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A great time to make a Crocheted Blanket!

We have an awesome selection of worsted weight yarn in the shop right now. Just look at all those colours! All of these lovelies are machine washable too which make them a perfect choice for a hand knitted or crocheted blanket. Berroco Vintage and Cascade 220 Superwash have a price-tag that won’t break the bank so let the mixing and matching begin. Whether you crave a heathered, Highland colour scheme or a bright and bold statement piece or even an oh so tastefully neutral colour story we got you covered.

Don’t know how to crochet a blanket. We got you covered there too. Our Crochet Blanket Class for Absolute Beginners is coming up. Even if you have never crocheted before you can join this class and learn basic stitches while you work on your blanket project. If you do know some crochet and have never made a blanket you are welcome in this class too. Here are the deets ↓

Crochet Blanket For Absolute Beginners

June 18, 25, 12:30-2:30

Register HERE

 

Register now for these popular classes!

If you were eyeing a class from our upcoming schedule, here’s a heads up that some of the classes are filling up fast.

needle felt birds

Needle Felting Class Only One Spot Left !
Sunday January 29, 12:30-2:30pm

needlepoint class

Needlepoint Workshop Only Three Spots Left !
Tuesday January 31, 7-9pm

crochet crash class

Crochet Crash Course Only One Spot Left !
Thursday January 26. 6:30-9pm

crochet blanket hexagons

Crochet Blanket Class Only One Spot Left !
Wednesday February 8, 15, 6:30-9pm

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Tapestry Loom Weaving Workshop Only One Spot Left !
Sunday February 26, 2-5pm, March 5, 2-4pm

Check out all the classes at The Knit Café HERE
It’s Time to Knit Everybody!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Classes in the Knit Cafe Garden

Two of our Knit Cafe Classes have headed to the out of doors to enjoy the lovely weather we’ve been having over the last week.

natural dye

No need to worry about messes and drips when you bring the dye pots outside. We had a great Natural Dying Class last weekend with three dye pots on the go.

natural dye

We got some magnificent results too. Just look at this yummy cochineal dye bath.

natural dye

We also dyed with Logwood (the purple) and marigold (the yellow).  Superwash merino really sucked up the dye and came out the deepest in tone but we had great variation with other fibres too.

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Our class today also thought they would like to be out in the sunshine. I sure am glad we have such a lovely place to sit. It was so nice to see a group of crocheters happily stitching away on their crochet market bags in our sunny backyard retreat.

This week – don’t miss out on the Chevron Crochet Blanket Class, where students will learn how to Zig and how to Zag – crochet style!

crochet chevron blanket

Chevron Blanket For Crocheters
Thursday June 23, 6:30-9pm
Register HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Now’s the time to start your Crochet Blanket!

crochet blanket

Monday June 22th and 29th is our Crochet Blanket Class Extraordinaire!

Stitchers with just basic crochet skills are most welcome to join this class and make their version of this terrific blanket.
I have very fond memories of making a baby blanket sized version for one of my pals and her new son. It was a very enjoyable endeavor; hemming and hawing and eventually choosing and collecting the yarn colours for the blanket and then building the blanket a bit at a time, watching it grow till it all came together into one charmer of a blanket.

In this class you will learn:

• How to follow a written crochet pattern
• How to crochet in circles
• How to change colours and hide your yarn tails
• How to join crochet pieces together without seaming

You can see all the class details and register too by clicking HERE
or you can register by calling 416 533 5648.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Join the Crochet Blanket Class and meet Lloyd

Meet Lloyd.
He loves blankets of all sorts but he prefers hand knit and crocheted ones.

crochet blanket with lloyd

Lloyd is the latest addition to my household. As you can see, he is a sweet little black kitten. Along with blankets Lloyd’s other interests include
stealing yarn
chasing and retrieving crinkle balls
chewing and sleeping in cardboard boxes
tormenting pigeons
and running as fast as he can around the house for no apparent reason.

crochet blanket with lloyd

He also doesn’t seem to mind looking cute for photos to showcase the sample for our upcoming Absolute Beginner Crochet Blanket Class. Thanks Lloyd!

crochet blanket

There are only a few spots left in this learn to crochet class, but if you act fast you just might snag them.

Absolute Beginner Crochet Blanket Class
Monday May 25, June 1, 7-9pm
$56, materials not included
call to register 416 533 5648
or register online HERE

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We have lovely shades of Rowan Superwash Wool that have arrived just in time for this class. Hooray!

Unfortunately Lloyd is unable to attend the class,  but we hope to see you there.
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

The Buzz on Halloween

DSCN0004Happy Halloween Everyone!

Look at the adorable hat Iwona made for Charlie’s first Halloween costume. There is a wonderful striped romper that goes with it too.  That’s what you get when you have a crafty Mom!
Sorry – there is no pattern for this hat.  It was improvised!
Crochet is a great medium for improvisation, since one stitch is added at a time and you can see your project grow and develop as you build – kinda like lego!

If you are not yet a crocheter – why not join our upcoming crochet blanket class?

crochet blanket hexagonsI love this blanket pattern! It is so fun to make and there are so many ways of making it unique by choosing different colour combinations.

It is also a terrific way to learn how to crochet in circles which is the first step to improvising your own bumble bee hat!

Crochet Blanket Class
Sunday November 9, 16, 12:30-3:30pm
$74, materials not included
Register HERE
or call us at 416 533 5648

crochet blanket hexThis is the back side of the blanket which is decorating up our window this week.  Drop by and see it!
Craftily yours
Kristin

Sweet on Sweet Georgia Yarn

It is so great to look out the window and see green.  Not just any green but that distinct hue of greenery that is ubiquitous in the spring; that vivid, happy, living, breathing, bright, green. Sigh!
This skein of yarn from Sweet Georgia harnesses the power of green and mixes it with this punchy pink to make the springiest yarn you ever did see.  It’s called Snapdragon.

sweet georgia

This west-coast, Canadian, hand dyer seems particularly adept at preserving the essence of Spring-Time in their sunny colour-ways. We have a pretty batch of their DK weight superwash merino, which has a springy twist that is a match for the colour. A generous 234 metre skein is $24. Some are multicolour dye jobs like Snapdragon ↑

sweet georgia

and Sitka

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and Honey Fig

Some are effervescent tonal colours that can’t wait to become jumpers.  They tell me so from the shelves.

sweet georgia

Top left – Hush, right – Grape Jelly
Bottom left – Lucky, right – Riptide

sweet georgia

Top left – Black Plum, right – Tumbled Stone
Bottom left – Blood Orange, right – Saffron

sweet georgia

Top left – Mist, right -Raspberry
Bottom left – Cherry, right – Ultra Violet

If you’re not up for knitting a full-sized sweater, try a baby size.  After all this is superwash yarn, and spring does bring a shower of baby shower invitations in its wake. I am also moved to recommend this yarn for a baby blanket project like the one we knit up in our Beginner Knitting Baby Blanket Class (Monday June 16, 6:30-9pm), or our Beginner Crochet Blanket Class (Wednesday June 11, 18, 25, 7-9pm).

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To register for classes give us a call at 416 533 5648.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Pantone Blanket!

The Crochet Blanket Class is coming up this coming Sunday March 23rd!

crochet blanket class

Lucky folks who are taking this class will have a sweet selection of Cascade 220, worsted weight yarns to choose from. If you’re in a spring frame of mind, and who among us is not hankering for spring, then you might want to make a blanket in the Pantone Colours for Spring 2014.  Here they are!

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pantone 1Cascade colours:
Sunset #808
Doeskin #1926
Pale Mauve #9559
Baby Rose # 9442
Gelato #2439

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dazzling bluehemlockplacid bluecomfreyAporto #4009
Celery #905
Sapphire #1951

Lake Chelan #9451

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violet tulipMystic Purple #1948

and a new colour (not represented by Pantone, which is their loss) Ireland #2429

A few places remain in the Crochet Blanket Class.
Sunday March 23, 30, 12:30-3:30.

Call us to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

Classes in 2014

Traditionally, the beginning of a new year is a time people start to think about new projects and adventures.  If – for you – this includes some crafting plans, then have a look at our line up of classes for this winter season.  We’ve added on a few new dates for some of our more popular classes, such as the Cable Cowl Workshop, and the Hat Workshop.

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER

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learn to knit or crochet!

Crochet 101
Sunday Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 12:30-2:30
Wed Feb 26, break Mar 12, 19, 26, 7-9pm
Sun April 6, 13, break 27, May 4, 12:30-2:30

Knit 101
Fri Jan 10. 17, 24, 31
Mon Jan 20. 27. Feb 3, 10
Fri Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14
Mon Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 17
Thurs Mar 13, 20, 27, April 3
Mon Mar 31, April 7, 14, break, 28
all 7-9pm

needlepoint class

needlepoint class

Crochet Crash Course
Thurs Feb 6, 6:30-9pm
Wed April 2, 6:30-9pm

Knitter’s Crash Course
Mon Jan 13, 6:30-9pm
Mon Feb 10, 10am-12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Mon Mar 17, 10am-12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Mon Mar 24, 6:30-9pm, JUST ADDED!

Needlepoint Workshop
Thurs Jan 30, 6:30-9

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crochet blanket class

Crochet Blanket
Wed Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 7-9pm
Sun Mar 23, 30, 12:30-3:30

Needle Felting Workshop
Sun Mar 9, 12:30-3pm

Drop Spindle (Introduction to Spinning) Class
Sun Feb 9, 16, 23, 12:30-2:30

baby blanket workshop

baby blanket workshop

BEGINNER

Baby Blanket Workshop
Fri Feb 7, 6:30-9pm
Thurs Mar 6, 6:30-9pm
Mon Mar 24, 10am -12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Fri April 11, 6:30-9pm

Project Class
Thurs Jan 9, 16, 23, 7-9pm
Mon Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 10am-12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Thurs April 10, 17, 24, 7-9pm

simply twisted

cable cowl workshop

Cable Cowl Workshop
Wed Jan 22, 6:30-9pm
Wed March 5, 6:30-9pm JUST ADDED!

Hat Workshop
Mon Jan 6, 6:30-9pm
Thurs Feb 13, 6:30-9pm JUST ADDED!

INTERMEDIATE

Amigurumi Workshop
Sun Mar 2, 12:30-3:00

Mitten Class
Thurs Feb 20, 27, 7-9pm

mitten class

mitten class

Crochet Blanket Finishing
Wed Feb 19, 6:30-9pm

Reading Charted Patterns for Crocheters
Sun Mar 16, 12:30-3:00

ADVANCED

Sock Class
Fri Mar 21, 28, 4, 7-9pm

sock master class

sock master class

Sock Master Class
Sat Feb 8,15, 22, 10:30-12:30

Steeking Workshop
Sat Jan 18, 10:30am-1pm

Sweater Design Class
Sat Mar 8, 15, 22, break, April 5, 10:30am-12:30pm

Knitting in Colour
Wed April 16, 23, 7-9pm

To see the full class descriptions – look HERE.

To register for classes call us at 416 533 5648 or drop by the Knit Cafe at 1050 Queen St. West.

Colour combinations for a Crochet Blanket

I’ve spent quite a bit of time (maybe too much time) thinking about what version of this blanket would be mine if one day, I were finally to get around to making it.
Would I make one like Iwona’s original version?

crochet blanket

With colours collected from projects-past illuminated against a creamy white, making all the colours go pop, pop, POP!

Or would I make one like Maurie’s?

crochet blanket

With a cozy coloured background and a delicious array of colour vignettes, all speckled and tweedy thanks to the magic of Noro Silk Garden.

hexagon

Some of you might remember that I did make one of these blankets.  It looked remarkably (which by  this I mean exactly) like this one ↑. That blanket wasn’t for keeps though. It went to a very sweet baby boy.
With so many possibilities, how do you choose?
This might be your problem too if you decide to take our Crochet Blanket Class that starts this Sunday.  It is open to beginners who have never ever crocheted a stitch EVER! Or newly minted crocheters who are looking for their next project! Here are the deets:

Crochet Blanket Class – Sunday October 20,27, 12:30-3:30, $72
Call to register 416 533 5648

A brand new shipment of Lamb’s Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep ↓

brown sheep

When I look outside the Knit Cafe’s window today this is pretty much exactly the colour pallet I see reflected back at me. What tremendous fall colours those Brown Sheep people have sent us!  I love the honey yellows and the mossy greens and that eggplant is fairly swoon worthy. Make a cozy sweater out of these and it will keep you warm right into deepest winter… it’s coming.
Craftily yours
Kristin

PS.  2 boxes from Madelinetosh just came through the door!
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