What a delight! – It’s Merino Light!

Yes – I’m rhyming now… but such a feast for the eyes deserves an equally snappy introduction.

Madelinetosh Merino Light is a super-soft one-ply yarn spun to fingering weight. It comes in wonderful Madelinetosh colours and we have a very appealing pallet on the shelves.

madelinetosh merino lightThis shelve’s colours remind me of a day on the beach. I can just picture the blue water with faded white caps, bleached out summer sky and bits of sea glass and shells to collect.

madelinetosh merino light

This shelf is reserved for colours with gusto. As though you’ve walked into a silk, sari shop in Little India, these jewel tone colours radiate so much amazing warmth and depth around them.

Either shelf, any colour, you can’t go wrong!
Merino Light is perfect for light weight garments and shawls and scarves too.  We used it for our Soho Scarf project and the Big Wrap too.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

New fat yarn, new skinny yarn!

Shelves are full of sweet offerings this month.  We have reinforcement from Cascade and Berroco and Brown Sheep too, but I have a few gems I’d like to crow about in particular.

malabrigo rasta

Malabrigo Rasta
This is SUPER BULKY yarn! As temperatures plummet and we need garments that will keep us super warm -we call on super bulky.  Malabrigo is known  for it’s wonderful hand dyed colours and super soft yarns.  Rasta is a soft spun merino that is a dream to work with and has a wonderful sheen. Our pre Christmas order came and went with reindeer like speed, so come give this batch a squeeze soon.
The stunning chartreuse pictured above is called Lettuce.  Rasta has 90 yards on a skein, knits 2-2.5 sts/inch and costs $30.

 

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malabrigo rasta

This one here’s called Azules

madalinetosh prairie

That’s the fat news, now for the skinny!

Madelinetosh Prairie
This is a laceweight yarn, which means it is fine as fine can be.  Much satisfaction can be achieved knitting with such soft, gossamer strands.  Think wonderful lace knits, or loosely knit garments like the popular Featherweight or Wispy Cardi pattern.  Combine it with other yarns to add colour contrast to your knits like the Knit Cafe did in the Mondo Cowl Pattern.  Fancy that!
The Madelinetosh Prairie is spun from 100% superwash merino, and there is 840 yards on each skein it costs $27.50 per skein. The skein pictured above is a colour called Cosmos.

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Clockwise from top left: Pop Rocks, Antler, Cove, Oak, Baltic, Candlewick

madalinetosh prairie

This colour is called Mare.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

New Year Classes 2015

It’s a brand new year.  A traditional time of new beginnings and new projects to boot. If you would like a little help jump starting your knitting in 2015 then have a look at the up coming classes at Knit Café.  There are classes for all skill levels, for knitters and crocheters and crafters and those who aspire to these titles. Each class is linked to a full description and online registration, just click on the one you fancy for more info.

Absolute Beginner Classes

knit 101 class

Knit 101
4 sessions
Mon Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, break, 23, 7-9pm
Thurs Feb 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 7:15-9:15pm
Fri Feb 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 7-9pm
Wed Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, 1-3pm
Thurs April 2, 9, 16, 23, 7-9pm

crochet 101 class

Crochet 101
4 sessions
Thurs Feb 19, 26, Mar 5, 12, 7-9pm
Wed April 1, 8, 15, 22, 7-9pm

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crochet crash class

Crochet Crash Course
1 session
Thurs Jan 29, 6:30-9pm
Thurs Mar 19, 6:30-9pm

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kid's knitting class

Kid’s Knitting Class
4 sessions
Sun Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 12:30-2pm

 

 

needlepoint class

Introduction to Needlepoint
1 session
Mon Jan 19, 6:30-9pm

knit 101 headband

Beginners Knit Headbands
2 sessions
Wed March 18, 25, 7-9pm

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Beginner Classes

crochet blanket hexagons

Crochet Blanket Class
2 or 3 sessions (6 hours)
Wed Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 7-9pm
Sun April 12, 19, 12:30-3:30pm

baby blanket class

Baby Blanket Workshop
1 session
Mon Mar 2, 6:30-9pm

slipper classKnit Slipper Workshop
2 session
Wed Mar 4, 11, 7-9pm

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Hat Workshopknit 101 hat
Fri Feb 6, 6:30-9pm
Mon Mar 23, 6:30-9m

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Intermediate Classes

your first mittens

Mitten Class
2 sessions
Thurs Feb 5, 12, 7-9pm
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crochet slipper class

Crochet Slipper Class
2 sessions
Sun Mar 22, 29, 12:30-2:30pm

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Advanced Classes

sock class

Your First Pair of Socks Class
3 sessions
Wed Feb 11, 18, 25, 7-9pm

knitting in colour classKnit in Colour Class
2 sessions
Fri Feb 13, 20, 7-9pm

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custom fit socks class

Custom Fit Socks (Toe-Up)
3 sessions
Sun Mar 1, 8, 15, 12:30-2:30

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To see a full list and description of Knit Café Classes and to register online too go HEREYou may also register for classes by phone. Call us at 416 533 5648.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Keep warm with a little bit of Madelinetosh!

It’s true! We have some more Madelinetosh on premises.  Some Tosh Sock, Pashmina, Prairie, and Vintage are all snug and cozy on shelves. See the yummy splattered colour ways – Optic, Cosmic Wonderdust, Holy Festival, Modern Fairisle in the Tosh Sock weight in the picture below.
We’re expecting to get some Merino Light in real soon too, I’ll let ya know when it arrives.

madelinetosh sock

Every once in a while we are the happy recipient of some hand spun yarns from Jana Falls, like the punchy purple skein pictured below.  Each skein is made by hand with hand dyed fleece on a spinning wheel.  Each skein is unique.  A hand spun skein of yarn is like no other animal.  Come in soon to admire them.
If you would like to learn how to spin your own yarns (literally speaking) now is your chance.  The Knit Café has a beginner spinning class starting this Sunday! It’s the last one till our next schedule in Spring/Summer.
It might take some practice to be as profession as Jana but the practicing is addictive.

janana

Introduction to Spinning (Drop Spindle Class)

Sunday January 11, 18, 25, 12:30-2:30
3 sessions, $76, materials not included.

To register online go HERE,
or call us at 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

A new pattern for a new year!

The Knit Cafe’s first pattern for 2015 is Pantoufles.
My pal David once told me that when he was growing up in Quebec it was common for folks to have a basket of slippers by their front doors.  Visitors were strongly encouraged to doff their messy (probably snowy) footwear and put on a warm and comfy pair of pantoufles.  We named this slipper pattern in homage to this tradition.   These slippers are fast and easy to knit up so in no time you could have a basket full.
Knit partly flat and partly in rounds on double pointed needles there is no need to seam up these slippers.  The colour decoration is an easy chevron pattern; a great one to try for knitters new to fairisle techiques. Of course you could omit the colour patterning and have plain knit slippers that are just as cozy.

slippers photo 2

Pantoufles

Yarn Berroco Vintage Chunky one of each A 6106, B 6107, C 6121.
Needle 6mm DPN’s and 40cm circular.
Gauge 15sts, 20 rows = 10cm (4”) in stocking stitch, knit flat
Size S, (M, L, XL) to fit US shoe size 5-6, (7-8, 9-10, 11-12)

Leave 30cm tail when making your slipknot. The tail will be used at the end to sew toe seam.
Starting at the toe, using DPN’s, colour A and with cable CO technique CO 12sts spaced out evenly with 3 sts on each of the 4 needles,. Join into round being careful not to twist the CO edge.
Round 1: K
Round 2:
Needle 1 & 3: K till 1 st before end of needle M1, K1
Needle 2 & 4: K1, M1, K to end
Repeat round 2 till 8, (8, 8, 9) sts on each needle 32, (32, 32, 36) sts total.
K 2 rounds even.

Begin fair-isle pattern.
Attach colour B and knit chart 1, once, break colour A.
Attach colour C and knit chart two, 3, (3, 3, 4) times
Knit first 2 rounds of chart 3, break colour B, attach colour A. Knit remaining 2 rounds of chart 3. Break colour C.
Knit one even round with colour A.

fairisle slippers chart

Switch from knitting in rounds to knitting flat as follows.

Using colour A and circular needles, K16, turn to face WS, P32 (end of row). K back and forth in stocking stitch till entire slipper is 22, (24, 25, 27) cm/ 8.5,(9.5, 9 ¾, 10.5)” long, ending with knit row.

Divide sts equally between 2 DPN’s. BO using 3-needle BO technique.

3-needle BO

Hold both needles in left hand with RS facing each other.
Hold a third needle in your right hand, and insert it into 1st stitch on both left hand needles and knit them together. Knit second stitches on both needles in same way. You should have 2 stitches on the right hand needle. BO as you normally would by bringing the first stitch worked over the second and letting it drop off the needle. Continue in this manner till all stitches are bound off. Fasten off and weave in the end.

Sew toe opening using attached tail, weave in loose ends and make second slipper.

Abbreviations
K knit
P purl
M1 make one st (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s M1 [backward loop increase], or pick up bar between 2 sts and K TBL
CO cast on
BO bind off
WS wrong side
RS right side
TBL through back loop
DPN double pointed needle

Level
Knitters must know how to knit and purl in rounds on double pointed needles, and bind off with a 3 needle bind off, this technique is described in the pattern. Fair Isle colour knitting and following a colour chart are also necessary skills for knitting this pattern.

Print Friendly PDF HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Last day of yarn sale!

sale

Today is the last day of 2014, and the last day of our Boxing Day Sale.
Get here before 5pm (we are closing early for New Years Eve) to look through our 50% off bin of goodies! Everything else – yarn, needles, books and such are 15% off.

We will be closed on New Years Day.
Open on Friday January 2 2015, 10am-6pm
Back to regular Knit Cafe hours on the weekend

Happy New Year Everyone!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Boxing Day Sale 2014

sale

The Knit Cafe’s Boxing Day Sale

Saturday December 27 – Wednesday December 31

Everything in the shop will be 15% off.
That is all yarn, needles, books,

knitting and crocheting accessories too!
In addition we will have some extra special deals,
up to 50% off selected
items!
Wow!

See you there!