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ALL ARBOR!

We have every single colour of
Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in the shop!

Fairisle project anyone?

You can purchase the Arbor in our webshop too. Check it out HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Classes in the Month of March

We are busy developing our Spring Summer Classes and boy do we have some doozies to share! It will be ready for public viewing in a few weeks but until then there are still a lot of wonderful classes you could take part in. March is crammed full of classes in fact!

sweater

Sweater Class
An introduction to sweater making for the uninitiated.
Make any size, a pullover or a cardigan.
Wednesday March 8, 15, 22, break April 5. 7-9pm
register HERE

baby blanket class

Baby Blanket Class
Baby Shower season is starting soon! Learn how to follow knitting patterns and how to recognize your knit from your purl.
Sunday March 12, 12:30-3pm
register HERE

crochet blanket with lloyd

Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners Only 2 spots left!
Make this adorable blanket and learn to Crochet at the same time. Kitty not included.
Sunday March 19, 26, 3-5pm

register HERE

crochet crash class

Crochet Crash Course
Learn crochet basics in one night!
Thursday March 30, 6:30-9pm
register HERE

zigzag blanket

ZigZag Blanket Class
A whole lot of shaping techniques go into this playful blanket.
Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm
register HERE

needle felt birds

Needle Felting Workshop
Make 3D fuzzy sculptures ready to be toys and jewelry and ornaments and mobiles, oh my!
Sunday March 26, 12:30-2:30pm
register HERE

drop spindle

Drop Spindle Class – Introduction to Spinning
Make your own yarn! Need I say more?
Sunday April 2, 9, break, 23, 12:30-2:30pm
register HERE

rug hooking

Introduction to Rug Hooking Only 3 spots left
This is a wonderful craft with a long and wonderful history.
You can make rugs and so much more.
Tuesday March 14, 7-9pm
register HERE

knitting in colour class

Knit in Colour Only one spot left!
Add colour to your projects with Fairisle
(also called Stranded) Knitting.
This class was sold out but one spot just opened up!
Thursday March 23, 30. 7-9pm
register HERE

You can see all The Knit Cafe’s classes in the webshop HERE
Craftily yours
Kristin

Pre Orders for Brooklyn Tweed

The Knit Café is already looking forward to The Knitter’s Frolic!
That’s the annual event where knitters gather and grope yarn in Toronto. Some folks come from far and wide to do just that. They hope to see and feel things they can’t access in their neck of the woods.
Like last year the Knit Café will be bringing heaps of Brooklyn Tweed to The Knitter’s Frolic so all of you who live too far to visit us on Roncesvalles Avenue will have a chance to check it out.

If you are already a devote of Brooklyn Tweed (like us) and know exactly what you want, here’s you chance to get a jump on things. Pre Order!

preorder-bt-for-instagram

Pre orders mean you won’t miss out on the colour and the quantity of Brooklyn Tweed you want. It will be bagged and waiting for you for pick up at so no feisty knitters can get to it before you do.

If you would like to make a pre order give us a ring
416 533 5648
or write us
theknitcafe@hotmail.com
before March 10th
we will be taking a 50% deposit with pre orders

If you are not coming to The Knitter’s Frolic and would like to make a pre order to pick up in store or delivery – Great! We can make that happen. Orders will arrive in April.

Craftily yours
Kristin

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