Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Camp Video

Camp was amazing. Thank you to Fiona Ellis and Beth Casey for joining us and teaching amazing workshops.

Anne came to Camp with her camera and made an amazing video that captured our weekend.

Thanks Anne for all your work!!!

Watch for information on Camp 2019. We should be able to announce the dates in a few weeks.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018



Friday Morning - Experiment with Colour and Fair Isle

-part balls (a few yards each) in double knitting or worsted weight yarns, bring as many colours as you can and are willing to share.
-4mm, 4.5mm and 5mm needles. These can be straight or circular.
-graph paper
-coloured pencils (if you have them).


Saturday Morning - Shaping in Cable Patterns

-1 ball of double knitting or worsted weight yarn
-4mm, 4.5mm and 5mm needles. These can be straight or circular.
-cable needle


Saturday Afternoon - Shaping the Silhouette and Decorative "Fully Fashioning"

-a ball of double knitting or worsted weight yarn
-4mm, 4.5mm and 5mm needles (these can be straight or circular)
-graph paper


Sunday Morning - Finishing with Finesse
-2 part balls (a few yards each) of double knitting or worsted weight yarn in different colours
-3 yarn appropriate needles (a pair plus 1)
-pair of double pointed needles (same size as the other pair)
-yarn appropriate crochet hook
-blunt-ended sewing needle.

2 small (4 in x 4 in) stockinette swatches, still on the needles or leave on stitch holders


Find Your Fade

Find Your Fade pattern purchased on Ravelry (please no sharing of patterns)
Skeins of fingering weight (sock) yarn
-bring lots even if you don't think the colours work together
-please have the skeins wound into balls - it will save time in class
-please label your skeins - we might be passing them around to show different colour combinations

3.5mm circular needles
-60cm is long enough to start but you will need one 80cm long to finish the shawl


-2 balls of double knitting or worsted weight yarn. 1 ball dark (not black) and 1 ball light
-3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm and 4.5mm needles. These must be circular. 60cm long is a good length.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Weekend Agenda

Thursday September 20
4:00-6:00pm    Registration in Crusader Lounge
6:00pm    Dinner in Echo's Dining Lounge
8:00pm    Meet in Cedar Room for Rowan's Anniversary Party

Friday September 21
8:00am    Breakfast in Echo's Dining Lounge for those registered for Option 1
8:15-8:45am    Registration in Crusader Lounge for those registered for Option 2
9:00-11:45am    Morning session of classes 
12:00pm    Lunch in Echo's Dining Lounge    
6:00pm    Dinner in Echo's Dining Lounge
8:00pm    Fashion Show in Cedar Room

Saturday September 22
8:00am    Breakfast in Echo's Dining Lounge
9:00-11:45am    Morning session of classes
12:00pm    Lunch in Echo's Dining Lounge
1:30-4:15pm    Afternoon session of classes
6:00pm    Dinner in Echo's Dining Lounge
8:00pm    Student Fashion Show in Cedar Room

Sunday September 23
8:00am    Breakfast in Echo's Dining Lounge
9:00-11:45am    Classes
12:00pm    You must be checked out of your room
12:00pm    Lunch in Echo's Dining Lounge

Friday, August 3, 2018

Dying Sock Blanks

We have a new class this year. Dying Sock Blanks.

In a nutshell, a sock blank is a knitted rectangle designed to be unraveled and then knit into socks, scarves, shawls, mittens, or anything you would knit with fingering weight yarn.

They look a little bit like an unfinished scarf with live, loose stitches at each end.  Sock blanks are machine knitted with undyed yarns and then dyed. Gradients, stripes and random splashes of colour are all popular designs for sock blanks.  

Take a look at this blog post from Felicia at SweetGeorgia Yarns for ideas of what you can make with sock blanks.

We still have room in all the workshops but don't wait too long. There is a limit on the number of people we can have in the dye workshops.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Our suppliers are always very generous with yarn, needles and accessories for the door prizes and goodie bags.

The loot has started to arrive for Camp 2018.
The ladies at The Knit Kit sent 3 kits to be part of the door prizes.

Speaking of loot - did you know that this year is Rowan's 40th Anniversary? We are going to be celebrating at Camp.
Cake. Party games. Loot bags. We're going to have fun.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

10th Anniversary

Imagine a weekend away with someone cooking your meals and making your bed. Oh yeah, you also get to knit all weekend!

This is the 10th Anniversary of The Needle Emporium Knitting Camp. Before this I hosted the weekend with two yarn shop owners from Toronto. This is actually our 22nd year of hosting knitters for a weekend away.

It is important to me that everyone be included. Don't worry about coming by yourself. You won't be alone for very long. Meals are eaten at long tables and the returning Campers will make sure that you are part of the group.
Thursday evening is a fun night with games and prizes. My sister Beth hosts the evening. You will laugh like you haven't laughed before. By the end of the evening everyone knows each other.

All the information for Camp is available on the website. Check out the instructors, workshops and pricing information.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


One last class before heading home.

Finishing with Finesse
Hands-up those of you who hate finishing! Now try thinking of it as a fun part of the project rather than a chore. In this workshop Fiona will demo, and then let you practice, several ways you can add some finesse to your project during the finishing process. These will include adding a knitted-on I-cord, 3 needle bind off for seaming and simple crochet edges. She will also cover a few of the basic techniques to allow you to become practice perfect, these will include, grafting stitches, mattress stitch and setting in a zipper.

Have fun with Dye
This is a class for students who've taken a dying class with Beth earlier in Camp or at a previous Camp. You will have the option to dye a mini skein pack (5 mini skeins of Shepherd Sock) or full skeins of Shepherd Sock.

Try mixing Splattershots with solid patches. 
Dye a mini skein kit with different Splattershots.

Have fun!

Class Fee: this will depend on the yarn that you choose

A favourite with designers now from Stephen West to Andrea Mowry. This is a technique that creates a double sided fabric.

In two-color brioche stitch, two rows are worked for every row that appears on the face of the fabric.

We will work Brioche flat and if time permits we will play with Brioche on circular needles.