Experience Entrelac Knitting with Michele Cheong

Michele Cheong learned the techniques of garment construction in Hong Kong and learned to knit just 5 years ago. From her first knit stitch she began tackling patterns and techniques only experienced knitters were attempting. She has since become a master of yarn manipulation and is designing fabulous lined entrelac bags.

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Creativ Festival 2014

The Entrelac Experience

The Entrelac Experience (hands-on 12)

The Entrelac Handbag from the Summer 2013 issue is a nifty creation of Michele’s and is sure to inspire. Michele shares secrets to create the colourful textured diamond pattern that is entrelac knitting. Come give it a try.
Needle Arts Nook – Fri 9:30

Class registration will begin in Spring 2014. Watch for updates here on our blog for when brochure details become available and registration begins. www.creativfestival.ca

Runaway Knitting with Cynthia MacDougall

Cynthia MacDougall is the founder of the “Canadian Guild of Knitters” and has been knitting for over 30 years. Her primary knitting interest is lace, but she enjoys all forms of knitting. Cynthia has written articles for the “Ontario Handweavers and Spinners”, “Canadian Fibre Arts Publications”, was “Huronia Spinners’ Guild” newsletter editor and is now a major contributor to “A Needle Pulling Thread”.  www.CGKnitters.ca

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Short Rows with Cynthia

Short Rows with Cynthia

Short Rows (hands-on 12) Beginner +

Learn to add shaping to your garments with short rows as illustrated in the spring 2014 issue. Short rows are used frequently in free-form knitting and can also be used to cover body shaping challenges that range from dowager’s humps to sock heels. Need a bust dart in a sweater? Cynthia shares short row tips that can help.
Needle Arts Nook – Fri 10:30



Creativ Fest 2014

Colourwork- Cynthia MacDougall

Colourwork: Stranding (hands-on 12) Intermediate

There are two types of colourwork, Intarsia and Stranded knitting. Cynthia will focus on colour stranding, the technique used in Fair Isle and Norwegian style garments. See examples of how beautiful colour stranding can be stitched and learn ways to hold your yarn to add colour to your knitting.
Needle Arts Nook – Fri 3:30

The Doctor is in! Learn with the Knit Doctor… Denise Powell

Denise Powell

Denise Powell

Denise Powell masquerades as the Knit Doctor at Downtown Knit Collective meetings and online at Ravelry. This popular teacher at both the festival and The Purple Purl, loves all forms of fibre arts and likes to explore the cross-pollination of ideas and designs across disciplines. She is a published designer with her own line of patterns, Interpretations, sold through  www.PatternFish.com.

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Dr. Knit is on Call!

Do you have knitting problems at home that are causing you problems? Can’t move forward with your latest project? Bring them along for a quick diagnosis as Denise shares her insider tricks.
Discovery Centre – Fri 1:30


Magic of Circulars

Magic of Circulars

The Magic of 2 Circulars (hands-on 12)

Using a pair of mittens of her own design, Denise demonstrates how to knit 2 or more sleeves, socks, or mittens at the same time on circular needles. Give the circular needle technique a try, it’s easier than you think!
Needle Arts Nook – Fri 4:30

Class registration will begin in Spring 2014. Watch for updates here on our blog for when brochure details become available and registration begins. www.creativfestival.ca

The Crafting Craze Sweeping the Nation: Arm Knitting

Come try the hottest crafting craze this year. And, you don’t even have to be a knitter, it’s actually best if you’re not! Arm knitting is quick, easy and requires no needles… just some chunky yarn, your hands and arms! Choose from a variety of yarns to arm knit yourself a scarf in no time at all. $5+ Material Fee – Mary Maxim- Booth #217 www.MaryMaxim.ca

Come Give It A Try

Fri 11:00 to 12:00, 2:00 to 3:30 & 6:30 to 7:30

Sat 11:00 to 12:00 & 2:00 to 3:30. 

Toying with Knitting Pearls of Wisdom

Rosehaven Yarn Shop – Cheryl Toy has put her degree in Design to use in theatre costume design and art direction for film. A life-long knitter and sewer, Cheryl is founder of Pearl*s Handmade through which she designs handmade bags, kits and knitting patterns. Check out her blog www.Pearls-Toronto.com devoted to knitting and other textile arts. Sponsor website: www.rosehavenyarn.com

We’re thrilled to have Cheryl unravel these knitting techniques…

Learn to Knit

I-Cord Knitting Techniques

Unravelling the I-Cord

I-cord has long been a go-to technique for knitters needing long slender cords, but did you know that i-cord also makes a great bind-off? It’s a simple technique that creates a smooth, professional, finished edge that is perfect for small projects like handbags.

Discovery Centre – Fri 2:30 . Sat 2:30


Judy’s Magic Cast-on

This clever cast-on is the basis for many useful methods including toe-up socks. Invented by knitting guru, Judy Becker, the Magic Cast-On creates a smooth, seamless toe that doesn’t require grafting. It makes an excellent foundation for any project that involves a smooth rounded bottom. And, it’s just plain fun to knit!

Discovery Centre – Sat 11:30

Introducing New Knit Kits by Knitca

Knitca introduces a couple new products they are featuring at Creativ Festival this fall.

“Since last Creativ Festival we expanded our most popular line of Knitting with wire kits. Every kit now has a DVD with clear step-by-step instructions on how to knit a bracelet. These bracelets work great as Xmas gifts because they are easy and quick to make and they look gorgeous. I enclosed a photo of Zenobia Bracelet and of the kit itself. They are all available at http://www.knitca.com/catalog/53

We also started working on a new line of knitting kits we call Easy Peasy kits. So far we have 2 kits and we plan to add many more :-)”

Creativ Festival

New Kit by Knitca. Stripy Scarf

Stripy Scarf : Learn to Knit : Class in a Box : Kit with DVD

Everything you need to learn to knit while making a cute two-colored scarf is packed in one stylish box to make knitting even more comfortable for you.

This kit includes a DVD disc with a complete knit along that will guide you through every step of creating a Stripy Scarf.

You will learn how to cast on stitches, knit a stitch, work with 2 colors, bind off stitches and weave in ends.
More information is available on the Knitca Website.


Knitca, Knitting

Knitca Souffle Cowl Kits available at this fall’s Creativ Festival. Find them exclusively at Knitca!

Souffle Cowl : Learn to Knit Lace in the Round : Kit with DVD

This kit includes a DVD disc with a complete knit along that will guide you through every step of creating a Souffle Cowl.

You will learn how to do cable cast on, knit and purl both in Continental and English way, work in the round, follow lace pattern, bind off stitches and weave in ends.

More information is available on the Knitca Website.

About a month ago Knitca introduced 32 different designs of clip on stitch markers that can be used by knitters and crocheters as a useful gadget as well as a cute decoration. Stop by Knitca at Booth #416 at this fall’s Creativ Festival.

The Call of the Wild

My Mountain - Group Photo

The Call of the Wild


My Moutain

My Moutain

My Mountain: The Call of the Wild!

It all started with some young German skiers making their mark on the mountain with their own unique, handmade hats. And, now its become a phenomenon! Youth across Europe are following in their footsteps! They’re learning to make hats to express their personalities while they pursue very active, outdoor lifestyles. Now Schachenmayr is taking the trend global with 6 quick-knitting and crochet My Mountain yarns and loads of fun, fresh and free patterns. My Mountain – Booth #245 www.mymountain.us!