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New Brooklyn Tweed Marled Colours

What is “marled” except for a really hard word to say? Does it not make you feel like your mouth is full of marbles or is it just me?

Marled yarns are a melange of more than one colour separated into strands and spun together. If you are familiar with past Brooklyn Tweed Colours like “Newsprint” and “Narwhal” then you are familiar with marled colours. Brooklyn Tweed has just added a few more of these colour hybrids to their gorgeous pallet. Above ↑ check out “Caraway” and” Amaranth”. These two new marls are available in both the Shelter and the Loft yarns from Brooklyn Tweed and good news….

 

…colours “Narwhal” and “Newsprint” are now available in Loft too! Previously they were only available in Shelter.

The Knit Café just received our shipment. You can have a look at all the new stock of Brooklyn Tweed including the new Marled Colours in our webshop

Craftily yours
Kristin

LYS Day 2019

LYS – That’s “Local Yarn Store Day” is tomorrow Saturday April 27.
If you are like me you are thinking “gosh! there really is a day for everything”.  It’s true, but this is our day so why not give it some props?

Come in to The Knit Café to wish us a Happy LYS Day and while you are at it pick up the latest project from Brooklyn Tweed,
Skipp is a brioche hat project. If you have not tried Brioche Knitting yet – this is a good pattern to start with. It can be made with 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft.

The Knit Café has a free download of the Skipp Pattern for every knitter who purchases the 2 skeins of Loft for the project.
This generous offer from Brooklyn Tweed is only available till April 30th. So why not come in on LYS Day to get yours?

Craftily yours
Kristin

What to Knit with 3 weeks till Christmas

Make scarves! They don’t have to be your regular old scarves they can be interesting shapes and textures in yarns of all shapes and sizes but make them quick to knit – yes please!

Try The Knit Cafe’s latest neck charmer pattern called Bonnie Bandit.
This bandana style cowl can also be worn by a tiny tyke as a poncho.  Knit with the so inspiring Hedgehog Fibres you will really enjoy making this project and even though the yarn is fine this is still a one skein project. Choose three colours like we did and blend them together or just choose one – this bandana looks great either way!

Hedgehog Fibre Skinny Singles↓

This Magical Striped Scarf is brought to you thanks to Noro Yarn. Noro is the wonderful Japanese yarn that gently changes colours as it progresses. If you stripe it like we have in this scarf project you get a multicoloured wonder that is so fun to knit! We have a pattern and lots of lovely Noro Kureopatora wrapped up in a Knit-Kit here in shop for this project but you can also find the pattern HERE

Noro Kureopatora ↓

Both Sides is a cowl project by the Knit Café. The pattern includes instructions for the short neck warmer shown here and also a double wrap version. Whichever you choose pick a pretty soft yarn like a hand dyed merino. We have lots of beauties from Lichen and Lace that will fit the bill. Knit in a worsted weight in an easy knit-purl stitch this project should give you no trouble.

Lichen and Lace Merino Worsted ↓

Brooklyn Tweed has been producing some great knit accessory patterns as of late. Have you seen their Holiday Collection? Among the gems in this collection is this cowl called Fretwork.  Such a good looking cowl which features pretty stitches on both sides!

Then there is Notch – also by Brooklyn Tweed. This lush scarf features a simple 2 row repeat with open stitches matched with cushy ribbing.

Both these Brooklyn Tweed Patterns are knit with Quarry, the fattest of the Brooklyn Tweed yarns, so a good choice for this time of year. Quarry comes in gorgeous colours and is so cozy to wear.  You can check out Quarry colours at Thee Knit Café HERE but we have a few restocked that haven’t made it to the webshop yet – pretty Geode and stunning Lapis.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Start Your Fall Knit-Dreaming Now

We’ve been busy here at The Knit Café. Busy – designing patterns, busy – getting out the class schedule which is now ready for your inspection HERE, and busy – stocking up on delicious yarn so we will be all ready for the Fall Knitting Season. It’s coming!

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We are stuffed to the gills with Brooklyn Tweed thanks to a nice big order that came in over the last few weeks. Both Loft (fingering) and Shelter (worsted) are resplendent in the shop and fully stocked in the webshop.
Our new batch of Shelter includes Brooklyn Tweed’s new marled colours. They are pictured above.

Madelinetosh chunky

We also received an order of Madelinetosh. Hooray! See above all the pretty colours of Madelinetosh Chunky; many of which were chosen from Madelinetosh’s Fall Seasonal Colours 2016.

Madelinetosh Prairie

We also received lace weight from Madelinetosh – Prairie.

shibui silk cloud

and Silk Cloud from Shibui.

Mix these two beauties together and what do you get? Sashiko!sashiko

This amazing shawl designed by Iwona really shows off what Prairie and Silk Cloud can do when they are combined. Make up your own colour combinations or knit it up in the original colour pallet. Check out the Sashiko pattern HERE.

Are you excited about Fall knitting yet?

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

New from Brooklyn Tweed and Julie Asselin

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Delightful, delicious, delovely yarn from talented indie dyer Julie Asselin has made it to the Knit Café. Just look at these beauties. They look right at home hanging beside the Riverside yarns. Both these yarns are Quebecois, so they speak the same language you see. Both are worsted weights too. The new skeins from Julie Asselin are gorgeous, 100% superwash merino, with a plyed spin.
I will take some close-up glamor shots for you soon, but better yet come and see them for yourself.

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We are now well stocked in Brooklyn Tweed and have added a few colours to our Brooklyn Tweed colour pallet too. In other words – there is more to love! Above are a few of the new hues, but check our webshop for the full array. Some of your favourites are back too!

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Lovely Lace from Julie Asselin

It is only a matter of hours before The Knit Café Class Sale ends. Get your 15% off on your class registration before the sale expires at the end of the day tomorrow – Sunday January 10, 2016. See all the classes HERE

We are starting off the new year right with a new addition to The Knit Cafe’s menu of yarns. Behold, a selection of yarn from Julie Asselin↓

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Julie Asselin is a Quebecois hand dyer and the beauties above are some of her handiwork. Merletto is the name of the yarn. It is a sumptuous blend: 75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk. There is 740m on a skein. It is a lace weight yarn so perfect for fine knit shawls and other silky, dreamy projects.
We expect to get other treasures from Julie Asselin real soon. Stay tuned!

brooklyn tweed loft

I’m also happy to announce that we have just added the Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarn to our webshop. You can now purchase this fingering weight version of the terrific Brooklyn Tweed wool line online and have us ship it to you. Have a look HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Loft from Brooklyn Tweed is at The Knit Cafe

Have you heard the happy news?  We received our second shipment of Brooklyn Tweed yarns. This time we received more beautiful colours of Shelter- the worsted weight variety. New colours include: Thistle, Homemade Jam, Fossil, Old World, and Cast Iron.

We also got LOFT!

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Loft is the fingering weight version of this 100% American wool yarn. You will want to come and check out all the tweedy colours and fondle and dream about what you might make. Check out the Brooklyn Tweed website for pattern inspiration. They have some beauties!
Colours; Long Johns, Cast Iron, Tartan, Snowbound, Old World, Fossil, Button Jar, Hayloft , Storm Cloud,  Artifact and Soot

brooklyn tweed quarry

We also have a small amount of Brooklyn Tweeds latest yarn. It is called Quarry and it is a bulky yarn for 6mm-8mm needles. Four wonderful colours are now in stock. Check out Moonstone, Slate, Lazulite and Hematite.

We are also happy to let you know that we have some brand new sock yarns from Nova Scotia. Thank you Fleece Artist and Handmaiden for sending us some delicious looking hand dyed yarns.

casbah

This is a small sample of the pretty skeins of Casbah yarn that are now on the shelves. Casbah is an absolutely decadent blend of merino, cashmere and nylon. We love it!

trail sock fleece artist

We also have some really terrific skeins of Trail Sock by Fleece Artist. This yarn is merino and nylon and perfect for sock knitting.

Happy Trails
and Craftily yours
Kristin

What to Knit with 3 Weeks Till Christmas

When I began this blog post I named it 4 weeks till Christmas. I am clearly in denial. It is 3 weeks- 3 weeks till Christmas now! It’s time to get serious with the Christmas knitting.  Hear are some projects that are easily accomplished in a short time.

Rye by Saranac Hale Spencer

rye tie

A hand knitted tie I think would make an awesome gift. I like the diagonal shaping on this one. The pattern is absolutely free from Pom Pom Quarterly.

You will need: 3.75mm needles and 100 – 105 yards (91 – 96 m) of a light worsted or DK yarn.  I think this tie would be quite nice in Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed, which coincidentally we just got a shipment of yesterday. Hooray!

Knit Golf Club Covers by Purl Soho

golf club

Do you know any golfers? They actually use these, they love these, and they would love some lovingly made, by hand, by you, no doubt. This pattern is free too.

You will need: 456 yards (417 m) for all three of a DK weight yarn . A superwash variety I think would be the best here like Cascade 220 superwash. The pattern calls for 3.75mm, 4mm and 5mm needles

Pont Neuf Toque by Alexandra Tavel

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This crocheted hat has a great shape!
You will need: 120 yards (110 m) of bulky yarn. Why not try our brand new Brooklyn Tweed Quarry for this one. Wow! You will need a 6.5mm hook.

 A Simple Sweater- 3 Ways by Julie Williams

a simple sweater

These are mini sweaters! Sweaters for dolls!  I think some small kiddo who loves their dolls or stuffies would really appreciate these.  It is designed to fit the designers knitted animal patterns which are 9 inches/ 23cms tall. You can see and purchase her doll patterns HERE

You will need: Fingering weight yarn in tiny amounts, scraps might do the trick or Koigu Mini Skeins might come in handy too.  2.75mm needles.

Hello Gnome Mittens by Tamara Kelly

hello gnome mit

This crochet mitten pattern is sweet and colourful. It’s knit with bulky yarn so a pair will be off the hook and on the hands in a jiffy. Sizing is from child to adult.  It is free to try.

You will need: several colours of bulky weight yarn like Peruvia Quick (110 – 225 yards (101 – 206 m) in total) and a 6.5mm hook.

Little Lamb Crochet Baby Bib by My Hobby is Crochet

sheep bibs

Another one for the crocheters. There are so many cute crochet projects for kids and babies, but lets face it – this one is really for the Mom’s and Dad’s. This pattern is free.

You will need: The pattern specifies one skein of DK cotton but does not specify the exact amount . I think Blue Sky Skinny Cotton or Blue Sky Wosrted Cotton would both work here. The hook size is 4mm.

Thrum Mittens by The Knit Caféthrum mit

A NEW PATTERN FROM THE KNIT CAFE!
We have been toiling to make really comprehensive instructions for thrum mitten making and here they are!
Thrum mittens were first developed in Newfoundland to prevent chill and wind burn on hands. They are mighty warm mittens with bits of unspun wool knit right into them making a wool fleece lined mitten.
This pattern contains picture tutorials on how to thrum your mittens and it has 5 different sizes from 5 years old to extra big adult.
Thrum Mittens would make great gifts. This is definitely the kind of thing that does not come from a store.

You will need: 150 – 250 yards (137 – 229 m) of worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220 or Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and 50 grams of wool fleece.  3.5mm double pointed needles.
The Knit Café has Thrum Mitten Kits at the ready for you in the shop!

Knit Critter by The Knit Café
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ANOTHER NEW PATTERN FROM THE KNIT CAFE!
With the Knit Critter pattern you can stretch your imagination muscles to make any type of animal or “critter” (as we call them) that you would like. The instructions are written for new knitters. The shapes and techniques are basic. The critters are knit flat and then seamed. How you embellish them makes all the difference.

You will need: Several colours of worsted weight yarn like Rowan Pure Wool Superwash, and 4mm needles.

We have Critter Kits at the shop too!

This months window display features the critters. It is an advent calendar. We have one shopping bag for each day up to Christmas. Each bag contains a critter. Every day one more critter will be revealed.

You can see each critter as they come if you follow us on Instagram

This is how the count down is going so far↓

advent calendar critter 1 and 2 critter 3 critter 4

Craftily yours
Kristin

Brooklyn Tweed at The Knit Café Toronto

I have perhaps never been more excited to announce a yarns arrival to The Knit café. It’s here! Brooklyn Tweed!

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I may be especially happy as this event has been a long time coming. I have coveted this yarn from afar. Every year for many years I have contacted the good folks at Brooklyn Tweed and expressed my desire to order some for the Knit Café, and every year they told me (in the nicest of ways) they were not quite ready to expand up our way. Then, one day, it happened. They contacted me with the news that they were ready to share their lovely yarn with us, and now it is finally here in the store. Whoopeee – I say!

Brooklyn Tweed is a 100% American Wool endeavor, from sheep farm to mill it is all made sustainably in small scale production. The wool is tweedy in character and is available in a heavenly pallet. Today we have the Shelter line in the shop, which is a squeezable and lofty worsted weight, but expect the Loft line, a finger weight to make an appearance here too.

Shelter is the yarn you will make your favourite sweater from. It will delight you in how it shows off your stitching and how the wool keeps its shape. Brooklyn Tweed has a bountiful selection of gorgeous sweater patterns to choose from. If you have not yet discovered them, I encourage you to go right now and have a look at all the beauties on brooklyntweed.com. We have sweater quantity of all the lovely shades in the shop but come in quick to get your first pick.

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Here it is ↑ getting chummy with another yarn that just came in today. We have new recruits from Noro. It’s Kureopatora in 8 different colours. It looks pretty good with the Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, hmm, gives a knitter ideas.

Craftily yours
Kristin