Cafe. Yarn. Friends

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



  September 2015




There is just something about September that reminds us of "New."  Reminiscent of January and new year's day... the beginning of the school year seems like a fresh start kind of time.


Coming Up On The Classes Front...

    September definately has a back to class feel and we have some awesome class options!!!! Have a peek at all our class pages! We are looking forward to helping you further develop your skills!

    NEW to the roster is a Saturday Morning Project 911 class!

    We have held a Friday morning project class for some time and we are now happy to be able to open up our schedule to offer a weekend option as well!

    This class is perfect for those of you that have questions that may not need a full hour of dedicated attention, but more than a 3 minute quick fix. This class runs most Friday and Saturday mornings (check the Knitting Class Page for any dates exceptions). Space is limited so students need to pre-register, but this is a 2 hour session ($25) for you to bring your questions and be able to sit and work through your project challenges in a fun social atmosphere with an instructor on hand to help with your knitting and crochet projects.

    Improve your Skills

    We, of course, have a slew of new 101 classes but also....

    Granny Squares

    Sunday, September 27

    Blocking and Knitwear Care

    Wednesday, September 9


    Double Knitting

    Wednesday, September 16

    Brioche Knitting

    Wednesday, September 23

    Quick Mittens

    Sunday, September 27


    Knit Faster
    Continental Knitting

    Wednesday, September 30


    Fixing Mistakes

    Thursday, September 24

    Spinning 101
    on a Drop Spindle

    Sundays, September 13 & 20

    And next month ...

    Toy Making / Socks / Shuttle Tatting / Needle Felting ... and more!




    Tools of the Craft Special...



    Remember how back to school always got us excited about buying our school supplies and decking ourselves out with our fresh tools of the trade? Well, right now is a great time to look into your knitting bags and baskets and see what tools may be missing or in need of replacing! Has the couch or the streetcar eaten all your favourite little ring stitch markers? Is your measuring tape a bit stretched out? Or maybe you just need to have all the fun and new gadgets!

    Tools of the Craft Special :
    10% off in-stock needles and accessories
    for the month of September.

    Buttons, and needles and bags... oh my!





KAL Wrap Up...


Our Fly Away Blanket KAL will be wrapping up with a

Photo Shoot on Tuesday, September 15th!

Whether you are completely finished or not we hope you will join us to show off your blankets at what ever stage they are at! It is so much fun to see everyone's colour choices and layout options. We will hold the draw for the winner of the Grand Prize amoungst those that have completed their project in SweetGeorgia Superwash! And we will cheer on those that are doing rather large versions!

Jenn's Blanklet is finished and in the shop to be squished in person! Jenn chose to work a Single Crochet border to finish off her blankie. Crochet works up quick and doesn't require multiple needles and the picking up of stitches. If you would like to learn to do this as an option to the garter band... she will be happy to give you a tutorial in the shop Tuesday evening, September 8th.

Don't forget to tag your projects on Ravelry and post at least 3 pictures!!!!



You can have a peek at other people's progress too!




Yarn, Yarn, Yarn...

The first of our new lines of yarn for Fall have started to roll in ...

    DYlogoClassic Elite YarnsMechita



    100% Superwash Merino
    100g = 420yds
    gauge: 26-30 stitches
    needles: 2.25 - 2.75mm


    Soft. Loft. Scrumptious!



    Jenn has cast on Kate Atherley's Lemon Difficult Brioche Shawl Pattern
    in colourways Paris Night and Diana.

    Kate will be running her Brioche Knitting Class September 23rd which will get you well versed in this stitch pattern so you could embark on your own!!!







      The fall breeze is in the air. It's the season to start layering for those cool days and nights. It is not cold enough for the big chunky sweaters but still in need of a touch of warmth. We have been wanting to showcase the poncho for some time. And we feel this year is the year to sport the poncho. So for the month of September we will be featuring pairings of some favorite poncho patterns with some favourite yarns of ours on our social media channels!

      Be sure to Follow us on: to see all the fun poncho ideas!

      Miko's Pick

      City Cape
      by Purl Bee

      Yarn Suggestion :
      Naturally - Amuri (held double)


      Jenn's Pick

      The Folded Poncho
      by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

      Yarn Suggestion :
      Noro - Silk Garden Solo Sock




    In the Community...



    The first Toronto Knitters Guild (formly Downtown Knit Collective) meeting of the year is Wednesday, September 18th and will feature Upper Canada Fibreshed

    Are you a MEMBER of the TKG?  Did you know that showing us your current Toronto Knitters Guild membership card will mean a 10% discount off regularly priced yarn at our shop?  Present your card before we finish ringing you up and save!



    is just a couple weeks away...

    Saturday, September 14th! 

    You won't want to miss this yarn filled show! They are at a new location this year...  The Aud┬áis a located close to downtown Kitchener and is easily accessible by public transportation and has ample parking. It is located at 400 East Ave, Kitchener, Ontario. You can get all the details on their website.

    It is always a great day! We are looking forward to checking out the new venue!


    Come on by to see the wheels and spindles in action and bring your own and join us!  Colourful fluff being turned into string... It is mesmerizing!


      Spin In Public Day

      Saturday, September 19th


      Join us in-shop for a Spin-In
      1 - 4pm


      Weather pending, we are hoping to pop over to the park!  Let's hope for no rain
      and not too windy!




    Welcome back to fall.  Welcome back to thoughts of cooler weather and warmer knit wear.  Welcome to the new fall lines and colours arriving.  Welcome to the renewed desire to tuck in with a good old comforting project.  We are looking forward picking up the needles to knit these cozy ponchos that we have had in mind. There is something satisfying about perpetuating the "New" of September ... perhaps it is the nostalgia it brings.


Happy Stitching!

Jennifer & Miko

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