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.
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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
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.
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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.
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.