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Our Pattern in Making 10. Intricate

It was around this time of the year when I started to work up a design that I hoped might be looked upon fondly by the folks as Making Magazine.
Making is my favourite craft magazine. Always inspiring, with drool-worthy pictures, and high quality projects. I like the size of it in my hands and the feel of the paper. I like that it contains not only projects for knitters but much of the textile arts that I am a complete sucker for. So you can imagine that I am seriously chuffed to be included in this upcoming issue of Making.  Wow!

This edition is called “Intricate” and the mood boards sent out to designers were full of golden hues and lots of texture. As I biked to and from work I was, as I am now, taking in all the smiling faces of sunflowers and dahlias and these became the motifs that I wanted to feature.
Mittens are my favourite garment to design and to knit – so that was an easy choice.

The result of my tinkering is the “Late Bloomer Mittens”. The picture above and the close up picture are both provided by the talented people at Making. Are they not lovely?
The Intricate edition will not be released till Oct 23, 2020, but look for preorders to open on September 14th from The Knit Cafe.

The yarn I used in the mittens was Lichen and Lace. A strand of Rustic Heather Sport and Marsh Mohair are held double throughout. We just received a lovely big box of both and here are some of the colour combos you could choose for this project or any other furry fabric that suits the gauge.

Craftily yours
Kristin

What a difference a day makes.

BEFORE


Look at this sorry state of affairs. This is how our Lichen and Lace display looked the last day of our Summer Sale.

AFTER


This is how it looks now! Hooray!
So much gorgeous Lichen and Lace in 80/20 Sock Weight, in Worsted Merino, in Rustic Heather Sport, in Marsh Mohair and some 1-ply Fingering Merino too.
Quantities have been updated in the webshop.

I always take new photos when Lichen and Lace comes in to make sure we get an accurate depiction of the new batch. Be aware that I have not done that yet. Also, there are some colours not represented like Nutmeg, Gingersnap, and Rainy Day, so if you are in the neighbourhood stop by and see these lovelies in person.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Westlake Knits Trunkshow at The Knit Cafe

The day is drawing near my friends when this talented local hand dyer sets up shop in The Knit Café for a one day only event. We are really excited!

Join us on
Saturday October 20, from 11am-4pm
55 Roncesvalles Avenue

I hear tell that Kerri from Westlake will be bring several yarn bases in different weights. All of them will be naturally dyed of course and many will feature woolen yarns that are breed and milled locally.

I am also excited to report that we will also have some of Westlake Natural Dye Kits on hand so interested parties can try some natural dyeing at home. Fun!!!

If you are a lover of hand dyed yarns there is no better time to visit The Knit Café then right now. In the last week we have received stock from Canadian Hand Dyers Lichen an Lace and also (brand new to The Knit Café) Ancient Arts Fibre, and all the way from Ireland a big batch of Hedgehog Fibre yarns.


Lichen and Lace – 80/20 Sock. We also have some beautiful worsted weight!


Ancient Art Fibres – Big Squeeze


Hedgehog Fibre Sock. We have mini skeins too!

See you on Saturday
Craftily yours
Kristin

Updates for Lichen and Lace

With our recent shipment of Lichen and Lace now happily settled into the shop we have also updated our webshop with the new colours!

So many gorgeous skeins to choose from including some newly added colours to the Lichen and Lace line. Welcome colours Coral and Sugar Plum to The Knit Café. Nice to meet you!

Have you seen the latest edition of Amirisu Magazine? If you are like me you are smitten with the Lumens scarf pattern which features Lichen and Lace 80/20 in two colours which are now in stock at The Knit Café.

Soot and Silver Fox are the colours in question. Two beautiful neutrals.

Check out all the Lichen and Lace 80/20 colours right HERE

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

Gifts For The Knitter Who Has Everything

Let’s face it, some people are hard to shop for. Even folks who are really into their hobbies, they eventually have every gadget known to man,  but I bet your bottom dollar a knitter you know does not yet have some of these cute and useful knitter’s notions and tools.

  1. Honeycomb stitch markers with bee row minder, package of 7, $8
  2. Hedgehog Needle Gauge, hand made from sustainable bamboo, $18
  3. Whale Needle Gauge, $18
  4. Fox Needle Gauge, $18
  5. Sheep Stitch Marker Set, a beautiful tin with 5 circular stitch markers and a darning needle, handmade in Canada, $23
  6. Brass Cat Stitch Marker Set, with 8 stitch markers shaped like kitty cats, and a darning needle. Also comes in silver. $23
  7. Wee scissors, flower shaped or stork shaped in all different colours, made in Canada $18
  8. Pretty Bird Tin with 8 flower stitch markers, $23

These Needle Cases will hold straight, and double pointed needles and crochet hooks too. There is a pocket for all your other knit necessities. Available in grey denim with gingham lining, or blue denim with striped lining. These cases are beautifully hand sewn in Canada by Jesabelle B. $70 each

Lykke Needles are made in Norway from driftwood, need I say more?
The wood is polished and stitches slide beautifully, the cord is very pliable and the connections are very good. Needles come all organized in a beautiful case too!
We have two interchangeable sets. The small set comes with 9 short tips sized 3.25-6.5mm, with two 40cm, and one of each of 50cm, and 60cm cords. $155
The large set has twelve longer tips sized 3.5-12mm, with two 60cm, two 80cm and one 100cm cord.  $173
Both sets come connectors, keys and stoppers.

Shawl Pins by Jul

  1. Classic Waves, Rosewood Shawl Pin $21
  2. Alhambra Lace Pin, White Brass, $42
  3. Mod Leather Shawl Pin, $34
  4. Merino Ewe Shawl Stick, White Brass, $29

  1. Aitken and Hyde, yarn bowls, hand made locally $45
  2. Eucalan Wool Wash, no rinse! 100ml $5, 500ml $13
  3. Woolens Pattern Book with patterns by Jared Flood from Brooklyn Tweed. This book has beautiful patterns for knit accessories made with Brooklyn Tweed Yarns which are also available at The Knit Café. The Woolens Book  is $39
  4. Project Bags by Kate Austin Designs. These fabrics are designed by local artist Kate Austin, they are block-printed by hand on soft organic cotton. There are so many beautiful prints to choose from and many sizes to hold any size project. Shown here:
    Draw String Project Bag $20, Tote $45

If that wasn’t enough, there is always yarn. The Knit Café has a fabulous selection of hand dyed yarns right now. Most of it is created right here in Canada. Just this week we received these gorgeous skeins of bulky merino by Lichen and Lace from New Brunswick.
Top, left to right: Amber, Rosewood, Faded Rose, Orchid, Pressed Flowers
Bottom, left to right: Evergreen, Teal Tide, Pewter, Calm Water, Blue Lagoon, Wildflowers, $28 each

Also newly arrived are these lovely skeins from Zen Yarn Garden, a dyer from Sarnia Ontario. This sock weight yarn might be the softest I have ever worked with!
Top, left to right: Arabia, Botanical, Mermaid, Notebook, Carcross Summer 1989
Middle, left to right: Tiffany, Dish of Pears, Notting Hill, Annie, Amadeus
Bottom, left to right: Aladdin, Into The Woods, Camelot, Matrix, Ted, $24 each

Give the gift of MORE KNITTING with The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club Holiday Edition. This is a subscription lasting six months with three packages. Each package contains an original Knit Café Pattern and beautiful yarn to match. $100 plus shipping.
Read all the details HERE

If none of that is quite right for the knitter in your life there are always

GIFT CERTIFICATES FROM THE KNIT CAFE

Call: 416 533 5648, or write us: theknitcafe@hotmail.com, and we can send a gift certificate through email!

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

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

Weaving treats and hand dyed Canadian-made gems

My first Rigid Heddle Loom project is off the loom! Here’s a pic ↓  shown with the pretty cones of organic cotton that I used as the base for this project. The triangular, coloured accents on the scarf are thanks to the convenience of  Koigu Mini Skeins.
This soft cotton was so lovely to use with a smooth, refined finish. I am swatching a knitted swatch with it now and am really liking it for that purpose too!

In April I sat in on The Knit Cafe’s very first Rigid Heddle Loom Class. In the “Intro to Weaving Stripes Class” we learned many clever tricks. Setting up the loom with our warp threads happened first and then we learned how to weave back and forth, practicing our tension and planning our designs.

This is Helen’s sample ↑ . Helen Dreifelds is the very skilled instructor for our Introduction to Weaving Stripes Class.

Her sample shows several pattern changes like this basket-weave-type detail mid-scarf, …

…and these triangular shapes which are achieved with “clasp weaves”. In addition we learned several types of finishing techniques like the tassels shown here, or like the “hem stitch” I used on my sample scarf.

I had to rush my project off the loom so we could use it to prepare for our next Rigid Heddle Loom Class in June which will be a Plaid Class! The Intro to Weaving Plaid Class is full but give us a call to be put on the waiting list.
Or, you can still register for:

Introduction to Weaving Stripes Class
on Sunday August 20 and 27, 12:30-5pm

I have more treats to share. We have just received a delightful order of sock yarn from Zen Yarn Garden. We are so happy to showcase the work of this wonderful dye team who create their one of a kind skeins right here in Ontario! Zen Yarn Garden rely on wonderful, painterly dye effects to decorate their skeins. We have a souped-up batch of Superfine Fingering, which is a blend of superwash merino and 10% nylon. I have to say that this is one of the softest merinos that I have ever had the pleasure of fondling. It knits up super plump too for a sweet knitting experience. This yarn base was milled in Italy where, lets face it, they know a thing or two about luxury textiles.  Despite the high quality, this yarn comes with a very reasonable price – $24 for 400 yards.

Get excited because we also received a big batch of Lichen and Lace yarn this week. We are big fans of this yarn. The colours are exceptionally pretty, and we are so fortunate to have a great selection of both worsted weight and fingering weight to ogle all day.

Craftily yours
Krsitin

Lovely, Canadian, Hand Dyed Yarn

lichen-and-lace-sock

Wow! Lichen and Lace yarn is so beautiful! Check out this lovely batch of sock yarn. Megan from Lichen and Lace has been posting some wonderful Find Your Fade colour combinations on her Instagram HERE. This popular shawl project is perfect for colour junkies – you get to pick 7 colours! How exciting is that?

lichen-and-lace-worsted

We also got us some worsted weight merino. Gorgeous!

koigu

…and one of my favourite yarns have arrived. It is Koigu! This local yarn made from 100% merino has such a springy twist. Can you see the ombre possibilities in this collection? I bet you can. We’ve used Koigu KPM for several Knit Café Patterns such as 504 King West, Baby Harem Pants, and Trip to the Island.

Craftily yours
Kristin