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Crafty happenings at the Knit Cafe

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

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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

 

 

Announcing The Holiday Edition Yarn Club from The Knit Cafe!

We have been thinking a lot about this gift giving time and filling the store with lots of cute knitter’s tools and gadgets and of course lovely yarn – all terrific gifts! But the best gift of all for any knitter is just more knitting. So, to that end we thought we could open up this year’s  Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club membership to some new knitters so the joy of knitting could be spread around.
In The Yarn Club – The Holiday Edition, members with receive 3 packages over a period of 6 months (one every 2 months). Each package will contain some beautiful yarn and an original knitting pattern designed for that yarn by The Knit Café. The yarns will feature the work of hand dyers from Canada and abroad  showcasing their lovely colours and wonderful natural fibres.

Yarn Club Members can choose from two subscription types.

Make Mine Custom Members will receive yarns that are dyed especially for The Knit Café. We will work with the contributing hand dyers to create limited edition colours available only for Make Mine Custom Members.

Picked Just For Me Members can let us know which colours they love and which they want nothing to do with and we will pick colours from the participating yarn dyers stocks to suit these preferences.

Both will receive 6 months of knitting fun!

To join the Holiday Edition Yarn Club or buy it for a knitter you know and love or to just read more about it, check it out in The Knit Café webshop right HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Show and Share from The Knit Cafe

Truth be told there is very little that will hold this blog post together theme-wise. I just have a bunch of yarns and projects and pics I have gathered from the last few weeks that just can’t wait to be out and proud!

Here’s one ↑. I know you may be wondering why I can’t wait to show you a skein of white yarn, but this is no ordinary plain-Jane-skein, it is virgin yarn full of potential.  An undyed, 80% merino 20% nylon, fingering weight yarn that we have purchased just so it can be hand dyed and become it’s true fabulous self. The Knit Café is hosting a Yarn Dyeing Class this weekend. This one is all full up, but look out for the next class on the schedule which is running on Sunday January 14, 12:30-4pm

The undyed yarn will be used in the class but is also available for purchase to anyone in need. Each 115g skein is $14.

If we practice, and hard, with our hand dyeing we may one day be able to make something as beautiful as the skeins that come from the dye kitchen of Lichen and Lace. If you haven’t already heard the news we have recently received a BIG order forom this fantastic Cannuk hand dyeing Co. We have a full selection of both sock weight and worsted weight yarns. Above – you can see the fingering weight skeins. So pretty!

Look here ↑. This is a picture of socks-in-progress by knitter-extraordinaire Vanessa Jost. She is making these fantasic stockings from Mondim by Retrosaria. Retrosaria is the yarn company from Portugal I was gushing about a while back. You can read the gushing HERE. I am so happy to have knitted evidence of how beautiful this yarn knits up. Look at those happy socks!

Vanessa is knitting two socks at once because she is a pro! Sock-making wannabes check out The Knit Cafe’s First Sock Class starting November 15. There are only a few spots left in this class!

…and here is the culprit! The yarn that made it all possible! It’s the very pretty Mondim!

Edie Kim came in the other day wearing this ↑. Edie is part of The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club. The Yarn Club releases 6 patterns with matching yarn throughout the year. Next Yarn Club subscription will begin in April so look out for it. The last release for The Yarn Club 2017 was this neck warmer we call the Bonnie Bandit. It is knit with three colours of Hedgehog Fibre. This version features colours Day Dream, Bramble, and Typewriter. I am so pleased with the way it turned out.

Here are some more colours of the Hedgehog Fibre that we received in our last order. Many of these are still warming our shelves and ready to become Bonnie Bandits and so many other things.

This is the original version of the Bonnie Bandit made with colours Oracle, and Zephyr and in the middle a Potluck colour available only to yarn club members.

Find the Bonnie Bandit Pattern right HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Strange Brew Knitalong 3

It’s time for casting on! Starting a new project is so fun especially when you have done all that prep work, swatching and charting and plotting.

The Strange Brew Pattern where we can design our own fairisle sweater project leaves a lot of the decision making to us – the knitters! For example you can choose the ribbing stitch  for your bottom band and cuffs and neck band. Will it be 1×1, or 2×2 or 3×1? I chose a 1×1 ribbing stitch since I am knitting a small size and I thought the smaller rib would match the sweaters smaller stature.

If you like you can also add fairisle stitching to the body of your sweater and/or the sleeves. I have decided to do one motif just above the bottom band and a smaller version of the same just above the cuff.

Now it’s knit, knit, knit up to the arm pits!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Strange Brew Knittalong 2

Here I am continuing with my planning and prepping for the design-your-own fairisle sweater pattern by Tin Can Knits called Strange Brew. You can knit along with me and you can come into the Knit Café for Saturday meetups. Last week I posted about charting my pattern, you can find the post HERE.

This week I am swatching!

I know swatching is not everyone’s favourite activity but  it is a great way to try out your yarn and in this case, test your fairisle pattern and your colour combinations. I radically changed what I thought I would do for my colour arrangement once I started swatching.

When arranging your colours I suggest you choose colours that have a strong contrast in colour value within the same row in the places where you want your pattern to be strongest. Colour value is the strength of your colour from lightest to darkest. The best way to consider the colour values of your various yarns is to imagine your yarn in a grey scale, or better yet take a pic of your yarns all together and change the pic to black and white with a filter. Colours that appear black are obviously the darkest and the ones that are almost white are the lightest and then there are all the greys in between. Make sure you have lots of contrast in value in your colour choices before you start swatching.
Of course if you are new to fairisle knitting you may want to only pick two colours for your project (a background colour and a pattern colour) if that is the case still make sure that you are choosing two colours that have a contrast in value.

Once you’ve swatched it all up and you have a colour sequence you are proud of it is time to measure. A good size swatch will give you at least 10 cm to measure. If you have too many stitches within your 10cm, swatch again with a larger needle, if you have too few stitches, swatch with a smaller needle. Then block your swatch and measure again. Many yarns change a lot after washing especially superwash yarns. I find the Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (that’s what I am using for my sweater) does not change much with a block.

Did you get gauge on your fairisle swatch? Great! Too bad you’re not done yet. You need to make a plain stocking stitch swatch without colour-work too. Most knitters will find that their gauge is much tighter when they are knitting colour-work. That being the case many of us will have to use one needle size on the colourful yoke and another on the plain body of the sweater. I know I will.

PS. Swatch in rounds for both your colour-work swatch and your plain swatch. If the idea of all this swatching irks you, how about making a hat or a cowl and measuring your gauge after it’s completed? Tin Can Knits have included a pattern for both a cowl and a hat in the Strange Brew Pattern. Thanks guys!

Come in and swatch away or if you are still planning your pattern come in and sketch away this Saturday October 21, noon-1pm.

The Knit Café will be giving a 10% discount on yarns purchased for the Strange Brew sweater when you spend $100 or more.

Craftily yours
Kristin