What to knit with two weeks till Christmas

Make head-toppers! Something for the head generally takes less time to make then something for the neck.

The Knit Café just released this pattern last month! It is called Fay Wray. Quite a glamourous headband made from The Knit Café in house yarn called Small Batch Number One !

Small Batch is  a soft yarn produced entirely in southern Ontario, from farm, to mill to shop. You can only purchase it from us in-shop or from our webshop HERE.

Starry Night Chapeau is one of The Knit Cafe’s most popular hat patterns. It is a classic shape with a pretty twist-stitch pattern, Sizing is available for tiny tots and full grown folks too!
Our version is knit with Riverside Studio’s Single Ply Worsted. This makes the hat super-soft, really pretty, and made in Canada!

Make sure to check out Brooklyn Tweeds new collection of Holiday Knits. It includes this fashionable hat they call Quincy. This hat is knit with chunky Quarry yarn and has a really interesting construction for a really unique hat. You can find the pattern HERE
Quarry is available in The Knit Café on Roncesvalles and also in our Webshop!

Also check out this lovely cabled hat by Brooklyn Tweed called Skiff. This hat can be knit into a tighter fitting beanie or (as shown) a slouchier version. Find the pattern HERE.

This hat is knit with Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed which is available here too!

Making presents is such fun!
Craftily yours
Kristin

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Gifts for felters, weavers, spinners, dyers and clever crafters

Do you know someone who is ready to embark on a new craft? Or someone who is already waist deep in a textile adventure? If so, consider some of these helpful and enticing supplies to urge them onwards and upwards. All of them great gifts!

GiFTs FOR FELTERS

The Ashford Needlefelting Kit contains a rainbow of fleece colours, four colour coded felting needles, a learn to needlefelt book and a foam felting block, basically all one needs to start needle felting or replenish old supplies. $73

Or tailor your needle felting gift to suit the felter in question. You pick the colours! The Knit Cafe has a great colour selection; fleece is sold in 15gram amounts for $2.75 each, throw in a felting block $7,  and felting needles (set of five) $5.50.

All the equipment a tapestry weaver will need and then some are pictured above. Many of them, like a weaving frame are essential, others are lovely luxuries like the wooden beater and bobbins and wool needles, all of which make composing your weaving design a real pleasure

1.  tapestry warping yarn $21.50
2. wool needles $12 each
3. tapestry weaving frame $57
4. tapestry bobbins $13.50 for two
5. tapestry weaving beater $33.50

If you know some one who is interested in dyeing their own yarn, this combo of yarn and dye is a great way to get them started.

This undyed, merino, superwash, fingering weight yarn has 345m on each skein. It takes dye very well and is a luxury yarn at a not so luxury price making it a less precious commodity while experimenting with new dye techniques. These skeins are from Canadian company Mineville Wool Project, $14 each
Pair this yarn with Ashford Rainbow Wool Dye Collection, which includes the three primary colours, all one needs to get started, $28.75

For those who are interested in learning how to make their own yarn, the best way to start is with a drop spindle and some pretty fleece. Rug Hookers in waiting we have rug hooking tools! The Knit Cafe also teaches how to spin with a drop spindle and rug hook too! Check our class list HERE.

1. Drop Spindles $33
2. Rug Hooking Tool $17
3. and 4. Merino Fleece hand dyed by The Fleece Artist, 50grams, $11

Who’s excited to make stuff?
Craftily yours
Kristin

What to Knit with 3 weeks till Christmas

Make scarves! They don’t have to be your regular old scarves they can be interesting shapes and textures in yarns of all shapes and sizes but make them quick to knit – yes please!

Try The Knit Cafe’s latest neck charmer pattern called Bonnie Bandit.
This bandana style cowl can also be worn by a tiny tyke as a poncho.  Knit with the so inspiring Hedgehog Fibres you will really enjoy making this project and even though the yarn is fine this is still a one skein project. Choose three colours like we did and blend them together or just choose one – this bandana looks great either way!

Hedgehog Fibre Skinny Singles↓

This Magical Striped Scarf is brought to you thanks to Noro Yarn. Noro is the wonderful Japanese yarn that gently changes colours as it progresses. If you stripe it like we have in this scarf project you get a multicoloured wonder that is so fun to knit! We have a pattern and lots of lovely Noro Kureopatora wrapped up in a Knit-Kit here in shop for this project but you can also find the pattern HERE

Noro Kureopatora ↓

Both Sides is a cowl project by the Knit Café. The pattern includes instructions for the short neck warmer shown here and also a double wrap version. Whichever you choose pick a pretty soft yarn like a hand dyed merino. We have lots of beauties from Lichen and Lace that will fit the bill. Knit in a worsted weight in an easy knit-purl stitch this project should give you no trouble.

Lichen and Lace Merino Worsted ↓

Brooklyn Tweed has been producing some great knit accessory patterns as of late. Have you seen their Holiday Collection? Among the gems in this collection is this cowl called Fretwork.  Such a good looking cowl which features pretty stitches on both sides!

Then there is Notch – also by Brooklyn Tweed. This lush scarf features a simple 2 row repeat with open stitches matched with cushy ribbing.

Both these Brooklyn Tweed Patterns are knit with Quarry, the fattest of the Brooklyn Tweed yarns, so a good choice for this time of year. Quarry comes in gorgeous colours and is so cozy to wear.  You can check out Quarry colours at Thee Knit Café HERE but we have a few restocked that haven’t made it to the webshop yet – pretty Geode and stunning Lapis.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Gifts For The Knitter Who Has Everything

Let’s face it, some people are hard to shop for. Even folks who are really into their hobbies, they eventually have every gadget known to man,  but I bet your bottom dollar a knitter you know does not yet have some of these cute and useful knitter’s notions and tools.

  1. Honeycomb stitch markers with bee row minder, package of 7, $8
  2. Hedgehog Needle Gauge, hand made from sustainable bamboo, $18
  3. Whale Needle Gauge, $18
  4. Fox Needle Gauge, $18
  5. Sheep Stitch Marker Set, a beautiful tin with 5 circular stitch markers and a darning needle, handmade in Canada, $23
  6. Brass Cat Stitch Marker Set, with 8 stitch markers shaped like kitty cats, and a darning needle. Also comes in silver. $23
  7. Wee scissors, flower shaped or stork shaped in all different colours, made in Canada $18
  8. Pretty Bird Tin with 8 flower stitch markers, $23

These Needle Cases will hold straight, and double pointed needles and crochet hooks too. There is a pocket for all your other knit necessities. Available in grey denim with gingham lining, or blue denim with striped lining. These cases are beautifully hand sewn in Canada by Jesabelle B. $70 each

Lykke Needles are made in Norway from driftwood, need I say more?
The wood is polished and stitches slide beautifully, the cord is very pliable and the connections are very good. Needles come all organized in a beautiful case too!
We have two interchangeable sets. The small set comes with 9 short tips sized 3.25-6.5mm, with two 40cm, and one of each of 50cm, and 60cm cords. $155
The large set has twelve longer tips sized 3.5-12mm, with two 60cm, two 80cm and one 100cm cord.  $173
Both sets come connectors, keys and stoppers.

Shawl Pins by Jul

  1. Classic Waves, Rosewood Shawl Pin $21
  2. Alhambra Lace Pin, White Brass, $42
  3. Mod Leather Shawl Pin, $34
  4. Merino Ewe Shawl Stick, White Brass, $29

  1. Aitken and Hyde, yarn bowls, hand made locally $45
  2. Eucalan Wool Wash, no rinse! 100ml $5, 500ml $13
  3. Woolens Pattern Book with patterns by Jared Flood from Brooklyn Tweed. This book has beautiful patterns for knit accessories made with Brooklyn Tweed Yarns which are also available at The Knit Café. The Woolens Book  is $39
  4. Project Bags by Kate Austin Designs. These fabrics are designed by local artist Kate Austin, they are block-printed by hand on soft organic cotton. There are so many beautiful prints to choose from and many sizes to hold any size project. Shown here:
    Draw String Project Bag $20, Tote $45

If that wasn’t enough, there is always yarn. The Knit Café has a fabulous selection of hand dyed yarns right now. Most of it is created right here in Canada. Just this week we received these gorgeous skeins of bulky merino by Lichen and Lace from New Brunswick.
Top, left to right: Amber, Rosewood, Faded Rose, Orchid, Pressed Flowers
Bottom, left to right: Evergreen, Teal Tide, Pewter, Calm Water, Blue Lagoon, Wildflowers, $28 each

Also newly arrived are these lovely skeins from Zen Yarn Garden, a dyer from Sarnia Ontario. This sock weight yarn might be the softest I have ever worked with!
Top, left to right: Arabia, Botanical, Mermaid, Notebook, Carcross Summer 1989
Middle, left to right: Tiffany, Dish of Pears, Notting Hill, Annie, Amadeus
Bottom, left to right: Aladdin, Into The Woods, Camelot, Matrix, Ted, $24 each

Give the gift of MORE KNITTING with The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club Holiday Edition. This is a subscription lasting six months with three packages. Each package contains an original Knit Café Pattern and beautiful yarn to match. $100 plus shipping.
Read all the details HERE

If none of that is quite right for the knitter in your life there are always

GIFT CERTIFICATES FROM THE KNIT CAFE

Call: 416 533 5648, or write us: theknitcafe@hotmail.com, and we can send a gift certificate through email!

Craftily yours
Kristin

What to knit with a month till Christmas!

Have you made your Christmas knitting plans yet? Or did you wake up one day and realize it’s almost December. That’s what I did. So, now that I truly believe Christmas is coming I have started to knit in earnest. I am making socks. In fact I am making these socks ↓

Sweet Sock by The Knit Café. This is our basic sock pattern, with a difference. Difference #1: you can make any size from child size to man size. Difference #2: these socks have a really cool looking reinforced heel that has a beautiful honey comb texture. Difference #3: these socks fit great because of the ribbing. Difference #4: a knitters could have a lot of fun switching up the toe colours. Difference #5: this pattern does not assume you are an expert sock knitter and is very detailed – there are even pictures!
PS: I started the day before yesterday and I am half way through sock number one!


Socks make a great gift. There are some real serious fans of hand knitted socks out there and that is who you should reserve your sock knitting for. For a sock with extra personality try The Knit Cafe’s Maud Sock Pattern. These socks have a textured stitch and an “after thought heel” knit in a contrast colour. These socks are sure to wow! This slip-stitch looks excellent with hand dyed yarn. The socks in the pic were knit with Zen Yarn Garden. Coincidentally we just got an amazing batch of this terrific sock yarn in stock.

This is not a sock ↓  – It’s a sock monkey! So, even better!

Curious by The Knit Café, is knit like a sock – that is – all in one piece (except for the ears). We knit this sample with a self-striping yarn made by Turtlepurl but they look smashing in plain colours too. At the Knit Café we also stock the stuffing, and the safety eyes and the 100% wool felt for the face. Everything you need!

Mittens are the cutest! Iwona is making these adorable pint size mits in multiples because little folks are known for losing their mittens.  The pattern is by Tin Can Knits. It is called The World’s Simplest Mittens . It is a free pattern and mittens can be made in all sizes. Iwona’s versions are made with Noro Kureopatora. It’s a gorgeous yarn that has a gradual colour change. If you knit with it in stripes you will end up with a practically endless colour variety.

The best mittens ever were designed right here in Canada. They are called thrum mittens! Thrum Mitten are super warm because a fleece lining in knit right into them making them thick and cushioned and wind stopping. The colourful heart shaped stitches on the outside are pretty wonderful too. The Knit Café has their own Thrum Mitten pattern with lots of sizes available. You can find the pattern HERE

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If you have never made thrum or any other kind of mittens before you can join our Thrum Mitten Class this Friday!

Thrum Mitten Class
Friday December 1, 8, 7-9pm
Register for this class HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Announcing The Holiday Edition Yarn Club from The Knit Cafe!

We have been thinking a lot about this gift giving time and filling the store with lots of cute knitter’s tools and gadgets and of course lovely yarn – all terrific gifts! But the best gift of all for any knitter is just more knitting. So, to that end we thought we could open up this year’s  Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club membership to some new knitters so the joy of knitting could be spread around.
In The Yarn Club – The Holiday Edition, members with receive 3 packages over a period of 6 months (one every 2 months). Each package will contain some beautiful yarn and an original knitting pattern designed for that yarn by The Knit Café. The yarns will feature the work of hand dyers from Canada and abroad  showcasing their lovely colours and wonderful natural fibres.

Yarn Club Members can choose from two subscription types.

Make Mine Custom Members will receive yarns that are dyed especially for The Knit Café. We will work with the contributing hand dyers to create limited edition colours available only for Make Mine Custom Members.

Picked Just For Me Members can let us know which colours they love and which they want nothing to do with and we will pick colours from the participating yarn dyers stocks to suit these preferences.

Both will receive 6 months of knitting fun!

To join the Holiday Edition Yarn Club or buy it for a knitter you know and love or to just read more about it, check it out in The Knit Café webshop right HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Knit Cafe Yarn! What?

Yes, The rumors are true – The Knit Café has it’s own house yarn! It’s called Small Batch Number 1, and like the name suggests it is a limited edition yarn. It was created with the help of a local sheep farm, and a nearby mini mill. This yarn has a small footprint!
Spun with the Ontarian Sheep breed called Norbouillet, this is a soft wool, that resembles in feel to Rambouillet: the French merino


Colours from left to right: Night Swimming, Dream a little dream, Grass hopper, Gold rush, Sailor’s delight, Woolly Mammoth. The colours were created by combining three different colours of fleece resulting in heathered colour-ways.

You can find out more about our Small Batch Number 1 in our webshop. It’s for sale online Whoopee! and in the shop proper too of course.


Along with the arrival of our new Small Batch Number 1 yarn is a new pattern. It’s a stylish headband  knit with ribbing stitches and a cable placed asymmetrically in a flapper-esque style. This pattern is called Fay Wray. You can find it right HERE

Also new and exclusive to The Knit Café is this ↓

You may remember this yarn, it is a special custom colour made for The Knit Café from Riverside Studio called “firefly”. This colour was originally made for The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2016 in a worsted weight but we loved it so much we could not let it go and have asked Kathryn to make it for us again but in a sock weight. Here it is on Riverside Studio’s Super Sock yarn base, a blend of 80% merino and 20% nylon.
This colour knits-up AMAZING! It looks like little copper coloured fireflies in a midnight sky. You can see how it looks knit up in worsted weight if you check out The Knit Cafe’s Starry Night Chapeau. Please note this is a thicker yarn then what we have in stock.

Riverside Studio Super Sock in Firefly is also available in The Knit Cafe’s webshop.

New in the Knit Café on Roncesvalles Ave only is more lovely Riverside Studio Worsted Singles! This is the stuff you should use for your Starry Night Chapeau.

Craftily yours
Kristin