Make it an epic march... Brand new for baby...

Make it an epic march...
Brand new for baby...
“Awww…” - we couldn’t help
but say it when we started to
unpack this new yarn from
Sirdar. Snuggly Baby
Speckle (135m/50g) is a cotton (60%) and acrylic (40%)
blend in a DK weight. Machine
washable on a gentle cycle,
you’ll love how soft the cotton
feels. We have it in all eight
mottled colours: denim, candy,
lime, dune, sand, lilac, peachy
and breezy along with cute,
cute patterns.
acrylic). At South, check out
the Sirdar Smiley Stripes
(same as Baby Bamboo but
with variegated colours).
Also from Sirdar, we’ve been
restocking our shelves in both
stores with Baby Bamboo
(80% bamboo, 20% wool) and
Snuggly DK (55% nylon, 45%
It’s just the right time to make
something cozy, cute and machine washable for the little
people in your life.
Sirdar Book 416 features new
designs in Snuggly Baby Speckle
Canadian Content
We have replenished
our bookshelves with
some of our most
popular Canadian
knitwear designers.
The inspirations in
these designs will
take you from fun
Knitting New Mittens
& Gloves by Robin and simple to classic
and epic. Work your
way through Robin
Melanson’s Knitting New Mittens and
Gloves and learn how to thrum, cable,
change colours and add embellishments.
Fiona Ellis will show you how to make
classic designs for garments and accessories in gorgeous cables and fabulous fair
isle (stranded colourwork) in her books, Inspired Cable Knits and Inspired Fair Isle Knits.
Sally Melville has written a fantastic book on
colour knitting, called simply Color in which she
explains all the ways and techniques for incorporating colour into your knitted projects.
Above: Inspired Cable Knits and
Inspired Fair Isle Knits by Fiona Ellis
She’ll show you how to knit timeless garments in
Styles and teams up
Below: Color, Styles and Mother-Daughter Knits by Sally Melville
with daughter,
Caddy to teach you
how to shape garments for your perfect fit in MotherDaughter Knits.
These books are
available at both
RCY locations.
March 2012
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Epic Wristwarmers
Each month, we’re putting a new project
kit in our online store. Our feature project
for March is the Epic Wristwarmer package. Knit in the round on double pointed
needles, these wristwarmers will keep
your hands cozy and warm and your fingers free… to knit, text, swipe; whatever
your heart desires.
We’ve combined RCY Epic yarn (100%
wool) for warmth and Rowan Kidsilk
Haze Stripe (70% super kid mohair, 30%
silk) to make a super soft, colourful combo.
Kidsilk Haze Stripe comes in a big ball
(50g/420m) with self-striping colours
picked by designer Kaffe Fassett. No two
pairs will look exactly alike.
The Epic Wristwarmers kit includes the
pattern and one ball each of Epic and Kidsilk Haze Stripe. Our test knitters are able
to get two pairs of wristwarmers from one
kit; four pairs if you add one more ball of
Epic to your kit package.
Epic Wristwarmers: cozy, soft and fingerless. Available only at River City Yarns!
You can purchase a kit online at and have it
mailed out or put aside for pick up at one
of our RCY locations.
Diamond Luxury Collection: Mulberry & Merino
50% Mulberry Silk and 50% Merino
Wool. Sigh. It’s just the most beautiful
yarn. Shiny, soft, warm and we now have it
in 13 colours. Each beautiful skein has
90m/50g and knits up at a worsted gauge
of 21sts over 10cm on 4.5mm needles. The
Mulberry and Merino wrap has been a
popular project pattern for this yarn, taking
3 skeins to do a ruffled scarf version and 7
skeins for the full shoulder wrap.
Available at both the southside and downtown locations. We’ve got you covered.
The Mulberry
and Merino
wrap (pictured
right) takes 7
skeins. Make a
scarf version
with only 3.
South: Big Bamboo
North: Malabrigo Lace
We have new colours in Sirdar’s Big
Bamboo (50% bamboo sourced viscose, 30% acrylic, 20% wool) at our
southside location. Big Bamboo is a
super bulky yarn, achieving 9 sts over
10cm on 10.0mm needles. It’s super
quick! Each fat ball has 40m/50g. We
have it in charcoal (#200), paprika
(#204), cream (#205), cinnamon
(#207) and silver (#210). Pair up your
Big Bamboo with Book #409 for “15
easy hand knits for women in fabulously soft & light Sirdar Big Bamboo”.
Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino is 100% baby merino wool and it
is soooo soft! We told you about this yarn in our last newsletter
but we had to do a repeat, ‘cause… our back order came in! We
now have #173 Stonechat, #24 Vermillion, #242 Intenso, #32 Jewel
Blue, #56 Olive and #97
Cuarzo. One 50g skein
has 430m and knits up
Malabrigo Lace (top to
28sts over 10cm on
bottom) in Intenso,
2.75mm needles.
Jewel Blue and Cuarzo.
Want to start simple? Try the scarf pattern printed on the back of the ball
Big Bamboo Knits—15
designs for women
Try it for a scarf (one
skein) or a shawl (two
skeins) and see how
lovely it is to knit up in a
lace pattern. It blocks beautifully!
March 2012
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March and April Workshops and Events
Learn to knit with beads in two different
ways when you take workshop on “Mrs.
Beeton’s Wristwarmers”. This fancy cuff
keeps the pulse points warm and adds a
touch of feminine class to your jackets and
sweaters. We’re offering this workshop in
March downtown and April at the southside.
then you’re off to other dpn projects!
Join us on Easter weekend for another
KITR class—and make little Easter Bunny
Egg Cozies. They are so cute! Once
Easter is over, you can stuff them and turn
them into little baby toys.
Left, Right, Left!
Get recruited into
sock knitting.
to try a pair on finer yarn and smaller neeThis month, we have Caldles. This workshop will be held at our
gary artist, Jill Nuckles in
downtown location in April.
We have another knitting with beads
the store to teach Needle
We’re also running another session of the
project workshop that you might like.
Felting. You can see Jill’s
This one is called the
Canadian Cowichan Sweater (Design)
work at the Alberta Craft
Workshop. This is a fairly intensive
Egyptian Beaded
Gallery (10186—106
sweater design workshop. You’ll learn to
Bracelet. You’ll add
Street, Edmonton). Jill
knit a traditional Cowichan sweater from
makes monsters… cute,
scratch (no pattern). We’ll be working on
adorable ones. And she’ll
a child size sweater to get practice at all
Easter Bunny Egg teach you how to make
the techniques. You can take what you
them too. You’ll sculpt with
learn and knit an adult size sweater next.
beads to your
wool and needles and
This is a short sweater class (four lessons
knitting as you go
you’ll have so much fun! No
over five weeks) so you need to
and create a
prerequisites—absolute beput time in your calendar to
sparkly wristlet.
ginners are absolutely welcomplete homework.
Take this onecome. Jill will be teaching at
session workshop
both stores in the month of
The Egyptian Beaded
And, we’ll be doing another bein March at our
ginner lace Wisp workshop in
southside store
April. Wisp is a lovely, light &
Learn to Crochet in a day!
and in April at our downtown location.
lacey scarf/shawl. Make holes on
Take our Beginner Crochet
Back by popular demand, we have another
classes on Saturday, April 7.
Thrummed Mitten class coming up in
In the morning, you’ll learn
Free! Join us on the first SunMarch. These “fleece lined” mittens are
the basic steps in crochet
day of each month for Drop in
super warm. Learn to make and knit in
and in the afternoon, you’ll
Knitting Circle. This is your
thrums of wool roving in this three-part
get hooked on a few interme- Don’t miss the Needle opportunity to meet others and
evening class.
diate stitches. We’ve broken Felting workshop with get a little knittin’ done. This
Jill Nuckles!
this class up into two parts so
event happens at both RCY locaLearn to knit in the round on double
that you can sign up for as
tions, every month.
pointed needles (dpns) and make an adormuch as you think you need.
able Baby Hat. No babies? No problem!
For details on any of these workshops,
We’ve used our “baby hats” as toppers for
please visit our website at
Another very popular class is back—Sock
all kinds of things—your French press,
Boot Camp. Learn to knit boot (thick) and click on the
cookie tins, small tea pots. The [double]
socks during this two-part workshop.
workshops link or call us at either store
point is… learn to knit without seams and
Make a couple of pairs and you’ll be ready
(contact info on page 4).
Block Busters!
Get a copy of Nicky Epstein’s book, “Knitting Block by Block” from us (we’ve recently restocked) and then join us for these short (2hour) workshops to learn dozens of techniques. This month, we’re offering: Domino, Entrelac, Weave Knitting, Increases & Decreases, Beginner Lace, Fair Isle 1 and/or Fair Isle 2. We’re taking requests for April workshops. Send an email note, attn. Cynthia
to [email protected] and let her know which block(s) inspire you.
We thought you’d like to know...
We have two locations!
River City Yarns Downtown
#107, 10106-111 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5G 0B4
Phone: (780) 477-9276
Email: [email protected]
River City Yarns Southside
3438-99 Street
Edmonton, AB T6E 5X5
Phone: (780) 450-9276
Email: [email protected]
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Rowan has recently put a collection of ten timeless designs from Kim Hargreaves, Sarah Hatton, Leah Sutton and Erika Knight up on their website and… they’re free! The designs are all
made in Rowan Kid Classic and include a bold, chunky stripe sweater originally featured in
Rowan Knitting Magazine 32, an elegant slash neck sweater from Rowan Knitting Magazine 30
and a cute, fairisle jumper dress taken from Rowan Studio Issue 14. Check them out at and click on “online collections”.
Brand New: Addi Lace Long Tips!
addi has just released the addi Click Lace-Long Tips kits! The Lace-Long Tips kit features 8 pairs of addi Lace tips along with 3 pliable
blue addi-Lifeline Cords to create 24”, 32” and 40” needles, 1 Click connector and a gold addi heart pin. The addi Click Lace-Long Tips
are just over 5“ long and are housed in an eye-catching hot pink case. The addi-Lifeline Cords were created to allow knitters to work a
lifeline in to their projects, quickly and easily. Each cord features two threadable eyelets on each end, near the tip connections, through
which a waste yarn can be run. When not in use, the eyelets remain closed. Order yours today at a special intro price of $179.95.
Churchmouse “at home” collection
We just unpacked new patterns from Churchmouse Yarns and Tea… our favourite LYS on Bainbridge Island, Washinton. The "At Home"
series includes beautiful wraps/afghans, comfy throws, a crocheted basket and two tea cozies. There are eight patterns in total in this
series - come in and pick your favorites or you can purchase a complete set. You can view the new collection here:
We have most of the Churchmouse Yarns
and Tea pattern collections: “At Home”,
“Classics” and “Wee Ones” in stock at any
given time. Come in and check out the
whole line. We’ve knit/crocheted a lot of
them too, so we can help you select materials, interpret instructions and admire your
finished projects!