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February at Wolseley Wool

How is it already mid February? It felt like January went on forever but February is just zipping by. It’s been a busy month at the store with lots of exciting classes going on and new spring yarns coming in. It’s kind of hard to think about spring right now, but I have a theory that if I start knitting with cotton now it will come quicker!

It’s Odessa here and I thought I’d give a little update on the store. You might have noticed our webstore is currently down. Don’t worry! We have to do some system maintenance and upgrades as it just was not working like it should anymore. We’re hoping to have it back up soon. In the meantime, if you need to order yarn or check on what we have in, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (204) 772-5648 or email us at [email protected] Check out our weekly newsletter to see what’s new every week – if you don’t get it you can sign up here.

The store is bursting with colour right now and it’s pretty fabulous! We just got in lots of new yarn from Rowan, Berroco, Blue Sky and more! Our local hand dyers are always bringing new exciting things in too. Standing in front of our wall of hand dyed yarns is always a treat. I just want to cast on all the projects! There’s so many great new patterns too right now that it’s just too easy to start all the things.

I just finished a hat with one of the latest Rowan yarns, Moordale. Its a blend of British wool and alpaca with a lofty twist and rich heathered colours. I knit the Tied Knots hat by Justyna Lorkowska and it showed off the cables beautifully. The finished fabric has the heartiness of a nice wool with the fluidity of alpaca.

Another pattern that has been really popular around the store is the Plumpy Shawl by Andrea Mowry. The brioche and garter combo is so squishy! I knit mine using a combination of locally dyed yarns from Dye for Ewe, Blossom + Fern and Mammoth Yarn Studios, all of which we carry at the store. Mona is also working on one in similar colours in Canadian yarns. We’re currently planning a fun knit-a-long for this shawl in the spring and bringing in some great kits from a few local dyers and a few not so local (think speckles!) We’re planning a bunch of great workshops with Mona and myself on picking colours and brioche to go along with our KAL so keep an eye out for those.

Right now I am busy mentally putting colour combinations together in Olive Park Yarns. They’re dyed by a mother and daughter team out of Morris, Manitoba and the colours are so dreamy. I’m a big fan of Tamy Gore’s shawl patterns and am trying to put together the perfect combination of one of her patterns and Olive Park yarns. I’ve already knit The Drifter and Namibia and am thinking about picking up some Olive Park Worsted for the Ravenhill.