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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

December at Alpaca Avenue

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COME ON IN FOR A VISIT....

COME ON IN FOR A VISIT....

All of a sudden it's December and we look forward to Christmas and New Year but we look back at what has happened over the last year. It has been a wonderful year with joys and challenges as life is wont to have! I hope you have had a good year and that your heart is content. I will continue to be open at my shoppe on Martin Grove Rd during December until the last week when I will be closed for family time. I am very grateful for the support and encouragement that I have received from so many of you! Thank you for taking the time to visit at the shop, to come to fiber events like The Knitters Frolic and Etobicoke School of the Arts Winter Craft Sale,or buying from my Etsy shop. I am grateful! It gives me a lot of joy to see your enjoyment of the yarns and products that I carry. I am most active on Instagram as far as social media goes and it has been wonderful to make new friends and contacts there. 

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The temperature varies a lot in my shop depending on the sun but I love the sun patches and how lovely the yarn looks in the light. These yarns are from Salt River Mills and are Suri alpaca. There are new Suri singles coming very soon and pattern ideas to try out.

SINGING FROM THE HEART

SINGING FROM THE HEART

 

Christmas is a time of reflection, remembering what is meaningful in our lives. It can get busy and it is not always a happy time for everyone. I have been participating in a advent draw, taking time each day to slow down, and draw or paint using set prompts. I am no artist but I have enjoyed this activity and it has brought focus for me on what brings me real joy. I hope that whatever your circumstances are that you will experience wonder, joy and peace. The Christmas Story is a story of joy for all people! 

Late Autumn New

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Autumn is here on the calendar but it still feels like Summer!  I hope you have all had a lovely Summer and are ready for some creative making as the season slowly changes. We have already seen several wonderful fiber festivals come and go, the most recent that I was able to attend was The Woodstock Fleece Festival. It is so interesting and exciting to see the growing awareness and interest in supporting a local fiber industry. So much work and passion goes into this but the resulting community and products are so worthwhile. Check out https://uppercanadafibreshed.ca/ for more information!

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Magnificent llamas at The Woodstock Fleece Festival

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One of my personal favorites:)

 

Alpaca Avenue is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 5 pm and some Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm. (or by arrangement) The store is in an unusual location being in an industrial area and is very small but you will find an interesting collection of yarns and gifts! My focus is primarily on alpaca but I also have some local wool and hand dyed sock yarns.

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A sample of the beautifully hand dyed sock yarn from Li'l Red KettleHead.

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Time to knit a garment for the cooler weather? There are so many beautiful patterns to choose from! The yarn at the top of this photo is 80/20 alpaca/merino Canadian yarn and the yarn on the right of the photo is 100% wool from St Josephs Island. It knits up beautifully!!

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New yarn bowls by Tony Eyamie of Patina Studios available in the shop and on my Etsy shop.

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Yarn bowls and mugs by Anne Pryde.  Spinning supplies alpaca slippers and ties, hand crafted soaps, candle holders, Soap nuts (natural laundry detergent) and so much more....


Coming soon!! I am very happy to announce that I will be selling some of https://www.sweetpaprikadesigns.com/ organic merino hand dyed wool in Bulky and Worsted weight and possibly a few other treasures....

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Fingerless mitts in Largo Organic Merino by Sweet Paprika Yarns and pattern Ferox by Talitha Kuomi, available on Ravelry.


More from Salt River Mills Yarns coming soon....The newest addition to their gorgeous Suri yarns is single plyed chunky yarn. It is 60/40 suri/ultrafine USA grown wool.

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An exclusive offer....3 skeins of Suri Singles and pattern by Deborah Newton. I will have 2 colors available to start with and samples of the remaining color choices for future orders.

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Only 3 left as of October 19 but more on the way....


A final note to mark your calendar for a couple of upcoming events!! I will be at Etobicoke School of the Arts annual craft show on November 18th. It is a wonderful event that supports a local school and has many interesting vendors of hand made items. November 25th is Handmade (Art and Fine Craft Sale) at Neilson Park Creative Centre. (free admission)

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Wherever you find yourself today, I hope that you will turn your face to the sun, spend time with someone, find joy in making and sharing...have a wonder-filled day:)

KNITTING COMFORTABLY

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The first shipment of this wonderful new book by Carson Demers is almost sold out but a second shipment is on its way. It is available in the shoppe on Martin Grove Rd and I am also shipping it on request. The best way is to contact me with your postal code and I can provide the exact cost to ship. The cost of the book is $62 CAD + 3.10 tax.

Have a wonderful day! Take breaks and go for a walk:)

 

Summer news!

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After a busy Spring which included The Toronto Knitters Frolic (which was awesome) the sale of my husbands business (which was stressful) some travel to visit family (which was wonderful) and some health issues (which was not fun but better now) we had the absolute privilege of a vacation in St Lucia for some needed rest and recovery!

Summer Hours at the shoppe are as follows:  Tuesday to Thursday 11-5, Some Saturdays 10-2 and by appointment. I am using the Summer pace to reorganize, add new products and learn new skills...On July 8th I will be taking a beginners weaving workshop which I am really looking forward to. Check out www.rovingtextiles.com for more information.

Hand dyed sock yarn by Paula of Li'l Red KettleHead is available at Alpaca Avenue now and perfect for Summer knitting....come on in and take a look at the lovely selection of Stout Sock BFL, Fine Foot BFL and Fine Foot 50!!

This book will be available from me very soon...contact me if you are interested .... be sure to watch the interview with Carson Demers on the latest Fruity Knitting Podcast.

Over the Summer I am planning to find more local alpaca yarn which is where my focus is and more delicious hand made soap by Tara of On a Branch Soaps will be here tomorrow:) They make wonderful hostess gifts....the packaging alone is beautiful and the soap is awesome:)

I came across this quote by Jennifer Edwards, a watercolour and fibre artist whose work inspires me. I will leave you with it and wish you many happy hours of making beautiful things! "Befriend interruptions. Befriend new directions. Befriend busyness. Befriend the curiosity to try new things!"

Have a wonderful Summer and don't forget your hat:)

 Hand made by Anna Shoub www.hatjunkie.com 

 Hand made by Anna Shoub www.hatjunkie.com