Stop the Presses! Discount Yarn from Mineville!

When I tell you that this yarn from Mineville Yarn Project is a discount yarn I don’t want you to get the wrong impression. The only thing lacking in this yarn is the standard pricing we have come to expect in a hand dyed yarn.
Mineville Yarn Project is an endeavor created in Nova Scotia from the exceptional hand dying team that you know and love – The Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden. They began the Mineville Yarn Project so they could take advantage of some of the lovely discounted yarns they were offered from the Mills they regularly work with. These yarns are beautiful quality but are odds and sods and ends of runs and not to be repeated so they are sold cheap. Mineville then hand dyes them expertly and passes the savings on to us and then, in turn,  we pass the savings down to you. ..and here we are!

It’s Sock Yarn !
80% superwash merino, 20% nylon
360 metres / 120 grams
machine washable
ONLY $16 a skein!

We have sweater quantity in each of the 14 colours so start making your plans. They describe this yarn as a heavy fingering so it could be knit to fingering or possibly sport tension up to 26 sts/ 10cm.  Or start making socks and get started on your holiday knitting. It’s a bargoon!

Craftily yours


New Yarn From Brooklyn Tweed – Arbor Is Here!

It’s Launch Day!
Brooklyn Tweed has just announced a brand new yarn line and we have it, in store, ready for your inspection. The new yarn is called Arbor.

brooklyn tweed arbor

It is a new weight -DK
It is a new spin – worsted-spun
It comes in new colours – rich, solid hues

What is still the same is the terrific Brooklyn Tweed quality. It still is a 100% American made product that focuses on sustainable production.
Spun from American Targhee Sheep’s Wool this new yarn has a soft, squeezable hand and a very smooth look that will have excellent stitch definition. Each skein has 145 yards with a gauge of 5.25-6sts/inch on a 3.75-4.5mm needle, priced at $17 per skein.

This is a wonderful addition to the Brooklyn Tweed line. They have made some patterns for the Arbor too and you can see them on their website HERE.

Craftily yours


All I can say is – Wow!

Oh My Dear you should get here right now!

riverside studio super bulky

I just opened a great, big box which contained this great, big, beautiful yarn. My sources say that this may be a yarn of a limited edition. Riverside Studio has dyed us these super bulky and super-duper, soft skeins of 100% merino, superwash wool. Wow! Kathryn, at Riverside says she may not be able to dye this Super Bulky wool again so get ’em while you can!

riverside studio

Thanks to Thanksgiving, I have not posted in a while. Apologies,  I have been remiss in my duty to keep you up to date on the comings and goings. One of which was the arrival of Riverside Studio’s Worsted 1ply. It is so soft and dreamy that a lot of it has left the shop already, but remarkably we still have…

riverside studio worsted


riverside studio worsted

and this!

riverside studio worsted

and this too!

Also today we received some NORO!
Noro yarns make us so happy with their happy, happy, rainbow ways.  To say that it is a self-striping yarn really undersells the wonderful effect of Noro’s blending and twisting colour patterns.


Along with Kureopatora, which is the worsted weight, merino blend we had last year, we received a brand new offering from Noro called Kureyon Air.
In short it is- BIG FAT NORO!

noro kureyon air

It weighs in as a bulky weight, calling for a 9mm needle and still has all the gorgeous striping colours Noro is known for. It is softer then it’s smaller cousin Kureyon and I encourage you to come in and give it a squeeze.

If you are inspired by the pretty Noro but don’t know what to make, we have many suggestions including this classic striped scarf projects which uses two balls (two distinct colour-ways) striped. So basically it is striping yarn that is knit in stripes.


If you are new to the land of knit, and need some help in making such a scarf- we have a class for that.

The Magical Striped Scarf Workshop ( – Learn to Purl)

Wednesday November 16, 7-9pm

Register HERE

Craftily yours

Knit a Halloween Costume – It’s a Class!

Pumpkin Time Already!
With the first day of Fall behind us it is clearly time to start thinking about Halloween.

halloween costume

We are hosting a Knit-A-Halloween-Costume Class.  We will focus on faces and tails to make cozy critter costumes. Above you can see our foxy version.

bee hatraccoon

These ↑ are some of Iwona’s costumes for Charlie that she has made in years past. We are substituting knitting for crochet where necessary and preparing patterns just for this class so students can knit bumble bee costumes or raccoon costumes. There will also be a kitty cat version, a bunny and a bear costume too.  There are two dates for this class, both will give you lot’s of time to finish before Halloween

Knit Halloween Costume Class
Wednesday September 28 and  October 5th, 1-3pm
Friday October 14 and 21, 7-9pm
Register HERE

Craftily yours

Sock yarn from Riverside Studio

Some of you have told me that your favourite Indie Hand Dyer is Riverside Studio from Wakefield Quebec.  I think this is a solid choice. There are so many unique colour-ways coming from this Canadian artisan. Riverside’s Super Sock yarn-base is no slouch either with a “super” tight spin. This superwash merino with 20% nylon has enough yardage in one skein for a pair of socks, and at a reasonable price too – $24.

riverside studio supersock

riverside studio supersock

riverside studio supersock
Hell’s Kitchen

riverside studio supersock

riverside studio supersock

riverside studio supersock

riverside studio supersock

riverside studio supersock

Craftily yours


What we’re making

Iwona and I both, have just finished projects.


Because we can’t get enough of the Sashiko Pattern, Iwona knit up another version. The Sashiko Pattern can be knit into a cowl but it can also be knit into a scarf. Here it is in the scarf version in a poppy pink and a graphic black and white mix. So pretty!


With the Sashiko you mix and match your favourite colours of Shibui Silk Cloud (silk and mohair) and Madelinetosh Prairie (merino) to get yourself a decadent masterpiece!

shibui silk cloudMadelinetosh Prairie
Here are some mix-and-matchables that are in shop right now. ↑

I just finished this ↓


This big guy is called Snoqualmie. It is a Brooklyn Tweed Pattern from the Winter 2016 Collection made from Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. What knitter does not want to make a classic fisherman sweater? I certainly did, and I can’t wait till it gets chilly enough to wear it. Fall come soon!

You can find the Snoqualmie pattern HERE

Brooklyn Tweed has just released it’s latest patterns -Fall 2016! Check it out HERE


Craftily yours

New Weaving Class!

Today I created a brand new window display featuring the work of Edie Kim.
Edie is a very talented crafter who teaches many classes here at the Knit Café – quite brilliantly too!
She is about to teach another one.



If you are like me, then you have been transfixed by the influx of beautiful examples of hand woven wall hangings that seem to be popping up everywhere. It’s a whole new way of playing with fibre!
Edie has made us some beautiful examples that are now hanging in the shop. Would you like to make a wall hanging of your own?


The Knit Cafe’s is hosting it’s very first Weaving Class this October. Our class is quite unique. Students will not have to invest in expensive looms to create there first hand woven pieces. Instead we will be making our own simple tapestry looms in class. All the materials for your DIY looms are included in the class fee.

The Knit Café will also be putting together some yarn and fibre, tapestry weaving, sampler packs just for students in this class. This is a great option for those new to the textile arts but for knitters and crocheters who have yarn and fibres in bits and bobs in your stash you can start planning your woven masterpiece around your favourites.
Here are the details:

Tapestry Loom Weaving Class

Sunday Oct 16, 2-5pm and October 23, 2-4pm

Register HERE

Craftily yours