Wednesday

February class schedule!

We have had many requests for some more specialty technique classes in addition to our daily drop in classes so we asked people what they wanted to learn and put together a new schedule! We have classes planned from now until the end of April and we plan to continue them throughout the summer as well! We are also working on putting together a kids camp for March Break which is quickly approaching so be sure and stay tuned for that information which will be coming out shortly.

Our drop in knitting classes are available 3 times a week every week and the times are as follows:


Tuesday Afternoon: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Tuesday Evening: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday evening: 5:30pm to 7:30pm

During these times you can come in to learn to knit, get help on your project, learn to recognize and fix your mistakes and learn new techniques! You do not have to register in advance for these classes, just come when you can! Classes are always open to all ages and skill levels. Drop in classes are $10 per class, materials are not included. We give you a 10% discount on your yarn purchases when you enrolled in ANY class at Stix and Stones.



Testing your gauge!

Saturday February 8, 2013
2:00pm to 4:00pm
$25 per person
8 spaces available- you must pre-register for this class in order to ensure your spot!

Description:

“To save time, always check your gauge!” This is a sentence commonly written at the top of every knitting pattern and we are going to tell you why! Testing your gauge is the most important part of any knitting project because it ensures that your project will turn out to the same dimensions as the patterns call for. We are always telling people to check their gauge and so many people skip over this important step saying things like “I always get gauge” or “I have perfect tension” and the reality is different yarns will knit differently (tighter or looser) and different knitting needles will give you different results (bamboo versus metal.)
In this class we will teach you how to knit a proper gauge swatch and how to adjust your needles if your gauge does not accurately measure to what the pattern is calling for. We will swatch with different weights of yarn and see how different your tension can be from one yarn to the next! We will also be able to determine if you are a tight or lose knitter or, if you are like me, tight o fine weights and lose on heavy weights. Every knitter is unique and we are going to teach you how to embrace that!

Materials: Please bring with you a selection of knitting needle sizes in plastic, metal, bamboo or whatever you might have laying around! Also please bring with you a selection of yarns to work with- anything from sock yarn to bulky weight will do! Please also bring with you a tape measure.

*Stix and Stones will provide you with materials for this class if you do not have any of these items*
To register for this class, please call or email us at the store at 705-223-8245 or at
stixandstonesnb@gmail.com
 

Cast ons and Cast offs


Saturday February 15, 2014
2:00pm to 4:00pm
$25 per person
8 spaces available- you must pre-register for this class in order to ensure your spot!

Description:

During this class we will learn 5 different techniques for casting on and casting off and we will learn where to use them and why. There are over 150 different methods for casting on and off and with the 5 that we show you, you will be able to conquer most of your knitting projects with these methods! Learn which method to use for hats, socks, sweaters and even scarves! They may not even be the ones you think they are!

Materials: Please bring with you worsted weight or heavier yarn in a light colour and needles to match. Please also bring with you a contrasting colour, a crochet hook, a spare knitting needle and a darning needle.

*Stix and Stones will provide you with materials for this class if you do not have any of these items*
To register for this class, please call or email us at the store at 705-223-8245 or at
stixandstonesnb@gmail.com

Friday

New and exciting things!

Hello knitters!

Well it certainly has been awhile since I have connected to you all via cyberspace here. When I start hearing customers say "I was starting to get worried about you because you haven't been sending emails" that means it's time to hunker down and get back at 'er. I have had an incredibly busy summer this yarn from my kids camps (which were AMAZING) to scheduling new classes, I was the MOH in a wedding, I renovated my apartment then I took a week long vacation (finally, I know!) and right after coming back from that, literally the day after I drove down to Barrie for a trade show and then last weekend drove to the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter's Fair and set up my double booth for a day of crazy fun! On top of all of that... I have now caught a cold and have had to stay home for a few days. But I'm back now with tons of new info to share!

all of this yarn....


Fit in this car..... with me AND Lily....


We have TONS of new yarns in stock with more arriving for the fall season! We have new magazines, accessories and samples! We have some other exciting things coming about but you all know how I like to keep secrets until we are ready for the big reveal. Check out all our photos below of all that is new and exciting and come in to the shop to see the beauty in person!



Our class schedule is listed at the bottom. We are working on our schedule for our specialty technique classes so stay tuned for that.

For the first time ever, we have a booth at the Creativ Sewing and Needlework festival the last weekend in October! Rhichard Devrieze and his amazing hand dyed yarns will be a specialty at our booth that weekend so be sure and pop by to check it out if you will be in attendance. I will also be teaching a few classes at Creativ so if you are out of town and have always wanted to attend one of my amazing classes, sign up soon!





New Products


We have some amazing new yarns from new companies that are brand new to us in the store! Check it out below!

We teamed up with Fleece Artist and produced a batch of colourways that are exclusive to our store and are North Bay themed names! The base of this yarn is a sock weight BFL with nylon so it is great for socks, mitts, cowls, sweaters, anything and they are only $20 per skein!

Top row, left to right: gateway to the north, nipissing sunset, stix and stones, waterfront
bottom row, left to right: northern lights, carousel, shadfly season, do it all downtown.
Our second batch of these yarns arrived last week- be sure to check them out before they are all gone again!




Sweet Georgia Yarns have landed at Stix and Stones! This is a Canadian hand dyer located on the west coast that has phenomenal colour sense and incredible bases!

Superwash DK- $24
100% Superwash Wool
256 yds per skein


Cashluxe Fine- Sock yarn- $32
70/20/10 Merino/Cashmere/Nylon
400 yds per skein


Tough Love Sock- $24
80/20 superwash wool/nylon
425 yds per skein


Waterloo Wools- brand new to our shop and another Ontario based hand dyer!

Huron- fingering weight- $24
100% superwash merino
405 yds per skein


Niagara- Sock weight- $26
80/20 Merino/nylon
420 yds per skein


From Zen Yarn Garden...

New colours in Serenity 20- lots of one of a kind colours!
70/20/10 Superwash merino/cashmere/nylon
400 yds per skein


Serenity Silk Single- $35
75/15/10 superwash merino/cashmere/nylon
430 yds per skein


From Zenitude- our North Bay local hand dyer...

Laceweight- $26
100% superwash merino wool
980 yds per skein


Merino rovings ($20) AND Thrum mitten kits($30)! Awesome colours!


Fingering Weight- $34
50/50 superwash wool/silk
380 yds per skein


Brand new to our shop and to the yarn market... The yarns of Rhichard Devrieze!
An amazing man who designs and hand dyes all of his own colourways and is very sweet and wears sushi shirts. All in all amazing.
We started with....

Peppino Merino- $17
100% superwash Merino Wool
225 yds per skein


We are stocked up on Soak Wash!
Check out their limited edition fragrance for Ravelry called "Unleash." $13 per bottle



Knitting and Technique Classes


Our classes have resumed! Watch for our specialty technique class schedule coming soon!

We are continuing to offer our drop in classes 3 times a week PLUS our social knit night on Fridays. Check out the schedule below...

Tuesday afternoons 1:30-3:30pm, $10 per class

Tuesday evenings 5:00-7:00pm*, $10 per class *Note the time change*

Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30pm, $10 per class

During these drop in hours we will teach you how to knit even if you have never knit before, we will help you with your projects, teach you new techniques, teach you how to find and fix your mistakes and anything else your little heart desires to know about knitting we will teach you.

Join us for any or all of these classes, no need to pre register, there is always room for everyone. These classes are open to all ages and skill levels. Materials are not included. You receive 10% off your yarn purchase when you are enrolled in a class at Stix and Stones.

For more information give us a call at the store at 705-223-8245

Tuesday

Fall drop in knitting classes

Drop in knitting classes resume today- September 17, 2013!

Tuesday afternoons 1:30-3:30pm, $10 per class

Tuesday evenings 5:00-7:00pm, $10 per class

Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30pm, $10 per class

During these drop in hours we will teach you how to knit even if you have never knit before, we will help you with your projects, teach you new techniques, teach you how to find and fix your mistakes and anything else your little heart desires to know about knitting we will teach you.

Join us for any or all of these classes, no need to pre register, there is always room for everyone. These classes are open to all ages and skill levels. Materials are not included. You receive 10% off your yarn purchase when you are enrolled in a class at Stix and Stones. 
Watch for our specialty technique classes to resume within the next couple of weeks! We have some great ideas for new classes and can't wait to share them with everyone!

For more information give us a call at the store at 705-223-8245 or send us an email to stixandstonesnb@gmail.com

Wednesday

Kids knitting camps!



Kids camps- July 2013!

Kids learn to knit! (Or continue to knit if they know how!)
Tues/Wed July 9-10, 2013
11:00am to 1:00pm both days
$40 per student- all materials included
2nd sibling discount of 10%

In this class the kids will learn the basics of knitting including casting on, knitting and casting off and they will make a small project over the course of the two days and they can decide what! Some kids have done wallets, ipod holders, fingerless gloves, headbands... whatever they can come up with they can make! This class includes the needles and yarn and any other materials they might need. Please have the kids bring their own snacks if they need to.

Kids learn to purl!
Tues/Wed July 16-17, 2013
11:00am to 1:00pm both days
$27 per student- please bring materials from the previous week
2nd sibling discount of 10%

In this class we will take knitting to the next level by combining the knit and purl stitches to create new patterns! Knit and Purl are the two basic stitches of knitting and once we conquer that, we can make almost anything! We will do another project in this class so another ball of yarn will be provided! Please have the kids bring their own snacks if they need to.


Kids knit jewellery class!
Tues/Wed July 23-24, 2013
11:00am to 1:00pm both days
$40 per student- all materials included
2nd sibling discount of 10%

In this class we will take the knitting basics- knit and purl- and put them together to create some knit jewellery pieces! We will use eyecord makers to make necklaces, knitting needles and yarn to make bracelets and even whip up some headbands! We will include embellishments like beads and sequins to make each piece truly unique! If the kids have leftover scraps from other classes bring them to incorporate in to their pieces! Please have the kids bring their own snacks if they need to.


Kids wet felting and needle felting
Tues/Wed July 30-31, 2013
11:00am to 1:00pm both days
$40 per student- all materials included
2nd sibling discount of 10%

This class is so much fun! We will be working with wool rovings to create felted pieces such as scarves, placemats, wallets, purses and whatever else we can dream up! This is a very interactive class and we do spend quite a bit of it outside so be sure that the kids have sunblock! Please have the kids bring their own snacks if they need to.


To pre register your child for any of these classes please give me a call at Stix and Stones at 705-223-8245. If you are registering for all four classes the cost will be $135 instead of $147!

Tuesday

Knitting and Technique Classes



**NEW** Tuesday afternoon drop in knitting class!- Also offered Tuesday evenings from 5:00pm to 7:00pm for $10 per class year round.

Starting Tuesday June 4, 2013 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm for the duration of the summer we will be holding a drop in knitting class for $10 per class. This will run every Tuesday afternoon (unless otherwise noted) from June to August and possibly will continue on through the fall and winter should the demand be there.

During this class you will be able to learn how to knit, get help with your projects, learn new techniques and ask all the questions you like! No need to pre-register at all, just drop by! We can get you set up with a project and needles and start you off wherever you are comfortable.

Project Prep Class.
Wednesday June 26, 2013
6:00pm to 9:00pm
$25 per person- some materials included

This class is ESSENTIAL!! This is going to give you all the information about preparing for a project that you could possibly need! We are going to start off by talking about how to use Ravelry.com to find patterns, and then we will talk about how to choose a size and a design that flatters you and your figure. We will then proceed to talk about how to choose a yarn for any given project AND how to substitute a yarn for any project. We will then talk and work on measuring gauge and I will teach you how to get your gauge for a project and how to choose the best needles for you. Because no matter what you say- YOUR GAUGE IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT ON! We will talk about the why and the how about that and why it is so important. We will finish up with talking a bit about seaming and about blocking your project and we will be open to any and all questions you might have about prepping for a project, substituting yarns and needles and getting gauge. Anything you might think about, we will cover!

Please bring with you a selection of needles and yarn to match as well as stitch markers and a tape measure if you have it. We will have materials to use here as well. Also, if you have an ipad or tablet of some sort please bring that as well so we can show you ravelry on your own device and how to find patterns will be more comfortable for you.

Knitting 911 bootcamp!
Saturday June 15, 2013
11:00am to 1:00pm
$20 per person

Learn to fix your own mistakes!! In this class we will teach you how to recognize your mistakes and how to fix them on your own! This is the class that the baby birds learn to fly on their own. We will teach you how to unknit, pick up dropped stitches, fix twisted stitches and how to rip back, how to fix holes AFTER the project is complete and any other questions you might have! We will work until we have mastered it! Please bring with you worsted weight or heavier yarn in a light colour with needles to match. You may also bring projects that need some TLC to be fixed and we can work on those in the class as well.

Finishing and grafting
Saturday June 29, 2013
11:00am to 1:00pm
$20 per person

This is possibly one of the most important skills you will ever learn in your knitting career. Knowing how to finish and sew your projects up correctly can make your knitting go from looking homemade to looking handmade. We will work through how to sew together side seams, shoulder seams, garter stitch, stocking stitch, three needle bind offs, Kitchener stitch, mattress stitch and grafting.

Homework: Please complete 4 stocking stitch squares- 2 that are not bound off and 2 garter stitch squares approximately 3 inches by 3 inches each completed in a worsted weight or heavier yarn in a light colour with needles to match. Please bring with you darning needles and a few pairs of knitting needles all around the same size.

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A weekend with Sally Melville!


Check out our weekend with Sally Melville! We are hosting 4 classes with Sally which will be held in Stix and Stones at 147 Main Street West in north Bay, Ontario. We are also hosting a lecture with Sally on Saturday evening- February 2, 2013 starting at 6:30pm until 8:00pm. The cost for the lecture is $15 per person or $10 if you are enrolled in one of her weekend classes or hold a valid North Bay Hand Knitter's Guild Card. Description of the lecture is as follows:

Lecture: WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO: the importance of working with our hands

Saturday February 2, 2013
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Cost: $15 per person OR $10 if you are enrolled in a weekend class or are a North Bay knitting guild member with a valid membership!

This presentation speaks to what knitting (or other hand work) offers—-from alleviating boredom, to engaging in the creative process, to teaching skills that help us through all aspects of life. Participants will see examples of knitting (although this talk applies to all hand work) while thinking about this work through lenses as diverse as quantum physics, psychology, and global economics. Basically we will be discussing why we love doing what we do and the long term health benefits that come from it. This talk applies to all people that work with their hands whether that be a knitter, crocheter, scrapbooker, quilter, sewer or even someone in the trades! Bring your crafty friends along and make it a girls night out! We will have snacks and drinks for everyone that is attending and we will be open late that night for shopping!

SKILL LEVEL anyone- Not just knitters!



Essential Skills

Saturday February 2, 2013
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Cost: $75

Description: No matter how advanced and accomplished we are, there are habits or holes in our knitting repertoire. Perhaps we rely upon the same cast-on, the same increase, the same decrease; perhaps we are confounded by selvedge stitches; perhaps we knit without the awareness that we have choices.

This workshop explores and explains the many techniques we should all have in our repertoire. We'll talk about which are best suited to each situation and why, and we'll practice them all with lots of hands-on experience.

Skill Level: Beginner intermediate and beyond. (Very experienced knitters get a lot from this class, and so do newer knitters.)



BORDERS AND BUTTONHOLES
Saturday February 2, 2013
Time: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: $75


Description: This workshop explores the best techniques for these finishings that make such a difference in our knitted garments. It covers basic maneuvers, four or more basic edging stitch patterns, and the very best buttonholes. Participants will never again struggle with instructions to "pick up and knit 137 sts along right front" nor with the question of how to make virtually invisible buttonholes.

Skill Level: Beginner intermediate and beyond

Supplies to Bring: yarn (same weight as homework piece, contrast colour is fine), needles appropriate for working an edging onto the homework piece

HOMEWORK: Use non-textured, light-coloured yarns. Worsted weight is best. Block swatch well.

1.Cast on 24 stitches: work 3" in stockinette. DO EXACTLY AS WRITTEN: do not slip stitches and do not work short rows. (You are shaping a round neck, in case you wonder.) At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 6 stitches. At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 3 stitches. At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 2 stitches. At the beginning of the next 3 RS rows, bind off 1 stitch. Work 8 rows straight. Then bind off all stitches.

Creativity
Sunday February 3, 2013
Tome: 9:00am to 12:00 pm
Cost: $75

Description: Once we understand the nature of creativity, we'll feel encouraged to nurture our own. And to do that we need only appreciate the stages we will encounter, what happens in each stage, how to get a running start, where might we get stuck, how to move forward once stuck, and finally, where might we end up?

This presentation answers all of these questions, is well illustrated with examples and anecdotes, has participants work through creative exercises of their own, and ends with a discussion of best and worst case scenarios, of what we might have learned, of where we might go from here, and of what a creative act might mean in terms of defining ourselves and our life’s purpose.

While knitting is the medium through which this presentation is illustrated, the information provided is applicable to most any human endeavour.

Skill Level:  anyone

HOMEWORK AND/OR SUPPLIES TO BRING paper and pen or pencil, one colourful magazine (knitting and gardening do not work as well as fashion or home d├ęcor)


Knit to Flatter and Fit
Sunday February 3, 2013
Time:1:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: $75

Description: A knitter who spends the time and energy to make her own clothes should be rewarded with a result that makes her happy and proud. It should fit, it should flatter, and there should be no mystery as to how this happened. But sadly, and too often, this is not the result. Why? Because the knitter chooses the wrong pattern OR chooses the right pattern but follows the directions without questioning them OR makes the right garment but wears it with the wrong thing.

There are a few simple rules to follow for successful knitting: start with styles that flatter, knit with appropriate decisions for a personalized fit, and then wear it with something that makes it look wonderful! This workshop covers all these decisions and puts the power for successful results into your competent hands. Yay!

Skill Level:  anyone

HOMEWORK: It is essential that this exercise be completed. You will be disappointed if you don't do this! And please read this carefully, including the NOTE at the bottom.

1. Dress in something close fitting. (We need to see your real silhouette. You may wear only lingerie, or you may add a bodysuit, a leotard, or tights. But do wear supportive lingerie.)

2. Standing straight, with arms slightly away from your side and feet together, have someone take a straight-on, full body (head-to-toe) photo of you. (Have the photo fill the screen as much as possible.)

3. Print the photo onto plain paper (enlarging it to 8-10" tall).

4. Trace your outline only with a heavy black pen: we don't need your photo anymore, only your outline. Bring your outline to class.

SUPPLIES TO BRING a couple of pages in at least 2 colors of light-weight (20lb or lighter but NOT tracing paper), light-colored paper (that you can trace your outline through); scissors; measuring tape; pencil; eraser
NOTE TO PARTICIPANTS Common homework and supplies errors are the following: arms too far from sides, feet not together, head not included, paper too heavy or too light (tracing paper does not work), photo brought instead of just silhouette, silhouette not outlined or not outlined heavily enough.


Pricing based on 3 hour classes

Individual class price: $75 per student

Your choice of any two classes: $140

Your choice of any three classes: $210

All four classes: $275

Please note that class fees are non refundable or transferable.

To reserve your space for any or all of these courses please call the store at 705-223-8245 or send me an email at stixandstonesnb@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!!