Happy Anniversary to Once Upon a Sheep! And some other stuff…

Friends, when I opened Once Upon a Sheep (OUAS) on April 5th, 2003, I had no idea it would still be in operation 20 years later. I remember the ladies from the seniors’ centre barging their way through a group of our shelter residents in order to find the yarn shop before we even opened. It was a great encouragement for me, knowing I was taking a risk.

By 2006 we formed The Shepherd’s Heart Society to oversee the shop and create a financial firewall between The Salvation Army and the shop. This proved to be the secret sauce in keeping OUAS afloat. Our board of directors, five of us since the beginning, and a few others who came and went along the way have done a superb job of keeping the shop on track and making sure the Purposes of the Society are the guiding lights for us.

Since the beginning, YOU helped us raise thousands of dollars for The Salvation Army’s Send a Kid to Camp program. As a child who attended these kinds of camps as a child, I cannot begin to describe the feeling of having a ‘vacation’ away from home. Most of the children we send to camp come from families where a vacation is something they can only dream of. For every dollar you spend at Once Upon a Sheep, we are able to continue to make summer camp a reality for children from Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

So, to say THANK YOU…

We are celebrating our 20th anniversary with a


EVERYTHING will be on sale

10% – 50% off

April 25th – April 29th

Some of our new and older yarns…

  • Bramble Ridge Yarns from Mission
  • United Socks
  • Little Darlings – Soft
  • Stellaris sparkly threat
  • Pom Poms from Yarnboler
  • Cascade Anthem for budget-minded knitters/crocheters
  • Cascade Ultra Pima – one of our best cottons ever!
  • Cascade Cotton Puff – new to us
  • And so much more….!

We are changing our hours. We tried staying open later till 6:00 pm to accommodate our customers who work. However, very few people took advantage of that, and we want to utilize the precious time our volunteers give us working in the shop. So we will be returning to regular hours again in May, and hopefully back to pre-Covid hours in the fall, which will be 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Tuesday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday & MondayCLOSED
Shop Hours as of May 1st, 2023

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Like most businesses, we are struggling with the economic situation right now. Many shops in the Lower Mainland did not survive Covid, and now with the high cost of everything, more are in danger of closing down.

We also know many of you are struggling as well. When we tighten our belts, the first thing to go on our shopping list is discretionary spending. We understand and so we are doing our best to bring in some good quality yarns you can afford so you can continue your needlework during these next months. We survived the last 20 years through ups and downs in the yarn world. We will continue to survive!

Happy Knitting/Crocheting…. Kathie

See you at the SALE… and in the meantime…remember…