I adore this little bird, and little holiday projects are a great way to use up small quantities of leftover yarn. Wouldn’t it make a super special garland you can pull out for decoration every spring?
Want to learn something but can’t make it to one of our regular workshops? Need help with a project you’ve already started? Want to learn something that we don’t offer in our regular workshops? No problem! You can work on any project you like in this class. You only have to commit to one session/class at a time, which means you can sign up for as many sessions as you need (most projects require 2 classes, big ones like a sweater will need 3), and organize them based on your schedule.
Crochet (including Tunisian Crochet, Broomstick Lace)
Materials are not included, but we sell everything you need and you receive 10% off all materials during your class. If there is something special that you want to learn please advise us ahead of time so we can prepare materials for you (like an appropriate pattern) and let you know what kind of materials you’ll need.
It’s swap time again! Time to tidy up your yarn stash and purge the stuff you’re never going to use. That’s right, you can bring us your shame and leave your guilt in our yarn swap bins with the assurance that the yarn that didn’t work out for you will have a second (or third, or fourth) life in a new home. What do you do at a swap? Bring in the yarn and needles you don’t want and take home whatever you like from our swap bins.
NEW! Knit Swap
Got projects that didn’t quite work out, that you never wear or use, and are sitting in the back of the cupboard? I DO – LOTS! I just finished the first wave of spring cleaning in the store and am sending a bunch of old store samples out into the universe. Please bring in your projects & knits that didn’t make the cut, we’ll swap them and the leftovers will go to charity.
Yarn (please secure bits & bobs in a ziplock bag)
Knitting Needles & Crochet Hooks
Knitting & Crochet Notions & Accessories
Knits (see above)
The leftovers are donated to charities, and don’t be embarrassed by the quality of the yarn you bring, whatever is left over is donated to charities like Street Knit, West Toronto Support Services, and Gilda’s Club, most of whom prefer acrylic! If you want to donate but can’t make the date please feel free to drop it by when we are open, sealed up in a plastic bag. The only yarn we can’t accept is anything that is strongly scented (cigarette smoke or perfume). We are also a drop-off point for Street Knit and Knitted Knockers of Canada.
$5 to participate in the swap (proceeds go to the Red Door Women’s Shelter)
Last week was Quince & Co’s Sparrow Week, where they premiered their new patterns for Sparrow! The following is a brief look at the awesome offerings for this spring, but you can also browse the many, many other projects on offer:
I almost swooned when I saw this top—it has such an impact and looks amazing on every height, whether the low back hem reaches the high calf, or goes all the way down to your shoes. And the best think about making your own knits – you can make it any length you like!
This is the top for purists (like myself). You can never go wrong with a simple raglan with a deep v-neck, knit in the round. It’s a blank canvas that will work up beautifully in any colour you choose.
28¼ (32¼, 36¼, 40¼, 44¼, 48¼, 52¼, 56¼)” [72 (82, 92, 102, 112.5, 122.5, 132.5, 143) cm] bust circumference; shown in size 32¼” [82 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5’2″ [157.5 cm] tall model (1½” [4 cm] negative ease)
This wrap was created with accessibility in mind – I wanted it to be simple to knit, and incredibly wearable. It’s made with Quince & Co. Kestrel, a 100% organic linen that’s easy to knit with, comfortable to wear, and super easy to wash (throw it in the machine in a delicate bag). The linen is heavy enough to keep you warm on spring and summer nights, but will never leave you sweating.
The simple welted texture is random, completely reversible, and creates a classic, timeless look. The pattern is knitted on the bias, increasing in width as you go, so you can make it any size you like and you never have to worry about running out of yarn. We’ve written the pattern with a line-by-line chart, to help you keep track of your rows (a beneficial thing for everyone, but especially helpful for people with learning disabilities). And the final bonus – it’s a FAST knit on 6mm/US10 to 7mm/US10.75 needles (think quick mother’s day gift)!
We’ve restocked these super popular kits with your favourite bright, springy colours! They’re great for knitters of all skill levels, for beginner to more experienced, and make a great gift. The project requires 4mm/US6-36″circular needles (or longer), which are sold separately. Handmaiden Casbah 5ply is soft, squishy, and delicious to knit & wear!
Each kit comes with:
Five 50g skeins of Handmaiden Casbah 5ply (10% cashmere, 80% merino wool, 10% nylon)
I loved out first version of the Quaker Yarn Stretcher that we made a second in a lighter, springier colour. We used the same yarn, one skein of Handmaiden Maiden Hair, but we tried some larger (7mm/US10.75) needles this time and got an even lighter, airier effect. It still makes a great, light-as-air scarf, but you can see in the pictures below it’s a perfect wrap for cool summer evenings and chilly wedding halls everywhere. Or just drape it on things around your hose and enjoy the prettiness all year (I seriously used to have a friend who did this – she used to art-direct her apartment long before blogging and the internet. Her for-display-only yarn basket was what got me into knitting).
The yarn, Handmaiden Maiden Hair, is just gorgeous, I absolutely adore working with it before, during, and after the project. Apparently you do to, so we have ordered more in some springier colours and it is on it’s way!
We accidentally changed the pattern and worked e rows of garter stitch instead of reverse-stocking stitch, but it isn’t highly noticeable (see modifications below)
I splurged and got myself a second set of Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers, because I absolutely freakin’ LOVE THEM. Blocking the shawl was a dream with them, they are my favourite new thing.
R 1 to 12: Work Rows 1 to 12 as written in pattern