Cafe. Yarn. Friends

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




  July 2015






    Regular Hours Interruptions...

  • We will be closed Wednesday, July 1st for Canada Day.

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 - 7 !!!


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???





Chameleon is in the shop now!!!!

Beautiful Porcelain and Stoneware Buttons

Handcrafted here in Toronto!

Weatherhead Project Bags


Yarn Bowls

by Patina Galleries

in Bayfield

And all are 15% off July 2-7th
to celebrate ...

    Happy Canada Day Indeed!




      Coming Up On The Classes Front...

      We will be taking a class hiatus for the month of August. Look for the fall schedule the first week of September!


      Fixing Knitting Mistakes

      Thursday, July 16th


      Drop Spindle 101

      Sundays, July 5 & 12th

      Making the Most of 

      Wednesday, July 15th



      Toronto 2015 Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games...

      In celebration of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games this summer we have whipped a few kits in the game colours to knit and crochet up to show your support and cheer on your teams!

      That ...and because the colours are just plain fun to work with!

      All these projects are stitched up and on display in the shop. All of them are really easy projects. And all of them are kitted up with appropriate amounts of yarn!

      First up is Jenn's Tri-Granny Scarf Pattern... paired with enough yarn to add the fun stripes plus one skein of Tough Love Sock Yarn = entertaining and quick shawl... perfect for when there is a nip in the air.
      PanAm Tri-Granny Shawl Kit is $35.


      Sweetgeorgia was kind enough to assemble our Pan Am colour choices in a limited run of her Party of Five Packs ...Perfect for the free Reverb Shawl pattern on Ravelry. When they are gone, they are gone! So scoop 'em up fast!
      Party of Five Pack $35.


    And we have made up a bracelet kit in a new wavy pattern...similar to our ever popular Rainbow bracelets ... this is a super quick and simple pattern with yarn included.
    $5 each.



Blanket Knit-A-Long : Fly Away image © Tin Can Knits

Well, a blanket KAL in the summer seems to be becoming a tradition around here! And of course modular is key due to potential summer heat and to accommodate summer vacation travel, cottage time, or lugging to and from the hammock in the yard!

This year's obsession of a blanket could hardly be easier! You have probably seen us pondering the options in the shop! Yep that is right... By the wonderful Tin Can Knits ladies comes the Fly Away Blankie. This pattern is written up as a baby blanket, but up sizing is simple thing to do. And we can help with math.

This is a garter stitch pattern, with a colour stripe (or more if you choose) in each square. The pattern was inspired by the Flying Geese Quilt Motif and the blanket is knit one square at a time, joined together, and then the border is picked up to knit out. One of the amazing things about this blanket is that you can configure the squares into a variety of different graphic effects!

image © Tin Can Knits
images © Tin Can Knits

Be sure to check out the project page on Ravelry to start getting inspired!


KAL Yarn Feature...

Superwash Worsted or DK

Purchase your KAL yarn between June 30th and July 15th and you can take advantage of our Buy More-Save More Promo on your project materials. (Note: a 2-colour minimum will be in effect.) We will also include a free digital copy of the Fly Away blanket pattern!

Using up scraps? No problem, we totally understand stash-busting, just note that a minimum of 5 skeins, directly for this project, must be purchased with us, between June 30th and July 15th, 2015, to qualify for PRIZES... we would still love to see your progress, regardless!

Buy More-Save More Promo

  • 5 Skeins : Save 10%
  • 6-9 Skeins : Save 15%
  • 10+ Skeins : Save 20%

Buy More-Save More 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. Nudge nudge... the Can Con Sale runs July 2-7...and since Sweetgeorgia is Canadian yarn the up to 5 skeins level will be 15% if you get in early!

So here is how the KAL works...

The Official Launch Party will be Tuesday, July 7th... and since deadlines are good for getting things finished... We are aiming for a September 15th finish.

To Register as a KAL participant...

Simply set up a Project Page for this Blanket in Ravelry with the PP-FlyAway-KAL-2015 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 September 15th deadline.

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!!!

    We will be hosting help sessions...

    On Tuesday evenings over July and August! Come on in and work away on your squares. Demonstrations start at 7pm... and there will be a door prize draw for each of these evenings!

    July 7th : KAL Kick-Off with discussions on choosing layouts for those still unsure, as well as a demo on knitting in your ends as you work.

    August 11th: We will demo tidily seaming your squares together.

    August 18th: We will demo how to work the border: Including picking up stitches and working corners.

    September 15th: KAL end date and Finalist Prize Draw


    Knit to Win!

    The Finalist Prize Draw will be for a Prize Package consisting of:

    • Winner's choice of a Tin Can Knits E-book (9 Months of Knitting, Pacific Knits, Great White North, Handmade in the UK, Road Trip, and Max & Bodhi's Wardrobe)
    • Winner's choice of one of the Sweetgeorgia Party of Five Packs
    • as well as some charming goodies.


    Sneak Peek at Miko's...

Looking forward to stitching with you as always!

Cafe News...

Our cafe products have under gone a big switch up over the last month or two and we are pleased to introduce the new cafe suppliers of our delectable and goodies.

This local tea shop that will be our new source of delicious teas!
Over the summer we will serve a variety of Iced teas




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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