Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Cotton came in this week.
Every time we get in a batch of this beautiful yarn I can’t resist taking all the colours off the shelf and imagining I am about to embark on a baby blanket project. So soft and lofty – this yarn makes a very huggable blankie.
I plain, striped, garter stitch blanket would be such a joy in this yarn and easy to knit even for a new knitter. It is also the yarn featured in the Knit Cafe’s “Your First Baby Blanket“ pattern. This is a wonderfully simple project with a seed stitch border and a basket weave middle, all knit and purl with no fancy tricks.
Sometimes I like to imagine I am making a Chevron Stitch Blanket like the one we make in our upcoming workshop.
Other times I want to crochet it up into a forever growing Granny Square project.
If you like any of these ideas you can make your own. They are all beginner friendly projects and if you need a little help we have classes! Oh yes we do!
Baby Blanket Workshop
Sunday March 12, 12:30-3pm
ZigZag Blanket Workshop
Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm
Crochet Blanket Class For Absolute Beginners
Sunday March 19, 26, 3-5pm
Here is another wonderful cotton yarn from Blue Sky Alpaca. It’s called Skinny! Skinny is it’s name, but hey we’ve probably all seen skinnier. This yarn weighs in as a Double Knit so grab your 3.5 or 4mm needles and dig in.
Unlike her fatter cousin; the beautifully bodacious Blue Sky Worsted Cotton that I showcased here a few days ago, this cotton is less fluffy, more trim, with a sturdy core. It makes for knits that have more body, but are still cotton comfortable.
Check out this colour selection ↑
To get an idea of how Skinny Cotton knits-up. come into The Knit Café and feel it up in the flesh! We have a terrific sample. It’s called Tee.
Tee – as the name suggests is a T-shirt. It is sized to fit 12 months, 18-24 months, or 2-3 years. This simple cotton shirt get’s seriously fun with polka dots. Yeah!
If you have never done colour-knitting before, please don’t let this stop you from making this adorable project. The polka dots are added on after the knitting with a very easy technique called “duplicate stitch”. You can see how easy it is in our duplicate stitch tutorial HERE.
You can find the Tee pattern HERE
or purchase the Tee Knit Kit HERE.
We just introduced the Tee Kit in our web shop today.
The Knit Kit comes with the Tee pattern, Blue Sky Skinny Organic Cotton and a selection of mini skeins to make the polka dots.
A big box of Blue Sky Cotton just walked through the doors. Blue Sky Alpaca has devised the prettiest colours for their soft, lofty, organic cotton. This is a wonderful yarn for summer knitting, or really any time you want a butter soft yarn.
Iwona is loving up this yarn for wash cloths, but there is so much more you can do with cotton. Here are a few suggestions.
Chevron Baby Blanket
Your First Baby Blanket
“Your First Baby Blanket” is a Knit Café pattern, and we also run a class which teaches how it’s done. Next one is June 15th, more info can be found about the class HERE.
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.
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.
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!
Baby Blanket Workshop
Monday April 13
Call: 416 533 5648
Or register online HERE
We are open this Easter Weekend!
Roncesvalles Avenue is lousy with ice cream shops. In a good way! When I leave the Knit Cafe at the end of the day I pass happy strollers licking their cones, loiterers on sidewalk benches with sticky faces, those in queue outside the parlors with eyes big as moons as they contemplate the flavors. It is a Willy Wonka dream!
So perhaps I can be forgiven for being a little ice cream obsessed.
Having said this though, I think the comparison between ice cream and our latest shipment of cotton yarn is obvious. Just look at these colours! If they don’t look like delicious scoops of confection I don’t know what does.
Choose your favourite flavor! LEMONADE or strawberry coloured SHELL.
How about a scoop of THISTLE or a bit of PUMPKIN!
Don’t forget the WASABI!
In total we have 21 flavors of Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton! This soft and lofty yarn is a puffy worsted weight that makes nice snuggly knits. We’re showing off some of our other favourite colours on our pegboard of fame! ALOE, FLAMINGO, LEMONGRASS, TRUE RED, and MEDITERRANEAN