December 2016 specialty classes!

Our December Specialty Class schedule is open for sign ups! Check out the photos and descriptions of what we will be offering over the next month and stay tuned for more updates!

Winter Crochet Snowflake
Saturday December 3, 2016 
2:00pm to 4:00pm
All materials included
All ages welcome- must have basic crochet knowledge

Another new crochet class at Stix and Stones! The demand is high for these cute little crochet projects, especially at this time of year when you’re looking for a quick and easy handmade gift! These beautiful snowflakes work up quickly and we will help you with each step of crocheting these beauties. Basic crochet knowledge is required for this class and all materials are included!

Oops! I dropped a stitch!
Saturday December 10, 2016
3:00pm to 5:00pm
All ages and skill levels welcome! Must have basic knitting knowledge

We have our students asking us in every class to fix their knitting mistakes- in this class we will teach you how to recognize and fix mistakes on your own! A few of the techniques we learn in this class are: recognizing your own mistakes, picking up a dropped stitch, un-knitting, ripping back, how to fix twisted stitches and so much more! By the end of this class you will be a mistake fixing expert and will be confident to try these techniques on your next oops!
Please bring: two colours of yarn in the same weight, needles to match, darning needle, crochet hook

Wash it, Block it, Love it.
Saturday December 17, 2016
2:00pm to 4:00pm
$30 per person
All ages and skill levels welcome!

Conquer your fear of washing by hand and blocking your knits! In this class we will discuss how to care for your knitwear and any of your delicate fabrics and fibers. We will talk about the basics of blocking and how beneficial it is to block your knit items and why. We will discuss different methods of blocking such as wet blocking, steaming, spritzing, using blocking wires and shaping your pieces. We will also discuss what the best options for wool wash are, and how to use them. Everything you need to know about really finishing your pieces and taking good care of them will be in this class, perfect timing before you gift your knits for the holidays!
Please bring with you: squares or a finished sample of something you would like to know how to block or wash properly.

Sign up soon as the spaces fill up quickly for our specialty classes and only a paid seat can be reserved. Call or come in to reserve your spot- 705-223-8245


Dying with Dragons!

Dragon Strings is coming to North Bay This Friday November 4!

That's right! Annika, the owner of the indie dying company (and my new personal favourite dyer!) "Dragon Strings" is coming to North Bay for a trunk show AND a dying class! Here's the deets:

Trunk Show at Stix and Stones
Friday November 4, 2016
5:00pm onwards

FREE EVENT! Open for all knitters and yarnies!

Meet the dyer, fondle the yarn, fall in love with the yarn, buy the yarn. Check out a huge variety of bases and one of a kind colours and take home your faves! Bring along your current knitting project and join us for social knit night as well from 5:00pm onwards! Can't make it Friday? The trunk show will be set up on Saturday as well so you have two days to fondle the beauties!

Dying Class
Saturday November 5, 2016
10am to 1pm
$85/person- ALL materials included- HST included
Class limit is 8 students- sign up fast!

Learn how to dye your own yarn with the owner of Dragon Strings! Get your colour creativity on and enjoy a fun and colourful morning of dying your own skeins! You get to test out 2 skeins of your very own to dye and take them home to knit up in to beautiful projects! Wear clothes you don't mind getting a little colourful!

The class is limited to 8 students so sign up quickly by giving us a call at 705-223-8245!
It's going to be a fun and colourful filled week here at Stix and Stones and we hope to see you Friday for the trunk show and Saturday for the class!


Monthly Friday Knit Circle!

This Friday we are kicking off our monthly knitting circle!

Join us on the first Friday of the month at Stix and Stones from 5pm to 8pm for our social knit circle! Bring your projects, bring a friend and enjoy some serious knitting time. Scheduled dates for Friday socials are as follows:

October 7/16
November 4/16- With a very special Dragon Strings Trunk show!
December 2/16
January 6/17
February 3/17
March 3/17
April 7/17
May 5/17

Mark the dates down on your calendar and join us every month for our knit circle! Keep posted on here for any dates and special events that will be coming up as well!

See you Friday!


Spring 2016 Classes!

We have some fantastic classes coming up at Stix and Stones and would love for you to join in on the fun!

Magic Loop Circular Knitting
Saturday June 4, 2016 
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Skill level: basic- must know how to knit and purl!
Never use double point needles again! Magic loop is a fantastic technique that will forever eliminate your use of double pointed needles by using one long circular needle to knit small circumference items in the round! You can swap our your DPN’s for the magic loop technique on ANY project including (but not at all limited to): socks- both top down AND toe up, mitts, fingerless gloves, sleeves, the top of hats and just about anything else that originally asks for DPN’s. Many people find it difficult to knit with so many needles joined in the round and when using double point needles you are often using up to 5 needles at one time! We teach you how to get cast on, set up and start knitting using the magic loop technique.... and there is only a LITTLE magic involved. Check out our socks from the toe up class below and take this technique to that class as well!
Please bring: 32” or longer circular needles and yarn to match

Socks from the toe up!
Saturday June 18, 2016 
1:30pm to 4:30pm
Skill level: enthusiastic beginner- must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease!
Have you mastered the art of knitting socks from the top down and are you ready for a new challenge? Try out our socks from the toe up class and learn some great new techniques! Just as it sounds- we will be knitting a tiny sample sized sock... from the toe up! During this class we will cast on at the toe, knit the foot, turn the heel, knit the cuff and cast off at the top all while discussing the benefits of knitting a sock in the opposite direction! You will come out of this class with a tiny sock- perfect for baby gifts or add a ribbon and use it as a decoration or ornament!
Please bring: A DK weight or heavier yarn with double point needles to match OR 32” circulars for magic loop
To register or for any more questions about our classes, call us at: 705-223-8245


“Learn to Love Fiber Arts!” March Break Kids Camps 2016

Dates: Monday March 14 to Friday March 18- 10:00am to12:00pm daily
Price: $27+HST per day per student OR $125+HST for the week
Ages: 6 and up- Considerations may be made for younger students!
All materials included each day
8 student maximum per day

Pom Pom Art
Monday March 14, 2016

In this class we will use fun colours of yarns to make endless amounts of pom poms! What will we do with these pom poms? Just about anything! String them as necklaces, attach them to headbands, make pom pom animals... you name it! We will come out of this class with quite a few fun completed projects!

Beginner Weaving
Tuesday March 15, 2016

In this class we will use yarn and unconventional items such as straws, popsicle sticks, or cardboard to make our own weaving looms and create some fun projects such as bookmarks, bracelets, headbands and more!

Spool Knitting
Wednesday March 16, 2016

In this class we will be making our very own knitting spools and then learning how to knit on them as well as what we can make with the finished product! The kids will be able to bring home their knitting spools and yarns to continue working at home. In the class we will make necklaces, headbands,bracelets and more!

Dye Yarn- With Kool-Aid!
Thursday March 17, 2016

In this class we will learn the amazing art of felting using both the needle felting and wet felting techniques- don’t worry; it is perfectly safe for kids of all ages! During this time we allow the kids to make whatever they can dream up and everyone’s end result is always different. This class is very hands on, interactive and fun and is definitely our most popular kid’s class!

Learn to Knit!
Friday March 18, 2016

In this class we will use the yarn dyed from the previous day to create beginner knit projects such as bracelets, headbands, purses and whatever we can dream up! We will start with learning to knit from the basics and learn how to recognize and fix mistakes! Materials will be provided for those not attending the dying workshop the day before.

Please call Stix and Stones at 705-223-8245 to register for any or all of these classes! Only a paid seat is a reserved seat as our kids camps fill up quickly!


Winter class schedule- January 2016 to March 2016

Crochet Class Schedule

Learn to crochet- Beginners (two session options)
Saturday January 30- 11:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday February 11- 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Have you been yearning to learn the craft of crochet? Are you a knitter looking to expand your skill set? Do you want to create quick easy projects in no time? Then our “Learn to Crochet for Beginners” class is for you! During this class you will learn the basics of crochet while working on a functional dishcloth out of basic cotton yarn and a medium sized hook that you will be able to take home with you at the end of class!
Cost: $40/person (per session) - all materials and tax included

If you attend the first session and would like to attend the second session without materials, the cost will be $30/person or $65 for both classes.

Confident Beginner Crochet
Thursday February 18- 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Have you learned the basics of crochet and are looking to expand your crochet knowledge? Then sign up for our “Confident Beginner Crochet” class and learn to make a stunning cowl! The stitches learned in this class will take you beyond the basics and you will also learn how to follow a crochet pattern while working on a simple cowl project that can be continued after class ends.
Cost: $60/person- all materials and tax included

Intermediate Crochet Skills
Thursday February 25- 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday March 3- 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Getting confident with those crochet skills and looking for more? Join our “Intermediate Crochet Skills” class and push yourself even farther beyond the basics! During this time you will work on a basic baby hat and use techniques such as the magic circle and crocheting through the front/back of a stitch. As the hat grows, so will your love for this quick and satisfying craft!
Cost: $42/person-all materials and tax included

If you attend the first session and would like to attend the second session without materials, the cost will be $30/person or $67 for both classes.

Beginner, confident beginner and intermediate class package (1 class per level for 3 classes total) - $130
All 5 crochet class package- $190 (Materials included in 3 sessions)

Specialty Knitting Classes

Heart Hat Knit-a-long Class
Saturday February 13

11:00am to 1:00pm OR 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Have you ever signed up for one of our fun knit-a-longs? Are you looking to learn the basics of Fair Isle knitting? Then join us in our heart hat class and enjoy knitting some adorable Fair Isle hearts in a DK weight hat! During this class you will learn the proper technique for catching a float and how to recognize proper tension when changing colours while knitting. We will throw in a few more tips and tricks and have you addicted to changing colours in no time!
Cost: $65- all yarn and tax included
Class cost for KAL signups: $20 (KAL kit must be purchased from Stix and Stones)
Class fee: $30- materials not included
HOMEWORK: Ribbing portion of the hat project MUST be completed before class
Please Bring if not purchasing KAL kit: 100% superwash wool in DK weight and at least two colours, 4mm needles- ensure homework is completed before class.

Latvian Cuffs and Mitts
Saturday Feb 27- 2:00pm to 4:00pm

If you are confident in your Fair Isle or stranded knitting skills then why not try out Latvian cuffs and mitts for a little challenge on your next project? You will learn to use multiple colours to create the look of Latvian braids and multi coloured ribbing for the edges and cuffs of your projects that will be the perfect complement to your Fair Isle mitts, hats, socks and whatever else you can dream of! You will work on samples in class that you will be able to take notes on and replicate at home and also adapt to your favourite patterns!
Cost: $30- materials not included
Please Bring: 5mm needles, darning needles, cable needles and a selection of worsted weight superwash wool in a minimum of 5 colours- small scraps are perfect for this class!

Baby Sweater Basics- from the top down!
Saturday March 12- 2:00pm to 4:00pm

If you are a confident beginner knitter that is looking at expanding in to sweater knitting, then this is the class for you! We take you through the basics of knitting a sweater by working on a baby sized sweater in class that will be knit from the top (neck) down!  We will discuss the basic construction of a sweater, what you need to know before beginning a sweater project, the properties that go in to creating and choosing a sweater pattern and so much more! Join us for Baby Sweater Basics and you will be knitting full sized sweaters in no time!
Cost: $42- yarn and tax included
Please Bring: 4.5mm circular needle at least 24” in length

Saturday March 19- 2:00pm to 4:00pm*
*An additional class may be considered from 11:00am to 1:00pm if needed

Itching to learn the basics of needle felting? Get addicted with our adorable Easter Egg Needle Felting class! You will learn how to start your project and build on it using 100% animal fiber rovings and the proper felting needles and mat to get you started off on the right foot. You can take home as many Easter Eggs as you can manage to make during this time and use them as decorative ornaments for the holiday! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join in on this fun and interactive class!

Cost: $45 all materials and taxes included. 

To register for any of our upcoming Winter classes, give us a call at Stix and Stones at 705-223-8245. Only paid seats can be reserved and class numbers will be limited and tend to sell out quickly.

Help and Learn Sessions

1:30pm to 3:30pm
5:00pm to 7:00pm
1:30pm to 3:30pm
5:30pm to 7:30pm(Mid Sept to May ONLY)
10:30am to 12:30pm

$15.00 per class 
$60 for 5 class pass
$110 for 10 class pass

Help and learn sessions are designed for all knitting skill levels, from those who have never even held knitting needles before, up to experienced knitters. Learn to knit, get help with your projects, ask questions and learn a new technique with plenty of one on one time! Drop in based- no need to call or register in advance, just come when you can. 



We decided to stay open this week AND our sale table is still up and running! Check out our hours/classes for the week as well as photos of some of our fantastic deals in the shop! More to be had in store so be sure to come in and take a look!

Stix and Stones shop hours for the week of January 4-9, 2016

Tues Jan 5: 12:30pm to 6pm- drop in knitting class from 1:30pm to 3:30pm**

Wed Jan 6: 10am to 6pm

Regular hours and classes will resume Thursday January 7 and are as follows:

Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri*/Sat: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Tues: 10:00am to 7:00pm

*Open late every OTHER Friday until 9:00pm starting January 15, 2016

**Please note: There will not be a Tuesday evening class on January 5th