Sidewalk Sale!

We’re running out of space, so we’ve got a deal for you! The space in front of the entire store is filled with tables of books that have been marked down to $1 or $2 (or even $0.50 for some of the kids books), and our regular sale table in our front room has an assortment of sale books, too. So, whether you’re looking for a quick light summer read, a biography, a hockey book or anything in between, come check it out.

We’re also changing out the sale every day or so, so there will always be some new stuff every day until the end of the sale, on Saturday, August 11th.

Spinning – Breed Studies

Did you know Faking Sanity has a wide selection of spinning and felting fibre?

Are you looking for small quantities of specific colours? Whether it’s for felting, a DIY gradient to blend and spin or just smaller braids/bumps so you can mix and match fibres for multiple plies of a spinning project, we have 25g fibre bites as well as 50g bumps, and a few sets for blending your own gradients.

Are you into trying the new cellulose fibres? We’ve got undyed Tencel (made from wood pulp) and dyed bamboo, as well as blends. Do you love vivid colours? We’ve got Manos del Uruguay Merino, Malabrigo Nube, Sea Turtle Fibre Arts Merino and SW Targhee, as well as our own house brand of Fibre Bites (25g packs of dyed, untreated Merino, perfect for felting or making your own gradient, etc).

Maybe you like naturally white wools and blends, for dyeing? We’ve got you covered with Merino, Polwarth, Falkland, Dorset Horn, Cheviot, Teeswater and Wensleydale. Or do you prefer naturally coloured undyed wool and rare breeds? We’ve got those too – from oatmeal to brown to grey, and even some blended “humbug” mixes. We have  BFL, Shetland, Manx Loaghtan, Icelandic and Finn.

 

We even have some luxury blends, including merino/silk, alpaca/silk, merino/baby camel. Or if you prefer your luxury straight up, we’ve got 100% Tussah silk as well.

 

Art Walk 2018

It’s summer in Dawson Creek, and you know what that means – many of the downtown businesses are showcasing the work of local artists and artisans.

Faking Sanity is # 13 on your Art Walk guide, and this year, our walls are adorned by Ruth Veiner’s paintings and sketches and Marilyn Farrow’s pottery. Both do beautiful work, and you should totally come in for a look before they’re gone.

 

Sock Knitting Class!

Because you deserve hand knit socks!

KNITTING SOCKS FROM THE TOP DOWN

Registration Deadline: July 6, 2018 (payment is due when you register, but we can do payments over the phone or online for any of you interested from out of town)

When: Sunday, July 8th 1 PM – 4 PM
Where: Faking Sanity
Price: $40 (includes pattern, handouts, and all techniques required for a successful sock)
Teacher: Jocelyn Shuman

Pre-requisites: Know how to knit, purl, and knit in the round (on DPNs, magic loop or 2 circular needles)

Class requirements: Bring 30-50g of a smooth yarn (a wool or wool blend, preferably) and needles that you’re comfortable with for knitting in the round with that yarn (DPNs, a long circular needle for magic loop, or 2 shorter circular needles)

Class details: If you’ve been wanting to learn how to knit socks, why wait? In this class, you’ll learn about the construction of a sock, the importance of a stretchy cast-on (and how to do one that works very well for sock cuffs), how to knit a heel flap, how to turn a heel, how to pick up stitches for the gusset, and how to decrease back down to your regular stitch count for the rest of your foot, as well as how to close off the toe with the magic of kitchener. You’lll be knitting a mini-sized sock, so that you have time to work on all the techniques being taught during the class. At the end, you’ll have an adorable mini-sock, and the know how to knit a second to match, or a larger one for yourself – because we all need hand knit socks!

Manga!

Are you a fan of manga? We got in so much in the last week that extended our Graphic Novel section! Come check it out!

Cable Knitting Class!

If you’ve been wanting to tackle cables, but need a little help, we’ve got just the thing for you! Jocelyn will be teaching a two-hour cabling class on June 10th from 1-3 pm right here at Faking Sanity. The class will cover everything you need to know to start your first cabled project. Cables can be intimidating, but they’re really not hard at all, and in a few hours, you’ll be up and running!

As a student, you would provide your own yarn (at least 50g of a smooth worsted weight yarn) and appropriate knitting needles to use with it. Please note that while you can cable with just about any yarn, for class purposes, we ask that you bring a yarn that is:

  • smooth textured (not a novelty bouclé yarn, yarn with sequins in it, yarn that varies from thick to thin, ribbon yarn, etc)
  • a lighter colour (anything goes, but try to avoid black or darker colours, as they make it harder to see the cable stitches while you are learning)
  • a wool, wool blend or acrylic yarn is fine (please avoid yarns with no elasticity or slippery yarns such as cotton or bamboo for this class)

The class will include a cable needle (a few styles will be available to choose from), as well as handouts to take home. Prerequisites for the class are being comfortable with both knitting and purling, and the cost is $20.

Payment is required to reserve your spot, as we are limiting class sizes to make for a better learning environment. Pop in to the shop to reserve a spot, or call us if you live out of town.

Up Next – Minestrone and Italian Sausage Soups

Minestrone is a traditional Italian vegetable soup, so we called ours Italian Minestrone. When we made it with sausage, we called it Italian Sausage Soup. Both are tasty, though I must admit that I’m partial to the sausage version.

Ingredients:
– 1/4 tsp garlic
– 1 small onion
– 1-2 stalks celery
– 1-2 medium carrots
– 1/2 can tomato paste (tip: freeze the remaining 1/2 in a container or ziploc for your next soup)
– 1 cup of diced tomatoes
– 6 1/2 cups vegetable stock
– 1 1/2 cup peas
– 1/2 can kidney beans
– 2 cups zucchini
– 3/4 cup bell peppers
– 1/2 tsp each of basil and oregano
– 1/4 tsp each of sage, thyme and parsley

Optional:
– Add 1 cup green beans
– Add 2-3 sliced mushrooms
– Add 1/4 cup V8 or tomato juice for a broth with more tomato flavour
– Add 1/2 ring of garlic or Ukrainian sausage (or spicy italian sausage for extra kick)

Instructions:
1. Slice carrots and celery. Dice zucchini, tomato and bell peppers.
2. Brown onion, garlic powder, carrot and celery in large pot for 5 minutes.
2. Add all remaining ingredients except green beans and bring to a boil.
3. Reduce heat and simmer 60-90 minutes, or until carrots are softened. If using green beans, add 10-20 minutes before serving so they don’t overcook.

Cream of Mushroom Soup!

You asked for it, so here it is. Make your own Faking Sanity Cream of Mushroom Soup at home. Since we’re no longer serving our soups, we’re going to publish a few of your favourites, so you can have them at home. Today, we’re starting with the cream of mushroom soup. This soup is lovely and rich, but needs to be stirred very frequently and kept at a constant temperature pretty much the whole time it’s cooking. If you need something quicker, there are notes on a not-quite from scratch version as well.

Ingredients:
– 4 cups white or brown button mushrooms
– 1-2 medium onions (or 1/4 cup dried onions)
– 2 cups 10% cream
– 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
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– 4 cups white or brown button mushrooms
– 1 portobello mushrooms (or equivalent amount in cremini mushrooms)
– 1 L 10% cream
– 1 1/2 tsp dill
– 2 tsp paprika
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/4 tsp pepper
– 1/4 tsp garlic

Instructions:
1. Chop all mushrooms and onions (keep them separate at this point)
2. Spray a large pot, and brown onions. Add first 4 cups of button mushrooms, and cook down until they start to sweat. Cook for 10 more minutes.
3. Add 1/4 tsp of cream of tartar. Stir constantly for 1 minute.
4. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer on medium-low for 60-90 minutes, stirring very frequently. Adjust temperature as needed so it never comes to a boil.
5. Blend with a stick blender until smooth.

Note: Adjust spices and herbs to taste. If you prefer a thicker soup, add an extra 1-2 cups of mushrooms in step 1, or increase the cream of tartar to 1/2 tsp. If you prefer a thinner soup, add more cream or beef broth/stock.

Quick version: Replace first 4 ingredients with 1 can of cream of mushroom soup (no added water or milk) to use as a base stock, and proceed with the remainder of the ingredients and recipe instructions from step 4 onwards.

Enjoy!

The All New Faking Sanity!

Well… partly new!

In order to continue growing our business, and in order to serve the changing demands of our customer base, we are no longer serving lunch, but have expanded our snack and dessert menu, including new gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan recipes. We’ll be trying to have at least two or three of these options daily, along with our regular baked goods, including all of your old favourites, like our cheesecake, carrot cake, biscuits and cookies. Today, we’ve also got pumpkin spice doughnuts, hearty banana granola bars, and amazing honey oat bread mini loaves. Everything is fresh and homemade – just the way it should be!

The biggest change, though, is our expanded yarn section! We converted a portion of our dining room, and now have a 4 x 6 foot wall of needles and hooks, a 10 x 6 foot wall of yarn, plus 5 shelving units and many bins with more yarns and accessories. All but 3 lines are Canadian (some are even from right here in Dawson Creek), and nearly all are indie dyed. We’ve also got a new base in our own Faking Sanity line of yarns. There’s 100% merino wool, machine washable wool/nylon blends for socks, rustic non-superwash wools, in pastels and brights, solids and speckles, and even a little bit of sparkle. If you’re looking for a special treat, or yarn that is wool-free, we’ve got 100% silk, and a silk/seasilk blend that are to die for, or a lovely and smooth 100% pima cotton for a more economical wool-free option.

Follow our instagram feed (wearefakingsanity) to see new additions to the shop every few weeks, or check out our podcast for a look into the craziness that is my knitting queue or Cindy’s bag of WIPs (as well as new yarns and crafty-related news for the shop, our personal knitting, and some general sillyness and geeking out about things we’ve read and watched lately. Here’s our latest:

Minis and bigger minis!

Do you enjoy mini-skein projects? Whether it’s little 10 gram minis for a mitred square or hexipuff blanket, franken-socks and stripey hats, or larger 20 gram minis for contrasting heels, toes and cuffs, or even a multi-coloured stripey shawl, we’ve got you covered! We now have a basket of assorted 10 gram minis, at $3 each, as well as cupcake boxes full of 6 coordinating 20 gram minis in coordinating coluors of our Faking Sanity Fixation yarn. Here’s a peak!

Yarn Cupcake Sets

Mini skeins

 

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