Rainbow connection

OMBRE yarn by Freia!
We received an order of this precious yarn in the spring and now it is back – but with a difference.  Our Springy version was a very  fine Lace Weight variety and this recent, Practically-Fall version is a meatier Sport Weight.  Each cake contains 234 metres of yarn that is dyed from stem to stern to knit up in a continuous colour-metamorphosising  pattern. It’s ombre!
These pics may give you an idea as to their beauty but what a picture won’t tell is how soft they are. These Sport Weight cakes score high on the soft scale with 30% silk blended in with the merino. Soft enough to go right next to the skin for hats and cowls and good enough for baby duds too!









To take full advantage of the ombre style – one skein projects are best!  Try:

this shawlette pattern called ZuZu’s Petals

or this hat by Stephen West called Aurora Expanse


or Victorian Gauntlets by Katherine Summer O’Neal

victorian gauntlets

Exciting stuff!
Craftily yours



NEW WEBSITE for The Knit Cafe!

It’s a banner day! Our brand new website is up and at ‘em.

Please give it a visit HERElearn to knit

We have joined the modern world by adding some ecommerce to our new virtual home.  You can now register for classes online!
You will be able to purchase yarn and patterns here too. We will let you know when we add these bits, it should be soon!

Craftily yours

Polish Festival – it’s next week!

The Polish Festival on Roncesvalles Ave is coming up this coming weekend. Whoopee! It will be the Knit Cafe’s first time participating in the Polish festivities and we are so looking forward to it, and not just because of the Perogies (but we are looking forward to those too).
Busy preparations have brought us to knit some nifty samples.

arm warmer

We searched our lexicon to find the perfect beginner project to introduce to folks who might come to the festival.  The answer to this search – ARM WARMERS!
This fingerless mitten pattern is as easy to knit as any scarf and much quicker too!

arm warmers

I spent part of today poking through our button jar for treasures to decorate this pair.

arm warmer

Iwona unpacked her needle felting skills to embellish these guys.

easy peasy mittens

We hope to have a few more examples ready to inspire some new knitters come this September 13 and 14. If you-yourself are a brand new knitter who is in need of a new project, or if you know such a soul, you can find the Easy Peasy Garter Stitch Arm Warmers pattern HERE. The mitten is knit flat in good old garter stitch.  They are seamed up after the knitting is done and the pattern includes a tutorial for the seaming!

See you on Roncey!
Craftily yours

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


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

Craftily yours

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


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

We’ve got class!

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

Dyes were made from purple cabbage

005natural dyenatural dye

and tumeric


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

natural dye

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


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


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



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


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

Craftily yours

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