Last Spring we were lucky enough to get a delivery of linen yarns from Quince and Co. Sparrow and Kestrel are the perfect summer-jumper yarn. Now, we are pleased to announce that we are showcasing another great yarn from this yarn institution. These snowy and blustery days deserve a warm and woolly sweater yarn and “Owl” has flown in to fit the bill.
Owl is a blend of Alpaca and American Wool. It is produced with the same socially and environmentally conscious ideals that Quince and Co applies to all it’s products; picking local fibres when possible and having their yarns spun in a historical wool mill. Owl is a woolen-spun yarn which means it is spun to be light and lofty. It has a spongey and crisp feel. It softens when knit and reveals the drape and the halo of the Alpaca fibre.
The colours are so enticing – from subtle to deep and rich. These colours are derived from blending different colour of natural fibres before over dyeing.
You can check out all the colours available at The Knit Café in our webshop
For inspiration; you can do not better than this book by Pam Allen called “Plain and Simple”. It is full of the kind of sweaters that you would want to wear every day! We have a few copies in the shop-proper. Feel free to drop by and take a look. You can have a look at more patterns designed for the Owl yarns on the Quince and Co website HERE
Also new in-shop are Twig and Horn Interchangable Knitting Needle Cases. When you buy your needle tips and cords separately for your circular needles you will need somewhere to house them. Wouldn’t you feel like a super-pro with a stunner needle case like this?
The Knit Café has a few in the shop you can check out along with newly stocked needle tips and cords from HiyaHiya. You can now buy interchangables by the piece and mix and match to your hearts content.
I also have pattern news! The Knit Café has just released a new pattern on ravelry. It’s our latest knitting pattern designed for our Yarn Club. The pattern is called Way Up North. Sweet and cozy slippers are knit in a seamless construction similar to a toe up socks. They feature geometric, colour-work style and loops at the back of the heels we call “slipper grippers”. You can use them to help ease the slippers on your tootsies or to hang them up when not in use.
The slippers are knit with Julie Asselin Douillet. This is a super-sweet, bulky yarn. A sturdy one-ply with excellent fat stitches that really show off Julie Asselin’s beautiful hand dyed work. Julie is one of our favourite Canadian hand dyers. She always seeks out unique yarns to work with. The Douillet is a sturdy woolly mix of Rambouillet and Columbia sheeps wool. We still have a bit of the Douillet in stock but act fast as we are running low!
2018 is in the books!
What a year it’s been!
We brought a few new crafts to the Knit Café, including embroidery classes taught by our new collaborator Sam Lamb, and punch needles classes. The first one was hosted by the super-star Arounna Khounnaraj. The Knit Café also hosted our very first Trunk Show featuring Westlake Knits, followed by another Trunk Show with Yarn Indulgences.
We also added new supplies to our stock including Linen yarns from Quince and Co and sweet embroidery floss and darning wools from Sajou, and we got a brand new yarn line from Brooklyn Tweed – a merino wool called Peerie.
New Knitting patterns were created like our very first toe-up sock pattern called Tulip the Tip-Toer and a fluffy, oversized scarf called Plume, a handmade mushroom ornament pattern, and cables mittens made with Yarn Indulgences’ yarn called Branching Out, and now for 2019…..
A mitten pattern called “Knock Out Mittens”
These mittens are made with this really neato yarn from local alpaca farm Old Mill Alpacas. Complete and total creation of this yarn is produced just a short drive from The Knit Café. We love that this yarn has such a small footprint, but that is not it’s only appeal. Made with Alpaca fibre, it is so soft and thanks to the unusual spinning technique called “core-spun” it has a really unique look. So bubbly and bobbly and fat too, this is a bulky weight yarn on it’s way to being super-bulky. This core-spun yarn is very different then other yarns we have worked with so we embarked on making a pattern that would suit the rarities in the yarn. The “Knock Out Mittens” are the result. You can get this pattern free with purchase of the yarn in the shop and in the webshop too HERE.
Also new is the shop…
Eco Cashmere from Blue Sky Fibres made with 50% recycled cashmere, and 50% virgin cashmere. Wow!
100% SuperWash Merino DK from Mineville Wool Project, and Rambouillet/Columbia Wool, in bulky-weight from Julie Asselin called Douillet. Both are hand dyed in Canada.
We are cooking up some new treats for you all in 2019, and hope to tell you all about them soon. Thanks so much for all your support. Craft on!!!
Happy Holidays Everyone
The Knit Café’s Holiday Hours:
December 24: open 10am-3:30pm
December 25: closed
December 26: closed
December 27-30: open regular hours
December 31: open 10am -3:30pm
January 1: closed
Our Boxing Day Sale begins December 27 at 10am
and ends December 31 at 3:30pm
Everything in the shop will be 15% off!
Special bargains on especially selected yarns
See you there!
Brooklyn Tweed has launched their holiday patterns. It is a great collection of sweet knits- many of which would make great gifts like….
You should have a look at their new selection of sweater patterns too. The Christmas holiday might be just the time to start a new sweater project. You can see all the patterns HERE
It seems to be that time of year when our door is a revolving with deliveries. Exciting!
The most recent additions to The Knit Café come from the folks at Wool and the Gang. Crazy Sexy Wool is big and beautiful! I can see why knitters go crazy for this yarn. It kinda calls to you from the shelf. I think it’s saying ” I’m silky and soft and I knit up fast!” We have a wonderful new pallet of Crazy Sexy Wool that includes mellow, earthy tones like the ones shown above. You can see them all in our webshop HERE
Wool and the Gang also makes this terrific cotton called Billie Jean. It’s made from recycled denim, so it is all shades of indigo. Check these out HERE
Noro Kureopatora is also now in shop. This yarn is so fun to knit with as the colour changes gradually and with beautiful subtleties throughout. Noro dyes the fleece and then spins the colours together to achieve really beautiful colour blending. It is unique and addictive to work with. If you would like to read more about the Noro Company and their process you can check out this post from the past HERE
Make one of The Knit Cafe’s favourite projects with Noro – this super stripey scarf. You can find a pattern HERE
You heard right – The Knit Café is hosting another trunk show featuring another terrific, local, hand dyer! It’s this Saturday!
Yarn Indulgences Trunk Show at The Knit Café
55 Roncesvalles Avenue
Please join us on Saturday October 27
Yarn Indulgences is known for their beautiful, variegated, colour-ways dyed on luxury fibres such as merino and silk and cashmere – oh my! Some of these yarns are spun right here in Ontario. We featured such a yarn – called Zed Lux Worsted when we created our Branching Out Mitten Pattern. I can tell you from personal experience this blend of merino cashmere and nylon is a dream to work with.
We look forward to seeing all the goodies when Deborah from Yarn Indulgences arrives on Saturday. We hope you will come buy and say hello to this talented lady and give the yarn a squeeze.
We are so lucky to have such creative spirits in our midst!
The day is drawing near my friends when this talented local hand dyer sets up shop in The Knit Café for a one day only event. We are really excited!
Join us on
Saturday October 20, from 11am-4pm
55 Roncesvalles Avenue
I hear tell that Kerri from Westlake will be bring several yarn bases in different weights. All of them will be naturally dyed of course and many will feature woolen yarns that are breed and milled locally.
I am also excited to report that we will also have some of Westlake Natural Dye Kits on hand so interested parties can try some natural dyeing at home. Fun!!!
If you are a lover of hand dyed yarns there is no better time to visit The Knit Café then right now. In the last week we have received stock from Canadian Hand Dyers Lichen an Lace and also (brand new to The Knit Café) Ancient Arts Fibre, and all the way from Ireland a big batch of Hedgehog Fibre yarns.
Lichen and Lace – 80/20 Sock. We also have some beautiful worsted weight!
Ancient Art Fibres – Big Squeeze
Hedgehog Fibre Sock. We have mini skeins too!
See you on Saturday
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