June Newsletter

We’re finally into June!!

Warm weather. Summer. Vacations and basking in the sun (or shade, if that’s your thing!). Ice tea, barbecue, corn on the cob, and watermelon. Summery dresses. I LOVE summer! Lounging at the beach and watching the kids play in the water, drinking something cold in the shade…and knitting. Heaven!

What’s your favorite Summer past time? Do you love to stay in and relax? Get out and travel? And don’t forget International Knit in Public Day is June 8th!!

While I know a ton of us are so busy that it’s difficult to fit in crafting, there are a TON of projects that are perfect for Summer and travelling. Small, portable projects, summer tops, fun games for the kids…you name it! And this month, sales reflect the patterns I’ve chosen today.

 

Trunk Show
Yes!! A Trunk Show!!

It’s true! Black Cat Custom Yarns will be coming to our shop on Wednesday, June 19th, and will be bringing their entire store of Black Cat Yarn!

There will be so much yarn to touch and pet (and buy) – more bases and colours than I have in store – as well as the chance to meet the Black Cat team in person. They’re great peeps!! This is a fantastic opportunity to see the full range of colours, and mix and match to make perfect pairings (hello! Fade sets, anyone? I know *I’ll* be looking for yarn for a fade shawl I want to knit!)

We’ll have snacks and refreshments during the day, you’ve got to keep up your energy! As this is our regular Sit & Stitch day, you’ve now got another great reason to come out and visit and show Black Cat some 100 Mile House love.

 

THE GREAT NORTHWEST YARN CRAWL
A summer-long exploration of the many Local Yarn Stores here in Northwest Canada.
This fantastic yarn crawl runs from June 14th to September 15th, and we are once again a participating retailer! You can find your passport with all the stores listed, in my shop, and there are plenty of coupons included. Get it stamped at every location! There are yarn stores in Northern BC, Alberta and even one in the NWT that are participating. So if you are planning on traveling north this summer, this is a great way to see what each town has to offer.

The Yarn Crawl culminates in a Fibre Festival in Prince George on September 22, with door prizes, workshops, demonstrations, a fashion show, art, music, and more!

For all the crawl and festival information, please check out their website at www.playing-with-string.com/

 

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New Yarn this month:

A warm welcome to Impossible Knot’s own hand dyed yarn, All Points North! Currently all one of a kind colourways, there will be an ever-changing and increasing stock. Most will be 115g 80% merino/20% nylon fingering weight sock yarn that is perfect for either socks or a garment project.

Come on in and check them out!

 

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This month’s pattern roundup uses either Super Bulky (like Bernat Blanket) for small crafty items,  or DK yarns (like Sirdar’s Cotton Prints, Cascade’s Ultra Pima, or even a light DK like Universal Yarn’s Bamboo Pop) in (mostly) free patterns from Ravelry. Small, fun, light projects like these are great for Summer projects, when you want to have a few moments to craft, but don’t want a large, hot project on your lap!

Water Balloons by Kirsten DeSchover – a free crochet pattern to make reuseable water play toys with chenille yarn (like Bernat Blanket). No more dead little rubber balloons to pick up in the grass! Just pop back in water to get them wet for throwing each time. Wash and dry and put away for another day of play once done!

Knitted Water Balloon by Reney Trelenberg – not free, but a very inexpensive knitted balloon pattern for only $1.50 on Ravelry (if you want to learn more about purchasing patterns on Ravelry, just talk to me!!)

Stash Basket by Bernat Design Studio – a free crochet basket pattern in Bernat Blanket yarn. A great pattern to stash all the extra things you might need a basket for.

Bunny Blanket Buddy by Lion Brand Yarn – a free, sweet & fuzzy knit lovey that makes a quick soft gift for new babies or toddlers.

French Macaroon by The Noble Thread – I’ve posted this before, but it’s a simple, adorable free knit baby sweater which would be amazing worked up in Cascade Ultra Pima – a DK pima cotton, or Universal Yarn’s Bamboo Pop, a light DK bamboo/cotton blend. Cool and soft for baby!

Moroccan Tote by Sol Rencoret – a free crochet pattern for a lovely cotton tote. This would be beautiful made from Cascade Ultra Pima cotton, with such a range of colours to choose from.

Lavender Cardigan by schneckenstrick – a free knit pattern for a lightweight, short-sleeved cardigan that buttons only at the top. This would be a great summer sweater, knit out of Ultra Pima or Cotton Prints DK.

If you need any help figuring out Ravelry, or how to purchase or download a pattern, please feel free to stop by the shop and I can give you a quick tutorial on it’s use. I love Ravelry!!
Have a fantastic June!
Andie
Owner, Impossible Knot Yarn Shop

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spring has finally sprung!

The warming weather has finally arrived, with melting snow and the usual mucky roads…but don’t worry! It won’t be long until we are outside in our gardens, spring flowers and vegetable gardens growing, or camping in our  travel trailers and tents! Whatever you do, don’t forget your current projects and let them languish…you’ll end up with eternal WIPs (works in progress)!
Small projects can help you keep your crafting mojo during these Spring months, and busy days.

April Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday & Mondays: Closed
Saturday 20th: Closed for Easter!

 

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New Products in Store!

This past month has been super busy! We’ve brought in several new yarns and fun products, restocked all of our yarns, needles, & tools, and brought in plenty of new colours for lots of our favourite yarns.

The Gleener! It’s a blade-free pill and fuzz remover for all your items (even delicates!) An amazing product you’ve got to see…we have one in the shop to check out!

Say Hello to Drops Design yarns! We’ve started out modestly with 4 new yarns:
– Drops Delight: 3 colours of a sport weight, single-ply 50g/191yds 75% superwash wool/ 25% Polyamide yarn in nice long gradients
– Drops Big Delight: 4 colours of a worsted weight, single-ply 100g/ 208yds 100% wool yarn in long gradients (and it’s feltable, too!)
– Drops Alpaca: 6 colours of a sport weight, 50g/ 183yds 100% Alpaca yarn that would be fabulous for any super-soft, light weight project. Can we say summer items or heritage-quality baby items?
-Drops Fabel: 5 colours of 50g/ 224yds, 75% superwash wool/ 25% polyamide, self patterning wool for making fab socks! And it has a fantastic price point, too!

Wisdom Yarns Wacki Saki: It finally came! Limited amounts of 5 colours (don’t worry, we’ll order more, now that we know how awesome it is!) of a 100g/ 462yds, 50% Superwash Merino/ 25% Bamboo/ 25% Nylon self-patterning sock yarn with a great price. This yarn is the same as the Saki Bamboo, but in a ball format and self-patterning! They’re as soft and awesome as we had hoped they’d be.

-Red Heart Collage: 3 fun colours of this jumbo 141g/ 55yds, 80% acrylic/ 20% wool yarn, for soft, lightning-fast projects!

There are also new colours in lots of our in-stock yarns: Universal Yarns Major, Katia Infinity Shawl, Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky, Sugarbush Drizzle, Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop, Mirasol Nuna, Cascade Ultra Pima, Circulo Anne, and Regia Sock yarns. Come on in and check them out!

Knit alongs!!

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Well, we’ve been having a bit of an unofficial sweater KAL (knit along) here at the shop. It’s the ever-popular, boxy Weekender Sweater designed by Andrea Mowry, and it’s going swimmingly! We’ve got 5 ladies in different stages of knitting the sweater in different yarns and they are all looking fantastic so far! Mine is shown here in a Briggs & Little Durasport (a Canadian sportweight wool/nylon blend) held double with Sugarbush Drizzle (a laceweight Kid Mohair/ silk blend) and it is absolutely soft and fuzzy (and so warm!). It’s in the shop, if you want to come check it out.

 

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Want to do a KAL with us??

I’m so excited to do another Knitalong!! It will hopefully be a Free Your Fade shawl, by Andrea Mowry, but don’t worry…you’ll have tons of time to think about joining, or even suggest another shawl or project (maybe a light weight t-shirt top??), as I believe we will start this one sometime mid-May!
This specific pattern is a really relaxing garter stitch with eyelet rows and endless fade and color possibilities. It’s worked up with 3 colours in the pattern, but can be done solid, or with as many as you’d like (hello, need to use up some stash bits?!)
How the KAL works is: We will finalize the project near the beginning of May, and give everyone two weeks to get their supplies in order, and then have a dedicated cast-on date (say…Mid-May?). We will be having regular weekly meet-ups in the shop, as well as  a Ravelry page to post photos and questions in (and I’d LOVE folks to join in with that), and we will have a draw at the end of the KAL (I think 3 months should be a good) for something fun!

April Sales

spring saleThis month, we have small projects in mind! We know you’re going to be busy with gardens and preparing for Summer, so small projects are perfect to work on and set down.
15% off Patons Kroy sock yarn
15% off Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo sock yarn
BOGO: Bernat Baby Coordinates, Bernat Softee Baby Stripes, and Bernat Li’l Tots (see in store for details)

There’s also plenty of  items on clearance for up to 50% off ! Come in and check our clearance shelf at the back of the shop.

 

 

 

March IKYS Newsletter

Thank goodness for March! The unsettled months (where they can’t decide what the weather should be) are starting, but it’s getting brighter, for longer, every day. And that makes me so happy! Being able to drive home in the daylight is sustaining me until the summer weather and late days (and productivity) are here.

Are you longing for Summer and warmer weather? I sure am! And with the warmer weather comes gardening, and travelling, and of course warm-weather crafts, like travelling projects, crafting with cotton and linen, and small projects like socks and dishcloths that aren’t too hot on your lap! I have less evenings knitting and watching Netflix, and more days knitting at the lake or park. Oh, I can’t wait!Sales: In preparation for the warmer weather to come, this month’s sales are all about cotton!!
March 1-15th:
10% off Crafting cotton: Lily Sugar n’ Cream, Bernat Handicrafter, Red Heart Scrubby Smoothy, and Sudz
15% off Cascade Ultra Pima
March 16-31st:
10% off Crochet cottons: All Aunt Lydia’s, Circulo Clea and Circulo Anne
10% off Bernat Maker Home Dec and Bernat Maker Big
15% off Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop

There are still plenty of Clearance items in the shop, as well. Come in and have a look!

PATTERN ROUNDUP:

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With the cotton yarns on sale this month, there are plenty of free easy, breezy patterns on Ravelry to work up in them (and not just your usual dish cloths, either!)

Summer Vacation Top by Mama In A Stitch –  a quick-knit tank top, using DK yarn held double. This free pattern would be perfect for the Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop or the Cascade Ultra Pima

Spring Showers Shawl by Maria Bittner – A crochet shawl pattern (available free on her blog) that would look amazing in several shades of either the Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop or Cascade Ultra Pima.

Two-Colour Cotton Cowl by Purl Soho –  a pretty, two-colour fishermans rib knit cowl using a sport weight yarn for a brioche-type look. This would be absolutely fantstic in the Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop or even more substantial in the Cascade Ultra Pima DK.

Baby Hat with Top Knot – Tegan by Julie Taylor – A simple DK knitted baby hat that is perfect for the beginner knitter! Try it in the super-soft Cascade Ultra Pima.

Color Block Market Tote by Jenn Palmer – Of course I need to add a crochet market bag! It’s a no-brainer for this waste-concious time we live in, and how cute are they! Any of the sturdy craft cottons in the store will make these lovely bags.

Ballband Discloth Reuseable Swiffer cover by Noelle – A fantastic knitted pattern for those of us that like to reduce and reuse! No need to buy any more disposable Swiffer covers!

Easy Hacky Sack by Heidi Gustad – a fun, soft ball to play with crochets up quickly in worsted weight craft cotton.

January Newsletter

Happy New Years, my crafters!!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, with lots of love, laughter, and happiness. The New Year is a great time to look back on the past year, on all your successes, be they big or small, and to look forward on the year to come: with all it’s potential and possibilities! I know my little shop has come so far this last year, and all my successes are because of you. I am so happy to have you all as customers!

January is not just for reflection, it’s also a time to craft. It’s time for self-love projects. Time for all the projects for *YOU* that get set aside in lieu of gifts for others.
What do you plan to make for you, this year? Hopefully, it’s something you’ve always wanted to make 🙂 I’ve decided to start the year off with a sweater for myself. Something simple, but from pretty yarn. Something I can wear everyday if I want…and oh, how I want (especially with all this snow!). I can’t wait! Would you like to knit or crochet a sweater, too? A few customers and I are thinking about making sweaters together, and would love more folks to join in! I’ll be knitting the Weekender sweater by Andrea Mowry (see link below in Pattern Roundup). I have a few more patterns in shop for this, or it can be easily purchased on Ravelry. Or, you can choose something you’ve always wanted to make! Get togethers for knitting on Wednesdays Sit & Stitch or possibly Saturdays in the late afternoon? Say, mid-January, to let folks get supplies together? Let’s do this!

January Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30 – 4:30pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Jan 25 & 26: 11:30am – 3:30pm

January Sales:

Clearance (on sale at 40% off, until they are gone):
– Bernat Giggles – a worsted weight, soft acrylic yarn in 5 pretty, retro baby colours
– Kartopu Zincir – a DK weight, machine washable acrylic/wool blend
– Patons Lace and Lace Sequins – a lace weight yarn, in a soft haloed acrylic/mohair/wool blend
– Bernat Sox – a varigated fingering, that is perfect for kids and folks allergic to wool
– Debbie Bliss yarns – Rialto Lace superwash merino, Eco Baby fair-trade cotton, and Blue – Faced Leicester superwash Aran
– Patons Peak – a bulky fun yarn for hats and scarves in acrylic/nylon blend
– Bernat Mega Bulky – a soft acrylic jumbo yarn, perfect for quick cowls and scarves
– Red Heart Super Saver Ombre – a large acrylic ball in a fashion-forward ombre
– Knitters Pride Bamboo single point needles

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This last month, we received plenty of hand dyed yarn! So much new Black Cat Custom Yarn – in Everyday Sock and Double Double, as well as their Let’s Get Worsted base (and it won’t be long until we receive 4 colours of their bulky Stay Puft base, too!) and Ancient Arts Yarn – in their Socknado and DK bases. So much fun to play with!!

We also received super fun patterns from popular knit designers like Andrea Mowry, Joji Locatelli, and Stephen West (and so many more)! Need a new project? I have shawl, hat, and sweater patterns to get you started crafting this January!

We have tons of fun accessories and tools, and just today have received a shipment of Rose & Purl handmade luxury faux fur Pom Poms! I can’t wait to put one on my new hat!

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Donation!

Last year, we had a ton of eyelash yarn donated to the shop from someone’s stash. We offered them in our shop, by donation only, with proceeds to go to our local SPCA (which does not have a branch, and is completely volunteer!). We collected $70 in proceeds and handed it over in December! We are so proud to help out this local organization, and so very proud of all our customers that donated to this wonderful cause.

CLASSES:
We have classes and Troubleshooting Tuesdays set up for January and February. Go check out the Classes & Meetings page on our website!

 

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PATTERN ROUNDUP!

I thought today I would share my absolute favourite knit sweaters on Ravelry. There are so many amazing patterns, and I want to try them all! Maybe this year, even!

Sipila by Caitlin Hunter – a top-down circular knit colourwork sweater in fingering weight that positively SHINES in hand dyed yarn.
The Weekender by Andrea Mowry – a drop shoulder, boxy sweater that works up amazingly quickly in worsted weight yarn. This will probably be my first sweater of the year…anyone want to join in and knit it with me??
Beekeeper Cardigan by Marie Greene – an open, textured 3/4 sleeve cardigan. I hear that this is so fun to knit!
The Rose Cardigan by Andrea Mowry – a pretty cabled open cardigan, worked in a fade of sport weight yarn. I might just need to source sport weight yarn for the shop, just for this sweater!
Poet by Sari Nordlund – to view on Ravelry, but currently only available in the Laine Magazine issue #6 (available in my shop). The Poet is a beautiful, top-down seamless sweater worked in fingering weight yarn, with lace front and back. This pretty pullover is very high on my list!
V-neck Boxy by Joji Locatelli – a super-boxy, v-neck sweater worked top-down in fingering weight for plenty of ease, but no bulkiness. I just love light-weight sweaters for Spring and lounging, too!

August Newsletter

One year has come and gone, and I can’t believe it! I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all the amazing support I’ve had from all my lovely customers (you know who you are!)
Now that we are in the heat of summer, projects tend to get smaller and more portable…something not heavy and hot on our laps. Like dishcloths, and socks, and baby items, and mittens, and, and…and!! There are a million small, beautiful projects that can be done while traveling or at home, in small bites, and make fantastic gifts, as well. (Shouldn’t we be starting up our Christmas knitting now? LOL)

Sales:
BOGO (Buy 1 and get 1 free!) All August: Bernat Pop!, Patons Peak, Premier Aurora & Sweet Roll, Bernat Baby Coordinates.
August 1-18:
15% off Patons Classic Wool DK
10% off Bernat Softee Baby Stripes
10% off Briggs & Little Tuffy

New Yarns this month:
This past month, we’ve had several exciting new yarns come into the shop!
Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop – 3 variegated and 4 solids in 100g balls with 292yds of  50% cotton/ 50% bamboo blend in a Sport weight. So soft and fun! We’ll be getting more colours of these in!
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie – 6 variegated craft cottons that match Red Heart’s Scrubby yarns! Super fun, bright colours in 85g balls so you can make items to match the scrubbies you make!
Schachemayr’s Regia Sock yarns! We’ve brought in 4 colours of their Pairfect Design Line (a 100g Superwash wool sock yarn) and 4 colours of the Pairfect Kids Colors (a 60g superwash wool sock yarn). These amazing things make a perfectly patterned pair every time with the help of an ingenious yellow starting section to both socks! Come in and check them out!.
Schhachenmayr’s Regia Baby Smiles – a tiny 25g ball of superwash sock wool so that nothing is wasted when you make baby socks! Currently, only the pink pattern came in, but we’ll be getting more soon…they’re so cute!
Hayfield’s Super Chunky with Wool – a machine-washable 80% acrylic 20% wool super bulky (6) yarn in a 100g ball (79yds). Currently we have blue and cream in stock
Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport – This is actually a bulky yarn (5) in a super duper soft baby alpaca, in 100g (100meters) hanks. Currently available in blue only, but soooo, so soft!
Phentex Slipper & Craft Yarn – Yes! We finally brought in 6 colours for you because enough people requested it. This is a hard-wearing 100% Olefin yarn in 85g (164 yds) balls, perfect for making tough slippers and slipper soles.

We’ve received plenty of new colours for a few existing yarns and have restocked our Ancient Arts and Black Cat hand dyed yarns…come in and check them all out!

Classes and Events:

Wednesdays Sit & Stitch
Every Wednesday at 1pm, we have a stitchy get together right here in the shop. Bring your current WIP (work in progress) and come visit over coffee or tea!

Troubleshooting Tuesdays and all regular knitting classes have been suspended until the fall, since I know you folks are all so busy with Summer and vacations! You can still come on in for help, and I will do everything in my power to help you fix or sort out any problems you may have with your knitting. If you want a private lesson for knitting, it can be arranged with prior notice, just call the shop or come on in!

 

PATTERN ROUNDUP!

Summer projects are small projects!!! Small projects are prefect for taking traveling or on vacations. They don’t take up much space or yarn, and aren’t hot on your lap when it’s roasting outside! They also work up satisfyingly fast (admittedly my favorite part!) I love, love, love small projects!

Here’s a few of the free ones on Ravelry that caught my eye, and I’m sure I’ll try a few in the next while. How about you??

Sugar n Cream Dishcloth by Diana Lee – a staple knit in a corner to corner dishcloth – who doesn’t love getting gifted dishcloths?!

Woven Dish Cloth by Carrie Fleming – a change from the standard dishcloth, a pretty knit woven-look cloth.

French Market Bag by Alexandra Tavel – Crocheted in worsted weight cotton, these are quick, fantastic bags to move towards plastic-bag-free shopping!

The Force Awakens Hat by Mrs. Luedeke – a knit colorwork beanie for the Starwars lover in your life! Worked up in DK weight yarn, would be perfect in our Patons Classic Wool DK (which is currently 15% off until August 18th!)

The Landry Slouchy by Twisted Arrow Designs – a crochet beanie in a classic slouchy style and Aran weight yarn. A quick project for gifting or wearing!

The World’s Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits – another fabulous free knit pattern by Tin Can Knits (there are so many!). This multi-sized pattern would work up so fantastically in either our Patons Classic Wool DK or in our Black Cat or Ancient Arts hand dyed yarn for fun, warm hands this winter!

Crochet Water Balloons by Megan Meyer – a free (on her website) pattern for crochet balloons that you soak in water for re-useable summer water throwing fun! No more picking up broken rubber balloon bits all over your yard. There are so many bright and fun blanket yarn colours in stock to choose from (and one ball will make so many! Also perfect for using up scraps!)

Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner – an easy, shortie, rolled cuff sock for summer knitting and wearing! We have tons of sock yarns and even hand-dyed sock yarns that would be amazing for these socks.

So many patterns are available for free! Be sure to search on Ravelry or your favorite pattern archive for more awesome summer projects.

Happy Summer Crafting!

July Newsletter

I can’t believe it’s July already!!

July is our anniversary month, and I’m so excited to celebrate with you all. I have lots planned, so make sure to check out the sales regularly, as I will have a few pop-up sales for great deals!

Hours:
TuesdaySaturday 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday & Monday closed

Sales:
July 3-7 : 15% off all Bernat Blanket yarns and 10% off all Lily Sugar n’ Cream cotton
July 10-14 : 10% off mugs, 15% off all crochet hooks, 15% off Estelle Alpaca Merino
July 17-21: 25% off Patons Lace and Lace Sequin, 10% off Opal sock yarn, 10% off Mirasol Nuna
July 24-27: 15% off Sirdar Snuggly yarns, 20% off Cascade Ultra Pima, 20% off Diamond Pima Lino, 15% off all Dimensions needlework kits, 10% off books, 10% off bags
Anniversary – Saturday, July 28 : We’re going to have a Roll to Win day! Roll the dice at the checkout for chances of up to 35% off your purchase, or possibly free yarn!! There will be cake, coffee, and tea, and I hope you’ll all come out to visit.

What a year it’s been!!

Also remember that we carry Gift Certificates in any denomination

 

PLAYING WITH STRING YARN CRAWL!

Once again, I am so excited to be part of the Playing With String Great Northwest Yarn Crawl and Fibre Fest!!  The Crawl goes until September 9th, and ends in a fabulous fibre fest in Prince George on the 16th of September, which includes door prizes, workshops, demos, and a fashion show. Each stamped page of your Passport gets you extra chances to win.
To join in, just come on in to any participating yarn store and pick up a passport. Get your passport stamped at each location, and take advantage of the special store coupons on the bottom of the booklet page at each participating shop. We’ll have 10% off one purchase coupon for us!

Can’t wait to see everyone swing through!

 

New Yarns this month:

This past month, we’ve only had one new yarn, Bernat’s Softee Baby Stripes – a 120g super soft, DK weight cake yarn that automatically stripes through 5 different colours. It’s so soft and shiny!

We’ve received plenty of new colours for existing yarns and have a few new yarns coming (a bamboo/cotton and some Regia sock yarns!) later this month, so be sure to pop back in and have a look!

 

Classes and Events:

Troubleshooting Tuesdays!


Having problems with reading a pattern? Can’t remember how to fix a mistake in your knitting? Every other Tuesday, our knitting guru, Helen, will be available from 1 to 3pm for our free drop-in Knitting 911 at the shop. Bring in your project or questions on July 10th.

Wednesdays Sit & Stitch
Every Wednesday at 1pm, we have a stitchy get together right here in the shop. Bring your current WIP (work in progress) and come visit over coffee or tea!

KNITTING CLASSES:

Magic Loop Knitting – How to cast on a single or double item on one long circular.
July 11, 5-6:30pm $20
I know what people say, but truuuuust me! Magic Loop is so easy! We will be learning to cast on and work a magic loop with both one and two at a time items on a long circular needle. No specific project to work on (unless you’d like to cast on socks or another project – remember to bring your yarn and pattern!). Basic knitting skills are required (long tail cast on/knit/purl).
Supplies: Yarn and a 40″ circular needle to match the yarn weight.

Simple Yarnover Lace Neckerchief- Advanced beginner
July 17th and 24th, 10-12 (Two 2 hour classes)
Learn how to start with a garter tab, create basic yarnover lace panels, and learn a basic increase to create the Southbeach Neckerchief. Super fun-to-knit tiny shawl out of DK weight yarn. Pattern is supplied prior to the class. As this is a repeating pattern, the shawl will be started in class but completed at home, with the second class for helping with errors (or casting off, if you’re a speed demon!)
Required to know basic cast on, knit and purl, as well as cast off.
Supplies: One skein Black Cat DK weight yarn (280 yards) or similar weight yarn , 4mm 32″ or 40″ circular needle, and wool needle to weave in ends.

Gauge Swatches! What are they for and why on Earth would I ever want to make one??
July 20, 5-6pm. $15
– This is a short lecture class with examples and a handout. No tools required (unless you want to take notes!)
Look, I know you are excited to knit and just want to dig into your new project…but I promise – gauge swatches are super important!! Learn to take the time to swatch and why it can really up your knitting game. You don’t have to be the person who knits a sweater that will only fit giants. This will teach you how to make a swatch, how to fix incorrect gauge, and when you really don’t need to knit a gauge. Bonus: simple blocking is also explained!!
Private lessons:
Have questions or need instruction that will take longer than 15 minutes or so? Private lessons can be scheduled, dependent on teacher availability, for $29/hour.

PATTERN ROUNDUP….COTTON DK!

Let’s talk about cotton! Specifically, Cascade’s Ultra Pima DK…a beautiful, mercerized cotton garment yarn that works up soft and shiny. It’s amazing! The colours are vivid and the yarn is machine washable. It’s perfect for summer projects!
A few free patterns for DK cotton that caught my eye on Ravelry are:

Ein Tag am Meer, by Corrina Tengler – a quick-knit stripy sleeveless top that is perfect to show off Cascade’s lovely colors.

Vanier T-Tunic, by Jennifer Ozses – a lacy crocheted tunic with a deep v back.

French Macaroon, by The Noble Thread – an adorable easy garter knit sweater for babies and toddlers.

82-6a Crocheted Cardigan, by Drops Design – a Summery, mesh crocheted cardigan (and there is also a mesh tank design to match) available on Drops website.

167-6 Woodstock, by Drops Design – a fluttery knit tank with an allover-back lace design. Available on the Drops website.

The Best Mermaid Tail, by Elizabeth Seeley – an adorable crocheted mermaid tail that can be made in any size.

So many patterns are available for free! Be sure to search on Ravelry or your favorite pattern archive for awesome summer projects.

Happy Crafting, Everyone!
Andie

June Newsletter

Summer is here! Although early June feels pretty chilly here in 100 Mile House, it won’t for long! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for summer and camping, lake visits, barbecuing, watermelon, kids playing in the sun, and knitting while drinking an ice tea (who are we kidding…it’ll probably be an icy cider or a glass of wine!) in the shade.

Sales:
June all month: 10% off all Addi needles
June 5 – 16: 10% off Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn
15% off selected baby yarns: Bernat Baby Sport, Bernat Baby Coordinates, Bernat Giggles, Bernat Pipsqueak, and Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky
June 18 – 30: 15% off Debbie Bliss yarns: Ecobaby cotton, Blue Faced Leicester Aran, and Rialto Lace

Also remember that we carry Gift Certificates in any denomination

 

PLAYING WITH STRING YARN CRAWL!

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This year, I am so excited to be part of the Playing With String Great Northwest Yarn Crawl and Fibre Fest!!  The Crawl starts June 15th, and ends in a fibre fest in Prince George on the 9th of September, which includes prizes, workshops, and a fashion show.
To join in, just come on in to any participating yarn store (we’re listed on the website) and pick up a passport (my passports are on their way, still). Get your passport stamped and take advantage of the special store coupons on the bottom of the booklet page at each participating shop. We’ll have 10% off one purchase coupon for us.

Can’t wait to see everyone swing through!

 

New Yarns this month:

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Only a couple new yarns this month:

Black Cat Custom Yarn Double Double – Double Double is the DK weight yarn from this Canadian (BC!) hand dyer. 115g skeins of 100% merino wool in 9 semi-solids and 8 variegates. It is a firm yarn that would make fantastic shawls and sweaters with a ton of stitch definition. I can’t wait to try a fade with some of these colours!

Black Cat Custom Yarn Everyday Sock – Four new bright colours are in the shop!

Briggs & Little Tuffy – It’s finally in! A medium weight 2 ply yarn in 80% Pure wool and 20% nylon, from Canada’s oldest woolen mill. 113g skeins. This wool makes fabulous sweaters, mitts, or heavy socks – the Briggs & Little Heavy Socks pattern is in stock as well.

 

Giveaway Results:

Both giveaways last month were a great success! The Addi Flexiflips for Mother’s Day were won by Vera, and the month-end prize pack of Knitters Pride interchangeable Cubics, Cable, and Cascade cotton yarn were won by Dallas. So happy for each winner. Enjoy!

 

Classes and Events:

Troubleshooting Tuesdays!

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Having problems with reading a pattern? Can’t remember how to fix a mistake in your knitting? Every other Tuesday, our knitting guru, Helen, will be available from 1 to 3pm for our free drop-in Knitting 911 at the shop. Bring in your project or questions on June 12 & 26th.

Wednesdays Sit & Stitch
Every Wednesday at 1pm, we have a stitchy get together right here in the shop. Bring your current WIP (work in progress) and come visit over coffee or tea!

KNITTING CLASSES:

June: TBD in the next few days! (but we’re also taking requests!!)

Private lessons:
Have questions or need instruction that will take longer than 15 minutes or so? Private lessons can be scheduled, dependent on teacher availability, for $29/hour.

 

New Phototastic CollageDon’t forget that our shop has partnered with Knitted Knockers Alberta, and we are looking for volunteer knitters to donate yarn and time to this awesome cause.

Knitted Knockers are a volunteer made breast prosthesis for women
who have had a mastectomy. They are a soft, lightweight alternative to the standard gel filled prosthesis that many women find heavy and hot to wear. Knitted Knockers fit into a regular bra where they take on the shape of a real breast. They are provided free of charge to women who have had a mastectomy. 

 

RAVELRY

Let’s talk about Ravelry. If you are an avid knitter or crocheter, you should definitely be using this website!

Looking for patterns? Looking for patterns for specific yarns/weights/needle size? Looking for information about yarn brands? Need a digital place to keep track of your yarn stash or current WIPs (works in progress)? Looking for a social media platform specifically for knitters & crocheters? RAVELRY!!

With an extremely robust search engine and huge selection of paid and free patterns, groups and chat groups, as well as a huge database of yarns (even discontinued yarns!), and a blog with pattern roundups on their home page, Ravelry has so much for every knitter and crocheter. It’s a free service, though you do need to sign up to use it (I don’t receive any spam from them, don’t worry!).

Aside from pattern searching and favourites options, one of my favourite features of Ravelry is the ability to cast on a project and keep track within their program, straight from the pattern page. It gives me options to attach photos, put all gauge and yarn info in there (as well as dye lot information and where you bought and how much you paid for your yarn – Impossible Knot is in their database!), as well as updates with notes and % completed. I love keeping notes, as I rarely make a pattern without making changes! You can also view other people’s projects to see if a pattern is easy, or has tricky spots, or if you want to see what different yarns are like with the pattern.

If you are interested in using Ravelry, and are confused where to start, feel free to come on in and I will give you a little tour or tutorial, so you can get started.

May Newsletter

Spring has definitely sprung, here in the Cariboo! Now that almost all the snow is gone, many of us are looking outside at our gardens and flowers, preparing our trailers for camping, and generally getting ready for summer. Don’t forget that this is a great time to prepare for summer projects, too!

Spring Hours:
TuesdaySaturday 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sunday & Monday closed

Sales:
May 7 – 19: 15% off all Kroy Sock yarn. It’s time to get sock knitting!!
May 7 – 19: 15% off all double pointed sock needles (excluding Addi). Wood, metal, & bamboo!
May 14-26: 10% off Katia Infinity Shawl – a beautiful, 150g cake of gradient merino yarn.
All May: 10% off in-stock selection of Addi needles – precision German circulars.

Also remember that we carry Gift Certificates in any denomination…a great Mother’s Day gift!!

 

New Yarns this month:

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This last month has been super quiet. The only new yarn received was some beautiful Malabrigo Rios. 100g skeins of worsted, hand dyed Peruvian Merino. There are five colours in stock and they are oh, so soft!!
I have a great project set aside that will be beautiful in this yarn: the Hillview Road Cowl. It’s a lovely slipped stitch cowl, worked in the round, that is a simple, quick project. I can print you a copy, if you’d like to try it out in the Rios!

 

GIVEAWAYS!!!

Now that I have your attention, we are going to have two needle (and yarn!) giveaways this month!

The first giveaway is for a pair of Knitters Pride Cubics interchangeable needles in 5mm size and one cable (in any length). These are laminated wood needles with a square profile, that is considered more ergonomic than traditional round needles, and easier on your hands. These will come with a skein of our lovely Cascade Ultra Pima cotton DK yarn. Super soft and shiny, you can pick the colour of your choice!

To enter, just come on into the shop and drop your name & number into the giveaway box! The value of the giveaway is $30, and the winner will be picked May 31st.

The second giveaway is for a set of Addi Flexi-flip Double Pointed needles in 2.75mm. I have a new order of them on their way to the shop and can’t wait to share them with you!! Flexi-flips are an innovation in sock knitting. They have three double pointed needles with a small flexible cable in the center of each one. One end of each needle is a standard point and the other is a lace point, so they are very versatile. The reviews of them are excellent!

To enter, just come on into the shop and drop your name & number into the giveaway box! The value of this giveaway is $29.95, and the winner will be drawn May 13th, just in time for Mother’s Day! (you know you need some beautiful new sock needles for Mother’s Day!

For all our giveaways, pretty please – only one entry per person!

 

Classes and Events:

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Troubleshooting Tuesdays!
Having problems with reading a pattern? Can’t remember how to fix a mistake in your knitting? Every other Tuesday, our knitting guru, Helen, will be available from 1 to 3pm for our free drop-in Knitting 911 at the shop. Bring in your project or questions on May 15th & 29.

Wednesdays Sit & Stitch
Every Wednesday at 1pm, we have a stitchy get together right here in the shop. Bring your current WIP (work in progress) and come visit over coffee or tea!

KNITTING CLASSES:

May : TBD in the next few days! (but we’re also taking requests!!)

Private lessons:
Have questions or need instruction that will take longer than 15 minutes or so? Private lessons can be scheduled, dependent on teacher availability, for $29/hour.

 

New Phototastic Collage

Our shop has partnered with Knitted Knockers Alberta! We are so excited to stock the required yarn and be a drop off point for this fantastic cause!!

Knitted Knockers are a volunteer made breast prosthesis for women who have had a mastectomy. They are a soft, lightweight alternative to the standard gel-filled prosthesis that many women find heavy, and hot to wear. Knitted Knockers fit into a regular bra where they take on the shape of a real breast. They are provided free of charge to women who have had a mastectomy.

To find out how to become a volunteer knitter for this cause, or how to get a pair of Knitted Knockers for your own use, please come on into our shop and we will give you all the details you need. I also have a sample Knocker in the shop, so you can see and feel what they are like.

April Newsletter

Ahhhh Spring! So excited for the warmer weather, the melting of snow, being able to get outside and be WARM! We’ve got a ways to go yet, and Spring will seem to come and go, but it’s coming! I love crafting in the summer!

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Sales:

April 9 to 23: 10% off Christmas stocking Cross Stitch kits. This is a perfect time to start a stocking for next Christmas!
April 16 – 30: 10% off Bernat Pop! striping yarn cakes. 100% Acrylic worsted weight, 140g/280 yds.
10% off Premier Aurora gradient balls. 100% Acrylic worsted weight,             100g/166 yds.

New Yarns this month:
Wow! We’ve has so many new yarns this year! Recent additions are:
– Black Cat Custom Yarn Everyday Sock – 115g merino/nylon fingering yarn, hand-dyed right in Chilliwack, BC. This adds to our Canadian yarns and I’m so excited to have them in stock. More will be coming!
– Cascade Boliviana Bulky – huge 200g skein of a super bulky yarn in 100% merino in 9 colours, for projects that work up super quickly.
– Red Heart Reflective – 100g balls of bulky acrylic yarn, with a strand of reflective polyester twisted through. Great for projects that need high visibility at nighttime.
– Malabrigo Rios – a 100g skein of hand dyed Merino from Peru in 5 beautiful colours.
Plenty of new colours in many of our regular yarns:
– Estelle Alpaca Merino worsted
– Red Heart Unforgettable
– King Cole Fashion Aran Tweed
– King Cole Cherish
– King Cole Cherished
– Sirdar Snuggly DK
– Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle effect DK

There are some new Sirdar & Hayfield patterns in the shop I also have a few pairs of Chiaogoo Red Lace fixed circulars in the shop, if you’d like to have a look and see what all the well-deserved fuss online is about. They are surgical steel (very light) with a plastic coated metal cable (no really!) that doesn’t kink and lays flat straight out of the package. I definitely would love to add these to the shop, if there is enough interest.

REGULAR EVENTS:

Troubleshooting Tuesdays!
Having problems with reading a pattern? Can’t remember how to fix a mistake in your knitting? Every other Tuesday, Helen will be available from 1 to 3pm for our free drop-in Knitting 911 at the shop. Bring in your project or questions on April 17th, and May 1st & 15th.

Wednesday Sit & Stitch!

A crafty gathering, Wednesdays at 1pm, right here in the Impossible Knot Shop. All stitchy crafts are welcome! Bring your current or recently finished projects, and visit with us over coffee or tea!
KNITTING CLASSES:

April 21: Basic Circular Sock Knitting – $90 +tax
Helen Hicks teaches the basics of sock knitting two at a time, on circular needles.

8 hours over four sessions – Saturdays, April 21 & 28, May 5 & 12, 10am – 12pm

Learn how to cast on and knit women’s basic cuff-down socks, two at a time on two circular needles over four 2-hour sessions. Knitted in medium weight yarn for a quicker finish. No more Second Sock Syndrome (knitting one sock and not getting around to starting the second)! No more counting rows for *each* sock! Get the same tension on both socks! It’s really so nice to have both socks finished at the same time.

Required supplies: One 220yd ball of King Cole Fashion Aran Tweed (preferably in a light colour) or similar yarn, two pairs 3.75mm circular needles (16” & 24” or different coloured cables), point protectors, 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle. Needles and yarn can be bought at the store with a 10% class discount, or can be brought from home.
The pattern is supplied with class.

Please note that this is an intermediate class. Students must be familiar with cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. There will be knitting homework between classes.

Class size is limited, so reserve your spot as soon as possible!
April 28: Intro to Cables – Celtic Dishcloth – $45 +tax
3 hours in a single session – Saturday, April 28th from 12:30 – 3:30 pm.

Knit a pretty cabled dishcloth in one 3-hour session. Learn how to do a basic left and right twist and a Celtic knot cable, as well as the basic anatomy of a cable and how to read a cable chart. Who doesn’t need a pretty dishcloth?? Find out how easy and fun cabling is, and you won’t be able to stop!

Required supplies: Straight or circular 4.5mm needles, cable needle, one regular size (70.9g) ball of Sugar n Cream cotton yarn (preferably a solid, light colour). Needles and yarn can be bought at the store with a 10% class discount, or can be brought from home.

Pattern is supplied with class.

This is an intermediate class. Students must be familiar with cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. Class size is limited, so reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Private lessons:
Have questions or need instruction that will take longer than 15 minutes or so? Private lessons can be scheduled, dependent on teacher availability, for $29/hour.

February Newsletter

Ahhh February!  The month where I’m starting to get a little tired of winter, snow, and cold. It’s the month where I’m finally well over Christmas, and am actively looking to start projects.

So. Many. Projects!

It’s also almost Valentine’s Day! I love the hearts…and chocolate! Who’s with me?

SHOP HOURS:
Back to the regular schedule!
Sunday & Mondays: Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 9:30am to 4:30pm.

SALES:

10% off  Dimensions Christmas Stocking  counted cross stitch kits from Feb 7-15. There are 6 patterns to choose from. February is a fantastic time to start these projects for next Christmas!

There is still a ton of items in the shop at 20% off to make room for the new items we are still receiving. Patons Lace, Patons Decor, Patons Peak, Diamond Luxury Tiptoe, and Red Heart Irresistible. Also, select colours of Bernat Pop!, Red Heart Unforgettable, and Patons Shetland Chunky. More will be added as we need to find room, so remember to check back often!!

New yarns this month:

January was a busy month for inventory!! So many new, luscious yarns.


– 7 new Opal sock yarns in fun, new colours, and even an 8-ply!
– Ancient Arts hand-dyed superwash Merino yarns in DK and Fingering weight 100g skeins…they’re so gorgeous and bouncy. A Canadian company and dyed in Alberta!
– Estelle’s Alpaca Merino worsted – a super soft, 60% Alpaca/ 40% Merino, extra squishy yarn in 100g skeins.
– Briggs & Little Country Roving in 8 colours – a five strand 100% wool roving in 227g cakes that is perfect for jackets and sweaters, and is from one of Canada’s oldest Woolen Mills in New Brunswick
– Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo fingering sock yarn – 50% Merino superwash/ 25% Nylon/ 25% Bamboo (more stock on it’s way!) in 100 gram balls, with rich, striping colourways.
– Mirasol Nuna – a sport weight 40% Merino/ 40% Mulberry silk/ 20% bamboo-sourced Viscose in 50 gram skeins, that is so super shiny, soft, and touchable.

– King Cole Cherished – the solid coloured 100% Anti-Pilling Acrylic that works with the King Cole Cherish line. Some of the softest acrylics I have ever felt!
– More new, vibrant colours of Cascade Ultra Pima – a beautiful, lustrous DK weight Pima cotton in 100 gram skeins.
– Sirdar Snuggly DK – Super soft acrylic/Nylon DK solid colour yarns, that matches the Crofter line.

– More fun colours of Sirdar Snuggly Crofter – a fun Fair Isle effect DK weight Acrylic/Nylon yarn for super soft, patterned baby items.
– New colours of Universal Yarns Major – a soft, bulky, multicoloured 100% acrylic yarn in giant 200 gram balls.
– New colours of Katia Infinity Shawl – a soft, 100% Merino yarn in large 150 gram cakes.
– New colours of Patons Classic Wool Roving – a 100% wool roving yarn which is great for stitching or felting.
– New colours of King Cole Riot – a single ply, 70% Acrylic/ 30% Wool, bulky yarn in bright multicolours.

 

PATTERN ROUNDUP:

Feb hearts

Ahhhh Valentine’s Day! A holiday that is both loved and hated at the same time!
Why spend lots of money on expensive flowers and fancy meals, when you can craft up pretty flowers and hearts for your true love (or yourself) so quickly and easily? There are so many patterns out there on Pinterest and Ravelry – let me show you a few that I find especially interesting:

Flowers? How about Cute crocheted flowers free pattern, at Creativity website. Or how about a realistic crocheted roses free pattern at Happy Berry Crochet?

So many hearts to choose from!
A pretty lacy crocheted heart from Drops Design on Ravelry.
Knitted Hearts free pattern/tutorial on Julie & The Knits. They’d make great coasters!
Tiny, crocheted hearts (that would make an awesome garland) from Everything Etsy.
Squishy, 3D free knitted Love You Forever hearts pattern at Tanis Fiber Arts.

Who doesn’t need heart-shaped or heart themed dishcloths?
A simple knitted heart dish cloth on Kris Knits.
Crocheted heart shaped kitchen set on the Wayback Machine.
Knitted Heart shaped dish cloth on WordPress.

And last but not least, a wonderful 22 heart projects round-up from Daisy Cottage Designs.

 

Have a great February, everyone!

Andie.