Our First Christmas Holiday

After 50 years in business, we have decided to take our first short holiday. (at home with our knitting and home baked goodies)

We will be closed until after New Year’s Day, and will reopen Saturday January 2 at 11 am. Thank you to all our friends and valued customers for your support through a year with such challenges.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2021.

The staff at Gina Browns


Closed for the day

 We will be closed Tuesday December 22 due to the weather. The snow is too deep and the roads too unsafe. See you tomorrow.

The staff at Gina Browns

New Accessory line!

 Just in time for Christmas, we have the brand new Mindful line from Knitter’s Pride. It features new stainless steel interchangeable sets, birch wood darning needle sets, 100 pieces marker sets, knit blockers and sterling needle gauges. The needle sets features  new enhanced cords with steel centres and both fixed and swivelling heads. The perfect gift for knitters, or a nice treat for yourself.

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:

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:
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)

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.

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.


The Gina Brown's Team.