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Chunkerific Yarn Update

Some knitters like to maximize their knitting time with fat yarns. To them, I say look no further then Brown Sheep Burly Spun. We adore this yarn for how speedy it is to knit but also how glamorously chunky it looks in simple stitches like garter stitch.
We just got our first shipment (of many no doubt) of this indispensable yarn.

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This oatmeal colour is the one we picked to knit our sample of The Mondo Cowl.

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We have many other colours of Brown Sheep Burly Spun in the shop to admire, and there are a few available in our webshop too, so even if you live far away you can order some of this yarn to try.

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More news from the webshop!

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Turtlepurl Self Striping Turtletoes yarn is one of our featured yarns this month. You can see all the colours HERE.

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With the arrival of Madelinetosh Merino Light we are able to offer some of our favourite colour combinations for the Soho Scarf Knit Kit. You can see them HERE.

Fall is in the air everyone!fall

Craftily yours
Kristin

Something BIG from Turtlepurl!

Oh happy day! I have very exciting news to share.
We just received a package from Turtlepurl yarns, the creator of delicious Stripe Turtletoes (the wonderful self striping yarn).
This is especially good news for anyone who has been tempted to knit with this amazing yarn but has been intimidated by the skinniness.  It now comes in worsted weight! There is currently a selection of 6 stripey colourways and we have some of all of them.

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Trenchcoat

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City Girl

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Gothic Plum

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Nano

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Yuppie Love

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The labels come with a pic that hints how the stripes might develop.

Exciting differences would appear depending on whether you cast on for a baby sweater or a set of mittens. The potential for cute projects seems unlimited in this yarn. Imagine a striped scarf without darning in all the ends.  Ditto for a hat!
This yarn is spun from 100% Superwash Merino and has a yardage of 200yds, for $30.
We can’t wait for you to see it!

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

Attention Sockaholics! Prepare to get excited!

Turtlepurl Self Striping Sock Yarn is Back!

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There are currently 21 seriously fun colour patterns to choose from in this yarn, but they won’t last long so come in soon to get your first pick.
What’s so great about this yarn? – you might ask. Firstly, it is made in Canada, hand dyed yarn, which is always special.  Secondly, the yarn is cleverly dyed so that it will knit into stripe patterns with no extra effort from the knitter.  In addition the skeins are bundles into couplets, dyed to match each other so that sock knitters can match up the stripes in their socks.

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These socks were knit by Ellen in the Turtlepurl colour called Rock, Paper, Scissor, Lizard, Spock! Ellen’s socks are so dreamily soft because they are a special blend of sock yarn called Softshell Turtle Toes composed of 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon. This super soft sock yarn makes for very happy feet.  We have a few colours in this decadent blend.  Colours like:

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Rock, Paper, Scissor, Lizard, Spock

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Origins of Purple

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Miss K’s Big Day

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Gothic Plum

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Old Glory

Most of the Turtlepurl sock yarn in the shop is the hard wearing Striped Turtletoes yarn which is a blend of superwash merino and nylon. Many old and friendly colours are making a reappearance and a few new ones too!  Colours like:

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Superman
I just couldn’t resist the name of this one! Who doesn’t want super hero socks?

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Snow White
All the colours of this leading ladies dress! These would make such sweet socks! Non?

Turtlepurl Striped Turtletoes would be terrific yarn to use an After Thought Heel Sock Pattern with.  That way the delightful stripes will not be interrupted by the heel knitting.  Check out the blog post for things to knit for Christmas for links to two different after thought heel patterns.  One in toe-up and the other is top-down!

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

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

Turtlepurl is Back!

Seeing as we are neck deep in deepest, darkest winter, isn’t it time we injected a little sunshine?  I think it is timely this arrival of yarn from Turtlepurl for just this reason.  Now feast your eyes on the colour-happy colours!

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Striped Turtle Toes yarn is a hand-dyed, self-striping yarn from Quebec.
This 75% merino, 25% nylon, fingering weight yarn was carefully dyed to make a pair of socks where the stripes match foot to foot. Sold as two 50 gram skeins couple together, one skein per sock.  Imagine how happy your toes will be with all these sunny colours to keep them snugly.

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One outstanding colour-way is Burberry ↑.  You can see how the stripes manifest in the sample behind the skeins.  Most of the colours from our last shipment (including Burberry) are now back in stock and you can see just how they look right here.

Here are the brand new colour ways ↓. Unfortunately Genvieve was not able to send us knit samples so we will have to use our imagination when it comes to the stripe pattern, but I think we all can manage that!

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We received a batch of Striped Turtle Toes in November and it sold out before Christmas, so if you see something you like I would scoop it up now. The set of two skeins, with a total yardage of 450yds is $27.

Craftily yours
Kristin

self striping socks by Turtlepurl.

Remember those striped arm warmers I featured back when it was 3 weeks till Christmas.  I mentioned I had a new yarn in stock that would do the work of striping for you.  Well here is the goods!
Self-striping sock weight yarn! and hand dyed no less! It comes from Quebec and a hand dyer that goes by Turtlepurl. Thank you goes to them for the beautiful yarn and the knit swatches that show just how the yarn knits up in all it’s striped glory.
Check it out!

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Bah Humbug (that’s the name of the colour)

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Bee Keeper.

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Poison Apple

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Burberry

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Absinthe

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Autumn

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Twilight

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Dawn.
Somehow this swatch took a runner, so we’ll just have to use our imagination now to visualize the pattern. Sigh!
The skeins are bundled in twos so you can make two socks (or arm warmers, or mittens…) with matching stripes.  How great is that. The 2 skein bundle goes for $27.  The yarn is composed of 75% merino and 25% nylon, so they should make strong socks.

Craftily yours
Kristin