Canada Day Hours (June 30/July 1)

We will be closed Tuesday June 30 and Wednesday July1 to celebrate Canada Day and take a small but necessary break.
We will be open again Thursday July 2, from 11am - 3pm for front door counter service and curb side pick up.

Counter Service/Update on our Re-Opening Process

Given the warmer weather and the reduce number of Covid 19 cases in our city, we have transitioned to a system of curbside pickup or counter service.

While we would love to be able to just open the doors freely and go back to normal, we aren't able to accommodate that just yet given we are in the middle of our inventory taking and that everyone who works at Gina Brown's is immunocompromised or lives with someone that is.

With our counter service, you can come up to our open air counter, speak with us about what product you are interested in, and we will bring that product to the counter and answer any questions you may have. After using hand sanitizer, you can also touch and look at the product before you make your decision. Payment processing is still easiest via credit card.

We will be wearing masks when we serve you and we ask that if at all possible, you do as well. We know this isn't a perfect solution, but we hope you will stick with with us as we figure things out and move towards being able to fully open to the public again.

For now, our hours are still 11-3pm Tuesday to Saturday. Curbside pickup is also still available. Call us at 403-255-2200 or email us at ginabrowns @ hotmail.com

*UPDATE* We now offer tap with debit or credit card as a method of payment

Curb-side Pick-up

Curb-side Pick-up: (Tuesday-Saturday, 11AM to 3PM)

*Update*: For the time being, we will continue with our curb-side pickup and mail order as before.

(It's working!)

Our new way of shopping is working well. We are answering telephones (when we are here from 11-3pm Tuesday to Saturday), picking up messages and answering emails/sending pictures. Your prepaid orders are placed on the chair by our door when you arrive and call us on your cell phone. We have even held yarn colours  and patterns up to the window :). We hope you all enjoy your projects and stay safe as we practice physical (and yarn) distancing.
(If you receive a message during operating hours, we are on the phone with another customer. Either leave us a message or email us at ginabrowns @ hotmail.com. We are checking our email as often as possible)
Also at this time, we are not taking any returns or exchanges. We will extend our return policy so exchanges/store credits can be made after we can re-open to the public.



For those of you looking for some knitting help, we recommend the following online sources:
https://www.youtube.com/user/verypinkknits
https://www.youtube.com/user/knittinghelp

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts for Knitters

Here are some fun ideas for last minute Mother's Day gift for the knitters in your life, (or maybe for a nice just because gift to cheer someone up).
Some ideas include a yarn swift and winder, a wooden yarn bowl, an antimicrobial hemp market bag/ dishcloth kit, a birchwood shawl pin or a Bloom Shawl kit in a pretty spring colour.
(all pictured here).
Of course, we also always have gift certificates available in any denomination.

Summer Kits with New Yarns

Just before the world turned upside down, we had received some of our new spring yarns. Here are some of the kits we currently have available for curbside pickup and mail order:
WOOL ADDICTS:
Simply Shine Cardigan in Sunshine:
Knit all in one piece, this extremely simple summer shrug is perfect for mindless knitting in the garden. 100% Organic Cotton. Available in White, Mango and Violet.

Pure Pleasure T-shirt and Better Beloved Cardi in Liberty:
Perhaps the softest summer yarn we've ever have (it feels like knitting with a cloud), this bubbly 100% pima cotton bulky can be knit up in a flash into a top or a cardi. Available in Violet, White, Mango or Mint



Project Ideas And Available Kits for Curb-side Pickups:

If you're like us, some of the best stress relievers in these trying times are fibre crafts. Looking for a project? Here are some kits we have available right now for curb-side pickup: (We will try and update this post often)

SUMMER BREEZE WRAP KIT:
Designed by Sabine Hogg, this beautiful summer wrap can be buttoned around the shoulders, or unbuttoned and worn as a scarf. Knit with one ball of an ombre silk cotton, we have a fresh new selection of colours for 2020 (pictured below). A perfect summer deck project or Mother's Day gift.













SIRDAR BABY CROFTER DRESS:
Spring is always when we see a big jump in knitting for little ones. We are still well stocked in our baby yarns, including Sirdar's self patterning Snuggly Baby Crofter in over 20 colours. One of our favourite of their patterns is this adorable little spring dress available in sizes newborn to 7 years. An easy knit for any skill level.
















NOVITA Basic Sock Kits
Ever wanted to learn to make socks? My favourite project to do when I'm stressed or watching Netflix, and with Calgary's "spring" weather being what it is, cozy wool/nylon work socks are an essential for keeping your toes warm and your hands busy. This sock kit includes the yarn, needles and a step by step photo tutorial on how to make the socks. Available in lots of colours (see below):







XOXO Cabled Throw
by Kristina L.
Cozy blankets have been a popular project choice for those looking for some stay-at-home knitting. We have our XOXO Super Chunky Cabled blanket kits available in alpaca/wool, wool or synthetic blend a variety of colours.














Fabulous Fade
by Shirley Smith, A Gina Brown's exclusive
Knit in 1 ball of Concentric, a buttery soft baby alpaca with a perfect gradient (Colours Available are pictured below left to right: top row: 1032, 1034, middle row: 1029, 1025, 1023, 1033, bottom row: 1021, 1024, 1031, 2020)
shown in colour 1023



































The End of The Rainbow Shawl
by Shirley Smith, A Gina Brown's Exclusive
Knit in 1 skein of Uneek by Urth  hand-dyed self striping merino (Colours Available: left column top to bottom: 3018, 3009, 3010,  3014, 3016, right column top to bottom: 3003, 3019, 3017, 3004, 3006)
shown in 3004





































New! Garden Trellis Shawl
by Rosann Fleischauer
New from Urth Yarns, we have these beautiful hand-dyed monochromatic gradient kits.
(Colours Available: Grey, Yellow, Magenta, Blue, Raspberry, Violet)
Shown in Magenta


Covid-19 Update.

To our friends and valued customers,

Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, and for the safety of both our staff and our customers, we have decided that beginning Thursday March 19 we will be operating our sales through telephone mail order and storefront in car pickup only. This means that for the time being, there will be no in person shopping and all classes will be suspended until further notice.

If you would like to place an order and arrange for storefront in car pickup or mail order, you can call and leave us a message at 403 255 2200  or email us with a detailed request (and a phone number we can reach you at for payment and to discuss your order) at ginabrowns@hotmail.com. We will try our best to respond to and fulfill requests in a timely fashion. We will be on site fulfilling orders and meeting people for arranged in car pick-ups for limited hours from 11 until 3 pm Tuesday to Saturday or by pre arranged appointment, so it is important to contact us first before coming to the store.

We realize that in these stressful times, having knitting and crochet projects are a great comfort to those of us who love fibre arts and we will do our best to continue to support you while keeping everyone's health and safety a top priority.

We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to all our customers who have shown us and other local small businesses so much support. We will all get through this together.

Sincerely,

The Gina Brown's Team.


CLASSES WINTER/SPRING 2020


GINA BROWN'S
CLASSES
WINTER/SPRING 2020
*ALL CLASSES CURRENTLY SUSPENDED*

WEEKEND CLASSES

FIX THAT MISTAKE
No more ripping out rows because of one little error! Learn all the tips and tricks that make correcting mistakes less frustrating. We will cover dropped stitches, reversed stitches, dropped edge stitches, holes, snags, correcting mistakes in pattern ect. 
Sunday January 12th 11.00am/1.00pm
OR Sunday March 29th 1.30-3.30pm
(1 class) Fee $29

FINISHING TECHNIQUES
Bring your sweater in pieces, ready to sew together. We will show you how the pros do it.
Sunday January  12th 1.30 pm- 3.30pm 
OR Sunday March 29th 11.00 am- 1.00pm(1 class)    Fee $29

COWICHAN STYLE SWEATER OR HAT
Learn two coloured stranded fair isle knitting, how to read a chart and how to work with pencil roving yarn while making these traditional Canadian garments. They are true classics that never go out of style. 
Sunday January 19th & 26th 1:30 pm -3:30 pm (2 classes)    Fee $49

QUICK CABLED THROW
Super bulky blankets are still the trend and what better way to learn cables than this quick knit throw? We will cover how to do basic cable stitches as well as read cabled patterns both from written instructions and from charts.
Sunday January 19th & 26th 11.00  am- 1.00 pm (2 classes) Fee $49

SHIFT SHAWL
Make the ever popular shift shawl using colour shifting yarns for a truly spectacular effect. You will learn simple mosaic knitting as well as how to do an i-cord edging
Sunday February 2nd & 9th 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm (2 classes)    Fee $49


MOSAIC MITTENS
If you loved the shift shawls and cowls, then this mitten class is the one for you. Mosaic knitting is perfect for mittens, as it creates a warm dual layer with a stunning pattern. We will be learning basic mosaic slipped stitches, a waste yarn thumb and how to read a mosaic chart.
Sunday February 2nd & 9th 11.00 am- 1.00 pm  (2 classes)    Fee $49


THRUM UGGS
These cozy slipper boots are lined with wool thrums. A Canadian twist on an Aussie classic that are super warm and cozy.
Sunday February 23 & March 1st  11.00 am- 1.00pm (2 classes)  Fee $49

SIMPLE SWEATER (THAT ACTUALLY FITS)
If you have ever been too intimated to make a sweater, or are tired of attempting them, only to have the finished product not fit you the way you had hoped, then this class is for you! Make a basic top down sweater and learn all the tips and tricks of a perfect fit. 
Sunday February 23rd, March 1st & 8th 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm (3 classes)    Fee $79

ENTRELAC COWL
Make a stunning cowl with this technique that looks like woven ribbons of knitting or a stained glass quilt of knitted squares.
Sunday March 8th 10.00 am- 1.00pm (1 class)   Fee $39


WORLDS EASIEST BABY CARDI 
Baby season will be fast upon us and this simple sweater is great for beginners or anyone who wants an easily customizable baby sweater with minimal finishing. Best of all, there can be no seams and the cardi can easily be adjusted as the baby grows so they can wear it longer! 
Sunday March 15th & 22nd 1.30 pm-3.30 pm (2 classes)   Fee $49


LACE SAMPLER SHAWL
Lace doesn’t have to be intimidating. Learn a variety of lace stitches, how to read a chart, how to fix a mistake in lace and how to insert a lifeline all while making a beautiful lace shawl. 
Sunday March 15th & 22nd 11.00 am- 1.00 pm (2 classes)    Fee $49

RETRO BUNNY SLIPPERS
These easy slippers are very mid century modern with an adorable floppy eared twist. Perfect for chilly hardwood floors. Have a basket of bunny slippers  at your door for all your guests.
Sunday April 5th 11.00 am- 1.00 pm (1 class)    Fee $29

NEEDLE FELTED CRITTERS
Learn to needle felt with raw wool and a felting needle. We will make a whimsical animal. Creative, quick and lots of fun.
Sunday April 5th 1.30 pm-3.30pm (1 class)  Fee $29

WORLD’S EASIEST SUMMER TOP
Knitting shouldn’t only be for the colder months. Learn to design your own summer top with a few easy formulas and absolutely no seams (even at the shoulders). 
Sunday April 19th & 26th 11.00 am - 1.00 pm (2 classes)   Fee $49

REVERSE KNITTING SHAWL
Want to speed up your knitting, especially for shawls and sweaters? Learn to replace purl rows with reverse continental knitting. It’s fun and fast and a great way to try continental knitting if you’ve always wanted to give it a go. 
Sunday April 19th & 26th 1.30pm - 3.30 pm (2 classes) Fee $ 49


EVENING CLASSES

KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS
Learn to knit- all the basics. Cast on, knit ,purl ,increase ,decrease, cast off and sew a mattress seam. We will make a simple cowl and a cozy hat.(3 classes)
Wednesday January 15th- 29th
Wednesday February 12th- 26th 
Wednesday March 11th-25th 
Fee $79
7.00pm- 9.00 pm

PICK YOUR PROJECT
We will help you choose your next knitting or crochet project in any technique. For those with basic skills, who want to learn more. This group has lots of fun!
Thursday January 9th-30th 
Thursday February 6th-27th 
Thursday March 5th- 26th
Thursday April 2nd- 23rd
(4 classes) Fee $99
7:00pm-9.00pm

CROCHET FOR BEGINNERS
Crochet is so much fun! Learn your basic crochet stitches and pattern reading. We will make a cute beanie toque. (2 classes)
Monday March 2nd- 9th Fee $49
7.00pm- 9.00pm


MONDAY NIGHT SOCK CLUB
Join the fun on Monday night, as we explore a variety of sock knitting techniques.


SOCK KNITTING 101 
Learn the basics of sock knitting, including how to knit on four needles, turn a heel and graft the toe. Hand knit socks- the ultimate luxury
Monday January 13th & 20th  (2 classes)    Fee $49 
7.00 pm-9.00 pm

MAGIC LOOP SOCKS
These socks are worked from the toes to the cuff, one at a time, on a long circular needle using the “magic loop” technique (or on two circular needles if you prefer). You will love the easy heel!
Monday January 27th & February 3rd  (2 classes)  Fee $49

7:00pm-9:00pm

TOE UP TWO SOCKS ON TWO NEEDLE 
Learn to knit two socks at a time on two circular needles. This fun and easy technique will save you from ever experiencing  unfinished second sock syndrome ever again :).
Monday  February 10th & 24th   (2 classes/No class on Feb 17th)   Fee $49
7:00pm- 9:00pm 

BABY SOCKS
Tiny toes need to keep warm too! Learn basic sock techniques on fingering weight yarn but for wee little feet. 
Monday March 23rd & 30th (2 classes) Fee $49
7:00- 9:00pm

TOE UP SUMMER SOCKS
The world of sock yarns have changed and no longer a hand knit socks only for the colder months. Learn to make a pair of  shortie summer socks in cooler 4ply fingering yarns. 
Monday  April 6th & 20th (NO CLASS April 13th).  Fee $49

7.00- 9.00pm

PRIVATE LESSONS
For one on one attention, or help with outside yarns- these lessons can be booked during business hours.
Fee $49 for 1 ½ hrs

OUR CLASS POLICIES
-Register by phone or in person
- Classes are limited in size, so register early. Registration is confirmed when paid in full.
  • No cash refunds unless the class is canceled by Gina Brown’s.
  • Store credits or transfers must be made one week prior to starting date. Once the class has begun there can be no credits or transfers.
  • Fees cover instruction only unless otherwise stated
  • Please arrive on time and turn off your cell phone in consideration of teachers and class mates
  • Classes are designed for adults 16 and older
  • All classes, except needle felting or Beginner knitting or crochet, require basic skills.
  • Sorry, we cannot do makeup classes
  • No babies, children or non registered companions.
  • ALL SUPPLIES USED IN OUR CLASSES MUST BE PURCHASED AT GINA BROWN’S
Your purchases allow us to subsidize the cost of our classes, so that we can offer quality instruction, in small groups, at an affordable price.




107, 5718 1A Street SW Calgary AB T2H0E8
403-255-2200





Now Open Sundays

Attention Sunday shoppers! We are back to regular hours until the May long weekend. Shop weekdays from 10-5.30 and Sundays from 11am-4pm. (closed all stat holidays)
Be the first to see the new fall yarns.

2019 Annual Day After Boxing Day Sale

This is our only store wide sale -  Day After Boxing Day.
Save on everything in the shop- yarns, books and accessories!
Starts at 9:00 am on 
Friday December 27 and  continues at 10:00 am on
 Saturday December 28th

Save from 20-50% off everything!
After Saturday, the sale continues with deep discounts on a large selection of clearance yarns.
 (over 100 different yarns)




Hope that you all have a happy holiday, with time for eating,drinking and being merry... and of course knitting too! See you all at the sale.




HOLIDAY HOURS
December 24 10am - 1:00pm
December 25 Closed
December 26 Closed
December 27 9am-5:30pm
December 28 10am- 5:30pm
December 29 11am-4.00pm
December 30 10am-5.30pm
December 31 10am-2:00pm
January 1 Closed


*Sorry- no returns or price adjustments during the sale

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

We will be open on Saturday, regular hours and closed on Sunday October 6 and Monday October 7. Hope you enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Back to regular hours on Tuesday

Holiday Hours 2018

Will will be closed Monday February 19th. We will be open again regular hours on Tuesday February 20th from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Remembrance Day Hours 2017

Remembrance Day hours:

11:30 AM until 5:30 PM

New Free Patterns To Knit Up Quick

Need some ASAP holiday gift idea? Want a project you can accomplish in one evening without giving yourself carpal tunnel?  Check out these quick knits:

Click here for the pattern for our new Lonely Cable Cowl




















Click here for the pattern for The Super Bulky Button Hat


















Click here for "Alfalfa" our free 2 needle superbulky hat pattern


Malabrigo Month!



This month we are celebrating Mal Month – the yearly celebration of all things Malabrigo. This time of year, tens of thousands of knitters cast on using the amazingly soft and delightfully handpainted yarns from Malabrigo. At Gina Brown’s, we love Malabrigo and carry almost all of their yarns – from their lace weight ; to their super bulky, Rasta.

Just in time for Malabrigo March, Sarah’s Hengpai – A Drop Stitch Slouch pattern was featured on the Malabrigo website as part of the Malabrigo Quickies Pattern Program. Well done Sarah!


 Here are a few of our favorite Malabrigo patterns designed by the staff at Gina Brown’s:

Birdie by Susan Morrell

This cute slouchy hat is knit from Rios in Arco Iris. This hat is perfect for the anticipation of Spring!





Ropes Cowl by Kristina Larson

This ever popular cowl is a great accessory for the transitition into warmer weather. Knit from Rasta in Piedras, this cowl knits up extra fast on 12mm double point needles!