Tag Archives: sock yarn

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

 

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

Visions of Koigu dance in their heads

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Look at them Sugarplums!
These guys would be nice found in the stocking or knit-up into stockings! Koigu KPPM is a carefully hand painted merino yarn that is ideal for socks and other light weight projects that call for fingering weight yarn.  Baby duds, shawls and mittens, for example would be gorgeous in this yarn. It’s a local-yocal yarn from Ontari- ari -ari -o!

There’s an introduction to sock making class starting this week. In other words the perfect opportunity to try out some of the Koigu.  If you’ve knit on the double pointed needles before and have a burning desire for warm feet, then this is your class.

Sock Class
Wednesday December 4, 11, 18, 7pm-9pm
$76 materials not included
Call to register 416 533 5648

Craftily yours
Kristin

ps. we just got some more fingering weight yarn that’s gonna blow your socks off! Stay tuned for pics!