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Crafty happenings at the Knit Cafe

Yarn Indulgences Trunk Show October 27

You heard right – The Knit Café is hosting another trunk show featuring another terrific, local, hand dyer! It’s this Saturday!

Yarn Indulgences Trunk Show at The Knit Café
55 Roncesvalles Avenue
Please join us on Saturday October 27
11am-4pm

Yarn Indulgences is known for their beautiful, variegated, colour-ways dyed on luxury fibres such as merino and silk and cashmere – oh my! Some of these yarns are spun right here in Ontario. We featured such a yarn – called Zed Lux Worsted when we created our Branching Out Mitten Pattern. I can tell you from personal experience this blend of merino cashmere and nylon is a dream to work with.

We look forward to seeing all the goodies when Deborah from Yarn Indulgences arrives on Saturday. We hope you will come buy and say hello to this talented lady and give the yarn a squeeze.

We are so lucky to have such creative spirits in our midst!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Westlake Knits Trunkshow at The Knit Cafe

The day is drawing near my friends when this talented local hand dyer sets up shop in The Knit Café for a one day only event. We are really excited!

Join us on
Saturday October 20, from 11am-4pm
55 Roncesvalles Avenue

I hear tell that Kerri from Westlake will be bring several yarn bases in different weights. All of them will be naturally dyed of course and many will feature woolen yarns that are breed and milled locally.

I am also excited to report that we will also have some of Westlake Natural Dye Kits on hand so interested parties can try some natural dyeing at home. Fun!!!

If you are a lover of hand dyed yarns there is no better time to visit The Knit Café then right now. In the last week we have received stock from Canadian Hand Dyers Lichen an Lace and also (brand new to The Knit Café) Ancient Arts Fibre, and all the way from Ireland a big batch of Hedgehog Fibre yarns.


Lichen and Lace – 80/20 Sock. We also have some beautiful worsted weight!


Ancient Art Fibres – Big Squeeze


Hedgehog Fibre Sock. We have mini skeins too!

See you on Saturday
Craftily yours
Kristin

Back to School Fall 2018

It’s that time of year when all the kiddies go back to school, but why should they have all the fun?

The Knit Café’s Fall and Winter Schedule of Classes is here!

This season at The Knit Café we have some classes hosted by guest instructors.


Six Starter Stitches 
This class has just been announced! It’s an embroidery class taught by Sam Lamb. I love that this class includes a printed sampler designed by Sam.


Natural Dyeing Basics with Kerri Westlake
We are really excited that this talented local hand dyer will be teaching a class here. Kerri will also be showing off her beautiful yarns at The Knit Café in a trunk show on October 20. Find the details HERE


Punch Needle Workshop with Arounna Khounnoraj
This class SOLD OUT lickety-split! but don’t worry we are planning another Punch Needle class and we will announce details soon.

Other brand new classes include…


Knitting Level 2
A class for graduates of Knit 101 or anyone who wants to improve their knit game. This class includes three brand new Knit Café patterns for a trio of chunky accessories.


Toe Up Sock Knitting
If you have mastered sock knitting from the cuff down it might be time to try it the other way around. This class is full of interesting tidbits; a seamless cast on, knitting with the magic loop technique, German short row shaping, and stretchy bind offs.


Beyond Basic Brioche
This is a second level Brioche Knitting Class for advanced techniques. We also run an Introduction to Brioche Class which you can check out HERE


Needlepoint Workshop – Bargello!
This is a little different than our regular needlepoint class but everyone is welcome even if you have no experience with needlepoint. Novice or not this is a great opportunity to learn how to add patterning into your needlepoint designs. So cool!

… and some old favourites are back!


Drop Spindle Class (Introduction to Spinning)
Hooray! Our yarn spinning class is back. If you were ever curious about making your own yarn then this is a good chance to find out how it’s done.


Thrum Mitten Class
These mittens – stuffed with fuzzy, unspun wool are extra warm, extra cute, and extra fun to make!

Be sure to book early for our most popular classes like:


Introduction to Weaving
This is weaving a on a lap loom called a Rigid Heddle Loom. With it you can make your own beautiful fabrics. In this class we learn the basics from start to finish while working on scarf projects. This is a great class!


Tapestry Loom Weaving Class
If freeform wall hangings are inspiring  you then you should try Tapestry Weaving. In this class you even learn how to make your own loom!


Introduction to Rug Hooking
Rug hooking is a traditional craft where you can make rugs but so much more!


Crochet Blanket for Absolute Beginner
Yup! You heard right. You need no crochet experience before learning how to make a really beautiful blanket


Introduction to Macramé
This macramé class is a new one at the Knit Café but it seems to be in demand. In this one night workshop you will learn basic macramé techniques while you make a classic plant holder project.

Check out our full calendar of classes and register  in our webshop!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Summer Sale Time!

This year will be better than ever. Never have we had so many goodies in the store during summer sale time. That means you will receive 20% off on all yarns including your favourite Canadian Hand Dyers and Brooklyn Tweed too, and more and more and then some.

Sale Begins: Saturday July 14, 10am
Sale Ends: Saturday July 21, 7pm

20% off everything in store –
Yarn, Needles, Accessories!

Deep Sale on selected items.
come by early for these!

This sale is in store at 55 Roncesvalles Ave only, not available in the webshop.

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

 

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