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Crafty happenings at the Knit Cafe

Announcing The Knit Cafe Yarn Club 2019

We are so happy to be announcing another year of Yarn Club with The Knit Café. This is now our fourth year of creating patterns in collaboration with talented yarn producers and then sending them off to knitters near and far to be turned into gorgeous things.

Yarn Club is for you if you want to get to know new yarns and fibres and be introduced to yarn-artists from Canada and abroad that you are yet to discover. It is also for you if you would like to try new knitting techniques and delve into patterns that are different from your norm. Yarn Club will also be for you if you would like to have a little bit of formal structure built into your knitting pursuits. Yarn Club members receive 5 projects spread throughout the year to sustain a whole year of happy knitting times!

Knit Café Yarn Club projects have run the gamut from socks to shawls to mittens and hats and slippers and toys and on and on! In the past we have worked with talented artists such as Lichen and Lace and Hedgehog Fibre, Julie Asselin and Madelinetosh. What and Who will it be this year? Each project is a surprise, so you will have to wait and see.

This year Yarn Club memberships will include extra patterns and discounts beyond the 5 projects.

We hope we will have you join us this year!

Read all about it and join The Knit Café Yarn Club 2019 HERE.

The last project from our Yarn Club 2018 edition is Equinox

It’s a simple shawl pattern to show off this ↓ yarn.


Equinox was knit with this gorgeous yarn from Olann of Ireland. This custom colour was dyed just for us and our Yarn Club Members 2018. The colour is called “Hatchling”. The Knit Cafe has other gorgeous colours of Olann Sock Lite in our webshop now but they are moving out fast.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Spring Classes 2019 at The Knit Cafe

Spring is almost here and The Knit Café has a whole new group of classes on offer to prove it!

Knitting Classes like Knit 101, Knitter Crash Course, Fingerless Mitten Workshop, Sweater Class, Continental Knitting Workshop, Knit in Colour, Brioche Knitting Class, First Pair of Socks Class, Toe-Up Sock Knitting Class, and the  Baby Blanket Class.


Crochet Classes like Crochet 101, Crochet Crash Course, Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners and the Crochet Blanket – Hexagon Class shown above.


Punch Needle Workshop and also our Rug Hooking Workshop have new dates and times


So do our Weaving Classes. Classes like… Introduction to Weaving Plaid and Introduction to Weaving Stripes both for rigid heddle loom weaving and also Tapestry Weaving Classes.


Then there are Needle Felting Workshops.


and Yarn Dyeing Workshops.


Macramé Workshops.


and Embroidery Classes too!

You can see the full list of classes with descriptions and dates and times and fees in our webshop HERE

A few brand new classes are yet to be announced so stay tuned for that news. Until then- Craftily yours
Kristin

punching bags! needle punching that is!

hello!

This is one side of my new cell phone cozy! I made it with a punch needle.

This is the other side.
I have been having so much fun trying out different sized punch needles, changing my foundation fabrics and of course playing with different types of yarns.
This cozy was made with a punch needle made for worsted weight yarns and set for a low pile – the pile is the height of the loops! With a low pile your work is less hairy and you can achieve more detail. Still, I have found with some trial and error – simple is best when it comes to punch needle and rug hooked designs. This is good news for those of you who think you can not draw. Even you can make beautiful stuff with basic beginnings.
The Hello Side has two different heights of pile – can you see it? It’s a bit subtle in this picture.
The telephone side is actually what is considered the wrong side of the work where you get the lowest pile and the stitches are closest to embroidery. This is how you can get the crispest look and the most detail.

Here’s the eyeglass case I made. I liked the hairy side best on this one!

On this side of the eyeglass case I think you will be able to see the different heights of the pile. I find it super effective with this geometric design.

For these two projects a tried several yarns but mainly Retrosario Beiroa, Knit Cafe Small Batch and Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and Arbor. The truth is I liked them all. The Beiroa produced such amazing texture, the Small Batch made puffy stitches that bloomed as I punched. The Arbor made crisp predictable stitches that were good for detail, and the Shelter held flecks of colourful tweedy surprises that are super-duper charming.

I am pretty excited that The Knit Cafe has just received a supply of No Slip Hoops for Rug Hooking and Punch Needling. Sadly they came in after I finished these projects so I will try them out on the next one. These are really sturdy hoops! Just check out those tightening bolts. What makes these loops extra specail is an internal lip and groove system that will hold your project firmly in place. If you would like to try one of these guys for yourself you can find them in our webshop HERE.

If I have you Punch Needle curious now then check out our
Punch Needle Workshop
it’s on March 25

Craftily yours
Kristin

Holiday Hours and Boxing Day Sale!

Happy Holidays Everyone
The Knit Café’s Holiday Hours:
December 24: open 10am-3:30pm
December 25: closed
December 26: closed
December 27-30: open regular hours
December 31: open 10am -3:30pm
January 1:  closed

Our Boxing Day Sale begins December 27 at 10am
and ends December 31 at 3:30pm
Everything in the shop will be 15% off!
Special bargains on especially selected yarns
See you there!

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