Family Slippers!

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I got it in my head recently that we all needed slippers.  A pair for Tristan had been on my list since before Christmas but all good intentions fell by the wayside in January as we enjoyed a mild winter here in New Jersey and more exciting projects jumped ahead in the queue.  One little snowfall last week, though, and it became imperative (at least in my mind) that we all have cozy new house “shoes”.  I wound up some Quince & Co. Osprey in Honey and cast on Simone A.’s brilliantly simple (and free) pattern appropriately titled “Simple House Slippers” and finished Tristan’s pair in no time.  I’m now halfway through my pair in the Audouin colourway and will wrap up this family project with a much larger pair for Johannes in Sabine. If I had been thinking, I would have knit his pair first and gifted them to him for Valentine’s Day but, well, nope.

Osprey is a cushy, comfy, 3-ply Aran-weight yarn spun from fluffy wool fleece. I’m knitting the yarn at quite a dense gauge on 4.5 mm(US 6) needles for a sturdy fabric that’s both comfortable and hard-wearing.  One skein is enough for a range of average foot sizes – Tristan wears a size 9 men’s and there was enough left for at least another size up. My husband wears a size 12, though, and his will need to be wider as well as longer so part of a second skein may be required. Watch this space for an update!

  Melissa

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New project: Light Turtleneck Sweater

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Although this project isn’t a store sample (it’s all mine), it ranks high on the “favourite things I’ve knit for myself” list and so I feel its worth blogging 🙂 The pattern is the Light Turtleneck Sweater by Anna & Heidi Pickles – a straighforward raglan style that is quick and simple to knit and easily customizable. The turtleneck, extra long sleeves, and fluffy halo of the fabric all appealed to me and, after a little process of weighing all my options, I decided to knit this with the very affordable Drops Alpaca (colour #7895) stranded with the very luxurious Shibui Silk Cloud (colour Field). The fabric created by the blend of alpaca with silk and mohair is deliciously warm and light with enough structure that I have confidence the sweater will retain its shape over time.  I opted for a much shorter body length than called for in the pattern and love the juxtaposition of this length with the longer sleeves which actually come partway down the hand. Modern, casual, and chic – I look forward to making another one or two of these in different colours to round out my turtleneck wardrobe!

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

SHOP Drops Alpaca in our webstore.
SHOP Shibui Silk Cloud in our webstore.

–  Melissa

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Introducing Brooklyn Tweed at Espace Tricot

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If you’ve been following us on Facebook and Instagram lately then you will already have heard the good news. If not, then let me be the first to share with you that Brooklyn Tweed yarns are now available at Espace Tricot!

Brooklyn Tweed began offering it’s first 100% American made wool and yarn design collections in 2010 – the same year we opened our own doors.  Although we have been stocking Brooklyn Tweed patterns since the beginning, we have had to wait very patiently as the company slowly and thoughtfully expanded their retail network in line with supply and demand.  Needless to say, we were thrilled to learn just after Christmas that we would finally be able to add Brooklyn Tweed yarns to our inventory.  Since it’s arrival we have been beset by difficult decisions – what to knit first? what colours? which yarn quality? There are so many options to choose from, each more inspiring and beautiful than the next. I think the only thing to do is dive in and begin…. Stay tuned to hear more about our first choices. 🙂

In the meantime, let us introduce you to Shelter, Arbor, and Loft below and provide you with just a little visual inspiration. Be sure to browse projects knit with these yarns on Ravelry for more ideas!


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From the Brooklyn Tweed website…  The distinctive character of Targhee-Columbia wool shines in Shelter, Brooklyn Tweed’s versatile medium-weight yarn. Shelter is woolen spun, meaning the fibers remain in a lofty jumble that traps air and offers remarkable warmth and lightness. Woolen-spun yarns are more adaptable in gauge, as they can compress to a dense sport weight or bloom to cohere as a gauzy fabric when worked on large needles. Shelter has a dry, soft hand and a faintly rustic nature. Garments knit from Shelter achieve their full beauty after a wet blocking. Shelter is designed to be a workhorse yarn that invites cables, ribbing, textured stitch motifs, open work, plain stockinette and garter stitch. Ideal for sweaters of every variety, winter accessories, and blankets.

100% American wool / 50g / 128 m / 140 y / 20 sts per 4″ / 4.5 mm (US 7) needles

SHOP Shelter in our webstore.

Shelter project inspiration below!

Winter Honey by Andrea Mowry

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(Photo: Andrea Mowry)

Rowe by Michele Wang

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Truss by Melissa Wehrle

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Far Hills Scarf by Jared Flood

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Ondawa by Michele Wang

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Seacoast by Joji Locatelli

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Timber by Shannon Cook

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(Photo: K Good Photography)

Hugo by Veronik Avery

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Aspen by Michele Wang

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Aquinnah by Kerry Robb

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Radmere by Michele Wang

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)


Arbor

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From the Brooklyn Tweed website…  Arbor is Brooklyn Tweed’s DK-weight workhorse yarn, spun worsted for superior strength and stitch. It’s a round and springy 3-ply that loves to cable and shows textural stitchwork to maximum advantage. Thanks to its worsted construction, Arbor produces a denser, sturdier fabric than BT’s woolen-spun yarns. The fibers have been combed straight and carefully aligned before spinning, rather than jumbled to trap air. Garments knit from Arbor will weigh more and drape more heavily than those knit from Loft or Shelter.  Available in a nuanced palette of 30 solid colors.

100% American wool / 50g / 132 m / 145 y / 21-24 sts per 4″ / 3.75-4.5 mm (US 5-7) needles

SHOP Arbor in our webstore.

Arbor project inspiration below!

High Pines by Jared Flood

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Foundry by Jared Flood

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Proof Scarf by Jared Flood

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From the Brooklyn Tweed website… Fingering-weight Loft channels Targhee-Columbia wool’s airy bounce into feather-light lace, accessories, and garments. Like Shelter, Loft is a woolen-spun 2-ply yarn with delicate twist, specially designed for unique lightness of hand. It’s not a sock yarn, so treat it a little more gently when it’s on the winder and the needles. Once your garment is blocked, the stitches will cohere in a beautifully even and sturdy fabric. Lace garments should open up to reveal stitch motifs with relatively mild blocking. Loft has great flexibility of gauge; it can be knit on 2mm (US 0) needles for a dense and durable fabric or on 4mm (US 6) needles for ethereal open work. Two strands of Loft held together can substitute for Shelter in patterns where you’d like greater stitch definition or a marled fabric of two colors.

100% American wool / 50g / 251m / 275 y / 28 sts per 4″ / 2.75 mm (US 2) needles

SHOP Loft in our webstore.

Loft project inspiration below!

Wake by Veronik Avery

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Ludlow by Julie Hoover

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Redford by Julie Hoover

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Quill by Jared Flood

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Crosshatch by Jared Flood

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Note: This pattern uses both Shelter and Loft.

(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

Rivage by Julie Hoover

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(Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

–  Melissa

New and just re-stocked – #2!

So many fantastic products have been rolling into the store over the last week or two and I’ve been falling behind with my updates!  Here’s a quick round-up. Stay tuned for more highlights tomorrow.

–  Melissa


Hedgehog Fibres Invisible Project Bag

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The perfect project bag to show off your colourful skeins! Lightweight yet sturdy. Roomy enough for a larger project, it’ll hold multiple balls of yarn easily.  This bag is designed to stand up on it’s own. Comes with a detachable laser etched perspex Hedgehog Fibres tag. We have fallen head over heels for this!

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PURCHASE the Invisible Project bag in our webstore.


Hedgehog Fibres Prism Pouch

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The unicorn of notions bags: the Prism Pouch! It comes in semi-transparent holographic material with gold coloured seams and zipper pull. This sturdy pyramid bag (well, actually a tetrahedron!) will hold all the little things knitters need on the go. It will look extra stylish in your Invisible Project Bag! All sides are 15cm.

PURCHASE the Prism Pouch in our webstore.


Within by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook

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Within is the newest collaboration by designers Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook, featuring six signature patterns for wherever your heart takes you. Inside, you’ll find patterns for accessories, a shawl, and what may become your new favourite everyday garments. Together, the pieces in this accessible collection make a functional and beautiful addition to any knitter’s wardrobe.

PURCHASE Within in our webstore.


The Needle Keeper

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The Needle Keeper is an innovative product to protect your knitting needles while your work is in progress! It not only protects your needles, but also holds the live stitches on your needles, protects the joints of your needles (where the cable meets the shaft), protects the materials in your project bag, and the bag itself. Simply slide your needles into the ends – needles will not come out until you take them out. Professionally finished with no sharp edges to snag your yarn or fingers.  Needle Keepers will hold needles from US #00 / 1.75mm up to US #9 / 5.5mm (both needles). Genius.

SHOP Needle Keepers in our webstore.


Freia Fingering Shawl Balls

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A beautiful single-ply yarn with a luxurious soft hand beautifully dyed in Freia’s stunning signature colourways. Specifically developed to be lofty without pilling this luscious 100% merino fingering is particularly versatile, lending itself to be stitched up in a variety of gauges without losing definition or drape. Freia fans will perhaps be most excited by the upgraded yardage. These 100 gram “Shawl Balls” measure 430 yards / 393 m, perfect for single-skein projects.

SHOP Freia Shawl Balls in our webstore.


Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles

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Squishy and soft, with just the right amount of twist! Skinny Singles will work for any lace pattern, especially Stephen West designs for fingering weight yarns. Colours shift beautifully from one to another. Randomly dyed to prevent striping or pooling, as much as possible, this yarn creates a variegated effect that looks good in plain stockinette or advanced stitch motifs.

100% merino / 100g / 366 m / 400 y / 28-32 sts per 10 cm / 4″

SHOP Skinny Singles in our webstore.


Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn

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Merino wool, softly spun, non-scratchy yarn. Sock is Hedgehog Fibres most popular and famous yarn base, and for good reason. The perfect balance of soft and durable, the dye takes especially beautifully on this base. The ideal yarn for accessories, especially Stephen West designs for fingering weight yarns. It is fantastic for shawls, scarves, baby items, hats and more!

90% superwash merino, 10% nylon / 100g / 400m / 440 y / 28-32 sts per 10 cm / 4″

SHOP HHF Sock in our webstore.


21 Color Slouch Kit from Blue Sky Fibers

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Knit in all 21 Woolstok colors, this striped slouch hat from Blue Sky Fibers is light enough to be worn in any season. As fun to knit as it is to wear! Pattern is only available as a kit with all 21 Woolstok colors in 5 gram mini-hanks. Get ’em while they’re hot, these are hard to come by!

PURCHASE in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

Some fun classes are happening at the beginning of February. Have you signed up?

Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot.  🙂


POP BLANKET (Bilingual Class)
Amalia Siontas
$96
Sundays, 5 pm – 7 pm, February 5, 12 and 19

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The Pop Blanket by Tin Can Knits is a pop of fun inspired by American art from the 60’s. Make the full blanket or a smaller number of squares to create a pillow. The striking effect of this blanket is achieved through the pairing of bright self-striping yarn and a solid coloured background, much like a canvas. Prerequisites: Beginner (CO, knit, purl, BO). Required materials: Aran weight yarn in self-striping (e.g. Noro Silk Garden or Taiyo) and solid colourways of your choice,  5.5 mm double-pointed or size needed to achieve gauge.


ATERLIER DE MACRAME (Classe français)
Karèle Bellavance de Boho Montréal
$115
Lundi 6 Février de 18h00 à 21h00

NIVEAU: Débutant. Ouvert aux intermédiaires et avancés également. Nous serons sur place pour vous donner des trucs et astuces alors n’hésitez pas à nous poser vos questions! L’histoire du macramé, une courte bio sur Boho Montréal et quelques trucs et astuces seront présentés en introduction. Le tout suivi de 3 heures d’atelier sur les bases du macramé.  (noeuds de montage, noeuds plats, demi noeuds plat, demi clef en vertical horizontal et diagonale. Vous serez capable de réaliser un macramé à la fin de la l’atelier!

Vous repartirez chez vous avec un kit comprenant // une bobine de corde de 200 pieds, une pièce murale réalisée lors de l’atelier, un goujon de bois, un document de référence illustré vous sera également remis sur les lieux (techniques de bases, 20 pages).

New project idea: Vertices Unite in Woolfolk FAR!

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Vertices Unite by Stephen West is one of our favourite patterns to knit and wear. In this version, Lisa opted to knit the smaller size in a worsted weight yarn to create a warm and cozy winter scarf without too much bulk. The Woolfolk Far makes this an exquisitely soft accessory and the use of just one colour adds to the minimalist chic factor. The monochromatic colour choice and contrasting icord edge allow the “vertices” to stand out and make this shawl all about the texture. Unfortunately, this won’t live in the store as a sample because Lisa cannot be parted from it.  Photos will have to suffice as inspiration. 🙂

View additional photos and project details on our project page.

SHOP Woolfolk FAR in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

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

Mayu – A new free pattern from Espace Tricot

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Mayu is an easy to wear pullover that is perhaps best described as a stylish poncho with sleeves. The tweediness of the Fine Donegal and the soft halo of the Silk Cloud combine to create a beautiful fabric that is both slightly rustic and decidedly sophisticated. Cozy and chic!

The left back of sweater is knit first, stitches for right half are picked up from cast on edge. Front is knit separately. After sewing up the sweater, the turtleneck is added by picking up stitches around the neck opening.

Click here to access pattern on our Ravely project page.

SHOP Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal in our webstore.
SHOP Shibui Silk Cloud in our webstore.

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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

New store sample: Copenhagen Calling

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We adapted Isabell Kraemer’s beautiful Copenhagen Cowl to be knit with a worsted weight yarn. Woolfolk Far in two high contrast colourways makes this an exquisitely soft and cozy cowl with seriously modern style. The three stitch motifs play wonderfully together and keep the knitting fun and interesting. A perfect January project!

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

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

 

On the C Train Cowl – a new free pattern from Espace Tricot!

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A modern and luxurious cowl to go with our “On the C Train” hat. Knit with a blend of exquisitely soft yarns, you’ll want to live in this. The ribbed structure makes the cowl quite versatile – loop it once or twice around your neck or wear it as a shoulder warmer. An easy stylish project that is sure to become a staple in your winter accessory wardrobe.

Access pattern and additional project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Woolfolk Far in our webstore.
SHOP Shibui Silk Cloud in our webstore.

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–   Melissa

Don’t forget, our Festive KAL begins tonight!

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Join us on for a 2-week festive Knit-Along beginning tonight! 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 – December 8th and 15th – 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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New store samples for kids: Peacock Dress & Isadora Lopapeysa

Peacock Dress by Pernille Larson

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A sweet lace dress for your cherished little one designed by Pernille Larson. We love how the Peacock Dress manages to look both modern and worthy of traditional heirloom status at the same time. Knit with Julie Asselin’s exquisitely dyed Fino yarn (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk), this wee gem positively glows. A beautiful addition to the wardrobe of any little girl on the go! Available in sizes 6 months through 6 years.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Julie Asselin Fino in our webstore.

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Isadora Lopapeysa by Kate Gagnon Osborn

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We loved the colours of the original design of the Isadora Lopapeysa sweater by Kate Gagnon Osborn so much we decided not to reinvent the wheel. A sweet, unisex sweater knit seamlessly from the bottom up with lovely colourwork at round yoke, sleeves and waist. Practical and stylish! Available in sizes 6 months through 10 years.

View additional photos and project details of our sample on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Fibre Company Acadia in our webstore.

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 – Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Chunky Cable Wrap by Cora Bowe

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Cora Bowe published this great wrap / scarf pattern to Ravelry last month and we’re loving the gigantic proportions and classic cable texture (and that colour!). The Chunky Cable Wrap is knit with super bulky yarn and makes another quick and cozy project for winter.   🙂

BROWSE Super Bulky yarns in our webstore.

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(Photo: Cora Bowe)

–  Melissa

Two new store samples: Super Bulky (Insta-knit!) Cowls

Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter

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The Swirling Cowl by Signe Marie Richter is a quick and beautiful accessory knit with just 1 skein of Freia’s stunning Ombré Super Bulky yarn. The colour transitions and texture create a soft, gorgeous cowl that will brighten up any winter day.

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Freia Ombre Super Bulky in our webstore.

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LTYC Super Bulky Cowl Kelly Hechinger

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A fabulous last-minute-knitted-gift, either for yourself or a knit-worthy individual in your life. The LTYC Super Bulky Cowl by Kelly Hechinger is another one-skein project that knits up in no time. Soft and invitingly squishy in Malabrigo’s superbulky Rasta (100% merino), this is perfect instant-gratification / emergency knitting  🙂

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Malabrigo Rasta in our webstore.

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–  Melissa 

New store sample: Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager

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Lisa and I first saw the Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager on the runway at the the National Needlearts Trade Show in the Spring and were smitten with the texture and generous scale of it. When we visited the Blue Sky Fibers booth we tumbled even further in love when we felt the Woolstok yarn – lofty and cozy and decidedly wooly. In the end, we decided to knit our version somewhat shorter than the original (we used six 50 g balls instead of nine) but it is still very generous in length!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Note: Woolstok is available in the full colour range in 50 g balls and in several neutrals in 150 g balls. Two 150 g balls would be enough to complete a version like ours.

SHOP Woolstok in our webstore.

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–  Melissa

Murray is ready for winter!

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When I walked into Murray’s house this evening he couldn’t contain his excitement about having a new sweater 🙂  I wanted to measure his legs to make sure that the opening was the right size for him, however it was quite obvious that I was not going to get a dress rehearsal!  I eyeballed the opening, sewed in my ends and left it to my sister-in-law to wrestle him into it.  It’s a perfect fit and I must say that the colour compliments his fur tone very well.  Sandi was beaming with pride, just like a new mom!  Sandi grew up on a farm with dogs her whole life and swore she would never dress-up her dog.  But, now in the city with a young son and a soft heart, she says, well… it’s different now, lol!!

A big thanks to all of you who sent your comments about Murray.  I shared them with with Sandi and she was very touched!

Cabled Dog Sweater by Linda Cyr knit here with Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky yarn in Tart.

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–  Lisa

New store sample: Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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The Om Shawl by Andrea Mowry is a wonderfully entertaining knit due to the colour and technique changes throughout.  This project provides a perfect canvas for knitters to express their personality and creativity with colour and the fairisle section is a great opportunity for beginners to try out a little colourwork. We are big fans of Blue Sky Fiber’s new Woolstok yarn – it’s lofty and airy and a pleasure to knit with and after steam blocking the fabric softens but doesn’t lose body – exactly what one wants from a 100% wool yarn!

View additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

SHOP Woolstok yarn in our webstore.

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— Melissa

A few 21 Color Slouch Kits have arrived…

Only 5 in stock…

EDIT: Sorry these have now sold out.  Will post again as soon as we can get our hands on some more…

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Knit in all 21 Woolstok colors, this striped slouch hat from Blue Sky Fibers is light enough to be worn in any season. As fun to knit as it is to wear! Pattern is only available as a kit with all 21 Woolstok colors in 5 gram mini-hanks.

Get ’em while they’re hot, these are very hard to come by!

PURCHASE in our webstore.

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Free pattern Friday: Fannie Cap by Margeau Soboti

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(Photos: Margeau Soboti)

Margeau Soboti’s Fannie Cap is an easy and stylish hat that leans towards chic or whimsical depending on yarn choice and colour. Worked up with super bulky yarn and 10 mm needles, this is instant gratification knitting at it’s best! We’re thinking Malabrigo Rasta, Cascade Magnum, Cascade Lana Grande, or Freia Ombre Super Bulky

Need supplies? Shop super bulky yarns and pom pom makers in our webstore.

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(Photos: Margeau Soboti)

–  Melissa

New free pattern from Espace Tricot: Big Merino Mitts

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We have a simple and handsome mitten pattern in a quick-knitting aran weight yarn for you today! These lovely mitts are knit in the round in one piece. Stitches for thumb are placed on hold and the thumb is knit after the mitten is finished. Easy-peasy. We used DROPS Big Merino – a soft, 100% extrafine merino yarn ideal for knitting patterns that require some structure.  Available in colours to suit everyone on your list. 🙂

Click here for pattern!

SHOP Drops Big Merino in our webstore.

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– Melissa