Author Archives: kristinledgett

Custom Colour from Riverside Studio

Super Sock from Riverside Studio is here!

riverside studio super sock

Included in this batch is The Knit Cafe’s exclusive colourway called Firefly. This is the colour that we designed with Kathryn from Riverside Studio in Quebec for our yarn club members. We loved it so much!

riverside studio knit cafe custom colour firefly

It seems like a lot of others loved it so much too. We saw so many disappointed faces when we told people it was unavailable. The answer to this torment we decided was to ask Riverside Studio to dye us up a new batch of the custom colour but this time make it sock yarn!

starry night

The original batch was a soft  one ply worsted only for Yarn Club 2016 members. We knit it up into our Starry Night Chapeau pattern ↑
This new batch is Super Sock, a fingering weight yarn that would be outstanding knit into light weight garments and of course, into socks. We have a limited supply of the “Firefly” colour-way so come in soon to get yours.

riverside studio worsted flamingo

I bet you know what this is for ↑
It’s Riverside 4ply worsted in a colour called Flamingo – ripe and ready to become PUSSY HATS! Meow!

Craftily yours
Kristin

A project for a sunny day

Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Cotton came in this week.

blue sky organic cotton

Every time we get in a batch of this beautiful yarn I can’t resist taking all the colours off the shelf and imagining I am about to embark on a baby blanket project. So soft and lofty – this yarn makes a very huggable blankie.
I plain, striped, garter stitch blanket would be such a joy in this yarn and easy to knit even for a new knitter. It is also the yarn featured in the Knit Cafe’s “Your First Baby Blanket pattern. This is a wonderfully simple project with a seed stitch border and a basket weave middle, all knit and purl with no fancy tricks.

baby blanket class

Sometimes I like to imagine I am making a Chevron Stitch Blanket like the one we make in our upcoming workshop.

zigzag blanket

Other times I want to crochet it up into a forever growing Granny Square project.

crochet blanket

If you like any of these ideas you can make your own. They are all beginner friendly projects and if you need a little help we have classes! Oh yes we do!

Baby Blanket Workshop
Sunday March 12, 12:30-3pm
Register HERE

ZigZag Blanket Workshop
Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm
Register HERE

Crochet Blanket Class For Absolute Beginners
Sunday March 19, 26, 3-5pm
Register HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day!

As if you need another reminder that it is almost Valentines Day, but if you have room for one more….here ya go.
If you don’t have a sweetheart – then have you heard of “Galentine’s Day”?  If not then watch THIS VIDEO .
Galentine’s Day definitely seems worth celebrating!

I don’t think I need to remind you that hand made gifts are the best gifts, so get out the crochet hooks or the paper mache or whatever your craft de jour is and make something that says “love”.

hat with heart
There are 2 spots left in our Hat Knitting Workshop on February 12th. You can make any size of hat so you can let the tall and the small know how much you care with a head warmer.

Hat Class
Sunday February 12, 12:30-3pm
Register HERE

cascade220 superwash

We just received these fresh colours of Cascade 220 Superwash in the store. Just the kind of thing you want to see on a grey day. I don’t want to be accused of telling tales but I think the two pinky hues could be transformed into Pussy Hats! Non?

Craftily yours
Kristin

Lovely, Canadian, Hand Dyed Yarn

lichen-and-lace-sock

Wow! Lichen and Lace yarn is so beautiful! Check out this lovely batch of sock yarn. Megan from Lichen and Lace has been posting some wonderful Find Your Fade colour combinations on her Instagram HERE. This popular shawl project is perfect for colour junkies – you get to pick 7 colours! How exciting is that?

lichen-and-lace-worsted

We also got us some worsted weight merino. Gorgeous!

koigu

…and one of my favourite yarns have arrived. It is Koigu! This local yarn made from 100% merino has such a springy twist. Can you see the ombre possibilities in this collection? I bet you can. We’ve used Koigu KPM for several Knit Café Patterns such as 504 King West, Baby Harem Pants, and Trip to the Island.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

New from Brooklyn Tweed

The Knit Café has added Brooklyn Tweed Arbor to our online shop!
brooklyn tweed arbor

Now you can shop our collection of this beautiful DK weight wool from your sofa. Want some project inspiration for this excellent yarn? Look no further then Brooklyn Tweed itself!
burnaby
Jared Flood recently added this photo to The Brooklyn Tweed Blog. It depicts all the hats he made for this past holiday season with Arbor yarn and Brooklyn Tweed’s pattern Burnaby. I made one of these hats this season too. It was a mighty fun knit and the pattern includes a version knit with bulky Quarry yarn which we have in store too.
Brooklyn Tweed has been busy making up patterns for this new yarn. You can check out the whole collection HERE

eldingar

In addition you might want to have a look at Amirisu’s most recent magazine. Amirisu Winter 2017 has some real gems in it including this ↑ lovely sweater made with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor

Also new – a book of patterns from Brooklyn Tweed!
aspen

Capsule by Michele Wang  was launched on January 18.
The book contains 8 new patterns that feature Michele Wang’s signature style garments. They are full of texture and glorious cables. The book contains some wonderful women’s sweaters like the one above called Aspen but there is also a terrific men’s sweater and a cute hat pattern too. Buy the book HERE or the patterns individually HERE.
Coincidentally we received a great big order of Brooklyn Tweed on the very same day this book was launched. We have refills of Shelter and Loft and Quarry and Arbor too. You can see all the stock of Shelter and Loft and now Arbor on The Knit Cafe’s website HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

In the PINK!

Good luck to all of you who are joining the March on January 21.
pink-yarn
It’s been so great to see all the knitters coming through the door looking for pink yarns to make their Pink PussyHats for the Women’s March here and in Washington. It will be so gratifying to see a sea of pink tomorrow.
Read more about the Pink PussyHat Project and find the Pattern HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Register now for these popular classes!

If you were eyeing a class from our upcoming schedule, here’s a heads up that some of the classes are filling up fast.

needle felt birds

Needle Felting Class Only One Spot Left !
Sunday January 29, 12:30-2:30pm

needlepoint class

Needlepoint Workshop Only Three Spots Left !
Tuesday January 31, 7-9pm

crochet crash class

Crochet Crash Course Only One Spot Left !
Thursday January 26. 6:30-9pm

crochet blanket hexagons

Crochet Blanket Class Only One Spot Left !
Wednesday February 8, 15, 6:30-9pm

weaving

Tapestry Loom Weaving Workshop Only One Spot Left !
Sunday February 26, 2-5pm, March 5, 2-4pm

Check out all the classes at The Knit Café HERE
It’s Time to Knit Everybody!

Craftily yours
Kristin