Congratulations Steve Rousseau + Free Giveaway!

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We are thrilled this week to congratulate Steve Rousseau on the launch of his new design company Steve Rousseau Designs and his first two patterns – Lorelei Rectangular Shawl and Lorelei Triangular Shawl.  Steve has been a long-time customer at our store and we’ve marveled over the years at his exquisite work – his eye for colour, appreciation of texture, and incredible knitting skills result in projects that regularly elicit oooh’s and ahhhh’s from all present when he shares them at the store.  Steve and his partner have recently taken the next step in their knitting journey with the establishment of their own design business.  To wish them well and to celebrate the launch, we are offering a free pattern with yarn purchase to the first customers in our store to take on these beautiful designs. We have 18 copies of each pattern available to give away.  The printed patterns are of extremely high quality and include charted instructions. Available in English and French. Hurry, these won’t last long!

Note: The rectangular shawl requires 6 skeins of Shibui Pebble while the triangular version requires just 4.

For more information and additional photos of the Rectangular Shawl click here.
For more information and additional photos of the Triangular Shawl click here.

Also featured on Shibui’s Facebook page here!

- Melissa

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CustomFit launching this week at Espace Tricot!

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Are you reluctant to knit sweaters because you’re just not convinced your finished garment is going to fit you properly? Or perhaps you’ve tried your hand at cardigans and pullovers only to be disappointed by the way it looks on you. Too long, too short, too big, too tight (in all the wrong places), just not what you were expecting? If so, we’re happy to introduce you to a new in-store service that will surely make you fall in love with sweater knitting again (or for the first time!).  CustomFit is a custom sweater pattern generator from well known knitwear designer Amy Herzog that creates a pattern that’s perfect for your body, with no modifications required.  Using thorough and carefully taken body measurements and your specific gauge, we will be able to help you mix and match different sweater lengths, necklines, sleeves, and edgings until you have the sweater of your dreams!

customfitAmong many other options, you will be able to choose between a Close-Fitting sweater which will fit close to your body but not skin-tight, an Average-Fitting sweater that will accommodate an underlayer (e.g. a buttoned, fabric shirt) and will present the appearance of a moderately-hourglass body shape, or a Relaxed-Fitting sweater appropriate for those who want to wear more than one layer or who don’t really like their clothes to touch their bodies. With CustomFit, the rest of the work is taken care of – determining ease, choosing which modifications your body requires, and absolutely all of the math.

Several of us have now used CustomFit to create our own sweaters and have been thrilled with the results. We really can’t recommend this approach enough!

To spread the sweater love, we are now offering three levels of CustomFit service in store:

Full Service Plan

First Meeting:
Measurements
Help with yarn selection
Explanation of how to knit swatch

Second Meeting:
Measuring swatch
Pattern selection
Pattern generation

Pattern Selection & Generation

Measuring swatch
Pattern selection
Pattern generation

Measurements Only

Measurements
Assistance with yarn selection
Explanation of how to knit swatch

Please note that CustomFit appointments are available with Giovanna at the following times:

Thursdays
9h30-10h15
14h00-14h45
14h45-15h30
15h30-16h15
16h15-17h00
17h00-17h45

Saturdays
9h30-10h15

- Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Traveling Cable Hat

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The Traveling Cable Hat by Purl Soho is a great way to show off your cabling skills!  Don’t worry, even if you’ve never cabled before, this project will show you that it really is easier than it looks. In addition to the pattern, Purl Soho provides a helpful visual tutorial that de-mystifies the entire process. If you’ve been wanting to learn how to knit cables but have been nervous about committing to a larger project, this hat will give you a perfect introduction. And if cables are already part of your repertoire, why not show off your skills? Pattern is available in two sizes.

We have a wide variety of yarns that would work well for this project including Kashmir-Alpakka from SandnesGarn (cashmere + alpaca), Tosh Vintage, Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label, and Spud & Chloe Sweater.

- Melissa

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Measure Once…

Today I do not have much, but what I want to talk about is one of the tools I use often. If I may say so myself, I am pretty good at knowing the size of a knitting needle just by looking at it. Most of the time I am right. Sometimes I am not. Those are the times when you want to use your needle gauge. Don’t worry. This gauge is way less hive inducing than the stitch gauge can be, it is downright harmless. And useful at the same time. Also, if your needle size is American and says “8” – do you know the equivalence in mm? The needle gauge will tell you.

I for one have a really (really) hard time to read the printed or engraved numbers on the needles, sometimes they rub off, and when the size is marked on the cables (whoever thought that was a good idea?) I can only guess. Well, no more guessing. Use a needle gauge! (Most of them include a little ruler to measure the other gauge, but maybe I shouldn’t mention that today…)

IMG_9675Just look at the needles in the picture. Most of them seem to be the same size, but surely they are not. Stick’em in the holes to find out!

When using the gauge, the needle should just fit into the according hole. If there’s a gap between needle and gauge, it is not the right size, if only the tip fits in, it isn’t either! Not forcing the needle is especially important if you are using a metal needle gauge and want to measure a wood or bamboo needle. Always insert needle straight, avoid angles.

Happy Knitting, as ever!

- Mona

 

 

Announcing the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Mystery Knit-Along designed by Kaffe Fassett!

kaffe_knit_alongIn follow-up to their extremely successful Martin Storey Knit-Along this past spring, Rowan has teamed with master designer Kaffe Fassett to create a new Knit- Along featuring their Pure Wool Worsted superwash yarn.  The project will be for a full-sized afghan, however, this time, Rowan is also offering quicker project options for small and oblong cushions.  Kaffe has developed four color combinations (brown, pastel, red, and turquoise) but the sky is the limit in terms of personal creativity! Each project will consist of several squares using Kaffe’s signature striping techniques. In addition, Rowan designer Sarah Hatton will also contribute technique videos which will run over the life of the KAL.

The first square pattern will be released week commencing 1st October 2014.

At each stage, instructions for one of the squares that Kaffe has designed will be released. A completed Afghan requires each square to be knitted six times, giving a total of 48 squares. In week nine, Rowan will provide the two final sets of instructions needed for making-up the beautiful blanket.

The patterns will be released by stage at Knitrowan.com.

You’ll be able to ask for help and advice, share your comments, and photos via the Rowan Yarns Forum, on a dedicated Ravelry pattern page, and also on the Rowan Yarns Facebook page.

Click here for the Shopping List.
Click here for the introduction video.

Patterns will be available in English, French, German and Dutch.

How Espace Tricot can help:

Come in for help and company!

We’ll be knitting the afghan right along with many others and will be providing assistance to any of our participating customers at our Thursday Knit Nights.  Feel free to join us for help, inspiration, and company! There is no fee for taking part.

Get your supplies!

We are happy to announce that we are now stocking all 56 colours of Rowan’s Pure Wool Worsted yarn. Come on in and purchase your Knit-Along supplies. Use Kaffe Fassets colour suggestions below to guide you or create your own individual palette. To help, the Pure Wool Worsted shade card can be downloaded from the Rowan website.

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- Melissa

Fibre Company Meadow now re-stocked

I posted about our new store sample yesterday but, in my haste, I completely neglected to mention the yarn we used to knit our Twinleaf wrap!  Meadow, from the Fibre Company, is comprised of four luxurious fibers which are spun together and kettle dyed. Because the merino, baby llama, silk, and linen fibers all take dyes to varying degrees, the result is a unique blend that is beautifully heathered with amazing colour depth.  The different fibers also bring individual and specific qualities of drape, softness, sheen, and stitch definition making it a lovely choice for shawls, scarves, and lightweight garments. Each 100g skein is 549 m making one enough for most accessory projects.

We currently have 15 shades in stock including the newly added – Bluebonnet, Alfalfa, and Silt (see below).

meadow_bluebonnet meadow_alfalfa meadow_siltThe original 12.

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(Photos: The Fibre Company)

Grace Anna Farrow’s Allium Collection which is entirely designed with Meadow provides perfect inspiration!

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- Melissa

New store sample: Twinleaf

twinleaf9A stunning wrap by Grace Anna Farrow that Lisa made even larger (see mods) for maximum comfort and versatility! Minimalist in design, Twinleaf uses short row contrast colour stripes and an asymmetrical design to create a modern and functional piece with dramatic effect.

Click here to see additional photos and project details (including modifications) on our Ravelry project page.

- Melissa

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