The Knitter’s Frolic 2016

 
If it is April, then it must be time for the Knitter’s Frolic. This annual event for knitters in and around Toronto is much anticipated. It is a chance to gather and gawk at some yarn and what kind of knitter doesn’t like that?
This year the Knit Café will be designing a brand new knit pattern to be launched at The Frolic. Last year we were most gratified with the runaway success of our Frolic 2015 pattern Sashiko.
sashikoWe will be bringing more Sashiko Knit Kits with us this year if you missed it last time but we also hope people will be just as excited about our 2016 offering.
Please visit our booth at The Knitter’s Frolic, we will have a lovely range of yarns with us, ordered especially to coincide with Frolic-Time. For example we will have lots and lots of Brooklyn Tweed!
Since we are only the second yarn store in Canada to carry Brooklyn Tweed yarns we are aware that many knitters have not had a chance to see it first hand, let alone feel it, and squeeze it, and knit it up. Now is your chance!
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The folks at Brooklyn Tweed have also helped us to create a Trunk Show for this year’s Knitter’s Frolic. This means we will be bringing a plethora of knitted samples made from Brooklyn Tweed Yarns. You will have the opportunity to fondle the sweaters, and the shawls and the scarves and the hats and even try them on!
You can also register for your Knit Café Yarn Club Subscription at The Frolic and receive a very special gift exclusively for Knit Café Yarn Club members.
We are very excited about The Knitter’s Frolic this year. We hope we will see you there.

Find out more about The Knitter’s Frolic HERE
It is Saturday April 30th at

The Japanese Cultural Centre

Craftily yours
Kristin

Brooklyn Tweed is back in a big way!

This glamorous pic of cardboard boxes was shot during the euphoria of receiving 4 giant boxes from Brooklyn Tweed.brooklyn tweed boxesWe are well stocked in this beautiful yarn. Hello 18 colours of Loft. Hello 24 colours of Shelter. 4 colours of Quarry thrown in for good measures.Brooklyn Tweed Shelter

We are building our colour selection of Brooklyn Tweed with each order. We have 5 new colours of Shelter.
From left to right: Wool Socks, Woodsmoke, Artifact, Plume, Tartan

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3 new colours of Loft!
From left to right: Almanac, Sweater, Thistle

The webshop is updated with the new stock and the new colours.

Craftily yours
Kristin

7 reasons to join the knit café yarn club

Hello all. We are so gratified that many of you seem to be as excited about The Knit Cafe’s First Yarn Club as we are. We announced our club and opened the membership just week ago today and we have had a great response. The “Make Mine Custom” membership is almost sold out!

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If you missed the announcement – you can read all about it and become a member yourself HERE!
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Here are some reasons you might want to join in.

♥ It is ” a year’s worth of knitting fun!”. Every two months you will have a brand new knitting project to look forward to, complete with an original knit pattern and a covetable yarn. We will keep you busy stitching away and inspired to create for a whole year.

♥ Patterns will be brand new releases from The Knit Café. We’ve made an effort to develop patterns that are versatile. Expect some unisex patterns with lots of sizing options so you can make gifts for all the knit-appreciating-types in your life whether they be boys or girls, big or small. There will also be some projects you will no doubt want to keep for yourself.

♥ Along with your original pattern we will also  make alternative pattern recommendations for your new yarn so you will have some exciting choices  to consider.

♥ The yarns you will receive with your membership will be lovely. Many of them are created right here in Canada by talented hand dyers. If you choose the “Make Mine Custom” membership then you will receive limited edition colours that were developed especially for yarn club members. These will be rare and special yarns indeed!

♥ You will have the fun of looking forward to a gift arriving every two months and then the lasting gift of knitting that will follow. You will not know till you get your paws on it what exactly it will be. Exciting!

♥ If you live far away from The Knit Café it is a chance to get a little bit of The Knit Café delivered to you. You will get the newest and most exciting yarns as they come in and never have to leave your house to do it.

♥ Your yarn club membership comes with perks! Useful gifts will be included in many of your packages. That’s just one more surprise to look forward too.

♥ If you are having trouble knitting up any of your yarn club patterns you can rely on us for lots of pattern support. Our door is open to drop in questions, or emailed ones, or you can call us up. We’re here for you.

If you have any questions about our club, please contact us.
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Our Madelinetosh Order is Here!

I know some of you have been waiting and waiting for this, but the wait is over. We have just received our latest order from the infamous hand dyers – Madelinetosh.

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Madelinetosh Vintage! This is a worsted weight yarn comprised of 100% superwash merino, it is a terrific yarn for just about anything! Colours in clockwise order from top left: Georgia O’Keefe, Modern Fair Isle, Smokestack, Cousteau, Beach Bonfire, Lepidoptra, Mare, Composition Book Grey, Tart, Dr. Zhivago’s Sky, Odyssey, Paper, Fragrant, Jade, Candlewick, Firewood, Celadon.

madelinetosh prairie

Also represented is Madelinetosh Paririe. It’s a lace weight yarn, so it is good timing for light weight spring and summer knitting projects. Also great news for those of you who like to make The Knit Cafe’s project Sashiko which takes a skein of Prairie blended with Shibui Silk Cloud which we also have in shop.
Prairie is spun from 100% superwash merino. Colours in clockwise order from top left: Nebula, Grasshopper, Cactus Flower, Robin Red Breast, Dutchess, Ink, Celadon, Antler, Tern, Mourning Dove.

 If history repeats itself the Madelinetosh is here for a good time not a long time so make sure to come in promptly to get your pick of the litter.

Craftily yours
Kristin

First Ever Knit Café Yarn Club!

The Knit Café is so happy to launch our very first
Yarn Club.

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“What is this Yarn Club thingo?” you might ask.
It’s an opportunity to sign up for a whole year of great knitting experiences. The Knit Cafe’s 2016 Yarn Club will include.
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*6 mysterious packages either delivered or picked up at The Knit Café (your choice) every two months throughout the year.
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each package will contain a brand-new Knit Café Pattern designed for the club. Members will receive this pattern before any other knitters will.
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each package will also contain BEAUTIFUL YARN! Enough yarn so that you can knit up your new pattern. The yarn is a surprise but much of it will be Canadian-made, much of it will be hand dyed, it will all be made from lovely natural fibres relying heavily on the merinos, and…
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some lucky yarn club subscribers will get their hands on some custom dyed yarns. These yarns were designed in a collaboration between The Knit Café and some of the wonderfully talented hand dyers that you know and love. These” custom colour” subscriptions will be in very limited supply, so get in on the ground floor to get one of these. The custom-made hand dyed colours will be exclusive to The Knit Cafe’s 2016 Yarn Club and will not come again.
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If you miss out on the “custom colour” subscriptions you may still join the yarn club. We also have a limited number of subscriptions available that involve yarn picked from the colour pallets of each contributing yarn supplier. We are calling this subscription style “picked just for me”. Which means you!
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“Will there be other surprises contained in your yarn club packages?” you may ask.  Well, yes there will!
The first of the six packages with be ready for pick up and delivery in June.

You can read more about Yarn Club 2016 and become a member by going to the Knit Cafe’s webshop

 
or by coming by the store at
55 Roncescalles Ave
or by calling 416 533 5648
Craftily yours
Kristin

what the Easter Bunny left us.

It was either the Easter Bunny or the UPS delivery guy (I get them confused) but regardless we received some real treats over this last week.

rowan dk

These little bundles look much like Easter eggs don’t they? They are the little cousins of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted. These 50 gram egg shaped balls of DK weight yarn are comprised of 100% superwash wool, which means they are washer safe as well as being cute!  They are also a very economical choice, only $7 a ball.

shibui silk cloud

One of our favourite yarns ever came in this week too! Check it out! It’s Shibui Silk Cloud. This yarn is a dreamy blend of silk and mohair in a whisper fine lace weight yarn. We have used it in several of our Knit Café patterns including Clouds.shibui cloud

 

 

 

 

 

We also received some really beautiful skeins of sock yarn from Fleece Artist. It is so amazing to me how each hand dyer we have welcomed to the store over the last few months have such a unique sense of colour. These Fleece Artist skeins are completely different then anything that has preceded them. I have taken a few pics of the ones that are striking my fancy ↓ but there are many more.

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Craftily yours
Kristin

Have you seen our Spring Class Schedule yet?

We have a new display at The Knit Café.

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It celebrates some of our new offerings for this years Spring/Summer Class Schedule.

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All these classes are coming up in May which is just a hop skip and a jump away!

First Sweater Class
Thursday May 5, 12, 26, June 2, 7-9pm

Amigurumi (crochet toy dragon) Workshop
Thursday May 26, June 2, 9, 6:30-8:30pm

Log Cabin Blanket Workshop
Wednesday May 18, 6:30-9pm

Asymmetrical Summer Scarf Workshop
Thursday May 26, 1-3:30pm

May is a terrific time for classes here. We have some of our best ones crammed into that month. Although April should not be overlooked. You can have a look at all the classes in The Knit Cafe’s webshop HERE.

You can also call to register for classes: 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin