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Crafty happenings at the Knit Cafe

A great time to make a Crocheted Blanket!

We have an awesome selection of worsted weight yarn in the shop right now. Just look at all those colours! All of these lovelies are machine washable too which make them a perfect choice for a hand knitted or crocheted blanket. Berroco Vintage and Cascade 220 Superwash have a price-tag that won’t break the bank so let the mixing and matching begin. Whether you crave a heathered, Highland colour scheme or a bright and bold statement piece or even an oh so tastefully neutral colour story we got you covered.

Don’t know how to crochet a blanket. We got you covered there too. Our Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners is coming up. Even if you have never crocheted before you can join this class and learn basic stitches while you work on your blanket project. If you do know some crochet and have never made a blanket you are welcome in this class too. Here are the deets ↓

Crochet Blanket For Absolute Beginners

June 18, 25, 12:30-2:30

Register HERE

 

Pop Up at The Knit Cafe


This weekend, join us at The Knit Café and check out some awesome goods brought to you by talented locals who create covetable things -jewelry, clothing, accessories, and housewares too.  Meet and chat with the designers and get a first hand look at pickings that are hard to find elsewhere. Only for one day though and then they are gone. That’s why it’s called a pop-up ya know!

Saturday June 3, 10am-3pm at 55 Roncesvalles Ave

Here’s a preview of what you’ll see↓


here and here   by Amy Miller                    handwork studio , the Sama Collection

Xenia Taler                                                                            Story Folk by Christine Su

Kate Austin Designs

See you there,
Craftily yours
Kristin

Weaving treats and hand dyed Canadian-made gems

My first Rigid Heddle Loom project is off the loom! Here’s a pic ↓  shown with the pretty cones of organic cotton that I used as the base for this project. The triangular, coloured accents on the scarf are thanks to the convenience of  Koigu Mini Skeins.
This soft cotton was so lovely to use with a smooth, refined finish. I am swatching a knitted swatch with it now and am really liking it for that purpose too!

In April I sat in on The Knit Cafe’s very first Rigid Heddle Loom Class. In the “Intro to Weaving Stripes Class” we learned many clever tricks. Setting up the loom with our warp threads happened first and then we learned how to weave back and forth, practicing our tension and planning our designs.

This is Helen’s sample ↑ . Helen Dreifelds is the very skilled instructor for our Introduction to Weaving Stripes Class.

Her sample shows several pattern changes like this basket-weave-type detail mid-scarf, …

…and these triangular shapes which are achieved with “clasp weaves”. In addition we learned several types of finishing techniques like the tassels shown here, or like the “hem stitch” I used on my sample scarf.

I had to rush my project off the loom so we could use it to prepare for our next Rigid Heddle Loom Class in June which will be a Plaid Class! The Intro to Weaving Plaid Class is full but give us a call to be put on the waiting list.
Or, you can still register for:

Introduction to Weaving Stripes Class
on Sunday August 20 and 27, 12:30-5pm

I have more treats to share. We have just received a delightful order of sock yarn from Zen Yarn Garden. We are so happy to showcase the work of this wonderful dye team who create their one of a kind skeins right here in Ontario! Zen Yarn Garden rely on wonderful, painterly dye effects to decorate their skeins. We have a souped-up batch of Superfine Fingering, which is a blend of superwash merino and 10% nylon. I have to say that this is one of the softest merinos that I have ever had the pleasure of fondling. It knits up super plump too for a sweet knitting experience. This yarn base was milled in Italy where, lets face it, they know a thing or two about luxury textiles.  Despite the high quality, this yarn comes with a very reasonable price – $24 for 400 yards.

Get excited because we also received a big batch of Lichen and Lace yarn this week. We are big fans of this yarn. The colours are exceptionally pretty, and we are so fortunate to have a great selection of both worsted weight and fingering weight to ogle all day.

Craftily yours
Krsitin

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!

 

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

 

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