It’s a banner day! Brand new stock has arrived from both Lichen and Lace and Hedgehog Fibres! We can’t get enough of these beautiful works of art in skein form.
It’s a huge selection of Lichen and Lace! These↑ are all the colours of the 80/20 yarn, which is Lichen and Lace’s sock yarn. 80% superwash merino is blended with 20% nylon. It is lovely and soft; good for socks and any other light knits.
The shelves are also filled with a bounty of colours of worsted weight. Look at these beauties ↑
For the first time we have a few skeins of Hedgehog Fibre Aran Weight in stock. This will be just the ticket for those of you who have been eye-balling this beautiful yarn but are scared of fine-weight yarns. The Aran Weight is comprised of 100% superwash merino and has super squishability.
Of course we also have sock yarn from Hedgehog Fibre! What are we crazy? Hedgehog’s Sock Yarn is just what a knitter needs to punch up a light weight project, shawls and socks and even sweaters like “So Faded” by Andrea Mowry.
Bring your hankie, in case of drooling.
The Knit Café has always been so happy to showcase yarns made right here in Canada. From the first day we opened our doors up until today we have always had Canadian yarns on the shelves. It just turns out that Canadians make some of the most delightful yarns on the planet. Aren’t we lucky! We get to buy gorgeous yarns and support our local economy. Here’s hoping for 150 years to come of beautiful creative endeavors and adventures.
Canadian yarns in the shop right now!!! From left to right: Mineville Sock made in Nova Scotia, Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering made in Ontario, Lichen and Lace 80/20 made in New Brunswick, Turtlepurl Striped Turtletoes also made in New Brunswick, Koigu KPM made in Ontario, Julie Asselin Leizu DK made in Quebec.
We are open today July 1 – 10am-5pm
Tomorrow, July 2, 12pm-5pm
Monday July 3, regular hours, 10am-7pm
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
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
Mineville – economize on the price and not the pretty.
That is my amateur slogan for this terrifico yarn company who takes mill-ends and hand dyes them and sends them to us at a discount price which we get to pass on to you! Mineville 80%merino, 20% nylon sock weight yarn is only $16 a skein. Yay!
More fun for us… we get to name the colours!
This time we named the colours for this very special day – the 50th anniversary of the record album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Each colour is named after a song on this amazing album.
Come in this weekend and check out the Mineville and all our other beautiful Canadian made hand dyed fingering weight yarns like Lichen and Lace and Zen Yarn Garden. Come in too cause there will be a really cool Pop Up Shop sharing space with us on Saturday.
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.
Vale has arrived from Brooklyn Tweed.
It is the latest to be added to Brooklyn Tweed’s delicious menu of yarns.
Those of you who are devoted to Brooklyn Tweed have probably known for a while that this day was coming. The folks at Brooklyn Tweed have been dropping hints and slowly previewing patterns and images for this lovely new yarn. The wait is over – Vale is available in all it’s lacy weight glory and so are some terrific Brooklyn Tweed patterns to match.
Check out the Vale Pattern Lookbook HERE
and get yourself some Vale from The Knit Café – in store and in the webshop too HERE
PS: We are open today and tomorrow Sunday May 21, but closed on Monday for Victoria Day!