 2 stitches than slipping the needle to the left and knitting 2 stitches again without turning until all yarn is used. K2tog bind off last stitch. Knot icord into top knot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick and easy Fuego drop stitch cowl

One skein of the gorgeous Fuego in Cobalto makes this warm, squishy cowl. It’s sure to keep your chin and neck warm during this Arctic outflow!

 

Photos by Matthew Pedley

Neoclassical Wrap

Here’s our latest project we just can’t get enough of. The Neoclassical Wrap. This gorgeous poncho wrap can be made with either 12 mm or 15 mm needles in three sizes, but even the small fits everyone. It just doesn’t hang as low.

The super fun part is it’s yarn held double or triple allowing a depth of colour and texture. it’s also a super stash buster. Pattern available in store with purchase of yarn. I’ll post a few other versions over the next couple of days, so you can see the possibilities. Make this for $50 and up depending on yarn choices and size. Here we have used 12 mm an combined Ultra Alpaca Chunky with Independence, a Spincycle heavy worsted hand-dyed.

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Cowls inspired by Claire and Scottish Highlands

So some of us have sassenachhave been making cowls inspired by the Scottish Highlands. here’s a free pattern from Kristen Brooks called Sassenach

It works beautifully with Chunky or Bulky yarns held doubled such as Swagger and Fuego (26.50 each) or single held Mega (22.50). You can also make this for as low as 12.99 with the new Big Bravo. Inquire in store.