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1128 Martin Grove Rd
Toronto, ON, M9W 4W1
Canada

Toronto-based yarn and gift store focusing on Alpacas and sourcing natural fibres spun in North America. Alpacas have a luxurious, naturally hypoallergenic fibre, which occurs in twenty-two natural colours. Additional collaborations with Indie Dyers, create an endless colour palette to choose from.

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NEWS

Countdown to The Toronto Knitters Frolic

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Vendors and customers alike are getting ready for The Toronto Knitters Frolic!! I am looking forward to it and catching up with knitting friends and seeing all the beautiful work that will be on display!  Alpaca Avenue will be in Booth K24 and all the details that you need are available on http://frolic.torontoknittersguild.ca/

Are you a fan of the beautiful Kitchen Sink Lopi ?? There will be lots to choose from:)

Are you a fan of the beautiful Kitchen Sink Lopi ?? There will be lots to choose from:)

O-Wool Local will be available in all the colors as well as 2 kits...one shawl and one scarf...

O-Wool Local will be available in all the colors as well as 2 kits...one shawl and one scarf...

Locally sourced alpaca sock yarn...

Locally sourced alpaca sock yarn...

Natural....and hand dyed....

Natural....and hand dyed....

There will always be lots of natural alpaca yarns from several local farms in all different weights from lace all the way to the interesting rug or creative yarns...

There will always be lots of natural alpaca yarns from several local farms in all different weights from lace all the way to the interesting rug or creative yarns...

Soapnuts will be available in trial sizes packages....and lavender buds to scent and protect your yarn and hand knits.

Soapnuts will be available in trial sizes packages....and lavender buds to scent and protect your yarn and hand knits.

A peak at some beautiful pottery yarn bowls....in 4 different designs :)

A peak at some beautiful pottery yarn bowls....in 4 different designs :)

Well, that is a random sampling of things that will be coming to the Frolic with me and we are very happy to be able to offer a brand new selection of hand dyed sock yarn by Paula of Li'l Red KettleHead!  I hope to see you and welcome you to come and say hello!!

Spring is here!

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Spring is in the air and it seems appropriate to post this happy alpaca memory:)

This picture of one of my granddaughters captures the sheer joy... the arrival of Daddy in this case....maybe this is how you feel about the arrival of Spring:)

This picture of one of my granddaughters captures the sheer joy... the arrival of Daddy in this case....maybe this is how you feel about the arrival of Spring:)

Alpaca Avenue has been open and some days it is a quiet studio kind of day....some days I get visitors which is always a pleasure. I am working towards The Knitter's Frolic which occurs on April 29 and 30th and will be bringing lots of lovely alpaca yarn for you to discover and make beautiful things with. Along with my regular suppliers I have a few new ones to introduce. Do check out http://frolic.torontoknittersguild.ca/ for information about the Frolic's Workshops, Vendors and Spring Social!

 

 

Gorgeous new sock yarn from Hickory Lane Alpacas that has been hand dyed by Paula of Li'l Red Kettle Head.

Gorgeous new sock yarn from Hickory Lane Alpacas that has been hand dyed by Paula of Li'l Red Kettle Head.

If you enjoy hiking and want a comfortable sock in your shoes....these knit up very quickly in this sport weight yarn!

If you enjoy hiking and want a comfortable sock in your shoes....these knit up very quickly in this sport weight yarn!

A new pattern by the talented Sam Lamb in O-Wool Local....a relaxing knit and perfect for cool summer evenings...http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/black-river-blanket-shawl

A new pattern by the talented Sam Lamb in O-Wool Local....a relaxing knit and perfect for cool summer evenings...http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/black-river-blanket-shawl

I have made some progress on this long term project...a hand spun alpaca/wool memory blanket...there is satisfaction in both quick knits and this kind of a project that takes longer to complete...what is your favorite?

I have made some progress on this long term project...a hand spun alpaca/wool memory blanket...there is satisfaction in both quick knits and this kind of a project that takes longer to complete...what is your favorite?

I hope that you are doing well and looking forward to a new season with all its possibilities! Happy making and connecting!!

 

Hello January....and February!

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January came...and went!! It has been a rather grey month and the lack of sunshine can be a little  daunting! However....February is a new month with some new opportunities and hopefully some more sun:) 

I love sun patches...they bring out so much beauty wherever they land!

I love sun patches...they bring out so much beauty wherever they land!

What have you been working on this January? I have had a few different projects on my needles...including socks and a little butterfly toy for one of my granddaughters. A recent search for local sock yarn  led me to a new source of alpaca yarn from a farm called Hickory Lane Alpacas near Napanee. I purchased some lovely sock yarn from them and have some from Arriba Linea also. 

Work in progress...and coffee in an Anne Pryde mug. More mugs available in the store and hopefully more yarn bowls soon.

Work in progress...and coffee in an Anne Pryde mug. More mugs available in the store and hopefully more yarn bowls soon.

Finished items are so satisfying and all the more so if it has a purpose. I am really enjoying the magazine Making and a wonderful podcast called Fruity Knitting. Through those I learned about Susan B Anderson and her lovely patterns. The butterfly and cocoon is her pattern and it is a well written, easy to follow directions. Often I make things to learn more about a yarn or just because I love a pattern. This was a birthday present for my 2 year old granddaughter who loves to stare out the window at squirrels and birds and last Summer showed great excitement over butterflies.

The butterfly is knitted with left over hand dyed yarn from previous projects as is the cocoon.

The butterfly is knitted with left over hand dyed yarn from previous projects as is the cocoon.

There is an event coming up on February 5th called "LandMade" that is bringing farm yarns to the city in a fun interactive way. It is being held at the Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West from 11 - 4 and you are encouraged to bring your knitting, spinning or whatever you are making....come and see! Come and learn! Come and make something! Come and meet/make new friends:) There is a KAL that you can participate in if you with and the pattern is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/radiata-fibershed-kal

This my version of the Radiata Shawl in a hand dyed alpaca yarn. It will be so interesting to see other versions of this shawl as it can be knit in any yarn weight.

This my version of the Radiata Shawl in a hand dyed alpaca yarn. It will be so interesting to see other versions of this shawl as it can be knit in any yarn weight.

I have recently added some more sock yarn to the store and encourage you to come and take a look. The yardages are all a bit different and if you need to buy a second skein in order to have enough yarn for a pair of socks,I am willing to buy back your left over yarn or to exchange it on your next purchase in my store. 

This is a free pattern by Glenna C that is available on Ravelry called So Simple Sport Socks that knits up quickly and this yarn.....is so lovely!!

This is a free pattern by Glenna C that is available on Ravelry called So Simple Sport Socks that knits up quickly and this yarn.....is so lovely!!

Don't forget to check out all that is available at your local guild. I am a member of the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners group and there is so much inspiration, fun, learning and friendship available there. The next meeting is February 7th from 6.30-9.30 at Nielson Park Creative Centre and Ruth Hepburn will be the guest speaker.

We will probably have more grey days and there will be more bad news in the world but there is a lot of beauty and joy waiting to be discovered and shared. Have a wonder filled day! 

We will probably have more grey days and there will be more bad news in the world but there is a lot of beauty and joy waiting to be discovered and shared.

Have a wonder filled day! 

December News

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It is already a week into December and Christmas is just around the corner! I want to start by saying Thank You!! to those who have supported me in my alpaca adventure and especially those who have visited my little store recently. It has encouraged me and gladdened my heart. It is so special to hear your feedback and see the beautiful things that you make with alpaca yarn. I have not been as busy with my knitting and spinning the last 2 months as I help out in my husbands tire storage business as well and this is an extremely busy time as people get their tires changed over to Winter tires! I do not have any events this month and will be keeping regular hours at the store with the exception of the week after Christmas when I will be closed until January 3, 2017.

Some of the new hand dyed yarn from Silver Cloud Alpacas!

Some of the new hand dyed yarn from Silver Cloud Alpacas!

How does this time of year affect you? For me there is the joy and the anticipation, the celebration of a promise fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. But there is a lot that I could do with out and I am sure that many feel the same way about the stress from too much busyness and too much spending! It is wonderful to be able to simplify and have the time to be thoughtful and enjoy the time we have with our loved ones. 

One of my favourite things...knit night with friends:)

One of my favourite things...knit night with friends:)

I am so thankful for the friendships and the shared interests in the community of people who enjoy making beautiful and practical things with their hands....who care about where things come from and how they will affect us and our environment. In the midst of much that is  wrong with the world there is still much that is lovely and praise worthy!

Two of my granddaughters making beautiful music!

Two of my granddaughters making beautiful music!

Have a wonderful Christmas....wishing you much joy!!