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April 22/17  Knitters!  An hour ago, I spoke to our beloved Elena, and the news was not good, that yesterday she had a very bad incident, but was rescued at the hospital.  If you have been taught by her here at Wool & Wicker, met her when she and her family lived here in Richmond, or ever used her patterns under Anadiomena, or her many wonderful expertly hand dyed yarns under her Colour Adventures name, please have a look at the posted plea above and consider helping their family out.  All her patterns are 50% off, plus they are needing help to be together during this crisis time.

April 23/17  I got permission to post this comment all the way from Texas from Ravelry thread which perfectly expresses my feelings about the latest news from the gofundme responses from all over the world for our beloved Elena.  Please read, so inspiring!

by jkubricht posted

2 days ago

(Thursday, April 20), edited 2 days ago


Guys, I just have to share. My heart is broken for Elena and her battling this terrible cancer. BUT boy is my heart SO overjoyed and honored to be a part of such an incredibly giving and selfless group of people. My heart is touched to see so many people around the globe reaching out to help one of our own. I can’t think of any other group of people in the world to have each others backs more than us knitters/crocheters/Ravelers! You are all so inspiring and a breath of fresh air to see such unity and kindness being sent from every corner of the earth to share the love. I’m bawling my eyes out right now just thinking about how amazing and powerful we all are when we unity in one focus, to help Elena. Thank you for reassuring me, yet again, how beautiful life is and how thankful I am be a part of this. We love you Elena!

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March 30th, just received from Elena, must be seen to be appreciated: 3 skeins of each colour

left to right: Colour Adventures Silky Merino light, 400m/100g, raven, blackberry, ballerina, garnets, chartreuse, bluebell, glacier, blue topaz, (2 left) mink (1 left), grape


Great news from Elena of Colour Adventures.  We have our order!  Colours are dwindling quickly! 

                                                                                                               speckles in Merino light 434 metres.115g superwash merino

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Best I can do for now for pictures of the gorgeous additional yarn we just received from Elena!  We have just opened the box with 10 each of 12 more colours in sweet merino dk in colours artichoke, chilly, george, irises, Japanese maple, serendipity, bonfire, aquatic, exotic bird, country fair, stormy, tiger's eye, and 5 speckles in Merino Light  colours frenchie, (burgundy reds and pink) roses, (reds pinks and palest yellow), shadows (fog and raven)  and weirwood (fog, raven and red), awakenings (pale turquoise and fuchsia), and 6 sweet aran in winter bloom.  This is to add to our 12 colours of Sweet Merino dk in sweater quantities, raven, Octopus Garden, midnight blue, Aegean Sea, Dawn, Blue Topaz, Tender, Mango, Rainy Day, Fog, Starry Starry Night, Dusk, plus 12 new colours of Merino Light, Raven, Birch Tree, Seafoam, Aegean Sea, Octopus Garden, Sea Spray, Margarita, Starry Starry Night, Green Spice, Fog, Hummingbird, Midnight Blues!

Here is one version of her wonderful new pattern Polarity Shawl.  Very easy and quick. 18 - 20" deep, 75-80" wide, 400 yards main colour, 250-300 of contrast colour.  Possible yarn combos: 2 contrasting solids, solid + variegated, solid +speckle, solid+ mini gradient.We can kit this up in many different yarns and colours.  Come on down and let us help you pick out something wonderful for a gift!  We now have a sample made in the store, with sweet merino dk colours Japanese Maple and Tiger's Eye. 

We are excited to announce that the next installment of our popular Progressive Needles KAL will begin on April 6th, 2017!

Join MichelleKnit PurlHunter as she leads us through an adorable baby sweater ... aptly named, "Adorable Ewe". Knit in our HiKoo® Simpliworsted yarn, this mystery project is brimming with essential sweater knitting skills - the perfect way to strengthen your abilities. According to Michelle, this sheep themed sweater is "too cute to miss".




Additional KAL details, forms, and rules, can be found on the skacel website.

Oh my so cute!!  Just have to cast on for this! 

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Kaffe Fassett has announced his KAL for 2017.  Patterns will begin to release March 30th.  I have just checked stock and we have the colours he has used in the sample.  Let us know asap @ 604-275-1239, or tollfree 1-877-966-5945 whether you are interested and I will pull them for you, at the old prices of $10.95 and $11.50/100g/200m.  New stock of the Rowan pure wool worsted superwash will be $18 Canadian a ball.

Just came across this awesome garment on Ravelry, AkkuAlpin's Inspira Experience, Seamless Yoke Sweater, for which she used Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage system demonstrated in her book Knitting Without Tears, using 4 balls of the fabulous Zauberball Starke 6, 2 each of 2095 and 2136.  This goes into my must make pile!  The Inspira Cowl is such a great free pattern on Ravelry, and you can use any weight of yarn.  You can see my cowl further down the page


I see pink!  Karin Skacel organized a ----yhat project Pat Koyle, with Hikoo yarns, hats were sent to Washinton DC for January 21st for the March.  Yay!!  We have had lots of action in our pinks here in the store the last month as well.  The next action apparently will be causing knitters to support the March for Science April 22nd, 2017 with Brain Hats!  Or new to Ravelry, check out the Science March Ocean Beanie on the right, a design by Joan Rowe.  Love her suggestion for decoration on this hat, instead of starfish or shells, you might want to decorate with plastic trash, more common on beaches of today!


Thinking Cap - Brain, pattern free on Ravelry,

design by Kathy Doherty.  Think I will make mine in Simplicity colour 41, Karin's Birthday suit!

January 20, 2017.  New yarns in are Malabrigo Rios, colour 5 (Anniversario) Arroyos, (Chivas), white and black.  We have a new Super Extreme Bulky Yarn, XL Wool Factory, knit this on 25mm, or arm knit.  Pure Wool, 30m to 200 grams, we have off white, black, blue, green, grey and red.  Darn, just sold my natural hat sample.  Looked great on her!  Guess I have to make another!  One hour later, done!

Get so many comments on this cowl, 1 ball Schoppel Gradient and 3 colours of Hikoo Simpliworsted, 1 ball each.  Inspira cowl on Ravelry, free pattern, easy knit, 3 weights of yarn to choose from. Have a Zitron Kimono with Zitron Trilogy Inspira on the needles.  Thanks to Larissa (theviolinist) for the picture!

Malabrigo Arroyo #64, Chispas and #5, Anniverarios just arrived in Store. Gorgeous, superwash dk, 100 g/305m

Oct. 18/16.  The delayed trunk show has arrived!  See this week before it goes on the road!  See and feel the Ravet Blanket in simplicity, the old denim Blanket, the Building Blocks Blanket, the Cozy Blanket, the Evolution shawl that wowed us all in the Fiber Factor contest, as well as many other Skacel Designs.

Oct. 11/2016.  WOW!  Tomorrow afternoon we expect a trunk show from Skacel, including all kinds of ideas for Christmas and baby and child gift knitting.  Make sure to get in to see this treasury of samples before they go on the road again very soon!!  Blankets, shawls, slippers, hats, scarves and cowls included.  We also have many newly arrived fabulous sample sweaters, both winter and summer wear at 75% off the original value.  Don't miss this opportunity to check them out!

Hayfield Blossom Chunky has arrived, all 6 colours!  Check one out below.  See the sweet little flowers?


Berroco Millifiore has arrived, along with the sample shawl Kveta!  The cardi is Cilka.

Most of our new yarns are in now, we got Berroco Andean Mist, Boboli Lace and 2 new colours of Artisan.

Are you knitting for babies and children?  Boy, do we have yarn for you!  Just pricing a whole lot of Hayfield Baby Changes, Sirdar Baby Bamboo, Snuggly dk, Baby Crofter dk (knits Fair Isle automatically), and Tutti Frutti!  We have Prairie Wool coming very soon for your Native American sweaters, and new stock and colours of Debbie Bliss Roma and Roma Weave, Rowan Brushed Fleece, Malabrigo Rasta and Marble Chunky.  Get on over here and start your fall knitting, a good chill is in the air!


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Ravelry: MinnieVolde's Blauer Hänfling

What's new at Wool & Wicker is Zitron Hanf Natur bicolor, a hemp/wool sock yarn that is perfect for this gorgeous lightweight cardi from Ravelry, "MinnieVolde's Blauer Hanfling" version of "East Coast Girl" by Veera Valimaki,  Check out all the colour choices below





Try this gorgeous 100% merino super bulky on a 25mm needle for about 14 stitches and 50 rows and join for a super 1 skein cowl!

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Below is the gorgeous Hikoo Merino Lace Light, made in Peru, 3 colours to start with, 1422m/100g skein!  $19.90


Ravelry: Ellistrickt's Sommer auf Magr2158, 2159, 2160, 2318 & 2319admiralcatprint2158.jpgadmiralcatprint2159.jpgadmiralcatprint2160.jpgadmiralcatprint2318.jpgadmiralcatprint2319.jpg

Ellistrickt's Sommer auf Magrathea in Admiral Cat Print 425m/100g, from Schoppel on Ravelry made into Magrathea by Martin Behm, 1 skein colour 2158 Barrakuda, imagine it in any of these unique colours

 We have these colours and more, on our second shipment!

New to us  are James Brett Marble Chunky, in 9 colours and 8 patterns covering all the bases, baby, ladies garments, men's, blankets

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                                               This is our mermaid tail, made with 2 Marble Chunky,


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From Diamond Yarns, Hayfield Blossom Chunky in all 6 colours, baby and blanket patterns


isn't this just yummy!

Snuggly Tutti Frutti

Sirdar Tutti Fruitti in the 3 centre colours, for embellishing baby blankets or garments

Coming back to us are more Debbie Bliss Roma, lovely alpaca merino blend for all your bulky knits, and the Roma Weave in 4 colours

pattern Loop Cowl

1                          2                          8                        12                     free pattern loop cowl



Sirdar Snuggly dk in 6 colours, Baby Crofter in 8 colours

Sirdar Baby Bamboo in 10 colours

Rowan Felted Tweed in 14 colours

Another staple for us is Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, for which I have 10 more colours coming to add to the generous stock we already have, have you tried this for your afghan knitting?  We stocked up on all colours they have.

Rowan Brushed Fleece proved very popular last season, so back in full force this season, and we still have some of the discontinued colours, aqua pink and light blue for the little ones.

From Berroco we have 9 colours coming in their awesome Andean Mist, alpaca silk which is dreamy soft,

Berroco Artisan, wool and silk 2 new colours

Boboli Lace and the brand new Millefiori, with a 2 ball sample shawl pattern called Kveta, or the cardi knitter might prefer the blue in pattern Cilka.



go to skacelknitting.com to see the rest of the line, click on yarns, manufacturer is Zitron, scroll down to trekking.

Our long awaited Colour Adventures order has arrived, and as usual, gorgeous is the word.  We have new stock of Sweet Aran, plus lots of new colours of Merino light, including the following: rust, wine, blue topaz, opulent, poppies, seafoam, fog, mint, periwinkle, royal, steel, dawn, dusk, blush, raven, baby blue.  This is a gorgeous single ply superwash merino, 434m to 115g. Check out colours on this link.  https://picasaweb.google.com/elenanodel/YarnColorways 

Some new yarns we have coming from Skacel are Schoppel's Edition 3 150m, and 6 300m, 2 superwash extra fine merino blends in colours that remind of Zauberball Crazy, 50 gram balls in sport weight and lace weight, @ $15.50/ball, Schoppel's Admiral Cat Print, 425m/100g handpaint sock yarn, Zitron's Hanf Natur, a sock yarn blending Hemp with Wool, Zitron's Form & Farbe, 50m/100g super bulky extra fine merino superwash, a very poofy knit on big needles, Hikoo's Merino Lace Light, 1422m/100g, in 3 colours to start, natural, white and grey blend at a fabulous price of $19.90, and Schoppel's Reggae Print, 100m/50g, self patterning 100% pre felted merino.

Reggae Print Jacke from Ravelry, no pattern offered yet. 


See this wow "Blanket Poncho" by Cheryl Murray in the Noro Magazine Spring 2016, made in cotton blend Noro Taiyo Aran #75, which we have in stock.  Great for Spring/summer wear.



This Paracas Shawl Pattern is made with lovely merino/silk Mirasol Nuna, free pattern with yarn purchase.

Store Address: 130 – 12051 Second Avenue, Richmond, BC  (this area of Richmond is also known as Steveston)

Store Phone: 604-275-1239 / 1-877-966-5945 (toll free long distance)

Website: http://www.woolandwicker.com/

Parking:  Customers can park in the parking lot behind the store, which is accessed by an alley that is entered  from Steveston Coffee on the North end or from behind Ichiro’s Restaurant the South end. There is a back door to the store just to the left of lumber pile.

Wool & Wicker is owned and managed by Diane DeBray, a knitter and crocheter of 55 years of experience.  Diane is the originator of the West Coast Knitter’s Guild, and has 31 years experience in the retail yarn business.  Featured items at Wool & Wicker include the following:


April 20, 2016.  Knit the Cat 07 is in!


We have the magazine!  Translated and ready for you.  See the 29 projects on Ravelry, and see some pictures below of the garments you can make in Schoppel's yarns.




On left is Armelponcho Blaue Lagune Schoppel "6 Karat" merino/silk 600m/100g, colour 2235, this garment takes 4 skeins. Awesome colourway or what!  On the right is the new linen "El Linio" 100% linen 150m/50g from Schoppel, which we have in stock right now in 6 colours.  The gorgeous garment Leinenpulli Oversize takes 6-8 skeins of main colour and 2-3 of contrast.  On right is the Big Disk yarn creating the zebra like pattern "Tunic Move" with just 2 disks of 150g, 430m each, to make, colours as shown on right.  These patterns are designed by Anna Maria Busch and are shown on Ravelry already, but you need the book for the patterns.    Make sure to let us know if you want a copy!  and some more from this fabulous book.




April 14, 2016.  We have received new stock of ChiaoGoo Wooden Yarn Swifts, and Knitters Pride Magma Pattern Holders.


April 7th, 2016.  It is raining Colour Adventures in here today!  We have the wonderful Sweet Merino dk in lots of sweater amounts now, including artichoke, chilly, dusk, spice, serendipity, midnight blues, octopus garden, rainy day and raven.  We have a gorgeous garment made in 4 of these colours with this yarn,

the KNIT.PURL FALL/WINTER 2015, THE ANNIE MODESITT GARTER RECTANGULAR JACKET,as pictured here from the magazine.  Got the mag, and same day had it put together and started.  Never happens to me.


Speaking of Knit.Purl, which started out as Knit.Wear, is now renamed Knit.Wear, and we just got the Deluxe Edition Spring/summer 2016, which is as usual, very gorgeous and innovative, and a stunning new book called Refined Knits, by Jennifer Wood.

We also got a selection of Colour Adventure's gorgeous Lace weight, 100 g/885m per skein, in Ballerina, Lavanda, Dolphin, Serendipity, Opulent, Georgin, Stormy, Rainy Day, Olive Grove, Chartreuse, Grape, Rust, Raven.

Also, Silky Merino Light in Arabian Nights, Baby Blue, Garnets and Raven

Dia Fingering in Fall and Sour Cherry

Dia Sock in Rainy Day, Dawn and Fog

AND 3 GRADIENT SHAWL KITS, 2 of 6 skeins in shades of Caramel, and 1 in Raven to  Fog, and a purple Gradient, enough for her Film Reel garment, or her anything goes shawl.         





March 18, 2016.  Well, we have finally gotten moved into our newly downsized half space, with an antique and collectables store getting ready to open in our vacated neighboring space mid April.

Feb. 17/16.  We just put away stock of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo!  We have this lovely yarn once again, along with Hayfield Baby Changes in some new colours, and Sirdar Snuggly dk.  You know we have loads of patterns for babies, children and adults, don't you?  We also have stock of the Noro 7 magazine, and the new Noro Magazine #7, Interweave Knits, Knitscene and Vogue Knitting Magazines for Spring 2016! 

 We have lots of Eucalan, every scent, for those saving your precious handwashing!



November 24th 2015, received Fleece Artist Goldiehair, Kid Mohair, silk and nylon, fabulous for shawls, mixing yarn, to run with sock yarn for warmth and strength, lightweight sweaters, etc., in 10 colourways, Wine, Denim, 2 Blues, Grey, Chocolate, Brown and gold, purple, plum and brown, 500m per 125g skein, knits at 20 stitches per 4 mm. Come on and see what we have! Limited quantities.                                                                        



New colours above in Rylie

Check out the last KAL project just published from Knit Purl Hunter, the Wandering Moon shawl, made with 2 skeins Hikoo Rylie, available now in 16 colours, pattern available as free download on Ravelry.  Get your yarn now for this one, or watch for her next one, coming up in January!


Cute snail Hat, pattern free on ravelry, we have about 20 kits made up for an adult version of this incredibly easy but awesome hat in the store, with Schoppel's Reggae Ombre, a pre felted merino in many gorgeous colourways, get yours now while we have lots of colours to choose from! 

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August 27/15

We just received new stock of the wonderful Colour Adventures Sweet Aran, 18 st 24 rows, 183m/115g, 100% merino superwash which keeps its shape!

Wish I could show you all the colours somehow!  Try this connection.  Copy and paste into your browser.  Yarn colourways.  https://plus.google.com/photos/102104778998375475446/albums/  Midnight blues, raven, spice, chilly, fog, george, rainy day, birch tree, glacier, ocean, polar bear, aegean sea, dusk, sour cherry and vanilla cream.

We also have good stock of Sweet Merino dk, 22 sts. 30 rows, 100% merino superwash, 229m/115g, keeps it's shape!  We have good stock of the following colours: Artichoke, dawn, dusk, fog, irises, serendipity, spring garden, blush, death by chocolate, george, midnight blues, octopus garden, olive grove, polar bear, puppy, rainy days, raven, rust, spice, and Colour Adventures Merino light, 26st 4ins. 2.5-3.5 needles, 438m/115g, good stock of japanese maple, mango, petals, polar bear, dusk, blush, chilly, nectarine, red clay, ocean, sour cherry, georgin, arabian nights, fresh leaves, mauve, raspberry chocolate and tiger lily, and odds of dia sock, dia light, dia shawl, lace (this has 885 metres!) in death by chocolate, chilly, birch tree, george, dawn, fresh leaves, magical, sour cherry, chilly, raven, george, wine, blue yonder, death by chocolate, midnight blues, single ply lace (754 metres) in serendipity, birch tree, blue yonder, blush, ginger, irises, tart. sock in fog, blue topaz, mauve, death by chocolate, exotic bird, aegean sea, blush, dawn, moonwalk, ocean, patina, puppy love, raven, velvet, wine, 50/50 fingering, dia sport, exquisite aran and sport, girly fun, silky dk, silky merino light, and cloud sock and cashmere sock.

We have ready access to all of her patterns and can help you choose yarns and colours for your projects.  If you are at all nervous about tackling some of the more advanced techniques, join one of our classes and make your projects with our expert teachers to help!

July 28, 2015 - We are downsizing!  Moving all our business to the more open side of the store!  Time to have a sale!  Instead of our usual summer sale, we  started on Saturday July 18th, to clear out a whole bunch of yarns.  I have found great patterns to create kits out of the following yarns, including books in many of them free.  We have sold many of the kits that we started off with, but I have added more as we go along.  Some Zitron Finest Royal Alpaca (make these gorgeous mitts from Knitscene 2014! with 1 of each colour, 2 balls)


Zitron Patina, make the beautiful blanket "Old Denim Blanket" with 2 balls each of 10 colours, designed by Cirilia Rose





DIY Knit-cessories from Skacel!  Perfect for Summer knitting!

Pavia Lewis is a knitting artist who found an outlet for her striking jewelry in her business called ‘Miknitures®’. Pavia uses decorative miniature (mikniture) knitting needles paired with coordinating yarn, to make remarkable pieces of knitted jewelry. Pavia’s work has been featured in publications such as Vogue Knitting, Creative Knitting, Cast-On, Living Crafts, and Interweave Knits, and her work has become recognizable nationwide. Lewis has now combined efforts with skacel and addi® to provide custom hardware for her renowned innovation, allowing knitters to make their very own wearable art! For flexibility of personal style and fit, the necklace bases are available in addi® Natura or addi Turbo® needle styles, in two different lengths. The necklaces have a strong magnetized closure in the back, making for easy fastening and removal. These special magnets are the perfect strength - so your necklace will stay on all day, yet still remain easy enough to remove without assistance! While garter stitch is all it takes to make a simple, yet charming necklace, the inspiration is endless, so feel free to tap into your creativity and incorporate various yarns and stitch patterns to your heart’s desire! Wear your passion for knitting around your neck, and have some creative fun!


Can't wait to show you some of the new yarns coming in from Skacel.  New tonal colours in Cobasi, Simplicity, Simpliworsted, for instance





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Simplicity and Simpliworsted Tonal


The new Hikoo yarns, Rub-a-Dub, a 100% microfiber bulky white, highly absorbent yarn, perfect for the hooded towel around this sweetie!  Takes 2 200g skeins, available in white, and the new colours shown.



and Sueno and Sueno Tonal - see the many colours @ skacelknitting.com/sueno-new/ and sueno-tonal-new/

Sueno Worsted and Sueno Worsted Tonal - see the many colours @ skacelknitting.com/sueno-worsted-new/  and sueno-worsted-tonal-new/


and Simplinatural


new Schoppel Yarns

Big Disk


El Linio















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April 3/15, currently updating our gallery, with prices to make or buy the garments.  Check it out!




New colours in Zitron Trekking! Plus there are 3 new Camouflage colours!

New yarn from Berroco!  Espresso, a lovely cotton blend ribbon using only 1 to 7 skeins for all pattern projects, sweater bust up to 54"!!


 brought in these fabulous colours!  Get them while you can!  You need 1 for a great cowl, or at least 2 for a garment like above patterns written for up to 54" bust!  You may also use the patterns written for Karma, or like the one I have on today, shown on right, Sloping Hem Boatneck from Knitscene Spring 2013.


Amazing reception for these great newly designed double points from Skacel!  Flipstix!  Fabricated from high-grade aluminum, these colorful ultra-lightweight wonders feature dual tips (each needle features both a Turbo® tip and a Lace tip for added flexibility of use). A revolutionary design, FlipStix™ are available in 6” and 8” lengths, in US 0, 2.25mm, 1, 2.75mm, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.75, and 11.


You might have missed the coolest event ever having taken place at Wool & Wicker in the coming on 18 years we have been here in Steveston. 3 full days at the feet and in the thrall of Cat Bordhi, knitting teacher, author of 1 prize winning novel, 8 knitting books displaying a knowledge of manipulation of stitches of extraordinary genius, numerous knitting patterns, mentor of other visionary authors, knitting tour leader, philanthropist and inspirational human being. Don't miss her again. You won't be sorry. Please take some time to explore her accomplishments and even if you are not inspired to knit any of her designs, help her with her vision of contributing to the work of Dr. David Krag, who is researching the cure for cancer, by purchasing her PDF book Art of Felfs where all of the fee for the download goes to his research. We offered this workshop for our weekend with Cat, but the workshops that happened had the most interest. We have some samples in the store, and saw many lovely ones that Cat had with her. These boots/slippers make fabulous gifts for everyone, sized for every human! Also a fabulous pattern for teaching children to knit! All in garter stitch that they can handle, and they will be amazed to see the transformation after you seam their slippers and felt them in your washer. Watch them get hooked on knitting! SEE HER WEBSITE CATBORDHI.COM.  Did you know that you can get your favourite yarn shop to purchase any "buy in store" patterns on ravelry?  They are partnering with participating shops to share in the proceeds.  Cat wants you to help your local yarn shops so they will survive!  Thank you, Cat!


Yes, we have Manos Del Uruguay handpaint classic wool and silk blend hanging right here in store waiting to jump on your needles for one of these free hat patterns made for that yarn.  We still need hats, even here in BC where it seems to be spring already, sorry everyone who lives elsewhere, we haven't really had winter yet!

Honey Helmet
Honey Helmet

Martine Hat
Martine Hat

Crumpet Beret
Crumpet Beret

Peasleeville Hat
Peasleeville Hat

Affinity Hat
Affinity Hat




March 4/15.  We waited so long for this dishcloth cotton, we forgot how great the colours were!  22 colours to choose from.  "Four Seasons" is going to be your go to for a quality dishcloth.  Ask for your free one ball pattern with purchase, see below!

Four Seasons Cotton


pattern Four Seasons Dishcloth


We also received new stock of the lovely Mirasol Nuna, sport weight wool/silk blend with 175m per 50g, for your special projects.  Yummy!

Check out this Phoebe's Birthday Dress in Nuna.  Sample in store.


New  book on Ravelry is early, but it is never too early to start!  Especially cold winter in most of Canada this year makes this book a sure win with lots of warm luxury made in Skacel's yarns  Caribou, Alpaca Queen, Kid-Pailettes, Reggae Ombre, Simplinatural and Simpliworsted.  The cover picture is Crimped Cabled Mittens and Hat.


How gorgeous is this?    We also just got her Anise how about this one?                                           colours of Azalea, just gorgeous!                                Or a tank top?

Louisa Harding's            Now on my Addi needles!                                                                                                                                                                 Riverside in Azalea

new Azalea 100%

cotton print                                                                           

from her new book. Going fast!  get yours while we have stock!

Have you tried the Juniper Moon Zooey?  We now have lots of colours!  Lovely cotton/linen, perfect for your summer wardrobe enhancers, like this.

"Firefly" from Ravelry


Our new Hayfield dk baby yarn (100% acrylic, 100gram ball) has arrived.  At $7.50, a real bargain.  Come in and try it and let me know if you like it.  This is a trial.  We also have ecru in 4ply so far.  Also, Amigurumi 4 packages of 10 colours each in small balls to make your toys.  Also, many bags of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino with some new colours for you.  Come in and see!


Here's to Your Health

The health benefits of knitting have gone viral (pardon our pun!). The Craft Yarn Council has spent the past year educating people about the link between stitching and health, and the media has taken note. Executive Director Mary Colucci shared some of her favorite articles with us:


Dec. 11/14 WOW!!  14 new colours have arrived in Malabrigo RASTA!!  perfect for your last minute gifts!  Hurry on down!!   In solid coloured polar weight we also have good stock of Hikoo Zumie!  colours of each of them below that you can get today!  Zumie colours available first

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Rasta colours

     Pearl 10                        120-Lotus             809-Solus           808-violetta africana  861-Laguna Negra    853-Abril      

     850-Archangel       862-Piedras                865-Baya Electra       867-Soriano               868-Coronilla

We have been experiencing the Kaffe Fassett KAL (Knit Along), with customers coming in for colours to use in this first ever KAL with the rock star of knitting since 1985 with the publishing of his first knitting book "Glorious Knitting".  This wonderful book was definitely the beginning of my extreme knitting passion, falling head over heels with what one can do with 2 sticks and a string and gorgeous colour combinations.  Kaffe has gone on to many other artistic endeavours, and written many more wonderful books, and we are excited that he is involving knitters in this fun project with our Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Superwash Yarn.  See more info on KnitRowan.  You can participate making a pillow, or an afghan. 



Looking for amazing possum yarns?  Check out Zealana Air and Air Chunky here now!  Great pattern support!

For pictures of our new samples in the store, check out our newsletter.



Look for the Sea Urchin crochet hat from Rustic Modern Crochet, made with the lovely Zitron Dreiklang

Hikoo Zumie "Burton Bear Cowl" 18 month size, 1 skein.


what's new 3.

New items now here from Lantern Moon!!

Recycled Paper Yarn Bowl            Fiber/Recycled Paper Tote Aqua   Fiber/Recycled paper tote Brown

Recycled Paper Yarn BowlFiber/Recycled Paper Tote - AquaFiber/Recycled Paper Tote - Brown

Fiber/Recycled Paper Studio Baskets, Aqua and Brown                 Coconut & Shell bowl

Fiber/Recycled Paper Studio Basket - AquaFiber/Recycled Paper Studio Basket - BrownLantern Moon Coconut Shell Yarn Bowl



From Sept.8/14 Debbie Bliss Blog, my daughters Lisa & Monique model sweaters from her latest book, featuring her lovely new Roma Yarn.  Taken at the Northwest Needlemarket in Seattle July of this year, when Debbie threw first pitch at the Seattle Mariner's game, celebrating Stitch N Pitch, where knitting spectators demonstrate their craft and watch the game.

Sept. 15/14.  We have new stock of Gleeners!  Make sure to get some of these for gifts with holidays coming up, everyone who wears clothes needs a pill buster, and these ones really work!  Very soon we should have our order from Lantern Moon, coming will be some repurposed plastic bags, knit out bowls in 2 different styles, and several other items we could not resist at the Northwest Needlemarket.  They don't have them up on their website yet, so can't take some pics for you, but they will be up in this space soon.

Re-purposed Plastic Tote - B/W

Check out our fabulous Zitron Meisterstuck cowl adorning some of our new sweater samples!  I also finished the Zitron Glanz Punkt 1 skein shawl in a lovely coral shade.  We have lots of Hikoo Zumie colours for your must knit Burton Bear Cowl, I had some leftover for the 18 month size, if you make the smallest, with a little fudging you might get 2 of them out of one skein!  We now have our Berroco, Rowan and most of the Diamond Yarns and books for fall.  We have new colours of Boboli Lace, Abode, Lodge, and Folio plus new yarns Andean Mist with sample Millais made with 3 balls, Inca Tweed with sample Wicklow made with 9 balls, small size.

From Rowan, we have new yarns Brushed Fleece, with the sample pullover Lune, and Fazed Tweed, plus we brought in Alpaca Chunky again, and the new heathered colours in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted.  We now have in stock 50 colours today.

From Diamond, we received the new Noro Silk Garden Solo today, 10 almost solid colours of this lovely very popular blend, along with new stock of silk garden, silk garden lite, Kureyon and silk garden sock, the booklet miniknits 4 (lots of great variety of patterns), Hooked on Noro crochet book, plus the Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport and Baby Alpaca Handpaint, Universal Classic shades, Wisdom Poems Sock, Uptown Worsted Juniper Moon Zooey, Universal Yarns Bamboo Bloom, Debbie Bliss Roma, and Riva and books 50 knitted gifts and favourite afghans, plus all the new Sublime booklets.  We also have received our Javori Designs beading kits.  For more information and pictures of most of the above, click on our newsletter at top of page.

Come in and see the gorgeous array of Bolga Baskets we just got in! Click on baskets at top of webpage to get a look at some samples and read the story of Yusupha!   They are direct from Ghana.  You can see the making of these wonderful elephant grass baskets on "Making Bolga baskets" on google!

Looking for recycled tshirt yarn to make some cool summer items?  How about our wonderful Hikoo Tee Cakes, shown above in a bath mat, shoulder bag and basket!  See your chosen colours @ skacelknitting.com and order from us in Canada tollfree

Feb. 27/14.  Our Handmaiden order just arrived!  We have the new Keji Cashmere in 4 colours, Maidenhair, Double Sea, fabulous for spring/summer knits, and 4 ply cashmere.

Feb. 20/14. Just received another batch of Noro Silk Garden Sock, we now have 16 colours!  Some new books also, described below.

   We have 50 colours of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted (20sts to 4") 50 amazing colours of 220 yds/200m of pure superwash wool in a ball, not skeined, at an amazing price!!  Along with pattern books, of course. We brought in 15 balls of many colours, so be sure to get in early to pick your next fall/winter coat colour and get started!  We have the Aly Simple Cardigan/Jacket below, soon in colour Breton, a lovely periwinkle heather shade.


Rowan has arrived! We have Silkystones, Truesilk and Pure Linen with the dedicated books to support these lovely new yarns.  We will also have the sample garments from Rowan.

This is Cottesloe in Pure Linen


And Citrine in Rowan Truesilk


This is Beck in Silkystones

Click to see the yarn


Love this one, Garden 6-10 balls of tussah and linen blend Silkystones

"Amethyst" Yum, only 4 -5 balls up to 50" bust, True Silk, a pure mulberry silk

"Coogee", very cool, 6-9 skeins of yummy softer linen, also love the cover garment.

or, checked on Ravelry and found this lovely sample, with great comments from the knitter.  "Linen Creekbed" a free Stephen West download.  Also yum






Just read this awesome quote:  had to share it here.  So true!

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.


New Stuff came in this week!  We have new colours in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and Baby Cashmerino and restocked the popular colours.  We have more Queensland Uluru, Hayfield Baby Changes, Silk Garden and Silk Garden Lite.  We also brought in Knitter's Pride Blocking Wires, Knitter's Blocks for blocking, Magnetic pattern holders and Knitting Dolly's.

New Stuff!  January 11, 2014.  For more info on all the Skacel following, see skacelknitting.com, home page shows the new Magalog 2014.  Some wonderful and different ideas!

We have on the walls the following:  Many new colours in Unisono and Unisono solids, for your light dk projects, superwash merino and spring galore, one of our best on offer. 

We have the brand new Hikoo Simplinatural in every colour, a scrumptious chunky blend of baby alpaca, merino and mulberry silk. Shoreline moebius cowl pattern


and here is Hikoo Rylie, a gorgeous blend of alpaca, silk and linen!

rylieCP01.jpgEvolution shawl knit in Rylie 253m/100g, OR Unisono, 300m/100g, 3 hanks of either yarn.












Nov. 25/13.  Make sure you get a look at the newest Hikoo yarn on our shelves.  Helix!  Great colours and texture that will knit your gifty projects up quickly, (3 stitches to the inch!) softly and prettily, and at a good price!  See all 6 colours below.

Also, we have added more Malabrigo Rasta, and it is going quickly!  Get yours now while we have lots to choose from!  Just finished Tiny Owl's newest cowl design on Ravelry, "Twig" in Belgian Chocolate, lined with Hikoo Caribou, 1 ball of each.  Gorgeous! 






Bet you know someone who would love this handy new set of crochet hooks!  9 hooks in all in a case.  Newest awesomeness from Addi!


Nov.14/13  We just received the latest batch of Colour Adventures yarns from Anadiomena!  We have more of Sweet Merino dk, and many others in stock.

 New class idea!  Let us know if you want to make any of these very popular designs in a 4 week class with other knitters. We have 2 possibilities, Edita will teach you Monday nights, 7-9PM, and Pat will teach you Saturday afternoons at 3:30-5:30PM, or Tues nights, 7-9PM .  You may have some ideas yourself, and we can certainly accommodate.  Our teachers can work with you to knit any project you would like.  Have a look at our ideas, and let us know if you are interested.  You will enjoy the company of other knitters, learn new skills, and be readier for the holidays with special hand-made gifts.  Call the store to chat with Diane about your ideas, or come on in and be inspired by our wonderful yarns.  604-275-1239

  Damson Shawl, learn    Esjen Shawl 3      10 stitch swirl or squares

lace and shaping              skeins quick          blanket, 2 balls

                                         knit, learn lace     Zauberball Starke 6 makes

                                                                      baby blanket size 

 Fiber Trends Felted Clogs,                 French Press felted

learn shaping with short rows,             slippers, another choice

felting, comes in child's sizes &           of felted slippers




Churchmouse Welted          Cairn Hat and Fingerless Mitts          Bella's mitts, learn cables while

Fingerless mitts, perfect       from Whimsical Little Knits              making these great hand warmers

for beginners                        booklet, learn slip stitch knitting        in the round, inspired by "Twilight"

                                              for  easy  colourwork                                                                                                                      






fiddlehead                 Felicity slouch hat              

 mitts learn                 beginner easy very

 colourwork                popular slouch style

from chart in

the round on

small project

 Some of our latest hat samples, some great ideas for quick Christmas gifts




October 21/13.  If you wish to have special buttons which are environmentally friendly, check out some of the wonderful buttons our button supplier provides us with.







Buttons made from natural materials 


The focus of this newsletter will be on buttons made from natural materials. Fall reminds us of our precious environment with it's rainbow of color and texture.




One of our favorite materials is also known as Tagua or Vegetable Ivory. This material is
from the nuts of a rainforest palm tree that grows in the tropical rain forest of South America. The Tagua nut has been the focus of ecology initiatives worldwide. The use of the nut provides a revenue source and a reason not to harvest the South American rain forests and deplete the ozone layer.


When ripe these nuts fall to the ground, are gathered and dried 4 to 8 weeks and become extremely hard. These nuts are harvested, sliced and formed in great shapes. The natural grain of the material lends itself to beautiful results in dying of colors. The finishing process ensures a durable button that withstands both washing & dry cleaning.




From the outside shell of the coconut palm this renewable resource becomes very durable when dried. The fiberous texture absorbs color richly when dyed

lending a depth and warmth to the buttons.  Some of our coconut buttons are also laser etched and have patterned screened on designs.





Buttons are made from the gathered antlers of different varieties of North America deer. Typically deer shed their antlers each year after mating season. The material is extremely hard and varies significantly in color, texture, and shape.


Natural Horn and Bone


These items are not only beautiful but extremely durable. The buttons are produced from horn and bone from domestically raised cattle. We offer a broad range of smooth to rough textures, various shapes and colors. The material is a by product of the food industry.




One of the fastest growing plants on earth bamboo grows in the 

tropics and subtropics. The stalks are used to craft many different and unusual buttons.





Our handcrafted wooden buttons are produced from non endangered trees by craftsman living in villages in northern & middle India on the river Ganges. The individuality of the artist combined with richness and variety of the grains produce the distinctive look of each button.


Enjoy your Fall/Winter season.














Oct.21/13We have finally received the colours of Rasta we ordered 1 1/2 years ago!  Worth waiting for!  We are now Rasta City!





New Colours have arrived in Cobasi and Kenzie.  Check them out below!

HiKoo CoBaSi Multi - 805HiKoo CoBaSi Multi - 804HiKoo CoBaSi Multi - 803HiKoo CoBaSi Multi - 802HiKoo CoBaSi Multi - 801

805                        804                803                      802                  801



1010 Glacier                 1011 Tamarillo                  1012 Chestnut


1013Tekapo                     1014Malbec           1015Boysenberry                                     



see new books below.

Warm Earth by Yumiko Alexander 18 lovely knit & crochet designs

Lace One Skein Wonders

Knitting Workshop revised, by Elizabeth Zimmerman

60 Quick Baby Blankets

Sweet & Simple Baby Crochet - everything cutesy!

Crochet Celebrity Beanies book 2

Knit Celebrity Beanies Book 2

Michelle Purl Hunter's new Building Colour pattern booklet

Itty Bitty Toys

Phoebe's Birthday

Knitting More Circles around Socks

Malabrigo book 3, and 5

The Art of Knitted Lace

Crochet One Skein Wonders

Kids Knitting

Knitted Animal Hats

Knitted Fairies

Knitting Pattern Essentials

Loop D Loop Crochet

Men's Knits

The New Tunisian Crochet

Stahman's Shawls and Scarves

Victorian Lace Today

Whimsical Little Knits 1 2 & 3

Wrapped in Lace

the sock report

Hip knitting

One + one scarves, shawls and shrugs

Dreaming in Colour (Kaffe Fassett's autobiographical colour feast)

Knit red

one + one hats

Juju's loops

The knitter's handy book of top-down sweaters by Ann Budd

Cowl Girls

Noah's Knits

French Girls Knits Accessories

Finishing School

Little Red in the City

Big Foot Boutique - couldn't resist this reprisal of some fun booties, slippers for little ones from Annie's Attic

Fishermens Sweaters - Alice Starmore - paperback, a must for all traditional knitting knitter's! Fabulous collection of guernsey, fairisle and aran type sweaters for all ages.

Aran Knitting, YES!! Alice Starmore's book is back in print!! We have lots in now! Get your name in now for one, these are the books that have been for sale on line at $400 because of being in high demand and unavailable!!

Celtic Knits Alice Starmore

Charts for Color Knitting: New and Expanded by Alice Starmore

Knitted Wild Animals - I have knit the snake, the lion and the monkey from this one so far, very kid appealing

Stashbuster Knits, some great designs to use up leftovers

Wool Toys and Friends paperback

Boutique Knits

Itty Bitty Hats

Itty Bitty Nursery

Knit One Knit All

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

Lacy Little Knits

Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders

Kim Hargreaves Vintage Designs to Knit

Wool Toys and Friends paperback

Helen Hamann's 2012 Calendar of Patterns 50% off

Knit One Knit All

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders

1, 2, 3, 4 Double ended hook crochet leaflet

Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet to help support our new crochet hook set linked to the Addi Click sets.  Be sure to check these out, there is an awesome Tunisian Crochet shawl done in Noro Silk Garden;

Child's Play from Simply Knitting,

Fabulous Felted Bags from Nickey Epstein again,

The Great North American Afghan,

Loop-d-Loop Lace, what a variety! another hardcover by Teva Durham, more than 30 novel lace designs, covering many bases with her yarn and garment choices, from hemp to shetland jumper weight, from socks and belt to a gorgeous donegal tweed skirt;

Knitting with Peruvian Yarns,

Modular KNits in softcover;

Lacy Knits

Knit Great Basics - Vickie Square

The Knit Stitch - I think the #1 book for beginner knitters to knit great projects beyond the simple garter stitch scarf, includes very clear instructions and tips for perfect finishing, etc. - Sally Melville

One Skein

Knit Kimono 2 also includes DVD

More Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Dolce Handknits

Knitting It Old School

Wrapped In Lace

Introduction to making cloth dolls

Vampire Knits

Warm knits, Cool Gifts

1000 Fabulous Knit Hats,

 Custom Knits,

 Design it, Knit it: Babies,

 Homemade fun,

 Knitwear Design Workshop,

 Mason Dixon Knitting,

 One Ball Knits Gifts,

 Socks a la Carte 2,

Crocheted Gifts: Irresistible Projects

Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater that Grandma Made

Hattitude: Knits for every Mood

Destination Alchemy

Alchemy of color knitting

Alchemy Lost and Found

Knitting in the Sun

Breeze by Kim Hargreaves

Nicky Epstein Knitting in Tuscany

Pursenalities and Pursenalities Plus

Vintage Baby Knits

101 Designer One Skein Wonders back in

The Knitter's Manual

Debbie Bliss Baby & Toddler Knits

Iris Schreier's Reversible Knits

Mother Daughter Knits: 30 Designs - Melville and daughter

Pints and Purls

Shetland Lace - original designs from Jamieson & Smith

Aran Knit - Japanese

Fiber Gathering

French Girl Knits - back in - don't miss this one, I would make almost everything in this book!

Magic Loop

Pipsqueak Knits

Romantic Handknits

Rowan Junior

Sensual Crochet

Simply Shetland #5

Knitted Gifts: Irresistible Projects to Make & Give

Natural Nursery Knits

Big Girl Knits soft cover

Cowl Girls,

custom Fit Knit Jackets: Casual to Couture,

Finishing School: a Master Class for Knitters, by Debbie Bliss,

Knitted Dinosaurs,

Weekend Hats: 25 Knitted Caps, Berets, Cloche

Personal Footprints - Cat Bordhi