Studio Sale Starts January 16 @ 10am PST

What's up with this studio sale?

2016 is going to be a big year for us and it's time to make some space in the studio. Working from a studio in the middle of a densely populated city is great for inspiration (!) but not so great for storage.

We have a bunch of yarn that for one reason or another is in need of a good home. Some skeins were colour tests from our early days, others are from yarn bases we no longer carry.  Some skeins have minor dye inconsistencies.

Ok, how does this sale work?

Yarn will be grouped into mystery lots of four skeins. At the moment, there are 15 lots available at $80 each (plus shipping). 

You will receive a surprise assortment of four skeins of RainCityKnits yarn with a value of up to $128. Considering that one skein costs about $32, this is about 35% less than our normal pricing.


What weights and bases will be in the surprise loot bags?

Lots will include both Fingering and DK weights in a range of Superwash Merino Wool, Merino Wool, Bluefaced Leicester and even some Silk blends if you're lucky.

Can I come to your studio and pick out my yarn?

In the interest of fairness to all, the studio sale will happen online only so that yarn lovers both near and far can participate. 

Plus, the studio is located down a maze of alleys and you may never find your way out.

I live nearby. Can I pick up my yarn?

If you want to save shipping costs, you're welcome to pick up your yarn after purchase.  Please checkout as normal and select local pick-up. We'll put aside your loot for  you. 

Please bear in mind that pick up is by appointment only. We're located on the Railtown / Gastown border. 

Have fun!

Neon Cloud Roving Now Available

Neon Cloud Roving

So stoked to offer this Roving Sampler Jar! Spin it! Felt it! Weave it! Smush your face in it!

Each jar is jammed with 110 grams of 100% Merino Wool Roving hand-dyed in our studio in Chinatown, Vancouver.  Colours included are Electric Coral / Rain Drop Blue / Hot Pink / Wasabi Green and Natural. Please note that exact ratios will vary from jar to jar.

We can also ship without the jar - just send us a message!

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Introducing the Spotlight Sweater

I remember knitting up a pair of the Lumberjack Socks by Tin Can Knits years ago in a far away land and thinking "Boy these Canadian people sure make cool knitting patterns." My love of Tin Can Knits began at that moment. 

So when Fiona and Amanda at Knit Social asked us to collaborate with Tin Can Knits on a project for Knit City 2015, I was giddy. Not only did this mean working with hometown heroes (yay Vancouver!), I knew they would design something beautiful in RainCityKnits yarn. 

The end result is Spotlight, an arrow yoke sweater featuring our crazy bright colours in that signature Tin Can Knits style. This pattern is available in sizes ranging from 0-6 months to 4 XL. Bodhi is wearing size 1-2 years and Sarah is wearing Size Small.

This pullover is knit from the bottom up. Sleeves and body are worked separately in the round, then joined. The yoke is worked last. 

Released at Knit City 2015, this sweater got some serious attention. Check out the Global News piece here about Knit City featuring Fiona and Amanda.

We are thrilled to offer both full sweater kits and accent (aka BRIGHTS) only kits. Both kits come with a digital pattern, exclusively available through us. 

Let us know what you think of the sweater!






Great Northern: The Log Lady Sweater and RainCityKnits

 Guest Post by Teresa Gregorio of Canary Knits

I love the bright, bold, weird, and unusual.

That’s probably why I like the cult-classic tv show Twin Peaks so much. It’s filled with mystery, oddball characters, and a general vibe of the attractive uncanny.

When the talented knitwear designer Leah Coccari-Swift suggested that she and I team up to create Great Northern, an entire knitting pattern book collection based on Twin Peaks, two things immediately jumped to my mind: I wanted to do a Log Lady sweater, and I wanted it to be in RainCity Knits yarn.

The Log Lady, for those who may not be aware, is generally known for her mystic non-sequiturs and Cowichan-style wardrobe. I’ve always wanted to make a sweater like this; a sweater that has bold, simple colourwork in rad, bright colours. A sweater that is cozy and fun to knit and the first thing you think to throw on when the temperature begins to drop.

RainCity Knits fits this design perfectly! I mean, besides the obvious strengths of bright colours, Krista has worsted-weight yarn that’s just the right amount of bounce and warmth, with neutrals that make those neons pop and a hand to the fibre that makes every stitch a great pleasure. RainCity also comes from a place that’s super close to the location of the actual show Twin Peaks. Snuggled right there on the west coast, the atmosphere of trees and cloudy days and moody vibes are infused into the very material of the sweater itself.

My Log Lady inspired sweater has twisted ribbing, a zippered front, and is topped by RainCity Knits’ Electric Coral colourway. Pairing this with the beautiful soft grey makes a worsted-weight Cowichan style sweater that is totally updated for a new generation.

Want to help make Great Northern happen? We’re raising funds on Kickstarter in order to create a print version of the collection and do this fantastic, rich, subject matter justice.

Visit the Great Northern website for details on the collection and to contribute to the Kickstarter.