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Show and Share from The Knit Cafe

Truth be told there is very little that will hold this blog post together theme-wise. I just have a bunch of yarns and projects and pics I have gathered from the last few weeks that just can’t wait to be out and proud!

Here’s one ↑. I know you may be wondering why I can’t wait to show you a skein of white yarn, but this is no ordinary plain-Jane-skein, it is virgin yarn full of potential.  An undyed, 80% merino 20% nylon, fingering weight yarn that we have purchased just so it can be hand dyed and become it’s true fabulous self. The Knit Café is hosting a Yarn Dyeing Class this weekend. This one is all full up, but look out for the next class on the schedule which is running on Sunday January 14, 12:30-4pm

The undyed yarn will be used in the class but is also available for purchase to anyone in need. Each 115g skein is $14.

If we practice, and hard, with our hand dyeing we may one day be able to make something as beautiful as the skeins that come from the dye kitchen of Lichen and Lace. If you haven’t already heard the news we have recently received a BIG order forom this fantastic Cannuk hand dyeing Co. We have a full selection of both sock weight and worsted weight yarns. Above – you can see the fingering weight skeins. So pretty!

Look here ↑. This is a picture of socks-in-progress by knitter-extraordinaire Vanessa Jost. She is making these fantasic stockings from Mondim by Retrosaria. Retrosaria is the yarn company from Portugal I was gushing about a while back. You can read the gushing HERE. I am so happy to have knitted evidence of how beautiful this yarn knits up. Look at those happy socks!

Vanessa is knitting two socks at once because she is a pro! Sock-making wannabes check out The Knit Cafe’s First Sock Class starting November 15. There are only a few spots left in this class!

…and here is the culprit! The yarn that made it all possible! It’s the very pretty Mondim!

Edie Kim came in the other day wearing this ↑. Edie is part of The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club. The Yarn Club releases 6 patterns with matching yarn throughout the year. Next Yarn Club subscription will begin in April so look out for it. The last release for The Yarn Club 2017 was this neck warmer we call the Bonnie Bandit. It is knit with three colours of Hedgehog Fibre. This version features colours Day Dream, Bramble, and Typewriter. I am so pleased with the way it turned out.

Here are some more colours of the Hedgehog Fibre that we received in our last order. Many of these are still warming our shelves and ready to become Bonnie Bandits and so many other things.

This is the original version of the Bonnie Bandit made with colours Oracle, and Zephyr and in the middle a Potluck colour available only to yarn club members.

Find the Bonnie Bandit Pattern right HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

Up your Knitting Game with Some Special Classes

February!

With Holiday knitting over and done with it’s time to concentrate on knit projects that are more self indulgent. That  may be knitting something you’ve been coveting and plan to keep for yourself but it may also mean concentrating your efforts on learning a new skill and becoming a better then ever knitter.
Here are some classes to help you out with that:

Thrum Mittens
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The polka dot pattern on these mittens is not only handsome but it is functional too. Each dot is a piece of unspun fleece that is knit into the mitten to make a fleece lined mitt. So warm!

Thrum Mitten Class
Wednesday February 24, and March 2, 7-9pm
More info and registration HERE

Custom Fit Socks
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Do have some yarn that is calling out to you. It says “make me into socks – PLEASE!” However it is not a sock weight yarn and you don’t have the right pattern and you just don’t know where to begin. You can learn to make a sock out of any yarn you wish and any size too. Take our Custom Fit Sock Class and see how it’s done.
You will also learn how to knit your socks from the TOE UP so no precious yarn will go to waste.

Custom Fit Sock Class
Sunday February 21, 28, March 6, 12:30-2:30
More info and registration HERE

You can peruse all The Knit Cafe’s Classes HERE. Register online or call us to register 416 533 5648.
We are currently working on our Spring/Summer Class Schedule. Is there a class you would like to see on it? Let us know!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Knit little – dream big!

We have a brand new,  learn to knit class starting soon!

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Learn all your knit-basics whilst stitching up some pretty adorable tiny knits. We designed this class around the notion that small things are faster to knit and finishing a project quickly breeds satisfaction.  Knits for small people are also innately cute and so motivating to knit. If you have a wee-one in your life to knit for then come join us in this class.

This class is for:

  • Those who have never knit before

  • Those who have tried but need some hands on care

  • Lapsed knitters who need their skills refreshed. Perhaps you have taken our Knit 101 in the past but forgotten a thing or two. The same techniques will be taught in this class but with different projects and patterns to try.

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We start the class with a washcloth project to introduce the “knit stitch”

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Then, we move on to baby sized leg warmers. These are great for keeping baby warm but still having access to quick changes when the need arises. The leg warmers project introduces the “purl stitch”.
Hats are next! Pattern reading and knitting in circles are both very important basic skills that allow new knitters to continue on and knit more and more and more!

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Fast knitters may even start a baby blanket in class! If not you can always take our Baby Blanket Workshop in June.

Knit 101 Baby!
Friday May 1, 8, 15, 29, 7-9pm
$110, materials not included

Register HERE
or call us 416 533 5648

Other terrific classes that are coming up soon:
rug hookingyoga sockscustom fit socks class
RUG HOOKING          YOGA SOCK/ARM WARMER       SOCK

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

I heart ground hogs

I love to joke that Ground Hog Day is my favourite holiday, at which point someone will mention that Ground Hog day is not really a Holiday. Although this is true that no one got a day off to celebrate or commemorate the day when a ground hog might see or might not see his/her shadow, I still think it is a day worth getting behind.

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Here’s our friend ground hog.

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He is loving up our window.

For soon, another, perhaps more widely celebrated holiday will be upon us.  You guessed it – Valentines Day!

Does anything say “I love you” like knitting?
February brings a bunch of warm-fuzzy knit classes to the knit cafe.  Knit a little something new for your Honey, or treat yourself to a knit class; cause self-love should not be overlooked on Valentines Day.
New knitters who have knit and purled their way through a scarf or two can learn how to knit in circles and make a warm toque, because clearly it’s still cold out there, brrrr! If you already know about circular knitting how about trying your hand at mitten or sock knitting? Hat, Mitten, Sock! All of these classes are coming up soon and all have just a few spots left.

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Here are the dates:

Hat Class, Friday February 6, 6:30-9pm

Mitten Class, Thursday February 5 and 12, 7-9pm

First Pair of Sock Class, Wednesday February 11, 18, 25, 7-9pm

You can see all The Knit Cafe’s Classes and register too, right HERE.
Or give us a call at 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

…and the award for the most inventive yarn-colour-names go to…

Indigo Dragonfly of course!
This yarn is beautiful enough! Browsing the colour names is just the added bonus.  Ponder names like “Slutty Thursday Afternoon Things” – it’s pink!

Since we have an excellent selection of unique skeins I will not be able to show you all the lovelies in this post, but here are some highlights.  ↓

indigo dragonflyfront- Is The Money Okay? Did They Hurt The Money?
back – The Impenetrable Apricot Forcefield

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left – Only The Exact Phrase I Used Was “Don’t”,
right- And Then Buffy Staked Edward. The End

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left -I’ve Never Been Up With People Before,
right- Lambada 3: It’s Tepid!

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left -Cyclones Of Anarchy,
right-Squid Vicious

Imagine matching the colour names to the feet in your life and you will have the perfect gift for some lucky someones.  This is sock weight yarn with a bit of nylon mixed into the merino for strength.  In addition it would make beautiful scarves, shawls and other light weight goods. This 356 metre skein is $26.

If you would like to put your Indigo Dragonfly yarn into use right away consider:

Sock Master Class
Saturday June 7, 14, 21, 10:30am-12:30pm
$76, materials not included.

Introduction to Socks Class 
Thursday July 3, 10, 17, 7-9pm
$76, materials not included.

See full descriptions HERE and call us to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Stripes in your socks put spring in your steps!

We are so happy to have some more Striped Turtletoes by Turtlepurl in the shelves.  This self-striping yarn is more fun than it has a right to be.

Just look at these colours!

turtlepurlfrom right to left: 1992, Bruised, and Nano

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from right to left: Absinthe, Bah Humbug, Poison Apple

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from right to left: Mystic Topaz, Cannonball, Derby

turtlepurlfrom right to left: Angry Bird, Bee Keeper, Trench Coat

Striped Turtle Toes is sold in two matching 50 gram skeins, dyed to match.  One skein will make a mitten, an arm warmer, or more typically a sock. The other skein will make it’s mate.  This is excellent sock yarn with 25% nylon in concert with the merino, for extra strength.

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Turtlepurl was kind to send us some swatches that show off the stripes!

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…and here is a finished sock, knit by Aurelie.  She wisely used some scrap black yarn as her heel and toe so as not to interrupt the self-striping pattern.  Another forward thinking knitter I know used an after thought heel technique on her Turtlepurl socks for the very same reason.

Striped Turtletoes would be an excellent yarn choice if you plan to join our upcoming advanced sock class.

Sock Master Class
Saturday June 7, 14, 21, 10;30am-12:30pm
$76, materials not included.
register by calling us at 416 533 5648.

Remember to make your swatch before class.  See details HERE.

You can read the full sock master class description HERE
Beginner Sock Class starts July 3rd

Craftily yours
Kristin

It’s sock time!

It is no accident that we have a sock class starting on March 21, and ending on April 4th.  This is the perfect time to learn how to make socks! The sock is one of the worlds greatest spring and summer knitting projects.  Here’s why:
1. Portability. Socks are a one skein project.  You may throw it in your purse, your backpack, your picnic basket, or your bike basket.  Have sock – will travel!
2. Light Weight.  Socks are usually made with fine, so called “sock yarn” which means it doesn’t feel hot and heavy in your hands and on your lap while you work it on your balcony on a clement evening.
3. A very fun knit! Sock patterns are a great combination of stimulating, entertaining knitting, broken up with periods of automatic, repetitive stuff.  Take it to the patio and gab with your pals as you knit these parts. Sock patterns are also easy to memorize so there’s no need to worry whether you forgot your pattern on the sofa.
4. Sock yarns come in delicious, summery colours, and it’s easy to take some wardrobe risks when it comes to the feet!
5. At the end of it all, you’ll have socks!  Socks that will be ready for next fall to keep your toes warm, socks that will be ready by December to give as gifts.

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Some sock inspiration ↑. It’s a sock-in-progress by Lilja.  She’s using one of the self striping yarns by Turtlepurl called “Angry Birds” .

Sock Class
Thursday March 21, 28, April 4, 7-9pm
$76, materials not included
Students should be familiar with double pointed needles before joining this class

You can register by calling 416 533 5648, or coming by 1050 Queen St. West.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Classes in 2014

Traditionally, the beginning of a new year is a time people start to think about new projects and adventures.  If – for you – this includes some crafting plans, then have a look at our line up of classes for this winter season.  We’ve added on a few new dates for some of our more popular classes, such as the Cable Cowl Workshop, and the Hat Workshop.

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER

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learn to knit or crochet!

Crochet 101
Sunday Jan 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 12:30-2:30
Wed Feb 26, break Mar 12, 19, 26, 7-9pm
Sun April 6, 13, break 27, May 4, 12:30-2:30

Knit 101
Fri Jan 10. 17, 24, 31
Mon Jan 20. 27. Feb 3, 10
Fri Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14
Mon Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 17
Thurs Mar 13, 20, 27, April 3
Mon Mar 31, April 7, 14, break, 28
all 7-9pm

needlepoint class

needlepoint class

Crochet Crash Course
Thurs Feb 6, 6:30-9pm
Wed April 2, 6:30-9pm

Knitter’s Crash Course
Mon Jan 13, 6:30-9pm
Mon Feb 10, 10am-12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Mon Mar 17, 10am-12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Mon Mar 24, 6:30-9pm, JUST ADDED!

Needlepoint Workshop
Thurs Jan 30, 6:30-9

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crochet blanket class

Crochet Blanket
Wed Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 7-9pm
Sun Mar 23, 30, 12:30-3:30

Needle Felting Workshop
Sun Mar 9, 12:30-3pm

Drop Spindle (Introduction to Spinning) Class
Sun Feb 9, 16, 23, 12:30-2:30

baby blanket workshop

baby blanket workshop

BEGINNER

Baby Blanket Workshop
Fri Feb 7, 6:30-9pm
Thurs Mar 6, 6:30-9pm
Mon Mar 24, 10am -12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Fri April 11, 6:30-9pm

Project Class
Thurs Jan 9, 16, 23, 7-9pm
Mon Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 10am-12:30pm, JUST ADDED!
Thurs April 10, 17, 24, 7-9pm

simply twisted

cable cowl workshop

Cable Cowl Workshop
Wed Jan 22, 6:30-9pm
Wed March 5, 6:30-9pm JUST ADDED!

Hat Workshop
Mon Jan 6, 6:30-9pm
Thurs Feb 13, 6:30-9pm JUST ADDED!

INTERMEDIATE

Amigurumi Workshop
Sun Mar 2, 12:30-3:00

Mitten Class
Thurs Feb 20, 27, 7-9pm

mitten class

mitten class

Crochet Blanket Finishing
Wed Feb 19, 6:30-9pm

Reading Charted Patterns for Crocheters
Sun Mar 16, 12:30-3:00

ADVANCED

Sock Class
Fri Mar 21, 28, 4, 7-9pm

sock master class

sock master class

Sock Master Class
Sat Feb 8,15, 22, 10:30-12:30

Steeking Workshop
Sat Jan 18, 10:30am-1pm

Sweater Design Class
Sat Mar 8, 15, 22, break, April 5, 10:30am-12:30pm

Knitting in Colour
Wed April 16, 23, 7-9pm

To see the full class descriptions – look HERE.

To register for classes call us at 416 533 5648 or drop by the Knit Cafe at 1050 Queen St. West.

The Most Beautiful Poem Ever (about socks)

This Thurdays August 15th, the Sock Class cometh!

Now read this ↓
and if you do not want to make socks after that, you may have a heart of stone – get that checked!

Ode to my Socks

Mara Mori brought me
a pair of socks
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder’s hands,
two socks as soft as rabbits.
I slipped my feet into them
as if they were two cases
knitted with threads of twilight and goatskin,
Violent socks,
my feet were two fish made of wool,
two long sharks
sea blue, shot through
by one golden thread,
two immense blackbirds,
two cannons,
my feet were honored in this way
by these heavenly socks.
They were so handsome for the first time
my feet seemed to me unacceptable
like two decrepit firemen,
firemen unworthy of that woven fire,
of those glowing socks.

Nevertheless, I resisted the sharp temptation
to save them somewhere as schoolboys
keep fireflies,
as learned men collect
sacred texts,
I resisted the mad impulse to put them
in a golden cage and each day give them
birdseed and pieces of pink melon.
Like explorers in the jungle
who hand over the very rare green deer
to the spit and eat it with remorse,
I stretched out my feet and pulled on
the magnificent socks and then my shoes.

The moral of my ode is this:
beauty is twice beauty
and what is good is doubly good
when it is a matter of two socks
made of wool in winter.

This poem is by Pablo Neruda and translated by Robert Bly.
Although I am a long time fan of Senor Neruda, I first read this poem on Kate Davies blog.  Ms Davies, is one talented knitter and knit-wear designer and she has a wonderful blog besides.  Go see!

cristina barsony illustration
More inspiration for sock knitting
Illustration by Cristina Barsony

socksSock Class
Thurs August 15, 22, 19
7-9pm
$72, materials not included
Call to register
416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

Swatching in circles

To swatch or not to swatch, that is the question.
The answer in many many cases is “yes – you should”.
Don’t worry, I won’t spend this time trying to lure you over to the side of pro-swatchers. Today I want to talk about swatching in the round.
When you are knitting a project in the round it is imperative you test swatch in the round too.  I am sorry to say that this is something I did not learn, till later in my knit-life.  It seems that the difference in our tensions from flat knitting to circular knitting can be extreme! Extremely extreme!
So if you are about to knit a project that requires you to knit in rounds then follow these steps to make a swatch.

1.  Using the needles you would like to knit with (these will be either circular or double pointed needles) cast on stitches sufficient enough for a swatch.  It is desirable to have at least 10cm to measure, since most gauges are given over 10cm. If my swatch is for a stocking stitch fabric I like to do a little boarder of garter stitch so that the swatch won’t curl as much when I am trying to measure, but this is optional. Work your first row.

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2.When you get to the end of the row drag your stitches to the other needle point. Don’t turn your piece to the other side!

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3. Leaving a long stretch of yarn flopping across the back or the knitting, work into the stitch you have positioned near the tip of the needle (the first stitch in the previous row).

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Repeat steps 2 and 3.  Eventually you will get something that looks like this on the back side.  You see how it is important to keep those runs at the back as long as possible so your swatch can lie flat for measuring.

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Once the swatch is blocked many people will snip the long runs at the back before measuring, but if it is laying flat without cutting you don’t have to cut.

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Before you measure, block your swatch. Now go ahead and measure.

Here is a quick video you can watch to see the swatching in action:

Craftily yours
Kristin