Last Chance for Yarn Club 2018 Membership

May 17th is the last day to become a member of
The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2018. 

sign up HERE

Yarn Club is a year long subscription where participants receive beautiful yarns accompanied by original Knit Café patterns. The 2018 subscription will include four knit projects delivered or picked up every three months. The first one will be available in June and we are busy preparing for it now. If you would like to get in on the fun. You still have a few days to get your membership. Read all about it HERE.

The last project for our Yarn Club 2017 was made available to all club members in April, and I am happy to say that the pattern is now available to all through The Knit Café Shop or on Ravelry.
The pattern is called Sunprint. It’s a pretty spring shawl. Just enough to wrap your neck and keep the chill off as the weather changes from chilly to warmish. The pattern Sunprint was named after the yarn colour we called Sunprint.

The colour Sunprint was developed in a collaboration between The Knit Café and amazing Madelinetosh Yarns! That’s what we do for our Yarn Club. We choose the best and the brightest of yarn producers and we design a knitting pattern to suit their particular yarn. We also develop a custom colour that becomes only available to The Knit Café Yarn Club Members. So I am sorry to say that if you have fallen in love with this gorgeous colour we call Sunprint this love will go unrequited. Only Yarn Club 2017 members have received this colour and it is no longer available.

Here’s the silver lining. You can get the pattern for the Sunprint shawl and make your own version of this neck draper. We even have some Madelinetosh Merino Light in other gorgeous colours still available in the shop at 55 Roncesvalles.

Come and get it!
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

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Reclaimed Cotton Yarns

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent, Reinvigorate, Rejoice!
The Knit Café has two new products that hit all these notes.

Billie Jean Yarn by Wool and the Gang
It’s made from all the bits and pieces left over when making your favourite pair of jeans. All these off-cuts would otherwise end up in landfill but they have been repurposed and spun into this gorgeous cotton yarn. All the colours are variations of blue as no dyes or chemicals are added to the fibres.
This is a lovely cotton that will make comfy garments perfect for Spring and Summer wear.

     

Jersey Be Good by Wool and the Gang
Is also made from remnants left over from textile manufacturing. In this case it is surplus t-shirt material that is remade into yarn. Cotton with a wee bit of elastane has amazing crafting potential for imaginative souls. Knit it or crochet it into household goodies like pillow covers or puffs. Make it into hand bags and bins and hampers of all kinds. Macramé your heart out and make wall hangings and plant holders and jewelry. Add it to your tapestry weaving for a chunky textural treat. Iwona has already taken some home to remake her Chevron Rug Project of years past. You can find that pattern HERE.

Both Jersey Be Good and Billie Jean Yarn are in The Knit Cafe’s webshop!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Kapow! It’s a colour explosion of Hedgehog Fibre Yarn

The Knit Café is ridiculously cheerful today with a great big display of Hedgehog Fibre. This hyper happy yarn is a hand dyed wonder and never disappoints. Among all the goodies we have a whole lot of new colours. Check em out↓


Left hand side, top to bottom: Kimono, Method, Goblin, Park Life, Raku
Right hand side, top to bottom: Cereal, Dijon, Iris, Anemone, Bollywood

See Hedgehog Fibre in our webshop too

We also have some minis! These are 50m skeinettes of the same beautiful Hedgehog Sock Yarn shown above. It’s a blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% nylon. So soft, so gorgeous, so much fun! Mini skeins are only in the shop proper at 55 Roncesvalles.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Making Magazine No. 5 – It’s here!

The Colour Issue of Making Magazine is now in the shop and in the webshop too!

This magazine is a whole lotta crafty inspiration crammed into less then a foot square. The photography is dreamy but the real draw is the myriad of sweet project ideas this booklet holds.

The Color Issue contains a wonderful natural dye project, a book binding tutorial, lovely embroidery and sewing ideas and of course knitting patterns.  I mentioned the springy sleeveless jumper called Ula Tee in my last post. It’s made with Quince and Co Sparrow which we now have in The Knit Café -Yay! There is also a Fairisle Sweater pattern called  Lyngen and a gorgeous colourful throw called Farm to Skein Colorwork Throw. My favourite knit pattern might be the simple cardigan with the pretty lace details called digitalis by Amy Christoffers.


Ula Tee                                                          Lyngen


Farm to Skein Colorwork Throw         Digitalis
photos courtesy of @makingzine

There are more patterns. Come by and have a gander.  While you are here be sure to take in two more additions to The Knit Cafe’s stacks.
Grainline Studio and Madder got together to collaborate on a sewing and knitting pattern duo. Grainline contributed a tunic pattern and Madder a cardigan. It’s called Uniform and there is a version sized for adults and one for kids too. We have several copies of each but they are only available in-store.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Quince and Co Linen is at The Knit Cafe

Oh happy day! Lets start planning our summer wardrobe. I can’t think of a better day than this with an April ice storm raging outside. I’ve got that summer feeling. How about you?

I have long admired this yarn from afar. It will be no surprise to you to hear then that I am exceedingly pleased that it has finally made it’s way to The Knit Café. Linen is my favourite plant fibre. It feels so cool next to the skin. It hangs beautifully and oh the gentle sheen! Linen somehow manages to be knit into garments that have both structure and drape. It turns out Flax is not just a superfood it is also a superfibre!
Quince and Co has two 100% linen yarns. Above is a pic of Sparrow. It’s the fingering weight linen.

This is Kestrel ↑ . It’s aran weight.  A thick linen yarn  is super-unusual. Quince and Co makes this work by constructing a yarn with a chainette/ribbon treatment. Now knitters who want to give linen a try but don’t like to knit with super fine yarns can give it a go.

One of the best things about Quince and Co is that they create gorgeous patterns for their yarn. I encourage you to check out their whole catalogue HERE
There are many lovely knittables for the Sparrow yarn. For example above is a pic of the Bolan pattern (left) and the Perkin’s Cove pattern (right).
Find more patterns for Sparrow HERE

Here are two designs for the Kestrel yarn. The one on the left is called Deschain and the one on the right is from Quince and Co’s  new pattern collection it is called Gully.
Find more patterns for Kestrel HERE

Some of your other favourite knitwear designers have made awesome things from Quince and Co linen. On the left is a pic of Linho by Joji Locatelli. On the left is the Ula Tee by Isabell Kraemer. It’s a new pattern from Making Magazine 5. Which is right now on it’s way to The Knit Café. Hooray!

Craftily yours
Kristin

PS. Did I mention the Quince and Co linen is organic? It is!

 

Show and Tell from Yarn Club!

Yarn Club 2018 is now taking new members! The Knit Café is really excited about the upcoming year of new projects and fabulous yarns to go with them, but I get even more excited when I look back at Yarn Club projects from years past. I’d love to share some of these lovelies with you, right here, right now.

Curious
It’s a monkey stuffie made from sock yarn! In this case it was delightful self-striping yarn from Turtlepurl. The Knit Café  used the inspiration of the Curious George books to develop the colour with the hand dyers at Turtlepurl. Yarn Club Members who choose the “Make Mine Custom” option received this one-of-a kind colour way made just for them and their Yarn Club project.

Bonnie Bandit
It’s shown here in two colour-ways! The one on the Judy was the Custom Colour and the other is a pic of the colours we chose for yarn club member Edie Kim. Edie has a “Picked Just For Me” subscription to yarn club, and we know she loves neutrals and blush pinks! The Bonnie Bandit is a cowl with a bandana front that sits snuggly on the neck. It is made from a trio of three different colours. The colours for this project were provided by Hedgehog Fibre! Hedgehog Fibre is an amazing yarn dyeing company who reside all the way in Ireland.

Sweet Sock
We wanted to create an everyday sock pattern that was accessible for those who had not knit socks before but also cute enough to be enjoyed by practised sock knitters. Here is what we came up with; a ribbed sock with a contrasting colour toe. We were inspired by the colour we created with the talented Julie Asselin called “Honey Bunny” to add the texture on the heel which resembles honeycomb. The Sweet Sock Yarn Club Package came with both the colours for the contrasting toe.  These colours also came from the yarn-pallet of Julie Asselin who has her studio in Quebec.

There’s No Place Like Home
This shawlette pattern was created to accompany this gorgeous single ply fingering weight merino we received from Lichen and Lace; one of our favourite hand dyers! Lichen and Lace created this beautiful, jewel-like colour we called “Emerald City” for Custom Members.

Starry Night Chapeau
This yarn colour was one of our most favourites ever! It’s from Riverside Studio who is another Quebecoise artist. The yarn colour she developed with us is called “Firefly”, a beautiful indigo blue with flecks of copper. We had her dye it on a soft worsted weight merino so we could make a toque. The hat is sized for babies to adults and the pattern comes with a pompom making tutorial. There is a twisted stitch texture that circles the hat giving it extra interest and makes it more fun to knit.

Maud Sock
Zen Yarn Garden has a series of colours that were inspired by famous works of art so we decided to pick an art work we thought might make for good inspiration. It’s “White Cat” by Maud Lewis, the Nova Scotian Folk Artist. We named our sock pattern made from the beautiful painterly skeins for her. We chose the slip stitch texture on the Maud Socks to disperse the colour and prevent pooling which sometimes happens with variegated yarn. This sock pattern has an after thought heel and the pattern contains a tutorial to help you through it. The red heel yarn came from Mineville Yarn Project. Two Canadian Yarn companies come together in one cute sock project!

Polar Vortex Hat – A Gateway to Brioche Knitting
Like the name implies, this pattern was designed as a good introduction to the wonderful world of brioche knitting. There are pictures to follow right in the pattern for those who are new to this technique. This was our December project from this past year. It makes a great gift as it is knit with FAT yarn. It’s Bulky 80/20 from Lichen and Lace. They made this gorgeous Cranberry colour for our Custom Members but all her colours looked just stunning knit into this hat pattern.
Yarn Club projects come with extra treats. This project came with a cute “made with love” ultra suede tag to sew on the brim of the hat.

Branching Out
Ontario hand dyer Yarn Indulgences contributed this decadent yarn for this mitten project. It’s a blend of Merino and Nylon and Cashmere so it is silky soft. We knit this luscious yarn into cabled mitts. This pattern includes a tutorial that shows a knitter how to make cables without the aid of a cable needle. Oh the freedom of leaving your cable needle at home! Amazing!

A Little Confetti
This Yarn Club Package came with seven different colours of Koigu yarn. I bet that was a delight to open. Koigu is one of my personal favourite yarns. They are one of Canada’s most long standing hand dyeing companies. Koigu makes a super squishy merino yarn that comes in a zillion colours. You can’t just pick one, so we didn’t, we picked lots. This mitten blends two different colours in each section with an easy slip stitch technique. This method makes a dense knit that is very cozy. The pattern explains how you can create a fleece liner to add to your mitts to make them excellent hand warmers. This yarn club package came with the fleece to make the liners.

We are currently working on our last knitting pattern for Yarn Club 2017. The yarn is gorgeous for this upcoming giftie!!! I will be sure to post about it when we have it finished.

If you would like to find out more about The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club and become a member of the 2018 club read all about it HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Announcing Yarn Club 2018!

Hooray, it’s a new Yarn Club for a new year!

This will be The Knit Cafe’s third year of providing a whole year of knit-fun to knitters who join us on the wonderful journey we call Yarn Club.

Yarn Club members get their hands (and needles) on exclusive and exquisite yarns. Hand dyed beauties all, made with care by local and international artists. Some lucky yarn club members will receive limited editions colours designed just for The Knit Cafe Yarn Club. If you would like these rare commodities choose a “Make Mine Custom” subscription. If you would prefer a pallet of colours chosen to suit your personal tastes, we can make that happen too, choose a “Picked Just For Me” subscription.

The Knit Cafe Yarn Club is not only beautiful yarns, there is more! Each yarn club package is a complete knitting project with yarn and a pattern to match. The Knit Cafe uses all it’s crafty wiles to develop original knitting patterns designed to compliment each featured yarn.

The 2018 Yarn Club subscription will include 4 Gifties dispersed quarterly throughout the year. Two one-skein, quick knits and two more generously proportioned knit projects will be featured. The first will be ready for pick up or delivery mid-June.

If you would like to find out more about The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2018 and become a member check it out right HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin