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.

January Newsletter

new year

Welcome, 2018!

Happy New Year, everyone!! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a wonderful, expanding, fun and yarn-filled year. I’m sure I’m not the only one that is happy to see the backside of 2017!

My resolutions this year are to be more productive (try to finish some of my WIPs – works in progress) and be more organized. I don’t know about you, but MY craft areas need a major overhaul. The yarn is taking over!! What are your resolutions this year??

January is an exciting time…with frosty weather, snow days, and evenings crafting on the sofa, watching Netflix, and drinking hot tea. This dead of winter is a perfect time to start on cozy projects for yourself, now that the Christmas crafting is complete! I see many knit shawls in my future….I just LOVE a warm scarf to snuggle into.

HOURS:

We are back to being closed on Mondays, and will be open regular hours, Tues through Sat 9:30am – 4:30pm.

SALES:

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Several yarns are on clearance for 20% off to make room for new product. Come see the table in the shop, piled high with goodies!
– Patons Lace (Solid, Varigated, and Sequin)
– Patons Peak
– Select colours of Bernat Pop!
– Red Heart Unforgettable
– Patons Decor in one colour

(Please note that more items may be added to the table as I rearrange this month!)

 

KNIT ALONG:

So exciting! I am preparing to choose a pattern to test-knit for our first IKYS Knit Along!! If you have never heard of a knit along, you’re in luck!
Over the course of 3-8 weeks (depending on the project), we will knit a pattern together. The pre-tested pattern will either be provided by myself or linked to an online pattern, and appropriate yarn will be made available in the shop for purchase. Every week we will have an in-shop get-together to knit and help each other with the project (with phone or Facebook troubleshooting available if you can’t make it in) and at the end of the Knit Along, we will upload photos to the Facebook page and someone who has completed the project will win a prize!

This is  great way to start (and finish) a project, and get assistance on a tested pattern.

I’m leaning towards a cowl or shawl project….but if you have any recommendations or requests for it, please contact me at the shop soon!

 

CLASSES & 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 January 9th & 23rd.

Knitting Classes

January 20th: Basic Sock Knitting – Helen Hicks teaches the basics of sock knitting two at a time, on circular needles. The benefit of this method is finishing a pair at the same time and only having to count rows once! We will be knitting with worsted weight yarn over three weeks, in 1 1/2 hour classes, starting Saturday, Jan 20th at 10:30am. Cost is $89 +tax. Supplies can be purchased in store with a 10% discount when you are registered. Basic knitting skills are required.

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.

 

Washcloths

The staple, quick-finish or travel project for many of us knitters or chrocheters…the humble washcloth! A giant, fluffy stack always makes a great gift, and you can never have enough of them around the house for your own use. But there are so many more patterns than the basic diagonal knit cloth or the basic crochet cloth. Challenge yourself to try something new!

A new take on diagonal knit with the Diagonal Knit Dishcloth (on Ravelry) by Jana Trent. A nice, textured center for extra scrubbing power.

The Herringbone Crochet Washcloth on The Purple Poncho. I love to make these a bit smaller, and then add a double crochet border in another colour!

The knitted Little Tent Dishcloth by Vaunda Rae Giberson (via the Wayback Machine). There are rows of diagonal slipped stitches, giving some interesting texture – such a beautiful cloth.

Try something new with these Tunisian Crochet Washcloths on My Poppet Makes. This is also a great instructional primer for basic Tunisian crochet, with detailed pictures and instructions. They’re so sweet in these bright colours! (yes, we carry hooks in the shop for these!)

The Nubbie Scrubby crochet cloth pattern by Angelie Marie. An amazing, bumpy texture and can be used as a washcloth or a dishcloth.

At the Impossible Knot, we have a large selection of Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream cotton in a variety of ball sizes, as well as a selection of Red Heart Scrubby yarn.

December Newsletter

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Ahhhh, December! When the weather gets chillier, and holidays are just around the corner! Snow, twinkly lights, and warm sweaters. A perfect time to cuddle up on the sofa with a hot cocoa, Netflix, and craft!

HOLIDAY HOURS:

Closed December 23 & 25
Open Boxing Day
Closed January 1st.

SALES:

December 11 – 18: 10% off all Bernat Pop! cakes.
December 6 – 22: 10% off all sock wool
Boxing Day: 10% off entire store!

 

CLASSES & EVENTS

Troubleshooting Tuesdays!

Having problems with reading a pattern? Can’t remember how to fix a mistake in your knitting? Our instructor, Helen Hicks, will be available from 1 to 3 for free drop-in knitting troubleshooting at the shop, on December 5th and 19th.

Knitting classes will take a hiatus for the balance of December (aside from current classes), but we will have some new classes starting in January, once folks have had a chance to recoup from Christmas and New Years. Is there anything you’d like to learn? Socks? Cables? Fairisle? Drop by the shop or call and let me know, and I’ll see what we can do!

Sit and Knit on Wednesdays at 1pm

A weekly crafting meetup! Need to get out of the house for a bit? Want to come visit and have a coffee or tea while crafting? Come and visit with us – no crafting discrimination here….come knit, crochet, cross stitch, whatever!

 

NEW YARNS!

This last month, we brought in a bunch of new yarns…

Patons Classic Wool Roving (in 4 colors to start) – a 100% wool yarn in a roving, hand-spun style.

Katia Infinity Shawl – a giant, 150g ball of 100% merino in lovely, long gradients. Super soft, and each ball comes with two knit shawl patterns.

Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed & Shetland Chunky solids and variegates – 75% acrylic and 25% wool in a bulky weight. It works up soft and warm!

King Cole Cherish – A super-soft, DK weight, 100% anti-pilling acrylic  and self-patterning baby yarn. I personally love this yarn!!

Bernat Baby Sport – giant 350g balls of sport-weight acrylic yarn in lovely soft colorways. These make beautiful blankets and lighter-weight garments for children (or adults!)

Premier “Aurora” – a soft, acrylic worsted, gradient yarn in 100g balls.

Universal Yarns “Major” – a Bulky weight gradient yarn in giant 200g balls. This yarn is Universal’s response to JC Bretts “Marbles”. So soft! I’ll be bringing in more of these in various colors soon.

I will always take requests for specific yarns, though I don’t have access to every brand. Bring in the label from your favorite yarn, and I’ll see if I can get it in for you!

 

Make some sweaters with these free patterns!!

The holidays are a great time to break out your mad crafting skills! Its a great chance to shop locally, and (even better) craft gifts with love. Who doesn’t love hand made items?? Especially warm, cozy sweaters. Make one for yourself, too!

Here’s a roundup of some lovely free sweater patterns to knit or crochet this winter:

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The crocheted Marley Cardi, at Megmade With Love. A long and chunky cardigan sweater.

The easy knit blanket sweater from Mama In A Stitch. Cozy and chunky.

The Everyday Crocheted Cardigan at Sewrella. A bit shorter, slimmer crocheted cardi.

The Astor Cardigan at Berocco. A lovely knit sweater with cables and 3/4 sleeves.