Have you seen our Spring Class Schedule yet?

We have a new display at The Knit Café.

class display

It celebrates some of our new offerings for this years Spring/Summer Class Schedule.

classes on blackboard

All these classes are coming up in May which is just a hop skip and a jump away!

First Sweater Class
Thursday May 5, 12, 26, June 2, 7-9pm

Amigurumi (crochet toy dragon) Workshop
Thursday May 26, June 2, 9, 6:30-8:30pm

Log Cabin Blanket Workshop
Wednesday May 18, 6:30-9pm

Asymmetrical Summer Scarf Workshop
Thursday May 26, 1-3:30pm

May is a terrific time for classes here. We have some of our best ones crammed into that month. Although April should not be overlooked. You can have a look at all the classes in The Knit Cafe’s webshop HERE.

You can also call to register for classes: 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

Happy Easter Weekend!

knit flowers

The Knit Café is open this holiday weekend.

Today – 10AM-7PM
Sunday – Noon-6pm
and Monday – 10AM- 7PM.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Planning a Spring Scarfette

lichen and lace

Have you seen this?

lichen and lace

how about this?

lichen and lace

this?

If not, you might want to come by The Knit Café this weekend to get a look. Our order from Lichen and Lace is selling fast, and no wonder with beauties like these ones.
If you are drooling on your keyboard and wondering what you might knit with this luscious yarn then check out The Knit Café’s 504 King West pattern. It’s free and so fun to knit and it will give you lots of opportunities to play with all the colour possibilities available in our Lichen and Lace pallet.

504 King West

I couldn’t resist putting together some combos myself. For this project you will need two main colours and three accent colours. In these pics the Lichen and Lace is paired with Koigi Mini Skeins. Each Mini is just enough yarn to make one stripe on the selvedge edge of the 504 King West.

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Lichen and Lace’s Orchid and Citron

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Lichen and Lace’s Shroom and Lichen

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Lichen and Lace’s Beach Glass and Pewter

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Lichen and Lace’s Silver Fox and Soot
These two are paired with a few Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails in Edison Bulb, and Rainwater, the other skeinette is by Koigu.

If you need some support while knitting your 504 King West pattern you are in luck.  The Knit Cafe’s has just announced a new class offered over the spring and summer called “Asymmetric Summer Scarf Workshop” where you can get lots of guidance and tips while you knit your scarfette.

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Asymmetric Summer Scarf
Thursday May 26, 1pm-3:30pm
or
Wednesday June 29, 6:30-9pm
Register HERE

Craftily yours
Krsitin

The Knit Cafe’s Spring and Summer Class Schedule 2016 is Here!

We are happy to announce that our list of Spring and Summer Classes is now ready for your inspection. We have a terrific line-up this season including our perennial “learn to knit” and “learn to crochet” classes, but we are also introducing some brand new classes too. Here are some of them:

amigurumi dragon

Amigurumi (crochet toy dragon class)

crochet chevron blanket

Chevron Blanket for Crocheters

lace class

Introduction to Knitted Lace Workshop

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Sock Master Class (two socks at once, toe up)

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Asymmetric Summer Scarf Workshop
(It’s our 504 King West Scarf Pattern)

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Log Cabin Blanket Workshop
(It’s a new Knit Café Pattern in the works)

In addition we are reinstating some Summer Classes from last year. If you missed them last summer you have another chance now!

Natural Dye Class                   natural dye

yoga socks.

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Yoga Sock or Fingerless Mitten Class

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Crochet Lace
The Spring Shawl Class

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Have a gander at more of The Knit Cafe’s classes in our Webshop HERE.
There are still a few more to come.
You can register online or call us at 416 533 5648, or come by the shop at 55 Roncesvalles Ave to register.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Yarn treats from Lichen and Lace

Despite the cold outside it is starting to feel real Springy in here! We just put out a wonderful display of fingering (sock) weight yarn from lovely hand dyer Lichen and Lace.

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We have a divine selection of both one ply beauties and a plyed sock weight blended with nylon. We love them both. Thank you Megan!
Megan is the artist behind these pretty colours. You may already know Megan  as she is the founder of Lettuce Knit formerly in Kensington Market in Toronto. She now lives in New Brunswick and has invested her considerable talents into creating these beautiful skeins of yarn.
Come in and see them real soon.

lichen and lace

We have them paired up with some sample of Knit Café projects that take sock weight yarn. See Trip to the Island on the left and Soho Scarf on the right (in the pic on top).

Craftily yours
Kristin

Our Selfish Knitting

This is the time of year I like to think of as the knitter’s “selfish season”. We’ve been good and knit lots of warm and cozy knit gifts for our love ones and now it’s time to share some of that love with ourselves.
Big projects or small make something for YOU!

I’ve been following my own advice here.
I finally got a chance to return to a sweater I started in May! Now it is complete and I’m so happy with it. The pattern is called Pomme de Pin by Amy Christophers. I made it in Koigu KPM.

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Next
I have plans to switch yarn from teeny-tiny to big and meaty, hoping that the next sweater won’t take as long. I have some Brooklyn Tweed Quarry set aside to make one of the patterns from the Brooklyn Tweed’s Winter 2016 collection. It’s a sweater called  Snoqualmie.

brooklyn tweed quarrysnoqualmie

Iwona is well on her way to completing a sweater for herself too. She is making an older but still lovely pattern from Brooklyn Tweed called Levenwick. She is using Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in a yummy colour called Homemade Jam.

brooklyn tweedlevenwick

Iwona has also just finished a pair of mittens for herself. She used The Knit Cafe’s Your First Mitten Pattern. She made her own yarn with a melange of beauties like Silk Cloud from Shibui, and Madelinetosh Prairie, and… the piece de resistance…she added a small hole. Now she can operate her phone and still keep her hands safe and warm in her mitten. Smart!

your first mitten

What are your selfish knitting plans?

Craftily yours
Kristin

The big picture on Julie Asselin’s Sevilla

As promised here are some detail shots of our Julie Asselin collection.
“Sevilla” is a pretty worsted weight merino that is exquisitely hand dyed right here in Canada.
Here are some of my favourite colours from the recent arrivals.

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Pinata

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Dragonfruit

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Bielefeld

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Nakabeni

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Maelstrom

There are plenty more beauties here in the shop. Hooray!

Craftily yours
Kristin