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PREVIEW Fibre Co SS 2022 Collections Thurs Jan 27

Fibre Co SS 2022 Collections Preview

Thursday Jan 27, 12pm EST (5pm BST/9am PDT)

This Thursday the Fibre Co is thrilled to be inviting any and all fans to join us for a live webinar! They will be revealing their Spring/Summer 2022 Collections to the public for the first time, including the second half of The Almanac Series, Better Together, and the details on a special mini crochet collection coming this summer.

You can find details and sign up at the following:

  1. Facebook: Just follow this link!
     
  2. Direct Link for the registration:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2WHs7skSScK3QEWvV-OzAQ

SEE ALL OF OUR FIBRE CO YARNS HERE

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.

LAST DAY OF SALE!

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).

SHOP SALE NOW

Yarns

Clearance Yarns

Knitting Kits

Needle & Hook Sets

Other Crafts

Notions

Accessories

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

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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.

Size

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

Skills

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‘ 

SHOP ALL PATTERNS

Fibre Co Yarns on Sale to Jan 2

Fibre Co Patterns For ….

Rathbone

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. 

Size

  • 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)

Materials

  • 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

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.

Size

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

Materials

Kelso

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.

Size

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

Materials

  • 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)

HOLIDAY HOURS

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

BOXING WEEK SALE ON NOW!

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).

SHOP SALE NOW

Yarns

Clearance Yarns

Knitting Kits

Needle & Hook Sets

Other Crafts

Notions

Accessories

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

SHOP SALE NOW

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.

Cheers,

Haley

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). 

REGISTER HERE

LAST MINUTE GIFT Brisk Day Cowl

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

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RESTOCK Drops!

Our fall Drops stock has FINALLY dropped! An unfortunate victim of COVID supply chain fatigue, our order was expected in August, then October, but got stuck in all kinds of international shipping snafus. Regardless, it’s here now and we are GRATEFUL for the bounty! There are bunch new colours in Drops Air and Drops Kid-Silk (including those marvellously neutral blush pinks and beiges). We also received some much sought after and back-ordered CHRISTMAS COLOURS in Drops Nepal.

Drops Air

New Fall 2021 Colours

Drops Air is a deliciously soft and airy yarn. It knits up beautifully into hats, scarves, cowls, sweaters, blankets, toys – you name it! It is a ‘blown’ yarn, which means it has a core (polyamide) that is a knitting tube, and then the fibre is literally blown into it, creating a light, fluffy, fuzzy haze of alpaca floating around it. It knits up easily, and you can even knit with 2 strands held together to bulk it up to a bulky weight (try a 6.5mm/US10.5). the yardage is also generous, coming in at 150m for a 50g ball. One of the extra bonuses with this yarn is that it’s been used a zillion times on Ravelry, so there’s lots of pattern inspiration out there and you know that its not going to let you down.

SEE OUR FAVOURITE PROJECT IDEAS

  • 70% alpaca, 5% wool, 23% polymide (core strand)
  • 50g/150m (164 yds)
  • Heavy Worsted to Aran weight
  • 5mm/US8 needles or hook 
  • 17 sts & 22 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Peru
  • See Project Ideas on Ravelry

The wrap above is Hamburg Calling, a free pattern from Verena Bahls. Use 6 skeins of Drops Air (if you have a hard time finding the PDF on the website it is HERE).

Drops Kid-Silk

New Fall 2021 Colours

Drops Kid-Silk is a luxurious, feather-light brushed mix of super kid mohair and mulberry silk. It gives garments a sophisticated look, whether used alone or held together with other yarns (see projects by PetiteKnit). 

  • 75% Mohair, 25% Silk
  • 25g/210 m (230yds)
  • Lace Weight
  • 3.5mm/US 4 needles
  • 23 sts & 30 rows = 4″/10cm
  • Hand Wash, max 30°C, lay flat to dry
  • Made in the EU
  • See Project ideas on Ravelry

The sweater pattern above is the No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit. It knits up with 1 strand of Drops Kid-Silk and one of a fingering weight yarn – like Cascade Heritage.

Drops Nepal

New Colours

Drops Nepal is a great staple yarn made with superfine alpaca and Peruvian highland wool. Both fibers are untreated, which means that they are only washed and not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to the dyeing. This highlights the fibers’ natural properties, making it a lofty, bouncy yarn that’s great for garments. It’s hand-washable and felts beautifully. Drops Nepal is great for sweaters, hats, scarves, mitts, blankets – you name it. It also comes in 50g balls, making it an amazing choice for fair-isle projects. 

The sweaters above are different iterations of Riddari, a pattern from Istex Lopi that works up beautifully in Drops Nepal. (If can’t tolerate the itch but love the look of Icelandic knits try substituting Drops Air – it won’t be as dense or itchy as a proper wool sweater, but on the upside, it’ll be light as air and soft as a baby’s butt.)

Drops Wish

Restocked

Drops Wish is a dreamy, super bulky weight, blown yarn made from baby alpaca blown into a core of merino wool and pima cotton. Wish is cosy, light, airy, soft, fluffy and absolutely itch-free. Wish is a great choice for sweaters, accessories (hats, wraps, scarves, cowls, shawls, etc), blankets – you name it. To make for a REALLY thick knit, you can hold 2 strands of this yarn together and use 15mm/US19 needles. 

The sweater pattern above is Harvest Queen, a free pattern from Drops that works up beautifully in either Drops Wish or Drops Air (holding 2 strands together). We made one and it worked up beautifully (blog post forthcoming).

SEE OUR FAVOURITE PROJECT IDEAS

Drops Melody

Restocked

Drops Melody is a super soft, super delicious alternative to Mohair it looks like mohair, but it has NONE of the itch! It’s super soft, light and airy. Drops Melody is a great choice for oversize garments and accessories, although it would also make a stunning and very cozy blanket. It knits up quickly on big needles without the piece becoming heavy and it can be held together with another yarn to create a fuzzy effect, or to give garments extra volume and softness.

The sweater pattern above is Caja, a free pattern from Ravelry. It knits up with 1 strand of Melody and one of a fingering weight yarn – like Cascade Heritage.

Drops Brushed Alpaca and Silk

Restocked

Drops Brushed Alpaca and Silk is a luxurious alpaca and silk yarn that looks like beautiful (but itchy) kid mohair but feels like super soft alpaca.  It’s light and fluffy, with plenty of halo. You can work with it as a single strand or hold two or three strands together to bulk it up for larger needles. It is very affordably priced and makes a great substitute for other kid mohair yarns. 

The sweater above is Sunday Sweater, a pattern from PetiteKnit (Photo StyledBySabine). It knits up with 1 strand of Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk and one of Drops Air.

Drops Andes

Restocked

Drops Andes is a soft, chunky blend of superfine alpaca and Peruvian Highland wool. The mixture brings out the alpaca silky surface, while the wool gives the yarn better shape and stability. It’s super easy to work with and works up quickly on large needles. It’s also great for felting and is ideal for felted slippers, mitts and bags. Andes is also ideal for beginner knitters, two balls are all you need to make a scarf!

The yarn fibres are untreated, which means that it is only washed and not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to dying. This highlights the fibre’s natural properties, while it also provides a better shape and texture quality.

  • 65% Wool, 35% Alpaca
  • Super Bulky (14 ply)
  • 100g/90m (98yds)
  • 9mm/US13 needles
  • 10 sts & 14 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Hand Wash, cold max 30°C / 86F. Dry Flat
  • Feltable
  • Made in Peru
  • Free Patterns

The wrap above Decemberist by Melanie Berg (you can find the whole gaggle of them HERE). It knits up with 3 skeins of Drops Andes (or 4 skeins of Drops Wish).

PRE-ORDER Laine 13 Winter 2021

https://knitomatic.com/products/laine

Laine 13: Usnea (Winter 2021/2022)

In issue 13, Laine showcases gender-neutral designs that work as the foundation for any wardrobe. The 11 designs featured in the winter collection are classic and long-lasting; ones that could be borrowed from your spouse’s, friend’s or parent’s closet.

Pattern previews will go live on the Laine website and on Ravelry on December 3.

Magazine is available on Dec 10, 2021 (pending delivery)

Laine 13, Usnea, includes:

  • 148 pages
  • 10 knitting patterns & 1 crochet pattern, beautifully photographed and illustrated
  • an interview with Danish knitwear designer Lærke Bagger
  • an article about June Cashmere
  • an article about ChiaoGoo
  • an article about the importance of crafting and creativity by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro
  • seasonal recipes
  • book reviews
  • Laine Favourites section.
  • Print only. No digital download code available.

Designers featured in this issue:

  • Susan Chin
  • Susan Crawford
  • Sidsel Grau Petersen
  • Midori Hirose
  • Susanna Kaartinen
  • Inyoung Kim
  • Hanna Maciejewska
  • Mariya Matveeva
  • Paula Pereira
  • Maiju Räsänen
  • Griselda Zárate