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Summer Sale 2020

It’s Summer Sale Time!
The Knit Cafe is having a storewide sale. Everything is 15% off. This includes yarn and needles and tools and accessories, and rug hooking and punch needle supplies, and books and magazines!

Also, for the first time ever our wonderful Bargain Bins are making an appearance in our online shop. That means they will not be in the physical shop but does mean you can route through them in the comfort of your own home. There is a 25% off bargain bin, and a 30% off bargain bin and a 40% off bargain bin too.

Sale starts Sunday July 18 and ends at the end of the day on Sunday July 26.

Check out our webshop for goodies. 


shop update for June 2020

So..we miss you…but we want you to stay safe…so we are easing into opening up the shop. Please continue to shop in the webshop and stay in touch with email and telephone but if you are hankering for an in person yarn visit then we are kinda, sorta, open-ish!
The shop is set up for social distancing, which means that we can help one customer at a time who will have their own space at the front of shop. It’s like an old timey mercantile situation where the shopkeeper shows you and brings you things. You will point and we will go fetch, you will tell us what you are after and we will show you what we have. Hand sanitizer is here, the store in clean, our staff has masks – please wear one too if you have one.
You can pick up your web orders or shop in person:
Tuesday-Friday noon-6pm and Saturday noon-5pm. 
As we wrestle with the disturbing events of racialized violence and discrimination over the last few weeks we are hopeful that this is a time of new beginnings. We at The Knit Cafe are currently developing initiatives to better support an agenda of equality and will work to become better advocates both as a small business and personally. For starters we have made a donation to Bipoc in Fiber which helps to promote the work of Black, Indigenous & People of Colour in the fibre community. More actions will follow. We do not want these recent events to be a moment in time soon forgotten, we are hoping for meaningful change.
Take care everyone!
Craftily yours

Curbside Pick Up

Curbside Pick Up – it seems to mean different things to different businesses. Let me tell you how we are getting it done…

We are happily expanding curbside pick up to be a 5 day a week affair with hours that we hope will fit into your schedule so you can drop by when it suits you and pick up your packages. If this idea appeals to you this is what you do:

  1. make an order in our webshop, or if that is not convenient call or email. 416 533 5648.
  2. select “pick up in store” during checkout
  3. wait for an email saying “your order is ready for pick up”
  4. come to 55 Roncesvalles Ave –
    Tuesday-Friday noon-6pm
    or Saturday noon-5pm
  5. knock when you get here. Packages will be passed on over a safe distance from a table at the door.

If you place your order before noon on a Tuesday-Saturday you will be able to pick up the same day. Orders placed Saturday afternoon- Monday will have to be picked up on Tuesday or thereafter.

Questions about what to buy?
We are available through email and through the phone for advice and council. We have been having fun sending suggestions and links back and forth to customers and helping them to narrow down their selections to just the thing they were looking for.

We are excited about the Provincial announcements that retails stores will be able to open soon. We have decided for the moment to remain closed to the public. As many of you know The Knit Café is an intimate space where collaboration and lingering and certainly touching and feeling of yarn is part of the attraction. Although we love those things about our environment we suspect they also make it a space where it is difficult to maintain distance. Therefore we are postponing our opening till it feels safer to do so. We hope we have your support. Please let us know how we can help and provide you with the service you have come to expect. We look forward to seeing all of you soon.

Take care and Craftily yours

Health Crisis Update from The Knit Cafe

These are strange times. It seems we are all collectively holding our breaths but all of us separately; each in our own corners, keeping physical distance, waiting and worrying and hoping. This world wide pandemic keeps some of us staggeringly busy and others of us distractingly not so. We at The Knit Cafe send big virtual hugs to you no matter the circumstance you find yourself in.

Here is our update: The Knit Cafe’s bricks and mortar shop is closed. Our WEBSHOP IS OPEN! We can still furnish you with supplies to keep your hands busy and hopefully help your hearts to lighten. These are times when having a hobby can really come in handy to pass the hours, but also to manage stress and we are glad we are still in a position to help at least in this small way.

Your orders will come from an environment that is currently a one-gal operation. To keep us all safe there is only one worker toiling solo. Cleaning and sanitizing in the shop and order fulfillment space is done diligently and regularly.

We are available and happy to answer any of your questions so do get in touch by email if you are in need. We hope get some virtual activities ready for you all in the future.

It is easy to get down, and justifiable too, but there is also a lot to celebrate. Little acts of kindness are sparking up everywhere. I have one to share with you. It involves one of our favourite yarn suppliers – Brooklyn Tweed.

Brooklyn Tweed has come out with an initiative to help support all of us makers and local suppliers of the Brooklyn Tweed yarns. Selflessly, they have offered a discount to their customers so they can indulge in their knitting pursuits even in this time of financial uncertainty. These discounts then become credit for LYS’s like us so we can purchase more yarn and help to keep those knitting needles click-clacking. Many of you have already taken advantage of theses discounts. Those of you who have not, you have until May 15 to do so. Again, I think this is so generous of the folks at Brooklyn Tweed.

Customers can choose to pay based on what they can afford- 10%, 20%, or 30%. Everyone has a different situation. Some of us have real serious financial struggles and some of us are holding steady. The Knit Cafe’s customers have often chosen one of the lower discounts and a few of you have written to tell me that you prefer to pay full price. We are blown away by this generosity of spirit and we thank you!!!!

For anyone who wants to start a new Brooklyn Tweed Yarn inspired project and would like  to know how to get their hands on some and choose a discount to boot then wait no further here is what you do..

go to The Knit Cafe,s webshop

pick out your Brooklyn Tweed goodies

apply one of the following discount codes during checkout:

ApartTogether10 for a 10% discount

ApartTogether20 for a 20% discount

ApartTogether30 for a 30% discount

You can use these codes till May 15.

There is more Brooklyn Tweed on the way but if we don’t have what you want in our shop you can also shop directly with Brooklyn Tweed and let them know you want credit for your discounts to go to your LYS The Knit Cafe and that helps us too. We appreciate your support. Please let us know by email what we can do to support you.

Take care everyone
Craftily yours

New Year Thoughts. 2020

2019 was quite a year!

  • It was the year The Knit Café got crazy for Punch Needling
  •  We introduced some new classes, including a really inspiring Natural Dye Class that yielded swoon-worthy results, and a fairisle sweater knitting class where we ended up with a colourful array of Soldotna Sweaters
  • The Knit Cafe hosted a trunk show from Brooklyn Tweed
  • Canadian Hand Dyers like Hello Stella were added to The Knit Cafe’s Yarn menu
  • Our home sweet home got some improvements including a large communal table that is great for classes and also for our Social Night which is now the first Friday of the month and is so much fun! You should come.
  • A new year of Yarn Club began.
  • Brand new Knit Cafe patterns were introduced.
  • Patterns like the Arts and Crafts Hat, the Be My Guest towel, the Warm Thoughts cowl, and the Equinox shawl.

Our Schedule of Classes for 2020 has some goodies!

Brioche Class

Knitting Level Two

Sweater Class

Introduction to Embroidery Class

Introuction to Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom Class

Rug Hooking Class

You can read all about the 2020 classes at The Knit Café HERE.
Happy New Year
Craftily Yours


Happy Holidays Everyone

Happy Merry!!!
Thanks to all of you who have been such great supporters of The Knit Café this year. We love you. We love seeing all the amazing things you are making. Thank you for sharing. We can’t wait to see what you will come up with next year.

Holiday Hours

Dec 24: 10am-3:30pm
Dec 25-26: closed
Dec 27-31: Boxing Days Sale
Dec 31: 10am-3:30pm
Jan 1: closed

Craftily yours,

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


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

What a difference a day makes.


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


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

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