Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time for a break!

The Farmer and I took a few days off! Getting away is tricky as there is so much to cover.  Make sure everyone knows! Find people to mind things while we are out of town.  That sort of thing. We can't go too far as stuff happens and when you have only a few days its not worth spending all the time getting somewhere. 

We have a trailer, so we took it to Emily Park, not too far. We hadn't been there for years, 14 to be exact.  The trees have grown so much that what once was an open area is lovely private campsites.  We discovered the Trans Canada Trail!  The weather was lovely, if you remembered last years vacation we were camping during the hottest week of the summer.  After re-reading that one I realized there wasn't any point in telling you about the things we forgot as they are pretty much the same.  The only difference is that we remembered the fan and forgot the sleeping bags! (We did have a lovely wool blanket that proved to be a 'marriage' saver!)

One thing I never forget is my knitting.  You must travel with at least 3 projects and one just in case ball of yarn.

The main project was a lace shawl using the new Madelinetosh Prairie.   It is something that has been on 'the bucket' list for a while.   Then there is a little scarf that I started using Manos Alegria.

If you are like me and just like to knit, no purls please, you will like the clever designs created by Martina Behm.  She  designs projects that are easily adapted to any yarn, and they are mostly just knit stitches.  (plus she has some cute videos on how to wear her designs)  A couple of us are contemplating the design Viajante.  It's lace weight, a lot of it, and if my 'bucket list' project is not doing what I want, this  is the 2nd option for the yarn I wound up.

We did have a lovely couple of days and I worked a few shortened days at the shop.  We plan another little trip next weekend which means the shop is closed on Tuesday July 29. 

More later....too busy enjoying the sunshine!
See you Soon!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Learning curve!

4 days off, well kind of off.  There was laundry, groceries, a tiny bit of cleaning, paperwork, research a new stove and this:
Almost three years ago I was hunting a little on Kijiji and found this loom. 
It was old, older than me, but it came with a lot of extra accessories.  It seemed to be owned by a Doctors wife who purchased it in the late 1950's and was still using it in the 70's.  There is a binder of notes from a course she took in the 60's and a project binder.  Then I think it sat in storage for many years.  We picked it up on our way home from moving The Boy to school.

The Boy put it all back together and got everything adjusted to work.  (I don't know how he and The Farmer can do that but this may explain some of it)

Then we moved it into the tiniest room in the house, which I use as a closet/storage room. This week we dragged it out into our family room.

Tuesday I measured out the warp and The Farmer helped wind onto the loom, yesterday I threaded it up and started to weave.

The learning curve is huge.  Math is important. I was following a pattern that suggested each warp be 5 yards long, I choose to do it  8 yards to give me extra fabric to play with. I wound one ball onto the warping board only to find myself 1/2 a yard short. I now know how long it takes to unwind a warp!  Then I ran out of heddles as I was threading up, you can undo them too!  The loom is a counterbalance loom and so the instructions for the course will not work as the set up of the treadles are completely different; I have kind of make it up as I go along.

When I am done there will be pillows, how many I am not sure.  I do have to go and find some more yarn as of course I ran out.  

Good thing the Yarn shop is open again today!

Thanks for letting me have a break, it's good to challenge yourself!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Canada Day!

July 1st Canada's Birthday!

It's hot and humid in Ontario and I am celebrating the day indoors, trying  to teach myself how to weave on the floor loom.  Let's just say the learning curve is pretty steep!

No matter how you are celebrating, take time to remind yourself the this truly is a great country to call home!

Just a reminder that the shop is closed tomorrow, which is a good thing as the shop in not air conditioned and it looks like the humidity will stick around?

Happy Canada Day

See you Thursday.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Taking a break!

Summer is here! Finally!  We have waited a long time for this.

It also means that many of you are off on a vacation from your Knitting or Crochet.  Days at the shop are quieter, its nice to have a slower season to take time to catch up.  Like you Knitting doesn't take up as much of my free time, there is a bit of Gardening to do and time to enjoy the outdoors.

July is holiday time for 'The Farmer' and I.  We haven't planned anything just yet, even though we live  in the same house we haven't had much time to figure out our schedules.  (He was off doing Hay one night until just after 11 pm..a 17 hour day!)

This weekend is the first long weekend of the Summer so I have added an extra day for me!  The shop will be closed for 4 whole days!  What do I have planned?

Well I think I might do something with this:

The shop is closed Tuesday July 1st and Wednesday July 2nd!

Have a Safe and Happy Canada Day!

Thursday, June 19, 2014


This weekend is the start of  Summer!

The Yarn shops of Durham have planned a Yarn Crawl!

Celebrate Summer
with a
Visit the wool shops of East Durham
Saturday June 21st
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sales! Specials! Fun!

Wool Queen
182 Simcoe Street S.
Oshawa, Ontario

Wool on William
5 William Street W.
Oshawa, Ontario

Myrtle Station Wool
9585 Baldwin North
Oshawa, Ontario

Never Enough Wool
26 Water Street
Port Perry, Ontario

On the Lamb
66 Brock Street
Uxbridge, Ontario

Soper Creek Yarn
80 King Street West
Bowmanville, Ontario

We decided to run the event for 2 days, Friday and Saturday!  We have put together some door prizes!  With a purchase of $25 you receive a gift package. There a limit of one package per person, quantities are limited for each day.  (Value $10)

The Sale area has been tidied and today further markdowns are being made, there are some lovely yarns just waiting to go to a new home!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Summerfest is this weekend. It begins with a Sidewalk sale on Thursday, the shop is open from 10am - 6 pm.  Then continues on Friday and Saturday  when the street will be closed to allow for the Food Trucks and Vendors. Weather Permitting the Sale buckets will be outside a great time to stock up for summer knitting.

A special Knit in Public Event includes knitting a Community Blanket.  We need 4 knitters at a time to knit a blanket to be donated. 

See you Soon.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Diversifying my Portfolio

When the shop opened in 2008 we approached this as a business.  Business is math and money and percentages and accounting.  I had been working in retail for almost 30 years.  I understood about mark-ups and trends and paying bills.  There are lots of bills.  Last year we added 2 more monthly invoices to the mix, more rent, more hydro!  Keeping them paid through the summer is a challenge.   I could fill the shop with more yarn, but sometimes even the Yarn shop has too much yarn. So I added Baskets, Bags, notions, cards you know that stuff.

This year I travelled to the Gift Show and spotted a few interesting lines of product that if stretched could be knitting related, or they are just fun to be around.

New to the shop today are Arterro kits. These cleverly designed kits contain all the ingredients to help creative juices flow!  They are design for kids 8 and up!  Most contain renewable fibres and recycled materials.  A needle felting kit, a wool felt jewelry kit and my favourite a wool felt bug kit!
These Puppets by  Cate and Levi are were just too cute to pass up.  They are made from recycled sweaters and knit fabrics.  Each is totally unique and charming! 

Last week with our Briggs and Little order we received some of their knitted socks,  made with Durasport yarn from a manufacturer in Ontario.  Canadian fleece, made into Canadian yarn, knit into Canadian Socks!  Wooly and warm, but only in men's size right now?



Then there are the Freakers.  they were just too much fun to miss.  Designed by a quirky guy, with a great story.  'It all began at a Stitch and Bitch' he says!  How could I resist!
There are a couple of orders in the future one of them may be a yarn company the we have been watching for a few years now! 
Come and visit!