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

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

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

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

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–  Melissa

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

 

Podcast Episode #8 and JesabelleB Giveaway!

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

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

–  Melissa

New in store: Knitting Bling!

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


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

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

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


Progress Keepers

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

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Silver Drop Progress Keeper


SHOP all Rinn Textiles in our webstore.

Shibui Reed is here!

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

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

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

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

Click photos to see project details on Ravelry!


Octave by Erin Duffy


Athens by Shellie Anderson


L1 by Antonia Shankland


On the Beach by Isabell Kraemer

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

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Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach

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–  Melissa

April Classes!

Here are some classes we have coming up this month that still have available spaces!
Call 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot 🙂


WORKSHOP: SEAMING (Bilingual Class)
Giovanna Clementi
$48
Wednesday, April 12 from 6 pm – 9 pm

Learn how to sew perfect seams in stockinette, garter and in ribbing. Students may bring completed projects waiting to be sewn up as well as samples. Required materials: 2 small samples (2” by 3”) of each of the stitches mentioned; tapestry needle; extra yarn (same as samples).


BLUE SAND CARDIGAN (Bilingual Class)
Sasha Hyre
$96
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30, April 19, 26, May 3

Learn to knit the gorgeous BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie – it will surely become your go-to sweater. You might love it so much you’ll want to knit it twice with the option to choose between two different yoke constructions. This sweater is knit top-down and features some short row shaping.  Prerequisites: Intermediate. Required materials: pattern, DK weight yarn in 3 colours in the quantity required to knit the size desired, main colour (852-1347 yds), contrast colour #1 (175-277yds), contrast colour #2 (259-409 yds), 3.5mm, 4mm and 4.5mm 32” circular needles or needle sizes required to achieve gauge, stitch markers and holders, and a 2mm crochet hook.


TRICOT 101 (Bilingual Class)
Allie Vatcher
$96
Sundays, 10 am – 12 pm, April 23, 30, and May 7

Join us for this 3-week learn to knit class and we will have you knitting and purling in no time! Tricot 101 will introduce you to the basic techniques of knitting (knit, purl, cast on, bind off) and explain the fundamentals of knitting theory and terminology. By the end of the course you will have all you need to begin your first project! Prerequisites: none


PEBBLE BEACH (Bilingual Class)
Francoise Richard-Devereaux
$96
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8pm,  April 25, May 2, 9

Come knit Helen Stewart’s beautiful Pebble Beach shawl with us! Depending on the yarn used, this can be a nice airy summer shawl or a warmer one for the winter. You will be introduced to basic lace knitting, which is written out row by row. Prerequisites: CO, knit, purl, BO. Required materials: pattern, lace or fingering weight yarn (437 to 800 yards depending on the size shawl you would like to knit), 4mm circular needles, darning needle.


–  Melissa

Free Pattern Friday: Stratus Wrap by Alexandra Tavel

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The Stratus Wrap by Andrea Tavel just popped up on Ravelry and, can I just say, this has my name written all. over. it.  Gorgeous neutrals, tassels, stripes – it’s all fantastic!  Alexandra indicates that the design is inspired by “low-hanging, multi-layered stratus clouds that blanket the earth in grey fog”. Cozy and warm, this is a shawl / blanket combo if ever there was one. Stratus is an easy pattern requiring basic skills and is bound to knit up quickly as it calls for worsted / aran weight yarn on 8 mm (US 11) needles.  Now to decide on the yarn…

(Photo: Two of Wands)

–  Melissa

Join us for a Scarfy Thing Knit-Along – begins April 13th!

Lisa says that the Scarfy Thing by Beata Jezek is one of the most fun projects she’s knit in a while and the speed with which she completed it attests to this fact!  Beata provides just enough detail in this free pattern “recipe” to provide good direction but builds enough flexibility into the process to encourage knitters to make it creatively their own. Lisa chose a single colour as the base yarn and five contrasting colours for pops of colour throughout. She finished it off with a speckle for the i-cord edge. All yarns were Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles but any fingering weight yarn will do. So pretty!

We will be running our Scarfy Thing Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning April 13th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for three consecutive Thursdays – April 13th, 20th, and 27th – 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 Scarfy Thing with friends 🙂 .

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

If you complete your Scarfy Thing by May 15th and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win A LOQI Backpack from the Metallic Collection, a Needle Keeper, and a Digital Row Counter. The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

We hope you’ll join us!

The Scarfy Thing pattern can be downloaded for free from Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and Sock in our webstore!

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Summer Commitment

Lisa’s Summer Commitment bag has just been added to Ravelry! This is a larger version of our Summer Fling Bag. It is the perfect bag for strolling around town, going to market, or a day at the beach (yes, believe it or not, those days are just around the corner). The bottom is knit flat and then stitches are picked up for knitting the main body in the round. Straps are then knit flat one at a time and are joined using Kitchener stitch. If you wish to knit a cross-body style bag then an extra skein of Kilim yarn will be required.

Click here to access the free pattern!

–  Melissa

Another “Meet & Greet” with Julie Asselin – this Friday!

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Lovely hand-dyer, Julie Asselin, will be in the store again this Friday (March 24th) to teach a dyeing workshop and will be arriving early for a general “meet & greet” from 1 pm – 5 pm.  Julie’s passion and energy is infectious and chatting with her is always a delight. You will also have a chance to purchase many of her yarns not normally available at Espace Tricot. Don’t be shy, come and join us in welcoming Julie to the store. 🙂

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New store sample: Scarfy Thing

The Scarfy Thing is quite possibly one of the most fun projects you’ll knit this year! This recipe by Beata Jezek gives enough detail to get you started and keep you on track yet offers enough flexibility to add your own stamp.  Lisa used Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles and chose a single colour as the base yarn and five contrasting colourways for pops of colour throughout. She finished the whole thing with a deeper speckled neutral for the i-cord edge.  The scarf can be made as long or as wide as you wish, simply study the structure before you begin to understand which sections will define your width and length.  And, note, this is a great stash-busting project. No need to purchase 7 new skeins (unless you want to!) – fingering weight minis and leftovers can be easily integrated as you like.

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

SHOP Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles in our webstore!

–  Melissa

Hedgehog Fibres: New colourways!

Lots of gorgeous new colourways from Hedghehog Fibres – in both Skinny Singles (48 colourways in stock) and Sock (43 colourways in stock) – have just been added to our website.

Click HERE to view them all!

I’ve posted the newest colours below for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

Concrete

Down by the River

Dragonfly

Fly

Glacier

Hey Day

Kid You Not

Pinky Swear

Pistachio

Salty Tales

Wish

Zephyr

–  Melissa

New store sample: Find your Fade Shawl

My “Find your Fade” shawl is finally finished! I fell hard for this pattern by Andrea Mowry but just couldn’t “find my fade” with speckled yarns so opted for a colour-block approach with more solid tonals in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. They say big is beautiful and this is certainly a shawl with very generous proportions. While some may find this a challenge, we think it adds great versatility, making it wearable in so many different ways.  As usual, Andrea’s pattern is well-written and, once you’re through the first section, it’s easily memorized.  Just remember, things change slightly when you switch to colour number 4 (ask me how I know to warn you about this) 🙂

Although I knit this for myself, I think it will head back to Montreal with Lisa after this weekend (she’s coming for another visit – yay!) for a month or two in the store.

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

SHOP Tosh Merino Light in our webstore.

–  Melissa

Julie Asselin Leizu Nuances Fingering Sets: New colours!

Luscious new colourways in Leizu Nuances fingering weight sets from Julie Asselin have landed in store. These luminous gradient kits are a gorgeous blend of merino and silk – beautiful for shawls, garments, and accessories! Each set contains a total of 485 m / 525 y.

SHOP Leizu Nuances sets in our webstore.


Brunante

Midnight Mystery

Austen

Oresund

Goodnight Moon

Echeveria

Okanagan

 

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Kirkendall and Jong

It’s been ages since I’ve highlighted a free pattern on Friday, something I did almost without fail for several years after starting the blog, but two fabulously minimalist patterns caught my eye on Ravelry this morning and, voila, “Free pattern Friday” is back.  And today, two for the price of one!  😉


Kirkendall Shawl Wrap by by Tara-Lynn Morrison

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The Kirkendall Shawl Wrap by Tara-Lynn Morrison is a very simple triangle accessory that is completely customizable with respect to yarn weight and needle size. Simply cast on with something you like and, using nice big needles relative to your yarn weight, follow the 1-row repeat until the wrap is as large as you like. Be sure to cast off as per the pattern instructions for a nice stretchy edge. Experiment with stripes and colour blocking! It couldn’t be easier.  We are loving that tassel addition.


Jong by Julie Tootill

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(Photo: Julie Tootill)

As designer Julie Tootil states, Jong is “a one size fits all pattern….minimal detail, maximum style.”  Basic garter stitch and bulky yarn combine to create a casual, goes-with-everything cardigan / jacket, complete with faux seams and an i-cord edge. Easily adaptable to your preferred length, the top-down construction lets you try it on as you go for a perfect fit. Another quick and super-chic project.

–  Melissa

We’re on the Sweet Georgia Show!

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felicia-at-tempest-launch-2014-10-1000-e1444338003453-200x200We recently chatted with the charming and incredibly talented Felicia Lo of SweetGeorgia Yarns and today you can head over and hear our conversation on the The Sweet Georgia Show – Felicia’s weekly podcast exploring “the sweet spot between colour, craft, and creativity”.  It was such an honour to be invited for this interview and an absolute pleasure to talk our heads off with Felicia whose thoughtful questions encouraged us to reflect on our industry in a way that we rarely take the time to do. Thanks Felicia!

Click HERE to listen.

Join us for a High Pines Cowl Knit-Along – begins March 9th!

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(Photo: Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed)

If we haven’t blabbed about it enough already, let us take this opportunity to share with you once again that we were thrilled to add Brooklyn Tweed yarns to our inventory at the beginning of January  🙂 .  We have been thoroughly enjoying getting to know Shelter, Loft, and Arbor and are working on knitting up new samples for the store in each quality.

One of the first projects we’ve settled on is Jared Flood’s beautiful High Pines Cowl. Knit with Arbor, the rib and knit-purl textures of this shaped cowl (wider at the shoulders and slightly narrower around the neck) create a tailored and intricate-looking cowl with motifs that echo the shapes of alpine evergreens. Irresistible!

We’ve opted to knit our version up in the Potion colourway (a deep red) but, as you can imagine, it wasn’t an easy decision. This pattern is a stunner no matter the shade!

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(Photo: Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed)

We will be running our High Pines Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning March 9th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for three consecutive Thursdays – March 9th, 16th, and 23rd – 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 High Pines Cowl among friends 🙂 .

Click HERE to announce your intention to participate in our Ravelry group (Note: If you do so before March 2nd, you could win 3 skeins of Arbor). We invite you to join us there (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to chat and share photos of works in progress.

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(Photo: Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed)

If you complete your High Pines Cowl by March 30th and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win a highly sought after Hedgehog Fibres Invisible Project Bag! The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

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(Photos: Hedgehog Fibres)

We hope you’ll join us!

The High Pines Cowl can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Arbor in our webstore!

–  Melissa

New in store: Sweater Workshop by Cocoknits, latest Pom Pom Quarterly

Cocoknits Sweater Workshop by Julie Weisenberger

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Julie Weisenberger’s (Cocoknits) beautiful new book – Sweater Workshop – has just landed in store and we are swooning!  Gorgeous, tailored, top-down sweater designs in a variety of flattering silhouettes. More projects just landed in our queues!

From the Cocoknits website:

With over 30 years of knitting, designing, and teaching experience – Julie Weisenberger has compiled nine new sweater designs into her first book: Cocoknits Sweater Workshop. These new patterns employ the same simple, seamless, top-down styling techniques we’ve come to expect from Cocoknits.

More than just a collection, this book explains the Cocoknits Method – a system of tracking knitting progress in your own easy to follow customized chart. Unlike most traditional patterns that create flat shapes, the tailored style of construction in these patterns creates truly three dimensional garments that impart a great fit upon completion.

The innovative color-coded charting technique shows exactly where to work shaping elements without having to continually read and interpret pattern abbreviations, and at the same time allows the knitter complete control over customization to achieve a fantastic fit. All designs are worked from the neckline down, so once the neck and yoke area are established, the knitter can just cruise through generating the sweater and not worry about counting or losing track of their place in the pattern. Another advantage of knitting top-down is the ability to try on your garment as you work, to ensure the fit is right.

In addition to all new patterns, Julie has dedicated a section of the book to an in-depth guide to choosing the right patterns for your figure type with considerations for colorwork, textured stitches, and hemlines all working in concert to create the right silhouette for you.

PURCHASE Sweater Workshop in our webstore!

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Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 20 – Spring 2017

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After the winter hibernation it’s always uplifting to see signs that the next season is on its way. So for this issue we’ve looked to those little things that signal the arrival of spring; longer days, buzzing insects with their delicate wings, and our favourite blooms that will soon start bursting through. Embrace the return of the sunshine with this issue’s collection of patterns, inspired by Mother Nature herself. You will find petals and wings aplenty in the form of nine gorgeous patterns, including cardigans, sweaters, a hat, a shawl, and a classy tote. Whatever spring throws at you, we’ve got you covered!

Featuring designs by

ANNA MALTZ // JENNIFER WEISSMAN // COURTNEY CEDARHOLM // GRACE GOUIN // MIRIAM JARRS // ELINE ALCOCER // NATALIE SELLES // RACHEL BROCKMAN // CAMILLE ROSSELLE

PURCHASE the latest Pom Pom Quarterly in our webstore!

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Re-cap: Dyeing workshop with Julie Asselin

Guest post by our lovely Naomi who participated in yesterday’s workshop with Julie Asselin.

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(Lisa and Julie at the “meet & greet” before the workshop 🙂  )

Independent yarn dyer Julie Asselin is clearly as passionate about her work as she is about sharing it!  Her workshop at Espace Tricot yesterday covered every step of dyeing fibre and yarn, from choosing the base fibre, to the chemical processes involved, through to the finished product. Her approach to teaching others is deeply personal.  After insisting everyone pick their single favourite yarn from around the store, she asked us why we liked the particular colour and yarn, and walked us through the dyeing process behind each skein.  From Hedgehog Fibres’ vibrant speckles, to self-striping yarns and Anzula’s delicate tonals, each of us found a better understanding of the logic behind the process.

Dyeing yarn with Julie is a journey not only through the steps of soaking, dyeing, and rinsing the yarn, but also through a world of colour.  Dyeing yarn involves a certain amount of waiting around, and Julie filled these inevitable pauses with advice on colour theory, practical procedures, the place of yarn dyeing within a wider context of production and consumption, and many more fascinating topics.

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Julie’s husband and collaborator Jean-François was also an indispensable part of the process, taking care of the fixing and rinsing while we played around with colours and application techniques. Setting up a microwave between the mohair and the worsted yarn sections in the store was a DIY approach that fully met our requirements!

But of course, the most memorable part for many was the dyeing process itself. In addition to liquid dyes, Julie and Jean-François brought sponges, pipettes, toothbrushes, and every imaginable tool to make our dream yarns a reality.  While her first warning was, don’t expect the end product to look exactly as you picture your ideal result, every one of us left completely satisfied with our work, and eager to try it at home. We can’t wait to see the finished projects from our first dyeing class!

–  Naomi

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Thank you again, Julie and Jean-Francois, for bringing your warm and joyful energy to the store!

–  Melissa & Lisa

Join us tomorrow for a “Meet & Greet” with Julie Asselin!

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Join us in welcoming incomparable hand-dyer, Julie Asselin, to the store tomorrow (Sunday, February 26, 3 pm – 4 pm) for an impromptu “meet & greet”!  You will be able to chat with Julie and purchase many of her yarns that are not normally available at Espace Tricot, including Nurtured, Leizu FingeringHektos, and natural yarns for hand-dyeing.

Venez rencontrer Julie Asselin demain, dimanche 26 février entrer 15h00 et 16h00 à Espace Tricot. Vous pourrez en profiter pour discuter avec elle et des fils que nous ne tenons pas habituellement seront disponibles pour achat tel que: des laines pour teindre, Nurtured, Leizu Fingering, et Hektos.

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