Take a Class with your Mom – It’s Mother’s Day!

Mothers Day is this Sunday May 11th, what will you get Mom for her big day? Always the question!  Ask her –  and dimes-to-donuts she will tell you she just wants to spend some time with her sweet child. The gift of time together is tops!

Earmarking time to spend with family and friends is always a challenge. How about devoting some time in advance by booking a class with your Mom at the Knit Café.  There are lots of classes to choose from, whether your Mom is an expert knitter or crocheter or has never picked up a needle before. Classes like:

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Cable Cowl Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

Amigurumi
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Absolute Beginner
Crochet Blanket Class,granny square 2

 

 

 

 

Sweater Class
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Yoga Socks or yoga socks
Fingerless Mitten Class

 

 

 

 

Needlepoint Workshopneedlepoint class

 

 

 

 

Crochet Blanket Classcrochet blanket hexagons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knit Baby Blanket Workshopbaby blanket

 

 

 

 

 and more….

You can read all about the classes and find just the right one HERE
or give us a call at 416 533 5648.

We can send you a gift certificate for a class for your Mom too. Contact us at theknitcafe@hotmail.com

and say Happy Mothers Day to your Mom for us!

Craftily Yours
Kristin

Happy Anniversary To Us!

It was one year ago today – May 1rst – that the Knit Café opened in our new location here at 55 Roncesvalles Ave. What a great first year we have had!

Here are some pics from the year past.

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Thank you so much for a wonderful year.
Your support means so much to us!

Happy Knitting, and here’s to another great year ahead!

much love from all of us at the knit café

 

Sneak Peek for Knitter’s Frolic!

Every year at this time we gather up some gorgeous yarns, pack up a truck and head north. Just a wee bit north to The Japanese Cultural Centre for the annual event that all Toronto Knitters look forward to. It’s called The Knitters Frolic!

This year we have a few show specials that will only be available during that one day event – this Saturday April 25.

During the Frolic look for The Knit Cafe’s Knit Kits. We will be bringing them to show. Knit Kits contain yarn and an original Knit Café pattern (patterns come free in the Knit Kits.

All Knit Kits will be 15% off at the Knitters Frolic!
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We will also be introducing brand new knitting patterns and Knit Kits to coincide with this Knitters Frolic 2015.
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These details are all you get till the big unveiling on Saturday!

Also…
The Knit Café will have a special gift for all who make purchases.

More details about the Frolic’s ins and outs can be found HERE.
Maybe we’ll see you there.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Knit little – dream big!

We have a brand new,  learn to knit class starting soon!

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Learn all your knit-basics whilst stitching up some pretty adorable tiny knits. We designed this class around the notion that small things are faster to knit and finishing a project quickly breeds satisfaction.  Knits for small people are also innately cute and so motivating to knit. If you have a wee-one in your life to knit for then come join us in this class.

This class is for:

  • Those who have never knit before

  • Those who have tried but need some hands on care

  • Lapsed knitters who need their skills refreshed. Perhaps you have taken our Knit 101 in the past but forgotten a thing or two. The same techniques will be taught in this class but with different projects and patterns to try.

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We start the class with a washcloth project to introduce the “knit stitch”

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Then, we move on to baby sized leg warmers. These are great for keeping baby warm but still having access to quick changes when the need arises. The leg warmers project introduces the “purl stitch”.
Hats are next! Pattern reading and knitting in circles are both very important basic skills that allow new knitters to continue on and knit more and more and more!

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Fast knitters may even start a baby blanket in class! If not you can always take our Baby Blanket Workshop in June.

Knit 101 Baby!
Friday May 1, 8, 15, 29, 7-9pm
$110, materials not included

Register HERE
or call us 416 533 5648

Other terrific classes that are coming up soon:
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RUG HOOKING          YOGA SOCK/ARM WARMER       SOCK

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto

robotsIf you were to walk by the Knit Café today – this is what you’d see.  We’ve had quite a few gawkers since we redecorated the window, which leads me to believe that this display’s denizens are real lookers!

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Iwona and I have been busy stitching up these robot stuffies! They were pretty satisfying to make and I feel like I expanded my repertoire of crochet skills in the process. If you would like to join in the robot-making-fun we are teaching a class.

Amigurumi Class – Crocheted Toy Robot
Thursday May 21, and 28, 7-9pm
Register HERE
or call us at 416 533 5648

This class features the advanced shaping and assembling skills used in Amigurumi crochet. You can read more about the particulars HERE

love robotWhen choosing the critter to feature in our Amigurumi Class, we were inspired by our work dressing up this guy →
the Lovebot outside Scooter Girl on Roncesvalles Ave.
This knit-bomb, assembled in June 2014, has since been put out of commission, leaving room for more woolly robots to take up the slack. Come and help us make some in May, or if you are an expert crocheter you can find the pattern by Stacey Trock HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Cure for rainy day blues – Madelinetosh!

Having a look at all these sunny colours has got to make you feel a bit better on such a glum day. I must say this generous influx of colour is a dramatic contrast to the scene outside. Outside – Rain! Blah!

Inside ↓

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This glorious specimen is a delightful colourway called Violas, in a brand new yarn from Madelinetosh called Merino Twist Light.  A sock weight yarn blended with nylon for extra strength, it seems natural to make socks from these sweet skeins, but touch it and feel the butter softness and you might change your mind – maybe a spring shawl.

Madelinetosh Twist Light
75% merino superwash, 25% nylon, 384m/420yds
26-30sts per 10cm/4″

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top row: pool, cosmic wonder dust, fragrant
2nd row: wicked, tern, firewood
3rd row: holi festival, rhubarb, Edison bulb
bottom row: nebula, optic, Georgia O’Keefe

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Madelinetosh Merino Light
100% superwash merino, 384m/420yds
26-30sts per 10cm/4″

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tippy-top: mandala
top row: vermillion, purple basil, grasshopper
2nd row: candlewick, smokestack, stovepipe
3rd row: weathered frame, Courbet’s green, esoteric
last but not least: forestry

soho-combo-2With the influx of Merino Light we have been able to update our colour selection for the Soho Scarf. Have a look at our new offerings HERE

There’s still more Madtosh  ↓

Madelinetosh Merino DK
100% superwash merino, 205m/225yds
20-22sts per 10cm/4″

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tippy-top: tomato
top row: silver fox, ink, cove
2nd row: winter wheat, duchess, scarlet
3rd row: rain water, jade, Cousteau
last but not least: clematis

Believe it or not, there is even more Madelinetosh then what you see here. We also have some fine skeins of worsted weight, Vintage Madelinetosh, and lovely lace weight Madelinetosh Prairie too.

Come visit us soon for the best selection. We are taking it to The Knitters Frolic at the end of the month.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Easter Treats for The Knit Cafe

Just in time for this hippity hoppity weekend we have a new selection of yarns. Come on over and have your own Easter Egg Hunt. You can find such treats like this Rowan Pure Wool Superwash. It is practically egg shaped. I love this shelf full of Easter inspired colours but we have lots more colours besides.

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If you follow us on Twitter you may already know we received our first box from Madelinetosh. We have quite a large order coming in, so we expect the rest to follow over the next week, but for now we have a gorgeous selection of Vintage which is Madelinetosh worsted weight. All hand dyed on merino wool and Superwash to boot, this is some knitters most coveted yarn.

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The Madelinetosh is pictured on the shelves to the right. On the left we have fluffy cottons from Blue Sky Alpaca. This is one of our favourite cottons, so thick and so soft, it knits up light and cushy. We used it to make our sample of The Knit Cafe’s Baby Blanket project – the one we make in our baby blanket class. Still a few spots left in that class which is this Monday night!

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Baby Blanket Workshop

Monday April 13
6:30-9pm
To register
Call: 416 533 5648
Or register online HERE

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We are open this Easter Weekend!
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Craftily yours
Kristin