We will be open this HOT, HOT, HOT, Holiday Weekend!
Monday – CLOSED
If you are about you should come in and see these new skeins from Riverside Studio Yarn. Kathryn from Riverside is one of Canada’s best and brightest hand dyers. She does beautifully polished work with lots of subtleties. These beauties are dyed on her Super Sock base. This is a fine yarn suitable for sock knitting and so much more besides. It is too hot for bulky projects but a summer sock project is great for beating the heat for those of us who must knit – and I mean all the time!
Amongst the goodies is Firefly! That’s The Knit Cafe’s custom colour from Riverside Studio. It’s only available here. This beautiful colour-way will make you think of an inky blue, night sky scattered with glowing fireflies when you knit it up. We love it! You can check it out in our webshop HERE
If you have been watching our Instagram then you know I just finished knitting this sweater↓
It’s Deschain by Leila Raabe
I must say it was a fun knit and quick too. Also, very easy for a sweater. Two rectangles sewn together and picked up sleeves is all there is to it. The Kestrel Linen yarn by Quince and Co was so fun to work with too. Never, have I knit with such chunky linen and found it very pleasant indeed.
The Knit Café has a dozen colours of Quince and Co Kestrel in stock – you can check them out HERE
Oh happy day! Lets start planning our summer wardrobe. I can’t think of a better day than this with an April ice storm raging outside. I’ve got that summer feeling. How about you?
I have long admired this yarn from afar. It will be no surprise to you to hear then that I am exceedingly pleased that it has finally made it’s way to The Knit Café. Linen is my favourite plant fibre. It feels so cool next to the skin. It hangs beautifully and oh the gentle sheen! Linen somehow manages to be knit into garments that have both structure and drape. It turns out Flax is not just a superfood it is also a superfibre!
Quince and Co has two 100% linen yarns. Above is a pic of Sparrow. It’s the fingering weight linen.
This is Kestrel ↑ . It’s aran weight. A thick linen yarn is super-unusual. Quince and Co makes this work by constructing a yarn with a chainette/ribbon treatment. Now knitters who want to give linen a try but don’t like to knit with super fine yarns can give it a go.
One of the best things about Quince and Co is that they create gorgeous patterns for their yarn. I encourage you to check out their whole catalogue HERE
There are many lovely knittables for the Sparrow yarn. For example above is a pic of the Bolan pattern (left) and the Perkin’s Cove pattern (right).
Find more patterns for Sparrow HERE
Here are two designs for the Kestrel yarn. The one on the left is called Deschain and the one on the right is from Quince and Co’s new pattern collection it is called Gully.
Find more patterns for Kestrel HERE
Some of your other favourite knitwear designers have made awesome things from Quince and Co linen. On the left is a pic of Linho by Joji Locatelli. On the left is the Ula Tee by Isabell Kraemer. It’s a new pattern from Making Magazine 5. Which is right now on it’s way to The Knit Café. Hooray!
PS. Did I mention the Quince and Co linen is organic? It is!
I am not too shy to tell you that my favourite summer fibre is linen. Not that there is anything wrong with cotton, but the rumpled sophistication of linen is tops in my books. The impression that one just rolled out of bed but is still ready for a stroll along the Seine is the kind of contradiction I would love to let rule my life.
Iwona knit this sweater out of the linen yarn we have from Shibui. It’s simple, and yet somehow almost everyone who sees it wants to take it home. A light and breezy garment that’s easy to pull over a spring or summer dress fits the bill for most occasions.
The knit fabric has a wonderful texture and a silky touch.
Our version of the Lineal Cardigan by Hannah Fettig took only 3 skeins of the Shibui Linen which has 225 metres and costs $15.
My pick for colour is “Brass”. The very same shade as these chrysanthemums that seem to be blessed with longevity. They are from our opening party which is now over 3 weeks ago.
The Lineal Cardigan is from a series of patterns by Hannah Fettig for Quince and Co. Check them out along with their other linen patterns HERE. All the patterns that call for their Sparrow yarn will work with the Shibui Linen too.
For more linen pattern ideas have a look at my post from a month or so ago. It’s HERE.