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NEW & RESTOCKED Kid-Friendly Kits & Felting Kits

NEW Crafty Kit Company Teddy Knitting Kit

This Knit your own Teddies knitting craft kit has to be the cutest – and the simplest – knitting kit ever! Create mummy (or daddy, granny, whoever) bear and baby bear using only garter stitch, with no shaping. You will also need to know how to cast on and off. The Knit your own Teddies Kit is suitable for all crafty people over the age of 7, and is suitable for new knitters. Once complete mummy and baby will measure approximately 35cm and 19cm. Everything comes packaged in a beautifully designed cardboard box, making the kit a lovely gift!

Kit contains:

  • 3.25mm bamboo knitting needles
  • 100% acrylic yarn
  • Wool needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Polyester toy stuffing
  • 100% cotton fabric
  • Instructions

NEW Crafty Kit Company Sewing Kits

New from the Crafty Kit Company, these needle sewing kits contain everything you need to create something fun. These kits contain paper templates, not pre-cut pieces, making them a great way to teach traditional sewing skills to children. Each kit comes with all the fabric, thread, stuffing, templates and a sewing needle to finishing the project, along with easy to follow instructions. Perfect for beginner sewers aged 7 and up. Read more about each kit HERE.

RESTOCKED Crafty Kit Company Needle Felting Kits

New from the Crafty Kit Company, these needle felting kits contain everything you need to create a beautiful and realistic animal head. You’ll learn how to make a wire armature, then build it up with felting wool, and finally add the details that will really bring your creation to life.

Each kit comes with all the felting wool you need, a tube with 3 felting needles, glass eyes, wire, pipe cleaners, nylon, a mat to work on, wood slice for mounting, faux leather strap and clear step by step instructions. Finished object will measure approximately 15cm tall.

Lopi Blankets Pre-Order

I know it’s a bit warm to start thinking about wool blankets, holiday gifts, and etc, but we have to place our our by the end of August … just think of a beautiful, chilly holiday season, curling up and sharing down-time with the people you love.

Lopi Blankets

Lopi blankets are gorgeous, ready-made heirloom pieces for your home, chalet or cottage. Comparable to the Canadian HBC blanket, Lopi Blankets are true statement pieces. They’re perfect in the living room, or at the end of the bed, and also make beautiful gifts. Made of Icelandic wool, they are extremely durable, lightweight, breathable and warm. The fabric is additionally combed after weaving to make it soft. The blankets come in various patterns and all are reversible. Please note, these are ready-made blankets, they are not a knitting kit.

  • Size ranges from 51″ x 71″ to 51″ x 79″
  • Five different styles available
  • Reversible
  • Machine wash gentle/cold with delicate wash, air dry
  • Made in Iceland

Pre-Orders

We are accepting pre-orders until the end of August and will ship in in October 2019 (exact date will depend on when we receive our order). We will only be ordering these blankets once this year, and will only be filling pre-orders, so be sure to place your order if you want one! Since this is a pre-order we’ll throw in a discount too!

The Wool
Icelandic wool has historically been crucial to the survival of the nation as it provided both warmth and protection throughout centuries of harsh weather. It is also quite unique compared to the wool of other sheep breeds. The inner fibres are fine, soft and highly insulating while the outer fibres are long, glossy and water repellent. Therefore products made of Icelandic wool are extremely durable, lightweight and breathable.

The Manufacturer
Ístex Ltd. is the main wool manufacturer in Iceland, with over a century of wool tradition behind their products. They create wool blankets, with narrative threads that weave together a modern sensibility of style, the artistic inspiration of a dramatic landscape and the unique quality of Icelandic yarn.

SUMMER SALE!

Our Summer Sale is ON! Select (summery and clearance yarns) are 20% Off all July.

Can’t make it in? No Problem! It’s all in our Online Store, which offers a Free In-Store Pick-Up option at check out. Can’t make it in at all? That’s ok too, you can have your order shipped – plus Orders over $150 ship forFREE!

STORE SAMPLE Deschain in Estiva

Descahin in Estiva

Last week I introduced you to Berroco Estiva, and you liked it a lot! This week, I get to show off our first store sample made with Estiva, the Deschain pullover. The top mmakes a great summer cover-up, and is extremely to wear with a tank underneath. I love the idea of wearing the grey top with a pop of bright colour worn underneath.

The pattern was designed a few years ago by Quince & Co for their organic linen yarn, Kestrel (which is also stunning and I love and we sell and makes me very happy). But the pattern looks equally awesome made with a new bulky weight cotton yarn, Berroco Estiva. Estiva isn’t as heavy as linen, and while it has some drape, it holds a surprising amount of body, and doesn’t grow as dramatically as linen.

We made ours with 6mm/US10 needles, and that was a mistake, our tension was way too tight. I suggest you go up to a 7mm/US10.75 needle, and check your tension.

The construction is fairly simple, The pieces are all rectangular and are seamed together. It’s not a bad project for an intermediate or advanced beginner knitter who wants to try lace, and make an actual sweater. Intermediate knitters should be able to wiz through, it makes for some nice, fast summer knitting).

Note: you might need to work extra pattern repeats to get your sweater long enough. While you are working, hold it up to your body as you go (for a size small you might need to knit extra length to get good coverage).

Materials

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CANADA DAY & FREEBIE Long Weekend Store Hours

Canada Day Long Weekend Store Hours

Friday June 28: 11 am to 6pm

Saturday June 29: 11 am to 6pm

Sunday June 30: CLOSED

Monday July 1: CLOSED

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Hudson Bay Inspired Baby Blanket

Does anything say Canada to Canadians more than the iconic Hudson Bay Blanket? It’s simple design is timeless and a hand-knit version would make for a super-special baby gift. The pattern is beginner friendly (it’s just straight knitting), and makes a great low-brain activity, summer project. And it’s FREE, so that’s a bonus too!

Yarn Options

The Hudson Bay Inspired Baby Blanket is made with worsted weight yarn, so you’ve got several great options to choose from! I’ve colour combined and art-directed the colours, so you don’t have to worry about which shades match and balance together – I’ve got you covered! Working with the palates available from each yarn line, I tired to create as many combinations that looked good as possible. I also tried to go for different aesthetics, the classics are closest to the iconic blankets sold by the Hudson Bay Company, and feature clearer, brighter colours. The subdued combos are a more modern, grown-up take on the hues, and are darker.

Cascade 220 Superwash

Cascade 220 Superwash is an affordably priced, machine washable Peruvian wool yarn. It’s soft enough for baby garments and blankets, knits easily, and has been a staple around here for a LONG time. If you aren’t into synthetics this is a great choice!

  • classic colours: six skeins of 817 Aran, and one skein each of 251 Evergreen, 809 Really Red, 877 Golden, 1924 Midnight Heather
  • slightly darker colours: six skeins of 817 Aran, and one skein each of 1950 Hunter Green, 893 Ruby, 877 Golden, 854 Navy.

Berroco Vintage

Berroco Vintage is a super soft, machine washable blend of wool, acrylic and nylon. It’s easy on the hands and the pocketbook, and is another very popular choice for babies and kids. This yarn is also a longstanding resident around here.

  • classic colours: six skeins of 5101 Mochi, and one skein each of 5152 Mistletoe, 5151 Cardinal, 5121 Sunny, 51182 Indigo Heather.
  • somewhat subdued colours: six skeins of 5101 Mochi, and one skein each of 5193 Yukon Green, 51181 Ruby Heather, 5127 Butternut, 51182 Indigo Heather.
  • grown-up heathered colours: six skeins of 5101 Mochi, and one skein each of 5177 Douglas Fir Heather, 5181 Black Currant Heather, 5192 Chana Dal Heather, 51182 Indigo Heather.

Malabrigo Rios

Malabrigo Rios is one of my favourite yarns. It’s a hand dyed, machine washable, 100% merino wool that’s made in Uruguay. The colours are darker than the classic blanket combo, but no less beautiful.

  • subdued colours: six skeins of 063 Natural, and one skein each of 138 Ivy, 33 Cereza, 35 Frank Ochre, 150 Azul Profundo.

Other Materials

  • 4.5mm/US7 – 29″ circular needles (or longer)
  • tapestry needle
  • FREE Pattern