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!😎