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What Knitters and Crocheters want for Christmas

Do you have a knitter to shop for?  Are you a knitter or crocheter who has a few empty spots on  your Christmas wish list?   Here is a short list of items we think would make any knitter and/or crocheter one happy crafter!

interchangable needle sets

Interchangable needle sets! Yes please! These are circular knitting needles sets that come with different cord lengths and a variety of needle tip sizes that you can mix and match.  You may never need to buy another needle with some of these. We have two brands in stock.  The luxury liner of knitting needles Addi Turbo has stainless steel tips with superior joins and cords, sizes in the sets range from 3.5-10mm. We also have some lace tip sets too.  The turbo needles come in a sleek vinyl case. The whole set comes to $195

HiyaHiya interchangable needle sets are available in either bamboo or steel tips. You can buy the larger set which has sizes 5.5-10mm or the smaller set which has sizes 2.75-5mm. The HiyaHiyas have an attractive silky case. Each size costs $90.

crochet hooks

Crocheters can keep all their hooks handy and organized too, in this bright pink carrying case.  The colour coded hooks make finding a size a snap! The set which includes hook sizes 2.25-6mm is $100.
For crocheters who need a hook that is a little bit easier on the hands (and who doesn’t really) we have some hook with soft grips that making crocheting even more fun! The soft touch crochet hooks are sold separately and are $8.50 each.

project bag and turtlepurl

Pretty Project Bags by Blue Sky Alpaca have lovely printed designs.  Choose from 6 different bird motifs in 6 different colours, for just $7.50 each.  To make the knitter in your life extra happy fill the project bag with yarns from Turtlepurl.   This yarn knits in a delightful stripe pattern.  We have worsted weight for hats and mittens and scarves and such, and fingering weight skeins that come bundled in sets of two so you can make matching socks.  See some of the lovely colour choices HERE and HERE.  Turtlepurl worsted is $30 a skein and Striped Turtletoes for socks is $28 for two 50g skeins.

kate austin bags

Look at these fancy bags for all your bits and pieces!  They are the perfect length for double pointed knitting needles, plus they’ll fit your scissors and stitch markers, row counters and cable needles (if you need any of these gadgets we have them too!). The patterns on the bags are the original designs of our very own Kate Austin, sturdily made here in Canada for only $15.

knit cafe knit kits

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Learn to knit kits by The Knit Cafe are here! They contain our very own booklet that describes the basic skills needed to knit a simple project.  You can choose either a scarf pattern or an arm warmer pattern and yarn and needles to go along with it. In short – everything a new knitter will need to get them started. The price will vary with the project and the yarn choice. If you were thinking of teaching someone to knit over the holidays this would be a terrific starter kit!

knitter's crash coursecrochet books

You can also purchase the Knit Cafe’s learn to knit booklet called “Knitter’s Crash Course” on its own for only $6.50. The booklet contains instructions for casting on, binding off, the knit stitch, weaving in ends and seaming.
For crocheters or crocheter wannabes we have a few really good learn to crochet books in shop. Both have lovely pics, clear instructions and inspiring projects.

023shawl pin

If you need some stocking stuffers – look no further then Eucalan. Even if you are not a knitter, but especially if you are, you will want a little Eucalan for Christmas.  This gentle soap is terrific for washing hand knits but also for anything that needs extra care.  It comes in delightful scented or non scented varieties and two sizes, 100ml for $5 and 500ml for $13.
A shawl pin would also fit nicely in a stocking.  This one is hand made in Nova Scotia by River John, and is only $12.

needle felting

Exciting news for Needle Felters – we just got in a great big shipment of colourful fleece perfect for this craft.  We now have 35 colours! Sold in 15 gram bits for $2.75 each you can pick and choose your favourite colour palet.  Of course we have needle felting needles too, and this great “how to” book by Ashford.  Soon you will be crafting your own tree ornaments!


Knitters also want gorgeous pattern books by independent knit designers.  Books like this one called “Madder Anthology” by Carrie Bostick Hoge.  It is delicious to look at and has wonderful knitted garments to dream about stitching.  We also have lovely pattern books from Hannah Fettig also known as Knitbot and Alana Dakos too.  They just came in today!!!

 One more thing that Knitters and Crocheters want:

Gift Certificates from The Knit Cafe

We can send one to you in an email too, just get in touch by writing to: theknitcafe@hotmail.com
or call 416 533 5648

Craftily yours

book report

Spring is in the air this weekend. As the days get longer and the flowers sprout, folks start to ruminate on renewals. It’s a good time to start something new.
If you are looking for ideas, come and peruse the Knit Cafe’s library.  We just got in some new books.  I prefer a crafting book full of techniques with reference material clearly spelled out and preferably with lots of pictures too; a book that I can look back on for advice, and for council, and for inspiration.
If you are planning to dabble in a bit of crochet this season. Have a look at “101 Stitches to Crochet” and “Crochet Stitch Motifs”
101 crochet stitches

Much like the title suggests, there are 101 different crochetable stitch patterns in this collection.  Use them to create your own blankets, or hats, or infinity scarves.  Each pattern comes printed on it’s own sturdy card so you can tote just the one pattern with you when you are on the go.
crochet motifs

Those of us addicted to crocheting afghans (no naming of names here) will want this book.  “Crochet Stitch Motifs” is dedicated to crocheted medallions that can be attached together to make blankets galore!crochet motif

Each page looks something like this ↑ with an inspiring picture of the finished motif, along with a charted and written recipe.
More book news another time.  Enjoy your long weekend! We will be closed tomorrow (Sunday), but back to regular hours on Monday.

Craftily yours