Author Archives: kristinledgett

Mending Ways

I have been on a mending mission lately. This early cold snap necessitated some quick action. Mittens with holes, and a hat and a woolen house coat too. Such a rush job that I stayed up late and darned my heart out and everyone had woollies to wear the next day. But I did not take pictures – as is the nature of life when one hurries through it – one can not document it too.

Oh but summer time! –  do you remember that?  Then, thoughtful meditations on mending and some picture taking was p0ssible too. I fixed this sweater with the traditional woven style darning method.

I used a glass to keep the fabric a bit taught as I worked. First I stitched a perfect circle around the hole

I filed it into with interwoven stitching.

I made a mistake and had to stitch up outside of my circle. So I added a little leaf and now it is an apple. Also I ran out of green and used some pink. Happy accidents!

I also fixed this sweater with some success, but the stitching looked a little messy so I decorated it with some lazy daisies.

I am really excited that this Wednesday, The Knit Café is hosting a visible mending class and I will learn another method of mending called “Scotch Darning”. It is a sturdy bit of stitchery with an interesting texture. Please join us if you are free.

Visible Mending Workshop

Wednesday November 20, 6:30-9:30pm

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Brooklyn Tweed Trunkshow and Thanksgiving Hours.

We are thankful for Brooklyn Tweed and for you – all of you wonderful, crazy knitters!

The Knit Café is hosting a Trunk Show with the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 19 Collection. That means all the garments from the collection are here. You can come in tomorrow and fondle them and even try them on.

Saturday October 12, 10am-7pm

All Sweater Quantities Sold – 10% off

The Knit Café will be Closed on

Sunday October 13, and Monday October 15

For Thanksgiving

Gobble, gobble everyone.

Craftily yours,
Kristin

Punch Needle News

We are so happy that we have finally managed to restock the Ultra Punch Needle. This fine instrument is what a punch needler needs for creating tiny loops with smaller yarns and embroidery floss.

I made this sign for The Knit Cafe using the Ultra Punch Needle and fingering weight yarn so I could get a precise and legible look in the letters and numbers.
Generally the Ultra Punch needle works best with a fabric that is more tightly woven than Monks Cloth or Primitive Linen, such as a plain weave linen or cotton, but we have used it with the Monks Cloth with some success. The Ultra Punch needle comes with three difference sized tips and you can control the length of the pile with a sliding gauge on the side of the tool. In other words it is very versatile. Have a look HERE

The Ultra Punch Needle is featured along with the Amy Oxford Punch Needles in Punch Needle this beautiful book by Arounna Khounnoraj. This book is a gem; full of lots of wisdom from this talented lady. It is replete with inspiration. Arounna’s gorgeous designs decorate the pages. This is a wonderful book to initiate anyone to the craft of Punch Needling but will also be appreciated by those who already have a practised hand. There are 20 lovely projects to try: cushions, bags, trivets and coasters, wall art, and more! Step by step instructions include templates and finishing techniques. Next time you’re in The Knit Café give it a gander or check it out HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

What a difference a day makes.

BEFORE


Look at this sorry state of affairs. This is how our Lichen and Lace display looked the last day of our Summer Sale.

AFTER


This is how it looks now! Hooray!
So much gorgeous Lichen and Lace in 80/20 Sock Weight, in Worsted Merino, in Rustic Heather Sport, in Marsh Mohair and some 1-ply Fingering Merino too.
Quantities have been updated in the webshop.

I always take new photos when Lichen and Lace comes in to make sure we get an accurate depiction of the new batch. Be aware that I have not done that yet. Also, there are some colours not represented like Nutmeg, Gingersnap, and Rainy Day, so if you are in the neighbourhood stop by and see these lovelies in person.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Summer Sale 2019! In the webshop too!

For the first time ever The Knit Café is able to offer our
Summer Sale deals in our webshop
From July 14-19
All purchases of yarn, needles and other supplies will be 20% off
This is a great time to stock up on all your favourites:
Brooklyn Tweed, Lichen and Lace, Quince and Co Linens, Needles from HiyaHiya and Brittany, Amy Oxford Punch Needles etc….
.
At 55 Roncevalles Avenue there will also be a sale.
This sale starts one day earlier
from July 13-19.
Everything in the shop will be 20% off
Come early to check out the sale bins where some special yarns will be heavily discounted.

See you there.
Craftily yours
Kristin

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