On such a gloomy day you must need some cheering up. It is raining cats and dogs here in The Big Smoke.
We have some terrific goodies – just arrived.
Witness divine skeins of Madelinetosh Prairie. ↓
Prairie is Madelinetosh’s single-ply, lace weight yarn. There is nothing like it for light weight knits. Iwona made a gorgeous sweater out of it, using the customfit sweater program at the shop, and of course we use it in our stunning Sashiko Project
Also, just yesterday we had a visit from our lovely friend Darae who brought us some treats. Darae is a sewer-supreme who makes terrifically handy project bags for knitters. They come in all shapes and sizes and every one is unique. They are very well priced between $16 and $32. If you are a sewer you can get her sewing patterns at Indigobirddesign
Here are some choice ones but there are many more.
Super Sock from Riverside Studio is here!
Included in this batch is The Knit Cafe’s exclusive colourway called Firefly. This is the colour that we designed with Kathryn from Riverside Studio in Quebec for our yarn club members. We loved it so much!
It seems like a lot of others loved it so much too. We saw so many disappointed faces when we told people it was unavailable. The answer to this torment we decided was to ask Riverside Studio to dye us up a new batch of the custom colour but this time make it sock yarn!
The original batch was a soft one ply worsted only for Yarn Club 2016 members. We knit it up into our Starry Night Chapeau pattern ↑
This new batch is Super Sock, a fingering weight yarn that would be outstanding knit into light weight garments and of course, into socks. We have a limited supply of the “Firefly” colour-way so come in soon to get yours.
I bet you know what this is for ↑
It’s Riverside 4ply worsted in a colour called Flamingo – ripe and ready to become PUSSY HATS! Meow!
Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Cotton came in this week.
Every time we get in a batch of this beautiful yarn I can’t resist taking all the colours off the shelf and imagining I am about to embark on a baby blanket project. So soft and lofty – this yarn makes a very huggable blankie.
I plain, striped, garter stitch blanket would be such a joy in this yarn and easy to knit even for a new knitter. It is also the yarn featured in the Knit Cafe’s “Your First Baby Blanket“ pattern. This is a wonderfully simple project with a seed stitch border and a basket weave middle, all knit and purl with no fancy tricks.
Sometimes I like to imagine I am making a Chevron Stitch Blanket like the one we make in our upcoming workshop.
Other times I want to crochet it up into a forever growing Granny Square project.
If you like any of these ideas you can make your own. They are all beginner friendly projects and if you need a little help we have classes! Oh yes we do!
Baby Blanket Workshop
Sunday March 12, 12:30-3pm
ZigZag Blanket Workshop
Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm
Crochet Blanket Class For Absolute Beginners
Sunday March 19, 26, 3-5pm
As if you need another reminder that it is almost Valentines Day, but if you have room for one more….here ya go.
If you don’t have a sweetheart – then have you heard of “Galentine’s Day”? If not then watch THIS VIDEO .
Galentine’s Day definitely seems worth celebrating!
I don’t think I need to remind you that hand made gifts are the best gifts, so get out the crochet hooks or the paper mache or whatever your craft de jour is and make something that says “love”.
There are 2 spots left in our Hat Knitting Workshop on February 12th. You can make any size of hat so you can let the tall and the small know how much you care with a head warmer.
Sunday February 12, 12:30-3pm
We just received these fresh colours of Cascade 220 Superwash in the store. Just the kind of thing you want to see on a grey day. I don’t want to be accused of telling tales but I think the two pinky hues could be transformed into Pussy Hats! Non?
Wow! Lichen and Lace yarn is so beautiful! Check out this lovely batch of sock yarn. Megan from Lichen and Lace has been posting some wonderful Find Your Fade colour combinations on her Instagram HERE. This popular shawl project is perfect for colour junkies – you get to pick 7 colours! How exciting is that?
We also got us some worsted weight merino. Gorgeous!
…and one of my favourite yarns have arrived. It is Koigu! This local yarn made from 100% merino has such a springy twist. Can you see the ombre possibilities in this collection? I bet you can. We’ve used Koigu KPM for several Knit Café Patterns such as 504 King West, Baby Harem Pants, and Trip to the Island.
The Knit Café has added Brooklyn Tweed Arbor to our online shop!
Now you can shop our collection of this beautiful DK weight wool from your sofa. Want some project inspiration for this excellent yarn? Look no further then Brooklyn Tweed itself!
Jared Flood recently added this photo to The Brooklyn Tweed Blog. It depicts all the hats he made for this past holiday season with Arbor yarn and Brooklyn Tweed’s pattern Burnaby. I made one of these hats this season too. It was a mighty fun knit and the pattern includes a version knit with bulky Quarry yarn which we have in store too.
Brooklyn Tweed has been busy making up patterns for this new yarn. You can check out the whole collection HERE
In addition you might want to have a look at Amirisu’s most recent magazine. Amirisu Winter 2017 has some real gems in it including this ↑ lovely sweater made with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor
Also new – a book of patterns from Brooklyn Tweed!
Capsule by Michele Wang was launched on January 18.
The book contains 8 new patterns that feature Michele Wang’s signature style garments. They are full of texture and glorious cables. The book contains some wonderful women’s sweaters like the one above called Aspen but there is also a terrific men’s sweater and a cute hat pattern too. Buy the book HERE or the patterns individually HERE.
Coincidentally we received a great big order of Brooklyn Tweed on the very same day this book was launched. We have refills of Shelter and Loft and Quarry and Arbor too. You can see all the stock of Shelter and Loft and now Arbor on The Knit Cafe’s website HERE.
There is only one more week to make some gifts!
Here a few that should get done in a jiffy!
Martha Cowl by Hannah Shin
Knit with Super Bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun and 15mm
90 yards needed
One size fits most
An easy and extra thick cowl, made with only 90 yards and 15mm needles. It doesn’t get much quicker to knit then this project!
Crochet Baby Turban from This Mama Makes Stuff
Crocheted with Worsted Weight yarn like Berroco Vintage and 4mm hook.
To fit 0-3 months
Every newborn needs a turban! Yes?
30 Minute Crochet Beanie by Persialou
Crocheted with Super Bulky Yarn and 20mm hook
64 yards needed
One size to fit most adults
There are step by step instructions to make this really quick hat.
Last Minute Hat by Kirsten Hipsky
Knit with Bulky yarn like Peruvia Quick doubled up and a 9mm needle. You could also use a Super Bulky used single stranded.
216 yards (198 m) needed
Finished Dimensions in two sizes:18”-20” (20”-22”) around and 10” tall
If you use two different colours you with get this sweet marled effect, or use just one colour for a simple ribbed toque. Either way it will be done in no time.
Teddy Ornaments by Stephanie Jessica Lau
Crocheted with Sport Weight yarn and 2mm needles
These crocheted ornaments couldn’t be simpler and would make great host gifts.
Catnip Bunny by Selena Kyle
Knit with DK weight yarn and 3.25mm
Stuff them with catnip for your furry friends or string them into a garland for a baby pram.
Good luck with all your gift knitting everybody!