Monday, 16 April 2018

The new shop!!!

We are open in the new space!!! πŸ˜€ We are now Great Balls of Wool but greater! Bigger! With more stuff! πŸ˜€ We are also Gallery 101 now too πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’› We have art! So far we have four artists showing and we are looking for more as time progresses but for the moment we are not going to put out a call for artists just yet. Soon. We have a TONE of wool to unpack and organize first. We moved in just two weeks altogether with the bulk of the move being done over two days. So as you can imagine we have so much unpacking and sorting to do still. However if you have art you think we might be interested in feel free to come and talk to us. So far we have these artists showing, Adam Cramb, Felicia Joseph, Belinda Fogarty and Katrina Marie Craig.

This is one of Felicia's paintings. You might recognize it from her recent article in the Powell River Peek. She is an up and coming young artist who paints abstracts.

 The first picture on the blog is of three paintings in the Loopy Lounge that are by Adam Cramb. He is also in the window. His paintings are multi-media pieces that incorporate many mediums and found objects to create, bright colorful dynamic abstracts.

Below you can see our boutique arrangements with art in them by two artists. The center window has gorgeous acrylic pour paintings  by Belinda Fogarty. The first and last windows have small multi-media landscapes in them by me... Katrina Marie Craig. I also have a four larger paintings in the shop. All of them multi-media landscapes.

 Here you can see a lil peak at the window display I created for the shop. It's just meant as a teaser. To get the full effect I'm hoping you will pop by and check it out. Then maybe come in and hang out for a while in the Loopy Lounge. πŸ˜‰
Here is a peak at the all new and improved Loopy Lounge! It's much bigger. Please feel welcome to drop by and check it out. Maybe hang out and knit with us!

This is the view from the front door you can see the sock yarn display on the far right with the Malabrigo and Galway in the center.
This is a little snap shot of the front desk. Very colorful with one of my landscapes above the till. Also out beautiful shop warming plant given to us by Patti Newbury.
This is our new needle display that Brenda organized and put together. Plus all the notions. A peg for everything and everything on a peg! You would not believe how different it looks. Brenda did and outstanding job. It really is so easy to see everything now. Petra was a great help too, she unpacked a huge amount of yarn!

So that is a quick peak at the new shop! It's really great to have so much space. So much more stock on display. It's so much easier to see what we have. And we have a lot of stuff!

I'd like to take a moment to say a HUGE  Thank you to all of our lovely volunteers!!! You made moving a breeze. Without your help it would not have been possible to move so quickly. So Thank you from the bottom of our
We really have such a sweet, generous, supportive community. πŸ˜‰

So that's the low down on our new location!
Come see us!
Until then
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Monday, 2 April 2018

Moving Day!!!

Hey everyone we are moving today!!! πŸ˜€
If you feel like dropping by to volunteer it the old Artique space on Marine 😘
Nothing heavy just bags of wool to organize. Any help would be deeply appreciated πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
Lot's of it has been done already by Roisin's Grandson and his friends who came up for a visit just in time! πŸ˜€ Ten of them from his graduating class. We got a picture of them knee deep in wool. Many hands make light work.
In other woolly news Roisin finally finished her Purl Piccadilly scarf and it is glorious! You can see how the Easter egg colors off set each other beautifully. Here's Roisin camping it up as a model for a photograph so you can see it!
And here am I in some Bunny ears! Hope everyone had a Happy Holiday πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—
We had our own Happy Holiday here at GBOW with our needle felted Bunny class that Belinda taught. Here's a quick pick of the little guy himself all fuzzy and cute. I will get Belinda to text me a photo of the class work to put on Insta and on the next Blog.
Check out Kathy's Glorious socks!!! Are they not inspirational??? She did these one at a time but was saying next time she will do them two at a time using the Sockista method just because she thinks it would work good and wants to try it out.
Speaking of sock's here is a picture of my newest batch of hand dyed sock yarn. Lot's of bright colors and these are all brand new color ways that I am just trying out.
You don't have to make socks with it. Here is the Field of Flower's Hat pattern that Petra made out of my sock yarn and one strand of mohair.  I'm in love with it. I get so excited to see my yarn knit up by other peoples hands. She is so skilled! Such an inspiration to see what her imagination creates.
Here is another one. Totally different. This one is made with a Zauberball and one strand of Mohair. So beautiful. It's hard to see from the photo but the Mohair is sparkly so the hat shimmers! Gorgeous!
Alane's hat is different again. Same pattern different yarn. This one is made from Malabrigo. No sparkle, no fuzz. Super sleek and classic. Gotta love Malabrigo.
 Last but not least is this mornings update on my Top Down Willingdon Beach Sweater. I'm past the arms!!!!! Unbelievably exciting. This is my first time doing a sweater this way and I had a major catastrophic event at this stage. I was almost home free. I'd put all the stitches for the sleeves on holder yarn and I was doing the increases under the arms and guess what I did... I knit over the opening for the arm hole and attached it together!!! So that meant I had to pull my needles completely out and frog the thing back to the arm holes. Frog meaning rip out stitches. Rip it! Rip it! Rip it! That meant I had over two hundred loose stitches that I then had to pick up one at a time! Which I made a mistake doing. So I had to pull out half and do it over again! I tell ya. I was so tired by the time I picked up over three hundred stitches. But i did it. And I learn to cable cast on. And I am past the arm holes! YAY!!! Now it's just knit, knit, knit in the round to knit the body all the way down. I love this kind of thing. That's why I like socks.
Fun huh? I highly recommend it. Just don't knit your arm holes together. Not so fun. I'm totally loving this project. Really. I am. 

Okay so that's about all for today. 
Shop is still open! All this week too. 
In the new shop ASAP!!!
Will try and give you an exact date as soon as I know. 
Until then...
πŸ’–Happy KittingπŸ’–

Monday, 26 March 2018

Monday and we are Packing to Move!!!

Hello everyone!πŸ˜€ Look at this! We have started packing! How exciting is that??? We are using black plastic bags for the wool as you can see by this picture of Mora here stacking them by the door. Roisin decided that would be easy, inexpensive, light and easy on the back for transport. I think it's brilliant actually.
 But we do have boxes too as you can see here. All stuffed with stuff and ready to go!
I'm super excited to get into the new space. It's going to be fantastic. We are going to change things up a bit. There will still be the yarn shop! Never fear! But there will also be a 
Gallery and Boutique πŸ˜€ I'm so excited I can hardly wait. This is going to be so much fun.
But before we can open lot's of work has to be done and we are not physically moving in until
πŸ’– April 1stπŸ’– 
Today the Telus guy is here trying to hook up Optic for us. Getting Optic has been a gong show. It seems one hand of Telus does not know what the other hand is doing. The call centers don't know what they technicians are doing. Our work orders are not on record anywhere. They keep sending out one man to do what is a multiple person job. They just told him today that the situation may not even have a solution??? Can you believe that? It's not that the job is to hard. It's that they simply cannot get it together to send technicians to do it. So that's been a bit of a game of phone tag the last few weeks. But there is one guy here today who is going to attempt to do it all by himself. He's our Champion!
 Here's a sneak peak in the store room at the boxes being packed and put in order for moving. We are going to have so-much-space! In the new shop we won't be having to have a backstock. All of our inventory will be on display. This will be better for us, and better for you. You will be able to see without asking if we have enough of what you want on hand to make your project. Also the Loopy Lounge will be much bigger and not separate from the store πŸ˜€ There will be lots of natural light for looking at colors when choosing yarn for your projects too.
Now that we will have a store front that is right on the street we will be open late on Thursday evenings for people to come in to sit in the Loopy lounge and knit this summer. We plan to have it Cheerfully lit until 8:30 PM every Thursday evening all summer for your knitting pleasure. And with all this extra space we will be opening a Gallery and hanging beautiful art as well as opening a Boutique of hand knit clothing too. It's going to be a beautiful, vibrant, cheerful, welcoming space. Just as Great Balls of Wool has always been πŸ’—
With all this exciting moving news it's time to talk some knitting! Here is Roisin's latest Purl Piccadilly  scarf nearly done now... Look at those colors. It's really beautiful. I love this one. Very Easter, Spring. It's definitely right on season. Makes me think of Cadbury Chocolate Easter Eggs.
And here is a weekly update on my Willingdon Beach Sweater Kit that I have been working away on. And OMG I am Loving knitting this. If you like a simple strait forward knit in the round  project that is easy to count I highly recommend this. So far I have found it so easy. I find I make few mistakes and when I do, because it's knit of such good quality smooth yarn that doesn't split in such strait forward knit in the round stitches, with almost no purl even,  I have been able to fix all of my mistakes and do everything myself and only ask questions. I have not had to hand this project over to Roisin once so far and say "Help!" And I like doing the increase rounds, they are easy too. So big thumbs up so far! As you can see in the picture I just finished the Malbrigio part of the yoke and am starting with the Galway part of the sweater now. I am on my third row of Galway which is also the next increase row.* Knit 6 stitches Knit front and back* repeat from star till end of row is, I think, my next part of my pattern. πŸ’—
Ok so that's what I've got for you for today 😍
Hope you enjoyed our post πŸ˜‰
Keep coming in while we get through our move!
Loopy lounge is still open!
We are still open right up until the LAST MOMENT!!!
I will keep you posted as to our progress in the days to come.
So do not hesitate to come in πŸ˜„
Hope to see you soon!
Until then...
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Tuesday Sock Day!!!

Hey everyone πŸ˜€ Look at Pegs tiny lil socks she has started! They are at the teddy bear ears stage when they like the tiny ears of a teddy bear πŸ’— Tuesday afternoon is Sockista day when all the Sockista's gather to knit socks together.
 Two socks knit together at the same time from the toe up with an invisible cast on and an after thought heal. An elastic crochet cast off at the top and an invisible  kitchener stitch cast off at the heal. Here you can see Roisin's work socks in progress that she is making for her Grandson James.
 Sari has split her new 100 gram ball of sock yarn into two 50 gram balls and is getting started with the invisible cast on outside the picture frame with Roisin. You could say she is invisibly casting on her invisible cast on...😐
 And here are Myrna's beautiful stripey masterpieces moving along beautifully! She's almost ready to cast off with the elastic crochet cast off.
 The other thing I thought I would write a bit about today are some sweaters. This is a sweater I am deconstructing to repurpose. It is a sweater I made out of my hand spun.
 This is yarn I made myself. I bought this fleece locally "in the grease", which means I bought it strait from the farmer with all the dirt and what not still in it. Then I washed it carded it dyed it and spun it, then knit it into this sweater you see I have begun to deconstruct.
 I chose to deconstruct this sweater because it is just to warm for me to wear with anything over or under it. I've decided as knitters do that this yarn would be better suited to a different sort of sweater. So I am going to get Roisin to teach me to use this yarn and her knowledge of Cowichan sweater making techniques to make a outwear cardigan out of this wool. Possibly with some of my art yarn for embellishment.  It will be for myself.
 This is a picture of my Willigdon Beach sweater in progress. I will try to keep posting knit along pictures of it as I go as many GBOW ladies have expressed an interest in knitting this sweater after seeing Roisin's beautiful prototype of it. This is my "yoke yarn" or the beginning yarn I am using at the neck. It is Malabrigo in the color way "Liquid Amber"
 This is the sweater that Amanda is knitting from a pattern that Roisin made up out of her head for Amanda after the pattern she bought had something not quite right with it and had to be abandoned. This new pattern is working up beautifully out of Foot Loose sock yarn. A very fine sweater yarn for a first sweater!!! Go Amanda!!!
 Here you can see Sue sewing together her gorgeous! Turquoise sweater that she is just about finished. The color is just jaw dropping amazing. And look her special sweater sewing clips match it exactly! These clips are specially designed for pinning your knitting as you sew it together. You can get them here at GBOW if you are interested in finding them.
Alllrighty then!!!
That's just about it for now...
I hope you are having a great day, enjoying the spring sunshine! Nothing like spring knitting in the sweet, cool, sunny afternoons!
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Monday, 12 March 2018

Look at this!!!

 Hello everyone πŸ˜ƒ So this week I have a collection of project photo's for you to peruse. Above is a picture of Hillary and her lil guy Thor who visit us on Saturday afternoon drop in days so Hillary can work on her sweater which you can see there in her lap. It is knit out of sock yarn and Sisu. Sisu is fair isle yarn. Its about the same weight as sock yarn. Her sweater is coming out beautiful. It's going to be a light weight sweater that she can wear summer or winter.
 Heather is on a role with her but cuff making! She is making them out of Galway in all different colors to match all different outfits and she is making them to give away to close friends too! This was one she was wearing when she came in. I thought she looked sensational in her west coastie, many layered, look that she had put together with it.
 Amy is making a Steven West sweater! I love Steven West. Amy turned me on to Steven West and now I am following him on Instagram and I just love him. If you have not checked him out I highly recommend it. There is nothing else quite like him. Amy is almost finished her sweater and I cannot wait to see her in it! She's going to look fantastic.
 Claire is making a scrappy shawl out of my hand dyed sock yarn and my hand spun yarn. You can see the yarn she is using here in the picture wound into balls as she is starting out. I'm super excited to see how it progresses. The night she was working on it that this photo was taken was a Thursday night drop in night. She had just decided to add a skein of Foot loose speckle dyed yarn to it to give it a bit of a white stripe.
 These are Tanya's gorgeous orange slippers! She comes to Thursday night drop in sometimes. That's where I got this super saturated orange slipper photo. I love it so much. These slippers are the knitted felted slipper pattern by Fiber Trends that people are just crazy about. Bet you can't make just one pair!!!
 Isn't this sweater the sweetest thing??? People just went crazy over it on Instagram. It's Kathy's creation. She knit it out of Diamond Luxury Fine Merino Superwash DK. Before you ask, the pattern is from her stash and it's from the 80's 😁 Don't you just love it so HARD! They don't make em like that anymore.
 Ok so this GORGEOUS creation is of course Roisin's. And it was made by special request just for Ivan with his family crest on it and canoes around the bottom. He was very happy with it. So was his πŸ’–MumπŸ’– who commissioned it.
Look how GLORIOUS Amanda looks in this sample sweater by Roisin!!! I just love this sweater so much! Amanda does too. She says it's going to be her next project and I know it's going to be mine. I've already got the wool picked out! Amanda says she wants to make hers just like Roisin's. I'm going to make mine similar but different colors. So I'm going to use the colors... "Liquid Amber" for the Malabrigo part and a Galway Highland Heather called " Foxglove" for the Galway part. So, pictures when I get started...

Ok! That's about it for today..
Until next week πŸ˜€
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–

Monday, 5 March 2018

It's Crochet Monday's!!!

It's Crochet Monday's with Lindalu!πŸ’•πŸ˜ƒπŸ’• We are so excited to be offering a drop in class for learning Crochet. Monday afternoons here at GBOW for $10.00!!!  😲😲😲 It's a great deal and a fantastic opportunity to expand your crafty skills. Look at the gorgeous granny squares that Lindalu has prepared for you to drool over as inspiration to motivate you to come down and try your hand at creating your very own heirloom pieces to pass down to your children or just drape decorously around your house, and when people ask you... "Did you make that? It's Beautiful!" You will be able to say... "Why yes! Yes I did." And smile knowingly. Then tell them about Lindalu's excellent Crotchet Class where you learned how 😁

Aren't these super duper deluxe??? I have dreamed of crocheting granny squares like this. Really. I have. But never learned how. I just knit.

Lindalu is a Master of Crochet and an excellent teacher. Class will be from 1pm until 3pm. Two hours! Enough time to get really started on something. But it is drop in. So you can come and go as you please. It's geared to be flexible and accessible. It would be a great activity for your young tweens and teens this spring break! I was talking with a young girls Grandma and she was asking me what classes we offer for young people here at GBOW for the spring break as it can be hard to find crafts for them to do that they like. We often have little ones here learning to knit and needle felt. Now we can offer Crochet too!
So if you've got young ones hangin about the house getting under your feet. Bring them to us for drop in and just set them up with a project and drop them off for two hours. Our most popular day for children is of course Saturday morning from 10am to noon. But we also are here from 1pm to 3pm on Friday afternoon for knitting if that works for you. And now Monday from 1pm to 3pm for the Crochet. We find the week days are suitable for people adding to the curriculum of their home schooled children. As are the needle felting classes. So that is also an option. We have had people drop their children off to learn knitting and needle felting for that kind of thing. So kids are very welcome here at GBOW.

And of course Granny's are welcome too! Who more classically suited to knit or crochet Granny Squares then a Granny I ask you? "Free your inner Granny!" and craft up a storm!!! We actually have crafty women of all ages here at GBOW young and old. Moms, babies, Grannies. Even, believe it or not... some "Men that knit" Ok, well, there is Edward who comes for Sockista's and knits socks. That's what we always say, but there are actually quite a few more than that... Yup. We include everyone.

Alrighty then! Hope you are having an excellent Monday!
Maybe see you soon???
Until then...
πŸ’–Happy KnittingπŸ’–