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Yarns and craft accessories available at the Knit Cafe

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!

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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

Lovely, Canadian, Hand Dyed Yarn

lichen-and-lace-sock

Wow! Lichen and Lace yarn is so beautiful! Check out this lovely batch of sock yarn. Megan from Lichen and Lace has been posting some wonderful Find Your Fade colour combinations on her Instagram HERE. This popular shawl project is perfect for colour junkies – you get to pick 7 colours! How exciting is that?

lichen-and-lace-worsted

We also got us some worsted weight merino. Gorgeous!

koigu

…and one of my favourite yarns have arrived. It is Koigu! This local yarn made from 100% merino has such a springy twist. Can you see the ombre possibilities in this collection? I bet you can. We’ve used Koigu KPM for several Knit Café Patterns such as 504 King West, Baby Harem Pants, and Trip to the Island.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

New from Brooklyn Tweed

The Knit Café has added Brooklyn Tweed Arbor to our online shop!
brooklyn tweed arbor

Now you can shop our collection of this beautiful DK weight wool from your sofa. Want some project inspiration for this excellent yarn? Look no further then Brooklyn Tweed itself!
burnaby
Jared Flood recently added this photo to The Brooklyn Tweed Blog. It depicts all the hats he made for this past holiday season with Arbor yarn and Brooklyn Tweed’s pattern Burnaby. I made one of these hats this season too. It was a mighty fun knit and the pattern includes a version knit with bulky Quarry yarn which we have in store too.
Brooklyn Tweed has been busy making up patterns for this new yarn. You can check out the whole collection HERE

eldingar

In addition you might want to have a look at Amirisu’s most recent magazine. Amirisu Winter 2017 has some real gems in it including this ↑ lovely sweater made with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor

Also new – a book of patterns from Brooklyn Tweed!
aspen

Capsule by Michele Wang  was launched on January 18.
The book contains 8 new patterns that feature Michele Wang’s signature style garments. They are full of texture and glorious cables. The book contains some wonderful women’s sweaters like the one above called Aspen but there is also a terrific men’s sweater and a cute hat pattern too. Buy the book HERE or the patterns individually HERE.
Coincidentally we received a great big order of Brooklyn Tweed on the very same day this book was launched. We have refills of Shelter and Loft and Quarry and Arbor too. You can see all the stock of Shelter and Loft and now Arbor on The Knit Cafe’s website HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

New Yarn for a New Year

Hello beautiful New Year!

riverside studio sock

We’ve got delicious yarn from Riverside Studio to ring it in. This Quebecois hand dyer has some splashy colour ways I think you’re really gonna like. Above, check out Super Sock! It’s a blend of merino with nylon in a fingering weight.

riverside studio worsted

…and these guys ↑ are 100% merino, spun into a super-soft, one ply. worsted weight. This is the yarn we chose for one of our most recent patterns –
Starry Night Chapeau

starry night

We also have lovely range of colours in Shibui Silk Cloud ready for gawking at.
Silk Cloud blends silk with kid mohair into a delicate, lace weight strand that knits into the most elegant garments and accessories.

shibui silk cloud

With these nine colours to choose from imagine all the different permeatations and colour combos that could be developed for The Knit Café’s Clouds Shawl ↓

clouds

For those of you who like those fast and bulky knits I am happy to report that we have a new batch of Malabrigo Rasta in stock.  ↓

rasta malabrigo

This hand dyed, merino wool weighs in as a super bulky, as does Brown Sheep Burly Spun which is also fully stocked here at The Knit Café. In fact – the shelves are chock-a-block full and ready to make knit dreams come true.
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

What Knitters Want For Christmas

We have lovely gifties here for all the knitters on your list or for when you pass on your wish list to family and friends. There are stocking stuffers and splurges and in-betweens! Here a few!

firefly tins with stitch markers

JUST IN! These adorable sliding tins are just the right size to house stitch markers. The tins and the seamless stitch markers are made in Canada! Each box contains 10 markers and costs $18.

kitty-stitch-markers

Check out these larger sized tins. They have magnetic bottoms so stitch markers and darning needles stay put. What cat lover could resist these stitch markers with kitty ears? All of it is packed in a cute pouch for $22.

sheep-stitch-markers

Or if you are more a sheep person. There is a slider tin for that too!

kemscott scissors

These gorgeous scissors are also Canadian made. Both the flower power style and the stork scissors are $17.

hiyahiya

HiyaHiya interchangeable sets take care of all your knitting needle woes. Cords in various lengths can be matches with tips of various sizes, kept all together in one handy pouch. Choose from bamboo or steel tips. $112

needle-cases

These needle cases are designed and sewn right here in Canada. Are you sensing a theme here? Two different colours are available but we at down to one style now which holds all your double pointed, circular needles and/or crochet hooks.  There is a secret pocket to keep all your knit notions. They fold up into a beautiful and compact purse. We love them. $69

knit bags

This project bag is great for keeping your projects separate and transportable. Only $8. The Knit Café tote will hold a bigger project $12.

eucalan

Eucalan! This Canadian made wool wash is also nice for other delicate washables. It take out a step – there is no need to rinse, so washing your woollies is faster and easier. There are 5 different fragrances that come in this 100ml size for $5. We also have little one wash pouches, which are excellent stocking stuffers, only $1.

turtlepurllichen and lacejulie asselin

Knitters will also want some of these gorgeous hand dyed yarns. Beautiful, and (wait for it) made in Canada! On the top is Turtlepurl’s self striping yarns, in the middle is Lichen and Lace’s lovely, merino, worsted weight, on the bottom is Julie Asselin’s Picolo  – gorgeous, fingering weight yarn.
loom
For budding weavers we have tapestry loom kits complete
with step by step instructions. $50

For needle-felters we sell fleece bundles in small sizes to mix and match in any colour combination. Felting needles are available too. For inspiration check out the Sheep Ornaments we have been making for our Christmas window. One new sheep appears everyday till Christmas. You can follow our sheep on Instagram HERE

needle felting fleecesheep-knitting

Knitters and Crocheters also want

GIFT CERTIFICATES from
THE KNIT CAFE

Get them in the shop or email us and we can email you your gift certificates. theknitcafe@hotmail.com

Craftily yours
Kristin