What’s Up With Madelinetosh?

Why is it so talked about? So pined for? So worth the wait? Because you always have to wait a bit for this yarn.  The answer to these questions are below in picture form.  For more evidence come into the cafe and give the yarn a squeeze.  For further research on the subject – take some home and knit or crochet with it, but don’t do this if you do not want to join ranks with the Madelinetosh addicts!

We just received an enormous shipment containing:
Pashmina (sport weight) 75% merino, 15% silk, 10% cashmere, 329m, $37
Vintage (worsted weight) 100% superwash merino, 182m, $24.50
Chunky (aran weight) 100% superwash merino, 151m, $24.50
ASAP (extra bulky weight) 100% superwash merino, 82m, $24.50

pashmina Madelinetosh

Colours are order from left top clockwise
Pashmina in Citrus, Sunrose, Tart, Nutmeg, Candlewick, and Leaf.

pashmina Madelinetosh

Pashmina in Georgia O’Keefe, Celadon, Antique Lace, Tern

Vintage Madelinetosh

Vintage in Gilded, Bloomsbury, Maple Leaf, Cousteau

Vintage Madelinetosh

Vintage in Mare, Paper, Ember, Composition Book Grey

Madelinetosh Vintage

Vintage in Fragrant, Scarlet, Smokestack, Coquette, Flashdance.

Madelinetosh Chunky

Chunky in Tern, Jade, Mineral, Betty Draper Blue, Fathom

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Chunky in Vintage Sari, William Morris, Calligraphy, Victorian Gothic

Madelinetosh Chunky

Chunky in Citrus, Candlewick and Torchere

Madelinetosh Chunky

Check out these new splattered colours. We love them! This one is  Cosmic Wonder. It’s Chunky weight.

Madelinetosh Chunky

Optic in Chunky

Madelinetosh Chunky

Holi Festival in Chunky

Madelinetosh Chunky

Modern Fair Isle in Chunky

Madelinetosh ASAP

ASAP in Pop Rocks, Courbet’s Green, Coquette, Edison Bulb, Citrus

Madelinetosh ASAP

ASAP in Flashdance, Fig, Cousteau, Leaf

Madelinetosh ASAP

ASAP in Well Water, Silver Fox, Fog. Composition Book Grey, Dirty Panther

Sigh!
Craftily yours
Kristin

Class Schedule Preview Fall/Winter 2014/2015

It’s Back-To-School-Time already! Although no one sane wishes for the summer to end, I sure am looking forward to Fall.

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER KNITTING (no experience necessary)

Knit 101
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Thurs Sep t4, 11, 18, 25 7-9pm/ Mon Sept 22, 29, Oct 6, break, 20, 7-9pm/ Wed Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 7-9pm /Fri Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 7-9pm/ Thurs Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18, 7-9pm/ Fri Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, 7-9pm/ Mon Jan 26, Feb 2, 9 break 23, 7-9pm/ Fri Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 7-9pm/ Wed Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, 1-3pm/ Thurs April 2, 9, 16, 23, 7-9pm

Knitter’s Crash Course
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Aug 28, 1-3:30pm/ Fri Sept 5, 6:30-9pm/ Wed Sept 24, 1-3:30/ Mon Dec 1, 6:30-9pm/ Wed Jan 28, 1-3:30/ Mon Mar 9, 6:30-9pm

Kid’s Knitting Class
4 sessions, $76, materials not included
Wed Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 4:15-5:45pm/ Sun Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 12:30-2pm

Beginners Knit Headbands!headband
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Wed Dec 10, 17, 7-9pm/ Wed March 18, 25, 7-9pm

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ABSOLUTE BEGINNER CROCHET (no experience necessary)

Crochet 101
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Wed Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8/ Wed Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3/
Thurs Feb 19, 26, Mar 5, 12/ Wed April 1, 8, 15, 22, 7-9pm

Crochet Crash Course
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Oct 30/ Thurs Jan 29/ Thurs Mar 19, 6:30-9pm

BEGINNER KNITTING (students should know the knit stitch and how to cast on)

Baby Blanket Workshop
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Aug 28, 6:30-9pm/ Wed Oct 8,1-3:30pm/ Mon Oct 27, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Dec 8, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Mar 2, 6:30-9pm/ Mon April 13, 6:30-9pm

Knit Slipper Class
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Thurs Nov 13, 20, 1-3pm/ Wed Mar 4, 11, 7-9pm

Cable Cowl Workshopsimply twisted
1 session, $32, materials not included
Mon Nov 10/ Mon Jan 12, 6:30-9pm

Hat Class
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Oct 2, 6:30-9pm/ Thurs Oct 23, 1-3:30pm/ Mon Nov 17 / Fri Feb 6 / Mon Mar 23, 6:30-9pm

Holiday Bear
1 session, $32, materials not included
Mon Nov 24, 6:30-9pm/ Mon Dec 15, 6:30-9pm

Project Class
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
Fri Dec 5, 12, 19, 7-9pm/ Thurs Feb 5, 12, 19, 1-3pm

BEGINNER CROCHET (students should know chaining, and single crochet)

Crochet Blanket
2 or 3 sessions(6 hrs)$74, materials not included
Sun Sept 7, 21, 12:30-3pm / Sun Nov 9, 16, 12:30-3pm / Wed Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 7-9pm/ Sun April 12, 19,12:30-3pm

INTERMEDIATE KNITTING (students should know the knit and purl stitches and how to knit in rounds on double pointed needles.)

Mitten Classsweater
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Thurs Oct 9, 16, 7-9pm/ Wed Jan 7, 14, 7-9pm/ Thurs Feb 5, 12, 7-9pm

Sweater Class
4 sessions, $100, materials not included
Fri Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 7-9pm/ Thurs Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 7-9pm

INTERMEDIATE CROCHET (students should know chaining, single and double crochet)

Amigurumi Crochetcrochet slipper
1 session, $32, materials not included
Thurs Oct 23, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Slipper Class
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Sun Mar 22, 29, 12:30-2:30pm

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

First Sock Class
3 sessions, $76, materials not includedsocks
Thurs Nov 6, 13, 20/ Wed Feb 11, 18, 25, 7-9pm

Custom Fit Socks (Knit Toe Up)
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
Sun Oct 19, 26, Nov 2/ Sun Mar 1, 8, 15, 12:30-2:30pm

Lace 101
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Wed Nov 26, Dec3, 1-3pm/ Mon April 20-27, 7-9pm

Knit in Colour
2 sessions, $54, materials not included
Fri Oct 17, 24/ Fri Feb 13, 20, 7-9pm

OTHER CRAFTY CLASSES (no experience necessary)

Introduction to Rug Hookingrug hooking
1 session, $32, materials not included
Materials fee: $15, yarn not included.
Mon Nov 3, 6:30-9pm

Needlepoint Workshop
1 session, $32,
Materials fee: $3, plus yarn, we suggest Koigu Skeinettes
Mon Jan 19, 6:30-9pm

Drop Spindle Class (Introduction to Spinning)
3 sessions, $76, materials not included
Wed Aug 27, Sept 3,17 / Sun Jan 11, 18, 25, 12:30-2:30

Embroidery Workshop
1 session class, $32, materials not included
Mon Mar 16, 6:30-9pm

Introduction to Wet Felting
1 session, $38, Sun Nov 23, 12:30-3:30pm
Materials fee: $15 for felting kit, does not include felt fibres

Needle Felting Workshop
1 session, $32, materials not included
Sun Aug 24/ Sun Dec 7/ Sun April 5, 12:30-3pm

Full class descriptions will show up soon on our website and we will have take-away paper pamphlets in store in the next few days.

To register for a class please call us at 533 5648, or come by the café to
register in person. Remember we have moved to 55 Roncesvalles Ave.

Craftily yours
Kristin

We’ve got class!

We hosted our first Natural Dye Class at The Knit Cafe this week!

Dyes were made from purple cabbage

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and tumeric

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and onion skins too.  Here are some of the results ↓

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This class was so fun! I can’t wait till it comes around again.  We are feverishly working away on the Fall/Winter Class Schedule and expect to be able to share it with you soon.  Until then, there are classes scheduled through August and into September.  Here are some of the gems coming up!

fingerless mitt.

Fingerless Mitten Class, Thursday Aug 21 and 28, 7-9pm

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handspun from spinning class.

Drop Spindle (Intro to Spinning), Wednesday August 27, September 3, 10, 7-9pm

baby blanket.

Baby Blanket Workshop, Thursday August 28,6:30-9pm

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hexagon blanket jpegCrochet Blanket Class, Sunday September 7, 21, 12:30-3:30

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sweater classSweater Class, Friday September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 7-9pm

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 To see all our classes click HERE
and to register call 416 533 5648.

Craftily yours
Kristin

It Felt So Convenient

Everything you see in this photo (excepting the lady-Lucy Sparrow) was made from felt! The candy bars, the gum, the beer the newspaper, are all stitched up with wooly felt.
Welcome to Lucy Sparrow’s pop-up convenience store!

Lucy Sparrow

There are also felt biscuits, felt tv dinners, felt magazines, a selection of felt fruits and veg, even a felt cash register.  Even this is felt ↓

Lucy Sparrow 2

You can buy anything from the shop, just like a regular corner store but you’ll have to go to  London to do so.
I love this project! You can read about it in The Guardian (which is where I found these photos by Rosie Hallam/Barcroft Media) or watch a very entertaining short video abut it HERE.

The Knit Cafe has an upcoming felt-making workshop, so you can start your own corner store.  Our felt class is not applique and hand stitching like Ms Sparrows work.  It is Needle Felting!!

needle felting

Needle Felting Workshop
Sunday August 24, 12:30-3pm
$32, materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

new – just in!

maxima

Yes – these colours really are that bright!  Some might go so far as to call that pink and that yellow part of the neon family!

maxima

Uber-soft, this merino wool from Manos del Uruguay is one of my favourites to knit with.  Since last I posted about them a few weeks back we’ve received even more colours!
From left to right : Black, Oxygen, Shocking, Highlighter and Natural

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Sea Urchin, Limerick, Ultramarine, Freshwater

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Currant, Chrysanthemum, Foil, and Camomile.

Maxima by Manos del Uruguay is a worsted weight yarn with 200m per skein and costs $23 for the hand dyes and $25 for the hand painted skeins (those are the ones with all the radical colour changes).

In my last post I tempted you all with a promise to disclose more about The Knit Cafe’s upcoming Natural Dye Class. Well, I’m pleased to report although you may be sad to hear it, that the August 14/15 class is booked up.  No need to fret, because we can all look forward to a brand new Natural Dye Class next season.  We are busily preparing the Fall/Winter Class schedule and expect to be able to share it with you soon.  Look for the Natural Dye Class and many other wonderful classes besides. Our current class schedule does go into September, to read all about it look HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Emboidery Workshop

Our very first Introduction to Embroidery Class is coming up:
Thursday August 7, 6:30-9pm

In anticipation of this occasion, I thought I would post some pictures of pretty embroidered inspiration.

Embroidery by Hannah Oklaga

Beautiful embroidered piece by artist Hannah Oklaga.

A stitch journal from RadishBlossoms

Embroidery atop of printed fabric found on blog: RadishBlossoms.

vintage embroidered skirt

A graphic pattern embroidered on a skirt. This is a vintage garment that still looks so wearable.

Jillian Tamaki

Embroidered book jacket design by Jillian Tamaki.

vintage swedish embroidery

A vintage embroidered piece from Sweden.

Katherine Shaughnessy,  New Crewel, The Motif Collection

From Katherine Shaughnessy, and her book New Crewel, The Motif Collection

If you’re all jazzed to join the embroidery class now, give us a call at
416 533 5648.

Also coming up is our Natural Dying Class, Thurs Aug 14, Fri Aug 15, 6-9pm, but more on that later!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Fillin’ up on yarn!

What a difference a day makes!  If any of you dropped by The Knit Cafe during the last few days of the sale you may have noticed that the yarn stock – well…it looked a little low.
Well, no more!!!

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We even had to stuff some yarn into the way-high-up-shelves, that you will never, ever reach even if you stand on tippy toes.  Just ask – we’ll get it down for you.

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Representatives from all different weight classes are hot off the presses.  We got us some fingering (that’s sock weight), some sport, some DK , some worsted weight, some aran weight, and some chunky too!  Yarn brands that are tried and true; favourites like Cascade Yarns and Berroco, as well as restock of Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton and…..

manos del uruguay maxima

…this ↑ gorgeous stuff is by the fair trade, cooperative known as Manos del Uruguay. It’s a beautiful soft, merino, worsted weight called MAXIMA.

manos del uruguay maxima

More Maxima ↑

mamos del urugauy alegria

Also by Manos del Uruguay and new for us at The Knit Cafe is Alegria.  It’s a sock weight yarn made from 75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide.  This super-soft and comes in pretty colours! 425 metres is decently priced at $25.

manos del uruguay alegria

Here’s another pic of the Alegria ↑.

Craftily yours
Kristin