Monday, September 16, 2019

104 Year Old Senior raises a bar!

This 104 year-old senior was declared the world's oldest street artist after joining a team of guerrilla knitters in 2016.

Wome from Selkirk, Ettrickbridge and Yarrow, in the Scottish Borders who are a team of "guerrilla knitters" have decorated local landmarks with crochet and knitted art. See Centre Press story CPKNIT. A 104 year old knitter who has รƒyarn bombedรƒ her local town is thought to be the world's oldest street artist. Grace Brett is a member of a secret band of guerilla knitters, who have bedecked their town in artful knitting. Called the Souter Stormers, the group hit various landmarks in Selkirk, Borders, with their yarn work last week, following hours of preparation.  Members of the yarn bombing team are mainly over 60, but Grace รƒ the oldest รƒ has lived over a century.

According to the news article: During the guerrilla war absolutely  no animals were harmed in the creation of the project! 

The group hit various landmarks in Selkirk, on the Scottish Borders, following months of preparation. Many of the Souter Stormers are over 60. Grace is the oldest. 

Grace is one of  the people proving the urge to create starts early and appears not to diminish with time. Similar human needs are to be needed, to contribute and to be respected. 

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Crafting is Art! Hand-made is "Crafted with Love" whether it be knitting, cross-stitch, crocheting, tapestry, weaving, woodworking, etc.. Every project is different, as we use different woods or metals, different yarn(s) or colours.

The young people are back in school - and we start thinking of the seasonal festivities on the horizon. This is the time of the year local yarn stores start to suggest you plan many of your projects.

Lori, Margaret and Anne have all started their planning - Lori has actually started her Christmas projects! Even with the 2 trade shows she takes half the store to! She was working on one project at the show 10 days ago in Sherwood Park and discovered she made a mistake - in her own pattern. Our Crafty Lady has designed 61 patterns and claims to have approx. 4,863 still roaming around in her mind. Careful planning (I am learning) is one of the most important secrets to a pattern's success.

As she is busy writing a new pattern, setting up, taking down our booth and teaching at the CreativFestival Show in Spruce Meadows this coming weekend - she is also ordering new yarns.

Come see us in Spruce Meadows Friday or Saturday. Bring your Crafty Lady bag and save the same 5% discount as you do in the store.

As an easy creation for your quick project list - this week's 75% Off Special is a great way to shorten your project list.

from Nova Plus 
80% acrylic/20% polyester

Complete with Pompom

Reg. $ 12.00
75% Off

You cannot buy this quality of pompom at this price - much less the yarn for the hat! We only have limited stock, so . . . 

Speaking of seasons, praying harvest goes well for all farmers!

Written by Anne, hoping to see you at Spruce Meadows this weekend!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Here We Go Again...

Canadians generally mark the Summer Season thus:

  • START: Victoria Day Weekend -- aka "the May Long"; and
  • END: Labour Day Weekend -- aka "the September Long".

Photo credit: The Weather Network
While it's been Hot To The Max in the Eastern part of our country, out here we've been hard pressed to find even a week's worth of actual summer.  You know: days of clear blue skies, soft, light breezes and typical summer activities from dawn till after dark.  Long walks, gardening, catching some rays, swimming, boating, dining al fresco with veggies and steaks or burgers or whatever on the barbeque, and topping the evening off around the fire pit.

That didn't happen here much this year.  There were high winds, thunderstorms, crop-destroying hail storms, funnel clouds, and drizzly days that were more like October than June, July or August.

And now?

Labour Day has come and gone; the kids are back at school and vacation time is but a memory.  If the weather remains cool, chances are there won't be any need to mow the lawn -- even one last time.  Instead, it's time to find space in the shed for that new 'fire burner' or lawn furniture you bought -- and got to use (maybe) three times.  

And it's time to check your wardrobe -- or those of others in your family -- to ensure that all the fall and winter-wear is ready and waiting.  No orphaned mittens or gloves.  No scarves with holes.  No toques that are now too small.

And if there are gaps in that wardrobe, it's time to cast on!  

Fortunately you have us -- The Crafty Lady -- to help you find the right project and/or the right yarn for you to knit or crochet up quick toques and such so that you're ready when our early mornings turn frosty.

One such yarn is featured as our Super Special this week -- in the perfect autumn orange hue:

Baby Chunky
Hayfield Yarns

70% Acrylic
30% Nylon

100 grams = 155 metres (170 yards)

Regular Price: $8.50

Sale Price: $2.13!

And here's a reminder -- this month you can find us in two places (at once!):
  • In the shop -- Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. except Thursdays, when we're open till 9 p.m.; and
  • At Creativfestival at the Spruce Meadows Equiplex south of Calgary: Friday (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) September 20 & 21.  Ask at the shop for a two-for-one entry coupon!
See you in the shop -- or at our booth!

*Written by Margaret, who'll be serving you with a smile in Lacombe while Lori, Anne and Muriel are at the Show.  ๐Ÿ˜Š

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Something for Everyone

My friends and colleagues at The Craft Lady know this about me: I'm a sock knitter.  I also enjoy knitting shawls, mittens and hats -- all with yarn that requires needles that are 6 mm around (that's a US 10).  I often quip that using larger needles gives me the heebee-jeebees!

Some yarn-crafters, of course, are fans of each and every weight of yarn, but you have to admit, Dear Readers, that usually folks have favourites.

What about you?  Are you a lover of fine fingering (American 2), sweater-created double knit (American 3) or utilitarian worsted/aran-weight yarn (American 4)?

Sweet Paprika's "Crescendo" Fingering

Worsted, from Estelle Yarns

Or do you desire more Instant Gratification when you knit or crochet?
If so, then you'd go for a chunky/bulky (American 5 or 6)  or perhaps even a super bulky yarn (American 7), eh?

At The Crafty Lady we pride ourselves on carrying a wide range of yarn types -- acrylics, wool, alpaca, cotton, silk, various blends thereof -- in a wide range of weights.

As the only full-service yarn shop on the Highway 2 (QE II) corridor running between Calgary and Edmonton, we like to have something for everyone!

That's why this week, it's time to GO BIG -- with this super-bulky yarn!

from Gazzal via Ice Yarns

97% Wool
3% Other fibres

Regular Price: $25.00

Sale Price: $6.25!

YIKES!  What can I make with this?!

You might try a bold, quick-knit tri-colour toque created with one three-coloured skein, 
split into its individual colours:  

Or you might try this super-bulky, neck-warming cowl, aptly named "Gigantico":

There you have it!  Instant Gratification Knitting at its finest -- and two holiday gifts created well in advance!

Remember now, at our booths at the up-coming Creativfestival shows this month, those of you in those two centres -- and 'round about -- will see a sampling of this variety.  Some of our shelves at home in Lacombe might be a tad bare from September 5 through 7, and 19 through 21 -- but never fear!  We'll still try to give our best service to those not going to the shows, and set aside yarns for you to pick up on a lay-away basis if need be.

Check out LAST WEEK'S BLOG POST for a printable "2 for 1" entry coupon!

And The Crafty Lady says that our NEW website is up and running at last -- so you can see what's on offer there.  Even better, if you register (create a customer account), you can shop!  Please note that there are likely to be a few hiccups along the way, as we learn to navigate our Shop in Cyberspace, so please be patient with us on our new adventure!  ๐Ÿ˜“

As for those heebee-jeebees I mentioned's how I like mine:

The Heebee Jeebees at TEDx Calgary... ๐Ÿ˜‰

NOTE: this video is long (13+ minutes), so enjoy as desired!

*Written by Margaret, who's working on yet another pair of socks.  Go figure.

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Three "C's"

Thank you Darrel and Deb for the burgers. These customers appreciated them a lot.
 (and thanks for leaving the cookies) 


As we transition from "summer" to "fall" and from "Cybertech 360" to "Creativfestival", The Crafty Lady will be in Sherwood Park at Millennium Place Sept 6-7, 2019. We would love to see you stop by the booth. Lori will be teaching three classes: Tips and Tricks on Make One Increases - Left/Right leaning, Lifted Left and Lifted Right; new techniques to cast on - including two colour cast on, crochet cast on, crochet cast on without a crochet hook; and new techniques to Cast-Off including the perfect bind off for lace. 

This year festival organizers are not printing the 2 for 1 admission tickets, please print from this PDF, take a picture on your phone, go on line to pre-purchase tickets and enter the code, CFW19TF1 or bring the code with you to get Two for One at the door. If you have questions on Lori's courses, or on tickets, please message us on Facebook or through e-mail. 

Continuing to the third "C" this week's 75% off yarn is Cosma. I was intrigued to learn according to Wikipedia and the Oxford dictionary - "Cosma" is not actually a word, it is a name.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • Cosma may refer to:
  • Cosma, a Lithuanian athletics sports club from the capital city Vilnius
  • Cosma Foot, a French Guianese football team playing at the top level
  • Cosma International, a subsidiary of automotive component manufacturer Magna International
  • Cosma River, a river in Romania

This internet photo of the Cosma, Romania, might make a person think of fairies spinning a wonderful yarn in the twilight or early dawn of a fall morning. This region is one of the wildest, remotest parts of Romania. 

According to Berroco: Cosma is a luxurious blend of merino wool, alpaca and silk with a sophisticated, contemporary color palette. The multi-plied and refined twist creates a classic yarn that’s perfect for wearable sweaters and heirloom accessories*

by Berroco
50 gms/150 m

60% Camelid/30% Merino/10% Silk

Reg. $15.00
75% Off

I have worked with this yarn! It is a soft, beautifully spun fine, hand-wash, with great stitch definition and wonderful drape, warm and light. A knitter's dream until you discover Berroco has discontinued this product - the only reason it is on sale. 

Come in, browse and drool - before we see you at the shows!

Written by Anne, currently crafting with a different merino - no camel in this one
* Copied from Berroco website

Monday, August 19, 2019


The full moon last week was spectacular, when you could see it through the rain storms! We did have a couple of great nights for a bonfires and wiener roasts. Some of the young people were out boating, laughing it is almost fall and they have been out only a half-dozen times this year - as it has been too rough to do a lot of water-skiing and wake-boarding. 

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Farmers have started harvesting, geese are drifting south on their fall migration and can been seen in local fields early morning and late afternoons. Local gardeners are gathering their bounty from the garden - and parents have started back to school shopping!

We are more than half-way through August - to over state-the obvious. Seriously time to finish the unfinished spring projects ready for next summer - unless we have a really early Indian Summer, when they would be perfect. 

Congratulations to all the winners at the Bentley Fair, 2 of whom are regular customers here at The Crafty Lady. Entries were down - slightly. The bonus was many of those entering were younger people than in the past. We hope they will continue to improve their skills and out pace some of us older competitors.

If you are planning your September and/or Christmas - The Crafty Lady will again be at the Creativ Festival West!!

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September 6-7, 2019
Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Millennium Place, Sherwood Park
September 20-21, 2019

Friday 9am – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 5pm

Spruce Meadows Equiplex
The Crafty Lady will be teaching classes at both venues. Classes will be tips and tricks to learn new cast-ons, cast-offs, increases and decreases. She also has three new patterns - two in print, one in production as we post this. 
If you have all of your fall/winter projects mapped out, these cooler days are perfect for getting some of them started. Speaking from experience, once you get the project planned and cast on, it is often easily taken with you on your travels. 

This week's 75% Off Special is perfect for some of those smaller take-along projects. This soft thick-and-thin yarn features an unusual printed effect that allows the natural colour of incredibly soft merino wool to shine through.

by Berroco
90 m/50gm
100% merino
18 st = 4"

Reg. $12.00

75% Off 


Written by Anne - I am celebrating! One major project finished, two smaller ones, and now it is time for a new crochet project 

Monday, August 12, 2019

On a Roll

With all the cool, wet weather we've had in these parts of late, it would be no surprise that when Anne -- my colleague at The Shop -- asked last week if you were doing any fall planning re: your knitting and crochet, we could imagine your heads bobbin' up-and-down in the "Yes!" mode.

Some of our favourite rolls
aren't made with yarn! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Given the continued rain, we're inclined to believe that you're not only nodding "Yes!" to the planning, but you've actually begun to create...and you're building up to the point where you're on a roll.

That said, did you simply haul out your needles or hooks and some yarn and start creating or...

Did you have a plan?

Did you make a list?


Are you simply 'going with the flow' and making things that you hope someone will enjoy, someone will fit, someone will thank you for?

And another "OR"...

Have you decided to venture into a new area of making -- whether it's with a new material or a new pattern -- something you've not tried before?

This week, The Crafty Lady might just have exactly what you're looking for:

Rainbow Roll
Noro Yarns

100% Wool
Pencil Roving

269 metres = 294 yards

Regular Price: $25.00

Sale Price: $6.25

Limited quantities and colour selection!

Now...before you say, "What the heck am I going to do with that?" or "What is 'pencil roving', anyway?!"...let us enlighten you!

Rainbow Roll is unspun pencil roving that can be used for spinning, knitting, weaving, needle felting, crochet, or many other things.  In particular, "pencil" roving is a type of roving that has been drawn out until it is the size of a fat pencil.

It's...a feathery-light fibre that can be easily torn off the roll for an assortment of crafts (spinning, needle-felting) but also easily overlapped so that it can be knit or crocheted or woven.

Once laid down on a surface or knit into an item, it can be wet felted, because it is 100% wool that's not treated for washing.

As we edge closer to fall (and not just because of the way the weather's been lately!), we all recognize it's time to get rolling with those gift items for back-to-school, fall birthdays and (ahem!) the Gift-Giving Season.

See you in The Shop!

*Written by Margaret, who's merrily rolling along with her list in one hand and her yarn in the other!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fall Planning?

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If you are planning your September and/or Christmas - The Crafty Lady will again be at the Creativ Festival West!!

September 6-7, 2019
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Millennium Place, Sherwood Park
September 20-21, 2019
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Spruce Meadows Equiplex
The Crafty Lady will be teaching classes at both venues. Classes will be tips and tricks to learn new cast-ons, cast-offs, increases and decreases. She also has three new patterns - two in print, one in production as we post this. 
We have new yarns on order, hopefully some will be at these shows and in the store. 
I was startled to realise we are more than halfway to Christmas. Now is the time to do some planning and prepping for seasonal gifts. 
Over the past couple of weeks, I have heard several people comment "It is too hot to knit/crochet". In my opinion this is a perfect time to work on some of those smaller projects you are planning. Smaller projects are cooler to work on and much more portable. Socks, hats, mittens are all easily carried, to pick up and put down. 
This week's 75% off yarn is a great motivator! 
When I went looking for projects worked our 75% off sale yarn - I was really surprised! Every pattern was a sweater, hat, cowl, socks, scarf or touque! I am hoping the pictures below will allow you to see the stitch definition - and the versatility of this yarn!

Scoodie = Hood w scarf
smc select

54% alpaca, 32% new wool, 14% polyamid

Hand Wash/Dry Clean
50 g./80 m
Reg. $9.00

   75% OFFSale $2.25

 Posted by Anne, hoping you enjoyed your long-weekend!๐Ÿ˜Ž