Friday, July 30, 2010

Grand Opening Party Tomorrow!

Well tomorrow is the big day! And as you can see Juliet is resting up for it. Knits by the Sea's Grand Opening Party will be starting at 11:00 and going until 9:00!! There will be lots of yarn on sale, prizes drawn every hour and some great giveaways! And if that wasn't enough to entice you there will also be yummy food from Green Soul Organics, chocolate from Chocolate Tofino and with the Fish Store right next door having their party too there will be lots of yummy smoked salmon and tasty treats over there too!

A huge thank you to all of the suppliers who have donated prizes for the big day tomorrow. Yarn prize packs that will be given away tomorrow include: Yarn Candy, Sweet Georgia, Indigo Moon, Painted Fleece, Spud & Chloe, Blue Sky Alpaca, Noro, Malabrigo and Sirdar. And there is a great pattern book prize pack donated by Westminster Fibres! So be sure to come by and get your name into the draw for a chance to win one of these great prize packs.

We are really looking forward to celebrating being open and finally in our permanent home. Hope you can make it out for the celebration.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A SOCKing revelation!

Well I was just looking for a different way to use socks to tie into the sock class change. I just couldn't help myself! But there has been an adjustment to the sock class that needs to be spread around! The sock class for August has been extended to a 3 evening class. This will give everyone ample opportunity to to learn the great skill of sock knitting under the great guidance of Stacey. So if you were planning on coming to the class please be sure that all three evenings are free. For a list of all of the classes for August check here.

And on yarn news...Noro Retro has arrived. We have brought in 4 colours of this great subtle Noro. It is still the colour striping that we all love, in a much more subtle way. When looking at the yarn it looks like it is a solid but when knit up it has such a great effect. And with the combination of wool, silk and angora it is so soft and snuggly.

AND another reminder of the Grand Opening Party this Saturday from 11:00 - 9:00. SO many great donations from the suppliers these are prizes you don't want to miss. So be sure to stop by and get your name into the draw. Lots of yarn on sale, plus refreshments. It will be lots of fun all day long.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More yarn!

More yarn has arrived at Knits by the Sea from Painted Fleece!! These two new types of yarn are both shiny and so soft and hand dyed in Toronto. The first is the bamboo sock yarn (top picture) with 80% bamboo and 20% nylon. This yarn comes is some great colours which makes is hard to decide what you want to make with it! The second yarn to arrive is a seacell silk lace yarn. This yarn contains 60% seacell (derived from seaweed!) and 40% silk. And with 700 yards per skein one is enough for many different shawl patterns!

And if you haven't already marked your calendar for July should!! It's Knits by the Sea's grand opening party! There will be prizes and giveaways and sales!! And of course there will be yummy food and refreshments all day long. The adult beverages will be brought out at 4:00. We hope you can stop by the shop on that day. There will be lots of fun happening!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Mo Mohair!!

The fuzzy delightful Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Aura have arrived! These kid mohair and silk blended yarns are so soft! The Kidsilk Haze (bottom photo) is the finer of the two and can be used to make a soft fuzzy shawl, scarf or maybe the beautiful Celeste mohair lingerie wrap in French Girl Knits by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes. It can also be knit with other yarns to add a little extra warmth to your sweater, hat, etc!

The Kidsilk Aura (top photo) is a little thicker but just as fuzzy and soft. In French Girl Knits the Viola is a great pattern for this yarn! The Aura creates a great little cardigan that is both versatile and cute! The book and yarns are available at the shop. Come by and see all the great possibilities!

And don't forget to mark your calendars for Knits by the Sea's Grand Opening Party!! It will be on Saturday July 31st from 11:00 - 9:00. There will be sale items, prizes, giveaways and food and refreshments. It's going to be lots of fun and we hope you can make it out!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another sunny day!

Well the weather in Tofino has really turned around in the last little while. Up until the end of June is was cold, grey and generally very un-summer like! However I'm happy to say that it finally feels like summer! Knits by the Sea has been happily operating at its new location at 366 Campbell Street now for 5 days. Thank you to everyone who has come by to see the new shop! It has been so great to finally be here.

Here are some pictures of the latest knitted up projects. Because of all the chilly weather hats have still been a big favorite for me. This lovely beret is a free pattern from Ravelry called Ground Flower Hat and it only took one skein of the Malabrigo Worsted. It's soft and lovely! My most recent lace project has been completed as well. It is the Forest Canopy Shawl which was knit from Indigo Moon which is a BC yarn hand dyed on Gabriola Island. These yarns have amazing colour to them. You really have to see and feel it up close to get the full effect! The Forest Canopy Shawl pattern is now available at Knits by the Sea as well as several other great lace patterns by Susan Pierce Lawrence. She has created some beautiful patterns and you can be sure more samples of her work will be surfacing soon.

The Forest Canopy Shawl will be the lace pattern taught for the Intro to Lace class on August 9 & 10 and the cost of the class includes the purchase of the pattern. Space is limited for this class so be sure to sign up early!

And don't forget that Stitch Night is every Wednesday! Hopefully it will be another sunny evening tomorrow and we can sit outside on the back deck again!

Friday, July 9, 2010

We're in and OPEN!

Well it's been a long week for Knits by the Sea but it is so great to be in the new space! We closed up shop on Sunday at 4:00 pm and have been sorting and unpacking ever since. We are all unpacked now and set up at 366 Campbell Street and it is so great to be here! So many pictures to post it was just easier to put it on Facebook so please check here for all the pictures! There will be some on our website soon too!

We had our first stitch night on Wednesday in the new place even though the front access was not done yet. It was so great to use the back deck and enjoy the sunshine while knitting! Thank you to everyone who came out!

The shop is open from 11:00 - 7:00 Tuesday to Sunday so hopefully you can come by and visit. We have two new brands we are carrying now - Spud & Chloe and Blue Sky Alpaca! So lots more soft yarns and great patterns to go with them.