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Party Time

We’ve been working very hard and we are almost ready to party. Please join us for the opening celebration, tomorrow May 1st, 5 – 9pm. Hope to see you there!
working hard

Happy Knitting!!!


1 skein – 2 days – 4 baby hats

Knitting hats for a new born can be challenging. I always make them too big, it’s hard to imagine that their heads are literally  a size of an orange. This is why I made 4, one of them is bound to fit.
4 hats from 1 skein of luxurious yarn –  Handmaiden 4ply cashmere , made in Canada!
Swirl Hat SwirlSuper Stretchy Hat 1 Super Stretchy Hat 2
My first attempt was Tegan (first photo from the top), it turned out great, but I think it might be too big.
Second attempt was Swirl Hat (second photo from the top). It came as a recommendation from a friend, who made it for her newborn daughter. The hat is really stretchy, which means it will probably be worn for at least 4, if not 6 months, but it is definitely too big.
Third attempt was Super Stretchy Hat (last 2 photos). This simple pattern comes in 3 preemie sizes, but it’s pretty stretchy and I think it will be just the right size. I made the medium size and was so happy with it – I knit a second. One can never have enough hats! Even Goldilocks would be happy with this selection.
Now to wait for juniors arrival.
Happy Knitting!!!

Knitting Harry Potter

All is buzzing that buzzes about the Harry Potter movie that is fast approaching its launch date is July 15th – in case you hadn’t heard.
I am willing to bet that you couldn’t swing a cat at a Harry Potter movie without hitting a knitter (not that you would do that).  The online knit world is replete with Harry Potter inspired patterns and projects.
There is the classic Harry Potter Scarf.  Gryffindor: red and gold
Ravenclaw: Bronze and Blue
Hufflepuff: Yellow and Black
Slytherin: Green and Silver
Choose your allegiance and find the pattern for this scarf here

Dedicated film goers have invested concentrated attention to the knitwear worn by Harry Potter and his comrads.  Hermione in particular has been a person of interest inspiring designs that go beyond striped scarves.
There are a few versions of there colourful fingerless mitts to be found.  The ones shown are my favorite.  Find them here.

Hermione’s Hat is another popular pick.  There are a few versions but you can find one here.  Shown beside it is MadelineTosh Pashmina in Tern, and a brand new colour of Cascade 220, colour # 9559.  Both would be  good choices for an authentic match.  Although not represented in the film there is a matching mitten pattern that can be found here.
Badger Socks!  I love these.  The badger is of course Hufflepuff’s mascot, and as you might guess there are also similar sock designs for the other houses.  Find the Hufflepuff socks here. The rest of the sock patterns can be retrieved from Ann Kingstone’s Ravelry page .

Some of our very talented Knit Cafe crew have been making their own creations in preparation for the new film’s premier.  This terrific pom-pommed cap in Gryffindor colours is by Robbie Eddison. Take note of the Hufflepuff scarf in the background, also by Robbie.

 The hat reads L O N G B O T T O M.

No doubt , the new film will bring with in a whirlwind of knit activity and I for one can’t wait.
Craftily Yours

I heart my bike

Over the past couple of weeks I have been staring at a fruit bowl beside my bed, full of odds and ends of pretty yarns. I have been collecting them for a blanket I’m working on.
Because its summer and  I always feel like crocheting this time of the year I decided to make use of some of these colourful ends and make myself a new bike lock cosy. This was a really quick and fun movie watching project.
Here is the pattern:

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