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Car-Free Day

Car-Free Day

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Sunday August 18th is the third annual Car-Free Day on St Johns Street between Douglas and Moody Streets. Enjoy food vendors, live music, a beer garden and family friendly activities between noon and 7pm. Black Sheep Yarns will be open our usual Sunday hours, noon to 4pm for those who wish to visit during the event. Clarke Street may be used as an alternate route to access the store and you will be permitted to enter Grant and Spring Streets if you mention you are coming to Black Sheep Yarns.
Brooklyn Tweed Arbor Limited Edition Colours

Brooklyn Tweed Arbor Limited Edition Colours

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Cheer up your summer knitting with these two limited edition colours of Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, released today.  'Azalea' is a deep vibrant pink and 'Viridian' is a teal green. Use them as a pop of colour in your wardrobe, either as an accent or on their own. See them in person at the store or order online.  These colours are limited, so once they're cone, they're gone!  
Knitting for Olive Merino

Knitting for Olive Merino

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
I have long admired the designs by Knitting for Olive and who doesn't love to knit a stylish baby tunic with bobbles, a simple wrap or leggings? Pair these patterns with a super-soft merino in beautiful colours and I can't wait to cast on! Knitting for Olive is a family-run business based in Copenhagen. Their vision is to offer high-quality yarns made of pure natural fibres created with respect for both the animals and the environment. This fingering weight merino is produced in Italy following ethical, technical and environmental standards in order to create a yarn free from harmful chemicals and especially...
Summer Reading

Summer Reading

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Each Making Magazine is filled with hours of reading and project ideas - perfect for summer reading and planning future projects. There are now 7 volumes and we have them all in stock, as well as all of the issues of Laine Magazine. Pick up any that you are missing to complete your collections.           
Summer News

Summer News

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Throughout the summer we will continue to get shipments of all of your favourite yarns and also some new ones! We just received a new shipment of Biches & Buches Le Petit Lambswool, including 2 new colours: Dark Blue Turquoise and Very Light Green. As well we now have Biches & Buches Le Cashmere and Lambswool, an ultra soft, squishy delight!  Drop by to see my Afterparty sweater by Astrid Troland, from Laine Mag Issue 6. Everyone seems to be knitting a Love Note sweater. There is a Tin Can Knits KAL running at the moment and we have lots of suitable...
Harriet's Hat

Harriet's Hat

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
This colourful Shetland colour work hat was designed by Harriet Middleton to raise money for a much needed local MRI scanner. Presently people living on the Shetland Islands have to travel to the Scottish mainland for an MRI scan. The colours were inspired by the Shetland MRI Scanner logo and can be knit in Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift or Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight. The suggested colours are listed in the pattern and we have all 6 colours of J&S 2 ply Jumper Wt available in store or online. Follow the link from Ravelry or go directly to...
Isager Silk Mohair

Isager Silk Mohair

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
We are delighted to add another ISAGER yarn to our collection. Are you loving the trend where a strand of mohair is held together with another yarn to impart a delicate halo? Then try Isager Alpaca 2, a light fingering weight alpaca/wool blend together with Isager Silk Mohair. This is perfect for Tin Can Knits' new Love Note sweater or Petiteknit's Copenhagen cardigan.   
Laine Magazine, Issue 8 Summer 2019

Laine Magazine, Issue 8 Summer 2019

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Laine Magazine, Issue 8 is now available in store and online. This is a great issue to enjoy while sipping on Elderflower Spritz - the recipe is in this volume! There are 11 knitting patterns, beautifully photographed and illustrated. Cast on for the Rosebay Wrap by Jenny Sauselein using Brooklyn Tweed Loft, or maybe the Flower Buds sweater by Astrid Troland, using Biches & Buches Le Petit Lambswool. We carry both of those yarns.  As well, we have Amirisu, Issue 18 Summer 2019, Midsummer Dreams in stock. This is another magazine to inspire you to knit, sew, cook  and travel....
Tin Can Knits Mini Collection from Paris

Tin Can Knits Mini Collection from Paris

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Drop by the store to see this mini trunk show, featuring Tin Can Knits newest collection. Inspired by their recent trip to Paris , there are 2 sweaters, Love Note & the Penny Sweater, the Penny Hat and a sweet shawl called Posy.  Love Note is knit holding a fingering weight yarn (think Hedgehog Skinny Singles, Tosh Merino Light, Isager Alpaca 2) together with a lace weight mohair (perhaps Shibui Silk Cloud, Rowan Kidsilk Haze or Isager Silk Mohair which is soon to arrive in the store). It is knit on a big needle (6mm) so it knits up quickly. Alternatively...
Knox Mountain Knit Co. Shawl Cuffs

Knox Mountain Knit Co. Shawl Cuffs

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
We now have The Original Shawl Cuffs in stock! Handmade by Knox Mountain Knit Co., they are made from up cycled leather and are perfect for holding your shawl in place. Decorative and functional, every cuff is one-of-a-kind.                 
Pretty Warm Designs Stitch Markers

Pretty Warm Designs Stitch Markers

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Janet Rice-Bredin creates beautiful stitch markers and we have a wonderful selection of her whimsical designs. The rings are soldered closed so there is no join to catch your yarns. Her newest and most favourite design (and my favourite too!) are made with 5 lovely little leaves and a tree beginning of the round marker. But I also love her sweet little sheep and then there's always the beautiful millefiori beads.  The rings fit up to needle size 5mm (US 8) and come in a useful and decorative tin. Features of this product: Snag free construction. Bright silver toned closed rings attached...
Woolith Fair 2019

Woolith Fair 2019

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Woolith Fair is an event for yarn lovers and fibre artists from the Lower Mainland and beyond.  Organized by the West Coast Knitters’ Guild, this three-day yarn crawl is designed to get you out and about, and visiting as many Local Yarn Stores (LYSs) and fibre-related businesses as possible!  This event is held from Friday April 26 thru Sunday April 29, and Black Sheep Yarns is thrilled to be participating again this year. We are open our usual store hours (Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 12-4). Go to www.woolithfair.ca to download your Passport and Map as well as get all the...
Making Magazine No.7/Desert Released!

Making Magazine No.7/Desert Released!

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Get your copy of the latest Making Magazine, released today. It is available in store or online. Also, April 27th is Local Yarn Store day and there is a special promotion from the Making team, just for customers. A $100 gift card will be given to three special winners who have purchased their copy of DESERT. To enter, customers should post a photo of their issue on Instagram and tag both Making and their LYS. This promotion will run through April 30th and the three winners will be announced on May 1st. 
New Brooklyn Tweed Shelter & Loft Marls

New Brooklyn Tweed Shelter & Loft Marls

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Celebrate the launch of new Shelter & Loft Marls with a new hat pattern by Jared Flood.  Skipp is knit with two skeins of Loft in single or two-color brioche in beanie, slouchy, or watch cap styles! Suitable for adventurous beginner knitters – a delightful introduction to brioche!As a special gift, customers who purchase 2 skeins of Loft ,will receive a coupon good for a free digital download of Skipp, redeemable through April 30.       
Making Magazine No.7/Desert

Making Magazine No.7/Desert

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Making Magazine No.7/Desert will be officially released in store on Friday April 19th! It is also NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR PRE-ORDERS and will be shipped out April 17th. No.7/Desert is filled with over 24 projects, tutorials and recipes by some of our favourite designers.
Madder Anthology 3/Seaside

Madder Anthology 3/Seaside

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
The third and final book of the Anthology series, Seaside, by Carrie Bostick Hoge, includes 16 knit patterns: 11 sweaters and 5 accessories. Seaside is a dreamy collection of knitwear photographed on the incredible coast of Maine. For this third collection, Carrie set out to complement the first two books by including a bit of texture, cables, and colorwork while staying true to Madder's signature wearable style.   
Biches & Buches Le Petit Lambswool

Biches & Buches Le Petit Lambswool

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Biches & Buches is owned by a Scandinavian family who live in Burgundy France. They have a love for creating sweaters and cozy shawls using natural wool.  Le Petit Lambswool is a pure lambswool from a family-owned fiber mill in Scotland. Lambswool is considered a high grade of wool as it is from the first shearing of a sheep. The wool is rustic and soft at the same time and is available in 30 different shades.  A beautiful quality, with handwritten bands, presented in a way that feels like home. We are pleased to offer this amazing yarn at Black...
Laine Magazine Issue 7

Laine Magazine Issue 7

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
Laine 7 is an interesting mix of easy, relaxing patterns and patterns that will challenge and teach even the experienced knitter something new. The 12 designs include 3 shawls, 1 cowl, 3 sweaters, 3 cardigans, 1 vest and 1 pair of mitts, so there is something for everyone. Three of the designs feature colour work. Besides gorgeous knitwear there are several articles, including an interview with Veera Välimäki and a travel guide of London. We will be shipping out orders on Tues Feb 19th.
New Books

New Books

By Helen Danforth | | 0 comments
"Shawls" is a collection of some of Melanie Berg's  most popular shawl patterns, in a superbly designed hard cover book. This is a must have book for any avid shawl knitter. For those of you who love colourwork, we have Kate Davies new book of hat designs, "Milarrochy Heids". She invited twelve friends to join her in the challenge of creating a range of hats drawing creative inspiration from landscape, flora and fauna, childhood memory and medieval architecture.         
"Some Time Alone Shawl"

"Some Time Alone Shawl"

By Accumula Collaborator | | 0 comments
If you want to venture into lace knitting and conquer reading lace charts, then we have a class for you. From popular local designer Sylvia McFadden (Softsweater Knits), this beautiful asymmetrical shawl features a geometric, arch-style lace pattern. Knitted in worsted weight yarn, this shawl knits up quickly and is wonderfully cozy when completed. The class starts on Jan 22 and you can find further details here on our classes page. You can also check out our store sample, knit in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.