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Sunday Inspiration!

What a beautiful day it is in Toronto! After such a cold and rainy spring – we are deserving!

We have these cute purple guys growing in our Knit Cafe garden, I have no idea what they are but I like em!

Besides the sunshine another thing that made my day is when a checked out the new offerings from Amirisu Magazine. It’s their Summer edition #19. You should take a look too HERE.

I especially like this stranded colour-work shawl called Tiger Lily

The punches of white overlapping the earthy coloured patterning is quite original, not to mention the fringe!


This sweater called Tilea, has a great graphic design and is knit with our beloved Brooklyn Tweed Loft!


An aptly named hat called Escher is very striking and knit with two colours of  Peerie, which is Brooklyn Tweed’s fingering weight merino. Peerie comes in so many lovely colours – I am already picking out combinations for this project.


Shout out to fellow Cannuck and lovely lass Julie Asselin who contributed the yarn for this pullover called Mio.

See the full line up of Amirisu #18 patterns HERE and if you want more knit inspiration the Pom Pom Magazine Issue #29  and the Laine Magazine #8 are newly published and include some gems!

Craftily yours
Kristin

New Brooklyn Tweed Marled Colours

What is “marled” except for a really hard word to say? Does it not make you feel like your mouth is full of marbles or is it just me?

Marled yarns are a melange of more than one colour separated into strands and spun together. If you are familiar with past Brooklyn Tweed Colours like “Newsprint” and “Narwhal” then you are familiar with marled colours. Brooklyn Tweed has just added a few more of these colour hybrids to their gorgeous pallet. Above ↑ check out “Caraway” and” Amaranth”. These two new marls are available in both the Shelter and the Loft yarns from Brooklyn Tweed and good news….

 

…colours “Narwhal” and “Newsprint” are now available in Loft too! Previously they were only available in Shelter.

The Knit Café just received our shipment. You can have a look at all the new stock of Brooklyn Tweed including the new Marled Colours in our webshop

Craftily yours
Kristin

LYS Day 2019

LYS – That’s “Local Yarn Store Day” is tomorrow Saturday April 27.
If you are like me you are thinking “gosh! there really is a day for everything”.  It’s true, but this is our day so why not give it some props?

Come in to The Knit Café to wish us a Happy LYS Day and while you are at it pick up the latest project from Brooklyn Tweed,
Skipp is a brioche hat project. If you have not tried Brioche Knitting yet – this is a good pattern to start with. It can be made with 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft.

The Knit Café has a free download of the Skipp Pattern for every knitter who purchases the 2 skeins of Loft for the project.
This generous offer from Brooklyn Tweed is only available till April 30th. So why not come in on LYS Day to get yours?

Craftily yours
Kristin

Linen Knitting Time

If you are planning your summer wardrobe look no further for the perfect knitting fibre – it is linen! Linen looks classic and clean and sophisticated when knit into garments. It is easy to care for – in fact linen gets softer the more it is washed and even likes the dryer! It’s true! Linen lets the wind breeze through the fibres making it a cool choice for the summer season.
The Knit Café just received a great shipment of organic linen yarn from Quince and Co. Both Sparrow and her bigger cousin Kestrel are in stock!

Look at these pretty Spring Colours of the Sparrow!
We have several new colours available including the melange colour called Rosa Mundi and also Sky and Viburnum. See the updated stock of the Sparrow HERE

 

The Quince and Co knitting pattern collection: Sparrow 2019 is now available

Quince and Co has lots of lovely patterns tailored to this sweet linen yarn and now they have added more! This pic above of a sweater pattern called Dekla is my personal favourite but you can see the whole collection HERE. 

Craftily yours
Kristin

Oxford Punch Needles at The Knit Cafe

The Knit Café now carries all sizes of Amy Oxford’s Punch Needles!

These rug hooking needles are the best. They are made for comfortable punching thanks to the curvy, smooth, wooden handle and the sleek, surgical steel needle.  The Oxford Punch Needles come in a variety of sizes so you can switch the size of your yarn and also change the length of your pile for lots of interesting textural possibilities.

I have made a handy chart for The Knit Cafe to illustrate!

The Oxford Punch Needles come in sizes #14, #13, #10, #9 and #8. It breaks down like this:

#14 creates the shortest pile and only comes in “Fine” (which is for worsted or DK weight yarns. It makes 3mm tall pile
#13 is slightly taller with 4.75mm tall pile. Also only comes in “Fine”
#10 comes in both “Fine” and “Regular”. “Regular needles suit bulky yarns.
The #10 has 6.35mm high pile.
#9 also comes in both “Fine” and “Regular”. The pile is 9.5mm.
#8 comes in both “Fine” and “Regular”. the pile is 12.7mm high

So which one should you choose?

Choose the “Fine” size if you think you want more details in your pieces.
Choose the “Regular” size if speedy punching is important or if you plan to make less detailed more abstract work and like those fat stitches!

Choose a lower pile for details and a cleaner look. Choose taller piles for more texture! The chart shows the longest pile – the #8 twice. The first time in the grey is made with the standard punching technique and the maroon yarn shows the piles of the yarn cut to get a tufted effect. It’s shaggy!!! Another kind of texture for you to try. The centre of the chart that is not marked in the lilac colour has no pile length because it is punched on the other side. This is a great way to get a flat look and can be done with any size of punch needle.

Check out the Oxford Punch Needles at The Knit Café HERE

The next Punch Needle Class at The Knit Café
is Tuesday July 9, 2019, 6:30-9pm.
Register HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Announcing The Knit Cafe Yarn Club 2019

We are so happy to be announcing another year of Yarn Club with The Knit Café. This is now our fourth year of creating patterns in collaboration with talented yarn producers and then sending them off to knitters near and far to be turned into gorgeous things.

Yarn Club is for you if you want to get to know new yarns and fibres and be introduced to yarn-artists from Canada and abroad that you are yet to discover. It is also for you if you would like to try new knitting techniques and delve into patterns that are different from your norm. Yarn Club will also be for you if you would like to have a little bit of formal structure built into your knitting pursuits. Yarn Club members receive 5 projects spread throughout the year to sustain a whole year of happy knitting times!

Knit Café Yarn Club projects have run the gamut from socks to shawls to mittens and hats and slippers and toys and on and on! In the past we have worked with talented artists such as Lichen and Lace and Hedgehog Fibre, Julie Asselin and Madelinetosh. What and Who will it be this year? Each project is a surprise, so you will have to wait and see.

This year Yarn Club memberships will include extra patterns and discounts beyond the 5 projects.

We hope we will have you join us this year!

Read all about it and join The Knit Café Yarn Club 2019 HERE.

The last project from our Yarn Club 2018 edition is Equinox

It’s a simple shawl pattern to show off this ↓ yarn.


Equinox was knit with this gorgeous yarn from Olann of Ireland. This custom colour was dyed just for us and our Yarn Club Members 2018. The colour is called “Hatchling”. The Knit Cafe has other gorgeous colours of Olann Sock Lite in our webshop now but they are moving out fast.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Spring Classes 2019 at The Knit Cafe

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.


Macramé 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
Kristin