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STORE HOURS Mother’s Day, Victoria Day + Summer Hours

Mother’s Day Washcloths by Purl Soho

Mother’s Day Weekend

Saturday May 11: 11 am to 6pm

Sunday May 12: CLOSED

Mother’s Day Washcloths

Porcupine lace Washcloth by Jennifer Hansen, featuring a mid-Victorian lace pattern

Victoria Day Weekend

Saturday May 22: 11 am to 5pm

Sunday May 23: CLOSED

Monday May 24: CLOSED

Porcupine Lace Wash Cloth

Crochet Grocery Bag by Knit-O-Matic

Summer Store Hours: May 23 to Sept 13

We’re shifting over to our Summer Store Hours after the Victoria Day long weekend, so please note that the daytime Sit & Knit moves to MONDAY & SATURDAY, and we are CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. We go back to the regular store schedule the week of September 16th.

Monday to Saturday: 11 am to 5pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Crochet Grocery Bag

KITS Knits for Kids

Last week was baby week, and this week is brought to you by kids. When my niece and nephew were babies they were so cute and loveable that I thought I never wanted them to grow up. What I didn’t realizes was that the best thing about babies was that they grow up to be kids; interesting, cool, funny, silly, beautiful little people. Kids love a hand knit, as long as it’s soft, and in a colour they like. It doesn’t matter how obnoxious the colour is, just go with it – they’ll wear it until they can’t squeeze themselves into it anymore. Kids LOVE colour.

All of our kids kits & projects are HERE.

By the way, all of these knits are also available for adults, so you & the kid in your life kid can match. If you love the idea of a family of matching knits, check out the patterns by Tin Can Knits, they often designed with a FULL range of sizes, from newborn baby to adult 6XL.

Amari

Amari is a seamless tee that begins at the neck and is worked down. Easy eyelet stitches shape the yoke and add decoration to the neckline at the same time. Derecho is worked in one piece from the neck down. Neck and lower edges are shaped using short rows. For an adult version of this top see Derecho.

Berroco Remix Light is a multi-seasonal yarn that’s so comfortable you’ll find the garments made with it become some of your favourites (you know, the one you wear over and over and over again, until you get tired of the colour so you make another in a new colour … etc). It’s super soft, light, breathable, machine washable, and it’s made in France from an eco-friendly blend of 100% recycled fibres.

Skill level: Intermediate

Size

  • Chest: (22, 24, 26, 27½, 30)” / (56, 61, 66, 70, 76) cm
  • Back Length: (13½, 15, 16½, 17½, 19)” / (34.5, 38, 42, 44.5, 48.5) cm (front is ½” / 1 cm shorter)
  • Shown in size 8. Recommended ease: approximately 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease

Skills: reading a patternpicking up and knitting stitchesshort rows (wrap & turn)increasing (M1L & M1R)yarn-overknitting in the round on double-pointed needlesstitch markersjoining in the roundusing circular needlesweaving in ends.

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Lawrence

Lawrence is a simple pullover with garter stitch texture, that’s cute for boys and girls. It is knit in a conventional way in 4 pieces and seamed together (a great option for beginners if working in the round is a bit daunting). The drop-shoulder construction makes it super easy to seam the sleeves, which is usually the scariest part of finishing. For an adult version of this pullover see Larry.

For the yarn, we’ve substituted the ultra wearable and very affordable Berroco Vintage  – a soft, worsted weight machine washable wool/synthetic blend. A knitting store staple, it features a wide color range, an incredibly soft feel and yardage that goes on and on. Its unique fiber blend makes laundering a breeze and perfectly suited for easy-care garments for both children and adults. 

Skill Level: Advanced-Beginner to Intermediate

Size

  • 2(4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
  • To fit Chest Size: 23(24-25-26-27-28)˝
  • Finished Chest: 25(26-27-28-29-30)˝
  • Finished Length: 16(16½-17½-18-19-20)˝
  • This garment was designed with approximately 2˝ of ease. Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

Skills: reading a patterncast-on (long-tail/slingshot)knitpurlbind-offbind-off (in middle of row)picking up and knitting stitchesseaming (mattress stitch), weaving in ends.

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Jemison

Jemison is an adorable vintage-inspired cardigan. It’s perfect for layering on a chilly day, and has cute pockets for kids to hold all the little treasures they pick up in their adventures. This sweater is worked flat in pieces and seamed. We’re pairing Jemison with Berroco Vintage, our go-to yarn for sweaters kids love to wear. For a grown-up version of this sweater check-out Headland.

Skill level: Intermediate

Size:

  • Childs sizes: 2 (4, 6, 8, 10)
  • Finished Chest (closed): 25 (27, 29, 31, 33)”
  • Finished Length: 13½ (16, 18, 19½, 21)”

Skills: reading a chartseaming (mattress stitch), picking up and knitting stitchesweaving in endssewing buttons.

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KITS Classic Baby (DK)

Today’s adorables are brought to you courtesy of two DK weight yarns great for baby things, Berroco Vintage DK and the brand new Berroco Vintage Baby. Vintage DK is my favourite yarn in the vintage, of all 4 it looks and feels the most like a yarn made from all natural fibres (it handles fair-isle and socks really beautifully). Vintage Baby has a slightly silkier texture, comes in a palette perfect for babies and kids. It also comes in affordable 50g pull-skeins, so the yarn doesn’t need to be wound up, and you don’t have to buy a ton of yarn to make a small project … which is also great if you want to get into colourwork.

BTW, thank you for the kind letters and comments, they really make my day! Whenever I can I pass on the love and forward them to our colleagues who help us make our magic happen.

Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order and we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis, but you have the option to order them any time (they will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). That said, we keep  Berroco Vintage in stock all year and are always reordering, so if the yarn is in stock your kit will be available very quickly. Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible.  

Leslie

Seamless and knit from the bottom up, Leslie is a simple, unisex, grandfather cardigan that’s perfect to layer over any outfit. The body is worked in one piece from the bottom up to the underarms. The sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm, then joined to the body. The yoke is worked in one piece. 

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced-beginner

Skills: reading a patterndecreasing (K2tog & SSK),  knitting in the round on double-pointed needlespicking up and knitting stitchesweaving in endsseaming (mattress stitch), 

Size

  • 3(6, 9, 12, 18) mos.
  • To Fit Chest Size:  17(18, 19, 20, 21)˝
  • Finished Chest (closed): 20(21, 22, 23, 24)˝
  • Finished Length:  10(10½, 11, 11½, 12½)˝
  • This garment was designed with approximately 3” of ease.  Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

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Riley

Riley is a precious romper for a boy or girl with snaps at the bottom and a little bib in the front. The lower back and front are worked separately and then joined. The body is then worked in the round to the waist.  

Skill Level: advanced-beginner

Size

  • 3(6, 9, 12, 18) months
  • To Fit Chest Size:  18(19, 20, 21, 22)”
  • Finished Chest: 19(20, 21, 22, 23)˝
  • Finished Length: 16½(17½, 18½, 19½, 20½)˝
  • This garment was designed with approximately 1” of ease.  Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

Skills:  reading a patternusing circular needlespicking up and knitting stitchesincreasing (M1L & M1R)increasing (M1P)yarn-over (between knit & purl)using stitch markersbind-off (in middle of row)i-cordweaving in endsseaming (mattress stitch).

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Fayerye

With floral buds and a little green i-cord on top, this whimsical hat (pronounced “fairy”) is sure to be a fall and winter favorite for your little one. 

Skill Level: advanced beginner to intermediate

Skills: reading a patterndecreasing (K2tog),   knitting in the round on double-pointed needlesi-cordjoining in the roundincreasing (M1L & M1R) weaving in ends,  make a bobble.

Size

  • one size
  • 16″ around and 6.5″ high

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Rerun

Inspired by the shape of Emily’s Maine winter boots, Rerun is a pair of booties for your little one’s first winter.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Skills: reading a pattern, decreasing (K2tog & SSK),   knitting in the round on double-pointed needlesi-cord, picking up and knitting stitches seaming (mattress stitch), weaving in ends.

Size

  • one size
  • Approximately 2½” high x 4″ long (foot) 

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KITS Classic Baby Knits (worsted)

I personally have an eye for the wild, weird & whimsical, but I also appreciate the balance and calm of the classics. The following are some worsted weight baby projects for the most discriminating eye (unless you make them in hellacious colours, in which case all bets are off). The suggested yarn, Berroco Vintage , is soft, washable, affordable, and comes in a broad selection of classic and adventurous colours. As always, we can substitute any of our baby-friendly worsted weight yarns. If you’re looking for some projects made with thinner yarn those will be up at bat next, but you can browse HERE.

Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order and we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis, but you have the option to order them any time (they will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). That said, we keep  Berroco Vintage in stock all year and are always reordering, so if the yarn is in stock your kit will be available very quickly. Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible.  

Ivy

Simple and sweet, Ivy is a rectangular lace blanket that’s just the right size to become your little one’s favorite. The stitch pattern is both charted and written out, and is only 4 rows, making it a great choice for knitters who are new to lace.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Skills: Cast on, cast off, knit, purl, reading a patternbasic lace knitting, joining a new ball of yarnweaving in ends, reading a chart (optional), using lifelines (optional).

Size

  • Approx 28½” wide x 30” long
  • For 33″ x 34″: add 20 sts to cast-on and 1 extra skein of yarn 
  • For 35″ x 37″: add 30 sts and 2 extra skeins of yarn
  • For 37.5″ x 38″: add 40 sts and 2 extra skeins of yarn 
  • For 40″ x 42″: add 50 sts and 3 extra skeins of yarn

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Notes

  • The pattern repeat is 10 sts, so to make your blanket narrower or wider you would add or remove stitches in denominations of 10. 
  • Each pattern repeat measures approximately 2.25″

Luca

Luca is a miniature gansey pullover with buttons at the neck for easy dressing. This pattern is knit in pieces and seamed together.

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced-beginner

Skills: Cast on, cast off, knit, purl, reading a pattern, joining a new ball of yarnweaving in ends, seaming (mattress stitch)

Size

  • 3(6, 9, 12, 18) months
  • To Fit Chest Size:  17(18-19-20-21)˝
  • Finished Chest – 20(21-22-23-24)˝
  • Finished Length – 9½(10-10½-11-11½)˝
  • This garment was designed with approximately 3” of ease.  Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

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Battenberg Blanket

The Battenberg Baby Blanket is a classicly styled blanket, with a simple, elegant aesthetic. The stitch used has the appearance of complicated waves,  but it’s really just an easy ribbing that starts one stitch to the right every few rows. For an unusual touch, the edging is worked along the sides but doesn’t meet in the corners.

Skill Level: advanced-beginner 

Size: 35” wide x 42” long

Skills: following a pattern, pick-up & knit stitchesweaving in ends

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Rabbit

With extra-long ears and a large pom-pom for a tail, Rabbit will fit right in with the rest of your little one’s menagerie of toys. This toy is knit in the round, mostly in one piece. Ears are sewn on, as is the pom-pom tail. 

Skill Level: advanced-beginner to intermediate

Skills:  knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, seaming (mattress stitch), picking up and knitting stitchesincreasing (M1L & M1R), decreasing (K2tog SSK), cable cast-on.

Size: approximately 10” around body x 11½” high (not including ears)

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Carrot

Whether your little one is a future gardener, chef or nature lover, he or she is sure to love this soft toy carrot. 

Skill Level: advanced-beginner to intermediate

Skills:  knitting in the round on double-pointed needlescast-on (provisional), seaming (mattress stitch), increasing (M1L & M1R), decreasing (K2tog SSK), grafting (kitchener stitch).

Size: approximately 8” around (at widest point) x 12” long (including leaves)

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BABY BLANKETS Round is the New Square

The more I look at these round blankets, the more I love them! It’s amazing how changing the shape can shake up a concept as simple as a blanket. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel, just refine the shape a bit!

The Yarn

Berroco Vintage Chunky is a bulky weight yarn that’s great for just about everything: babies, kids, men, blankets, afghans, etc. It is machine washable, soft, easy to work with and come in a spectrum of great colours, both solid and heathered. It’s a blend of wool and high-end synthetic fibres, but it isn’t shiny (or squeaky), and doesn’t feel acrylicy. 40% Wool, 52% Acrylic, 8% Nylon, 100g/125m (136yds). Made in Peru, machine wash, lay flat to dry. 

Pre-Order

Please note, while these kits are a special order, we stock the yarn all year round, and generally the chances are good that we will have your colour in stock and your kit will be ready quickly. 

These kits as a special-order and we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis – you have the option to order it any time (it will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. 

Knit from the centre out, Cecelia is a botanical blanket that’s perfect for cuddling a baby, wearing as a shawl or simply decorating the home. Stitch pattern is charted. The finished projects on Ravelry for this pattern are beautiful, and people seem to make it over and over again!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills: knitting in the round on double-pointed needlesreading a chartweaving in endscentre double decreasecast-on (provisional)yarn-over (double)lifelinesK2tog & SSKstitch markers (in lace)

Prerequisites: You should already have tried some basic lace knitting and knitting in the round on double-pointed needles.

Size: Approximately 48” across (piece is circular)

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Solaria Baby Blanket

To make this cheerful circular blanket, one cable pattern is repeated sixteen times, resulting in a profusion of texture. Diamonds and cables intertwine, forming negative spaces that are as interesting as the raised design. Cable pattern is charted, blanket is worked from the outer circumference and decreases into the centre. The finished projects for this pattern on Ravelry are absolutely GORGEOUS!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills: cables, knitting in the round on double-pointed needlesreading a chartweaving in ends.

Prerequisites: You should already have tried basic cables and knitting in the round on double-pointed needles.

Size: Approximately 36″ across (the piece is circular)

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Key Lime Baby Blanket

This simple, fresh baby blanket is created by combining two-by-two rib and garter stitch in concentric circles. Worked from the centre outward, all the increases occur on knit rounds, which makes the counting easy to manage. The off-white centre and border mimic the look of a sliced lime. This blanket would also be adorable as a lemon (colour 6122) or a watermelon (colour 6123 for the interior, 6101 and 6135 for the rind, and 6125 if you want to throw in some seeds).

Skill Level: Advanced-Beginner to Intermediate

Skills: cables, knitting in the round on double-pointed needlesreading a chartweaving in ends.

Prerequisites: You should already have tried knitting in the round on double-pointed needles.

Size: Approximately 36″ across (the piece is circular)

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4 Retro Inspired Baby Blanket Kits

The Yarn

Most of these projects are made with Berroco Vintage, a soft, worsted weight machine washable wool/synthetic blend. A knitting store staple, it features a wide color range, an incredibly soft feel and yardage that goes on and on. Its unique fiber blend makes laundering a breeze and perfectly suited for easy care garments for both children and adults. 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon, 100g/199m (218 yds). Made in Peru, machine wash inside out in cold water, gentle cycle, lay flat to dry.

Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order and we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis, but you have the option to order them any time (they will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). That said, we Berroco Vintage in stock all year and are always reordering, so if the yarn is in stock your kit will be available very quickly. Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible. 

High Fidoodlity Crochet Blanket Kit

This colourful depiction of sound waves makes a cheerful blanket (and a great tent). If you’d like to make a grown-up sized throw you should purchase two kits. This piece is worked in blocks and sewn together. If you don’t have it in you to do that you can try using the instructions from the wavy blanket. I’ve played around and worked out some colour palettes that are harmonious with the design, but you can also choose your own colours if your inspiration leads elsewhere.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Size: 38″ wide x 46″ long
  • Gauge: 16 sts & 20 rows = 4″ (10cm) in single crochet stitch

Kit Includes:

  • Berroco Vintage2 skeins each of 4 colors, 1 skein in one colour of (total
  • of 9 skeins).  Shown in colourway 01: 5104, 5121, 5125, 51180, 5107.
  • Pattern

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Vintage Baby Blanket Kit

The Vintage Baby Blanket is a retro-inspired sampler of color, texture, and cable stitches. The design is closely tied to the mustardy yellows and browns popular in the 1970s. We’ve sat down with the yarns and come up with a the colour combinations that match just right and will make your project pop. You can also choose your own colours if your inspiration takes you in another colour direction (I love seeing what other eyes come up with!).

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Size: 30” wide x 36” long
  • Gauge: 20 sts & 27 rows = 4″ (10cm) in stocking stitch

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Moderne Baby Blanket

This blanket is inspired by the colours and geometric construction of mid-twentieth-century artwork. It’s made of twenty garter stitch blocks – some blocks are knit in a solid colour and others are worked in multiple colours. It’s an easy project to tackle, one square at a time. The small squares also make it easier to work on in warmer weather, and make it easy to pop in your bag. I’ve worked out some additional colour combinations, but like always you are welcome to choose your own colour adventure!

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Glamping Blanket

The Glamping Blanket was extremely popular when it was first came on the scene, so much so that the company ran out of the suggested yarn colours and had a hard time getting more because of COVID. Now that the company is starting to catch up, I think it’s a viable option again, especially for a fun baby blanket.

The Glamping Blanket is a graphic combination of colours and textures. The yarn, Berroco Vintage Chunky, is the PERFECT blanket yarn – it’s soft and cozy, it knits up quickly, and it’s easy to wash – ideal for comfy snuggling for all ages. I went to town, working on new colour combinations that will work in balance with the design, in including (but not exclusive to) grown-up palettes, and I even came up with a few Christmas colourways (for those of you who go all-out at the the holidays). Like all our other kits, please feel free to choose your own colours!

Skill Level: Intermediate (trying different stitch patterns)

Sizes

  • Cat Blanket: 18″ X 22”
  • Baby Blanket/Small Dog/Portly Cat: 24″ X 36”
  • Dog/Lap Blanket (or a larger baby blanket):  35″ X 44”
  • Sofa Blanket: 46″ X 58”

Kit Includes

  • Berroco Vintage Chunky: colour A. 1 (2, 3, 5)hanks, colour B. 1 (2, 2, 4) hanks, colour C. 1, (2, 2, 4) hanks, colour D. 1, (1, 2, 3) hanks.
  • The sample blanket is done in: A: 6121 Sunny (yellow), B: 6101 Mochi (off white), C: 6110 Fondant (pink), D: 6104 Mushroom (beige).
  • Pattern

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PROJECT/KIT Mrs. Watson for Summer

Pre-Order

These kits are a special-order, we aren’t stocking them in the store on a regular basis but you have the option to order them any time (it will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s doable. 

Mrs Watson

I’ve kind of been into slightly order patterns lately, not necessarily ‘vintage’ or retro, but things I think are awesome, maybe a bit different, but didn’t get the traction that other patterns do. I think of them like the Miros or Gaudis of the pattern landscape: peripheral, but absolutely brilliant.

One of these gems is Mrs. Watson by Martina Behm. I love the asymmetry and the graphic quality of the design. The shape is just interesting, and I like the way it draws inspiration from nature in the markings on a feather or a leaf (yeah, I know, I have a bird, I know feathers and leaves don’t actually look like that, but you get the concept). The stripes are created using short rows and an asymmetrical shape is achieved using strategic increases (don’t worry, it only sounds hard, it’s actually pretty straightforward).

This pattern also comes with a small technical bonus – it’s all garter stitch, which means you don’t have to unwrap any of you short-rows! If you are familiar with the short-row technique, then you already know that this is the fussier part of it, so it’s great to be able to skip it.

The Yarns

While I was swatching summer yarn samples from Berroco I had one of my “you know what would work well together …?!” moments. Berroco Medina knit up in such a beautiful colourway, I thought it might really hit the spot for a summer wrap (it’s a blend of cotton, viscose & acrylic). I paired it with Berroco Mantra, a 100% silk yarn, which is it’s a matte silk with a slightly slightly rustic look. Both are summer yarns, neither contain any woolly ingredients – perfect for a spring & summer wrap!

If you want to use a winter (wool) yarn, I suggest Fibre Co Acadia for the main colour and Schoppel Edition 3 as the contrast (you can also flip the solid vs ombre yarn, I’m trying that out right now). If you only want to use solid colours then you’ve got lots of options, just about anything Sport Weight to DK Weight will work.

Colours

I’ve gone through all of the colours for both yarns and paired them up with their best candidates for this project. If there is a combo that I missed, you can choose the “Choose Your Own Colours” option and leave us a note when you check out (or email) with your choice. 

The design works extremely well with a high contrast between the two yarns, especially the neutral cream as the main colour and the shifting colourway of a darker contrast colour. This kind of pairing is a no-brainer – natural/cream goes with just about everything, and it always makes the coloured yarn pop. I used main colour 4402 Cream and contrast colour 4733 Agadir.

There is, however, a case for colours that are a bit closer together, they just have to be colours that work well together and respect the balance in the pattern. You may not always get the same distinct patterning, but it can be gorgeous in a waving, undulating way. If you feel like the high contrast print is a bit too stark for you, consider one of these combos, they’re more subtle.

Modifications

I made our shawl a bit larger than the pattern (see Larger Size in the drop-down menu) by adding an extra three pattern repeats in “Leaf Pattern 3” and “Leaf Pattern 4” (a total of 6 leaf patterns between the two sections combined). 

I did not block our sample because I was enjoying it exactly as it is, but these yarns will block well and can be blocked aggressively if you want to make your shawl larger. 

I did not carry the yarn up the side and don’t recommend doing this – it left A LOT of ends to weave in and used up yarn unnecessarily.  I strongly recommend following this tutorial on how to elegantly carry colours up the side: https://youtu.be/mDYQVKETTUw

Size

Like I mentioned above, I did not block our sample, but these yarns will block well can be blocked aggressively if you want to make your shawl larger. 

  • Regular Size (following pattern instructions): approx 66″ long x 20″ across (blocked, made with Berroco Ultra Alpaca on 4mm/US6 needles)
  • Larger Size (with 6 extra pattern repeats): 68″ long x 20″ across (unblocked, made with Berroco Medina & Berroco Mantra on 3.75mm/US5 needles. Will be substantially larger if blocked aggressively)

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Because the pattern is owned by an independent designer, I think it is in their best interest if each customer buys and downloads it themselves. If you have a hard time with this type of thing you can purchase the pattern through us and we will download and print it on your behalf (see the bottom of the drop-down menu for this option). 

Special Skills

Knit it Hacks

  • I like to put a locking stitch marker in my wraps so I can find them easily and keep track of how many I’ve done (it isn’t necessary, but I find I makes life easier).
  • I also use locking stitch markers to mark sections of the pattern, so I can quickly look and see how many repeats I’ve finished.

HOUSEKEEPING Lockdown Update

I’m hearing from a lot of people that they’re a bit confused following The Ontario Provincial Government’s latest revisions to ‘state of emergency’ restrictions. As far as I can tell, nothing really changes for us. We are still open Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, for pick-up, delivery, and shipping. You can order online or over the phone, or email us questions. If anything changes we will let you know and update the information on our website.

Some people are also feeling a bit frightened because these restrictions included giving the police forces extra power to stop and ticket people for being out. The government has rescinded that order, nobody will be ticketed for being out & about, picking up their yarn & such (they can still bust you if you’re taking part in an illegal social gathering, so please, no sit-ins outside the store). The ban on playgrounds has also been reversed.

That said, here are a few things we should all take into consideration:

  1. When you qualify, get your vaccine, and don’t be picky about which one you get, take any vaccine that is offered. If you have the opportunity just jump at it, don’t end up with a machine breathing for you. If you are searching for a vaccine location for yourself or someone else who is vulnerable (your parent, neighbour, friend) check out the updates on Vaccine Hunters Canada (apparently the people in the Discord Board are incredibly helpful and kind).
  2. COVID Vaccines are designed to help keep you out of the hospital, stop you from getting seriously ill and dying. They don’t prevent you from getting COVID, and more importantly they don’t stop you from spreading COVID. After you get vaccinated it is just as important as ever to mask up and maintain physical distance.
  3. Wear a mask when you’re with people, even when you’re outside. You are much less likely to contract COVID outside, but if you’re standing chatting with someone on the sidewalk you can still inhale their droplets, and they yours. If you’re going to be within 2 metres of someone, wear a mask. Outdoor transmission is less common, but it’s already a concern being discussed in Quebec and ICU doctors in Ontario are seeing it.
  4. Why are the above measures so important? This article spells it out extremely well; “No doubt, this is the worst crisis we’ve seen in hospitals in Ontario in our lifetimes.” To summarize and paraphrase … the time to prevent the poop from hitting the fan was last month, things are already at a poop-tacular level, and if people don’t take personal responsibility it will blow up into a poop-a-palluzza like nothing we’ve ever experienced.

Here are a few rules I try to live by:

  • We don’t know what we don’t know. Getting on a subway could be 5% riskier than before, or it could be 70% – right now I simply don’t know … so I mitigate that risk and ride my bike to work every day (it’s good for me anyways, I need the exercise and it’s warmer outside than usual … and I wear a mask that I pull up when there’s a possibility of getting close to other people at traffic lights & etc). Do I like riding my bike in a cold spring rain – nope, I have lots of neon rain gear that keeps me dry, warm and extremely visible, but it isn’t fun. Do I need to do all of this? I don’t know, but I do know that it’s the best choice I can make under the circumstances.
  • The human mind likes to lie to itself. Denial exists for a reason, it helps people get through stressful events, but it can also really mess up our lives and prevent us from making good choices. I really want to hug my niece and nephew, and I know they need to hug me, but we can’t, it’s a pandemic. When I find myself rationalizing I know it’s time to ask myself “Am I doing the right thing, or am I doing what I want?” Getting what we want isn’t necessarily in our best interest, it isn’t necessarily what we really need or what will lead to our happiness.
  • Viruses don’t negotiate. You can’t make a case to a virus to give you a pass just this one time. When you go up against nature you won’t win, to get through you have to work with its flow. A tsunami isn’t going to stop just because you don’t want it to drown you … the best course of action is to just stay off the beach during monsoon season.
  • Be like water … go with the flow of life and live in the present. I don’t personally expect to see a vaccine for a while, and thats ok. When I discuss the subject with others it triggers a little anxiety (and some self-interest, if I’m being honest, and then some shame for feeling selfish … that pesky second arrow of self- blame), but that’s how brains behave, they are designed to keep us alive. Objectively, I actually have a lot of control over my potential exposure to COVID, and that’s a luxury many, many people don’t have. I’m grateful for my privilege and I want the people who are actually vulnerable to get their shots first. I have zero control over the supply of vaccines – they’re a high demand product, everyone on the planet needs one. I’m grateful I live in Canada, where all the vaccines on offer are effective (not everyone on this planet has that). When the opportunity opens up I’ll jump on it, but until that comes along I’ll be fine.

RESTOCKED BC Garn Bio Balance

BC Garn Bio Balance is a deliciously soft blend of organic cotton and organic wool, an all-season yarn that’s especially great for people who run warm. It’s definitely an ideal yarn for wraps, blankets, sweaters, baby and child garments, etc. We knitted a wrap with it and the fabric turned out soft, light, cozy, and pretty. The best way to describe it is that it feels the way you want and think a cotton yarn *should* feel. It also knits well single and double stranded, so you can make thicker fabrics with it (see the Origami sweaters below). Bio Balance is also a nice all-season option for knitting stranded colourwork.

FYI, Bio Balance is GOTS certified, which means it’s super legit organic and everyone in the manufacturing and the warehousing end of the distribution process was treated well. The company is Danish, the yarn is milled in Turkey, and the fibres are from Argentina.

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Kalaloch

 I love the combination of texture and oversized ease in this sweater. It’ll be extremely comfortable and breathable, perfect for slouching around the cottage, the house and the city. The finished projects on Ravelry look great, you can them HERE.

Size 

  • 42 (48, 54, 60, 66)“ circumference at underarm.
  • Pullover shown measures 48”; modeled with 15” of positive ease.

Materials

  • BC Garn Bio Balance: 6 (7, 8, 8, 9) skeins.
  • 2.75 mm/US2 – 40″ circular needles
  • 2.75 mm/US2 double pointed needles
  • 3.5 mm/US4- 40” circular needles
  • 3.5 mm/US4 double pointed needles
  • 3.5 mm/US4 – 16” and 24” circular needles
  • stitch markers
  • Pattern
Photo: mtheseeker on ravelry
Photo: mtheseeker on ravelry

Wool & Honey

Size

  • 1 (2, 3, 4)(5, 6, 7)
  • 39 (43, 47, 51)(55, 59, 63)”
  • 99 (109, 119.5, 129.5)(140, 150, 160) cm
  • Recommended ease is 4-9”/10-23 cm

Materials

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Origami Jr

How much do I love this little sweater? It is made with two strands of BC Garn Bio Balance held together, so it will be warm and cozy, and you’ll finish it before the kid outgrows it. Origami Jr is worked in rounds, from the bottom and up. The upper part of body is worked back and forth, and the shoulders are shaped using short rows, and knitted together from the right side of fabric, so you have visible seams. The sleeves are worked top down, and you can regulate the length, if needed. The decreases are placed in the top of the sleeve, instead of under, as is normally done.

Size

  • 2(4, 6, 8, 10, 12) years

Materials

Origami

Why should kids have all the fun, adults can have an Origami too! Like the Origami JR, you’ll want to work with two strands of BC Garn Bio Balance held together.

Size

  • Bust circumference : 41” (104 cm)/ 43” (109 cm)/ 44.75” (114 cm) 46.75” (119 cm)/ 48.75” (124 cm)/ 50.75” (129 cm)
  • Length: 25.5”(65 cm) / 25.75” (66 cm)/ 26.25” (67 cm)/ 26.75” (68 cm)/ 27” (69 cm)/27.5” (70 cm)
  • Sleeves: 17” (43 cm)/ 17” (43 cm)/ 17” (43 cm)/ 17” (43 cm)/ 17” (43 cm)/ 17” (43 cm)

Materials

Please see pattern to confirm needle sizes!

SALE Spring Cleaning

I’ve been doing some spring cleaning in. the store and have added a few things to the SALE section of our website. Here are a few highlights for things not to be missed … the is just to thin out some winter stock, so get it while you can!

Fibre Company Road to China Light  – 15% Off

Fibre Co Road to China Light is the sexiest yarn I’ve ever come across. Seriously, it’s ambrosia! Some clever person thought to combine cashmere, silk, camel and baby alpaca and it feels like … joy and gratitude and unconditional love. This yarn is seriously stashable! Two skeins makes a Pashmina Cowl.

Free Patterns Included

When you purchase a skein of Fibre Company Road to China Light you’ll automatically receive an email with a link to download a free copy of Fibre Company’s Foundations Road to China Light Collectiontwo hat patterns, one cowl and one pair of wristwarmers (see pictures below … this collection normally costs $17 CAD). Many thanks to the Fibre Company for making this available to our customers!

  • 10% cashmere, 15% silk, 10% camel, 65% baby alpaca
  • 50g/145m (159yds)
  • 3.25mm/US3 to 3.5mm/US4 needles
  • 24 to 26 sts = 4″/10cm
  • ​Sport weight
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in the UK
  • See other peoples Projects
  • See pattern ideas

Pashmina Cowl & On the C Train

Falls of Foyers

Armdale

Kelbourne Woolens Scout

Kelbourne Scout is a classic yarn for the sake of yarn. It’s an unfussy, strong, versatile, heathered wool. Scout is a Dk weight, woolen-spun yarn, so it’s light, airy and springy – perfect for fair isle, cables, or any other technique that requires a bit of definition. Made with 100% Peruvian wool, it’s comfortable to work with and wear (it passes my yarn-o-meter, meaning it’s not as buttery soft as a merino wool, but it isn’t remotely in the itchy or uncomfortable range of fibres).

  • 100% wool
  • 100g/250m (274 yds)
  • 20 to 22 sts = 4″(10cm) 
  • DK to light worsted weight
  • 3.75mm/US5 to 4.5mm/US7 needles
  • Feltable
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Peru

Amarelle Cardigan …. for the first time ever I want to postpone spring!

Mano Del Uruguay Serpentina – 20% OFF

Manos Del Uruguay Serpentina is a stunning artisanal experience! It’s both hand-dyed and handspun, which automatically makes it scrumptious. Gorgeous colours run throughout the yarn at random which enhance its tactile quality. The result is fabric that is soft and squishy to the touch with plush stitch definition.

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 100g/120m (131 yds) 
  • Aran to Bulky Weight
  • 15 to 16 sts = 4″/10cm
  • 4.5mm/US7 to 5.5mm/US9 needles
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Uruguay
  • Pattern Ideas
  • Finished Projects

Pretty Projects

Fleece Artist/Handmaiden Halo Bundle – SALE 15% OFF

Fleece Artist-Handmaiden Halo Bundles are combo of two yarns hand-dyed together. Fleece Artist Merino Slim fingering weight merino and Handmaiden Angel Hair fingering weight mohair join forces to create gorgeous textural combos scarf, wrap, shawl and sweater patterns. You can hold the two strands together at the same time (like Love Note by Tin Can Knits), or alternate yarns (like Birds of a Feather by Andrea Mowry). Because they are dyed together the colours always match – no guess work! Halo Bundles also make great projects that involve two different yarns, like Mrs Watson – the mohair creates a stained glass effect.

  • Yarn A: Handmaiden Angel Hair: 70% Mohair, 30% Nylon, 50g/400m
  • Yarn B: Fleece Artist Merino Slim: 100% Superwash Merino, 120g/400m
  • Fingering Weight
  • 26sts = 4″/10cm
  • 4mm/US6 needles
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Canada

Urth Uneek Worsted – 10% Off

Urth Uneek Worsted is a stunner! It’s hand-painted and self-striping, and workes up in narrow alternating stripes. It’s made with super soft 100% Merino Wool and is machine washable. Urth Uneek Worsted is perfect for accessories, sweaters, blankets, babies, kids, men – just about anything you can think of (except it will not felt. We’ve made hats, cowls, neckwarmers, and baby blankets with it! This yarn is also great for making Nightshift.

  • 100% Extrafine Superwash Merino Wool
  • 100g/200m (219yds)
  • worsted weight
  • 4mm to 5mm (US 6 to 8) needles
  • 18 sts & 24 rows = 4″/10cm on 4.5mm/US6 needles
  • Made in Turkey (by a Women’s collective)
  • Self-Striping
  • FREE Patterns
  • Finished Projects

Chevron Baby Blanket & Meadow Lane Baby Blanket

Hillbrook Shawl

Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport – 10% OFF

Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport is ridiculously soft and lofty bulky weight yarn. Made from Baby Alpaca (the soft undercoat of the alpaca), it’s great for hats, mitts, scarves, cowls, and sweaters – anything that touches skin. Alpaca is also an excellent insulator and will keep you toasty warm all winter. 

  • 100g/100m (109 yds)
  • Bulky Weight
  • 6mm/US10 needles (up to 8mm/US11)
  • Approx 15 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Made in Peru
  • Pattern ideas