Classes in the Knit Cafe Garden

Two of our Knit Cafe Classes have headed to the out of doors to enjoy the lovely weather we’ve been having over the last week.

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No need to worry about messes and drips when you bring the dye pots outside. We had a great Natural Dying Class last weekend with three dye pots on the go.

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We got some magnificent results too. Just look at this yummy cochineal dye bath.

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We also dyed with Logwood (the purple) and marigold (the yellow).  Superwash merino really sucked up the dye and came out the deepest in tone but we had great variation with other fibres too.

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Our class today also thought they would like to be out in the sunshine. I sure am glad we have such a lovely place to sit. It was so nice to see a group of crocheters happily stitching away on their crochet market bags in our sunny backyard retreat.

This week – don’t miss out on the Chevron Crochet Blanket Class, where students will learn how to Zig and how to Zag – crochet style!

crochet chevron blanket

Chevron Blanket For Crocheters
Thursday June 23, 6:30-9pm
Register HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Join in on World Wide Knit In Public Day Fun!

Perhaps you didn’t realize there was such a thing as World Wide Knit in Public Day, but there is. A day where knitters gather in gaggles and blow the publics minds by showing their strength of numbers and their knitting chops.

This WWKIP day (as it is known) is a special one for us. Our Knit Cafe collaborator Kate Austin is hosting an event.

Bring your knitting to Walter Saunders Park

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Make Pompoms for a park wide display

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See the interactive GIANT weaving display

for weaving in the parkSome fabric prepared by Kate – ready for weaving

and add to the display with tree wrapping.

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Kate hand dyed all the fibre for the event with natural dyes.

For more information go to stepsinitiative.com/woven

This a family friendly event so bring the kids

Woven 2016

June 18, 2016 1-4pm

Walter Saunders Park on the Beltline at Dufferin and Eglington.

If you can’t make WWKIP Day.  Kate will be in the park for two more fibre event days.  July 23 1-4pm, and August 6 1-4pm

Craftily yours
Kristin

Natural dye class this weekend!

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This is a pic of the hues we created from our last natural dye class last summer at The Knit Cafe. This weekend’s class will get a whole new range of colours!natural dye

Expert instructor Janelle Guthrie from Sheridan College leads this very fun class where we use the stuff nature gives us and turn it into dyes for yarn.
This coming class we are using Logwood Chips for purples and greys, Cochineal for pinks and magentas, and Marigold for golds and yellows. Exciting!!!
There are still a few spots left in the class if you are free this Saturday and Sunday.

Natural Dye Class
Saturday June 11, Sunday June 12 12:30-3:30
Register HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Julie Asselin Sock Yarns Are Here!

Julie Asselin Piccolo

We have some really lovely skeins of Julie Asselin’s Piccolo in the house!
It is our first shipment of this sock weight yarn and we really love how soft and silky it feels. It is comprised of 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon so it would make wonderful, strong socks. It would also make gorgeous shawls and spring weight sweaters and shrugs. Of course it comes in Julie Asselin’s happy colourways.  Come and get em before they get away!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Crochet a Dragon in our Crochet Toy Class

crochet dragon

Don’t miss out! Learn how to make this adorable stuffie, or the other one. Or mix and match wings and tails and horns and ears and scales to make your own one of a kind dragon.

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The class starts this Thursday May 26
Read all about it and register in our webshop

Craftily yours
Kristin

Last Chance for Yarn Club Enrolment

It is almost time to send out our first yarn club giftie to our yarn club members and we couldn’t be more excited.
That does mean however that there only a few more days to add your name to the list of members and get your first package.

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The “Make Mine Custom” membership has been sold out for some time now but there is still some room in the “Picked Just For Me” subscription. In this type of membership you tell us what sort of colours you love and which you don’t and we develop a colour pallet just for you that is suitable for each project. You can read all about Yarn Club and register too right HERE.

Registration will close for Yarn Club 2016 on Friday May 27th

Craftily yours
Kristin

Bless your cotton socks!

It’s a summer sock yarn!
Cobasi from Hikoo is a blend of cotton, bamboo, silk and elastic. You know what that means, you can make yourself a pair of summer socks that actually won’t fall down. Summer sock lovers rejoice!

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Look at these sunshiney colours!
You can make more then just socks with this yarn. It would be terrific for accessories and garments of all types.  The 50 gram skeins make the colours easy to mix and match for projects that require several colours like The Knit Cafe’s 504 King West scarf pattern for example.

Another exciting new comer today is Brooklyn Tweed’s new pattern collection Wool People 10. Check out the lookbook HERE.
wool people 10

Craftily yours
Kristin