Tuesday

KIDS CAMP!


Monday July 11 to Thursday July 14
11:00am to 4:00pm each day
$240 for all 4 days- ALL materials included
$70 for a single day- materials for that day included
Ages 8 and up
* Additional camp weeks will be offered if there is an interest! Please notify me of  week that you would like your child to attend!

As a kid I was always interested in crafts and anything creative and not too often did I have a place in the summer to be able to express that creativity. This kids camp is for any kid that has an interest in crafts of all kinds! It is a place for each unique child to be able to put that creative evergy towards creating something new! Each day will consist of different activities and craft ideas including but not at all limited to....
  • Basic knitting projects- hats, scarves, fingerless gloves, cell phone/ipod cases and etc.
  • Silk screening t-shirts
  • Tye dying
  • Jewellery making- cluster rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and etc.
  • Wet felting to create scarves, potholders, placemats and etc.
  • Scrapbooking- cards, notebooks, photobooks and etc,
  • Basic crochet
  • Uppercase living vinyl sticker craft decoration- waterbottles, notebooks, pencil cases and etc.
  • Adventures to the waterfront and the North Bay museum
  • Fun competitions and challenges for knitting, jewellery and more!
All the materials are included in the price of the course and each child will be able to complete at least 3 projects per day! It is a great way to meet new kids that have similar interests while learning new techniques that develop different parts of the brain and skills that are not taught in schools.

Please send a lunch with your child and please notify me of any allergies your child may have so we can ensure the utmost safety for them!
Shalom!




I finished knitting my Shalom cardigan (a free pattern found HERE
) on Friday last week- I started it on Tuesday after having ripped it out once on monday. This is one of those fantastic universal sweaters that is a super quick knit and looks fantastic in a variety of yarns, colours and is great for every body type! I decided to knit mine out of Araucania's Patagonia yarn (4 skeins for all sizes!) and for being a 100% pima cotton, it may be one of the most luxurious things I have ever made! It's too soft! So Saturday morning.... I put my lovely Shalom up on the mannequin and stared at it for awhile.... and then it stared at me for awhile..... and then we both stared at each other for awhile..... then I got up, walked over to it and ripped it apart to the droopy floppy armholes! Now I have no idea what it was about these armholes- perhaps the combination of being 5 foot 1 and busty with drooping armholes just didn't seem a good fit for me. I haven't read that other people have changed the pattern at all but just in case you run in to the same problem I did, here are the changes I made..... the third time's the charm right! Visit me tomorrow for the finished sample!

Row 45: K29, bind off 34, k43, bind off 34, k29
Row 46: (begin body) k5, p to first armhole, cast on 10 stitches, p to second armhole, cast on 10 stitches, p14, k5.

This really is a great sweater and the changes have worked out incredibly well- being knit from the top down you get to try on the sweater as
you go!

There is a HUGE colour selection for this yarn and it also works with Americo's Organic Cotton as well as multiple wool and alpaca blend yarns. On 7mm needles you might consider this for your next quick knit in a few days sweater project! 

Wednesday

A successful Retreat!
 I had so much fun this past weekend hosting my first ever knitting retreat and for those of you that weren't able to make it here is a small piece of what you missed out on!

 The awesome students
 And their workspace
 A table always full of snacks, meals and treats
 A place to relax with a good knit

 The wonderful instruction of our beloved teacher
 Door prizes for everyone!
 New techniques
 Great grafting skills!


 Just a tad more learning...

 A hint of magical nature all around us
 All in all just the Cat's Pajama's!

 Even the puppy had a great time with all his visitors!
 A classroom so bright extra lights were rarely needed

 And some more learnin'!
 A teacher you could never loose in a crowd!

 The perfect location for instruction!
 Totally tubular double knitting!
 A lounge to unwind with the infamous "dirty sue."
And the hostesses to make all your knitting and culinary dreams come true!

Keep posted for next year's teacher who will be announced in the next few weeks!

Happy knitting!

Tuesday

It's finally here! 
This weekend is the kick off to my first ever knitting retreat with Lucy Neatby and I couldn't be more excited! It's been an insane whirlwind of gift bags, cleaning, cooking, baking and just all in all craziness. Things are coming together and I am already planning my retreat for next year- the special guest teacher and the dates will be announced soon so keep tuned! 

This week until Thursday, I will have a selection of Lucy's merchandise on display for purchase in the store. I have ALL of Lucy's knitting tutorial dvd's in stock now as well as...
  • Book- Cool Knitter's Finish in Style $22
 







  • Book- Cool Socks Warm Feet $25











  • Yarn- Cat's Pajamas- Hand dyed- Merino, cashmere, nylon (80/10/10) 300m each skein. $35









 Patterns for a variety of projects as well as two scarf kits for the bubble scarf and checkerboard scarf!

Come and check out this wonderful variety of merchandise while you can! 

Be sure to check out pictures from the retreat next week!