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Yes! We Have Vale!

Vale has arrived from Brooklyn Tweed.
It is the latest to be added to Brooklyn Tweed’s delicious menu of yarns.

Those of you who are devoted to Brooklyn Tweed have probably known for a while that this day was coming. The folks at Brooklyn Tweed have been dropping hints and slowly previewing patterns and images for this lovely new yarn. The wait is over – Vale is available in all it’s lacy weight glory and so are some terrific Brooklyn Tweed patterns to match.

Check out the Vale Pattern Lookbook HERE

and get yourself some Vale from The Knit Café – in store and in the webshop too HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

PS: We are open today and tomorrow Sunday May 21, but closed on Monday for Victoria Day!

 

Yarn Club 2016- Now there’s a book!

It is a first for us! We have compiled all the projects from our Knit Café Yarn Club 2016 into a book.  All 6 patterns are now together along with other pattern resource materials and tutorials. You can get it all in ebook form on Ravelry right now. 6 patterns for $20.

A sweet simple sock project.
A light and lovely spring shawl pattern.
A cozy hat with sizes to fit the small and the tall.
A cowl pattern that looks great all the way around and inside out too.
A colour confection of a mitten pattern
A friendly and fancy free toy monkey project.
Get it all in one place!

HERE

We have closed the “Make Mine Custom” subscriptions for Yarn Club 2017 but there are still “Picked Just For Me” memberships available. Read all about it HERE

Craftily yours,
Kristin

 

Last chance for Custom Colours in Yarn Club 2017

That’s right! You are running out of time to get a subscription for The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2017 “Make Mine Custom” membership.

“Make Mine Custom” members get a years worth of knitting projects that include one of a kind, just for Yarn Club 2017, custom made, yarn colours. These are limited edition colours that The Knit Café designs in collaboration with the yarn artists contributing to Yarn Club 2017.

Here are some pics of the beauties we featured in last years Yarn Club.

“happy l’il monkey” by Turtlepurl         “silver mare” by Handmaiden

“firefly” by Riverside Studio                 “honey bunny” by Julie Asselin

“Emerald City” by Lichen and Lace     “collection 2016” by Koigu

To learn more about Yarn Club 2017 and to get your membership go

RIGHT HERE

“Make Mine Custom” Memberships with be closed on Tuesday May 9 at midnight.

What a great Mother’s Day Present!

Picked Just For Me” memberships will be available beyond May 9th while supplies last.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

 

 

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Announcing The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2017

We are so pleased to announce launch day for our second ever knit club!

We had so much fun with Yarn Club 2016. We created 6 packages that were delivered throughout the year, each with an original Knit Cafe knitting pattern and an unique hand dyed yarn made just for each project.
If you were in the shop and asked us about a pretty yarn in a lovely colour-way that was sadly unavailable to you – chances are it was a limited edition colour made just for Yarn Club 2016.

Well it’s a new year and we are doing it all over again! New exclusive yarns! New Knit Cafe patterns and extra surprises with each package.

You can read all about it and become a member of The Knit Cafe Yarn Club 2017 by clicking HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin
PS: we are so excited!

 

Super Sock Yarn – Hedgehog Fibre is here!


Happy Easter weekend! We are open and you should come in and see the goodies, like these beautiful skeins of Hedgehog Fibre. We have long admired Hedgehog’s uniquely poppy way of dyeing and now we have some in the shop. Hooray!

Hedgehog Fiber’s Sock is comprised of 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon, but it is not just for socks. Make shawls and sweaters too, perfect for kid’s duds!

We also received Turtlepurl this week. Happy, self striping sock weight yarn from Turtlepurl has been a mainstay in the Knit Café for years. We are sorry to say that this will be our last order for a while as Turtlepurl is taking a break from wholesaling. I am glad to say we have a lovely collection that will hopefully keep us busy for a while  Here are some of my favourites ↓

“Live Long and Prosper” is a limited edition colour that we are lucky to have.  The colours are inspired by Spock’s uniform from Star Trek of course!

“The Artist” is oh so artistic!

“Zebra Diva” – greys and blacks and hints of coloured hues – so pretty!

“What Does It Mean” I don’t know why this colour is called this. maybe someone can help me out and tell me what does it mean? Regardless it is terrifico,  featuring a grey-blue background and rainbow stripes between.

Craftily yours
Kristin

New Nifties!


On such a gloomy day you must need some cheering up. It is raining cats and dogs here in The Big Smoke.

We have some terrific goodies – just arrived.
Witness divine skeins of Madelinetosh Prairie. ↓

Prairie is Madelinetosh’s single-ply, lace weight yarn. There is nothing like it for light weight knits. Iwona made a gorgeous sweater out of it, using the customfit sweater program at the shop, and of course we use it in our stunning Sashiko Project

Also, just yesterday we had a visit from our lovely friend Darae who brought us some treats. Darae is a sewer-supreme who makes terrifically handy project bags for knitters. They come in all shapes and sizes and every one is unique. They are very well priced between $16 and $32.  If you are a sewer you can get her sewing patterns at Indigobirddesign

Here are some choice ones but there are many more.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Spring 2017 Classes!

A new spring season is on it’s way and we have new classes springing up to prove it!

Check out all the dates for our popular beginner classes including Knit 101 and Crochet 101 and the Knitter’s Crash Course and the Crochet Crash Course, of course. ALSO……

Weaving Classes

We are so excited to be able to offer some new weaving classes at The Knit Café. Our tapestry weaving classes have been so popular and we are really getting into learning all about weaving. We have recently acquired some Rigid Heddle Looms to use for classes. These are compact looms that are easier to learn on then floor looms and are more accessible for new weavers as they are a lot less expensive and can be packed into the closet when not in use. Come see what it’s all about. We have two Rigid Heddle Loom classes on the schedule – The Stripes Class, and The Plaid Class!

Introduction to Weaving – Stripes!  Brand New Class!
Thursday April 20, 27, May 4, 6:30-9:30pm/ Sunday August 20, 27 12:30-5pm

Introduction to Weaving – Plaid! Brand New Class!
Wednesday June 14, 21, 28, 6:30-9:30pm

Tapestry Weaving Class
Sunday May 21 12:30-3:30, May 28,12:20-2:30/
Sunday July 9, 12:30-3:30, July 16, 12:30-2:30pm/ Sunday September 10, 12:30-3:30, September 17, 12:30-2:30pm

Knit Classes

Find Your Fade – Knitted Spring Shawl Workshop  Brand New Class!
A new knitted shawl for spring- what could be better? What if you could use all the colours in your crayon box? Then you would have a “Find Your Fade” shawl. Learn how to stitch this popular shawl project and get a discount on materials too. Read all about it HERE
Wednesday May 3, 6:30-9pm

Sweater Class
Wednesday May 10, 17, 24, break 7, 7-9pm

Knit in Colour Class
Thursday June 8, 15, 7-9pm

Introduction to Knitted Lace
Thurs May 31, 7-9pm

Fix it! Finish it! Class Brand New Class!
In the Fix It Class we practice fixing common knitting mistakes and also learn creative mending techniques. In the Finish It Class we learn proper finishing techniques including seaming and blocking. Take them both, or take one or the other. Read all about it HERE

Thursday June 29, July 6, 7-9pm

ZigZag Blanket Workshop
Wednesday July 5, 7-9pm

Baby Blanket Workshop
Tuesday May 2, 6:30-9pm/
Tuesday July 4, 6:30-9pm

First Pair of Socks
Thursday July 20, 27, 7-9pm

Yoga Sock or Fingerless Mitten Class
Thursday April 6, 13, 7-9pm / 
Wednesday July 12, 19, 7-9pm

Brioche Knitting Class Brand New Class!
Learn brioche knitting techniques including one and two colour designs for beautiful reversible knits! Read all about it HERE
Wednesday May 24, 31, 6:30-8:30pm

Knit 101 Baby
Thursday June 1, 8, 15, 22, 1-3pm

Spinning Classes

Drop Spindle Class – Introduction to Spinning
Sunday April 2, 9, break 23, 12:30-2:30

Spin Master Class Brand New Class!
Advance your hand-spinning
techniques in this second level drop spindle class. Sample a variety of fibres; both plant and animal fibres, and refine your spinning skills. Read all about it HERE
Sunday June 11, 12:30-3:30

Crochet Classes

Crochet Blanket for Absolute Beginners
Sunday June 18, 25, 12:30-2:30pm

Crochet Blanket Class
Wednesday May 10, 17, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Shawl Class Brand New Class!
Learn you lacy stitches and finishes in this Intermediate level crochet class and end up with a pretty shawl besides. Read all about it HERE

Thursday June 1, 8, 6:30-8:30pm

Tunisian Crochet Workshop Brand New Class!
A whole new textile technique with a new tool and everything! Tunisian Crochet is like a hybrid of knitting and crocheting and has a distinct look. Learn the basics in this one evening workshop. Read all about it HERE

Thursday July 6, 6:30-9pm

Other Crafty Classes

Yarn Dyeing Workshop Brand New Class!
Colour your own yarn in this intro to hand dyeing class. Use non toxic dyes to add variegated colour patterns to your yarn. It’s fun! Read all about it HERE
Sunday May 7, 12:30-4:30pm

Needlepoint Workshop
Tuesday May 9, 7-9pm

Introduction to Rug Hooking  
Tuesday June 20, 7-9pm

Needle Felting Workshop
Sunday March 26 12:30-2:30 / Sunday June 4, 12:30-2:30pm /
Sunday August 13, 12:30-2:30pm

You can check out the whole class schedule and register for classes in the webshop right HERE.
Or call us 416 533 5648, or come by 55 Roncesvalles Ave.

Craftily yours
Kristin