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SCHEDULED Online Yarn Tasting Party + Mini Sampling

Online Yarn Tasting Party!

I’m pulling the cord, we’re doing it, we’re hosting our first FREE online yarn tasting party via Zoom on Sunday March 14, from 3 to 4pm. Spend an hour chatting yarn (and what to do with it) with yours truly, Haley!

Attendance is FREE, but you need to register by ‘purchasing’ the Online Yarn Tasting Party on our website and checking out through our online store. After you check-out you’ll automatically receive a link to download a PDF document packed with event information, including the Zoom meeting link, instructions, swatching suggestions, and a survey where you can submit topics you’d like us to discuss. You do not need to have purchased the Berroco Spring 2021 Yarn Tasting Kit (see below), but it is advisable since these are the yarns we’ll be talking about. 

To get your engines running, I’ve started uploading Spring & Summer Kits using Berroco’s yarns to our website. Everyone’s experiencing feeling burned out (otherwise know as COVID fatigue), and I think it’s really important right now to actively look for small, achievable things to look forward to and put us in the present moment. I just came across this short podcast on Covid Fatigue on “This Matters” (The Toronto Star) which might give you a little boost (they make some good recommendations, but I also just felt better having my feelings validated).

Mini Sweaters?

You may be wondering what’s up with the mini-sweaters in the picture above, and what they have to do with sampling yarn and yarn tasting. Knitting mini-sweaters is currently my favourite way to date new yarns to see how I feel about them. Please note, it does NOT give me an accurate gauge or tension for the yarn, but I do glean lots of other insights from the exercise. It takes me about 45 minutes to an hour to make on of these little guys and it’s slightly futzy work, which means we spend a good chunk of time together.

Process Benefits:

  • I get to experience the texture, see how it behaves (or does not behave), figure out what size needles work well, etc.
  • I get to feel how much I enjoy working with it, how fiddly it is, how it finishes and blocks, and how much I like the finished product.
  • I get an idea of how it is to *really* work with, including increasing, decreasing, picking up stitches, weaving in ends, and blocking.

End Benefits:

  • After I finish my mini I can choose to take things further and make a larger, proper swatch and go deeper, or we can graciously part ways.
  • At the end I have an adorable little ornament to display and share. I tag & label mine and keep them in the store for reference, but you may have other uses for yours, including holiday decorations (tree ornaments, swags, wreaths, advent calendars, holiday cards), little gifts, or you can put them in a picture box frame and display them as art.
  • One of the biggest reasons why I mini-sweater sample … I find it entertaining and I don’t get bored.

Mini Sampling Suggestions:

  • Pattern: Cheers
  • Use short, 5″ or 6″ double pointed needles. I find the longer 7″ and 8″ ones are too fussy.
  • Needles that are less slippery are better than more slippery, especially if you are working with fine yarns or summer yarns (cotton, bamboo and other cellulosic fibres, silk, rayon … anything that doesn’t have any ‘grab’).
  • Feel free to elaborate and modify the pattern: change the style, needle size, ribbing, increases, etc.
  • You don’t have to make sweaters – you can try mini-hats, mini-mittens, mini-socks, mini-pants, or an easy-peasy pennant.
  • If you like the sweaters but get tired of making the same vanilla sweater over and over check-out Berroco’s annual Minutia patterns; every holiday they put out new free patterns for little tree ornaments, including sweaters, hats, mitts, socks and more.

Now, I’m not advocating you sample yarns this way, this isn’t a “you must”, or a “you need to”, or a “you should”. This is me and it fits my needs, so file it under the Free to be You an Me tab as “you might like to, but you also might not, which are both cool”. I own a yarn store and have to test yarns out to see if I think clients are going to enjoy working with them and love the projects they make with them. You have to do what works for you. I share my experience in hopes that you’ll feel inspired in some way to do something that brings you enjoyment. I can only be me, you can only be you, so you do you, I’ll do me, and we’ll share and inspire each other!

Berroco Yarn Tasting Kit

This season Berroco is doing something neat and is making their Spring Yarn-Tasting kits available to the general public (via their retailers, like us). It contains samples of the new yarns they are launching or promoting this season, which you can swatch and work experiment with. I receive one of these kits every season and I dutifully swatch with my sample to get a feel for the different yarns. It helps me decide what to order for you, but also it gives me insight into what’s out there, even if I don’t want to carry it (sometimes people come to me looking for something specific and I can special order it for them).

A Yarn Tasting Kit might be for you if:

  • You are thinking about making a spring/summer project (or two) and want to find a yarn that makes you happy.
  • You like swatching (some people sincerely do enjoy it, they exist, I know them).
  • You’re allergic to wool (or know someone who is) and want to try-out some alternatives (5 of the 6 yarns included in the kit are wool-free).
  • You’re stuck in a bit of a rut and you’re ready for a gentle exercise to help you moving outside of your comfort zone.
  • You like ‘NEW’.
  • You don’t like ‘NEW’, but you’re tired of being afraid of it (file this under ‘comfort zone’ above).

What you’ll get in your Yarn Tasting Kit:

  • 6 Mini balls (10-20g) of each new spring yarns (plus a few spring favorites): Summer SesameZinniaChai, Ultra Wool HandpaintMedina, and Remix Light
  • Yarn Tasting Menu
  • Berroco Spring ’21 Newsletter
  • Berroco Spring ’21 Lookbook
  • Berroco Alpaca Sticker
  • Thank you note with a 50% off pattern coupon code!

EVENT Sock Lab!

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Sock Lab

Wednesdays 5 to 8 pm, Oct 17 – Dec 14

Co-Hosted with Jonathan from ‘Your Fibre Intake

After a successful first knitting lab earlier this year, we are co-hosting with Your Fibre Intake a second edition, this time targeting socks!

Most people who participated to the first edition had a lot of battle stories about socks: they don’t fit, don’t like how the toe box feels, hate picking up stitches, fear knitting with fingering weight yarn, second sock syndrome, the list goes on. We think this kind of project is perfect for a collective lab: it’s more motivating when other people join in!

Bring your yarn and needles (or buy some at the store), a pattern (we’ll have a few for inspiration during the first few sessions). You can start a new project or bring in something you’ve been working on for a while, it’s up to you. We’ll be your cheerleaders, provide support, encouragement and fun! Join in person or online — commenting here or on Instagram, and make sure to share your progress and especially lessons learned!

Sock lab is different than a class – it’ a collective experience, a support group, a grass-roots exchange of ideas and motivation. If you need extra instruction you can hire one of our pros for $5/15 minutes. If you’re a beginner and want to take a full-on class with hands-on instruction, we offer those as a workshop or in private lessons.

This event is drop-in, there is no sign up in advance, there is no cost to join, and coincides with our weekly knit night. All you have to do is show up, introduce yourself, and have fun!

WHEN: Drop-In, Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm, October 17 to December 14, 2018

WHERE: Knit-O-Matic, 1382 Bathurst Street

HOW MUCH: FREE to attend (one-on-one instruction is available for $5/15 minutes)

NOTE: If possible, we request anyone attending our social events please refrain from wearing perfume and bringing foods containing peanuts, as they are common allergens.

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

EVENTS Summer Knit in Public Days

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World Wide Knit in Public Day Continues!

The Toronto Knitters Guild (TKG) had such a good time on World Wide Knit in Public Day on June 9th at the Wychwood Barns that they are going to keep going throughout the summer! I can attest, it was lovely and very relaxing knitting “Au Plein Air” (I’m on the far left in the picture, Rosie is on the far right). I don’t often get to go out and be a regular knitter, it was a real treat for me to be able to hang out with the lovely members of the guild and relax. Have a look at the TKG’s Flickr album with all the pictures from the day. Many thanks to the TKG for organizing this event!

If you aren’t already a member of the TKG, you should definitely consider it. Besides being a great way to meet other fibre enthusiasts, their monthly meetings have great speakers and vendors, they organize trips to out of town fibre festivals, and guild members get a discount at local yarn stores – yup, that includes us, Knit-O-Matic! To be honest, if you are a fan of nice yarn, the TKG store discounts will pay for your membership and more.

Knit with the TKG this Summer:

  • July 7
  • July 21
  • August 4
  • August 18

Time:
8 am – 1 pm

Location:
Artscape Wychwood Barns “Orchard”
601 Christie Street, South of St Clair.
The Orchard is at the NW corner of the property.

These events take place during the Farmers Market, so there’s lots of opportunity for shopping. (It’s a GREAT market, I’ve known the lady who runs it since I opened Knit-O-Matic, and her curation of vendors is discriminating and spot-on.) Goodies and treats are available for purchase, or you may bring your own snacks/beverage. Please bring a blanket or chair to sit upon, if possible. Looking for a project to take to the park or need some needles/stitch makers/etc? Knit-O-Matic is located at 1382 Bathurst St, literally ONE BLOCK AWAY from the Wychwood Barns.

This event will run WEATHER PERMITTING. Please check the guild website or Guild’s Ravelry page for up-to-date information.

EVENT World Wide Knit In Public Day

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This year the Toronto Knitter’s Guild is holding their annual WWKIPD festivities at the Wychood Barns, which is literally just around the corner from us! I’m totally going and I really hope you’ll join us and hang out (attendance is free, and you don’t need to be a guild member).

The Guild will be at the Wychwood Barns Park, 601 Christie St,  (south of St Clair, 1 block west of Bathurst St) from 8am to 1pm. Just look for the Toronto Knitters Guild tent and banner in the park on the south side of the Barns.

Bring your lawn chair or blanket, or sit on the grass, and knit, crochet, or spin. The Farmers Market will be happening at the same time, so a variety of snacks and beverages will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own. Washrooms are located nearby, within the Barns, and there’s a great playground for kids.

And please remember to bring your sun protection: sunhat, sunscreen, etc.

Date: Saturday June 9

Time: 8am to 1pm

Location: Wychwood Barns Park, 601 Christie St. (Google Map)

 

REMINDER Yarn Swap THIS Sunday!

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You asked for another swap, so we’re reminding you that the next one is coming up THIS SUNDAY!

Sunday April 15 from 1-3pm

See all the details HERE

YARN SWAP April 15th

 

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NEXT SWAP: SUNDAY APRIL 15, 1-3 pm

$15 – 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.
  • $15 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

TUPPERWARE Party!

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Knit-O-Matic Tupperware Party!

What

Millennials are bringing classics back, including Tupperware Parties! If you didn’t grow up in the 70s & 80s you may not be as familiar with Tupperware brand products as Baby Boomers & Gen-Xers. Tupperware is known for extremely high-quality kitchen products that WORK. Tupperware is NOT a disposable product, you only buy a Tupperware product once, they last for life and come with alifetime warranty. They’re safe, BPA free, and are made from virgin ingredients (no recycled plastics which can leech chemicals).

Tupperware is not marketed like regular commercial products. They don’t sink tons of money into advertising, marketing and corporate deals with retailers (yup, manufacturers pay for shelf space in large retailers). Instead, they sell through individual sales reps – they’ve been empowering and offering women career opportunities since their inception.  Before the advent of the internet, Tupperware was historically sold through parties held by sales reps. While I love shopping online, as a retailer I appreciate that the human element is special. Sales people don’t just want to sell you something, we have the knowledge and experience to help you get what you NEED, and do it fast. I like my apple gadgets, but the human brain is still my favourite type of computer.

If you do remember Tupperware, you might think of it as something suitable for families. But they have lots of options for singletons and aparmtment & condo dwellers.

Why

Excellent Question! A knitting and food storage isn’t really a natural pairing. Well, it’s a short-long story. Short version: everyone needs to eat.

The Long Version: a few years ago my mom went to a Tupperware Party and a friend’s house and bought me a lunch container for my salads (I’m a salad person). When my mom gave it to me I thought it was cute, but after using it continuously for at least a year I swear by the thing! It’s perfectly designed, everything is just the right size for a lunch salad, it never leaks, washes easily, and still looks like it did the day I got it. At the same party, my mother got herself some special containers to keep fruits & veggies fresh, and after a year of use she swears by them! My mom is a cynic, so I figured they had been properly vetted, and as a salad person I wanted my leafy greens to last longer. So when I found out that an old friend of mine was selling Tupperware, I thought “Great! We can have a little retro fun, throw a party in the slow season, and I’ll buy myself some containers.” And then the special containers went on sale …. there was a 2 for 1, and my brother’s birthday is coming up, soooo …. I bought them. AND THEY ARE AWESOME! I Love them so much I LURV them! When they arrived at the store my assistant, Liane, looked at my containers longingly, she told me a sorrowful story about a nefarious roommate stealing her Tupperware …. so instead of saving the second set for my brother, I gave them to Liane. And SHE LOVES THEM!

Anyway, it’s a slow time of year, and I need to buy some quality containers for my freezer (I’m clutzy, I drop everything, and all of the other brands of containers always shatter), I can’t be the only person who could use a few kitchen solutions, so I figured, let’s have a Tupperware Party in the store! The Tupper-people will bring us some food, show us some stuff, I’ll buy my freezer containers, and we’ll hang out & knit!

NOTE: We do NOT sell Tupperware. We are NOT Tupperware consultants, we will NOT be selling Tupperware. If you want to connect with a Tupperware consultant I refer you to our Tupper-people, Lisa & Curtis.

When

Saturday July 29, 1pm – 2:30pm (we can go later if we want)

Where

HERE! Knit-O-Matic, 1382 Bathurst St, Toronto Ontario

RSVP

RSVP is completely necessary, but it’ll help us estimate how much food to bring.Please let us know if you have any deathly food allergies, and if there is anything specific you want our Tupper-people to bing so you can see it in person (like, I don’t know, the ice shaver or the pressure cooker): RSVP HERE 

Can’t Make It?

Can’t Make it but still want in on the fun? No problem, Tupperware has a full e-commerce website, you can shop online HERE. (I think the shipping might be a little bit more when you buy online – when you buy in person through our Tupperware couple, Lisa & Curtis, it’s only $3.95 per order)

Our Frolic Play-List

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Our Frolic Play-List

We’ve finalised what we’re taking to the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic THIS Saturday.  The following products will be packed up on Friday morning, and won’t be available in store on Friday Afternoon and Saturday. Additionally, they won’t be available online on Saturday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (we don’t want to accidentally sell anything twice). We’re sorry for any inconvenience!

Wollmeise

Sweet Georgia

Quince & Co

Malabrigo

Koigu

Mineville

Fleece Artist

Handmaiden

Madeline Tosh

 

The Knitters Frolic Marketplace is a fabulous one-day fibre lovers extravaganza. About 50 vendors from across Canada offer yarn, fibre and related goodies and notions. Meet with other fibre enthusiasts and be inspired!

We’re back in the same location we were last year, in Shokokai Court (the big room with big windows and lots of light): MAP

Details

  • Saturday, April 29, 9am – 4:30pm
  • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5.
  • FAQs

Louet Trunk Show Wed July 27th

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Louet Trunk Show

Wednesday July 27, 5-8pm

The super nice people at Louet are coming to show off their stuff! They’re bringing garment samples and yarn for us to explore and try on. It’s always good to see how yarns work up, and the company rep will be here to answer questions.

For details on the pattern above see our blog post on the Swingy Linen Skirt.