Website updgrade

We have been working very hard over the last few months to upgrade our website and the time has now come to go ‘live’!  No new website launch is without it’s challenges, however, so we ask for your patience and understanding as we work to fix any bugs or kinks that only become apparent once our new site is up and running.

In particular, we anticipate issues with our French translations, most noticeably for notifications and e-mail confirmations as our new platform does not move seamlessly from one language to the next.

Also, if you are a current webstore customer of ours you will be required to create a new account and, unfortunately, will no longer have access to your previous orders nor wish lists. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause! Should you need any information about a previous order, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to pull your information up through our point-of-sale system.

Thank you for your continued support! We will do our best to move through this transition as quickly as possible.

May the force be with us!


Au cours des derniers mois, nous avons travaillé très fort à la mise à jour de notre site Web, et il est maintenant temps de le mettre en ligne! Bien sûr, le lancement d’un nouveau site Web vient toujours avec son lot de défis, ainsi, nous vous demandons de faire preuve de patience et de compréhension pendant que nous corrigerons les bogues et autres problèmes qui surviendront une fois le site mis en ligne.

Nous prévoyons entre autres des problèmes avec la traduction française, en particulier en ce qui concerne les notifications et les confirmations envoyées par courriel, car notre nouvelle plateforme ne permet pas une transition fluide d’une langue à l’autre.

De plus, si vous êtes déjà client de notre boutique en ligne, vous devrez créer un nouveau compte et, malheureusement, vous n’aurez plus accès à vos commandes antérieures ni à vos listes de souhaits. Nous sommes sincèrement désolées pour tous les inconvénients que cela peut vous causer! Si vous avez besoin d’informations à propos d’une commande antérieure, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous. Nous nous ferons un plaisir de retrouver les informations dont vous avez besoin au moyen de notre système de terminaux de point de vente.

Nous vous remercions de votre soutien continu! Nous ferons de notre mieux pour que la transition se déroule le plus rapidement possible.

Que la force soit avec nous!

Espace Tricot Cozy KAL!

Winter is coming on quickly and we are in the mood for a warm and cozy knit-along!
How about you? We’ve picked three of our favourite cold-weather knits that can be easily finished within four weeks – you could even knit two of these!

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Choose your project (all three are free patterns from Espace Tricot – available on Ravelry!).
  2. We’d love you to pick up your yarn at Espace Tricot but you can also use yarn purchased elsewhere :-).
  3. Join us on Tuesdays to knit with company, get project help, and stay motivated and / or participate on Instagram with the #espacetricotcozykal hashtag!

In l’Atelier


Join us Tuesday evenings, 6:00PM – 8:30 PM in l’Atelier
(just downstairs from our main shop at 6056 Monkland Ave.)
on November 26, December 3, 10, 17

$10 per evening (includes knitting help and light refreshments)

No reservation required.
If you attend every session you will be automatically entered to win a prize – even if you’re not quite finished your project 🙂


On Instagram


Don’t live in Montreal? You can knit along with us on INSTAGRAM too!  Just use the hashtag #espacetricotcozykal to show off your works in progress (WIPs) and finished objects (FOs)!
We’ll also pick a prize winner from posts under this hashtag.


Yarn Suggestions


TURTLE DOVE or TURTLE DOVE II

Woolfolk Luft
CaMaRose Snefnug
Drops Air

BIG MERINO MITTS

Woolfolk Far held with Shibui Silk Cloud or Isager Silk Mohair
Erika Knight Wild Wool
De Rerum Natura Gilliatt
BC Garn Loch Lomond

ON THE C-TRAIN HAT

Woolfolk Far stranded with Shibui Silk Cloud or Isager Silk Mohair
Erika Knight Wild Wool
De Rerum Natura Gilliatt
BC Garn Loch Lomond

This week at l’Atelier / Cette semaine à L’Atelier

Things are beginning to get underway at our new Atelier! We are starting as we mean to go on -with an exciting and varied selection of events to inspire you.


FAMILY TIME AT L’ATELIER – $10
Friday, November 1, 10:30am to 12pm

Parents (and grandparents!) and kids are welcome at l’Atelier to craft and play together. Bring your work in progress for some relaxed stitching time! We have plenty of toys for little ones, and room for them to play. No need to find a babysitter or worry about making noise! It’s also a good way to meet other crafty parents and grandparents, and enjoy a chat over tea, coffee, and light snacks.

The Friday morning family session will continue every other week with Sasha.
No reservation required!


GRAND OPENING WITH BLEU POUSSIERE
Saturday November 2, 1pm to 5pm

Join us this Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of L’Atelier Espace Tricot! We’re delighted to host a pop-up shop from Shani Théorêt of Bleu Poussière who will be sharing her stunning naturally-dyed yarns. Shani is also a talented educator and will be bringing a selection of samples and books about natural dyeing, so this is a great opportunity to learn more about the magical world of plant dyes.

You’ll also have a chance to sign up for our exciting new loyalty program: drop by on Saturday to learn more…

Prosecco, light refreshments, door prizes, and yarn of course!
No reservation required for this free event.


TRIVIA NIGHT AT L’ATELIER – $15
Friday November 8, 5:30pm to 8pm

Forget about crowded restaurants and reruns on Netflix: what your Friday nights need is a little stitching among friends! We kick off a series of fun Friday festivities with Trivia Night. Show off your nerdy yarn knowledge and compete against others for prizes! (…And bragging rights.)

You can play on your own, or bring a few friends to make a team! After all, many heads are better than one… Drop by and get settled from 5:30pm onwards – the game will start promptly at 6pm.

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided. Outside drinks and food are welcome!
No reservation required.


GATHER & STITCH – $10

Join us during our Gather & Stitch sessions for some relaxed stitching among friends! All fibre art projects are welcome, from knitting and crochet to embroidery and punch needle work. Get inspired while socializing with like-minded passionate crafters!

Upcoming dates:
Tuesday, November 5, 10am to 12pm
Thursday November 7, 10am to 12pm
Saturday, November 9, 1pm to 4pm
Sunday, November 10, 12pm to 3pm

Entrance includes coffee, tea, and light snacks. No reservation required.
Gather & Stitch will continue each week on Tuesday mornings with Oci, and Thursday mornings with Naomi. Note: Weekend sessions may be subject to change or cancellation when we have other exciting events for you!


This is just a taste of what we have planned.
We hope you’ll join us on this journey!

l’Atelier is just down the stairs from our main store AT
6056 Monkland Ave.

Stay up to date with our calendar at espacetricot.com/atelier



C’est parti à L’Atelier cette semaine! Nous sommes ravies de vous présenter une sélection d’événements passionnants et variés afin de vous inspirer.


Moments en famille à L’Atelier – 10 $
Vendredi 1er novembre de 10h30 à 12h 

Les parents (et les grands-parents!) et les enfants sont les bienvenus à L’Atelier pour créer et jouer ensemble. Apportez votre projet en cours pour un moment créatif dans une ambiance détendue! Nous avons beaucoup de jouets amusants pour les tout-petits et de la place pour jouer. C’est aussi un bon moyen de rencontrer d’autres parents et grands-parents passionnés du tricot et des arts de la fibre, et de bavarder autour d’un thé, d’un café et des collations légères.

La session familiale du vendredi matin se poursuivra à toutes les deux semaines avec Sasha. Aucune réservation n’est requise.


Grande ouverture avec Bleu Poussière
Samedi 2 novembre de 13h à 17h

Joignez-vous à nous ce samedi pour célébrer la grande ouverture de L’Atelier Espace Tricot ! Nous sommes ravies d’accueillir une boutique éphémère de Shani Théorêt de Bleu Poussière qui partagera ses magnifiques fils teints naturellement. Shani est également une éducatrice talentueuse et apportera une sélection d’échantillons et de livres sur la teinture naturelle. C’est donc une excellente occasion d’en apprendre davantage sur le monde magique des teintures végétales et célébrer cette nouvelle aventure!

Vous aurez également la chance de vous inscrire à notre nouveau programme de fidélité: venez nous voir samedi pour en savoir plus…

Des collations légères, du prosecco, et des prix seront disponibles!
Aucune réservation n’est requise pour cet événement gratuit.


Soirée quizz – 15 $
Vendredi 8 novembre de 17h30 à 20h

Oubliez les restaurants bondés et les séries anciennes sur Netflix: le vendredi soir, c’est pour tricoter entre amis ! Nous entamons une série de festivités amusantes le vendredi avec notre fameuse (ou presque) soirée quizz. Montrez vos connaissances en matière de fils et fibres et rivalisez avec les autres pour des prix! (… et le droit de vous vanter.)

Vous pouvez jouer seul ou amener quelques amis pour former une équipe ! Bref, beaucoup de têtes valent mieux qu’une… Venez vous installer à partir de 17h30 – le jeu commencera à 18h.

Aucune réservation requise. N’hésitez pas à commander une pizza ou à apporter de la nourriture et même un boisson pour adulte. Nous fournirons le café, le thé, des collations légères et du maïs soufflé!


Rassemblez les mailles – 10 $

Joignez-vous à nous lors de nos séances Rassemblez les mailles pour un moment créatif et détendu entre amis! Tous les projets sont les bienvenus, du tricot au crochet, en passant par la broderie et la broderie à poinçon. Laissez-vous inspirer tout en socialisant avec des artisans passionnés qui partagent votre enthousiasme !

Programme:
Mardi 5 et jeudi 7 novembre de 10h à 12h
Samedi 9 novembre de 13h à 16h
Dimanche 10 novembre de 12h à 15h

Le prix d’entrée comprend du café, du thé et des collations légères. Aucune réservation requise. Rassemblez les mailles continuera chaque semaine le mardi matin avec Oci et le jeudi matin avec Naomi. Les sessions de week-end (fin de semaine?) peuvent être sujettes à des modifications ou annulations si nous avons d’autres événements intéressants pour vous! 


Ceci est juste un avant-goût de tout ce qui va venir et nous espérons que vous allez vous joindrez à nous pour ce voyage!

Restez à jour avec notre calendrier à espacetricot.com/atelier

Grande ouverture – L’ATELIER ESPACE TRICOT

L’équipe d’Espace Tricot est fière d’annoncer l’ouverture officielle de l’Atelier Espace Tricot ! Joignez-vous à nous le samedi 2 novembre entre 13 h et 17 h pour célébrer cette nouvelle aventure! Dans le cadre des festivités, nous sommes ravies d’accueillir Shani Théorêt de Bleu Poussière qui partagera une boutique éphémère avec ses superbes fils teints naturellement. Bien sûr, il y aura aussi des rafraîchissements légers et du vin mousseux, et peut-être quelques prix de présence à gagner!

L’Atelier Espace Tricot est un espace communautaire dédié à l’artisanat et à la créativité, au partage et à l’apprentissage. Nous avons prévu de nombreux événements, allant des cercles de tricot, de crochet et de broderie jusqu’à des ateliers, des soirées cinéma et quiz, des conférences, des activités familiales et plus encore. En ouvrant l’Atelier, notre objectif est de fournir un espace chaleureux et accueillant à notre communauté locale (et aux visiteurs de l’extérieur) pour profiter de la bonne compagnie dans une atmosphère amusante et inspirante.

Nous avons très hâte de partager l’Atelier avec vous tous.

Pour en savoir plus sur Shani, la créatrice de Bleu PoussièreCLIQUEZ ICI !

Chaleureusement,
– Melissa et Lisa


Espace Tricot is proud to announce the official opening of l’Atelier Espace Tricot! Please drop in on Saturday, November 2nd between 1 pm and 5 pm to join us in celebrating this new adventure! As part of the festivities we are delighted to welcome Shani Théorêt of Bleu Poussière who will be sharing her stunning naturally-dyed yarns in a pop-up shop. Of course, there will also be light refreshments and bubbly on hand, and maybe a few door prizes to be won!

L’Atelier Espace Tricot is a community space for crafting and creativity, sharing and learning. We have lots of events planned, from relaxed stitching time, to classes, workshops, movie and quiz nights, a lecture series, family activities, and more. In opening l’Atelier, our goal is to provide a warm and welcoming space for our local community (and out-of-town visitors!) to enjoy good company in a fun and inspiring atmosphere.

We are so excited to share l’Atelier with you.

To find out more about Shani, the creator behind Bleu Poussière, read the short interview below and visit her website HERE.

Warmest regards,
Melissa & Lisa


When did you start Bleu Poussière?

I think many elements contribute to the birth of Bleu Poussière, it was not a linear process from the beginning.

When I was young I was the kid they called « punk » in elementary school. I was the artist of the class, everyone came to me to have their name written in nice lettering and colours. Then, growing up in high school, I dove into the world of street art, in other words, I was a graffiti writer during the most defining period of my life (15 to 21). Colour was and still is my main form of expression – colour was something I defined myself with, long before knitting and dyeing.

After quitting my rebel ways, I realized something was deeply missing. I don’t know how to put this into words but I’ve always been about the realness.  The realness of people, the realness of things, the realness of culture. I wasn’t able to create only digital content anymore. I was soul searching. Depression was crawling its way deep inside me and I needed something real to hold onto. That’s when knitting entered my life. Not long afterwards my interest in natural remedies started to grow. At the end of 2016, I was full on into astronomy and theory of light and I’m reading about plants to assist healing and crazy stuff like Kandinsky’s theory of colours and how their frequencies affect us and all that jazz.  All I was doing at that time was reading, knitting, and exploring nature. In other words, creating the space needed for something wonderful to emerge.

When I realized I could dye my own yarn with natural colours, I was hooked. So at the end of 2017 I launched my naturally hand-dyed yarns. I sold 13 skeins that opening night, I’ll always remember that, and this was enough for me to believe there was something special with what I was doing. I enrolled in entrepreneurial school that helped me ask myself the right questions about what I was doing. I decided to take a leap of faith and fully take on the role of the artist that I always knew I was and manifest my vision. I kept going and putting myself out there even though I didn’t really know anyone in the knitting community.

People often ask where the name Bleu Poussière (Dusty Blue) comes from. I love to say that it’s essentially my aura colour. It’s a colour that sums up my love of ancient stuff, my love for everything celestial, a colour that evokes calm and yet something a little electric in the air. It’s hard to define but If I could be a colour it would be that colour. It’s also, wonderfully enough, the first colour I hand-dyed naturally with black beans!

Who is involved in Bleu Poussière?

Me (Shani), the founder and jack-of-all-trades. I quickly realized I couldn’t do everything – dyeing, administrating, accounting, marketing, etc. – by myself, and my boyfriend Alex joined in the project. People often ask me if Alex dyes. Yes, he does! He is also a pro at micro speckling and since he joined in the fun, he has helped a lot with developing a broader palette with darker tones. Dyeing natural black remains one of his goals, alongside being the indigo master. He is also my personal chauffeur and career therapist!

What interests you about natural dyeing? 

What interests me the most about natural dyeing is the organic way different elements come together to reveal a colour that is alive. Temperature, water pH, time, methods of extraction, etc. It’s like alchemy and I’m the first one to be amazed by every new colour that comes out of the dyepots! I love so many things about natural dyeing because it encompasses so many things that I enjoy and that fascinate me. From chemistry to physics, light to colour, history to practice, natural matters to textile… It is a blessing to have found my dream job.

Describe a day in the life of Bleu Poussière…

For me natural dyeing as a practice is a lifestyle. This means enjoying spending time in nature and observing, reading and researching as well as having the curiosity to try things out and see what happens. Every day is different unless we’re in dyeing mode. Then every day is the same!

We talk and philosophize a lot. We plan dye baths ahead of time because we must transform a natural matter like roots, barks, dried bugs (cochineal) and others prior to obtain a dye bath. This involves specific methods depending on what colour we’re aiming for or material we’re working with. We must also prepare our bare yarns for the dye job which takes a long time (securing all skeins, pre-wetting, sometimes scouring, mordanting, and rinsing). Then we can dye, but that still requires you to be present and check in on your dye bath and yarn. When dyeing is complete and everything has cooled down to room temperature we let the yarn dry cure then wash. That’s without taking into account multiple rinsing steps, the final drying stage, and twisting and labelling the skeins. It’s a long process but the satisfaction outweighs the time.

What exciting plans do you have for the future?

In the near future you can catch our upcoming events on our website (bleupoussiere.com). My vision for the long term though, would be to own a land where we’ll grow most of our natural dyestuffs and run a full-size dye house that is welcoming to all.

LYS DAY 2019

We’re celebrating Local Yarn Store Day on Saturday with discounts, door prizes, giveaways, and a raffle or two! We encourage everyone to get out to their local yarn shops if possible – some have truly amazing things planned ✨. We all value and depend on your support!

Please note that because many of our loyal customers have no LYS in their area and we represent the next best thing, we are also offering a small online discount (beginning at 10:30 AM on Saturday) 💕.

In addition….
SAVE 25% ON SELECTED YARNS AND KITS (IN-STORE ONLY)

Elsebeth Lavold HEMPATHY
Hedgehog Fibers ARAN
Hedgehog Fibers KIDSILK LACE
Hedgehog Fibers SOCK
Juniper Moon Farm FOURTEEN
Koigu KPPPM and KPM
Knitting it Up MTL-BFL
Lang LUSSO
Madelinetosh CHUNKY
BC Garn SEMILLA

BELLE FILLE Hat Kit
QUINCE & CO. FIRST STITCH / FIRST SCARF Learn to Knit Kit
FOUR-IN-FOUR MITTENS Kit
GAU COWL Kit
PUT A POM ON IT Hat Kit

Free SKIPP hat pattern with purchase of BROOKLYN TWEED!
Free NABO hat pattern with purchase of WOOLFOLK!

If you live in the Montreal area and enjoy knitting with company, we have two opportunities for you to do just that in-store every week.

Join us for Thursday Knit Nights – a warm and welcoming space for new knitters and seasoned pros alike. Bring your WIPs to knit alongside friendly faces.

If specific help with a project is what you need then our Friday Knit Clinics may be of interest. Our store manager, Francoise, or one of our consultants, is at the table all afternoon to help you fix mistakes, decipher patterns, and provide support.

Don’t be shy, everyone is welcome!

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.

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…

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.


 

JOIN US FOR AN AFTERNOON WITH TANIS OF TANIS FIBER ARTS!

Saturday, September 30th, 2 pm – 5pm

Join us in welcoming hand-dyer extraordinaireTanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts, on Saturday, September 30th from 2 pm – 5pm!

To say that we are thrilled to now be carrying Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash yarns (in Fingering, DK, and Worsted weights) would be an understatement! We’ve long considered ourselves very lucky to be the only retail store stocking TFA yarns and we are especially excited now to have this new, environmentally conscious, collection on our shelves. TFA PureWash yarns are sourced from organic farmers and then treated with a GOTS certified organic descaling process that makes it washable without the use of any chemical or polymer coatings. The fiber is then spun locally and dyed by TFA in their stunning signature colourways.  The result is soft, bouncy, and wooly yarn which retains its loftiness and merino memory.

We are so looking forward to hosting Tanis at Espace Tricot and can’t wait to learn more about how she and her husband (and main TFA dyer) went about researching and developing the PureWash line!

Join us in store beginning at 2 pm on September 30th for a TFA PureWash yarn tasting – experience the pleasure of knitting with this beautiful yarn first-hand!  At 3 pm, Tanis will talk to us about the development and unique nature of PureWash yarns as well as her dyeing process. And for a little inspiration, she will also bring several knitted items for show and tell. There will be an informal Q & A session and you will be able to purchase TFA colourways not normally available at Espace Tricot (yes, SPECKLES!!!).

There will also be door-prizes – three lucky visitors will win a complete set of TFA accessories including scissors, markers, a tape measure, gauge ruler, notebook, and a tote!

We can’t think of a better way for a fiber lover to spend a Saturday afternoon!

We hope to see you there 🙂

– Melissa, Lisa, and the ET Team

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Weaving Workshop: A perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Sunday is Mother’s Day and the wonderful Natasha Castonguay will be giving a weaving workshop for beginners at the store. If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the creative mama in your life, there are still 3 spots left! Call 514-486-5648 to register.

Please note, this class will be conducted mainly in French but weaving is so visual it will be easy enough to follow-along even if you don’t speak it.

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– 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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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

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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Don’t forget, our OM SHAWL KAL begins this Thursday!

We posted about our upcoming OM SHAWL KAL a couple of weeks ago. You can find more information on the original post HERE. See the essentials below 🙂

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We will be running our Om Shawl Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning this Thursday, January 26th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for 4 consecutive Thursdays – January 26, February 2, 9, and 16 – 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 Om Shawl among friends.

We have now opened an Om Shawl KAL “Introductions & Chatter” thread in our Ravelry group HERE. We invite you to join us there (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to indicate your intention to participate and to chatter and share photos of works in progress.

If you complete your Om Shawl by March 2nd and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win an Espace Tricot Eco Tote and a Woolstok 21-Colour Slouch Kit! The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

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We hope you’ll join us!

The Om Shawl can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

We used Blue Sky Fibres Woolstok yarn for our version.
Click here to see our project details on Ravelry.

SHOP Woolstok in our webstore (Note: Select colours also available in 150g skeins.)
Don’t see the colour you need? New stock will be arriving soon!

And, by the way, even though we love Woolstok yarn for this wrap, any worsted to aran yarn will work depending on the weight, drape, and colour story you’re looking for.

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–  Melissa

Join us for an Om Shawl Knit-Along!

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One of our favourite additions to the store this year has been Woolstok yarn from Blue Sky Fibers.  This worsted-weight yarn is strong and sturdy but gently plied to give it lightness, loft, and a soft hand. Rich in character with excellent stitch definition, Woolstok is a workhorse yarn that’s easy to love. A dream to knit with and available in a beautiful palette of slightly heathered colourways, it’s perfect for everything from accessories to sweaters.

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The first project we decided to knit with this wooly goodness was Andrea Mowry’s Om Shawl – and we couldn’t be happier with the result.  With colour and technique changes throughout, the wrap is entertaining to knit and a gorgeous, versatile addition to any winter wardrobe.  After a light steam blocking of the finished wrap, the fabric softened and relaxed but retained body and loft – exactly what one wants from a 100% wool yarn! We opted for shades of grey with a pop of chartreuse for our store sample but the sky’s the limit when it comes to colour-play with this pattern. Need inspiration? Click here to browse amazing versions of this project on Ravelry.  

Here’s designer Andrea Mowry’s version of the wrap…

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(Photo: Andrea Mowry)

We will be running our Om Shawl Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning January 26th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for 4 consecutive Thursdays – January 26, February 2, 9, and 16 – 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 Om Shawl among friends.

We will open an Om Shawl KAL thread in our Ravelry group a few days before the knit-along start date. We invite you to join us there (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to indicate your intention to participate and to chatter and share photos of works in progress.

UPDATE: The “Introductions & Chatter” thread for the Om Shawl KAL has now been created in our Ravelry group HERE.

If you complete your Om Shawl by March 2nd and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win an Espace Tricot Eco Tote and a Woolstok 21-Colour Slouch Kit! The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

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We hope you’ll join us!

The Om Shawl can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Woolstok in our webstore! (Note: Select colours also available in 150g skeins.)
Don’t see the colour you need? New stock will be arriving soon!

And, by the way, even though we love Woolstok yarn for this wrap, any worsted to aran yarn will work depending on the weight, drape, and colour story you’re looking for.

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–  Melissa