Webshop News!

The Knit Cafe’s 2018 New Year’s resolution is to get to work on the business of providing all our beautiful yarns and other products on our webshop. We are on our way!

Our latest shipment of Hedgehog Fibre is now available online as well as in the shop. Check it out HERE

Iwona just finished these wee socks for little Charlie in Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn. The colour is called Pod and it is available HERE
The pattern is The Knit Cafe’s Sweet Sock Pattern which you can find HERE

You can also now find all The Knit Cafe’s knitting needles and crochet hooks in the webshop – Check out our new Tool Section!

Local Shoppers can use our webshop too and choose the “pick up in store” option at check out.

Craftily yours
Kristin

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Nothing says Happy New Year like Hedgehog Fibre!

Our Happy New Year present has arrived and it’s a big box of Hedgehog Fibre Yarn! Our lucky day is also a lucky day for you if you are also a fan of this hand dyeing enterprise.
Hedgehog Fibre has rocked the yarn landscape with their amazing colour explosions like fireworks!

27 colours of Hedgehog Fibre Sock are now in stock. This yarn is great for socks or shawls or SWEATERS! WOW! wouldn’t that be great!

In addition to the glorious colour ways that Hedgehog Fibres regularly stock they also create whimsical limited edition colours they call “Potluck” colours. The Knit Café has 4 of these potluck colours! See them above. There are only four of each so come in soon if they strike your fancy.

We also have 10 delectable colours of Merino Aran. This extra squishy two ply yarn screams HAT! to me, but you decide.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for all the support in 2017.
We look forward to a super crafty 2018
See you then!

PS: We are open today – December 31, till 4pm.
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t’s the last day of our boxing days sale!
Closed on January 1, 2018
Back to regular hours January 2

Happy Holidays!

We wish you a warm and woolly holiday season!

We are open today, Christmas Eve, till 3pm
Closed December 25 and December 26

Our Boxing Day Sale Starts
Wednesday December 27 at 10am

and continues through Sunday December 31,
closing time is 6pm.

Everything in the shop will be 15% off!
Needles, YARN, and notions too!
There will be some deep sales on some bits and bobs. Get here early for those!

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Last Minute Gifts for all the Crafty Folks on your list.

Time is short, but you won’t even have to leave your house to get these:

Call us at 416 533 5648, or email us at theknitcafe@hotmail.com, and we can arrange a gift certificate for you in any amount. We will send you the gift certificate by email and then you can print it off and wrap it up with a big bow. Presto! Present!

You have till December 23 to register someone for The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club Holiday Edition Subscription. This is a present that will keep on giving, good for any intermediate level knitting enthusiast you might know and love. The subscription includes three packages sent (or picked  up) over a 6 month period. Each package will include an original knitting pattern from The Knit Café and a gorgeous yarn that is picked to suit the pattern. Yarns will be sublime, chosen from Canadian and International Hand Dyers. This is a really unique gift. Find out more HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

What to knit with less than one week till Christmas

It’s true that time is running out but you may still have time to make a few more hand made gifts. Plan right! Choose projects that are small or are made with oversized yarns and the work will go fast!

The Knit Café has just released our latest knitting pattern. This toque can be made in an evening if you are an expert, a few evenings if you are not. We call it Polar Vortex Toque – A Gateway to Brioche Knitting. This is a warm hat made with a bulky yarn.  Our version is so pretty because it is knit with the very lovely hand dyed bulky merino from Lichen and Lace.  The variation in the colour looks great with the squishy brioche stitches.
If you have never tried to knit a brioche project before then this is a good one to try first. The bulky yarn means your stitches are easier to identify and it is only one colour so that makes it a bit easier. In addition our pattern includes some helpful photos that explain the brioche technique.

Look at these Lichen and Lace Bulky skeins! We don’t have all these colours left but we still have a great selection. It takes just one skein to make an adult medium Polar Vortex Toque, a large with dip into a second skein.

Make the Martin Scarf. We love this neck warmer, it is so fun to wear, with its triangular shape and long ties. You can make it really fast because it is knit with a Super Bulky yarn. We especially like to make it with Burly Spun by Brown Sheep. Check out the pattern right HERE

The Knit 101 Headband project is a really fast knit. Choose a bulky yarn or double up your Aran weight yarn to a bulky gauge. That is what we did with the version pictured above. Best of all this pattern is free to try from The Knit Cafe’s Blog right HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Gifts For New Knitters!

Do you know someone who has just picked up knitting and is feeling the joy? Here are some things that will spur them on to even greater heights of craft-mania! Also, some gift ideas for the knit-curious with no experience as of yet.

Gizmos and bobbles, all of them useful!
1. Some call it a corker, others a French knitter. Either way it is a basic tool to make a knitted string and often the first knitting experience for a tiny tot (not yet needle age). $11
2. Needle Keepers for double pointed needles.  This doo-hicky keeps the double pointed needles organized whether you have a project on them or not. They come in two sizes, one for short, and one for long double pointed needles. $7.75
3. A knitting needle gauge to measure your needles when you’re just not sure what size they are. $7.50
4. Eucalan is for washing woollies. No rinse, so half the work! Shown here is a trial size 100ml for $5, also available in 500ml for $13. Different scents and unscented are available.
5. “made with love” labels that you can sew on to all your hand made gifts. They are made in Canada from ultra suede and come in two colours. $1.75 each
6. Buttons by Katrinkles. Hand made from bamboo. Elegant round buttons, set of 4 for $10.25.
7.  Hedgehog shaped buttons by Katrinkles, 4 buttons for $15. 50
Other styles of buttons are available. Come and see!

KNIT KITS for Beginners
and Absolute Beginners

The Knit Café has put together a bunch of bundles complete with pattern and yarn and all the fixins. Here are some geared to new knitters!

Knit Critter Knit Kit
This is a project for knitters who know how to knit and purl, but no other experience is necessary. Instructions encourage the knitter to make up their own knit critter by changing up ears and tails and other embellishments, so you can make the bunny or the bear (shown) or any critter your imagination can conceive.
Kit Contains: 2 colours of Berroco Vintage of your choosing, a Knit Critter Pattern, a set of safety eyes, and polyfil for stuffing for $25 , add needles $38


First Scarf Knit Kit
This is an absolute beginner kit. If you are giving this package to a brand new knitter you can add on The Knit Cafe’s “Knitter’s Crash Course” booklet which describes the basic stitches involved.  this is an easy, plain stitch scarf with a colour-mix-bundle for making the fringe. The pattern includes instructions for adding on the fringe.
Kit Contains: 2 skeins Berroco Vinatge Chunky, you choose the colour,  a bundle of fringe colours, different assortments are available, a First Scarf Pattern, and a Knitter’s Crash Course booklet (optional) for $28 , add on needles for $41


Dawson City Toque Knit Kit
This hat pattern was designed with absolute beginners in mind. It is knit flat and then seamed up with a really chunky yarn which is knit double for a really warm hat. Pattern includes instructions on how to make the cute pompom too!
Kit Contains: One skein Brown Sheep Burly Spun yarn, you choose the colour, and the Dawson City Toque Pattern, and a Knitter’s Crash Course Booklet (optional) for $28 , add needles $46.50


Last Minute Cowl Knit Kit
Another one for absolute beginner knitters. No experience necessary! Really fat yarn and needles make this project go fast and makes knitting seem like a breeze.
Kit Contains: One skein Brown Sheep Burly Spun yarn you choose the colour, and the Last Minute Cowl Pattern, and a Knitter’s Crash Course Booklet (optional) for $28 , add needles $43


Knit 101 Headband Knit Kit
Another one for newbies! This project is knit flat with just knit stitches and then seamed up. There is a twist added to the middle of the headband to make the pretty shape but the pattern explains how to do this and includes pictures you can follow along with.
Kit Contains: One ball of Andes by Drops  you choose the colour, A Knit 101 Headband Pattern, a double pointed needle so as to make the twist, and  a Knitter’s Crash Course Booklet (optional) for $10 , add needles $25


Easy Peasy Arm Warmer Knit Kit
Absolute Beginners can make these too! Knit back and forth with plain knit and then seamed up and voila!- arm warmers. It’s as easy as a scarf. We’ve paired this project with beautiful hand dyed yarn from Lichen and Lace to make it really special but there are other options- just ask!
Kit Contains: One skein Lichen and Lace Worsted Merino, pattern for Easy Peasy Arm Warmers, and a Knitter’s Crash Course Booklet (optional) for $28 , add needles $41


Magical Striped Scarf Knit Kit
This one is for new knitters who have learned both the knit and the purl stitch already. Once you know these basic stitches this scarf should be simple to make. The yarn does all the work. Two different colours of a colour-changing yarn is striped and magically a myriad of colours appear. This is a really fun project!
Kit Contains: two balls Noro Kureopatora in colours of your choice, and a Magical Striped Scarf Pattern for $40 , add needles $53

If you would like to make your Knit Kit really special get it packed up in a hand printed project bag from Kate Austin Designs.  Shown here: draw string bag $20 and tote $40

New Knitters also need yarn. Make it chunky please! For a splurge try this yarn which is brand new in the shop. It is Tundra from The Fibre Company; a decadent blend of merino, alpaca, and silk; so very soft and cozy! It would make a gorgeous hat. If you know someone who has attended The Knit Cafe’s Knit 101 Class this yarn will work perfectly for the hat project we make in that class. One skein will do it – $32 each.

If none of that seems quite right, let the fledgling knitter pick out their own supplies and get a Knit Café Gift Certificate!

Craftily yours
Kristin