Thanksgiving comes a bit earlier north of the 44th parallel in Canada, it has something to do with our harvest being earlier, therefore we dine earlier. We are open regular store hours (112 pm to 6 pm) on Saturday & Sunday, and closed on Monday. We wish you a great weekend, wherever you are!
Saturday, Oct 8: 12pm to 6 pm
Sunday, Oct 9: 12 pm to 6 pm
Monday, Oct 10: CLOSED
We are also closing an hour early on Wednesday for Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement …..
Wednesday, Oct 5: 12 pm to 5 PM
I haven’t been abe to find ay patterns for a Shofar, so this year I wish you a happy Yom Kippur Hawaiian style with the Ho’oponopono prayer for forgiveness:
I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you
Nanaimo is a super cute, super-bulky weight cardie that will knit up in a FLASH!!!!! It’s perfect for fall weather, both knitting & wearing. Canadian designer Tara-Lynn Morrison of Good Night, Day makes marvelous, simple sweaters with super thick yarn. We used super soft, 100% merino Malabrigo Rasta for our sample (we used colour 809 Solis), her designs always make the yarn shine. If hand-painted yarn isn’t your thing and you want a more demure look try using Cascade Spuntaneous – it’s also a single-ply, 100% merino wool.
XS/S, (M/L), (XL/XXL), (XXXL)
Width at bust (lying flat): approx 49.5 cm / 19.5” (56 cm / 22”), (62. 25cm / 24.5”) ( 68.5 cm / 27”) (75 cm /29.5”)
Body length: approx 42 cm / 16.5” (46 cm / 18.5) or desired
Needle sizes aren’t listed, so check the pattern to confirm what you’ll need (although we expect it will be similar to the pattern above). We think Interchangeable needles area great way to go when a pattern calls for a bunch of sizes you don’t normally use. The Knitter’s Pride tips can be a great value, while the Addi Interchangeables are the premium option.
Looking for something to hold your cardie or shawl closed? Try one of our Oversized Safety Pins Brooches – the simple design makes them ideal for knits because there’s nothing for the yarn to get caught in.
We’ve officially moved back to our regular fall/winter/spring store hours, so we’re open 7 days a week again!
COVID is still a thing and we require everyone wear a mask at all times in the store. If you forget yours that’s totally ok, we have extra if you need one.
Sorry about the jarring poster and messaging, it seems to be necessary these days. A quote from Mahatma Gandhi springs to mind here: “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members”. The kind of society I choose to create is loving kindness, so let’s be kind and treat everyone with the respect and consideration we would show to those who are vulnerable. We’ve all been there, at some point in our lives we’ve all felt unsafe (like all of 2020), so even if we aren’t presently feeling that way ourselves, let’s be grateful we feel protected and remember that not everyone has that privilege.
And just a reminder, according to recent science (via Harvard Medical School) a person with COVID can be contagious 48 hours before starting to experience symptoms …. so when you wear a mask you can be guaranteed that you are doing the right thing by everyone by protecting those around you. When you wear a mask in my store you are making a conscious choice to protect everyone, including seniors, healthcare workers, the immunocompromised, pets (yup, they don’t get any vaccines), and our store staff, and I am GRATEFUL.
Michelle has updated the dates for the upcoming Knitsana sessions to give everyone more time to settle into fall (I know we are all holding on to the last wisps of summer as it gracefully passes into fall …. on Monday afternoon I gracefully jumped into my brother’s pool and then exited just as promptly – water can be such a good indicator of change, nature’s little reality check). If you’d like to get better at things like change, acceptance, consciousness, feelings, and growth, our little course in mindfulness might be just the thing for you.
If the pandemic showed us anything, it was that the need to heal is universal, and the time is always now. Change always starts from the inside, but it takes time and practice for it to lay out. Think of it as a holiday gift that needs time to marinate. Give yourself the gift of getting un-stuck NOW and start the wheels turning in your life so the outside starts to shift.
And yes, I know you’re stuck in your old patterns …. it’s totally OK, we all are. But you don’t have to stay in them, you can release them. I know it’s possible because I’ve done it and I’ll tell you, once you start pulling back the layers you won’t want to stop, (you don’t need to stop either, there’s infinite growth and freedom available, you can go back to the buffet as long as you wish). You are never too young or too old to start, but you are the only person who can make it happen for you, you are the only person who can take responsibility.
With much love,
If you are one of those people who don’t believe that your happiness is important, then I have some bad news – you’ve got it all wrong: YOUR HAPPINESS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THERE IS. Not just because every person is worthy and deserving of love and acceptance (it’s going to take a while to let the old beliefs go and accept this, it comes off with the layers), but because everything you do spins out from you, into the world around you …. especially the people closest to you. What you do for yourself you do for others – you can not do right by others if you don’t do right by yourself. The old ‘nice girl’ rules are crap, they aren’t benefiting any of us, regardles of gender (or lack thereof), throw them away and invest in a new playbook, a new path. You, being grounded in your true self, is what is necessary and important, this is where you will find peace and freedom. It takes work, but it is worth EVERYTHING.
Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully present and aware. The practice can help us when we feel overwhelmed, and help us manage how we react to stress. Luckily, mindfulness is a quality that every person already possesses, you don’t need to conjure it up, you just have to learn how to access it and practice using it. In this workshop, we will use knitting as an entry into the practice of mindfulness, with the intention to help you learn how to both improve and maintain your well-being. The craft of knitting with its repetitive and rhythmic motions is well known for its calming and healing properties. Mindfulness practice has been used for years to help people focus themselves in the present moment. Together, we hope to provide you with the needed tools to decrease stress and support your daily well-being.
The only prerequisite is that you already know how to cast on, knit and purl. You do not need any prior experience with mindfulness or meditation, you just need to show up and be present.
Every Sunday morning for one hour from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for SIX WEEKS (Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
Welcome to Knitsana 2 – if you are looking for a way to expand your mindfulness skills then this is the group for you! We will continue to use knitting in your practice with mindfulness. Knitting with its repetitive motion, illuminating colours and textures offers so much in the way of healing properties. This group will ‘go deeper’ into concepts explored in the first Knitsana group and will help bridge into your daily living.
Every Monday evening for one hour from 7:00-8:00 pm for SIX weeks. (Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21)
Details that Apply to Both Workshops
These groups DO NOT include any knitting instruction
Groups are presently only held online
Space is limited to 20 participants per group, so please don’t wait to register
This group is facilitated by Michelle Bloom, a registered Social Worker who has a love for knitting and a passion for healing. Haley Waxberg, owner of Knit-O-Matic will be co-hosting.
These online groups and will be held over a secure zoom channel.
You must already know how to cast on, knit and purl. For knitting tutorials please see our Knitting Skills Page.
The cost of the group is $200.00 for all six sessions (yarn is included, see the yarn options below for details) . Payment and registration will NOT be going through us at the store – because Michelle is a Registered Social Worker it is more cost-effective to offer this workshop directly through her.
Because this group is considered to be ‘therapeutic’, any participant residing in Ontario that has insurance coverage for social work can apply for benefits. You may otherwise be able to write off the cost of this group on your taxes (talk to your accountant to see).
We will all be using the same, specially selected yarn for our mindful journey. You have two options, both are enough to make a scarf or cowl. If you are a new knitter we recommend 10” straight bamboo or birch needles.
This is not a knitting skills course, so we won’t be taking on a specific project, but here’s a list of simple project options that are well suited to mindfulness knitting with either of our selecetd yarns (choose something that is simple for you):
Textile Artist Sam Barsky is coming to Toronto this September! We think his work is super inspiring and want to share his work with the textile lovers in our neighbourhood. Sam is known for his one-of-a-kind landscape sweaters. Known as the man who “weaves himself into the very fabric of his environment”, Sam is an artist who knits for his context. Some of my favourites are the Eclipse, Human Anatomy from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Truffula Tree sweater, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course Skating at Rockefeller Center.)
Sam is going to talk to us about his work, his process, show us how he makes his knits, show us some of his work (including his latest, a Toronto sweater), and generally shmooze.
Everyone is welcome, we will be meeting picnic-style on the grass at Wychwood Barns Park (see details below) so bring a blanket or a folding chair and your knitting/crochet/etc.
Where: Wychwood Barns Park, 76 Wychwood Ave, Toronto ON. (If the weather is inclement we will reconvene at Knit-O-Matic, 1382 Bathurst St, Toronto and N95 masks will be provided). We will be meeting picnic-style on the grass at Wychwood Barns Park (see details below) so bring a blanket or a folding chair and your knitting/crochet/etc.
Following the wonderfully successful Knit How, Pom Pom’s essential beginner’s knitting book, and the pullover compendium Ready Set Raglan, Pom Pom brings you Ready Set Socks, an exploration of sock designs for new and advanced knitters alike.
A collaboration with legendary sock maven Rachel Coopey, Ready Set Socks is the ultimate guide to sock-making! Get ready to experiment, discover the magic that is turning a heel, and become a seasoned sock knitter. The book includes ten unique patterns in both 4-ply / fingering and DK-weight versions.
From simple and speedy stockings and ribbed socks to fancy mosaic knitting colour combinations, you’ll be sure to find your perfect pair with this compendium of patterns to come back to again and again.
I’m needed by my family this weekend for an 80th birthday party, followed by my sister-in-law’s departure for her first academic conference (we’re so proud of her!), so I’m taking an extra day off this Saturday. The last weekend of the summer is not traditionally a busy one in the yarn store, so I don’t think you’ll miss me too, too much. I adore it when you come by, but I also love it when people are out taking advantage of beautiful weather and just enjoying life.
Friday: 12 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday: 12 pm to 6 pm
My current reading suggestion is A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. You can read it on paper, digitally download it, or get it as an audiobook (which is read by the author), so you can knit/crochet/wash dishes/walk/run/get your nails done while you read. It is also accompanied by a chapter-by-chapter podcast with Oprah (stream free online or on any podcast service, including Spotify), so you can test the water and see if it’s for you, and if it is, you can read along with the author, lady-O, and regular people asking really good questions. I feel kind of silly having come so late to the Tolle party (especially after seeing Oprah’s podcast was recorded in early 2019), but I guess I wasn’t ready. Now that I’m here I see exactly why Oprah has been such a fan. Tolle isn’t just talking about spiritual life, he’s talking about LIFE (or to the point, spiritual life IS life).
If you’re at a place where you want to change yourself, your life and our world for the better, this book is a great point of reference to help you level up. Just one caveat – people who are negative and aren’t ready to leave that state won’t get this book (and judging by the reviews online it seems to make them really angry). If you have a negative person in your life, giving them this book won’t ‘fix’ them – they have to be open to healing themselves. People who aren’t quite ready, but are getting there, might read a chapter or two but it won’t stick, it’ll sort of go through them – if this is you or a loved one it’s a good sign, hold on to the book, it’ll be there for you when it’s needed next. Anyway, the best books are always the ones you can read over and over and get something new from each time.
Get your fall off to a great start with a simple cardie you can wear everywhere, all the time. The Effortless Cardigan is made with a simple worsted weight yarn and ONE pair of 4.5mm – 32″ circular needles. It’s knit from the top-down in one piece (the underside of the sleeves are seamed, but if you prefer you can knit them in the round). The pattern is free, and there are a range of affordable yarn options, so if you end up loving your sweater you can keep making them and fill your wardrobe!
Our SUMMER SALEis ending Sept 5th! Select products (including some clearance items and craft kits!) are now 25% OFF. The discount is online and in-store, and it will be automatically be added at check-out, so you don’t have to jump through any extra hoops or remember to put in a discount code (this discount can not be combined with any other offers or discounts – you won’t be able to use another discount code when you check-out).
The Fibre Co has kindly leant us a little Trunk Show with some gorgeous samples knit up with The Fibre Co. Acadia. Acadia is a luscious, luxurious blend of silk noil, baby alpaca and fine merino wool. It has a slightly rustic look, but don’t be mistaken, this yarn is all beauty and softness. Acadia shines in simple knits, it positively SINGS, leaving you with less work and all the credit!
We have the Trunk show until Oct 5th, so pop in and see what the sweaters actually look and feel like!
Use code KITSTOGO10 at check-out to receive 10% off the online purchase of these kits to October 5, 2022 (can not be combined with other discounts or promotions).
Wythop is a pretty twist on a traditional yoke sweater, featuring a rosebud bobble and lace stitch pattern. It is knitted seamlessly from the bottom up and features short row shaping at the neck for an improved fit. Acadia gives the garment beautiful depth of colour and texture as well as an exceptional drape.
Skill Level: advanced beginner to intermediate
The pullover is knitted seamlessly from bottom up. The body and the sleeves are knitted in the round and joined at underarm. The yoke is knitted in the round with a simple rosebud lace-and-bobble pattern. The neck is shaped with short rows.
Enso is a Japanese word for ‘circle’. It’s a simple pullover with pretty details that soften the look and make it a wardrobe staple. Enso features a round, scoop neck, garter panels along the sides, and a curved hem for a classic shape. It’s knit top-down, in the round, so no seams!
Enso begins with casting on the stitches for the shoulders and back neck. The back is shaped with short rows to create the shoulder slope, and then worked down to the underarm shaping. Stitches are picked up along each shoulder and the front is also worked down to the underarm shaping. The front and back are then joined with stitches cast on for the underarms and the body is worked until the end. Stitches are picked up around each armhole for the sleeve heads and shaped with short rows, before the sleeves are knit in the round until the cuff.
The short rows along the shoulders and on the sleeves are worked by wrapping stitches. However, for this pattern, the wraps are not picked up, but are left and form a subtle decorative line of across each shoulder. The wrapped stitch from the previous row is simply knit or purled as if it had no wrap.
One Cardigan bySarah Hatton is another staple addition to The Fibre Co.’s much-loved One Series, which centres on the idea of single garment worn and loved by people of all ages and from all walks of life. This beginner-friendly cardigan is worked from the top down using raglan shaping, so it is seamless. The pattern is gender-inclusive, and offered in an extended range of 15 sizes, from Toddler to Full sized Adult. The adult sizes also offer 2 options for body length.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate
A timeless gender-inclusive cardigan knitted in one piece from the top down, which features classic raglan detailing. Sleeve stitches are put on hold and then the sleeves are worked in the round after the body is complete. The button band is picked up and finished last. The pattern is offered over 15 sizes from age 1-2 through to fit a 162 cm (64 in) chest, and with the option of a shorter or longer length for the adult sizes.
Toddler/Child: Age 1-2 [2-4: 4-6: 6-8: 8-10: 10-12] or Finished Chest Circumference 22.75(26, 27.75, 28.5, 29.75, 31.5)”
Ease: Child sizes are designed with 5-10 cm (2-4 in) of positive ease. Adult sizes 1 to 9 have 1-10 cm (0.25-4 in) of positive ease, depending on the size. For a fitted look please select a size nearer to your own body measurements; for a more relaxed fit we suggest nearer to the 10 cm (4 in) positive ease.
The Fibre Co. Acadia: 4 [4: 5: 6: 6: 8: 9: 10: 11: 12: 13: 14: 15: 17: 18] hanks. For longer length (adult sizes only) – [-: -: -: -: -: 9: 10: 12: 13: 14: 16: 17: 19: 20] hanks. We recommend alternating hanks as you work to give an overall blended appearance.
Lucinda was not included in our trunk show, but it’s such a great knit that I wanted you to see it! It’s the perfect, go-to sweater you’re going to’ll reach for every time you get dressed. The simple, clean lines are universally flattering and timeless, making it the perfect forever sweater!
Lucinda is worked from the bottom-up in one piece, then turned right-side out at the armhole and worked back and forth in rows. Shoulders are joined using the three-needle-bind-off. Sleeve Stitches are picked-up around the armhole and worked in the round to the cuff. The pullover is worked inside-out since many knitters prefer to knit than purl. There are two sleeve length options; the sample is shown in the shorter sleeve length.
37¼ (40¼, 44, 47¾, 51¼, 54¼, 58, 61¾, 64¾, 68½)”
Shown in size 44” with shorter sleeves and 10” positive ease
It’s no secret that, when it comes to colour, texture, and pattern, Pom Pom are maximalists through and through! This autumn,they decided to embrace this natural instinct and curate a knit and crochet collection inspired by abundance.
The result is 11 glorious designs with immense visual impact, highly satisfying and tactile motifs, and which echo the intricate aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement. The patterns are mesmerising, romantic, and somehow embody the wondrous generosity imbued in the act of making.
Featuring designs by: EDDA LILJA // ELENA DIMCHEVSKA // EMMA DUCHER // EMMA JANET // ERICA SUFKA // FRAN LÓPEZ // LUCIA LUCIANO // MARIA WALTERS // OLIVIA SCZEPANIK // WEICHIEN CHAN (THEPETITEKNITTER) // YUCCA
What’s more, the autumn 2022 collection features an article by Aja Barber, an eminent figure in the pushback against fast fashion, who encourages us to think more about the clothes we pair with our handmade items.
Spend a golden autumn afternoon reading the interview with embroidery extraordinaire, Tessa Perlow, and using Ella Hawkins’ biscuit decorating tutorial to make confectionery which looks like your knitting.
Our beloved magazine is taking a step into a more modern, dynamic direction by celebrating knitwear and the world of fibre in a fresh way. Together with the new look, we are also excited to introduce new, regular articles, such as Jeanette Sloan Talks Fibre. Of course, there are also things that won’t change: gorgeous knitwear patterns, beautiful high-quality photography and the size of the magazine, all elements that Laine is known for. The new look was created by Kyiv-born Marina Veziko, one of Finland’s leading designers and the Graphic Designer of the Year 2021.
To celebrate the new look, Laine has TWO different cover versions available: one in full-colour and a very limited black & white version!
Issue 15, Autumn 2022:
12 knitting patterns: 6 sweaters, 2 cardigans, 2 shawls, 1 hat, and 1 pair of socks
an interview with knitwear designer Lindsey Fowler
an article on how sheep help to save endangered biotopes
NEW! Jeanette Sloan Talks Fibre – a regular article on Jeanette chatting with interesting people. In this issue, she meets Rose Sinclair, an academic researcher, author and lecturer. Rose’s PhD research into Dorcas Clubs examines how textile networks can be catalysts for social change.
NEW! Five Ways by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro. In this issue, Päivi explores 5 ways how knitting can be used as a tool for change.
NEW! Where I Knit – a regular piece that pictures people knitting in their favourite spot, and talking about crafting in their everyday lives.
Designers featured in this issue: Jenny Ansah, Jennifer Brou, Weichien Chan (also known as the Petite Knitter), Štěpánka Drchalová, Meiju K-P, Bernice Lim (also known as Yamagara), Hanna Maciejewska, Terri Maue, Olga Putano, Florence Spurling and Yiğitcan Vatansever.
Knitstrips: The World’s First Comic-Strip Knitting Book
This new book is a tour de force, an epic achievement in melding knitwear design, instruction, and advice with interactive graphic illustrations. It’s a new way of seeing how to take a ball of yarn and a pair of needles and transform it into something tangible, useful, and beautiful. It’s bursting with life and the love of knitting.
Inside, the book is organized into four chapters, or issues, each of which gathers a handful of designs by different designers.
These are not conventional patterns. They are yarn-neutral, meaning that the authors guide you through choosing your yarn, but the choice really is yours. You’ll learn how to adapt the pattern you’re making to the gauge and other qualities of the yarn you’re using. In contrast to the prescriptive approach of a typical knitting pattern, the Knitstrips approach is open ended and full of learning. As I read through these energy-filled pages, I had renewed appreciation for how much thought and engineering goes into the most familiar handknit.
The Authors: Alice Ormsbee Beltran and Karen Kim Mar
We have sentimental reasons for jumping up and down with glee at the publication of Knitstrips. In a very real sense, Knitstrips first saw the light of day here on MDK. We can take no credit for the brilliance of the idea, but we will claim every last bragging right for realizing that the idea that Alice Ormsbee Beltran shared with us was very exciting.
And when the first Knitstrip appeared, the reaction from knitters was incredible. There was an avalanche of downloads of that first Knitstrip, and each of the ones that followed.
So: we send our heartiest congratulations to Alice and her co-author Karen Kim Mar on achieving this amazing book. The mere idea of doing copy edits and technical edits on patterns that are drawn by hand—by brilliant illustrators Laura Irrgang and Michele Philips—makes us want to take to our beds for a week or so. This is a major work of vision and of writing, illustration, and editing. Most exciting of all, Knitstrips is going to introduce so many new people to the joy of knitting, the challenge of knitting, and the satisfaction of having handmade garments and accessories in our lives.
The roster of designers, which includes the authors, is stellar:
The Darcy by Karen Kim Mar is a lovely, versatile neckwarmer that is made without shaping of any kind. Thanks to Alice, Karen, and the gentle publishers at Abrams for this exclusivedownloadable PDF. (Click on the link to download the pattern.)