Five gorgeous new colours of Sparrow have just arrived from Quince & Co.! From the top, are: Maize, Penny, Moon, Venice, and Fundi. Sparrow is spun in Italy from organic linen grown in Belgium. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you knit it but after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief soft. One of our favourites for … Continue reading Quince & Co. Sparrow: New colours now in stock!
Sparrow joins our Quince & Co. offerings this week as spring and summer yarns continue to roll in. “Sparrow is a plain little yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you knit it. But after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief soft. Spun from organic linen grown in Belgium.” Quince … Continue reading New in store: Sparrow from Quince & Co.
This isn’t actually a “new” store sample – it’s been in the shop for at least a month now – but it’s finally making its way on to the blog today! Cullum, by Isabell Kraemer, is a beautiful pattern knit with Quince & Co’s soft and supple Sparrow linen yarn. It’s the second project we’ve … Continue reading New store sample: Cullum by Isabell Kraemer
Freia Ombre Super Bulky is a gorgeous 100% wool yarn blend of Rambouillet, Corriedale and Columbia wool from sheep raised in Colorado. The fibers are worsted spun into a single-ply yarn that is surprisingly strong, yet still soft and lofty. Beautifully hand dyed in Freia’s signature colourways, this yarn knits up into stunning accessories at lightning speed … Continue reading New in store: Freia Ombre Super Bulky!
Next up in our featured projects series is Francoise’s linen shawl. As our newly minted store manager, Francoise has quickly become an indispensable part of the Espace Tricot family! She keeps us all organized, ensures stellar customer service, works through a dizzyingly long to-do list on a daily basis, and still manages to produce a steady stream of beautiful and inspiring projects. Her latest, … Continue reading Project Profile: Francoise’s Linen Shawl
There are still a few spots left in the following courses which get started next Wednesday and Sunday, respectively. Call 514-486-5648 to register. SHIP TO SHORE (Bilingual Class) Françoise Richard-Devereaux $90 for three 2-hour sessions Wednesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, June 1, 8, 15 This crisp, asymmetrical summer shawl made made with linen is a perfect way to … Continue reading Don’t miss these great classes!
It always amazes us when customers mention that their knitting is a seasonal affair, a passion that they tuck away during the spring and summer, seemingly unaware that there is an alternate universe brimming with exquisite fibres and beautiful patterns designed specifically for the warmer months. We derive so much pleasure from our knitting that we could never envision a scenario … Continue reading Easy breezy summer tanks
We’re offering classes for some of our favourite patterns beginning in May. In addition to a basic introduction to knitting course, we’ve got blanket, shawl, bag, summer sweater, and tank classes. Even a felted oven mitt course! Call 514-486-5648 to register! CHEVRON BABY BLANKET (English class) Chloe Gallagher-Smylie $90 for three 2-hour sessions Tuesdays, 6 pm – … Continue reading Spring course schedule – now posted!
This week brought new inventory of all Quince & Co. yarns carried in store! From cold-weather favourites like Osprey, Lark, and Owl to warm weather linens, Sparrow and Kestrel, we’re all stocked up. CHICKADEE “Three-ply Chickadee is a well-rounded, bouncy, and elastic sport weight. Although smooth, tidy, and refined in the skein, it makes a fabric with even stitches, drape, softness, … Continue reading Just re-stocked: Quince & Co. Yarns
We love these pattern books and they are constant favourites with our customers – fresh and modern and so beautiful to look at! All, newly re-stocked. Only available in store. Home and Away by Hannah Fettig features nine versatile patterns, designed for knitters of all skill levels. Each sweater pattern includes two sets of instructions: you can … Continue reading Great pattern books – just re-stocked
(Photo: Sandra Braida) We love the casual style of this easy summer sweater by Sandra Braida and can see it knit in everything from linen to merino. From the designer: Barbâtre is a mid-season sweater, slightly oversized with a deep V-neck, perfect for layering! Stockinette stitch and vegetal yarn provide a very nice drape. This sweater … Continue reading Free pattern Friday: Barbâtre
Lakeside Anniversary Wrap by CYNTHIA CUSHING We love the simple construction of the Lakeside Anniversary Wrap by Cynthia Cushing. Although this is essentially a rectangle (folded in half and then partially seamed along one edge), the designer thoughtfully addressed the tendency of stockinette to roll by knitting it on the bias and incorporating an I-cord … Continue reading New store samples
We blogged the arrival of Quince & Co’s original nine Kestrel colourways back in March but five more colours have been added this season and we now have them available both in-store and online. Kestrel is a new take on Quince’s simple Sparrow yarn – the same Belgium-grown organic linen but spun this time in … Continue reading New Kestrel colours from Quince & Co.
Today another edition of *What Would Mona Do. As you might have heard me say, I do love knitting with linen. I do like the crisp fabric – often called ‘scratchy’, however, I don’t think it is – of 100% linen. Everything that follows is valid for 100% linen, not mixes, not cotton, I am … Continue reading WWMD*
If you have paid attention to the knitting scene for a while, you might have realized that knitted mesh or net turns up every once in a while in a design. That could be interpreted as knitters being fashion forward – it is apparently a trend right now (see pic) or one could think that … Continue reading Mesh It Up
Many of you already know that we periodically design and offer our own patterns for free but, for those who may be new to our blog, I thought I would take today’s post to highlight several that make for great spring and summer knitting projects. Enjoy! Villeneuve A racerback tee knit with Wrapped Silk (N-84) … Continue reading Free pattern Friday: Espace Tricot Summer Patterns
About the “Color of the Year”? Well, this is it. Just in case you feel like whipping up a summery design in that particular colorway, I checked on our inventory to see if we could oblige. Shibui Linen, Bordeaux Classic Elite Firefly, Sangria Quince Sparrow, Port Rowan Creative Linen, Raspberry As with every color, there … Continue reading Do You Give A Damn?
‘Sheer’ as in ‘nearly.’ ‘Sheer’ as in ‘diaphanous’ (no one tell me I do not make an effort with the English language) also. Diaphanous is big this year – especially for Spring and Summer. It is not new, the sheer, see through fabrics usually turn up around this time of year, yet I find some … Continue reading Sheer Spring
We fell in love with Quince & Co’s Sparrow last summer – a plain little fingering-weight linen yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. You may have seen the Westbourne sweater Lisa knit up or our popular (and free!) Summer Fling bag pattern designed for it. This week we’re very happy to announce the addition of Sparrow’s … Continue reading New in store: Kestrel from Quince & Co.
We love these pattern books – fresh, modern garments and accessories designed with some of our favourite yarns!Knit with me – A mother & daughter collection by Gudrun Johnston. Click here to preview. Knitbot Essentials is a collection of six popular Hannah Fettig designs paired with three of her must have accessories. Click here to preview. Knitbot Yoked is … Continue reading More books back in stock…
We have a lot of nice yarn at the store (d’uh) – however, if you ask me about my favourite yarns at this time (it keeps changing, due to season, novelty, personal obsession…) I have an easy top three to offer: 1. Quince Sparrow – 100% organic linen in great colors in a fingering weight … Continue reading Playing Favourites
(Photo: knittimo) Different Breeze by Sachiko Uemura is a beautiful summer scarf knitted widthwise in a simple 4-row lace pattern. The pattern calls for fingering-weight yarn but, really, any weight yarn and corresponding needle-size will work. We think this would be gorgeous in SeaSilk or MiniMaiden from Handmaiden Fine Yarns, Red Label from Tanis Fiber … Continue reading Free pattern Friday: Different Breeze
We’ve got new store samples! A Slice of Linen An ingenious combination of a square and two rectangles and, voila, a cool and breezy summer top. The colour blocks are knitted in stockinette and are seamed together sideways. A simple 3-needle bind off down the front adds further interest. A great pattern to experiment with … Continue reading Summer’s here – time to get your linen on!
(Photo: Purl Soho) Open Air Wrap is a new pattern out this month from Purl Soho. We love the simple sophisticated look of this summer scarf. It employs Purse Stitch to create a net-like mesh fabric which makes it light and wearable on warm days and lends itself to experimentation with unique yarns. For a … Continue reading Free pattern Friday: Open Air Wrap
Shibui Knits – Linen “Clean, crisp linen fiber is spun into a unique chain ply structure for Shibui Linen, our breeziest yarn yet. The quintessential summer yarn, Linen knits up into light, airy garments that become softer with every wear. An array of vibrant colors brings Linen to life and provides a fresh spin on … Continue reading New colours in two of our favourite summer yarns!