Category Archives: hours

FREEBIE & HOLIDAY HOURS

Holiday Store Hours

We will be closed on Sunday August 1 and Monday August 2 for the holiday long weekend.

Saturday Jul 31: 12 pm – 5 pm

Sunday Aug 1: CLOSED

Monday Aug 2: CLOSED

Tuesday Aug 3: 11 am – 6 pm

Very Amooseing Pillow

Something fun for the long weekend!

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • 8mm/US11 needles (straight or circular)
  • 20″ square pillow form (very affordable at Ikea)
  • FREE Pattern

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

FALL STORE HOURS Start Monday Sept 16!

Pattern & Photos: Colourful Clockwork Cozy by retrobaby

There’s a nip in the air (and my niece & nephew need to be picked up from school on Tuesdays) so we’re rolling out our Fall Store Hours a week early! Starting Monday September 16 we’re back to our regular hours, and we will be open again on Sundays and Mondays.

Changes

We have someone new in the store! Erica will be working on Sundays and Mondays, so please give her a warm welcome and introduce yourself. It will take her a little time to settle in and get up-to-speed, but she is sweet and lovely and awesome and I know your are going to fall in love!

Additionally, the Sit ‘n Knit will only be on Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons this season (see times below).

Fall/Winter/Spring Store Hours

Monday: 11 am to 6 pm

Tuesday: 11 am to 6 pm

Wednesday: 11 am to 8 pm  (Sit ‘n Knit 5 pm – 8 pm)

Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm

Friday: 11 am to 6 pm

Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm (Sit ‘n Knit 1 pm – 4 pm)

Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm

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

STORE HOURS Thanksgiving

turkey

Turkey Pattern by Natty Knits

Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm

Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm

Monday: CLOSED

STORE HOURS Labour Day Weekend

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LABOR_DAY

Labour Day Weekend Store Hours

Friday Aug 31:  11am to 6pm

Saturday Sept 1:  11am to 6pm (Stitch ‘n Bitch: 1 pm to 4pm)

Sunday Sept 2:  CLOSED

Monday Sept 3:  CLOSED

Tuesday Sept 4:  11 am to 6 pm (Stitch ‘n Bitch: 12 pm to 4pm)

 

Fall/Winter Hours

Starting Monday September 17th 

Monday to Sunday: 11am to 6pm

Tuesday: 11am to 6pm (SnB: 12 pm to 4 pm)

Wednesday: 11am to 8pm (SnB: 5 pm to 8 pm)

Thursday: 11am to 6pm

Friday: 11am to 6pm

Saturday: 11am to 6pm

Sunday: 11am to 6pm (SnB: 1 pm to 4pm)

STORE HOURS Canada Day Long Weekend

canada goose

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

STORE HOURS Summer!

 

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As of June 1st we’re shifting over to our SUMMER STORE HOURS, which means we are closed Sundays, and Stitch ‘n Bitch moves to MONDAY afternoon, Wednesday night, and SATURDAY afternoon.

And no, the picture above is not what I do with my weekends in the summer … as much as I wish it was, how cool would that be?!

Summer Store Hours

June 1 – September 16

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat:  11 am – 6 pm

Wed:  11 am – 8 pm

Sunday:  CLOSED

 

Summer Stitch ‘n Bitch

Monday: 12 pm – 4 pm

Wednesday: 5 pm – 8pm

Saturday: 1 pm – 4 pm