Saturday, June 28, 2008
We have the premier issue of Verena in stock at Serenity Knits and suggest adding it to your favourites for this summer's reading.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Reef is a regular "customer" working with C.O.P.E. - Canine Opportunity, People Empowerment. She is a golden retriever who is a special service dog; training to open doors, turn on lights, assist in emergencies or other tasks that a person using a wheelchair, for example, might have difficulty doing on their own. Patti is her trainer (and a great knitter) who has been working with Reef for the past year. The training regime takes two years and already Reef has a large repertoire of words that she understands and skills that she can undertake - such as the valuable task of carrying a bag of yarn. You can learn more about this service at http://www.copedogs.org/
Jasper was also working at Serenity Knits this week to assist her owner, Beverly, pick out some yarn. Jasper is a yellow Labrador retriever and is a guide dog; the eyes for Beverly. Beverly is an amazing knitter, who is making a beautiful shawl that would be a challenge for many knitters who have their vision. The shawl is flawless with perfect tension and is nearing completion. (I was so awestruck at the skills of both Jasper and Beverly, that I didn't think of taking a picture of the shawl.)
Even though we consider our store to be a place for creative relaxation, it is also always a pleasure to see the hard work of faithful friends like Reef and Jasper. We will make sure we have doggy treats next to the candy container as a thank you for their dedication.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
One representative brought a magnificant display of his hand crafted wooden shawl pins. His beautiful pins are created from a variety of different woods, each with characteristic grains and come in a large selection of shapes. The source of much of the wood is right here in Ontario, including black walnut, plum, white oak, poplar, red oak, white ash, apple, cherry and pear. There is also some exotic wood from zebra trees grown in Africa or yellow pine from Alabama, rosewood, ebony, purple heart and more. The pins are either left in their natural state or stained in fashion colours. The woods are then waxed to highlight their grains (rather than using a laquer that tends to scratch and chip). Coordinating stick pins are included with each shawl pin.
Here is a close up of some of the designs, that we now carry, each unique and individually crafted.
Knitters are thankful for the current trend of using pins as closures for their sweaters, shawls and jackets. It is a nice change from the often tedious process of knitting buttonholes and trying to find coordinating buttons. This is a lovely way to add a touch of distiction to your finished garment and they make perfect gifts.
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