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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

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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

Last Chance for Yarn Club 2018 Membership

May 17th is the last day to become a member of
The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2018. 

sign up HERE

Yarn Club is a year long subscription where participants receive beautiful yarns accompanied by original Knit Café patterns. The 2018 subscription will include four knit projects delivered or picked up every three months. The first one will be available in June and we are busy preparing for it now. If you would like to get in on the fun. You still have a few days to get your membership. Read all about it HERE.

The last project for our Yarn Club 2017 was made available to all club members in April, and I am happy to say that the pattern is now available to all through The Knit Café Shop or on Ravelry.
The pattern is called Sunprint. It’s a pretty spring shawl. Just enough to wrap your neck and keep the chill off as the weather changes from chilly to warmish. The pattern Sunprint was named after the yarn colour we called Sunprint.

The colour Sunprint was developed in a collaboration between The Knit Café and amazing Madelinetosh Yarns! That’s what we do for our Yarn Club. We choose the best and the brightest of yarn producers and we design a knitting pattern to suit their particular yarn. We also develop a custom colour that becomes only available to The Knit Café Yarn Club Members. So I am sorry to say that if you have fallen in love with this gorgeous colour we call Sunprint this love will go unrequited. Only Yarn Club 2017 members have received this colour and it is no longer available.

Here’s the silver lining. You can get the pattern for the Sunprint shawl and make your own version of this neck draper. We even have some Madelinetosh Merino Light in other gorgeous colours still available in the shop at 55 Roncesvalles.

Come and get it!
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Reclaimed Cotton Yarns

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent, Reinvigorate, Rejoice!
The Knit Café has two new products that hit all these notes.

Billie Jean Yarn by Wool and the Gang
It’s made from all the bits and pieces left over when making your favourite pair of jeans. All these off-cuts would otherwise end up in landfill but they have been repurposed and spun into this gorgeous cotton yarn. All the colours are variations of blue as no dyes or chemicals are added to the fibres.
This is a lovely cotton that will make comfy garments perfect for Spring and Summer wear.

     

Jersey Be Good by Wool and the Gang
Is also made from remnants left over from textile manufacturing. In this case it is surplus t-shirt material that is remade into yarn. Cotton with a wee bit of elastane has amazing crafting potential for imaginative souls. Knit it or crochet it into household goodies like pillow covers or puffs. Make it into hand bags and bins and hampers of all kinds. Macramé your heart out and make wall hangings and plant holders and jewelry. Add it to your tapestry weaving for a chunky textural treat. Iwona has already taken some home to remake her Chevron Rug Project of years past. You can find that pattern HERE.

Both Jersey Be Good and Billie Jean Yarn are in The Knit Cafe’s webshop!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Kapow! It’s a colour explosion of Hedgehog Fibre Yarn

The Knit Café is ridiculously cheerful today with a great big display of Hedgehog Fibre. This hyper happy yarn is a hand dyed wonder and never disappoints. Among all the goodies we have a whole lot of new colours. Check em out↓


Left hand side, top to bottom: Kimono, Method, Goblin, Park Life, Raku
Right hand side, top to bottom: Cereal, Dijon, Iris, Anemone, Bollywood

See Hedgehog Fibre in our webshop too

We also have some minis! These are 50m skeinettes of the same beautiful Hedgehog Sock Yarn shown above. It’s a blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% nylon. So soft, so gorgeous, so much fun! Mini skeins are only in the shop proper at 55 Roncesvalles.

Craftily yours
Kristin