Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Tuesday Sock Day!!!

Hey everyone πŸ˜€ Look at Pegs tiny lil socks she has started! They are at the teddy bear ears stage when they like the tiny ears of a teddy bear πŸ’— Tuesday afternoon is Sockista day when all the Sockista's gather to knit socks together.
 Two socks knit together at the same time from the toe up with an invisible cast on and an after thought heal. An elastic crochet cast off at the top and an invisible  kitchener stitch cast off at the heal. Here you can see Roisin's work socks in progress that she is making for her Grandson James.
 Sari has split her new 100 gram ball of sock yarn into two 50 gram balls and is getting started with the invisible cast on outside the picture frame with Roisin. You could say she is invisibly casting on her invisible cast on...😐
 And here are Myrna's beautiful stripey masterpieces moving along beautifully! She's almost ready to cast off with the elastic crochet cast off.
 The other thing I thought I would write a bit about today are some sweaters. This is a sweater I am deconstructing to repurpose. It is a sweater I made out of my hand spun.
 This is yarn I made myself. I bought this fleece locally "in the grease", which means I bought it strait from the farmer with all the dirt and what not still in it. Then I washed it carded it dyed it and spun it, then knit it into this sweater you see I have begun to deconstruct.
 I chose to deconstruct this sweater because it is just to warm for me to wear with anything over or under it. I've decided as knitters do that this yarn would be better suited to a different sort of sweater. So I am going to get Roisin to teach me to use this yarn and her knowledge of Cowichan sweater making techniques to make a outwear cardigan out of this wool. Possibly with some of my art yarn for embellishment.  It will be for myself.
 This is a picture of my Willigdon Beach sweater in progress. I will try to keep posting knit along pictures of it as I go as many GBOW ladies have expressed an interest in knitting this sweater after seeing Roisin's beautiful prototype of it. This is my "yoke yarn" or the beginning yarn I am using at the neck. It is Malabrigo in the color way "Liquid Amber"
 This is the sweater that Amanda is knitting from a pattern that Roisin made up out of her head for Amanda after the pattern she bought had something not quite right with it and had to be abandoned. This new pattern is working up beautifully out of Foot Loose sock yarn. A very fine sweater yarn for a first sweater!!! Go Amanda!!!
 Here you can see Sue sewing together her gorgeous! Turquoise sweater that she is just about finished. The color is just jaw dropping amazing. And look her special sweater sewing clips match it exactly! These clips are specially designed for pinning your knitting as you sew it together. You can get them here at GBOW if you are interested in finding them.
Alllrighty then!!!
That's just about it for now...
I hope you are having a great day, enjoying the spring sunshine! Nothing like spring knitting in the sweet, cool, sunny afternoons!
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Monday, 12 March 2018

Look at this!!!

 Hello everyone πŸ˜ƒ So this week I have a collection of project photo's for you to peruse. Above is a picture of Hillary and her lil guy Thor who visit us on Saturday afternoon drop in days so Hillary can work on her sweater which you can see there in her lap. It is knit out of sock yarn and Sisu. Sisu is fair isle yarn. Its about the same weight as sock yarn. Her sweater is coming out beautiful. It's going to be a light weight sweater that she can wear summer or winter.
 Heather is on a role with her but cuff making! She is making them out of Galway in all different colors to match all different outfits and she is making them to give away to close friends too! This was one she was wearing when she came in. I thought she looked sensational in her west coastie, many layered, look that she had put together with it.
 Amy is making a Steven West sweater! I love Steven West. Amy turned me on to Steven West and now I am following him on Instagram and I just love him. If you have not checked him out I highly recommend it. There is nothing else quite like him. Amy is almost finished her sweater and I cannot wait to see her in it! She's going to look fantastic.
 Claire is making a scrappy shawl out of my hand dyed sock yarn and my hand spun yarn. You can see the yarn she is using here in the picture wound into balls as she is starting out. I'm super excited to see how it progresses. The night she was working on it that this photo was taken was a Thursday night drop in night. She had just decided to add a skein of Foot loose speckle dyed yarn to it to give it a bit of a white stripe.
 These are Tanya's gorgeous orange slippers! She comes to Thursday night drop in sometimes. That's where I got this super saturated orange slipper photo. I love it so much. These slippers are the knitted felted slipper pattern by Fiber Trends that people are just crazy about. Bet you can't make just one pair!!!
 Isn't this sweater the sweetest thing??? People just went crazy over it on Instagram. It's Kathy's creation. She knit it out of Diamond Luxury Fine Merino Superwash DK. Before you ask, the pattern is from her stash and it's from the 80's 😁 Don't you just love it so HARD! They don't make em like that anymore.
 Ok so this GORGEOUS creation is of course Roisin's. And it was made by special request just for Ivan with his family crest on it and canoes around the bottom. He was very happy with it. So was his πŸ’–MumπŸ’– who commissioned it.
Look how GLORIOUS Amanda looks in this sample sweater by Roisin!!! I just love this sweater so much! Amanda does too. She says it's going to be her next project and I know it's going to be mine. I've already got the wool picked out! Amanda says she wants to make hers just like Roisin's. I'm going to make mine similar but different colors. So I'm going to use the colors... "Liquid Amber" for the Malabrigo part and a Galway Highland Heather called " Foxglove" for the Galway part. So, pictures when I get started...

Ok! That's about it for today..
Until next week πŸ˜€
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Monday, 5 March 2018

It's Crochet Monday's!!!

It's Crochet Monday's with Lindalu!πŸ’•πŸ˜ƒπŸ’• We are so excited to be offering a drop in class for learning Crochet. Monday afternoons here at GBOW for $10.00!!!  😲😲😲 It's a great deal and a fantastic opportunity to expand your crafty skills. Look at the gorgeous granny squares that Lindalu has prepared for you to drool over as inspiration to motivate you to come down and try your hand at creating your very own heirloom pieces to pass down to your children or just drape decorously around your house, and when people ask you... "Did you make that? It's Beautiful!" You will be able to say... "Why yes! Yes I did." And smile knowingly. Then tell them about Lindalu's excellent Crotchet Class where you learned how 😁

Aren't these super duper deluxe??? I have dreamed of crocheting granny squares like this. Really. I have. But never learned how. I just knit.

Lindalu is a Master of Crochet and an excellent teacher. Class will be from 1pm until 3pm. Two hours! Enough time to get really started on something. But it is drop in. So you can come and go as you please. It's geared to be flexible and accessible. It would be a great activity for your young tweens and teens this spring break! I was talking with a young girls Grandma and she was asking me what classes we offer for young people here at GBOW for the spring break as it can be hard to find crafts for them to do that they like. We often have little ones here learning to knit and needle felt. Now we can offer Crochet too!
So if you've got young ones hangin about the house getting under your feet. Bring them to us for drop in and just set them up with a project and drop them off for two hours. Our most popular day for children is of course Saturday morning from 10am to noon. But we also are here from 1pm to 3pm on Friday afternoon for knitting if that works for you. And now Monday from 1pm to 3pm for the Crochet. We find the week days are suitable for people adding to the curriculum of their home schooled children. As are the needle felting classes. So that is also an option. We have had people drop their children off to learn knitting and needle felting for that kind of thing. So kids are very welcome here at GBOW.

And of course Granny's are welcome too! Who more classically suited to knit or crochet Granny Squares then a Granny I ask you? "Free your inner Granny!" and craft up a storm!!! We actually have crafty women of all ages here at GBOW young and old. Moms, babies, Grannies. Even, believe it or not... some "Men that knit" Ok, well, there is Edward who comes for Sockista's and knits socks. That's what we always say, but there are actually quite a few more than that... Yup. We include everyone.

Alrighty then! Hope you are having an excellent Monday!
Maybe see you soon???
Until then...
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Monday, 26 February 2018

Purl Piccadilly

Hey everyone 😁  look at this Lundie Hoodie that Shirley made! It's a Purl Piccadilly Lundie Hoodie! Isn't it awesome!😍 She invented it herself. Roisin is thinking she might make one too. What do you think? Should there be a class in this type of hoodie? Comment or come in and let us know!
So because of this awesome hoodie I thought I'd devote this blog post to showing everyone a sampling of some of the gorgeous Purl Piccadilly scarves that have been made here at GBOW recently. There are so many and this is really just some of them. People have been so creative with the colors they have chosen. It has been so much fun to see them pick out their yarn and then watch as they knit and see their scarves develop. This work in progress below is a kit that Petra and I put together that she is currently knitting up... it is mostly knit out of Alpaca so it is unbelievably soft!
These ice blue colors are super gorgeous! They were put together for Heather and it's one of my favorites but then I'm super partial to the color blue.
This next one is a kit that Roisin and I put together for the shop called "Spring", it's super gorgeous and totally reminds me of an Easter BonnetπŸ˜„
Another one by Petra that we put together special. It`s here is the shop hanging on the door as you can see in the picture below.

This is Kathy showing her work in progress off at the Purl Piccadilly knit along that we had earlier this year. It was a lot of fun! Lots of lovely scarves were made.
Like this one. This is Mary in her scarf that she calls Sunrise Sunset. 
 And this is Shirley the designer of the Purl Piccadilly Lundie Hoodie showing us her gorgeous Purl Piccadilly scarf that she made πŸ’—
And here is Roisin modeling Petra`s Purl Piccadilly that we have for sale here at the shop 😍
So there are more of these beauties out there! This is just a few of them 😲 You can see more of these wonderful things on our Instagram if you are into that sort of thing. 

Until next week 😊
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Saturday, 17 February 2018


Hey everyone πŸ˜€ ! We have a whole lota hats goin on around here just now so I thought I'd do a lil post about some of them. Karen Skadshiem is going to have some ladies here for Women's Day...
" Great Balls of Wool will be having a couple of Pussy Hat Knit-ins: Thursday March 1 6:30-8:30pm and Saturday March 3 1pm-4pm. Learn how to make your very own. 10% off yarn!!" 
Here is a picture of the Pussy Hat it is made with hot pink Uptown Yarn the yarn is $5.49 a ball before the 10% discount πŸ˜‰ and you will have a little bit left over.
Blinda knit up this free pattern from Purl Soho. It's super simple, easy peasy. Just garter stitch. Didn't she pick the most gorgeous yarn??? She made it out of Seta Tweed. So soft! 55% wool 25% polymide 20% silk.
By popular demand we are offering a class making this hat called "Flower Garden" It's a free pattern off of Ravelry that Roisin has adapted with her own technique for a double knitted brim. It is made out of one skein of my hand dyed sock yarn and one skein of mohair. People just love the thick snug fit of the brim on this hat. It's a really amazing design adaptation that Roisin got the idea for from her friend Jude Skeers from Australia who told her about a beanie hat competition in Australia where this type of hat band was the winner of the competition. So she decided to try her own invention of a way of making a double knitted hat band and it's been a big hit! We have not set a date for this hat class yet but hope to pick a date for it in the next couple days so check our Instagram and Facebook accounts or by all means call or drop in!!!

People are going crazy over this heart hat! It's done in the stranding technique that Roisin teaches here at GBOW that usually looks more like the ones further down the page but Maria is allergic to wool! So she made this one in chunky acrylic called Nako Spaghetti Effects. Isn't it SO beautiful and perfect for a new baby? She gave it to a friend for their new baby and they immediately requested another one in a different color! Other knitters saw this hat, realized all the possibilities this technique offers and now more classes have been requested 😁 So we will be offering another class in this style of knitting called...

The Justine Hat Class. On Saturday February 24 from 1-4 pm. The class costs $50.00 and that includes your kit. So what you do is you register for the class, come in and pick up your kit in advance and knit the band of the hat so you are ready to start your motif on the day that the class is offered. You can register online if you would like by clicking the link above and going directly to the website.

Ok so that's a bit about hats! I could go on and on about all kinds of other hats too 😍 but i thought these were the most interesting. Feel free to come in and see what else we get up to around here πŸ˜‰ !
πŸ’–Happy Knitting!!!πŸ’–

Monday, 5 February 2018

Happy Travels!

Roisin has been having lots of fun hanging out with her beautiful Grand nieces who are visiting right now! On the left is Justine and on the right is Fin 😍 Justine is visiting from Vancouver and Fin has come all the way from Australia!!! Of course they are knitting while they are here. Justine made a super fun kitty hat and Fin is making something out of blue Baby Alpaca. I did not get a chance to ask her about it but my guess is it would most likely be a cowl πŸ˜„
This is another visitor we had come up from Gibsons. This is Nicole modeling her hat that she made from a pattern that Roisin wrote down for her. She was here with her daughter Hanna. It was wonderful to have them visit and we are hoping to see them again soon πŸ’—
Then this is Shandi from Merville who stopped by last week for a visit and picked up the matching set she is wearing here, it's a Piccadilly scarf and matching hat! She happily agreed to model it for us. We hope she stops by again next time she is in town πŸ’—

So we are offering some classes here at GBOW and I thought I'd give everyone the heads up about this one. This is the Salish Sea toque class. So what you learn in this class is all the techniques you need to know for making a sweater where you carry the strands of yarn in your work to knit patterns in multiple colors of yarn. Think of it as a mini tutorial in sweater making. So if you think you might want to make the Salish Sea sweater but you are not sure if you will like it and you want to have a little taste before you commit to a whole sweater! This is the perfect way to stretch your wings without having to jump into a project that feels to big. Click on the link to sign up!!!
Here is a beautiful shawl that Roisin knit up using two yarns from GBOW. The pink is Malabrigo hollyhock. The verigated yarn is Queensland Rustic Wool. If you click on those they are linked to the GBOW website and you can snap them up if you so desire.
Also we have this super cute hat that Belinda knit up. It's a free Purl Soho pattern knit out of Seta Tweed and thats live linked too so if you click the link it will take you right there and you can buy the yarn from the GBOW website. 😁
Saturday Morning drop in was great as usual 😍 we had a table full of lovely ladies knitting like crazy! Fun was had by all. Lots of stories and laughter. So fun.
Here is a close up of Amanda's progress on her sweater that Roisin wrote up the pattern for out of her head. Isn't it beautiful!!! I just love it! But then turquoise is one of my MOST favorite colors. She is knitting it out of Foot Loose. It's gorgeous, soft Merino superwash sock weight yarn. It is available on the GBOW website if you want. I live linked it so it will take you directly there. It's to die for.
And here is Sharon with not one but two scarves! The blue one she is holding up is of Baby Alpaca Sport. Soft! Soft! Soft! And so beautiful! Live linked for you if you like it. And the red one peaking out around her neck is Chunky Galway! Dosen't she look so beautiful???
So Loopy Lounge is OPEN! Thursday nights from 6:30 until 8:30 pm if you think you might like to drop by and knit we would love to see you!!! It's the brain child of Deirdre and Amy and Roisin and I thought it was such a fun idea we have decided to keep the shop open on Thursday nights after five!!! 😲 So I will be here on Thursday nights and the shop will be open for your shopping convenience right until 8:30pm 😲😲😲 Imagine? Night time wool shopping?? What could be more decadent... you could even stay and knit a while and start your project right away... FUN!
Ok that's about it for me for today. Hope you enjoyed your woolly news. 
Come see us!
Until then...
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–