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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!


First anniversary

kerstin kerr

One year has gone by since I opened the door to my little yarn and gift shop on Martin Grove  Rd. It has the feel of  a studio and is nice and bright. I enjoy working here on my own but I love to welcome friends, old and new to drop in for a visit! Although my focus is on alpaca yarns, I also have other alpaca products and knitting accessories for sale. My sources are local as much as possible and I enjoy supporting other artists who make items by hand as well as informing you about alpaca events you might be interested in attending.

What can you find at Alpaca Avenue???

You will find a growing selection of yarn in various weights and blends from Canada and the US. (I am currently researching suppliers of Suri yarn and hope to add that soon.) I have alpaca rovings for spinners and felters. Other alpaca items include alpaca duvets, socks, ties & insoles. I carry a small but unique selection of yarn bowls, hand made project bags, shawl pins and birch knitting needles. Patterns are so easy to purchase on line now but I do keep a selection of patterns printed on nice card stock. I love to knit and offer a selection of hand knitted items for sale. All natural hand made soaps (lavender and 2 new fragrances) with ceramic soap dishes, all natural hand lotions and Soap nuts (a natural laundry detergent) are appropriate for gift giving at many occasions.

If you are a member of Toronto Knitters Guild, you are entitled to a 10% discount on purchases in my store. For the month of October, I am offering everyone the same discount to everyone. This will apply to on line purchases also. 

Looking forward to a new season! Have a wonderful day:)

New yarns.

kerstin kerr

September has arrived and with it a new website, new yarns and new ideas! 

Along with locally sourced yarns I am excited to offer 2 new lines: O-Wool, Local and Green Mountain Spinnery, Alpaca Elegance!!

O-Wool local is made in USA and contains 50% certified organic merino and 50% alpaca from farms in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Each skein is 240 yd / 219 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g with a recommended gauge of 18-20 stitches = 4 in / 10 cm on 7 - 9 US / 4.5 - 5.5 mm needles.Presently I have 17 colours for you to choose from!

Green Mountain Spinnery Alpaca Elegance is a 2 ply DK weight yarn and contains 50% New England Alpaca and 50% fine wool also grown in the US. It comes in 12 colours of 2 oz / 58 g skeins and is 180 yd / 165 m. The recommended gauge for this yarn is 5 st per inch / 2.5 cm on US size 6 / 4 mm needles. It is suitable for colour work and I am presently knitting a pullover by Ysolda Teague called Blank Canvas in the shade Cappuccino.

Use the links on the Visit page for more information and to view the colours. They will be added to my online shop in the near future.

Please drop in for a visit when you are in the area! Its not too soon to start those projects that you would love to have done by Christmas:)