I was so excited when I discovered this yarn! Retrosaria is the brain child of Rosa Pomar, a textile talent who has taken on the project of conserving indigenous sheep breeds in her home country of Portugal. To make certain that these unique sheep breeds and some of the traditional Portuguese fibre processes are preserved she has developed several beautiful yarn lines that celebrate both. We have three of them in the shop for you to try.
Beiroa ↑ is a rustic wool yarn from the Bordaleira Serra da Estrela sheep. It comes in a lovely range of colours as you can see. It has a woolly hand, full of lanoline which is the perfect hand moisture for knitters and has a wonderful smell, yes smell!! Is so sweet!
Beiroa softens and blooms beautifully after washing.
Beiroa in it’s natural state is lightly spun with both texture and colour variation. Light and dark sheep’s wool are spun together to achieve tonal changes and some barber poling effects. The wool is then over dyed in all the pretty colours and the result is a wonderful colour depth with lots of whimsical and unexpected shadows and highlights.
Mungo ↑ is made from recycled wool and cotton in equal amounts. We can feel good about using a product that is made entirely from pre-consumer textile waste. The fibre and the processing is Portuguese and therefore has a small footprint too. We can feel pretty good about how the yarns looks and handles too. I love the subtle texture and the colour heathering (I think I just made up that word) in this product. I also love the labels, they are so cute….which brings me to …… Mondim ↓
I adore the illustration on these labels. In fact I could have purchased this yarn just for that, but there is more! Mondim is a fingering weight yarn made from 100% Portuguese wool. You could make super cute socks from this yarn or there is a sweater project Rosa Pomar has started made from Mondim that I am coveting. This is not a superwash wool so the natural properties of the yarn have not been messed with and your knitting and crocheting projects will keep their shapes beautifully. It also is lovely-soft! This yarn knits up with gentle colour variation and some striping depending on the stitch pattern and the number of stitches.
For Retrosaria inspiration and drool worthy projects have a look at Rosa Pomar’s Instagram account HERE
It’s a banner day! Brand new stock has arrived from both Lichen and Lace and Hedgehog Fibres! We can’t get enough of these beautiful works of art in skein form.
It’s a huge selection of Lichen and Lace! These↑ are all the colours of the 80/20 yarn, which is Lichen and Lace’s sock yarn. 80% superwash merino is blended with 20% nylon. It is lovely and soft; good for socks and any other light knits.
The shelves are also filled with a bounty of colours of worsted weight. Look at these beauties ↑
For the first time we have a few skeins of Hedgehog Fibre Aran Weight in stock. This will be just the ticket for those of you who have been eye-balling this beautiful yarn but are scared of fine-weight yarns. The Aran Weight is comprised of 100% superwash merino and has super squishability.
Of course we also have sock yarn from Hedgehog Fibre! What are we crazy? Hedgehog’s Sock Yarn is just what a knitter needs to punch up a light weight project, shawls and socks and even sweaters like “So Faded” by Andrea Mowry.
Bring your hankie, in case of drooling.
It starts this weekend!
The Knit Cafe’s Annual Summer Sale
Saturday July 15- Sunday July 23
All Yarn 20% off!!
All needles and notions 15% off
Extra special deals on selected yarns for early birds!
See you there
The Knit Café has always been so happy to showcase yarns made right here in Canada. From the first day we opened our doors up until today we have always had Canadian yarns on the shelves. It just turns out that Canadians make some of the most delightful yarns on the planet. Aren’t we lucky! We get to buy gorgeous yarns and support our local economy. Here’s hoping for 150 years to come of beautiful creative endeavors and adventures.
Canadian yarns in the shop right now!!! From left to right: Mineville Sock made in Nova Scotia, Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering made in Ontario, Lichen and Lace 80/20 made in New Brunswick, Turtlepurl Striped Turtletoes also made in New Brunswick, Koigu KPM made in Ontario, Julie Asselin Leizu DK made in Quebec.
We are open today July 1 – 10am-5pm
Tomorrow, July 2, 12pm-5pm
Monday July 3, regular hours, 10am-7pm
Brooklyn Tweed has just announced their very first KAL!
As the name implies this knitalong intends to get you knitting up a lacy project. You can choose the pattern that suits you best, just make it a Brooklyn Tweed yarn and/or a Brooklyn Tweed Pattern.
If you want to be au courant choose Brooklyn Tweed’s brand new pattern designed by their latest in house designer – the wonderful Gudrun Johnston. Gudrun has designed a sweet, textured shawl pattern that can be knit in either Vale (Brooklyn Tweed’s latest laceweight yarn) or Arbor. If you are new to lace-knitting choose the Arbor. The DK weight will knit up faster and it will be easier to follow your stitches with a thicker yarn. If you are an expert lace knitter, then what a great excuse to try out the new super-soft Vale!
Gudrun’s pattern is called Brora
I’m sure that this KAL will live up to the excellent quality I have come to expect when it comes to Brooklyn Tweed. Already they have announced their very detailed schedule of events.
June 28: Special Pattern Release
June 30: Project Planning, Part 1: Getting to know your pattern
July 3: Project Planning, Part 2: Tools and Swatching
July 7: Cast-On Day
July 14: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 1
July 21: Heirloom Stitches
July 28: Lace Blocking
August 4: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 2
August 11: KAL Wrap-Up
You can find out more about the Brooklyn Tweed Knitalong right HERE
Happy Knitting A Long!
We have an awesome selection of worsted weight yarn in the shop right now. Just look at all those colours! All of these lovelies are machine washable too which make them a perfect choice for a hand knitted or crocheted blanket. Berroco Vintage and Cascade 220 Superwash have a price-tag that won’t break the bank so let the mixing and matching begin. Whether you crave a heathered, Highland colour scheme or a bright and bold statement piece or even an oh so tastefully neutral colour story we got you covered.
Don’t know how to crochet a blanket. We got you covered there too. Our Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners is coming up. Even if you have never crocheted before you can join this class and learn basic stitches while you work on your blanket project. If you do know some crochet and have never made a blanket you are welcome in this class too. Here are the deets ↓
Crochet Blanket For Absolute Beginners
June 18, 25, 12:30-2:30