Tag Archives: hand dyed yarn

What to knit with less than one week till Christmas

It’s true that time is running out but you may still have time to make a few more hand made gifts. Plan right! Choose projects that are small or are made with oversized yarns and the work will go fast!

The Knit Café has just released our latest knitting pattern. This toque can be made in an evening if you are an expert, a few evenings if you are not. We call it Polar Vortex Toque – A Gateway to Brioche Knitting. This is a warm hat made with a bulky yarn.  Our version is so pretty because it is knit with the very lovely hand dyed bulky merino from Lichen and Lace.  The variation in the colour looks great with the squishy brioche stitches.
If you have never tried to knit a brioche project before then this is a good one to try first. The bulky yarn means your stitches are easier to identify and it is only one colour so that makes it a bit easier. In addition our pattern includes some helpful photos that explain the brioche technique.

Look at these Lichen and Lace Bulky skeins! We don’t have all these colours left but we still have a great selection. It takes just one skein to make an adult medium Polar Vortex Toque, a large with dip into a second skein.

Make the Martin Scarf. We love this neck warmer, it is so fun to wear, with its triangular shape and long ties. You can make it really fast because it is knit with a Super Bulky yarn. We especially like to make it with Burly Spun by Brown Sheep. Check out the pattern right HERE

The Knit 101 Headband project is a really fast knit. Choose a bulky yarn or double up your Aran weight yarn to a bulky gauge. That is what we did with the version pictured above. Best of all this pattern is free to try from The Knit Cafe’s Blog right HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

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New stock from your favourite hand dyers!

It’s a banner day! Brand new stock has arrived from both Lichen and Lace and Hedgehog Fibres! We can’t get enough of these beautiful works of art in skein form.

It’s a huge selection of Lichen and Lace! These↑ are all the colours of the 80/20 yarn, which is Lichen and Lace’s sock yarn. 80% superwash merino is blended with 20% nylon. It is lovely and soft; good for socks and any other light knits.

The shelves are also filled with a bounty of colours of worsted weight. Look at these beauties ↑

For the first time we have a few skeins of Hedgehog Fibre Aran Weight in stock. This will be just the ticket for those of you who have been eye-balling this beautiful yarn but are scared of fine-weight yarns. The Aran Weight is comprised of 100% superwash merino and has super squishability.

Of course we also have sock yarn from Hedgehog Fibre! What are we crazy? Hedgehog’s Sock Yarn is just what a knitter needs to punch up a light weight project, shawls and socks and even sweaters like “So Faded” by Andrea Mowry.

Bring your hankie, in case of drooling.
Craftily yours
Kristin

Super Sock Yarn – Hedgehog Fibre is here!


Happy Easter weekend! We are open and you should come in and see the goodies, like these beautiful skeins of Hedgehog Fibre. We have long admired Hedgehog’s uniquely poppy way of dyeing and now we have some in the shop. Hooray!

Hedgehog Fiber’s Sock is comprised of 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon, but it is not just for socks. Make shawls and sweaters too, perfect for kid’s duds!

We also received Turtlepurl this week. Happy, self striping sock weight yarn from Turtlepurl has been a mainstay in the Knit Café for years. We are sorry to say that this will be our last order for a while as Turtlepurl is taking a break from wholesaling. I am glad to say we have a lovely collection that will hopefully keep us busy for a while  Here are some of my favourites ↓

“Live Long and Prosper” is a limited edition colour that we are lucky to have.  The colours are inspired by Spock’s uniform from Star Trek of course!

“The Artist” is oh so artistic!

“Zebra Diva” – greys and blacks and hints of coloured hues – so pretty!

“What Does It Mean” I don’t know why this colour is called this. maybe someone can help me out and tell me what does it mean? Regardless it is terrifico,  featuring a grey-blue background and rainbow stripes between.

Craftily yours
Kristin

7 reasons to join the knit café yarn club

Hello all. We are so gratified that many of you seem to be as excited about The Knit Cafe’s First Yarn Club as we are. We announced our club and opened the membership just week ago today and we have had a great response. The “Make Mine Custom” membership is almost sold out!

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If you missed the announcement – you can read all about it and become a member yourself HERE!
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Here are some reasons you might want to join in.

♥ It is ” a year’s worth of knitting fun!”. Every two months you will have a brand new knitting project to look forward to, complete with an original knit pattern and a covetable yarn. We will keep you busy stitching away and inspired to create for a whole year.

♥ Patterns will be brand new releases from The Knit Café. We’ve made an effort to develop patterns that are versatile. Expect some unisex patterns with lots of sizing options so you can make gifts for all the knit-appreciating-types in your life whether they be boys or girls, big or small. There will also be some projects you will no doubt want to keep for yourself.

♥ Along with your original pattern we will also  make alternative pattern recommendations for your new yarn so you will have some exciting choices  to consider.

♥ The yarns you will receive with your membership will be lovely. Many of them are created right here in Canada by talented hand dyers. If you choose the “Make Mine Custom” membership then you will receive limited edition colours that were developed especially for yarn club members. These will be rare and special yarns indeed!

♥ You will have the fun of looking forward to a gift arriving every two months and then the lasting gift of knitting that will follow. You will not know till you get your paws on it what exactly it will be. Exciting!

♥ If you live far away from The Knit Café it is a chance to get a little bit of The Knit Café delivered to you. You will get the newest and most exciting yarns as they come in and never have to leave your house to do it.

♥ Your yarn club membership comes with perks! Useful gifts will be included in many of your packages. That’s just one more surprise to look forward too.

♥ If you are having trouble knitting up any of your yarn club patterns you can rely on us for lots of pattern support. Our door is open to drop in questions, or emailed ones, or you can call us up. We’re here for you.

If you have any questions about our club, please contact us.
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

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.

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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.

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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

The big picture on Julie Asselin’s Sevilla

As promised here are some detail shots of our Julie Asselin collection.
“Sevilla” is a pretty worsted weight merino that is exquisitely hand dyed right here in Canada.
Here are some of my favourite colours from the recent arrivals.

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Pinata

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Dragonfruit

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Bielefeld

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Nakabeni

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Maelstrom

There are plenty more beauties here in the shop. Hooray!

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!

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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