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LAST CALL! Lopi Blankets extended to Sept 17

This is just a gentle reminder that our annual deadline for ordering Lopi Blankets is coming up soon! Please place your order by September 17th to reserve yourself a gorgeous blanket (they make great holiday gifts too). I know I said the September 15th before, but I’m a bit forgetful so I pad my deadlines in case of sieve-brain.

USE code LOPI20 at checkout to take $20 off your Lopi blanket purchase!

Lopi Blankets

Lopi’s ready-made blankets are back! These blankets are gorgeous heirloom pieces, prefect for your home or cottage, ideal in the living room or at the end of the bed, and they 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 a wide variety of patterns and all are reversible. The offerings are extensive this year with twenty-seven styles available, so there’s something for everyone (I’m partial to the ones with the colour blocks, the monochrome textures and the graphic polka-dots). To see larger images check out the Lopi 2020 Blanket Catalog HERE.

Please note, these are ready-made blankets, they are not a knitting kit and unfortunately do not come with a stunning landscape as a back-drop.

  • Sizes vary, see images for dimensions
  • 27 styles are available for 2020
  • Fully reversible
  • Made in Iceland
  • Hand Wash (or machine wash on delicate alone) in cold water with delicate wash (Eucalan or Soak), lay flat or hang to dry. 
  • View the Lopi 2020 Blanket Catalog HERE (includes larger images)

Pre-Orders

All pre-orders must be received by September 17th and will ship/be available for pick-up in October 2020 (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! 

USE code LOPI20 at checkout to take $20 off your Lopi blanket purchase!

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.

Most Popular Blankets for 2020

It seems everyone is excited to snuggle up this winter and we’ve sold enough for me to extract the trends! Colour is popular this year, as are colour blocks. If you’re feeling like you want to make your own colourblock, the yarns with the best colour range and durability for a throw are Cascade 220 Superwash and Berroco Vintage. Both are soft, comfortable, easy to work with, affordable, and MACHINE WASHABLE! To make an average throw blanket you’ll need approximately 12 to 15 skeins of yarn.

REMINDER Lopi Blankets Special Order

This is just a gentle reminder that our annual deadline for ordering Lopi Blankets is coming up soon! Please place your order by September 15th to reserve yourself a gorgeous blanket (they make great holiday gifts too).

USE code LOPI20 at checkout to take $20 off your Lopi blanket purchase!

Lopi Blankets

Lopi’s ready-made blankets are back! These blankets are gorgeous heirloom pieces, prefect for your home or cottage, ideal in the living room or at the end of the bed, and they 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 a wide variety of patterns and all are reversible. The offerings are extensive this year with twenty-seven styles available, so there’s something for everyone (I’m partial to the ones with the colour blocks, the monochrome textures and the graphic polka-dots). To see larger images check out the Lopi 2020 Blanket Catalog HERE.

Please note, these are ready-made blankets, they are not a knitting kit and unfortunately do not come with a stunning landscape as a back-drop.

  • Sizes vary, see images for dimensions
  • 27 styles are available for 2020
  • Fully reversible
  • Made in Iceland
  • Hand Wash (or machine wash on delicate alone) in cold water with delicate wash (Eucalan or Soak), lay flat or hang to dry. 
  • View the Lopi 2020 Blanket Catalog HERE (includes larger images)

Pre-Orders

All pre-orders must be received by September 15th and will ship/be available for pick-up in October 2020 (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! 

USE code LOPI20 at checkout to take $20 off your Lopi blanket purchase!

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 EXTENDED

SUMMER SALE EXTENDED!

Since life this year is a little inside-out, backwards and upside down, I’m extending our Summer Sale another couple of weeks. You can shop in-store or online, and you can have your orders shipped or pick-ed up.

IN-STORE SHOPPING UPDATES

Good news – our COVID strategy seems to be working smoothly and well! Now that we’ve had a little experience I’m going to try expanding the number of clients allowed in the store from two to THREE! I know, it’s not a dramatic shift, but I want to stay conservative and cautious. We’ve had a lot of clients come in and tell us that we are the first store they’ve visited, or that other than the grocery and the drug store we are the only store they visit. We also have a goodly number of seniors who have visited us. Your trust t is an *immense* compliment, I am grateful, thank you!

FALL INVENTORY & COVID

Adding to the uncertainly fo the times, COVID has unfortunately disrupted the fluid availability of yarns coming out of South America, especially Peru. For a while their manufacturing has been reduced to 30% their normal output, and while they seem to have passed the peak of the first wave, distributors expect disruptions this fall. For us hobbyists, this means that there are probably going to be shortages of the most popular colours (usually the greys, black, off-white), and we won’t be able to reliably tell you when more will be available. It also means that we aren’t receiving all the colours we have ordered (our Malabrigo order had many gaps). My best advice this fall is that if it’s available and you want it, then buy it – especially if you need it to finish your project.

WINTER OF IMAGINATION

That said, constraints can open up exciting opportunities if you lean into them! Fall/Winter 2020-2021 can be OUR WINTER OF IMAGINATION! This weekend in yoga class my instructor told us to “let go of the outcome”, and I thought, “yup, that is an excellent principle to apply to EVERYTHING”. I’d heard it before in various ways from wise sources like Eckhart Tolle, David Hawkins and Tara Brach, but I guess it didn’t click until I’d done the work and it came out of Shellie’s mouth … (that’s just how these things generally go, increasingly I find “A-ha!” lightbulb moments tend to be “Well, DUH … that was right in front of you.” moments).

So maybe we can lean into this new path that COVID has opened up and trust ourselves, give ourselves permission to let go of our expectations and let go of the outcome. We don’t need to be ‘this’ or ‘that’, we just need to Be.

xox Haley

NEW Cute Cat & Dog Totes

Cotton Cat & Dog Totes

Ultimately, can you can go wrong with a cat wearing cat’s eye glasses or a chihuahua dressed as Urkle? How can they fail to brighten your day? Unpossible!

Gleener’s Cotton Tote bags are as rugged as they are stylish. They are extremely sturdy, made from thick 100% cotton canvas, so you can use them for hauling groceries as well as yarn and projects! The images are printed and then embroidered with applique.

  • Size: 10.5″ x 14″
  • 100% cotton canvas
  • gentle wash on cold, lay flat to dry
  • Made in India

S’Wet Bags

Since I’ve got your attention … we’ve also restocked our supply of Gleener’s awesome S’wet Bags! We think Gleener’s S’Wet Bags make perfect project bags, but they’re so much more. Gleener is primarily a laundry company, so these bags are designed to do more than hold stuff and look pretty; they’re well made, they keep odours, wetness and messes contained. The zipper and lining are both waterproof, so they also make a great travel companion to the gym, swimming or beyond. Keep your projects safe, clean and dry anywhere you go. Gleener is also a Canadian company, the truly lovely people who work there reside in Montreal Quebec.

  • Medium: 10.5″ x 14″
  • Large: 16″ x 21″ (fits a large sweater or blanket)
  • Machine wash in cold water, flip it inside out and hang it up to line dry overnight.

On Wet Projects …

As an aside, getting your project caught in the rain kinda’ sucks. I’ve done it (I got caught on my bike in some torrential rain on my way home from work), and while it doesn’t qualify as a major life trauma, I was grateful that I didn’t have a ton of yarn left in the ball because I had to skein it up with the project still attached. Since then, I have a deep appreciation for water resistant project bags.

Soak Hand Sanitizer

Much like many companies during covid, Soak is now in the hand sanitizer business! Unlike many other companies, Soak’s hand sanitizer is great! I’ve got one up at the front cash in the store and I’ve been using it in between clients and to clean the debit machine. I’m happy to report that my hands are normal, they aren’t dry, and my cuticles are happy. I’ve come to appreciates the benefits of liquid hand sanitizer – it dries quickly and you don’t end up with your hands covered in goop.

What it is: Antiseptic skin cleanser. Contains 62% Ethanol. Kills harmful bacteria/germs. For personal hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of bacteria.

How it works: Spray small amount of sanitizer onto hands. Rub thoroughly into hands for at least 30 seconds. Allow to dry. spray. cleanse. carry on.

Adults and children over 2 years. 1-5 mL, 1-10 time(s) per day. For occasional and personal domestic use. Supervise children when they use this product. Store at room temperature (15-30 Celsius).

• 62% Ethanol
• Contains hydrating Aloe Leaf Juice
• Designed and made in Canada
 Meets Health Canada hand sanitizer standards

Ingredients: Medicinal ingredients: Ethanol (Ethyl Alcohol) 62%. Non-medicinal ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER Lopi Blankets

Lopi Blankets

Lopi’s ready-made blankets are back! These blankets are gorgeous heirloom pieces, prefect for your home or cottage, ideal in the living room or at the end of the bed, and they 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 a wide variety of patterns and all are reversible. The offerings are extensive this year with twenty-seven styles available, so there’s something for everyone (I’m partial to the ones with the colour blocks, the monochrome textures and the graphic polka-dots). To see larger images check out the Lopi 2020 Blanket Catalog HERE.

Please note, these are ready-made blankets, they are not a knitting kit and unfortunately do not come with a stunning landscape as a back-drop.

  • Sizes vary, see images for dimensions
  • 27 styles are available for 2020
  • Fully reversible
  • Made in Iceland
  • Hand Wash (or machine wash on delicate alone) in cold water with delicate wash (Eucalan or Soak), lay flat or hang to dry. 
  • View the Lopi 2020 Blanket Catalog HERE (includes larger images)

Pre-Orders

All pre-orders must be received by September 15th and will ship/be available for pick-up in October 2020 (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! 

USE code LOPI20 at checkout to take $20 off your Lopi blanket purchase!

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.

SALE Extended & Closed Monday Aug 3

We are closed Monday August 3 for the Simcoe Day long weekend, but here’s a quick little freebie!

tolt
Photo: Tolt Yarn and Wool

Tolt

tolt 2
Photo: hellodarlingknits

Summer Sale Extended

We’re extending our summer sale until the end of August – happy shopping over the long weekend!

UPDATE & A HACK COVID Memorial Blanket

COVID Memorial Blanket

It seems like you guys have been very busy bees, knitting up squares for the COVID Memorial Blanket … I made one too, and I plan on getting my niece, brother and sister-in-law to make one each. It’s a very easy pattern, suitable for beginners – you only need to know how to knit and purl.

If you aren’t already familiar with it, the COVID Memorial Blanket is a country wide project to honour and remember Canadians lost to COVID. Knitters from all over the country are knitting squares (with Berroco Vintage), which will be joined together to make a MASSIVE blanket … you can read more about it HERE.

This week CBC news did a story on it, it was also on TV. Since then we’ve sold out of colour 5125 Aquae (the colour designated to represent healthcare workers), the distributor is also out of stock, and we don’t expect to have it again until mid-September. That said, there are lots and lots of other colours available in Berroco Vintage, and the only limitation is what makes you happy! There aren’t really any front-runners for popularity, but I can tell you that when given the opportunity, people are going for COLOUR!

Yarn Availability & COVID

As an aside, I’ve been told by a few sales reps that availability is going to be a little spotty this fall on any products coming out of Peru – they’ve been hit pretty hard by COVID and the mills are only working at 30% capacity. Going forward, if you were thinking of making a large project and you want specific colours in Berroco Vintage, Berroco Vintage DK or Berroco Vintage Chunky, you should order your yarn now because I may not be able to get the inventory later. I think this especially applies to the neutral colours like white, off-white, ecru, all of the heathered greys, black, oatmeal, etc.

MINI-HACK! The Baggy Bind-Off Stitch

Yesterday Erica and I were looking at swatches and the subject of that last bind-off stitch came up. Somehow it’s always stretched out … and while I never really cared about it, it got me thinking that someone, somewhere on the interweb, must have found a solution. It turns out lots of someones have resolved the issue, the video below is the first one that popped up in my Google search, and I liked it a lot.

PREORDER Beaubourg Wrap Kits

Beaubourg Wrap Kits

I swa this kit and immediately thought it would made a great project to keep busy hands occupied … and since it’ll be about a year and a half until a vaccine is available for COVID, we might be at this a while. Beaubourg is a large rectangular wrap that features two-colour brioche and slipped stitches against a background of garter stitch to represent the colourful pipes that run up the façade of the Beaubourg museum. Because this pattern uses the brioche technique, I don’t feel like its for the beginner knitter, but if you wanted to make something similar you can make a project Meadow Lane and alternate the two colours every-other-row. If you love it, but don’t wear really big wraps, you might also enjoy it as a STUNNING throw for your home.

Kit

Each kit comes with 8 skeins of Urth’s gorgeous hand-dyed, 100% superwash merino wool. It features 4 skeins of Urth Uneek Worsted, a hand-painted self-striping yarngasm (the main colour), and 4 skeins Urth Monokrom, a hand-dyed semi-solid (the contrast colour).

The colourway in the photographs is #01 (it’s a pretty bright rainbow colourway). The other colours that I think will look gorgeous include 05 (the red is sensational as a contrast colour, not for the faint of heart), 02 (I love, love, love the autumnal neutrals with the yellow), 03 (this combo will come out looking like pinks and reds), and 06 (inky!!). Or, If you’re like me and you have your own creative vision and just can’t stick to the items on the menu, you can contact us and we can talk about combining another shade of Urth Uneek Worsted with a dark or medium grey .

Pre-Order

Because they’re fairly substantial we’re selling these kits as a pre-order and aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis – they’ll function almost like a special order. Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. That said, the vendor is very fast, reliable, and close-by, so you shouldn’t have to wait too long. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. Please also let us know in advance if you’d like the yarn wound (you can leave a note when you are checking out online).

Materials

PROJECT Treit

Treit

When I came across this project it immediately struck me as a great little summer tee … an it would be PERFECT made with Quince & Co Sparrow. Treit is a light tee, worked bottom up, with a cropped length and leafy lace yoke. After a few rounds of twisted rib at the collar, the cropped body (which can be knit longer if desired) is knitted to the underarms. Two sleeve caps are knitted, body and sleeves are joined, and the yoke is worked from a lace chart to the neck. There are optional instruction to raise the back of the neck neck with short rows (a nice feature for more experienced knitters, and great that it isn’t necessary for those who need to keep thins KISSasble (you remember K.I.S.S., right? I refer to the sage life advice, “Keep It Simple Stupid”, not the 70’s band with the black & white getups.)

P.S. Quince & Co Sparrow is ON SALE until the end of July!

Suggestions

A. If you want to reproduce the ‘tweedy’ texture, use one of ‘Marled’ colours (they are marked in the drop-down menu of colours on our site). If you aren’t so keen on it, that’s cool too, just use one of the regular colours for a more refined finish.

B. I would DEFINITELY suggest the use a lifeline when knitting this project. Linen is slippey, and lace is lace, so do yourself a favour and give yourself a safety-net. If you are not already familiar with this concept, now’s the time to add this very, very handy little hack to your “I wish I knew that BEFORE ….” life list.

Size

  • Finished bust circumference: 33 (35, 38, 41, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60) inches or 84 (89, 96.5, 104, 114.5, 122, 129.5, 137, 145, 152.5) cm
  • The pattern recommends you choose the next size up from your normal bust size, but linen is very stretchy, so if you plan to wear this top over a tank or cami you may want to take that into consideration and not size-up.

Materials

  • Quince & Co Sparrow: 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7 8, 9) skeins
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 24″ & 29″circular (or longer for larger sizes) longer and below gauge-size circular needles of
  • 3.25mm/US3 (or 3mm) – 16″ & 29″circular (or longer for larger sizes)
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 12″ circular needles (or double pointed needles)
  • 3.25mm/US3 (or 3mm) – 12″ circular needles (or double pointed needles)
  • Stitch markers in two colours
  • Waste yarn (for putting stitches on hold)
  • thin waste yarn to use as a lace “lifeline”
  • Pattern

Sweater Quantities

To make life easier, here’s a list of colours that we have in relevant sweater quantities … well, at least at the time of publishing … once it goes live it’s in the hands of a higher power (the yarn gods?):

  • Butternut
  • Eclipse (first 2 sizes)
  • Fen
  • Frond MARL (up to 6th size)
  • Fundi
  • Little Fern (first 2 sizes)
  • Lunar
  • Maize
  • Mineral MARL
  • Rille MARL
  • Rosa Mundi MARL
  • Sans
  • Surf MARL 253 (up to 8th size)
  • Venice 218 (first 2 sizes)
  • Viburnum (first 2 sizes)

CONTRIBUTE COVID19 Memorial Blanket Project

What is the Covid19 Memorial Blanket Project?

The creators of this project are creating a massive, 9000 square foot blanket (a bit like the AIDS blanket?) to honour the Canadians who have been lost to COVID19. They’ll also be creating a memorial book and donating individual blankets to various aid agencies.

To make this happen, they are putting out a all to all Canadian knitters and crocheters, to knit or crochet a square. The pattern and square instructions are on their Facebook Page and Ravelry. The main blanket will be made of Berroco Vintage, and the individual blankets from any washable worsted weight yarn. They have chosen colour Colour 5125 Aquae to represent all front line/essential workers in the memorial blanket. 1skein should make approximately 1.5 squares.

Crafters Can ….

  • Knit or Crochet a 12 inch Square (or more if you desire).
  • Volunteer to help assemble the blanket
  • Help moderate the Facebook/Instagram page
  • Spread the word! Use the hashtag #covid_19memorialblanket like and share social media posts.
  • Help moderate the Facebook/Instagram page

Materials

  • Berroco Vintage: 1 skein (1skein should make approximately 1.5 squares)
  • 4.5mm/US7 needles (straight or circular, it doesn’t matter)
  • FREE pattern

The Artists & Contact Info

This project is being organized and led by Heather Breadner, Amanda Sharpe, and Ally Day. If you would like to contact them, they can be reached at admin@aberdeenswool.ca, please include “Covid_19 Blanket” in the subject line. They can also be reached through messaging on Facebook or Instagram. You can find all the information, patterns and upcoming events at their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/Covid_19-Memorial-Blanket-111818693934448) or on Instagram (@covid_19_memorial_blanket).

Donating

Drop off your squares at our store and we’ll arrange to get them to the artists! Our address is 1382 Bathurst St, Toronto ON M5R3J1, open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 5pm.

Squares can be mailed directly to:
Covid_19 Memorial Blanket
111 Cable Road
Fenelon Falls, Ontario
K0M 1N0

Please include with your square the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your email address
  • If you would like to include a message of hope, love, or memorial, please include with your square.

Your personal information will not be released. For the purpose of the memorial book, only your name and general location, (ie. province) will be included. If you wish not to have your name NOT published, please let them know.