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It’s Happened!

The shop has now officially changed hands! And with that we’d like to introduce you to our new store owner Judy…

“Hello everyone! My name is Judy Enright and I am the new owner of Wabi Sabi. Carol handed the keys over to me last night and I want to thank her for creating such a beautiful store that continues to be enjoyed by so many people. Be patient with me as I learn the ropes. I intend to keep the store as fabulous as it has always been.”


We at Wabi Sabi are so excited to continue to grow and strengthen our local fibre community! A huge thank you goes out to all of our wonderful customers and teachers for being so patient with us during this transition time. We wish Carol a summer full of knitting on her front porch – she earned it!

Local Yarn Store Day 2018

It’s the first inaugural Local Yarn Shop Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018! All over the world, knitting, crochet, and other fiber-y communities are sharing the love for their favourite yarn shops! We hope you’ll join us at Stitchy Business on Friday night, and then swing by for the festivities on Saturday!


It’s time to freshen up the shop! Our front railing yarn bombing is starting to look a little worse for wear after months of winter. If you’d like to pitch in, we’re collecting knitted, crocheted, or woven rectangles! Our railing is approximately 8 inches around, so we are looking for rectangles that are are either 8 inches wide or long – the other measurement is up to you! Rectangles should be dropped off at the shop by Thursday, April 19.

Making No. 5 // Color will be available starting first thing Friday, April 20! Join us that night for Stitchy Business 6-9 PM.

Saturday, April 21 – time to celebrate local yarn shops with your favourite yarny pals at Wabi Sabi! We’ll have special deals and discounts, promotional giveaways, door prizes, and best of all – CAKE!!

Indie knitwear designer Casapinka has designed a fabulous shawl for LYS Day – the Local Yarn Shawl! Get this pattern FREE when you buy yarn to knit the shawl on Saturday! And we’re sweetening the deal with 10% off when you build your own Local Yarn Shawl kit!

Pom Pom Magazine has come up with a giveaway for LYS Day too! When you buy any Pom Pom Quarterly publication this Saturday, get a download code for an out of print issue of PPQ! (While supplies last – we only have 10 codes to give away!)

Lastly, we’re throwing in our own promotion in order to share the LYS love! Get 25% off any one item on Saturday, April 21!*

See you this Saturday!

* must be under $50

Wabi Sabi Winter Games 2018!

Hello Knitters!

This year Finish-it February coincides with the 2018 Winter Games! We’ve decided to host a little challenge for you to finish those WIPs and HOs!

Visit our Ravelry Group for all threads: Our thread for general questions about the rules and general chatter and see below for linked competition threads!

Please read the rules below about where/how to submit your entries!


Start Date: February 9th, 2018
End Date: February 25th, 2018

There are four categories:

Figure Skating
Lace/Fingering Weight

DK/Worsted Weight

Aran/Bulky Weight

Stashbuster Sprint
projects using very small amounts of yarn

-We will be drawing a winner randomly from each category. Entries must be posted in the appropriate Finish Line thread.

-You can enter as many projects as you like, but a project must be finished by February 25th to qualify for the prize draw.

-To ensure all of your entries count, please submit each project in separate posts. Please include a before and after picture (in the same post) so we can all see your progress!

-Winners will be announced the week of February 27th. Prizes must be picked up in-store.


The First Annual Wabi Sabi Winter Games

That’s right – we’re planning our very own winter games to coincide with… FINISH IT FEBRUARY! (I mean, what else could it be?)

Stay tuned for details dropping Thursday, February 8th, including how to participate and win prizes!


Wabi Sabi is seeking a reliable, personable, and energetic individual to work as a member of its sales associates team!

Wabi Sabi is looking for applicants with:

– Both retail experience and knitting experience (other fibre experience is an asset, as is a passion for learning!)

– Flexible schedules – applicants must be available to work weekdays, weekends, and the occasional evening

– The ability to do physical work such as opening orders, filling shelves, and moving displays (this work can include climbing ladders and lifting boxes)


Applicants should have basic Mac and PC computer skills and be comfortable navigating both Ravelry and social media (Facebook and Instagram).

Bilingualism is an asset.

This is a part time position (approximately 20 hours per week), and weekly hours will vary.

No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Applications must be sent by email before Wednesday, February 8 to the attention of Carol Secord at

Holiday Hours

Happy holidays everyone! Our holiday hours are as follows:

Saturday, December 23 – OPEN 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday, December 24 to Wednesday, December 27 – CLOSED

Thursday, December 28 – OPEN 10 AM – 7 PM

Friday, December 29 – OPEN 10 AM – 6 PM

Saturday, December 30 – OPEN 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday, December 31 – OPEN 12 PM – 4 PM

Monday, January 1 – CLOSED

And we resume our regular hours on Tuesday, January 2!


Classes – 2018

We are wrapping up our fall season classes, and we hope everyone has enjoyed learning new things with us! We are very excited about our winter session and all the classes we will have on offer, and we’ll be posting our new calendar very soon.

We’ll have classes for all levels of knitting, crochet, weaving, felting, spinning, and more!

If you’d like to know when we post our schedule, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and keep up with all the latest classes and events!

Happy holidays from all of us at Wabi Sabi and happy making!

woolgatheringottawa - tapestry weaving 101

@woolgatheringottawa – tapestry weaving 101

Holiday Gift Swap and Fundraising Party with Fabrications!

Join us for an evening of fun and fundraising at Fabrications at 1018 Wellington St. W on November 27th from 7pm to 9pm! All proceeds of the evening will go directly to the Parkdale Food Centre.

I’m sure we are all aware of the reality of food insecurity in our community. The Parkdale Food Centre seeks to meet individuals immediate food needs, but is also a constant warrior in the battle to address the underlying causes of food insecurity.

The focus of the evening will be an old fashioned secret gift swap. Bring a handmade gift, and put it under our tree.   The item you contribute must be handmade by you, made using supplies from your stash, and notions should be no more than $5! Please gift wrap your contribution and feel free to put your name on it or not as you prefer. We will take turns selecting a parcel that someone else has made! These items can be anything! A holiday ornament, a scarf, a tote bag, a microwave heat bag, napkins, a coffee cup cozy, an apron, crocheted brooch, knitted wristlets, legwarmers, and so much more! Use your imagination and don’t worry about it being perfect! Follow our social media accounts (@fabricationsottawa or @fabricationsott or @wabisabiyarnor @wabisabiyarn) for creative ideas!

We will also have a silent auction with some awesome big tickets surprises (jeans class, shirtmaking class, class at Wabi Sabi, pattern packages), door prizes, and refreshments.   Come with a friend!

You can purchase your ticket at either Fabrications OR Wabi Sabi (in-store only). Tickets include a $5 coupon from the store where you purchase your ticket for any notions that you might need for your project. Entry tickets also include three tickets for your choice of door prize draws. Extra door prize tickets can be purchased for $5.

Tickets are non-refundable but are transferrable.


October: Yarn and More!

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We’re so excited about October! Signs of Fall are turning up and we’re ready to get cozy with lot’s of knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, felting, and all of our favourite crafts! We’ve got so many things to look out for this month, including:

Wabi Sabi’s Shetland Wool Weekend Cast On Party: We’re having a party! Join us in casting on Gudrun Johnston’s Bousta Beanie – pattern is free on, and we are offering a free hard copy with the purchase of Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight yarn, which the pattern calls for! Party starts at 6 pm on Friday, October 6th!

Roots and Rain Yarns Launch Party: We are so excited to announce that Wabi Sabi’s own Donna is launching her own line of naturally dyed yarns! The launch party is on Friday, October 13th, and begins at 7 pm – you won’t want to miss this exclusive first look at her gorgeous hand-dyed yarns!

Brooklyn Tweed: Coming to the Wab! Brooklyn Tweed yarns will be available for purchase right here, as of October 27th! Mark your calendars and update your ravelry project queues! We’ll have a great selection of their yarns to offer, and we’re so excited to show you all the samples we’ve been knitting up!

Wabi Sabi’s 9th Birthday: Come celebrate with us! Great fun things are going to happen. We’ll be dropping hints in the coming weeks!

As always, we have so many new yarns, favourites and new, and classes galore! We’ve got an easy access list of upcoming classes here, links go to each page for details and sign up.

We’d love to see your photos! If you’re at a shop event, class, or gazing at your fantastic finished objects and want to share, tag us #wabisabiyarn ! We look forward to celebrating fall with all of you! And as always, follow our facebook, instagram, and twitter for the latest updates on new yarn, books, notions, classes, and everything going on at the shop!


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