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Lett-Lopi by Istex

Lett-Lopi by Istex

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Today we were organizing our new shipment of Lett-Lopi or Lopi Lite, a worsted weight version of the well known Icelandic wool. This wool is unique in its composition as it consists of two types of fibers:  inner fibers which are fine, soft and highly insulating and outer fibers which are long, glossy and water repellent. Together these fibers create a wool that is lightweight, water-repellent and breathable. It can be used to knit traditional Icelandic colourwork garments such as the Istex 20th Anniversary Sweater, a free pattern for the whole family (see below). We are awaiting Kate Davies new...
Barley Hat

Barley Hat

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Knit your first hat to wear on these chilly days or give as a gift. Using Tin Can Knits free pattern, make this hat in any size from baby to adult. It looks fantastic in a hand dyed yarn such as Madelinetosh Vintage and we have a great selection of colours. Don’t miss this 2 session class starting next week. For details check out our classes page.
The Fibre Company Knightsbridge

The Fibre Company Knightsbridge

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This new yarn from Kelbourne Woolens is a luxurious heathered yarn made from a variety of dyed fibers (65% baby llama, 25% merino, 10% silk) that are lightly blended prior to spinning giving it a tweedy appearance. This is a light worsted/DK weight yarn, perfect for knitting cozy winter garments and accessories. Can’t decide what to knit with this scrumptious yarn? Choose from one of the patterns in their Knightsbridge collection of pattern leaflets.
Road Trip

Road Trip

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Tin Can Knits new book “Road Trip” is now available at Black Sheep Yarns! These 14 amazing patterns, inspired by the great Canadian outdoors, are also available as individual leaflets. Colourwork, cables and lace patterns, sized from baby to big, will keep you busy all fall and winter. Meet co-author and our renowned knitting instructor, Alexa Ludeman at the store from 11 am to 2 pm on Sat Nov 1st, for a trunk show and book signing.  
New Churchmouse Patterns

New Churchmouse Patterns

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Today is launch day!  Seven new Churchmouse patterns arrived yesterday at Black Sheep Yarns, just in time for their release today. Casual, cozy sweater and accessories patterns, such as the Accelerating Stripes Fingerless Gloves and Cowl, to add to our growing collection of favourite patterns.
My First Sweater

My First Sweater

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Ready to knit your first sweater? Let Alexa of Tin Can Knits guide you through all the steps needed to knit a simple top down cardi, using her “Harvest” pattern. This sweater can be knit in any size from baby to adult. Don’t miss out on this great class starting Oct 21. See the classes page for full details.
Spinzilla

Spinzilla

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Spinzilla is a global annual event put on by the National Needlearts Association as a way of encouraging the art of spinning and helping spinners develop theirs skills. It lasts for one week (Oct 6-12) and participants are encouraged to spin as much yarn as they possibly can in that time, then report back to their team captain at the end. The team with the most yardage wins! There are lots of prizes and events throughout the week. Beginners are welcome too! Heidi Braacx of Vegan Yarns is hosting a Spinzilla Team. Many of you may know Heidi as she...
Fall 2014 Class List

Fall 2014 Class List

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We are offering some exciting new classes this fall, such as the “Gothic Lace Cowl” and “Harvest Cardigan”. If you still want to take one of our past favourites, such as the “Barley Hat , “False Creek Cowl” or “My first Socks,” these are also posted on our classes page. Reserve your spot in person by the or by phone with a credit card. Also, we now have free WiFi for customers!  Bring your smart phone or IPad and you can look up your favourite patterns on Ravelry while you shop. Ask the staff for the password next time you...
Painting With Wool

Painting With Wool

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Needle felting offers an opportunity to use wool in a unique way to make soft and tactile wool “paintings”. Join Barbara this Sat July 26 for this 2 hour workshop in which you’ll learn the basics of felting. Refer to our Classes page for further details and the link to register.
Summer Store Hours

Summer Store Hours

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Just a reminder that summer store hours are in effect, so we are now closed Sundays throughout July and August. We continue to open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Also there is no Knit Night during that time. We resume regular store hours and Knit Night after the Labour Day weekend in Sept. We have a great selection of summer yarns such as cottons, linens and blends, but our air conditioned store still allows you to handle wool and alpaca in comfort! Here’s a cute summer knit idea, “Summer roses Tea Cozy” by Patricia Evans. This gorgeous...
Botanical Knits 2

Botanical Knits 2

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This follow-up collection by Alana Dakos contains 12 more design inspired by nature. The four sweater patterns and eight accessory patterns have motifs of meandering vines and leaves and use a range of yarn weights.
I Kint London

I Kint London

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I made a quick stop at I Knit London at the end of my recent holiday to Europe. Located on the South Bank, just a short walk from the Waterloo tube station, their bright yellow sign is easily recognizable. I was fortunate to find owner Gerard Allt in the store and couldn’t resist picking up a skein of his hand dyed “I Knit or Die” sock yarn. The two store mascots joined my son Ben on the sofa, while he waited for me to have a look around. Also a licensed bar, you can enjoy a pint or two while...
Go Knit Zip

Go Knit Zip

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Go Knit Zip pouches are the perfect storage solution for all your needle work notions. Available in 3 sizes, they coordinate with the popular Go Knit bags. And they can snap to your Go Knit bag to prevent them from getting lost!
Dandelion

Dandelion

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Casting on with Dandelion, the newest addition to our selection of Madelinetosh yarns. This single ply custom blend of 90% superwash merino wool and 10% fine linen, is a fingering weight yarn.  So far it feels similar to knitting with Tosh Merino Light, but the linen gives it a bit more of a rustic look.
Easter Weekend Store Hours

Easter Weekend Store Hours

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We are open our usual hours over the Easter long weekend: Fri & Sat 10 to 5 and Sun noon to 4. We are closed on Monday and there is no Knit Night. If you haven’t knit a bunny by Little Cotton Rabbits, then this a perfect weekend to do so. They are so adorable that you won’t be able to stop at one – I know I couldn’t!  Rowan Wool Cotton 4 ply is recommended for the clothes and we have a great selection of colours.
Learn to Spin on a Drop Spindle

Learn to Spin on a Drop Spindle

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Take your first step into the world of spinning your own yarn by learning to spin on a drop spindle. You will learn the basic principles of creating a single ply yarn and then how to combine plies and finish your yarn. This is a very portable technique which just requires some fiber, a drop spindle and no previous spinning experience is required. This class will be held on Tues April 1 & 8 from 7 to 9 pm. Phone in or drop by the store to sign up.
Madbird

Madbird

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We’re mad about our new Madbird needle organizers and project bags. Organize your DPNs, circulars and interchangeable needles in these cheerful print cases. Their square bottom project bags are lined with matching print fabric and have a heavy duty draw cord. The Deluxe Pattern Wallet, with attached zip pouch is perfect for holding your pattern and notions.
Basics of Felting

Basics of Felting

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There were some amazing felted works of art created today by the students of the Basics of Felting class. Starting with an inspirational picture, Barbara guided them through the basic steps of both wet and dry felting. Tomorrow students will be creating needle felted butterflies like the ones you may have seen hanging at the store. It’s not too late to sign up for this introductory course and the details can be found on the classes page of the website along with descriptions of other felting classes such as needle felted easter eggs and sushi. We carry a full selection...
Pakucho Organic Cotton

Pakucho Organic Cotton

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Thanks to Heidi of Vegan Yarns for visiting the store yesterday to launch this 100% certified organic, colour-grown cotton. No chemicals are used to grow or colour the spinning fiber and yarn. All harvesting and colour sorting is done by hand, just as it has been since the domestication of cotton in Peru over 5,ooo years ago. For those of you who missed Heidi, we have a beautiful display and inspiring samples. Also, Heidi has promised to come back to the store to teach a cotton spinning class.
Launch of Pakucho Organic Cotton

Launch of Pakucho Organic Cotton

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Black Sheep Yarns is the first LYS to partner with Vegan Yarn to offer this luscious-all-natural yarn and fibre. Pakucho cotton is grown and processed in Peru using traditional methods and biological pest-control, making it perfect for little ones and anyone who likes their knitting au-naturel. From Vanilla Cream to Deep Green and mauve Fifo, the colours are naturally occurring and free of dye. We will carry three different weights of yarn and also spinning cottons. Drop by the store Saturday Jan 25th and meet our friend Heidi, owner of Vegan Yarn and discover this beautiful 100% certified organic cotton....