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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

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Work in progress....

kerstin kerr

A New year is a fresh start and a time of starting new things and making plans...and I have quite a few things that are on my list to share with you!

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My days start a little earlier than they did last year and that is because I get to take my granddaughters to school and daycare to help my son and daughter in law out. I absolutely love doing it and one of the nice things about getting up earlier is seeing the fresh new day as it is starting:)

New yarns are always fun and I just unpacked some lace and fingering weight yarn from Silver Cloud Alpacas. I will be a vendor at the upcoming Toronto Knitters Guild meeting on January 20 and will have lots of lovely yarns for your consideration! The next big and exciting event will be The Knitters Frolic in April but more on that later....some people are counting the number of sleeps until then:)

New projects are fun to plan....deciding on the pattern, the colour and what yarn to use can sometimes be a quick decision but can also take a long time. Will you use stash or will you buy something new? Will you substitute the yarn and will you swatch? (You know how important it is to swatch especially for a garment so make it fun and enjoy the process!) Two of my my knitting friends and I are doing a KAL and have chose to knit Fisher Lassie by Bonne Marie Burns of Chic Knits. I am still deciding on yarn and colour....

New technology is hard to keep up with but I have learned how to use an ipad, what a podcast is:) and my latest adventure is on Instagram....what an amazing world we live in! You can find me on Instagram as lady_olivia57.

I am trying to make time for more spinning on both of my spinning wheels and on a spindle. Recently I bought spindles from River John Knitting Needle Company and they do not have a hook so I will have to practise and see which is my favourite.

Well that is my rambling on new things and works in progress. I hope that you are enjoying your works in progress and experiencing the satisfaction of learning new things and meeting new people!



Comfort

kerstin kerr

Today may be one of those days when you just want to go home and knit! It is wet and cold outside and you might be in need of some comfort. The word "comfort" has been on my mind for a few days....

I started a new project with the beautiful new yarn, Salt River Mills Suri Decadence  in a soothing copper colour.This luxury yarn contains 90% Suri and 10% Silk. Working with this yarn is definitely comforting! I chose: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gentille by Janina Kallio, a Finnish designer whose patterns are not complicated but give stunning results.

I finished a wrap that I have been working on for a couple of weeks. The satisfaction of a completed project brings comfort. One of my customers decided to knit this in four bold colours of O Wool Local and when I saw it in progress I decided to make it also but chose more muted colours. Friendship and common interests bring me a lot of joy and comfort. Alpaca yarns are comfortingly warm...I enjoyed the softness and warmth of the wrap  on my lap as I worked on it. 

The written word holds so much comfort and encouragement. I have been reading a book called "The Mystery of Children" by Mike Mason which has inspired, challenged and comforted in so many ways. He says "Each of us has an artist inside. And what is an artist but a child who has never lost the gift of looking at life with curiosity and wonder?"  

My grandchildren have comforted me. They sometimes use the illustration of a bucket being emptied or filled....they have filled my bucket to the brim:)

Three of my four precious girls:)

Have a wonderful day!