A great time to make a Crocheted Blanket!

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

Register HERE

 

New Patterns from Brooklyn Tweed

Wool People 11

Another beautiful collection of patterns by Brooklyn Tweed is ready for your perusal. This collection called “Wool People 11” is full of beautiful sweaters that feature light-weight, tweedy Loft yarn, it’s bigger cousin Shelter and also some great pieces made with DK weight Arbor like the one pictured above called Divide Pullover.

There are also several lovely shawls and scarf patterns designed for Brooklyn Tweed’s newest yarn – lace-weight Vale.

Check out the whole Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 11 collection HERE

Brooklyn Tweed yarns are available in the Knit Café shop on Roncesvalles and from our webshop too HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Mineville returns!

Mineville – economize on the price and not the pretty.
That is my amateur slogan for this terrifico yarn company who takes mill-ends and hand dyes them and sends them to us at a discount price which we get to pass on to you! Mineville 80%merino, 20% nylon sock weight yarn is only $16 a skein. Yay!

More fun for us… we get to name the colours!
This time we named the colours for this very special day – the 50th anniversary of the record album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Each colour is named after a song on this amazing album.

Come in this weekend and check out the Mineville and all our other beautiful Canadian made hand dyed fingering weight yarns like Lichen and Lace and Zen Yarn Garden. Come in too cause there will be a really cool Pop Up Shop sharing space with us on Saturday.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Pop Up at The Knit Cafe


This weekend, join us at The Knit Café and check out some awesome goods brought to you by talented locals who create covetable things -jewelry, clothing, accessories, and housewares too.  Meet and chat with the designers and get a first hand look at pickings that are hard to find elsewhere. Only for one day though and then they are gone. That’s why it’s called a pop-up ya know!

Saturday June 3, 10am-3pm at 55 Roncesvalles Ave

Here’s a preview of what you’ll see↓


here and here   by Amy Miller                    handwork studio , the Sama Collection

Xenia Taler                                                                            Story Folk by Christine Su

Kate Austin Designs

See you there,
Craftily yours
Kristin

Weaving treats and hand dyed Canadian-made gems

My first Rigid Heddle Loom project is off the loom! Here’s a pic ↓  shown with the pretty cones of organic cotton that I used as the base for this project. The triangular, coloured accents on the scarf are thanks to the convenience of  Koigu Mini Skeins.
This soft cotton was so lovely to use with a smooth, refined finish. I am swatching a knitted swatch with it now and am really liking it for that purpose too!

In April I sat in on The Knit Cafe’s very first Rigid Heddle Loom Class. In the “Intro to Weaving Stripes Class” we learned many clever tricks. Setting up the loom with our warp threads happened first and then we learned how to weave back and forth, practicing our tension and planning our designs.

This is Helen’s sample ↑ . Helen Dreifelds is the very skilled instructor for our Introduction to Weaving Stripes Class.

Her sample shows several pattern changes like this basket-weave-type detail mid-scarf, …

…and these triangular shapes which are achieved with “clasp weaves”. In addition we learned several types of finishing techniques like the tassels shown here, or like the “hem stitch” I used on my sample scarf.

I had to rush my project off the loom so we could use it to prepare for our next Rigid Heddle Loom Class in June which will be a Plaid Class! The Intro to Weaving Plaid Class is full but give us a call to be put on the waiting list.
Or, you can still register for:

Introduction to Weaving Stripes Class
on Sunday August 20 and 27, 12:30-5pm

I have more treats to share. We have just received a delightful order of sock yarn from Zen Yarn Garden. We are so happy to showcase the work of this wonderful dye team who create their one of a kind skeins right here in Ontario! Zen Yarn Garden rely on wonderful, painterly dye effects to decorate their skeins. We have a souped-up batch of Superfine Fingering, which is a blend of superwash merino and 10% nylon. I have to say that this is one of the softest merinos that I have ever had the pleasure of fondling. It knits up super plump too for a sweet knitting experience. This yarn base was milled in Italy where, lets face it, they know a thing or two about luxury textiles.  Despite the high quality, this yarn comes with a very reasonable price – $24 for 400 yards.

Get excited because we also received a big batch of Lichen and Lace yarn this week. We are big fans of this yarn. The colours are exceptionally pretty, and we are so fortunate to have a great selection of both worsted weight and fingering weight to ogle all day.

Craftily yours
Krsitin

Yes! We Have Vale!

Vale has arrived from Brooklyn Tweed.
It is the latest to be added to Brooklyn Tweed’s delicious menu of yarns.

Those of you who are devoted to Brooklyn Tweed have probably known for a while that this day was coming. The folks at Brooklyn Tweed have been dropping hints and slowly previewing patterns and images for this lovely new yarn. The wait is over – Vale is available in all it’s lacy weight glory and so are some terrific Brooklyn Tweed patterns to match.

Check out the Vale Pattern Lookbook HERE

and get yourself some Vale from The Knit Café – in store and in the webshop too HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

PS: We are open today and tomorrow Sunday May 21, but closed on Monday for Victoria Day!

 

Yarn Club 2016- Now there’s a book!

It is a first for us! We have compiled all the projects from our Knit Café Yarn Club 2016 into a book.  All 6 patterns are now together along with other pattern resource materials and tutorials. You can get it all in ebook form on Ravelry right now. 6 patterns for $20.

A sweet simple sock project.
A light and lovely spring shawl pattern.
A cozy hat with sizes to fit the small and the tall.
A cowl pattern that looks great all the way around and inside out too.
A colour confection of a mitten pattern
A friendly and fancy free toy monkey project.
Get it all in one place!

HERE

We have closed the “Make Mine Custom” subscriptions for Yarn Club 2017 but there are still “Picked Just For Me” memberships available. Read all about it HERE

Craftily yours,
Kristin