Thursday, 14 June 2018

Felicia Joseph Paintings!

Hey! πŸ˜€ How is everyone today? Are you knitting in the sunshine? Or have you put away your needles and yarn until winter? I am still knitting and so is everyone here at GBOW. Summer projects are the best projects πŸ˜‚ I finished my Willingdon Beach sweater! Pictures to come! I just have to wash it and block it. Then I will model it for you. I love it! It fits perfectly. I finished the sleeves without indecent. Then went back to the hem line and pulled out my cast off and picked up all the stitches and added another six inches or so. Much better. 

In other knitting news Belinda is knitting cotton socks for summer and Roisin is working on various things. She just finished a sheep pillow and is working her way through a summer weight sweater out of a linen blend yarn. Pictures to come!
 For eye candy today I have Art photos! We have a selection of new paintings by up and coming young artist Felicia Joseph!
 They are so beautiful! We have a variety of different sizes of her work at different price points. Something to please everyone.
 This big one below was in the window for a month. Did you happen to see it? It is spectacular. You really have to come in and look at it if you have not seen it.
 They really are so beautiful. You should stop by and have a look. We are always happy to have browsers!
I think this last one is my favorite. I may have to add one to my Art collection! 

So we are having a variety of classes available throughout the summer. Petra is doing another slipper class! People cannot get enough of her slippers. Check the previous post of dates and times. Belinda will be teaching more felted animals too. Also mentioned in the previous post. There are a few spaces left in each class but they are filling up fast. You should jump on it if you want to get a spot!

As always HELP! is available on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Come and learn virtually anything you might like to know about knitting. Stitches. Projects. Beginners. You name it.  

Allllrighty then! That's about it for today 😘
Hope to see you soon for a visit!
Until then...
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Monday, 4 June 2018

Summer sweater days

So we have been having some summer sweater weather the last few days πŸ˜€
In appreciation of wearing our lovely handmade things in summer I thought I'd blog about summer sweaters that are happening here at GBOW. 

Below you can see Kitty's lovely Aran Knit emerald green cozy sweater. It is knit out of Diamond Supreme Merino yarn. It is ever so soft and squishy!
 Next you can see my progress on the Wilingdon Beach sweater. As you can see I am most of the way down the arms now. They have mismatched striping happening on them. It is longer than it seems it's just rolling up at the hem. I will fix that when I block it. I am wanting it to be longer than this though so I am going to pull out the cast off edge and add on another six inches or so.
 This is Lisa's top down Wilingdon Beach sweater in progress. It is looking gorgeous so far. She is just about ready to put her sleeves on stitch holders and then move on to the body of her sweater.
 This is Lisa in her newly finished beautiful brown sweater. It is knit out of our Pure Wool Roving yarn. Lisa loves this yarn and knits with it often. I believe she may have knit s sweater out of this wool already but I am not 100% sure about that.
 Look at Mira's lovely brilliantly colorful Noro creation! It's not quite done yet but it is coming along marvelously.
Petra will be teaching felted slipper classes again soon. They will take place on Wednesday's from 1-3 the first day will be June 20th. That class costs $75 dollars plus materials. 

Belinda will be teaching a new felted animal class. Wilma the Wale. You can needle felt your very own little Orca wale doll if you want. That class is $30.00 that price is inclusive of materials and instruction. 

As ever there is drop in learning classes happening every Friday afternoon from 1-3 and every Saturday morning from 10am until noon. Feel free to drop in for help on your project or even learn something new. Roisin is available for all your knitting needs 😌

Alrighty then 😍
Hope you are having a great summer!
Feel free to drop by and see us here at GBOW for all your summer knitting needs.
Until next week
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Monday, 28 May 2018

New Jewlery!

We have new stuff! we have jewelry now πŸ˜€ We have three jewelry artists their names are Katie McLean, Belinda Fogarty and myself...Katrina Craig. Katie makes rustic gemstone and silver pieces. We have her necklaces and earrings. The necklaces in the picture to the bottom right are hers. And you can see her big bold statement necklace in the third center photo below. It is made of Amazonite and Carnelian with Onyx accents. On the below left you can see two of Belinda's beaded netting necklaces, one red and one green. The Display behind the netted necklaces holds my work, Katrina, and it is hypoallergenic brass findings with gemstones and fresh water pearls. Also you can see in the middle my soldered charm necklaces. I make the soldered charms myself.

 Below are three of Belinda's pieces. She takes copper pennies and silver dimes and hammers them flat and embosses them with lettering. You can get key chains or earrings done this way. Below and to the left you can see an example of here wire wrapping skills. The pendant you see here is an bolder opal. It has lots of opalescent glow to it too!

Here you can see four of my necklaces photographed close up so you can see the pendants. Below left is Water Saphire, Amethyst and pearls on 14kt gold filled chain. Below right is an large clear light purple faceted Amethyst. With it is Rubies, Pearls and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise on 14 kt gold chain.

Above you can see two more of the pendants of my necklaces. Above left is Pearls, Apatite, Amethyst, Rubies and Citrine with copper and sterling silver wire wrapping. Above right is a large faceted Garnet with Rubies, Pealrs, Amethyst, Watermelon Tormeline and Antique Rhinestones on 14 kt Gold chain. 

Below you can see some close ups of Katie McLeans work. Below  Left is a Lapis Lazuli and Lava stone necklace and hangin to the side of that is a Citrine and Blue Gold stone necklace. The close up on the right is of a Pearl and Apatite necklace with a Mother of Pearl pendant and silver accent beads.

 Here last of the day we have two of Katie McLeans necklaces in the photo below. The left necklace is of Lapis Lazulie and Turquoise with Carnelian accents. And the right necklace is her Amazonite and Carnelian statement necklace.
Thats the newest new stuff in the shop this week! Come on down and try on jewelry! We are happy to show it to you and help you with colors or styles or just tell you more about anything you might be interested in 😊

We have been knitting like crazy too! I am half way down the sleeves of my Wilingdon Beach sweater! I have to say I just love! Love! Love! this pattern. So many people have been trying it out and I have heard nothing but great reviews. And everyone has their own ideas of how it should look so no two look the same! I am starting my second one now πŸ˜ƒ This next one is knit out of two fine yarns together. A strand of Alpaca and a strand of mohair. Mauve and green again 😝 But is going to be sleeveless! And it's going to look completely different. I will blog it so you can see the versatility of this pattern. I am planning on knitting a third one too! But the third one will not only be completely different colors but it will be a cardigan 😱 Using the same pattern and a bit of Roisin`s expertise I have high hopes. πŸ˜†

Ok so that's our shop news! Our knitting news! And our new stuff! I hope you enjoyed this little bit of stuff about stuff!
Come on down and hang out and knit!
Until next week...
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Monday, 14 May 2018

A New Artist

Hey everyone πŸ˜€
GBOW has some new Art this month! Check out this gorgeous table by Roger of Twig and Timber Designs! This piece is a one of a kind original design. It's twenty years old. Well seasoned with a gorgeous patina that only years of oil and love can produce. Quintessential west coast wood working with love and attention to every detail. Roger was reluctant to part with this beauty but I talked him into letting us put it in the store for sale for a little while. It's a personal favorite of his. I don't think he really wants to sell it. πŸ˜‰ I wouldn't either. It's just lovely. This kind of furniture just gets more gorgeous with age. The more you touch it. The more you oil it. The softer, silkier and more lustrous the patina becomes. It's west coast wood furniture at it's finest. I think that any furniture lover world wide would take one look at this beauty and know it comes from the workshop of someone on the west coast of British Columbia Canada without even asking. To me it is a classic example of the unique style that BC is famous for.

 If you think the table is special then I have to show you this. It is made out of a yellow cedar birds eye burl. If you look closely you will see it is all covered in faces. You might have to come in and look at it in person to really see them. It is a difficult one to photograph effectively. It's spectacular. I absolutely love it. The beach stones are all subtle colors and the tiles around the edge are blue and green mottled together. In between the stones is beach sand. Uniquely and beautifully West Coast Art.
 The following are two more of Rogers pieces. On the left is a little hanging carving that would be good inside or out in the garden. We have a few of these. Each one is completely unique. On the right is a beautiful shelf that hangs on the wall. I think it would be great with a hurricane oil lamp on it. In case of a power outage you are good to go! Candles would be nice too if you are uncomfortable with oil lamps. I know oil lamps scare some people. Or you could just put interesting seashore finds on it. The possibilities are endless. It has a tree carved into it that blends into the natural colors of the wood.
 We have some other new things as well. We have now got all natural handmade soaps by Ondine. They smell divine and make a great little addition to a gift or for a friend.  We also have some very pretty jewelry made by Belinda Fogarty. The copper disks in these earrings are hammered pennies! Cool huh? I love them. There are silver ones too.
Here is a close up of a bar of Peppermint soap so you can read the ingredients 😊

Well 😌 that's about it for this week! I hope you will come by for a visit and see our beautiful shop in person. We have all kinds of knitted Art, Art and of course wool of all kinds. 

Have a great day!
Enjoy the sunshine!
And as ever
πŸ’–Happy KittingπŸ’–

Monday, 7 May 2018

New window display!

Hey everyone!
Today we have a new window display πŸ˜€
I tried to get some nice photo's of it for the blog today but it was tricky. The window has a reflective film on it to keep the display cool. It is not easy to get pictures through it. Mostly you just get a reflection of the street. So I took a photo from inside as you can see below. We have some great paintings in the window this month. Adam Cramb, Felicia Joseph and Belinda Forgarty all have work on display in the window this month.
 It's a very colourful collection of art wool and Roisin's  knitted goodies. If you can come by and check it out it looks much better in person! Things are starting to come together in our new location. The Sockista class on Tuesday afternoon has been rockin busy. Lots of new people and some long term sock knitters too. It's a rollicking good time. Lots of fun had by all. If you have not knit socks yet you should come by and join in! It's a real favourite. Thursday night drop in knitting for fun and relaxation is super busy too. We have been having a great turn out! Feel free to drop by and join in the fun. It is on Thursday nights from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. So on Thursdays the shop is open from 10:00 am in the morning strait through until 8:30pm at night! If you have a need for yarn after dinner on Thursday evening feel free to drop in and pick up something. We are open for sales during Thursday Knitting Night hours too.
This is one of the display cases inside GBOW. It's focused on shawl making. Here you can see two examples of Roisin's design called Texada Time Wrap. It's a fun knit. It is knit flat and then sewn up. You can knit it with or without the collar. In the window are three examples of Roisin's "Whats the Point"poncho too. It's a shawl month this month. Because it is warm enough now to get away with just wearing a shawl. No more winter coat. The whats the point poncho is gorgeous too and can be knit with or without a collar as well.
 This display case is all about Roisin's Zevelution J sweaters. It's a gorgeous thing. The painting you see there is one of mine. It's called "Harwood Rain Storm" and I painted it when I had a panoramic view of the ocean here in town. Also in this display you will find examples of all of the wool we carry for knitting Cowichan Style sweaters. We have various styles of Custom Woolen Mills yarn for this purpose. Custom Woolen Mills is a ethically minded Canadian woolen mill that takes fleeces from Canadian farmers and turns the fleeces in yarn and roving. The mill keeps half of the farmers fleeces to sell and gives half the finished product back to the farmer. It's a fantastic product that you will give you hours of pleasure and give back to the woolen community at the same time. Ethical with an environmentally friendly footprint.
 This display has a collection of Belinda Fogarty art and is focused on hat making. There is a rack of all kinds of different hats for inspiration and examples of all different kinds of yarn that you could use to make your own gorgeous hats with. Lot's of people come in looking for hat yarn. Kitted hats are incredibly popular and a favourite gift. To give or receive. If you would like to learn to knit a hat is a great place to start. Roisin will help you pick out a pattern, yarn and needles and get you started and on your way to knitting anything you can dream up!
Today is Monday. That's the day I blog on and in case you don't know the shop is open from 10:00am in the morning until 5:00pm in the evening. It's just me here hangin out all by myself. I'd love company! If you want to come in and shop or just hang out and knit you are more than welcome. We also have crochet lessons available by appointment on Monday afternoons. Lindalu will teach you anything you want to learn. Just call in and book ahead. 

We are also accepting new artists into the Gallery if any of you have things you would like to have here on display come on in and show us what you have got! Is there any specific thing you would like us to offer a class on making? You can leave a comment telling us what you would like to learn or come by and tell us in person.

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having!
Until next week,
or until you drop by...
πŸ’–Happy Knitting!πŸ’–

Monday, 30 April 2018

Spring Knits!

Hey everyone! πŸ˜€ So it looks like Spring has finally Sprung!Isn't the sunshine glorious? I know I am happy to see it. Time to get into the spring knitting spirit! We have tones of stuff out now that we have more space. Feel free to come in just to look at what we have. Today I thought I'd just give you a bit of a tour around the store just in case you might not be able to come here in person for some reason.

 In this first photo you can see our display of knitting needle sets. We have a nice selection of interchangeable knitting needle sets for you to choose from. We have full sets and half sets available for you. So if you already have a set and say you just want a half set of bigger needles to add to your selection of needles or a half set of smaller sizes we have that too. We also carry a variety of extra cables and needles in all sizes. If you should need just one more of a certain cable length or needle for your project. For instance I am knitting two sleeves from the top down on my sweater right now. I am doing that on two sets of interchangeable needles size 4.5mm on 80cm cords. I had one set of 4.5mm needles and an 80cm cord that came with my complete set. Then  I bought a second set of 4.5mm needles and an 80cm cord to go with it. If you want to see what that looks like there is a picture of it on my last post about the Wilingdon Beach Sweater.
 This is our new sock yarn display. It took us a bit of organizing but we now have everything out for you to see. Everything is labeled and organized by brand so it's easy to see what we have got. We have got a lot of sock yarn!!! Plenty to suit every taste.
 Here you can see one of our Boutique displays of Roisin's original design called the Zevelution J sweater. She has reinvented the Cowichan Style sweater using techniques by Elizabeth Zimmerman and Jude Skeers to make a whole new design. It is knit all in one piece so there are no seems to come apart. Feel free to come in and try one on. It really hugs your figure in a unique way and is incredibly flattering on.
 This is our selection of Malabrigo Rios right next to our selection of Galway. Both super deluxe favorites that get a lot of attention. We have a wide selection of colors and varieties. We also have some other Malabrigo varieties such as Mecha and Rasta.
 Check out these next two pictures of our gorgeous needle and notion display organized by Brenda. Now there is a hook for everything and everything on a hook. So you can really see whats here. No more hunting through a tone of stuff to find what you are looking for. It is all clearly displayed right at your fingertips.
 We have tones of needle felting notions too. There are a variety of stitch markers to be had. Darning needles. Stitch holders. Point protectors. Even some unusual notions like pom pom makers and sewing supplies.
 Last but not least I thought I'd post some inspirational photo's of a new project I just started. This is the begining of a sweater I am designing with Roisin's assistance on some of the technical aspects that I am just learning how to do. I thought I'd tell you a bit about what I am up to so you can see the sort of thing you can get help with here in Friday afternoons and Saturday monring during HELP time.
 So what you see here is a Provisional Cast On that Roisin has taught me. It is the begining of a little Bolero style sweater I am designing out of my own hand spun. This sweater will be knit using the basic skills used to knit a Cowichan stlye sweater but will look nothing like that when it is done. However the skills used are exactly the same. It is going to be knit in pieces out of bulky yarn then sewn together. The provisional Cast On creates a hem line of live stitches that I can pick up again later in order to knit on the ribbing around the bottom last. 
 Here you can see the back that I have about half finished. To get the gauge and figure out how many stitches we needed to cast on I knit a large swatch then Roisin took a stitch count in a few different places to make such we got a good idea of the stitches per inch. Then we took a measurement of my body factoring in Ease to get an idea of how many stitches wide it needed to be in order to fit me comfortably.
You can see here the resulting back piece knit up to about where the armpits will be. Now I need to consult with Roisin again to get an idea of how to do the shaping for the arm holes. I already have the arms made. This is being remade out of a sweater I knit out of my own hand spun. So I salvaged the arms from the sweater. All I have to do is make them a bit longer for this new design. I will show you the arms in a future post when I get to the part where I work on them. I also have a drawing I am working from and it would probably help you see this more clearly if I post a picture of that too!

Ok! That's about it for this Monday Blog post! Hope you found all of this interesting enough. Maybe my sweater experiment will inspire you to start that project you have been thinking about trying 😍 It's all fun and creative. If you decide you don't like it one of the truly great things about knitting is that you can rip it! Rip it! Rip it! and reuse that yarn for something completely different. No so much the case with sewing huh? πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

So never fear trying something adventurous. 

Until next week...
πŸ’–Happy Knitting!πŸ’–

Monday, 23 April 2018

Willingdon Beach Sweater

Hey everyone 😁 Things at the new shop are coming together really well! Lots of great feedback πŸ˜€ People love the new location and lots of people have been by to have a looks and see what things look like! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time out of their busy days to come by and say HI! We love to hear from you. 

So today I thought I would write about the new sweater that everyone is making πŸ˜ƒ It's a variation on a Purl Soho pattern and we are calling it the Willingdon Beach Sweater. Each one is so different from the last you would not believe they are all the same sweater! Everyone has different taste and a different body shape but this sweater has fit and look great on every single person who has tried it on. We encourage people to try on the sample sweater that Roisin made up to see how it fits and then Roisin can tell you what size would be best for you to make. People are changing the pattern to suit themselves also so all the sweaters are very unique. Some people want it longer, some want it over sized while others want it to fit quite close. A couple people are changing the neck to suit their personal taste. Others are changing the sleeve length. What ever alteration to the pattern you might like to make Roisin can walk you through it. 

So the original is in the window of the shop. You can see it in the photo above. It is the very largest size. It fits everyone though. It really does you would be surprised. The first example I have to show you is below here and it is Patti Newbury in her sweater. She is the first to finish and is modeling it for you to see here. She made it in Noro around the yoke and Diamond Tradition in the body. You can see one of Adam Crambs paintings in the background. We noticed how the colors of the sweater and the colors of his art were very complimentary. We have matched a many paintings here to complimentary pieces of knitting πŸ˜„

This next one below is a new one that Roisin is knitting for herself this time rather than for the shop and it`s knit out of Linen. It is super gorgeous so far. Everyone who sees it loves it. It will be the first summer weight sweater in this pattern. I`m loving this pattern so much I`m thinking of doing abnother one right away after I finish the one I'm currently working on. After seeing Roisin`s Linen one I am seriously considering doing a summer weight sweater in the green linen in this line of yarns. It is a Katia yarn called Linda. Very beautiful. We have three colors of it.

This is Tiana`s variation on the Willingdon Beach sweater. Tiana is just amazing. She is an accomplished crocheter who has just started to come here to learn to knit on Friday and Saturday drop in HELP! days and has just been doing fantastic! On her first day she knit a hat. She came in to her second drop in and had taught herself Brioche stitch using Youtube. And for her third project... the Willindon Beach Sweater. We are all very impressed by her work. You can see the colors she chose in the photo below. The wool is called Merisoft.

Next is Maria`s sweater. Hers is going to be made entirely out of Malabrigo! I belive the color way is called Polermo. But she bought all we had left in this colorway for her sweater so I can`t look quickly at the shelf to check... It`s it glorious! It is going to be soooo soft. Everyone who is knitting with the Malabrigo has been commenting on how soft it is. People are saying it is so soft it feels like silk or cotton rather than what you would commonly think of as the feel of wool. That`s because it is 100% Merino. Merino is named after the breed of sheep it comes from and is the softest wool you can get. This is because the wool has a very fine ``Denier`` which is the technical name for the measurement of the thickness of each individual fiber. Merino has very fine individual fibers that are very soft. It also felts very easily. However the line of Malabrigo in this sweater is Rios and it is superwash which means it is entirely machine washable. You would still want to block it to dry though. Although technically it should be safe to go through the dryer... it might come out a different shape than it would if you block it.

Ok so this is my one. As you can see I have finished the body now and have just picked up the stitches for the sleeves. Roisin teaches this method of doing sleeves. It is basically the same method that we teach for the Sockista Sock Knitting Method. As you can see the method is very versatile and can be used for much more than just knitting socks! Here I will be using it to knit two sleeves from the top down including decreases and when I am finished I will have knit both sleeves at the same time so they will be identical in every way except color should I choose to add different color design elements to my sleeves as I go. I will be doing this actually so that my resulting sleeves will have different color striping effects in them. Why be matchy matchy when there are so many possibilities. 😊

Last but never least I would like to share a progress update on Amanda`s sweater. πŸ˜€ She is not knitting the same pattern as the rest of the sweaters I showed you today. She is knitting a pattern that came strait from Roisin`s head and has no actual name. We will call it ``Easy Top Down Sweater Pattern`` This is Amanda`s first project and she is doing Amazing!!! She really is. It`s going to be a child sized sweater. It is soooo gorgeous. It is knit out of Foot Loose %100 Merino sock yarn. So it is a fine knit too. Not an easy first project at all. So she really is doing so well. Roisin is a great teacher. She can really teach anything you might want to learn and has a great sense of color and drape. 
Ok so that is about it for today! Hope you enjoyed this little peak at all the different Willingdon Beach Sweaters coming out of GBOW the last little while. This isn't even all the different colors and styles. I will have to do another post on this sweater I am sure. Once people start getting their sweaters finished and I can show you all the different design elements people are modifying this sweater to have. It would be great to get a photo of all the different Ladies wearing their sweaters at some point in the futureπŸ˜ƒ

You are welcome to come in and try on the sample sweater at any time if you think you might be interested in making it.

Hope to see you soon!
Until then
πŸ’–Happy Knitting!πŸ’–