Happy 2019 Crafters!

2018 is in the books!


What a year it’s been!
We brought a few new crafts to the Knit Café, including embroidery classes taught by our new collaborator Sam Lamb, and punch needles classes. The first one was hosted by the super-star Arounna Khounnaraj. The Knit Café also hosted our very first Trunk Show featuring Westlake Knits, followed by another Trunk Show with Yarn Indulgences.
We also added new supplies to our stock including Linen yarns from Quince and Co and sweet embroidery floss and darning wools from Sajou, and we got a brand new yarn line from Brooklyn Tweed – a merino wool called Peerie.
New Knitting patterns were created like our very first toe-up sock pattern called Tulip the Tip-Toer and a fluffy, oversized scarf called Plume, a handmade mushroom ornament pattern, and cables mittens made with Yarn Indulgences’ yarn called Branching Out, and now for 2019…..

…something new!

 A mitten pattern called “Knock Out Mittens”

These mittens are made with this really neato yarn from local alpaca farm Old Mill Alpacas. Complete and total creation of this yarn is produced just a short drive from The Knit Café. We love that this yarn has such a small footprint, but that is not it’s only appeal. Made with Alpaca fibre, it is so soft and thanks to the unusual spinning technique called “core-spun” it has a really unique look. So bubbly and bobbly and fat too, this is a bulky weight yarn on it’s way to being super-bulky. This core-spun yarn is very different then other yarns we have worked with so we embarked on making a pattern that would suit the rarities in the yarn. The “Knock Out Mittens” are the result. You can get this pattern free with purchase of the yarn in the shop and in the webshop too HERE.

Also new is the shop…

Eco Cashmere from Blue Sky Fibres made with 50% recycled cashmere, and 50% virgin cashmere. Wow!
100% SuperWash Merino DK from Mineville Wool Project, and Rambouillet/Columbia Wool, in bulky-weight from Julie Asselin called Douillet. Both are hand dyed in Canada.

We are cooking up some new treats for you all in 2019, and hope to tell you all about them soon. Thanks so much for all your support. Craft on!!!

Craftily yours

Holiday Hours and Boxing Day Sale!

Happy Holidays Everyone
The Knit Café’s Holiday Hours:
December 24: open 10am-3:30pm
December 25: closed
December 26: closed
December 27-30: open regular hours
December 31: open 10am -3:30pm
January 1:  closed

Our Boxing Day Sale begins December 27 at 10am
and ends December 31 at 3:30pm
Everything in the shop will be 15% off!
Special bargains on especially selected yarns
See you there!

Brooklyn Tweed Holiday Patterns

Brooklyn Tweed has launched their holiday patterns. It is a great collection of sweet knits- many of which would make great gifts like….

Galloway Hat


and Kimmswick

You should have a look at their new selection of sweater patterns too. The Christmas holiday might be just the time to start a new sweater project. You can see all the patterns HERE

Craftily yours

Crazy Sexy Wool!

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It seems to be that time of year when our door is a revolving with deliveries. Exciting!
The most recent additions to The Knit Café come from the folks at Wool and the Gang. Crazy Sexy Wool is big and beautiful! I can see why knitters go crazy for this yarn. It kinda calls to you from the shelf. I think it’s saying ” I’m silky and soft and I knit up fast!” We have a wonderful new pallet of Crazy Sexy Wool that includes mellow, earthy tones like the ones shown above. You can see them all in our webshop HERE

Wool and the Gang also makes this terrific cotton called Billie Jean. It’s made from recycled denim, so it is all shades of indigo. Check these out HERE

noro kureopatora

Noro Kureopatora is also now in shop. This yarn is so fun to knit with as the colour changes gradually and with beautiful subtleties throughout. Noro dyes the fleece and then spins the colours together to achieve really beautiful colour blending. It is unique and addictive to work with.  If you would like to read more about the Noro Company and their process you can check out this post from the past HERE

Make one of The Knit Cafe’s favourite projects with Noro – this super stripey scarf. You can find a pattern HERE

Craftily yours

Yarn Indulgences Trunk Show October 27

You heard right – The Knit Café is hosting another trunk show featuring another terrific, local, hand dyer! It’s this Saturday!

Yarn Indulgences Trunk Show at The Knit Café
55 Roncesvalles Avenue
Please join us on Saturday October 27

Yarn Indulgences is known for their beautiful, variegated, colour-ways dyed on luxury fibres such as merino and silk and cashmere – oh my! Some of these yarns are spun right here in Ontario. We featured such a yarn – called Zed Lux Worsted when we created our Branching Out Mitten Pattern. I can tell you from personal experience this blend of merino cashmere and nylon is a dream to work with.

We look forward to seeing all the goodies when Deborah from Yarn Indulgences arrives on Saturday. We hope you will come buy and say hello to this talented lady and give the yarn a squeeze.

We are so lucky to have such creative spirits in our midst!

Craftily yours

Westlake Knits Trunkshow at The Knit Cafe

The day is drawing near my friends when this talented local hand dyer sets up shop in The Knit Café for a one day only event. We are really excited!

Join us on
Saturday October 20, from 11am-4pm
55 Roncesvalles Avenue

I hear tell that Kerri from Westlake will be bring several yarn bases in different weights. All of them will be naturally dyed of course and many will feature woolen yarns that are breed and milled locally.

I am also excited to report that we will also have some of Westlake Natural Dye Kits on hand so interested parties can try some natural dyeing at home. Fun!!!

If you are a lover of hand dyed yarns there is no better time to visit The Knit Café then right now. In the last week we have received stock from Canadian Hand Dyers Lichen an Lace and also (brand new to The Knit Café) Ancient Arts Fibre, and all the way from Ireland a big batch of Hedgehog Fibre yarns.

Lichen and Lace – 80/20 Sock. We also have some beautiful worsted weight!

Ancient Art Fibres – Big Squeeze

Hedgehog Fibre Sock. We have mini skeins too!

See you on Saturday
Craftily yours

rug hooking and punch needle supplies

It is fun trying new things, non?
Iwona and I have been really enamoured with all the rug hooking projects we have been seeing about lately. This traditional textile craft is back in vogue thanks to talented artisans like Arounna Khounnoraj who is teaching a Punch Needle Class here at The Knit Café in October.

Here’s the gist: Punch Needles and traditional Rug Hooking Tools are used to pull loops of yarn or fabric through an even-weave fabric. With a skilled hand and a little imagination all sorts of beautiful designs can be made this way.

A traditional rug hooking tool looks like this ↑. These hooks can ben used with a variety of sizes of  yarns with different textures and also wool fabric or other cloth cut into strips. Find the hooks in our webshop HERE.  Thanks to our lovely collaborator Maurie Todd, The Knit Café has been offering Rug Hooking lessons for years.

Once you have your tool you will need a “foundation cloth” on which to build your masterpiece. One option is Primitive Linen. This 100% linen fabric is woven loosely enough to use with a rug hooking tool and also with larger punch needle tools like the Amy Oxford Fine Tool. Another option is Monks Cloth which is woven with 100% cotton and works great with both traditional rug hooking tools and Oxford Punch Needles both Regular and Fine.
Punch Needle tools are made in different sizes to fit different sized yarns. Shown above is the Oxford Punch Needle Fine which takes worsted weight yarns. The Knit Café has  Oxford Punch Needles in stock in the bricks and mortar shop only.

Here I am trying out the Oxford Punch Needle Regular Size on the Monks Cloth ↑ . This is the back side of the work but is it the right side?

This is the side I was looking at while I was working which is traditionally the wrong side but many contemporary needle punchers like this side better. What do you think?

FYI: With a traditional Rug Hooking Tool you are looking at the side with the three dimensional pile while you are working.

The Knit Café also carries the Ultra Punch Needle Tool.  This is a fine needle that comes with interchangeable tips so a selection of fine yarns and threads can be used with this tool.

We used the Ultra Punch and scraps of fingering weight yarn to make our Open Sign.

Craftily yours