If you want to make the perfect little Easter bunnies, try the Little Cotton Rabbits patterns by Julie Williams. She has step by step instructions and photos and I was certainly not able to stop at one! Then there are her mice, bears, elephants... We are open our usual store hours over the Easter weekend and Knit Night is cancelled on Monday evening.
Do you need some Spring knitting inspiration? The new Churchmouse patterns are in the store and we have some perfect yarns to go along with them. Knit the Quintessential Cardigan in Kidsilk Haze held double - yummy! Or the Pinking Shears Scarf in Isager Spinni or Shibui Reed and the Polka Dot Scarf in Kidsilk Haze or Isager Alpaca 1. My favourite is the Sleeveless Slipover which can be knit in one of four lengths, and is a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe, knit in Shibui Reed.
We have some new options for those who are wishing to learn a new technique or get back on track with a knitting project. Sign up for our "Beyond Beginner" class if you prefer a regularly scheduled class where you can get support while you knit any project. If you prefer a more one-on-one approach, then you can arrange a two hour "Just For You" private lesson. For those with an unpredictable schedule, we have "Knitting 911", a drop in session on Wed afternoons between 1pm & 3pm. For further details on all these options, check out the classes page.
Join designer Sylvia McFadden and learn to knit her beautiful Waiting for Rain shawl. This shawl uses her unique technique of charted lace short rows. Sylvia will talk about how she developed this technique and how you can modify it. There are a few spots remaining in her class, Sat Feb 18 & 25, and you can sign up on our Classes page, in person or by phone.
The Heart On My Sleeve ebook is a charity project in support of the Against Malaria Foundation. Nine designers, including our local Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits, have worked together to create a beautiful collection of simple and satisfying yoke sweaters. Many yarn companies generously provided yarn for the projects and when you buy the ebook, $16.80 of the $18 US purchase price goes to the charity.
Welcome to Black Sheep Yarns' new website and online store! We hope it brings a bit of Black Sheep Yarns into your home. Now you can check which colours of your favourite yarns we have in stock and get free shipping on orders over $125. Or you may want to review our classes and sign up on line. You can also keep up to date with store news, including our latest additions. Like JOMA Yarn's Marshmallow-Rino. A local yarn by an indie dyer in Victoria, which is spun in a Canadian mill and kettle dyed with layers of vibrant colours....
Christmas wishes from all of us at Black Sheep Yarns. May you find all of the knitting time you desire over the holidays! Here are the holiday store hours: Sat Dec 24 CLOSED Sun Dec 25 CLOSED Mon Dec 26 CLOSED No Knit Night Tues Dec 27 10-5 Wed Dec 28 10-5 Thurs Dec 29 10-5 Fri Dec 30 10-5 Sat Dec 31 10-4 Sun Jan 1 CLOSED Mon Jan 2 CLOSED No Knit Night Regular store hours resume 2017 New Year's Sale Sat Jan 14 thru Fri Jan 20
The much anticipated second issue of Making Magazine is here at the store! Making No.2/Fauna includes knit designs from some of your favourite designers, as well as sewing, quilting, embroidery, cross stitch projects and even recipes. The presentation and photography make this a collectible publication. Time to curl up, with a cup of tea and choose your next project!
"Lollipop" is a collection of easy to follow patterns for modern baby knits. There are seven beautiful designs, from a super cute hat to a gorgeous cabled raglan sweater. All the designs are constructed seamlessly, making them quick and easy to knit. Local designer Raquel Oliveira will be at the store on Saturday Dec 17 from 11 am to 2 pm to share her trunk show and sign her book.
Sylvia McFadden, of Softsweater Knits, has created this unique collection of 6 shawls, including her extremely popular Waiting For Rain shawl. There are beautiful photos to inspire you, followed by easy to read instructions. There are even instructions on how to design your very own Waiting For Rain shawl, using her innovative short row technique to create beautiful lace inserts. Shawl Joy is 100% Canadian made and printed on 100% recycled paper.
Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits will be at the store on Saturday Nov 12 from 11 am to 1 pm to sign their latest book and share their trunk show. "Mad Colour" has designs which are meant for playing with colour. Patterns for 5 garments (sized baby to big, of course) and 13 accessories, will have you diving into your stash to try new colour combinations. There are some great designs for those new to colourwork, slip stitch, stripes and intarsia.
If whimsical colourwork mittens are your thing, then welcome to the magical world of SpillJane mittens. This book has tutorials, complete with photos and handy tips for knitting mittens with fun motifs such as cupcakes, fish and gnomes. If you need some help making your first pair of mittens before you tackle SpillJane designs, check out our Beyond Beginner class.
We are celebrating our 8th anniversary at Black Sheep Yarns! Visit the store Saturday Aug 27th thru Friday Sept 2 for some great deals. We are offering up to 50% off selected items to make room for our new fall yarns. Don’t forget your shopping bag!
Ancient Arts worked with a mill in South Africa to salvage fibre used to prime the mill machines and blend it to create this fantastic multi-purpose 4 ply yarn. It is a blend of 49% wool, 34% mohair, 11% nylon, 4% acrylic & 2% silk and hand dyed in Canada. With a generous 437 yards per 100g skein it is perfect for lace work and of course socks!
The popular Tosh Merino Light is available as 52 yard mini skeins, called Unicorn Tails. These little twists are perfect for granny squares, hexipuffs or accents and come in 30 of your favourite Madelinetosh shades. I couldn’t wait to cast on for Solaris, by Melanie Berg. We also carry Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn in mini skeins and these are perfect for contrasting heels and toes on socks.
Swoon Maine by Carrie Bostick Hoge is a beautiful collection of knitwear photographed with the back drop of the beaches and forests of Maine. There are 14 inspiring patterns by Carrie and other well known designers, including adult and children’s sweaters and accessories.