Happy Canada Day long weekend! Should you happen to be be feeling patriotic, we've found a few pattern that will get a canuck revved up! We've also pulled out the all the red, white, ecru & beige yarns we've suggested, so you can pop in and grab 'em on your way out of town (or in town)!
The next Knit-O-Matic Yarn Swap will be held on Saturday July 21st, from 1 to 4 pm.
Bring the stuff you don't need, want, or are never going to use, including but not exclusive to yarn, needles, hooks, patterns, books & magazines. Take anything you like from the stuff donated by other people. ALL of the leftover go to charity (Streetknit, Silver Circle West Toronto Services for Seniors) and all kinds of donations are welcome (especially the squeakiest of synthetic yarns).
Attendance is at Yarn Swap is FREE, just drop by! And bring your knitting and stay with us for a Stitch 'n Bitch!
You can also drop off hand knit or crochet donations for Streetknit and we will pass them along. They make and then donate hand knit/crochet outerwear and blankets to Toronto's street people. Hats, scarves, mitts, socks, and squares are all welcome.
If you can't attend, but you still want to donate your old knit & crochet materials, you can drop it off at the store in a sealed plastic bag, anytime we are open:
As promised, we made our bag in the popular choice, Tangerine Tango. We used just over 1 skein of Super 10 cotton. If you want to make the strap long, you'll need 2 skeins of the Super 10, but if you are ok with making it a little shorter you can get away with one. Read more about our bag HERE.
We just got a SLEW of new Handspun Art Yarns from Studioloo! The following are a selection of some of my favourites .... (by the way, the colours aren't entirely accurate, the light was a little strong during photography).
Camel of the Desert & Brunettes Have Fun Too
Bacon 'n Eggs (we have 3 skeins!), Candy Twist, & Many Hands (yup, those are little barbie hands all over the skein)
Jackie O, Honey Blooms, & Candy Harvest (it's sparkly!)
Spices and Treasure, Sunsweets (sparkly), & Sunlit Studio (those are plastic grapes and felted & embroidered balls)
Tea Party Charm, Pod Garden, Happy Fruits (skein has smiley fruits, some have googly eyes), David Attenborough's Hideout (wins prize for best yarn name EVER, plus it is extra gorgeous)
Villains (covered in bits of GI Joes & etc), Little People Land (Fisher Price people), & Bloo (apparently Grover was shorn like a sheep and Cindy spun his fur)
Triumphant Bouquet, Mystic Rock Garden, & Berry Basket
Wonka-Vision & Crayon Box
We also have a pile of Hand Dyed Artisan Sock Yarns from Studioloo!
We also have the hand cream that inspired the Soak Boxes! Handmaid is a luxury hand cream from the experts
at Soak Wash. Enriched with shea butter, olive oil and
vitamins A & E, Handmaid rejuvenates skin and protects overworked
hands. The directions are simple: apply sparingly, rub thoroughly, get back to it. Handmaid is designed for knitters, crafters and busy folks who
work and play with their hands, and comes in all your
favorite Soak scents (Aquae, Lacey, Celebration and Unscented).
Just arrived, a great big bag of Fleece Artist Trail Socks! We love Trail Socks, since it's soft, pretty, durable, and very affordable at only $17.97. It's not only a great sock yarn, but it also wonderful for shawls, baby sweaters, and all those neckerchiefs I've spotted you in.
Here's a small selection of some of our favourite colours from this shipment:
We got a bunch of your other favourite colours in, including berry, topaz, moss, amethyst, smoke, pewter, peacock, aurora, ocean, stardust, and salt spray.
"Many, many years ago, Eisaku Noro took a leap of faith. Trusting
his experience and knowledge, his instincts and determination, he
envisioned creating a yarn like no other. So many exuberant
entrepreneurial moments like this end without success, but not this
one. We can only imagine how hard Mr. Noro worked to market a yarn so
overtly individual and carve a growing niche in a hand-knitting
market dominated by single-color balls and skeins.
Speaking for the knitters of the world, we say: Bravo, Mr. Noro!
Your vision inspires us: We are mesmerized as stitch after stitch
forms and falls from our needles. We expect the unexpected, crave the
next color, and are often hopelessly addicted. Our editors are
voracious Noro knitters, so putting together this magazine has been
an exciting experience for us. We congratulate the talented designers
who embraced the unique qualities of Noro yarns, experimented with
shape and form, color and construction, and created such inspiring
35 Little knits like hats, mitts, shawls, cowls, socks! Learn entrelac, fair isle, intarsia, lace, cables, dropped stitches, twisted stitches. Take the knitted accessory to new
heights with this super-sized special issue of Knitscene. With
themed collections, plentiful tutorials, breathtaking photography,
interesting features, and Knitscene’s usual sense of style and
focus on simplicity, this issue will be a shelf-keeper for years to
Looking for crochet patterns that echo
current trends, but also have long-term wearability? They've got them
in the Summer 2012 issue. Lacy cover-ups are perfectly suited to
poolside or summer parties. Retro stripes grace crochet tops and
dresses. Explore the Turkish edgings called oya, and adorn your
own garments and home decor with a variety of crocheted edgings.
Also, Maire Treanor's series on Clones lace continues with motifs for
leaves and a winsome scroll. Twenty-two projects—some of which
you'll want to make in several colors—will keep your hook engaged
through the summer.