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Project Inspiration- things to knit and crochet

I’m Finding My Fade! How About You?

A certain kind of madness has hit the knitting community – it’s called “Find Your Fade”.  Why is this project so popular and what the heck is it?
It’s a gigantic shawl project, definitely a double or a triple neck wrapper, it is asymmetrical, with open eyelet sections broken up with garter stitch sections but most of all it is a huge colour explosion. I think the popularity of this project is due to the happy challenge of combining 7 different colours of yarn and imposing an order, but not just any order, a colour-fade.  In the “Find Your Fade shawl each colour is added to the next in the hopes that the eye will blend them and each colour will have a gentle transition. It is harder to do then one would think.

Iwona and I spend a lot of time trying to “find our fade” It is crazily addictive! Even though I have just finished my Find Your Fade shawl, I already want to start another one!

Here it is! (pre-blocking)
I used a combination of Lichen and Lace 80/20 and Hedgehog Fibre Sock, with a little bit of Koigu KPPM thrown in for good measure.

There is a one night workshop at The Knit Café this Thursday where we will be Findin Our Fade and how! So I decided to put together a few possible fade combinations for students. We have so many lovely hand dyed yarns in the shop to choose from. These combos are a mix of Yarn Indulgences, Lichen and Lace, Zen Yarn Garden, Koigu KPPM, and of course Hedgehog Fibre which is what the original “Find Your Fade” shawl was knit from.

Pretty nice eh?

Find Your Fade Knitted Shawl Workshop

Thursday September 28, 6:30-9pm

Register HERE

You can find the pattern for Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry right HERE. Since the inception of this shawl Andrea has designed some wonderful spin-off patterns, check out So Faded and So Faded Pint Size, Free Your Fade and now a new mystery KAL What the Fade.

Craftily Yours
Kristin

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New Patterns from Brooklyn Tweed

Wool People 11

Another beautiful collection of patterns by Brooklyn Tweed is ready for your perusal. This collection called “Wool People 11” is full of beautiful sweaters that feature light-weight, tweedy Loft yarn, it’s bigger cousin Shelter and also some great pieces made with DK weight Arbor like the one pictured above called Divide Pullover.

There are also several lovely shawls and scarf patterns designed for Brooklyn Tweed’s newest yarn – lace-weight Vale.

Check out the whole Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 11 collection HERE

Brooklyn Tweed yarns are available in the Knit Café shop on Roncesvalles and from our webshop too HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Yarn Club 2016- Now there’s a book!

It is a first for us! We have compiled all the projects from our Knit Café Yarn Club 2016 into a book.  All 6 patterns are now together along with other pattern resource materials and tutorials. You can get it all in ebook form on Ravelry right now. 6 patterns for $20.

A sweet simple sock project.
A light and lovely spring shawl pattern.
A cozy hat with sizes to fit the small and the tall.
A cowl pattern that looks great all the way around and inside out too.
A colour confection of a mitten pattern
A friendly and fancy free toy monkey project.
Get it all in one place!

HERE

We have closed the “Make Mine Custom” subscriptions for Yarn Club 2017 but there are still “Picked Just For Me” memberships available. Read all about it HERE

Craftily yours,
Kristin

 

New Nifties!


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.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Custom Colour from Riverside Studio

Super Sock from Riverside Studio is here!

riverside studio super sock

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!

riverside studio knit cafe custom colour firefly

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!

starry night

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.

riverside studio worsted flamingo

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!

Craftily yours
Kristin

A project for a sunny day

Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Cotton came in this week.

blue sky organic cotton

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.

baby blanket class

Sometimes I like to imagine I am making a Chevron Stitch Blanket like the one we make in our upcoming workshop.

zigzag blanket

Other times I want to crochet it up into a forever growing Granny Square project.

crochet blanket

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
Register HERE

ZigZag Blanket Workshop
Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm
Register HERE

Crochet Blanket Class For Absolute Beginners
Sunday March 19, 26, 3-5pm
Register HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day!

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”.

hat with heart
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.

Hat Class
Sunday February 12, 12:30-3pm
Register HERE

cascade220 superwash

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?

Craftily yours
Kristin