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 ‚ú®. 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) ūüíē.

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!

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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 ‚Äď November 16, 23, 30, and December 7 ‚Äď 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¬†ūüôā¬†.

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‚Äôll 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 ūüôā

We hope you’ll join us!

–¬† Melissa

Join us for an afternoon with Yana of ARTFIL!

SATURDAY, November 11TH, 2 PM ‚Äď 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 Р5 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 ‚ÄúAir Dyeing Technology‚ÄĚ. 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!¬† ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 РThe 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… ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ‚Äď 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 ūüôā

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 diff√©rents types de fibres, de leur impact sur le r√©sultat final, ainsi que sur l‚Äôagencement des couleurs. Puis vous serez introduits √† la teinture avec des teintures acides et les applications de la m√©thode √† effet ¬ę¬†peint √† la main¬†¬Ľ. Le mat√©riel n√©cessaire 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 extraordinaire, Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts, on Saturday, September 30th from 2 pm Р5pm!

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 Рexperience 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 ūüôā

– 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. ūüôā

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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 ¬†ūüôā . ¬†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 ‚Äď March¬†9th, 16th, and 23rd ‚Äď 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 ūüôā .

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!

‚Äď ¬†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¬†ūüôā ¬†)

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-Fran√ßois 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-Fran√ßois 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!

Р Naomi

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

Р 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 Fingering,¬†Hektos, 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 ūüôā

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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 ‚Äď January 26, February 2, 9, and 16¬†‚Äď 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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Р 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď January 26, February 2, 9, and 16¬†‚Äď 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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Р Melissa

Mark your calendars! Our festive Knit-Along begins December 8th

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Join us on for a 2-week festive Knit-Along in December. We’ve chosen two fun and appropriately colourful patterns for the occasion: ¬†Christmas Baubles by Mona Schmidt and Knitted Christmas Stockings by Joy Green. ¬†Both¬†call for worsted weight yarns and we recommend any of the following:¬†Cascade 220, Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, Madelinetosh Vintage, Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label, or Spud & Chloe Sweater.

The Knit-Along will run for¬†2 consecutive Thursdays ‚Äď December 8th and 15th¬†‚Äď 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.¬†No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come to the store on those dates ready to knit¬†among friends. ¬†We only request that¬†you use yarn purchased at Espace Tricot (new or previously stashed) to knit your ornaments or stocking.

We hope to see you there!

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Don’t forget – Our Pure Joy Knit-Along begins tonight!

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(Photo: Joji Locatelli)

Our Pure Joy KAL begins in store tonight at 7 pm!¬† We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s yarn and colour choices for this beautiful shawl by Joji Locatelli.¬† Come and knit in company – a small but positive antidote to the last few days….

You will need:  800 yards of fingering weight yarn in 2 colors. You will need approximately 430 yards for color A and 380 yards for color B.  Attention: The designer notes that many skeins of fingering weight yarn have only 400 yards, but most testers used more than that for color A.

Pure Joy can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

The Knit-Along will run for 4 consecutive Thursdays – November 10, 17, 24, and December 1 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.¬†No need to register (this is a free activity). All we ask is that you use yarn purchased at Espace Tricot (new or previously stashed) to knit your shawl. ¬†ūüôā

If you complete your Pure Joy shawl by December 8th and send us a photo, we’ll enter your name into a draw for a $25 Espace Tricot Gift Card!

–¬† Melissa

Join us for a Pure Joy Knit Along!

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(Photos: Joji Locatelli)

We are smitten with Joji Locatelli’s Pure Joy shawl and have decided to hold a Thursday evening Knit-Along to work this one up!¬† The simplicity of this design makes it an ideal choice for knitting in company and also provides a beautiful canvas for everyone to express their unique personality and preferences through¬† yarn and colour choices.

As the designer notes: “The combination of garter stitch, short rows and eyelet rows can create the most varied results, but it always guarantees that you‚Äôll have a good time knitting. Enjoy working away on this simple and fun project!

You will need:  800 yards of fingering weight yarn in 2 colors. You will need approximately 430 yards for color A and 380 yards for color B.  Attention: The designer notes that many skeins of fingering weight yarn have only 400 yards, but most testers used more than that for color A.

Pure Joy can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

The Knit-Along will run for 4 consecutive Thursdays – November 10, 17, 24, and December 1 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.¬†No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come to the store on those dates ready to cast on and knit the Pure Joy among friends.¬† All we ask is that you use yarn purchased at Espace Tricot (new or previously stashed) to knit your shawl. ¬†ūüôā

If you complete your Pure Joy shawl by December 8th and send us a photo, we’ll enter your name into a draw for a $25 Espace Tricot Gift Card!

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(Photos: Joji Locatelli)

–¬† Melissa

Register now for our next Atelier Tissage / Weaving Workshop!

The very¬†lovely and extremely talented¬†Natacha Castonguay¬†(Nanoukiko & Triko)¬†taught our first beginners weaving workshop¬†at the store last Sunday and it was a warm, educational, and creative experience for all involved. ¬†Participants left with¬†a solid foundation in frame weaving¬†and appreciated Natacha’s patient and generous teaching style (see photos from workshop at end of post!). ¬†If you are interested in trying your hand at this beautiful craft, please note that we’ve already scheduled a second beginner’s workshop for December 11th and have two more in the works for the new year!

Please note that while this workshop¬†will be conducted in French, since weaving is very visual, we are confident that non-French speakers will be able to participate without too much troubleūüôā

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ATELIER D’INITIATION AU TISSAGE

(pour débutant(e)s , aucune expérience requise)

Le dimanche 11 décembre de 9h00 à 13h00*
$115.00

Venez apprendre à réaliser vos propres petits tissages sur cadre  et repartez avec tout le nécessaire pour en réaliser d’autres à la maison.

Durant le cours d’une durée de quatre heures, vous apprendrez les techniques de base du tissage sur cadre (tissage à plat, ligne droite, ligne diagonale, franges, tresse et finition simple).

Tout le matériel requis est fourni pour la réalisation de 2 tissages:

  • cadre √† tisser de 8‚Ä≥ x 10 ‚ÄĚ / 20cm x 25.5cm
  • 2 goujons
  • 2 aiguilles
  • environ 100g de fibres diverses (coton, laine, m√®che de merinos, soie, jersey, fibres vintage, alpaga, acrylique)
  • fil r√©sistant (nylon robuste ou coton mercerie pour monter la trame de votre tissage)
    b√Ętonnet et fourchette de bois

* Comme le cours est d’une durée de quatre heures, il est conseillé d’amener avec vous collation & boisson.

Seulement 10 places disponibles.¬†N‚Äôh√©sitez pas √† nous t√©l√©phoner pour la r√©server par carte de cr√©dit ‚Äď (514) 486-5648.


WEAVING 101

Sunday, December 11th, 9:00am ‚Äď 1:00pm
$115.00

Join us to create your own small weaving and leave this workshop with another weaving kit to make a second creation at home.

Over the course of this four hour workshop, you will learn the basic techniques of frame weaving (flat weaving, straight line, diagonal line, fringes, braids, and simple finish).

All of the materials necessary to create two weaving projects will be provided:

  • A frame loom (8 ‚Äúx 10‚ÄĚ / 20cm x 25.5cm)
  • Two wood pins
  • 2 tapestry needles
  • Approximately 100g of mixed fibers (cotton, wool, merino roving, silk, jersey, vintage fiber, alpaca, acrylic)
  • Strong yarn / string (sturdy nylon or cotton to warp the frame)
  • Weaving stick and wooden fork

* As the course lasts four hours, you may want to bring along a snack and a drink.

Only 10 spots available. Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your space!


Photos from last Sunday’s workshop!

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Р Melissa