Tag Archives: Canadian hand dyed yarn

Julie Asselin is back in stock!

The Knit Café is just busting with hand dyed yarn and today we received even more from Quebecois artist Julie Asselin.  It’s so interesting how every hand dyer has a recognizable style. I would say that Julie’s style is sophisticated, both in her choices of yarn bases and in her colour application.

We have two yarns from Julie Asselin in the shop. One is called Leizu DK. We’ve had this one before and just loved seeing what you made with it. Boy, does this yarn knit up great! It’s a blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk and a  tight spin with a little sheen from the silk. It’s the yarn featured in the popular Campside Shawl. It knit’s to a standard DK tension 20-24 stitches per 10cm.

We also have a brand new yarn in the shop. It is a sock weight yarn called Nomad. It’s comprised of 80% superwash merino and a healthy amount of nylon; 20% for strong sock knitting. Each skein has a generous 412m (450 yards), a little extra for long socks or shawl or sweater projects . Perhaps the best thing about Nomad is it’s pedigree. Nomad is produced  ethically from American sheep’s wool and spun in the USA too. This yarn is spun with extra loft for light skeins that trap air and become soft and subtle with blocking. Julie has worked hard to develop dye methods that are less toxic and produce less water waste. Maybe most importantly this yarn is lovely and will look even better once you’ve knit it up!

Craftily yours
Kristin

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I’m Finding My Fade! How About You?

A certain kind of madness has hit the knitting community – it’s called “Find Your Fade”.  Why is this project so popular and what the heck is it?
It’s a gigantic shawl project, definitely a double or a triple neck wrapper, it is asymmetrical, with open eyelet sections broken up with garter stitch sections but most of all it is a huge colour explosion. I think the popularity of this project is due to the happy challenge of combining 7 different colours of yarn and imposing an order, but not just any order, a colour-fade.  In the “Find Your Fade shawl each colour is added to the next in the hopes that the eye will blend them and each colour will have a gentle transition. It is harder to do then one would think.

Iwona and I spend a lot of time trying to “find our fade” It is crazily addictive! Even though I have just finished my Find Your Fade shawl, I already want to start another one!

Here it is! (pre-blocking)
I used a combination of Lichen and Lace 80/20 and Hedgehog Fibre Sock, with a little bit of Koigu KPPM thrown in for good measure.

There is a one night workshop at The Knit Café this Thursday where we will be Findin Our Fade and how! So I decided to put together a few possible fade combinations for students. We have so many lovely hand dyed yarns in the shop to choose from. These combos are a mix of Yarn Indulgences, Lichen and Lace, Zen Yarn Garden, Koigu KPPM, and of course Hedgehog Fibre which is what the original “Find Your Fade” shawl was knit from.

Pretty nice eh?

Find Your Fade Knitted Shawl Workshop

Thursday September 28, 6:30-9pm

Register HERE

You can find the pattern for Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry right HERE. Since the inception of this shawl Andrea has designed some wonderful spin-off patterns, check out So Faded and So Faded Pint Size, Free Your Fade and now a new mystery KAL What the Fade.

Craftily Yours
Kristin

New stock from your favourite hand dyers!

It’s a banner day! Brand new stock has arrived from both Lichen and Lace and Hedgehog Fibres! We can’t get enough of these beautiful works of art in skein form.

It’s a huge selection of Lichen and Lace! These↑ are all the colours of the 80/20 yarn, which is Lichen and Lace’s sock yarn. 80% superwash merino is blended with 20% nylon. It is lovely and soft; good for socks and any other light knits.

The shelves are also filled with a bounty of colours of worsted weight. Look at these beauties ↑

For the first time we have a few skeins of Hedgehog Fibre Aran Weight in stock. This will be just the ticket for those of you who have been eye-balling this beautiful yarn but are scared of fine-weight yarns. The Aran Weight is comprised of 100% superwash merino and has super squishability.

Of course we also have sock yarn from Hedgehog Fibre! What are we crazy? Hedgehog’s Sock Yarn is just what a knitter needs to punch up a light weight project, shawls and socks and even sweaters like “So Faded” by Andrea Mowry.

Bring your hankie, in case of drooling.
Craftily yours
Kristin

Mineville returns!

Mineville – economize on the price and not the pretty.
That is my amateur slogan for this terrifico yarn company who takes mill-ends and hand dyes them and sends them to us at a discount price which we get to pass on to you! Mineville 80%merino, 20% nylon sock weight yarn is only $16 a skein. Yay!

More fun for us… we get to name the colours!
This time we named the colours for this very special day – the 50th anniversary of the record album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Each colour is named after a song on this amazing album.

Come in this weekend and check out the Mineville and all our other beautiful Canadian made hand dyed fingering weight yarns like Lichen and Lace and Zen Yarn Garden. Come in too cause there will be a really cool Pop Up Shop sharing space with us on Saturday.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Custom Colour from Riverside Studio

Super Sock from Riverside Studio is here!

riverside studio super sock

Included in this batch is The Knit Cafe’s exclusive colourway called Firefly. This is the colour that we designed with Kathryn from Riverside Studio in Quebec for our yarn club members. We loved it so much!

riverside studio knit cafe custom colour firefly

It seems like a lot of others loved it so much too. We saw so many disappointed faces when we told people it was unavailable. The answer to this torment we decided was to ask Riverside Studio to dye us up a new batch of the custom colour but this time make it sock yarn!

starry night

The original batch was a soft  one ply worsted only for Yarn Club 2016 members. We knit it up into our Starry Night Chapeau pattern ↑
This new batch is Super Sock, a fingering weight yarn that would be outstanding knit into light weight garments and of course, into socks. We have a limited supply of the “Firefly” colour-way so come in soon to get yours.

riverside studio worsted flamingo

I bet you know what this is for ↑
It’s Riverside 4ply worsted in a colour called Flamingo – ripe and ready to become PUSSY HATS! Meow!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Lovely, Canadian, Hand Dyed Yarn

lichen-and-lace-sock

Wow! Lichen and Lace yarn is so beautiful! Check out this lovely batch of sock yarn. Megan from Lichen and Lace has been posting some wonderful Find Your Fade colour combinations on her Instagram HERE. This popular shawl project is perfect for colour junkies – you get to pick 7 colours! How exciting is that?

lichen-and-lace-worsted

We also got us some worsted weight merino. Gorgeous!

koigu

…and one of my favourite yarns have arrived. It is Koigu! This local yarn made from 100% merino has such a springy twist. Can you see the ombre possibilities in this collection? I bet you can. We’ve used Koigu KPM for several Knit Café Patterns such as 504 King West, Baby Harem Pants, and Trip to the Island.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

New Yarn for a New Year

Hello beautiful New Year!

riverside studio sock

We’ve got delicious yarn from Riverside Studio to ring it in. This Quebecois hand dyer has some splashy colour ways I think you’re really gonna like. Above, check out Super Sock! It’s a blend of merino with nylon in a fingering weight.

riverside studio worsted

…and these guys ↑ are 100% merino, spun into a super-soft, one ply. worsted weight. This is the yarn we chose for one of our most recent patterns –
Starry Night Chapeau

starry night

We also have lovely range of colours in Shibui Silk Cloud ready for gawking at.
Silk Cloud blends silk with kid mohair into a delicate, lace weight strand that knits into the most elegant garments and accessories.

shibui silk cloud

With these nine colours to choose from imagine all the different permeatations and colour combos that could be developed for The Knit Café’s Clouds Shawl ↓

clouds

For those of you who like those fast and bulky knits I am happy to report that we have a new batch of Malabrigo Rasta in stock.  ↓

rasta malabrigo

This hand dyed, merino wool weighs in as a super bulky, as does Brown Sheep Burly Spun which is also fully stocked here at The Knit Café. In fact – the shelves are chock-a-block full and ready to make knit dreams come true.
Craftily yours
Kristin