Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Linda, Deb, Kate, Susan and myself. We are going to be closed all next week to reopen Jan 4. so we can all spend time with our families and I can start knitting for all of my new grandbabies. We found out last week the twins are a boy and a girl. We had a nice Christmas here and more to come as family arrive home.
Here is a cute picture of Pumpkin on her first Christmas. I put a bow on her this morning and she has proudly wore it all day. Isn't she sweet.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Huge Boxing Day Sale at Fun Knits before Christmas

Linda and I thought for a long time how we could best say Merry Christmas to all of our customers and what a better way than with Boxing Day sale before Christmas. So here are the details of our sale.
Our Boxing Day Sale Dec 21 - 24.

The entire store will be 10% off. All worsted weight and bulky yarn and fleece will be 30% off, including amazing yarns like Noro,  Malabrigo and Lopi. All novelty yarn 40% off. We have discontinued yarn and fleece on for 50 % off. Come early for the best selection.
For more information email or call 250-285-2751.
We aren't posting this sale to the internet store as our program can't deal with multi % , but will happily honour the sale to all phone customers, just call 250-285-2751. Don't forget orders over $50. have free shipping. So a phone call to the store is nearly the same as shopping in person.

Our holiday hours will be open Dec 21 – 24 10 am - 5 pm and then we are closing until Jan 4, 2011.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Fun with Cables

I am really into cables right now. I designed this scarf called Fun Reversible Cables. It turned out great. I knit it with Galway 100% wool, forest green.  It is really fun to knit and goes quite quickly because of the changing cable rows. I designed it so it would flair out at the bottom and lay flat and then around the neck it would be narrower with just rib rows. It is very comfortable around the neck and everyone who has tried it on loves how it feels.
It is warm and stays in place. Has all the properties of a good looking functional scarf.

This scarf goes well with the Variations on a Theme Fetching Hat that is another free pattern just below the scarf. To complete the set you could knit the Fetching fingerless mitts that are so popular.
I knit this scarf for a friend but after Christmas I am knitting this for myself in red Malabrigo.  It takes 1 1/2 skein so you would have enough with 2 skeins for the hat or mitts. You would probably need a 3rd for the entire set. The scarf only took a few days to knit so you have time to knit this for a Christmas present for someone or yourself.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

My Variations

I couldn't resist Shelley's new pattern, Variations on a Theme (pdf link). I didn't have a worsted that I wanted to use, so I pulled out a skein of Eco Wool. This is a DK 100% wool yarn. Because of the thinner yarn I cast on 10 stitches more. The resulting hat is a perfect fit (although it won't be for me).

Great pattern - I think the headband is up next!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Hats hats hats

I have been having fun knitting hats the last few days. With our sale all week of worsted weight yarns I have been inspired to design some hats.
Roll Brim Diaginal Lace Hat in Galway Paint
The first Roll Brim Diagonal Lace Hat is on our free pattern page and is a hat I designed for with Noro yarn but it looks great in Galway Paint. Galway paint has the subtle colour change within one colour range and looks great in this hat.

The second hat pattern  called Variations on a Theme which is also available on the web site and  is designed to go with Fetching fingerless gloves. I have made several pair of these and have always wanted a matching hat. So here it is. I knit this with Galway. I am knitting the matching Headband with Green Galway and will post a picture once it is complete.

Variation on a Theme - Fetching Hat knit in Galway

Today's sale yarn is Hayfield Aran a great huge ball (400gr) would make great hats scarves and mitts for the entire family with just one ball.

Did you notice we added another special - Free shipping to all orders over $50. for the month od December. A great time to stock up.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Anniversary Sale !!!!

Starting Tuesday Nov 30 Fun Knits is having a sale. This is to celebrate several anniversaries. It is Fun Knits Blogs 6th year here is the 1st post. The store opened Jan 2005. We moved to our new location and opened Nov 30 2006, The other anniversary is Linda and I became official partners a year ago 2009. I realize looking back at blog post that I never even blogged about that. ( I was totally burned out). Linda has saved Fun Knits. I was quite exhausted running the store and a Group home for special needs people and ready to quite the store when along came Linda. We talked about it for a while and she worked at the store for a few months and became invaluable. Now a year later after our official partnership I couldn't do the store without her, she is the best partner I could have imagined. She does all the things I do very poorly like the book keeping and so much else. I think we have a great partnership  -   Thanks Linda   -   Even this sale was her idea. So join us in celebrating our years of Fun Knits and hope of many more to come.

We are having a sale all next week. Each day there is a different yarn on sale for 25% off. This is for web orders and in store sales as well. Each sale will go for 24 hours starting at 10 a.m. one day till 10 a.m. the next.

The sale starts Tuesday, November 30th with Galway Paint. Great 100% wool and felts beautifully. Wednesday, Dec 1st is Tempo Worsted - lots of colours. Great for children’s sweaters as it can be thrown in the washer and dryer. Thursday, Dec 2nd is Hayfield Aran weight yarn. Friday, Dec 3rd is Briggs & Little Soft Spun. Great yarn from Canada. Sales finishes up on Sat, Dec 4th with beautiful Galway worsted weight - solids and heathers. Don’t miss this great sale for last minute Christmas presents or get a jump on yarn for your 2011 winter projects.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

This is too cute

 Today I was working away at the store and my family came in. Meika had a surprise for me, an early birthday present. Look what it was. The sweetest little kitten I have ever seen. Meika named her Pumpkin. She is as sweet as she looks. In the past year at our house we have lost 3 cats and a dog so it was time for a new kitten. Christmas will be very fun with this little playful kitten around.

Me getting my new kitten

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pink Froth

I picked up this pink ball of mohair/silk blend at the store in the summer, knowing it would be perfect for my sister-in-law who loves pink. The yarn is Alessandra Filati Super Kid, and it is a lace-weight, 70% mohair 30% silk yarn. I knit the scarf on size 6mm needles to get a really airy feel.

I managed to use all but about 1.5 metres of the 212 metre skein, so it was the perfect amount for a scarf - a very pretty product for not a lot of price (love lace weight yarn for economical knitting).

I love the final product, even though knitting with mohair really does make me itchy. Dratted sensitive skin! I know my sister-in-law will love it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Spring Retreat cancelled

We have decided to cancel the spring retreat at the end of April. We didn't have a guest presenter anyways. Linda and I both felt with my 3 new grand babies all due March and April I would be a little busy.  Sorry if this is dissapointing for anyone but the fall retreat with Sally Melville is Sept 29 - Oct 2 so mark your calendars and keep that weekend free. More details on this retreat in the next few weeks. I just know it will be a great retreat.

I am busily weaving for Christmas presents right now, and once Christmas is over I will start weaving baby blankets.
I have also been knitting lots of socks. I spent a lot of time in hospital with my sister before she died and got several pairs ( yes I said pairs) of socks finished.
After Christmas I need to make 2 more baby sheep sweaters and hats. I am just waiting for the next ultra sound of the twins to see if they are boys, girls or 1 of each.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A Sad Post

Many of you who know me, know my sister Judy has been battling a brain tumor for the last 8 years. She passed away yesterday peacefully. Judy used to love knitting scarves. She was the best customer of novelty yarn I think we ever had. She was 54 only 13 months younger than me. I will sure miss her but I am glad she isn't suffering anymore.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spinning Retreat

The fun never ends at Fun Knits. This year we were invited to be the vendor for the North Island Spinning retreat held at Kingfisher Spa. It was so much fun. We spent the entire time there selling fibre spinning and eating fabulous food.  Lynne Anderson from Knitopia in White Rock came and gave a wonderful demonsration on spinning on various spindles. It was so wonderful and inspiring I bought a set of Russian spindles. Four of us bought these spindle sets and spent a lot of one morning leaarning how to work them. It is quite tricky but we all managed. Lynne also gifted me a wonderful little support spindle for spinning cotton. I love using it. It was great to get back to spinning as I haven't done much in the last year. Below are the pictures I took at the retreat. There was about 30 people there and lots of yarn was produced in the 2 days we were there.

Lynne teaching how to use many forms of spindles.

Linda plying her first handspun with the help of Vyvyan

We set up shop in the middle of the room.

My new Russian Spindle set and cashmere fibre

Even the spiders were in the spinning mood at Kingfisher

Monday, October 18, 2010

Maiwa Workshop

As many of you know I am learning to weave and I have taken several workshops with Jane Stafford but this workshop was the ultimate. I learned so much I don't know where to begin sharing this experience. Firstly the location. The Maiwa loft on Granville Island. We were in this room surrounded by one of a kind, hand woven, hand dyed, sewn, quilted fabric, wonderful wooden book cases full of every imaginable book on every form of fibre art, Trinkets - wooden block stamps, leather bags. It really set the mood for the course. There were 12 students and 12 looms in this room. It was fantastic to say the least.

Little displays of stuff everywhere you looked

We were surrounded by amazing fabric

Bookcases full of books from around the world about everything fibre

More trinkets

We spent a lot of time every morning examing fabulous weaving to see how they did it. This was so much fun

Finding your Zen
2/16 cotton 24 epi. 24ppi
this was an exercize in fine tuning our weaving
We learned how to make Double weave fabric with a horizontal join, Cording, Double width fabric, Fringe on 4 sides with an inlay and interior fringe, Denting with Elastic silk and Finding your Zen.
All of these are woven on 4 shaft table looms. We all wove samples of each of these weave structures.
I still have the fringe one on my loom to do at home as I didn't have time to finish it there.
For non weavers reading this post epi means ends per inch (the amount of ends of yarn on the loom in an inch) and ppi means picks per inch ( the amount of you weave in an inch).

Denting with Silk Elastic
12g Bamboo 20 epi, 20 ppi

Double width
2/18 Zephyr wool and silk
16epi. 16 ppi on each layer

2/60 silk
40epi, 40 ppi
My sample is 36 ppi

DoubleWeave horizontal join
12 g bamboo
24 epi, 24 ppi on each layer


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hand-dyed Yarn makes me Happy

Seriously, dyeing yarn makes me very happy. I have finished my striped socks from the yarn I dyed in the summer, and I love them! The yarn is super comfy (80% merino, 20% nylon) knit up, and the colours make me giggle. Now that I've mastered the stripe - who knows what's next?!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Babies this Spring

Remember a few blog posts ago I knit the baby sheep sweater for my new grand baby coming in the spring. A few weeks ago my son and his wife announced they were having a baby in May, so that makes 2 babies coming this spring. We were very excited about this and then last weekend I found out there will be 3 babies this spring. My son and his wife are expecting TWINS. Now my Mom has retired from knitting so I quickly phoned her and told her she is out of retirement cause I need help. That is a lot of babies to knit for. I plan to knit 2 more baby sheep sweaters a few hats and socks for each of them and weave them each a blanket. Wow this is so exciting.
We will have 4 Grandkids come spring.
In other news I cast on my Venus Rising sweater last weekend. I am knitting it with EY my favourite colours( purple, burgundy and pink) I will post pictures when I get a chance.
This week I am off to a workshop by Jane Stafford -  Weaving in the Maiwa Tradition- I can't wait.

Here is the first picture of the twins. We don't have a picture of Megan and Zach's baby yet.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Retreat Sunday Oct 3

(This is Shelley's post, with help from Kate at home to upload the pictures.)

The project for this retreat - the teddy bear sweater version of Lucy Neatby's Venus Rising Sweater.

Samples of Lucy Neatby's projects

Soaking up the knitting information!

HI Everyone from the retreat. This is an amazing retreat. I have been a knitter for about 50 years now, yes I started very young!! and I learned more this weekend than I have ever learned about knitting. Even simple things like counting your rows. Lucy has an amazing knowledge of knitting and design. Her approach to knitting and her descriptions of the family of stitches ex - the parent stitches and the grand parent stitches, the public and the private side of the knitting and many mores descriptions that make the knitting come alive and make you want to treat your knitting with much more respect.

We have many comments from retreat participants and lots of pictures to share with you but first this is what Lucy had to say:

I'm writing this whilst listening to the Pacific waves lapping on the shores of Quadra Island (just off Campbell River on Vancouver Island). Shelley and Linda, the Fun Knits team, are hosting a delightful knitting camp at Tsa-Kwa-Luten lodge.
I've just returned from an eye-popping show and tell. It's always a joy to see the fruits of the needles of ardent knitters. Many,various and breathtaking would be my brief description, but hardly does the pieces justice (but forgive me, it is late in the day). Thus far we've had two challenging days of wrestling with copious short rows, long circular needles and triple strand Navaho knitting, which is all now beginning to yield results in the form of a multitude of scantily dressed teddies, now clad in at least the first half of their future Venus Rising Cardigans.We are hoping for decency in apparel tomorrow!

Happy stitches and stitchers all.
Lucy Neatby

Here are some comments from other retreat participants:

It's wonderful

Great day wonderful retreat

Blow out

Totally wonderful

Better than I ever imagined

What a great retreat - super place, super people, super knitting
Thanks Fun Knits

I have forged a new relationship with my stitches I want only happy stitches, no strangulation, or internation incidents, with their australian cousins down under - Yes you really needed to be here to understand this comment. It is fabulous.
Linda C

The retreat is amazing and so intense. My head is full of great knitting ideas and new approaches to old knitting ideas.
I will always strive for contented stitches.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Baby Sheep Sweater

This is a really cute sweater I couldn't resist making when I found out I was going to be a grandma again. I thought the grand child of a yarn shop owner should be dressed in a soft superwash pure merino wool sweater with little sheep on it. It also has little sheep buttons. The designer of the pattern Jennifer Little allowed us to use her great pattern for the kits. We are selling these kits  in the store and on the web site. They are selling fast.
One neat feature about this little sweater is knit on 5.5mm needles and with chunky yarn this will fit a 5 year old very nicely. Meka really wanted a sweater just like her new baby brother or sisters sweater. Meika's sweater needs another arm and button bands then it is finished. I will post a picture of her wearing it. You will have to wait until March to see the new arrival wearing his or her sweater. For now the store bear is wearing it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Important Retreat Info

A quick note from Shelley regarding the fall retreat:

Due to a situation beyond our control the retreat dates with Lucy Neatby have changed by one day. It will now be from Oct 1 – 4 instead of Sept 30 – Oct 3. I realize this may cause problems for some of you. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you and will do what we can to help you attend these dates. Please contact us to confirm your attendance for these dates.

This will be a great retreat and we are looking forward to seeing you.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Got my sock yarn dyed today, after untangling a mess I created trying to make a really long skein. All sorted now, and drying on the rack.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Koolaid Fun

Had a great time dyeing yarn today ....
..... here's a sneak peak at my silk lace weight.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Picking Blackberries

About a year ago I was at the store when a new order of Araucania Ranco Multy came in. The colourways were all stunning, but one in particular caught my attention. It reminded me immediately of blackberry picking, as it has all the dark and light purples in it that your fingers get stained with when picking.

I brought it home with me that day, and kept it in the back of my mind as I looked at various small shawls. Finally it told me it wanted to be a Multnomah shawl (a free pattern from Hello Knitty), and I accommodated it.

This is a really quick knit, and fun to work. It took just under one skein (about 20 yards left over) which was perfect. I think it will get a lot of wear in the fall.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sun Hat

This week on the store website we are featuring Shelley's cotton sun hat pattern on the front page. While I was camping recently I decided to knit one. I could only find a 3.75 mm needle, instead of the recommended 3.5 mm, but as I am tight knitter I wasn't too concerned. My yarn of choice was opal Petticoat cotton.

I omitted the yarn over row after the picot hem, but otherwise followed directions as written. Love the pattern, and the hat is really cute. This was a quick, fun knit!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Warping in the warm summer breeze....

I went over to Shelley's a couple of days ago and there she was ~ barefoot and blissed-out, in her front yard, wrapping some strands of heather green yarn around her warping mill.  She looked calm and happy, doing what she does best -- anything with fibre!
And this is what she saw when she lifted her eyes from the wool. Hard to see it from this photo but the ocean was in her view, and it was lovely, as was the weather ~ sweet and summery. 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

More wedding pictures

Bill a very proud Dad walked Megan the beautiful bride down the path.
Zachary and his party arrive by canoe
Meika and Shanti were very cute flower girls, they threw rose petal on the path. Shanti is wearing a small version of the silk woven shawl and Meika is wearing fairy wings.

They exchanged lovely vows they wrote themselves
The happy lovely married couple.
Zachary and Megan Zamisky
June 19,2010
May you both always be this happy