Aterlier Tissage / Weaving Workshop

We are so excited to be bringing in Natacha Castonguay¬†(Nanoukiko & Triko), an amazing local artist, to teach our first beginners weaving workshop on October 23rd! Please note that while this workshop will be conducted in French, since weaving is very visual, we are confident that non-French speakers will be able to participate without too much troubleūüôā

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ATELIER D’INITIATION AU TISSAGE

(pour débutant(e)s , aucune expérience requise)

Le dimanche 23 octobre de 9h00 à 13h00*
$115.00

Venez apprendre √† r√©aliser vos propres petits tissages sur cadre¬† et repartez avec tout le n√©cessaire pour en r√©aliser d’autres √† la maison.

Durant le cours d’une dur√©e de quatre heures, vous apprendrez les techniques de base du tissage sur cadre (tissage √† plat, ligne droite, ligne diagonale, franges, tresse et finition simple).

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

  • cadre √† tisser de 8‚Ä≥ x 10 ‚ÄĚ / 20cm x 25.5cm
  • 2 goujons
  • 2 aiguilles
  • environ 100g de fibres diverses (coton, laine, m√®che de merinos, soie, jersey, fibres vintage, alpaga, acrylique)
  • fil r√©sistant (nylon robuste ou coton mercerie pour monter la trame de votre tissage)
    b√Ętonnet et fourchette de bois

* Comme le cours est d’une dur√©e de quatre heures, il est conseill√© d’amener avec vous collation & boisson.

Dépêchez-vous! Seulement 10 places disponibles. N’hésitez pas à nous téléphoner pour la réserver par carte de crédit Р(514) 486-5648.


WEAVING 101

Sunday, October 23rd, 9:00am – 1:00pm
$115.00

Join us to create your own small weaving and leave this workshop with another weaving kit to make a second creation at home.

Over the course of this four hour workshop, you will learn the basic techniques of frame weaving (flat weaving, straight line, diagonal line, fringes, braids, and simple finish).

All of the materials necessary to create two weaving projects will be provided:

  • A frame loom (8 “x 10” / 20cm x 25.5cm)
  • Two wood pins
  • 2 tapestry needles
  • Approximately 100g of mixed fibers (cotton, wool, merino roving, silk, jersey, vintage fiber, alpaca, acrylic)
  • Strong yarn / string (sturdy nylon or cotton to warp the frame)
  • Weaving stick and wooden fork

* As the course lasts four hours, you may want to bring along a snack and a drink.

Hurry! There are only 10 spots available. Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your space!

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–¬† Melissa

Summer Loving

Back to school is right around the corner and that means that Fall knitting fever is slowly creeping back into my mind and my fingers! After all the wonderful comments and advice I received about my “Coming Clean” blog post I was inspired to finish some of those summer projects so that I could begin the Fall season renewed, inspired, and guilt free! It felt great to knock off a few projects and to be able to share the fruits of my labour with our customers.

The Itaca was my first accomplishment and I am still so in love with Jade Sapphire Sylph. I have come to understand that I really appreciate yarn that is soft and luxurious yet has structure and good bones behind it!

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My second, and I would say biggest accomplishment, was the Wrapped in Lino Shawl that I designed. It is similar to Kigali Nights, however it is all in stockinette with equally sloped edges and is wider and longer. With this project I ended up on such a roll that I knit too much to be able to finish my short row section and had to back track! Two skeins of Handmaiden Lino later, our latest Espace Tricot design is available in both English and French as a free pattern for all to enjoy!

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Lastly, I took my Madelinetosh Chunky blanket on our family summer camping trip as I knew I needed to be trapped in the passenger side of our car in order to finish the miles of garter stitch that I needed to do! Our car was packed with all of our gear yet I found a way to squeeze in my large project bag! Low and behold I bound off just as we were crossing the Champlain bridge back into Montreal two weeks later! It has now found a cozy place on our sofa waiting for cold winter nights to returnūüėČ

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With a great feeling of satisfaction and a renewed desire to create I am ready to launch myself into new Fall projects. I am once again inspired by colour and texture and just might dive into one of Stephen West’s briochevron patterns just for me! Though I am also toying with the idea of making a blanket version of the Seafaring Scarf by Purl Soho that we knit in Drops Cloud…

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In the meantime, I am just about ready to publish a new baby blanket pattern knit with Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK and am working on a square shawl using Anzula Cloud. Thanks to Mona, who graciously agreed to knit the baby blanket and work out the kinks of the pattern, it will be available sooner rather than later. As for my square shawl pattern, let‚Äôs hope that it will not go the way of the dodo bird and that I will have the stamina to make it to the end, lolūüėČ

Upon reflection it seems that I am destined to knit long, simple, and luxurious projects!!!

–¬† Lisa

New in store: Lace Ball 100 from Schoppel Wolle!

Lace Ball 100 joins our inventory of gorgeous offerings from Schoppel Wolle. Dyed in Schoppel’s stunning signature colourways, these laceweight jewels are difficult to resist!

Lace Ball is an airy pick for any lace knitting project. With vibrant, long-repeat colorways and a soft, floaty feel, this yarn will bring fun to your finest projects.

100% merino wool / 100g / 800 m / 875 y

11 colourways in stock!

SHOP Lace Ball 100 in our webstore.
SHOP all Schoppel Wolle yarns.

 


Project Inspiration from Ravelry

There are more than 1000 lovely projects knit with Lace Ball 100 posted to Ravelry. Here are just a few. To see more projects, click HERE.

Feather & Fan Crescent by Kieran Foley

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(Project photo:  Trizia57)

Leaf Lace Scarf by Cayli Malone

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(Project photo: shannin)

–¬† Melissa

Re-stocked: Closures, Shawl Pins, and Shawl Sticks from Jul Designs

We are huge fans of Laura Bellows and her beautiful collection of functional art. Laura originally trained as an anthropologist and her relationships with the people and culture of Bali led her to found JUL Designs in 2007. We have been carrying Laura’s exquisite closures, shawl pins, and shawl sticks since opening our doors in 2010.

We’ve just re-stocked many of Laura’s designs, including her wildly popular leather screw-in pedestal button closures in both black and brown.

SHOP all JUL Designs in our webstore!



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Malabrigo Lace!

Malabrigo Lace has just been re-stocked including 9 new colours!

Spun from the finest merino wool, the softness and squish of this yarn is extraordinary. A delicate lace-weight single, it blocks like a dream and creates a fabric that is the very definition of comfort. Great for lace, shawls, scarves, lightweight garments. Works well double-stranded for accessories, garments, and colour work.

100% baby merino / 50g / 430 m / 470 y

SHOP Malabrigo Lace in our webstore!


New Colours

Indigo

Cuarzo

Sealing Wax

Emerald Blue

Arco Iris

 

Tiger Lily

Natural

Dusty Olive

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a little Project Inspiration from Ravelry

Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn

(Project photo: knittimo)


Nuvem by Martina Behm

(Project photo: enugu)


Amiga by Mags Kandis

(Project photo: hambo)


For more project inspiration view Malabrigo Lace projects on Ravelry HERE.

–¬† Melissa

 

Project inspiration for our current sale yarns!

As hopefully most of you know, our “Make Room for Fall” sale began this week¬†and we are saying goodbye to¬†some of our favourite yarns (at 30% off!). We are sad to see these go, but go they must¬†or we will surely¬†burst at the seams!

Currently on sale are:

ALL Noro yarns
Shibui Linen
Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend
Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe

HiKoo Rylie
Mirasol Nuna
Jade Sapphire Cashmere 2-ply
Blue Sky Alpaca Sport & Melange
Lang Malou Light
Lang Nova
Berroco Karma
Berroco Espresso
Berroco Captiva
Louet Euroflax

SHOP all sale yarns.

Here are some of the store samples we’ve made with many of these beauties! Click images for pattern and required materials details on our Ravelry page. You can find links to the yarns in our webstore below each picture.


On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer

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Knit with SHIBUI LINEN


L 1 by Antonia Shankland

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Knit with SHIBUI LINEN


Taiyo Linier Top by Sian Price-White

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Knit with SHIBUI LINEN and SHIBUI SILK CLOUD (Please note, Shibui Silk Cloud is not on sale)


Gretel by Julie Weisenberger

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Knit with LOUET EUROFLAX


Lakeside Anniversary Wrap by Cynthia Cushing

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Knit with BERROCO CAPTIVA and SHIBUI SILK CLOUD


Windward by Heidi Kirrmaier

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Knit with NORO TAIYO LACE


Slice of Linen by Susan Barstein

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Knit with LOUET EUROFLAX


Traverso Due by Regina Moessmer

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Knit with ROWAN KIDSILK HAZE STRIPE and MADELINETOSH PRAIRIE (we’re currently sold out of Prairie but one¬†could easily substitute SHIBUI CIMA¬†in this pattern – note, Prairie and Cima are not on sale).


Crazy Magic Boomerang by Susan Ashcroft

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Knit with NORO TAIYO SOCK


Silk ‘n Scribbles by StevenBe

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Knit with BERROCO CAPTIVA and BERROCO ESPRESSO


Whirligig by Melissa Clulow / Espace Tricot

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Knit with NORO TAIYO


Clayoquot Toque by Tin Can Knits

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Knit with MANOS DEL URUGUAY SILK BLEND


Storm Door by Plucky Knitter Design

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Knit with MANOS DEL URUGUAY SILK BLEND

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New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Wrapped in Lino

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Wrapped in Lino is similar to our Kigali Nights Shawl but is much wider and larger, and the whole piece is knit in stockinette. It remains a parallelogram with both ends knit using short rows to create sloped lines. The pattern is easily modified by casting on more or less stitches and changing the length of the stockinette section. This, however, will affect the required yardage.

A lovely, elegant shawl that can be dressed up or down. Perfect on cool summer evenings or in air-conditioned spaces.

Pattern available in English and French!

SHOP Handmaiden Lino in our webstore.

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Our Make Room for Fall Sale begins today!

Amazing yarns now 30% off Рboth online and in-store (see list below)!

MAKEROOM sale(1)

ALL Noro yarns
Shibui Linen
Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend
Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe

HiKoo Rylie
Mirasol Nuna
Jade Sapphire Cashmere 2-ply
Blue Sky Alpaca Sport & Melange
Lang Malou Light
Lang Nova
Berroco Karma
Berroco Espresso
Berroco Captiva
Louet Euroflax

MAKEROOM sale - FR

New store sample: Knit ‘n Slide

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Knit ‘n Slide is yet another very fun pattern from Stephen West that’s a nice combination of both easy knitting and interesting¬†technique. ¬†We created¬†our version with¬†a combination of Hedgehog Fibres and Madelinetosh¬†yarns and love the bright and colourful result.¬†The first section uses a simple knit ‚Äėn slide technique that requires only knitting (no purling) and the lacy border features yarn overs and shortcut rows that create beautiful scallops. The border is further accentuated with a picot-edge bind off that is time-consuming but worth the extra effort!

See additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Hedghehog Fibres and Madelinetosh Tosh Light in our webstore!

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New in store: Fine Donegal from Debbie Bliss!

We’ve fallen hard for this one!

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Fine Donegal from Debbie Bliss is a tweedy thick and thin blend of wool and cashmere. This gorgeous fingering-weight yarn is both rustic and luxurious and knits up beautifully into heirloom quality shawls, garments, and accessories. Available in a small but vibrant colour range to satisfy lovers of both neutrals and brights.

95% wool, 5% cashmere
100g
380 m / 415 y
26 sts per 10 cm / 4″

SHOP Fine Donegal in our webstore!

Project inspiration from Ravelry below!


#29 LACY SHAWL by Debbie Bliss

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(Photo: Richard Burns)


Loden by Irina Dmitrieva

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(Project photo: redpepperquilts)


KELLEY’S PONCHITO by Julie Blagojevich (Crochet)

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(Photo: Julie Blagojevich)


FORESTGREEN by Ekaterina Blanchard

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(Project photo: maanel)

–¬† Melissa

New store samples: Falling and Vested Interest

FALLING by Joji Locatelli

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Joji Locatelli’s Falling is a¬†beautifully airy stole that is anything but ordinary. Charming eyelets and a knit-as-you-go frill give this wrap a distinctly feminine yet modern feel. Exquisitely soft and lightweight in Manos del Uruguay‚Äôs stunning¬†Marina¬†yarn, this elegant accessory will make a pretty and versatile addition to any wardrobe!

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

SHOP Manos del Uruguay Marina in our webstore!

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VESTED INTEREST by Jamie Thomas

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We love the simple construction and beautiful drape of this quick and easy linen vest by Jamie Thomas. Vested Interest is knit with Quince & Co’s Kestrel yarn on a 9 mm needle and works up in no time!  Very chic over a tank or tee with your favourite necklace.

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

SHOP Quince & Co. Kestrel in our webstore!

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Customer Project Profile: Pat’s Color Craving

One of our lovely customers came into the store last week wearing her newly completed Color Craving¬†and it looked fabulous! Details below…

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What is the name of the pattern?  Color Craving by Stephen West.

What inspired you to knit this pattern? Saw the store sample in the shop and was inspired.

What yarns did you use?¬†Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label in ” Aurora, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in “Celadon”, Shibui Silk Cloud in “Fjord”, and Mirasol Nuna in “Seashell”. ¬†All from Espace Tricot.

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern? Yes and no. I love the originality of the pattern but found it complicated.

What do you like most about the finished project? EVERYTHING!

Would you knit this again? Yes, I would knit this again and try a different colour combination.

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Thanks Pat!

Inspired? SHOP these yarns in our online store.

‚Äst Melissa

Needles in a Haystack: Knitting in the Field, 2nd Edition!

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Julie Asselin is hosting her 2nd annual knitting party and you’re all invited! She has teamed up with Fromagerie la Station de Compton to put together another afternoon of knitting, enjoying the outdoors, and eating delicious cheese and local food.

WHEN

August 6th, 10 am – 5 pm (this coming weekend!)

WHERE

Fromagerie la Station de Compton
440 Hatley Road (Route 208)
Compton (Québec) J0B 1L0

Bring a chair and umbrella along with your knitting and friends and come join the fun!

There will be a mini marketplace and, along with several others, Espace Tricot will be participating with a great selection of yarns! New this year, you will also have the opportunity to take part in two mini-workshops:

Click here for additional event information on Julie Asselin’s blog.

–¬† Melissa

Hedgehog Fibres!

I’ve hesitated to blog about the arrival of this¬†spectacular shipment from Hedgehog Fibres because we don’t yet have images from our photographer for the website. That said, quite a few orders for these yarns are coming through despite this fact and they’re¬†also flying out of the shop in the hands of¬†those¬†close enough to make it in for a visit. In the interest of ensuring that no one misses out, we are happy to let you know that we currently have Hedgehog Fibres¬†Sock, Skinny Singles, and Kidsilk Lace yarns in stock. Hand-dyed in¬†Beata Jezek’s¬†signature style, there are plenty of both¬†speckles and solids on hand for your knitting pleasure.

Project inspiration below the yarn details!

SHOP all Hedgehog Fibres yarns in our online store.


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Squishy and soft, with just the right amount of twist! Skinny Singles will work for any lace pattern, especially Stephen West designs for fingering weight yarns. Colours shift beautifully from one to another. Randomly dyed to prevent striping or pooling, as much as possible, this yarn creates a variegated effect that looks good in plain stockinette or advanced stitch motifs.

100% merino /¬†100g /¬†366 m / 400 y /¬†28-32 sts per 10 cm / 4″


Sock Yarn

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Merino wool, softly spun, non-scratchy yarn. Sock is Hedgehog Fibres most popular and famous yarn base, and for good reason. The perfect balance of soft and durable, the dye takes especially beautifully on this base. The ideal yarn for accessories, especially Stephen West designs for fingering weight yarns. It is fantastic for shawls, scarves, baby items, hats and more!

90% superwash merino, 10% nylon /¬†100g /¬†400m / 440 y /¬†28-32 sts per 10 cm / 4″


Kidsilk Lace

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Glowing pure silk core wrapped in soft fuzzy mohair halo, Kidsilk Lace is the ultimate cozy lace yarn. Use alone or use as carry-along yarn to add fuzziness to everything from scarves to sweaters.

70% kid mohair, 30% silk /¬†50g /¬†420m / 459 y /¬†18-25 sts per 10 cm / 4″


Project inspiration from Ravelry

Click titles or images to follow links…

Holey Chevrons by Stephen West

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(Project photo: HedgehogFibres)


Chasing Rainbows by Boo Knits

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(Project photo: beatka)


Ysabel by Brandy Velten

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(Project photo: amiijjang)


Outline by Beata Jezek

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(Project photo: Hedgehog Fibres)


Briochevron Wrap by Stephen West

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(Project photo: westknits)


Exploration Station by Stephen West

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(Project photo: westknits)


The Doodler by Stephen West

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(Project photo: Stephen West)

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New in store: Party of Five Mini-Skein Sets from SweetGeorgia Yarns

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A perfect blend of warmth and strength SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock can stand up to your affection and abuse. It knits up beautifully into fine-gauge sweaters, small shawls, as well as socks and is now available in these gorgeous mini-skein sets! Each set contains five 105-yard mini-skeins for a total of 525 yards (485 m).

15 different sets now available in-store and online!

SHOP SGY Mini-Skein Sets in our webstore now.

Project inspiration from Ravelry below!


Twist Again by √Āgnes Kutas-Keresztes

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(Project photo: Reni-Knits)


First Point of Libra by Laura Aylor

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(Project photo: lisa416)


Ex Boyfriends by Jennifer Beever

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(Project photo: willrun4yarn)


First Point of Libra by Laura Aylor

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(Project photo: njstacie)


Lady Stark by Jennifer Beever

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(Project photo: willrun4yarn)

– Melissa

New store sample: Campside by Alicia Plummer

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The gorgeous and popular Campside shawl by Alicia Plummer worked up with Julie Asselin’s luminous Leizu DK was a pleasure to knit from beginning to end. Pretty eyelets throughout the body bounded by tailored ribbing give this shawl a casual elegance that’s perfect for easy summertime wear but lovely all-year round.

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

SHOP Leizu DK in our online store.

Access this FREE pattern through Ravelry here.

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Paperback…!

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We know what you‚Äôre thinking ‚ÄĒ there are apps for that. Well, it‚Äôs still easier to jot something down on a sticky note, and more satisfying to cross off an item with real ink. With Paperback, you can track your knitting rows, keep notes, make a (yarn) shopping list, etc.

Use them one at a time, or put a small stack on the back of your phone to use later. Paperback’s pages have a removable adhesive on most of their surface, keeping the note flat on your iPhone.

Now, how handy is that?

SHOP Paperback in our online store.

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–¬† Melissa

New in store: Leather Wrist Rulers!

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I first saw these on Instagram when they were posted by a few knitwear designers who were commenting about how useful, and stylish, they were. I instantly loved the concept.¬† Fast-forward to this week and they’re now available in the shop and in our online store. Wrist Ruler is a leather wristband with engraved inch and centimeter measurements. If you find yourself always needing to measure things when you‚Äôre on the go, this is the perfect product for you.

Sizes are based on wrapping around your wrist twice. Give it extra length depending on how loosely you want to wear it. Please allow an extra 1/2 inch for the stud closure.

A great accessory for all of us knitters and crafters!

SHOP Wrist Rulers in our online store (available in 3 sizes, dark brown only).

–¬† Melissa

Update + New store photos

My apologies for the longer than expected blogging hiatus! As many of you know, my little family and I moved to the US a couple of years ago when my husband embarked on a new job with a company based in NYC.¬† While the move has presented some challenges (e.g. not having daily access to yarn!) Lisa and I have managed to make the arrangement work through a natural division of labour that has functioned incredibly well. We’re in touch several times a day and make all major decisions together but Lisa logically takes greater charge of in-store operations while I lead webstore and social media efforts. That said, I’ve worn grooves in the highway between here and Montreal, trying to be in the store as often as I can. While most visits are usually crazy, rushed, weekend affairs, in the summer, I spend most of July in Montreal in order to celebrate our anniversary and be there throughout our big sale and inventory process. Needless to say, this extended visit is also rushed and crazed as we try to pack as much as we can into a few short weeks to prepare the store for the Fall. This year was no exception and when I arrived back home on Saturday I was spent!¬† After a few days of rest, however, I’m ready to start tending this space again. Would you like to see some new post-inventory / reorganization photos of the store to begin? Things are looking so pretty, fresh, and functional!

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New store sample: 3 Color Cashmere Shawl

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We used three colours of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles to create a bright and pretty version of Joji Locatelli’s 3 Color Cashmere Shawl. The combination of changing colours and different stitch patterns keeps this project fun and interesting and the wide crescent shape makes it a versatile and highly wearable accessory!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles (more coming soon!).

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–¬† Melissa