Thursday

Spring 2016 Classes!

We have some fantastic classes coming up at Stix and Stones and would love for you to join in on the fun!

Magic Loop Circular Knitting
Saturday June 4, 2016 
3:00pm to 4:30pm
$25/person
Skill level: basic- must know how to knit and purl!
Description:
Never use double point needles again! Magic loop is a fantastic technique that will forever eliminate your use of double pointed needles by using one long circular needle to knit small circumference items in the round! You can swap our your DPN’s for the magic loop technique on ANY project including (but not at all limited to): socks- both top down AND toe up, mitts, fingerless gloves, sleeves, the top of hats and just about anything else that originally asks for DPN’s. Many people find it difficult to knit with so many needles joined in the round and when using double point needles you are often using up to 5 needles at one time! We teach you how to get cast on, set up and start knitting using the magic loop technique.... and there is only a LITTLE magic involved. Check out our socks from the toe up class below and take this technique to that class as well!
Please bring: 32” or longer circular needles and yarn to match


Socks from the toe up!
Saturday June 18, 2016 
1:30pm to 4:30pm
$45/person
Skill level: enthusiastic beginner- must know how to knit and purl, increase and decrease!
Description:
Have you mastered the art of knitting socks from the top down and are you ready for a new challenge? Try out our socks from the toe up class and learn some great new techniques! Just as it sounds- we will be knitting a tiny sample sized sock... from the toe up! During this class we will cast on at the toe, knit the foot, turn the heel, knit the cuff and cast off at the top all while discussing the benefits of knitting a sock in the opposite direction! You will come out of this class with a tiny sock- perfect for baby gifts or add a ribbon and use it as a decoration or ornament!
Please bring: A DK weight or heavier yarn with double point needles to match OR 32” circulars for magic loop
To register or for any more questions about our classes, call us at: 705-223-8245

Tuesday

“Learn to Love Fiber Arts!” March Break Kids Camps 2016




Dates: Monday March 14 to Friday March 18- 10:00am to12:00pm daily
Price: $27+HST per day per student OR $125+HST for the week
Ages: 6 and up- Considerations may be made for younger students!
All materials included each day
8 student maximum per day


Pom Pom Art
Monday March 14, 2016

In this class we will use fun colours of yarns to make endless amounts of pom poms! What will we do with these pom poms? Just about anything! String them as necklaces, attach them to headbands, make pom pom animals... you name it! We will come out of this class with quite a few fun completed projects!

Beginner Weaving
Tuesday March 15, 2016

In this class we will use yarn and unconventional items such as straws, popsicle sticks, or cardboard to make our own weaving looms and create some fun projects such as bookmarks, bracelets, headbands and more!

Spool Knitting
Wednesday March 16, 2016

In this class we will be making our very own knitting spools and then learning how to knit on them as well as what we can make with the finished product! The kids will be able to bring home their knitting spools and yarns to continue working at home. In the class we will make necklaces, headbands,bracelets and more!


Dye Yarn- With Kool-Aid!
Thursday March 17, 2016

In this class we will learn the amazing art of felting using both the needle felting and wet felting techniques- don’t worry; it is perfectly safe for kids of all ages! During this time we allow the kids to make whatever they can dream up and everyone’s end result is always different. This class is very hands on, interactive and fun and is definitely our most popular kid’s class!

Learn to Knit!
Friday March 18, 2016

In this class we will use the yarn dyed from the previous day to create beginner knit projects such as bracelets, headbands, purses and whatever we can dream up! We will start with learning to knit from the basics and learn how to recognize and fix mistakes! Materials will be provided for those not attending the dying workshop the day before.



Please call Stix and Stones at 705-223-8245 to register for any or all of these classes! Only a paid seat is a reserved seat as our kids camps fill up quickly!

Saturday

Winter class schedule- January 2016 to March 2016

Crochet Class Schedule


Learn to crochet- Beginners (two session options)
Saturday January 30- 11:00am to 1:00pm
Thursday February 11- 5:00pm to 7:00pm
 

Have you been yearning to learn the craft of crochet? Are you a knitter looking to expand your skill set? Do you want to create quick easy projects in no time? Then our “Learn to Crochet for Beginners” class is for you! During this class you will learn the basics of crochet while working on a functional dishcloth out of basic cotton yarn and a medium sized hook that you will be able to take home with you at the end of class!
Cost: $40/person (per session) - all materials and tax included

If you attend the first session and would like to attend the second session without materials, the cost will be $30/person or $65 for both classes.

Confident Beginner Crochet
Thursday February 18- 5:00pm to 7:00pm
 

Have you learned the basics of crochet and are looking to expand your crochet knowledge? Then sign up for our “Confident Beginner Crochet” class and learn to make a stunning cowl! The stitches learned in this class will take you beyond the basics and you will also learn how to follow a crochet pattern while working on a simple cowl project that can be continued after class ends.
Cost: $60/person- all materials and tax included

Intermediate Crochet Skills
Thursday February 25- 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday March 3- 5:00pm to 7:00pm
 

Getting confident with those crochet skills and looking for more? Join our “Intermediate Crochet Skills” class and push yourself even farther beyond the basics! During this time you will work on a basic baby hat and use techniques such as the magic circle and crocheting through the front/back of a stitch. As the hat grows, so will your love for this quick and satisfying craft!
Cost: $42/person-all materials and tax included

If you attend the first session and would like to attend the second session without materials, the cost will be $30/person or $67 for both classes.

Beginner, confident beginner and intermediate class package (1 class per level for 3 classes total) - $130
All 5 crochet class package- $190 (Materials included in 3 sessions)


Specialty Knitting Classes


Heart Hat Knit-a-long Class
Saturday February 13

11:00am to 1:00pm OR 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Have you ever signed up for one of our fun knit-a-longs? Are you looking to learn the basics of Fair Isle knitting? Then join us in our heart hat class and enjoy knitting some adorable Fair Isle hearts in a DK weight hat! During this class you will learn the proper technique for catching a float and how to recognize proper tension when changing colours while knitting. We will throw in a few more tips and tricks and have you addicted to changing colours in no time!
Cost: $65- all yarn and tax included
Class cost for KAL signups: $20 (KAL kit must be purchased from Stix and Stones)
Class fee: $30- materials not included
HOMEWORK: Ribbing portion of the hat project MUST be completed before class
Please Bring if not purchasing KAL kit: 100% superwash wool in DK weight and at least two colours, 4mm needles- ensure homework is completed before class.

Latvian Cuffs and Mitts
Saturday Feb 27- 2:00pm to 4:00pm


If you are confident in your Fair Isle or stranded knitting skills then why not try out Latvian cuffs and mitts for a little challenge on your next project? You will learn to use multiple colours to create the look of Latvian braids and multi coloured ribbing for the edges and cuffs of your projects that will be the perfect complement to your Fair Isle mitts, hats, socks and whatever else you can dream of! You will work on samples in class that you will be able to take notes on and replicate at home and also adapt to your favourite patterns!
Cost: $30- materials not included
Please Bring: 5mm needles, darning needles, cable needles and a selection of worsted weight superwash wool in a minimum of 5 colours- small scraps are perfect for this class!


Baby Sweater Basics- from the top down!
Saturday March 12- 2:00pm to 4:00pm


If you are a confident beginner knitter that is looking at expanding in to sweater knitting, then this is the class for you! We take you through the basics of knitting a sweater by working on a baby sized sweater in class that will be knit from the top (neck) down!  We will discuss the basic construction of a sweater, what you need to know before beginning a sweater project, the properties that go in to creating and choosing a sweater pattern and so much more! Join us for Baby Sweater Basics and you will be knitting full sized sweaters in no time!
Cost: $42- yarn and tax included
Please Bring: 4.5mm circular needle at least 24” in length
 

Saturday March 19- 2:00pm to 4:00pm*
*An additional class may be considered from 11:00am to 1:00pm if needed

Itching to learn the basics of needle felting? Get addicted with our adorable Easter Egg Needle Felting class! You will learn how to start your project and build on it using 100% animal fiber rovings and the proper felting needles and mat to get you started off on the right foot. You can take home as many Easter Eggs as you can manage to make during this time and use them as decorative ornaments for the holiday! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join in on this fun and interactive class!

Cost: $45 all materials and taxes included. 

To register for any of our upcoming Winter classes, give us a call at Stix and Stones at 705-223-8245. Only paid seats can be reserved and class numbers will be limited and tend to sell out quickly.

Help and Learn Sessions

Tuesday
1:30pm to 3:30pm
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday
1:30pm to 3:30pm
5:30pm to 7:30pm(Mid Sept to May ONLY)
Saturday
10:30am to 12:30pm

$15.00 per class 
$60 for 5 class pass
$110 for 10 class pass

Help and learn sessions are designed for all knitting skill levels, from those who have never even held knitting needles before, up to experienced knitters. Learn to knit, get help with your projects, ask questions and learn a new technique with plenty of one on one time! Drop in based- no need to call or register in advance, just come when you can. 

Tuesday

WE ARE OPEN!



We decided to stay open this week AND our sale table is still up and running! Check out our hours/classes for the week as well as photos of some of our fantastic deals in the shop! More to be had in store so be sure to come in and take a look!

Stix and Stones shop hours for the week of January 4-9, 2016

Tues Jan 5: 12:30pm to 6pm- drop in knitting class from 1:30pm to 3:30pm**

Wed Jan 6: 10am to 6pm


Regular hours and classes will resume Thursday January 7 and are as follows:

Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri*/Sat: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Tues: 10:00am to 7:00pm

*Open late every OTHER Friday until 9:00pm starting January 15, 2016


**Please note: There will not be a Tuesday evening class on January 5th

 

Heidi Hat Class!


Date: Saturday November 28, 2015
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: $30/person- Optional Material kit: $45- yarn, needles, cable needles and markers incl
Skill Level: Beginner- must know how to knit and purl

Please bring if not purchasing the kit: 6mm 16” circular needles, 6mm dpn needles, cable needles, stitch markers and a chunky (#5) weight yarn in an animal wool fiber.


Description:

Knit your own bulky hat! With Christmas fast approaching, we need some quick projects that can fly off the needles in a matter of hours. This is where the Heidi Hat comes in! This chunky weight cabled hat will teach you some easy skills of cableing, knitting in the round, decreases and using double pointed needles and all we require that you know is how to knit and purl! This is a great class if you are looking to expand your knitting repertoire and try a few fun new skills! Seating is limited so be sure and sign up quickly!




To register please give us a call at 705-223-8245- only a paid seat can be reserved.

Monday

Project Prep Class- This Weekend!


Project Prep Class
Saturday November 14, 2015
1:00pm to 3:00pm
$30 per person- some materials included
Please bring with you: A selection of yarn and needles to match for swatching, a notebook, a tape measure, stitch markers and if available, please bring your tablet or ipad.
This class is one of our most popular classes that we teach and is absolutely essential for knitters of all skill levels to take part in!
Project prep class walks you through the basics of getting set up for any knitting project. We talk about how to navigate ravelry.com- the online pattern mecca, we discuss how to choose a pattern that suits you and your knitting style, how to choose the proper yarn for your project, how to substitute a yarn that a specific pattern calls for and we also discuss tools and materials needed to get started with a project.
We have a lengthy in depth discussion about gauge and how, no matter what you say, your gauge will never be right on for every single project you knit! We talk about the specifics of this and what can change your gauge and how to make adjustments when this does happen and we also show you how to properly check your gauge before proceeding with a project. We end the class with an open discussion for questions and comments that you might have and we really encourage students to come to class with a few questions in mind that we might be able to assist you with!
Our students have given us rave reviews on this class and we highly recommend it to knitters of all skill levels! We have been told by experienced knitters "I went in to this class thinking I knew everything and came out of this class realizing I knew nothing!"
We have 10 seats available in this class and we always sell out! Give us a call at the store to reserve your spot- only a paid seat can be reserved. 705-223-8245

Saturday

It's almost Fall and new Fall yarns have arrived!


Find us at the KW Knitters' Fair in booths #82-83 and see all of our new yarns and products in person!
New yarns in every weight!
Hey everyone- Rae here. Bethany is enjoying some summer holidays at the moment so I am back at the newsletter!

We are so excited that our new fall yarns are starting to arrive that we can hardly keep ourselves contained! We have received new yarns in every weight AND we still have more on the way! You guys will love these yarns as much as we do so be sure to scroll down and check out all the newbies and samples that we have coordinated with them!

In other news, Stix and Stones is headed to the Kitchener Waterloo Knitter's Fair on September 12th! Be sure to stop by and see us in booth #82-83 as we will be revealing some BRAND NEW yarns at the show!

Enough chatter.... on to the new yarns!


Do you recognize this cowl?
WELL! We received a few skeins of this yarn a few months ago and I designed this cute striped cowl, completely on a whim. Once it was blocked and finished, I posted it on our Facebook page and in two hours, we were SOLD OUT! You guys have been hounding us to get more in ever since and it has been a challenge as our warehouse hasn't had much stock so when they did a huge update- we went crazy!
 
First we received the semi solid colours of Bamboo Bloom which are amazing and perfect to pair up with a variegated or another solid to stripe for a bit more of a conservative look. Later last week, we received a box FULL of the variegated Bamboo Bloom- the one you have all been waiting for!
 
We have worked on getting some amazing colour combinations put together in to kits for you all with the pattern and they are just flying out of here! We have only had it a few days and I suspect we will be selling out again soon in a few more days!
 
Why does everyone love this project so much?

Because it's simple, it's done on fairly large needles, the pattern is straight forward and easy (even for beginners), the yarn is incredibly soft and lovely to work with and it creates a beautiful finished product that will be a fantastic fall accessory or gift for Christmas!

 
Kits range from $30- $48 depending on which yarns you choose together! Pop by to test it out and you will see what all the hype is about!


New colours in Malabrigo have arrived in some of our favourite yarns!

  
Malabrigo Sock- $28/skein                          Malabrigo Rasta- $32/skein
Great for a unique pair of socks, mitts,        One skein will do a cowl, hat mitts,
cowls, hats and so much more!                   slippers...anything your heart desires!

  
Pure Wool Superwash- $12/ball
Brand new colours for the season have arrived and this yarn is great for baby knits or gift knits as it is a 100% machine washable wool!


Ella Rae Lace Merino- $29/skein
A beautiful 100% merino fingering weight that has been hand dyed in the most beautiful tones! One skein is great for a scarf, socks, hats, fingerless gloves and much more!

Another new sample- this is my very own brand new design exclusively for Stix and Stones- The "New Beginnings" Cowl!


We LOVE chevron in all capacities but especially in knitting. It creates a beautiful fabric that is fun to knit and even more fun to wear. We did a push on our Facebook page a few weeks ago about striped patterns and it got me so excited that I started looking up chevron cowls. After lengthy amounts of research, I could not find one that I loved all the elements of. So I designed my own and I am in love!
 

This pattern is fairly simple using two colours of DK weight yarn- 100gms of each, and 4.5mm needles. The pattern comes free with the purchase of the yarn and becomes a very intuitive knit after a few rows of getting it set up.



We have put together kits with colour suggestions, but you are more than welcome to make up your own combinations of colour! Kits range from $20 to $55depending on your yarn choices, and there are plenty to choose from! You will love it and will want to knit this pattern over and over again!
 
Fall Knitting Classes
Our Fall knitting class schedule will be out soon but until then, here are the help and learn classes that we have available!

Tuesdays
1:30pm to 3:30pm
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Thursdays
1:30pm to 3:30pm
5:30pm to 7:30pm** Will begin the third weekend in September!

Our classes are drop in based meaning you don't have to register in advance, you just come when you can! Classes are designed so that you have two hours of knitting time and plenty of one on one help!

Classes are currently $10/session- drop by any time for help or to start a new project and even learn how to knit!

Stay tuned for new classes and specialty classes that will be released soon!


Thanks for reading!
 - Rae