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Yarns and craft accessories available at the Knit Cafe

Announcing The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2017

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

Craftily yours
Kristin
PS: we are so excited!

 

Super Sock Yarn – Hedgehog Fibre is here!


Happy Easter weekend! We are open and you should come in and see the goodies, like these beautiful skeins of Hedgehog Fibre. We have long admired Hedgehog’s uniquely poppy way of dyeing and now we have some in the shop. Hooray!

Hedgehog Fiber’s Sock is comprised of 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon, but it is not just for socks. Make shawls and sweaters too, perfect for kid’s duds!

We also received Turtlepurl this week. Happy, self striping sock weight yarn from Turtlepurl has been a mainstay in the Knit Café for years. We are sorry to say that this will be our last order for a while as Turtlepurl is taking a break from wholesaling. I am glad to say we have a lovely collection that will hopefully keep us busy for a while  Here are some of my favourites ↓

“Live Long and Prosper” is a limited edition colour that we are lucky to have.  The colours are inspired by Spock’s uniform from Star Trek of course!

“The Artist” is oh so artistic!

“Zebra Diva” – greys and blacks and hints of coloured hues – so pretty!

“What Does It Mean” I don’t know why this colour is called this. maybe someone can help me out and tell me what does it mean? Regardless it is terrifico,  featuring a grey-blue background and rainbow stripes between.

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

ALL ARBOR!

We have every single colour of
Brooklyn Tweed Arbor in the shop!

Fairisle project anyone?

You can purchase the Arbor in our webshop too. Check it out HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Pre Orders for Brooklyn Tweed

The Knit Café is already looking forward to The Knitter’s Frolic!
That’s the annual event where knitters gather and grope yarn in Toronto. Some folks come from far and wide to do just that. They hope to see and feel things they can’t access in their neck of the woods.
Like last year the Knit Café will be bringing heaps of Brooklyn Tweed to The Knitter’s Frolic so all of you who live too far to visit us on Roncesvalles Avenue will have a chance to check it out.

If you are already a devote of Brooklyn Tweed (like us) and know exactly what you want, here’s you chance to get a jump on things. Pre Order!

preorder-bt-for-instagram

Pre orders mean you won’t miss out on the colour and the quantity of Brooklyn Tweed you want. It will be bagged and waiting for you for pick up at so no feisty knitters can get to it before you do.

If you would like to make a pre order give us a ring
416 533 5648
or write us
theknitcafe@hotmail.com
before March 10th
we will be taking a 50% deposit with pre orders

If you are not coming to The Knitter’s Frolic and would like to make a pre order to pick up in store or delivery – Great! We can make that happen. Orders will arrive in April.

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