Author Archives: kristinledgett

Crochet Yourself A Plant Holder

It takes a neighbourhood to make a plant holder! We got these beautiful, fish hook  plants from Willem and Jools which is a wonderful plant and container shop just down the street from us on Roncesvalles Avenue. The chains and findings that hold the plant holders came from our local Home Hardware store. We custom made these hanging plant baskets with a trusty, large size crochet hook and yarn made from recycled jersey fabric found right here at The Knit Cafe.

The best part was embellishing them with tassels and pompoms!

You can make one too. You will need some of this great yarn from Wool and the Gang called Jersey Be Good. It’s available in our webshop HERE or instore.  Gather some pretty yarns for your tassels and pompoms and visit your local hardware store for the findings, then follow the FREE PATTERN that you will find at the bottom of this post.

Here’s How We Made The Fancy Tassels

Make 4 bundles of tassel yarn and fold each in half
Wrap one around another and place as shown in picture 2.
Now you have two connected bundles of tassel yarn.

Take one of the bundles that is wrapped around the other and thread the ends through the loop of the other connected bundle. Do the same with the other connected bundle.
Now all four of the bundles are connected!
Pull them tight to make a pretty knot.

Add a tie to the top with a spare piece of tassel yarn and a darning needle. Thread the yarn from the top down through the knot and then from underneath back up again.
Let all the tassel strings hang down. Use contrasting coloured yarn to wrap around just under the base of the knot, making sure to hide the contrast colour tail as you wrap.

When wrapping is complete tie a knot and use your darning needle again to hide the tail of your wrapping yarn.  You can add more colours if you want.
Trim!
and done

You can find a pompom making tutorial HERE

Get an easy to print PDF of the Plant Holder Pattern HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Summer Sale Time!

This year will be better than ever. Never have we had so many goodies in the store during summer sale time. That means you will receive 20% off on all yarns including your favourite Canadian Hand Dyers and Brooklyn Tweed too, and more and more and then some.

Sale Begins: Saturday July 14, 10am
Sale Ends: Saturday July 21, 7pm

20% off everything in store –
Yarn, Needles, Accessories!

Deep Sale on selected items.
come by early for these!

This sale is in store at 55 Roncesvalles Ave only, not available in the webshop.

Cannuk Yarn on this our Canada Day Weekend!

We will be open this HOT, HOT, HOT, Holiday Weekend!
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 12-4:30pm
Monday – CLOSED

If you are about you should come in and see these new skeins from Riverside Studio Yarn. Kathryn from Riverside is one of Canada’s best and brightest hand dyers. She does beautifully polished work with lots of subtleties. These beauties are dyed on her Super Sock base. This is a fine yarn suitable for sock knitting and so much more besides. It is too hot for bulky projects but a summer sock project is great for beating the heat for those of us who must knit – and I mean all the time!

Amongst the goodies is Firefly! That’s The Knit Cafe’s custom colour from Riverside Studio. It’s only available here. This beautiful colour-way will make you think of an inky blue, night sky scattered with glowing fireflies when you knit it up. We love it! You can check it out in our webshop HERE

If you have been watching our Instagram then you know I just finished knitting this sweater↓

It’s Deschain by Leila Raabe

I must say it was a fun knit and quick too. Also, very easy for a sweater. Two rectangles sewn together and picked up sleeves is all there is to it.   The Kestrel Linen yarn by Quince and Co was so fun to work with too. Never, have I knit with such chunky linen and found it very pleasant indeed.
The Knit Café has a dozen colours of Quince and Co Kestrel in stock – you can check them out HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Hats off to Peerie by Brooklyn Tweed!

We are so impressed with this new yarn from Brooklyn Tweed. This fingering weight merino comes in such vivid colours that will be wonderful for colour-work projects. It’s plush and soft texture will make happy-making garments of all kinds

The lovely folks at Brooklyn Tweed have released a pattern for the new Peerie yarn and they have provided The Knit Café with a free download code for all customers who purchase the Peerie to make their own version of the Lucerne Hat.

Come into the shop and pick your colours for the Lucerne Hat and don’t forget to ask us for the free pattern code. Get it now as this promotion is only available till June 30th.
Shop the webshop HERE

Very soon Brooklyn Tweed will be releasing a brand new group of patterns. It’s Wool People 12! Here’s a sneak peak of one of the sweaters that will be included in this new collection.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Wool and Honey Love!

There’s a new sweater pattern by Andrea Mowry. It’s called Wool and Honey.

Isn’t it sweet? It’s knit from this gorgeous colour of Brooklyn Tweed Loft called Embers, which just happens to be snuggled in the Knit Cafe shelves right now.

This sweater would be apropos knit with the Hayloft colour too. Check out The Knit Cafe’s supply of Loft by Brooklyn Tweed HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

A New Yarn from Brooklyn Tweed – Peerie is Here!

We are unpacking our first shipment of a brand new yarn from Brooklyn Tweed. It’s called Peerie. Hailed as being the softest of all the Brooklyn Tweed fibres Peerie is made of 100% merino wool. It is a fingering weight yarn – just the perfect thing for colour work patterns but with a bouncy twist that will make crisp cables and textures too.
Like all Brooklyn Tweed yarns Peerie is made entirely in the USA. The sheep are breed in Utah and Nevada and the wool is spun to perfection into a smooth 4-ply construction in Maine.
We have 9 colours of Peerie now nestled into the Knit Café shelves, 9 more will be coming any day and even more colours in the next few weeks. We wil keep you informed.
To coincide with the launch of Peerie, Broooklyn Tweed has created a new hat pattern called Lucerne. They have also released several of their other patterns with new specs suited to Peerie – Afton, Ashland, and Boardwalk.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Sajou Threads and Punch Needles

Oh the French make things so nice! N’est-ce pas?
Sajou began in the 19th century but was re-established in 2005 under the reign of Frédérique Crestin-Billet. Made in France Haberdashery is the name of the game for Sajou. They keep in mind their historical roots with attention to quality and traditional patterns and packaging that pays homage to the Sajou-past.

Sajou is famous for it’s threads, including the glossy 100% cotton embroidery floss pictured above.  Retors de Nord comes in generous 20m amounts wrapped on cards that are easy to store and resists tangles.  The threads have a sheen and glide with ease through fabric. It is slightly finer then other floss and can be divided into 4 separate strands.
Also pictured are other haberdashery gems like this wheel of glass headed pins (the package shows a dog and a cat sorting out some threads together -adorable!), a packet of embroidery needles and these amazing triangle head pins packed in a tightrope walker decorated box.

We have 48 colours of Retors de Nord embroidery floss here.

We have 24 colours of Laine Saint-Pierre embroidery/darning wool. This stuff is perfect for all your invisible and visible mending needs, or try it on your next embroidery project. This soft wool blend comes in lovely matte colours and like the Retors de Nord is packed on tangle-free cards.  Strands can be separated for finer work.

Try out both the Laine Saint-Pierre and the Retors de Nord with these fine gauge punch needles! This Ultra Punch Needle Tool comes with three different needle sizes that can be used interchangeably in the tool. You can also adjust the height of your loops with this one tool. We are trying out our new punch needle with different fabrics and bits and bobs of fingering weight yarn to see which ones work best. Fun!

Craftily yours
Kristin