Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Tears to Hugs
Great impressions are made by what we say and do. I've always believed life is lived going the extra mile and so my summer story unfolds.
The phone rang on an afternoon, 'Could anyone fix stuffies?'  I replied bring them in so I can take a look. Not too long afterwards, in walked Mom, Henry and Evelyn both carrying stuffies. They could be mended; so colors were chosen. Dilemma -- stuffies couldn't stay, they must go in the arms of their owners.
Quickly I measured, counted, scribbled notes while Mom responded to the following .... what is she doing? ... are they fixed yet? Evelyn inquisitively passed me a large knitting needle, will this help? They departed, Henry asking, 'When' s she going to call us? '
I laid the shop project aside and commenced knitting from my sketchy notes.
The following week, the new family to Saint John returned; the work to date passed inspection and a surgery date was set into motion.
Anxiously I waited for their arrival. Parts were tried on. Then the moment of separation --hugs and waves. Henry and Evelyn were off to adventures in the library and lunch.  This surgeon went to work mending holes, adding stuffing, attaching new parts.
Coco stuffy was in recovery and I was joined with my Assistant Evelyn pulling yarn and cutting threads on Bongo stuffy. Intensely stitches were sewn with an on-going, heartfelt conversation unfolding to all around. Magnifying glass in hand, Henry gave detailed instructions of how to stitch a shark on his pocket. Delight was evident to all.
Measurements were taken for a new fall sweater for Evelyn; measurements of stuffies too!
For sure, we welcomed newcomers to Saint John and I’ll always remember the stuffies at Cricket Cove. Here’s a closer look at the before and after x-rays.
Cindy Alcorn

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Spring Fling 
April 24 
Join us for a fun afternoon at our Fredericton shop.
Treats, draws and two great classes. Call shop to register at 506-450-KNIT or visit shop 647 McLeod Avenue

Beginner Design Your Own Shawl with Gena
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials: (please purchase at shop)
100g/220y Worsted weight yarn in one color or two coordinating colors
5.5mm needles
Stitch Markers 
Sketch book (optional)
No pattern needed

Comfort with knit and purl stitches needed, and basic knowledge of increases and decreases are a plus.
Students will learn how to create their own basic custom shawl using purposefully placed increases to determine shawl shape. Choice of increase types, stripes, stitch textures, eyelets, and bind offs will make shawls unique and one of a kind. This class is intended to be a stepping stone to more complicated shawl designing.

Magic Loop knitting - Maine Morning Mitts with Sarah
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials: (please purchase at shop)
1 ball of Noro Kureyon - or any desired worseted weight yarn
4 - 4.5mm - 32" circular needle

Here's your chance to conquer Magic Loop knitting- you'll want to knit all of your socks and mitts using this fun method.


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Meet The Renegade Sheep Who Avoided Shearing For 6 Years By Hiding

Meet Shrek, the runaway rebel sheep that managed to avoid shearing for six years!
Shrek absolutely hates getting his hair cut. So for six years, this New Zealand sheep managed to avoid spring shearings by escaping to hide in a cave.
When they found him 2004, Shrek’s owners couldn’t even tell he was a sheep!
Just how much wool is that, you may be asking?
According to ‘Modern Farmer’, when Shrek was finally brought home and sheared, there was enough wool to produce 20 men’s suits!sr2
What if Shrek had never been found? Does sheep wool grow indefinitely?
The answer is yes, but not for all sheep. Only sheep that have been domesticated will continue to produce wool in this way.  However, wild, undomesticated sheep will shed their wool regularly.
That much wool can have negative effects on a sheep – temperature management, vision impairment, and mobility issues, all become potential problems when domesticated sheep aren’t regularly sheared.
He certainly doesn’t look like a “Shrek” anymore – just look at this handsome fellow!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016


This past Saturday Wool Lovers gathered in Brunswick Square.
Eager knitters began to arrive early to put their hands to their needles.

No one was in a hurry to leave.

Great conversations and laughter were heard among the tables.
Projects were shared from dying yarns - throws - cowls - shawls - amigurumi creatures - dolls - socks.
As well as the special purchases contained in the dotted bags.
Recent newspaper clippings were circulated on the health benefits of knitting to be read.

Each hour rang in with raised delight as a name was drawn.
  1. Susan Lee - cozy mug
  2. Sherry Bagnell - Eucalan wash
  3. Sara Richards - Opal yarn
  4. Sally Margison - Cricket Cove Gift Certificate CONGRATULATIONS to each! (Amazing how each winner’s name began with the letter ‘S’!)
Throughout the name Trish Darrah’s Yarn It, “Mr. PDK (PD) for her Dad and Public Display of Knitting”, collected the names for Saint John shop’s mascot.
At the end of our time his name was selected “WOOL I AM” by Sherry Bagnell.
So glad our lamb now has a name.

Our taste buds were treated to Starbucks coffee and homemade treats by Cindy, that’s me. small chocolate cupcakes topped with melted chocolate and loaded biscuits with chopped dried dulse and an aged 5 year old cheddar cheese

Thank YOU for making our day great!
What a day!

Friday, 19 February 2016

Alpaca Dryer Balls

Save Money On Dry Time
The Eco-Friendly alternative to dryer sheets.
No Dryer Sheets & fabric softener needed!
Dryer balls are a natural green alternative to dryer sheets made of hypo-allergenic alpaca.
No Dyes, Dry Cloths Faster, Reduce Wrinkling While Softening

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

New February Classes Posted for Shops

GET YOUR STITCHES ON                                                                                                                                      

At Brunswick Square, Saint John    642-2797

          *Please pre-register for all classes, space is limited

Monday, 11 January 2016

Hides in Hand

The warmest mitt you will ever experience! Made with a hand-washable deerskin shell and a removable, machine washable acrylic pile liner, this luxurious mitt will keep you warm! $72