New in store: Belle from ARTFIL!

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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, a local company, has taken 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. This AirDye technique has already been used for more than 10 years by companies such as Adidas. According to  independent research, this process uses up to 95% less water and up to 86% less energy, contributing 84% less to global warming!

When employing the AirDye technique, ARTFIL treats the yarn as a canvas and applies the diluted dye as if painting. The colour is built up in layers, sprayed with compressed air directly into the fiber. The yarn is later steamed in order to fix the color.

Lisa and I had a first opportunity to see the ARTFIL yarns at Vogue Knitting Live in New York in January and then took a trip to the ARTFIL studio in Laval, Quebec a few weeks later. We were so impressed by the process and the stunning ARTFIL colourways, we couldn’t wait to add some to our shelves. We’re happy to share that our first order, Belle, arrived last week! Belle is the perfect sock yarn blend – 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon. One skein is enough to complete a pair of socks while two will create a beautiful and generously sized lace shawl.
 Machine washable and versatile, Belle is suitable for all fingering weight projects.

ARTFIL yarns are spun and coloured in Quebec, Canada!

Shop ARTFIL Belle in our online store.

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Phoebe

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(Photos: Josée Paquin)

Phoebe by Josée Paquin is a gorgeous and chic new scarf / wrap pattern perfect for stash-busting or for incorporating those beautiful mini-skeins you may have been collecting (because they’re irresistible!) without a specific project in mind.  The designer used two skeins in two different shades of gray and 6 gradient mini-skeins for this sample but, as she notes, the colour combinations are truly endless!

To complete this project, you will need approximately 550 metres of fingering (or Sport weight) yarn in 2 colours (275 metres per colour) and approximately 38 metres each in six different contrasting colours.

For a colourful version, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light + Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails would be stunning. If you prefer something more along the lines of the original monochromatic version shown above, why not ARTFIL Belle or SweetGeorgia CashLuxe Fine or Tough Love Sock paired with Julie Asselin’s Leizu Gradient Kits?

– Melissa

Just added to class schedule…

We’ve just added a great new cowl workshop and a gorgeous sweater class to our Winter course schedule. Both of these patterns are knit with the newly arrived Funky Chunky yarn from The Third Piece.

If your wardrobe is begging for some statement pieces, call us at 514-486-5648 to register. :-)


WORKSHOP: BOWERY COWL (Bilingual Class)
Samantha Perrault

$45 for one 3-hour session
Tuesday, 6 pm – 9 pm, March 8

This cowl has had everyone in the store stopping to try it on, not only does the cowl look great but it’s a fun knit as well! Join us in learning new techniques to make this great statement piece. In this workshop you will master all the steps needed to complete the project. Required materials: 2 balls of Funky Chunky yarn, needles required to meet gauge, pattern. Pre-requisite: Advanced beginner.


CARINA SWEATER (Bilingual Class)
Samantha Perrault

$60 for two 2-hour sessions
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, March 15, 22


This fun quick knit is a great transitional project as we approach the end of winter. In this two week class you will learn how to knit all the pieces for this sweater and how to seam it together. Perfect for anyone who has always wanted to tackle a sweater or is looking for an instant-gratification project! Required materials: 4 balls of Funky Chunky yarn, needles required to meet gauge, pattern. Pre-requisite: Advanced beginner.

–  Melissa

An evening with Julie Asselin!

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Please join us for an evening of colour, spontaneity and fun with Julie Asselin, one of our favourite Quebec indie hand-dyers!  Julie’s enthusiasm for her craft is infectious and her talent and exuberant personality have allowed her to develop a loyal following around the world.

Julie will be visiting Espace Tricot at the end of this month and we are so excited to spend an evening with her as she talks to us about her beginnings and her dying process. She will walk us through colour theory and share a trunk show of beautiful finished pieces.  Julie will also guide participants in the selection of yarns and colours for their next shawl project, providing advice and helpful tips along the way.

Come with a shawl pattern in mind and prepare to be inspired and delighted by Julie’s carefully curated yarn bases, gorgeous colourways, and charming personality!  Each participant will receive a special gift.

When: Saturday, February 27th, 2016
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Cost: $60

Space is limited. Please call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot with a credit card.


Venez vous joindre à nous pour une soirée colorée et spontanée avec Julie Asselin, une de nos “teinturières” Québécoise préférée. L’enthousiasme de Julie pour son art est contagieux et son talent et sa personnalité exubérante lui ont permis de créer un suivi dans tout le monde.

Julie visitera Espace Tricot à la fin de ce mois et nous sommes très enthousiastes de pouvoir passer une soirée avec elle. Julie nous parlera de ses débuts et de son processus de teinture. Elle va nous familiariser avec la théorie de la couleur et nous montrer un éventail de ses belles pièces finies. Julie va guider les participants dans leurs choix de fils et de couleurs pour leur prochain châle en donnant des conseils et suggestions pour le processus.

Venez avec une idée de châle en tête et soyez prêts à être inspirés et enchantés par les bases choisies avec grande attention, les magnifiques couleurs et la personnalité charmante de Julie. Chaque participant recevra un cadeau.

Samedi 27 Février 2016
18h00 à 21h00
Coût: $60


A few projects knit with Julie’s yarns…

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(Photos: Alicia Plummer, Julie Asselin,  Elise Dupont , Ambah O’Brien)

Clockwise:
Campside by Alicia Plummer
Brigitte by Julie Asselin
Poivre & Sel by Elise Dupont
Allira by Ambah O’Brien

–  Melissa

Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine 59 now in!

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Magazine 59 is here and there are two stories for the Spring/Summer 2016 collection, ‘Coastal’ and ‘Kyoto’. Coastal is a collection of wearable designs for both men and women, whereas Kyoto is an elegant collection of womenswear, inspired by all things Japanese. The Coastal collection features simple pieces as well as cables and textures inspired by Coastal knitting such as fishermens ganseys but with a modern twist. Kyoto offers stunning lace and colourwork in bright shades as well as crochet pieces.

Click here to preview!

–  Melissa

Great pattern books – just re-stocked

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.

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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 choose to knit seamless or with seams. In addition, Home & Away is full of information to help you increase your knowledge and skill, with articles on gauge, fit, understanding a pattern, yarn substitution, and MORE! Beautifully photographed along the coast of Maine, this book will serve you both inspirationally and practically in your endeavors to grow as a knitter. 

Click here to preview.


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Knit With Me is a collection of 12 designs by Gudrun Johnston in collaboration with Quince & Co. A mother & daughter collection. 

Click here to preview.


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Knitbot Essentials is a collection of six popular Hannah Fettig designs paired with three of her must have accessories.

Click here to preview.


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Knitbot Linen features six unstructured knits designed and knit in Quince & Co. Sparrow.  Inside the book you’ll find five garment and one accessory patterns.  I share my tips on knitting with linen, and Pam talks about the Sparrow color palette. 

Click here to preview.


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Knitbot Yoked is a collection of four modern round-yoke sweater patterns and two accessories. Hannah Fettig provides valuable tips and techniques for knitting round-yokes from the top down. This book also serves as an introduction to Fair Isle knitting.

Click here to preview.


 

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Knitwear designers Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig are two friends living on opposite ends of the United States. They have come together to produce Coastal Knits, a compilation of ten fresh designs inspired by Alana’s California and Hannah’s Maine coastlines. Each design captures the essence of their favorite local destinations, and is accompanied by photographs and essays on the location’s special meaning to the designer. It is a personal, inspiration-based collection of sweaters and accessories that knitters of all levels will appreciate.

Click here to preview.

– Melissa

Tanis Fiber Arts – Green Label Aran & Yellow Label DK re-stocked!

We just received a delivery of Yellow Label and Green Label from Tanis Fiber Arts and everything is now up on our shelves and available in our online store!

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Yellow Label – A true double knitting weight yarn. Super soft and easy to care for. Ideal for colour work, cables or lace, really suitable for just about anything. Machine washable and dryable.

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Green Label – A wonderful 100% superwash merino aran weight yarn with a soft, bouncy quality. Great for winter accessories and kids clothes that see lots of wear! Machine washable and dryable.

SHOP Tanis Fiber Arts yarns in our online store!

–  Melissa

How cool is this?! New in store – the Gleener FURniture Brush

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Many of you, like us, are huge fans of the The Gleener – a highly effective weapon against unsightly pills, lint and pet hair.  So what do all of you pet-lovers think of this great new add-on feature? The Gleener FURniture Brush retrieves surface & embedded pet hair from furniture, car interiors and other upholstered surfaces. It also doubles as a pet groomer; give your cat or dog a gentle rub down to remove excess fur and minimize its transfer to upholstered surfaces in the first place.

Simply pop it on your Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover* and kiss fluff, fuzz, and fur goodbye.

  • Electrostatic brush with textured bristles withdraws embedded pet hair, like a magnet.
  • Ingenious design attaches to the Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover, with a built-in lint brush to finish up the job.
  • The system’s ergonomic handle and angled brush ensure fast & efficient fur removal.
  • Clean up is a cinch; the FURniture Brush is top-rack dishwasher-safe, or just rinse it with warm soapy water to remove dander and pet hair build-up.
  • The FURniture Brush works great on pets too! Use it to groom and massage your favorite furry friend.

* Gleener Ultimate Fuzz Remover sold separately.

SHOP the Gleener FURniture Brush in our online store!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Bosc Pear (+ Leizu Nuances from Julie Asselin!)

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The lovely Bosc Pear shawl by Tetiana Otruta is an asymmetric triangular shawl / scarf worked sideways with eyelet stripes and textured edge. The subtle colour changes enhance the texture and lend a sophisticated flare. The pattern is provided in one size but is easily adjustable – finished measurements: 59” (150 cm) wingspan and 20” (50 cm) deep at the widest point. Pattern is written and charted.

Julie Asselin’s popular Leizu base (90% merino, 10% silk) is now available in a fingering weight yarn and we’ve just received a beautiful collection of luminous Leizu Nuances gradient kits in this quality (total yardage = 485 m / 525 y). We think the pairing of the Bosc Pear pattern and these kits are a match made in knitter heaven… :-)


SHOP Leizu Nuances in our online store!

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Souvenirs

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–  Melissa

Now in store: Funky Chunky from The Third Piece!

Funky Chunky from The Third Piece is a premium ultra soft chunky merino wool perfect for stunning (and quick!) hand-knit accessories.  We discovered this yarn and the dramatic supporting patterns a few weeks ago at Vogue Knitting Live and are thrilled to now be carrying it in store. I’ve already knit the Kendall Hat and the Bowery Cowl and both are available in store to try on. Next up is the Bowery Vest!  We will be offering workshops for the Bowery Vest and Cowl as well as the Carina sweater soon – stay tuned for details!

Shop Funky Chunky yarn in our online store.

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Free Patterns

The following patterns are available as FREE downloads from the Ravelry website. Click images to access.

The Beacon

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The Kendall

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The Beacon Mitts

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The Soho Hat

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The Soho Headpiece

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Paid Patterns

The following are paid patterns and are only available as hard-copies through the store. Please call us if you’d like to purchase and we’ll pop it in the mail right away – 514 486-5648.

The New Yorker Scarf

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The Carina Sweater

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The Bowery Vest

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The Bowery Cowl

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–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Vintage Afghan by Norah Gaughan

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I love every single panel of Norah’s Vintage Afghan by Norah Gaughan. This pattern began as a block of the month club but is now entirely available as a free PDF download. The blanket is made up of 20 different blocks worked in 5 beautiful colors creating a stunning autumnal ode to cables. Being a minimalist at heart, I envision knitting this up in a single colour and letting the texture speak for itself. And just like that, she added another project to her queue…. :-)

Shop Berroco Vintage in our online store.

–  Melissa

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(Photos: Berroco)

Current obsession…Chasing Rainbows

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We’ve just placed an order for Skinny Singles from Hedgehog Fibers (yes! more on that soon), an Irish artisan yarn and fibre dyeing studio located in Co. Cork, Ireland. As I was perusing owner / hand-dyer Beata Jezek’s projects on Ravelry, I saw this stunning shawl and was instantly smitten.  The pattern is Chasing Rainbows by Boo Knits; Beata knit it with a laceweight silk and mohair blend. Needless to say, I will be casting this on with Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in Candy Girl tout de suite, ’cause I’m a copycat like that. :-)

Shop Kidsilk Haze.

–  Melissa

Scarves, etc. 5 from Quince & Co.

Quince & Co. has just released a beautiful new collection of scarf, cowl, and shawl patterns!

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From the Quince & Co. wesbsite:

Scarves, etc 5 is here! This year, our annual collection of scarves, cowls, and shawls features 10 patterns from designers Noriko Ho, Peg Blechman, Ann Klimpert, Bethany Hick, Angela Tong, Jennine Birrell, Ela Torrente, Lesley Anne Robinson, and Andrea Mowry. Showcasing a variety of yarns, weights and styles—from Piper to Owl, lace to colorwork—Scarves, etc 5 has an accessory for any occasion.

Individual patterns are available for $5.50 US each or purchase entire 10 pattern collection for just $19 US.

View pattern collection.
Shop Quince & Co. yarns in our online store.

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(All photos: Quince & Co.)

–  Melissa

Julie Asselin Merletto – re-stocked

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We know many of you have been waiting for this special yarn to be restocked so we’re happy to let you know that we recently received a new delivery of Julie Asselin’s dreamy Merletto lace weight yarn. This luxurious blend of merino, cashmere, and silk is both strong and incredibly beautiful.  Julie’s range of stunning colourways are perfectly pitched – balancing sophisticated neutrals with exuberant brights. Although just one skein is needed to complete a generously sized shawl or accessory, deciding on a single colour will be a challenge!

Fiber: 75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk
Amount: 115g
Yardage: 740 m / 800 y
Knitting Weight: Lace

Shop Merletto
Browse projects knit with Merletto on Ravelry.


Kigali Nights (Free Pattern!)

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Our free Kigali Nights pattern is a beautiful, vibrant asymmetric wrap that will envelop you in luxurious warmth and colour. Knit with the incredibly soft and gorgeously hued Merletto laceweight yarn in Coraline.

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

Pattern available in English and French.

–  Melissa

Weekend Round-up + The Third Piece

Lisa just spent five days with me here in New York on an “Espace Tricot Planning Retreat”. We’ve hatched some big plans for 2016 and needed some dedicated time together to develop and fine-tune our ideas for the coming year. Needless to say, some of our “research” took place on the streets of the city – from soaking up the merchandising at John Derian and ABC Carpet and Home to browsing the shops in Soho and then spending a fabulous day among fellow-knitters and retailers at Vogue Knitting Live. Ridiculously, we took very few photos – here are some I found on my camera this morning… :-)

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The Third Piece

Among  several “discoveries” at Vogue Knitting Live, we were very happy to meet Carina Denoso and Kristen Lambert, Co-Founders of The Third Piece – “a coveted accessory company that specializes in hand-knit statement pieces”. Until recently, Carina and Kristen have been selling their high-end finished accessories (knit by a team of piecemakers) exclusively at retailers such as Bergdorf Goodman and TNT. Luckily for us knitters, however, they have begun wholesaling their Funky Chunky yarn and patterns so we can create these fabulous looks for ourselves. We won’t have these in stock for a few weeks yet but, in the meantime, feast your eyes on a few of the pieces Lisa and I fell in love with. We’re working up samples right now and should have some finished accessories in the store soon!


The Bowery Cowl

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The Bowery Vest

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The New Yorker

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The Carina

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Local Event: Knit with Love!

Valentine’s Scarf Workshop, Display, and Gift Giving

Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Knitters and crocheters are invited to bring a finished or almost finished handmade scarf in Valentine’s colours (reds, pinks, purples) to the Atwater Library.

Expert knitter Arlene Lund will be on hand to show finishing touches, e.g. how to make pom poms, tassels, fringes, etc… Gift tags will be provided for you to write an encouraging message for the recipient.

The completed scarves will be displayed in the Library’s atrium until Thursday, February 11th and then given to clients of a Montreal charity for Valentine’s Day.

Please note that it is preferable that the yarn be wool or a wool blend in order to provide much needed warmth to the recipients.

For more information, please email Arlene at arlenelund@gmail.com.

The Lovely Ribbed Cowl…

makes a great neck warmer for men! My husband requested a cowl for Christmas and, after considering several styles (cables, double-infinity, etc.), I settled on Purl Soho’s Lovely Ribbed Cowl for it’s classic simplicity. Not at all fussy and totally unisex, this cowl makes a great manly accessory when knit in neutral tones and deeper colours.

Pictured here knit with worsted weight yarn on 4.5 mm needles.  This is some Anzula For Better or Worsted I had stashed, but Madelinetosh Vintage and Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label would knit up very similarly!

–  Melissa

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Free pattern Friday: Mr. Fish and Miss Fox

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New sock and mitten patterns from DROPS Design! These adorable fish and fox accessories are knit with DROPS Alpaca, an extremely soft and versatile yarn that will keep tiny fingers and toes warm and cosy all winter long.  Irresistible :-)

Download Mr. Fish patterns on the DROPS Design website.
Download Miss Fox patterns on the DROPS Design website.

Shop DROPS Alpaca in our online store.

–  Melissa

Mark your Calendars: Mitered Square Patchwork Blanket Workshop – January 29th

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Ah, Koigu! From the very first time I set foot in a knitting store I fell in love with the Koigu wall. Such beautiful colours, such a strong yet supple texture, such a perfect yarn for so many projects!  Needless to say, when Melissa and I opened our shop, Koigu was the first must-have yarn on both of our lists. Our budget was tight, however, so when placing our first order we kept our heads and asked the company to send us just 16 assorted Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) colourways. Our husbands built a pegboard wall, which was completed just in time to receive our first shipment. We then spent an agonizing evening deciding where to place each of those 16 precious colourways! Fast forward to our new location and our Koigu wall has grown to accommodate more than 160 (!) KPPPM and KPM colourways. At this point, in order to preserve our sanity, we no longer worry about placement, that wall is a thing of beauty no matter the order of the colours. :-)

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From my first Koigu KPPPM project (Barb’s Koigu Ruffle) I have been collecting my leftovers as well as those of friends who have been willing to part with theirs, knowing that one day I would find the perfect project to fulfill all of my Koigu dreams. That day has come!

Browsing Ravelry one evening not long ago I came across the Knitted Patchwork Recipe by Martine Ellis. I had tested a few mitered square blanket patterns before, but this one seemed to have the smoothest seams and the squares were the perfect size. I jumped out of bed, grabbed my stash of Koigu bits, and started knitting! And knitting. I couldn’t stop! One square led to a another and another until it was so late that I could no longer pick-up stitches properly and had to give in to sleep.

The next night, with as much enthusiasm, I continued to pick-up and knit, pick-up and knit, pick-up and knit, until I realized that I might want to stop and sew in those pesky little ends once in a while to avoid having a monster job at the end! My ends are still not quite as sewn-in as I would like them to be because, honestly, knitting a square is so much more fun.

As I continued to knit along I thought surely there must be others like me who would enjoy transforming their new or leftover yarns into this beautiful blanket.

If you are one of these knitters, then please join us for the:

MITERED SQUARE PATCHWORK BLANKET WORKSHOP
Friday January 29th, 6 pm – 9 pm  
Cost $45
Call 514-486-5648 to register.

With your registration you will receive a grab bag containing 10 mini-skeins of fingering weight yarn to get you started and during the workshop we will guide you through this wonderfully creative process.  We will teach you how to make each of the squares and how to pick up the stitches to attach them all together as you go. We will look at color choices and help you decide what colors will tie everything together and make your blanket pop!

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There will also be additional grab bags for sale during the event.

If you would prefer to knit this up in something heavier, this ‘recipe’ will work with any weight of yarn, you can even mix and match textures as long as your yarns are all of the same weight (i.e. sport, dk, worsted, etc.).  You are welcome to bring your leftover yarn to the workshop along with a few possible needle sizes so that you can play with gauge.  I am using a 4.0 mm needle (two 8” dpns since there are, at most, 32 stitches on the needle at any time) for my fingering weight version since I am a tight knitter and this is the texture that I like best with Koigu.

The Knitted Patchwork Recipe is available in both English and French and can be downloaded from Ravelry for free.

As a last note it is worth mentioning that this project does not have to become a blanket! You can stop at a cushion cover, a table runner, a baby blanket, a lap blanket, a shawl … you just keep motoring along until you decide that you are done!

Looking forward to sharing this process with you!

Pictures of my blanket in progress below.

– Lisa

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New store sample: Tolovana

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Tolovana by cabinfour is a beautiful, structured cowl boasting rich texture and classic appeal. An easy, comforting knit. We knit a strand of Filatura di Crosa Superior (cashmere + silk) along with Quince & Co. Osprey for a little added softness. The perfect length for wrapping twice but oh, so pretty when worn as a single loop.

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

Shop Quince & Co. Osprey and Filatura di Crosa Superior in our online store!

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–  Melissa

Changes in store

Dear Espace Tricot Community –

It’s a new year and with it come a few changes in store.  We’ve grown in leaps and bounds since opening our doors in our first tiny space five years ago and we’ve been thinking a lot lately about how best to ensure that our business is a viable and sustainable one for many years to come.  After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided to re-jig things a little to make sure that we can continue to meet the needs of all of our customers – from those requiring assistance with yarn selection to those needing regular knitting help – in the best way possible.

Please note that as of January 5th there will no longer be a work table at the back of the store, nor Knit Nights on Thursday evenings. Instead, we will be hosting a Knitting Circle / Clinic every Friday afternoon from 1 pm to 5 pm with a dedicated consultant available to help you with your knitting questions. This will be the perfect time to come with queries or problems and to share with others in an informal knitting community. We will also remain available throughout the week to all customers needing help with issues that can be resolved within a few minutes. Our new closing time on Thursday evenings will be 7 pm.

We appreciate your understanding and apologize to all who have become attached to the knitting table!  We’ll miss it too!

–  Melissa & Lisa

Your Knitting Year in Review

In the end, 2015 did not prove to be my most productive knitting year to date. I found myself casting things on, changing my mind, and putting things aside to hibernate more than usual.  I felt a little scattered and distracted, not quite on my game – it was a crazy year on multiple fronts. That said, I was always knitting something (true knitters need to knit – no matter what!), despite the false starts and occasional project disenchantment… I spent a little time picking my personal favourites in the PROJECTS section of our Ravelry account this morning; this is where we post all of our store samples which are either knit by myself or Lisa or which we commission various of our consultants to knit for us.  After review, I must say I did feel better about my 2015 track record. Considering your finished projects as a collection can be gratifying and can be an especially helpful exercise if you want to set specific goals for the coming year. In 2015, I can see I gravitated towards projects that were soothing to knit and not hugely challenging. As I look forward to 2016, however, I see more colourwork (fair isle), cabled texture, and an increased focus on garments in my future. What about you? Do you keep a “favourites” list? Do you set annual goals? Let us know what you’re planning for 2016 – we’d love to hear!

–  Melissa

Click images for project details on Ravelry.

Traverso Due

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Simple Lines

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Garter Gaiter

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Exploration Station

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Hamlin Peak

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LAKESIDE ANNIVERSARY WRAP

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Linier Top

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Match & Move

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Color Craving

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Fancy Zebra

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Melissa Scarf

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Free Pattern Friday: Flax Light

Happy New Year! What better way to ring in 2016 than with a free knitting pattern?

FLAX LIGHT by Tin Can Knits

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Flax Light is a fingering weight version of the original Flax from The Simple Collection by Tin Can Knits. As with the original, this sweater is knit seamlessly from the collar to cuffs and makes a perfect first sweater project. The designers have generously provided knitting instructions for sizes 0-6 mo through 4XL and note that this versatile pullover is “adorable on babies, great for guys and cute on the ladies too!” We agree :-)

Here are links to worsted weight versions of this sweater (the original Flax) we’ve knit in the past – one for my son in size XS (to fit a 10-year old) and our store sample in size 4-6 years.

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(Photo: Tin Can Knits)

–  Melissa

Knitscene – Spring 2016

Now in stock! Click here to preview.

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New year, new knitting patterns! It’s time to plant the seeds of your 2016 knitted wardrobe, and the digital edition of Knitscene Spring 2016 is here to help. We’ve collected 21 fresh and fabulous knitting patterns that will jump start your knitting needles.

In this issue you’ll find:

  • 4 brand-new patterns from featured designer Andrea Rangel, including the Salcantay Cowl—you’ll want to cast on for this immediately!
  • 8 knitting patterns to show off your feminine side with retro-inspired fashion
  • 8 other patterns built around this season’s hot trend, plaid and gingham fabrics
  • A sneak peek at Alex Capshaw-Taylor’s couture knitting book, Dressed in Knits, with a sample sock pattern to knit
  • Kate Atherley highlights the importance of a well-packed notions case, while Amy Christoffers explains the difference between picking up stitches and picking up and knitting stitches
  • A super simple way to create vertical stripes in your knitting