rainbows rule!

Last week we put up our first window display in more than year, probably more like two! It feels pretty good. the window features a rainbow motif crafted with three different techniques. Macrame rainbows can be made with a kit supplied to us by Aster and Vine, Needle Felted rainbows and Punch Needle rainbows are Knit Cafe original patterns and also come as kits.

It is pretty tricky to take photos of windows but I love how the reflection in this shots elevates the rainbows skyward.

The Punch Needle Kits come with 4 different rainbow designs from which you can choose the one you like best. You can also just purchase the pattern as a digital download. All the profits made from these downlaods through the month of June 2021 we will be donating to Friends Of Ruby, which is an organization in Toronto that helps LGBTQI2S youth.

Several needle felted rainbows can be made with one kit. These would look awesome made into a mobile. There is video support for this kit for those who are new to needle felting!

This macrame rainbow is easy to make but you will need a glue gun or some strong glue!

Also….. As of June 16, The Knit Cafe will be partially open to shopping! Wow!
Customers can come in, one at a time with masks and we will help them at an area sectioned off at the front of the shop, So, no independent browsing just yet but you will be able to see those colours and textures in person.
Please check out the webshop before you come so you know what to ask for, and please get in touch for pre-visit consultations by email and by phone. We are here Wed-Fri noon-6pm, and Sat-Sun noon-5pm.

Our Pattern in Making 10. Intricate

It was around this time of the year when I started to work up a design that I hoped might be looked upon fondly by the folks as Making Magazine.
Making is my favourite craft magazine. Always inspiring, with drool-worthy pictures, and high quality projects. I like the size of it in my hands and the feel of the paper. I like that it contains not only projects for knitters but much of the textile arts that I am a complete sucker for. So you can imagine that I am seriously chuffed to be included in this upcoming issue of Making.  Wow!

This edition is called “Intricate” and the mood boards sent out to designers were full of golden hues and lots of texture. As I biked to and from work I was, as I am now, taking in all the smiling faces of sunflowers and dahlias and these became the motifs that I wanted to feature.
Mittens are my favourite garment to design and to knit – so that was an easy choice.

The result of my tinkering is the “Late Bloomer Mittens”. The picture above and the close up picture are both provided by the talented people at Making. Are they not lovely?
The Intricate edition will not be released till Oct 23, 2020, but look for preorders to open on September 14th from The Knit Cafe.

The yarn I used in the mittens was Lichen and Lace. A strand of Rustic Heather Sport and Marsh Mohair are held double throughout. We just received a lovely big box of both and here are some of the colour combos you could choose for this project or any other furry fabric that suits the gauge.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Summer Sale 2020

It’s Summer Sale Time!
The Knit Cafe is having a storewide sale. Everything is 15% off. This includes yarn and needles and tools and accessories, and rug hooking and punch needle supplies, and books and magazines!

Also, for the first time ever our wonderful Bargain Bins are making an appearance in our online shop. That means they will not be in the physical shop but does mean you can route through them in the comfort of your own home. There is a 25% off bargain bin, and a 30% off bargain bin and a 40% off bargain bin too.

Sale starts Sunday July 18 and ends at the end of the day on Sunday July 26.

Check out our webshop for goodies. 

 

shop update for June 2020

So..we miss you…but we want you to stay safe…so we are easing into opening up the shop. Please continue to shop in the webshop and stay in touch with email and telephone but if you are hankering for an in person yarn visit then we are kinda, sorta, open-ish!
The shop is set up for social distancing, which means that we can help one customer at a time who will have their own space at the front of shop. It’s like an old timey mercantile situation where the shopkeeper shows you and brings you things. You will point and we will go fetch, you will tell us what you are after and we will show you what we have. Hand sanitizer is here, the store in clean, our staff has masks – please wear one too if you have one.
You can pick up your web orders or shop in person:
Tuesday-Friday noon-6pm and Saturday noon-5pm. 
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As we wrestle with the disturbing events of racialized violence and discrimination over the last few weeks we are hopeful that this is a time of new beginnings. We at The Knit Cafe are currently developing initiatives to better support an agenda of equality and will work to become better advocates both as a small business and personally. For starters we have made a donation to Bipoc in Fiber which helps to promote the work of Black, Indigenous & People of Colour in the fibre community. More actions will follow. We do not want these recent events to be a moment in time soon forgotten, we are hoping for meaningful change.
Take care everyone!
Craftily yours
Kristin

Curbside Pick Up

Curbside Pick Up – it seems to mean different things to different businesses. Let me tell you how we are getting it done…

We are happily expanding curbside pick up to be a 5 day a week affair with hours that we hope will fit into your schedule so you can drop by when it suits you and pick up your packages. If this idea appeals to you this is what you do:

  1. make an order in our webshop, or if that is not convenient call or email. 416 533 5648. theknitcafe@hotmail.com
  2. select “pick up in store” during checkout
  3. wait for an email saying “your order is ready for pick up”
  4. come to 55 Roncesvalles Ave –
    Tuesday-Friday noon-6pm
    or Saturday noon-5pm
  5. knock when you get here. Packages will be passed on over a safe distance from a table at the door.

If you place your order before noon on a Tuesday-Saturday you will be able to pick up the same day. Orders placed Saturday afternoon- Monday will have to be picked up on Tuesday or thereafter.

Questions about what to buy?
We are available through email and through the phone for advice and council. We have been having fun sending suggestions and links back and forth to customers and helping them to narrow down their selections to just the thing they were looking for.

We are excited about the Provincial announcements that retails stores will be able to open soon. We have decided for the moment to remain closed to the public. As many of you know The Knit Café is an intimate space where collaboration and lingering and certainly touching and feeling of yarn is part of the attraction. Although we love those things about our environment we suspect they also make it a space where it is difficult to maintain distance. Therefore we are postponing our opening till it feels safer to do so. We hope we have your support. Please let us know how we can help and provide you with the service you have come to expect. We look forward to seeing all of you soon.

Take care and Craftily yours
Kristin

Health Crisis Update from The Knit Cafe

These are strange times. It seems we are all collectively holding our breaths but all of us separately; each in our own corners, keeping physical distance, waiting and worrying and hoping. This world wide pandemic keeps some of us staggeringly busy and others of us distractingly not so. We at The Knit Cafe send big virtual hugs to you no matter the circumstance you find yourself in.

Here is our update: The Knit Cafe’s bricks and mortar shop is closed. Our WEBSHOP IS OPEN! We can still furnish you with supplies to keep your hands busy and hopefully help your hearts to lighten. These are times when having a hobby can really come in handy to pass the hours, but also to manage stress and we are glad we are still in a position to help at least in this small way.

Your orders will come from an environment that is currently a one-gal operation. To keep us all safe there is only one worker toiling solo. Cleaning and sanitizing in the shop and order fulfillment space is done diligently and regularly.

We are available and happy to answer any of your questions so do get in touch by email if you are in need. We hope get some virtual activities ready for you all in the future.

It is easy to get down, and justifiable too, but there is also a lot to celebrate. Little acts of kindness are sparking up everywhere. I have one to share with you. It involves one of our favourite yarn suppliers – Brooklyn Tweed.

Brooklyn Tweed has come out with an initiative to help support all of us makers and local suppliers of the Brooklyn Tweed yarns. Selflessly, they have offered a discount to their customers so they can indulge in their knitting pursuits even in this time of financial uncertainty. These discounts then become credit for LYS’s like us so we can purchase more yarn and help to keep those knitting needles click-clacking. Many of you have already taken advantage of theses discounts. Those of you who have not, you have until May 15 to do so. Again, I think this is so generous of the folks at Brooklyn Tweed.

Customers can choose to pay based on what they can afford- 10%, 20%, or 30%. Everyone has a different situation. Some of us have real serious financial struggles and some of us are holding steady. The Knit Cafe’s customers have often chosen one of the lower discounts and a few of you have written to tell me that you prefer to pay full price. We are blown away by this generosity of spirit and we thank you!!!!

For anyone who wants to start a new Brooklyn Tweed Yarn inspired project and would like  to know how to get their hands on some and choose a discount to boot then wait no further here is what you do..

go to The Knit Cafe,s webshop

pick out your Brooklyn Tweed goodies

apply one of the following discount codes during checkout:

ApartTogether10 for a 10% discount

ApartTogether20 for a 20% discount

ApartTogether30 for a 30% discount

You can use these codes till May 15.

There is more Brooklyn Tweed on the way but if we don’t have what you want in our shop you can also shop directly with Brooklyn Tweed and let them know you want credit for your discounts to go to your LYS The Knit Cafe and that helps us too. We appreciate your support. Please let us know by email what we can do to support you.

Take care everyone
Craftily yours
Kristin

New Year Thoughts. 2020

2019 was quite a year!

  • It was the year The Knit Café got crazy for Punch Needling
  •  We introduced some new classes, including a really inspiring Natural Dye Class that yielded swoon-worthy results, and a fairisle sweater knitting class where we ended up with a colourful array of Soldotna Sweaters
  • The Knit Cafe hosted a trunk show from Brooklyn Tweed
  • Canadian Hand Dyers like Hello Stella were added to The Knit Cafe’s Yarn menu
  • Our home sweet home got some improvements including a large communal table that is great for classes and also for our Social Night which is now the first Friday of the month and is so much fun! You should come.
  • A new year of Yarn Club began.
  • Brand new Knit Cafe patterns were introduced.
  • Patterns like the Arts and Crafts Hat, the Be My Guest towel, the Warm Thoughts cowl, and the Equinox shawl.

Our Schedule of Classes for 2020 has some goodies!


Brioche Class


Knitting Level Two


Sweater Class


Introduction to Embroidery Class


Introuction to Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom Class


Rug Hooking Class

You can read all about the 2020 classes at The Knit Café HERE.
Happy New Year
Craftily Yours
Kristin

 

Happy Holidays Everyone

Happy Merry!!!
Thanks to all of you who have been such great supporters of The Knit Café this year. We love you. We love seeing all the amazing things you are making. Thank you for sharing. We can’t wait to see what you will come up with next year.

Holiday Hours

Dec 24: 10am-3:30pm
Dec 25-26: closed
Dec 27-31: Boxing Days Sale
Dec 31: 10am-3:30pm
Jan 1: closed

Craftily yours,
Kristin

Mending Ways

I have been on a mending mission lately. This early cold snap necessitated some quick action. Mittens with holes, and a hat and a woolen house coat too. Such a rush job that I stayed up late and darned my heart out and everyone had woollies to wear the next day. But I did not take pictures – as is the nature of life when one hurries through it – one can not document it too.

Oh but summer time! –  do you remember that?  Then, thoughtful meditations on mending and some picture taking was p0ssible too. I fixed this sweater with the traditional woven style darning method.

I used a glass to keep the fabric a bit taught as I worked. First I stitched a perfect circle around the hole

I filed it into with interwoven stitching.

I made a mistake and had to stitch up outside of my circle. So I added a little leaf and now it is an apple. Also I ran out of green and used some pink. Happy accidents!

I also fixed this sweater with some success, but the stitching looked a little messy so I decorated it with some lazy daisies.

I am really excited that this Wednesday, The Knit Café is hosting a visible mending class and I will learn another method of mending called “Scotch Darning”. It is a sturdy bit of stitchery with an interesting texture. Please join us if you are free.

Visible Mending Workshop

Wednesday November 20, 6:30-9:30pm

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Brooklyn Tweed Trunkshow and Thanksgiving Hours.

We are thankful for Brooklyn Tweed and for you – all of you wonderful, crazy knitters!

The Knit Café is hosting a Trunk Show with the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 19 Collection. That means all the garments from the collection are here. You can come in tomorrow and fondle them and even try them on.

Saturday October 12, 10am-7pm

All Sweater Quantities Sold – 10% off

The Knit Café will be Closed on

Sunday October 13, and Monday October 15

For Thanksgiving

Gobble, gobble everyone.

Craftily yours,
Kristin