The Match Factory

The Match Factory We are your local yarn shop! Yarn in wool, cotton, alpaca, mohair (the list goes on), buttons and knitting needles, crochet hooks we have a great selection.

Operating as usual

01/15/2022

I'M HERE!!
Running late! Sorry folks!

Starting new socks! My goal is 12 pair this year, wish me luck! #thematchfactorylys #sockknittersofinstagram @langyarns_...
01/13/2022

Starting new socks! My goal is 12 pair this year, wish me luck! #thematchfactorylys #sockknittersofinstagram @langyarns_official #twoatatimesocks

Starting new socks! My goal is 12 pair this year, wish me luck! #thematchfactorylys #sockknittersofinstagram @langyarns_official #twoatatimesocks

01/12/2022

Weekly Sweater Knit a Long check in

01/12/2022
Does it look like a sweater yet?! Let's talk sweaters on a Facebook live tonight at 6!
01/12/2022

Does it look like a sweater yet?! Let's talk sweaters on a Facebook live tonight at 6!

Does it look like a sweater yet?! Let's talk sweaters on a Facebook live tonight at 6!

01/11/2022

HERE NOW!
It's going to be a late open today, having a hard time getting things started!

Both these socks and toque are knit with Appalachian Trail held double. The socks took 6 15 gram minis and I just played...
01/11/2022

Both these socks and toque are knit with Appalachian Trail held double. The socks took 6 15 gram minis and I just played with colour. The toque, I tried for more of a fade. It used 5 minis. This week only these minis are buy 2, get one free!

What size should you make?You may notice that a lot of patterns these days have done away with small, medium and large s...
01/07/2022

What size should you make?
You may notice that a lot of patterns these days have done away with small, medium and large sizing. This is to push us to think a bit more about what size we are going to knit. You may find your pattern recommends a certain amount of ease. This is the amount the fabric varies from your actual body measurements. Large, oversized sweaters can be meant to be work 10 to 20 inches larger than you are. A fit, body conscious style can actually be smaller than you are to stretch and form to your curves.
This is also a great time to use your wardrobe for reference. What’s the measurement of sweaters you love to wear? This can really help decide what size you should knit.
So take that into account, choose your size and then go through your whole pattern and mark anywhere there is multi sized numbers which one you are going to refer to as you work. This can save so many hassles as you go along.

What size should you make?
You may notice that a lot of patterns these days have done away with small, medium and large sizing. This is to push us to think a bit more about what size we are going to knit. You may find your pattern recommends a certain amount of ease. This is the amount the fabric varies from your actual body measurements. Large, oversized sweaters can be meant to be work 10 to 20 inches larger than you are. A fit, body conscious style can actually be smaller than you are to stretch and form to your curves.
This is also a great time to use your wardrobe for reference. What’s the measurement of sweaters you love to wear? This can really help decide what size you should knit.
So take that into account, choose your size and then go through your whole pattern and mark anywhere there is multi sized numbers which one you are going to refer to as you work. This can save so many hassles as you go along.

Now we have a pattern, a yarn choice and the next step has to be a gauge swatch.  *everyone groans*  I get it, this is w...
01/06/2022

Now we have a pattern, a yarn choice and the next step has to be a gauge swatch. *everyone groans* I get it, this is when we are all hyped up and excited to start our new project and a gauge swatch just doesn’t feel like the real deal. So many sweaters fail at this point, if you don’t test your yarn choice you have no idea if you have made the correct decision. I love the analogy that this is a ‘first date’ with your yarn. There are SO MANY articles on working your gauge swatch I don’t think I can add a lot here. Simply, knit a chunk of fabric with the needles you think you are going to use and have a look at it. (Don’t forget to wash it! Water can change the picture completely.) Do you like the fabric? Is it too sheer, too stiff? Did you enjoy knitting it? Maybe the texture of the needle you chose just don’t work with this yarn. Try some stuff out, do the special stitch to make sure you understand how it works, play with some stripes. None of this is a waste of time or energy. Now measure your swatch and see how many stitches are in the 4” block more patterns use as reference, how many rows? At this point the stitch count is the most important as this determines the size of your sweater, most of the time a variance in row counts can be worked with. Do the swatch and then let’s chat.

Now we have a pattern, a yarn choice and the next step has to be a gauge swatch. *everyone groans* I get it, this is when we are all hyped up and excited to start our new project and a gauge swatch just doesn’t feel like the real deal. So many sweaters fail at this point, if you don’t test your yarn choice you have no idea if you have made the correct decision. I love the analogy that this is a ‘first date’ with your yarn. There are SO MANY articles on working your gauge swatch I don’t think I can add a lot here. Simply, knit a chunk of fabric with the needles you think you are going to use and have a look at it. (Don’t forget to wash it! Water can change the picture completely.) Do you like the fabric? Is it too sheer, too stiff? Did you enjoy knitting it? Maybe the texture of the needle you chose just don’t work with this yarn. Try some stuff out, do the special stitch to make sure you understand how it works, play with some stripes. None of this is a waste of time or energy. Now measure your swatch and see how many stitches are in the 4” block more patterns use as reference, how many rows? At this point the stitch count is the most important as this determines the size of your sweater, most of the time a variance in row counts can be worked with. Do the swatch and then let’s chat.

01/05/2022

Sweater KAL discussion.

So you have decided what sweater you would like to knit, now you need to choose your yarn.  The first variable here is t...
01/05/2022

So you have decided what sweater you would like to knit, now you need to choose your yarn. The first variable here is the gauge, what sized needles with what yarn did the designer work with to make that sweater. Within yarn weights there are huge variables though and something you need to think about. For instance, is the design written and a very different gauge? The Love Note is a super soft sweater knit with a combination of yarns that end up at around a DK weight however the designer uses a much larger needle to achieve the open airy look of the fabric. Different fibres will be behave very differently, alpaca is very drapey and may stretch over time. Super wash yarns stretch as well and are much smoother than their untreated wool counterparts. Come in to the shop and we can discuss options.

01/05/2022
If we are going to knit sweaters this year there are going to have to be some decisions.  What sweater to knit?!  There ...
01/04/2022

If we are going to knit sweaters this year there are going to have to be some decisions. What sweater to knit?! There are a couple of ways to approach this, find the pattern then find yarn to suit or, find the yarn and then find an appropriate pattern. I am going to discuss the pattern led decision here.
Flipping back through my Ravelry for the last few years, it seems I tend to make a couple of sweaters a year. I’ll attach a few images. If you follow any of our store social medias you will probably have seen these.
If you are new to knitting garments for yourself my suggestion is to not go too far off the beaten path. Have a look at your wardrobe, what do you wear every day. Do you love an oversized cardigan and reach for them all the time? Or do you like a sweatshirt style pullover. For your first adventure into garment knitting, stick to a silhouette or cut you already know and love and then you can work on making the fabric to fit that.

Happy New Year and welcome to our first sweater knit a long post of 2022!  If you haven't take part in a Knit a Long (KA...
01/03/2022

Happy New Year and welcome to our first sweater knit a long post of 2022! If you haven't take part in a Knit a Long (KAL) before have no fear. Essentially, we are going to be a whole bunch of people knitting sweaters at the same time, supporting each other as we go. I will try and post about where I am in the process, please comment in those posts and share where you are too.

Happy New Year and welcome to our first sweater knit a long post of 2022! If you haven't take part in a Knit a Long (KAL) before have no fear. Essentially, we are going to be a whole bunch of people knitting sweaters at the same time, supporting each other as we go. I will try and post about where I am in the process, please comment in those posts and share where you are too.

Gnombleberry and Gnewt are headed into the New Year.  I hope they didn't forget their masks! Tag me if you finished your...
01/01/2022

Gnombleberry and Gnewt are headed into the New Year. I hope they didn't forget their masks!
Tag me if you finished your Match Factory kit, I would love to see them! #thematchfactorylys @imagined_landscapes #gnomemkal8

Happy New Year Friends!  Just a reminder we are closed this weekend, we will be back to regular hours on Tuesday the 4th...
12/31/2021

Happy New Year Friends! Just a reminder we are closed this weekend, we will be back to regular hours on Tuesday the 4th.

Happy New Year Friends! Just a reminder we are closed this weekend, we will be back to regular hours on Tuesday the 4th.

Pop into the shop today to say hi to Cathy and admire her new sweater!
12/30/2021

Pop into the shop today to say hi to Cathy and admire her new sweater!

Pop into the shop today to say hi to Cathy and admire her new sweater!

It's Tuesday, I'm here at the store 10 until 4 today. First order of business is to receive this beautiful box of Opal t...
12/28/2021

It's Tuesday, I'm here at the store 10 until 4 today. First order of business is to receive this beautiful box of Opal that arrived! We have 6 and 8 ply in here.... 8 ply is worsted weight, that is going to be fun!

It's Tuesday, I'm here at the store 10 until 4 today. First order of business is to receive this beautiful box of Opal that arrived! We have 6 and 8 ply in here.... 8 ply is worsted weight, that is going to be fun!

12/24/2021
We got an honorable mention!
12/23/2021

We got an honorable mention!

Thank you Helen Jennings, our local stone and glass artist, for donating your time to judge our contest! Thank you to all the businesses who participated, You really helped cheer up our downtown!

12/22/2021
Are you liking the idea of a new sweater in the New Year? I know it's early but if you like Berroco patterns they are of...
12/21/2021

Are you liking the idea of a new sweater in the New Year? I know it's early but if you like Berroco patterns they are offering one free pattern download for Christmas. Go download your free pattern using the code FESTIVE21 before the 31st. https://www.berroco.com/

Are you liking the idea of a new sweater in the New Year? I know it's early but if you like Berroco patterns they are offering one free pattern download for Christmas. Go download your free pattern using the code FESTIVE21 before the 31st. https://www.berroco.com/

Lots of poms in stock if you are finishing up your Christmas hats. This lovely hat is Kap-kig-awan. (We have kits for th...
12/21/2021

Lots of poms in stock if you are finishing up your Christmas hats. This lovely hat is Kap-kig-awan. (We have kits for this ready to go!)

Lots of poms in stock if you are finishing up your Christmas hats. This lovely hat is Kap-kig-awan. (We have kits for this ready to go!)

12/18/2021

Last Saturday before Christmas!!

12/16/2021
12/16/2021

Cherish those handmade gifts this Christmas, they contain so much love in them. ❤️

https://youtu.be/q5JRhF40K9sWe tried an editor on our podcast.  Have a look and let me know what you think.  Is the dela...
12/13/2021
The Match Factory Podcast #85

https://youtu.be/q5JRhF40K9s
We tried an editor on our podcast. Have a look and let me know what you think. Is the delayed posting balanced out by the editing job?

So we tried something new and worked with a video editor. This means the video is a little later than usual but looks great. Added entertainment values here ...

12/11/2021
Imagined Landscapes is having a year long Gnome A Long is 2022! Would you like to make more gnomes?!https://youtu.be/J_0...
12/11/2021
Year Of Gnomes!

Imagined Landscapes is having a year long Gnome A Long is 2022! Would you like to make more gnomes?!
https://youtu.be/J_0eE6Qrsnc

Kicking off the 2022 Year of Gnomes knitalong with a little explanation and a load of silliness!The Year of Gnomes is a knitalong where you can have fun part...

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Saying I want/need nothing doesn't fly with my MIL so she and my husband arranged for me to get an awesome gift certificate from the only store (other than the grocery store) that I frequently shop at. Exciting for me that I get to buy more The Match Factory yarns! What craft related gift did you give/receive? Also, any suggestions for what to buy? The website has too many beautiful yarns to choose!
I can share this project with you now that this beauty had been gifted! Made using Rustic Aran Tweed yarns from The Match Factory, this sweater is perfect for a chicken lover. It is so warm too! Knitting from the bottom up was a new thing for me, but the pattern turned out to be a success! Pattern link: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cooped-up I hope you have a wonderful holiday with fun and family ❤
The worst thing about making Christmas gifts is I have to wait to show them off. Here is a beautiful sweater (take my word for it for now...) made using Rustic Aran Tweed from The Match Factory. It is so soft and warm! I love the flecks throughout so much that I've used this yarn for a bunch of projects. I can't wait to show the entire thing in a few days!
I've been pretty quiet on these platforms lately! Trying to get a bunch of projects done before the holidays has proven to be not as smooth as I had hoped 😅 it's my first year making gifts for others to share with their families, which has taught me a lot to take into next year! I wanted to take a second to tell you how thankful I am to have your support! Every like, share, kind comments and messages make me so happy! 🥰 And becoming a part of you and your families lives makes me even happier! 💖 Here's what I'm working on now! Such lovely vivid colors, and beautiful stitch markers I picked up from The Match Factory ! #knittersofinstagram #knitstagram #knitted #knittedsocks #kroysocks #sockyarn #marlybird #twosocksatatime #fibreartist #fibreart #textileartist #textileart #sockknitting #sockknittersofinstagram #supportartists #supportlocal
I love all the editing. Looks like lots of work!
If you are a crafter of some sort and enjoy following my page, I think you'd enjoy following my friend's page as well - she sells the yarns I use, plus all kinds of other craft supplies. These are some pictures of things I've made and are all yarns from her store. How about showing her a little love? You would get to follow some great content, see awesome yarns and patterns, and maybe find what you are looking for! Check out The Match Factory and I'd be surprised if you didn't find something you like. ❤
10 points for Ravenclaw! I channeled my inner Mrs. Weasley and magicked up this awesome Harry Potter themed sweater. Made using Berroco Yarn 's Comfort yarn from The Match Factory, it is so soft! Pattern link: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-weasley-sweater
I've had this striped yarn from The Match Factory for years. I'm finally getting around to using it! I love the way it looks.... although I'm kind of wishing the person getting them had one foot. Not sure what that says about me as a person....
Hoy en el cine club de Tropivisiones cine comunitario estaremos proyectando la película Noche de Fuego de la directora Tatiana Huezo. Agradecimientos especiales a Pimienta Films, The Match Factory y Calouma Films por compartir esta obra con nosotrxs. Les recordamos que las proyecciones del cine club son gratuitas y abiertas al público, corre la voz. 📢 ⚡Sinopsis: En una montaña en donde crece el maíz y la amapola, las niñas del pueblo llevan el pelo corto como si fueran varones y todas tienen un escondite bajo la tierra. Ana y sus dos mejores amigas crecen juntas; habitan las casas de los que han huido y juegan a ser mujeres cuando nadie las ve. Sus madres las entrenan para huir de ellos, de los que te llevan para convertirte en esclava o en fantasma. Pero un día, una de ellas no logrará llegar a su escondite. #NocheDeFuego #pimientafilms #Prayersforthestolen #TatianaHuezo #EFAI2021
When I went into The Match Factory and saw the gorgeous yarn, I had to make myself a sweater! This beauty is made using a colourful ball from The Yarn Therapist called Lady Balls (yes, my inner 12 year old boy thought that was hilarious) as well as Rustic Aran Tweed to complete it. It is soft, warm, and oh so pretty. Pattern is called Flax from Tin Can Knits and has a beautiful texture down the sleeves. Super easy pattern to follow! I made mine a little loose so I can wear layers underneath. I'm thinking I will be wearing this lovely thing while snowshoeing this winter. What do you think? I think my smile says it all! Pattern link: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flax While I have stepped back some, custom orders are always welcome 🙂
Don't you love popping into The Match Factory for 1 small thing and leaving with everything you need to make a sweater? Check out the colours in my new sweater! It is a ball called Lady Balls from The Yarn Therapist and I LOVE it!
After making football socks for most of my family, my youngest daughter wanted socks too, but football isn't her thing. I made her these awesome socks using Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts socknado yarns, a strand of Home and a strand of Beguilement held together. Heels and toes are 2 strands of Beguilement so they are more purple. I love how they turned out! I picked my yarns up from The Match Factory - where I have purchased a ton of Ancient Arts yarn! I may have to make a few more pairs of these squishy, awesome socks. Pattern link: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/thicksgiving-socks