Thankful for New Yarn!

Hello folks, I am brimming with yarn news to tell you. We have received some very exciting deliveries this week. This includes three big boxes of Brooklyn Tweed, so it’s a good time to start planning your fall sweater projects!

Also new to arrive is a brand new yarn for the Knit Café. It is from Swans Island; a wonderful yarn company based in Maine. Swans Island Company have been working up gorgeous fibre into yarns with attention to sustainable practices. For example, the yarn we have prettying up our shelves is 100% merino wool, it’s organic and it is made superwash with a process called “ecowash” which is a more gentle and environmentally respectful process then the norm. Thanks be!  Bonus – it is crazy soft and the colours are vivid and gem-like. These sport weight skeins are hand dyed in a very subtle, tonal way. Swans Island Washable Wool Sport is an obvious choice for all your baby and kiddie gear but it would also be terrific for grown-up fare too. We love it!

Hedgehog Fibre is back!!!! For something different we have received an order of the Skinny Singles which is a one-ply fingering weight yarn. This is a perfect shawl yarn and the original yarn feature in the popular Find Your Fade project. Skinny Singles will also be great for The Knit Cafe’s latest pattern – The Bonnie Bandit.  We have some real beauties here including four potluck colours. Potluck colours are unique, limited edition skeins that are not reproducible and created with spontaneity. We only have 4 skeins of each of the four varieties so come in soon to get your hands on these.
Looking for Aran weight Hedgehog Fibre? – we have that too!

There are more things to show and tell but you’ll just have to come on over to 55 Roncesvalles to find out all about it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Our holiday hours are:
Saturday: 10-6pm
Sunday: 12-4pm
Monday: closed

Craftily yours
Kristin

Advertisements

Brioche-ing!

There are so many beautiful projects made with brioche-stitching out there right now. Brioche patterns look almost like ribbing stitches but with this technique and two colours you can make a fully reversible fabric that far surpasses good ol’ rib in its scope.

We are still in love with the beautiful Crosshatch Scarf pattern we made last year from Brooklyn Tweed’s Woolens Collection.

There are a few Indie Pattern Designers that are just brioche-crazy, in a good way. One of them is Stephen West, who has many brioche patterns, hats, scarves, sweaters and wraps including the one pictured above called Briochevron Cowl and Scarf

Andrea Mowry has some gorgeous patterns too including this fantastic hat called Vintage Prim.

Then there are some very advanced brioche patterns out there like this one by Lesley Anne Robinson. It’s called Dandelion Fields.  

There are also more simple one like the Brioche Bandana Cowl by Lavanya Patricella.

All four of these designers have many more brioche patterns in their lexicon, I encourage you to check them out if you are interested in this kind of knitted fabric. If you are intimidated to start your first Brioche Pattern all on your own then you are in luck, we have a class for that, and it’s this coming week!

Brioche Knitting Class

Wednesday October 11, 18, 6:30-8:30pm

Register HERE

In this class we make this cute and serviceable cowl. Explore brioche stitching in rounds with both one colour and two colour techniques. Learn to recognize your stitches and fix your mistakes.

Craftily yours
Kristin

I’m Finding My Fade! How About You?

A certain kind of madness has hit the knitting community – it’s called “Find Your Fade”.  Why is this project so popular and what the heck is it?
It’s a gigantic shawl project, definitely a double or a triple neck wrapper, it is asymmetrical, with open eyelet sections broken up with garter stitch sections but most of all it is a huge colour explosion. I think the popularity of this project is due to the happy challenge of combining 7 different colours of yarn and imposing an order, but not just any order, a colour-fade.  In the “Find Your Fade shawl each colour is added to the next in the hopes that the eye will blend them and each colour will have a gentle transition. It is harder to do then one would think.

Iwona and I spend a lot of time trying to “find our fade” It is crazily addictive! Even though I have just finished my Find Your Fade shawl, I already want to start another one!

Here it is! (pre-blocking)
I used a combination of Lichen and Lace 80/20 and Hedgehog Fibre Sock, with a little bit of Koigu KPPM thrown in for good measure.

There is a one night workshop at The Knit Café this Thursday where we will be Findin Our Fade and how! So I decided to put together a few possible fade combinations for students. We have so many lovely hand dyed yarns in the shop to choose from. These combos are a mix of Yarn Indulgences, Lichen and Lace, Zen Yarn Garden, Koigu KPPM, and of course Hedgehog Fibre which is what the original “Find Your Fade” shawl was knit from.

Pretty nice eh?

Find Your Fade Knitted Shawl Workshop

Thursday September 28, 6:30-9pm

Register HERE

You can find the pattern for Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry right HERE. Since the inception of this shawl Andrea has designed some wonderful spin-off patterns, check out So Faded and So Faded Pint Size, Free Your Fade and now a new mystery KAL What the Fade.

Craftily Yours
Kristin

Olá Retrosaria!

I was so excited when I discovered this yarn! Retrosaria is the brain child of Rosa Pomar, a textile talent who has taken on the project of conserving indigenous sheep breeds in her home country of Portugal. To make certain that these unique sheep breeds and  some of the traditional Portuguese fibre processes are preserved she has developed several beautiful yarn lines that celebrate both. We have three of them in the shop for you to try.

Beiroa ↑ is a rustic wool yarn from the Bordaleira Serra da Estrela sheep. It comes in a lovely range of colours as you can see. It has a woolly hand, full of lanoline which is the perfect hand moisture for knitters and has a wonderful smell, yes smell!! Is so sweet!
Beiroa softens and blooms beautifully after washing.

Beiroa in it’s natural state is lightly spun with both texture and colour variation. Light and dark sheep’s wool are spun together to achieve tonal changes and some barber poling effects.  The wool is then over dyed in all the pretty colours and the result is a wonderful colour depth with lots of whimsical and unexpected shadows and highlights.

Mungo ↑ is made from recycled wool and cotton in equal amounts. We can feel good about using a product that is made entirely from pre-consumer textile waste. The fibre and the processing is Portuguese and therefore has a small footprint too. We can feel pretty good about how the yarns looks and handles too. I love the subtle texture and the colour heathering (I think I just made up that word) in this product. I also love the labels, they are so cute….which brings me to …… Mondim ↓

I adore the illustration on these labels. In fact I could have purchased this yarn just for that, but there is more! Mondim is a fingering weight yarn made from 100% Portuguese wool. You could make super cute socks from this yarn or there is a sweater project Rosa Pomar has started made from Mondim that I am coveting. This is not a superwash wool so the natural properties of the yarn have not been messed with and your knitting and crocheting projects will keep their shapes beautifully. It also is lovely-soft! This yarn knits up with gentle colour variation and some striping depending on the stitch pattern and the number of stitches.

For Retrosaria inspiration and drool worthy projects have a look at Rosa Pomar’s Instagram account HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Back to School at The Knit Cafe

We have updated our class schedule with new dates for the Fall and Winter season!

Check out our roster of classes for knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, dyeing, rug hooking, spinning and needlepoint too. In addition we are working on some brand new classes that will be extend our class menu even further. Stay tuned for exciting updates!!

Read more and register for Knit Café Classes

HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

New stock from your favourite hand dyers!

It’s a banner day! Brand new stock has arrived from both Lichen and Lace and Hedgehog Fibres! We can’t get enough of these beautiful works of art in skein form.

It’s a huge selection of Lichen and Lace! These↑ are all the colours of the 80/20 yarn, which is Lichen and Lace’s sock yarn. 80% superwash merino is blended with 20% nylon. It is lovely and soft; good for socks and any other light knits.

The shelves are also filled with a bounty of colours of worsted weight. Look at these beauties ↑

For the first time we have a few skeins of Hedgehog Fibre Aran Weight in stock. This will be just the ticket for those of you who have been eye-balling this beautiful yarn but are scared of fine-weight yarns. The Aran Weight is comprised of 100% superwash merino and has super squishability.

Of course we also have sock yarn from Hedgehog Fibre! What are we crazy? Hedgehog’s Sock Yarn is just what a knitter needs to punch up a light weight project, shawls and socks and even sweaters like “So Faded” by Andrea Mowry.

Bring your hankie, in case of drooling.
Craftily yours
Kristin

Summer Sale 2017 at The Knit Cafe

It starts this weekend!
The Knit Cafe’s Annual Summer Sale
Saturday July 15- Sunday July 23
All Yarn 20% off!!
All needles and notions 15% off
Extra special deals on selected yarns for early birds!

See you there
Craftily yours

Kristin