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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

 

Classes in 2014

Traditionally, the beginning of a new year is a time people start to think about new projects and adventures.  If – for you – this includes some crafting plans, then have a look at our line up of classes for this winter season.  We’ve added on a few new dates for some of our more popular classes, such as the Cable Cowl Workshop, and the Hat Workshop.

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER

bowl

learn to knit or crochet!

Crochet 101
Sunday Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 12:30-2:30
Wed Feb 26, break Mar 12, 19, 26, 7-9pm
Sun April 6, 13, break 27, May 4, 12:30-2:30

Knit 101
Fri Jan 10. 17, 24, 31
Mon Jan 20. 27. Feb 3, 10
Fri Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14
Mon Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 17
Thurs Mar 13, 20, 27, April 3
Mon Mar 31, April 7, 14, break, 28
all 7-9pm

needlepoint class

needlepoint class

Crochet Crash Course
Thurs Feb 6, 6:30-9pm
Wed April 2, 6:30-9pm

Knitter’s Crash Course
Mon Jan 13, 6:30-9pm
Mon Feb 10, 10am-12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Mon Mar 17, 10am-12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Mon Mar 24, 6:30-9pm, JUST ADDED!

Needlepoint Workshop
Thurs Jan 30, 6:30-9

hexagon blanket jpeg

crochet blanket class

Crochet Blanket
Wed Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 7-9pm
Sun Mar 23, 30, 12:30-3:30

Needle Felting Workshop
Sun Mar 9, 12:30-3pm

Drop Spindle (Introduction to Spinning) Class
Sun Feb 9, 16, 23, 12:30-2:30

baby blanket workshop

baby blanket workshop

BEGINNER

Baby Blanket Workshop
Fri Feb 7, 6:30-9pm
Thurs Mar 6, 6:30-9pm
Mon Mar 24, 10am -12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Fri April 11, 6:30-9pm

Project Class
Thurs Jan 9, 16, 23, 7-9pm
Mon Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 10am-12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Thurs April 10, 17, 24, 7-9pm

simply twisted

cable cowl workshop

Cable Cowl Workshop
Wed Jan 22, 6:30-9pm
Wed March 5, 6:30-9pm JUST ADDED!

Hat Workshop
Mon Jan 6, 6:30-9pm
Thurs Feb 13, 6:30-9pm JUST ADDED!

INTERMEDIATE

Amigurumi Workshop
Sun Mar 2, 12:30-3:00

Mitten Class
Thurs Feb 20, 27, 7-9pm

mitten class

mitten class

Crochet Blanket Finishing
Wed Feb 19, 6:30-9pm

Reading Charted Patterns for Crocheters
Sun Mar 16, 12:30-3:00

ADVANCED

Sock Class
Fri Mar 21, 28, 4, 7-9pm

sock master class

sock master class

Sock Master Class
Sat Feb 8,15, 22, 10:30-12:30

Steeking Workshop
Sat Jan 18, 10:30am-1pm

Sweater Design Class
Sat Mar 8, 15, 22, break, April 5, 10:30am-12:30pm

Knitting in Colour
Wed April 16, 23, 7-9pm

To see the full class descriptions – look HERE.

To register for classes call us at 416 533 5648 or drop by the Knit Cafe at 1050 Queen St. West.

New Day Time Classes!

We are so happy that Iwona is back at the Knit Cafe after her maternity sojourn.  One of the extra benefits of having her amongst us is that she will be able to put her talents to good use and take up the mantle of teacher again.  To this end we are adding on some new dates for classes.  These classes will take place in the daylight hours and hopefully allow more options to folks whose schedules do not permit evening classes.  If that is you, then make a note:

scarf

Knitter’s Crash Course, our 2.5 hour introduction to knitting for complete novices will now also run – Monday December 2nd 10am-12:20pm

holiday bear

Holiday Bear Workshop, is a class for beginner knitters (you only need be familiar with the simple knit stitch to make this gorgeous specimen).  After you take the Knitter’s Crash Course you will be in good shape to tackle this class. Learn to follow a knit pattern and the seaming techniques necessary to make this bear – Monday December 9, 10am-12:30pm

hat

Hat Workshop is our class for learning how to knit in circles on those pesky double pointed needles.  A toque is a fun and quick item to knit and makes excellent gifts.
Monday December 16, 10am-12:30pm

To register for these classes or any other classes give us a call here at
416 533 5648.

Craftily yours
Kristin

meow, meow, meow, meow

more kittens in the litter!
Anzula Cloud – the kitten soft yarn comes in delicious popsicle colours that look very appropriate for spring.  We’ve added a few more to our line-up.

See here ↑ Candied Apple, Periwinkle, and Red Shoe -$32.50/525 m(575 yds)

This blanket by Carol Findlay, is the first project I have seen to make use of this beautiful yarn.  This may be the softest blanket ever, made for a not yet arrived baby-girl.

The good yarn news does not stop there.  We also received 1 of 3.

1 0f 3 boxes of Madeline Tosh yarn!
Number 1 contained Merino Light. Some Smart-Alecs have bought up one of the colours before I even had a chance to see it.  I hope they will give me a glimpse of their projects as they work them out. Still there is a good array of hues left -as you can see. Merino Light is $19 for 384 metres (420 yards)


Just in time for the Triangular Scarf Class that is coming along this April. Choose 2 colours of beautiful Madeline Tosh Merino Light to make this striped-up cravat. Newbie knitters are welcome in this class, only knit and purl basics are the requirements.  Learn how:
to add a smooth like silk selvedge edge into your knit scarves
to make increases in a variety of ways
to add coloured stripes into your repertoire of knitting achievements
to create a loose and stretchy bind off
to follow the pattern to create this fine triangular scarf (perfect for the spring)
If you are up to date on all these skills then find the pattern for the Soho Scarf here.  It is free to use from me to you.

Triangular Scarf Class
2 session class
Thursday April 19 and Friday April 20,  7-9pm
$50, materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin