Summer Sale starts this weekend!

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Here’s your reminder that our Summer Sale begins this Saturday.

Knit Café Summer Sale 2015

Saturday July 25, 10am- Sunday August 2, 6pm

20% off everything! Yarn, Needles, Books, Patterns, Knit Accessories

Sale Bins with up to 75% off  too – Wow!

See you there

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

New Needlefelt Class for the Maker Festival

We just installed a new window display and we are pleased as punch! Punch!
For the past many weeks Iwona and I have been busy needle felting birdies. I must say it has rekindled my love of needle felting. We have combined our birds with felted balls made by our cohorts Maurie and Jennifer and made mobiles for the window. You can see a short video of the mobiles being mobile on Instagram HERE

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Hopefully these mobiles will get folks prepped and ready for our upcoming needle felting workshops. We have one on August 26th. You can find the details HERE.
We also have two other dates for a crash course in needle felting  which we designed in collaboration with Toronto’s Maker Festival coming up this month.

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The Maker Festival celebrates all types of inventive and creative endeavors over several weeks in July and August. The Toronto Public Library hosts a large market place where folks can try out a 3D printer, learn computer code, or make your own pop-up book.  There are also satellite events; workshops, demonstrations, and speakers all over the city that you can take advantage of.
Read all about it HERE

We chose to participate in the Maker Festival with a Needle Felting Workshop. Needle Felting in a craft that is easy to succeed at with no prior experience. Just watch out for the sharp needles -ouch!

We condensed our regular 2.5 hour workshop into a speedy 1.5 hour experience. You can register for the Needle Felting for The Maker Festival from our webshop HERE. Choose from two dates: Saturday July 25, 11am-12:30pm, or Friday July 31, 1-2:30pm.needle felt mobile by the knit cafeneedle felt mobile by the knit cafe

The mobiles are for sale too. In fact one ran out the door with a lucky lady only minutes after the display went up. Goodbye humming birds!

Craftily yours
Kristin

needle felt birds

Don’t forget to pack your knitting

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This is where I wish I was for the majority of the summer, and if I was there right now it would be a sure bet I’d be knit-knit-knitting! I accumulate much of my knit miles during the summer months at the family cottage. It is pretty much the best place and time to knit, as far as I’m concerned.
If you are lucky enough to have a summer oasis to fly off to, don’t forget your knitting!

You might not need to do what I do, which is pack an entire suitcase full of yarn, and then of course I don’t touch half of it, but I would hate to be without -stranded on an island and not a yarn store in sight! What a nightmare scenario, to waste all that good knitting time.

If you are planning a cottage weekend and need some help finding the perfect project come by the Knit Café.
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We have a whole lotta project ideas, more than we can possibly knit so we are happy to pass on a few. You can have a look at all The Knit Cafe’s knit patterns on Ravelry.com HERE. Or if you don’t live near by – you can order a  Knit Cafe Knit Kits HERE.

Have fun with your summer knitting!
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Save the Dates for our Summer Sale

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It’s July – so it must be time for a sale! Here are the dates. Put them in your calendar.

Sale Begins- Saturday July 25, 10am
Sale Ends- Sunday August 2, 6pm

20% off all yarn, needles, book accessories, everything!
Sale Bins Extraordinaire with big savings besides

See you there
Craftily yours
Kristin

Today is a bit sunnier due to the clouds

Today we got a package from Shibui Knits.
A box filled with one of our favourite yarns.
It’s Shibui Silk Cloud!

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We are so pleased to have this soft and shimmery, light as air yarn on the shelves. Perhaps the number one reason is so that we can walk over and pet it any time we like, but another is so that we can put more colour combinations together for the Knit Café patterns that feature this silk, mohair yarn.

The Clouds Pattern uses 4 colours of Shibui Silk Cloud. Pictured below is our “Lawren Harris” colour combination. We used the paintings of the Group of Seven to guide us in choosing the colours for this shawl pattern. You can see some of our other choices HERE

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We also used Shibui Silk Cloud when we designed the Sashiko Cowl/Scarf Pattern. In this case the fine mohair silk is double stranded with an equally fine hand dyed merino by Madelinetosh. The result is a subtle blending of colours and an incredibly unique texture. Some mathematician somewhere can calculate how many colour combinations are possible for the Sashiko but not I.

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In the picture we used Madelinetosh Prairie in the Morning Dove colour, and Shibui Silk Cloud in Pollen, Ash, and Suit. All of which we have stocked on the shelves in The Knit Café.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Shift in Store Hours due to Summer Reno

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We are having a few repairs done in The Knit Café over the next few days. We would rather not have this impact our regular knit schedule but we reluctantly will have to be closed on the following dates and times:

Thursday, June 25 10 am – noon

Friday, June 26 10 am – noon

Saturday, June 27 10 am – noon

We are so sorry for any inconvenience.
Thanks for your patience.

Kristin

Come Knit In Our Green Oasis

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When we first moved to our new digs on Roncesvalles Avenue one of the features of our new space that most excited us was the backyard garden.
Alas – a whole year went by without an opportunity to transform it, because believe-you-me it needed a little TLC. I am happy to announce that the first stage of our backyard makeover is now complete.

BIG THANK YOU! goes out to my Mom who made it all happen. Since I have bragging rights I will go ahead and use them; my Mom is a talented gardener who designed our garden transformation from top to bottom. She picked out the plants – tall grasses which have a fancy Latin name I know not what, miniature lilac bushes, and black eyed Susans. She even picked up the lot of them and hand delivered them; and if that wasn’t enough she helped me build the new flower beds and plant the goodies. All this with an indecently small budget. Thanks again Mom!

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Finally our chicken has a decent roost.

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Between the two raised beds is a lovely bench, also donated by my Mom. She tells me there is a matching table coming soon. The needlepointed cushions are also a treat from my Mom, so no bums will get sore on this bench. Next time you come, feel free to knit away the day in the garden.

Craftily yours
Kristin