Making Robots from Spare Parts


With our “Crochet A Robot Class” coming up next week, we were inspired to craft up a bunch of examples.
The nice thing about making toys is that you can bust your stash. A little bit of this added to a little bit of that makes a toy with a lot of character.  Most of our current robot collection was crafted by doubling up yarns to add  a pixel-like texture and lots of colour.

Amigurumi – Crochet Robot Class
Thursday October 22, and 29, 6:30-8:30pm
Register HERE
or call 416 533 5648

Craftily yours

I’m Thankful I’m Knitting.

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Everyone!

Thanksgiving in Canada is a good time to reacquaint yourself with your family dynamic, stuff your face, and knit! Some of us even have the weekend off.  Some of us (Iwona) is minding the shop, so if you are out and about you should go and visit her and pick up a project to while away the hours and help with your digestion. Yes- knitting can do that!

This weekend, I will be putting my needles towards a crocheted robot, a thrum mitten, and hopefully the sweater that I have sadly neglected.

I have given Iwona the task of compiling some project inspiration for you all here, so here goes…

The collections of projects I chose for you is all about being cozy. I am feeling a little chilly on this beautiful autumn day (most likely because I am not ready to give up my sandals).

 I really could use a pair of cozy slippers like this one.  Wanderers: Modern Mukluks  by Andrea Mowry are fair isle slippers knit in a worsted weight yarn and 5mm needles. Wouldn’t you love a pair?

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This oversized shawl design by German superstar Martina Behm  has been on my to do list for a while now. Nuvem is knit lace weight yarn, using 3.5mm needles.


Ombre Cowl Hood, by Hilary Carr is a pattern I discovered recently. One of my good friends made it in shades of white and grey. Clever and simple technique might appeal to less experienced knitters. We even have perfect yarn for it, Shibui Silk Cloud (my favorite yarn).

ombre cowl

Angles blanket

And lets not forget blankets. Here are 2 patterns to keep your entire body toasty and warm.

Blanket pattern above Angles is another great one form Martina Behm, mentioned earlier. Blanket is reversible and it is knit in garter stitch. Lovely choice of colour.

Second blanket is crochet, and it might look familiar to some of you. It’s because we offer it as a workshop. The pattern is called Hexagon how to by Attick 24. There is many, many , many colour ways of this beautiful blanket. Here is another one that would look perfect on my couch, or yours.

crochet blanket

Last pattern is to remain us that Halloween is just around the corner! Do you have your costume yet? If not maybe superhero? Here is a good start to your costume, Masked Superhero and Burglar Hats by Sunshine Stewart.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Free Shipping for Indigodragonfly and more…

Are you feeling the urge to knit again? A lot of knitters are the seasonal kind who’s thoughts turn to knitting only when the leaves start to change. Well it’s happening! In fact it is Thanksgiving this coming weekend!
I can’t believe it either.

To celebrate the new knitting season we have introduced Free Shipping in our webshop.


You might want to apply your Free Shipping to get some of this divine Indigodragonfly Mergoat Sport. Quite a mouthful isn’t it. Let me break it down:
Indigodragonfly is a terrific hand dying company from Haliburton County, Ontario. They are known for their wonderful deep and delicious dyes, and their very creative colour names which reference all your favourite tv shows and films.
Mergoat refers to the fibre blend in this particular yarn. It is a super-duper soft concoction of merino (that’s the mer), CASHMERE (that’s the goat) and a bit of nylon (unrepresented in the name).
Sport is the weight of the yarn which knits to 22-24sts per 10cm. This is a wonderful weight for shawls and light weight scarves, hats, sweaters, anything really!

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Warning! Amazing yarn colour names might blow your mind!

Top row: Use Your Mind Palace, and  You Punched The Highlights Out Of Her Hair
2nd row: Tardis, and Ooo…Shiney!
3rd row: Sargasm, and Cyclones of Anarchy
Bottom row: If  You Really Wanted To Mess Me Up, You Should Have Gotten To Me Sooner, and Cumberbacchanal

Checkout The Mergoat Sport right HERE

Craftily yours

Needle Felting Supplies and Indigo Dragonfly

Did you know that The Knit Café carries supplies for felting?  Well we do.
Just take a gander at all these colours! Corriedale wool  roving- ready to be felted up with needle felting needles, or wet felted, or spun, or knit into thrum mittens. The hardest part at this point is picking the colours with so much choice. We sell the fleece in 15 gram amounts for $2.75  which means it is easy to mix and match for smaller projects like needle felted ornaments or thrum for mittens.

needle felting fleece

I’ve just had a dickens of a time picking out some colours for my next pair of thrum mittens. I am preparing for my Thrum Mitten Class this October. The class is almost full so if you would like to join in the fun, act now!

indigo dragonfly

We also have new recruits from Indigo Dragonfly snuggling in the shelves. Are you familiar with this Ontarian yarn with the very special colour names? You should come in and check them out. You will have a wee chuckle reading the labels with colour names like” Not All Mathletes Are Created Equal” and “Paging Dr. Smart-Ass”. They sure do tickle the funny bone. The yarn doesn’t need the fancy names to be attractive. The colours are sweet and it feels so soft. The 80% merino and 20% nylon blend is terrific for socks however this yarn would also love to be shawls or baby wear.

indigo dragonfly

We also received some fantastically special sport weight yarn from Indigo Dragonfly, but you will have to wait for pics of those, I’m waiting till the light is just right to photograph those sweeties.

Craftily yours


Chunkerific Yarn Update

Some knitters like to maximize their knitting time with fat yarns. To them, I say look no further then Brown Sheep Burly Spun. We adore this yarn for how speedy it is to knit but also how glamorously chunky it looks in simple stitches like garter stitch.
We just got our first shipment (of many no doubt) of this indispensable yarn.

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This oatmeal colour is the one we picked to knit our sample of The Mondo Cowl.

mondo cowl

We have many other colours of Brown Sheep Burly Spun in the shop to admire, and there are a few available in our webshop too, so even if you live far away you can order some of this yarn to try.

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More news from the webshop!


Turtlepurl Self Striping Turtletoes yarn is one of our featured yarns this month. You can see all the colours HERE.


With the arrival of Madelinetosh Merino Light we are able to offer some of our favourite colour combinations for the Soho Scarf Knit Kit. You can see them HERE.

Fall is in the air everyone!fall

Craftily yours

A Special Exhibit at The Knit Café starts tomorrow!

Roncesvalles’ Polish Festival is tomorrow, Saturday September 19, and Sunday the 20th, and Iwona and I have made a grand display to celebrate.
Many of you know, those who have been along side us all these many years of Knit Cafeing, that it is this time of year that we are preparing to display a knitted art extravaganza for Nuit Blanche. Since our relocation to Roncesvalles puts us out of the loop for this art event we have decided to put all our artistic energies into  a special display to coincide with the Polish Festival. We do hope you will come and see it.

knitted flowers for Polish Festival

This years display is inspired by Polish Folk Art Flower Motifs found mostly in traditional embroideries. We have made these motifs 3D and squishy! The weather may be getting colder but it is pretty springy  in here.
This picture shows the display from the inside looking out so the word garland in the middle of the display is backwards. It says “witamy” which is the Polish word for welcome.

The display will be up for the month so if you are not around this weekend you will still have a chance to come and see it. The flowers are for sale too if you would like to take one home with you. If you would like to make your own flower then look no further then the Knit Cafe’s↓

Knit Amigurumi  (The Polish Festival Flower Class)
Wednesday September 30, October 7, 7-9pm
see details HERE

The pattern for the flowers will soon be available too!

madelinetosh merino light

Also today, we received some pretty Madelinetosh! What a good day!
Above, you can see the lovely array of Merino Light colours now in stock.

madelinetosh prairie

..and here are some fresh looking skeins of Prairie, Madelinetosh’s single ply lace weight yarn.

They are worth a visit to The Knit Café too.  See you soon.

Craftily yours

Getting Knitty for The Polish Festival

The Polish Festival on Roncesvalles in almost upon us, and we have been as busy as the beavers making a very special knit show to entertain the festival goers.

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We have a regular knit-factory going on. This year’s Polish Festival we decided to dedicate our window to a smorgasbord of knit flowers inspired by Polish Folk Art motifs. Here ↑ they are resting before their debut this coming weekend. We sure hope you’ll come down to Roncesvalles Avenue, have some pierogies and take in our latest creations.

zigzag blanket

Just off my needles is this chevron blanket. It’s prep for our upcoming ZigZag Blanket Workshop.
I’ve always loved the chevron knit pattern, there is so many ways to vary the colours and textures and widths of the stripes to create different effect. It looks completely charming and whimsical knit into a baby blanket and then transforms into a chic accessory when knit into a scarf or wrap like fashion heavy-weights  Missoni. like to do it.

In the ZigZag Blanket Workshop we will learn how to augment basic knit and purl techniques to stitch the chevron pattern. We will spend a lot of time discussing how to keep track of our pattern so that mistakes are few. We will also discuss how to fix any mistakes should they impolitely crash the party.

Zig Zag Blanket Workshop (you can make a scarf too!)
Wednesday October 28, 7-9pm
Registration HERE
or call us at 416 533 5648

Craftily yours