Cowls of Autumn

Honey Cowl
Honey Cowl

Cowls are great, quick knits that use less yarn than scarves. Here are some of my favourite patterns, all of which would looks fantastic with a couple of hanks of Rowan Fine Art, which are currently on sale at both our stores!

Happy knitting! Send or tweet us your projects with hashtag #WINEknits – we’d love to hear from you!

New! Berroco Abode and Cosma now on shelves

We have gorgeous new colours of the soft, thick-and-thin Abode and beautifully fine Cosma on the shelves at both stores. Come and feel them in person!

Swans Island Katherine Pullover

Katherine Pullover designed by Michele Rose Orne
Katherine Pullover

Designed by Michele Rose Orne, the Katherine pullover from Swans Island is the perfect early Spring project. Simple and elegant with thoughtful lace and eyelet details for a beautifully hand-crafted v-neck pullover. Shown in Swans Island Pure Blends Worsted (Oatmeal), it would also look lovely in any of the Swans Island Natural Colors.

Katherine Pullover by Michele Rose Orne

Let it Snow! Cuddle up and maybe knit this.

Basic Christmas Stockings Pattern

If you get the Churchmouse newsletters you will know today they reminded us it’s a lovely time to knit a stocking even if it’s for next year, or to give a stocking kit to share the knitted love of the Season.

We have the Churchmouse stocking pattern in store and several yarns that would work beautifully.

Luxury Fibres for Mrs. Claus- light as air

Treat your loved one to the luxury of beautiful yarn.

AIR is something extraordinary—an ultra soft, durable, pill-resistant yarn that is lighter and warmer than 100% cashmere. AIR features 40% of down from the brushtail possum fiber, combined with 40% cashmere and 20% mulberry silk. AIR is our most luxurious yarn.


Zealana Air – a light as a feather blend of cashmere, possum down, and silk, in beautiful solids ($24.00/25g), and now available in beautiful hand-dyed Koigu colourways ($59.95/50g).

25g is enough to knit a beret or pair of fingerless mitts, while 50g is enough for a shoulder warmer, scarf, or generous cowl. 3-4 balls makes this lovely Lacy Vest.


Arboreal Cowl, a quick knit or a nifty gift!

arborealAs the days get shorter, and knitting time becomes more limited, super bulky yarn and needles make for quick gifts!

The Arboreal Cowl, available as a free Ravelry download, uses just 106 yards of super bulky yarn and can be knit in a variety of yarns. We love it in Swagger (1 skein for $26.50) or in Borealis knit together with 2 strands of Kidsilk Haze (2 x $15.95) for amazing loft and depth of colour. The pattern also suggests holding 3 strands of worsted weight together to achieve the same gauge.

Knit this Aujourd’hui!

Another great free cowl pattern from Tante Ehm on Ravelry, Aujourd’hui showcases the colour and texture of a beautiful hand-dyed super bulky yarn. Swagger, Bulky, Andes, Outer, Twinkle or Drops Eskimo, or Mega (all in store) are great choices for this cowl.

Aujourd'hui Cowl by Tante Ehm
Aujourd’hui Cowl by Tante Ehm

Peerie Flooers Hat Class

peerie flooers

We’re very excited to have been given permission by Kate Davies to use her Peerie Flooers design in our fair-isle/stranded knitting hat class. Class will run for 3 consecutive Saturdays (November 23rd and 30th, December 7th) at the Gastown location, starting at 9:30am (1st class) and 10:00 am and each class will be between 1 hour and 1.5 hours depending on the content for the day.

The class fee of $120 includes the pattern and yarn (Rowan Fine Tweed) required to complete the hat. Please bring a 16″ circular needle in a 3mm size as well.

Class size is limited to 6 students, please contact us to register.

Basic-Intermediate knitting skills are required for this class.

Zealana Air – New patterns and colours

Leaf Panel Beret knit in Zealana Air
Leaf Panel Beret

The beautiful Zealana Air pattern book has arrived in store, along with new colours of this ultra soft, durable, and pill-resistant yarn that is lighter and warmer than 100% cashmere. AIR features 40% of down from the brushtail possum fiber, combined with 40% cashmere and 20% mulberry silk.

Just one ball is enough for the Leaf Panel Beret shown above, while the striped shawl shown below takes 2 balls each of 2 colours.

Striped Shawl knit in Zealana Air
Striped Shawl

Drops Big Delight

Drops Big Delight Hat and Neckwarmer
Hat and Neckwarmer knit in Drops Big Delight

Drops Big Delight has arrived in the store and we’re excited to see this soft and feltable self-striping wool. As always, Drops has lots of free patterns available on their website, everything from 1 ball hats to stunning garments and afghans.