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!

Christmas is Here!

DIY Christmas Tree made with balls of yarn from A Cultivated Nest – click on photo for instructions.

Thank you so much to all our customers for your support for us this year. We have carried on and did our best during a difficult year. However, many other businesses were unable to hold on through the pandemic. We are mindful of the many wonderful people who had to close their business or lost their livelihoods because of Covid 19, and pray that 2021 brings a blessing to be able to recover financially.

We also want to remember those of you who will be alone this Christmas as you follow the provincial health orders. May God bring you peace, joy and comfort to your heart. If you know someone who will be alone, perhaps give them a call or drop by for a quick social distance at the door visit, something to brighten their day.

We’re still open until Christmas Eve at 3:00 pm so if you need to stock up for your holiday knitting or crochet time, come on in. We will remain closed through the holidays and will reopen January 2nd at 10:00 am.

Here is a little something to watch while you knit/crochet. If you missed going to a Christmas concert this year, we hope you are blessed as you listen to lovely music by some of our Salvation Army friends and colleagues in Canada and in the UK.

Salvation Army Christmas in Toronto
Salvation Army Christmas in the UK&Ireland Territory from London

And finally, a fun little video to make you smile. This is my new kitten and he has now been introduced to knitting…. I said to my dear hubby, “don’t let that kitten get into my yarn…” but I think he wanted to record the disaster for a good laugh… hahaha…

Naughty River!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Happy holidays to those who celebrate the many other special days that take place at this time of year.

May God bless you all!