Monday, October 7, 2019

A little haze?

My husband and I have a rescue dog, Sophie, who walks with me along the beach at Gull Lake, while I knit. Yes, you can do basic knitting, while walking and talking.

Walking in the fall is such a wonderful time of the year - I know we do not have the colours they have in the Maritime or Eastern Canada. We do have wonderful vistas, colours and incredible skies. The geese are starting to gather on the lake. When they start honking as they gather to go to the fields to feed, this upsets Sophie! She barks and barks - bad training or the nature of a Cocker Spaniel?  So far all of our neighbours are very understanding - they, too, have a dog or two.

This blanket is a great example of knitting and walking - all the squares were completed while the dogs and I were out walking. I did run out of colours, so as a dementia blanket this worked really well. The patients really appreciate the textures of the two yarns and the colours. It is really light, while being warm and washable.

I do not recommend colour work or lace work. My crochet skills do not yet allow me to walk and crochet - I am working on it.

It is still warm enough to walk and knit - at least until tomorrow, when it may not be. We will(?) have warmer weather before the snow stays for winter.

This is a wonderful time to start thinking of quick gifts to work on for stocking stuffers or gifts for Christmas. I know, everyone groans when I say this, but with our family, if I do not start now, I will not be completed on time.

There are so many wonderful yarns to use to make gifts for loved ones in the store, with more arriving soon.

The Crafty Lady has added a number of patterns to the sale section. These are patterns for discontinued yarns, or yarns we can no longer get. They are really great patterns, but they are now at 25% off - come in and browse. There are patterns for toys, sweaters for all ages, home accessories, hats, scarves, etc. Come in and browse.

Speaking of sales - this week's special 75% off yarn - would be great for a quick, soft toque or pair of fingerless gloves. This yarn has a little bit of haze adding to its appeal.

Luxury Soft DK
51% nylon, 25% wool, 24% acrylic
Reg. $5.00
75% off 

Buy it all and have a very inexpensive, beautiful gift!

Written by Anne, as I enjoy my stash yarns for gifting this year! (All purchased in store)

Monday, September 30, 2019

T'is the Season

Hi, it's Lori, The Crafty Lady
Yup sorry, you get me today.

September is a busy season here at the store: prepping for Creativ Festival in Edmonton and Calgary, bringing in extra staff for the Prairie Fibre Festival at the LMC the Saturday between the big shows. Everybody's working, some are getting run down, and with all the mixed up schedules the blog is late and written by yours truly. ;)

September is also the month when all the students are back at school and our routines seem to get back to normal. Hmm, snow this early shouldn't be normal, but this is Alberta and I won't put anything past her when it comes to weather. But, I also won't complain about the snow. It reminds people that handmade gifts take time and time is running out.

This week's sale is magical yarn because it can be used two different ways. It can be a super bulky (i.e. warm) multicoloured masculine scarf or a frilly feminine scarf. I've also seen it used as trims on purses and little girls' skirts.  So, he-e-e-ere's Frilly!

Regular $10.00
this week only $2.50!
written by Lori, happy TCL owner who's looking forward to seeing all the crafters who just realized how little time is left! ;)

Monday, September 23, 2019

It's Elemental

Do you know your chemistry table?  Not your times tables -- that's math.  Your chemistry table.  It looks like this:

Photo Source:
Oh that table!  πŸ˜‰

Now look at it carefully.  Can you find element #16?  Here's a hint: it's in the upper right section, in a blue square.

Found it?  Good!

The square for this element on this Periodic Table may be blue, but the element isn't.  In its natural colour when a solid (i.e. at room temperature) is a soft yellow.  

Photo source: Wikipedia Commons

It's symbol on the Table is "S" for sulphur (or sulfur)...and according to Wikipedia, it's not only very common in and on the earth, but it's also elemental -- meaning that it plays a key role in human life.  It's been around...well, pretty much from the beginning of time as we know it (and even before that).  In the Bible, it was referred to as "brimstone" -- as in "fire and brimstone".  Most of the time though, it's found in minerals referred to as either 'sulphides' (sulfides) or 'sulphates' (sulfates), and it's usually obtained as a by-product when contaminants are removed from natural gas and/or petroleum.

amino acid
containing a thiol group
Source: Wikipedia
Today it's used in fertilizers, matches (remember the smell when you strike one?),  insecticides and fungicides.  It causes our noses to wrinkle at the "rotten egg smell" when we smell natural gas leaking somewhere -- and that can save our lives!

But it's not just found outside and around in nature.  It's also found inside us!  It's an element in organosulphur (organosulfur) compounds which include three amino acids (cysteine, cystine and methionine) and two B vitamins (biotin and thiamine).  

It's part of the compounds that make up keratin -- which means it plays a part in the make-up of skin, hair and feathers.  And it plays an essential role in the biochemistry and macronutrition -- for all living creatures!

Yep. It's an elemental element! 

"Sulfur" is also the colour name for this week's Super Special Yarn:

from Berroco Yarns

50 grams = 140 metres (153 yards)

51% Wool
49% Nylon

Made in Italy
Hand-wash in cool water; hang to dry.

Regular Price: $14.00
Super Sale Price: $3.50!

Although at least one "Raveler" has reported that she felt it was rather delicate for a full sweater, six or seven balls would do for one -- but only two or three are needed to wrap you in a bit of gold softness, like this cowl or this shawl.  Glowing elegance, odour-free!  πŸ˜‰

Thanks to all our customers who came out to support our shop in the CreativFestivals (Millennium Place in Sherwood Park and Spruce Meadows Equiplex in Calgary), and here at home during Lacombe's third annual Fibre Festival at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.  We hope we'll continue to.,.

See you in the shop!

*Written by Margaret, whose work at The Crafty Lady is an elemental part of her life!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A Crafty Lady Special Edition

As most of our faithful readers know, The Crafty Lady rarely (if ever) writes a blog post.  But recently she posted these notes about one of her newest patterns, and it was too good not to share.  😊  Here she is, in her own words...

I might be giving away a trade secret here but -
Did you know that the reason patterns for self striping yarns rarely photograph a ‘perfect’ sample is so that the customer doesn’t have unrealistic expectations that the suggested amount of yarn is going to help them perfectly replicate what they see.
I tried. I really tried. The back worked out almost perfectly symmetrical. Out by one garter ridge. So I was going to just start from the other end of the ball to ensure that it wasn’t perfect. Because I like to work from the inside of the ball, I decided to rewind the ball. I counted the pattern repeats in the ball. I had more than enough to make a perfect sample. NO. START FROM THE CENTER LIKE YOU PLANNED!
I started from the center. I got the second front halfway completed. Left it at work so that I wouldn’t rip it out at home. Got to work the next day and worked a couple more rows … placed a lifeline at the joining row and, you knew it was going to happen, I frogged the front, joined the yarn in the appropriate place in the striping queue and proceeded to make my perfect vest. I mean, look at the second picture. Even the shoulder striped lined up!
When I cast off the front, I eyeballed what was left of the yarn. I may not be able to make matching cap sleeves. Perfect. Wait. I don’t need as much yarn for the size 2 as for the size 4. Can I? I’ve succumbed so far. Why not? I weighed the remnant and marked the second starting point so that both would match if the weight was right. I barrelled forward and wouldn’t you know, after the second cap sleeve, I had 13 meters left. But more about that in a bit.
I was sitting knitting at Music in the Park, wondering how I would verify my calculations on a dimensional body since I didn’t have an appropriately sized mannequin at the store, and no sooner had I cast off the last stitch, a small boy came running straight for me, his mother in hot pursuit! My mom stopped him, and as his mom caught up, I asked how old he was. 2 yrs old. Cool. I just finished this. Do you think he would let me put it on him so that I can be sure it fits? Sure. He did. It did. My 90 yr old aunt has a saying. God has a plan.
Did you check the yarn amount used above? Have you done the math? God also has a sense of mischievous humour, don’t you know.
I decided to grab my scissors after tucking in all my ends. Never do this after playing yarn chicken. I ‘knew’ all my ends were tucked in, ran to the other room for the scissors - snip, snip, snip - oh S#!T. I knew as soon as I snipped the top of the cap sleeve I had missed tucking in that end. It’s a store sample. A little bit of glue when I get back to the store and no one will be the wiser. Except the first stitch had unravelled by the time I got to work. Out came the tiny circs I keep as a lifeline. Picked up the stitches on either side of the first row of the cap sleeve. Threaded a needle with a length of yarn same colour as the body’s last shoulder row and proceeded to do surgery with a garter Kitchener Stitch.
It was a harrowing experience but it was worth it to get this visually perfect sweater. I’ll get smart next time though and knit the entire ball the width of the back and rip back to the appropriate rows in order to achieve absolute perfection because that’s who I am ;) Will it happen before I’m 103? Depends on God’s plan.
NOTE: Lori (The Crafty Lady Herself) will have the yarn and pattern for this cute garment at the CreativFestival this weekend -- September 20 and 21 -- at Spruce Meadows Equiplex, south of Calgary.
If you can't be at the show -- or live too far away -- you can purchase the pattern online from The Crafty Lady's Ravelry Store.  

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 Ãyarn bombedà 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 à the oldest à 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.  😊

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!  πŸ˜“

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

The Heebee Jeebees at TEDx Calgary... πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ˜‰
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!😎

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. πŸ˜‡ 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.


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?  πŸ˜‰

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

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

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: γγ‚Œγ‚ˆγ‚“ (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!