Monday, 15 January 2018

Hand spun Hand dyed!

So I have some eye candy for you yarny types today. New in shop this morning is a whole bunch of goodies I dyed up over the weekend and there is still more to come! Below is a great big soft squishy conglomeration of different things all photographed together just because it looks so pretty that way. but further on I have tried to single things out a bit to give you descriptions with products so you can get a clearer idea of what you are looking at...
Ok in the picture below this writing you have got three skeins of sock weight Opal yarn from Germany. It is 100% superwash wool with a bit of nylon for strength. My hand dyed sock yarn is 100% percent machine washable. It's light fast. Wash fast. It wont, shrink, fade or felt. I use Ciba Acid dyes from Maiwa in Vancouver with are top of the line commercial grade dyes. Each skein is hand dyed individually then steam set and then individually rinsed until the rinse water runs completely clear. 

These lovely squishy skeins are something I made up special. They are hand spun and hand dyed and they will be Roisin's. It's hard to tell in a photo but they are actually a bit bulkier than thesock yarn in the last photo. I don't think any of my photo's truly capture their weight well. They are plied. Two strand and about a worsted/Aaran weight?? I am thinking they would make a lovely sweater or maybe be great for one of Roisin's Zevolution J sweater coats... I have a large bag and a half of this lovely stuff that I am going to dye and then have to come up with a purpose for... the mind races! By bag I mean the size of a feed sack. ๐Ÿ˜

This picture gives you a good look at all the new colors of sock yarn that I dyed! It's lovely stuff. It has that touch of nylon so your toes and heals don't wear through. Takes the dye brilliantly! I super love working with it.

This photo has combed top creeping into it...

This is a four oz braid of combed top! Doesn't it look marvelous? I made up a bunch of this stuff and it will be on sale through the shop! It is for spinning and felting. It's 100% merino wool. Soft as butter and super colorful.

Ok! so that's what I brought with me to work today!
Hope you enjoyed your sneak peak!
Common down to see it in person if you like...
More coming soon, and lots of other new stuff!
Until then...
๐Ÿ’–Happy Knitting๐Ÿ’–

Friday, 5 January 2018

Friday Drop in and kittens!

Look at beautiful Isaiah in Roisin's Beibien Cocoon in a basket full of Beibien cocoons! He came to Thursday Night Knitting for Fun with Dierdre and Amy last night. Thursday night is kid friendly for all you Mom's who are longing to st*tch n b*tch! Bring your littles if you want... we usually have at least three littles on any given night. They play together happily.

And here is Belinda's Latest creation! It's a wee baby kitten taking a nap. Would you like to make one of your very own? Belinda is offering a class in doing just that! The class is on Friday January 26 from 10 am till noon. It is $30.00 and that covers all your supplies and instructions. 

Look at everyone kitting away happily together on Friday afternoon HELP! day. Petra is knitting on her Purl Piccadilly scarf...

isn't it gorgeous??? Look at that! Her knitting is always so gorgeous. So this is a good exapmple of one of the color ways that we put together custom for Petra here at the shop. We have done another one for her too that she will be knitting at the Purl Piccadilly knit along. I will try to get photos of that one too.

Here are a few things that Roisin is working on right now. First this is a hat that she saw here in the shop. A customer from Vancouver was wearing it and Roisin really love how it looked and how the ribbing looked and the way the decreases were done. She thought it just looked like a really great simple, strait forward no frills hat with a brim you could turn up. So she hunted down the pattern on Ravelry and she's giving it a test drive!

Here is another one of Roisin's projects, it's a baby surprise jacket that she is just getting down to the knitty gritty of sewing all the ends in, slowly, but surely. We all hates sewing the ends in! We hates it!
Ok last but not least this is the third project of Roisins that I have to show you today. It's a pair of thick work socks that she is knitting for James. This is eight ply sock yarn for doing thicker warmer socks. It's wool. I've often looked at it and thought it would be an interesting knit. You can see here that she is knitting a bulky yarn on tiny needles. This makes a thicker denser sock fabric. Good for inside work boots.

Here is an interesting project for you to look at. This is Heather's grey wool buttcuff/skirt in linen stitch. It is coming along beautifully. Look at how subtle the patternation is? We were talking about that and people were saying it looks medival and you could imagine a medieval cloak made out of this wool in this stitch. Like something from Outlander was what everyone was saying. Very cool. It's knit out of Galway Worsted yarn.

We have a new knitter today at GBOW! We LOVE newbies! Her name is Jaquline. I hope I spelled her name right! Those are her hands pictured below showing me her new hat that she is working on. And she had some questions about a Vintage wool sweater for her hubby that she is giving new life to. But her goal is to learn to knit cables! I think we will be seeing lots more of her gorgeous knitting in the future.

Well that about does it for today! I hope you all enjoyed your lil dose of yarny blogging. Now off to knit some more yarn into lovely soft warm fluffy goodness.
Hope to see you soon.
Do bring your knitting wonders by for show and tell!
I will put you on the Blog!!!
Until then...
๐Ÿ’“Happy Knitting๐Ÿ’“

Friday, 29 December 2017

Classes for the New Year!

Hey everyone GBOW is offering some super cool classes in the New Year๐Ÿ˜€ Check it out...

We have got a Sweater Inspired by the Cowichan Style class available for anyone who wants to knit one of these warm cozy wonders ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’– I have one and have worn these kind of sweaters on the coast here since I was a little girl. My Grandmother knit them for everyone in my family when I was growing up and I have to say they are the best thing in the climate we have here. They are warm in the rainy cold and yet breath well so you don't over heat also wool stays warm when wet in a way that no synthetic material does quite the same way. I just love mine. So cozy. Below is a picture of one of the Gorgeous creations made here at GBOW.

The class info is as follows:
Start Date: Wednesday January 17th 10 am to noon with Roisin,
knit in one piece, no sewing,
$100 + materials

Belinda will be teaching another one of her popular Needle Felted Owl classes! Below is a picture that gives you a look at all the variety of cuteness that exploded out of the last class she taught ๐Ÿ˜ Are they not the sweetest things ever? Come on in and try your hand at creating your own lil wooly critters ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’‹

Class information is as follows:
Needle Felted Owl Class:
Two hour worshop $30 dollars everything included,
Wednesday January 3rd, 1-3 pm with Belinda.

Petra is offering her ever popular knitted and felted slipper class again. These slippers have been a big hit! People cannot get enough of making them. They get totally hooked on it and make slippers for the whole family ๐Ÿ˜ people just go nuts over them! See the big stack of them below. Petra made all of those and sold them all at the craft sale and her students have probably made even more than that many to fill the requests of family and friends! Wanna make a popular gift? These things are like knitted gift GOLD!

Class info is as fallows:
Knitted felted slippers with Petra,
Start Date,
Wednesday January 17th, 1-3 pm
$75 plus materials, expert instruction and guaranteed FUN!

And now for all those who are sock obsessed... or have always dreamed of trying socks but have not yet braved the almighty sock! The Sockistas are back in action! Actually they have been for a while ๐Ÿ˜‹
So bring your socks and hang out or scoot down here and get all set up to learn two socks from the toe up on two circular needles with an afterthought heal... sound hard? It's not. It's super duper fun and easy. The class is a one time fee plus materials and you are a Sockista FOREVER! Truley. So come join the Sockista never-ending sock class and make tones of socks of all kinds!

Class information is as follows:
Sockista Method, 2 sox on 2 circs toe up,
Every Tuesday 1-3pm
Start Date: January 18th (earlier if you wish)
$75= materials, never-ending class๐Ÿ’“

OK so people are just loving our Purl Piccadilly Scarf that we have been making here at GBOW. Kit's have been just flying out the door! We have been having so much FUN making up custom colorways for everyone ๐Ÿ˜ But some people have been requesting HELP! so in light of that we are offering a FREE Purl Piccadilly knit along when you buy your supplies here at GBOW ๐Ÿ’— So come in and browse around. We will help you design your very own custom color way then you can hang out and create your custom gorgeous Purl Piccadilly scarf for your very own or to give as a gift.

Class information is as follows:
Purl Piccadilly Knit Along with Roisin,
FREE- with yarn purchase
Thursday afternoons, 1-3pm,
Start Date: January 18th (earlier if you wish)

Allll righty then!
That about covers our classes for the moment ๐Ÿ˜‰
But stay tuned because we have more creative things cooking on the back burner!
Until then...
๐Ÿ’–Happy Knitting๐Ÿ’–

Friday, 22 December 2017

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It's Friday Drop in at the Loopy Lounge and we have a good turn out ๐Ÿ˜€Everybody is happily knitting away on their respective projects. I have some eye candy to show and tell for you today!

Check out Margo's Gorgeous socks!!! Are they not the bee's knees??? Here you see Roisin's hands in action as she helps Margo sort out a tricky bit she got stuck on ๐Ÿ˜‰

Look at the deluxe pom pom on Petra's hat! Is that great or what? It's so big! And so fluffy!! The hat is knit out of Malabrigo Rasta and it is super soft and luxurious to touch.

Here is Margo modeling Petra's pom pom hat ๐Ÿ˜€ what a great big smile ๐Ÿ˜Š She looks gorgeous! You can just see the pom pom peeking out from behind her head ๐Ÿ˜†

These are to are two head bands made of Malabrigo Rasta. the finished one is Petra's and the almost finished one is Judy's. Are they not super gorgeous. I just love Rasta. It's just awesome. It makes the best hats. You should see the cute little fairy hats that Kim Smith is making out of the Malabrigo Rasta! I will have to get a picture to put on here for you. They are to die for!

Look! It's a Parliament of Owls!!! That's what a flock of Owls is called ๐Ÿ˜„ This little Parliament was created today in Belinda's Needle Felted Owl class. Are they not the cutest??? I just love them! I want to take them all home, put little hooks on them, and hang them on my Christmas tree! They would make the cutest Christmas ornaments...
These are Belinda's two lil guys. Don't ya just love the blue eyes and eye brows?? So cute!

And last but not least! Here to bolster your Christmas spirit is a very Merry and CUTE but yet random picture of my little dog Peaches in her festive Christmas attire.

๐Ÿ’šMerry Christmas Everyone!๐Ÿ’š
๐Ÿ’–Happy Yuletide Knitting๐Ÿ’–

Monday, 18 December 2017

Felted Owl

Hey everyone look at what Belinda made! Is it cute or what??? It's a little needle felted owl ๐Ÿ˜€
 I L๐Ÿ’—VE it!!! Would you like to make one too? Belinda is offering a class on making this little cutie on Dec 22 from 10 am until noon. The cost is $30.00 and that is inclusive. So it covers your instructions and supplies.
So today I thought I would tell everyone a little bit about all of the cool stuff we have here at GBOW for needle felting ๐Ÿ˜ We actually have quite a bit. I will start with fiber. Look at this! The bags with the white labels are called the Junior Shepard needle felting kits and they have everything in them that you would need to make your own little flock of needle felted sheep! Also in this picture you can see our 1lb bags of multicolor wool bits. They are a great deal and would be enough wool to keep you needle felting for quite some time as most needle felting projects are quite small...

That said we also have little bags of fiber in tones of colors. Pictured below are little bags of roving pieces so you can buy small amounts of roving in an assortment of colors.

we also have these little leopard colored paper bags of roving...

and these small plastic bags of colored roving...
so as you can see there is a wide selection of fiber available for your needle felting projects.

Now in this picture we are getting into tools. We have a decent selection of tools too. Pictured here is a Fiber Trends Kit that contains a foam block to work on and a selection of felting needles and the green thing beside it is for holding down small bits of fiber while you poke it with your needles so you don't poke yourself in the finger! A very handy tool I might add! Speaking from experience.

This next photo is kind of a wide angle shot of the bigger Fiber Trends Kit which has a larger foam block and needles and fiber and more plus a peek at all the goodies on the shelf which I will get into in the next photo...

 Ok so in this photo you can see a variety of tools displayed, at the top of the photo is a brush block which serves the same purpose as the foam block but it has a hard plastic back on it so you cannot poke right through it into your leg like you "might" do with foam... just sayin... you "might"... not that I did or anything, at least not often...
Also there are some cool tools for holding more than one needle at a time which I would highly recommend if you have a lot of area to cover! It would definitely make the job go quicker. I have heard from needle felters with arthritis that these tools are a life saver and make the biggest difference
And last but not least the needles themselves!!! We have a great selection of good quality needles. You can buy the ones that go with the needle felting tools, those are on the left, or you can buy stand alone needles in different gauges as suits your preference on the right.

Okay so that's our selection of needle felting goodies that we have here for your perusal ๐Ÿ˜Š
hope you pop by and check it out!
Or come in and make a cute lil Owl and try needle felting for the first time and see if you like it!
Until then...
๐Ÿ’–Happy Kitting๐Ÿ’–

Friday, 8 December 2017

Purl Piccadilly

Hey everyone! Look at this! It's inspired by something Kathy Bowes brought in to us to look at... we are calling ours the Purl Piccadilly and it's made of  700g of worsted weight yarn in whatever color way your little heart desires and it is super duper simple. You can come in and we will make you up a kit and give you a pattern and get you started in the right direction.

Here it is on Belinda ๐Ÿ˜€ with the matching hat that Roisin cooked up out of her head. We have got the pattern for that too and can include that in your kit and set you up with enough yarn to make the set.
Below is Lori's kit that I have shared a picture of for you to peek at. It is super duper gorgeous. She has got seven 100g skeins of %100 wool. Five are solid. One is variegated and one is heathered. It's going to be so gorgeous. When she is done I will get a picture to share.

This kit is one I made up last night for Claire and it is all in DK because she wanted it to be machine washable and our DK weight yarn is machine washable so every skein below is DK weight superwash. So this kit is not worsted like the scarf in the photo because we wanted it to be machine washable but thats ok. It can be made out of anything as long as you are consistent when picking your yarns and choose either all DK or all worsted. Also you might want to play with the pattern a bit. DK is a lighter weight yarn than worsted so you could knit on bigger needles or with more stitches in order to get a wider result. Roisin is available to help you design a kit custom to your knitting needs.
Below is a picture of the kit that the scarf in the photo is knit out of. This is what the colors in the scarf look like when they are still in thier skeins before they have been knit up. Beautiful huh. That gives you an idea of what 700g of yarn looks like when the you have some of the skeins in 50g weights.

This bottom photo is the first of a series of kits we are making inspired by the four seasons. This kit is winter. Isn't it beautiful? Would you like to make this? Because this is a project even the very most beginner of knitters could easily handle. I swear! Anyone could knit this and it would come out perfectly gorgeous! It's knit on circular needles in the round. It's strait forward no nonsense and dead simple. But the finished project is super deluxe and gorgeous.
Alllll righty then!
We hope to see you drop in for knitting!
Until then...
๐Ÿ’–Happy Knitting๐Ÿ’–

Monday, 4 December 2017

Sectret Santa

Hey everyone! Today I'm going to be your GBOW secret Santa ๐Ÿ˜Š Im going to tell you about one of the little nookish cranies of GBOW. The back wall. The back wall sort of gets over looked sometimes as it is kind of out of the way and it doesn't have the real rock star yarns hanging out there like the Noro Silk Garden or Galway n stuff that's on the front wall. So there's some hidden gems on this wall that you may not be aware of.

For instance this hidden gem located directly behind the glamorous Sacred Malabrigo Tree, this is our selection of super soft super wash DK weight Merino! Yes folks that is completely machine washable and compatible with a your baby and children's patterns that require a DK yarn that you want to be machine washable and yet it is still 100% wool and super duper soft! As a baby's bottom as it were! How's that for an amazing hidden gem?
And then there's this! The Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo... It's DK, it's 80% bamboo 20% wool and it is machine washable! Just like the DK weight merino it is compatible with all your baby and children's patterns and completely machine washable. So you see you are not limited to those acrylic baby yarns in soft pastels if you don't want to be! Your imagination is the limit. You can take that cute pattern you have had your eye on and be creative. Do your own thing and make yours.

Now this section is Aran weight merino and it's... super wash!!! So once again it is fully machine washable! You could knit that aran sweater you have been longing for and it would be fully machine washable when your done! Also Aran is very close in weight to DK and could be used in patterns that call for DK weight yarn if you are feeling like living life dangerously!

Now these four little spikes full of balls of yarn tucked away among the Aran weight yarn are special indeed and could easily be overlooked if you did not know where to look for them. These are Pure Donegal Tweed! Irish Tweed from Ireland. Total drool worthy stash buster quality stuff here. This is the kind of yarn you buy enough of to knit a sweater that you just "think" you might knit one day just in case it all sells out while you are finishing all the projects on your needles that you told yourself you had to finish before you bought more yarn. You knitters know what I'm talking about! We have it in four colors. This is hand wash lay flat to dry kind of stuff of the best of the best kind of quality.

Here is the most colorful part of the back wall and the softest most fluffiest, if that's a word... fluffiest??? This is the Mohair! And lots of it. Just glorious. So soft and so colorful. We have a great selection. A nice thing to do with Mohair because it is so cobweb fine is to find a heavier yarn to go with your Mohair and knit one strand of Mohair and one strand of something else thicker with it. What you end up with is a fabric that has a glow of color and is "fluffy" or has a "halo" effect. Super beautiful. I highly recommend trying this out. Super fun and creative.

Last but not least there this section which is a collection of small amounts of things, some Noro and this and that but what I would really like to call to your attention is the second row of yarn balls down just after the empty spikes... that is allll Cashmere!!! Super soft! Super Deluxe! Cashmere! And... it's at a super duper affordable price point which you might not expect with Cashmere. We have had customers come in from the city who shop both in the city and on-line and who have bought up whole sweaters worth of it at once while commenting on the great price! Saying it is the lowest they have seen anywhere. Who doesn't want a Cashmere sweater? I do. 

Okay so that's what I've got to share about what's tucked away on the back wall ๐Ÿ˜ Hopefully this will inspire you to have a look back there and root around next time you are in, if you haven't already...
feel free to come have a look๐Ÿ˜€
Have a great Monday
See you soon and
๐Ÿ’–Happy Knitting๐Ÿ’–

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Merry Christmas!!!!

Hey Everyone! OMG Christmas is coming! Are you ready? Have you made everything you want to make yet? You have got almost a month left to knit your fingers off! Hats, mitten's, sock's, sweaters! All just flying off the needles at this time of year. We have been having all kinds of people coming in looking for just the right yarn for that special someone's Christmas gift, knitted with l๐Ÿ’–ve!

In the spirit of Christmas and the "slight" feeling of desperation that just maaaay be creeping in to your Christmas knitting if your still multiple projects away from done at the one month count down ๐Ÿ˜€
I thought I'd offer up some tasty items for your consideration at this late date...

Ok so we are starting off with the Galway. Galway is 100% pure wool. GBOW does tend to specialize in natural fibers and the Galway is a perfect example of that. With a commitment to happy sheep and a low carbon footprint it is the natural fiber for all those people on your Christmas list that are Eco-concious. Not only is it safe to buy it is deluxe quality at a very reasonable price point. Just $11.95 a ball. The Highland Heather's are just "to die for" they are really so gorgeous. Heathered means that they a subtly more than one color all blended together. Where as the Worsted Galway is just solid color.
The next thing I've got a snap shot of for you is the Nor Kurion. Noro is a deluxe luxury yarn out of Japan and it is famous for is mind blowing variegated color ways! Variegated means the color changes as you go with either a stripping or pooling effect. This Kurion that I have pictured here for you is NEON bright and 100% pure wool. Super luxury. We have a variety of different Noro yarns. The most popular is probably the Silk Garden Sock Yarn. With a little bit of silk and a little bit of nylon it is soft. Feeling almost cotton like. Durable, because of the little bit of nylon put in there for making socks out of it. And versatile as crazy. People offten make shawls out of the Silk Garden and cowls and... well... your imagination is the limit.
Now for those of you who are not strictly speaking devoted to all natural fibers or are Vegan  we do have Acrylic yarns to appeal to you too. I'm going to start with the wool/acrylic blends and work my way through to 100% acrylic so for those die hard acrylic fans I do have a snap shot of something just for you...
I'm gonna start with the Top Rainbow from Katia. People have just been going nuts for this stuff. It's a 50/50 blend of either wool and acrylic or cotton and acrylic and it is wound into a ball in such a way that when you knit with it... it just automatically creates a Ombre shawl AND it comes with a free pattern to show you exactly how to do this. This would make an ideal gift for those people out there who know nothing about knitting but want to buy a really cool knitting gift for the knitter in thier life because it is really a self contained kit that tells your knitting friend everything they need to know! It's also a great gift to yourself... you knitters know what I am talking about ๐Ÿ˜‰
And for Vegans and wool lovers alike who doesn't love a flaming bright festively poofy acrylic POMPOM!!!! yes faux fur pom pom's are making a comeback and you too can sport one on your next hat or put one on that Christmas hat for your special someone. I have it on good authority that dudes love these things... ๐Ÿ˜‹
On a more serious note... the verticle center row in this photo is of a secret gem here at GBOW. this is the Diamond Tradition. It is nothing short of fabulous really for it's price point and what it is and what you can do with it. It is 47% wool 51% acrylic and 7% nylon. It is soft as a dream. It comes in fantastic colors both solid and heathered and it is FULLY machine washable!!! And... yes there's more! It's worsted weight! So for all those sweaters for children you want to knit but don't want to spend a pile of money on wool that will get washed once and end up doll sized. This yarn's price point is a reasonable $11.95 a skein. That is really amazing.
And here at long last is my offering to all those die hard 100% acrylic knitters. I've already blogged about the Marble Chunky JCBrett which has a band of devoted followers. So today I thought I'd write about this stuff in this snap shot. It's soooo pretty isn't it?? I mean just look at those bright candy color's. So this one is kind of angled at all of you who love to knit for the little tiny's in your life. For which GBOW does have a selection of "baby" yarns. But these are a little more versatile. I think they would be great for knitting amigurimi... It's a Diamond yarn called "little darling Twinkle" is that cute or what? it is DK wieght and it is ant pilling. It's soft as baby yarns always are and it is $8.95 a ball. Super duper.
 Another product we have that might interest Vegans that I do not have a snap shot of today is the Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo. It is a DK wieght yarn that is 80% bamboo and 20% wool. It's not 100% vegan but it's c;lose!

Alrighty then! Now on to the last of my Christmas list and my absolute favorite! SOCK KNITTING! Yay! This is for all you Christmas sock knitters out there! Knitting hand made socks for friends and family. Know that you are loved and appreciated and when you are no longer knitting socks for those special people on your Christmas list that you expend all that time and energy on... you WILL be missed. Absolutely. I cannot tell you how many people come in to the shop at Christmas wanting to buy hand knit socks because some knitter in thier life got them hooked on them. Well guess what... it is really hard to find someone who hand knits socks and convince them to do it for money!!! ๐Ÿ˜† People just won't do it. And all those people seeking to buy hand knit socks go empty handed... so just know. You are a very special knitter, sock knitter!
That said here is some irresistible eye candy for the sock knitters out there! And for those of you who have a hand made sock knitter in your life. Know that you are blessed! That these pictures of sock yarn are for you. Because trust me. Even though they don't expect you to understand their obsession with knitting socks. You WILL be the hero if you put a couple balls of sock yarn in their stocking, no pun intended, or under the tree. You might even get a pair of socks for your generosity! But of course that's not why you would do it. Of course not. Not at all.
This is allllll sock yarn. Yup. We have more too. Even fancier stuff. This is just a taste... just to wet your whistle.

Okay so that's the Christmas shopping post! I hope I added sparks of inspiration to your shopping frenzy! Of course what I mean is I hope I gave you all kinds of ideas for contentions thoughtful and well meaning gifts ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜œ
Merry Christmas
Happy Shopping
and as ever
๐Ÿ’–Happy Knitting๐Ÿ’–