Cafe. Yarn. Friends

1162 Queen St. E. Toronto, ON. M4M 1L4
416 463 1162




  September 2016


    We took August off!  Well, the shop was open, but we took a class hiatus for the HOT HOT month of August.  The pace was leisurely.  And you may have noticed a lack of newsletter at for August. I hope you don’t mind… between vacation time and melting in the heat we decided to just let this one issue ride to early September as we daydreamed of what shenanigans we wanted to get up this fall. There is just so much to talk about!

    We hope you had a terrific long weekend and are ready for back to school! We certainly are with lots of classes posted! The recent nip in the air has us thinking about sweaters, socks and cozy shawls to snuggle under while still enjoying being outdoors in the evening.


    Yarn, Yarn, Yarn...


    Autumn Orders are Rolling in...

    September and October are always such fun in the shop as the new yarns for the season start arriving. Some entirely new lines, some colour additions to shop favourites. We have some great new yarns that will be debuting in our Purl of a shop over the next couple months!  Be sure to stay tuned to our Yarn, Yarn, Yarn segment of the newsletter to know what is coming and when!  

    Lichen & Lace 4 Ply Superwash Merino Worsted arrives the last week of September, along with a small 80/20 Sock top up!




    This season’s new Noro Kureyon and Noro Silk Garden colours are in stock now!!!   We decided to bring back the Wall of Noro Display... so much colour!!!

    Plus we whipped a huge Lizard Ridge square in the Kureyon Air... So giant! So gratifying. It takes most of two balls of Kureyon Air to make one square ..but the squares are so big... just 4-8 squares will make an afghan! And we may have the Lizard Ridge Class on the roster... just saying!



    Oooh and we are expecting top up order of Socks That Rock Lightweight to arrive very soon!!!!


    Llamalini by Universal Yarns is NEW to our Yarn Cellar and on our shelves now...

    This Llama, Linen and Silk Blend has a wonderful drapey hand and a heathered, and almost tweed look. It is a Worsted to Aran weight yarn in a calm colour palette. We are having fun dreaming up patterns to pair with this yumminess.


    To kick off the inspiration we have this cowl pattern available free with purchase!



    Samples Around the Shop...

    Be to sure to have a peek at a few samples that are newer to the shop that we wanted to make sure you have seen!  We have put a focus on some really classic and simple designs that are meditative knits, great staple garments and accessories with careful thought towards which yarns to showcase.  

    It is no secret that we are really big fans of the lovely yarn Amuri.  It is a Merino & Possum blend that is so decadent and fabulous in it's saturation of colour, with a stunning soft dark halo reminiscent of Qiviut and Cashmere. Sadly, this yarn will not be returning to our shop once our current stock is depleted. But we do still have sweater quantities and some great small project suggestions …so get it while you can!  On lone to us for a short time, (thanks Esther) is the Classic Cowl by Purl Soho, knit up in Amuri. It. Is. Divine. Come! See! Feel! It is a perfect use of this yarn! Knit up with three skeins full of buttery knitting!

    And if you are looking for a One Skein Wonder... Robbie’s Awesome Possum Mitts are an ever popular quick knit.  I know it is hard to think of cold hands with the heat of this summer, but Winter Is Coming and this small project is a great one, dare I say for gift knitting? Is it too soon to remind you that Christmas is just over 100 days away?


    Also we have whipped up a sample of the Twice Reversible Ribbed Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, knit up in that terrific classic wool : Cascade 220. This is a simple and supremely versatile project. it is such a comforting and classic piece!  This poncho would also be amazing in the Sweetgeorgia Superwash Worsted, or the Cascade Eco Cloud... and we love that pattern is written for both worsted and chunky yarn! Be sure to pop by to try this one on and see how it highlights the wonderful woolly feel and comforting hug that a good ol' fashioned wool envelops us in.  

    For those of you wanting to break out the Hooks and get your crochet on... come and give the this blanket a squish! One Big Granny Square Afghan whipped up in Noro Silk Garden!



    A Special Promotion from Skacel...


    A note from the suppliers of Addi Needles...

    "Supporting your local yarn shop with both your presence and purchasing, is vital in securing its status as a shared source of inspiration and community. As a thank you to all LYS supporters, skacel would like to give back a little something special. When you purchase three addi® Rocket circular needles at your LYS, skacel will send you one free addi® Rocket circular in your choice of size/length. There is no limit to the number of free needles you can earn, so start building your collection today! This promotion is limited to in-store purchases only, through your authorized skacel addi® dealer.

    • For every three addi® Rocket fixed circular needles you purchase inside a North American LYS, you will receive one FREE addi® Rocket fixed circular needle of your choice by mail.
    • The three addi® Rocket circulars may be obtained at different times and through different brick and mortar shops (online purchases excluded), but must be purchased between June 15th, 2016 and November 15th, 2016 to qualify. All requests are to be postmarked by November 30th, 2016.
    • The original, shop-generated sales receipt/s clearly itemizing your addi® Rocket purchases and prices paid, must be submitted for each of the three needles – a single receipt containing multiple needles is acceptable."
    Download your return form here!


    Did you buy a needle or three since June 15, 2016 but can’t find your receipt? If you are on our customer file just pop by and we will be happy to reprint it for you!!!


    Jenn misses Spinning ...

    I miss spinning. I would really like to dedicate some time to getting reacquainted with my lovely spinning wheel! What got me really thinking about it again was an upcoming event called Spinzilla

    Spinzilla is a global event where teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn in a week! I joined Team Sweetgeorgia (which is now full...but there are lots of other teams to still join!!!) and have decided to create a personal challenge for myself to "get my spin on" and to crush through some of my fiber stash... so I can, ahem, "acquire" more at the upcoming Woodstock Fleece Festival ( October 15th, 2016).

    So I was thinking that over the month of September, I would like to invite you spinners to join me for two Friday evening Spin-Ins at the shop! Fridays September 9 and 23rd 6-9pm. Whether you are spinning on a wheel or a spindle, feel free to come on by! This is not a class... just a social gathering, to geek out about spinning together. And then I expect we will host a Spinzilla event of some sort over the week of the contest... the details will be on the October newsletter...and totally up for discussion and ideas over the next few weeks!

    We can accommodate quite a few wheels, but as you know spinning also takes a certain amount of space... So we will need you to RSVP to let us know you are coming!

    Ooooh.... maybe I will prepare some Batts for the occasion(s)! (Note to self... wait to go stash diving until after I am done writing the newsletter! Right.)


    And another opportunity to get our Spin On this month...

    Come on by to see the wheels and spindles in action or bring your own and join us!  Colourful fluff being turned into string... It is mesmerizing!

      World Wide
      Spin In Public

      Saturday, September 17th

      Join us in-shop for a Spin-In
      1 - 4pm

      Weather pending, we may get to pop over to the park!  Let's hope for no rain
      and not too windy!



RIB Magazine ... A magazine for Men and those who knit for them

We are looking forward to the release of a NEW magazine " for Men and those who knit for them"! In the pages of Rib, you’ll find features on knitting, spinning and designing along with inspiring patterns from some new and exciting designers - and some friends whose names you’ll definitely recognize.  The first issue will be available Fall 2016 and we are taking pre-orders NOW!


Robbie Laughlin (that familiar face that you have seen around our Purl of a Shop for years)  has two patterns in the First release!!!!   We are of course, stocking this new fledgling magazine… But to make sure you don’t miss out on the premier issue, fire us off an email, pop by, or give us a call to be on Pre-Order List.  We are expecting delivery early November and are very excited!  you can see their progress on Instagram.




Making Space for impending Fall Lines Sale ...

Look for yarn specials of 30% off or more in our limited time

Lonely Skeins section

Be sure to check it out September 6-18th!
this will last only 2 weeks!

As we make space for Fall arrivals you will find various weights and types of yarn in our clearnace section. Some are to refresh colours. Some are end of lines we will no longer be carrying.  From a single skein of some lines to sweater quantities. When they are gone, they are gone. What's In there? Lovely Stripey Art wool... 2 balls makes a scarf! A few odd balls of last season's Malabrigo Rasta! the last of the Handmaiden Helix (Cashmere)

Of special note… 

  • Do you love knitting on small needles… All in-stock ChiaoGoo Bamboo circular Needles 3.00mm and smaller,  are 50% off!
  • There are also select Book titles and all our Back Issues of Magazines are all on special for Just $5... come get insprired!

  • The Lonely Skeins section will go away September 18th (or when it is empty, which ever is first). opens Septemebr 6... which is a Tuesday, so we are open until 9pm for Stitch Night!




Do you read Knitting Blogs?

We have a few favourites... Like the Sweetgeorgia Blog... Have a peek at Felicia's lovely blog post about one of the newest colourways of her Party of Five Packs…Jelly Bean... what a great story! 


Happy Stitching!

Jennifer & Miko


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