NEW FREE PATTERNS!

We have two new free patterns for you this month!


THE COMFORT ZONE

The Comfort Zone is exactly what the name implies – a soft and warm halo of happiness that is a joy to knit but an even greater pleasure to wear! Knit in the round from the top down featuring twisted rib at neck, sides, and hem, this is a quick and satisfying project that will keep you toasty all winter long. The split hem, slightly longer in back, lends a modern profile and added coziness. Perfect for lounging with your knitting, a good book, or Netflix in the evenings but stylish enough to wear at the office, running errands, or to out to dinner. For deliciously light and airy results, we highly recommend CaMaRose Snefnug – a lovely blend of alpaca, cotton, and merino.

French version of pattern coming soon!


SUBTLE INTERRUPTION SHAWL

Subtle Interruption is our take on a classic wardrobe staple that can be draped over the shoulders and worn as a lightweight shawl, or wrapped around the neck for a cozy winter scarf! Knit with Biches & Bûches Petit Lambswool, the fabric of this shawl is smooth, light and airy which creates a layer of warmth without the bulk. The shawl takes the shape of an inverted isosceles trapezoid where 2 sts are increased every right side row and where the stockinette fabric is interrupted by a subtle slip stitch pattern.

Aussi disponible en français.

Espace Tricot Cozy KAL!

Winter is coming on quickly and we are in the mood for a warm and cozy knit-along!
How about you? We’ve picked three of our favourite cold-weather knits that can be easily finished within four weeks – you could even knit two of these!

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Choose your project (all three are free patterns from Espace Tricot – available on Ravelry!).
  2. We’d love you to pick up your yarn at Espace Tricot but you can also use yarn purchased elsewhere :-).
  3. Join us on Tuesdays to knit with company, get project help, and stay motivated and / or participate on Instagram with the #espacetricotcozykal hashtag!

In l’Atelier


Join us Tuesday evenings, 6:00PM – 8:30 PM in l’Atelier
(just downstairs from our main shop at 6056 Monkland Ave.)
on November 26, December 3, 10, 17

$10 per evening (includes knitting help and light refreshments)

No reservation required.
If you attend every session you will be automatically entered to win a prize – even if you’re not quite finished your project 🙂


On Instagram


Don’t live in Montreal? You can knit along with us on INSTAGRAM too!  Just use the hashtag #espacetricotcozykal to show off your works in progress (WIPs) and finished objects (FOs)!
We’ll also pick a prize winner from posts under this hashtag.


Yarn Suggestions


TURTLE DOVE or TURTLE DOVE II

Woolfolk Luft
CaMaRose Snefnug
Drops Air

BIG MERINO MITTS

Woolfolk Far held with Shibui Silk Cloud or Isager Silk Mohair
Erika Knight Wild Wool
De Rerum Natura Gilliatt
BC Garn Loch Lomond

ON THE C-TRAIN HAT

Woolfolk Far stranded with Shibui Silk Cloud or Isager Silk Mohair
Erika Knight Wild Wool
De Rerum Natura Gilliatt
BC Garn Loch Lomond

Podcast episode #34!

Join us for the the 34th episode of our podcast as we talk a little about Knit City Vancouver and The New York Sheep and Wool Festival (Rhinebeck), the launch of our new space – l’Atelier Espace Tricot, finished objects and store samples, new designs and projects in progress, and some lovely new yarns and products.

Click HERE to watch :-).

We hope you enjoy!

This week at l’Atelier / Cette semaine à L’Atelier

Things are beginning to get underway at our new Atelier! We are starting as we mean to go on -with an exciting and varied selection of events to inspire you.


FAMILY TIME AT L’ATELIER – $10
Friday, November 1, 10:30am to 12pm

Parents (and grandparents!) and kids are welcome at l’Atelier to craft and play together. Bring your work in progress for some relaxed stitching time! We have plenty of toys for little ones, and room for them to play. No need to find a babysitter or worry about making noise! It’s also a good way to meet other crafty parents and grandparents, and enjoy a chat over tea, coffee, and light snacks.

The Friday morning family session will continue every other week with Sasha.
No reservation required!


GRAND OPENING WITH BLEU POUSSIERE
Saturday November 2, 1pm to 5pm

Join us this Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of L’Atelier Espace Tricot! We’re delighted to host a pop-up shop from Shani Théorêt of Bleu Poussière who will be sharing her stunning naturally-dyed yarns. Shani is also a talented educator and will be bringing a selection of samples and books about natural dyeing, so this is a great opportunity to learn more about the magical world of plant dyes.

You’ll also have a chance to sign up for our exciting new loyalty program: drop by on Saturday to learn more…

Prosecco, light refreshments, door prizes, and yarn of course!
No reservation required for this free event.


TRIVIA NIGHT AT L’ATELIER – $15
Friday November 8, 5:30pm to 8pm

Forget about crowded restaurants and reruns on Netflix: what your Friday nights need is a little stitching among friends! We kick off a series of fun Friday festivities with Trivia Night. Show off your nerdy yarn knowledge and compete against others for prizes! (…And bragging rights.)

You can play on your own, or bring a few friends to make a team! After all, many heads are better than one… Drop by and get settled from 5:30pm onwards – the game will start promptly at 6pm.

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. Outside drinks and food are welcome!
No reservation required.


GATHER & STITCH – $10

Join us during our Gather & Stitch sessions for some relaxed stitching among friends! All fibre art projects are welcome, from knitting and crochet to embroidery and punch needle work. Get inspired while socializing with like-minded passionate crafters!

Upcoming dates:
Tuesday, November 5, 10am to 12pm
Thursday November 7, 10am to 12pm
Saturday, November 9, 1pm to 4pm
Sunday, November 10, 12pm to 3pm

Entrance includes coffee, tea, and light snacks. No reservation required.
Gather & Stitch will continue each week on Tuesday mornings with Oci, and Thursday mornings with Naomi. Note: Weekend sessions may be subject to change or cancellation when we have other exciting events for you!


This is just a taste of what we have planned.
We hope you’ll join us on this journey!

l’Atelier is just down the stairs from our main store AT
6056 Monkland Ave.

Stay up to date with our calendar at espacetricot.com/atelier



C’est parti à L’Atelier cette semaine! Nous sommes ravies de vous présenter une sélection d’événements passionnants et variés afin de vous inspirer.


Moments en famille à L’Atelier – 10 $
Vendredi 1er novembre de 10h30 à 12h 

Les parents (et les grands-parents!) et les enfants sont les bienvenus à L’Atelier pour créer et jouer ensemble. Apportez votre projet en cours pour un moment créatif dans une ambiance détendue! Nous avons beaucoup de jouets amusants pour les tout-petits et de la place pour jouer. C’est aussi un bon moyen de rencontrer d’autres parents et grands-parents passionnés du tricot et des arts de la fibre, et de bavarder autour d’un thé, d’un café et des collations légères.

La session familiale du vendredi matin se poursuivra à toutes les deux semaines avec Sasha. Aucune réservation n’est requise.


Grande ouverture avec Bleu Poussière
Samedi 2 novembre de 13h à 17h

Joignez-vous à nous ce samedi pour célébrer la grande ouverture de L’Atelier Espace Tricot ! Nous sommes ravies d’accueillir une boutique éphémère de Shani Théorêt de Bleu Poussière qui partagera ses magnifiques fils teints naturellement. Shani est également une éducatrice talentueuse et apportera une sélection d’échantillons et de livres sur la teinture naturelle. C’est donc une excellente occasion d’en apprendre davantage sur le monde magique des teintures végétales et célébrer cette nouvelle aventure!

Vous aurez également la chance de vous inscrire à notre nouveau programme de fidélité: venez nous voir samedi pour en savoir plus…

Des collations légères, du prosecco, et des prix seront disponibles!
Aucune réservation n’est requise pour cet événement gratuit.


Soirée quizz – 15 $
Vendredi 8 novembre de 17h30 à 20h

Oubliez les restaurants bondés et les séries anciennes sur Netflix: le vendredi soir, c’est pour tricoter entre amis ! Nous entamons une série de festivités amusantes le vendredi avec notre fameuse (ou presque) soirée quizz. Montrez vos connaissances en matière de fils et fibres et rivalisez avec les autres pour des prix! (… et le droit de vous vanter.)

Vous pouvez jouer seul ou amener quelques amis pour former une équipe ! Bref, beaucoup de têtes valent mieux qu’une… Venez vous installer à partir de 17h30 – le jeu commencera à 18h.

Aucune réservation requise. N’hésitez pas à commander une pizza ou à apporter de la nourriture et même un boisson pour adulte. Nous fournirons le café, le thé, des collations légères et du maïs soufflé!


Rassemblez les mailles – 10 $

Joignez-vous à nous lors de nos séances Rassemblez les mailles pour un moment créatif et détendu entre amis! Tous les projets sont les bienvenus, du tricot au crochet, en passant par la broderie et la broderie à poinçon. Laissez-vous inspirer tout en socialisant avec des artisans passionnés qui partagent votre enthousiasme !

Programme:
Mardi 5 et jeudi 7 novembre de 10h à 12h
Samedi 9 novembre de 13h à 16h
Dimanche 10 novembre de 12h à 15h

Le prix d’entrée comprend du café, du thé et des collations légères. Aucune réservation requise. Rassemblez les mailles continuera chaque semaine le mardi matin avec Oci et le jeudi matin avec Naomi. Les sessions de week-end (fin de semaine?) peuvent être sujettes à des modifications ou annulations si nous avons d’autres événements intéressants pour vous! 


Ceci est juste un avant-goût de tout ce qui va venir et nous espérons que vous allez vous joindrez à nous pour ce voyage!

Restez à jour avec notre calendrier à espacetricot.com/atelier

Grande ouverture – L’ATELIER ESPACE TRICOT

L’équipe d’Espace Tricot est fière d’annoncer l’ouverture officielle de l’Atelier Espace Tricot ! Joignez-vous à nous le samedi 2 novembre entre 13 h et 17 h pour célébrer cette nouvelle aventure! Dans le cadre des festivités, nous sommes ravies d’accueillir Shani Théorêt de Bleu Poussière qui partagera une boutique éphémère avec ses superbes fils teints naturellement. Bien sûr, il y aura aussi des rafraîchissements légers et du vin mousseux, et peut-être quelques prix de présence à gagner!

L’Atelier Espace Tricot est un espace communautaire dédié à l’artisanat et à la créativité, au partage et à l’apprentissage. Nous avons prévu de nombreux événements, allant des cercles de tricot, de crochet et de broderie jusqu’à des ateliers, des soirées cinéma et quiz, des conférences, des activités familiales et plus encore. En ouvrant l’Atelier, notre objectif est de fournir un espace chaleureux et accueillant à notre communauté locale (et aux visiteurs de l’extérieur) pour profiter de la bonne compagnie dans une atmosphère amusante et inspirante.

Nous avons très hâte de partager l’Atelier avec vous tous.

Pour en savoir plus sur Shani, la créatrice de Bleu PoussièreCLIQUEZ ICI !

Chaleureusement,
– Melissa et Lisa


Espace Tricot is proud to announce the official opening of l’Atelier Espace Tricot! Please drop in on Saturday, November 2nd between 1 pm and 5 pm to join us in celebrating this new adventure! As part of the festivities we are delighted to welcome Shani Théorêt of Bleu Poussière who will be sharing her stunning naturally-dyed yarns in a pop-up shop. Of course, there will also be light refreshments and bubbly on hand, and maybe a few door prizes to be won!

L’Atelier Espace Tricot is a community space for crafting and creativity, sharing and learning. We have lots of events planned, from relaxed stitching time, to classes, workshops, movie and quiz nights, a lecture series, family activities, and more. In opening l’Atelier, our goal is to provide a warm and welcoming space for our local community (and out-of-town visitors!) to enjoy good company in a fun and inspiring atmosphere.

We are so excited to share l’Atelier with you.

To find out more about Shani, the creator behind Bleu Poussière, read the short interview below and visit her website HERE.

Warmest regards,
Melissa & Lisa


When did you start Bleu Poussière?

I think many elements contribute to the birth of Bleu Poussière, it was not a linear process from the beginning.

When I was young I was the kid they called « punk » in elementary school. I was the artist of the class, everyone came to me to have their name written in nice lettering and colours. Then, growing up in high school, I dove into the world of street art, in other words, I was a graffiti writer during the most defining period of my life (15 to 21). Colour was and still is my main form of expression – colour was something I defined myself with, long before knitting and dyeing.

After quitting my rebel ways, I realized something was deeply missing. I don’t know how to put this into words but I’ve always been about the realness.  The realness of people, the realness of things, the realness of culture. I wasn’t able to create only digital content anymore. I was soul searching. Depression was crawling its way deep inside me and I needed something real to hold onto. That’s when knitting entered my life. Not long afterwards my interest in natural remedies started to grow. At the end of 2016, I was full on into astronomy and theory of light and I’m reading about plants to assist healing and crazy stuff like Kandinsky’s theory of colours and how their frequencies affect us and all that jazz.  All I was doing at that time was reading, knitting, and exploring nature. In other words, creating the space needed for something wonderful to emerge.

When I realized I could dye my own yarn with natural colours, I was hooked. So at the end of 2017 I launched my naturally hand-dyed yarns. I sold 13 skeins that opening night, I’ll always remember that, and this was enough for me to believe there was something special with what I was doing. I enrolled in entrepreneurial school that helped me ask myself the right questions about what I was doing. I decided to take a leap of faith and fully take on the role of the artist that I always knew I was and manifest my vision. I kept going and putting myself out there even though I didn’t really know anyone in the knitting community.

People often ask where the name Bleu Poussière (Dusty Blue) comes from. I love to say that it’s essentially my aura colour. It’s a colour that sums up my love of ancient stuff, my love for everything celestial, a colour that evokes calm and yet something a little electric in the air. It’s hard to define but If I could be a colour it would be that colour. It’s also, wonderfully enough, the first colour I hand-dyed naturally with black beans!

Who is involved in Bleu Poussière?

Me (Shani), the founder and jack-of-all-trades. I quickly realized I couldn’t do everything – dyeing, administrating, accounting, marketing, etc. – by myself, and my boyfriend Alex joined in the project. People often ask me if Alex dyes. Yes, he does! He is also a pro at micro speckling and since he joined in the fun, he has helped a lot with developing a broader palette with darker tones. Dyeing natural black remains one of his goals, alongside being the indigo master. He is also my personal chauffeur and career therapist!

What interests you about natural dyeing? 

What interests me the most about natural dyeing is the organic way different elements come together to reveal a colour that is alive. Temperature, water pH, time, methods of extraction, etc. It’s like alchemy and I’m the first one to be amazed by every new colour that comes out of the dyepots! I love so many things about natural dyeing because it encompasses so many things that I enjoy and that fascinate me. From chemistry to physics, light to colour, history to practice, natural matters to textile… It is a blessing to have found my dream job.

Describe a day in the life of Bleu Poussière…

For me natural dyeing as a practice is a lifestyle. This means enjoying spending time in nature and observing, reading and researching as well as having the curiosity to try things out and see what happens. Every day is different unless we’re in dyeing mode. Then every day is the same!

We talk and philosophize a lot. We plan dye baths ahead of time because we must transform a natural matter like roots, barks, dried bugs (cochineal) and others prior to obtain a dye bath. This involves specific methods depending on what colour we’re aiming for or material we’re working with. We must also prepare our bare yarns for the dye job which takes a long time (securing all skeins, pre-wetting, sometimes scouring, mordanting, and rinsing). Then we can dye, but that still requires you to be present and check in on your dye bath and yarn. When dyeing is complete and everything has cooled down to room temperature we let the yarn dry cure then wash. That’s without taking into account multiple rinsing steps, the final drying stage, and twisting and labelling the skeins. It’s a long process but the satisfaction outweighs the time.

What exciting plans do you have for the future?

In the near future you can catch our upcoming events on our website (bleupoussiere.com). My vision for the long term though, would be to own a land where we’ll grow most of our natural dyestuffs and run a full-size dye house that is welcoming to all.

Fall 2019 Class Schedule now posted!

We’ve just posted our Fall class schedule and it’s an exciting one!  We have project classes with patterns from Justyna Lorkowska, Tamy Gore, Norah Gaughan, Tin Can Knits, Jennifer Steingass, Julie Williams Sofia Kammeborn, Stephen West, Jacqueline Cieslak, and Dianna Walla! And, of course, we’re always here to get new knitters and crocheters started with Knitting 101, Crochet 101, and our Kids Learn to Knit classes. Courses get underway on September 21st!

SELECTED YARNS ON SALE!

We hope many of you were able to get out and celebrate with your favourite LYS yesterday! We had the most amazing day in the store and thank each and every one of you who came in to shop or just to tell us how much you appreciate our being here 💕.

If you didn’t spend your entire yarn budget this weekend, this is just to let you know that we’ve added some wonderful yarns and kits to our sale section, both in-store and online 😊. Enjoy!!

LYS DAY 2019

We’re celebrating Local Yarn Store Day on Saturday with discounts, door prizes, giveaways, and a raffle or two! We encourage everyone to get out to their local yarn shops if possible – some have truly amazing things planned ✨. We all value and depend on your support!

Please note that because many of our loyal customers have no LYS in their area and we represent the next best thing, we are also offering a small online discount (beginning at 10:30 AM on Saturday) 💕.

In addition….
SAVE 25% ON SELECTED YARNS AND KITS (IN-STORE ONLY)

Elsebeth Lavold HEMPATHY
Hedgehog Fibers ARAN
Hedgehog Fibers KIDSILK LACE
Hedgehog Fibers SOCK
Juniper Moon Farm FOURTEEN
Koigu KPPPM and KPM
Knitting it Up MTL-BFL
Lang LUSSO
Madelinetosh CHUNKY
BC Garn SEMILLA

BELLE FILLE Hat Kit
QUINCE & CO. FIRST STITCH / FIRST SCARF Learn to Knit Kit
FOUR-IN-FOUR MITTENS Kit
GAU COWL Kit
PUT A POM ON IT Hat Kit

Free SKIPP hat pattern with purchase of BROOKLYN TWEED!
Free NABO hat pattern with purchase of WOOLFOLK!

Espace Tricot Podcast – Episode 28!

Did you catch the 28th episode of our Podcast on YouTube? We talk about our recent visit to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival (with a slideshow at the end), new Espace Tricot pattern designs, several finished projects, new store samples, and some works in progress. And, as always, we highlight a few new and re-stocked products. We hope you enjoy!

Click HERE to watch :-).

Show notes can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/espac…

We hope you enjoy!

Winter Class Schedule now posted!

We’ve just posted our Winter class schedule and there is something for everyone on offer in 2019!  We have project classes with patterns from Isabell Kraemer, Andrea Mowry, Karen Templer, Dianna Walla, Skeindeer Knits, Tracie Millar, Stephen West, Jennifer Steingass, and many more as well as general knowledge and technique classes such as unravelling Ravelry, seaming, sweater structure, and Fish Lips Kiss Heels. And, of course, we’re always here to get new knitters started with Knitting 101 and 102 and our Kids Learn to Knit classes. Courses get underway on January 8th!

 

Espace Tricot Podcast – Episode 21!

In case you missed it over the weekend, Episode 21 of our podcast was posted to YouTube on Friday afternoon!  In this episode we talk a little about how we spent the summer, what’s coming up in store for the Fall, finished objects, new store samples, WIPS, new designs. We also highlight new and re-stocked yarns, notions, and accessories.

Click HERE to watch :-).

We hope you enjoy!

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove is finally available as a free pattern download on Ravelry! A loose, dolman-style sweater with a turtleneck and a modern silhouette, Turtle Dove is knit from the top-down in the round so there is no seaming at all. There are two options for finishing the body – a simple rolled hem or a twisted rib split-hem. Knit with Woolfolk Luft – this lovely pullover is light and warm and incredibly soft. For those who may be interested, we have a large shipment of Luft arriving this week 😉.

DOWNLOAD pattern from Ravelry.

French translation coming soon!

A huge thank you to all of my test knitters for their beautiful versions 😘!
You can see them all on Ravelry HERE.

–  Melissa

Recent Finished Object Round-Up

Summer is moving swiftly on and we realize we’ve been delinquent in showcasing our most recent finished objects here in our blog space.  Below you’ll find a round-up of what we’ve been working on lately including some new Espace Tricot patterns!  Click on the images for links to our Ravelry project pages for all the details about each one 🙂


Banana Leaf Shawl by Yuki Ueda


Tegna by Caitlin Hunter


Mirage by Shellie Anderson


Hayward by Julie Hoover


Le Petit Parisien by Espace Tricot


Grenada by Amy Christoffers


Harlow by Andrea Mowry


2nd Avenue Wrap by Amy Miller


Bolan by Leila Raabe


Virevolte by Espace Tricot


Eveil by Espace Tricot


Ombre Tank Redux by Espace Tricot