Sweet Fiber Classes & Events at 88 Stitches!

I'm so excited to be back at 88 Stitches for another season of Sweet Fiber classes and special events. The ladies at the shop have informed me many of the classes are almost full, so be sure to stop by soon to sign up if you'd like to join me! Events are free to attend, no registration required. For more information, please visit 88stitches.com.


Sweet Fiber Trunk Show

Thursday, October 22 – 7-9pm

Melissa Thomson of Sweet Fiber Yarns will be joining 88 Stitches this evening with a trunk show of her new designs and best selling favourites. Here’s your chance to see her gorgeous designs in person and try them on.


Sweet Fiber Cashmere Pop-Up Shop

Saturday, November 21 – 10am-5pm

Join us at 88 Stitches this Saturday for a selection of Sweet Fiber’s most coveted cashmere yarns. It’s the perfect time to pick out something special for yourself! Melissa will be bringing a selection of cashmere yarns that will available in-store for one day only. Sorry, no phone orders or holds will be accepted.


Blocking Your Finished Knits

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

one class, maximum 8 students

Sunday, November 29 – 1:00 to 3:30pm

Blocking is an essential step in finishing your hand knits, helping to even out your stitches, soften your wool and adjust the shape or fit of a project. We’ll go over the basics of blocking natural fibres, including how to wet block and steam block your knits in this two hour hands on course. Bring along some swatches, a newly finished small project or a well loved accessory and we’ll block it together in class! Skill Level: Beginner (we won’t be knitting in this class, but you’ll need a few of your own projects or swatches knit up in natural fibres to practice blocking with)


Intro to Cabling: Greystone Hat

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

one class, maximum 6 students

Sunday, October 25 – 1:00 to 3:30pm

Learn to knit cables in the round with confidence! This two and a half hour class will get you started on your cabled hat, covering the basics of cable knitting and how to read both written and charted cable instructions. Skill level: Intermediate (can cast on, knit in the round, and have knit a plain hat before)


Jason’s Tweed Hat

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

two classes, maximum 6 students

Sundays, November 22 & 29 – 9:00 to 11:30am

With almost 1000 projects knit on Ravelry, Jason’s Tweed Hat will surely be a favourite among the men (and women) in your life! In this two part class we’ll cover gauge, sizing, knitting in the round and finishing. By the end, you’ll have a cozy new hat to keep for yourself or to pass on to a loved one. Skill Level: All levels welcome (can knit, purl, cast-on and cast-off)


Salt Spray Cowl

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

one class, maximum 6 students

Sunday, October 18 – 1:00 to 3:30pm

Salt Spray is a cozy, quick knit cowl that features a simple lace pattern reminiscent of waves and sails. Easily completed in a few days, Salt Spray makes for a great gift or last minute accessory! In this class we will learn how to knit lace in the round, read lace charts, and go over how to properly block your finished cowl. Skill level: Intermediate (can cast on, knit in the round, cast off)


 Semi Circle Worsted Weight Shawl

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

two classes, maximum 5 students

Sundays, October 18 & 25 – 9:00 to 11:30am

Learn to knit a semi-circle shawl with your favourite worsted weight yarn in this two part class. First, we master the shape of the semi circle shawl with increases, next we add new colours and play with easy lace for a cool, rippled effect. We’ll also go over how to read lace charts! Skill Level: Beginner (can knit, purl, cast-on and cast-off, experience with increases and decreases recommended but not required)


 Twisted Stitches: Thurlow Hat

Instructor: Melissa Thomson from Sweet Fiber Yarns

one class, maximum 6 students

Sunday, November 22 – 1:00 to 3:30pm

Usually we want to avoid twisting stitches in our knitting, but this two and a half hour class will help you master twisting stitches on purpose. I’ll get you on your way to creating a beautiful, twisted stitch hat! Skill level: Intermediate (can cast on, knit in the round)


Class Policies for 88 Stitches Yarn Shop

Classes fill up quickly, please register early to avoid disappointment. Pre-registration is required for all classes and registration is on a first come, first serve basis, no exceptions. Payment for classes must be received at time of registration in order to secure a seat in the class and must be paid in full at that time. We do not accept deposits or partial payments for classes. Method of payment for all classes is either cash or a cheque made out to the Instructor. Please note that we do not accept debit or credit card payments for class fees, only for class supplies. Call or email us at the shop for more information about our classes and class fees - the88stitches@shaw.ca

You will be issued a full refund if your class is cancelled due to insufficient registration. If you need to cancel a class you must advise the shop a minimum of 14 days prior to the first day of the class in order to receive a full refund.  If we are given less than 14 days notice, we will only issue a refund if we are able to fill your spot in the class. No refunds are issued for no-shows or last-minute cancellations. Unfortunately, no make-up classes are available.

Please obtain a supply list prior to each class and read it completely to see what supplies are needed. A 10% discount will be applied for all class supplies purchased at 88 Stitches.

 

Fall Events: Yarn Tasting & Classes

This Fall I am excited to be teaching and hosting an assortment of classes and events at 88 Stitches in Walnut Grove, Langley. Our Fall Sweater KAL is already underway, but it's not too late to join in! I also have a special yarn tasting event coming up next week with a few spots still left, be sure to give the shop a call if you'd like to join us. And lastly, I'll be teaching some old favourites as well as some new designs from my e-book collection - Sweet Fiber Accessories! A number of classes are already full, with a few at about half capacity. If the class you're interested in is already full be sure to leave your name and number on the wait list, if we gather enough I'll likely run a second class early in the New Year. 

If you have any questions about the classes or events please don't hesitate to send me an email.

Happy Knitting!

Melissa


Location

All classes & events take place at 88 Stitches Yarn Shop in Walnut Grove, Langley. Pre-registration is required for classes and must be done in person at 88 Stitches. Cheque or cash is required at the time of registration. For more information about our class policies please visit 88stitches.com

88 Stitches   |   #602-21183 88th Ave Langley, BC V1M 2G5   |   604.888.6689  


Events


Fall in Love With Sweater Knitting!  

September 25 to November 27

88 Stitches and Sweet Fiber Yarns have teamed up to host the Fall in Love with Sweater Knitting Knit-A-Long! Want to join us on our quest to knit ourselves the perfect Fall sweater? It’s easy! Sign up in-store or online via the 88 Stitches Ravelry group. Adult sweaters knit with yarn purchased from 88 Stitches or Sweet Fiber Yarns are eligible to join this KAL. 88 Stitches and Sweet Fiber Yarns have put together some fabulous prizes with more on the way soon! Be sure to take note of the start date, deadline, rules and eligibility to make sure you qualify to enter this epic prize draw. 


Sweet Fiber Yarn Tasting   

Thursday, October 23  7-9 pm

You’re invited to join Melissa of Sweet Fiber Yarns for a special yarn tasting event. Here’s your opportunity to sample many of the luxury hand-dyed yarn bases from the local hand-dyer and designer of Sweet Fiber Yarns. Registration (by phone or in person) is required for this free event. Please bring an assortment of your own knitting needles. 


Wrap-up Party - Fall in Love With Sweater Knitting!  

Thursday, November 27  7-9 pm

A Fall knit-along hosted by 88 Stitches & Sweet Fiber Yarns.

It’s the wrap-up party for our Fall sweater knit-along that began on September 25. Bring along your finished sweater projects for show and tell. We’re holding a random prize draw tonight for participants who completed the knit-along! You’re welcome to join us tonight for tea and inspiration, even if you didn’t participate in this KAL.



Classes



 

Cabled Cowl - Mavis

(FULL - wait listed)

 two classes, maximum 5 students

Sundays, November 9 & 23  10am-12pm

Learn to knit cables in the round with confidence! This cozy cowl uses cleverly placed decreases for an invisible, tapered fit. We’ll cover the basics of cable knitting, reading cable charts and how to properly block your finished cowl. Skill Level: Intermediate (can knit, purl, cast-on, cast-off and knit in the round)

 

 

Intro to Colourwork: Golden Pear Hat

(FULL - wait listed)

one class, maximum 5 students

Sunday, November 23  1-3pm

Join us for this quick introduction to colour work. We’ll go over the basics of stranded knitting, including how to pick colours, working with two colours at once and adjusting your gauge. Skill level: Intermediate (can cast on, knit in the round, and have knit a hat before)


 

Jason’s Tweed Hat

two classes, maximum 5 students

Sundays, November 2 & 16  10am-12pm

With over 600 projects knit on Ravelry, Jason’s Tweed Hat will surely be a favourite among the men (and women) in your life! In this two part class we’ll cover gauge, sizing, knitting in the round and finishing. By the end, you’ll have a cozy new hat to keep for yourself or to pass on to a loved one. Skill Level: All levels welcome (can knit, purl, cast-on and cast-off)


 

Worsted Weight Lace Shawl - Endsleigh

three classes, maximum 4 students

Sundays, November 2, 9 & 16  1-3pm

Learn to knit lace and read charts with confidence in this 3 part class. We’ll be going over the basics of lace - how to read a chart, how to keep track of where you are, lifelines and how to read your knitting. The shawl is knit asymmetrically from one point outwards to the lace border in a worsted weight yarn, making for a relatively quick lace project. Skill Level: Intermediate (can knit, purl, cast-on and cast-off, experience with yarn overs and decreases recommended)

 

 

Fall in Love with Sweater Knitting #88SFKAL

Let’s Get Knitting! 

88 Stitches and Sweet Fiber Yarns have teamed up to host the Fall in Love with Sweater Knitting Knit-A-Long! Want to join us on our quest to knit ourselves the perfect Fall sweater? It’s easy! Sign up in-store or online via the 88 Stitches Ravelry group. Adult sweaters knit with yarn purchased from 88 Stitches or Sweet Fiber Yarns are eligible to join this KAL. 88 Stitches and Sweet Fiber Yarns have put together some fabulous prizes with more on the way soon! Be sure to take note of the start date, deadline, rules and eligibility to make sure you qualify to enter this epic prize draw.

 

Put a Hashtag on it! #88SFKAL 

Social media connects knitters around the world every day and we’ll be using it to share our KAL progress along the way. Be sure to include the hashtag #88SFKAL on all KAL related posts to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Ravelry Projects. We’ll be able to find, share and link to your pictures when you include #88sfkal in your posts!

 

Prizes Galore 

We’ve already got lots of prizes lined up for the Wrap-up Party prize draw with more on the way! 88 Stitches is donating 8 skeins of Studio Donegal Soft Donegal in the colour of your choice along with one skein of Turtlepurls Striped Turtle Toes in the limited edition 88 Stitches custom colourway. Sweet Fiber Yarns will be offering 4 skeins of Cashmerino 20 and 4 skeins of Sweet Merino Lite in the colourways of your choice. Tin Can Knits has donated a signed copy of their new book, Road Trip, along with a signed copy of the very popular Pacific Knits. Be sure to the check out the prize thread on the 88 Stitches’ Ravlery forum for more prizes as they’re announced!

 

Cast-on Party

 The cast-on party begins on Thursday, September 25 2014! Please join us at 88 Stitches from 7-9pm for an evening of sweater planning, plotting, swatching and casting on for our fall sweaters. Attendees will receive 20% off their yarn purchase for their chosen sweater this evening only. Can’t be there in person? Join us on the 88 Stitches Ravelry forum to chat, discuss patterns & share pictures!

 

Wrap-up Party 

The wrap-up party will be held at 88 Stitches on Thursday, November 27 2014 from 7-9pm. Bring along your finished sweater projects for show and tell and enjoy some tasty treats. We’ll be holding a random prize draw for participants who completed the knit-along! For those of your who are participating online via our Ravelry group, be sure to provide photo evidence and project specifics in the forum by 7pm pst on Thursday, November 27 to be eligible for the prize draw!

 

Rules & Eligibility 
You must officially enter the sweater challenge in person at the shop or by entering and participating via our 88 Stitches forum on Ravelry. Please provide us with the specifics of your sweater project when you register. 
You may cast on or after September 25 2014, but not before. 
You are not required to attend our cast-on party to participate. However, this event must be attended in person to receive the one-night-only 20% off yarn discount. The discount cannot be applied to previously made purchases. 
The prize draw entry deadline is the evening of Thursday, November 27 2014. If you are unable to attend our wrap up party, or are participating online via our Ravelry group, be sure to provide photo evidence and project specifics in the forum by 7pm pst on Thursday, November 27. Late entries will not be accepted. 
You may enter this KAL using your stashed yarn, provided that yarn was originally purchased from either 88 Stitches or from Sweet Fiber Yarns (proof of purchase may be required). Your sweater pattern does not need to be purchased from the shop and can be as easy or as complicated as you wish it to be. Your sweater must be an adult cardigan or adult pullover with sleeves. Three-quarter length or full-length sleeves are acceptable. The sweater can be for you or for an adult loved one. You may complete more than one sweater during the time of this challenge. 
88 Stitches staff members are welcome to participate for the fun and challenge, but are exempt from prizes. Rules & eligibility are not binding and may change at anytime.

The Knitter's Frolic 2013

Last Saturday Sweet Fiber Yarns attended the 15th annual Knitter's Frolic in Toronto, put on by the Downtown Knit Collective. We can't thank the organizers and the customers enough for such a fun, fibre filled day! It was our first time as a vendor at the show and we really enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many knitters and vendors from the Toronto area (and beyond!).

Below is a list of what we had on display that day.

 

Y A R N S

Avery Lace - 50% Merino, 50% Silk (lace)

Avery Sport – 50% Merino, 50% Silk (sport)

Cashmerino Sock - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (fingering)

Silk Cashmere Lace - 55% Silk, 45% Cashmere (lace/light fingering)

Super Sweet Sock - 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon (fingering)

S H O W   S A M P L E S

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert (free) – shown in Avery Sport, Hippolyta

Rae by Jane Richmond - shown in Cashmerino Sock, Moss

Rivercat Sock by Brenda Patipa (free) – shown in Cashmerino Sock, Spanish Coin

Sweet Fiber Yarns can be found in Toronto year round at The Purple Purl and EweKnit.

Coming Up: Knitter's Frolic 2013

We're really excited to be attending our first Knitter's Frolic this year! In a couple of days we'll flying to Toronto with our bags packed full of the yarn we've been busy dyeing this past month. I know winter may be lingering a tad longer than many would like in Toronto this year, so we're bringing along sock yarns and silk blends to get you started on your spring and summer knits! Speaking of spring, our friend Marilyn at 88 Stitches knit this beautiful Rae by Jane Richmond with one skein of our Cashmernio Sock in Moss. Simply constructed and cleverly shaped this scarf is one of those perfect accessories that can be worn all year long. We'll have it at the Frolic this year for you to see and try on.

 

15th Annual Knitter's Frolic - 2013

Market Place: Saturday April 27th 9am-4:30pm

Where: The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Address: 6 Garamond Court, Toronto

Find us: booth #21

Hope to see you there!

Stitches West 2013: Recap

A big thank you is in order to all of the wonderful knitters who took the time to visit the Sweet Fiber booth this year at Stitches West. It was great meeting many of our customers in person, as well as meeting and chatting with many new ones throughout the weekend. Below you will find the list of yarns, samples and books we had at the show, along with links to their Ravelry pages. We may not have taken as many pictures as we would have liked (it was just too darn busy!) but we did manage to sneak in a couple before opening night.

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Y A R N S 

Avery Sport - 50% Merino, 50% Silk (sport)

Cashmerino Skinny - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (lace/light fingering)

Cashmerino Sock - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (fingering)

Cashmerino Worsted - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (worsted/aran)

Haven - 50% Merino, 50% Silk (aran)

Heirloom - 70% Silk, 30% Cashmere (fingering)

Merino Twist Worsted - 100% Superwash Merino (worsted)

Silk Cashmere Aran - 55% Silk, 45% Cashmere (aran)

Silk Cashmere Lace - 55% Silk, 45% Cashmere (lace/light fingering)

Sweet Merino Lite - 100% Superwash Merino (fingering)

S H O W   S A M P L E S

Annis by Susanna IC (free) - shown in Cashmerino Sock, Luna

Autumn Bloom by Melissa Thomson - shown in Silk Cashmere Aran, Spiced Pumpkin

Caramel Slouch by Alexa Ludeman - shown in Cashmerino Worsted, Spiced Pumpkin

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert (free) - shown in Avery Sport, Hippolyta

Courtyard by Melissa Thomson - shown in Merino Twist Worsted, Temperate & Smoke

Golden Pear by Melissa Thomson (free) - shown above in Cashmerino Worsted, various colours

Louise by Aurore (free) - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Envy

Magpie Cowl by Judy Marples - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Ina’s Red

Rathtrevor by Jane Richmond from Island - shown above in Cashmerino Worsted, Moss

Rivercat Sock by Brenda Patipa (free) - shown in Cashmerino Sock, Spanish Coin

Secret of Change by Veera Valimaki - shown in Heirloom, Envy

Thurlow by Melissa Thomson - shown in Cashmerino Worsted, Spanish Coin

Wellington by Jane Richmond - shown in Cashmerino Worsted, Spirit

Woodstack by Melissa Thomson - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Denim

Yorkshire Shawl by Judy Marples - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Tea Leaves

B O O K S

9 months of knitting by Alexa Ludeman and Emily Wessel

ISLAND by Jane Richmond

Stitches West 2013 - 3 Exclusive Patterns

Next week we will be debuting three new designs by three Canadian designers at our Stitches West booth (#1041 & 1041). Each design will be a pre-release available for purchase exclusively at our booth (while supplies last). The patterns won't be available elsewhere until April 1st 2013.

 

Caramel Slouch by Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits

 

"Just like pumpkin pie means a sweet treat and a gathering of family, this slouchy confection combines two of my favorite things: cables and lace! Once the brim is complete it is smooth sailing, just some simple stockinette to keep you cozy."

 

Sizing: Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S/M, Adult L)

Yarn: 1 skein of Cashmerino Worsted - shown in Spiced Pumpkin

Needles: US #7 / 4.5 mm (any type) and US #9 / 5.5 mm 16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or size required to meet gauge)

Gauge: 18 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch using larger needles

At the show we'll also have copies of Tin Can Knit's first published book - 9 Months of Knitting available for purchase.

For more information about Tin Can Knits' designs and books check them out on Ravelry or visit their website here.

 

 

Wellington by Jane Richmond

 

"This textural hat features a simple repeating pattern reminiscent of raindrops. Using a unique combination of stitches to mimic the look of a cabled honey comb stitch without the need of a cable needle, this stitch pattern only looks difficult. Inspired by the rainy weather indicative of west coast winters, this hat satisfies both form and function."

 

Sizing: Adult S/M (Adult M/L)

Yarn: 1 skein of Merino Twist Worsted - shown in Worn Denim

Needles: US #6 / 4 mm  16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or size required to meet gauge)

Gauge: 19 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch

At the show we'll also have copies of Jane Richmond's first published book - ISLAND available for purchase.

For more information about Jane Richmond's designs and book you can find her on Ravelry or visit her website here.

 

 

Thurlow by Melissa Thomson

 

Sizing: One size, to fit 20-23 in / 51-58 cm circumference

Yarn: 1 skein of Cashmerino Worsted - shown in Spanish Coin

Needles: US #6 / 4 mm  16 inch circular, US #7 / 4.5mm 16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or size required to meet gauge)

Gauge: 20 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch

For more information about Melissa Thomson's designs you can find her on Ravelry or visit her blog here.

Stitches West 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With little over two weeks left before market preview night we're getting very excited here at Sweet Fiber Yarns! We finished packing the last few boxes of yarn today and put together a little preview of what you will find at our booth.

At Stitches West 2013 we will be debuting a new (favourite) colourway of ours, Temperate! Temperate captures the luscious greens and subtle browns of the rainforest coast we call home. We'll have a limited amount available at the show on many of our favourite bases.

Also at the show you can expect to find a great selection of our Yarn Candy stitch markers in both big and small sizes. Each sets comes with a tiny glass bottle to store them in as pictured above.

Check back next week when we'll announce the release of several new designs (by some of our favourite local designers) that will be available exclusively at our Stitches West booth (#1041 & 1043)! The market floor map can be found here.