the gay sweater

the gay sweater

Sometimes spreading awareness about a serious social issue goes down better in the form of a cheeky art project. This one ↑ is a play on words. When someone says “that’s so gay” they may not be aware of the implications in their word choice but this sweater really illuminates the problems inherent in this kind of turn of phrase. This sweater was made from 100% gay fibre! The materials comes from donated human hair from gay volunteers, and can therefore truthfully be described as “so gay”.
Watch the video that explains how this project came to be HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

We’re so happy to see the Clouds!

We have more Shibui Silk Cloud nestled snuggly in the shelves and we couldn’t be happier. silk cloudCloud is a resplendent blend of silk and mohair. It is so soft, and light as air. The strands are whisper thin but the mohair gives it lots of body, the silk gives it shimmer.

We created The Knit Cafe’s Clouds Shawl from Shibui Silk Cloud and I am delighted to say that Knit Kits for this project are back in the store and in the webshop

cloud combo

There are several new colour combinations to choose from. All our colour-ways for Clouds are inspired by Group of Seven painters, who scoured the Canadian landscape and projected what they saw on their canvases in vivid colours. Have a look at the Frederick Varley , A. Y. Jackson, and Frank Johnston colours!

If you’re in the neighbourhood of 55 Roncesvalles you can create your own colour design for your custom Clouds shawl. I’m no mathematician but I hazard to say there are hundreds of possibilities!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Spring Classes on Sale!

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Like the sign says – we are having a sale on all Spring Classes!

Any class you register for will be 15% off!

just put in the code – Knit4Spring – during check out online in the webshop
or call us to register 416 533 5648
or come by the shop at 55 Roncesvalles Ave

Do it before March 31rst though, that’s when the sale ends!

 

New Spring Classes 2015!

We’re pretty excited about the Spring. Not just because we can finally stop toting around the heavy coats, but also because we can look forward to lighter and brighter crafty projects.  More hours of daylight means more opportunities to develop our knit and crochet skills! If you have similar ambitions – have a look at The Knit Cafe’s Spring Classes. All classes are now updated at theknitcafetoronto.combut we have several, brand new classes that I would love to show-and-tell right here, right now!

crochet robot

Amigurumi Class (crocheted toy robot)

How sweet is this little guy? I can’t thing of a more adorable way to improve your crochet skills then practicing 3D shaping techniques on this wee robot stuffy.

knit 101 baby

Knit 101 Baby!

This is an addition to our “learn to knit” selection of classes.  In Knit 101 Baby! you will be introduced to all the same skills covered in our original Knitting 101 class. You will learn knits and purls and back again, reading patterns and knitting in circles, but in this classes all the projects are pint sized. Make soft, cotton wash cloths,  tiny sized hats, and sweet baby leggings! Knitters who have taken the Knitting 101 class in the past but are in need of a refresher might consider this class too!

crochet shawl

Crochet Lace- Summer Shawl Class

This oh-so-pretty shawl is perfect for spring/summer weather. Crocheters who want to make the leap from basic to brilliant should consider this class. It will really help you understand lace stitching and pattern reading.  It is a more advanced class for practised crocheters who like me really, really, really want this shawl!

granny square 2

Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners

One of the most popular crochet projects around is the simple “granny square” crochet blanket. There is a reason this blanket pattern has longevity. It is a classic design; only the colour need change for updates. Since this project is so beloved we thought we would pass on the granny square techniques to brand new crocheters. Learn how to crochet while you stitch this blanket, or afghan, or baby blanket, or pillow cover. Also a great class for folks who have taken the Crochet Crash Course but would like to add to their new skills.

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Yoga Socks or Fingerless Mitt Class

It’s your choice – you can make these toeless, heel-less socks, or some fingerless mittens.  All the while you will be learning the invaluable skill of knitting in circles on double pointed needles and practice your pattern reading too.  Before you know it, you will be be ready to tackle mittens with tops or socks with heels and toes.

crochet for kids

Crochet for Kids!

Kids will get hooked on crochet in this class! Youngins, ages 8-12 can learn how to manipulate hook and  yarn to make all manner of things- starting with these cute bows!.  Bows look great pinned to a sweater, worn as a headband or classically worn under a collar. We have a class scheduled in May/June – just in time to make one for Dad for Fathers Day!

This is but a small sampling of the classes and workshops available this upcoming season, For the full list of Spring Summer Classes have a gander HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Just like Spring Yarn!

A reprieve from -20C weather! Hooray!
Is it possible that Spring is actually on it’s way? It appears so!
More evidence that this is the case comes in the shipments we have been receiving this week – yarns for springtime knitting! Double Hooray!

koigu

Koigu KPM has arrived in the shop. Endlessly delightful, hand dyed skeins come in 50 gram bundles of joy so you can fill your boots with colours to make fine shawls and scarves and light weight sweaters for this coming spring.

koigu mini skeins

If you need just a bit more colour in your colour pallet, there are koigu mini skeins too. These wee skeinettes have 10 metres of yarn on each so you can add a dash of this and that to all your knittables.

The Knit Café has designed several patterns with Koigu and the skeinettes , and now…..drum roll…. they are available as

Knit Kits

504 king west  knit kit

504 King West

This is one of our most popular patterns and it is a great pattern to knit right about now, so you can be wearing it in the following weeks and months as the frost leaves the air and is replaced with merely a nip. The 504 King West Knit Kit comes with the pattern and two 50 gram skeins of koigu KPM and 3 skeinettes too. You can choose the original colours of our sample 504, or you can choose from a selection of other colour pallets we offer up for your perusal. Each colour combo is named for a stop of the 504 King streetcar’s route along Roncesvalles Avenue. Have a look at them all HERE.

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Baby Harem

These sweet pants are also made courtesy of Koigu KPM and our friends the skeinettes. Koigu – I should mention, is a soft merino wool that is machine washable and therefore perfect for kids duds. The Baby Harem Knit Kit comes with all the yarn, including the complimentary mini skeins, you will need to make these cozy pants. The pants are sized 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months but you can read all about them and find the Knit Kit HERE.

If you would like to pick out alternative colours for these projects and others, Koigu KPM is one of our featured yarns selling in the webshop right now! There are many fresh colours to choose from, but like all our featured yarns they will be available to purchase online for a limited time only.

koigu

If you are in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood we will be most happy to give you a guided tour of the new Koigu KPM and the mini skeins too and help you choose your very own custom colours for any project.

see you soon
Craftily yours
Kristin

Last Day for our Lovely Sale and…

Saturday February 28 – the end of dark old February and the end of our Share The Love Sale. Stop by 55 Roncesvalles or shop in the webshop for Knit Café Knit Kits all 20% off. Featured yarn is 20% off too, but only till the end of the day.

Twinkle-Toqueblackberry combocloud combosoho-combo-2chunki-cardi-combo-3Tremblant-Blanket for web

…and I wanted to share this sweet project with you all.
It’s a communal blanket!

Chevron Blanket

When someone in our knit-community is expecting (which seems to be happening at a near constant rate lately) we embark on a baby blanket project.  We’ve done many versions over the years.  All off them have many knitters hands involved. Some are done in pieces and a lucky duck gets to sew it all together – oh boy! Other times we pass the same piece from person to person in a magnificent feat of organization.
The last communal blanket we  have completed it the one above. Each zigzaggy stripe was knit by a new knitter, each with their own yarn according to their choosing.  We love how it turned out!
The pattern was a free one.  It is called Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot and you can find it HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Knit away the February Blues.

Do you have an Oscars knitting project? Something to occupy the time in the boring bits?
February may be dreary but it is great knitting weather.  Hibernating on a chilly evening keeping warm under your sweater-in-progress, or a blanket project still on the needles but also on the lap- what could be cozier?

If you are in need of the next project to carry you through the rest of the winter season, then we have a few suggestions – and they are still on SALE!

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We have put together some of our favourite Knit Cafe patterns with the very best yarns we know to create a perfect duo. Our ready-to-knit Knit Kits are in the store and in our web store with a special sale price till the end of February.

Easy knitting projects-
like the Soho Scarfsoho-combo-2

 

 

 

 

 Twinkle ToqueTwinkle-Toque

 

 

 

 

Will all be easy to stitch whilst keeping a watchful eye on the red carpet outfits

Projects like –
Tremblant BlanketTremblant-Blanket for web

 

 

 

 

Blackberry Hatblackberry combo

 

 

 

 

will require some counting of stitches but are worth the effort!

They’re all 20% off till the end of February.

A new knitting project will probably not make you stop wishing for spring, but it will surely make the rest of the winter seem to pass a bit quicker.
Craftily yours
Kristin

PS: Although we still have some Clouds Knit Kits in the shop we are temporarily sold out in the webshop – we’ll get some more in there before the sale ends!