The clocks have sprung ahead this past weekend and while we may not exactly feel like “springing” out of bed in these sub-zero temperatures, it is lovely reminder that Spring is finally on its way! We have classes & workshops popping up like bulbs throughout March, April & May: a brand new “Spring into Lace” Knit-a-Long, “Nunofelting” with merino & silk, rug hooking, weaving & finishing classes, as well as the perennially popular Icelandic Lopi Knit-a-Long! All classes in this schedule will be held at Gaspereau Valley Fibres (830 Gaspereau River Road), with the exception of the “Stone Point” Knit-a-Long, which will be held at the Wool ‘n Tart (458 Main Street Wolfville).

To register please call 902-542-2656 or toll free 1-877-634-2737 .

Lars Rains Workshop

We are excited to welcome visiting knitter, Lars Rains, author of “Modern Lopi” to Nova Scotia July 16th. Lars will be teaching the following classes on July 16th from 9am to 4pm. Cost is $75 for the day and you will receive a 20% discount on your yarn. Please call the shop to register: 902-542-2656. Class size is limited to 10 people.

Design Your Own Icelandic Sweater

In this workshop, we will examine the various components of a bottom-up, seamless yoke sweater. After we have recorded the body measurements required for this type of garment, we will work through all of the steps (and the math!) needed for you to leave with a personalized pattern that you can take home to create your own Icelandic lopapeysa. An assortment of yoke patterns and motif bands will be provided for you to incorporate into your design. Questions pertaining to designing yoke patterns and top-down construction methods will be considered as time permits.

  • Homework required: Homework will consist of preparing a 5″ by 5″ gauge swatch in stockinette stitch using either Álafosslopi or Léttlopi.
  • Skill level required: Basic understanding of sweater construction
  • Supplies required: Homework swatch, measuring tape and calculator (usually found on most smartphones and tablets).

Icelandic Yoke Design

In this workshop, we will look at what to consider when choosing colours for a stranded project and discuss the importance of yarn dominance. We will define various terms from colour theory and understand how they can affect colorwork projects. We will examine existing motifs available in source materials and draft our own examples on chart paper. We will discuss swatching in the round and leave with a swatch of our very own yoke design.

  • Homework required: Homework will consist of casting on 40 stitches and working 8 rows of garter stitch and then 4 rows of stockinette using circular needles and either Álafosslopi or Léttlopi. Leave stitches on needles.
  • Skill level required: Basic understanding of stranded colourwork.
  • Supplies required: Homework swatch, measuring tape and calculator (usually found on most smartphones and tablets). 2 or 3 contrasting colours of the same yarn used for the swatches.

Lars Rains Biography

Even though Lars Rains has been knitting for over twenty years, he still learns something new with each project he completes. He firmly believes that every knitter has the potential to become a fabulous designer with the proper tools and techniques. His design work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Knit Simple, Knit Edge, Chicago Knits, and Knitty. His patterns have also been included in collections for Malabrigo Yarns, Noro Yarns, and Cascade Yarns. Lars published his first book of Icelandic patterns, Modern Lopi: One, last year and one of his designs from that book won the Grand Prize at the inaugural Independent Designers contest at the leading yarn industry association’s fashion show this year. His latest book, Presto: 10 Accessory Projects You Can Knit In A Weekend, features designs that make use of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. yarn. Lars can be found on Ravelry as ModernLopi or online at

“Stone Point” Lace Knit-a-Long

  • with Devon Koeller
  • Saturday April 22nd, May 6th, & May 20th 1-4pm
  • $45 +HST which includes pattern, instructions & 20% off yarn

Keeping up our tradition of “Spring into Lace”, we thought we would try something different than the usual lace shawl! Why not join us in knitting a beautiful lace poncho? This easily customizable garment is knit in two identical pieces and fished along the shoulder seam with the addition of an attractive cowl collar. Using the brand new yarn “Luma” – a combination of merino wool, organic cotton, linen & silk – this garment will be a pleasure to know & to wear!

Skill level: Intermediate

Icelandic Sweater Knit-a-Long

  • with Cheryl den Hartog
  • Sundays, April 9th, 23rd, May 28th, June 11th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
  • $50 +participants receive 20% discount on yarn

Iceland has a long knitting tradition ranging from fine shawls to the famous yoke pullover. This project is a lovely combination of working in the round with enough 2 colour stranded knitting for wonderful impact. The yoke is knitted using only two colours on any round. It looks intimidating but it isn’t that hard. Cheryl den Hartog has been fascinated with colour knitwear for some 20 years and travelled to Iceland to experience the countryside and learn about local wool and Icelandic design – traditional and modern. Why not join a fun and relaxing knit a long? Learn the basic techniques of working in the round while creating an authentic Iceland sweater. The Aftur design allows you to learn how to:

  • Knit body, sleeves and yoke in the round
  • Hold 2 yarn colours and knit without tangling
  • Strand pattern and background colours
  • Graft the few underarm stitches to complete the garment
  • This class has homework

Skill level: Intermediate

Nunofelt Fringe Oblong Scarf

  • with Leslie McFarlane
  • Saturday March 25th, 10am-2:30pm
  • $45 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Learn to nunofelt and create a one of a kind piece of wearable art. We will be combining hand dyed habotai silk and merino wool using the nunofelting technique to create a unique fringed scarf. The process involves working the wool fibres gently to coax them to migrate though the silk prior to felting. This procedure renders a new, unique fabric that is lightweight and very drapeable. There will be an array of dyed silks for you to choose from to create your colour palette. Please bring along a couple of old towels and a small pail or a good size container for water.

Skill level: Beginner

Beginner Knitting

  • with Devon Koeller
  • Tuesday April 11th, 6-9pm
  • $45 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Want to learn to knit? Whether you have never picked up a set of needles or you just need a little refresher from when Grandma taught you, instructor we are happy to get you started. Participants will learn how to cast on, knit, purl and how to bind off. You will also be starting your very first project, a super cozy chunky cowl! Come on in and let us help you get going!

Skill level: Beginner

Beginner Needle Felting

  • with Nancy Keating
  • Saturday, May 6th, 12:00-3pm
  • $40 + HST which includes all materials and instructions

Felt is considered to be the oldest known textile! Learn the basic technique of needle felting while creating a one of a kind cell phone (or glasses) case. Your case will be made from a reclaimed wool blanket embellished with bits of wool roving and fleece. Choose your design from a number provided or bring your own sketch.

Skill level: Beginner

Tunisian Crochet

  • with Clarissa Nell
  • Saturday, April 1st, 10am-3pm
  • $45 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Want to learn Tunisian Crochet? Also known as afghan crochet or tricot crochet, it’s been called a mix of knitting and crochet but that definitely doesn’t do it justice. This technique is incredibly versatile – capable of producing anything from lacy, airy projects to incredibly dense fabrics. It’s a lot of fun and the possibilities are endless. During this workshop, participants will learn the basics of Tunisian Crochet with at least two different stitches while making a cozy cowl. No prior experience is needed. Participants should bring a lunch with them. Notes will be provided but participants may wish to bring a note pad as well.

Skill level: Beginner

Beginner Rug Hooking

  • with Marilyn Rand
  • Sunday, April 9th, 1:00-4:00pm
  • 830 Gaspereau River Road
  • $35 +HST which includes all materials and instruction

Exploring the use of wool strips, hand spun yarn, and fibre roving in hooking. Anything goes in today’s artistic mixed media approach to rug hooking.  We will touch on choices for materials where and why to use a particular material. If you have a frame bring it along, otherwise we will be using embroidery frames.

Skill level: Beginner

Finishing techniques for a Professional Look

  • with Marilyn Rand
  • Sunday April 30th, 10:00-2:00pm
  • $30 +HST which includes all materials and instruction
  • Participants should bring a lunch with them

As many of us have experienced, finishing can make or break a knitting project. When we invest time in knitting, it makes sense to finish the job properly! In this class you will learn about sewing professional looking seams in stockinet, purl & garter stitch fabrics, as well as joining knitting edges, grafting shoulders, underarms & toe seams. Equally useful, Marilyn will cover how to repair knit items, including worn cuffs, moth holes, burn holes, thread pulls & intimidating large holes! The use of duplicate stitch for repairs & decoration will also be covered. Participants should bring a bring small pair of scissors & a blunt ended darning needle.

Skill level: Beginner

Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

  • with Liz & Daniel Nell
  • Saturday April 1st, 10am-3pm
  • $65 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Enjoy a day at the farm learning to the basics of weaving! Participants will learn to set up warp & create fabrics on a rigid heddle loom. Use of a loom is included for each student, as well as materials for a woven rag placemat using cotton warp & “Give A Darn” recycled fabric yarn. Participants should bring a lunch with them.

Skill level: Beginner

Spinners Gathering

  • Saturday March 25th & April 22nd, 1:00-4:00pm

Drop in with your spinning wheel or drop spindle for an afternoon of fun and inspiration with fellow fibre enthusiasts. Our drum carder will be set up for your use and we will provide a free sample pack of our spinning fibres for you to experiment with. There is no cost for this event. We hope to see you there!

Annual Yarn Yard Sale

  • May 13th, 10:00-1:00pm

Come join us for the 14th annual event, a morning of stashing & de-stashing amongst fellow fibre enthusiasts! Remember to reserve your table, & prepare to come early on Yard Sale day! Contact GVF for more info.