Early Closure – this Friday

We will be celebrating our incredibly talented and hard-working team with a pottery workshop, dinner, bubbly, and prezzies this coming Friday ✨🎁🥂🎉! Please note, we’ll be closing an hour early for the occasion!

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New store samples!

Rockin’ Rows by Martina Behm

Our version of Martina Behm’s Rockin’ Rows combines a SweetGeorgia Prismatic Mini Set and Artfil Belle in the White Sands colourway to create a stunning finished object – if we say so ourselves! The colours are so beautiful and perfectly assembled in this kit from SweetGeorgia and soft and springy Belle is always a treat to work with. Chevron stripes and frequent colour changes make this project engaging from beginning to end – no boring middle parts here.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP SweetGeorgia Prismatic Mini Sets.
SHOP Artfil Belle.


Groovy by Annie Baker

We love the Groovy pattern by Annie Baker so much we’ve worked up several versions of it. This time, we knit it in SweetGeorgia’s luxurious CashLuxe Spark, for a decidedly glam evening look. The stellina is subtle, the cashmere is yummy. The shawl is perfection.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Spark.


Cross Hatch Shawl by Benjamin Matthews

The Crosshatch Shawl by Benjamin Matthews is a simple knit but the end result is beautiful and dramatic. The Lang Viva provides gorgeous dynamic colour changes while the Manos del Uruguay Maxima lends beautiful contrast. This is a perfect pattern for beginners ready to work with more than one yarn.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP Lang Yarns Viva Merino.
SHOP Manos del Uruguay Maxima.


Crocheted Baskets by Churchmouse Yarns

These Crocheted Baskets by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas make for a fun, functional, and easy way to learn crochet! Just one ball of Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn makes several baskets of various sizes.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
SHOP Bernat Maker Home Dec yarns

Clin d’oeil Newsletter – Issue #2!

The second edition of Clin d’oeil – our regular roundup of fresh patterns, products, and everything newsworthy at Espace Tricot – went out to our subscribers this morning.

Fresh for the New Year, we’re bringing back Knit Nights, we’ve added new products to the shelves, plus we’re thrilled to share a new (and free!) Espace Tricot pattern that’s both striking and strikingly quick to knit.  If you’re looking for project inspiration or to hone your knitting skills, you’ll also find links to our latest store samples and dates for our upcoming classes and workshops.

Enjoy!

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In the meantime, happy knitting!
– Melissa & Lisa

The 3 Faces of Gauge

A guest post today by our lovely Stephanie E. Stephanie joined the Espace Tricot team last August and reflects here on one or two (or three) things she’s learned about gauge over the last few months 🙂

Enjoy!


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When I started knitting – and really, up until very recently – I thought of gauge as a pattern-specific thing. I’d open up a new issue of Vogue Knitting, or download something from Ravelry and see that the designer wanted me to get 17 stitches per inch and think “OK, that’s what THAT DESIGN is knit at, and if I want it to fit properly I have to get that same gauge.” (This is, of course, true.) This left me with three options if I wanted to knit that pattern:

1. Use the exact same yarn the pattern calls for
2. Somehow magically stumble onto a yarn that knit up at the same gauge
3. Adjust the pattern to work with a different gauge

Number 2 really did feel like only magic would help, because I didn’t really understand yarn weights, which I’ll get to in a second.

Personal Gauge

Every knitter has a personal gauge, inherent to the way they knit. You may be a tight knitter, who has to work hard to get your tips into the stitch, or you might be a loose knitter who has to worry about stitches falling off your needles. Your gauge may change when you work in the round versus flat, and it might change depending on the fiber you are knitting with – more loosely when working with superwash, acrylic or other slippery yarns, for example. You might be like me, pretty much in the middle on stitch gauge (number of stitches per inch) but very loose when it comes to row gauge (number of rows per inch.)

If you are a new knitter, your gauge may change over the course of your knitting. That scarf you started might be very tight at one end, and loose at the other. It will probably stabilize as you get more adept and knitting becomes as second-nature as holding a pencil.

When you see the gauge listed on a knitting pattern, one element of what you are reading is that designer’s personal gauge. To replicate the pattern, you’ll have to find a way to match it. If you know your own tendencies, you can go in armed with that information. Maybe you already know you’ll need to go down a needle size, or use sharp-tipped metal needles. When you shop for needles, the clerk at the shop may ask you about your personal gauge. The general wisdom is that tight knitters should use slick needles (metal or coated plastic) and loose knitters should use sticky ones (bamboo or other woods.)

Yarn Gauge

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Yarns are classified into different weights. At the fine end are lace and fingering, DK and worsted are in the middle, with Aran, Chunky and Bulky at the thicker end. (This is a simplification, but man, there are a lot of classes of yarn.) It wasn’t until I started consulting at Espace Tricot that I saw that what these classifications are, really, are gauges. These categories tell you what gauge this yarn is suited for. Most yarns carry this information on the label. It shows you a little square – 10cm x 10cm – and tells you how many stitches you can expect this yarn to make in that space, when matched with the appropriate needle.

Obviously, you can knit any yarn with any needle you like (although really thick yarn with really small needles may prove physically impossible). You can knit your fingering weight yarn (which lists 32 sts on 2 mm needles) on 5mm needles and get an open, airy fabric. Some patterns may ask you to do exactly this. But most of the time, the gauge listed in a pattern and the gauge listed on a yarn ball band are going to square up. Any minor inconsistencies are probably down to personal gauge – the designer’s and yours – and can be accounted for by adjusting needle size.

Writing this down, it seems so obvious, but I honestly didn’t really get it until I started helping other knitters find substitute yarns while working at Espace Tricot. My experience before then had been so personal, so much just doing my own thing, that I didn’t see the bigger picture. Gauge is not the only factor in finding a substitute yarn – fiber content and texture are important too – but it sure does help. If you can go into your LYS and say “I need a DK weight yarn that knits up to 22 stitches per inch on 3.5mm needles in stockinette, with a smooth texture, and I tend to knit loosely” you will not only delight the clerk working there, you are much more likely to find suitable yarns.

Pattern Gauge

The Bayerische Sock by Eunny Jang makes maximum of use of its tiny gauge to load up on twisted stitch motifs.Sometimes I see a knitting pattern in my Ravelry feed or in a book and think “Ah, I love that! But instead of buying new yarn to make it, I’m going to use something from my stash.” But a visit to the stash later, I realize I don’t have enough Worsted on hand, but I do have plenty of this lovely hand-dyed DK. And then madness of recalculating the pattern begins. For some patterns, it’s easy to change yarn weights – a delicate shawl can be a thick wrap. A simple raglan sweater might take some number crunching, but hey, I’ve designed patterns from scratch, I can handle it!

The Bayerische Sock by Eunny Jang makes maximum of use of its tiny gauge to load up on twisted stitch motifs.

But why was the pattern designed using that yarn? If it’s in a big magazine, possibly because the brand advertises there. But it’s also a conscious and important choice a designer makes, and it affects proportion, fit and feel. When you change it, you risk losing some element of the design that made it so appealing to you in the first place. You may not think that having a cable twist 12 times on its way up a sweater is much different from 15 times, but you might be surprised. You might think that adding a single repeat of a colourwork motif to the yoke of sweater is harmless, but it might take away some indefinable element of symmetry.

Granted, it might be fine, but you won’t know until you’ve put an awful lot of work into it.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t adjust patterns – I do it often, though less often than I used to. Part of that is laziness. If I want to do a whole bunch of math, I’ll cook up something of my own. But part of that is caution born of experience. I sympathize with knitters who don’t wear standard sizes and often have to make these kinds of adjustments just to make something that fits.

In conclusion, I guess what I’m trying to say is that gauge really is one of the most important things in knitting, so when a pattern exhorts you to knit a gauge swatch, there’s a reason. And when you think about altering a design, think about how gauge contributes to the pattern and whether changing it will leave the parts you like so much about it intact.

– Stephanie Earp
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New free pattern: Fast Track!

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fast-track

We have another free pattern for you this week! Fast Track is a striking scarf that, as its name suggests, works up gratifyingly quickly with superbulky Madelinetosh ASAP on large needles. The “racing” stripe along one side adds some edge to the simple design. Our version is super long for maximum Dr Who-like impact. However, if you prefer a shorter length, two skeins (instead of 3) of the main colour will yield a scarf of about 70” (not including the fab fringe!).

Get all the details, exact yardages, and more photos on Ravelry.

SHOP Madelinetosh ASAP in our webstore.

New store sample: Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla

The Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla is a beautiful, graphic cowl with a botanical feel.  We used Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK for our store sample and love the soft yet structured hand of the finished fabric. The pattern is well-written and easy to follow and watching the gorgeous motifs develop quickly on the needles while you knit provides lovely motivation. We think these colours are vibrant and festive but the Pine Bough Cowl is a classic addition to your winter wardrobe in any colour!

Click here for additional photos and project details on Ravelry!

SHOP Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK

–  Melissa

 

Just launched – our Clin D’oeil Newsletter!

We are happy to announce that yesterday we launched our first “official” newsletter – Clin d’oeil – a bi-weekly roundup of fresh patterns, products, and everything newsworthy at Espace Tricot. Clin d’oeil is French for “wink” or “in the blink of an eye” so we promise to keep things brief and fun. After all, that project isn’t going to knit itself!

Follow the links below to view the first edition – it includes a round-up of new Espace Tricot patterns, a gift guide, and an announcement about our next Knit Night Live event (it’s tomorrow!):

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And if you’re interested in receiving the newsletter directly to your inbox every two weeks or so then simply subscribe HERE.

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In the meantime, happy knitting!
– Melissa & Lisa

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Cozy Up

As the cold weather winds its way towards us, this thick and squishy throw in Cascade Yarns Mondo is just the right partner to cozy up to! Knit on 25.0 mm (US 50) needles, it works up in a flash and makes a great statement piece draped over a sofa or your favourite armchair! The superfine alpaca and wool blend of Mondo gives it an airy yet substantial fabric that makes you want nothing more than to cuddle up with it on cool evenings. Choose four different colours, knit it all in one colour, or choose three skeins of one colour and then work a contrasting stripe. Any combination will be fabulous!

Click here for additional project details and to download the pattern on Ravelry.

You still have time to knit these gifts!

We have lots of customers looking for quick knits for gifts these days (quelle surprise!) so I took some time to browse through our store samples on Ravelry this afternoon and put together this little post chock full of projects you still have time to pull off before the holidays!

Good luck everyone, the countdown is on! May the force be with you 🙂

– Melissa


Swirling Cowl

Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter is a  quick and beautiful project. We knit ours with Freia’s stunning Ombre Super Bulky yarn. The colour transitions and texture create a soft, gorgeous accessory that will brighten up any winter day. This would also be beautiful in Malabrigo Rasta or Madelinetosh ASAP!


Garter Gaiter

Garter Gaiter by Purl Soho is a cozy cowl with a strong sense of style! A very simple, knit-in-the-round pattern with a dramatic two-tone effect. We knit ours up with Madelinetosh ASAP . Can be worn alone or, for a closer fit, with a shawl stick or pin.


Color Tipped Scarf

Color Tipped Scarf is another great pattern from Purl Soho – a traditional garter stitch scarf with a modern twist. Gorgeous, easy, and yes, quick to knit.  The Madeline Tosh Chunky yarn we used just glows!


Kilmorey

We’re not lyin’ when we say that Kilmorey, by Mrs Moon, works up in no time!  Soft and cozy and classic,  we’d be hard-pressed to imagine anyone  who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive this as a gift. Our original version was knit with Blue Sky Fibers Bulky but this would be equally impressive worked up with Cascade Spuntaneous (more coming tomorrow), Madelinetosh ASAP (more on the way!) or Cascade Magnum.


Wurm

With a double-thickness brim and the perfect amount of slouch, Wurm by katushika is funky and stylish and, above all, warm. We knit our version with Schoppel-Wolle Gradient which we are no longer stocking but this would be wonderful worked up in Lang Viva, a soft 100% merino with gorgeous transitional colour changes.


Maize and Barley

The Maize mittens and Barley hat by tincanknits  are clear and well-written patterns with built-in tutorial links throughout. Ideal for beginners and fun for more experienced knitters these are quick and satisfying little projects.  We love the result with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky!


LTYC Super Bulky Cowl

LTYC Super Bulky Cowl by Kelly Hechinger makes a fabulous last-minute-knitted-gift.  This one-skein project knits up in a jiffy and is invitingly squishy here in Malabrigo’s superbulky Rasta.  That said, any super-bulky yarn will do! Perfect instant-gratification knitting.


The Favorite Knit Slouchy

The Favorite Knit Slouchy by Jamie Sande is one of those great hat patterns you’ll find yourself reaching for over and over. Unisex in style and ultra-chic, it will surely become a cold-weather staple.  We chose Madelinetosh Vintage for our store sample but any soft worsted weight yarn will do the trick. Browse some here.


Arika Cowl

Arika Cowl by Jane Richmond is a stylish cowl with edgy flair. Worked up here with Brooklyn Tweed Quarry held together with a strand of Shibui Silk Cloud throughout. The silk/mohair blend lends the perfect soft halo to the beautiful structure of the wool. Needless to say, a quick project and wonderfully written pattern.


Fox Scarf

Fox Scarf by Gina Michele is a sweet play on the popular fur scarves of the 20’s and 30’s. Knit in a day, this is a fun, quick project for your little ones. Also available in adult size. We used Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky on a 5 mm needle which gives the scarf great structure and stitch definition.


Entwine Scarf

Entwine Scarf by Jane Richmond is a breeze to knit and the finished piece makes a high-impact addition to any winter accessory wardrobe! Perfect knit up with Cascade Magnum.

Podcast – Episode 14!

We forgot to blog that we launched Podcast Episode 14 last week!

In this episode we talk about our FOs and WIPs, new patterns, new store samples and products, gift ideas, and discuss the pain and pleasure of holiday knitting.

In case you missed it, grab your knitting and join us for a bit :-).

Please note: Unfortunately, our line of ceramics is already sold out but we have a new order in production for delivery in early January!

New free pattern: Flying Solo

We have another new free pattern for you this week!

FLYING SOLO is a chic and minimalist unisex ribbed cowl knit with three colours of Artfil Solo.  Two strands are held together throughout the project with one strand being changed at a time to create a series of ombre stripes. The cowl is knit from the bottom up with the front and back flap knit separately and then joined to knit in the round.

While we chose a neutral palette, we think this cowl would be stunning worked up with a series of saturated and/or speckled hand-dyed Solo colourways in brights and jewel tones.

Artfil Solo is a lusciously soft fingering weight single-ply merino – a perfect choice for accessories and garments that will be worn next to the skin.

Designed by Yana Petrova of ARTFIL for Espace Tricot.

Click here for additional project details and to download the free pattern on Ravelry.

SHOP Artfil Solo in our webstore.

–  Melissa

 

Join us for a Sunset Highway Knit-Along Beginning November 16th!

(Photo: boylandknitworks)

Along with so many others, we’ve been completely smitten with designer Caitlin Hunter’s patterns over the last months. Several have been added to our queue but Sunset Highway  was the first to make it on to our needles. Now that the sweater is finished (see below), and had it’s first outing at Rhinebeck (!), we want to encourage you all to share in the fun of this unique and engaging pattern. The design provides a beautiful canvas for knitters to express themselves through yarn and colour choices and lends itself so well to knitting in company.

Sunset Highway can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

We used Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label for our version and opted to use three colours instead of four. To view additional photos and details, visit our Ravelry project page HERE.

We will be running our Sunset Highway Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning November 16th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for four consecutive Thursdays – November 16, 23, 30, and December 7 – from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come in on those dates ready to cast on and knit the  Sunset Highway with friends 🙂 .

Click HERE to announce your intention to participate in our Ravelry group.  We invite everyone to introduce themselves, chat, and cheer each other on in that space space. And to share photos of all your beautiful works in progress!

If you complete your Sunset Highway by December 22nd and submit a photo to the Finished Object thread (which will be created in our Ravelry group at the end of November), we’ll enter your name into a draw to win a skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label (cashmere, merino, and silk!) in an in-stock colourway of your choice and a set of Baggu 3D ZIP Set bags 🙂

We hope you’ll join us!

–  Melissa

Join us for an afternoon with Yana of ARTFIL!

SATURDAY, November 11TH, 2 PM – 5PM

In our continuing series featuring wonderfully talented and successful local hand-dyers, please join us in welcoming the lovely Yana Petrova of ARTFIL to the shop on Saturday, November 11th, 2 pm – 5 pm.  ARTFIL yarns are among the most popular in our store and we have been excited to watch this relatively new local company take the industry by storm!

Before even texture and composition, colour is the main attraction of any yarn. Unfortunately, the process of dyeing fiber is not without environmental impact. In fact, it is estimated that almost 20% of global industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Although there has been an increased interest in the development and use of natural dyes in recent years, even these require large quantities of water.

ARTFIL, has adopted an innovative approach to addressing this problem and has perfected a technique for applying colour to yarn using “Air Dyeing Technology”. This process actually uses air instead of water to push dye into the fiber, allowing for the creation of vivid hues without polluting the environment.  According to  independent research, this process uses up to 95% less water and up to 86% less energy, contributing 84% less to global warming!

We’re looking forward to hosting Yana for the afternoon and can’t wait to hear about her approach to yarn dyeing and how she has been able to successfully build her business in such a short time (lots of hard work we’re sure!).  Yana will share with us a collection of samples knit up with her yarns and there will be an informal Q & A session.  You will also be able to purchase ARTFIL yarn lines and colourways not normally available at Espace Tricot. Yana is bringing lots of beautiful colourways and samples created specifically for this event so don’t miss out!

And, of course, there will be door-prizes!  🙂

Please join us for this third and last afternoon in our Fall series featuring local hand-dyers – it’s a beautiful way to spend an afternoon!

BROWSE / SHOP Artfil yarns in our webstore.

New (free) pattern from Espace Tricot: Getting Warmer

Simple and stylish, GETTING WARMER is a light and cozy cowl worked from the bottom up, transitioning from 2×2 rib to garter stitch in the round with regular decreases. It can be pulled down over one or both shoulders and the neck will remain snug and close without gaping. Knit with Woolfolk LUFT, a luscious and ultra-soft blend of Ultimate Merino and cotton. Chic, modern, functional, and easy-peasy.

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

SHOP Woolfolk Luft in our webstore!

–  Melissa

New store sample: Icon by Shellie Anderson

Icon by Shellie Anderson is a stunning, high-fashion accessory perfectly in line with what we’ve come to expect of patterns from the Shibui Knits yarn company. Graphic and modern, the wrap is worked flat and uses short rows to create the striking wedges of colour.  We opted for a slightly looser gauge, and did short rows every five stitches instead of six, for a finished object that is a little wider and longer than the original. Knit with Shibui’s new Birch yarn, this wrap is not only stylish – it’s warm and heavenly soft! And it’s no wonder, Birch is spun in a single ply of extra fine merino with a micron count approaching cashmere’s!

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

SHOP Shibui Birch in our webstore.

The ICON pattern is free with yarn purchase so, if you order Birch yarn online, be sure to note that you would like us to include it 🙂

– Melissa

Rhinebeck 2017 in Pictures

Although I had my first taste of Rhinebeck last year, this is the first time Lisa and I made it to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival together and the experience was beautiful from beginning to end. Between the perfect weather and the positive vibe of the entire event, it was impossible not to enjoy every minute.  As an added bonus, we were joined by our store manager, Francoise, who is not only great company, but also did sterling service as our driver for the entire weekend. Thank you Francoise!  We plan to talk quite a lot about our Rhinebeck adventure on our next podcast but wanted to share some photo impressions of the trip here in the meantime. Unfortunately, we were so distracted by all the beautiful yarns and products on offer at Needles Up and Indie Untangled on the Friday night, we didn’t manage to snap any pictures :-(. Oh, well, there’s always next year!

The NY Sheep and Wool Festival is unique in that it brings together everyone with a passion for some, or all, aspects of this industry – from sheep to sweater [or, insert any finished fibre product / project you can imagine here :-)]. To see knitters, spinners, weavers, designers, farmers, hand-dyers, podcasters, and Ravelers all come together in happy community is something to behold, and we felt so lucky to be a part of it.  And, if that wasn’t enough to put us on a high, we were completely overwhelmed and humbled by the love we were shown as we moved through the festival. To all those who approached us with kind and encouraging words (and thoughtful gifts) – thank you, it meant the world to us! You’ve inspired us to continue what we’re doing and to resume podcasting with renewed energy and enthusiasm. We returned home with full hearts and feeling grateful for this diverse and generous family of producers and makers.

Until next year!

–  Melissa & Lisa


We set off…

Francoise at the wheel…

Car knitting… which had to wait until after I sewed in all the ends on my Rhinebeck sweater!

Lisa, in good spirits in the backseat surrounded by all her pillows 🙂

The drive up to Kristy Glass’s house – our hostess with the mostest for the weekend despite her crazy schedule!

Dinner with Kristy, Alissa, and Melissa – @wellknits

Heading off the the festival on Saturday morning.

Spotted in the parking lot – oh-em-gee…!

Look who we found – Annie – @knittingitup and Sasha!

 

A dreamy coat at the Loopy Mango booth…

A sea of Sunset Highways at the Podcaster Meet-up :-). I’m in good company with Angie of Camel City Dyeworks, Debby Reece of the Periscoping Sisters, and Heather of Knothouse Yarns (photo credit: Knothouse Yarns).

GGmadeit!  A ray of sunshine in her new pattern – The Bobble Shrug.

Our new baskets to hold more stash.

Francoise resting after a good day of socializing and shopping…

So great to see Dina and Pam of The Knitting Place…

They crack us up… 🙂

Just an example of the sweet and thoughtful gifts and support we received.

Lisa trying her first stitches since breaking her arm. She was so happy that she could manage it, buying yarn for a “rehab project” the next day became imperative!

Post-podcast recording with Kristy Glass and the Grocery Girls – so much fun!

Back to the festival… These “sheep” roaming the grounds were very…odd.

 

The animals – to whom we owe everything!

     

A quick chat with Eric Lutz of Rib Magazine and Douglas Morris of The Perfect Blend Online.

Eric providing more sling-bling in the form of a “Rib” pin 🙂

Love seeing Gleeners out in the wild – an essential part of every fiber lover’s tool box!!

  

 

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Alas, the time came to leave on Sunday…

Spotted as we left the parking lot 🙂

Ah, home again, home again – time to rest and reflect on the weekend.

Admiring a favourite Rhinebeck souvenir – Lisa and I treated ourselves to sterling silver needle gauge rings from Malojos Jewelry.

Lisa’s Rhinebeck haul…

Melissa’s haul…

New store sample: Lil’ Rosebud Dress / Tunic by OGE Knitwear Designs

We have another new store sample for you this week! How sweet is the Lil’ Rosebud Dress / Tunic by OGE Knitwear Designs knit up with Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash DK in the Rose Grey colourway? This a well-written pattern with round-by-round instructions and very simple construction. The yoke section is easy to memorize, but be sure to read carefully when moving to the body section as the rate of increase changes ;-). The Purewash DK is a dream to knit with – so soft and with great stitch definition. This organic, machine-washable merino is a perfect choice for kids knits! Note that the 12-month size left us with quite a bit left of the second skein – enough for a matching hat, bonnet, or even little legwarmers.

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

SHOP Purewash DK in our webstore.

New store sample: Veronika by Shannon Cook

We’ve been itching to knit the Veronika up as a store sample since designer Shannon Cook first launched the pattern on Ravelry last July.  It just has so much going for it!  It’s cozy, casual, and stylish with rustic flare. We opted to knit ours with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and couldn’t be happier with this marriage of yarn and pattern. Veronika is a great choice if you’re looking for simple knitting – just ribbing followed by knit and purl rows. The back section is large, but once it’s done, you are so close to being finished. The pattern is very clear, with links to tutorials for techniques such as seaming and cable cast on. And, worked at this gauge, Shelter really shines – it softens up and blooms beautifully after blocking!

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

SHOP Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in our webstore!

Join us for an afternoon with JULIE ASSELIN!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH, 2 PM – 5PM

In our continuing series featuring incredibly talented and successful local hand-dyers, please join us in welcoming the incomparable Julie Asselin to the shop on Saturday, October 14th, 2 pm – 5 pm.  Julie’s yarns are among the most sought after in our store and we have been excited to watch the growth and development of her company over the last few years.

We’re looking forward to hosting Julie and her husband, Jean-Francois, for the afternoon and are keen to hear about their approach to this industry and recent changes they’ve made in their dyeing process.  We will have samples of Julie’s various lines available for “tasting” and Julie will share with us a collection of samples knit up with her yarns. There will also be an informal Q & A session and you will be able to purchase two of Julie’s yarns not usually available at Espace Tricot.  NOMADE – the newest addition to Julie Asselin’s lineup – is a beautiful fingering weight (80% merino, 20% nylon) with a high twist and springy construction and comes in a generous put up of 500 yards per 4 oz. skein.  NURTURED is a wonderfully rustic worsted weight blend of Rambouillet, Targhee, and Merino wools.  We are so excited to see both of these ourselves!

And, of course, there will be door-prizes 🙂

Finally, on top of all this, Julie will also be running a dyeing workshop in-store from 6 pm – 10 pm. This 4-hour class requires registration and has an associated fee (see details below). If you’ve always wanted to know what the process of hand-dyeing was all about, here is your chance! Please note that this particular workshop will be offered in French only.

Yay – another perfectly yarn-y afternoon is on the horizon!


ATELIER: INTRODUCTION À LA TEINTURE AVEC DES TEINTURES ACIDES (Cours en français)
Julie Asselin
115 $
Samedi, 18h à 22h, le 14 octobre

Venez joindre Julie Asselin pour cet atelier de teinture. Elle va discuter avec vous des différents types de fibres, de leur impact sur le résultat final, ainsi que sur l’agencement des couleurs. Puis vous serez introduits à la teinture avec des teintures acides et les applications de la méthode à effet « peint à la main ». Le matériel nécessaire pour cet atelier sera fourni.


 

Podcast – Episode #12

Podcast Episode #12 is now up on YouTube! In this installment we talk about new and re-stocked yarns, our matching Oraefi sweaters, new store samples, our personal WIPs and FOs, and we take a little time to discuss our approach to deciding on sweater patterns to knit for ourselves.

We hope you enjoy 🙂 !

Remember, show notes can be found in our Ravelry discussion group HERE.

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New and re-stocked: Scrumptiouspurl!

We’re so happy to let you know that we’ve just received a huge delivery of Scrumptiouspurl Stripe Me Up sock yarn along with the complete line of Scrumtiouspurl’s new full-skein coordinating solids!  Dyed on the same base, both are comprised of an 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon blend with a lovely tight spin and gorgeous sheen (400 yd / 365 m).  The solids have a beautiful and consistent tonal quality while the striped yarn is precision dyed to yield 6 rows per stripe on an average 64 stitch sock (some variation by knitter gauge is to be expected).  The solids are available in skeins while the stripes are each hand-wound into a beautiful work of art.

We currently have 34 Stripe Me Up colourways (6 new ones!) in stock along with 20 solids. Have fun picking your combinations! Below are a few of our faves. 🙂

SHOP all Scrumptiouspurl yarns in our webstore!






–  Melissa

New store sample: Entwine Scarf by Jane Richmond

A gorgeous pattern from designer Jane Richmond, Entwine is a breeze to knit and makes for a quick, fun, and satisfying project. Although casual in style, the scale of the yarn and stitch pattern lend dramatic flare and make it a high-impact addition to any winter accessory wardrobe! Knit with just two skeins of Cascade Magnum.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry project page!

SHOP Cascade Magnum in our webstore.

–  Melissa