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STORE HOURS Canada Day Long Weekend

Canada Day Long Weekend Store Hours

Wednesday June 30: 12:30 pm to 6 pm

Thursday July 1: CLOSED

Friday July 2: CLOSED

Saturday July 3: 12 pm to 4 pm

Sunday July 4: CLOSED

Monday July 5: 11 am to 6 pm


Normally around holidays I post a free pattern for a project that’s somewhat related to the holiday, and around Canada Day it’s usually something maple-leafy or involving a beaver or a Canada Goose. Recent events have me thinking about this holiday, and what our country’s birthday means in a broader sense. I wanted to feature designs by Canadian Indigenous designers of knit/crochet patterns, but disappointingly nothing turned up. My research was limited to a day and unfortunately I didn’t have the time to start digging below the surface, so if you know of any please send me a note and I’ll update this blog post and include them.

What I did manage to extract from the interweb follows ….

Photo: Jessie Mae Martinson

Indigenous Designer

I found some gorgeous patterns by Jessie Mae Martinson, an incredibly talented indigenous designer from the US (I tracked her down through BIPOC in Fiber). She designs pretty little tops & bottoms, great for warm weather. Her patterns are size inclusive and priced on a “choose what you pay” scale. If you want a summer yarn to make her projects designed in fingering weight yarn, try Quince & Co Sparrow. For the DK weight I’d go for Kelbourne Woolens Mojave (no wool, it’s just super soft cotton and linen in gorgeous colours).

Canadian Indigenous Knitting Tradition

I also came across an older documentary made in 2000 for the NFB about the Coast Salish Knitters. I like this film, it’s older, but it addresses the complicated and often exploitative history connected with the makers of these sweaters. For us knitting is a leisure activity, but it’s important to keep in mind that for many of the families involved in the production of these sweaters, knitting meant the difference between starving and survival.

See the bottom of this page for a couple of articles on the Cowichan Sweaters of the Coast Salish people.

I also came across the book, Knitting Stories: Personal Essays and Seven Coast Salish-inspired Knitting Patterns (2014) by Sylvia Olsen, which you can buy as a Ravelry Download or as a soft cover from Sononis Press. You can also download 7 of the patterns individually. Alexa Ludman of Tin Can Knits highly recommends the book!

Olsen is non-native, but has spent much of her life living in Tsartlip First Nation, where her children and grandchildren now live. She is also author of the very recently published Unravelling Canada: A Knitting Odyssey (2021) and Working with Wool (2010), which received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing. She has several knitting patterns available as downloads on Ravelry. I’ve only just discovered Olsen’s work, but if you’ve read her books please let me know what you thought!

Photo: Joshua Lawrence

If you want to make the cowl above, I suggest using Cascade Heritage in colours 5742 Silver Grey Heather, 5631 Charcoal Heather, and 5672 Black. This pattern also includes a link to a video of Sylvia Olsen demonstrating Intuitive Colourwork (I don’t know what that is either, but it sounds interesting, I might have to buy the pattern to find out).

Photo: Jane Richmond

Should you now be feeling inspired to whip up your own Cowichan sweater, consider Canadian designer Jane Richmond’s West Coast Cardigan, which is not a real Cowichan sweater, but is respectfully inspired by the traditional style of the Cowichan Sweaters of the Coast Salish people. I suggest using Drops Andes, or for a more contemporary look try a blown yarn like Drops Wish.

More Insight

For those who are academically inclined or just want more context, I also found a journal article from 2012: The Coast Salish Knitters and the Cowichan Sweater: An Event of National Historic Significance, by Marianne P. Stopp. You can download it HERE (it takes a few seconds to load the site) or HERE. I’ll be reading this over the long weekend!

Photos by Jeffrey Bosdet

And if journal articles aren’t your speed, I also found a nice little article in a lifestyle Magazine from Victoria: The Story of the Cowichan Sweaters.

STORE HOURS Victoria Day + Summer Hours

Porcupine lace Washcloth by Jennifer Hansen, featuring a mid-Victorian lace pattern

Victoria Day Weekend

Saturday May 22: 11 am to 5pm

Sunday May 23: CLOSED

Monday May 24: CLOSED

Porcupine Lace Wash Cloth

Crochet Grocery Bag by Knit-O-Matic

Summer Store Hours: May 23 to Sept 13

We’re shifting over to our Summer Store Hours after the Victoria Day long weekend, so please note that we are CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. We go back to the regular store schedule the week of September 13th.

Monday to Saturday: 11 am to 5pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Crochet Grocery Bag

STORE HOURS Easter Weekend

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Photo & Free Pattern: fuzzymiten

Easter Weekend Store Hours

Friday April 2:  Closed

Saturday April 3:  11 am to 5 pm (pick-up & delivery)

Sunday April 4:  Closed

Monday April 5: 11 am to 5 pm (pick-up & delivery)

Last Minute Adorable Easter Creatures

New from the Crafty Kit Company, these needle felting kits contain everything you need to create adorable baby animals. You’ll learn how to make the basic shapes, then build them 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 felting needles, a mat to work on, wire pipe cleaner, nesting materials and clear step by step instructions.

Skill Level: Beginner/Easy Peasy, Age 10+

STORE HOURS Mother’s Day, Victoria Day + Summer Hours

Mother’s Day Washcloths by Purl Soho

Mother’s Day Weekend

Saturday May 11: 11 am to 6pm

Sunday May 12: CLOSED

Porcupine lace Washcloth by Jennifer Hansen, featuring a mid-Victorian lace pattern

Victoria Day Weekend

Saturday May 18: 11 am to 6pm

Sunday May 19: CLOSED

Monday May 20: CLOSED

Crochet Grocery Bag by Knit-O-Matic

Summer Store Hours: May 22 to Sept 15

We’re shifting over to our Summer Store Hours after the Victoria Day long weekend, so please note that the daytime Sit & Knit moves to MONDAY & SATURDAY, and we are CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. We go back to the regular store schedule the week of September 16th.

Monday: 11 am to 6pm (Sit & Knit: 12 to 4pm)

Tuesday: 11 am to 6pm

Wednesday: 11 am to 8pm (Sit & Knit: 5 to 8pm)

Thursday: 11 am to 6pm

Friday : 11 am to 6pm

Saturday: 11 am to 6pm (Sit & Knit: 1 to 4pm)

Sunday: CLOSED

Holiday Hours: Easter & Passover

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Photo: Sara Elizabeth Kellner

HOLIDAY STORE HOURS

Friday April19: CLOSED

Saturday April 20: CLOSED

Sunday April 21: 11 am to 6 pm

Monday April 22: 11 am to 6 pm

Bluebird of Happiness

I adore this little bird, and little holiday projects are a great way to use up small quantities of leftover yarn. Wouldn’t it make a super special garland you can pull out for decoration every spring?

  • FREE Pattern
  • worsted weight yarn
  • 3.5mm/US4 double pointed needles
  • stuffing

STORE HOURS Canada Day Long Weekend

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Holiday Store Hours

Friday, June 29: 11am – 6pm

Saturday, June 30: 11am – 6pm  (Stitch ‘n Bitch: 1 – 4pm)

Sunday July 1: CLOSED

Monday July 2: CLOSED

Tuesday, July 3: 11am – 6pm  (Stitch ‘n Bitch: 12 – 4pm)

 

Betsy’s Goose

Celebrate the birth of your country by crafting yourself the perfect Canada Goose – no attitude and no poop!

 

goose combo

FREEBIE & Canada Day Weekend Hours

 

Canada Day Weekend Store Hours

Friday June 30:  11 am to 6 pm

Saturday July 1:  CLOSED

Sunday July 2:  CLOSED

Monday July 3:  11 am to 6 pm (Stitch ‘n Bitch 12 to 4 pm)

 

 

Hudson Bay Inspired Baby Blanket

I love the simplicity of this blanket, for either a baby, throw, or a bedspread – plus it’s a super simple project for beginners.  There is a great tutorial on weaving in ends on garter stitch HERE. 

We recommend using a basic, superwash Peruvian wool yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash,  or if you want something a bit fancier, we like the super soft, plush and machine washable, hand dyed merino Malabrigo Rios – both are available in our bricks & mortar and online store.

Yarn Options

  • Cascade 220 Superwash: 6 ball 817 Aran, and 1 of each: 1950 Hunter Green, 877 Golden, 893 Ruby, 885 In the Navy (or for a slightly brighter palette try 864 Christmas Green, 821 Daffodil, 809 Really Red, and 885 In the Navy)
  • Malabrigo Rios: 6 skeins 063 Natural, and 1 skein of each: 033 Cereza, 096 Sunset, 128 Fresco Y Seco, 150 Azul Profundo.
  • Berroco Vintage: 6 skeins 5101 Mochi, and 1 of each: 5151 Cardinal, 5121 Sunny, 5152 Mistletoe, 5143 Dark Denim.
  • Cascade Avalon: 6 skeins 01 White or 30 Ecru, and 1 skein of each: 38 Deep Blue, 04 Crimson, 10 Artisan’s Gold, 13 Treetop.

Other Materials

STORE HOURS Easter Weekend

 

 

We will be CLOSED Friday, April 14 for Good Friday.

We will be OPEN Saturday, Sunday & Monday, April 15, 16 & 17 from 11 am to 6 pm.

OPEN Family Day

We are open Family Day, Monday February 20 from 11 am to 6pm!

FREEBIE Holiday Minis

It’s the little things that count – especially when they’re made by hand! I adore minis at the holidays, they make great gifts and adorable, timeless ornaments, and a great way to use up small amounts of leftover yarn. You can browse all the mini freebies on Ravelry, but here are a few adorable selections ….

Minikins

 

Cheers!

  • 4mm/US6 to 5mm/US8 double pointed needles
  • worsted to aran weight yarn

 

Smitten

  • 3.25mm/US4 to 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
  • worsted weight yarn

 

Mini Socks

  • 2.75mm double pointed needles
  • fingering (sock) weight yarn