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YARN SWAP Oct 14

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NEXT SWAP: SUNDAY OCTOBER 14, 1-3 pm

$5 – Proceeds go to the Red Door Women’s Shelter

It’s that time of year 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. 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 KnitWest 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)
  • Drop-in, no need to sign up
  • Everyone is welcome, all skill levels
  • Location: 1382 Bathurst St, Toronto ON
  • In-Store only, NOT ONLINE

RESTOCKED Gleener Swet Bags

Gleener Swet Combo

Gleener Swet Bags

We sold out of these sweet bags in a single day, so we restocked them right away! And because you liked them so much, we also ordered both the medium and the larger size in the pretty aqua “Brainy Yak”. The medium makes for a perfect regular sized project bag, and the large size is great for larger projects like sweaters and blankets (or a couple of kids’ worth of wet swimming stuff). We also ordered some of the simple “Black Chaos” style in size medium, for those of you who are like me and want something a little more circumspect.

The new Gleener Swet Bags are adorable, and they make perfect project bags, but they’re so much more. They’re designed to keep odours, wetness and messed contained. The zipper and lining are both waterproof, so they also make a great travel companion to the gym, swimming or beyond. Keep your projects safe, clean and dry anywhere you go!

  • Medium: 10.5″ x 14″
  • Large: 16″ x 21″
  • Machine wash in cold water, flip it inside out and hang it up to line dry overnight.

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FREEBIE Gorgas

Malabrigo Lace Scarf 6

 

malabrigo Lace combo 1

Gorgas Run

I love combining colours, and this simple scarf is an easy way to experiment. It’s a free pattern (YAY!), and it isn’t very hard to knit. The colourwork is easy-peasy, you just hold 2 strands of the yarn together and change up the colour combinations at the pattern tells you. And if you are afraid of knitting with 2 strands held together, don’t be, it’s simple! If you want a wider scarf or a wrap, just add extra stitches to your pattern and made sure you centre the decreases in the middle.

Yarn

We used light as air Malabrigo Lace on 4.5mm/US7 needles, and the finished scarf feels light (great for fall strolls through fallen leaves and apple picking). The pattern was written for fingering weight yarn, which would make a slightly sturdier garment suitable for a cold winter climate. We used semi-solid colourways, but I think it could look really beautiful using variegated/multicoloured yarns (I’d go 4 colours of Manos del Urugay Alegria). And of course, it could be a great way to use up some yarn in your stash.

Colour

If you’re tentative about choosing colours that will look nice together, I usually suggest picking a palette with colours in the same family, or close-ish to each other. Blues and greens go nice together, especially turquoise or teal. Blue and Purple, Red and orange or red and pink blend well, as do neutrals.

Notes

We finished the scarf after working the colourway twice (once was too short), and we could have kept on going, we still hard yarn left (I have put the yardage amounts in the Ravelry Project Page).

The sweater in the picture above is the Reversible Wrap by Jo Sharp.

Materials

Shop Online Button Turquoise

malabrigo Lace combo 3

 

 

 

 

 

STORE HOURS

RETURN TO FALL STORE HOURS

We’re going back to our regular store hours this week, so we will be open on Sundays again and our Stitch ‘n Bitch goes back to TUESDAYS Wednesdays, and SUNDAYS (see hours below). See you soon!

Monday: 11 am to 6 pm

Tuesday: 11 am to 6 pm (Stitch ‘n Bitch 12 pm to 4 pm)

Wednesday: 11 am to 8 pm (Stitch ‘n Bitch 5 pm to 8 pm)

Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm

Friday: 11 am to 6 pm

Saturday: 11 am to 6 pm

Sunday: 11 am to 6 pm (Stitch ‘n Bitch 1 pm to 5 pm)

PROJECT Pointy Elf Hat

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Pointy Elf Hat

This one was a quick little project – I cast on during SNB and finished well before the end. It’s the baby size of the Pointy Elf Hat from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts (its a great little book, available online and as a hardcover and ebook through your public library). I used less than one skein of Urth Uneek Chunky and 9mm-US13 needles.

Materials

  • Urth Uneek Chunky: 1 skein (colour 5004)
  • 9mm/US13-16″ circular needles (optional)
  • 9mm/US13 double pointed needles
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • jumbo stitch markers
  • Pattern (see notes above)

NEW Gleener Swet Bags & Gleener On The Go

Gleener Swet Bag Medium Brainy Yak

Gleener Swet Bags

The new Gleener Swet Bags are adorable, and they make perfect project bags, but they’re so much more. They’re designed to keep odours, wetness and messed contained. The zipper and lining are both waterproof, so they also make a great travel companion to the gym, swimming or beyond. Keep your projects safe, clean and dry anywhere you go!

  •  Size: 10.5″ x 14″
  • Machine wash in cold water, flip it inside out and hang it up to line dry overnight.

Shop Online Button Turquoise 250w

 

gleener go combo

NEW Gleener On the Go

The new season has brought the pretty new coloured Gleener on the Go, the perfect travel lint remover and sweater de-piller. The Gleener On The Go is just as handy as it’s big sister, the original Gleener, but it’s pint sized (smaller than a glasses case) to fit in your purse, luggage, or desk drawer, and make great stocking stuffers and Secret Santa gifts. Read more about the Gleener On The Go HERE.

Shop Online Button Turquoise 250w

 

gleener combo

NEW FREEBIE Urth Chunky Hat

Urth Uneek Chunky Hat wide

NEW Urth Chunky Hat

YAY, a new freebie! A few weeks ago I knitted up a hat to show off this radiant yarn, Urth Uneek Chunky, and I couldn’t stop at just one. The yarn is soft as a cloud, snuggly, and knits up in stunning stripes all by itself. The pattern is simple, beginner friendly (once you’ve pinned down a scarf or two), it works up lickety-split, and only requires one skein. And did I mention, the pattern is FREE?!

Size

Adult S(M, L) to fit head circumference 21(22, 23-24)”

Materials

  • 1 skein Urth Uneek Chunky (100g/60m, 100% extra fine superwash merino)
  • 10mm/US15 – 16” circular needles
  • 12mm/US17 – 16” circular needles
  • 12mm/US17 double pointed needles
  • 1 jumbo stitch marker
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • FREE Pattern
  • Ravelry Pattern Page