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Last Chance for Yarn Club 2018 Membership

May 17th is the last day to become a member of
The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2018. 

sign up HERE

Yarn Club is a year long subscription where participants receive beautiful yarns accompanied by original Knit Café patterns. The 2018 subscription will include four knit projects delivered or picked up every three months. The first one will be available in June and we are busy preparing for it now. If you would like to get in on the fun. You still have a few days to get your membership. Read all about it HERE.

The last project for our Yarn Club 2017 was made available to all club members in April, and I am happy to say that the pattern is now available to all through The Knit Café Shop or on Ravelry.
The pattern is called Sunprint. It’s a pretty spring shawl. Just enough to wrap your neck and keep the chill off as the weather changes from chilly to warmish. The pattern Sunprint was named after the yarn colour we called Sunprint.

The colour Sunprint was developed in a collaboration between The Knit Café and amazing Madelinetosh Yarns! That’s what we do for our Yarn Club. We choose the best and the brightest of yarn producers and we design a knitting pattern to suit their particular yarn. We also develop a custom colour that becomes only available to The Knit Café Yarn Club Members. So I am sorry to say that if you have fallen in love with this gorgeous colour we call Sunprint this love will go unrequited. Only Yarn Club 2017 members have received this colour and it is no longer available.

Here’s the silver lining. You can get the pattern for the Sunprint shawl and make your own version of this neck draper. We even have some Madelinetosh Merino Light in other gorgeous colours still available in the shop at 55 Roncesvalles.

Come and get it!
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

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Show and Tell from Yarn Club!

Yarn Club 2018 is now taking new members! The Knit Café is really excited about the upcoming year of new projects and fabulous yarns to go with them, but I get even more excited when I look back at Yarn Club projects from years past. I’d love to share some of these lovelies with you, right here, right now.

Curious
It’s a monkey stuffie made from sock yarn! In this case it was delightful self-striping yarn from Turtlepurl. The Knit Café  used the inspiration of the Curious George books to develop the colour with the hand dyers at Turtlepurl. Yarn Club Members who choose the “Make Mine Custom” option received this one-of-a kind colour way made just for them and their Yarn Club project.

Bonnie Bandit
It’s shown here in two colour-ways! The one on the Judy was the Custom Colour and the other is a pic of the colours we chose for yarn club member Edie Kim. Edie has a “Picked Just For Me” subscription to yarn club, and we know she loves neutrals and blush pinks! The Bonnie Bandit is a cowl with a bandana front that sits snuggly on the neck. It is made from a trio of three different colours. The colours for this project were provided by Hedgehog Fibre! Hedgehog Fibre is an amazing yarn dyeing company who reside all the way in Ireland.

Sweet Sock
We wanted to create an everyday sock pattern that was accessible for those who had not knit socks before but also cute enough to be enjoyed by practised sock knitters. Here is what we came up with; a ribbed sock with a contrasting colour toe. We were inspired by the colour we created with the talented Julie Asselin called “Honey Bunny” to add the texture on the heel which resembles honeycomb. The Sweet Sock Yarn Club Package came with both the colours for the contrasting toe.  These colours also came from the yarn-pallet of Julie Asselin who has her studio in Quebec.

There’s No Place Like Home
This shawlette pattern was created to accompany this gorgeous single ply fingering weight merino we received from Lichen and Lace; one of our favourite hand dyers! Lichen and Lace created this beautiful, jewel-like colour we called “Emerald City” for Custom Members.

Starry Night Chapeau
This yarn colour was one of our most favourites ever! It’s from Riverside Studio who is another Quebecoise artist. The yarn colour she developed with us is called “Firefly”, a beautiful indigo blue with flecks of copper. We had her dye it on a soft worsted weight merino so we could make a toque. The hat is sized for babies to adults and the pattern comes with a pompom making tutorial. There is a twisted stitch texture that circles the hat giving it extra interest and makes it more fun to knit.

Maud Sock
Zen Yarn Garden has a series of colours that were inspired by famous works of art so we decided to pick an art work we thought might make for good inspiration. It’s “White Cat” by Maud Lewis, the Nova Scotian Folk Artist. We named our sock pattern made from the beautiful painterly skeins for her. We chose the slip stitch texture on the Maud Socks to disperse the colour and prevent pooling which sometimes happens with variegated yarn. This sock pattern has an after thought heel and the pattern contains a tutorial to help you through it. The red heel yarn came from Mineville Yarn Project. Two Canadian Yarn companies come together in one cute sock project!

Polar Vortex Hat – A Gateway to Brioche Knitting
Like the name implies, this pattern was designed as a good introduction to the wonderful world of brioche knitting. There are pictures to follow right in the pattern for those who are new to this technique. This was our December project from this past year. It makes a great gift as it is knit with FAT yarn. It’s Bulky 80/20 from Lichen and Lace. They made this gorgeous Cranberry colour for our Custom Members but all her colours looked just stunning knit into this hat pattern.
Yarn Club projects come with extra treats. This project came with a cute “made with love” ultra suede tag to sew on the brim of the hat.

Branching Out
Ontario hand dyer Yarn Indulgences contributed this decadent yarn for this mitten project. It’s a blend of Merino and Nylon and Cashmere so it is silky soft. We knit this luscious yarn into cabled mitts. This pattern includes a tutorial that shows a knitter how to make cables without the aid of a cable needle. Oh the freedom of leaving your cable needle at home! Amazing!

A Little Confetti
This Yarn Club Package came with seven different colours of Koigu yarn. I bet that was a delight to open. Koigu is one of my personal favourite yarns. They are one of Canada’s most long standing hand dyeing companies. Koigu makes a super squishy merino yarn that comes in a zillion colours. You can’t just pick one, so we didn’t, we picked lots. This mitten blends two different colours in each section with an easy slip stitch technique. This method makes a dense knit that is very cozy. The pattern explains how you can create a fleece liner to add to your mitts to make them excellent hand warmers. This yarn club package came with the fleece to make the liners.

We are currently working on our last knitting pattern for Yarn Club 2017. The yarn is gorgeous for this upcoming giftie!!! I will be sure to post about it when we have it finished.

If you would like to find out more about The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club and become a member of the 2018 club read all about it HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Announcing Yarn Club 2018!

Hooray, it’s a new Yarn Club for a new year!

This will be The Knit Cafe’s third year of providing a whole year of knit-fun to knitters who join us on the wonderful journey we call Yarn Club.

Yarn Club members get their hands (and needles) on exclusive and exquisite yarns. Hand dyed beauties all, made with care by local and international artists. Some lucky yarn club members will receive limited editions colours designed just for The Knit Cafe Yarn Club. If you would like these rare commodities choose a “Make Mine Custom” subscription. If you would prefer a pallet of colours chosen to suit your personal tastes, we can make that happen too, choose a “Picked Just For Me” subscription.

The Knit Cafe Yarn Club is not only beautiful yarns, there is more! Each yarn club package is a complete knitting project with yarn and a pattern to match. The Knit Cafe uses all it’s crafty wiles to develop original knitting patterns designed to compliment each featured yarn.

The 2018 Yarn Club subscription will include 4 Gifties dispersed quarterly throughout the year. Two one-skein, quick knits and two more generously proportioned knit projects will be featured. The first will be ready for pick up or delivery mid-June.

If you would like to find out more about The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2018 and become a member check it out right HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Announcing Spring and Summer Classes 2018!

It’s spring everybody! and that means we have a new crop of crafty classes sprouting up!
All our Learn to Knit and Learn to Crochet classes have new dates, ditto for other popular classes like sweater knitting, and crochet blanket classes, but wait! There are new classes too, including classes featuring other crafty activities. Think Felting, and Dyeing, and Weaving, and Rug Hooking and Needlepoint and Macramé!
You can check out all the classes in The Knit Cafe’s Webshop
but here is your preview.

Brand New Classes First

Knit the Bonnie Bandit Class

A Crash Course in Cable Knitting

Next Level Cable Knitting – Cabling without a Cable Needle

 Crochet Flowers

 Introduction to Macrame

Back by popular demand!

Baby Blanket Workshop

Yoga Socks or Fingerless Mitten Class

Our Most Popular Classes are back too

Introduction to Weaving – Stripes!

Tapestry Loom Weaving Class

Introduction to Rug Hooking

First Pair of Socks Class

Needle Felting Class

Yarn Dyeing Workshop

There are plenty more classes! See them all HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for all the support in 2017.
We look forward to a super crafty 2018
See you then!

PS: We are open today – December 31, till 4pm.
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t’s the last day of our boxing days sale!
Closed on January 1, 2018
Back to regular hours January 2

Happy Holidays!

We wish you a warm and woolly holiday season!

We are open today, Christmas Eve, till 3pm
Closed December 25 and December 26

Our Boxing Day Sale Starts
Wednesday December 27 at 10am

and continues through Sunday December 31,
closing time is 6pm.

Everything in the shop will be 15% off!
Needles, YARN, and notions too!
There will be some deep sales on some bits and bobs. Get here early for those!

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

What to knit with a month till Christmas!

Have you made your Christmas knitting plans yet? Or did you wake up one day and realize it’s almost December. That’s what I did. So, now that I truly believe Christmas is coming I have started to knit in earnest. I am making socks. In fact I am making these socks ↓

Sweet Sock by The Knit Café. This is our basic sock pattern, with a difference. Difference #1: you can make any size from child size to man size. Difference #2: these socks have a really cool looking reinforced heel that has a beautiful honey comb texture. Difference #3: these socks fit great because of the ribbing. Difference #4: a knitters could have a lot of fun switching up the toe colours. Difference #5: this pattern does not assume you are an expert sock knitter and is very detailed – there are even pictures!
PS: I started the day before yesterday and I am half way through sock number one!


Socks make a great gift. There are some real serious fans of hand knitted socks out there and that is who you should reserve your sock knitting for. For a sock with extra personality try The Knit Cafe’s Maud Sock Pattern. These socks have a textured stitch and an “after thought heel” knit in a contrast colour. These socks are sure to wow! This slip-stitch looks excellent with hand dyed yarn. The socks in the pic were knit with Zen Yarn Garden. Coincidentally we just got an amazing batch of this terrific sock yarn in stock.

This is not a sock ↓  – It’s a sock monkey! So, even better!

Curious by The Knit Café, is knit like a sock – that is – all in one piece (except for the ears). We knit this sample with a self-striping yarn made by Turtlepurl but they look smashing in plain colours too. At the Knit Café we also stock the stuffing, and the safety eyes and the 100% wool felt for the face. Everything you need!

Mittens are the cutest! Iwona is making these adorable pint size mits in multiples because little folks are known for losing their mittens.  The pattern is by Tin Can Knits. It is called The World’s Simplest Mittens . It is a free pattern and mittens can be made in all sizes. Iwona’s versions are made with Noro Kureopatora. It’s a gorgeous yarn that has a gradual colour change. If you knit with it in stripes you will end up with a practically endless colour variety.

The best mittens ever were designed right here in Canada. They are called thrum mittens! Thrum Mitten are super warm because a fleece lining in knit right into them making them thick and cushioned and wind stopping. The colourful heart shaped stitches on the outside are pretty wonderful too. The Knit Café has their own Thrum Mitten pattern with lots of sizes available. You can find the pattern HERE

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If you have never made thrum or any other kind of mittens before you can join our Thrum Mitten Class this Friday!

Thrum Mitten Class
Friday December 1, 8, 7-9pm
Register for this class HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin