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Yarns and craft accessories available at the Knit Cafe

Thankful for New Yarn!

Hello folks, I am brimming with yarn news to tell you. We have received some very exciting deliveries this week. This includes three big boxes of Brooklyn Tweed, so it’s a good time to start planning your fall sweater projects!

Also new to arrive is a brand new yarn for the Knit Café. It is from Swans Island; a wonderful yarn company based in Maine. Swans Island Company have been working up gorgeous fibre into yarns with attention to sustainable practices. For example, the yarn we have prettying up our shelves is 100% merino wool, it’s organic and it is made superwash with a process called “ecowash” which is a more gentle and environmentally respectful process then the norm. Thanks be!  Bonus – it is crazy soft and the colours are vivid and gem-like. These sport weight skeins are hand dyed in a very subtle, tonal way. Swans Island Washable Wool Sport is an obvious choice for all your baby and kiddie gear but it would also be terrific for grown-up fare too. We love it!

Hedgehog Fibre is back!!!! For something different we have received an order of the Skinny Singles which is a one-ply fingering weight yarn. This is a perfect shawl yarn and the original yarn feature in the popular Find Your Fade project. Skinny Singles will also be great for The Knit Cafe’s latest pattern – The Bonnie Bandit.  We have some real beauties here including four potluck colours. Potluck colours are unique, limited edition skeins that are not reproducible and created with spontaneity. We only have 4 skeins of each of the four varieties so come in soon to get your hands on these.
Looking for Aran weight Hedgehog Fibre? – we have that too!

There are more things to show and tell but you’ll just have to come on over to 55 Roncesvalles to find out all about it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Our holiday hours are:
Saturday: 10-6pm
Sunday: 12-4pm
Monday: closed

Craftily yours
Kristin

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Olá Retrosaria!

I was so excited when I discovered this yarn! Retrosaria is the brain child of Rosa Pomar, a textile talent who has taken on the project of conserving indigenous sheep breeds in her home country of Portugal. To make certain that these unique sheep breeds and  some of the traditional Portuguese fibre processes are preserved she has developed several beautiful yarn lines that celebrate both. We have three of them in the shop for you to try.

Beiroa ↑ is a rustic wool yarn from the Bordaleira Serra da Estrela sheep. It comes in a lovely range of colours as you can see. It has a woolly hand, full of lanoline which is the perfect hand moisture for knitters and has a wonderful smell, yes smell!! Is so sweet!
Beiroa softens and blooms beautifully after washing.

Beiroa in it’s natural state is lightly spun with both texture and colour variation. Light and dark sheep’s wool are spun together to achieve tonal changes and some barber poling effects.  The wool is then over dyed in all the pretty colours and the result is a wonderful colour depth with lots of whimsical and unexpected shadows and highlights.

Mungo ↑ is made from recycled wool and cotton in equal amounts. We can feel good about using a product that is made entirely from pre-consumer textile waste. The fibre and the processing is Portuguese and therefore has a small footprint too. We can feel pretty good about how the yarns looks and handles too. I love the subtle texture and the colour heathering (I think I just made up that word) in this product. I also love the labels, they are so cute….which brings me to …… Mondim ↓

I adore the illustration on these labels. In fact I could have purchased this yarn just for that, but there is more! Mondim is a fingering weight yarn made from 100% Portuguese wool. You could make super cute socks from this yarn or there is a sweater project Rosa Pomar has started made from Mondim that I am coveting. This is not a superwash wool so the natural properties of the yarn have not been messed with and your knitting and crocheting projects will keep their shapes beautifully. It also is lovely-soft! This yarn knits up with gentle colour variation and some striping depending on the stitch pattern and the number of stitches.

For Retrosaria inspiration and drool worthy projects have a look at Rosa Pomar’s Instagram account HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

New stock from your favourite hand dyers!

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.
Craftily yours
Kristin

Happy Canada Day!

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

Craftily yours
Kristin

A great time to make a Crocheted Blanket!

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

Register HERE

 

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

 

 

Mineville returns!

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.

Craftily yours
Kristin