Sharing the Love Secret Promotion Code

We’re Sharing the Love all over the place tomorrow! 

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In the Knit Cafe’s Webshop February 14-28
Receive 20% off on all Featured Yarn and The Knit Cafe’s brand new Knit Kits!
We’ve just added three more!

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In 55 Roncesvalles Ave  February 14-28
Receive 20% off on all Featured Yarn and The Knit Cafe’s brand new Knit Kits! and…
Come by the shop on Saturday February 14th,  where we will be sharing the love of knitting with free, drop in,  demonstrations featuring knit techniques that come in handy if you are making some of the Knit Cafe’s New Knit Kits.
11:00-11:45am Duplicate Stitch Demonstration
12:00-12:45pm Short Row Demonstration
1:00-1:45 pm Pick Up and Knit Demonstration

On ravelry.com February 14th Only
Buy One Knit Café Pattern Get One Free
Just put in the not so secret promotion code: KnitKit
during checkout.

 

Wow!
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Share the Love Sale and Event

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It starts this Saturday February 14th and continues till the end of the month February 28.

It’s a Sale!

In The Knit Cafe’s webshop
all our newly introduced Knit Kits will be 20% off
New Featured Yarns will also be 20% off!

In store at 55 Roncesvalles Ave
all our newly introduced Knit Kits will be 20% off
and the same Featured Yarns will be 20% off too!

It’s also an Event!

Come by the shop on Saturday February 14th,  where we will be sharing the love of knitting with free, drop in,  demonstrations featuring knit techniques that come in handy if you are making some of the Knit Cafe’s New Knit Kits.
11:00-11:45am Duplicate Stitch Demonstration
12:00-12:45pm Short Row Demonstration
1:00-1:45 pm Pick Up and Knit Demonstration

See you there
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Something Lovely and New, and Coming Soon!

So much has been happening in the Knit Café Web Shop!

We are so pleased that we have begun the process of pairing Knit Café original patterns with our favourite yarns to create Knit Café Kits.  We’ve managed to get three in the shop and are working on many more.

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cloud combo The Blackberry Hat, and the Tremblant Blanket, and Clouds all have spots of honor in the Knit Cafe’s Webshop in a brand new category – Knit Kits!
We know that every great pattern is not nearly as great if you don’t have the correct yarn to knit it in.  Now, if you live afar from The Knit Café in Toronto you can order yarn and pattern together and begin your knitting as soon as you open the box.

…but that’s not all that’s new….

If you haven’t checked in with theknitcafetoronto.com for a while you may not know that we have introduced our first feature yarns there.  Feature yarns are some of the newest and best of the Knit Café stock.  These yarns will rotate on a regular basis.  They’re here for a good time, not a long time, you might say. In fact they will be changing to a brand new batch of goodies soon.

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For now, you can purchase online the magically self-striping Turtlepurl Worsted, ethereal Shibui Silk Cloud, or super-soft Manos del Uruguay Maxima. Yum!

…but that’s not all that’s new….

Something LOVELY is coming to the Knit Cafe’s web shop this Saturday February 14th.

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In truth, the shop proper will not be left out – there is a little sweetness coming to 55 Roncesvalles too, starting February 14th.
Tune in next time, for more clues and news.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

I heart ground hogs

I love to joke that Ground Hog Day is my favourite holiday, at which point someone will mention that Ground Hog day is not really a Holiday. Although this is true that no one got a day off to celebrate or commemorate the day when a ground hog might see or might not see his/her shadow, I still think it is a day worth getting behind.

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Here’s our friend ground hog.

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He is loving up our window.

For soon, another, perhaps more widely celebrated holiday will be upon us.  You guessed it – Valentines Day!

Does anything say “I love you” like knitting?
February brings a bunch of warm-fuzzy knit classes to the knit cafe.  Knit a little something new for your Honey, or treat yourself to a knit class; cause self-love should not be overlooked on Valentines Day.
New knitters who have knit and purled their way through a scarf or two can learn how to knit in circles and make a warm toque, because clearly it’s still cold out there, brrrr! If you already know about circular knitting how about trying your hand at mitten or sock knitting? Hat, Mitten, Sock! All of these classes are coming up soon and all have just a few spots left.

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Here are the dates:

Hat Class, Friday February 6, 6:30-9pm

Mitten Class, Thursday February 5 and 12, 7-9pm

First Pair of Sock Class, Wednesday February 11, 18, 25, 7-9pm

You can see all The Knit Cafe’s Classes and register too, right HERE.
Or give us a call at 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

The Blackberry Hat Pattern is Here!

Iwona knit this adorable hat for herself at the beginning of the season, soon there was a version sized small to fit tiny Charlie’s head too.  Then she kept very busy with the task of sizing the hat for every size in between. After that the samples were knit and the photos were taken, with many thanks to our models Janine and Evelyn; so that now I can finally say that the Blackberry Hat pattern in ready to take on the world.

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This super cute hat has a great, textural stitch pattern. Knit with two colours a rhythmic, graphic look emerges. Black and white shows this off just right and a pop of colour is the icing on the cake.
The hat is knit with “OMG so soft!” Manos del Uruguay Maxima, which is a single ply, hand dyed, merino wool. Somehow this fair trade company manages to produce excellent colours like this “Shocking” pink  which is the accent colour for the brim, the optional ear flaps, and for the pompom.

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I am also happy and excited to report that the Blackberry Hat is the very first Knit Café Knit Kit that can be purchased online from our web shop. We hope to soon add many more.  Knit Kits will have the yarns and patterns grouped together in cozy harmony (patterns come free with the yarn when you buy the kit).  This is good news for those who don’t live close enough to the Knit Café bricks and mortar for a casual browse and a cuppa.
The Blackberry Hat Knit Kit comes in the original Black, White and Shocking Pink colour combination, and also Black, White and Highlighter Yellow. Find it HERE

You may also get just the pattern all on it’s lonesome on ravelry.com HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

What a delight! – It’s Merino Light!

Yes – I’m rhyming now… but such a feast for the eyes deserves an equally snappy introduction.

Madelinetosh Merino Light is a super-soft one-ply yarn spun to fingering weight. It comes in wonderful Madelinetosh colours and we have a very appealing pallet on the shelves.

madelinetosh merino lightThis shelve’s colours remind me of a day on the beach. I can just picture the blue water with faded white caps, bleached out summer sky and bits of sea glass and shells to collect.

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This shelf is reserved for colours with gusto. As though you’ve walked into a silk, sari shop in Little India, these jewel tone colours radiate so much amazing warmth and depth around them.

Either shelf, any colour, you can’t go wrong!
Merino Light is perfect for light weight garments and shawls and scarves too.  We used it for our Soho Scarf project and the Big Wrap too.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

New fat yarn, new skinny yarn!

Shelves are full of sweet offerings this month.  We have reinforcement from Cascade and Berroco and Brown Sheep too, but I have a few gems I’d like to crow about in particular.

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Malabrigo Rasta
This is SUPER BULKY yarn! As temperatures plummet and we need garments that will keep us super warm -we call on super bulky.  Malabrigo is known  for it’s wonderful hand dyed colours and super soft yarns.  Rasta is a soft spun merino that is a dream to work with and has a wonderful sheen. Our pre Christmas order came and went with reindeer like speed, so come give this batch a squeeze soon.
The stunning chartreuse pictured above is called Lettuce.  Rasta has 90 yards on a skein, knits 2-2.5 sts/inch and costs $30.

 

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This one here’s called Azules

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That’s the fat news, now for the skinny!

Madelinetosh Prairie
This is a laceweight yarn, which means it is fine as fine can be.  Much satisfaction can be achieved knitting with such soft, gossamer strands.  Think wonderful lace knits, or loosely knit garments like the popular Featherweight or Wispy Cardi pattern.  Combine it with other yarns to add colour contrast to your knits like the Knit Cafe did in the Mondo Cowl Pattern.  Fancy that!
The Madelinetosh Prairie is spun from 100% superwash merino, and there is 840 yards on each skein it costs $27.50 per skein. The skein pictured above is a colour called Cosmos.

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Clockwise from top left: Pop Rocks, Antler, Cove, Oak, Baltic, Candlewick

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This colour is called Mare.

Craftily yours
Kristin