Snow Day! – January 6th, 2022

Once Upon a Sheep will be closed today due to the weather. Our volunteers safety and yours is utmost, so please stay home if you can and enjoy the scenery. Roads on side streets are bad and many cannot drive their cars safely on these streets. Take care and come and see us tomorrow if the roads clear. We will post again here and on our Facebook page if we continue to stay closed.

Thank you.

The Board of Directors

Shop Holiday Hours

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day yesterday. The new layer of snow has made everything seem so magical. However, many have been affected by the new Covid varient called Omicron, and their Christmas celebrations disrupted. It’s hard to know what to do and how to keep ourselves safe. Knitting or crocheting is always a great way to distract ourselves.

We made the decision this year to close our shop between Christmas and New Year to give all our hard working volunteers a break. We will be closed from December 27th and will reopen in the New Year on January 4th with our usual hours.

  • Tuesday to Friday 12:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Enjoy the Christmas break and come and see us in the New Year.


Santa Hat Ornament

We wanted to show you some of the lovely things you can make this year for Christmas. This is a cute pattern from Berroco and the free pattern can be found here. You can use Berroco Ultra Wool and we do not carry plush, but have Sirdar Alpine which could work.

Minutia Free Pattern
Christmas Stockings Free Pattern

Broken Rib Hat and Cowl Free Pattern

We bring in several yarns from Estelle and their Estelle Bulky with Merino is one of our more popular ones. Here is a lovely pattern you can use from their website and find the yarn in our shop.

220 Superwash Merino

The 220 line has been popular since Once Upon a Sheep opened in 2003. This particular yarn, 220 Superwash Merino comes in many colours and we have a great collection of colours in our shop. Search this yarn on Ravelry and you’ll find 7,193 projects being done in this yarn. It certainly is popular. Here is an example from Tin Can Knits called Vivid.

Vivid by Tin Can Knits

If you have any last minute knitting needs, we’re still open Tuesday to Friday, 12 pm – 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm. Stop by and see us.

Merry Christmas!

I leave you with this cute poem for crocheters.


You know we love our customers and it’s been a tough time for many during this pandemic. We wanted to show our customers some love so come by the shop for a FLASH SALE! If you haven’t seen our new yarns, see our previous blog post – lots of great photos of what you can expect.


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

15% off all yarns

If you’re a PK member, add your 10% for 25% off

The Only Camp for Me

If you haven’t made a donation in a while and updated your PK Card, why not make this Saturday the day to do it. All funds we collect go straight to The Salvation Army and help us send over 40 children to a great summer camp experience on the Sunshine Coast each year. Minimum donation is $10.00 but we hope you’ll dig deep and give a little bit more. You will receive a donation receipt and you can request not to be put on a mailing list.

We hope summer 2022 the children have an opportunity to go and have this wonderful experience. Click on the logo above or go to for more information about this awesome camp!


Autumn Day

By Rainer Maria Rilke

Photo by Minna Autio on Unsplash

After the summer’s yield, Lord, it is time
to let your shadow lengthen on the sundials
and in the pastures let the rough winds fly.

As for the final fruits, coax them to roundness.
Direct on them two days of warmer light
to hale them golden toward their term, and harry
the last few drops of sweetness through the wine

It is that time of year when the colours of fall assault our senses and the cool air calls us to the comfortable and familiar. Knitting is that familiar to me and although I knit all year round there is something about fall that calls me, vocation like, to the needles and string…

One of the softest yarns
Rowan’s most popular yarn
Sirdar’s Jewelspun in two of the loveliest colours
and don’t forget our little bird from Sirdar’s Happy Cotton

New colours of yarns we’ve carried are always a welcome surprise to the senses. Our old favourites tempt us to think of new ways we can use them. Perhaps there is a yarn in your stash you want to use and this new colour in our little shop will do just so well.

The prettiest socks and shawls can be made from Colour Story Yarns Handpainted Socks
Beautiful hat by one of our volunteers out of Ultra Wool DK by Berroco
Back again with Gathering Yarns One Shot Series –
Alpaca/acrylic DK with lots of meterage and so soft

The excitement of new yarns is something we all experience. We want to feel it, take in the colours and let our imaginations run wild with ideas of what we can create with it.

Imagine these shiny colours stranded along with Silky Lace or another yarn….
25g balls to mix and match and use colour-work to make original sock patterns
Exquisite feel to this Superwash merino in 26-28 sts
Haynes Creek from Gathering Yarns

Come in an see us soon so we can take you around the shop and show you all the lovely new yarns, new colours, and great samples. Of course, I am sure we have one of the largest selection of baby yarns in the lower mainland.

Old but NEW!
New this year! Snuggly DK in 100g balls in those basic colours

Doesn’t this just make you want to make baby things… wee little booties, a cuddly blanket, or a smooshy toy baby can cuddle?

There is so much more to see so we hope we see you all soon…

Summer Yarn Sale

It is that time of the year! We have to clear our shelves to add our fall and winter yarns. We have new yarns arriving soon and we’re so excited about them…but that is for another post, soon, I promise!

Thursday 26 August – Saturday 4 September , 2021 

and we are open

Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 4 pm and Saturday 10am – 4 pm

All cotton and cotton blend yarns on sale.

15% off and your PK Discount does apply so 25% for PK Card Holders

Here are some of the yarns we have on sale… and there are more in store!

See you real soon!

Flash Sale!

This Saturday, June 26th, we’re having a FLASH SALE on all our spring and summer yarns.

15% off

Fun yarn to make toys in with dozens of colours to choose from!
Really nice aran cotton!
Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton


This Saturday, June 12th, is World Wide Knit in Public Day! Once Upon a Sheep is inviting you to join us for a social distanced outside visit in front of our shop. The weather says a couple of showers in the morning, but then SUNSHINE the rest of the day with a high of 20° ….WHOO HOO! What a great day for the WWKIP Day. There will be some coffee for you to pour in to your own BYOM (mug) and some chairs put out. You may want to bring a lawn chair and your knitting and knit along with us. We’re open 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

In honour of this special day, we are having a FLASH SALE! Yes, 15% off all yarns, needles and accessories THIS SATURDAY ONLY!!

SALE Continues


Thank you so much for your support during the sale! We know some of you went home with tremendous deals.

Due to the restrictions around Covid 19, Once Upon a Sheep management have decided to leave our sale yarns out until the end of February during our regular business hours. Strict bylaws allow us to only have 2 customers in at the same time and we do not want anyone to miss out because they are being extra cautious for health reasons. Hand sanitizer and masks are required.

We hope you will take advantage of the extended sale and get those bargains you love every year.

Hours are:

Tuesday to Friday 12:00pm – 4:00pm

& Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm

I’m Just Mad About Ewe!

Yarns on Sale up to 60% off

  • Katie Jaipur
  • King Cole Comfort
  • Bergere de France Ideal
  • Sirdar Colour Wheel
  • Urth Uneek Cotton
  • Opal Sock
  • Katia Merino Craft
  • Sirdar Aero
  • Lang Baby Wool

And many more….

Friday & Saturday, February 12 and 13th

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

See you there!