Don’t forget to pack your knitting

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This is where I wish I was for the majority of the summer, and if I was there right now it would be a sure bet I’d be knit-knit-knitting! I accumulate much of my knit miles during the summer months at the family cottage. It is pretty much the best place and time to knit, as far as I’m concerned.
If you are lucky enough to have a summer oasis to fly off to, don’t forget your knitting!

You might not need to do what I do, which is pack an entire suitcase full of yarn, and then of course I don’t touch half of it, but I would hate to be without -stranded on an island and not a yarn store in sight! What a nightmare scenario, to waste all that good knitting time.

If you are planning a cottage weekend and need some help finding the perfect project come by the Knit Café.
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We have a whole lotta project ideas, more than we can possibly knit so we are happy to pass on a few. You can have a look at all The Knit Cafe’s knit patterns on HERE. Or if you don’t live near by – you can order a  Knit Cafe Knit Kits HERE.

Have fun with your summer knitting!
Craftily yours



Save the Dates for our Summer Sale

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It’s July – so it must be time for a sale! Here are the dates. Put them in your calendar.

Sale Begins- Saturday July 25, 10am
Sale Ends- Sunday August 2, 6pm

20% off all yarn, needles, book accessories, everything!
Sale Bins Extraordinaire with big savings besides

See you there
Craftily yours

Today is a bit sunnier due to the clouds

Today we got a package from Shibui Knits.
A box filled with one of our favourite yarns.
It’s Shibui Silk Cloud!

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We are so pleased to have this soft and shimmery, light as air yarn on the shelves. Perhaps the number one reason is so that we can walk over and pet it any time we like, but another is so that we can put more colour combinations together for the Knit Café patterns that feature this silk, mohair yarn.

The Clouds Pattern uses 4 colours of Shibui Silk Cloud. Pictured below is our “Lawren Harris” colour combination. We used the paintings of the Group of Seven to guide us in choosing the colours for this shawl pattern. You can see some of our other choices HERE

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We also used Shibui Silk Cloud when we designed the Sashiko Cowl/Scarf Pattern. In this case the fine mohair silk is double stranded with an equally fine hand dyed merino by Madelinetosh. The result is a subtle blending of colours and an incredibly unique texture. Some mathematician somewhere can calculate how many colour combinations are possible for the Sashiko but not I.


In the picture we used Madelinetosh Prairie in the Morning Dove colour, and Shibui Silk Cloud in Pollen, Ash, and Suit. All of which we have stocked on the shelves in The Knit Café.

Craftily yours


Shift in Store Hours due to Summer Reno

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We are having a few repairs done in The Knit Café over the next few days. We would rather not have this impact our regular knit schedule but we reluctantly will have to be closed on the following dates and times:

Thursday, June 25 10 am – noon

Friday, June 26 10 am – noon

Saturday, June 27 10 am – noon

We are so sorry for any inconvenience.
Thanks for your patience.


Come Knit In Our Green Oasis


When we first moved to our new digs on Roncesvalles Avenue one of the features of our new space that most excited us was the backyard garden.
Alas – a whole year went by without an opportunity to transform it, because believe-you-me it needed a little TLC. I am happy to announce that the first stage of our backyard makeover is now complete.

BIG THANK YOU! goes out to my Mom who made it all happen. Since I have bragging rights I will go ahead and use them; my Mom is a talented gardener who designed our garden transformation from top to bottom. She picked out the plants – tall grasses which have a fancy Latin name I know not what, miniature lilac bushes, and black eyed Susans. She even picked up the lot of them and hand delivered them; and if that wasn’t enough she helped me build the new flower beds and plant the goodies. All this with an indecently small budget. Thanks again Mom!


Finally our chicken has a decent roost.


Between the two raised beds is a lovely bench, also donated by my Mom. She tells me there is a matching table coming soon. The needlepointed cushions are also a treat from my Mom, so no bums will get sore on this bench. Next time you come, feel free to knit away the day in the garden.

Craftily yours

Now’s the time to start your Crochet Blanket!

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Monday June 22th and 29th is our Crochet Blanket Class Extraordinaire!

Stitchers with just basic crochet skills are most welcome to join this class and make their version of this terrific blanket.
I have very fond memories of making a baby blanket sized version for one of my pals and her new son. It was a very enjoyable endeavor; hemming and hawing and eventually choosing and collecting the yarn colours for the blanket and then building the blanket a bit at a time, watching it grow till it all came together into one charmer of a blanket.

In this class you will learn:

• How to follow a written crochet pattern
• How to crochet in circles
• How to change colours and hide your yarn tails
• How to join crochet pieces together without seaming

You can see all the class details and register too by clicking HERE
or you can register by calling 416 533 5648.

Craftily yours

Atomic Ami at The Knit Cafe

Come by the Knit Café some time this month to meet these crocheted cuties!

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We have the adorable work of Atomic Ami in The Knit Cafe’s window and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

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I love all the adorable details on these guys which make each one unique. Look at the hoody on the bears sweater. What a great idea!

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This bear has a bow tie and overalls. What a gem!

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You can visit Atomic Ami on Facebook and visit her creations in person at the Knit Café for the remainder of June. They may not be here for long though – because yes – they are for sale.

Craftily yours