On January 1, 2018 the city of Montreal by-law prohibiting the distribution of certain types of plastic shopping bags came into effect and merchants were granted a grace period for compliance until June 5th, 2018.
Though the shopping bags we use at Espace Tricot are thicker than those banned, we feel that it is important for us to support our city and join the global movement taking action to protect the environment.
Many countries, regions, and cities around the world are looking at ways to reduce waste and diminish the use of plastics, from plastic straws, to merchandise packaging, to one-time use cutlery.
Here at Espace Tricot, we work closely with beautiful fibres that come from plants and animals that require a healthy water and food supply in order to produce the quality raw materials that we so covet.
From sheep, to flax plants, to silk worms, all live off the land, and a clean environment is essential to their nourishment and sustenance. Many of our local hand dyers are finding new ways to spin, dye, and treat their yarn in order to be more in harmony with nature, and we are adding our little part.
Some may ask to substitute our plastic bags with paper or low-cost reusable ones, however, our objective is not simply to reduce the use of plastic but to reduce waste as well.
It is the rare client who shops at Espace Tricot without their knitting bag or a reusable shopping bag and we feel that using these for purchases is a simple gesture that will quickly become habit.
We currently carry the amazing LOQI bags that are compact, sturdy, machine washable, have a large capacity, and are pretty to boot! We and our staff have at least one in our purse at all times and we can honestly say that these fit seamlessly into our shopping routine and make us feel good about reducing waste. We also find it much easier to carry our purchases in a shoulder style bag. As a more economical option we also carry Espace Tricot cotton muslin totes that are compact and yarn friendly.
Once our current stock of plastic shopping bags has been used up, we will no longer be offering single use bags. This will hopefully give our local customers a few weeks to acclimatize.
We thank you for your continued support and understanding! As a crafting community we are confident that our little part will have an impact on the global effort to make our earth a healthier place for current and future generations.
– The Espace Tricot Team
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!
Podcast episode #15 is now up on YouTube! We are very definitely out of practice. We hope, at the very least, it provides some project inspiration ✨! In this episode we talk WIPs, FOs, store samples, new products, Espace Tricot patterns, and discuss the joys of adding silk/mohair to (all) your projects 😊.
Bonnets pour la Fondation de l’hôpital St. Mary
Au fil des ans, chez Espace Tricot, nous avons eu le plaisir de contribuer à de nombreux projets de bienfaisance qui nous ont permis de côtoyer plusieurs bénévoles dévoués et travaillants. Que ce soit pour des dons pour des événements communautaires, des commandites pour des activités scolaires, des prix pour des tirages organisés par des organismes sans but lucratif ou des dons de vêtements tricotés pour des personnes dans le besoin, cela fait toujours chaud au cœur d’être témoin l’esprit de générosité inspiré par la communauté du tricot.
Avant les vacances, l’une de nos clientes, Cindy Aikman, nous a demandé de l’aide pour un projet sur lequel son équipe de la Fondation de l’hôpital St. Mary travaillait, et c’est avec plaisir que nous avons décidé de participer. C’est en cherchant une façon d’aider ses patientes atteintes du cancer à affronter la perte de cheveux durant la chimiothérapie que la fondation a pensé à offrir des bonnets tricotés à la main avec amour qui procurent protection, réconfort et style tout au long de ce processus.
Nous faisons maintenant appel à notre merveilleuse communauté Espace Tricot pour demander de l’aide pour tricoter des bonnets pour des femmes de tous âges qui subissent des traitements contre le cancer. L’amour et l’énergie positive qui vous accompagnent durant le tricot ne peuvent que contribuer à aider et à encourager la guérison!
Si vous désirez tricoter un bonnet pour le projet de bonnets pour la Fondation de l’hôpital St. Mary, Cindy vous propose le patron suivant (voir ci-dessous) et vous demande de choisir une lainesuper fine naturelle et respirante.
Vous pouvez aussi envoyer un bonnet semblable tricoté à partir d’un autre patron!
Si vous choisissez de vous procurer votre laine chez Espace Tricot, nous vous recommandons Lang Merino 150, Sandnesgarn Mandarin Petit, Anzula Squishy et Artfil Solo. De plus, laissez-nous savoir que vous participez au projet et nous vous offrirons un rabais de 15 % sur la laine.
Tous les bonnets terminés peuvent être déposés ici, chez Espace Tricot, ou postés directement à Cindy si vous participez à distance. Pour toute question, il est préférable de contacter directement la fondation, qui pourra mieux vous répondre.
Fondation de l’hôpital St. Mary
3830, avenue Lacombe, bureau 1510
Montréal (Québec) H3T 1M5
Over the years Espace Tricot has had the pleasure of participating in various charity endeavours and we have met many hard working and dedicated volunteers along the way. Whether it be donations for community events, sponsorships for school activities, raffle prizes for non-profit organizations, or knitted garments for people in need, it is always heart-warming to experience the spirit of giving and receiving that the knitting community engenders.
Just before the holidays, one of our customers, Cindy Aikman, approached us for assistance with a project that her team at the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation had in mind, and we gladly obliged. The foundation was looking for a way to help their female cancer patients cope with the reality of hair loss during chemotherapy treatments and thought what better way than to provide a lovingly hand knit hat to offer protection, comfort, and a little style throughout the process.
We are now reaching out to our wonderful Espace Tricot community to solicit your support in knitting hats for women of all ages going through cancer treatments. The love, spirit, and energy that you put into your knitting can only support and encourage positive healing!
If you would like to knit a hat for the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Knit Caps Project, Cindy has provided the following pattern (see below) and asks that you choose a fingering weight yarn that is natural and breathable.
You are also welcome to send a similar type hat knit from a different pattern!
If you choose to purchase your yarn at Espace Tricot, we recommend Lang Merino 150, Sandnesgarn Mandarin Petit, Anzula Squishy or Artfil Solo. Furthermore, please let us know that you are participating in this project and we will offer you a 15% discount on the yarn.
Finished hats may be dropped off here at Espace Tricot or mailed directly to Cindy if you are participating from afar. As well, we would ask you to contact the foundation directly if you have any questions, as they will be the best resource for you.
St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
3830 ave Lacombe, Suite 1510
Montréal, QC H3T 1M5
We are happy to announce that yesterday we launched our first “official” newsletter – Clin d’oeil – a bi-weekly roundup of fresh patterns, products, and everything newsworthy at Espace Tricot. Clin d’oeil is French for “wink” or “in the blink of an eye” so we promise to keep things brief and fun. After all, that project isn’t going to knit itself!
Follow the links below to view the first edition – it includes a round-up of new Espace Tricot patterns, a gift guide, and an announcement about our next Knit Night Live event (it’s tomorrow!):
And if you’re interested in receiving the newsletter directly to your inbox every two weeks or so then simply subscribe HERE.
In the meantime, happy knitting!
– Melissa & Lisa
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.
Podcast episode #13 is up! In this episode we talk about our Rhinebeck weekend, our FOs and WIPs, new patterns, new store samples and products, and introduce a giveaway opportunity for some super squishy Primrose Yarn Company Marquess MCH DK yarn (it has cashmere!). Grab your knitting and take 5 (well, 95 actually ).
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!
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).
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!
Back to the festival… These “sheep” roaming the grounds were very…odd.
The animals – to whom we owe everything!
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!!
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…
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 – 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
Whew! We completed our annual inventory this past Sunday and Monday and it was all hands on deck to count, organize, and tidy 42,000 + items! There were 10 of us working 12 hours on Sunday and 15 hours on Monday and when Lisa, Francoise, and I closed the door at two in the morning on Day 2 we were equal parts exhausted and elated. We don’t know about you, but there are few things that make our hearts sing more than a clean and shiny yarn store! Every single member of the Espace Tricot team brought their A-game to the daunting, and sometimes overwhelming, inventory process and we can’t thank them enough for their conscientiousness, attention to detail, and straight-up work ethic. Not to mention their good humour!
Bring on Fall and cooler temperatures – we’re ready for the new knitting season and hope you are too! There are new yarns arriving daily and things are getting super-exciting around here.
A few (okay, a lot) of pretty photos below to give you a sense of how things are looking in-store at the moment. Enjoy the eye-candy / yarnporn.
Whew! We’re back home after another exciting trip to the Summer TNNA show in Columbus, Ohio. TNNA is one of the largest industry trade shows of the year where retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, publishers, and designers all come together to show and discover new products, designs, trends, and techniques. We were on our usual mission to bring the latest and greatest on the knit, crochet, and fiber scene back to Espace Tricot – and I think we were successful! We had such an amazing time reconnecting with old friends in the industry and making many new ones and had great fun spending money on Fall orders (how could we not?!). It was especially nice (and unbelievably helpful) to have Francoise and Amalia along for the ride. Some fabulous new stuff will be making its way into the shop for the Fall and we can’t wait to share it with you all! In the meantime, here’s a visual summary of our trip in photos – from airport terminal and back again. Needless to say, there are so many pictures we missed taking, of wonderful people and beautiful products, but isn’t that always the way? In any case, these will hopefully give you a sense of the positive energy, camaraderie, and mutual support that are so much a part of this annual event.
Lisa and I recorded this interview with Kristy Glass of Kristy Glass Knits on a cold, grey day in NYC at the beginning of March. It may have been dreary outside but inside the company was sunny and warm. Thanks for inviting us Kristy, we had so much fun with you!
We recently chatted with the charming and incredibly talented Felicia Lo of SweetGeorgia Yarns and today you can head over and hear our conversation on the The Sweet Georgia Show – Felicia’s weekly podcast exploring “the sweet spot between colour, craft, and creativity”. It was such an honour to be invited for this interview and an absolute pleasure to talk our heads off with Felicia whose thoughtful questions encouraged us to reflect on our industry in a way that we rarely take the time to do. Thanks Felicia!
Click HERE to listen.
Guest post by our lovely Naomi who participated in yesterday’s workshop with Julie Asselin.
(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.
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!
Thank you again, Julie and Jean-Francois, for bringing your warm and joyful energy to the store!
– Melissa & Lisa
Below you’ll find a few suggestions for all the knitters and makers in your life, including yourself! Our gift guide focuses on notions and accessories because a fiber crafter can never have too many and yarn and project ideas are just too difficult to narrow down to only a few! That said, we invite you to browse the rest of our blog for wooly inspiration as we’re always posting new yarn arrivals and project ideas.
So, here are our favourite holiday gift suggestions for 2016 (click images to purchase products in our webstore):
Bookhou Box Totes
Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on a beautiful box tote bag. The tote can be left open or you can use the leather tie to cinch in the sides, which also works as a closure. Makes a great project bag! 100% linen with 100% cotton canvas lining and leather handles.
Weaving Kits from Nanoukiko & triko
A beautiful ‘learn to weave’ kit from local artist and teacher Natacha Castonguay.
A frame loom (8 in. x 10 in. / 20cm x 25.5cm)
Two wooden dowls
2 tapestry needles
A collection of mixed fibers
Strong yarn / string to warp the frame
Please note: Instructions available only in French.
The Wrist Ruler is a leather wristband with engraved inch and centimeter measurements. A great product for makers who often find themselves needing to measure things on the go!
LOQI Bags are a strong, eco-friendly, water-resistant, and washable alternative to disposable totes. A fun and stylish on-the-go bag for all your knitting, crafting, and shopping needs! More than 20 styles in stock!
Gentle and lightly scented, Soak is an ideal wash for cashmere, wool, cotton and other delicate fabrics. Available in large (425 ml) and small bottles (90 ml) in the following scents: Aquae, Yuzu, Celebration, Lacey, and Scentless.
Eucalan is an eco-friendly no-rinse delicate wash for lingerie, baby items, woolens and handmade items. Eucalan has a touch of lanolin which is a natural conditioner and dust mite deterrent, as well as beneficial essential oils. Available in a range of sizes, Eucalan is phosphate free, bleach free and highly concentrated.
SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES
Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases™ have eight little compartments to keep all your knitting and crocheting notions neatly separated. Organize your life in a snap and go!
Digital Row Counters
This digital row counter is the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5-digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it.
Lykke Interchangeable Needle Sets
Made of strong birch wood, the LYKKE Driftwood needles are smooth and light and a true pleasure to work with. With their warm character, these handsome sets are easy on the hands and the eyes!
Each interchangeable set includes 12 durable pairs of needle tips – sizes 3.5 mm through 12 mm (US4 – US 17). Each set also contains two cords for 24 in length, two cords for 32 in length, one cord for 40 in length, two connectors, two keys, and eight stoppers. Packed in a beautiful, high quality black faux leather case. The perfect knitter’s gift!
LYKKE STRAIGHT NEEDLE SETS
One of the only straight needle sets we’ve seen, these are long and slender and capped with stylish black metal. Sizes are etched into the metal, not printed. The set includes 12 needle pairs in sizes 3.5 mm through 12 mm (US4 – US 17) which come in a high quality, black faux leather case. Needles are 10 inches long.
Knitter’s Pride Melodies of Life Zing Interchangeable Needle Set
Melodies of Life – a name that takes inspiration from all those heart-touching lyrics and songs that have enthralled us over the years! The boxed set consists of nine pairs of vibrant color-coded Zing needles , colour-coded cables, and an assortment of knitting accessories, packed in a coordinated monogrammed fabric pouch.
Addi Interchangeable Needle Sets
Addi Interchangeable needle sets are among the best on the market. The Click tips require no tools to change; simply insert the cord deep into the tip, twist and release! Sets come with multiple standard tip sizes, cords, a connector, and a needle gauge. Available in metal, bamboo, and olive wood, as well as long and short needle lengths and in regular or lace (pointier) tips.
HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needle Sets
Made of high quality materials, HiyaHiya interchangeable sets features keyless screw-on connections with flexible cords, near perfect joins, and slick (but not too slick), smooth finishes. Metal and bamboo sets available in small and large sizes and with 4″ or 5″ tips. SHARPS also in stock!
Koel is a new quarterly magazine by Studio Bloesem that celebrates crafting with yarns to create a stylish home. Curating a contemporary interior decor with yarns, it brings the “coolness” factor back to decorative crochet, knitting, macramé, latch hooking, needlework, and weaving.
Westknits BesTknits Number 1: Shawls
This new book is a collection of 13 popular Westknits designs by Stephen West – filled with inspiring photos. Stunning!
Woolens includes 11 new patterns by designer Jared Flood, founder and creative director of Brooklyn Tweed. From hats and cowls to scarves, shawls, and wraps, projects suitable for adventurous beginners and seasoned knitters abound.
Pom Pom Quarterly
The Winter 2016 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly features 11 stunning knits by well-known designers, articles, cocktail recipes, and a beautiful set of illustrations.
Fuzzing and pilling are a fact of life with knitted garments and some fibers and blends are worse than others. Regular use of the Gleener will keep your pieces looking new and will even resuscitate some you thought were beyond repair.
GLEENER ON THE GO – TRAVEL FUZZ REMOVER
Tackle fuzz on the fly with the new Gleener on the Go. Smaller than a glasses case, this travel fuzz remover is compact enough to take anywhere that last minute wardrobe touch-ups are needed.
THE KNITTER’S KEEP FROM COCOKNITS
Keep knitting accessories close at hand …
- One silicone slap bracelet in orange, green, blue or grey
- 10 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10mm needles or smaller)
- 10 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5mm needles or smaller)
- 10 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8mm needles or smaller)
- 2 cable needles (size US 1 / 2.5mm)
- 2 curved-tip tapestry needles
- One handy 100% cotton pouch to keep everything together in your knitting bag.
COCOKNITS COLOURED STITCH MARKERS
These ring stitch markers are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 13 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.
COCOKNITS ASSORTED NICKEL STITCH MARKERS
Losing your stitch markers? These assorted nickel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 20 each of three sizes.
COCOKNITS STITCH FIXER
This handy little tool is a double-ended crochet hook that can be used to pick up dropped stitches and works for most of your knitting project repairs. The Stitch Fixer is made of nickel plated steel, sticks to your Knitter’s Keep and is always within reach!
COCOKNITS CLAW CLIPS
These little toothed-clips grip your knitting during or before seaming. They are a discreet clear-matte so the emphasis stays on your yarn or project, not on the clip.
THE SWEATER CARE KIT
The Cocoknits Sweater Care Kit contains everything you need for handwashing and blocking your hand-knit items and all of your fine hand-washables. Currently only available in store but telephone orders are welcome – 514-486-5648.
THE KNITTER’S BLOCK
The Cocoknits Knitter’s Block contains everything you need to block your handknits – interlocking foam tiles, stainless steel T-pins, cotton cloth with 1″ gingham, and a sturdy jute carry bag. Currently only available in store but telephone orders are welcome – 514-486-5648.
An original idea guaranteed to make blocking your knitted projects easier! Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers significantly speed up the blocking process and help maintain even tension across a wider area than individual pins.
This all-in-one, patent-pending tool can make pom poms, tassels, a variety of friendship bracelets, cords and small weavings and also convert into a slingshot. Comes with a carved-in ruler to help you track the length of what you’ve made. To learn how to use the Loome, go to http://www.theloome.com/videos.
Stashbot is your yarn shopping companion! If you find a yarn you can’t live without, this guide will help you determine how much you should buy. It will pay for itself over and over as it saves you from purchasing more skeins of yarn than you need.
ESPACE TRICOT GIFT CARD
We just recorded our very first podcast! Let us know if you think it should be a regular thing.
– Melissa & Lisa
Our friends at Gleener came to us a couple of months ago with a special knitting project in mind. They chose Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn and we connected them with Jocelyne, one of our wonderful teachers and knitter extraordinaire, to create this one-of-a-kind sweater for Ellen Degeneres!! tWitch wore it on the ellen show today and gave the “Gleener Girls” a fun shout-out!
The Gleener team also commissioned matching sweaters for Ellen’s dogs, designed and knit by our fabulous consultant, Amalia! How cute are they?
Such a fun project to be a part of 🙂