Selling Out!

moving sale
We’re making moves on the big move – that is – we’re starting to get our act in gear to make it all happen.  First comes the big purge.
We’re selling off knit-goods from times gone by. Sweaters and scarves and mittens and things are all on sale along with knit cupcakes and furry friends. There are knit sculptures too fom past art exhibits.  Boy – are they hard to part with!

sample sale

Although we just opened the doors to our sale yesterday, they seem to have been flood gates. Much has left the premises. but still some goodies remain.  I suggest you get here quick if you’d like a crack at it.

Look out for our “Garage Sale” which will be coming soon.

April is our last month here on Queen Street. We will be closing on April 27th until we open at our new locale on Roncesvalles Avenue on May 1rst if all goes to plan.

Make sure you drop by here before then to get your hands on all the Knit Cafe treasures we don’t want to move.

Craftily yours
Kristin

PS. We got 2 boxes of Madelinetosh this week and are still waiting on 2 more!

Old Dog – New Tricks

They say the best way to keep the old noggen tickityboo is to keep it active.
My carreer as a knitter should then keep mine sharp as a razor.  I never stop learning things. NEVER!

Well just the other day I learned a thing that I wished I’d learned when I was but a fledgling knitter.  A thing I wish that I had passed on to the oh-so-many students I have taught to knit.

-a simple thing, a useful thing, an easy thing.

I learnt it from Pinterest – as one does. The other day someone posted thisDo

It’s originated from Ysolda Teagues as part of her Technique Thursdays series.
By the way there are many gems in this series.  Ones brains could become very buff after a few hours brushing up on these knit technique.
I especially like this post on casting on and casting off as it takes two of the basics (usually the first and the third thing one learns when one takes up knitting) and adds a commonsense twist that makes these basics all the better.
Best yet they are, if not as easy, then possibly easier then ones regular cast on and cast off.

Cast on: This will only interest those who cast on with the Long Tail Cast On method, but if you do – you do not have to make a slip knot before you begin your cast on! It’s true!

Cast off: Instead of threading the yarn through the last stitch on the needle, simply pull on your last stitch till the yarn comes all the way through. This is a subtle distinction, but I think you’ll see the difference if you go to the post.

Why make these small changes? The answer is prettiness.  Many times I have been asked about bulgy beginnings and loosey goosey endings to knitting projects and I have had to reply that that’s just the way it goes. Darning will often fix up these misshapen stitches but what if they looked perfect from the get go.
They can!

Check out Ysolda’s post here.
After you’re through – check out the link for the Long Tail Cast On for 1×1 Ribbing.  It will blow your mind!

Craftily yours
Kristin

PS – you can see what we’re posting to Pinterest here

Sunny linen!

Is it safe to start dreaming of spring sweaters yet?
We’ve got this terrific linen yarn in from Shibui, and it needs knitting up!
I mean… look at it, it’s so neato!  Applying this chained construction to the linen fibre is such a good idea! It makes a nice light and subtle fabric.

shibui linenAbyss, Ash, Tar

shibui linenBrass, Sidewalk, Lime, Fjord

shibui linenSuit, Ivory, Cascade

If you’re looking for something to make out of this pretty stuff, you shouldn’t have trouble finding something.  Linen is a new favourite for many stylish knit designers.  Here are a few new offerings that I’ve noticed.

Linium Tee by Bristol Ivy from the KnitScene Summer magazine 2014

linum

Bohemian Tee by Erica Schlueter from Knit Wear Spring Summer magazine 2014

bohemian tee

Perkin’s Cove Pullover by Pam Allen form Quince and Co

perkin's cove

Outside by Melanie Berg

otherside

 

All these patterns were knit with linen yarn, some of them are knit with Shibui, some of them are knit with Euroflax.  We have a nice bunch of that too.
If we all start now we should have springy duds by the time the sun decides to shine.

 

euroflax

Hooray!
Craftily yours
Kristin

Class Schedule Preview Spring/Summer 2014

What is so exciting about this class schedule is that all of these classes will be held at our new location on Roncesvalles Ave!  We will be hanging out on Queen throughout April and opening early May on Roncey. Can’t wait to see you all there!

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER (no experience necessary)

POMPOM!pompom
Let’s make some pompoms, they’re not just for hats anymore.  Make them into garlands or wreaths, decorate a bag or scarf, make jewelry or hair decorations, or some fluffy creatures. Come help us celebrate the opening of our new location, we will be showing y’all how to make pompoms.  Bring your Mom – it’s Mother’s Day.
This is a FREE workshop!
Materials: yarn of any type.  We have lots to choose from here!
Sunday May 11, 12:30-2:30pm

Knitting 101
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Thurs May 15, 22, 29, June 5/ Fri May 30, June 6, 13, 20/ Fri July 4, 11, 18, 25/ Mon July 28, break, Aug 11, 18, 25/ Thurs Sept 4, 11, 18, 25/ Mon Sept 22, 29, Oct 6, break, 20, 7-9pm

Knitter’s Crash Course (Scarf Workshop)
1 session
FREE with purchase of materials at the Knit Cafe
Fri May 23, 6:30-9pm / Thursday June 26, 6:30-9pm/ Thurs Aug 28, 1-3:30/ Fri Sept 5, 6:30-9pm

Kid’s Knitting Class NEW CLASSkid's knitting
Just for the kids! Are you 8-12 years old and interested in learning how to knit? This is when and where it all happens.  Choose your favourite colour of yarn and learn to make a scarf or a circle scarf that you can wear or give as a gift to someone deserving. Embellish your project by adding on your second favourite colour or by making fringe or mini pompoms to attach to the end of your scarf.
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Materials: chunky yarn and needles to match available at the Knit Café
Sun May 25, June 1, 8, break, 22, 12:30-2:30

Bunting for Beginners NEW CLASSbunting no frame
A banner of flags – that’s what “bunting” is! This joyful room decoration makes a great first knitting project.  Learn the essentials of knitting while stitching colourful triangles.  Casting on (the foundation row of knitting), the knit stitch, shaping techniques, finishing and combining the triangles on a string to form the banner are all covered in this class.
1 session, $32, materials not included
Materials: worsted weight (fun but not mandatory to have several colours) 4-5mm needles, available at the Knit Café
Thurs June 5, 1-3:30pm

Crochet 101
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Wed May 14, 21, 28, June 4/ Wed July 30, Aug 6, 13, 20/ Wed Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 7-9pm

Crochet Crash Course
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs July 17/ Thurs Aug 21, 6:30-9pm

Needle Felting Workshop
1 session, $32, materials not included
Sun Aug 24, 12:30-3pm

Introduction to Wet Feltingfelt class IT’S BACK!
What do you get when you mix a bit of water with a wad of fluff and a little elbow grease?  Felt- that’s what! In this 2-day workshop students will be introduced to the ancient techniques of felt making. felt class 3 They will design and make their own piece of felted cloth (nuno felting), a decorative bowl or vessel, a pouch (ideal for cell phones, eyeglasses etc.) and a 3D felted form.
Materials fee: $15 for felting kit.  Materials fee does not include felt fibres, which are available at the Knit Café.
2 sessions, $76, Sun July 20, 27, 12:30-3:30pm

Introduction to Rug Hooking
1 session, $32, materials not included
Mon May 26, 6:30-9pm

Needlepoint Workshop
1 session, $32, materials not included
Mon June 23, 6:30-9pm

Needle Point and Rug Hooking Finishing NEW CLASSneedlepoint finishing
Now that you have finished hooking your piece or completed your needlepoint, what do you do with it?  This class will teach you how to finish your work so it may be used as a matt, pillow or wall hanging. You will learn how to bind your edges, back your piece for hanging, prepare your work for framing or sewing, and how to make a pillow case.
1 session, $32, materials not included
Materials: bring your needlework, pen, paper, straight pins.
Wed July 23, 6:30-9pm

Drop Spindle Class (Introduction to Spinning)
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
Wed Aug 27, Sept 3, 10, 7-9pm

Embroidery Workshop NEW CLASS

Embroidery by Hannah Oklaga

Embroidery by Hannah Oklaga

No textile arts education would be complete without some embroidery.  If you want to monogram, embellish, and beautify your textile belongings, there is no better way than some skillfully placed stitches.  Whether you wish to embroider on cloth or on knit goods this workshop will teach you fundamental decorative stitches including French knots, satin stitch and running stitch.  A discussion of materials and how to transfer a design onto a piece of cloth will be covered too.
1 session class, $32, materials not included
Materials: Needle, floss or Koigu Skeinettes, embroidery hoop may be necessary. Available at the Knit Cafe
Thurs Aug 7, 6:30-9pm

Natural Dye Class NEW CLASSnatural dye
Nature has a way with colour! Learn to harness this talent and capture it in your yarn.  Imagine what it would be like to knit with yarn you had dyed yourself using bits and bobs collected from the great outdoors.  For our first Natural Dying Class we hope to capture some of the spring and summer colours using food and spices to make our dyes. Learn the secrets to making dyes and prepping yarn for dying so that the colours will last. Chemistry, botany, and artistry unite in this class!
2 sessions, $76, materials not included
Materials fee: $25 includes wool yarns for dying
Thurs Aug 14, Fri Aug 15, 6-9pm

BEGINNER (Knitting students should know the knit stitch and how to cast on. Crochet students should know chaining, and single crochet)

Baby Blanket Workshop
1 session, $32, materials not included
Mon June 16, 6:30-9pm/ Thurs July 10, 1-3:30pm/ Thurs Aug 28, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Blanket Class
2 or 3 sessions(6 hrs)$72, materials not included
Wed June 11, 18, 25, 7-9pm/ Sun Sept 7, 14, 12:30-3pm

BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE (Knitting students should know the knit and purl stitches and how to cast on.)

Fingerless Mitten Class NEW CLASSfingerless mitt
This is a great accessory to have on hand for those in between months – the Spring and the Fall. It’s also a suitable knitting project for learning a thing or two. In this class students will learn how to knit in circles employing the “magic loop method”.  If you are an experienced knitter who is curious about this “magic” technique or if you’re a beginner who wants to try your first circular project this class will suit you fine. Bonus learning – shaping with increases and pattern reading too!
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Materials: 1 skein worsted weight yarn and 4mm circular needles 32” or longer, available at the Knit Cafe
Mon June 2, 9, 7-9pm/ Thurs Aug 21, 28, 7-9pm

Knit Slipper Workshop NEW CLASSslippers no frame
Knit Slippers are warm and comfortable, easy to travel with, and easy to wash if you make them with superwash wool. Our original slipper pattern is easy and quick to make if you are familiar with knitting in rounds.  If you need some help with this, come join us in the Slipper Workshop, where knitting in circles on double pointedneedles is the order of the day. Ending up with sweet slippers is the bonus!slippers
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Materials: one skein Berroco vintage Chunky and 6mm dpn
Thurs July 31, Aug 7, 1-3pm

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Project Class
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
June 12, 19, 26, 7-9pm

INTERMEDIATE (Knitting students should know the knit and purl stitches, and how knit in rounds on double pointed needles. Crochet students should know chaining, single and double crochet)

Sweater Class NEW CLASSsweater class
Is it time to make your first sweater? Come make one with us! This crew neck, raglan sleeved, pullover or cardigan is sized for everyone you know, from tiny baby to man about town, and any lady size in between. This is a step by step class emphasizing detailed pattern reading, basic sweater construction and shaping skills, and every knitter’s essential – the gauge swatch.
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Materials: worsted weight yarn in enough quantity to make your preferred sweater size, plus an extra ball, 4mm dpn, 5mm dpn, 40cm, 60cm, 80cm (length of circular needle depends on size of sweater.  Size of needle may vary to suit gauge. The size can be swapped in class if needles are purchased at the Knit Café.
Wed July 2, 9, 16, 23/ Fri Sept 12, 19, 29, Oct 3, 7-9pm

Stylish Bandana and Introduction to Short Row Shaping NEW CLASSbandana
This neck warmer is a hybrid of a cowl and a triangular shaped scarf.  The results as aforementioned are very dapper. It’s also a wonderful project to try out some essential knit shaping techniques.  The bandana is knit in one piece in rounds with several different decreases and short row shaping too. What the heck are short rows? Come to class and find out!
1 session, $32, materials not included
Materials: aran weight yarn, 6mm, 40cm circular needle available at the Knit Cafe
Mon July 7/Mon Sept 8, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Flowers Workshop
1 session, $32, materials not included
Wed July 9, 6:30-9pm

Shell Motif Crochet Blanket NEW CLASSshell blanket
It’s a brand new season and time for a brand new crochet blanket pattern!  This one, like all great crochet blanket patterns combines design with texture and colour. The pattern is more advanced than the pattern we work in our Beginner Crochet Blanket Class which makes the Shell Blanket a good follow up to this class or to our Crochet 101 class.  Students can expect to hone their pattern reading skills, and practice alternating yarn colours, while learning the scalloped stitching that makes up this blanket.
1 session, $37, materials not included
Materials: several colours of worsted weight yarn and 4mm-5mm crochet hook, available at the Knit Café.
Sun July 13, 12:30- 3:30pm

Crochet Slipper Class
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Thurs July 24, 31, 7-9pm/ Sun Sept 28, Oct 5, 12:30-2:30

ADVANCED (Knitting students should be proficient with knit and purl, and knitting in rounds on double pointed needles)

Sock Class
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
Thurs July 3, 10, 17, 7-9pm

Sock Master Class
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
Saturday June 7, 14, 21, 10:30-12:30am

Lace 101
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Mon July 14, 21, 7-9pm

To register for a class please call us at 533 5648, or come by the café to
register in person. Remember we are moving – we will be on Queen St. till the end of April, and on Roncesvalles from May onward!

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Beach Baby

beach baby

Some of you might relate to this; I want to knit my baby the world!!! He is finally starting to sleep better, which means I have a few ME hours during the evening. Naturally I start think about him and how to make his life more beautiful and special. Knitting is one way to show some love. What more can a 10 month old ask for, then being hugged by a cozy sweater that was lovingly knit by his mommy.  Beach Baby by Christine H. Wilkins was one of the many patterns that was waiting to be knit in my Ravelry faves. This pretty sweater has everything; top down construction, fair-isle colour-work and minimal finishing. I was so excited that I knit it in less then 48 hours, only to find out it didn’t fit exactly the way I wanted it to. Sleeves seams were too wide and the body was too narrow for my liking. I ripped it back to the yoke and made a few adjustments. Here are my notes:

Yarn used: MadelineTosh Vintage in Tern and Bloomsbury, Cascade 220 Superwash colour #817.
Size made: 1-2 years.
I knit the pattern as is till  Divide for Body and Sleeves. This is where my adjustment comes in. I took 8 sts away from each sleeve and added it to the body as follows:
K 28 sts, slip the next 38 sts to a long piece of scrap yarn for sleeve, join and K 56 sts, slip next 38 sts to a long piece of scrap yarn for sleeve, join and K 28 sts. The rest of the body is knit the same as in the pattern.
I also picked up and knit 2 sts at armpits, once I began knitting sleeves.

Here is my little one in his sweater.beach baby

I can’t speak for all sizes in this pattern, but my friend Ellen just finished knitting the smallest size and the sleeves also look wider then they should be. For anyone interested in knitting 0-1 year size, taking away 6 sts from each sleeve and adding to the body should do the trick.

Here is a close up of the colour-work on Ellen’s sweater.
She used Anzula’s For Better or Worsted in Denim, and Madelinetosh Vintage in Butter and Creme de Menthe
beach baby

This is a free pattern and a fun one to knit! You can find it HERE

Happy knitting!!!
Iwona

Pantone Blanket!

The Crochet Blanket Class is coming up this coming Sunday March 23rd!

crochet blanket class

Lucky folks who are taking this class will have a sweet selection of Cascade 220, worsted weight yarns to choose from. If you’re in a spring frame of mind, and who among us is not hankering for spring, then you might want to make a blanket in the Pantone Colours for Spring 2014.  Here they are!

cascade

pantone 1Cascade colours:
Sunset #808
Doeskin #1926
Pale Mauve #9559
Baby Rose # 9442
Gelato #2439

cascade

dazzling bluehemlockplacid bluecomfreyAporto #4009
Celery #905
Sapphire #1951

Lake Chelan #9451

cascade

violet tulipMystic Purple #1948

and a new colour (not represented by Pantone, which is their loss) Ireland #2429

A few places remain in the Crochet Blanket Class.
Sunday March 23, 30, 12:30-3:30.

Call us to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

It’s sock time!

It is no accident that we have a sock class starting on March 21, and ending on April 4th.  This is the perfect time to learn how to make socks! The sock is one of the worlds greatest spring and summer knitting projects.  Here’s why:
1. Portability. Socks are a one skein project.  You may throw it in your purse, your backpack, your picnic basket, or your bike basket.  Have sock – will travel!
2. Light Weight.  Socks are usually made with fine, so called “sock yarn” which means it doesn’t feel hot and heavy in your hands and on your lap while you work it on your balcony on a clement evening.
3. A very fun knit! Sock patterns are a great combination of stimulating, entertaining knitting, broken up with periods of automatic, repetitive stuff.  Take it to the patio and gab with your pals as you knit these parts. Sock patterns are also easy to memorize so there’s no need to worry whether you forgot your pattern on the sofa.
4. Sock yarns come in delicious, summery colours, and it’s easy to take some wardrobe risks when it comes to the feet!
5. At the end of it all, you’ll have socks!  Socks that will be ready for next fall to keep your toes warm, socks that will be ready by December to give as gifts.

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Some sock inspiration ↑. It’s a sock-in-progress by Lilja.  She’s using one of the self striping yarns by Turtlepurl called “Angry Birds” .

Sock Class
Thursday March 21, 28, April 4, 7-9pm
$76, materials not included
Students should be familiar with double pointed needles before joining this class

You can register by calling 416 533 5648, or coming by 1050 Queen St. West.

Craftily yours
Kristin