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Freia and Koigu yarn is back and beautiful!

I don’t think there is a better way to welcome in the first days of summer then with this yarn. Freia hand dyed yarn has summer written all over it!

freia

Just look at these lace-weight beauties! Each skein is dyed by hand so that one colour gradually blends into another in an ombre effect. With 645yards on each, one skein could make a whole shawl and showcase all the hues from start to finish.  These cakes are a real treat for the eyes!

We are also so happy to have a bit of Koigu KPM back in store and with it the ability to put together kits for some of our favourite Knit Cafe projects. We now have the original colours for our 504 King West Scarf, and The Baby Harem pants back in stock. You can find them in-store or get them from our webshop HERE.

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Or come by and pick out your own custom colours for these projects or whatever you fancy. Koigu KPM is a hand dyed merino yarn made right here in Ontario. Each 50 gram, fingering weight skein  is squishabley soft and such a treat to work with.

koigu

Craftily yours
Kristin

Lovely Lace from Julie Asselin

It is only a matter of hours before The Knit Café Class Sale ends. Get your 15% off on your class registration before the sale expires at the end of the day tomorrow – Sunday January 10, 2016. See all the classes HERE

We are starting off the new year right with a new addition to The Knit Cafe’s menu of yarns. Behold, a selection of yarn from Julie Asselin↓

julie asselin

Julie Asselin is a Quebecois hand dyer and the beauties above are some of her handiwork. Merletto is the name of the yarn. It is a sumptuous blend: 75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk. There is 740m on a skein. It is a lace weight yarn so perfect for fine knit shawls and other silky, dreamy projects.
We expect to get other treasures from Julie Asselin real soon. Stay tuned!

brooklyn tweed loft

I’m also happy to announce that we have just added the Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarn to our webshop. You can now purchase this fingering weight version of the terrific Brooklyn Tweed wool line online and have us ship it to you. Have a look HERE.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Today is a bit sunnier due to the clouds

Today we got a package from Shibui Knits.
A box filled with one of our favourite yarns.
It’s Shibui Silk Cloud!

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We are so pleased to have this soft and shimmery, light as air yarn on the shelves. Perhaps the number one reason is so that we can walk over and pet it any time we like, but another is so that we can put more colour combinations together for the Knit Café patterns that feature this silk, mohair yarn.

The Clouds Pattern uses 4 colours of Shibui Silk Cloud. Pictured below is our “Lawren Harris” colour combination. We used the paintings of the Group of Seven to guide us in choosing the colours for this shawl pattern. You can see some of our other choices HERE

cloud blue combo

We also used Shibui Silk Cloud when we designed the Sashiko Cowl/Scarf Pattern. In this case the fine mohair silk is double stranded with an equally fine hand dyed merino by Madelinetosh. The result is a subtle blending of colours and an incredibly unique texture. Some mathematician somewhere can calculate how many colour combinations are possible for the Sashiko but not I.

sashiko

In the picture we used Madelinetosh Prairie in the Morning Dove colour, and Shibui Silk Cloud in Pollen, Ash, and Suit. All of which we have stocked on the shelves in The Knit Café.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

A sell out of a knit pattern- Sashiko

We introduced this pattern at the Knitter’s Frolic 2015 to many oohs and ahs. In fact we sold out of all The Knit Cafe’s Knit Kits and all the patterns too for this new design we call Sashiko.  We were delighted by the response.

There are pictures here of this new neck draper but they really don’t do it justice. Please come into the shop and see it!

sashiko

Our latest neck-draper pattern was the product of inspiration! A love of sashiko was where it all began.  Sashiko is a tradition Japanese embroidery technique where white thread embellishes indigo fabric in repetitive stitching. This meditative art produces a pattern quiet and sublime. To emulate the sashiko effect, we used two strands of contrasting coloured yarns held together and knit in one of the loveliest knit stitches known to mankind; the linen stitch. This wonderful slip-stitch pattern creates a dense fabric that looks more like weaving then knitting. The simple linen stitch, in all its delicate glory was another inspiration for this Knit Café pattern. Yet another inspiration – was beautiful, beautiful yarn!

shibui silk cloudmadelinetosh prairie
Two very different but complimentary yarns were chosen to create this fabric. Soft and richly coloured single ply merino from Madelinetosh is whisper fine in lace weight; it is blended with fuzzy and glossy Shibui Cloud, a blend of mohair and silk. The result is a light, fine fabric with a bit of a halo and divinely nuanced colour. One skein of Madelinetosh Prairie is uninterrupted throughout, and complimented by three different colours of Shibui Silk Cloud.  When two colours of Cloud meet a blurred line results, much like the meeting of colours in a painting by Rothko

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sashiko

You can knit your Sashiko into a wrap-happy scarf or an extra wide cowl with delicate buttons along one side. Instructions for both versions can be found in the pattern.

The pattern for Sashiko is available on Ravelry HERE

Or come by the shop for a copy of the pattern and pick up some Shibui Silk Cloud and Madelinetosh Prairie for your version of Sashiko

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

New fat yarn, new skinny yarn!

Shelves are full of sweet offerings this month.  We have reinforcement from Cascade and Berroco and Brown Sheep too, but I have a few gems I’d like to crow about in particular.

malabrigo rasta

Malabrigo Rasta
This is SUPER BULKY yarn! As temperatures plummet and we need garments that will keep us super warm -we call on super bulky.  Malabrigo is known  for it’s wonderful hand dyed colours and super soft yarns.  Rasta is a soft spun merino that is a dream to work with and has a wonderful sheen. Our pre Christmas order came and went with reindeer like speed, so come give this batch a squeeze soon.
The stunning chartreuse pictured above is called Lettuce.  Rasta has 90 yards on a skein, knits 2-2.5 sts/inch and costs $30.

 

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malabrigo rasta

This one here’s called Azules

madalinetosh prairie

That’s the fat news, now for the skinny!

Madelinetosh Prairie
This is a laceweight yarn, which means it is fine as fine can be.  Much satisfaction can be achieved knitting with such soft, gossamer strands.  Think wonderful lace knits, or loosely knit garments like the popular Featherweight or Wispy Cardi pattern.  Combine it with other yarns to add colour contrast to your knits like the Knit Cafe did in the Mondo Cowl Pattern.  Fancy that!
The Madelinetosh Prairie is spun from 100% superwash merino, and there is 840 yards on each skein it costs $27.50 per skein. The skein pictured above is a colour called Cosmos.

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Clockwise from top left: Pop Rocks, Antler, Cove, Oak, Baltic, Candlewick

madalinetosh prairie

This colour is called Mare.

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

As soft as a cloud!

So soft – they called it Cloud!  Also wispy like a cloud and light like a cloud!
A combination of 60% kid mohair and 40% silk makes for a lightweight yarn with a dreamy fluffiness and a delightful sheen.
Check out these gorgeous shades ↓

shibui cloudpool

shibui cloudabyss

shibui cloudwatermelon

shibui cloudivory

shibui cloudbrass

shibui cloudcypress

shibui cloudsuit

shibui cloudash

shibui cloudcamel

Each skein has 300 metres of lace weight yarn for $18.50.  The furriness means it looks great knit with loose tension. Iwona is developing a pattern that takes full advantage of all the best aspects of this yarn.  Here’s a sneak peak ↓

shibui cloudsooo beautiful!

Craftily yours
Kristin