It’s that time of year…

Fall brings with it a sense of change. This year is an exception because all of 2020 has been one big change. It has changed the face of many communities with businesses closing up shop, not being able to catch up after Covid ravaged, for many, their life’s work. I was up vacationing on the Sunshine Coast and many stores have closed. Lack of tourism just ended up being the death of their businesses. I went around to each of the shops still open and bought a little something, just to help in some way…

We’re fortunate here at Once Upon a Sheep because we have some faithful shoppers who have kept us afloat. Not as well as we would like, but able to keep the lights on, so to speak. Thank you to everyone who purchased yarn and needles from us this past several months. Your patronage means so much to us.

And now for some news… Covid has shrunk our volunteer base a bit and some are choosing to stay safe. It is hard to be open till only 2:00 pm so we decided to change the hours to 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Two of our new yarns this year are from Cascade – 220 Superwash Wave and Llama Lace.

220 Superwash Wave
Beautiful striping effect

Cascade Llama Lace

As our children head back to school we know that parents and grandparents are a little worried about how that will look and how it will all turn out. It’s the unknown that rattles us. All of us at Once Upon a Sheep hope and pray that you will all stay safe, keep social distancing and stay home and knit or crochet whenever you can.

We hope you’ll make Once Upon a Sheep your go-to local yarn shop this season. If you want to phone in an order, we can still do curbside pick-up for you. We continue to take all precautions necessary and have hand sanitizer and masks. We ask that you help keep our volunteers safe and bring a mask to the store.

We look forward to serving you. Happy knitting/crocheting!

Summer 2020 Sale

One of the things I love about summer is sitting outside my trailer, listening to the lovely sounds of nature and knitting something special. I usually knit smaller items in summer like baby sweaters and hats. Who wants to have a heavy blanket on you in the heat? So I stick to cottons and cotton blends or light yarns. Right now I am stocking up for future grandbabies (come on!) and have a lovely cardigan in Katia Concept Cotton Cashmere on the go. I’m also going to knit up a light summer wrap from Katia Harmonia in a lovely blue/green/rose colourway. Can’t wait to see what that will look like!

Love this colourway…

So just to help you out with this as the weather is finally turning warm, we are putting all our cottons and cotton blends on sale.

15% off and PK card holders 25%

These are just a few of the yarns we have on sale right now. Come into the shop and see what we have for you.

You’ll also be able to see some of our lovely displays by done up by our volunteers.

Hats seem to be the theme this season. It’s a great way in a small space for you to see how many of our yarns feel or how they knit up.

Speaking of volunteers, let me introduce you to the lovely Bernice. You might run into her on a Saturday here and there. Bernice loves to just create and loves to let the yarn take her wherever! Swatching? Nah! That’s for the cautious, not the adventurous. No wonder she works as a teacher! That’s a huge adventure! You’ll find some of our wittiest signs will have come from Bernice, and she is part of the display team.

Volunteering spots available

If you’ve ever thought of volunteering your time to help charity (and involving your favourite craft), then perhaps Once Upon a Sheep is the place for you. We send children to camp each year who would otherwise not have the chance for a summer holiday. This year is the first year we are missing this privilege as the camp is closed due to COVID-19. Ask us about the perks and privileges of volunteering at the shop and send an email to onceuponasheep@gmail.com or send a message through the website. It’s a lot of fun and there are great people to work and knit with.

Closed Long Weekend

And remember we are not open on Long Weekends to give our volunteers a break. Therefore, the shop will be closed on August 1st.

Hope to see you soon!

We Are Opening!

Hello fellow knitters and crocheters!

On June 18th, Once Upon a Sheep will be opening after what seems like forever to all of us. We are anxious to get started and so I wanted let you in on the news.

To keep our volunteers and customers safe we are putting a few policies in place:

  • All customers are asked to wear a mask in the store
  • Only two (2) customers will be allowed in at one time due to space constraints
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the door to use before you come in
  • Books and patterns will not be available at this time for sale
  • Sorry, but there will be no washroom available for customers
  • Only credit and debit will be accepted at this time
  • No returns or exchanges at this time

We know this will be a strange way to shop for our volunteers so please be patient while we all adjust to these new ways of doing things.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again. It has been too long and we’ve all been anxious to open again. Since it is almost summer, we will be opening with summer hours, and only three (3) days per week.

Sunday to Wednesday – CLOSED

Thursday – Saturday – 10 am – 2 pm

Thank you for your continued support of our business. We hope that all our loyal customers will return to stock up for summer knitting.

Much grace,

Once Upon a Sheep

A Strange New Yarn World

 

Hello Dear Friends,

To all our fellow knitters and crocheters, all of us at Once Upon a Sheep want to let you know we are thinking of you during these strange times. Each of us has been knitting and crocheting away our days, longing for the time when we can return to the shop and greet our customers once again.

What have you been working on? Sweaters? Shawls? Accessories for next year? Another great idea to use up stash is knitting toys for children. Here are some great websites/blogs to visit if you like toys. Click on the photos to go to their blog. Many of their patterns are available on Ravelry.

 

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Little Cotton Rabbits

 

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Susan B Anderson

There’s not much you can do when you’re stuck inside. For knitters and crocheters, we do our thing. I’m sure many of you are using up your stash at record speeds.  Arne and Carlos are doing the same. Click on the photo to go to their blog and read how they are coping.

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Arne & Carlos trying to keep their sanity

Rowan has some new designs for the home. Check these out:

Pillow Cover Designs from Rowan

As if we didn’t already know... Here’s a good article for you to read. Just click on the photo below

Article on Medium

 

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Berroco is doing something to help local yarn shops. If you want, you can order project kits through us and we can send the order in and they will mail it directly to you. Click on the image to the right and check our what they have available.  If you would like to order one of the kits, send us an email to onceuponasheep@gmail.com and we will place the order for you.

 

If you would like to be in the next blog post, send us a story of what you’re knitting, who it’s for and a decent photo, and we’ll include it in and upcoming blog post. If you’re brave, you can include yourself in the photo!

We are still helping customers at the shop. If you send an email to onceuponasheep@gmail.com letting us know what you’re looking for, we can arrange for a volunteer to come and help you out. We take payment over the phone, use sanitary precautions on packaging and can pass your package out to you. We’ve been able to help several customers this way. We may be able to send something through the post if you are unable to come, but it would be on a case by case basis based on if a volunteer is able to accommodate that request. Drop us an email and let us know how we can help.

We are still supporting the ministries of The Salvation Army, however, all children and adult camps have been cancelled this year. If you would like to help by donating, front line workers are continuing to serve through this pandemic to people who are hungry and homeless.  Many people are struggling to make ends meet with job loss and lowered incomes. The Salvation Army is grateful for the support of the public who have stepped up to donate and offer assistance. You can donate over the phone to us. Contact us by email and we’ll arrange for someone to call when they’re at the shop and take your payment info over the phone and we will send you a receipt.

Or you can donate online – here’s how:

1. Click on the Red Shield below.

2. Choose “British Columbia” in the drop down menu

3. Choose “Maple Ridge – Ridge Meadows Ministries” in the second drop down menu

4. Choose amount to donate – you can donate by credit card or PayPal.

The Salvation Army | Giving Hope Today
Donate Online

Thank you so much for your continued support of our little shop. We care about all of you and continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and healthy and keep knitting and crocheting.

 

Update for Purchases

Hello Everyone!

All of us at Once Upon a Sheep want to let you know we are thinking of you and praying for you during these days. Some of us are having a hard time with isolation and some of us are getting our knitting groove on and having Zoom knitting get-togethers.

We had a couple of requests for yarn recently and it caused us to reconsider what we are able to do as a volunteer run shop. We were able to help someone who wanted to pick up yarn they had put on hold and a volunteer was able to go down and in a safe way, handle payment and pass the purchase out to the customer.

Therefore, we have changed our policy.

Once Upon a Sheep is willing to consider any requests for yarn under certain conditions.

  1. If we have the yarn in stock.
  2. We will take credit card payment over the phone
  3. We will arrange a time for a volunteer to meet the customer at the shop and pass the purchase safely out keeping all proper sanitation and COVID-19 guidelines in place.

Please contact us at: onceuponasheep@gmail.com

Someone will get back to you quickly to see how we can help.

Be patient with us. We’ll do our best to help where we can.

Stay healthy and safe, dear friends…

 

Berroco Patterns

We hope that all of you are safe and well. Many are in isolation because of their age or health and that can get lonely. Browsing the internet for patterns and yarn can be a great way to pass the time.

One of the brands we carry is Berroco. They offer quality yarns that our customers love and have great pattern support for their yarns. Here is this week’s free pattern. They have a great newsletter and we would love to hear from you about what yarns and patterns you are interested in. Although we do not carry summer silk, it is knit in a DK weight and we have many great DK weight yarns.

KB-Summersilk16054

You can click here to download this great pattern

Yarns we carry from Berroco:

Ultra Wool DK & Chunky

Vintage DK, Vintage Worsted and Vintage Chunky

Folio

Aero

Skye

Browse through the Berroco website, download some of their free patterns and if there is a yarn you would like us to carry, send us an email at onceuponasheep@gmail.com and let us know. We’ll consider it when we do our ordering for the fall.

We’re thinking of you during this time!

 

 

COVID-19 Shop Closure

Dear friends,

Based on government and health authority information and recommendations, we feel the time has come for us to temporarily close the shop and the Tuesday night drop-in.

There has been much thought and prayer over this.  We believe it is the right decision for our customers, our community and our volunteers.

We are in unprecedented times, so the time for re-opening cannot be accurately determined at this time.  How the virus moves through BC will determine what is allowed and how the shop can respond.  We will do our best to communicate with you regularly as things unfold.

We are looking into options for yarn emergencies and will post again if we have a way to do orders over the phone. Stay tuned.

Thank you so much for your patronage and support for our little shop. We appreciate you all very much.

In the meantime, we have yarn and needles and can mindfully knit the hours away while we are isolating at home.

Now is the time to keep in touch with our loved ones. Some of us are in isolation because of our physical health and are in the high risk category for serious illness with this virus. Keep all those affected this way in your thoughts and prayers.

Keep well.

Once Upon a Sheep- Board of Directors

COVID-19

We’re doing our part to keep our community safe

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 around the world, people are concerned about going out and coming in contact with the virus. We want to assure our customers we are doing what we can to keep the store clean and ready should you want to come in.

  • We are sanitizing the door and other surfaces frequently
  • We are wiping down the debit machine
  • We are keeping hand sanitizer by the check out for your convenience.

If you are experiencing any symptoms we kindly ask that you stay home. If you are well and you wish to limit your time in the shop, feel free to call ahead and ask if we have what you’re looking for. We will hold it aside for you for when you come into the shop, making your stop here shorter.

We will continue to be open our regular hours, 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our community and those whose lives have been affected by this virus. May God bless you and keep you.

New Spring Yarns

 

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We’re having a fun St. Patrick’s Day!

A sale is on and there is 25% off all GREEN yarns! If you love green or know someone who does, come in from March 17th – 21st, between 10 am to 4 pm and grab all the green you can get your hands on!

And now for our new yarns….

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Yes, we have this lovely yarn!  190 metres of DK soft organic vegan cotton. I have a few projects in mind already!

And that is not all…

yarn wool polynesia knit cotton linen viscose light pistachio spring summer katia 77 fhyarn wool cottonyak knit cotton wool yak brown all katia 102 p

 

yarn wool harmonia knit cotton khaki rust orange spring summer katia 205 p

yarn wool veganette knit cotton polyamide fawn brown mustard spring summer katia 100 fh

Ultra Pima

 

Concept Polynesia – 56% Cotton – 22% Linen – 22% Viscose, 24sts

Concept Cotton Yak – 60% Cotton – 30% Wool – 10% Yak, DK

Concept Veganette – 90% Cotton – 10% Polyamide, 19sts

Katia Harmonia – 100% Cotton DK striping 540 metres!

Cascade Ultra Pima – 100% Pima Cotton DK

 

This is something we have brought in to sample. One of each colour of this 100% Llama Lace is 100% super-soft baby llama.  Knit or crochet up your favourite shawl with this beautiful yarn – all 550 metres of it.

Llama Lace Colour Pack

 

And coming up in April – Woolith Fair. Stay tuned for details.

Happy Knitting!

 

Mad About Ewe!

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It’s that time again!

Our annual Mad About Ewe SALE is happening this month.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH!

10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

25% off yarns and needles and other great deals!

All sales final!

We hope to see you at the shop during these two days of great deals. Be sure to bring a friend!