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Keep warm with a little bit of Madelinetosh!

It’s true! We have some more Madelinetosh on premises.  Some Tosh Sock, Pashmina, Prairie, and Vintage are all snug and cozy on shelves. See the yummy splattered colour ways – Optic, Cosmic Wonderdust, Holy Festival, Modern Fairisle in the Tosh Sock weight in the picture below.
We’re expecting to get some Merino Light in real soon too, I’ll let ya know when it arrives.

madelinetosh sock

Every once in a while we are the happy recipient of some hand spun yarns from Jana Falls, like the punchy purple skein pictured below.  Each skein is made by hand with hand dyed fleece on a spinning wheel.  Each skein is unique.  A hand spun skein of yarn is like no other animal.  Come in soon to admire them.
If you would like to learn how to spin your own yarns (literally speaking) now is your chance.  The Knit Café has a beginner spinning class starting this Sunday! It’s the last one till our next schedule in Spring/Summer.
It might take some practice to be as profession as Jana but the practicing is addictive.


Introduction to Spinning (Drop Spindle Class)

Sunday January 11, 18, 25, 12:30-2:30
3 sessions, $76, materials not included.

To register online go HERE,
or call us at 416 533 5648

Craftily yours

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.



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

hexagon blanket jpeg

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


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!


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


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.

Dream a dream!

My first ever hand spun yarn, that I made all by my lonesome!

The last few Sundays I have been sitting in on the Drop Spindle (Introduction to Spinning) Class here at the Knit Cafe.  Let me tell you, it’s been quite something!

I feel like I learned a lot, and not just about spinning.  Let’s just say when it comes to Drop Spindles, I seem to have a better handle on the dropping, then the spinning.  Now, I’m not one of those people who are instantaneously good at everything. In fact, I’m quite comfortable being bad at many things, and slow to pick up others, but when it comes to crafty pursuits- let’s just say that’s kinda my milieu. This drop spindle stuff has been a humbling experience, and also an incredibly valuable one.

I have taught hundreds of folks how to knit.  It is a joy to so! Sometimes some of my students – they panic because they don’t catch on immediately.  I ask them “how do you expect to be perfect at something you’ve only been doing for an hour?”, but somehow they do expect this. I can’t help but notice them noticing others who have come to class with knitting somehow rampant in their DNA. They compare themselves and not too favorably.

To these people I say “I so relate to you right now”.

…and I also say, “get over yourself”, and when I say this I am mostly talking to myself.  Just look at the crazy, goofy, totally imperfect yarn I made! As we all know perfection is an overrated concept, if in fact it even exists at all. With perseverance my spinning will no doubt improve, and as it does I will look back at my first bit of hand spun and wonder how I got all those wonderful inconsistencies.

When we next offer the Drop Spindle Class – I hope you consider it.  It really is a lot of fun.  BIG THANKS to Michelle who is a wonderful teacher, brimming with encouragement!

art installation by soo sunny park

If you want to get a pick me up, check out this link to 22 Dreamy Art Installations You Want To Live In.  You won’t regret it.

Craftily yours


Crocheting on the Edge Workshop has a new date and time!
Saturday June 8, 10am-12:30pm (see full description here)
The last half hour will be spent crocheting in the park in the company of all who come and join us to knit in public on Knit in Public Day.

To inspire you to crochet on the edge is a project by Kitty – the  Keila Top

keila top
The yoke of this summer top is also crocheted!

Faliero Sarti Rhianna Grey Scarf
A designer scarf by Faliero Sarti Rhianna makes for good inspiration. Skip the designer price tag and make your own version with a light and breezy fabric and a glamorous lace weight crochet trim.

super stitches

This weekend begins our Drop Spindle (Introduction to Spinning) Class.
Sunday June 2, 9, 16, 12:30-2:30(see full description here)

drop spindle
Pictured here is yarn, hand spun by our neighbour and favourite local spinner Jana. The hand dyed fleece is by  The Fleece Artist.  Come and learn how one becomes the other is this amazing class.

To register for classes you can call us at 416 533 5648, or come by 1050 Queen St. West.

Craftily yours