SHOP + WIN WEEKLY DRAW

Our Local BIA is Sponsoring a Weekly Draw of $1000!

  • In order to enter, you just need to upload a photo of your receipt for any purchase of $25 or more (including taxes, excluding delivery fees or tips) to the contest website: www.shopandwinstclair.ca.
  • Draw applies to both in-store AND online purchases (pick-up and shipping)!
  • Draw is from June 7 to July 19, and is open to ALL residents of Ontario
  • All the contest rules and details on the contest website.
  • If you live in our neighbourhood you can shop at other local retailers and upload your receipts to enter too (one receipt per business per day, see the contest website for geographic boundaries)

Just one thing … please promise me that if you win you’ll spend the money on something that brings you JOY!

PROJECT Bennett Creek

Bennett Creek

This sweater is so pretty, and so wearable! Bennett Creek is a comfortable and casual oversized spring/summer pullover that will fit & look great on just about anyone. I really like the way it’s styled with a long, flowy shirt in the photos, I just want to crawl into it and never leave. It’s made with Kelbourne Woolens Mojave, a delightfully soft blend of cotton and linen that’s wonderful to both work with and wear. Plus, it doesn’t seem to take much yarn …. it might be because Mojave has great yardage, 170m/50g.

We just received a restock of Slate Grey, Sky Blue and Plum Brown, and more Prussian Blue, Natural and Smoke Grey have been ordered and are in the works (the yarn is made in Peru, and Kelbourne Woolens says the Peruvians are negotiating their own COVID issues).

Size

  • 40 (44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68)” or 101.5 (111.75, 122, 132, 142.25, 152.5, 162.5, 172.75) cm bust.
  • Sweater is designed to be worn with 8” (20 cm) of positive ease. Please see schematic for more detailed finished measurements.

Materials

  • Kelbourne Woolens Mojave: 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins
  • 3mm/US3 – 16” (40 cm) circular needles
  • 3mm/US3 – 36” (90 cm) circular needles
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 36” (90 cm) circular needles
  • Stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • cable needle
  • Pattern

PROJECT Charlotte Amelie Tank

Charlotte Amelie

Clients are always asking me for a simple summer tank that won’t take too long to knit … it looks like Berroco has heard your prayers! Charlotte Amelie is an uncomplicated tank made on 8mm/US11 needles and Berroco Estiva. It’s worked from the top-down, in one piece in the round, with A-line shaping through the body.

Estiva is a soft, machine washable 100% cotton tape yarn that’s made in Italy. It knits up in a monochrome gradation that gently fades from dark to light (or vice versa), so you get some interest in your garment and knitting without any jarring colour changes or bands. When dealing with the placement of light and dark, my general rule of thumb is plant to put the darker colour on the bottom and the lighter part up top. Dark colours recede and light colours stand out, so light colours will attract the eye. When faced with the end of a ball of Estiva I’ve opted to maintain the colour flow and have put the lights back-to-back and the same with the darker parts.

Size

  • Finished Bust:  32 (36½, 41, 43½, 48, 52½, 57, 61¾, 64)”
  • Lower Edge:  41 (45¾, 50¼, 52½, 57, 61¾, 66¼, 70¾, 73)”Length:  21¼ (21¾, 22½, 23, 22½, 23, 23½, 24½, 24½)”
  • Shown in size 36½”. 
  • Recommended ease:  2-4″ positive ease.

Materials

  • Berroco Estiva: 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4) cakes (2638 Violet)
  • 8mm/US11 – 29″ AND 36″ needles
  • Optional 8mm/US11 needle
  • 1 stitch marker
  • waste yarn
  • Pattern


PROJECT Nettle

Nettle

Nettle is a pretty, lacy triangular wrap made with Quince & Co Sparrow linen. It’s light and drapey and makes a great accent with summer clothes. The pattern is from a cool book of shawls that came out last fall, To The Point: The Knitted Triangle. If you like triangular wraps you should definitely give it a look. Even if you don’t, it makes for some good eye-candy.

Materials


FINISHED Lovenote

Love Note

I finished my COVID sweater! You’ve probably made three or four by now … please send me the pictures! I’d love to see what you’ve been up to … actually, I’d love to share what you’ve been up to too. Anyway, I’m please with my accomplishment, I’ve been crazy busy over the last couple of months and I didn’t have much bandwidth for things other than *work, eat, sleep, snuggle, meditate, laundry, cook; repeat from * to end of pandemic.

So, my assessment is it’s a WIN! The fabric is very light and airy, and because of the alpaca in the yarn it’s probably better suited for weather that’s under 10 degrees celsius, but I file that under NEVER ENOUGH SWEATERS. Anyway, I would totally make it again. It was a straight forward pattern, very uncomplicated and easy to follow. The blown yarn was ideal, it’ll look great over a tank top. I love that the pattern comes in kids and baby sizes, I might make one for my niece in pink or aqua. As I was working I was also thinking that it might make a great summer sweater knit up in a summer yarn like Quince & Co Kestrel.

Size

The pattern is EXTREMELY size inclusive, it runs from a baby 0-6 months up to an adult 5XL (72″ bust). I’m thinking matching mommy/baby sweaters? Sibling sweaters? Cousin sweaters? BFF sweaters? The opportunities are endless. The baby and child sizes are an ideal opportunity to use Drops Air – my mom always said you can put a baby in anything, that they can’t complain, but I beg to differ – they seem to be adept at wailing their adorable little heads off for as long as they feel uncomfortable.

  • 0-6 mo (6-12 mo, 1-2 yrs, 2-4 yrs, 4-6 yrs, 6-8 yrs, 8-10 yrs, Adult XS, S, M, L, XL-XXL, 3XL-4XL, 5XL)
  • Finished Chest Measurement: 24.5 (25.5, 26.5, 28.6, 30.5, 32.5, 34.5, 38.5, 41.5, 44.5, 48.5, 56.5, 66.5, 72.5”)

Materials

  • Drops Air (cropped version): 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 8, 9) skeins
  • Drops Air (regular version): 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins
  • 6mm/US10 circular needles (length depends on the size you’re making, interchangeable needles are good for this project)
  • 4.5mm/US7 circular needles
  • 6mm/US10 double pointed needles (or alternative – I managed to use 16″ circulars)
  • 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles (or alternative … 12″ circulars worked well)
  • scrap yarn
  • stitch markers (optional but useful in the lace)
  • Pattern

PROJECT Seguin

Seguin

Straight off, let’s acknowledge that Seguin is not a design for the chestier ladies. I think it’s important to value all bodies, and some of those bodies look really pretty with a bit of an accent in front. I also like the ‘smocking detail’ (it isn’t really smocking), it’s just interesting and a cool texture. I don’t think it would be hard to omit the ruffle and just keep the slipped stitch cable rib. Seguin is made with Quince & Co Sparrow, but if you like the aesthetic but want a thicker yarn that knits faster try Merrifield, made with Quince & Co Kestrel and 6.5mm/US10.5 needles … isn’t that nice of them?

Size

  • Finished Bust: 32½ (36¼, 40, 43¾, 47½, 51½, 55¼, 59, 62¾)” [82.5 (92, 101.5, 111, 120.5, 131, 140.5, 150, 159.5) cm]
  • Shown in size 36¼” / 92 cm on a 34” / 86.5 cm, 5’5” / 165 cm tall model (2 1⁄4” / 6 cm positive ease)

Materials

  • Quince & Co Sparrow: 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11) skeins
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 – 24″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 – 32″ circular needles
  • Pattern

PREORDER Hug Shot Wrap Kits

PREORDER Hug Shot Wrap Kits

This kit showed up in my in-box today after my morning meditation and the colours were so fun and so happy that I couldn’t resist. These days, I don’t know anybody who couldn’t use some colour in their lives – enjoy the sun & have some fun!

NOTE: this is a PREORDER, the kits are on order and will ship/can be picked up once they arrive.

The Pattern

The Hug Shot is a new, forthcoming pattern from Casapinka. It’s an asymmetric rectangle (or “boomerang”) shawl that begins at the small end and ends up with a wide border at the opposite end. There are slipped stitches, garter and stockinette making it a fairly easy project. The pattern is knit on 4mm/US6 needles. If you only want the pattern and aren’t into the kit, check in with Casapinka in about a week, when the pattern will be released.

NOTE: when you purchase your kit you’ll be provided with a code to download the pattern for free on Ravelry. The pattern can be downloaded from June 5th to 14th, so order your kit soon! (Don’t worry, if you aren’t computer savvy we will help get it to you.) If you want to make sure that the pattern resides in your Ravelry account be sure to purchase your kit before June 7th.

The Yarn

Ancient Arts Socknado is a beautiful fingering weight blend of super soft superwash merino wool and nylon (80/20). We don’t currently carry it in store, but I’ve swatched it and it meets my approval (it rated 2 out of 3 smiley faces, which is pretty good because three smiley faces is OMG, WTF, YES! YES! YES!). Socknado comes in 100g skeins of 350m each, so if you just like the colours and aren’t into this particular pattern you’ll have lots of yarn for another project (or two). It’s ideal for all kinds of knits & crochets, including socks (my mind is conjuring up some super funky baby garments). Socknado is Canadian made and hand dyed by extremely lovely people in Calgary Alberta.

Kit Includes

  • 2 skeins of Ancient Arts Super Socknado
  • pattern

COVID Store Updates

This is just a quick update to keep our local clients in the loop with what’s going on! We’re still doing lots and lots of shipping and curbside pick-up, it;s working very smoothly. The shopping in-store by appointment is working really well, and I’ve received positive feedback about the online booking and it’s actually a really nice experience having alone-time with clients … you’ll have me all to yourself!

After a week and a half I’ve gotten a feel for the new flow and have made some changes, extending the time slots to 20 minutes (with an extra ten minute buffer for winding yarn and cleaning afterwards). If there’s nobody else booked after your appointment we can go into overtime, that’s no problem.

Everyone has been really great about wearing a mask in the store – thank you for that! I finally received my order of disposable masks, so anyone who forgets theirs at home can purchase one for $1 (that’s my cost price). I also managed to score extra hand sanitizer and extra Lysol wipes, so we are awash in alcohol based cleaning products.

The weather got hot pretty. quickly, people are still working from home or are off work, and it’s been quiet at the end of the days, so I’m adjusting the Store Hours: 11am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday. If you can’t make it by 5pm thats fine, just get in touch and I’ll be happy to accommodate you!

Finally, I’d like to thank you. Reopening the store to the public has been much more stressful than I expected. It seems like the learning curve keeps resetting in every phase of this pandemic, and once I get a handle on things they shift again. Life! 🙂

xox Haley

PROJECT Long Sands

Long Sands

This pretty, oversized top is reminiscent of Quince’s pullover from a few years ago, Deschain. This retake still features the dropped stitch shale motif, but is made with the lighter Quince & Co Sparrow. It’s fairly oversized, so take that into account when choosing your size.

Size

  • Finished Bust: 47¼ (59, 70¾)” [120 (150, 179.5) cm]
  • Shown in size 47¼“ / 120 cm on a 34” / 86.5 cm, 5’11” / 180.5 cm tall model (13¼” / 33.5 cm positive ease)

Materials

  • Quince & Co Sparrow: 5 (7, 9) skeins
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 32″ circular needles
  • 4mm/6 – 32″ circular needles
  • Spare 3.75mm/US5 needle
  • Pattern


COVID Mask Mates For Healthcare Workers

Mask Mates For Healthcare Workers

I received an animated call from a friend the other day, something to the effect of “Haley!!! The big *hand made craft thing* going around the hospital are these things that hold masks …. ” I don’t remember much of what followed, I kind of got stuck on the idea that there was a crafting trend going around a hospital, like a middle school jelly bracelet tend or cabbage patch kids. The crafty trendy mask things are worn at the back of the head, the mask hooks around the buttons, it’s kind of like a mask extender. Anyway, these little doohickies are very popular with the medical set right now, and I thought “Hey, do they need them? Would they appreciate it if people who are stuck at home made them some?” My friend checked in with the hospital department boss person and they replied “Ummm … YES PLEASE!!!!”

So, if you are interested in making a contribution, I’d love to receive your hand-made ‘Mask Mates’ (they also go by the alias of ‘Ear Savers’) and I’ll pass them on to my friend who will take them to the hospital and distribute them.

Here are the project requirements:

  • They have to be made with a yarn that is seriously machine wash and dryable at high heat, like Lily Sugar & Cream craft cotton
  • The fabric should not stretch, and we decided that a dense crochet stitch is ideal – a 4mm//G or 4.5mm/US7 crochet hook is good and a pattern like the free Mask Mates Ear Saver.
  • The buttons should be 0.75″ to 1″ (20mm to 25mm) wide
  • Drop them off or mail them to us at Knit-O-Matic
Photo by Willow Designs

I also stumbled across this pattern for extremely adorable ear savers, which you can purchase individually or as a collection/ebook. They brightened my day, and I thought they might do the same for healthcare workers and their patients. Joni Memmott/BriAbby and Glenna Gordon both also have some really adorable Mask Mate patterns.

xox Haley