New store sample: Cullum by Isabell Kraemer

This isn’t actually a “new” store sample – it’s been in the shop for at least a month now – but it’s finally making its way on to the blog today!

Cullum, by Isabell Kraemer, is a beautiful pattern knit with Quince & Co’s soft and supple Sparrow linen yarn.  It’s the second project we’ve knit up from Quince’s gorgeous Linen Noir collection released in the Spring (the first was Deschain) and we love how this one turned out as well. Worked seamlessly from the top-down, the pattern incorporates short rows at the neck for shaping and just enough lacy detail to add interest to this otherwise simple, breezy top. An easy-knitting pleasure from beginning to end.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Sparrow yarn in our webstore.

 – Melissa

Re-stocked: Meadow and Acadia from The Fibre Company!

MEADOW

Meadow, from the Fibre Company, is a delightful blend of four luxurious fibers which are spun together and kettle dyed. The merino, baby llama, silk, and linen fibers all take dyes to varying degrees resulting in a unique blend that is beautifully heathered with gorgeous colour depth.  The individual qualities of drape, softness, sheen, and crisp stitch definition brought by the different fibers makes this a “must-try” yarn for shawls, scarves, and lightweight garments! Each 100g skein is 549 m making just one enough for most accessory projects.

PROJECT INSPIRATION

TWINLEAF by Grace Anna Farrow

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Twinleaf is a stunning wrap by Grace Anna Farrow that Lisa made even larger (see mods on Ravelry) for maximum comfort and versatility! Minimalist in design, this design uses short row contrast colour stripes and an asymmetrical shape 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.

(You may have noticed Lisa was wearing this wrap in some of our TNNA pictures!)

SHOP Meadow in our webstore!


ACADIA

Acadia from The Fibre Company is an absolutely beautiful, completely original, and custom designed 2-ply yarn with a rustic look and soft hand. A subtle tweed effect created by the silk noil is combined with a heathered base and then overdyed in the duotones The Fibre Company is known for, creating incredible depth of color.

60% merino, 20% baby alpaca, 20% silk
50g / 132 m / 145 y
21 -23 sts per 10 cm / 4″
3.75 – 4 mm (US 5-6)

PROJECT INSPIRATION

LIZZIE by Julie Weisenberger

I recently knit Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) Lizzie cardigan in Acadia and love the light, comfortable, super-soft feel of the knitted fabric. A dream to knit and wear…

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Isadora Lopapeysa by Kate Gagnon Osborn

We did the Lopapeysa Isadora as a store sample to show how beautiful Acadia feels knit up and to demonstrate its suitability for colour work projects. This sweet, unisex sweater knit seamlessly from the bottom up is practical and stylish for all the little ones!

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Acadia in our webstore!


–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: JesabelleB, Handmaiden National Parks Collection

Project Bags, Notions Cases, and Needle Organizers from JesabelleB

Handmade in Quebec,  Canada, JesabelleB products are beautifully crafted to last a lifetime. Unique project bags designed to slip over your forearm are perfect for on-the-go knitting (available in 4 sizes) while notions cases and needle sleeves will help to keep you organized. Casual yet sophisticated and totally functional!

Just a sample of available products shown below.

SHOP all JesabelleB products in our webstore!


Handmaiden National Parks Collection

Yippee! Our first order of this yarn flew out of the store in record time so we’re happy to report that it’s back in stock. What better way for knitters to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday than with Handmaiden’s curated collection highlighting 13 of Canada’s National Parks, one for each province and territory! Each colourway stunningly captures the distinctive essence of these national treasures – see photos below.

The Handmaiden National Parks Collection is available at Espace Tricot in the Merino Slim base – a beautiful single-ply 100% superwash merino.

Limited quantities available.


SHOP the National Parks Collection in our webstore.


Aulavik, North West Territories – bright contrast sea coast of the Arctic Ocean

Kluane, Yukon – rippling curtains of the Aurora Borealis

Sirmilik, Nunavut – shimmering glaciers and ice fields

Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia – moss draped cedar, mist and memories of totems

Banff, Alberta  – Moraine Lake turquoise, rocky mountains and alpine forests

Grasslands, Saskatchewan  – summer fields under blue prairie sky

Riding Mountain, Manitoba  – wild buffalo and black bears

Thousand Islands, Ontario – Granite islands with pine and autumn foliage

Forillon, Québec – grey cliffs of Mont-Saint-Alban and meadows of fireweed

Fundy, New Brunswick – flowerpot cliffs, sandstone and roaring tides

Gros Morne, Newfoundland and Labrador – majestic fjords, tabletop mountains, craggy forests

Greenwich Dunes, Prince Edward Island – parabolic dunes, marram grass, horizon sea

Sable Island, Nova Scotia – ponies, lonely beaches and shipwrecks

New and re-stocked: Amirisu Magazine, Scrumptiouspurl, and leather handles from JUL Designs

Amirisu Summer 2017 /  Issue 13

From chic tank to airy shawl, the Summer 2017 issue of Amirisu magazine features relaxing yet stylish knitwear that we want to bring to our summer vacations. All of them are fairly simple and quick to knit, and great for traveling! The feature of this issue is natural dyeing – with stories from four modern dyers.

Feature: In Search of Natural Colors
Kristine Vejar / Rebecca Burgess – Fibershed / BUAISOU / Masaaki Aoki – Tezomeya / Meri Tanaka

Patterns: Vacance Style
Participating Designers: All 8 patterns are included in the printed magazine. Cecelia Campochiaro / itosaku / Kristin Jones / Anna Nikipirowicz / Josée Paquin / Paula Pereira / Suzanne Strachan … + a crochet pattern

Plus,
A lovely project by Lori Ann Graham
Photo + essay by Shari Altman

SHOP Amirisu Issue 13 in our webstore.


Scrumptiouspurl ‘Stripe Me Up’ and “Toes & Heels” Minis

Scrumptiouspurl is a family owned business based right here in Montreal, Canada producing beautiful, thoughtfully hand-dyed yarns and fibers in a modern palette. Stripe Me Up is a stunningly vibrant sock yarn that is sure to put fun into your sock knitting (and wearing!). This yarn produces a predictable 3 stripe repeat with approximately six rows of each color on a 64 stitch sock. The yarn is dyed using professional acid dyes free of heavy metals.

We are also very happy to announce that we have just added Scrumptiouspurl “Toes & Heels Minis” in 20 coordinating colourways (9 shown above)!  How will you coordinate your pairings – highlight or contrast? 🙂

SHOP Scrumptiouspurl sock yarn in our web store.


FORAGER FLAT STRAP SCREW-IN HANDLES FROM JUL DESIGNS

Removable leather bag handles? Genius!

Forager Screw-in Handles from JUL Designs are a maker’s go-to accessory to complete handmade bags in virtually any material. These handles are made in the USA from high-quality leather with rounded edges and edge-painting for a classy and sleek look. Forager handles screw-in for fast finishing and easy removal to launder handmade bags or move to a new project. The screw-holes may also be used for rivets if you prefer permanent attachment.

28 inches.
Sold in pairs.

Available in Black and Truffle.

SHOP Forager Handles in our webstore. 🙂


–  Melissa

TNNA 2017 – In pictures

Whew! We’re back home after another exciting trip to the Summer TNNA show in Columbus, Ohio. TNNA is one of the largest industry trade shows of the year where retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, publishers, and designers all come together to show and discover new products, designs, trends, and techniques.  We were on our usual mission to bring the latest and greatest on the knit, crochet, and fiber scene back to Espace Tricot – and I think we were successful! We had such an amazing time reconnecting with old friends in the industry and making many new ones and had great fun spending money on Fall orders (how could we not?!). It was especially nice (and unbelievably helpful) to have Francoise and Amalia along for the ride.  Some fabulous new stuff will be making its way into the shop for the Fall and we can’t wait to share it with you all! In the meantime, here’s a visual summary of our trip in photos – from airport terminal and back again. Needless to say, there are so many pictures we missed taking, of wonderful people and beautiful products, but isn’t that always the way? In any case, these will hopefully give you a sense of the positive energy, camaraderie, and mutual support that are so much a part of this annual event.

Enjoy!

–  Melissa

Book recommendation: Knit for Health & Wellness – How to knit a flexible mind and more…

Somewhat irresponsibly, I am making this book recommendation without yet having read the book. 🙂 But yesterday I spent an hour watching Kristy Glass’s recent interview with the author and immediately ordered a copy from Amazon. Those of us who knit or crochet have always attested to the benefits – the meditative effect, the peace it brings, the community it creates, the creative outlet it provides – for many of us, knitting is a calm centre in the middle of our busy, sometimes stressful lives. We just know, intuitively, that it does us good. But did you know why? Betsan Corkhill has spent many years researching the benefits of knitting on our health and has even taken things further with an exploration of how knitting can be used therapeutically to help people coping with specific conditions.

I’m looking forward to digging into my copy when it arrives later today and I may write more here about what I learn but, in the meantime, find a description of the book below as well as Kristy Glass’s interview with Betsan. Grab your knitting and enjoy!

–  Melissa


Betsan Corkhill’s book will transform the way you think about your health, wellness and knitting. It rises above other self-help books because it provides an accessible tool which gets you actively involved in improving your health and wellbeing and shows you how to do this any time, anywhere. It quite literally puts the power in your hands.

Discover – 

  • What knitting has in common with the leading edge of neuroscience
  • The secret power of your hand movements and their influence on your brain
  • How knitting naturally brings about a state of mind that doctors the world over are eager to encourage
  • How knitting can be used as a tool to help anyone, including those with complex health conditions
  • How knitting helps to erase your social concerns to build strong support networks and communities
  • How knitting can help you beat loneliness to feel belonged, enjoy fun and laughter and easy banter
  • How Therapeutic Knitting can kick start a healing process. 

Learn how to –

  • Knit therapeutically
  • Choose the needles and yarn to maximise the benefits to you
  • Recognise the power and value of different types of project and when to best use them

Betsan shares her knowledge of using Therapeutic Knitting clinically and integrates this with recent research, her medical knowledge, data from a survey of over 3,500 knitters from 31 countries, and numerous stories sent to her from knitters around the globe. Her writing style makes this an easy, enjoyable read whilst at the same time conveying valuable neuroscience, research and knowledge which will improve your life. Betsan is the recognised world expert on the use of Therapeutic Knitting for improving health, wellness and managing illness. She has pioneered this research since 2005. 


Finished objects: One for me and one for the store – Lizzie and BlueSand Cardigan

After years of knitting store samples almost exclusively, Lisa and I have been knitting a few things for ourselves lately so, while BlueSand is a brand-spanking new cardigan now living in the shop, Lizzie has happily taken up residence in my own closet.  Complete details for both projects have now been added to our Ravelry project page. 🙂


Lizzie by Julie Weisenberg / Cocoknits

As many of you will know, Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) beautiful new book – Sweater Workshop – landed in store a couple of months ago and we were immediately smitten by the beautiful tailored, seamless, top-down sweater designs found within its pages.  Employing the Cocoknits Method, a system of tracking knitting progress in an easy to follow chart, each pattern features styling techniques that enhance the overall fit and customizability of the garment.

I decided to cast on the Lizzie pattern first and chose The Fibre Company’s luscious Acadia (a merino, alpaca, and silk blend) to allow this to function as a transitional spring to summer garment. Although I’ve knit several Cocoknits patterns before, there were several new-to-me techniques employed in shaping the neck, yoke, and shoulders involved here that were so interesting – like putting together a puzzle. I loved the learning process and am absolutely thrilled with the look those techniques gave the top of this sweater. More than that, the fit and the way this cardigan sits perfectly only my shoulders without slipping or shifting has made me a convert to this style of sweater construction!

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Acadia yarn in our webstore.


BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie

The BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie has long been a pattern we thought would make a great store sample and, early this spring, we finally settled on the yarn and palette we wanted to use. Our Sasha knit this up for us in a flash and we couldn’t be happier with the result! Knit with ARTFIL Mericana DK, a 100% superwash 4-ply merino, the fabric of this sweater is soft and smooth but strong, springy, and pill-resistant.  ARTFIL yarns are “spray-painted” in an eco-friendly manner and the process of building up the dye in layers allows for the creation of  deep saturated colourways that are so beautiful knit up.  The pattern itself is easy to follow and there are so many unique details included in the process – texture, stripes, i-cord, etc. – that the knitting of this sweater never gets boring.

Click here to see additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Artfil Mericana in our webstore.

–  Melissa

The Ilene Bag Knit-Along – June 15 & 22!

The Ilene Bag by Hannah Mason is a sweet, lightweight, market bag that works up with just one skein of our new Petit Lin + yarn (100% linen). We knit our version using ‘The Village’ colourway but are dying to see it in a super bright hue like Piknik Électronik or a soft neutral like CôtedesNeiges. We may just need a whole wardrobe of these!

Note: Be sure that you’re on gauge so you don’t run short on the strap!

We will be running our Ilene Bag Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning June 15th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for two consecutive Thursdays – June 15th and 22nd – from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity).

Click HERE to announce your intention to participate in our Ravelry group. We invite you to join us there (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to chat and share photos of works in progress.

If you complete your Ilene Bag by July 1st and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win a Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit from Cocoknits! The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

We hope you’ll join us!

The Ilene Bag is a free pattern and can be downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Petit Lin + in our webstore!

New store sample: Hauser Bag by Donna Yacino

Hauser by Donna Yacino is  an easy and fun summer tote project!  We used Juniper Moon Farm Zooey for our version and the slight thick and thin nature of this yarn adds great texture to the final fabric. The screw-in leather Forager handles from JUL Designs really make the bag and are so practical – simply take them off when you want to wash the bag or move them to another project as needed!

Hauser would also be beautiful made with Hemp for Knitting allHemp6LUX which has a beautiful sheen to it!

Click here to see additional project details on our Ravelry page!

SHOP Zooey.
SHOP allhemp6LUX.

 

New in store: Cocoknits Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit

Just in – the Cocoknits Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit! Use it instead of scrap yarn whenever you need to hold live stitches. The threaded needles allow you to knit off of your leather cord (from either end). Genius! See demo below.

The Leather Cord and Needle Stitch Holder Kit contains:

  • two interior-threaded needles made of nickel plated steel
  • three lengths of leather cord
  • one long – for holding sts of sweater body (59 in/150 cm)
  • two short – for holding sts of sleeves (29.5 in /75 cm)
  • Keep the contents of your kit in the reusable kraft drawer, lined with 100% wool felt. Please note you may need to snip the end of your leather cord at an angle to facilitate attaching the needle.

–  Melissa

Laine Magazine, Issue 2 – Spring / Summer 2017!

Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit and lifestyle magazine for knit folks. We cherish natural fibres, slow living, local craftsmanship, and beautiful, simple things in life. Our intention is to inspire you to gather and share, to be part of a community of like-minded knitters, makers and thinkers from near and far. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling.

Laine Spring/Summer 2017 features:

  • 124 pages uncoated, high-quality paper
  • 11 knitting patterns, beautifully photographed and illustrated
  • Instructions on how to make a camera strap by weaving
  • A long-format interview with Andrea Mowry
  • A Q&A with Felicia Lo
  • A story about Tukuwool
  • A story about Biches & Bûches
  • Seasonal recipes
  • A travel guide to Helsinki featuring the best spots to stay, eat and shop

PURCHASE Laine Magazine, Issue 2 in our webstore!

Below are just a few of the swoon-worthy projects included in this issue.

Browse all 11 patterns on Ravelry HERE.


Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry

Knit with Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace and Skinny Singles.


Morning Fog by Jonna Hietala

Knit with Shibu Knits Silk Cloud.


Birkin by Caitlin Hunter

Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Loft.

Unda by Lesley Anne Robinson

Knit with Manos del Uruguay Fino

– Melissa

 

Pattern sneak peek / Upcoming Class!

Espace Tricot has a new linen laceweight shawl pattern in the works! We’re just adding the final touches and having it translated before we share it with the world. Jocelyn Malric, the designer, will be teaching a class focused on this beauty beginning June 6th.  See her course description below.

🙂

Call us at 514-486-5648 to register if you’re interested in joining in!


PETIT LIN SHAWL (Bilingual Class)
Jocelyne Malric
$96
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30, June 6, 13, 20

I designed this light and airy shawl especially for Espace Tricot and their new exclusive line of lace weight linen yarn. The design of the shawl is a fun introduction to lace knitting and features a creative construction and binding off of two similar triangles. It can be done in one or two colors. The sizing is easily adjustable to accommodate yardages from 1200 yds to 2000 yds. Required materials: pattern (free), solid color lace weight linen yarn (2 skeins of 600 yds each), 3mm (24” or 32”) circular needles. Pre-requisites: cast on, knit, purl. You should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class.

Just in: Handmaiden National Parks Collection!

What better way for knitters to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday than with Handmaiden’s curated collection highlighting 13 of Canada’s National Parks, one for each province and territory! Each colourway stunningly captures the distinctive essence of these national treasures – see photos below.

The Handmaiden National Parks Collection is available at Espace Tricot in the Merino Slim base – a beautiful single-ply 100% superwash merino.

Limited quantities available.


SHOP the National Parks Collection in our webstore.


Aulavik, North West Territories – bright contrast sea coast of the Arctic Ocean

Kluane, Yukon – rippling curtains of the Aurora Borealis

Sirmilik, Nunavut – shimmering glaciers and ice fields

Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia – moss draped cedar, mist and memories of totems

Banff, Alberta  – Moraine Lake turquoise, rocky mountains and alpine forests

Grasslands, Saskatchewan  – summer fields under blue prairie sky

Riding Mountain, Manitoba  – wild buffalo and black bears

Thousand Islands, Ontario – Granite islands with pine and autumn foliage

Forillon, Québec – grey cliffs of Mont-Saint-Alban and meadows of fireweed

Fundy, New Brunswick – flowerpot cliffs, sandstone and roaring tides

Gros Morne, Newfoundland and Labrador – majestic fjords, tabletop mountains, craggy forests

Greenwich Dunes, Prince Edward Island – parabolic dunes, marram grass, horizon sea

Sable Island, Nova Scotia – ponies, lonely beaches and shipwrecks

 

New and re-stocked: Leather Handles, Rinn Textiles, TSA Approved Scissors, Snap n’ Go Cases, Digital Row Counters!

Forager Flat Strap Screw-in Handles from Jul Designs

How genius are these? Removable leather bag handles!

Forager Screw-in Handles are a maker’s go-to handles to complete handmade bags in virtually any material. These handles are made in the USA from high-quality leather with rounded edges and edge-painting for a classy and sleek look. Forager handles screw-in for fast finishing and easy removal to launder handmade bags or move to a new project. The screw-holes may also be used for rivets if you prefer permanent attachment.

28 inches.
Sold in pairs.

Available in Black and Truffle.

SHOP Forager Handles in our webstore. 🙂


Brass Drop Stitch Markers from Rinn Textiles

We are in love with these new stitch markers from Rinn Textiles – so elegant but with an earthy, rustic feel!

Large Brass Drop Stitch Markers

The Large Brass Drop Stitch Markers are perfect for your heavier weight projects. Each marker is perfectly smooth and won’t snag your knitting. Use markers with a charm to mark the beginning of your round and plain markers for any other stitch/inc/dec you’ll need to remember.

Package includes 5 large markers with charm and 10 plain large markers
Set of 15 markers total
Brass finish
Fit up to 9mm/US13 needles

Small Brass Drop Stitch Markers

The Small Brass Drop Stitch Markers are perfect for your lighter weight projects like socks and shawls. Each marker is perfectly smooth and won’t snag your knitting. Use markers with a charm to indicate your beginning of round and plain markers to indicate any other stitch/increase/decrease you’ll need to remember.

Package includes 5 markers with charm and 15 plain markers
Set of 20 drops total
Brass finish
Fit up to 5mm/US8 needles

SHOP all Rinn Textiles products in our web store!


Fiskars Folding Travel Scissors

Fiskars folding travel scissors are made of stainless steel for long lasting durability and sharp accurate cutting. Folding handles make storage and transportation convenient. TSA Compliant.

SHOP Folding Travel Scissors in our webstore.


SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES – JUMBO

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Jumbo-sized Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases™ have eight little compartments to keep all your knitting and crocheting notions neatly separated. Organize your life in a snap and go! The first side features four small rectangular compartments that are perfect for storing stitch markers, buttons, and other tiny knitting notions. Flip apart the second half to reveal three long compartments that are great for holding things like stitch holders, darning needles, and point protectors. Finally, the big single compartment sandwiched in the center is perfect for larger items like mini crochet hooks, cable needles, T-pins, and tape measures. This compact little beauty has a hard, sturdy outer shell made of heavy-duty plastic. A hole for a lanyard or key chain is located near the hinge. Notions not included.

SHOP Snap n’Go Cases in our webstore.


DIGITAL ROW COUNTERS

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A digital row counter is the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5 digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material used for Lego. The row counter uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

SHOP Digital Row Counters in our webstore.

–  Melissa

Podcast – Episode #9!

Episode #9 of our podcast is up! We’re happy to be joined by our amazing store manager, Francoise, for a while at the beginning of this one. We then talk a little bit about a few new products, review our FOs and WIPS, and wrap up with an overview of more summer samples -garments and accessories knit with linen, cotton, and hemp this time. Grab your project and beverage of choice and come knit / crochet with us a while 🙂

 

Weaving Workshop: A perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Sunday is Mother’s Day and the wonderful Natasha Castonguay will be giving a weaving workshop for beginners at the store. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the creative mama in your life, there are still 3 spots left! Call 514-486-5648 to register.

Please note, this class will be conducted mainly in French but weaving is so visual it will be easy enough to follow-along even if you don’t speak it.

🙂

– Melissa

May Classes

Still a few spots left in these upcoming classes happening this month.
Call 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot! 🙂


ATELIER DE TISSAGE (Classe français)
Natacha Castonguay
$115
Dimanche 14 Mai de 9h00 à 13h00

Venez apprendre à réaliser vos propres petits tissages sur cadre et repartez avec tout le nécessaire pour en réaliser d’autres à la maison. Durant le cours d’une durée de quatre heures, vous apprendrez les techniques de base du tissage sur cadre (tissage à plat, ligne droite, ligne diagonale, franges, tresse et finition simple).

Tout le matériel requis est fourni pour la réalisation de 2 tissages:

  • cadre à tisser de 8″ x 10 ” / 20cm x 25.5cm
  • 2 goujons
  • 2 aiguilles
  • environ 100g de fibres diverses (coton, laine, mèche de merinos, soie, jersey, fibres vintage, alpaga, acrylique)
  • fil résistant (nylon robuste ou coton mercerie pour monter la trame de votre tissage)
    bâtonnet et fourchette de bois

* Comme le cours est d’une durée de quatre heures, il est conseillé d’amener avec vous collation & boisson.


CULLUM (Bilingual Class)
Sasha Hyre
$96
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30, May 15, 22, 29

Learn to knit this light and breezy linen top for the spring/summer season. This tee is worked in the round. You will learn short row shaping and a simple elegant lace pattern as special techniques. Prerequisites: advanced intermediate. Required materials: Pattern (paid pattern available on Ravelry), Sport weight yarn in the quantity required to knit the size desired (840 yds – 1500yds), 16” and 32” circular needles in 3.5mm or the needle size required to achieve gauge, stitch markers and holders.


HAUSER – CROCHET BAG (English class)
Allie Vatcher
$96
Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm, May 21, 28, June 4


SUMMER COMMITMENT BAG (Bilingual Class)
Catherine Harvey
$96
Tuesdays, 6pm – 8pm, May 23, 30, June 6

This bag is big sister to our “Summer Fling” bag pattern. Knit with Kilim, a bulky jute yarn perfect for summer accessories, the Summer Commitment bag will accompany you for a day at the beach or at the park! Various techniques make this project a great learning experience: picking up stitches, knitting in the round and grafting with Kitchener Stitch. Required materials: pattern (free, to be published by Espace Tricot), Filatura di Crosa, Kilim (5 skeins, 2 of one colour for the bottom and 3 of another colour for the top), 5.5 and 6 mm 24-inch circular needles, stitch markers, tapestry needle, stitch holder or waste yarn, tape measure. Pre-requisites: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off.

Off the Needles: Trimont Snood

My version of Sylvia Hager’s Trimont Snood is off my needles and I couldn’t be happier. While I loved the look of this pattern in the original Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok (and may very well do another version for winter in that yarn), I had my heart set on using Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK in the Jardin des Tuileries colourway. After calculating a few modifications to accommodate the lighter weight yarn (see our Ravelry project page for details), I cast this very simple project onto my 6 mm needles and was finished in flash. The result is an airy and comfortable shoulder warmer that I will keep with me all spring and summer, ready to pull out in overly air-conditioned spaces and on cool evenings!

Click here for additional photos and project details, including modifications, on our Ravelry page.

PURCHASE Leizu DK in our webstore. 🙂

–  Melissa

For the love of linen: Summer store sample round-up!

Lisa and I have been talking a lot about summer knitting over the last weeks and are looking forward to showing you more of what we have in store in an upcoming podcast.  In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a quick reference here for a few of our favourites knit up with linen or linen-blend yarns (there are many more samples in store!).  Underneath the pictures you’ll see a numbered list with links to each of the project pages on Ravelry where you can find links to the patterns and details about the yarns used, etc. While we don’t still carry all of the yarns indicated, we can certainly recommend many perfect substitutes.

There are so many beautiful things to knit for warmer weather – just switch up your fibers and continue enjoying your favourite hobby through the spring and summer!

Note:  All of the samples shown are available for viewing in-store.

🙂

–  Melissa

  1. On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer
  2. L.1 by Antonia Shankland
  3. Slope by Shellie Anderson
  4. Westbourne by Isabell Kraemer
  5. Slice of Linen by Susan Barstein
  6. Ship to Shore by Katie Rempe
  7. Tier by Shellie Anderson
  8. Davis by Pam Allen
  9. Wrapped in Lino by Espace Tricot
  10. Vested Interest by Jamie Thomas
  11. Gemini by Jane Richmond
  12. Taiyo Linier Top by Sian Price-White
  13. Hamlin Peak by Pam Allen
  14. Aise by Espace Tricot
  15. Gretel by Julie Weisenberger
  16. Summer Fling by Espace Tricot
  17. Sweet Pleat by Hanna Fettig

 

Podcast Episode #8 and JesabelleB Giveaway!

The 8th episode of the Espace Tricot Podcast is now up on YouTube!
We hope you enjoy 🙂

We’re also hosting a JesabelleB project bag giveaway on our Instagram page. We just added JesabelleB’s beautiful bags, notions pouches, and needle organizers to our inventory (you can see them in the podcast!) but they flew off our shelves this weekend and stock is low. Don’t worry though, a new order is on the way and when it arrives I’ll do a complete blog post. In the meantime, head over to Instagram and find out how you can win the project bag pictured below! (Deadline: April 26th.)

–  Melissa

New in store: Knitting Bling!

We LOVE these new pins and progress keepers from Rinn Textiles.  All made in Canada!


Pins

Join the club and show your love for knitting and all things fiber-related! Deck out your project bags.  🙂

Knit Club
1″ Black enamel with gold metal
Rubber backing
2mm thick

Soft Skein
1.25″ grey gradient enamel with black nickle
2 posts with rubber backings
2mm thick


Progress Keepers

Knitting becomes a little less enjoyable when it seems as though you’re not making any progress at all. These minimal progress markers will save your sanity while adding a bit of style. When you sit down to knit, clip your progress mark just below your needles and you’ll be happily aware of how much progress you’re making! 

Rose Drop Progress Keeper


Silver Drop Progress Keeper


SHOP all Rinn Textiles in our webstore.

Shibui Reed is here!

Supple and soft, Reed is a smooth linen chainette that flows easily across the needles for graceful garments and beautiful summer accessories.  Reed is a reworked version of the original Shibui Linen – it is identical in all respects except much softer to the touch!

100% Linen
246 yds / 225 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g
26 sts = 4″ on 5 US / 3.75 mm

SHOP Shibui Reed in our webstore!
A few of the colours are currently backordered but we should be fully stocked my mid-April.

Project inspiration below (Note: the last four are actually our store samples if you’d like to see them in person)!

Click photos to see project details on Ravelry!


Octave by Erin Duffy


Athens by Shellie Anderson


L1 by Antonia Shankland


On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer

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Linier Top by Sian Price-White
(We held the linen with Silk Cloud for our version of this easy-wear top)

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Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach

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–  Melissa