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Gifts For The Knitter Who Has Everything

Let’s face it, some people are hard to shop for. Even folks who are really into their hobbies, they eventually have every gadget known to man,  but I bet your bottom dollar a knitter you know does not yet have some of these cute and useful knitter’s notions and tools.

  1. Honeycomb stitch markers with bee row minder, package of 7, $8
  2. Hedgehog Needle Gauge, hand made from sustainable bamboo, $18
  3. Whale Needle Gauge, $18
  4. Fox Needle Gauge, $18
  5. Sheep Stitch Marker Set, a beautiful tin with 5 circular stitch markers and a darning needle, handmade in Canada, $23
  6. Brass Cat Stitch Marker Set, with 8 stitch markers shaped like kitty cats, and a darning needle. Also comes in silver. $23
  7. Wee scissors, flower shaped or stork shaped in all different colours, made in Canada $18
  8. Pretty Bird Tin with 8 flower stitch markers, $23

These Needle Cases will hold straight, and double pointed needles and crochet hooks too. There is a pocket for all your other knit necessities. Available in grey denim with gingham lining, or blue denim with striped lining. These cases are beautifully hand sewn in Canada by Jesabelle B. $70 each

Lykke Needles are made in Norway from driftwood, need I say more?
The wood is polished and stitches slide beautifully, the cord is very pliable and the connections are very good. Needles come all organized in a beautiful case too!
We have two interchangeable sets. The small set comes with 9 short tips sized 3.25-6.5mm, with two 40cm, and one of each of 50cm, and 60cm cords. $155
The large set has twelve longer tips sized 3.5-12mm, with two 60cm, two 80cm and one 100cm cord.  $173
Both sets come connectors, keys and stoppers.

Shawl Pins by Jul

  1. Classic Waves, Rosewood Shawl Pin $21
  2. Alhambra Lace Pin, White Brass, $42
  3. Mod Leather Shawl Pin, $34
  4. Merino Ewe Shawl Stick, White Brass, $29

  1. Aitken and Hyde, yarn bowls, hand made locally $45
  2. Eucalan Wool Wash, no rinse! 100ml $5, 500ml $13
  3. Woolens Pattern Book with patterns by Jared Flood from Brooklyn Tweed. This book has beautiful patterns for knit accessories made with Brooklyn Tweed Yarns which are also available at The Knit Café. The Woolens Book  is $39
  4. Project Bags by Kate Austin Designs. These fabrics are designed by local artist Kate Austin, they are block-printed by hand on soft organic cotton. There are so many beautiful prints to choose from and many sizes to hold any size project. Shown here:
    Draw String Project Bag $20, Tote $45

If that wasn’t enough, there is always yarn. The Knit Café has a fabulous selection of hand dyed yarns right now. Most of it is created right here in Canada. Just this week we received these gorgeous skeins of bulky merino by Lichen and Lace from New Brunswick.
Top, left to right: Amber, Rosewood, Faded Rose, Orchid, Pressed Flowers
Bottom, left to right: Evergreen, Teal Tide, Pewter, Calm Water, Blue Lagoon, Wildflowers, $28 each

Also newly arrived are these lovely skeins from Zen Yarn Garden, a dyer from Sarnia Ontario. This sock weight yarn might be the softest I have ever worked with!
Top, left to right: Arabia, Botanical, Mermaid, Notebook, Carcross Summer 1989
Middle, left to right: Tiffany, Dish of Pears, Notting Hill, Annie, Amadeus
Bottom, left to right: Aladdin, Into The Woods, Camelot, Matrix, Ted, $24 each

Give the gift of MORE KNITTING with The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club Holiday Edition. This is a subscription lasting six months with three packages. Each package contains an original Knit Café Pattern and beautiful yarn to match. $100 plus shipping.
Read all the details HERE

If none of that is quite right for the knitter in your life there are always

GIFT CERTIFICATES FROM THE KNIT CAFE

Call: 416 533 5648, or write us: theknitcafe@hotmail.com, and we can send a gift certificate through email!

Craftily yours
Kristin

What to knit with a month till Christmas!

Have you made your Christmas knitting plans yet? Or did you wake up one day and realize it’s almost December. That’s what I did. So, now that I truly believe Christmas is coming I have started to knit in earnest. I am making socks. In fact I am making these socks ↓

Sweet Sock by The Knit Café. This is our basic sock pattern, with a difference. Difference #1: you can make any size from child size to man size. Difference #2: these socks have a really cool looking reinforced heel that has a beautiful honey comb texture. Difference #3: these socks fit great because of the ribbing. Difference #4: a knitters could have a lot of fun switching up the toe colours. Difference #5: this pattern does not assume you are an expert sock knitter and is very detailed – there are even pictures!
PS: I started the day before yesterday and I am half way through sock number one!


Socks make a great gift. There are some real serious fans of hand knitted socks out there and that is who you should reserve your sock knitting for. For a sock with extra personality try The Knit Cafe’s Maud Sock Pattern. These socks have a textured stitch and an “after thought heel” knit in a contrast colour. These socks are sure to wow! This slip-stitch looks excellent with hand dyed yarn. The socks in the pic were knit with Zen Yarn Garden. Coincidentally we just got an amazing batch of this terrific sock yarn in stock.

This is not a sock ↓  – It’s a sock monkey! So, even better!

Curious by The Knit Café, is knit like a sock – that is – all in one piece (except for the ears). We knit this sample with a self-striping yarn made by Turtlepurl but they look smashing in plain colours too. At the Knit Café we also stock the stuffing, and the safety eyes and the 100% wool felt for the face. Everything you need!

Mittens are the cutest! Iwona is making these adorable pint size mits in multiples because little folks are known for losing their mittens.  The pattern is by Tin Can Knits. It is called The World’s Simplest Mittens . It is a free pattern and mittens can be made in all sizes. Iwona’s versions are made with Noro Kureopatora. It’s a gorgeous yarn that has a gradual colour change. If you knit with it in stripes you will end up with a practically endless colour variety.

The best mittens ever were designed right here in Canada. They are called thrum mittens! Thrum Mitten are super warm because a fleece lining in knit right into them making them thick and cushioned and wind stopping. The colourful heart shaped stitches on the outside are pretty wonderful too. The Knit Café has their own Thrum Mitten pattern with lots of sizes available. You can find the pattern HERE

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If you have never made thrum or any other kind of mittens before you can join our Thrum Mitten Class this Friday!

Thrum Mitten Class
Friday December 1, 8, 7-9pm
Register for this class HERE

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

I’m Finding My Fade! How About You?

A certain kind of madness has hit the knitting community – it’s called “Find Your Fade”.  Why is this project so popular and what the heck is it?
It’s a gigantic shawl project, definitely a double or a triple neck wrapper, it is asymmetrical, with open eyelet sections broken up with garter stitch sections but most of all it is a huge colour explosion. I think the popularity of this project is due to the happy challenge of combining 7 different colours of yarn and imposing an order, but not just any order, a colour-fade.  In the “Find Your Fade shawl each colour is added to the next in the hopes that the eye will blend them and each colour will have a gentle transition. It is harder to do then one would think.

Iwona and I spend a lot of time trying to “find our fade” It is crazily addictive! Even though I have just finished my Find Your Fade shawl, I already want to start another one!

Here it is! (pre-blocking)
I used a combination of Lichen and Lace 80/20 and Hedgehog Fibre Sock, with a little bit of Koigu KPPM thrown in for good measure.

There is a one night workshop at The Knit Café this Thursday where we will be Findin Our Fade and how! So I decided to put together a few possible fade combinations for students. We have so many lovely hand dyed yarns in the shop to choose from. These combos are a mix of Yarn Indulgences, Lichen and Lace, Zen Yarn Garden, Koigu KPPM, and of course Hedgehog Fibre which is what the original “Find Your Fade” shawl was knit from.

Pretty nice eh?

Find Your Fade Knitted Shawl Workshop

Thursday September 28, 6:30-9pm

Register HERE

You can find the pattern for Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry right HERE. Since the inception of this shawl Andrea has designed some wonderful spin-off patterns, check out So Faded and So Faded Pint Size, Free Your Fade and now a new mystery KAL What the Fade.

Craftily Yours
Kristin

Weaving treats and hand dyed Canadian-made gems

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:

Introduction to Weaving Stripes Class
on Sunday August 20 and 27, 12:30-5pm

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.

Craftily yours
Krsitin