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

Saturday, September 30th, 2 pm – 5pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

We hope to see you there 🙂

– Melissa, Lisa, and the ET Team

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We’re 7! Our Anniversary Sale begins tomorrow…

We’re 7! Time to celebrate!

To say it has been an incredible year for Espace Tricot would be an understatement
and, as we reflect on how far we’ve come, we are feeling so much love and gratitude for
the generosity and support this community has shown us as we’ve grown our fledgeling enterprise. We are excited to see what the future holds and look forward to taking
our little venture to new heights as we move into the next year of business.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

Merci infiniment!

  – Melissa & Lisa

IN STORE ONLY

-25%
Spud and Chloe Sweater
Rowan Felted Tweed
Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed
Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow and Green label
Juniper Moon Findley
Schoppel Wolle Zauberball
Ella Rae Lace DK

-40%
HiKoo Simply Worsted
HiKoo Cobasi
Misti Alpaca Chunky
Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk
Habu Textiles Fine Merino
Jade Sapphire
Lang Nova


Sept ans déjà : c’est le temps de célébrer!

Le moins qu’on puisse dire, c’est que l’année qui se termine a été absolument extraordinaire pour Espace Tricot! En réfléchissant au chemin que nous avons parcouru, nous ressentons tellement d’amour et de gratitude pour la générosité et le soutien que nous a apportés
notre communauté pendant la croissance de notre entreprise naissante. Avec
cette nouvelle année qui commence, nous avons hâte de voir ce que l’avenir nous
réserve et comptons bien porter notre boutique vers de nouveaux sommets.

Sachez que nous n’aurions pu faire tout ça sans vous!

Merci infiniment!

 – Melissa et Lisa

EN BOUTIQUE SEULEMENT

-25%
Spud and Chloe Sweater
Rowan Felted Tweed
Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed
Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow and Green label
Juniper Moon Findley
Schoppel Wolle Zauberball
Ella Rae Lace DK

-40%
HiKoo Simply Worsted
HiKoo Cobasi
Misti Alpaca Chunky
Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk
Habu Textiles Fine Merino
Jade Sapphire
Lang Nova

Join us for a High Pines Cowl Knit-Along – begins March 9th!

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(Photo: Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed)

If we haven’t blabbed about it enough already, let us take this opportunity to share with you once again that we were thrilled to add Brooklyn Tweed yarns to our inventory at the beginning of January  🙂 .  We have been thoroughly enjoying getting to know Shelter, Loft, and Arbor and are working on knitting up new samples for the store in each quality.

One of the first projects we’ve settled on is Jared Flood’s beautiful High Pines Cowl. Knit with Arbor, the rib and knit-purl textures of this shaped cowl (wider at the shoulders and slightly narrower around the neck) create a tailored and intricate-looking cowl with motifs that echo the shapes of alpine evergreens. Irresistible!

We’ve opted to knit our version up in the Potion colourway (a deep red) but, as you can imagine, it wasn’t an easy decision. This pattern is a stunner no matter the shade!

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(Photo: Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed)

We will be running our High Pines Knit-Along as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry) beginning March 9th. If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for three consecutive Thursdays – March 9th, 16th, and 23rd – from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. No need to register (this is a free activity), simply come in on those dates ready to cast on and knit the High Pines Cowl among friends 🙂 .

Click HERE to announce your intention to participate in our Ravelry group (Note: If you do so before March 2nd, you could win 3 skeins of Arbor). We invite you to join us there (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to chat and share photos of works in progress.

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(Photo: Jared Flood / Brooklyn Tweed)

If you complete your High Pines Cowl by March 30th and upload your photo to the finished object thread for this knit-along in our Ravelry group, you will have a chance to win a highly sought after Hedgehog Fibres Invisible Project Bag! The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please).

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(Photos: Hedgehog Fibres)

We hope you’ll join us!

The High Pines Cowl can be purchased and downloaded from Ravelry HERE.

SHOP Arbor in our webstore!

–  Melissa

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’ll 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.  🙂

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

A few spots left in these upcoming classes…

There are still some spaces in these upcoming classes this month.  Courses are always a great opportunity to learn new techniques and meet other knitters in the community! Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot. 🙂


WORKSHOP: CONTINENTAL KNITTING (Bilingual Class)
$48
Monday, 6 pm – 9 pm, October 24

Continental knitting has many advantages – learn what this style of knitting is all about and how to get started. This workshop includes an orientation to continental knitting, guided assistance, and tips and tricks for practicing. Required materials: Knitting needles and yarn of your choice. Prerequisites: cast on, knit, purl.


SWAY SHAWL (Bilingual Class)
Jocelyne Malric
$96
Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, October 25, November 1, 8

Sway by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne is a simple stole with just the right amount of lace to give a delicate touch. It’s knitted in one piece, entirely flat. Some regularly placed short rows create a beautiful and elegant curve. In this class you will learn how to create bobbles as well as twisted stitches with or without a cable needle.  You will also learn basic short row techniques, how to read a lace chart, how to use a lifeline and how to knit a lace pattern. Required materials: pattern, 860 m of fingering weight yarn, 4.0 mm needles or size to obtain gauge, Stitch markers, cable needle, darning needle. Pre-requisites: knit, purl, yo, ssk, k2tog (you should be an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter to be comfortable in this class).

Don’t miss these great classes!

There are still a few spots left in the following courses which get started next Wednesday and Sunday, respectively. Call 514-486-5648 to register.


SHIP TO SHORE (Bilingual Class)
Françoise Richard-Devereaux
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Wednesdays, 6 pm – 8 pm, June 1, 8, 15

This crisp, asymmetrical summer shawl made made with linen is a perfect way to foray into lace knitting. The different stitch patterns will keep you interested all along. You can knit the regular version with just one skein of Shibui Linen or a larger version like the one pictured above with three skeins of Quince & Co. SparrowRequired materials: the pattern, at least 246 yards of linen yarn (or alternative yarn of your choice), 5.5 mm / US 9 circular needles or needle size required to obtain gauge. Prerequisites: CO, knit, purl, BO


ON THE BEACH (Bilingual Class)
Amalia Siontas
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Sundays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, June 5, 12, 19 

On The Beach by Isabell Kraemer is the perfect summer top for walking on the sand or in the city. Simple, fun, and seamless, this is one of our favourite warm-weather knits. Prerequisites: beginner to intermediate. Required materials: pattern, yarn to complete the pattern (Shibui linen), 4.5 mm and 5 mm needles.


Finished samples of both of these projects are available for viewing in store 🙂

– Melissa

Save the date: Stephen & Steven Tour coming to Espace Tricot!

SandStourGet ready for the event of the New Year — the Stephen and Steven Tour 2015!

Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe will be at Espace Tricot on February 14th and 15th. They’ll be teaching classes and sharing their trunk shows over the course of two fun, inspiring, and wildly creative days.

There will be lots more news to come as plans develop but we’ve just opened registration for classes and wanted to get the word out to you as quickly as possible. The classes listed below are 3-hour workshops and are offered at a cost of $95 + taxes.  Please note that spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  We expect both classes to sell out quickly so if your heart sings at the prospect, don’t delay!

The class fee is required to reserve your spot – feel free to call in and reserve by credit card – 514 486-5648.

New Perspectives on Knitting with S-Squared

Saturday, February 14th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$95 + tax

Broaden your knitting horizons and change your life with Stephen West and StevenBe. This Dynamic Duo class is designed to be an amazing opportunity to have fun while learning Stephen & Steven’s favorite techniques and best tips and tricks. It will set you free from patterns as written and help you feel comfortable making your own modifications and design decisions. Experience the magic of mixology, taking a variety of yarns from different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create a magical and unique accessory or garment. Start with a base pattern from Stephen or Steven and learn different methods of creating angles and edges, adding new colors, and combining fibers in unique ways to customize the pattern and truly make it yours.

You will need for class:

  1. A Stephen or Steven base pattern: Lumpy Space, Earth & Sky, Colonnade, Enchanted Mesa, Eyelet Ponchini, Tasseled Slouch & Cowl, Really Rylie, or Cropped Cardi (please purchase the pattern and yarn for your project before the workshop).
  2. Minimum 3 yarns to work with, best to be a variety of weights or fiber contents. Several fine strands can be combined in this project. Yarns should be chosen prior to class so we can begin immediately. More yarns can be added during class.
  3. A variety of needle sizes will be needed so bring a good selection, even a crochet hook or two.

How it works:

  1. Each student will begin his or her project in a corner, side, center, or top.
  2. You will work on your project with guidance from Stephen and Steven for the first 20 minutes, including a presentation of their “Double Whammy: Best of Stephen & Steven’s Tips & Tricks.” You are encouraged to take good notes so you can complete your project after class.
  3. This should be a fun challenge to guide you in thinking outside the box and working creatively. This workshop will leave you comfortable with deviating from the written pattern and making your own design decisions
  4. You will be given direction and assignments to enable you to complete your project outside of class.

Westknits Top Down Shawl Workshop

Sunday, February 15th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$95 + tax

Stephen West uses his popular shawl designs to talk about shape, construction, and drape. Students will knit a small triangular swatch while topics such as cast ons, increases, bind offs, and blocking are discussed. You will also learn some of Stephen’s favourite tips and tricks!

Materials

Scrap yarn and needles of choice for a swatch (Aran/worsted weight recommended)

Homework

Familiarize yourself with Make One Left (M1L) and Make One Right (M1R) increases if you have never encountered them before.

– Melissa

CustomFit at Espace Tricot!

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Are you reluctant to knit sweaters because you’re just not convinced your finished garment is going to fit you properly? Or perhaps you’ve tried your hand at cardigans and pullovers only to be disappointed by the way it looks on you?  Too long, too short, too big, too tight (in all the wrong places), just not what you were expecting? If so, we’re happy to introduce you to a new in-store service that will surely make you fall in love with sweater knitting again (or for the first time!).  CustomFit is a custom sweater pattern generator from well known knitwear designer Amy Herzog that takes your choices, your body, and your specific hand-knit gauge and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you, so you get to make all the fun choices (“I want a long-sleeved scoop neck!”), without worrying about the hard ones (“How much ease do I need in my waist?”).  With CustomFit we can build you a pattern that fits beautifully – from hem to neck, and everywhere in between.

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It works like this: we carefully take your measurements, you knit a swatch and choose your sweater elements (style, neckline, sleeve style, edgings, etc.). We put that information into our special LYS CustomFit account and create a pattern that is perfect for you. Your measurements are saved forever, so your second sweater is even easier!

Several of us have now used CustomFit to create our own sweaters and have been thrilled with the results. We really can’t recommend this approach enough!

To spread the sweater love, we are now offering three levels of CustomFit service in store:

Full Service Plan

First Meeting:
Measurements
Help with yarn selection
Explanation of how to knit swatch

Second Meeting:
Measuring swatch
Pattern selection
Pattern generation

Pattern Selection & Generation

Measuring swatch
Pattern selection
Pattern generation

Measurements Only

Measurements
Assistance with yarn selection
Explanation of how to knit swatch

Sign up for a personal appointment today!

Please note that CustomFit appointments are available with Giovanna at the following times:

Thursdays
9h30-10h15
14h00-14h45
14h45-15h30
15h30-16h15
16h15-17h00
17h00-17h45

Saturdays
9h30-10h15

– Melissa

Still a few spots left…

in our upcoming Finishing class beginning next week Monday (April 7th). Call us to reserve your spot at 514 486-5648!

FINISHING (English Class)
Mona Schmidt
$84 for three 2-hour sessions
Mondays, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: April 7, 14 and 28
Pre-requisites: none
Learn how to finish your project professionally. Binding off, weaving in ends, seaming with mattress stitch, picking up stitches for button bands and edgings, three-needle bind-off, sewing the underarm of a project knit in the round – all of this will be covered in this class.
Required materials: Two stockinette stitch swatches, measuring about 6×6″, tapestry needle, enough yarn to work with in main colour and contrast colour, knitting needles in two sizes – one in the size you worked up the swatches and one size smaller than that. The third evening is reserved for projects you may need help with.

– Melissa

Take your knitting skills to the next level…

with our BUILDING BLOCKS AFGHAN class!

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Would you like to improve your knitting skills and confidence in 2014?  We still have spots available in our upcoming Building Blocks class beginning Wednesday, January 22nd.

This course is designed to help knitters navigate through the major knitting skills, techniques and principles. Each of the 12 block patterns included in the course isolates a new skill. Knitters master each technique before moving to a more advanced concept. All of the techniques are supported with FREE online video instruction to guarantee success.  At the end of the series, you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of knitting know-how and 12 beautiful squares to assemble into a sampler afghan. Think of Building Blocks as your personal curriculum, a step-by-step plan, guiding you to better knitting.

BUILDING BLOCKS AFGHAN – INTENSIVE – (12-sessions / Bilingual Class)
Once a week for 12 weeksWednesdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: January 22, 29 / February 5, 12, 19, 26 / March 55, 12, 19, 26 / April 2, 9

For more information – visit our CLASSES page here.
To register, call 514 486-5648

For inspiration, visit Ravelry to see other versions of the blanket in various colour combinations.

Here are examples from Servilia (L) and ItsBrynn (R):

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– Melissa

New class schedule now available!

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In addition to our basic introduction and technique classes,
we have a few new courses on the roster for 2014 including:

SEASONS HAT

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(Photos: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed)

WURM HAT

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(Photos: 52stitches)

MAIZE MITTENS (English Class)

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(Photos: Tin Can Knits)

PURL SOHO’S BIG SNOWY OWL (Bilingual Class)

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(Photos: Purl Soho)

CHILD & BABY SOPHISTICATE (Bilingual Class)

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(Photos: Linden Down)

BUILDING BLOCKS AFGHAN
(Not new but so popular we’ve added two additional 12-session courses)

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Click here for full class schedule and details!

The class fee is required to reserve your space – if you can’t make it
in to the store, feel free to call in and reserve by credit card.
Our classes fill up quickly so don’t delay.

– Melissa

New magazine: Interweave Crochet – Fall 2013

is here and there are some great projects in it!

Click here to preview.

And speaking of crochet, if you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t yet had the opportunity, now’s your chance. Our next Introduction to Crochet class is set to begin on Sunday, September 22nd! There are still a few spots left so don’t miss out. Once you have the intro class under your belt, be sure to check out our more advanced workshops as well including amigurumi, crocheted edges, and Christmas ornaments coming up later in the Fall. Click here to see our class schedule.

Interweave Crochet – Fall 2013

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A sampling of projects…

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– Melissa

New store sample: Verdant

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The simplest of patterns, this shrug looks equally great thrown casually over a t-shirt or worn more elegantly with a crisp blouse. The llama content makes it warm and cozy while the silk lends a beautiful drape and sheen. This really is as easy as knitting a rectangle and then doing a bit of seaming at the end – quick, satisfying, and gorgeous!

Click here for project details and additional photos!

– Melissa

Closure for inventory + summer workshops

A few announcements as we head into summer…

Closure for Inventory

Please note we will be closed for inventory on Tuesday, June 4th.

Summer Sunday Morning Workshops

Since it is difficult for people to commit to full courses in the summer months, we usually suspend our class schedule from June through August. This year, however, we’ve decided to offer a series of fun 3-hour workshops on Sunday mornings in June and July!

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Laura Nelkin Beaded Jewelery with Samantha Perrault – June 9th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Needle Felting with Marcela Guillen – June 16th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Needle Felting with Marcela Guillen – June 30th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Laura Nelkin Beaded Jewelery with Samantha Perrault – July 7th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Felted Soaps with Françoise Richard-Devereaux  July 14th, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Crochet Edgings with Françoise Richard-Devereaux  July 21st, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Cost: $42 per 3-hr workshop + supplies

Call us to register at 514-486-5648!

– Melissa

Upcoming Event: Stitch and Learn to Bitch

The Art of Complaining Effectively with Amy Fish

A reading by the author – Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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As knitters, we love to sit around and chat about our lives.  Sometimes, we have to admit, this chit chat turns to complaining. Complaining that, more often than not, goes nowhere. What if, while we were knitting, we could learn how to complain well? Actually get a few pointers on how to – well, on how to bitch.

Please join us on Thursday, April 4th when Amy Fish, an expert on complaining, will read to us from her new book “The Art of Complaining Effectively”.

“The Art of Complaining Effectively” is a book about standing up for yourself calmly, concisely and with the best possible results.  You will meet a Sandwich Artist, a Hair Colorist and a few texting lifeguards. You will visit a skeevy hotel room, a cockroach infested restaurant, and a sweaty high school.

Author Amy Fish spent close to five years as an Ombudsman in the Canadian health care system. “I heard so many complaints, I began to recognize what makes a complaint truly effective”, says Amy.  “Complaining is more of an art than a science.”

Bring your knitting to our regular Knit Night (6:00pm – 9:00pm) and while you stitch, you will learn to bitch. Amy will begin reading at 7:00 pm.

For more about Amy and her new book see:

We look forward to seeing many of you on the 4th!

– Melissa & Lisa

Off to a great start!

Our 2nd Anniversary sale kicked off yesterday with a bang and customers went home with bags full of beautiful treasures – everything from summer cottons and linens to hand-dyed merino and silk / cashmere blends were on people’s well-prepared shopping lists. Despite the controlled chaos, everyone was incredibly patient and showered us with congratulations and well-wishes for the coming year. Thank you to all!

A huge shout-out has to go out to Team Espace Tricot – Odette, Sarah, and David did sterling, tireless service yesterday and Mona and Kim are holding down the fort today.  Thank you for everything you do all year long (you too Angie)!!

The only thing missing from the celebration was my other half in the store – Lisa. Lisa you were terribly missed but we’re all wishing you a happy, restful holiday. You deserve it!

The calm before the storm (David, Odette, Sarah):

Doors open (shortly after this things got so crazy the camera was forgotten!):

Time to rest and re-stock:

– Melissa