Tag Archives: Canadian yarn

What to knit with two weeks till Christmas

Make head-toppers! Something for the head generally takes less time to make then something for the neck.

The Knit Café just released this pattern last month! It is called Fay Wray. Quite a glamourous headband made from The Knit Café in house yarn called Small Batch Number One !

Small Batch is  a soft yarn produced entirely in southern Ontario, from farm, to mill to shop. You can only purchase it from us in-shop or from our webshop HERE.

Starry Night Chapeau is one of The Knit Cafe’s most popular hat patterns. It is a classic shape with a pretty twist-stitch pattern, Sizing is available for tiny tots and full grown folks too!
Our version is knit with Riverside Studio’s Single Ply Worsted. This makes the hat super-soft, really pretty, and made in Canada!

Make sure to check out Brooklyn Tweeds new collection of Holiday Knits. It includes this fashionable hat they call Quincy. This hat is knit with chunky Quarry yarn and has a really interesting construction for a really unique hat. You can find the pattern HERE
Quarry is available in The Knit Café on Roncesvalles and also in our Webshop!

Also check out this lovely cabled hat by Brooklyn Tweed called Skiff. This hat can be knit into a tighter fitting beanie or (as shown) a slouchier version. Find the pattern HERE.

This hat is knit with Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed which is available here too!

Making presents is such fun!
Craftily yours
Kristin

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Knit Cafe Yarn! What?

Yes, The rumors are true – The Knit Café has it’s own house yarn! It’s called Small Batch Number 1, and like the name suggests it is a limited edition yarn. It was created with the help of a local sheep farm, and a nearby mini mill. This yarn has a small footprint!
Spun with the Ontarian Sheep breed called Norbouillet, this is a soft wool, that resembles in feel to Rambouillet: the French merino


Colours from left to right: Night Swimming, Dream a little dream, Grass hopper, Gold rush, Sailor’s delight, Woolly Mammoth. The colours were created by combining three different colours of fleece resulting in heathered colour-ways.

You can find out more about our Small Batch Number 1 in our webshop. It’s for sale online Whoopee! and in the shop proper too of course.


Along with the arrival of our new Small Batch Number 1 yarn is a new pattern. It’s a stylish headband  knit with ribbing stitches and a cable placed asymmetrically in a flapper-esque style. This pattern is called Fay Wray. You can find it right HERE

Also new and exclusive to The Knit Café is this ↓

You may remember this yarn, it is a special custom colour made for The Knit Café from Riverside Studio called “firefly”. This colour was originally made for The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club 2016 in a worsted weight but we loved it so much we could not let it go and have asked Kathryn to make it for us again but in a sock weight. Here it is on Riverside Studio’s Super Sock yarn base, a blend of 80% merino and 20% nylon.
This colour knits-up AMAZING! It looks like little copper coloured fireflies in a midnight sky. You can see how it looks knit up in worsted weight if you check out The Knit Cafe’s Starry Night Chapeau. Please note this is a thicker yarn then what we have in stock.

Riverside Studio Super Sock in Firefly is also available in The Knit Cafe’s webshop.

New in the Knit Café on Roncesvalles Ave only is more lovely Riverside Studio Worsted Singles! This is the stuff you should use for your Starry Night Chapeau.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Super Sock Yarn – Hedgehog Fibre is here!


Happy Easter weekend! We are open and you should come in and see the goodies, like these beautiful skeins of Hedgehog Fibre. We have long admired Hedgehog’s uniquely poppy way of dyeing and now we have some in the shop. Hooray!

Hedgehog Fiber’s Sock is comprised of 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon, but it is not just for socks. Make shawls and sweaters too, perfect for kid’s duds!

We also received Turtlepurl this week. Happy, self striping sock weight yarn from Turtlepurl has been a mainstay in the Knit Café for years. We are sorry to say that this will be our last order for a while as Turtlepurl is taking a break from wholesaling. I am glad to say we have a lovely collection that will hopefully keep us busy for a while  Here are some of my favourites ↓

“Live Long and Prosper” is a limited edition colour that we are lucky to have.  The colours are inspired by Spock’s uniform from Star Trek of course!

“The Artist” is oh so artistic!

“Zebra Diva” – greys and blacks and hints of coloured hues – so pretty!

“What Does It Mean” I don’t know why this colour is called this. maybe someone can help me out and tell me what does it mean? Regardless it is terrifico,  featuring a grey-blue background and rainbow stripes between.

Craftily yours
Kristin

The shop is bursting with Julie Asselin and Lichen and Lace Yarn

Bursting at the seams with beautiful yarn! There are worse problems.
This week we received two exciting shipments of hand dyed yarn. Yesterday was Julie Asselin Day! Our box full of goodies from Quebec included both the Piccolo Sock yarn that we know and love and also something new for The Knit Café. It’s Leizu DK. Like the name suggests it is a Double Knit weight yarn, but what the name doesn’t tell you is that it is a super shimmering blend of Superwash Merino and Silk.
Today, shipped from Sackville New Brunswick, we received some Lichen and Lace. It is gorgeous! More 80/20, which is Lichen and Lace’s sock weight yarn and some Worsted Weight too. Just in time to knit up hats and mits and scarves for gifts.

Check it out.

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top row: Lichen and Lace Worsted Weight, 100% Superwash Merino
bottom row: Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock, 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon

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top row: Julie Asselin Leizu DK, 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Silk
bottom row: Julie Asselin Piccolo, 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon

Besides that we received more cheap and cheerful Berroco Vintage and Vintage Chunky in a plethora of colours. There could not be a better time to come by and witness our colour explosion installation.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Planning a Spring Scarfette

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Have you seen this?

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how about this?

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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

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.

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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

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