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
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,
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:
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.
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
“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.
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
PS: we are so excited!
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!
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
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
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
Crochet Crash Course
Learn crochet basics in one night!
Thursday March 30, 6:30-9pm
ZigZag Blanket Class
A whole lot of shaping techniques go into this playful blanket.
Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm
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
Drop Spindle Class – Introduction to Spinning
Make your own yarn! Need I say more?
Sunday April 2, 9, break, 23, 12:30-2:30pm
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
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
You can see all The Knit Cafe’s classes in the webshop HERE