Happy Canada Day!

The Knit Café has always been so happy to showcase yarns made right here in Canada. From the first day we opened our doors up until today we have always had Canadian yarns on the shelves. It just turns out that Canadians make some of the most delightful yarns on the planet. Aren’t we lucky! We get to buy gorgeous yarns and support our local economy. Here’s hoping for 150 years to come of beautiful creative endeavors and adventures.

Canadian yarns in the shop right now!!! From left to right: Mineville Sock made in Nova Scotia, Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering made in Ontario, Lichen and Lace 80/20 made in New Brunswick, Turtlepurl Striped Turtletoes also made in New Brunswick, Koigu KPM made in Ontario, Julie Asselin Leizu DK made in Quebec.

We are open today July 1 – 10am-5pm
Tomorrow, July 2, 12pm-5pm
Monday July 3, regular hours, 10am-7pm

Craftily yours
Kristin

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A Brooklyn Tweed KAL!!!

Brooklyn Tweed has just announced their very first KAL! 

As the name implies this knitalong intends to get you knitting up a lacy project. You can choose the pattern that suits you best, just make it a Brooklyn Tweed yarn and/or a Brooklyn Tweed Pattern.

If you want to be au courant choose Brooklyn Tweed’s brand new pattern designed by their latest in house designer – the wonderful Gudrun Johnston. Gudrun has designed a sweet, textured shawl pattern that can be knit in either Vale (Brooklyn Tweed’s latest laceweight yarn) or Arbor. If you are new to lace-knitting choose the Arbor. The DK weight will knit up faster and it will be easier to follow your stitches with a thicker yarn. If you are an expert lace knitter, then what a great excuse to try out the new super-soft Vale!
Gudrun’s pattern is called Brora

I’m sure that this KAL will live up to the excellent quality I have come to expect when it comes to Brooklyn Tweed. Already they have announced their very detailed schedule of events.

June 28: Special Pattern Release
June 30: Project Planning, Part 1: Getting to know your pattern
July 3: Project Planning, Part 2: Tools and Swatching
July 7: Cast-On Day
July 14: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 1
July 21: Heirloom Stitches
July 28: Lace Blocking
August 4: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 2
August 11: KAL Wrap-Up

You can find out more about the Brooklyn Tweed Knitalong right HERE

Happy Knitting A Long!
Kristin

A great time to make a Crocheted Blanket!

We have an awesome selection of worsted weight yarn in the shop right now. Just look at all those colours! All of these lovelies are machine washable too which make them a perfect choice for a hand knitted or crocheted blanket. Berroco Vintage and Cascade 220 Superwash have a price-tag that won’t break the bank so let the mixing and matching begin. Whether you crave a heathered, Highland colour scheme or a bright and bold statement piece or even an oh so tastefully neutral colour story we got you covered.

Don’t know how to crochet a blanket. We got you covered there too. Our Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners is coming up. Even if you have never crocheted before you can join this class and learn basic stitches while you work on your blanket project. If you do know some crochet and have never made a blanket you are welcome in this class too. Here are the deets ↓

Crochet Blanket For Absolute Beginners

June 18, 25, 12:30-2:30

Register HERE

 

New Patterns from Brooklyn Tweed

Wool People 11

Another beautiful collection of patterns by Brooklyn Tweed is ready for your perusal. This collection called “Wool People 11” is full of beautiful sweaters that feature light-weight, tweedy Loft yarn, it’s bigger cousin Shelter and also some great pieces made with DK weight Arbor like the one pictured above called Divide Pullover.

There are also several lovely shawls and scarf patterns designed for Brooklyn Tweed’s newest yarn – lace-weight Vale.

Check out the whole Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 11 collection HERE

Brooklyn Tweed yarns are available in the Knit Café shop on Roncesvalles and from our webshop too HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

Mineville returns!

Mineville – economize on the price and not the pretty.
That is my amateur slogan for this terrifico yarn company who takes mill-ends and hand dyes them and sends them to us at a discount price which we get to pass on to you! Mineville 80%merino, 20% nylon sock weight yarn is only $16 a skein. Yay!

More fun for us… we get to name the colours!
This time we named the colours for this very special day – the 50th anniversary of the record album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Each colour is named after a song on this amazing album.

Come in this weekend and check out the Mineville and all our other beautiful Canadian made hand dyed fingering weight yarns like Lichen and Lace and Zen Yarn Garden. Come in too cause there will be a really cool Pop Up Shop sharing space with us on Saturday.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Pop Up at The Knit Cafe


This weekend, join us at The Knit Café and check out some awesome goods brought to you by talented locals who create covetable things -jewelry, clothing, accessories, and housewares too.  Meet and chat with the designers and get a first hand look at pickings that are hard to find elsewhere. Only for one day though and then they are gone. That’s why it’s called a pop-up ya know!

Saturday June 3, 10am-3pm at 55 Roncesvalles Ave

Here’s a preview of what you’ll see↓


here and here   by Amy Miller                    handwork studio , the Sama Collection

Xenia Taler                                                                            Story Folk by Christine Su

Kate Austin Designs

See you there,
Craftily yours
Kristin

Weaving treats and hand dyed Canadian-made gems

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:

Introduction to Weaving Stripes Class
on Sunday August 20 and 27, 12:30-5pm

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.

Craftily yours
Krsitin