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.
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!
If you missed the announcement – you can read all about it and become a member yourself HERE!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
There are plenty more beauties here in the shop. Hooray!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Salt and Pepper of course!
We have a new crop of Madelinetosh brightening up the shop. This 100% superwash, merino yarn in a worsted weight is much coveted for it’s sublime, hand dyed colour ways. Each time we order we like to experiment and get some colours we’ve never seen before. Madelinetosh also releases new colours each season – you will see a few of them here.
A collection of our favourite not-quite-neutrals, clockwise from top left- Mare, Composition Book Grey, Paper, Smokestack. These are the colours we chose for our Fishin Cowl.
We are also enamoured with these spatter dyed colours – top is Cosmic Wonder Dust. middle is Optic, and bottom is Holi Festival
…and not to be underestimated…
Top – Maple Key, bottom left – Cousteau, bottom right – Mineral
…and last but not least by all means…
Clockwise from top left – Coquette, Fragrant, Georgia O’Keefe, Tart.
All of them are beauties and waiting to be knit into something lovable.
A reprieve from -20C weather! Hooray!
Is it possible that Spring is actually on it’s way? It appears so!
More evidence that this is the case comes in the shipments we have been receiving this week – yarns for springtime knitting! Double Hooray!
Koigu KPM has arrived in the shop. Endlessly delightful, hand dyed skeins come in 50 gram bundles of joy so you can fill your boots with colours to make fine shawls and scarves and light weight sweaters for this coming spring.
If you need just a bit more colour in your colour pallet, there are koigu mini skeins too. These wee skeinettes have 10 metres of yarn on each so you can add a dash of this and that to all your knittables.
The Knit Café has designed several patterns with Koigu and the skeinettes , and now…..drum roll…. they are available as
This is one of our most popular patterns and it is a great pattern to knit right about now, so you can be wearing it in the following weeks and months as the frost leaves the air and is replaced with merely a nip. The 504 King West Knit Kit comes with the pattern and two 50 gram skeins of koigu KPM and 3 skeinettes too. You can choose the original colours of our sample 504, or you can choose from a selection of other colour pallets we offer up for your perusal. Each colour combo is named for a stop of the 504 King streetcar’s route along Roncesvalles Avenue. Have a look at them all HERE.
These sweet pants are also made courtesy of Koigu KPM and our friends the skeinettes. Koigu – I should mention, is a soft merino wool that is machine washable and therefore perfect for kids duds. The Baby Harem Knit Kit comes with all the yarn, including the complimentary mini skeins, you will need to make these cozy pants. The pants are sized 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months but you can read all about them and find the Knit Kit HERE.
If you would like to pick out alternative colours for these projects and others, Koigu KPM is one of our featured yarns selling in the webshop right now! There are many fresh colours to choose from, but like all our featured yarns they will be available to purchase online for a limited time only.
If you are in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood we will be most happy to give you a guided tour of the new Koigu KPM and the mini skeins too and help you choose your very own custom colours for any project.
see you soon
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