Newsletter December 13th 2019

Knitting winter wear just got a lot more exciting with these merino/alpaca/ llama blends from Illimani. Introducing Amelie, Santi and Royal, just three of the delightful yarns sourced from independent spinners and dyers from Bolivia and Peru.

Illimani is a Montreal-based company that for almost two decades was known for its collection of ready-to-wear alpaca and llama wool apparel hand-made by artisans in Bolivia. Recently the company changed gears and now works with spinners and dyers in Bolivia and Peru to bring the finest alpaca and llama fibres to knitters and crocheters across North America. They also support international aid organizations that are helping artisans in the Bolivian and Peruvian Andes to commercialize their products for North American markets.

AMELIE (top)
Mulberry Silk + Baby Alpaca + Merino.
Amelie is considered Aran weight, but it's extremely light and rich-textured. 50g, 150m/164yd, $24

SANTI (left)
Ultra Fine Merino + Baby Alpaca + Yak + Mulberry Silk.
You'll love the beautiful stitch definition of this yarn, plus the way the Yak and Silk make the colour shine. DK, 50g, 125m/137yd, $18.

ROYAL (right)
Mulberry Silk + Baby Alpaca + Merino.
This blend creates a yarn as soft as cashmere with all the strength of alpaca. Your knits will be incredibly soft and luxurious, yet durable. Worsted, 100g, 200m/220yd, $25


Don't get your tinsel in a twist!
We have kits for all knitting levels and styles. 
Our friends at Sweet Paprika have put together some adorable kits for the gifting season. Each kit includes a pattern and enough wool for the project, so no guessing and no need to buy full skeins.
Fish in the Sea ($41.95) includes enough wool for either an adult or child's pair of mittens in DK weight wool. 
Frost and Twilight Mittens ($44.95) are knit using a simple four row slip-stitch pattern that creates a thick and warm fabric. They are are sized for both children and adults. 
Transposition scarf ($59.95) is a great project for your first foray into double knitting. Worked in worsted weight yarn, this reversible scarf will keep you warm and cozy.
Winter Sonata ($74.95) This hat and mitten set is a good introduction to using more than one colour at a time, and the pattern is appropriate for men and women. Several charts are given allowing you to pick and choose your favourites or design your own.

We have a good selection of Rhichard Devrieze's Raising the Bar Cocktail Shawl Kits available. Each kit includes the pattern, enough of Rhichard's lovely yarn for the project, and some nifty cocktail accessories. At $69.99 these are a great value. Cheers!
Every Third Thursday Sale 
We'll be offering all of our non-hand-dyed sock yarns at 20% off on Thursday, December 19. Come in and stock up on classic sock yarns from Lang, Cascade, Universal and Schachenmayr. This sale is in-store only.
 New Year, New Classes
We're going back to basics, and introducing more advanced knitting techniques.
We'll be offering Crochet Basics on Mondays from 6 to 8 PM, starting Jan. 13, and Knit Basics on Saturdays from 10 AM to 12 PM starting Jan. 18. These four-week sessions are designed for beginners and those who already have a project on the go and need some coaching. We will help you understand the techniques you need to know to complete a simple project. 
The cost is $67.80, taxes included, for the 4-week session. 

For more advanced knitters, we are offering two fun projects on Thursday evenings, from 6-8:
Jan. 16 & 23
Learn to knit mittens with a colour-work option

Jan. 30 & Feb. 6
Learn to knit socks two at a time

For these sessions, knitters will need to come to the store ahead of time to choose their materials and prepare their skeins. We will not be able to wind the wool into balls for these projects during class time. Cost is $33.90, taxes included.

For more details about any of these classes and to register, please stop in at the store or call 519-371-4311. Classes are limited to six participants, and we will need at least three per class.
Christmas hours

Tuesday Dec. 24. 10 AM to 2 PM
Wed. Dec. 25 and Thurs. Dec. 26 closed
Friday Dec. 27 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Saturday Dec. 28 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday Dec 31 10 AM to 2 PM
Wed. Jan 1 closed

We will be resuming our regular hours on January 2
Closed Sundays and Mondays
We'd like to thank the Riverside Knitters for their generosity this holiday season. For the past few weeks they have been knitting hats and gathering basic toiletries to give to a worthwhile organization in our community. They have embraced this project with joy and purposefulness, and we know that their gifts will be greatly appreciated. 
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