Tag Archives: hand dyed sock yarn

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 ↓

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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.

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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

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?

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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.

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

Beautiful Riverside Studio Yarns have made it to The Knit Café!

Iwona and I just finished putting up a very special display of delicious yarn. We were overjoyed that we received our box of Riverside Studio yarn today – just before the weekend. We hope some of you will have time to come in and see it.
If you are anything like Iwona and I expect to squeal.

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This display features Riverside’s one-ply, superwash, merino. Single plied merino is one of the softest yarns you could ever lay your hands on. I personally, can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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Lucky us! Kathryn from Riverside Studio, has dyed a custom colour for the Knit Café. Check it out↑ It’s only available here.

If you haven’t yet heard of Riverside Studio you are probably not alone. This is a small operation from Quebec. Expect to see a lot more of it at The Knit Café as time goes by, because we love it!

riverside yarn

Along with the worsted weight yarns we received a selection of sock weight yarn. I must say I love the feel and the spin on this blend of merino and nylon Riverside Studio calls “Super Sock”. Here are some pics that highlights some of the beauties now in stock.
Above is Beryl.

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Fiesta

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Slate

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Storm

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Sailor

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Salt and Pepper of course!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Needle Felting Supplies and Indigo Dragonfly

Did you know that The Knit Café carries supplies for felting?  Well we do.
Just take a gander at all these colours! Corriedale wool  roving- ready to be felted up with needle felting needles, or wet felted, or spun, or knit into thrum mittens. The hardest part at this point is picking the colours with so much choice. We sell the fleece in 15 gram amounts for $2.75  which means it is easy to mix and match for smaller projects like needle felted ornaments or thrum for mittens.

needle felting fleece

I’ve just had a dickens of a time picking out some colours for my next pair of thrum mittens. I am preparing for my Thrum Mitten Class this October. The class is almost full so if you would like to join in the fun, act now!

indigo dragonfly

We also have new recruits from Indigo Dragonfly snuggling in the shelves. Are you familiar with this Ontarian yarn with the very special colour names? You should come in and check them out. You will have a wee chuckle reading the labels with colour names like” Not All Mathletes Are Created Equal” and “Paging Dr. Smart-Ass”. They sure do tickle the funny bone. The yarn doesn’t need the fancy names to be attractive. The colours are sweet and it feels so soft. The 80% merino and 20% nylon blend is terrific for socks however this yarn would also love to be shawls or baby wear.

indigo dragonfly

We also received some fantastically special sport weight yarn from Indigo Dragonfly, but you will have to wait for pics of those, I’m waiting till the light is just right to photograph those sweeties.

Craftily yours
Kristin