All I can say is – Wow!

Oh My Dear you should get here right now!

riverside studio super bulky

I just opened a great, big box which contained this great, big, beautiful yarn. My sources say that this may be a yarn of a limited edition. Riverside Studio has dyed us these super bulky and super-duper, soft skeins of 100% merino, superwash wool. Wow! Kathryn, at Riverside says she may not be able to dye this Super Bulky wool again so get ’em while you can!

riverside studio

Thanks to Thanksgiving, I have not posted in a while. Apologies,  I have been remiss in my duty to keep you up to date on the comings and goings. One of which was the arrival of Riverside Studio’s Worsted 1ply. It is so soft and dreamy that a lot of it has left the shop already, but remarkably we still have…

riverside studio worsted

this!

riverside studio worsted

and this!

riverside studio worsted

and this too!

Also today we received some NORO!
Noro yarns make us so happy with their happy, happy, rainbow ways.  To say that it is a self-striping yarn really undersells the wonderful effect of Noro’s blending and twisting colour patterns.

noro

Along with Kureopatora, which is the worsted weight, merino blend we had last year, we received a brand new offering from Noro called Kureyon Air.
In short it is- BIG FAT NORO!

noro kureyon air

It weighs in as a bulky weight, calling for a 9mm needle and still has all the gorgeous striping colours Noro is known for. It is softer then it’s smaller cousin Kureyon and I encourage you to come in and give it a squeeze.

If you are inspired by the pretty Noro but don’t know what to make, we have many suggestions including this classic striped scarf projects which uses two balls (two distinct colour-ways) striped. So basically it is striping yarn that is knit in stripes.

noro

If you are new to the land of knit, and need some help in making such a scarf- we have a class for that.

The Magical Striped Scarf Workshop ( – Learn to Purl)

Wednesday November 16, 7-9pm

Register HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Knit a Halloween Costume – It’s a Class!

Pumpkin Time Already!
With the first day of Fall behind us it is clearly time to start thinking about Halloween.

halloween costume

We are hosting a Knit-A-Halloween-Costume Class.  We will focus on faces and tails to make cozy critter costumes. Above you can see our foxy version.

bee hatraccoon

These ↑ are some of Iwona’s costumes for Charlie that she has made in years past. We are substituting knitting for crochet where necessary and preparing patterns just for this class so students can knit bumble bee costumes or raccoon costumes. There will also be a kitty cat version, a bunny and a bear costume too.  There are two dates for this class, both will give you lot’s of time to finish before Halloween

Knit Halloween Costume Class
Wednesday September 28 and  October 5th, 1-3pm
or
Friday October 14 and 21, 7-9pm
Register HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Sock yarn from Riverside Studio

Some of you have told me that your favourite Indie Hand Dyer is Riverside Studio from Wakefield Quebec.  I think this is a solid choice. There are so many unique colour-ways coming from this Canadian artisan. Riverside’s Super Sock yarn-base is no slouch either with a “super” tight spin. This superwash merino with 20% nylon has enough yardage in one skein for a pair of socks, and at a reasonable price too – $24.

riverside studio supersock
Fiesta

riverside studio supersock
Lifesaver

riverside studio supersock
Hell’s Kitchen

riverside studio supersock
Storm

riverside studio supersock
Slate

riverside studio supersock
Sailor

riverside studio supersock
Café

riverside studio supersock
Beryl

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

What we’re making

Iwona and I both, have just finished projects.

sashiko

Because we can’t get enough of the Sashiko Pattern, Iwona knit up another version. The Sashiko Pattern can be knit into a cowl but it can also be knit into a scarf. Here it is in the scarf version in a poppy pink and a graphic black and white mix. So pretty!

sashiko

With the Sashiko you mix and match your favourite colours of Shibui Silk Cloud (silk and mohair) and Madelinetosh Prairie (merino) to get yourself a decadent masterpiece!

shibui silk cloudMadelinetosh Prairie
Here are some mix-and-matchables that are in shop right now. ↑

I just finished this ↓

Snoqualmie

This big guy is called Snoqualmie. It is a Brooklyn Tweed Pattern from the Winter 2016 Collection made from Brooklyn Tweed Quarry. What knitter does not want to make a classic fisherman sweater? I certainly did, and I can’t wait till it gets chilly enough to wear it. Fall come soon!

You can find the Snoqualmie pattern HERE

Brooklyn Tweed has just released it’s latest patterns -Fall 2016! Check it out HERE

bt-fall-2016

Craftily yours
Kristin

New Weaving Class!

Today I created a brand new window display featuring the work of Edie Kim.
Edie is a very talented crafter who teaches many classes here at the Knit Café – quite brilliantly too!
She is about to teach another one.

Weaving!

weaving

If you are like me, then you have been transfixed by the influx of beautiful examples of hand woven wall hangings that seem to be popping up everywhere. It’s a whole new way of playing with fibre!
Edie has made us some beautiful examples that are now hanging in the shop. Would you like to make a wall hanging of your own?

weaving

The Knit Cafe’s is hosting it’s very first Weaving Class this October. Our class is quite unique. Students will not have to invest in expensive looms to create there first hand woven pieces. Instead we will be making our own simple tapestry looms in class. All the materials for your DIY looms are included in the class fee.

The Knit Café will also be putting together some yarn and fibre, tapestry weaving, sampler packs just for students in this class. This is a great option for those new to the textile arts but for knitters and crocheters who have yarn and fibres in bits and bobs in your stash you can start planning your woven masterpiece around your favourites.
Here are the details:

Tapestry Loom Weaving Class

Sunday Oct 16, 2-5pm and October 23, 2-4pm

Register HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

New Shawl Pattern from The Knit Cafe

We have just published our latest pattern to Ravelry. It is called “There’s No Place Like Home”. You can find it HERE

there's no place like home

This project was designed for The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club and was knit in a custom made colour just for yarn club members. The colour is dyed by the fabulous hand dyer Lichen and Lace. The colour is called “Emerald City” so of course we had to name this shawlette after Dorothy’s most famous line in the Wizzard of Oz, “there’s no place like home”.

there's no place like home

The shawl has an interesting construction. First,  it is knit on the bias in an easy open lace stitch. The border stitches are picked up and shaped with short rows into wedges so the corners of the shawl stay pointed and easy to tie.  The whole thing is finished with a flourish in the form of a picot bind off. You can make the whole shawl in one skein of fingering weight if your skein holds 475 yards. If you have less yarn you can make a version without the border which is a lovely kerchief size.

Check it out HERE!

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Start Your Fall Knit-Dreaming Now

We’ve been busy here at The Knit Café. Busy – designing patterns, busy – getting out the class schedule which is now ready for your inspection HERE, and busy – stocking up on delicious yarn so we will be all ready for the Fall Knitting Season. It’s coming!

brooklyn tweed shelter

We are stuffed to the gills with Brooklyn Tweed thanks to a nice big order that came in over the last few weeks. Both Loft (fingering) and Shelter (worsted) are resplendent in the shop and fully stocked in the webshop.
Our new batch of Shelter includes Brooklyn Tweed’s new marled colours. They are pictured above.

Madelinetosh chunky

We also received an order of Madelinetosh. Hooray! See above all the pretty colours of Madelinetosh Chunky; many of which were chosen from Madelinetosh’s Fall Seasonal Colours 2016.

Madelinetosh Prairie

We also received lace weight from Madelinetosh – Prairie.

shibui silk cloud

and Silk Cloud from Shibui.

Mix these two beauties together and what do you get? Sashiko!sashiko

This amazing shawl designed by Iwona really shows off what Prairie and Silk Cloud can do when they are combined. Make up your own colour combinations or knit it up in the original colour pallet. Check out the Sashiko pattern HERE.

Are you excited about Fall knitting yet?

Craftily yours
Kristin