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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 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

 

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.

lichen and lace

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

julie asselin

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

Julie Asselin Sock Yarns Are Here!

Julie Asselin Piccolo

We have some really lovely skeins of Julie Asselin’s Piccolo in the house!
It is our first shipment of this sock weight yarn and we really love how soft and silky it feels. It is comprised of 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon so it would make wonderful, strong socks. It would also make gorgeous shawls and spring weight sweaters and shrugs. Of course it comes in Julie Asselin’s happy colourways.  Come and get em before they get away!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Planning a Spring Scarfette

lichen and lace

Have you seen this?

lichen and lace

how about this?

lichen and lace

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.

lichen and lace

Lichen and Lace’s Orchid and Citron

lichen and lace

Lichen and Lace’s Shroom and Lichen

lichen and lace

Lichen and Lace’s Beach Glass and Pewter

lichen and lace

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.

504 two shot

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.

lichen and lace

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.

lichen and lace

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