Where have I been and what have I been up to?!

Greetings bloggerland followers. WOW! Has it ever been a busy couple of weeks up here in the North! We are having fantastic summer weather (knock on wood it stays) and I have been working hard on quite a few new projects! Let me walk you through the various adventures of the past few weeks that I have embarked on....

This past weekend we had the wonderful and always hilarious Yarn Harlot- Stephanie Pearl McPhee up for a lecture and a class! We had an incredible time and cannot wait to have her back again in the near future! 
A captivated audience of 35!
Who then took over the lounge at Cecils- confusing the bartenders very much

A class with Steph on speed knitting!
Bosom buddies and friendly faces!

We had an awesome time! There were students that drove up from near and far- near being Sudbury, far being Rochester- just to hear Stephanie speak and to attend the class on speed knitting the next day. We had many laughs, learned lots and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves amongst fellow friendly knitters! And everyone, for the most part, was very well behaved!

And before all that......

I went camping for the first time ever! Yes... born and raised in Northern Ontario and I have never been camping before. Unless you count the KOA campground in Sault Ste Marie.... where we rented a cabin and walked for 30 seconds to reach the toilets and showers. No my friends... this was the real way of roughing it. Fire ban, no lake, no bug spray, blackfly season and a smelly puppy that was more than happy to run through the mud in the beaver pond. He had just gone to the pet spa for a bath a mere 4 days before. What do they say, if you can't beat em'....

Fiddle-heads growing through the pond
Cuzco playing in the beaver pond

Cuzzy found a toy! And lots of mud...
The work of the Beavers, a massive dam!

A day in the life of a Beaver!

Our Campsite- Cuz and his daddy playing in the bush!

All in all a busy and eventful couple of weeks. After our course and lecture with Stephanie- actually during- Stix and Stones had a booth at the Ontario Rughooker Guild's annual meeting, a fantastic event! I know next to nothing about rughooking, but what I do know is that it is fiber, textiles and art combined in to one which, in my world, is an unbeatable combination. We saw a huge array of gorgeous pieces and it inspired me to use some different textiles in my own work. Stay tuned so I can show you what I have come up with. I have been working on many different projects lately and will be posting more about them in the next week. I can't overload you all with too much information today! The brain won't be able to handle it! 

As always... happy knitting my friends!


The Yarn Harlot is coming to North Bay!

Many of you have heard of "The Yarn Harlot" before and I am sure many of you own her famously hilarious books... but have you seen her in person yet? No?! Well here is your chance!

Stix and Stones and the North Bay Hand Knitter’s Guild have teamed up to bring you an incredible night of fun and laughs with a lecture from Stephanie Pearl- McPhee! Her current lecture and the one we will be presenting to you is entitled “This is your brain on knitting.” If the title doesn’t already set you off then she sure will.

The lecture will be Friday May 25 at 6:00pm at the North Bay Museum! Stephanie will of course be doing her lecture and then will be available to sign books afterwards- if you have your own book then bring it along and if you wish to purchase one that evening, we will have them available at the lecture. If anyone would like to pre-order a book for that night, please send me a quick email and let me know so I can have an approximate number of how many to order in.

Stix and Stones will remain open late the night of the lecture and each ticket holder will be entitled to a 15% shopping discount for the evening and the next day. We are also organizing a "Knit in pub" gathering for after the event as well. 

Tickets for the lecture: Tickets are available at Stix and Stones and through the Hand Knitter’s Guild.

$35 for a regular ticket
$22 with a North Bay knitter’s guild membership- Limit of 2 tickets per member

To Purchase a guild membership, please feel free to contact the president of the guild, Rhiannon via email at

A guild membership gets you: A 10% yarn discount at Stix and Stones as well as special pricing for certain events and access to the guild’s monthly meetings held at St. John’s church at 307 main east. Most other yarn stores will offer a 10% discount to a guild member with a valid membership card! The membership is $20 and is valid until September 2012 if purchased now. Again, please contact Rhiannon for more details!

The Yarn Harlot Workshop:

The class with Stephanie will be on Saturday May 26th- it is a full day course and is limited to 18 students! The cost of the class is $60 per person (HST already included) and will be done on a first come first serve basis! Spaces must be paid for in advance in order to ensure your spot! We will be announcing details of which class is being offered in a few days, so stay tuned! The class will be held in store at Stix and Stones.

For more information about this event please contact Stix and Stones via email at or give us a call at 705-223-8245. Hurry! Tickets are selling fast!