PROJECT Harvest Queen

Harvest Queen 

I’m sorry it has taken so long to share this sweater! Around the time we finished it we had a run on the yarn, Drops Wish, and it seemed a cruel thing t show you something you can’t have. We’ll we’ve restocked several of the most popular colours and are constantly reordering, so I think it’s safe to share.

Harvest Queen is a cozy, oversized pullover that’s knit in one piece from the top-down. It features a yoke construction with pretty cable and lace detail. It’s knit on 9mm needles, so it works up fast! The yarns recommended are blown yarns, making it a lighter, airier textile than expected. Video and written tutorials are provided at the bottom of the free pattern (they even have a place you can ask them questions about the pattern, and the pattern is available in 15 languages). And just in case you don’t believe me … it is Gruau’s (the bird’s) favourite sweater in the store.

Our Sample is a size small and used 8 balls of  Drops Wish in colour 18 Sage Green.

Drops Wish is a blown yarn; it’s made with a knitted cotton core with super soft alpaca literally blown into it. It’s light, airy, and kind of squishy (it has lots of give). Blown yarns are great when you want a thicker yarn that’s also light, so you can get bulk without weight.


  • XS(S, M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Bust circumference: 36.75(40.75, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 56) inches or 92(102, 108, 118, 128, 140) cm
  • Fit is oversized

Yarn Options

  • Drops Wish: 8(8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins  
  • Drops Air: 7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins {2 strands of yarn are held together}
  • Illimani Amelie7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins {2 strands of yarn are held together}

Needles & Notions

If you do not already have the needles for this project we recommend buying interchangeable needles. They are very versatile for top-down sweaters and have more longevity for future projects (if you need a longer or shorter needle you can purchase an inexpensive new cord, rather than an entire needle. If you are buying individual tips and cords, that Knitter’s Pride are the most affordable option. If you are thinking about investing in a set, the Chiaogoo Twist Red Lace 4″ Tips: 2.75mm – 10mm have the best range and versatility for an assortment of projects.

Online Support

Drops has tutorial videos to support their patternsSee the bottom of the pattern webpage for links.


If you don’t love the way a pattern is formatted, consider copying the text into a free, cloud-based text editing program like Google Docs. There, you can clean up the formatting to your liking and store your notes and changes. If your perception problems are more pronounced, you may even want to put it into a spreadsheet program like Google Sheets to break it down into line-by-line instructions – you can even make it into a chart and tick off your work as you go. I do this when a pattern gives me a bunch of instructions that all need to be done at the same time, it makes life easier to plan your path before you embark on it.

Using a cloud-based storage system is also a great way to manage your patterns. When you use a cloud-based program, you can access your notes from anywhere (including your phone, tablet, or computer). You don’t have to worry about losing them if your hard drive fails, or transferring them when you get a new computer. This is also a good place to store any PDF patterns you download. If you make changes and notes on the paper version of your pattern, just take a picture of it with a free scanner app on your smartphone and upload it to your drive.

Just one caveat – be detailed and descriptive in your document titles. For example, say you bought the pattern Love Note – my title would be “Love Note Tin Can Knits Pullover Lace Mohair Cropped Yoke”. Basically, anything I associate with the project. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re looking for a pattern, can’t remember its name, and only recall a fragment of information about it. It is also really useful to log your projects in your Ravelry account, with the needles and yarn you used. Years later, when you want to do it again, you’ll be happy to have that history. Plus you can look through all your accomplishments!

FYI: this photo has NOT been colour corrected. The colour of the garment is not accurate (it’s washed out). The bird’s colour, however, is great

52 Weeks of Shawls


*Discount will be applied automatically at check-out, no code is needed. Discount can not be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. This discount is a limited offer and we reserve the right to end it at any time. 

52 Weeks of Shawls is still on sale for CAD $61.20 (regularly $72). We need to sell a minimum of 8 books to get the discount, so please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested (or post it to social media, etc). Hopefully, together we can help Julie open up some space for more wonderful publications to come.

See HERE for a longer description and posting on it.

SALE 52 Weeks of Shawls

52 Weeks of Shawls


*Discount will be applied automatically at check-out, no code is needed. Discount can not be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. This discount is a limited offer and we reserve the right to end it at any time. 

Our distributor reached out, letting us know that they have an overstock of 52 Weeks of Shawls, and they’re offering a one-time bulk discount to help them make some room in their warehouse. Always wanting to help-out where I can, and never wanting to pass up a deal on something exquisite, I’m offering the savings to you. When you buy now, you’ll get 15% off the retail price; that comes to CAD $61.20 (regularly $72). We need to sell a minimum of 8 books to get the discount, so please feel free to froward this to anyone you know who might be interested (or post it to social media, etc). Hopefully together we can help Julie open up some space for more wonderful publications to come.

From the publishers of Laine Magazine, 52 Weeks of Shawls is a unique look into contemporary shawl knitting. The designers behind the 52 patterns come from all around the world. This collection showcases an exceptionally wide range of yarns, techniques and levels of difficulty and also includes two crochet designs. It is a true encyclopedia of shawls, a future classic for decades to come. This book is a continuation of 52 Weeks of Socks which has been immensely popular around the world.

See Other Books from Laine Press

As the title suggests, the book contains 52 knitting patterns by 50 designers. All patterns are beautifully photographed, illustrated and presented on 272 pages. This book does not come with a digital download component and is only available in hard-cover. Like all of Laine’s books, it is a beautiful creatiopn in itself.

See All of the Projects Online

The book contains patterns from the following designers: Stella Ackroyd, Andrea Aho, Fiona Alice, Natalya Berezynska, Rebekah Berkompas, Lærke Bisschop-Larsen, Sveina Björk Jóhannesdóttir, Rachel Brockman, Aleks Byrd, Susan Chin, Valentina Cosciani-Tibisay, Evgeniya Dupliy, Stephanie Earp, Marion Em, Frida Franckie, Katya Gorbacheva, Samantha Guerin, Joanna Herriott, Sarah Heymann, Jonna Hietala, Erin Jensen, Anna Johanna, Malia Mae Joseph, Susanna Kaartinen, Pauliina Karru, Linda Lencovic, Marjut Lund-Rahkola, Lotta H Löthgren, Hanna Maciejewska, Aude Martin, Mariya Matveeva, Helen Mawdsley, Faïza Mebazaa, Kathryn Merrick, Tif Neilan, Hanne Kær Pedersen, Paula Pereira, Claudia Quintanilla, Lucía Ruiz de Aguirre, Nataliya Sinelshchikova, Jeanette Sloan, Elena Solier Jansà, Susanne Sommer, Anna Strandberg, Niina Tanskanen, Mari Tobita, Miriam Walchshäusl, Lauren Wallis, Claire Walls and Stephen West.

  • 272 uncoated, high-quality pages
  • Language: English
  • Woven book cover, banner, ribbon place marker
  • Weight: 1100 g / 2.5 lb
  • Dimensions: 28 cm X 22 cm thickness: 3 cm
  • Printed in Latvia

KITS Turmeric + Rooibos Pre-Order

The following two projects were so beautiful that I wanted to share them. These easy projects feature a simple, top-down construction in the round for minimal finishing. They have a lovely depth of colour and texture, created by working with 2 strands of yarn held together (don’t worry, its easy). One is a hand-painted Peruvian wool, the other a light, lace-weight blend of kid-mohair & silk. The combination is stunning, the two yarns blend together so gracefully that they look like they were made for each other. The thicker yarn provides the main colour palette and the mohair delicately colours in the back-ground. I sat down with the shade cards, comparing colours to figure out which colours work best together, so you don’t have to worry about what goes with what. I put together a bunch of options, but my favourite colour combinations are the ones where the mohair picks up the most dominant colour in the hand-painted yarn.

The Yarns

Berroco Ultra Wool Handpaint is a classic worsted weight, 100% Superwash Peruvian wool. Ultra Wool Handpaint is hand-dyed using a watercolor brush technique. The result is the machine-washable wool you love with speckled colors throughout. We recommend alternating skeins to get a cohesive overall look as each skein is unique. Use it along with our Ultra Wool for unlimited combinations. 100% Superwash Wool, 100g/200m (219 yds), made in Peru.

Berroco Aerial is an airy and light blend of mohair and silk. It’s a perfect yarn to carry along with any one of our work-horse yarns to give a soft halo to any project. 65% Superkid Mohair, 35% Silk, 25g/260m (284 yds). Hand-wash in cold water, lay flat to dry.


These kits as a special-order and we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis, although you have the option to order it any time (it will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. It may take two to three weeks to get your kit, or less time, depending on when our next order is shipping.


Turmeric is a classic oversized, simple circular yoke pullover combining  Berroco Ultra Wool Handpaint and Berroco Aerial for an allover dreamy look. This easy project creates depth of colour and texture by working with 2 strands of yarn held together (don’t worry, it’s not hard). Turmeric is worked in one piece in the round, from the top-down.


  • Finished Bust: (36, 41½, 45) [49, 53, 56½] {60, 64, 68}” / (91.5, 105.5, 114.5) [124.5, 134.5, 143.5] {152.5, 162.5, 172.5} cm
  • Length: (22, 22¼, 22¼) [22½, 22½, 23] {23, 23, 24}” / (56, 56.5, 56.5) [57, 57, 58.5] {58.5, 58.5, 61} cm (down center back)
  • Shown in size 41½” / 105.5 cm.
  • Recommended ease: approximately 8″ / 20 cm of positive ease.

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

Gauge: 17 sts and 26 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch on larger needles with C1 and C2 held together


Rooibos is a classic and easy-to-wear raglan using Berroco Ultra Wool Handpaint and Berroco Aerial. This easy project creates depth of colour and texture by working with 2 strands of yarn held together (don’t worry, it’s not hard). Rooibos is worked in one piece in the round, from the top-down.


  • Chest/Bust: (36, 40, 45) [49, 53, 57] {62, 66, 70}” / (91.5, 102, 114) [124.5, 137, 145] {158, 168, 178} cm
  • Length: (20, 21, 21½) [22, 22½, 23] {24, 24½, 25½}” / (51, 53, 54.5) [56, 57, 58.5] {61, 62, 65} cm
  • Shown in size 45″ / 114 cm.
  • Recommended ease: approximately 8–10″ / 20–25.5 cm positive ease.

Gauge: 16 sts and 22 rows/rnds = 4″ / 10 cm in St st on larger needles with MC and CC held together

Kit Includes

Kit DOES NOT Include

COVID Update & Healthy New Year

Hey, Happy New Year! Pat yourself on the back, you survived 2021 (or. if you can’t reach pat yourself on your belly)! Remember this time last year when none of us were vaccinated? We’ve come a long way, baby!

COVID Update

As you well know, the Omicron Variant (sounds like a suspenseful movie, doesn’t it?) of COVID is upon us, our provincial government changed COVID protocols, and I know you always want to know how that translates for us.

In-Store Shopping

We’re still open for in-store shopping, limiting store capacity to 3 groups of customers (so like 3 groups of two). We are not able to teach, and our ability to offer help is limited because we can’t have people lingering. We’ll be open until the government shuts down non-essential retail, or if I get sick. It’s really a crapshoot these days.

Get Masky With It

1. I’ll be honest, I think the days of cloth masks are over (see this easy-to-consume article from Life Hacker). Omicron is VERY contagious and we’re in medical mask territory now. The masks I order for us to wear in the store are ASTM level 3, K94, and N95, and you may have noticed that for the last month or so I’ve been layering and wearing two medical masks. We have lots of medical masks on hand in case you want to pop one on over whatever you are wearing.

2. Customers must be FULLY masked at ALL TIMES. This means all of the orifices you use for breathing are covered, at the same time, all the time. No sneaking your nose out for a peek! I wear a mask all day at work, I know first-hand how uncomfortable and inconvenient they can get. Or maybe you don’t believe that COVID is an issue, and you feel like sticking it to the man by sliding through a loophole. Perhaps you’ve slipped into that comfortable place of denial, where you know that half a mask is the same as no mask, but the emotional part of your brain saw other people doing it, so it decided it’s actually safe … brains are so complicated! The omicron variant is contagious BEFORE a person is showing symptoms, so when your breathing apparatus aren’t covered you are potentially giving and receiving COVID. So, whatever your beliefs are, you’re going to have to put them on hold and KEEP YOUR MASK ON.

If you aren’t properly masked you put us at risk, which is a problem for many reasons. The obvious one is that if we get COVID the store has to close … nobody wants that. Additionally, some of our family members have underlying health problems, so even though they are vaccinated getting COVID could still land them in the hospital. Finally, if you aren’t properly masked you are potentially exposing us, which means we can’t take our masks off at ANY time, which means we can’t eat or drink all day – and you do NOT want to see me hangry.

Wishing You A Healthy New Year!

This year I wish you a Healthy New Year, all year. Every year people make resolutions to do good things for their bodies, but if you want a healthy body, you’ve got to heal your mind and your soul – you can’t separate one out, they’re a trinity, inextricably interconnected. It’s time for us to start thinking about our mental health as an essential part of our overall maintenance. As we go through a fifth wave of uncertainty, I’ve been thinking about what we need to do to moving forward, and healing is what keeps coming up. I suspect everyone, in some capacity, has experienced some form of trauma from the pandemic experience, and the thing about trauma is that no matter how hard you cram it down in your mental trash compactor, it doesn’t go away – it festers and pops out at the least opportune times. It also doesn’t lay dormant, it’s either quietly (or not so quietly) working in the background, running in your subconscious, shaping your life.

You may have noticed that the pandemic trauma has brought other buried guck to the surface. Well, you know what they say – if it’s come out, then you’re ready for it and it’s time to deal with it. The problem is, mental health is so stigmatized that many people wait for a crisis to get help. You don’t need to wait to feel better, you deserve to feel good right now. You always have. And hey, remember that you’re not alone – now that everyone on the planet has experienced some pandemic-related trauma, you can be assured that you’re in excellent company!

Streaming Watches

One thing I find helps me with my beliefs and biases about my own mental health (besides a ton of therapy, medication, meditation, mindfulness, etc) is watching other people talk about theirs, which falls nicely in with my “what to watch while you’re at home knitting”. My absolute favourite is Lady Dynamite on Netflix. Comedian Maria Bamford fictionalized her own experience of living with Bipolar Disorder, and it’s HILARIOUS. I find her complete self-acceptance gorgeous and inspiring.

I also love What’s Your Ailment? (streaming on CBC Gem), also with Maria Bamford. Maria sits down and talks with a variety of people (mostly comedians, so it’s always funny), about their experiences with their mental health. Besides the laughs, I find it a great insight into other peoples’ experiences, especially with different kinds of mental challenges. I had no point of reference for what it’s like to live with panic disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, chronic pain, addiction, and it was interesting to walk in someone else’s shoes for a bit. You’ll find yourself in good company, plus you get to mine all those delicious insights into your own experience – which you can take back to therapy!

Finally, I liked The Me You Can’t See, streaming on Apple TV+. Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry (of the British royal family) have gotten together to make a short series about mental health (I know, it sounds pretentious, but it isn’t, the presentation is just slick). You get to see celebrities, high-profile people, as well as regular individuals talk about their mental health challenges, so you get to deal with your stuff while getting a peek into the lives of the rich & famous, which is always titillating. There’s an emphasis on trauma and its legacy for our mental health, but there’s also some good ole’ fashioned mood disorders and mental what-not thrown in. All of the stories are compelling and interesting, but I think it’s worth watching just to see Oprah engage with her personal understanding of trauma, both her own and others’ – she’s an incredibly interesting and grounded person. You’d expect the circumstances of Harry’s life would be hard to connect with, but his struggles are universal – he has a good portion of his mother in him.

Streaming Reads

If you just need to just experience the healing power of a good story, the new book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon just came out. At Christmas, my sister-in-law leaned over and in a low, conspiratorial tone said: “Have you read the new Outlander book yet? … I’m fifty hours in”. Shhhhhh, don’t let the menfolk know, it’s our little ladies secret.

I’m only about 4 hours in, and so far I haven’t heard from the bees, but it’s good background for crafting. If you haven’t read the other books in the series you’ll need to dive in at the start, but they’ve been out for a while and you can download them for free from your public library (mine is the Toronto Public Library). The narrator, Davina Porter, is exquisite, she’s in my top-five favourite audiobook narrators (can we talk about Jim Dale and the Harry Potter series? Drop. The. Mic.) You can also watch the Outlander TV show on Netflix, but they’ve only finished the 5th book.

And if you want some REALLY light stuff to take your mind off things, a friend referred me to The Vampire Knitting Club audiobooks. At the intersection of the supernatural and needle arts is a quaint little old-timey (fictional) knitting store, Cardinal Woolsey’s, located in historic Oxford, England. Twenty-something Lucy (who does not knit) is at a professional crossroads, and finds herself taking over her late grandmother’s knitting shop (as one does) … and mystery involving the not completely dead ensues. I’ll be honest, I didn’t get past the protagonist’s tidying the shop and taking inventory (I’m well past the romance of owning a knitting store), but my friend is a clever person so you can take her word for it that the book is fun. It’s also the first in a series of FIFTEEN books (or as the cover suggests, a “paranormal cozy mystery series”), so if you like it there’s lots more to keep you occupied.


Our Boxing Week sale ends TODAY, January 2 (11:59pm) – take 20% OFF a whack of yummy yarns (some already on sale), accessories, needle sets, kits, bags, notions and more! Sale is online and in-store. Discount is automatically applied at check-out, and can not be combined with any other offers or discount codes. All exchanges during the sale will be honored at the current sale price (not the original purchase price).



Clearance Yarns

Knitting Kits

Needle & Hook Sets

Other Crafts



Curbside Pick-up, shipping & same-day/next-day delivery available!


Holiday Freebies & Discounts

FREE Travertine Scarf

This pretty scarf from Kelbourne Woolens should keep your hands busy, your mind calm and your body cozy! Knitting cables is actually really easy, substantially easier than it appears, so if you’ve been putting it off don’t be afraid to dive in.

We’ve listed a whole bunch of yarns that would work beautifully, all are soft and many are ON SALE to JAN 2. My favourite would be light, airy, and super soft Illimani Amelie. Malabrigo Mecha is a great option if you want a yarn with a depth of colour or multicolours. Estelle Colour Flow knits up in stripes, Fibre Co Tundra will make a classic, luxurious scarf. If you like brown Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport is a steal at only $12/skein. And if you just want a straight-up, basic yarn you can always rely on Berroco Vintage Chunky for a durable, machine washable knit.


10” (25.5 cm) width, 66” (167.5 cm) length, after blocking.


Working cables from charts

Yarn Options

This pattern requires a bulky weight yarn, something that would normally knit on a 6mm/US10 needle. We recommend the following options:

Other Materials

Fibre Co Patterns 50% Off to January 9th

This year The Fibre Co is treating knitters to 50% off all of their patterns to January 9th, 2022 with the coupon code ‘NEWYEAR50‘ 


Fibre Co Yarns on Sale to Jan 2

Fibre Co Patterns For ….


This v-neck sweater has a flattering a-line shape and subtle texture on the sleeves. It is worked from the bottom up in pieces and seamed. 


  • 1 [2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7: 8: 9]
  • To fit a chest circumference of: 76-81 [86-91: 97-102: 107-112: 117-122: 127-132: 137-142: 147-152: 157-162] cm OR (30-32 [34-36: 38-40: 42-44: 46-48: 50-52: 54-56: 58-60: 62-64] in)
  • Garment’s chest circumference (at underarm): 80 [90: 100: 110: 120: 130: 140: 150: 160] cm OR (32 [36: 40: 44: 48: 52: 56: 60: 64] in)


  • Fibre Co Acadia: 9 [9: 12: 12: 12: 14: 14: 16: 16] hanks. SALE $15.98 (from $19.97)
  • 4mm/US6 needles (circular or straight)
  • 3.25mm/US3 needles (circular or straight)
  • Pattern (use code code ‘NEWYEAR50‘ to Jan 9, 2022)


Moen can be worked as a close fitting neck warmer or a longer infinity cowl, and both sizes are perfect for cold and wintry weather. With a soft chunky yarn, this seemingly intricate cowl knits up quickly at either size – perfect for last minute gifts.


  • small (large)
  • approximately 22 (49.5)“/56 (125.5) cm in circumference and 10”/25.5 cm high



The Kelso shawl takes its name from a charming Scottish border town which lies nestled in the confluence of the Tweed and Teviot rivers. Known for the romance of its ruined abbey, graceful bridges, and cobblestone streets, it is a place to lose yourself in time as you wander along the riverbanks. Kelso captures the different textures of river and town, with wonderful threecoloured stripes, flickering eyelets and simple lace.The pattern was designed to feature the distinct beauty of the Road to China Light yarn, bringing its complex saturated tones and gentle lustre centre stage. This elongated triangle shawl is knit from the top down with increases made at the edges.


178 cm (70 in) diameter across top edge and 71 cm (28 in) neck to bottom edge


  • Fibre Co Road to China Light: 1 skein colour A (light blue), 2 skeins colour B (medium blue), 1 skein colour C (mauve). SALE $21.58 (from $26.97)
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 32″ (or longer) circular needles
  • Pattern (use code code ‘NEWYEAR50‘ to Jan 9, 2022)


It was so busy and crazy this week that I completely forgot to post our holiday store hours and wish you a happy holiday!


From Friday Dec 24 (8pm) to January 2 (11:59pm) take 20% OFF a whack of yummy yarns (some already on sale), accessories, needle sets, kits, bags, notions and more! Sale is online and in-store. Discount is automatically applied at check-out, and can not be combined with any other offers or discount codes. All exchanges during the sale will be honored at the current sale price (not the original purchase price).



Clearance Yarns

Knitting Kits

Needle & Hook Sets

Other Crafts



Curbside Pick-up, shipping & same-day/next-day delivery available!


NEW WORKSHOP Knitsana Mindfulness

This course is very dear to my heart, it’s a collaboration between myself and a friend, Michelle Bloom. Michelle and I both have an interest in knitting and mindfulness, and it’s finally the right time for us to join forces and try something a little different. I own a knitting store, but meditation, mindfulness, and generally finding different roads to connection are what I do for fun. Michelle is a Registered Social Worker with a love for knitting and a passion for healing. Michelle will be running the show, and I’ll be there, hosting and learning along with the group.

Personally, I can’t think of a better thing you can do for yourself right now. The new year is the perfect time to learn something new, and with another wave of COVID upon us, learning new skills to help manage stress and the fear of uncertainty seems like a no-brainer. If you are interested please don’t wait to register, as space is limited.



KNITSANA Mindfulness Group Workshop

Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully present and aware. The practice can help us  when we feel overwhelmed, and help us manage how we react to stress. Luckily, mindfulness is a quality that every person already possesses, you don’t need to conjure it up, you just have to learn how to access it and practice using it. In this workshop, we will use knitting as an entry into the practice of mindfulness, with the intention to help you learn how to both improve and maintain your well-being. The craft of knitting with its repetitive and rhythmic motions is well known for its calming and healing properties. Mindfulness practice has been used for years to help people focus themselves in the present moment. Together, we hope to provide you with the needed tools to decrease stress and support your daily well-being. 

The only prerequisite is that you already know how to cast on, knit and purl. You do not need any prior experience with mindfulness or meditation, you just need to show up and be present. 

Space is limited, so please don’t wait to register.

Who: This group is facilitated by Michelle Bloom, a registered Social Worker who has a love for knitting and a passion for healing.  Haley Waxberg, owner of Knit-O-Matic will be co-hosting. 

When: Every Sunday morning for one hour from 10:30 am  to 11:30 am for SIX WEEKS starting January 16th, 2022:  (Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20)

Where: This is an online workshop and will be held over a secure channel. 

Skills Required: You must already know how to cast on, knit and purl. For knitting tutorials please see our Knitting Skills Page.

Cost: The cost of the group is $200.00 (yarn is included, see below for details) for all six sessions. Payment and registration will NOT be going through us at the store – because Michelle is a Registered Social Worker it is more cost-effective to offer this workshop directly through her.

Registration: Register by e-mailing Michelle. Payment will be made directly to Michelle Bloom (by ETF), who will issue an official receipt. 

Materials: We will all be using the same, specially selected yarn for our mindful journey – 2 skeins of the very delicious Artfil Sweater are included in the cost of registration (you save approx. 35% off the cost of the yarn, you choose your preferred colour). 4.5mm/US7 or 5mm/US8 knitting needles are not included, but if you do not already have some you can get them at Knit-O-Matic (if you are a new knitter we recommend 10” straight bamboo or birch needles. If you are a crocheter that is also fine, you will need a 4.5mm or 5mm crochet hook.)

Insurance Benefits: Because this group is considered to be ‘therapeutic’, any participant residing in Ontario that has insurance coverage for social work can apply for benefits. You may otherwise be able to write off the cost of this group on your taxes (talk to your accountant to see). 



Brisk Day

We made the Brisk Day cowl a little while ago, but I didn’t want to formally introduce you until the yarns were restocked (I felt like it would be cruel, and the stock was very low, we had been waiting a LONG time). My friend Jo brought this one to my attention and I’m really grateful she did, it’s such a clever little accessory! It keeps you warm at the neck, but you can pull it up over your head when the wind kicks up and it won’t mess up your hair. The neck is split to give you more coverage where your coat closes. We made the smaller size, but I have a small head and feel that if you really want decent head coverage go for the larger size.

Our sample is made with Drops Wish (colour 12), which is light, airy, and thick so it knits up fast! You can also use Drops Air, holding two strands together. Wish is a new yarn this year and comes in a muted palette, whereas Drops Air has been around for a little while and offers a broader colour selection and many brighter, more saturated hues. Either way, the pattern knits up quickly on 8mm/US11 needles.

What are your go-to last-minute knits? Are you a knit-ahead person or are you like me and find yourself weaving in the ends on the 24th?

Yarn Options

You can use either of the following yarns:

Other Materials

Bird beauty shot

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