Monday, August 19, 2019

Seriously?


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.



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

Reg. $12.00

75% Off 
$3.00


          





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! 😉
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?

OR

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
from
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
TWEED DELUXE
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!😎



Monday, July 29, 2019

IT is coming!!




What is IT!!? It IS


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The Crafty Lady is in the final stages of getting her on-line store up and running. We will be asking for your e-mail address to add to our till program - automatically giving you our store loyalty discount on all purchases.

You will be able to check if we have more/different colours of a favourite yarn in stock, put in a request for a special order, if you did not purchase quite enough for your current project - you will be able to buy on line. We can even mail to you.

The Crafty Lady is working on this - as I write. For her, this is taking time from crafting, creating/designing new projects and working on a computer. 😇 Margaret and I are keeping her well stocked with coffee. The sun late last week also helped as she could not be outside much.


Winner of the $25 Crafty Lady gift card: Betty Golley

Winner of the $50 Crafty Lady gift card: Jennifer Pugh

Congratulations to both of you, and thanks to everyone who entered our draw and shopped during Lacombe Days!

Summer can be a time of closet clearing, re-thinking the current wardrobe and checking dates on the contents of the kitchen cupboards/fridge.

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Your children have grown, you have changed shape (speaking only for myself and personal experience), your colouring has changed (or your hair colour) - during the rainy days, when everyone is "bored", clearing the clutter can be mind-blowing. 
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It can be a great time to review the contents of your yarn stash. When you are so motivated, please consider donating any of the yarns which no longer talk to you. These yarns may be left over from a completed project, yarn you were gifted when it no longer spoke to the neighbour/aunt. When you have collected some (and this can be part balls) please bring in to The Crafty Lady. We have people who can not afford to buy and donate, who are waiting for your yarn to make blankets, afghans, lap-ghans, for Inn From the Cold, The Mustard Seed, Red Deer Hospice, Ronald McDonald House, Red Deer Hospital, etc. There are several areas of ongoing need.

Speaking of bits and pieces, odd balls and skeins - The Crafty Lady has re-stocked the Orphan basket! This is a great place to get 1 ball/skein of something for a really great price. Our orphans are all great yarns, the only problem for us is, they are the last of a dye lot, a discontinued colour or line. Currently, there are acrylic yarns, wool and acrylic/wool blends in the basket. Come and take a look.

This is a great place to get an unusual bit of yarn - at stash prices - to finish a project or create small items.

Orphans

75% off Marked Prices

while they last 

Written by Anne, currently working on reducing my stash . . . stay posted - one trunk donated! and several single ball projects under way

Monday, July 22, 2019

Fresh Out of Ideas

Do you ever have a day like that -- where it seems that your brain cells are completely empty, nothing there: nada, zip, nothing?

Sometimes those days can go on for weeks!  That's when you find yourself in a creative slump -- nothing appeals.  You might have six projects on the go, and not one single one is calling to your heart.  Not. One.

Worse, yet, you're not tempted by anything in your project queue, or in your yarn stash.



You take a walk.

You have a nap.

You try to settle with what  was hitherto a good book.

You surf the Internet -- Pinterest and Ravelry -- for ideas.

You might be saying to yourself, "Drat!  Everyone else seems to be having so much fun with what they're doing.  What's wrong with me?!"

There's only one thing for it: get out and party!  


Say what?!

It doesn't have to be a big deal.  We're not talking invitations, catering, setting up a bar, hiring entertainment.

Not that kind of party. Just see if you can get together with a couple of good friends for time together -- preferably in the form of coffee or a meal out, or a short road trip to visit other places of interest (including yarn shops, of course!), with some music in the background.  Go out to a movie together, or to a museum or art gallery -- or take in an evening at one of those 'paint party' places where you come home with a painting or a painted mug or bowl.

This isn't a time not to whine and commiserate (well, maybe for the first five or ten minutes!), but a time to share easy conversation, some good food and/or drink, funny stories and...eventually...ideas.

There!  Don't you feel better now?  😉

And just in case your new ideas involve yarn...this week The Crafty Lady provides you one more opportunity to party -- with colour!





Party Time Chunky
from James C. Brett
Colour #PT 7

100 grams = 153 metres (167 yards)
100% acrylic

Regular Price: $9.00
Sale Price: $2.25!

PLEASE NOTE: there's a limited quantity -- in only one colour-way.  


One ball will create an adorable "stuffie"; a couple will make a bright and cheerful kid's sweater; and four will make a colourful, cuddly baby blanket!

This happy yarn is sure to shake loose some new yarn-craft ideas, whatever you decide to make with it.

Take time to party -- and we'll see you in The Shop!



*Written by Margaret, who believes that any day that includes yarn is worthy of a party!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Summer is a time of colour

Can you see the very busy bees thoroughly enjoying the flowers?

The Crafty Lady is allergic to flowers, so I am providing some Mother Nature's colour in two views.

Overlooking Kalamalka Lake, British Columbia

Over the past several years, colouring books have become very popular as hobbies and to help wile away idle time when you can not knit, crochet or quilt. 

Quoting from Coloring for Dummies For Adults (available from Chapters/Amazon, etc.)


Coloring For Adults For Dummies by Consumer Dummies
 "Coloring? Isn’t that for kids? Certainly not! Coloring is for all ages. Coloring is a great hobby for adults. It’s the ideal way to relax after a hard day and perfect for giving your creativity a boost. For many people, the coloring of a beautiful picture is a kind of meditation. You focus on what you’re doing at that very moment and forget everything around you". 


Colouring can be something you do alone, in a group, listening to a podcast, watching TV. Colour can feed your creative side while being very meditative. You can find colouring books at several price points, on many types of paper, and you can use anything from markers to crayons, to coloured pencils, or expensive artists paints. 

One other bonus - there are no rules! You can use any colour, you can colour inside or outside the lines - or draw your own creation. There is so much more to colouring as an adult. While colouring you can be a child again - create a masterpiece, or more than one at the same time. You can share, you can keep, you can hang on the wall/fridge. 

I invite you to read this article from the International Bipolar Foundation website, which you may find very interesting http://www.ibpf.org/blog/new-hobby-consider-coloring-books-adults

This week's special is right up the creative colour avenue. It is also a chunky yarn, so your creation will work up very quickly. 


Kureyon Air
By Noro
100% wool

Reg. $20.00
75% Off
$5.00




Kureyon Air has two plies, spun with less twist than many manufactured yarns.   It can be a little difficult to see, because the yarn has such a “rustic” loosely spun effect, but if you untwist it you will definitely get two plies in your hand. It’s how they get the striated effect that shows up in some dye lots (like, black and orange blurred together.)
As far as I can tell it is manufactured in Japan, hence the Japanese name for the yarn: くれよん (pronounced coo-ray-oh-n) is the Japanese pronunciation of the English “crayon;” thus, the literal name of the yarn is “crayon.”
Summer is the time for vibrant colour, this is one of the yarns to consider working with this summer for winter colour. And - It is 100% wool and will felt. Check out some of the projects on Ravelry. 

Written by Anne, as I enjoy summer colours! 


Monday, July 8, 2019

Life's STILL a Cabaret!

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via Wikipedia
"Put down the knitting, the book and the broom; time for a holiday..."

Well, maybe not the knitting!  For those of us in the "know", knitting and crochet are key parts of any holiday, especially if one's vacation time calls for an extended road trip.  As long as you don't knit and drive (!), it's the perfect activity to wile away hours in the car or plane or on the bus, going from Point A to Point B.

In our Thursday 'gig' at The Shop, Anne and I were both kept hopping, serving customers who'd started their road trip and finished a project (or two!) already, or who were preparing to hit the trails for a road trip, or were planning a camping trip and needed something to do on the lakeside, around the fireside or in the camper or cabin on a rainy afternoon.

However you spend your summer holiday, we hope you do it with a view to genuinely relaxing -- putting away thoughts of what's going on in the Wider World, letting go of demands and pressures, and really enjoying life in the moment -- just as you would if you were in a cabaret.

That's why this week, for our Super Special Sale, we're offering you a light, quick-to-knit (or crochet) cotton-polyester blend that will be fun to work with on summer afternoons/evenings.

Cabare 
(note the accent on the 'e')
from SMC Select

50 grams = 55 metres (60 yards)
78% Cotton
22% Polyester

Regular Price: $10.00
Sale Price: $2.50


We have a variety of colours available, all in yummy summery pastels -- and enough of some to make a summer sweater, an open-work summer shawl, an elegant lacy wrap or...well, you get the idea!

Wherever and whenever you find yourself yarn-crafting this month and next...we hope you're celebrating time away from life's demands, the blessing of being able to create something lovely, and the joy of relaxing with family, friends, fresh air and good food.

Start by admitting from cradle to tomb
It isn't that long a stay
Life is a cabaret, old chum
It's only a cabaret, old chum
And I love a cabaret!

Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Won't you join me?






*Written by Margaret, who's enjoying her 'cabaret knitting' under the shade of an old tree in her back garden.  Bliss!