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  April 2016


There is just so much to chat about this month! A KAL wrap up. A baby shower. A Frolic sneak peek. Inspiration and classes! Spring is springing... sort of, and this wacky weather is reminding us that we need to be prepared for all weather over the course of even one week right now! Thank goodnees we are stitchers!


    First Point of Libra KAL... it's a wrap...

    And another KAL draws to a close!

    This project was such a soothing knit! Lots of garter stitch, a few learning moments along the way and so many colour choices to personalize the shawl to each of us. Several people went on to knit another First Point of Libra even! While the last few rows of the shawl seemed a little long, this became a project that was missed when it was done. Sometimes a meditative knit is just what we need in our life as chaos spirals around us. This is just that type of project:

    Simple. Elegant. Easy.

    Thanks to everyone who came out on March 29th to ooh and ahh over each others work! For photos and for the camraderie! Ciick on the picture here to take you an album of more pictures from that gathering!!

    And a big congrats to LisaH who won this KALs grand prize...
    winner's choice of a class!

    Wanna see all the Rav projects? Have a peek HERE!



    Baby shower pix...

    Celebrating an impending life is so lovely. Miko was showered with much support and love and advice as we had a special knit night of baby celebrations!

    Miko wants to extend a very warm and grateful thank you to all of you who participated in the knitting of the community blanket and washcloths and collection of impossibly cute socks for her soon to arrive bundle of joy. As well as a big thank you for the tremendous outpouring of good wishes and thoughtfulness!

    This community is a close one. And a warm one...and I am not just talking about the ALL THE KNITWEAR! The shop has been alight with excitement and wonder and delight as we celebrate this good news. Miko has assured us that there will knit night visits just as soon as everyone is ready to be out and about. And for now Miko is taking some time to finish preparing for her baby's arrival in comfort.

    There are, of course, more pictures! Ciick on through to take you an album of more pictures from that night!!


    Come Frolic With Us ...


    At the Annual Knitter's Frolic Saturday, April 30, 2016.

    The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
    6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario

    We are very excited that we will be there once again... and in the very same location... just inside the entrance! Booth: S27

    In case you were making a shopping list...

    We are super excited to be launching

      Be sure to swing by to squish and snap up the first wave of Nurtured in our shop. A few months ago Julie was in town and we held a meet and great and trunk show of her yarns! This is where we met her yarn Nurtured for the first time and fell in love. It looks a little rustic and heathered, and feels a little rough in the skein BUT then you wash it ... it becomes this gorgeous, buttery, perfect sweater fabric!

      This yarn is produced in very limited batches and we are very pleased that we have worked with Julie to bring in a limited supply of this light worsted, 3 ply, woolen spun fabulous yarn in time for this Year's Frolic!

      If you would like to read about it... You will find 3 blog posts about the creation of this lovely and unusual yarn below: a story of a locally sourced, dyed and then spun yarn, And the partnership between the wonderful people over at Green Mountain Spinnery and the fabulous colour sense of Julie Asslein.



    100% Fine Wools (Rambouilet + Targhee + Merino)

    56g = 130 Yards


    We hope you will love it just as much as we do! There will be samples available to see what we mean! Be sure to come by to check it out!

    Oh yeah, and we will also be bringing in fresh stock of Merletto and Leizu DK too!



    We will also be bringing the lovely and wonderful yarns of


    50% Wensleydale and 20% Bluefaced Leicester, 30% Alpaca

    100g = 350 Yards

    A Fingering weight yarn that is just a dream to knit with! Have a peek at what Clara Parkes has to say about it on

    Knitter's Review

    Dovestone DK

    50% Blue Faced Leicester / 25% Masham / 25% Wensleydale

    100g = 252 Yards

    A lovely wool, that has character and a lovely hand... a good sweater yarn in that lovely DK weight.



    These yarns are composed of 100% British Fiber and feature wools other than Merino...
    come feel the difference.


    Other goodness to look forward to ...

  • Weatherhead Project Bags and Buttons!
  • Sweetgeorgia Worsted, Tough Love and Party of Fives!
  • Spud & Chloe Sweater (worsted) and Outer (bulky) ... wool cotton blends
  • Naturally - Amuri - Wool and Possum blend(DK)
  • some great cotton options for spring and summer knitting
  • ...and more!



  • Looking for Inspiration?


    In-Stock magazines are 25% off until April 30th!

    Stock up on magazines to get your creaitvity flowing for the upcoming Frolic!!!




    Miko is now on a bit of leave as the arrival of her little one quickly approaches, but we will certainly let it be known once the big day arrives! We look forward to welcoming her Little Purl very soon!!!... pictures to come next next month!

Happy Stitching!

Jennifer & Miko

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