Monday, June 18, 2018

History and Colour - what a combination!!

Central Alberta has not always celebrated it's history. 

As a culture we are more aware of the people who settled here than we were 30 or 40 years ago. Lacombe is becoming known for it's historic tours of the older buildings, museums and murals. One tour highlight is the working blacksmith shop, and if you are lucky, you may be allowed to make something while there. 

Recently we had a group of students from Edmonton. One of the group grew up here and brought some classmates down for a walking tour of downtown Lacombe. He worked several summers conducting historical tours. They appeared to be having a great day! 

Other highlights feature the beautiful gardens around Lacombe, the Ellis Bird Farm, local breweries and great restaurants - some of which feature very old recipes and family favourites. 

When writing this blog, I was intrigued to discover this week's feature special 75% off yarn is named after a very old community in Japan.

Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. They, too, are known for historical tours. Their tours feature classical Buddhist temples, sublime gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines, traditional wooden tea houses and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons. Some of the temples and houses were built in the 1300's. I have just added this to my bucket list of places to visit. 

If you Google Kyoto - the pictures are very colourful as is this yarn. Milled in Italy you will be able create some beautiful items. 

We have a good selection of colours - definitely enough to make a larger item and at 75% off - you can start on Christmas with colours to remind you of spring. 

This is a light weight chain yarn, it is a thick - thin yarn (varying thicknesses) and interesting colour changes. Best of all - it is machine washable - Come in and take a look . . . 

by Katia

120 yds/110 m - 50 gm
50% Wool; 44% Acrylic; 6% Nylon

Reg. $11.00

75% Off


Written by Anne, happy TLC employee who loves history and whose stash is growing rather than decreasing.

Monday, June 11, 2018

What's in a Name?

Yarn deliveries here at The Crafty Lady shop are a "Christmas Morning" experience.  While The Lady has placed a specific order, her practice of having it (or a portion of it) paid for before delivery means that we (The Lady and her staff) usually have no idea what's in those boxes -- the ones that arrive one, two, three or (sometimes) many more at a time.
'Carina' in the  sky


Once we discover what's inside, in the process of receiving it into our inventory, we get to find out the names the supplier has given the yarn.

Yarns are categorized thus: brand, line, colour.  Usually the lines have names; however, this isn't always true of the colours. Sometimes those have names and sometimes numbers -- and sometimes we name the "numbered" colours ourselves.

That said...this week we offer you a Super Special, a line named after... a constellation!



Though...I confess...I'm not sure we understand the connection.  So..."ours is not to reason why..."

We can tell you that it's a rarity...because it's been tough to find any information about this yarn.  In fact, there's more in the way of facts about the constellation (see above)!

So...we just have to invite you to come to the shop (at our new location -- 5006 50th Avenue, Lacombe, Alberta -- at the corner of 50th Avenue and 50th Street, just west of the CIBC) and see for yourselves!

(The arm you see in the photo is that of TCL staffer, Anne, as she poses the subject...)

NOVA Yarns 

52% Wool
48% Acrylic

"Chainette"** construction

Regular Price:  $7.00

Sale Price: $1.75

**"Chainette Yarns have a chained ply that provides a hollow core. This increases the weight of the yarn without increasing the heft of the fabric knit or crocheted with it. Chainette Yarns also have a great stretch and elasticity to them that make these yarns a great choice for ribbing and garments or accessories that need to have negative ease built in. And if that’s not enough to entice you, Chainettes also give great stitch definition and make cables stand out!" 

*Written by TCL staffer Margaret, who rarely sees the constellations -- regardless of hemisphere -- because she goes to bed too early!

Monday, June 4, 2018

We are moved - Sort of

As this is being written, we are still moving the last of the yarn into the new location.

Do we know where everything is? No, but we can find it 😂

We have moved everything we did not sell in the biggest sale in the history of The Crafty Lady. Margaret and I have been informed that kind of sale will never happen again - as long as The Crafty Lady is in charge.

The second thing The Crafty Lady has categorically stated is: "We are not moving again!".

Does that sound like she might just be tempting fate? or does it sound like she is happy to be in our new location and wants to celebrate our arrival? We are in the process of planning a "Grand Re-Opening" - date still to be determined - stay tuned.

We would like to thank everyone who supported our move. We (The Crafty Lady staff) were amazed by the number of people that returned repeatedly to purchase more and more yarns during the sale. 

Several people observed they did not want to purchase more yarn until they used some of their stash - and then bought anyway - who could resist the prices. Both Margaret and I joyfully succumbed, purchasing yarns we had been trying to resist. 

 We really surprised a first time customer who bought enough yarn for this Christmas and Next - it was beautiful yarns/needles at great prices. She left "threatening" to return 😂😂

Moving is stressful, but oh, so much fun and we have even had several laughs! The confusion on customers faces when we told them we were moving, or when we could not remember where some colours/items were in either store.

We "hired" The Crafty Lady's mother as a designated runner - and she ran back and forth with samples, yarns, buttons and tools. So glad she loves to be active! Now we are keeping her on "staff" to run up and down stairs as we put things into storage and re-stock the hooks and bins.

The location is new! The layout is new! We are keeping many traditions - like Knit Night and our

75% off 
Weekly Special

The Crafty Lady has decided all of the yarns in the sale section are - this week only - 75% off. 

Come in, tour the new store and shop the sale section!

Written by Anne, happy TCL employee who is wondering what was slipped into The Crafty Lady's coffee and by whom? 

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Marvellous, Magical Madness of Moving!

I've worked for The Crafty Lady once or twice a week for about five years now, and it's always been an adventure.  My usual days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.  That four-day gap I have from the end of one week to the start of another has meant that I often don't know what I'll find when I come in on a Tuesday.

Most of the time it might be a new yarn delivery, or new embroidery kits and patterns.

About once a year, though, The Crafty Lady loves to move things around -- literally re-arranging the furniture and most -- if not all -- of the stock.

This year, as you'll know if you've been keeping up with our blog posts, the good Lady has hit an all-time high: she's moving the store.

We're only going around the corner -- but it might as well be around the world: there's that much work to do to make it happen!

Once just the right new location was found, the Lady set about drafting floor plans to determine what would go where.  She tested the lights and the plugs and the equipment in the kitchen (Yes! A kitchen!).  Shelving was installed in the basement for storage. (No more on the floor storage!)  A bit of new flooring has gone into the office space.  (Yes! A dedicated office!)  Over the past couple of weeks, stored yarn has moved into that new basement space, and our peg-board for hanging skeins has been removed from our original site to its new home. Over last weekend, as you'll have read, our beloved couches were moved there too.

The marvellous thing is that while Anne and I have held the fort at the current location, and helped a bit with packing, most of the work has been done by The Crafty Lady herself, with able assistance from her Mom-with-Endless-Energy (Muriel) and a local handyman/electrician.

The magical thing is that in the midst this time of excitement, anticipation and more than a little Moving Madness, we -- and that includes you, Dear Customers! -- have managed to keep our sense of humour.

Here's what you need to know going into this week:

  • We expect to be open (with limited stock) at the current location Thursday, May 31.
  • The current location will be CLOSED after Thursday, May 31 BUT
  • We hope to have the NEW location open for business that day.
  • Knit Night -- with special goodies -- WILL RUN on Thursday, May 31 at the NEW location!
Address of the NEW location:

5006 - 50 AVENUE, Lacombe
(right next to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)

There is on-street parking, as well as a public parking lot across the street next to the Bank of Montreal.  😊

Watch this Blog space and/or our Facebook Page or call ahead for confirmation (403-782-7238).

And of course, the Moving Sale continues!!

Monday, May 28, all highlighted items (watch for those yellow and orange tags!) will be 65% off -- and the progressive sale continues through May 31.

And yes...We're still having our weekly Super Special Sale!

Diamond Yarns Luxury Collection
Mulberry Linen

50% Alpaca
25% Linen
25% Silk

50 Grams = 114 metres (125 yards)

Regular Price: $10.00

75% Off!

Sale Price: $2.50

If you're like me, you start your Christmas gift knitting sometime over the summer.   Too hot to knit?  Not if it's a wee bit of luxury, such as a hat, a close-to-the-neck cowl , a pair of mittens or even a simple shawl -- and this yarn is just the ticket!

A variation on 'Wurm'
created by thatfanatic on Ravelry

"Mebonden" mittens
designed by Skeindeer Knits

We'll be here for you -- at one location or the other -- or maybe in two places at once!  There's no end to the marvellous, magical madness of moving!

*Written by Margaret, who's found magic and marvels in knitting for almost 60 years.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 24 - Knit Night Cancelled . . .

For May 24 Only - Knit Night has been cancelled!!

The couches and table have moved to their new location, leaving us with just three folding chairs.

If you wish to drop in and spend some time - you are more than welcome! Our Moving Sale continues with discounts at 50% May 24 - come and browse.

We can always stand to knit or you may bring your own chair 

or someone may be sitting on the floor and my knees will not bend that far any more.

The plan is to celebrate Knit Night next week in the new location next door to the CIBC - 5006 - 50 Ave. The phone number will be the same, as will our Facebook page.

May 31 - Join Us, bring your crocheting, knitting, cross-stitch, tapestry, hardanger - Knit Night will be back!! See you there

Written by Anne - looking forward to see you in our new location 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Do you prefer all things "Traditional" or "Contemporary"?

Or do you blend the best of both?

This past weekend the wedding of Meghan and Harry was a beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary.

When you compare the wedding of Charles and Diana to the wedding of their son, Harry to Meghan Markle . . . it is a very different world. Harry is not the first in line to be a monarch - as Charles was and is; so the traditions are different.

Traditional British brides have a rhyme "Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe"? The old was to ward off the "evil eye" and/or continuity, new - optimism, blue is for fertility/purity/love/fidelity, the borrowed was to provide good luck/happiness, and the sixpence -prosperity.

Meghan's tiara was a direct tribute to the something borrowed. The tiara was a gift to Queen Mary in 1893 and is known as the Queen Mary Bandeau. I read somewhere it was provided by Queen Elizabeth, whose sister Princess Margaret has worn on special occasions.

It is wonderful when we can respect traditions - like marriage. It is also wonderful when we can lose some of the destructive traditions, like racism, and find ways to respect change and opportunity. Meghan is the first person of colour in over 200 years to  marry into the British Royal family. The first person I am aware of was Charlotte, wife of George III in the 1700's. She was a member of the Portuguese royal family.

Coming closer to home - how times are a changing here at The Crafty Lady. Please share and remind one and all, we are moving! Lori is celebrating by having one of the biggest sales - to my knowledge - in her 24 year history.

There are so many things on sale - I cannot list them all. Note - as of today the sale items are at 40% off, tomorrow 45%. She is increasing the discount by 5% every business day until the end of the month.

Are you a gambler? Do you want to wait and see what is left when the discount reaches 80% to then purchase? Or purchase now to ensure you get your choice? As one customer stated "I just bought all my yarn for this Christmas" at sale prices!

That is the change side - on the traditional side; we are continuing the one item at 75% off.

Combining "old and new" - Hayfield's Aran with Wool is 20% wool and 80% acrylic. It will work to all Aran weight patterns. The bonus of the wool (the old) and the acrylic (the new) allows this yarn to hold it's shape, be very warm, machine washable and easy to care for.

Brioche Basic Beanie by Marilynn's Garden
Free Ravelry pattern
Perfect House Slippers by Crochet by Mamachee
Pattern available on Ravelry 
Aran with Wool

20% wool / 80% acrylic
Aran weight

Reg. $8.50
Off Sale

Written by Anne, happy TCL employee who is surprised to learn I prefer many of the newer traditions, while holding onto the best of the old . . .the best of both!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Sale You've Been Waiting For!

The deadline is creeping ever closer and there is only so much we want to move.

Because there has been a lot of shuffling within the community of yarn providers (takeovers, retirements, etc.), there are a few (quite a few!) of our products that we will no longer be ordering once we are in our new location. Not only that, but one of The Crafty Lady's retired employees was in for a visit this week and noticed that there are a number of items that are still in the store that were already 'old stock' before she started!

What does that mean for you? It means SALE SIGNS will be popping up all over the store! And it won't be just things you've never heard of. Well-known brand names are on the chopping block! Names like

And what could be better than discounts on brand name yarns? Discounts on the pattern books that use the yarns AND discounts on tools to use with the yarns!! Can you say

Here at the store we love this brand but no longer have a source for their products. :(

I know what you're thinking. Stop stalling! Tell us how much we're going to save on all these wonderful sticks and strings!

Today, May 16, you will save 20% on any item marked with a bright yellow sign (with its name on it). Sale corner items are still 25% off. Please note that they are now spread across the front of the store.

Tomorrow, May 17, that sale price goes to 25% off for both the sale corner items and the specially marked items.

For every following day we are open, the percentage goes up by 5% until May 31 when even the 75% off weekly sale joins in for 80% OFF! Please note that we are closed Sundays and the Monday of the May long weekend (this weekend).

Remember, you are doing us a favour by helping us have less to move, meaning we can move to our new location even faster.

Posted by TCL owner who can't wait for you to see our new location!