New Koigu colours in stock!

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We have 17 new colours in from Koigu this week – both KPPPM (multi-colored) and KPM (semi-solids) bringing us to well over 100 colourways on our Koigu wall…

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The images above will have to suffice until we get professional pictures back from our photographer but the new colourways have all been added to our online store – just look by colour number.

Below are a few of our Koigu store samples for a little inspiration…we love this yarn!
Click images for project details.

Koigu Carlisle (based on Carlisle by Craig Rosenfeld)

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FIONA’S TOP (Fiona’s Top by Saane Bjerregaard)

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We ‘Heart’ Koigu Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot

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Melody’s Shawl (Based on Melody’s Shawl by Melody Moore)

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–  Melissa

Fall course schedule now available!

We apologize for the haphazard and infrequent blogging over the last few weeks – we’ve been managing summer holidays, inventory time, and daily arrivals of new yarns for Fall. We’re back on track now though and ready to resume regular posting!

We’ve also been busy putting together our Fall class schedule. Click here to view our latest offerings – some tried-and-true, and many new and interesting.  Registration is required to reserve your spot.  Please feel free to call us at 514-486-5648 to register via credit card.

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– Melissa

New in store: Regia Pairfect Sock Yarn

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Regia Pairfect is one of those innovations that makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner. Regia has added a yellow starter thread to mark the beginning of each sock in a skein. Simply cut off the yellow starter thread at the beginning of the ball and begin knitting the first sock. After the first sock is completed, unwind the yarn to the next yellow starter thread and cut it off before beginning the second sock. The result will be two perfectly matched socks! Currently available in 8 colours. Not yet available in our online store but telephone orders welcome – 514 486-5648 :-).

75% Virgin Wool, 25% Polyamide
100 g / 3.50 oz
420 m / 459 yds
30 sts per 4″/10cm
2 – 3 mm (US1-3)

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Colour 7112

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Colour 7113

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Colour 7114

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Colour 7115

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Colour 7116

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– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Crazy Magic

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(Photo: Susan Ashcroft)

Crazy Magic by Susan Aschroft is designed to show off fingering weight long-striping yarns to beautiful effect. Here shown in Zauberball Crazy from Schoppel Wolle, this would be equally lovely knit with regular ZauberballZauberball 100, Lang Mille Colori Baby, or Freia Refined Merino/Silk. A very simple project to work – only knit, purl, kfb and decreases are used.

Directions are provided for two sizes (single and double loop) as well as for DK and aran/worsted weight yarn in case a larger/heavier cowl is desired.

Happy knitting! :-)

–  Melissa

‘Knitting in the Field’ – Come join the party!

Julie Asselin is hosting a knitting party and you’re all invited! She has teamed up with Fromagerie la Station de Compton to put together an afternoon of knitting, enjoying the outdoors and eating delicious cheese and local food.

When: August 8th from 1-5 pm (this Saturday!)

Where: Fromagerie la Station de Compton
440 Hatley Road (Route 208)
Compton (Québec) J0B 1L0

Bring a chair and umbrella along with your knitting and friends and come join the fun!

There will be a mini marketplace and Lisa and I will be participating with a great selection of yarns from Koigu, Woolfolk, Quince & Co., and Scrumptious Purl!

Click here for additional event information on Julie Asselin’s blog.

We hope to see you there!

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Barbâtre

(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 is mainly knitted in the round, bottom-up and seamlessly, only the top front and back are knitted back and forth.

We think this would be great knit with any of the following yarns:

Classic Elite Yarns Firefly (on sale!)
Shibui Twig
Quince & Co. Sparrow
Euroflax Sport
Madelinetosh Pashmina

Pattern available in English and French!

(Photo: Sandra Braida)

– Melissa

New in store: Anzula Squishy!!!

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What better way to kick off the very beginning of the new Fall season than with the aptly named Squishy yarn from Anzula. This truly is the squishiest yarn we’ve ever felt and the knitting anticipation is doing us in – what to cast on first with our lovely new addition?  Soft and springy, Squishy is a  luxurious fingering weight blend of superwash merino, cashmere, and nylon.  Hand-dyed in a range of richly saturated tonal colourways, Squishy is perfect for socks, shawls, accessories, and light weight garments.  And it’s machine washable!

Squishy is currently available both in-store and online, however, it will take a bit of time to get pictures back from our photographer so there are only colour names and no photos on our website at this time. While this is unorthodox to be sure, some of you may have been coveting Anzula yarns for some time already know which colourway(s) you’d like to purchase. We wanted to make this in-demand yarn available to all, even while we wait for photos, so those unable to make it into the store have a chance to shop before it’s all gone…

Purchase Anzula Squishy online here.

Project inspiration from Ravelry below…

Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes

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(Photo: lavenderlime)

Duane Park Triangle by Kirsten Kapur

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(Photo: throughtheloops)

Taygete by Rosemary (Romi) Hill

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(Photo: AudKnits)

Biarritz by Alma Bali

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(Photo: Baliknit)

Gansey Wristers by Kalliopi Aronis   FREE PATTERN!

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(Photo: Kalliopi Aronis)

Rockefeller by Stephen West

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(Photo: fancytiger)

Little Cable Knee Highs by Purl Soho   FREE PATTERN!

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(Photo: Purl Soho)

– Melissa  

Free pattern Friday: Simple House Slippers

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(Photos: Simone A.)

These Simple House Slippers by Simone Alexandra are as easy to wear as they are to knit. The pattern is knit flat at the back (garter stitch) and then in the round for the rest of the foot (stockinette).  The toe has a very rounded shape like the top of mittens making these look and feel more like real slippers than house socks.  Cozy and classic.  Start now and knit a bunch of these in time for holiday gift-giving (yes, I really said that – it’s never too soon to get started)!

Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced knitters looking for an in-between project.

One size fits most.

– Melissa

New in store: Zauberball 100!

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Zauberball 100 from Schoppel Wolle landed in store this week and joins Zauberball and Zauberball Crazy on our shelves. Like regular Zauberball, which is used primarily for socks, Zauberball 100 contains no nylon making it ideal for heirloom quality shawls and accessories. A unique single-ply yarn dyed in instantly recognizable Schoppel colorways, the long, exciting colour repeats of Zauberball 100 bring beauty and dimension while the 100% merino wool brings a hardy softness that will allow you enjoy your projects for years to come.

Available in store and online! All 17 colourways in stock.

Here are a few projects found through Ravelry for inspiration…

Nuvem by Martina Behm

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(Project photo: Melidott)

Bubblemania by Diana Rozenshteyn

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(Project photo: liloumahoe)

Daybreak by Stephen West

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(Project photo: knittengirl)

 “La belle Alliance” by Mamie-Thé

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(Project photo: flobrode)

Stripetastic by Susan Ashcroft

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(Project photo: maliha)

– Melissa

Project ideas for current sale yarns!

As you’ve hopefully heard, our sale to make room for new inventory began today. Below you’ll find some project inspiration for some of the lovely yarns we’re letting go.  Just click on the images for additional project  information on Ravelry.

Please note: The sale also applies to yarns purchased through our online store.

Happy shopping / knitting!

Berroco Karma

LADDER SLEEVE PULLOVER

(Project photo: joro)

SEQUIM

(Project photo: Berroco Inc.)

Berroco Espresso

SIBILLA

(Project photo: brendaka)

SILK ‘ N SCRIBBLES

(Project photo: Espace Tricot)

Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk

(Project photo: Amy Miller)

RECTANGLE SHAWL

(Project photo: jgourmet)

NEW YORK CARDIGAN

(Project photo: finajosse)

SHAELYN

(Project photo: KGS)

ETCHED RIO WRAP

(Photo: jancanagan)

Cascade Ultra Pima

GROOVY (DK VERSION)

(Photo: JumperCables)

MINIMALIST CARDIGAN

(Photo: UandIKnit)

BABY KINA

(Photo: JennO)

BAKTUS SCARF

(Photo: UandIKnit)

PICOT-EDGE WASHCLOTH

(Photo: sunbonnetgirl)

CLASSICE ELITE YARNS FIREFLY

PORPHURA

(Photo: NapaGal)

ASKEW

(Photo: woolymountain)

FIREFLY TUNIC

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

ANNIS

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

Drops Bomull-Lin

MEDANO BEACH BAG

(Photo: Stryktyni)

DROPS 146-1 NATHALIE

(Photo: DROPS Design)

DROPS 87-2 PULLOVER

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

ISAGER TVINNI

FIONA’S TOP

(Photo: SanneB)

POP SPOTS

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BRETON

(Photo: grimfrosties)

HEMP FOR KNITTING ALLHEMP6LUX

LITTLE ARROWHEAD SHAWL

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SIMPLE HEMP TOTE

(Photo: grimfrosties)

COOL HEMP PONCHETTE

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

VERDANT

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

SCHOPPEL WOLLE REGGAE OMBRE

INSPIRA COWL

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

ROWAN PURE LINEN

(Photo: Mere)

TESSA

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

HAMLIN PEAK

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

ROWAN CREATIVE LINEN

LEGER

(Photo: Espace Tricot)

PRETTY PALETTE

(Photo: Suvi Simola)

Free pattern Friday: Emilia

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Chal/Poncho Emilia by Emilia Menéndez is a simple and lovely linen poncho-style wrap that makes an ideal take-everywhere summer accessory. Rowan Pure Linen creates a light and airy fabric with just enough heft for a little sun protection or for warmth in cool spaces (offices, movie theatres, patios, etc.).  Knit as a stockinette rectangle with a knit-as-you-go lace edging along one side.  At the end, the rectangle is folded in half and seamed partially along the plain edge, leaving enough space for your head.  At a loose 15 stitch gauge, this is a nice quick project!

Original pattern is in Spanish but an English translation has been posted to Ravelry by Gloriam.

Pattern calls for just 3 skeins of Rowan Pure Linen. Can’t make it into the store? Shop online here.

– Melissa

Nuvem by Martina Behm

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(Photos: enugu on Ravelry)

Every once in a while a pattern, or someone’s version of a pattern, on Ravelry stops me in my tracks. While Martina Behm’s Nuvem has caught my eye before, enugu’s versions have taken me from idle admiration to wanting to take immediate knitting action!  Both the stunner above, knit with 100% merino laceweight yarn, and the very chic fluffy version below knit with Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk are equally beautiful and demonstrate how the choice of yarn can produce dramatically different results. Big and versatile, Nuvem is shaped like  a very long hexagon making it wearable as both a wrap and as a long scarf.

Here’s Martina’s description of the pattern: „Nuvem“ is Portuguese and means „Cloud“. I picked this name because this shawl is light as a feather, super-warm and cozy, and its ruffled edge makes it look like a little cloud if you wrap it around your neck and shoulders several times. This one will warm you on chilly winter evenings on the sofa and will protect you on cold winter days outside under or over your favorite coat. In a colorful, hand-dyed laceweight yarn, it looks beautiful without using any complicated stitches. In fact, once you are done casting on, there are only knit stitches (no purling required!) and simple increases. If you have a beautiful, big skein of multicolored lace yarn and you are in the mood for a long, relaxing haul of almost mindless knitting, this is the project for you! Also, a good “first big project“ for beginning knitters.

Now which version to knit first? The laceweight or the fluffy? If these photos have had the same effect on you then you might be interested to know that the cozy Brushed Alpaca Silk version only takes 7 balls and at $5.95 a ball, this wrap is a steal at under $45. The laceweight version will of course depend on the brand and yarn blend you choose…you can view some options on our online store here :-)  Currently under consideration for my personal dream version are everything from SweetGeorgia CashSilk Lace and Jade Sapphire Cashmere Silk to Julie Asselin Merletto, Shibui Cima and Fibre Company Meadow….

Click here to view other beautiful versions of this wrap on Ravelry!

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(Photos: enugu on Ravelry)

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Over the Sea to Skye

(Photos: Kalurah Hudson)

A gorgeous free summer shawl pattern for a brilliant start to your weekend.  Over the Sea to Skye by Kalurah Hudson is perhaps best described by the designer herself…

“The asymmetric lines and shifting patterns of this lightweight shawl will carry you away on an ocean breeze. Reminiscent of the sweeping landscape of beachy Dunes and the rippling of the waves as they rush onto the sand. This oversized shawl is the perfect accessory for a chilly summer night but light enough for a warm, balmy day as you journey over the Sea. It’s beauty is in its sheer simplicity. Easy to memorize increases and clean transitions between garter, lace mesh and eyelet lace. The shawl’s asymmetric shape lends a generous width for wrapping. And the sweet little picots and eyelet edging add just enough romantic whimsy.”

A perfect pattern for Butterfly Super 10 Cotton – a 100% cotton DK weight yarn with beautiful sheen.

EDIT (July 22, 2015): Please note that this pattern is no longer free. The designer is now selling it for $4.00 USD.

– Melissa

New store sample: Roundabout Romper

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A truly easy-peasy baby dress knit with soft merino fingering weight yarn. We used hand-dyed Koigu Premium Merino (KPM) in a bright combination of sweatshirt grey and lemon yellow. Sweet and on-trend! Can be worn alone or layered over a onesie or tee for added warmth. Just one of several great new baby patterns released by Spud & Chloe for Fall 2015.

Pattern also includes instructions for matching socks!

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

Koigu KPM is available in our online store here!

Pattern available for 50% off with yarn purchase in-store.

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– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: 164-3 Falling Leaves

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Although it’s not a very summery pattern this gorgeous blanket-style sweater just popped up on Ravelry and I thought it worth sharing! Falling Leaves by Drops Design is one of those simple profiles worked in a square, this one from the top down. Armholes are created as you go, sleeves are knit separately, and then sewn in at the end.  Worked with one strand each of Drops Alpaca and Drops Kid-Silk held together on a 5 mm needle. The result is a very pretty and cozy asymmetrical cardigan great for easy winter layering.  Use a pin or shawl stick to cross over the fronts and hold it closed. Or use these great removeable leather closures from Jul Designs.

Pattern designed for size S through XXXL

We have lots of Drops Alpaca in stock and, although we don’t carry Drops Kid-Silk, Rowan Kidsilk Haze is a perfect substitute.

– Melissa

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Scrumptious Baby Hat – Free Pattern

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Keri McKiernan’s Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat is a perfect project for leftover fingering weight yarn – and is especially nice knit here with Scrumptiouspurl’s self-striping colourways. Fresh and sweet, this teeny tiny top-knot hat makes a quick yet thoughtful gift. The pattern is designed for a newborn and took just 60 yards of yarn but is easily upsized – simply use the gauge to calculate the size you want, and make sure that it’s a multiple of 10.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Purchase Scrumptiouspurl Stripe Me Up sock yarn.

– Melissa

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