Nestled in the heart of Aurora in a century home is Needles & Knits Wool Shop, also home to the York Region Knitter’s Guild. Come in and explore six expansive rooms, brimming full of yarn…DK, Worsted, Chunky, 4 Ply, Fingering, Lace and more!
We are excited to let you know that the Claude Monet 4 PLY fingering sock yarn is now available in store at Needles and Knits Wool Shop
Claude Monet 4 PLY Fingering Sock Yarn is available in 8 different colors that provide you with many knitting options.
It is the classic 75% wool (super wash) with 25% nylon mix (polyamide) - warm, hard wearing and they hold their sock shape! The sock yarn comes in 100g balls, enough yardage to make various projects with just one ball of yarn!! (you only need one ball for a pair of socks OR two pairs of short socks, OR two short cowls) It is the classic 75% wool (super wash) with 25% nylon mix (polyamide) - warm and hard wearing and they hold their sock shape!
You could also make two hats, or at least two pairs of small hand warmers, or several small gift bags and a 100g will also give you a decent length of scarf/shawl or a sweater for a baby.
Claude Monet 4ply fingering sock yarn can also be used for the Sunny Side UP Mitered Shawl and Feuilles Etincelantes Shawl featured in the 2019 Summer Specialty Knitting Classes and Workshop Schedule.
Good write-up on the yarn: “We are very pleased to announce that Claude Monet joins the world of Opal Sweater and Sock yarn.
Oscar-Claude Monet was born in Paris on the 14th November 1840. His early work, which included the work “impression, Sunrise’, gave his name the entire movement of Impressionism. The visible reality loses its corporeality and the representation of the light and the mood become the main painterly task. He is considered an exceptional artist who has shaped a whole epoch. His most important stages of life were Paris, Le Havre and Giverny, here he died on 5th December 1926. His main subjects include the haystacks, water lilies, travel pictures of Venice, London and Norway and motifs of his beloved garden in Giverny. “The beauty of the atmosphere between the object and the artist” – as Monet called it, we have captured from eight of his artworks and converted to our Opal Sweater- and Sock yarn. Monets colorings are wonderful foundation for your lovely needlework. Engage the mood that arises between you and the colors of our Opal Claude Monet.”
The winter classes are in full swing with great feedback from the attendees. Of the classes so far we have had great results on Brioche classes due to the versatility of the fabric created. The technique is a little tricky at first but once you get it, the possibilities are limitless due to the choices in yarns and colour combinations. Due to the interest in brioche I will be adding more classes to the spring 2019 schedule. ~Gabriela
Marnie finished her Twisted Float Shrug worked in Ella Rae Superwash Worsted.
Ann finished the Flax sweater for her twin granddaughters in Deluxe Worsted Tweed
I finished the Flax Light in Winter Flowers
And I finally got the sleeves on my Nanook by Heidi Kirrmaier in Nepal
When you start to become interested in knitting socks, you’ll soon be told about a frightening disease that seems to affect the majority of the population: the SSS a.k.a the “Second Sock Syndrome“. Some of us decide to use a technique with the scary name of 2AAT whose name simply means “2 At A Time” or “2 at once”. You are making two socks at the same time, on two circular needles; so when you're done, you're done! No need to keep track on the first sock to make sure the second sock comes out the same length. As long as you do the same thing on each sock in each round (e.g. increase at each beginning and end of the round in one row!), you never have to worry about keeping track of how many rows your foot/leg/cuff are, or where you've increased, where you've forgotten to increase, and where you made up for your forgotten increase. Your socks will turn out the same. Some say this process takes longer and is a little harder to grasp at first (L.K. said it took her five classes to finally get the process, challenging at first but most satisfying when done ) but once you get it you have this new skill forever and I would never go back to knitting one sock at a time. To simplify the teaching process I ask the students to knit the two socks with two different colours. It makes life easier to begin with. This technique also works great on sleeves and mittens or even hats. ~Gabriela
Knitters often start by learning one style of knitting, and the most common is either English style knitting or continental style knitting, and the preference often depends on your teachers preference :) Though my preference is to teach the continental style, I can still help those who choose the English style as easily as the continental knitters. If you are interested you can get one on one private lessons with me.
Below is an article by Ashley Little about the difference between these two common styles of knitting ~Gabriela
The Battle of English vs. Continental Knitting By Ashley Little February 12, 2014
Whether you’ve realized it or not, knitters do not all knit in the same way. I’m not just talking about how you hold your needles. Think about which hand you hold the yarn in, the tension you use when knitting, and where your yarn is coming from. Do your knitting friends knit in this same way? Probably not! All these little things — from how you wrap your yarn around the needle to which hand the yarn is in — help determine your knitting style. But let’s focus solely on English vs. Continental knitting styles for a second. Some knitters fiercely believe in one style over the other, but there’s no need to choose one style over the other for the rest of your knitting life. In fact, learning to use both of these styles interchangeably can actually be very beneficial to you!
Can you spot the different styles of knitting below?
2019 Winter ClassesThe preparations for next year’s classes are in full swing… Along with our Knitting Classes and Workshops we have weekly Knit Therapy Classes offered on Tuesday and Friday mornings and Wednesday Evening. It is a great opportunity to get expert advice on any project you are working on and enjoy the company of other knitters
We offer classes in every skill level; Something easy like the Einstein Coat or Baby Albert Jacket which is all knit in garter stitch and has minimal finishing but still offers new skills like a crochet cast on and three-needle-bind-off.
Moussaillon is another garment worked entirely in garter stitch with short row shaping.
Knitting Brioche is one of the most popular techniques right now (check out the Holiday Vogue Knitting Magazine) and we have classes scheduled for a cowl, a blanket and socks in the New Year.
We also have mitten classes to keep your hands warm; choose from felted or thrummed, or make them both.
To keep your toes toasty there will be a Mukluks class and a slipper class. And back by popular demand we offer knitting two socks at the same time again.
If you want to expand you stitch technique horizon we have scheduled a few classes and workshops with cowls that feature Fairisle, Beading, Slip Stitch, Brioche and Diamond Stitch.
Bookworm is one of Heidi K’s newest designs featuring a comfy oversized style while The Perfect Edge By Von Hinterm Stein is a fitted cardigan with lovely princess lines and a notched collar. The Two way Cardigan offers a cozy shape that can be worn two different ways.
And of course we have to have a skirt (Mint Tulip), a baby Owl blanket, a poncho, a cable hat, a kids tunic and a couple of bandit kerchiefs to round out the schedule.
I almost forgot my favourite!!!!! The Golden Hour Shawl by Drea Renee Knits featuring fun colour changes, a little lace, a little mosaic and Bobbles or Nupps to keep things interesting.
Our Knit-A-Long for the next session is ….ta-dah…. A Dragon Boat Cardigan, knit in the round with steeks (yay!!!) Tove knit it in 1996 and it took her a little over two weeks… I think we are going to take a little more time with it….
2019 is just around the corner, hope that you have been inspired! -Gabriela
At Needles and Knits, our yarn dying class is all the rage and very popular! We have since held three classes! One of our students who had attended the Oct 13th class enjoyed it so much that she took the time to send me this note:
Do you ever wonder how some yarns have such beautiful colours? Well you can do it yourself at Needles and Knits!! Sign up for a fantastic yarn dyeing class with Gabriela and she will show you the ropes!
I spent an afternoon with her this month dyeing my 8 skeins of white yarn and came up with beautiful colours that I would never have thought possible!
Gabriela has a fantastic selection of non-toxic dyes to choose from and will show you how to make your own colours, fade your yarn or how to mix different colours together to create the perfect hues and shades for you.
I really enjoyed the afternoon and would highly recommend it! Annette
So once again, by popular demand, we will be running our fourth yarn dying class in the spring of 2019.
Check out the gallery of beautiful yarn dyed by the October 13 class!
Needles and Knits is 25 years young, and we are celebrating with a 25% off Anniversary Sale! The sale lasts for two weeks, starting from September 15 to September 29, 2018. Head over to the wool shop to check out the new arrivals and enter for a chance to win some cool door prizes!
**The store will be closed on Friday September 14th in preparation for the sale starting on Saturday September 15.
Needles and Knits Wool Shop has been open for 25 years! Gabriela, who teaches classes at Needles and Knits Wool Shop, sat down with our very own Tove, to ask her about the early days and the 25 years as Aurora's Local Yarn Store, serving York Region, GTA and beyond!
**Please note that the shop will be closed on Friday September 14 in preparation for the sale.
G: It's that time of the year again, when Needles and Knits has their Annual September 25% Off Sale! What is the reason for the annual sale?
T: The annual sale celebrates the month (September) we first opened Needles and Knits Wool Shop in Aurora. The sale typically runs for two weeks. It is our way of showing our customers that we appreciate their patronage. It just so happens that in the month of September we always bring in new brands and selections of yarn and accessories.
G: What was the first yarn you bought for the shop?
T: The first yarn that I bought for Needles and Knits wool shop was Scandinavian yarn by Sandnes in DK, 4ply and 3ply because I felt comfortable selling yarn that I was familiar with, and Sandness been providing quality yarn for more than 100 years!! With no previous retail experience, it just felt comfortable to sell a product that I was familiar with, I made a sweater for my hubby in 1963 that looks like it was knit yesterday so, you know the quality is top notch. The wool shop has gone beyond Scandinavian yarn as we now sell yarn from all over the world!
G: What is your favourite part about owning a wool shop?
T: Meeting and interacting with the customers! Some of our regular customers have been visiting the store since it first opened 25 years ago!
G: Why do you think Needles and Knits has been so successful over the years?
T: Our customers come first, hands down! At Needles and Knits, we carry a very large selection of quality yarn, that is competitively priced. In addition we, have a dedicated 40% off room for discontinued yarn! We have quality yarn at every price point within your budget.
We are also very responsive to the needs of the customers. Our regular customers say they feel like Needle and Knits Wool Shop has a homey atmosphere where they can drop in and have knitting questions answered and patterns interpreted.
G: After 25 years in business, what inspires you to continue as a local business owner?
T: After 25 years as a local business owner in Aurora, my inspiration to continue follows up to the previous question you asked me. I am very interested and fascinated by my customers and their appreciation for quality yarn that can stand the test of time for years to come. I also love to help my customers realize their intended outcomes,