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Kapow! It’s a colour explosion of Hedgehog Fibre Yarn

The Knit Café is ridiculously cheerful today with a great big display of Hedgehog Fibre. This hyper happy yarn is a hand dyed wonder and never disappoints. Among all the goodies we have a whole lot of new colours. Check em out↓


Left hand side, top to bottom: Kimono, Method, Goblin, Park Life, Raku
Right hand side, top to bottom: Cereal, Dijon, Iris, Anemone, Bollywood

See Hedgehog Fibre in our webshop too

We also have some minis! These are 50m skeinettes of the same beautiful Hedgehog Sock Yarn shown above. It’s a blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% nylon. So soft, so gorgeous, so much fun! Mini skeins are only in the shop proper at 55 Roncesvalles.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Webshop News!

The Knit Cafe’s 2018 New Year’s resolution is to get to work on the business of providing all our beautiful yarns and other products on our webshop. We are on our way!

Our latest shipment of Hedgehog Fibre is now available online as well as in the shop. Check it out HERE

Iwona just finished these wee socks for little Charlie in Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn. The colour is called Pod and it is available HERE
The pattern is The Knit Cafe’s Sweet Sock Pattern which you can find HERE

You can also now find all The Knit Cafe’s knitting needles and crochet hooks in the webshop – Check out our new Tool Section!

Local Shoppers can use our webshop too and choose the “pick up in store” option at check out.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Nothing says Happy New Year like Hedgehog Fibre!

Our Happy New Year present has arrived and it’s a big box of Hedgehog Fibre Yarn! Our lucky day is also a lucky day for you if you are also a fan of this hand dyeing enterprise.
Hedgehog Fibre has rocked the yarn landscape with their amazing colour explosions like fireworks!

27 colours of Hedgehog Fibre Sock are now in stock. This yarn is great for socks or shawls or SWEATERS! WOW! wouldn’t that be great!

In addition to the glorious colour ways that Hedgehog Fibres regularly stock they also create whimsical limited edition colours they call “Potluck” colours. The Knit Café has 4 of these potluck colours! See them above. There are only four of each so come in soon if they strike your fancy.

We also have 10 delectable colours of Merino Aran. This extra squishy two ply yarn screams HAT! to me, but you decide.

Craftily yours
Kristin

What to Knit with 3 weeks till Christmas

Make scarves! They don’t have to be your regular old scarves they can be interesting shapes and textures in yarns of all shapes and sizes but make them quick to knit – yes please!

Try The Knit Cafe’s latest neck charmer pattern called Bonnie Bandit.
This bandana style cowl can also be worn by a tiny tyke as a poncho.  Knit with the so inspiring Hedgehog Fibres you will really enjoy making this project and even though the yarn is fine this is still a one skein project. Choose three colours like we did and blend them together or just choose one – this bandana looks great either way!

Hedgehog Fibre Skinny Singles↓

This Magical Striped Scarf is brought to you thanks to Noro Yarn. Noro is the wonderful Japanese yarn that gently changes colours as it progresses. If you stripe it like we have in this scarf project you get a multicoloured wonder that is so fun to knit! We have a pattern and lots of lovely Noro Kureopatora wrapped up in a Knit-Kit here in shop for this project but you can also find the pattern HERE

Noro Kureopatora ↓

Both Sides is a cowl project by the Knit Café. The pattern includes instructions for the short neck warmer shown here and also a double wrap version. Whichever you choose pick a pretty soft yarn like a hand dyed merino. We have lots of beauties from Lichen and Lace that will fit the bill. Knit in a worsted weight in an easy knit-purl stitch this project should give you no trouble.

Lichen and Lace Merino Worsted ↓

Brooklyn Tweed has been producing some great knit accessory patterns as of late. Have you seen their Holiday Collection? Among the gems in this collection is this cowl called Fretwork.  Such a good looking cowl which features pretty stitches on both sides!

Then there is Notch – also by Brooklyn Tweed. This lush scarf features a simple 2 row repeat with open stitches matched with cushy ribbing.

Both these Brooklyn Tweed Patterns are knit with Quarry, the fattest of the Brooklyn Tweed yarns, so a good choice for this time of year. Quarry comes in gorgeous colours and is so cozy to wear.  You can check out Quarry colours at Thee Knit Café HERE but we have a few restocked that haven’t made it to the webshop yet – pretty Geode and stunning Lapis.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Show and Share from The Knit Cafe

Truth be told there is very little that will hold this blog post together theme-wise. I just have a bunch of yarns and projects and pics I have gathered from the last few weeks that just can’t wait to be out and proud!

Here’s one ↑. I know you may be wondering why I can’t wait to show you a skein of white yarn, but this is no ordinary plain-Jane-skein, it is virgin yarn full of potential.  An undyed, 80% merino 20% nylon, fingering weight yarn that we have purchased just so it can be hand dyed and become it’s true fabulous self. The Knit Café is hosting a Yarn Dyeing Class this weekend. This one is all full up, but look out for the next class on the schedule which is running on Sunday January 14, 12:30-4pm

The undyed yarn will be used in the class but is also available for purchase to anyone in need. Each 115g skein is $14.

If we practice, and hard, with our hand dyeing we may one day be able to make something as beautiful as the skeins that come from the dye kitchen of Lichen and Lace. If you haven’t already heard the news we have recently received a BIG order forom this fantastic Cannuk hand dyeing Co. We have a full selection of both sock weight and worsted weight yarns. Above – you can see the fingering weight skeins. So pretty!

Look here ↑. This is a picture of socks-in-progress by knitter-extraordinaire Vanessa Jost. She is making these fantasic stockings from Mondim by Retrosaria. Retrosaria is the yarn company from Portugal I was gushing about a while back. You can read the gushing HERE. I am so happy to have knitted evidence of how beautiful this yarn knits up. Look at those happy socks!

Vanessa is knitting two socks at once because she is a pro! Sock-making wannabes check out The Knit Cafe’s First Sock Class starting November 15. There are only a few spots left in this class!

…and here is the culprit! The yarn that made it all possible! It’s the very pretty Mondim!

Edie Kim came in the other day wearing this ↑. Edie is part of The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club. The Yarn Club releases 6 patterns with matching yarn throughout the year. Next Yarn Club subscription will begin in April so look out for it. The last release for The Yarn Club 2017 was this neck warmer we call the Bonnie Bandit. It is knit with three colours of Hedgehog Fibre. This version features colours Day Dream, Bramble, and Typewriter. I am so pleased with the way it turned out.

Here are some more colours of the Hedgehog Fibre that we received in our last order. Many of these are still warming our shelves and ready to become Bonnie Bandits and so many other things.

This is the original version of the Bonnie Bandit made with colours Oracle, and Zephyr and in the middle a Potluck colour available only to yarn club members.

Find the Bonnie Bandit Pattern right HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Thankful for New Yarn!

Hello folks, I am brimming with yarn news to tell you. We have received some very exciting deliveries this week. This includes three big boxes of Brooklyn Tweed, so it’s a good time to start planning your fall sweater projects!

Also new to arrive is a brand new yarn for the Knit Café. It is from Swans Island; a wonderful yarn company based in Maine. Swans Island Company have been working up gorgeous fibre into yarns with attention to sustainable practices. For example, the yarn we have prettying up our shelves is 100% merino wool, it’s organic and it is made superwash with a process called “ecowash” which is a more gentle and environmentally respectful process then the norm. Thanks be!  Bonus – it is crazy soft and the colours are vivid and gem-like. These sport weight skeins are hand dyed in a very subtle, tonal way. Swans Island Washable Wool Sport is an obvious choice for all your baby and kiddie gear but it would also be terrific for grown-up fare too. We love it!

Hedgehog Fibre is back!!!! For something different we have received an order of the Skinny Singles which is a one-ply fingering weight yarn. This is a perfect shawl yarn and the original yarn feature in the popular Find Your Fade project. Skinny Singles will also be great for The Knit Cafe’s latest pattern – The Bonnie Bandit.  We have some real beauties here including four potluck colours. Potluck colours are unique, limited edition skeins that are not reproducible and created with spontaneity. We only have 4 skeins of each of the four varieties so come in soon to get your hands on these.
Looking for Aran weight Hedgehog Fibre? – we have that too!

There are more things to show and tell but you’ll just have to come on over to 55 Roncesvalles to find out all about it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Our holiday hours are:
Saturday: 10-6pm
Sunday: 12-4pm
Monday: closed

Craftily yours
Kristin

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