Happy Canada Day!

Hooray for that classic red and white colour combination that graces our flag!

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 Whoever had the forethought to pick those colours was really on to something!

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Here are some knit projects that show off the ol’ red n’ white to great effect!
Clockwise from top left: Striped Summer Shirt by Purl Soho, 33. Damestrømpe, Traditional Norwegian Selbu Stockings by Rauma Designs,  Perianth Mittens by Barbara Gregory , The Perfect Christmas Jumper by Susan Crawford

Since Canada Day falls on a Tuesday this year there will be no Stitch and Bitch on July 1.  We will be open that day, but only from 10am-4pm.  Otherwise our regular Knit Cafe hours will remain the same.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Make Your First Sweater Here!

Creating your first hand made sweater can be intimidating.  What pattern do you choose, and is that actually English that it’s written in? My first sweater adventure required a lot of back-up support, someone to help me through the unfamiliar parts but also someone to bring on the encouragement.

If you too would like a helping hand while you make your first sweater, then come and get it!  We are hosting our Sweater Class this Wed July 2, 9, 16, 23.

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This class features a unisex sweater pattern with a basic flattering shape.  It is knit from the top down so that it can be easily adjusted for length, and sleeve length. In addition you can make any size.  A baby sweater is a tempting choice for a first sweater; smaller, therefore a quicker knit and cute too.  Selfish knitting is also a temptation and if you succumb you can make one in your own size.  If you need a pullover than you can make one, or if you prefer a cardigan you can make one of those too, but the options do not end there.

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One of the best things about creating your own garments is making all the choices about the colours, and getting crafty with the style details.  Both of the examples pictured incorporate colour treats here and there that define the sweater and make them really special. They were more fun to knit that way too.

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To join us at this Sweater Class give us a ring at 416 533 5648

The dates are Wed July 2, 9, 16, 23, from 7-9pm
The class fee is $100, materials not included.

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Craftily yours
Kristin

welcome the Blue Skies!

Roncesvalles Avenue is lousy with ice cream shops.  In a good way! When I leave the Knit Cafe at the end of the day I pass happy strollers licking their cones, loiterers on sidewalk benches with sticky faces, those in queue outside the parlors with eyes big as moons as they contemplate the flavors.  It is a Willy Wonka dream!

So perhaps I can be forgiven for being a little ice cream obsessed.
Having said this though, I think the comparison between ice cream and our latest shipment of cotton yarn is obvious.  Just look at these colours! If they don’t look like delicious scoops of confection I don’t know what does.

icecream 2icecream 1 Choose your favourite flavor! icecream 4LEMONADE  or strawberry coloured SHELL.

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How about a scoop of THISTLE or a bit of PUMPKIN!icecream 3

 

Don’t forget the WASABI!

 In total we have 21 flavors of Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton! This soft and lofty yarn is a puffy worsted weight that makes nice snuggly knits. blue skyWe’re showing off some of our other favourite  colours on our pegboard of fame! ALOE, FLAMINGO, LEMONGRASS, TRUE RED,  and MEDITERRANEAN

Delicious!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Robots Love Sweaters!

Have you ever wondered – is it really possible to make a sweater for a robot in only one day? Well I have the answer, and that answer is YES!
It was on a very pretty Saturday June 14th when Roncey was Rockin, that we embarked on this community knit project.  Thanks to everyone who stopped and did a bit of knitting with us.  Many hands and needles surely helped us reach our goal.

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This Lovebot by Matthew Del Degan is here to spread the joy, and now this little guy can do it a little cozier with his brand new hand knit jumper. Do go by and visit him.

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He is camped outside Scooter Girl the tremendously fun kids shop #187 Roncesvalles – just a hop skip and a jump from The Knit Cafe.  We thank them for generously allowing us to dress their robot.

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There are many of these adorable robots around the GTA.  If you would like to know more about their mission then have a look at the Lovebot website.  I think you’ll be happy you did.

Sweaters don’t last too long on the rough and tumble city streets, so go check out our little friend soon, and please let us know when you do.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Get to the point -Needlepoint!

Our Needlepoint Class is filling up, so if you had your heart set on taking part in this seasons session give us a ring!

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There is something I particularly love about this Needlepoint Class, it’s the same thing I love about the Rug Hooking Class and the Embroidery Class too, all of which are taught by Maurie Todd.  Yes, I love that Maurie teaches them but I also love that all of these classes require thinking right out of the box!
Many needlepointers follow preprinted canvases in a paint by numbers style. In this class you will learn how to transpose your own creative purpose to the needlepoint canvas.  In other words you make up your own designs.  I love that!

Above is a finished product by Maurie who is teaching the class.  Look at that lovely finishing on her pillow case!

Here is the same design in progress!

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…and here is the inspiration! Maurie took a portion of one of Kate Austin’s repeat pattern designs to use as the centre piece of her pillow design.
I wonder what you might do?

Needlepoint Workshopkoigu mini skeins
Monday June 23, 6:30-9pm
$32, material fee of $3,
yarn not included,
we recommend Koigu skeinettes!
Call to register
416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

washing instructions included.

Some presents for my Sweetie, that were really for myself!

Washcloths!

Do people really get excited about washcloths? Well, I ‘ll tell you straight, if they’re handmade, cotton washcloths they sure do.  Knit or crocheted, I’m not fussy these small sections of cloth that are meant for drudgery improve the quality of my life exponentially.

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This wash cloth is made up an easy stitch pattern, with a single crocheted edge. The texture is perfect for scrubbing.

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Made from Skinny Cotton by Blue Sky Alpaca, these wash cloths last me years – YEARS!!!

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We just received an order of Blue Sky Cottons –  Look at all the pretty colours ↑

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Cotton Wash Cloth

Materials: Skinny Cotton by Blue Sky Alpaca (137 m/150 yds), 2 skeins make 4 wash cloths
3.5mm knitting needles and crochet hook (depending on your tension you may have to change the size of your crochet hook.  I recommend you crochet one side of the wash cloth and see how your crochet stitches fit with your knitting stitches.  If there is some bunching in the wash cloth , you are too tight, so pick a bigger hook. If the crochet stitches fan out and ruffle, then you’re too loose, go for a smaller hook.) I used a 3mm hook.
Finished Dimensions: aprox 20cm square

CO 30 sts

note: you may slip the first stitch of every row, by passing the stitch from the left needle to the right to get an edge that is easy to crochet, but this is optional

Row 1 and 2: (K2, P2) repeat to end
Row 3 and 4: (P2, K2) repeat to end

Repeat these four rows till your wash cloth is square.  I verify this by folding my wash cloth diagonally from corner to corner. If all your edges meet up – it is a square!

With your crochet hook and your contrast colour single crochet along all edges of the washcloth. A picot crochet stitch is also nice here if you’re familiar with it.

Weave in ends, and make more!!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Neighbourhood antics

It has been one whole month since we opened the doors of our new Roncesvalles location.  Time sure does fly!
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We are truly excited to be part of this special neighbourhood. Thank you to all  who have come by and made us feel so welcome.

We look forward to meeting even more of our neighbours on Saturday June 14th.

What’s happening June 14th you might ask! Well it’s Roncey Rocks!
This 11am-8pm festival is a big ol’ street party!

When I was but a littlun my street was blocked off once every summer and we all dressed up our bikes with streamers and glitter, there was a bike-parade! Later, there was square dancing. This Roncesvalles street party is is not like that, it’s next level!  4 stages for musicians, a juried art exhibit, food vendors, and community members with their own great projects make up the bulk of the activities.

The Knit Cafe will be facilitating a community knit project.  Come by and knit a few rows.  On it’s completion our group knit-work will go to spruce up the neighbourhood in an as-of-yet undisclosed location.  This will be disclosed soon – Mysterious!

New knitter’s are welcome and we will show you how to knit a stitch or two.

little paperWhen you come by – pick up a Little Paper . This neighbourhood publication is “Toronto’s best guide for young families”. It is a good read and has a Knit Cafe coupon in it, along with coupons for several other stellar businesses in Roncesvalles proper.

Craftily yours
Kristin