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Fairwell to Frolic, Hello to Spring!

Frolicking is fun, but it is also great when it’s over. Yes- we can close the book on another year at the local, annual, knitter’s fair – the Knitter’s Frolic.  It was a goodie! We fed and watered a lot of hungry shoppers at our Knit-Cafe, and we passed on some special yarn and project plans too. In fact several new Knit Cafe patterns were introduced at this years Frolic. We will have them ready for purchase any day now on Ravelry so keep your ear to the ground and your eyes peeled. Big thanks go out to our outstanding team of helpers that made the whole thing possible for us.
Still the good times will not stop – just check out these lil’darlins↓

mini skeins koigu
There is nothing like a mini skein!  10 metres of joy! Koigu  has sent us a great collection of colours this time.  For things to do with mini skeins check out this post, or register for our June 17th needlepoint class and learn a whole new way to play with these colourful characters.
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Everyone likes contests, so I thought I would pass this along.  The West Queen West BIA is giving away a Mother’s Day shopping spree!  Just follow this link for more details. Many shops in our illustrious neighbourhood are participating, including us of course.
queenHappy May 1rst all
Craftily yours
Kristin

Preview Spring and Summer Classes 2013

Spring forward and have a look at our line-up of crafty classes!

KNITTING

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER

Knitting 101bowl
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Sun Mar 17, 24, April 7, 14, 3-5pm/ Fri May 3, 10, 17, 24/ Wed June 5, 12, 19, 26/ Thurs July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1/ Thurs Sept 12, 19, 26,  Oct 3, 7-9pm
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Knitter’s Crash Course (Scarf Workshop)scarf
1 session, $30, materials not included
Mon April 22 /Mon May 27 /Mon July 8, 6:30-9pm

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BEGINNER KNITTING

Baby Blanket Workshopbaby blanket
1 session, $30, materials not included
Fri April 5/ Mon May 13/ Mon July 29 /Wed Aug 21, 6:30-9pm

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Fingerless Mitten Workshopfingerless mitt New Class
2 sessions, $50, materials not included
Mon April 29, May 6/ Mon July 15, 22, 7-9pm

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INTERMEDIATE KNITTING

One Night Only Sweater Workshop New Classone night sweater
1 session, $30, materials not included
Thurs May 30, 6:30-9pm

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Cabled Cowlcabled cowl
1 session, $30, materials not included.
Mon June 10, 6:30-9pm

Project Class
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Sun Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, 1-3pm

ADVANCED KNITTINGsteek

Steeking Workshop New Class
1 session, $30, materials not included
Thurs May 2, 6:30-9

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Lace 101lace
2 sessions, $50, materials not included
Sat May 11, 18, 10:30-12:30

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Sock Class
3 sessions, $72, materials not included
Wed March 6, 13, 20/ Thurs Aug 15, 22, 29, 7-9pmsocks

Sock Master Class
3 sessions, $72, materials not included
Thurs June 6, 13, 20, 7-9pm

CROCHET

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERcrochet scarf

Crochet 101
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Wed April 3, 10, 17, 24/  Wed May 1, 8, 15, 22/
Wed Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 7-9pm

Crochet Crash CourseCrochetCozy4
1 session, $30, materials not included
Thurs May 23/ Thurs June 27, 6:30-9pm

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Crochet Blanket Classhexagon blanket jpeg
2 or 3 sessions(6 hours) $70, materials not included
Sun March 10, 17, 12:30- 3:30/ Sun April 28, May 5, 12:30- 3:30/ Wed July 3,10,17, 7-9pm

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Crochet Blanket Finishing Classcrochet blanket finishing
1 session, $30 ($25 for those who have taken the  Crochet Blanket Class at the Knit Cafe)
Sun Mar 24, 12:30- 3:00/ Wed July 24, 6:30-9pm

INTERMEDIATE CROCHET

Amigurumi Crochet Workshopowls
1 session, $30, materials not included
Wed March 27, 6:30-9pm/ Sun June 23, 12:30-3:00

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Crocheting on the Edgecrocheted napkin New Class
1 session, $30, materials not included
Wed May 29. 6:30-9pm

Crocheted Market Bag Class New Class
2 session, $30, materials not included
Wed Aug 28 , Sept 4, 7-8pmcrochet shawl

Crocheted Shawl New Class
1 session, $30, materials not included
Thurs Aug 8, 6:30-9pm

Crocheted Slipper Classcrochet slipper New Class
2 sessions, $50, materials not included
Thurs May 9, 16, 7-9pm

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OTHER CRAFTY CLASSES

Needle Felting Workshopneedle felting
1 session, $30, materials not included
Wed Aug 7, 6:30-9pm

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Drop Spindle Classdrop spindle
3 sessions $80, materials not included
Sun June 2, 9, 16, 12:30-2:30

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Introduction to Rug Hookingpeacock
1 session, $30
Mon June 3, 6:30-9pm

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Needlepoint Workshopneedlepoint
1 session, $30, materials not included
Mon June 17, 6:30-9pm

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We  are so excited about this new season of classes.  New crochet classes like Crocheting on the Edge where you can add pretty trims onto your pillowcases or napkins. In the Crochet Market Bag Class you make a pretty and practical mesh bag for shopping. The Crochet Slipper Class features an fantastic slipper pattern, complete with leather soles. In the Crochet Shawl class you learn how to make a triangular shaped shawl, perfect for the spring/fall weather. The Steeking Workshop is new too; learn how to change a pullover into a cardigan with the help of some scissors. In the One Night Only Sweater Class you can make a whole sweater in one night, big enough to fit your teddy bear.  The Fingerless Mitten Class proposes to teach how to knit in rounds on double pointed needles, and leave you with mittens that are weather appropriate. Expect full descriptions of the classes to show up soon on the home page.

Call us to register and save your spot
416 533 5648 (KNIT)

Craftily yours
Kristin

Knitting in the New Year 2013

Do you ring in the new year with a resolution?  Whether you do or not, a brand new year does have a fresh out of the box feel that is hard to escape.  There is no missteps or mistakes yet to tally; only the whiff of promise in the air. It’s a good time to try something unfamiliar, pick up a new skill or improve upon an old one.
With this in mind, I thought I would post our upcoming winter crafting schedule.  Perhaps one of these classes will help you fulfill a dream or two for 2013.

KNITTINGbowl
ABSOLUTE BEGINNER
Knitting 101
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Thurs Jan 10, 17, 24,31/ Fri Feb 1, 8, 15, 22/ Thurs Feb 28, Mar 7, 14, 21/ Thurs April 4, 11, 18, 25, 7-9pm

Knitter’s Crash Course (Scarf Workshop)
1 session, $30, materials not included
Wed Feb 20 /Mon April 22, 6:30-9pm

Continental Knitting
It’s all about style!  Some folks knit “English style”, which is what we focus on in our other learn-to-knit classes, and some knit “Continental”.  Hailed as “the faster way to knit” and “left-handed knitting”, these are both good reasons to learn this method.  Learning Continental knitting is a must for those who plan to get serious about fair isle knits, but this class is also just a learn to knit class, so if it fits best into your schedule then this is the how-to to take.  Learn how to cast-on, knit and purl, and cast off in the Continental Style.
2 sessions, $50, materials not included

Materials: yarn and needle to match.
Wed Feb 6, 13, 7-9pm

BEGINNER KNITTINGbaby blanket

Baby Blanket Workshop
1 session,  FREE Instruction with materials purchased at the Knit Cafe
Fri Jan 25/ Fri April 5, 6:30-9pm

Hat Class
1 session, $30, materials not included
Mon Mar 25, 6:30-9pm

Fixing Mistakes
1 session, $30, materials not included
Fri Mar 1, 6:30-9pm

INTERMEDIATE KNITTINGproject class
Project Class
What would you most like to knit but don’t know how to yet? If you have something in mind but just can’t make sense of the pattern or the process, bring it along to the “Project Class”  In this class we will discuss how to pick a project that is right for you.  Pattern reading will be practiced, and techniques specific to each project will be demonstrated. Learn to make well-fitted garments by learning about gauge, and finishing techniques.  This class is open to knitters who know the basics but are looking to challenge themselves with something new.
4 sessions, $96, materials not includedmanos j. reversed 2
Materials: yarn and needles to suit project
Sun Feb 10, 17, 24, Mar 03, 1-3pm

First Sweater Class
2 sessions, INSTRUCTION IS FREE with materials purchased at the Knit Cafe
Mon Feb 4, break, 18, 7-9pm

Mitten Classmitten
2 sessions, $50, materials not included
Mon Jan 14, 21,  7-9pm
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Baby Sweater
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Mon Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18. 7-9pmbaby sweater

ADVANCED KNITTING

Sweater Design Class
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Sat Mar 9, 16, 23, break Apr 6, 10:30am-12:30pm

Sock Classsock master
3 sessions, $72, materials not included
Wed Mar 6, 13, 20, 7-9pm

Sock Master Class
3 sessions, $72, materials not included
Sat Feb 2, 9, 16, 7-9pm

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER CROCHET

Crochet 101hexagon
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Wed Jan 9, 16, 23, 30/ Wed April 3, 10, 17, 24, 7-9pm

Crochet Crash Course
1 session, $30, materials not included
Thurs Feb 21, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Blanket Class
2 or 3 sessions(6 hrs)$70, materials not included
Sun Jan 27, Feb 3, 12:30-3:30 /Sun Mar 10, 17, 12:30-3:30

INTERMEDIATE CROCHETcrochet blanket finishing

Crochet Blanket Finishing Class
For graduates of the Crochet Blanket Class
1 session, $30 ($25 for those who have taken the  Crochet Blanket Class at the Knit Cafe)
Sun Mar 24, 12:30-2:30

Amigurumi Crochet Workshopowls

Crochet cute and cuddly creatures!  Amigurumi is the Japanese style of crocheting stuffed animals and anthropomorphic toys.  Learn crochet shaping, modeling techniques and seaming to create 3D forms.  Student will work on an owl project in class, but gain the chops to allow their imagination to run amok and invent their own fuzzy characters.
1 session, $30, materials not included
Materials: 3mm crochet hook, and yarn to match
Wed Mar 27, 6:30-9pm

OTHER CRAFTY CLASSES

Needlepoint Workshopneedlepoint

The craft of old fashion needlepoint for wall art and cushion covers is having a resurgence. Examples are showing up everywhere- contemporary and beautiful!    In this introductory class students will learn how to transfer a simple design onto a needlepoint canvas, how to select materials and read needlepoint charts, and how to make needlepoint stitches with good tension and a clean finish.
1 session, $30, materials not included

Mon Jan 7, 6:30-9

The full description of classes can be found here.
Call to register 416 533 5648

Happy New Year to all!!!
Craftily yours
Kristin

Here’s the point

Anyone getting excited to needlepoint? I am !

I plan to sit in on this months Needlepoint Class and get started on a new creation.  We are very lucky that Ms Kate Austin has given us permission to use some of her fantastic designs.  We will reworked them into needlepoints.
Maurie Todd will teach us how this can be done.  Or if you have your own ideas of what you would like to stitch – so much the better. Bring them along.

Maurie has been doing  preparatory experiments with our Koigu mini skeins.

She has made this finely stitched coaster.

Excited yet?  I still am.

In this one evening workshop you will learn how:

  • to put needle to canvas, exploring a small sampling of stitches to create texture
  • to prepare a needlepoint canvas and to transpose a design for stitching
  • to calculating the amount of yarn you will need for a project
  • to put the finishing touches on your finished projects.

Maurie always brings to her classes a rich amount of resource materials. Be prepared to get distracted by lovely books that will give you a sense of the history and the diversity of this craft.

Introduction to Needlepoint Workshop
Monday August 20, 6:30-9pm
$30, materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

Get to the point

My mind keeps turning toward needlepoint.
This handicraft is not just popping up in Wes Anderson films, it seems to be all around us.  Here are some things I’ve noticed.

Jonathan Adler, that dapper designer from NYC is producing needlepoint pillows.

Defying needlepoint convention is Ms Laura Hughes .

These lady-like clutches can be purchased in kit form from Felicity Hall.

Midcentury revival is within all of our grasps with these reproductions of paintings and prints by Charlie Harper.  Buy your own canvas to stitch on at needlepointforfun.com.

Everything but the kitchen sink? and here is the kitchen sink too.  This needlepoint pillow was found in amongst other inventive stitchery from KasiaUrbanRybska on Etsy.

Learn how:

Needlepoint Workshop
Monday August 20, 6:30-9pm
$30 plus materials
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

Spring/Summer Class Schedule Preview 2012

The Knit Cafe’s preview of our classes from March through to September appear below!
Full descriptions of the classes are available at the Knit Cafe on a take-home flyer, and will appear soon on our Knit Cafe Home Page. 
Brand new classes (that we are very excited about) are saved till last on this list and include all the knitty-gritty details.   To register or for inquiries call us at:  416-533-5648

KNITTING ABSOLUTE BEGINNER

Knitting 101
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Thurs April 26, May 3, 10, 17/ Fri May 18, 25, June 1, 8/ Fri June 15, 22, 29, July 6 /Thurs July 12, 19, 26 Aug 2/ Wed Aug 8, 15, 22, 29 /Thurs Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, 7-9pm

Knitter’s Crash Course (Scarf Workshop)
1 session, $30, materials not included
Mon April 23 6:30-9pm
FREE Knitter’s Crash Course(scarf)
Instruction is free with materials purchased at the Knit Cafe
Mon June 25/ Mon Aug 27
6:30-9pm

KNITTING BEGINNER

Baby Blanket Workshop
1 session, $30, FREE Instruction with materials purchased at the Knit Cafe
Fri May 11 /Fri July 13, 6:30-9pm

KNITTING INTERMEDIATE

First Sweater Class
2 sessions, INSTRUCTION IS FREE, materials fee $100, includes all the yarn you will need and the Manos Jacket Pattern, needles are not included.
Mon April 30, 14, 7-9pm

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KNITTING ADVANCED

Sweater Design Class
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Thurs June 7, 14, 21, July 5, 7-9pm

Sock Class
3 sessions, $72, materials not included
Mon June 4, 11, 18, 7-9pm

Sock Master Class
3 sessions, $72, materials not included
Thurs Aug 9, 16, 23, 7-9pm

CROCHET

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER

.Crochet 101
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Wed April 18, 25, 2, 9/ Wed June 6, 13, 20, 27/ Wed July 4, 11, 18, 25/ Wed Sept 12, 19, 26, 3, Oct 3, 7-9pm

Crochet Crash Course
1 session, $30,
materials not included

Thurs May 31 /Thurs June 28 /Thurs Aug 30, 6:30-9

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Crochet Blanket Class

2 or 3 sessions (6 hours) $70, materials not included
Wed March, 21, 28, Apr 4, 7-9pm
Sun July 22, 29, 12:30-3:30pm

.CROCHET INTERMEDIATE

Amigurumi Workshop
Wed April 11, 6:30-9pm

Crochet Flowers
1 session, $30, materials not included
Thurs May 24, 6:30-9pm

OTHER CRAFTY CLASSES

Needle Felting Workshop
1 session, $30, materials not included
Wed May 30, 6:30-9pm

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Introduction to Rug Hooking
1 session, $30
Friday May 4, 6:30-9pm

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NEW CLASSES

FOR A NEW

SEASON

OF CRAFTING!

Double Knitting Workshop  (Advanced Level)
It’s double the fun! This is a colour knitting technique where a two-sided fabric is created.  A motif of two colours shows picture perfect on one side and equally as perfect but in colour-reverse on the other. Both sides are stockinette smooth! Learn this technique while making a beautiful scarf.  In one class you will have all the basics down and will be ready to finish this scarf and start new double knit projects.
1 session, $30, materials not included
Materials: 2 colours DK weight yarn and 3.75 mm needles
Wed May 23, 6:30-9pm

Needlepoint Workshop
(No Experience Necessary)

The craft of old fashion needlepoint for wall art and cushion covers is having a resurgence. Examples are showing up everywhere- contemporary and beautiful!  You can learn how to create your own needlepoint masterpiece in this workshop.  In this introductory class students will learn how to transfer a simple design onto a needlepoint canvas, how to select materials and read needlepoint charts, and how to make needlepoint stitches with good tension and a clean finish.
1 session, $30, materials not included
Materials: please ask us for details on materials upon registration
Mon Aug 20, 6:30-9pm

Cable Cowl (Intermediate Level)
Those snakey patterns that decorate traditional Irish-knit sweaters are called cables.  They are a great favorite with knitters for their twisty decorative ways that make extra warm knits.  You can learn how to decipher cabled patterns both written and charted and how to create these corkscrewed stitches in this workshop.  Make a pretty gorgeous cowl while you are at it!
1 session, $30, materials not included
Mon May 7, 6:30-9pm

Friendship Bracelet (No Experience Necessary)
You have friends! and you may make new ones if you have a stash of friendship bracelets at your disposal.  Relive your summer camp days or learn this fun craft for the first time. Shiny, colourful embroidery floss will egg you on to beautiful colour combinations.  Different pattern designs, such as diagonals, chevrons and diamonds will be demonstrated and practiced. What a great way to spend the afternoon! No experience necessary.  Children are welcome too.
1 session, $30, materials not included
Materials: several colours of embroidery floss
Sun May 27, 1-3:30pm

Baby Sweater (Intermediate Level)
Make a tiny sweater.  This is a great jumping off point for those who might be intimidated to embark on a full size adult sweater. Also- everything tiny is cute!  You can’t go wrong!  This sweater is constructed in a way that is common to many sweater patterns you might encounter in the future.  You will use the tools you learn in this class again and again.  Make a sweet raglan sleeve cardigan, follow a basic sweater pattern, learn shaping techniques, and how to pick up stitches too.
4 sessions, $96, materials not included
Mon July 2, 9, 16, 23, 7-9pm

Knitter’s Crash Course (Cowl Workshop) (No Experience Necessary)
Same fast and furious pace as our other Knitters Crash Course Scarf Workshop, but this time you knit in circles.  Make a cowl project, learn how to get your stitches on your needle (casting on) how to do the knit stitch, and how to finish your project (cast off).  This class is for total beginners, those who would like to learn how to use circular needles, or anyone who wants to make this fashionable knit accessory.
1 session, $30, materials not included
Materials: 3 skeins blue sky alpaca,
Mon May 28, 6:30-9pm
FREE Knitters Crash Course (cowl)
Instruction is free with materials purchased at the Knit Cafe
Mon July 30, 6:30-9pm

Craftily yours
Kristin