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

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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.