We're looking forward to having you come to River City Yarns for some in-person shopping and we've invited some special guests to join us! Check the schedule below to see who's coming and to RSVP. We also have video clips with each of our guests, in case you missed out!
- September 10: River City Yarns launches "Epic Handpaints"
- September 24: Ashley McKeever from Comfy Cozy Knits AND Kerry from Anurain Designs
- October 15: Rose Hill Yarns
- October 29: Ginger Snaps AND JJ Wool Company
On Saturdays, from 12 - 4 pm, we will be hosting, in person, some amazing dye artists, local makers, and friends. We'll also feature a special RCY collection. It's a great opportunity to meet up with a local maker, mingle with friends, shop and enter your name in the door prize draw. Register (RSVP) each week in advance and download a draw ballot that you can bring with you to be entered into our door prize draws.
For those of you who are not local and can't "pop in" to our Pop Up event, we'll make the River City Yarns special offer available online Wednesday through Friday.
- August 6: Lisa & Becky Tomaszewski from Smiling Sheep
- August 13: Angela Sameit-Jones from Hedgepig Pottery AND Angela Ashton from Neatnik Yarns
- August 20: Caroline Sommerfeld from Ancient Arts Yarns
- August 27: Caitlin Thomson from Over the Moon Yarns AND Diane Fillinger from brickbubble
September 10 - River City Yarns Epic Handpaints
Over the summer, Barb and Cynthia have been "cooking up" some special yarns for you! We've put together a line up of our Epic yarn in handpainted colours, dyed by Caitlin from Over The Moon Yarns and Barb, Cynthia and Sabrina from River City Yarns. We have a beautiful array of handpainted yarn in semi-solids, variegated and speckled colourways. Each colourway is unique and limited edition! Like the original, Epic Handpaints are 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. They come in 100g/3.5oz skeins, with 194m / 212yds.
September 24 - Comfy Cozy Knits / Ashley McKeever
Comfy Cozy Knits began in 2014 when Ashley wanted to sell her hand knit items and self-published knitting patterns. Three years later, she added hand-dyed yarns to business. And in 2019, Ashley made her part-time business her full-time occupation and we're pleased to be able to share another local entrepreneur with you.
"My love of colours has grown over the years." Ashley told us that she's grown from loving blue-and-only-blue as a teenager to developing a full-colour range appreciation as a dyer.
"As a maker, personally I gravitate towards solid/tonal colourways and stripes which is what makes up most of my lineup of colourways. Self striping yarn is my absolute favourite to dye and work with. There are so many different colour combinations that it feels like the possibilities are endless!" Ashley will be bringing a selection of hand dyed self striping yarn along with coordinating sock yarn in solid/tonal colourways.
You can find Ashley's hand-dyed yarns as well as other indispensable items on her online store: www.comfycozyknits.com and on Instagram as @comfycozyknits.
September 24 - Anurain Design / KerrI Meier
Kerri from Anurain Design has been making metal and stone goods for the fiber and handmade communities for nearly 10 years. And now she is saying goodbye to this chapter and beginning a new one! So please come by and shop one of her last in person pop-ups and get fantastic deals on lots of one of a kind (and potentially last of a kind!) goods. Stitch markers, progress keepers, buttons, shawl pins, scarf rings, sweater clips and more will be available.
Cynthia loves Kerri's unique shawl pins. You definitely have to check them out!
August 6th - Smiling Sheep / Lisa and Becky Tomaszewski
Smiling Sheep Fine Yarns is an artisan hand-dyed yarn company based in Leduc, Alberta, that caters to the obsessions of the discerning knitter.
August 13th - Hedgepig Pottery / Angela Sameit-Jones
Angela from Hedgepig Pottery says, "My desire is to design and make useful and pretty pieces for every budget. Armed with a quirky imagination, I am inspired by nature, fantasy and fairytales, as well as pop-culture."
August 13 - Neatnik Yarns / Angela Ashton
Neatnik Yarns are anything but ordinary! What started in 2018 as a hand dyed yarn business catering to knitters and crocheters, and focusing on big and bold yarns and colourways, has evolved to reflect Angela's many fibre adventures!
August 20th - Ancient Arts / Caroline Sommerfeld
Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts is an artisan hand dye company drawing our inspirations from nature, art, and our love of stories. We use only premium bases ethically sourced, ethically milled, and spun exclusively for us.
August 27th - Over the Moon Yarns / Caitlin & Sarina
Inspired by the Universe and all the expanding, changing life forms within its reach. Sarina and Caitlin from Over the Moon Yarns, hand dye yarn in small batches.
August 27th - BrickBubble / Diane Fillinger
Obsessed with art from a very young age, Diane always knew that she wanted a career that provided her with a creative outlet. BrickBubble is an art based venture which allowed Diane to indulge her creative side by making tangible products that express her unique design sense.
You can also find Diane on Instagram @brickbubble.
For the safety of our customers, guests and staff, we ask that you:
- wear a mask into the shop
- use the hand sanitizer at the door before handling the lovely products on display for you
- don't attend if you have any cold or flu symptoms. Please make an order in advance (from our special guest and/or from RCY) and take advantage of our curbside pickup option.
- wait patiently if the door is locked (that means we're waiting for the crowd to thin a little before bringing you inside).
- bring a bag (or two) along with you
- we welcome walkers and mobility aids but respectfully request that strollers (and family members who are not shopping) remain at home / in your vehicle.