Cafe. Yarn. Friends

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





  April 2014



    It's the 16th Annual Knitter's Frolic

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

      FROLICMarketplace: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      Location: The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
      6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario
      Map of JCCC Location. For all the details be sure to check out the DKC site.

      We will be there again... and in the same location as last year... just inside the entrance!

      We will launch several new spring yarns to get your summer knitting mojo revved up... lots of linen and cotton blends, PLUS we are super excited that we will be launching this season's new Tanis Fiber Arts colourways! Sadly, Tanis won't be attending the Frolic this year, BUT we will be bringing her new colours in several of her labels as well a special shawl kit in her newest base... Amber Label. (Note, we will have a limited number of these so we are unable to take pre-orders, these will be first-come-first served.)

      Be sure to pop by to see what's new!



      Special NOTE: for those of you that are driving, please map your route ahead of time... as the Gardiner Expressway will be closed in both directions on the weekend of the Frolic.



      CustomFit Services Commence...

      Jennifer's 1st CustomFit Sweater! In Amuri.

      Amy Herzog (knitwear designer & author of Fit to Flatter) has developed an amazing software program called CustomFit to generate classic sweater patterns to fit YOU... to your dimensions, in which ever yarn and gauge you want to knit in!  That very clever knitter has made this software available to us so we can walk you through the process of making your classic sweater an absolutely perfect fit.

    CustomFit generates custom patterns for hand-knit sweaters. It takes your choices, your body, and your hand-knit fabric gauge and produces a pattern perfectly suited to you. That's right.... a sweater that is the correct size from hem to neck, and everywhere in between... YOUR size... for just $10 per pattern.

    So basically, you knit a swatch, and make some fit and shape choices from the CF Sweater Menu. We take a detailed set of measurements (once) and create a profile for you.  We then enter in your swatch dimensions & details, plus your design & fit choices, and the software then generates a custom pattern in one size... yours! You then just knit.  Simple. We will keep your profile and swatches on file so for each and every CustomFit sweater pattern you choose from here on in, it will only take a few minutes to generate! We will just enter in the swatch details, choose your preferred attributes for your sweater and click the "Make it So" button!

    Interested in joining us on this "fitting" journey?  

    We are booking appointments on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Consultation sessions must be pre-booked and are 45 minutes with a fee of $30 which includes 1 CustomFit Pattern. Please inquire in the shop for how to get the most out of your consultation!

    Why CustomFit?

    You are going to swatch to create the fabric you love. You are going to make some simple style choices. Then you get to pick up your needles and just go... and at the end, you will have a sweater that fits you perfectly. That is why you will want to knit many CustomFit sweaters. We look forward to guiding you through this journey.



      Coming Up On The Classes Front...

    April has some awesome class options!!!! Have a peek at our class pages!

    Improve your Skills

    Fixing Lace

    Take the scary out of knitting lace patterns

    Saturday, April 12


    Mending - Darn It!

    fixing those holey socks and more!

    Wednesday, April 30


    Crochet for Knitters

    Wednesday, April 9



    Sock Options

    figure out which methods and techniques
    YOU prefer ...


    Wednesday, April 16

    Needle Felting 101

    Learn to make this cheeky little bunny!

    Needle Felting

    Thursday, April 10th

    Just in time for Easter!!!




Congrats to the KAL random draw prize winners to date! Elizabeth, Birgit, JenC, MaureenS, Jan & JoyceB.

    Ruddington KAL Seam-It-Up Demo is
    Tuesday, May 13th 7-8pm ...

    So get those sweaters knit up! Block your sweater pieces and bring them with you to get a demo of tidy seaming techniques to make your sweater look it's best! That will give you the rest of the week to do all the finishing and be photo shoot ready for May 18th!

These pictures are how the Purl Girls are getting along...


The Ravelry Group has some great progress shots posted too!!!


Have you tagged your Ruddington Project on Ravelry???


Not sure what we are talking about? All the details for this KAL are HERE ... on our Current KAL page with the perks and prizes info!


    More Sweater Fun... (aka Miko is at it again!)

    Pastoral Pullover Wrap up...

    Robbie and Miko have finished their matching versions of the Pastoral Pullover from the book Wild Knitting.

    It has developed into a community project of sorts.  Lots of people around the circle have taken the call to action and pitched in with pom poms, I-cords, farms scenes and embellishments.  All this will create the amazing texture and depth that any farm sweater needs.

    From this...

    To This...


    What pastoral sweater project would be complete without a photo shoot in Riverdale farm!?!

    We are posting a Google Photo Album with more pictures! Enjoy!



    Fun things to do with your scraps...

    Claire & Tracey went on a bunting bonanza creating a multitude of different buntings to decorate each other desks on special occasions. They shared some of these with us over the month of March and we hung them around the shop...


    Flowers, sheep, sweaters... oh, my!

    We will be hanging more of their bunting creations over the next little while! Come check them out and be inspired by some yarn whimsy and a fun appreciation of friendship!


      Policy Update...

      New Policy on the use of Debit and Credit cards effective immediately

      We now require a Minimum Purchase of $10 to use Debit and Credit cards for payment.

      We are finding the transaction fees are simply too high for small purchases on these cards. If you tend to find yourself short on cash...

      May we suggest Buying Yourself a Gift Certificate of $10 or more

      that can be attached to your customer file and applied to any future purchases? It would be like a pre-paid latte, tea, stitch marker or cookie card!

      We appreciate your understanding!

    Regular Hours Interruptions...

  • Closed - Sunday April 20 : Easter Sunday
  • Closing Early - Friday, April 18 : Good Friday, closing at 5pm
  • Closing Early - Friday, April 25 : Frolic set up, closing at 5pm



Happy Stitching!

Jennifer & Miko

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