Cafe. Yarn. Friends

1162 Queen St. E. Toronto, ON. M4M 1L4
416 463 1162




  July 2014






    Regular Hours Interruptions...

  • We will be closed Tuesday, July 1st for Canada Day. ( so... no stitch night that evening)

As many of you know we are pretty passionate about a great many things and we love to share our excitement in our own unique way. One of the things we strive to do is have a nice representation of Canadian Content (Can-Con...yay) in our product offerings. There is just so much really great design talent and so many delectable yarn selections from home-sweet-home and this July we are once again featuring our Can-Con!


All our CAN - CON is 15% off July 2 - 6 !!!


That means you will save on all Canadian Made / Dyed Yarns, Patterns by Canadian designers, buttons, wool wash and some roving too!  Look out for the Canada Flag tags to highlight them all around the shop!

  So what is on sale???

  • Green Label (aran)
  • Blue Label (sock)
  • Pink Label (lace)
  • Silver Label (silk)
  • Yellow Label (dk)
  • Orange Label (aran)


  • Striped Turtle Toes

  • SOAK wool wash... handmaiden... soakboxes too!

  • Superwash DK
  • Superwash Chunky
  • Pure Spun Silk
  • Roving

    • Gems Sport
    • Roving
    • Spinning supplies


  • Bamboo Sport
  • Bamboo Sock
  • Bamboo Fingering
  • Merino Lace
  • BFL Sock

  • Super Sweet Sock


  • Northern Lights

  • Casbah
  • 4ply Cashmere
  • Keji


  • Peppino Merino
  • Superwash Worsted

  • MerGoat sock


Beautiful Porcelain and Stoneware Buttons

And all are 15% off the first week of July
to celebrate ...

    Happy Canada Day Indeed!






Crochet-A-Long : African Flower Hexagon Blanket

Anyone who has been into the shop over the last month has likely noticed that we all have been absolutely addicted to crocheting up the African Flower Hexagon motifs and each of us has decided it is time for a new cozy blanket in our life. This cheery design has absolutely endless colour possibilities! Plus, it sounds like a bunch of people would like to join us for this crazy fun we decided to spearhead a Summer Crochet-A-Long!

barbsWhy crochet a blanket in the summer, you ask? Why, because you can whip up a hexagon or 12 quickly. They are small, very portable and super fun to make. Oh, and did we mention addictive? They also look terrific as little stacks all over your dining room table! You can leave the assembly to the cooler weather... Not to worry, we plan on having a special assembly demo to show you how to do it...and not lose your mind. We are gonna aim for some time in September so you will have a couple months to make up as many hexagons as you would like.

Whether you are new tocrochet or already a pro we hope you will pick up your hooks and join us for our veryfirst crochet-along. Be warned it’s very addictive and easy to do. wips

Each Tuesday evening of July and August we will host Hexagon Hour from 7-8pm! Come on in and work away on your hexagons. Need help? Well we’re here for just that... bring your progress, your questions, and we will cheer eachother on. We will share tips on changing colours, managing ends, and assembling the blanket. A newer worries, we willwork it through one stitch at a time!

We are super excited about, and of course hooked on, this African Flower Hexagon pattern.  The pattern works so nicely in soooo many different configurations! We recommend having a peek at the oodles of various projects that have been created on Ravelry. What colour palette will you choose? Random?Organized? Bright? Calming? Stripes? Sooooo many options.

GO forth and check out the Tutorial we will be following! Heidi Bears has a very comprehensive set of instructions with clear pictures on how to create these little beauties! This tutorial breaks each step down precisely!

Easy Peasy.

So here is how the CAL works...

The Official Launch Party will be Tuesday, July 8... and since deadlines are good for getting things finished... We are aiming for a mid September finish.

poppinsTo Register as a CAL participant, you will need to set up a Project Page for this Blanket in Ravelry with the PP-CAL-2014 tag and post a minimum of 3 progress pictures. There will prizes along the way, and a Grand Prize Draw for those that finish their blankets by the mid-September deadline...(soon to be announced) We have started a thread in our Purple Purl Group on Ravelry so we can see each others colour choices, and cheer each other on. Be sure to check in with us there!!! We would love to start by having you post your colour choices!!!

Crochet to Win! The Grand Prize will be one of Namaste's newest addition to their bag line : Poppins... which will have a few specially chosen treats from us inside as well!

Purchase your CAL yarn between July 2th and July 22nd and you can take advantage of our BuyMore-SaveMore Promo on your CAL project materials. (Note: a 3-colour minimum will be in effect.) Using up scraps? No problem, we totally understand stash-busting, just note that a minimum of 300g of yarn, directly for this project, must be purchased with us, between July 2 and 22, 2014, to qualify for the Grand Prize Draw... we would still love to see your progress, regardless!

BuyMore-SaveMore Promo

  • 300-499g Save 10%
  • 500-1050g Save 15%
  • 1051g+ Save 20%

While we all have chosen Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label (DK) for our blankets you can choose any in-stock yarn for your creation. Just a reminder... we Doooo have the Can-Con Sale running July if you are leaning towards one of our CAN-CON lines, (like Tanis Fiber arts, Sweet Georgia or Louet) you may want to pop by earlier than later! BuyMore-SaveMore discounts apply to in-stock yarn only, yarn quantity must be bought on one invoice number, and cannot be combined with other promotions. Full details in the shop.

Looking forward to stitching with you as always!



    TTC construction continues, a bit farther west of us...

    The interesection of Broadview and Queen will be closed from June 30* to July25*. Which will mean another set of detours to reach us from west of Broadview. See the map below for the detour routes:

Alas, the intersection at Leslie and Queen has opened up again! Yay... the street cars and buses are running again. Just in time for June 30th... when the intersection just down the street from us will be closed with another set of detours. Sigh. But...

    Happily we are still easily accessible being just doors east of Jones Avenue...

    We will keep this diversion image posted on our home page until the streets open up again. You can keep up with the information on this project on the TTC Service Advisory Page



Happy Summer to you all!  Summer is a time of travel and cottage knitting for many.  It is a time of patio knitting in the shade or bright sunlight with a tall, cool beverage of your choice.  Make sure you are stocked up for your summer adventures! We look forward to seeing what you are up to!


Happy Stitching!

Jennifer & Miko


ps. The Canada Flag and Maple leaf images were found at the Canadian Flag Clip Art Gallery. Tis a good resource for some patriotic images!


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