The day is drawing near my friends when this talented local hand dyer sets up shop in The Knit Café for a one day only event. We are really excited!
Join us on
Saturday October 20, from 11am-4pm
55 Roncesvalles Avenue
I hear tell that Kerri from Westlake will be bring several yarn bases in different weights. All of them will be naturally dyed of course and many will feature woolen yarns that are breed and milled locally.
I am also excited to report that we will also have some of Westlake Natural Dye Kits on hand so interested parties can try some natural dyeing at home. Fun!!!
If you are a lover of hand dyed yarns there is no better time to visit The Knit Café then right now. In the last week we have received stock from Canadian Hand Dyers Lichen an Lace and also (brand new to The Knit Café) Ancient Arts Fibre, and all the way from Ireland a big batch of Hedgehog Fibre yarns.
Lichen and Lace – 80/20 Sock. We also have some beautiful worsted weight!
Ancient Art Fibres – Big Squeeze
Hedgehog Fibre Sock. We have mini skeins too!
See you on Saturday
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It is fun trying new things, non?
Iwona and I have been really enamoured with all the rug hooking projects we have been seeing about lately. This traditional textile craft is back in vogue thanks to talented artisans like Arounna Khounnoraj who is teaching a Punch Needle Class here at The Knit Café in October.
Here’s the gist: Punch Needles and traditional Rug Hooking Tools are used to pull loops of yarn or fabric through an even-weave fabric. With a skilled hand and a little imagination all sorts of beautiful designs can be made this way.
A traditional rug hooking tool looks like this ↑. These hooks can ben used with a variety of sizes of yarns with different textures and also wool fabric or other cloth cut into strips. Find the hooks in our webshop HERE. Thanks to our lovely collaborator Maurie Todd, The Knit Café has been offering Rug Hooking lessons for years.
Once you have your tool you will need a “foundation cloth” on which to build your masterpiece. One option is Primitive Linen. This 100% linen fabric is woven loosely enough to use with a rug hooking tool and also with larger punch needle tools like the Amy Oxford Fine Tool. Another option is Monks Cloth which is woven with 100% cotton and works great with both traditional rug hooking tools and Oxford Punch Needles both Regular and Fine.
Punch Needle tools are made in different sizes to fit different sized yarns. Shown above is the Oxford Punch Needle Fine which takes worsted weight yarns. The Knit Café has Oxford Punch Needles in stock in the bricks and mortar shop only.
Here I am trying out the Oxford Punch Needle Regular Size on the Monks Cloth ↑ . This is the back side of the work but is it the right side?
This is the side I was looking at while I was working which is traditionally the wrong side but many contemporary needle punchers like this side better. What do you think?
FYI: With a traditional Rug Hooking Tool you are looking at the side with the three dimensional pile while you are working.
The Knit Café also carries the Ultra Punch Needle Tool. This is a fine needle that comes with interchangeable tips so a selection of fine yarns and threads can be used with this tool.
We used the Ultra Punch and scraps of fingering weight yarn to make our Open Sign.
We will be open this HOT, HOT, HOT, Holiday Weekend!
Monday – CLOSED
If you are about you should come in and see these new skeins from Riverside Studio Yarn. Kathryn from Riverside is one of Canada’s best and brightest hand dyers. She does beautifully polished work with lots of subtleties. These beauties are dyed on her Super Sock base. This is a fine yarn suitable for sock knitting and so much more besides. It is too hot for bulky projects but a summer sock project is great for beating the heat for those of us who must knit – and I mean all the time!
Amongst the goodies is Firefly! That’s The Knit Cafe’s custom colour from Riverside Studio. It’s only available here. This beautiful colour-way will make you think of an inky blue, night sky scattered with glowing fireflies when you knit it up. We love it! You can check it out in our webshop HERE
If you have been watching our Instagram then you know I just finished knitting this sweater↓
It’s Deschain by Leila Raabe
I must say it was a fun knit and quick too. Also, very easy for a sweater. Two rectangles sewn together and picked up sleeves is all there is to it. The Kestrel Linen yarn by Quince and Co was so fun to work with too. Never, have I knit with such chunky linen and found it very pleasant indeed.
The Knit Café has a dozen colours of Quince and Co Kestrel in stock – you can check them out HERE
We are so impressed with this new yarn from Brooklyn Tweed. This fingering weight merino comes in such vivid colours that will be wonderful for colour-work projects. It’s plush and soft texture will make happy-making garments of all kinds
The lovely folks at Brooklyn Tweed have released a pattern for the new Peerie yarn and they have provided The Knit Café with a free download code for all customers who purchase the Peerie to make their own version of the Lucerne Hat.
Come into the shop and pick your colours for the Lucerne Hat and don’t forget to ask us for the free pattern code. Get it now as this promotion is only available till June 30th.
Shop the webshop HERE
Very soon Brooklyn Tweed will be releasing a brand new group of patterns. It’s Wool People 12! Here’s a sneak peak of one of the sweaters that will be included in this new collection.
Oh the French make things so nice! N’est-ce pas?
Sajou began in the 19th century but was re-established in 2005 under the reign of Frédérique Crestin-Billet. Made in France Haberdashery is the name of the game for Sajou. They keep in mind their historical roots with attention to quality and traditional patterns and packaging that pays homage to the Sajou-past.
Sajou is famous for it’s threads, including the glossy 100% cotton embroidery floss pictured above. Retors de Nord comes in generous 20m amounts wrapped on cards that are easy to store and resists tangles. The threads have a sheen and glide with ease through fabric. It is slightly finer then other floss and can be divided into 4 separate strands.
Also pictured are other haberdashery gems like this wheel of glass headed pins (the package shows a dog and a cat sorting out some threads together -adorable!), a packet of embroidery needles and these amazing triangle head pins packed in a tightrope walker decorated box.
We have 48 colours of Retors de Nord embroidery floss here.
We have 24 colours of Laine Saint-Pierre embroidery/darning wool. This stuff is perfect for all your invisible and visible mending needs, or try it on your next embroidery project. This soft wool blend comes in lovely matte colours and like the Retors de Nord is packed on tangle-free cards. Strands can be separated for finer work.
Try out both the Laine Saint-Pierre and the Retors de Nord with these fine gauge punch needles! This Ultra Punch Needle Tool comes with three different needle sizes that can be used interchangeably in the tool. You can also adjust the height of your loops with this one tool. We are trying out our new punch needle with different fabrics and bits and bobs of fingering weight yarn to see which ones work best. Fun!
May 17th is the last day to become a member of
The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2018.
Yarn Club is a year long subscription where participants receive beautiful yarns accompanied by original Knit Café patterns. The 2018 subscription will include four knit projects delivered or picked up every three months. The first one will be available in June and we are busy preparing for it now. If you would like to get in on the fun. You still have a few days to get your membership. Read all about it HERE.
The last project for our Yarn Club 2017 was made available to all club members in April, and I am happy to say that the pattern is now available to all through The Knit Café Shop or on Ravelry.
The pattern is called Sunprint. It’s a pretty spring shawl. Just enough to wrap your neck and keep the chill off as the weather changes from chilly to warmish. The pattern Sunprint was named after the yarn colour we called Sunprint.
The colour Sunprint was developed in a collaboration between The Knit Café and amazing Madelinetosh Yarns! That’s what we do for our Yarn Club. We choose the best and the brightest of yarn producers and we design a knitting pattern to suit their particular yarn. We also develop a custom colour that becomes only available to The Knit Café Yarn Club Members. So I am sorry to say that if you have fallen in love with this gorgeous colour we call Sunprint this love will go unrequited. Only Yarn Club 2017 members have received this colour and it is no longer available.
Here’s the silver lining. You can get the pattern for the Sunprint shawl and make your own version of this neck draper. We even have some Madelinetosh Merino Light in other gorgeous colours still available in the shop at 55 Roncesvalles.
Come and get it!
The Knit Café is ridiculously cheerful today with a great big display of Hedgehog Fibre. This hyper happy yarn is a hand dyed wonder and never disappoints. Among all the goodies we have a whole lot of new colours. Check em out↓
Left hand side, top to bottom: Kimono, Method, Goblin, Park Life, Raku
Right hand side, top to bottom: Cereal, Dijon, Iris, Anemone, Bollywood
We also have some minis! These are 50m skeinettes of the same beautiful Hedgehog Sock Yarn shown above. It’s a blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% nylon. So soft, so gorgeous, so much fun! Mini skeins are only in the shop proper at 55 Roncesvalles.