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

Last Day of the Summer Sale!

It’s the 2oth of July already!  Where does the time go?

sale

Everything is still 20% off, but only till 6pm tonight.

….but coming up this week….

crochet slipper

Crochet Slipper Class

Learn how to make these fantastic crocheted slippers, leather  bottoms too!
Thursday July 24 and 31, 7-9pm
$54, materials not included

needlepoint finishing

Needlepoint and Rug Hooking Finishing Workshop

Do you have a rug hooking or needlepoint project on the go?  Do you know how to trim up the edges and make your cushion, or trivet, or wall hanging when you finish your stitching?  If you don’t,then this may be the class for you!
Wednesday July 23, 6:30-9pm
$32, materials not included.

To register for classes, call us 416 533 5648.  Or stop by 55 Roncesvalles Ave.

Craftily yours
Kristin

504 King West

Thank you all TTC Knitalongers! It was so nice to see faces filled with such knit-enthusiasm last Saturday.  What a great way to launch our summer yarn sale!  Thank you too, to the fine folks who organize the knitalong and brought the joy to all those faces, as well as raising some funds for Sistering. It’s Win, Win!

We had a special gift for the Knitalong groups that came through the Knit Cafe.  Iwona designed a pattern to commemorate the TTC Knitalong 2014.  It’s called 504 King West, after the streetcar route that passes by the Knit Cafe.

We’d now like to pass the pattern along to all commuters (and non commuters too -what the heck!).

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504 King West504 King West

This asymmetrical garter stitch scarf, is brought to you by the magic of Koigu Yarn.  Find two 50 gram skeins that strike your fancy and mix in some delectable mini skein in a pleasing pallet and you are ready for even the worst rush-hour blues.

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504 King West

 504 King West

A pattern designed for your commute! This asymmetrical neck wrapper is a restful knit meant for sleepy, distracted knitters who like to knit to the rhythm of the metro or the streetcar. Named after the Toronto streetcar route that rumbles by The Knit Café on Roncesvalles Ave, this pattern was originally inspired by the TTC Knitalong. This intrepid group takes over Toronto Transit for an annual knitathon. Amazing!

This garter stitch scarf is shaped with increases and decreases to form a dynamic, obtuse triangular shape. Have fun with the mixing and matching of the colours! Choose two for the body of the scarf and a cute trio of colours for the scarf edge. In our version we took advantage of Koigu Yarn’s sweet, mini skeins, which are 10 metres long each. This is the perfect amount for one stripe in this pattern.

Made with a long circular needle you won’t have to worry about poking the passenger beside you or losing a needle, just throw this project in your bag and climb aboard.

Materials: Koigu KPM 50 grams (160m/175yds) one of each A 2335, B 2354, and Koigu KPM 10m skeinettes one of each C 2403, D 1113, E 1112.
3.5 mm/#4 circular needle 80cm/32” long

Gauge: 20sts and 52 rows per 10cm/ 4 inches in garter st, or needle to obtain gauge.
Finished Dimensions: 140 cm/ 55 inches long, 27 cm/ 10 inches at widest point

Using A CO 4 sts,

Row 1 (WS): K till 2 sts remain, KFB, K1.

Row 2 (RS): YO, K till 2 sts remain, K2TOG.

Repeat both rows till 96sts on the needle, ending with WS row. Break yarn leaving 25cm tail.

At the beginning of next RS row pick up colour B, SL 1, KFB, K till 2 sts remain, K2TOG.

Continue with rows 1 and 2 till 134 sts, ending with row 2.

Bind off loosely and weave in end.

 Edging

Facing RS and using colour C pick up and knit 5sts for every 4 garter ridges (about 170sts), along K2TOG edge.

Row 1 (WS): YO, K till 2 sts remain, K2TOG, break yarn leaving 25cm tail.

Row 2 (RS): using colour D, K till 2 sts remain, KFB, K1.

Row 3: same as row 1.

Row 4: using colour E, K till 2 sts remain, KFB, K1.

Bind off loosely and weave in all ends.

504 King West schematic crop

Abreviations:
CO: cast on
sts: stitches
WS: wrong side
RS: right side
K: knit
KFB: knit front and back increase
YO: yarn over
K2TOG: knit two together
SL: slip the stitch purlwise

PATTERN  PDF FOR EASY PRINTING

Craftily yours
Kristin

What’s on Sale?

Everything is on sale!

All yarn, needles, accessories, books, and patterns are all 20% off!

In addition there are a few extra special sale items – which I can share with you. In a word – ANZULA!

anzula cloud

Delicious hand dyed yarn from Anzula, is usually a splurge, so we’ve put some of our varieties on extra special sale to make this yarn as economical as it is beautiful.  Anzula Cloud is a light fingering weight yarn that is delicate and soft, it is a blend of merino, cashmere, and nylon.  Each skein has a generous 575 yards, regular price is $32.50, but at 30% off it is now $22.75!

anzula mermaid

Mermaid by Anzula is 60% sea cell, which is made from seaweed, the remaining 40% is silk.  The skein has 700 yards and usually costs $43, but at 30% off it is now $30.10.

anzula breeze

Wonderful Breeze by Anzula is a lace weight yarn made from silk and linen, it’s a perfect summer yarn! A 750 yard skein costs $37, but with the 30% off you can take it home for $25.90.

Sale is on now, and last till Sunday July 20th.

Craftily yours
Kristin