Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A QUARTER OF A CENTURY

We made it!!!! From a tiny yarn shop that opened its door on a hot and sticky July day in 1993 ... whoosh!!! Those twenty-five years have flown by so quickly.  Its because of your loyal support and encouragement that the door is still open and we will continue to serve you for hopefully another twenty-five ! Thank you for helping me to continue to do what I love, ... design, teach, inspire, create, its really not a day job if I love it, ... is it??
If you missed our 25th ANNIVERSARY EVENT on July 7th, here are a few pics of the smiles, the winners, the sheriff and the knitting outlaws. It was an awesome day! 


6,500 days




45,500 hours



2,730,000 minutes



1,250 classes




A QUARTER OF A CENTURY
knitting a community together one stitch at a time!

Monday, June 18, 2018

MINI TASSELS

Are these not the cutest little embellishments to add to your CELEBRATIONS SHAWL?  Not only do they have a fun Moroccan element to them, they also represent a fabulous display of colour in a miniature fireworks show!


Here is the tutorial to make your own MINI TASSELS-


Materials:
2 double point needles 5 mm/ US 8
1 double point needle 3 mm/ US 2.5
Darning needle
Scissors
Peppino by Rhichard Devrieze Yarns fingering weight merino in assorted colours





1. Thread approx. 36 in/ 91 cm length of yarn onto darning needle and insert under two bars along shawl edge. [Wrap yarn vertically around all three needles held in position and under two bars at edge] Repeat nine times.   


2. Cut yarn ends slightly longer than tassel length. 


3. Cut a length of yarn approx. 12 in/ 30.5 cm and thread onto darning needle.  Wrap three times horizontally around tassel between smaller and larger needle.  Tie ends together at back of tassel and thread through tied section to bury ends. 


4. Remove all three needles.  Cut through all loops at end of tassel. 


5. Trim ends to neaten tassel. 


6. Space each tassel ten stitches apart along cast on edge in desired colour sequence to create eleven tassels in all.  Repeat along cast off edge to match.  














Monday, May 28, 2018

JAMMIN' JUNE

Summertime is sweating its way onto the horizon, ... one drip at a time.  The days are getting longer and that means more sunshine and quality knitting time spent outdoors. We are packing a lot of fun events and workshops into Jammin' June, so hold onto your knitting needles and come along for the ride......
JUNE 2nd- WEAVING WORKSHOP @ 11:30 to 3:30
This introductory workshop will have you digging through your yarn stash for interesting textures and colours to add to your first woven masterpiece.  Learn the basics of tapestry weaving and create a ONE OF A KIND wall hanging on your very own Made in Muskoka wooden frame. 
All supplies are included. 
Call or drop in to register in advance. 
JUNE 9th- COTTAGE COUNTRY YARN CRAWL KICK OFF   
This is the inaugural year featuring a 'group of eight' unique yarn shops scattered throughout Muskoka, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough. The kick off event takes place at the Kawartha Yarn & Fibre Festival on June 9th featuring over seventy vendors and a variety of hands on workshops.  Pick up your passport at the main door and enter to win the SPECIAL festival prize draw!  See all the crawl details and/or print off your passport here and plan out your summer road trip route with friends and family.  Get your passport stamped at each store along the way and pick up your FREE limited edition crawl button and CLUE to knit our mystery cowl. A fully stamped passport gets you entry into the GRAND PRIZE draw and a partially stamped passport gets you entry into one of three RUNNER UP PRIZE draws! 
JUNE 13th- KNITTING WITH HAND PAINT YARNS @ 1 to 5 pm
Learn the science of knitting with hand dyed yarns in this workshop format class with Kitty Bryan, a true knitting engineer.  Students will analyze a broad range of hand painted skeins, successful projects and failed ones in order to identify stitches and patterns most suited towards the unique characteristics of the yarn.  Please bring one or two favorite hand painted yarns for dissecting. 
Call or drop in to register in advance. 
Fee: 45.00
JUNE 23rd- DYE YOUR FADE WORKSHOP @ 10 to 3 pm
Deborah from Yarn Indulgences will be teaching the popular 'fade' dye technique in this fun-filled hands on workshop.  Create your own ONE OF A KIND palette using an assortment of mini skeins in a luxurious merino/cashmere/nylon fingering weight base. All supplies included. Bring a packed lunch or step outside into the sunshine and enjoy the menu at Sully's Gourmet Food Truck.
Call or drop in to register in advance.
JUNE 23rd- YARN INDULGENCES TRUNK SHOW @ 10 to 3 pm
For the first time, Yarn Indulgences Trunk Show is coming to MUSKOKA. Drop in to see the beautiful hand dyed artistry created by Deborah in fingering, dk, and worsted weight bases.


KNIT CLINIC THURSDAYS @ 1 to 3 pm
In this weekly class, knitters work on their chosen projects with one on one instruction provided by an instructor. Learn how to correct mistakes, read patterns, adjust sizing, pick up stitches, and much more...
Fee: 15.00
Call or drop in to book a seat in advance. 

FINISHING FRIDAYS- every Friday @ 1 to 3 pm
Join our drop in social knitting/crocheting group where we provide inspiration and encouragement *plus tea & coffee.  become  apart of our community.  At the end of every month we include a draw for those with proof of finished WIPS. 
*Please note this is a non-instructional time. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

MARVELOUS MAY

We have finally seen the tail end of winter and it is full steam ahead for all the wonderful outdoor stuff that we have been itching to do from gardening to home renos, hiking to boating, and planning summer road trips too.


Speaking of heading out on the open road....... Did you know?  We are participating in an exciting NEW event, a yarn crawl!!  Yes, that's right... from June 9th to September 3rd, so fasten your seatbelts and fill up the car with fibre-loving friends, its going to be a really fun summer. 


This is the inaugural year for the
COTTAGE COUNTRY YARN CRAWL- a great way to introduce you to eight wonderful shops in our neck of the woods, Muskoka, Haliburton and Kawartha area.  Experience the unique ambience each yarn shop has to offer, discover new products, get your passport stamped at every store for entry into our grand prize draw, collect your FREE limited edition crawl button and CLUES for our Mystery Crawl Cowl, connect with other fibre enthusiasts, all the while exploring the area with friends and family who decide to join you on the journey.  Check out the COTTAGE COUNTRY blog right here for all the details and to print off your passport.  Once you have your passport in hand, take some time to plan out your route.  This is a self-guided tour and with more than two months to crawl through cottage country you will have plenty of opportunity to check out each and every store along the way at your leisure.  We will also be posting shop special events, plus recommendations for lunch and interesting sightseeing options to make it a really fun outing.    


Happy Crawling!






Wednesday, April 4, 2018

AWESOME APRIL

Yay!  Its April... the month that transitions us from a wintry white landscape to a somewhat greener terrain.  We have a lot packed into these thirty days and hopefully the fun activities will get you through to the sunny days of May. 


Lets start with the first item on the agenda-


Each month at Muskoka Yarn Connection, we try to feature a 'Muskoka Maker'... someone who creates an outstanding product or service, and is passionate about working with their hands.  Its our way of supporting local business and sharing what we love most about our community.


This month we are featuring Muskoka Soap Box, a home-based business owned and operated by Colleen Nisbet, " I make soap with quality, natural ingredients that uses colour, design, fragrance and botanical elements to create functional art that not only looks beautiful in your soap dish but makes a silky, soft lather that you won’t be able to resist."


Colleen will be here on Friday April 6th from 1 to 3 pm with a SPRING sampling of her scent-sational soap collection. Her soaps are lovingly-crafted from botanical ingredients and truly look good enough to eat!  Drop by and meet Colleen and learn a bit more about the soapmaking process!








If you are looking to branch out from knitting and get hooked on crochet ... we have a really FUN Crochet Basket Workshop happening on Saturday April 14th from 1 to 3 pm.  Ideal for beginners and those who want to refresh their crochet skill set, this project is worked in the round (no seams!) in a squishy-soft cotton rope yarn that feels as soft and stretchy as your favorite T shirt.  Its machine washable and comes in two sizes, LITTLE BERTHA and BIG BERTHA. We have more than SIX fashionable shades to choose from including Aqua and Woodberry (shown below). This exclusive pattern is included FREE with your workshop fee.  
Please contact the shop to sign up. 








On Saturday April 21st, we will be celebrating LYS Day. Its an inaugural event designed to support your Local Yarn Store and offer knitters, crocheters, and fibre enthusiasts an opportunity to come together and share in a close-knit community. 
We have a fun-filled day planned with a MAKE n TAKE WORKSHOP, plus a 20% discount on yarns, and a preview of OUR newest samples, yarns and accessories for SPRING. Bring a friend or bring a WIP and join in our knitting social.
BE  inspired ....
BE creative ....
BE social ....





Wednesday, February 28, 2018

MARCH - A - LONG

The first robin has been sighted and its all uphill from here!!  Spring is officially within grasp.  To keep our spirits soaring and our fingers busy, we have a few fun things planned for the month of MARCH.


First up... our MARCH - A - LONG !!


We have chosen a great project...







S U N S H I N E ~ C O A S T
by Heidi Kirrmaier 


The pattern is available here to purchase on Ravelry or in store.  This stunning A-line pullover is knit top down with NO seams!  There are many ways to customize the style to suit your liking.  Short sleeves or long sleeves... stripes or gradient....ribbed borders or moss stitch edging.... whatever you choose. Here are just a few ideas from fellow knitters to inspire you. 


If you would like to join, just head on over to our EVENTS page and follow along here where we will post weekly updates with hints and tips to get you from start to finish. We will also host an in store KAL every Friday in March from 1 to 3 pm. You are welcome to join in either in person or follow along at home. 


Here comes the BONUS... Receive 20% off your yarn purchase for this KAL... just mention the code: Sunshine Coast







Saturday, February 10, 2018

SAVE THE DATE

If you love celebrations....   you wont want to miss this one!!  We know its a busy time when summer rolls around, so for that reason, we wanted to give you plenty of notice for this B-I-G shindig!!




Stay tuned for more details....