Spring is almost here and The Knit Café has a whole new group of classes on offer to prove it!
Knitting Classes like Knit 101, Knitter Crash Course, Fingerless Mitten Workshop, Sweater Class, Continental Knitting Workshop, Knit in Colour, Brioche Knitting Class, First Pair of Socks Class, Toe-Up Sock Knitting Class, and the Baby Blanket Class.
Crochet Classes like Crochet 101, Crochet Crash Course, Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners and the Crochet Blanket – Hexagon Class shown above.
Punch Needle Workshop and also our Rug Hooking Workshop have new dates and times
So do our Weaving Classes. Classes like… Introduction to Weaving Plaid and Introduction to Weaving Stripes both for rigid heddle loom weaving and also Tapestry Weaving Classes.
Then there are Needle Felting Workshops.
and Yarn Dyeing Workshops.
and Embroidery Classes too!
You can see the full list of classes with descriptions and dates and times and fees in our webshop HERE
A few brand new classes are yet to be announced so stay tuned for that news. Until then- Craftily yours
This is one side of my new cell phone cozy! I made it with a punch needle.
This is the other side.
I have been having so much fun trying out different sized punch needles, changing my foundation fabrics and of course playing with different types of yarns.
This cozy was made with a punch needle made for worsted weight yarns and set for a low pile – the pile is the height of the loops! With a low pile your work is less hairy and you can achieve more detail. Still, I have found with some trial and error – simple is best when it comes to punch needle and rug hooked designs. This is good news for those of you who think you can not draw. Even you can make beautiful stuff with basic beginnings.
The Hello Side has two different heights of pile – can you see it? It’s a bit subtle in this picture.
The telephone side is actually what is considered the wrong side of the work where you get the lowest pile and the stitches are closest to embroidery. This is how you can get the crispest look and the most detail.
Here’s the eyeglass case I made. I liked the hairy side best on this one!
On this side of the eyeglass case I think you will be able to see the different heights of the pile. I find it super effective with this geometric design.
For these two projects a tried several yarns but mainly Retrosario Beiroa, Knit Cafe Small Batch and Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and Arbor. The truth is I liked them all. The Beiroa produced such amazing texture, the Small Batch made puffy stitches that bloomed as I punched. The Arbor made crisp predictable stitches that were good for detail, and the Shelter held flecks of colourful tweedy surprises that are super-duper charming.
I am pretty excited that The Knit Cafe has just received a supply of No Slip Hoops for Rug Hooking and Punch Needling. Sadly they came in after I finished these projects so I will try them out on the next one. These are really sturdy hoops! Just check out those tightening bolts. What makes these loops extra specail is an internal lip and groove system that will hold your project firmly in place. If you would like to try one of these guys for yourself you can find them in our webshop HERE.
Last Spring we were lucky enough to get a delivery of linen yarns from Quince and Co. Sparrow and Kestrel are the perfect summer-jumper yarn. Now, we are pleased to announce that we are showcasing another great yarn from this yarn institution. These snowy and blustery days deserve a warm and woolly sweater yarn and “Owl” has flown in to fit the bill.
Owl is a blend of Alpaca and American Wool. It is produced with the same socially and environmentally conscious ideals that Quince and Co applies to all it’s products; picking local fibres when possible and having their yarns spun in a historical wool mill. Owl is a woolen-spun yarn which means it is spun to be light and lofty. It has a spongey and crisp feel. It softens when knit and reveals the drape and the halo of the Alpaca fibre.
The colours are so enticing – from subtle to deep and rich. These colours are derived from blending different colour of natural fibres before over dyeing.
You can check out all the colours available at The Knit Café in our webshop
For inspiration; you can do not better than this book by Pam Allen called “Plain and Simple”. It is full of the kind of sweaters that you would want to wear every day! We have a few copies in the shop-proper. Feel free to drop by and take a look. You can have a look at more patterns designed for the Owl yarns on the Quince and Co website HERE
Also new in-shop are Twig and Horn Interchangable Knitting Needle Cases. When you buy your needle tips and cords separately for your circular needles you will need somewhere to house them. Wouldn’t you feel like a super-pro with a stunner needle case like this?
The Knit Café has a few in the shop you can check out along with newly stocked needle tips and cords from HiyaHiya. You can now buy interchangables by the piece and mix and match to your hearts content.
I also have pattern news! The Knit Café has just released a new pattern on ravelry. It’s our latest knitting pattern designed for our Yarn Club. The pattern is called Way Up North. Sweet and cozy slippers are knit in a seamless construction similar to a toe up socks. They feature geometric, colour-work style and loops at the back of the heels we call “slipper grippers”. You can use them to help ease the slippers on your tootsies or to hang them up when not in use.
The slippers are knit with Julie Asselin Douillet. This is a super-sweet, bulky yarn. A sturdy one-ply with excellent fat stitches that really show off Julie Asselin’s beautiful hand dyed work. Julie is one of our favourite Canadian hand dyers. She always seeks out unique yarns to work with. The Douillet is a sturdy woolly mix of Rambouillet and Columbia sheeps wool. We still have a bit of the Douillet in stock but act fast as we are running low!
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…..
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!!!
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 has launched their holiday patterns. It is a great collection of sweet knits- many of which would make great gifts like….
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
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 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