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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–   Melissa

Paperback…!

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We know what you’re thinking — there are apps for that. Well, it’s 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’re 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

Project Profile: Naomi’s Cap Sleeve Lattice Top

Meet Naomi – our newest in-store consultant! Naomi came in this morning wearing this beautiful tee knit with Koigu. Of course, we had to take a photo of her standing in front of the Koigu wall!:-)

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What is the name of the pattern?  It’s the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top from Purl Soho.

What inspired you to knit this pattern? I made it for a friend and liked it so much I wanted one too.

What yarns did you use? 3 skeins of Koigu KPPPM – from Espace Tricot, of course!

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern? I did. Lattice is an interesting but basic lace stitch and there’s lots of stockinette. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too boring.

What do you like most about the finished project? I love the colourway and the 100% merino yarn is soft on bare skin.

Would you knit this again? I have and I would:-) I modified the number of cast on stitches for this version for a narrower fit but I think I would try a shorter lattice section the next time.

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Thanks Naomi!

Inspired? SHOP Koigu KPPM in our online store.

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday (a little late, again): Talland Tee by Sonja Bargielowska

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Talland Tee by Sonja Bargielowska is a lovely top knitted in the round from the bottom up until separating for front and back at the armholes. Great on it’s own or layered over a tank or camisole, this little tee adds a pretty factor to your casual summer wardrobe. Designed to be worn with a relaxed fit (so be sure to select for some positive ease when selecting your size), it can be easily modified for length with the addition or omission of lace pattern repeats.

We think this would be perfect in Hikoo Rylie – a lightweight transeasonal blend of soft baby alpaca, mulberry silk, and linen!

SHOP all fingering weight yarns in our online store.

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–  Melissa

New store sample: Love & Lemons by Melanie Berg

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The original Love and Lemons pattern by Melanie Berg calls for laceweight yarn but we opted to knit this up with a heavier weight linen and bigger needles for an even larger version. Crisp and light with gorgeous drape, we love the look of this shawl over sundresses and tanks. A pretty wrap that’s equally at home dressed up or down!

View additional photos and details on our Ravelry project page.

SHOP Montoya Beach yarn in our online store.

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–  Melissa

New in Store: Umbrella Swifts and Ball Winders from Strauch

Almost since we first took up knitting, Lisa and I have been on a hunt for the perfect ball winder and swift. We’ve tried many over the years but we may have met our winding dream team in the these pieces from the Strauch Fiber Equipment Company.


Swift / Skeinwinder

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When on its base, this beautiful and functional piece of furniture measures 42″ tall, from floor to top of the knob. Prefer to work from your table? Simply unscrew the umbrella swift into the table base, attach the table clamp, and you’re ready to go.

  • The floor and table models are interchangeable, collapsible and easily portable!
  • These handcrafted umbrella swifts are designed to function as both a Swift and a Skeinwinder.
  • Skein circumference is adjustable from 1-2 yards. There are three black rings on the center dowel. The bottom ring indicates a 1-yard circumference, the center: 1-1/2 yds, and the top: 2-yds. You can determine the yardage by setting the Swift/skeinwinder to the appropriate marker on the center dowel. Count the number of rotations while winding the skein. You can then easily calculate the yardage by multiplying the yards for one rotation by the number of rotations you made.
  • All Swifts are treated with a penetrating oil finish and need only to be occasionally cleaned with high quality liquid lemon oil furniture polish.
  • The standard clamp that comes with the Swift / Skeinwinder fits tables from 3/8″ to 2 1/4″ thick.

Ball Winder

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What makes the Strauch Fiber Ball Winder so special?

  • Makes a very large center-pull ball – up to one pound of yarn.
  • Great for winding all types of yarn including large skeins or bulky yarns.
  • No oiling or adjusting required thanks to a ball bearing drive.
  • Longer counter-weight bracket greatly reduces vibration.
  • 15″ base eliminates “knuckle-smacking” while winding.
  • Tall, soft rubber feet prevents the winder from sliding and scratching your table.
  • Special drive belt material makes for less slipping while making a ball.
  • Extra long table clamp secures the winder to a variety of table surfaces.

Note: These beauties are only available in store.

– Melissa

Project Profile: Lisa’s Itaca

Lisa has a beautiful new project hot off the needles today!

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What is the name of the pattern?   Itaca by Stephen West.

What inspired you to knit this pattern? The beachy vibe of the photo on Ravelry inspired me as I was preparing for a trip to the Black Sea in Romania last summer.  Needless to say I just finished it last night in time for this year’s beach trip to Maine:-)

What yarns did you use?  2 skeins of Jade Sapphire Sylph and some left over fingering weight yarn in bright pink for the border.

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern? I loved it!  It’s an easy social knitting project and the combination of Sylph worked with bamboo needles was a match made in heaven. The yarn glides beautifully yet the bamboo holds it back just enough to allow for good control.

What do you like most about the finished project? This will be my go-to summer scarf. It is light and airy yet has nice structure.  The linen and cashmere blend is my perfect match – soft yet strong and resilient!  The contrasting border adds just a touch of fun to my general black and grey wardrobe!

Would you knit this again?  I would definitely knit this again and with the same yarn but I would make it bigger!!

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Thanks Lisa!

Inspired? SHOP Jade Sapphire Sylph in our online store.

–  Melissa

New LOQI products – including backpacks!

New products arrived from LOQI today including Backpacks and the much coveted MUSEUM Collection Bags. LOQI products are strong, eco-friendly, water-resistant, and washable alternatives to disposable totes and bags – perfect for all your knitting and crafting gear. Fun and stylish!

SHOP all LOQI products in our online store.


NEW DESIGNS IN BAGS

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NEW! LOQI BACKPACKS!

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NEW DESIGNS IN ZIP POCKETS

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New DESIGN IN Museum Collection BagS

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–  Melissa

New Notions and Accessories!

Some new and useful notions and accessories have just landed in the shop (and in our webstore)!


KNITTERELLA PROJECT BAGS

Original Knitterella® graphics are printed on a roomy 12″ x 16″, muslin, single drawstring project bag. A fun and smart way to organize your projects!

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Sirka Counter Set – Rainbow

Do you need to track up to six separate counts? Or, perchance, are you working on two separate projects AT THE SAME TIME? If so, take a look at the “Rainbow” Sirka® Counter Set. The set consists of two Sirka® counters in a rainbow of colors: the first counter with red, orange, and yellow discs and hands; and the second counter with seafoam, blue, and purple discs and hands.

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CHIAOGOO NOSTEPINNE

Stop using your thumb to wind a center-pull ball of yarn. Our Nostepinne can do the job for you. Approximately 11″ (28 cm) long with a smooth finish. Comes with a loop through the handle and winding directions.chiaogoo_nostepinne


BRYSON STAINLESS STEEL SOCK BLOCKERS

Superior air flow for faster drying, these sock blockers come complete with hook for hanging! Sold in pairs of 2.

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CLOVER TASSEL MAKERS (SMALL & LARGE)

The Clover Tassel Maker large allows you to make tassels of five different sizes, 2 3/8 in., 2 3/4 in., 3 1/8 in., 3 1/2 in. And 4 in. The small allows you to make tassels of three different sizes, 1 3/16 in., 1 9/16 in. And 2 in. Great for Jewelery, embellishment, packaging and home decor. Easy to use with embroidery thread, woolen yarns and any small cord. Detailed instructions included.

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Clover Lace Darning Needle Set

Clover’s lace darning needle set comes with three needle sizes; No. 20, 22 (bent tip)/ no. 24 and a convenient carrying case.

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CLOVER KNITTING ACCESSORY SET

Basic tools for knitting are included in a compact case. Set includes the following: 1 knitting needle gage, 1 double ended stitch holder, 20 locking ring markers, 1 knitting register, 2 point protectors large, 2 point protectors small, 1 jumbo darning needle, 1 fiber glass tape measure.

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DRITZ KNIT PICKER

The DRITZ-Knit Picker is a tiny latch hook that grabs the snag and then pulls it through to the wrong side and it’s fixed. Knit Picker has a latch hook tip.

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DRITZ SNAG NAB-IT

The Snag Nab-It is a precision tool that repairs knitted and woven garments drapes upholstery and much more. Fast and easy to use on labels and lined garments even while wearing.

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New Bookhou Products in store!

A collection of totes and pouches from Bookhou landed in store this morning. Bookhou, a multidisciplinary studio based in Toronto, emphasizes natural handmade materials and small production pieces.  Each piece is a beautifully crafted work of art.

SHOP all Bookhou products in our online store.


LARGE POUCHES

Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on a great little pouch to hold your notions and other essentials or to use alone as a small clutch. 100% linen with 100% cotton canvas lining. Brass metal zipper with leather pull. Approximate dimensions: W 10.5 x H 7 x D 2 in.

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POCKET POUCHES

Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on a smaller companion pouch. Also perfect for organizing your notions and supplies. 100% linen with 100% cotton lining. Approximate dimensions: W 6 x H 5 in. (15.24 x 12.7 cm)

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BUCKET TOTES

Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened knit stitch print on beautiful multi-purpose bucket totes. 100% linen with 100% cotton canvas lining and leather handles. Approximate dimensions: oval base 14. 5 x 7.5 inches; 12 in. tall.

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SHOP all Bookhou products in our online store.

New store sample: Bosc Pear

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Tetiana Otruta’s Bosc Pear is beautiful asymmetric, triangular shawl which works wonderfully with Julie Asselin’s Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets.  Worked sideways with eyelet stripes and lacy texture, the size of this lovely accessory makes it quite versatile as a shawl or kerchief-scarf.

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

SHOP Julie Asselin Leizu Fingering Gradient Sets (Leizu Nuances).

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–  Melissa

Customer Project Profile: Lyne’s Striped Esjan

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What is the name of the pattern?   Striped Esjan by Stephen West.

What inspired you to knit this pattern? A Stephen West workshop at Espace Tricot.

What yarns did you use?  1 skein Julie Asselin Fino in Jade (cream with speckles)*, 1 skein Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Jade*, and 2 balls SandnesGarn Silk Mohair in Cream (held double).

Did you enjoy knitting this pattern?  Yes, very much, even though I found some parts of the pattern difficult I had help during the workshop which motivated me to finish the project.

What do you like most about the finished project? The look:-)

Would you knit this again?  Yes, but I wouldn’t make the same mistakes again.

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Beautiful! Thanks Lyne:-)

*(Note: Unfortunately, both Fino and Tough Love Sock in the Jade colourways are currently sold out).

–  Melissa

New Needle Promotion from Addi!

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Beginning this week through November 15th, Skacel is running an addi Rocket Circular promotion – buy 3 addi Rocket circular needles and receive a complimentary addi Rocket circular needle of your choice!  At point of purchase, you will receive a mail-in form to obtain your free circular needle directly from Skacel.

Please note that this promotion is limited to in-store sales only.

Never tried these amazing needles before? Come on in and give them a whirl!

–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Snap ‘n Go Cases & Digital Row Counters

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.

Purchase in store or online here.


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.

Purchase in store or online here.

– Melissa

New Stripe Me Up colourways from Scrumptious Purl!

Stripe Me Up is a stunningly vibrant sock yarn from Scrumptious Purl guaranteed to put the fun back 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. Produced right here in Montreal!

Shop Stripe Me Up in our webstore.
Download FREE Scrumptious Stripes Socks pattern below…


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Download our free SCRUMPTIOUS STRIPES SOCKS pattern…

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Super fun socks knit with Stripe Me Up from Scrumptious Purl! A simple cuff-down design for multiple sizes, the Scrumptious Stripes Socks pattern provides a perfect canvas for showing off the precision of this carefully dyed yarn. Bold and bright in unexpected colour combinations, these are sure to make you smile every time you look down at your feet.

Download PDF – [English] [Français]

–  Melissa

More new needle sets just added to our webstore…

I’m on fire today:-)


KNITTER’S PRIDE DREAMZ INTERCHANGEABLE DELUXE SET

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Set of 18 Symfonie Dreamz Interchangeable Circular Needles (9 sizes – 2 needle tips in each size) packed in an attractive vinyl case. Needles are lightweight, strong, and durable and come in a colour assortment to allow for easy identification. Needle points are flawlessly tapered and the polished wood surface works effortlessly with every type of yarn without slowing down your knitting rhythm. Includes easy-to-connect cords which create a smooth no-snag join. Set comes in a convenient to store vinyl carry case that has plenty of extra room for tools or small projects. Includes tips in the following sizes  US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4.0mm), US 7 (4.5mm), US 8 (5.0mm), US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6.0mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8.0mm), 4 Cords (24″, 40″ & 2 x 32”), 1 set of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys, and 1 cord case.


KNITTER’S PRIDE DREAMZ INTERCHANGEABLE CHUNKY SET

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Set of 6 Symfonie Dreamz Interchangeable Circular Needles (3 sizes – 2 needle tips in each size) packed in an attractive vinyl case. This set includes needles and cords in the three most popular large sizes for knitting chunky and super bulky yarns. Needles are lightweight, strong, and durable and come in a colour assortment to allow for easy identification. Needle points are flawlessly tapered and the polished wood surface works effortlessly with every type of yarn without slowing down your knitting rhythm. Includes easy-to-connect cords which create a smooth no-snag join. Set comes in a convenient to store vinyl carry case. Includes tips in the following sizes US 13 (9.0mm), US 15 (10.0mm), US 17 (12.0mm), 2 cords (24″ and 32”), 4 end caps, and 2 cord keys.


–  Melissa