My first Rigid Heddle Loom project is off the loom! Here’s a pic ↓ shown with the pretty cones of organic cotton that I used as the base for this project. The triangular, coloured accents on the scarf are thanks to the convenience of Koigu Mini Skeins.
This soft cotton was so lovely to use with a smooth, refined finish. I am swatching a knitted swatch with it now and am really liking it for that purpose too!
In April I sat in on The Knit Cafe’s very first Rigid Heddle Loom Class. In the “Intro to Weaving Stripes Class” we learned many clever tricks. Setting up the loom with our warp threads happened first and then we learned how to weave back and forth, practicing our tension and planning our designs.
This is Helen’s sample ↑ . Helen Dreifelds is the very skilled instructor for our Introduction to Weaving Stripes Class.
Her sample shows several pattern changes like this basket-weave-type detail mid-scarf, …
…and these triangular shapes which are achieved with “clasp weaves”. In addition we learned several types of finishing techniques like the tassels shown here, or like the “hem stitch” I used on my sample scarf.
I had to rush my project off the loom so we could use it to prepare for our next Rigid Heddle Loom Class in June which will be a Plaid Class! The Intro to Weaving Plaid Class is full but give us a call to be put on the waiting list.
Or, you can still register for:
I have more treats to share. We have just received a delightful order of sock yarn from Zen Yarn Garden. We are so happy to showcase the work of this wonderful dye team who create their one of a kind skeins right here in Ontario! Zen Yarn Garden rely on wonderful, painterly dye effects to decorate their skeins. We have a souped-up batch of Superfine Fingering, which is a blend of superwash merino and 10% nylon. I have to say that this is one of the softest merinos that I have ever had the pleasure of fondling. It knits up super plump too for a sweet knitting experience. This yarn base was milled in Italy where, lets face it, they know a thing or two about luxury textiles. Despite the high quality, this yarn comes with a very reasonable price – $24 for 400 yards.
Get excited because we also received a big batch of Lichen and Lace yarn this week. We are big fans of this yarn. The colours are exceptionally pretty, and we are so fortunate to have a great selection of both worsted weight and fingering weight to ogle all day.
Vale has arrived from Brooklyn Tweed.
It is the latest to be added to Brooklyn Tweed’s delicious menu of yarns.
Those of you who are devoted to Brooklyn Tweed have probably known for a while that this day was coming. The folks at Brooklyn Tweed have been dropping hints and slowly previewing patterns and images for this lovely new yarn. The wait is over – Vale is available in all it’s lacy weight glory and so are some terrific Brooklyn Tweed patterns to match.
Check out the Vale Pattern Lookbook HERE
and get yourself some Vale from The Knit Café – in store and in the webshop too HERE
PS: We are open today and tomorrow Sunday May 21, but closed on Monday for Victoria Day!
It is a first for us! We have compiled all the projects from our Knit Café Yarn Club 2016 into a book. All 6 patterns are now together along with other pattern resource materials and tutorials. You can get it all in ebook form on Ravelry right now. 6 patterns for $20.
A sweet simple sock project.
A light and lovely spring shawl pattern.
A cozy hat with sizes to fit the small and the tall.
A cowl pattern that looks great all the way around and inside out too.
A colour confection of a mitten pattern
A friendly and fancy free toy monkey project.
Get it all in one place!
We have closed the “Make Mine Custom” subscriptions for Yarn Club 2017 but there are still “Picked Just For Me” memberships available. Read all about it HERE
That’s right! You are running out of time to get a subscription for The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2017 “Make Mine Custom” membership.
“Make Mine Custom” members get a years worth of knitting projects that include one of a kind, just for Yarn Club 2017, custom made, yarn colours. These are limited edition colours that The Knit Café designs in collaboration with the yarn artists contributing to Yarn Club 2017.
Here are some pics of the beauties we featured in last years Yarn Club.
“happy l’il monkey” by Turtlepurl “silver mare” by Handmaiden
“firefly” by Riverside Studio “honey bunny” by Julie Asselin
“Emerald City” by Lichen and Lace “collection 2016” by Koigu
To learn more about Yarn Club 2017 and to get your membership go
“Make Mine Custom” Memberships with be closed on Tuesday May 9 at midnight.
What a great Mother’s Day Present!
Picked Just For Me” memberships will be available beyond May 9th while supplies last.
We are so pleased to announce launch day for our second ever knit club!
We had so much fun with Yarn Club 2016. We created 6 packages that were delivered throughout the year, each with an original Knit Cafe knitting pattern and an unique hand dyed yarn made just for each project.
If you were in the shop and asked us about a pretty yarn in a lovely colour-way that was sadly unavailable to you – chances are it was a limited edition colour made just for Yarn Club 2016.
Well it’s a new year and we are doing it all over again! New exclusive yarns! New Knit Cafe patterns and extra surprises with each package.
You can read all about it and become a member of The Knit Cafe Yarn Club 2017 by clicking HERE
PS: we are so excited!
Happy Easter weekend! We are open and you should come in and see the goodies, like these beautiful skeins of Hedgehog Fibre. We have long admired Hedgehog’s uniquely poppy way of dyeing and now we have some in the shop. Hooray!
Hedgehog Fiber’s Sock is comprised of 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon, but it is not just for socks. Make shawls and sweaters too, perfect for kid’s duds!
We also received Turtlepurl this week. Happy, self striping sock weight yarn from Turtlepurl has been a mainstay in the Knit Café for years. We are sorry to say that this will be our last order for a while as Turtlepurl is taking a break from wholesaling. I am glad to say we have a lovely collection that will hopefully keep us busy for a while Here are some of my favourites ↓
“Live Long and Prosper” is a limited edition colour that we are lucky to have. The colours are inspired by Spock’s uniform from Star Trek of course!
“The Artist” is oh so artistic!
“Zebra Diva” – greys and blacks and hints of coloured hues – so pretty!
“What Does It Mean” I don’t know why this colour is called this. maybe someone can help me out and tell me what does it mean? Regardless it is terrifico, featuring a grey-blue background and rainbow stripes between.
On such a gloomy day you must need some cheering up. It is raining cats and dogs here in The Big Smoke.
We have some terrific goodies – just arrived.
Witness divine skeins of Madelinetosh Prairie. ↓
Prairie is Madelinetosh’s single-ply, lace weight yarn. There is nothing like it for light weight knits. Iwona made a gorgeous sweater out of it, using the customfit sweater program at the shop, and of course we use it in our stunning Sashiko Project
Also, just yesterday we had a visit from our lovely friend Darae who brought us some treats. Darae is a sewer-supreme who makes terrifically handy project bags for knitters. They come in all shapes and sizes and every one is unique. They are very well priced between $16 and $32. If you are a sewer you can get her sewing patterns at Indigobirddesign
Here are some choice ones but there are many more.