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Olá Retrosaria!

I was so excited when I discovered this yarn! Retrosaria is the brain child of Rosa Pomar, a textile talent who has taken on the project of conserving indigenous sheep breeds in her home country of Portugal. To make certain that these unique sheep breeds and  some of the traditional Portuguese fibre processes are preserved she has developed several beautiful yarn lines that celebrate both. We have three of them in the shop for you to try.

Beiroa ↑ is a rustic wool yarn from the Bordaleira Serra da Estrela sheep. It comes in a lovely range of colours as you can see. It has a woolly hand, full of lanoline which is the perfect hand moisture for knitters and has a wonderful smell, yes smell!! Is so sweet!
Beiroa softens and blooms beautifully after washing.

Beiroa in it’s natural state is lightly spun with both texture and colour variation. Light and dark sheep’s wool are spun together to achieve tonal changes and some barber poling effects.  The wool is then over dyed in all the pretty colours and the result is a wonderful colour depth with lots of whimsical and unexpected shadows and highlights.

Mungo ↑ is made from recycled wool and cotton in equal amounts. We can feel good about using a product that is made entirely from pre-consumer textile waste. The fibre and the processing is Portuguese and therefore has a small footprint too. We can feel pretty good about how the yarns looks and handles too. I love the subtle texture and the colour heathering (I think I just made up that word) in this product. I also love the labels, they are so cute….which brings me to …… Mondim ↓

I adore the illustration on these labels. In fact I could have purchased this yarn just for that, but there is more! Mondim is a fingering weight yarn made from 100% Portuguese wool. You could make super cute socks from this yarn or there is a sweater project Rosa Pomar has started made from Mondim that I am coveting. This is not a superwash wool so the natural properties of the yarn have not been messed with and your knitting and crocheting projects will keep their shapes beautifully. It also is lovely-soft! This yarn knits up with gentle colour variation and some striping depending on the stitch pattern and the number of stitches.

For Retrosaria inspiration and drool worthy projects have a look at Rosa Pomar’s Instagram account HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

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Super Sock Yarn – Hedgehog Fibre is here!


Happy Easter weekend! We are open and you should come in and see the goodies, like these beautiful skeins of Hedgehog Fibre. We have long admired Hedgehog’s uniquely poppy way of dyeing and now we have some in the shop. Hooray!

Hedgehog Fiber’s Sock is comprised of 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon, but it is not just for socks. Make shawls and sweaters too, perfect for kid’s duds!

We also received Turtlepurl this week. Happy, self striping sock weight yarn from Turtlepurl has been a mainstay in the Knit Café for years. We are sorry to say that this will be our last order for a while as Turtlepurl is taking a break from wholesaling. I am glad to say we have a lovely collection that will hopefully keep us busy for a while  Here are some of my favourites ↓

“Live Long and Prosper” is a limited edition colour that we are lucky to have.  The colours are inspired by Spock’s uniform from Star Trek of course!

“The Artist” is oh so artistic!

“Zebra Diva” – greys and blacks and hints of coloured hues – so pretty!

“What Does It Mean” I don’t know why this colour is called this. maybe someone can help me out and tell me what does it mean? Regardless it is terrifico,  featuring a grey-blue background and rainbow stripes between.

Craftily yours
Kristin

Custom Colour from Riverside Studio

Super Sock from Riverside Studio is here!

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Included in this batch is The Knit Cafe’s exclusive colourway called Firefly. This is the colour that we designed with Kathryn from Riverside Studio in Quebec for our yarn club members. We loved it so much!

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It seems like a lot of others loved it so much too. We saw so many disappointed faces when we told people it was unavailable. The answer to this torment we decided was to ask Riverside Studio to dye us up a new batch of the custom colour but this time make it sock yarn!

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The original batch was a soft  one ply worsted only for Yarn Club 2016 members. We knit it up into our Starry Night Chapeau pattern ↑
This new batch is Super Sock, a fingering weight yarn that would be outstanding knit into light weight garments and of course, into socks. We have a limited supply of the “Firefly” colour-way so come in soon to get yours.

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I bet you know what this is for ↑
It’s Riverside 4ply worsted in a colour called Flamingo – ripe and ready to become PUSSY HATS! Meow!

Craftily yours
Kristin

Sock yarn from Riverside Studio

Some of you have told me that your favourite Indie Hand Dyer is Riverside Studio from Wakefield Quebec.  I think this is a solid choice. There are so many unique colour-ways coming from this Canadian artisan. Riverside’s Super Sock yarn-base is no slouch either with a “super” tight spin. This superwash merino with 20% nylon has enough yardage in one skein for a pair of socks, and at a reasonable price too – $24.

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Fiesta

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Lifesaver

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Hell’s Kitchen

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Storm

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Slate

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Sailor

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Café

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Beryl

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

More Season’s Greetings for Sock Knitters!

Just in time for gift knitting we have received a beautiful batch of sock yarns from Indigo Dragonfly.  This Ontario, hand dying enterprise create some rich and decadent colours when they dye their yarns.  Each one comes with an equally creative name and therefore a story.  It is certainly icing on the cake to tell the recipient of your hand knit socks that they are not only made with love but the colour is called “Cumberbacchanal”. Especially if that recipient is a fan of the TV series Sherlock .

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Here are some highlights from this order:

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Beige

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Don’t Blink (Dr. Who)

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Sage Fright

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Dawn’s In Trouble; Must Be Tuesday

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Only The Exact Phrase I Used Was Don’t (Firefly)

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Hungry Hungry Dystopos

This yarn is composed of 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon, so they will make nice and strong, washable socks! Each skein has 356m , which is ample for a pair of socks and each costs $26.

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

 

a brand new Knit Cafe

Some of you may not have been able to visit our new shop in person yet, but I don’t want you to perish from curiousity – so here’s the virtual tour!

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Come in and look to your right.
You’ll see Knit Cafe patterns, mini skeins, needles and notions too.

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We received many beautiful bouquets at our opening party, they’re keeping our critters company.

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Come on into our class room.  This is where all the knit action happens.  We are so happy with all the natural light that comes through the patio doors.

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Do you recognize the orange colour? We borrowed bits and pieces from the old space for the new.  We kept some of our tabletops with the carrot coloured marmoleum.

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Please come and sit for a spell and have a cup of tea.

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Knit samples!  including a few new ones hang on the good-old circular pegboard display.  A linen sweater made with Shibui Linen and a small and cozy raglan, we knit in preparation for our Sweater Class.

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We had a devil of a time figuring where to put the swift, but we think we found a great spot.

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Turn yourself around for the view of the shop from the class room!

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The best thing in the shop is still all the beautiful yarn.

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We have a few new arrivals that came in for the opening.  Yarn  from Sweet Georgia in Vancouver, this hand dyed merino is a DK weight with quite a hardy twist.

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↓ Indigo Dragonfly’s sock yarn – yum!

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Freia lace weight yarn is hand dyed to knit a “ombre” colour pattern.  One colour subtly blends into another throughout the skein. So beautiful!

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More self striping yarn from Turtlepurl!

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I will report new comer details soon, but old favourites like Koigu Kppm should not be ignored.

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We’re almost through.  Here’s the owl’s eye view of things, in our very first window display.

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That’s it! The rest you will have to come and see for yourself!
This weekend will be lovely, on Sunday we are hosting our free PomPom workshop! Everyone is welcome.

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See you soon
Craftily yours
Kristin