Boxing Day Sale 2016 Begins

The Knit Cafe’s Boxing Day Sale begins
Sunday December 27th at noon.

Everything and I mean EVERYTHING will be 15% off
15% off  yarn
15% off needles
15% accessories and gadgets
15% off knit kits
15% off books
15% off patterns
15% off classes – WOW!
register for classes in store or in the web store

Hooray!

The Sale continues till Sunday January 3rd 6PM

sale

See you there
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Happy Holidays!

Christmas is coming!

The Knit Café Holiday Hours

December 24th 10AM-3PM
December 25th closed
December 26th closed

December 27th- regular hours resume
BOXING DAY SALE BEGINS

December 31th 10AM-5PM

January 1rst 2016 closed

January 3rd Boxing day sale ends.

and now some eye candy…
rowan silk haze

Rowan Silk Haze, a delightful blend of mohair and silk!

rasta

Malabrigo Rasta, new colours in stock for really last minute projects!

Have a terrific holiday
Craftily yours
Kristin

What To Knit With 1 Week Till Christmas

With only one week left till Christmas the time has come for last minute gift ideas. Without further ado – here they are!

Split Brim Toddler Hat by Sheepy Shenanigans

split brim toddler hat

A quick knit hat made with Super Bulky yarn. This toddler hat attern says it measures 16.5 inches in circumference but stretches to fit up to 20 inches so it should fit a variety of children’s head sizes. It is free to try!
You will need: 50 – 55 yards (46 – 50 m) of Super Bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun or Malabrigo Rasta.  9mm needles.

Rainbow Twist by Thao Nguyen

rainbow twist

This sweet and stylish cowl would do for a lady or a gentleman and will be fast to knit with Super Bulky yarn. They used Malabrigo Rasta and it looks terrific. Rasta is a merino wool that is super soft. This hand dyed yarn is so pretty too. We just received a new shipment of Rasta, it’s ready to be made into cowls like this one. This pattern is a free!
You will need: 80 – 90 yards (73 – 82 m) of Super Bulky yarn. That’s only one skein of Malabrigo Rasta. 12mm needles.

Forest Folk Cup Cozies by  Alexandra Davidoff

coffee cozies

These guys are so cute and a nice gift for the coffee-lover.  The pattern is a free one too, so you can choose to tinker with it and try out any or all of the animal motifs. The raccoon, fox and owl faces are added on after the knitting with a technique called duplicate stitch which is easy to do. You can check out a tutorial for this technique right here on this blog!
You will need: aprox 50yds [46 m] of worsted weight yarn for each cozy. Use something washable like Rowan Pure Wool so cleaning up the coffee drips won’t be a trial. Scraps of contrast colours for the animals faces and 4mm needles are needed too.

Christmas Toadstools by Merrin Curley

toadstools

I may or maynot have used this pattern before for a Christmas knitting project suggestion but I think it bares repeating. So cute! These will look terrific on a tree. The knitter behind these examples called norskiknits on ravelry, really mixed it up with the yarn choices and I think they came out so much the better. This is also a free pattern
You will need: A small amount of DK weight yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash or Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light. 3-3.25mm needles.

Soap Socks by Olivia Rainsford

 soap socks

You could really crank out a bunch of these and hand them out as host gifts or for those hard to buy folks. Soap wrapped in wool means you will get a great washing mitten. You can have lots of fun buying great soaps too. This pattern is free.
You will need: A feltable wool (no superwash) like Brown Sheep Burly Spun. A double strand of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter would be wonderful! The designer says a 50g skein will make about 4 or 5 socks.  5mm needles.

Dawson City Toque by The Knit Café

Dawson City Toque

A brand new pattern from Iwona just in time for last minute gift-giving. This is fast and this is easy!  We have it in the shop as a learn to knit kit!   You take two pieces of Super Bulky yarn and hold them together to make a Super Super Bulky yarn and get out your broomstick sized needles. Then knit back and forth in good old garter stitch, no purls needed. The hat is seamed to finish.  The pom pom making instructions are also included in the pattern.  The pattern is sized to fit children 4-8 years old, S/M adult head, L/XL adult head sizes.
You will need: 90 – 120 yards (82 – 110 m) of Super Bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun which is shown here and 15mm needles.

Bon chance with the gift knitting everyone!
Craftily yours
Kristin

What to knit with 2 weeks till Christmas

Oh My! There is only two weeks before Christmas. If you plan to avoid the malls and make all your gifts, there is still time to get a few done. Here are some suggestions for some gifts that will be fast to complete.

Rasta Velvet Cowl by Szilvia Linczmaier 

rasta cowl

An extra bulky cowl is just the thing when knitting time gets short. This one is made with decadently soft Rasta from Malabrigo. We have a great colour selection of Rasta right now and more is on the way for those last minute projects that require big, big yarn and fat needles like this one.  This cowl can also be made into a poncho for toddlers or kiddies.
You will need:  90 yards (82 m) of Super Bulky yarn like Malabrigo Rasta and 15mm needles.

 malabrigo rasta

Tiny Roar Lion Bonnet by Mimi Codd

tiny roar

This one is extra cute. This bonnet that will clearly keep the ears warm. The pattern has sizing from newborn to 2 years old.
You will need:  105 – 210 yards (96 – 192 m) of DK yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash and 3.5mm needles.

Simple House Slippers by Simone A

simple house slippers

These look like really cozy slippers. It is a free pattern that indicates that it is easily adjustable to fit different sized feet.
You will need: A DK or worsted weight yarn like Rowan Pure Wool Superwash and 4mm and 4.5mm needles.

Marled Hat by The Plucky Knitter

marled hat

This hat pattern employs one of my favourite tricks. Take two yarns that you like and hold them together to create a thicker and even more interesting super-yarn. In this case it is two strands of worsted weight yarn. This hat should knit up fairly quickly with a 6mm needle. The pattern is free to try.
You will need: two different colours of worsted weight yarn like Madelinetosh Vintage and 4.5mm and 6mm needles.

Crocheted Fox Finger Puppet by Jo from hubpages.com

fox finger puppet

This one is for the crocheters. Not a stuffy but a finger puppet, this one would be really fun for babies and tots for some animated play time. The pattern is free.
You will need: 25 grams of worsted or DK yarn like Rowan Pure Wool Superwash or Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine and a 4mm-4.5mm hook.

You will also need some felt. The Knit Café just received a great big bundle of 100% wool felt sheets. This stuff is hard to find but you can find it here.
felt

Gull Lace Fingerless Mittens by Elizabeth Murphy
gull lace mitten

 This fingerless mitten pattern boasts that it is easy to knit thanks to it’s lack of gusset. They look super charming so they don’t need any old gusset.
You will need: 150 – 200 yards (137 – 183 m) of worsted weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn and 4mm and 5mm needles

Tree by Nim Teasdale

tree

This is an interesting one. It’s a cowl, but it looks like a tree, but it’s a cowl!  How festive, and a free pattern too. You can find it in Knitty Magazine the terrific Canadian web-magazine.
You will need: 137 – 157 yards (125 – 144 m) DK or worsted weight yarn like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and 3.75mm and 4.5mm needles

brooklyn tweed

Craftily yours
Kristin

Loft from Brooklyn Tweed is at The Knit Cafe

Have you heard the happy news?  We received our second shipment of Brooklyn Tweed yarns. This time we received more beautiful colours of Shelter- the worsted weight variety. New colours include: Thistle, Homemade Jam, Fossil, Old World, and Cast Iron.

We also got LOFT!

brooklyn tweed loft

Loft is the fingering weight version of this 100% American wool yarn. You will want to come and check out all the tweedy colours and fondle and dream about what you might make. Check out the Brooklyn Tweed website for pattern inspiration. They have some beauties!
Colours; Long Johns, Cast Iron, Tartan, Snowbound, Old World, Fossil, Button Jar, Hayloft , Storm Cloud,  Artifact and Soot

brooklyn tweed quarry

We also have a small amount of Brooklyn Tweeds latest yarn. It is called Quarry and it is a bulky yarn for 6mm-8mm needles. Four wonderful colours are now in stock. Check out Moonstone, Slate, Lazulite and Hematite.

We are also happy to let you know that we have some brand new sock yarns from Nova Scotia. Thank you Fleece Artist and Handmaiden for sending us some delicious looking hand dyed yarns.

casbah

This is a small sample of the pretty skeins of Casbah yarn that are now on the shelves. Casbah is an absolutely decadent blend of merino, cashmere and nylon. We love it!

trail sock fleece artist

We also have some really terrific skeins of Trail Sock by Fleece Artist. This yarn is merino and nylon and perfect for sock knitting.

Happy Trails
and Craftily yours
Kristin

What to Knit with 3 Weeks Till Christmas

When I began this blog post I named it 4 weeks till Christmas. I am clearly in denial. It is 3 weeks- 3 weeks till Christmas now! It’s time to get serious with the Christmas knitting.  Hear are some projects that are easily accomplished in a short time.

Rye by Saranac Hale Spencer

rye tie

A hand knitted tie I think would make an awesome gift. I like the diagonal shaping on this one. The pattern is absolutely free from Pom Pom Quarterly.

You will need: 3.75mm needles and 100 – 105 yards (91 – 96 m) of a light worsted or DK yarn.  I think this tie would be quite nice in Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed, which coincidentally we just got a shipment of yesterday. Hooray!

Knit Golf Club Covers by Purl Soho

golf club

Do you know any golfers? They actually use these, they love these, and they would love some lovingly made, by hand, by you, no doubt. This pattern is free too.

You will need: 456 yards (417 m) for all three of a DK weight yarn . A superwash variety I think would be the best here like Cascade 220 superwash. The pattern calls for 3.75mm, 4mm and 5mm needles

Pont Neuf Toque by Alexandra Tavel

pont neuf

This crocheted hat has a great shape!
You will need: 120 yards (110 m) of bulky yarn. Why not try our brand new Brooklyn Tweed Quarry for this one. Wow! You will need a 6.5mm hook.

 A Simple Sweater- 3 Ways by Julie Williams

a simple sweater

These are mini sweaters! Sweaters for dolls!  I think some small kiddo who loves their dolls or stuffies would really appreciate these.  It is designed to fit the designers knitted animal patterns which are 9 inches/ 23cms tall. You can see and purchase her doll patterns HERE

You will need: Fingering weight yarn in tiny amounts, scraps might do the trick or Koigu Mini Skeins might come in handy too.  2.75mm needles.

Hello Gnome Mittens by Tamara Kelly

hello gnome mit

This crochet mitten pattern is sweet and colourful. It’s knit with bulky yarn so a pair will be off the hook and on the hands in a jiffy. Sizing is from child to adult.  It is free to try.

You will need: several colours of bulky weight yarn like Peruvia Quick (110 – 225 yards (101 – 206 m) in total) and a 6.5mm hook.

Little Lamb Crochet Baby Bib by My Hobby is Crochet

sheep bibs

Another one for the crocheters. There are so many cute crochet projects for kids and babies, but lets face it – this one is really for the Mom’s and Dad’s. This pattern is free.

You will need: The pattern specifies one skein of DK cotton but does not specify the exact amount . I think Blue Sky Skinny Cotton or Blue Sky Wosrted Cotton would both work here. The hook size is 4mm.

Thrum Mittens by The Knit Caféthrum mit

A NEW PATTERN FROM THE KNIT CAFE!
We have been toiling to make really comprehensive instructions for thrum mitten making and here they are!
Thrum mittens were first developed in Newfoundland to prevent chill and wind burn on hands. They are mighty warm mittens with bits of unspun wool knit right into them making a wool fleece lined mitten.
This pattern contains picture tutorials on how to thrum your mittens and it has 5 different sizes from 5 years old to extra big adult.
Thrum Mittens would make great gifts. This is definitely the kind of thing that does not come from a store.

You will need: 150 – 250 yards (137 – 229 m) of worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220 or Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and 50 grams of wool fleece.  3.5mm double pointed needles.
The Knit Café has Thrum Mitten Kits at the ready for you in the shop!

Knit Critter by The Knit Café
knit criitters

ANOTHER NEW PATTERN FROM THE KNIT CAFE!
With the Knit Critter pattern you can stretch your imagination muscles to make any type of animal or “critter” (as we call them) that you would like. The instructions are written for new knitters. The shapes and techniques are basic. The critters are knit flat and then seamed. How you embellish them makes all the difference.

You will need: Several colours of worsted weight yarn like Rowan Pure Wool Superwash, and 4mm needles.

We have Critter Kits at the shop too!

This months window display features the critters. It is an advent calendar. We have one shopping bag for each day up to Christmas. Each bag contains a critter. Every day one more critter will be revealed.

You can see each critter as they come if you follow us on Instagram

This is how the count down is going so far↓

advent calendar critter 1 and 2 critter 3 critter 4

Craftily yours
Kristin

New Learn to Knit Kits and other Neat Knittables

We’ve done some redecorating.
We needed to make a little room for our new knit kits.

knit kits

Do you know someone who would like to learn to knit over their Christmas Holidays? We have compiled  5 – count em – 5 – learn to knit kits. They were created with newbie knitters in mind. They can make the traditional scarf project complete with fringe-making instructions, a super fat and fast to make cowl, a wonderfully chunky hat with pom pom instructions included, a headband, or some arm warmers. All the Learn to Knit Kits come with The Knit Cafe’s “Knitter’s Crash Course” booklet that has step by step instructions and diagrams that explain knit-basics like casting on, the knit stitch, binding off, weaving in ends and seaming.

knit kitsKnitter’s who are more seasoned can try even more knit projects.  In this picture you can see some of our favourites, like the Soho Scarf, the Harem Pants, and Tee, but we also have some new offerings.
The very popular Noro Striped Scarf is now easy to  pick up as a kit, also brand new patterns from the Knit Café are likewise in knit-kit form.

Knit Critter Knit Kit or Pattern
A very basic knit shape that can be turned into any wee little friend you wish. So far we’ve made about a dozen of these little guys – all different, from bears to penguins and on and on. This pattern was designed with new knitters in mind. It is easy to follow with lots of instructional information. The kit comes with the pattern, two balls of yarn (you pick the colours) polyfil stuffing and safety eyes.

Thrum Mitten Knit Kit or Pattern
Thrum Mittens have unspun fleece knit right into them to make a warm, lined mitten.  We have made the best Thrum Mitten pattern we can – full of diagrams and tips and pictures. It also includes sizing from 5 years old to giant man sized.  The Thrum Mitten Kit comes with yarn and fleece and the pattern too.

These patterns should be available online real soon.

Craftily yours
Kristin

ps. the needles and notions are now upstairs
knitting needles