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:
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.
Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Cotton came in this week.
Every time we get in a batch of this beautiful yarn I can’t resist taking all the colours off the shelf and imagining I am about to embark on a baby blanket project. So soft and lofty – this yarn makes a very huggable blankie.
I plain, striped, garter stitch blanket would be such a joy in this yarn and easy to knit even for a new knitter. It is also the yarn featured in the Knit Cafe’s “Your First Baby Blanket“ pattern. This is a wonderfully simple project with a seed stitch border and a basket weave middle, all knit and purl with no fancy tricks.
Sometimes I like to imagine I am making a Chevron Stitch Blanket like the one we make in our upcoming workshop.
Other times I want to crochet it up into a forever growing Granny Square project.
If you like any of these ideas you can make your own. They are all beginner friendly projects and if you need a little help we have classes! Oh yes we do!
Baby Blanket Workshop
Sunday March 12, 12:30-3pm
ZigZag Blanket Workshop
Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm
Crochet Blanket Class For Absolute Beginners
Sunday March 19, 26, 3-5pm
Here is another wonderful cotton yarn from Blue Sky Alpaca. It’s called Skinny! Skinny is it’s name, but hey we’ve probably all seen skinnier. This yarn weighs in as a Double Knit so grab your 3.5 or 4mm needles and dig in.
Unlike her fatter cousin; the beautifully bodacious Blue Sky Worsted Cotton that I showcased here a few days ago, this cotton is less fluffy, more trim, with a sturdy core. It makes for knits that have more body, but are still cotton comfortable.
Check out this colour selection ↑
To get an idea of how Skinny Cotton knits-up. come into The Knit Café and feel it up in the flesh! We have a terrific sample. It’s called Tee.
Tee – as the name suggests is a T-shirt. It is sized to fit 12 months, 18-24 months, or 2-3 years. This simple cotton shirt get’s seriously fun with polka dots. Yeah!
If you have never done colour-knitting before, please don’t let this stop you from making this adorable project. The polka dots are added on after the knitting with a very easy technique called “duplicate stitch”. You can see how easy it is in our duplicate stitch tutorial HERE.
You can find the Tee pattern HERE
or purchase the Tee Knit Kit HERE.
We just introduced the Tee Kit in our web shop today.
The Knit Kit comes with the Tee pattern, Blue Sky Skinny Organic Cotton and a selection of mini skeins to make the polka dots.
Roncesvalles Avenue is lousy with ice cream shops. In a good way! When I leave the Knit Cafe at the end of the day I pass happy strollers licking their cones, loiterers on sidewalk benches with sticky faces, those in queue outside the parlors with eyes big as moons as they contemplate the flavors. It is a Willy Wonka dream!
So perhaps I can be forgiven for being a little ice cream obsessed.
Having said this though, I think the comparison between ice cream and our latest shipment of cotton yarn is obvious. Just look at these colours! If they don’t look like delicious scoops of confection I don’t know what does.
Choose your favourite flavor! LEMONADE or strawberry coloured SHELL.
How about a scoop of THISTLE or a bit of PUMPKIN!
Don’t forget the WASABI!
In total we have 21 flavors of Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton! This soft and lofty yarn is a puffy worsted weight that makes nice snuggly knits. We’re showing off some of our other favourite colours on our pegboard of fame! ALOE, FLAMINGO, LEMONGRASS, TRUE RED, and MEDITERRANEAN