Hey everyone 😀
Hot enough for ya? It has been truly summer gorgeous out lately. Hot and clear and bright. It’s kind of nice to have a cool day don’t you think? I could really get into a day of rain to catch up on things around the house. Maybe even do some knitting? What do you think? Are any of you knitting in this heat? Some of our customers are. Look at this beautiful sweater that Janet made. Each of those dark lines is a row of loops. So the sweater has a textured effect. It is bright white and navy with one red stripe at each shoulder at the top. So summer! So beautiful! Janet is a very talented knitter. You should see here beautiful work. We get to see it here at the shop when she comes in wearing things she has made. Always a pleasure to see Janet 💗
And here is another of our buddies! William 😀 William does Tunisian crochet. Look at his beautiful blanket 😮 It is a baby blanket all of Galway wool in the colors of Ireland. You have to see this close up to truly appreciate the intricacy of the stitches. It’s glorious. And so thick! Tunisian crochet gives a unique thickness to the finished blanket and an unusual patterning to the stitches. Not something you see every day. We love it when William comes for a visit. He’s so sweet!
This is Cindy’s sock 😲 It’s crochet!!! Not knit. So it looks completely different. For all you crocheters out there reading this.here is a fun project you can try. Crocheted socks! These socks are made out of Katrina’s Hand dyed sock yarn (that would be me😋😜) it looks super cute knit or crocheted. One skein is enough to knit a pair of socks. The colors pool rather than striping or patterning. You can do so much with this yarn. It’s not just for socks! It can be for shawls or sweaters or anything you can dream up! I am currently working on a huge new batch of my hand dyed in all new colors. I hope to have it in the store ASAP.
Look! It’s our friend Melissa 💗💋 Back from out of town for a visit 😀 She was in last weekend to stock up on woolly supplies to knit this summer while she is down from the Great White North for a bit. You can see here that she is needle felting her very own Orca. Apparently the local Orca have been very busy both here at the store and out in the strait. A friend of mine was on the ferry this last weekend and said she saw a pod of them Breaching and Blowing and being their spectacular selves in front of the ferry. She said whatever side they were visible from, everyone on the ferry would rush to that side to watch their display!
Here is Powell Rivers own signature pod of Orca whales that were made right here at great Balls of Wool 💗
So next month is September! Back to school for the little ones… and back to knitting for all you grown up ones! 😄 It’s going to be cooling off soon. Personally I have my winter knitting all planned out! How about you? I am knitting a coat, a cardigan, a sweater and lots n lots of socks. Remember socks? It’s Sockista’s on every Tuesday afternoon from 1-3pm. We are right here waiting for you to come back in to the cozy Loopy Lounge for your winter knitting fix.
Whatever knitting you might be planning we have the tools and yarns to set you up. You can come down and hang out with a cup of tea and your new favorite project and knit knit knit!!!
So we hope to see you soon!!!
Until next time…
Look what the old Great Balls of Wool location has become! It’s an air BnB 😀 We have already had guests. It’s all set up and ready to go should you need accommodation for guests from out of town. You can book it on-line. Or perhaps if you just have the hankering to spend the night in the place that used to be your local yarn shop. Minus the actual yarn. So maybe not. The yarn being the reason you might want to spend the night in a wool shop.
This is Virginia. She made a Jude Skeers circular vest out of a soft light weight yarn. Isn’t it glorious! She did such a good job.
Here is another one of Ruth’s creations and it is knit out of milk. For real. the yarn is made from milk protein. It doesn’t smell like cheese though. It has no smell at all. It’s a chocolate milk sweater. With a matching hat.
Petra’s slipper class is turning out slippers like a factory! One pair after another. here you can see the ladies hard at it kitting up their slippers in a happy group. So fun. Petra is a great teacher. She really rocks. She’s patient and good at explaining how things work. If you want to try out her class she will be teaching slipper class here on an ongoing basis. You can come in and put your name on the list to be notified when the next class will take place, and you can reserve a spot.
This is Monica’s slipper before felting it in the washer. Look how big it is! It will shrink quite a bit and get much thicker and denser as it does so. These slippers have a double layer of kitted fabric in the sole. So they last forever. they a fully washable too which is nice.
Here is Monica herself. Kitting. you can see her working on the mate to the slipper above. you can see she put some fluffy art yarn in the cuff to add some character.
Ok that’s what I have got for you today 😀
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This is our shop! Lots of people in Powell River remember when this building was the 5th Avenue Dress Shoppe. Madame Loukes, who owned the shop was a seamstress and Designer from New Orleans. People say she may have come to Powell River around 1912. She opened the dress shop later. She is vividly remembered by the community and we often get people who come in just to look at the shop they remember from their youth.
Here you can see a lovely pictutre of the front of the building. Roisin went to the Powell River Museum and got these photo’s for us to share.
Here you can see ladies looking at lovely garments and chatting about merchandise. What a wonderful snap shot of an era of Powell River history. We are all wondering which one might be Madame Loukes herself? If anyone has any information to share we would be excited to find out any details we can. Perhaps someone out there might know her first name? The exact time she came here? The date she opened the store? Or any good stories of your experiences here would be loved and appreciated.
Above you can get a glimps of how the store was laid out and more fuel for the imagination as to what was on the shelves. Look at the beautiful mannequins! We wish we had those beauties now. Below is another picture of the store front. This one in the day time. This one is from befoer the distinctive shiny black tiles were put on. It sure looks different!
I have yarn store news!
We have as new shipment of Malabrigo!!! It is glorious! We have bags of it. All ripe for the taking. It’s all new colors or colors that have been out of stock for a while.
Here is a picture of the colors. The picture really doesn’t do them justice. You should really come in and have a look. I’m partial to the purples myself. I’m thinking maybe I need some… another sweater would be nice…
Not much to update on my sweaters progress. I have not been working on it as much so it is progressing a bit slowly at the moment. Im not quite to the sleeves yet. but soon. I’m still working on the increases. I’m finding that two strands of fine yarn is so much more challenging than I expected. It’s harder to see the stitches than I expected. Also keeping the two strands on the needles and not dropping any stitches is something I have to pay attention to. I’m loving the Alpaca to knit with! It’s so soft. This sweater will be thin but it will still be warm I expect. I think I am almost ready to switch from the green sparkle mohair to the bright purple mohair. Sorry I did not takes pictures as it looks not a lot different than last time. Just longer.
Alrighty then 😀
I hope you enjoyed looking at the old photos of the shop as much as we did. Once again I will say that if you have any info at all feel free to leave a comment or come in and talk to us.
Until next week…
Hey everyone 😀 I thought I would show you some of our clothing that we have here at GBOW. It is all slow clothing. Handmade. Some are even Roisin’s original designs.
We have got a whole rack that we put together for you to brows through. On the right is the Texada Time Wrap. One of Roisin’s original designs. I have a couple examples to show you that are for sale here now. Or if you are up for a creative project you can come in and select the yarn of your choice and get the pattern to make your own!
Here you can see some of our lighter shawls and summer things. The left is a Chantal Shawl. One of Roisin’s original designs. You can buy the finished product here or you can come in and pick your wool and get the pattern and knit your own 😀
This gorgeous green poncho was knit by Brenda. It’s machine washable and it’s for sale here now. The hat that is with it is sold separately but it would look so sweet with this lovely shawl. The hat was knit by Roisin. It is 100% wool.
These two incredible lace weight jackets are a Jude Skeers design. These were knit by Roisin and are available for purchase here now. We also sell the pattern for this lovely number. I currently am knitting one out of Australian lace weight silk. It’s a relatively easy knit but remember, if you feel like knitting anything you see here just come in and put the materials together and Roisin will help you get it done!
The lovely grey poncho below is another of Roisin’s original designs. She knit this one out of a variety of different yarns but it looks gorgeous done in a solid color as well. We have another solid color one here in the shop that you can look at for inspiration or you can try either or both on for fit to get an idea what size you might like to make. This is a super easy pattern. It is knit flat!
Below is another example of the Texada Time Wrap Poncho. It’s a super fun easy knit too. It is knit flat as well. We have tones of gorgeous buttons to complete your project. So you can come in and get literally everything you need in one stop plus you can come back for instructions if you get stuck!
So in other news I thought I would show you a picture of my Wilingdon Beach Sweater. It is all done! This is another example of something you can make too. It’s super easy and satisfying because it goes quite quickly for a bigger project. We have an example here at the store for you try try on to gauge what size you might like to make. I loved this pattern so much I am making it twice!
Below is the beginning of my second Wiligdon Beach Sweater! I am knitting this one out of two lace weight yarns together to equal a DK weight. The lavender strand is Alpaca and the green strand is Mohair. It is very soft and has a slight halo. Also the green strand has a tiny bit of sparkle! So pretty. Im about half way through the yoke now starting from the collar and working down. Next I separate for the sleeves. This one is going to be sleeveless so once I separate for the sleeves it is a clear shot to the hem! Because it is knit on circs it is strait knit all the way through. Virtually no pearl at all. The only place you pearl is on the short rows when you are building up at back of the yoke. Other than that it is all knit, knit, knit!!! Easy Peasy!
All righty then! That’s about it for today’s update. I hope you will come in and try on some clothing. maybe start a new project??? It’s such a cool and rainy summer it is perfect knitting weather. Maybe we will see you down here for lessons! Come hang out and share tea and snacks. Have a chin wag with the ladies! The more the merrier 😊
Until next week…
Roisin has been redecorating! Everything has been all moved around. We have new displays and lots of new stock out that has been waiting to make it’s way to the floor of the new shop after our big move. Yes we are still digging out from the big move. It’s gonna take a while before Roisin gets things just how she wants them. In the meantime it’s like walking into a brand new store every time you come in! We have tones to look at. Heaps of yarn, new Art, Jewelry and more.
This little bin is all Cashmere! Who doesn’t love Cashmere??? And this Cashmere is a bargain. We have had people come in from the city and buy up loads of it because they cannot believe the price. It’s so low it could be a sale price. Roisin can really hunt down the bargains when she is ordering!
This is where the cubbies are now. They just were not working where we had them before. Now that they are up against the wall they take up so much less space and you can dig in them easily without knocking things out the back.
With this new floor plan you can see right through the store. Everything is nice and light and open, very airy. The new displays make it so you can see everything we have at a glance. Or paw through and look at each skein easily.
Look what Roisin made! This is Sally the sheep. She’s a doll that’s a pillow. How great is that? She is a Ravelry pattern. You can make her in this size, which is the small size, or you can make her in the bigger size too! Her body is stuffed but her head and feet are not. So she has this lovely floppyness to her bits and pieces. Roisin is planning to teach a class for this one. Dates to be posted soon!
Look!!! I finished it! I have to admit I loved knitting this. It’s almost like it knit itself. I cannot believe how easy it was. That was major incentive to keep at it and get it done in a timely fashion. Seriously, if you like a bigger project that you can just knit away on without hardly thinking at all. This is the knit for you. So now I’m knitting the next one. I should have taken a picture of the new one! I didn’t think of it. Next time. This next one is knit out of two lace weight strands of yarn which makes approximately a DK weight. One is alpaca and one is mohair. It’s the same pattern but ligher weight yarn and this time it’s going to be sleeveless 😮!!! I’m past the short rows and into the increase rows. after that I separate for the sleeves. Then it’s just strait knit till I’m done! I don’t even have to go back and put on sleeves! I’m hoping it will go quickly. It depends how much insomnia I have the next while. I do most of my knitting in the middle of the night listening to music.
All right. Other than that we have a needle felting class coming up to make Willma the wale. That’s happening Friday June 29th from 10am till noon. $30.00 includes everything you need and the class fee. There are still a couple spaces left so come on in and book one! Make your own super cute little critter. Petra’s slipper class is in full swing. Annnnd… I believe we will be selling her gorgeous slippers here soon! So if you missed her last craft fair, or if getting out to craft fairs is a problem for you and your hankering for a pair of her deluxe slippers… your wish has been granted! For those of you who want felted slippers without having to make them yourself.
Alll righty then! That’s about all for today.
I hope to see you soon!
and remember. Summer is for knitting too!
Knitting in the sunshine = bliss!
Knit ahead. Then you are ready for winter.
Hey! 😀 How is everyone today? Are you knitting in the sunshine? Or have you put away your needles and yarn until winter? I am still knitting and so is everyone here at GBOW. Summer projects are the best projects 😂 I finished my Willingdon Beach sweater! Pictures to come! I just have to wash it and block it. Then I will model it for you. I love it! It fits perfectly. I finished the sleeves without indecent. Then went back to the hem line and pulled out my cast off and picked up all the stitches and added another six inches or so. Much better.
In other knitting news Belinda is knitting cotton socks for summer and Roisin is working on various things. She just finished a sheep pillow and is working her way through a summer weight sweater out of a linen blend yarn. Pictures to come!
For eye candy today I have Art photos! We have a selection of new paintings by up and coming young artist Felicia Joseph!
They are so beautiful! We have a variety of different sizes of her work at different price points. Something to please everyone.
This big one below was in the window for a month. Did you happen to see it? It is spectacular. You really have to come in and look at it if you have not seen it.
They really are so beautiful. You should stop by and have a look. We are always happy to have browsers!
I think this last one is my favorite. I may have to add one to my Art collection!
So we are having a variety of classes available throughout the summer. Petra is doing another slipper class! People cannot get enough of her slippers. Check the previous post of dates and times. Belinda will be teaching more felted animals too. Also mentioned in the previous post. There are a few spaces left in each class but they are filling up fast. You should jump on it if you want to get a spot!
As always HELP! is available on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Come and learn virtually anything you might like to know about knitting. Stitches. Projects. Beginners. You name it.
Allllrighty then! That’s about it for today 😘
Hope to see you soon for a visit!
So we have been having some summer sweater weather the last few days 😀
In appreciation of wearing our lovely handmade things in summer I thought I’d blog about summer sweaters that are happening here at GBOW.
Below you can see Kitty’s lovely Aran Knit emerald green cozy sweater. It is knit out of Diamond Supreme Merino yarn. It is ever so soft and squishy!
Next you can see my progress on the Wilingdon Beach sweater. As you can see I am most of the way down the arms now. They have mismatched striping happening on them. It is longer than it seems it’s just rolling up at the hem. I will fix that when I block it. I am wanting it to be longer than this though so I am going to pull out the cast off edge and add on another six inches or so.
This is Lisa’s top down Wilingdon Beach sweater in progress. It is looking gorgeous so far. She is just about ready to put her sleeves on stitch holders and then move on to the body of her sweater.
This is Lisa in her newly finished beautiful brown sweater. It is knit out of our Pure Wool Roving yarn. Lisa loves this yarn and knits with it often. I believe she may have knit s sweater out of this wool already but I am not 100% sure about that.
Look at Mira’s lovely brilliantly colorful Noro creation! It’s not quite done yet but it is coming along marvelously.
Petra will be teaching felted slipper classes again soon. They will take place on Wednesday’s from 1-3 the first day will be June 20th. That class costs $75 dollars plus materials.
Belinda will be teaching a new felted animal class. Wilma the Wale. You can needle felt your very own little Orca wale doll if you want. That class is $30.00 that price is inclusive of materials and instruction.
As ever there is drop in learning classes happening every Friday afternoon from 1-3 and every Saturday morning from 10am until noon. Feel free to drop in for help on your project or even learn something new. Roisin is available for all your knitting needs 😌
Alrighty then 😍
Hope you are having a great summer!
Feel free to drop by and see us here at GBOW for all your summer knitting needs.
Until next week
We have new stuff! we have jewelry now 😀 We have three jewelry artists their names are Katie McLean, Belinda Fogarty and myself…Katrina Craig. Katie makes rustic gemstone and silver pieces. We have her necklaces and earrings. The necklaces in the picture to the bottom right are hers. And you can see her big bold statement necklace in the third center photo below. It is made of Amazonite and Carnelian with Onyx accents. On the below left you can see two of Belinda’s beaded netting necklaces, one red and one green. The Display behind the netted necklaces holds my work, Katrina, and it is hypoallergenic brass findings with gemstones and fresh water pearls. Also you can see in the middle my soldered charm necklaces. I make the soldered charms myself.
Below are three of Belinda’s pieces. She takes copper pennies and silver dimes and hammers them flat and embosses them with lettering. You can get key chains or earrings done this way. Below and to the left you can see an example of here wire wrapping skills. The pendant you see here is an bolder opal. It has lots of opalescent glow to it too!
Here you can see four of my necklaces photographed close up so you can see the pendants. Below left is Water Saphire, Amethyst and pearls on 14kt gold filled chain. Below right is an large clear light purple faceted Amethyst. With it is Rubies, Pearls and Sleeping Beauty Turquoise on 14 kt gold chain.
Above you can see two more of the pendants of my necklaces. Above left is Pearls, Apatite, Amethyst, Rubies and Citrine with copper and sterling silver wire wrapping. Above right is a large faceted Garnet with Rubies, Pealrs, Amethyst, Watermelon Tormeline and Antique Rhinestones on 14 kt Gold chain.
Below you can see some close ups of Katie McLeans work. Below Left is a Lapis Lazuli and Lava stone necklace and hangin to the side of that is a Citrine and Blue Gold stone necklace. The close up on the right is of a Pearl and Apatite necklace with a Mother of Pearl pendant and silver accent beads.
Here last of the day we have two of Katie McLeans necklaces in the photo below. The left necklace is of Lapis Lazulie and Turquoise with Carnelian accents. And the right necklace is her Amazonite and Carnelian statement necklace.
Thats the newest new stuff in the shop this week! Come on down and try on jewelry! We are happy to show it to you and help you with colors or styles or just tell you more about anything you might be interested in 😊
We have been knitting like crazy too! I am half way down the sleeves of my Wilingdon Beach sweater! I have to say I just love! Love! Love! this pattern. So many people have been trying it out and I have heard nothing but great reviews. And everyone has their own ideas of how it should look so no two look the same! I am starting my second one now 😃 This next one is knit out of two fine yarns together. A strand of Alpaca and a strand of mohair. Mauve and green again 😝 But is going to be sleeveless! And it’s going to look completely different. I will blog it so you can see the versatility of this pattern. I am planning on knitting a third one too! But the third one will not only be completely different colors but it will be a cardigan 😱 Using the same pattern and a bit of Roisin`s expertise I have high hopes. 😆
Ok so that’s our shop news! Our knitting news! And our new stuff! I hope you enjoyed this little bit of stuff about stuff!
Come on down and hang out and knit!
Until next week…
Hey everyone 😀
GBOW has some new Art this month! Check out this gorgeous table by Roger of Twig and Timber Designs! This piece is a one of a kind original design. It’s twenty years old. Well seasoned with a gorgeous patina that only years of oil and love can produce. Quintessential west coast wood working with love and attention to every detail. Roger was reluctant to part with this beauty but I talked him into letting us put it in the store for sale for a little while. It’s a personal favorite of his. I don’t think he really wants to sell it. 😉 I wouldn’t either. It’s just lovely. This kind of furniture just gets more gorgeous with age. The more you touch it. The more you oil it. The softer, silkier and more lustrous the patina becomes. It’s west coast wood furniture at it’s finest. I think that any furniture lover world wide would take one look at this beauty and know it comes from the workshop of someone on the west coast of British Columbia Canada without even asking. To me it is a classic example of the unique style that BC is famous for.
If you think the table is special then I have to show you this. It is made out of a yellow cedar birds eye burl. If you look closely you will see it is all covered in faces. You might have to come in and look at it in person to really see them. It is a difficult one to photograph effectively. It’s spectacular. I absolutely love it. The beach stones are all subtle colors and the tiles around the edge are blue and green mottled together. In between the stones is beach sand. Uniquely and beautifully West Coast Art.
The following are two more of Rogers pieces. On the left is a little hanging carving that would be good inside or out in the garden. We have a few of these. Each one is completely unique. On the right is a beautiful shelf that hangs on the wall. I think it would be great with a hurricane oil lamp on it. In case of a power outage you are good to go! Candles would be nice too if you are uncomfortable with oil lamps. I know oil lamps scare some people. Or you could just put interesting seashore finds on it. The possibilities are endless. It has a tree carved into it that blends into the natural colors of the wood.
We have some other new things as well. We have now got all natural handmade soaps by Ondine. They smell divine and make a great little addition to a gift or for a friend. We also have some very pretty jewelry made by Belinda Fogarty. The copper disks in these earrings are hammered pennies! Cool huh? I love them. There are silver ones too.
Here is a close up of a bar of Peppermint soap so you can read the ingredients 😊
Well 😌 that’s about it for this week! I hope you will come by for a visit and see our beautiful shop in person. We have all kinds of knitted Art, Art and of course wool of all kinds.
Have a great day!
Enjoy the sunshine!
And as ever
Today we have a new window display 😀
I tried to get some nice photo’s of it for the blog today but it was tricky. The window has a reflective film on it to keep the display cool. It is not easy to get pictures through it. Mostly you just get a reflection of the street. So I took a photo from inside as you can see below. We have some great paintings in the window this month. Adam Cramb, Felicia Joseph and Belinda Forgarty all have work on display in the window this month.
It’s a very colourful collection of art wool and Roisin’s knitted goodies. If you can come by and check it out it looks much better in person! Things are starting to come together in our new location. The Sockista class on Tuesday afternoon has been rockin busy. Lots of new people and some long term sock knitters too. It’s a rollicking good time. Lots of fun had by all. If you have not knit socks yet you should come by and join in! It’s a real favourite. Thursday night drop in knitting for fun and relaxation is super busy too. We have been having a great turn out! Feel free to drop by and join in the fun. It is on Thursday nights from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. So on Thursdays the shop is open from 10:00 am in the morning strait through until 8:30pm at night! If you have a need for yarn after dinner on Thursday evening feel free to drop in and pick up something. We are open for sales during Thursday Knitting Night hours too.
This is one of the display cases inside GBOW. It’s focused on shawl making. Here you can see two examples of Roisin’s design called Texada Time Wrap. It’s a fun knit. It is knit flat and then sewn up. You can knit it with or without the collar. In the window are three examples of Roisin’s “Whats the Point”poncho too. It’s a shawl month this month. Because it is warm enough now to get away with just wearing a shawl. No more winter coat. The whats the point poncho is gorgeous too and can be knit with or without a collar as well.
This display case is all about Roisin’s Zevelution J sweaters. It’s a gorgeous thing. The painting you see there is one of mine. It’s called “Harwood Rain Storm” and I painted it when I had a panoramic view of the ocean here in town. Also in this display you will find examples of all of the wool we carry for knitting Cowichan Style sweaters. We have various styles of Custom Woolen Mills yarn for this purpose. Custom Woolen Mills is a ethically minded Canadian woolen mill that takes fleeces from Canadian farmers and turns the fleeces in yarn and roving. The mill keeps half of the farmers fleeces to sell and gives half the finished product back to the farmer. It’s a fantastic product that you will give you hours of pleasure and give back to the woolen community at the same time. Ethical with an environmentally friendly footprint.
This display has a collection of Belinda Fogarty art and is focused on hat making. There is a rack of all kinds of different hats for inspiration and examples of all different kinds of yarn that you could use to make your own gorgeous hats with. Lot’s of people come in looking for hat yarn. Kitted hats are incredibly popular and a favourite gift. To give or receive. If you would like to learn to knit a hat is a great place to start. Roisin will help you pick out a pattern, yarn and needles and get you started and on your way to knitting anything you can dream up!
Today is Monday. That’s the day I blog on and in case you don’t know the shop is open from 10:00am in the morning until 5:00pm in the evening. It’s just me here hangin out all by myself. I’d love company! If you want to come in and shop or just hang out and knit you are more than welcome. We also have crochet lessons available by appointment on Monday afternoons. Lindalu will teach you anything you want to learn. Just call in and book ahead.
We are also accepting new artists into the Gallery if any of you have things you would like to have here on display come on in and show us what you have got! Is there any specific thing you would like us to offer a class on making? You can leave a comment telling us what you would like to learn or come by and tell us in person.
I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having!
Until next week,
or until you drop by…