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Crafty happenings at the Knit Cafe

I’m Finding My Fade! How About You?

A certain kind of madness has hit the knitting community – it’s called “Find Your Fade”.  Why is this project so popular and what the heck is it?
It’s a gigantic shawl project, definitely a double or a triple neck wrapper, it is asymmetrical, with open eyelet sections broken up with garter stitch sections but most of all it is a huge colour explosion. I think the popularity of this project is due to the happy challenge of combining 7 different colours of yarn and imposing an order, but not just any order, a colour-fade.  In the “Find Your Fade shawl each colour is added to the next in the hopes that the eye will blend them and each colour will have a gentle transition. It is harder to do then one would think.

Iwona and I spend a lot of time trying to “find our fade” It is crazily addictive! Even though I have just finished my Find Your Fade shawl, I already want to start another one!

Here it is! (pre-blocking)
I used a combination of Lichen and Lace 80/20 and Hedgehog Fibre Sock, with a little bit of Koigu KPPM thrown in for good measure.

There is a one night workshop at The Knit Café this Thursday where we will be Findin Our Fade and how! So I decided to put together a few possible fade combinations for students. We have so many lovely hand dyed yarns in the shop to choose from. These combos are a mix of Yarn Indulgences, Lichen and Lace, Zen Yarn Garden, Koigu KPPM, and of course Hedgehog Fibre which is what the original “Find Your Fade” shawl was knit from.

Pretty nice eh?

Find Your Fade Knitted Shawl Workshop

Thursday September 28, 6:30-9pm

Register HERE

You can find the pattern for Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry right HERE. Since the inception of this shawl Andrea has designed some wonderful spin-off patterns, check out So Faded and So Faded Pint Size, Free Your Fade and now a new mystery KAL What the Fade.

Craftily Yours
Kristin

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Back to School at The Knit Cafe

We have updated our class schedule with new dates for the Fall and Winter season!

Check out our roster of classes for knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, dyeing, rug hooking, spinning and needlepoint too. In addition we are working on some brand new classes that will be extend our class menu even further. Stay tuned for exciting updates!!

Read more and register for Knit Café Classes

HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Summer Sale 2017 at The Knit Cafe

It starts this weekend!
The Knit Cafe’s Annual Summer Sale
Saturday July 15- Sunday July 23
All Yarn 20% off!!
All needles and notions 15% off
Extra special deals on selected yarns for early birds!

See you there
Craftily yours

Kristin

Happy Canada Day!

The Knit Café has always been so happy to showcase yarns made right here in Canada. From the first day we opened our doors up until today we have always had Canadian yarns on the shelves. It just turns out that Canadians make some of the most delightful yarns on the planet. Aren’t we lucky! We get to buy gorgeous yarns and support our local economy. Here’s hoping for 150 years to come of beautiful creative endeavors and adventures.

Canadian yarns in the shop right now!!! From left to right: Mineville Sock made in Nova Scotia, Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering made in Ontario, Lichen and Lace 80/20 made in New Brunswick, Turtlepurl Striped Turtletoes also made in New Brunswick, Koigu KPM made in Ontario, Julie Asselin Leizu DK made in Quebec.

We are open today July 1 – 10am-5pm
Tomorrow, July 2, 12pm-5pm
Monday July 3, regular hours, 10am-7pm

Craftily yours
Kristin

A Brooklyn Tweed KAL!!!

Brooklyn Tweed has just announced their very first KAL! 

As the name implies this knitalong intends to get you knitting up a lacy project. You can choose the pattern that suits you best, just make it a Brooklyn Tweed yarn and/or a Brooklyn Tweed Pattern.

If you want to be au courant choose Brooklyn Tweed’s brand new pattern designed by their latest in house designer – the wonderful Gudrun Johnston. Gudrun has designed a sweet, textured shawl pattern that can be knit in either Vale (Brooklyn Tweed’s latest laceweight yarn) or Arbor. If you are new to lace-knitting choose the Arbor. The DK weight will knit up faster and it will be easier to follow your stitches with a thicker yarn. If you are an expert lace knitter, then what a great excuse to try out the new super-soft Vale!
Gudrun’s pattern is called Brora

I’m sure that this KAL will live up to the excellent quality I have come to expect when it comes to Brooklyn Tweed. Already they have announced their very detailed schedule of events.

June 28: Special Pattern Release
June 30: Project Planning, Part 1: Getting to know your pattern
July 3: Project Planning, Part 2: Tools and Swatching
July 7: Cast-On Day
July 14: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 1
July 21: Heirloom Stitches
July 28: Lace Blocking
August 4: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 2
August 11: KAL Wrap-Up

You can find out more about the Brooklyn Tweed Knitalong right HERE

Happy Knitting A Long!
Kristin

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