Cafe. Yarn. Friends

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






  July 2016



    Regular Hours Interruptions...

  • We will be closed Friday, 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!

NEW to the Yarn Cellar...


We are so very pleased to be adding the gorgeous talent of Megan of Lichen and Lace as a new addition to our Yarn Cellar this July! And as you can see from the picture... Poppy approves

One of the many amazing things about yarn shop life is when a new box of fresh colours come in to the shop and as you unpack a huge box of yarn, with each colour you contemplate, quite seriously, keeping it all for yourself. Not to worry... we will share (this time).

We now carry Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock... we have started with over 20 colours and they will be on our Sock wall July 2nd to peruse and enjoy! PLUS... Megan was kind enough to send us a small collection of her super soft Matte Sock in Limited Edition colours! When they are gone, they are gone!

We will be bringing in her Worsted weight too this fall, so if there are any colours you would like to pre-order... email or call in your selections to us by July 30th and and take advantage of a pre-order special! Pre-orders of 4 or more skeins will receive a 10% discount!



All our CAN - CON is 10% off July 2 - 10 !!!


That means you will save on all Canadian Made / Dyed Yarns, Patterns and books by Canadian designers, buttons, and wool wash 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 10% off July 2-10th
to celebrate ...

    Happy Canada Day Indeed!



    And this year, we are making it even better... in addition to a 10% discount on each Can-Con item in the shop... for each and every skein of Canadian yarn you purchase we will also generate a ballot for you to have a chance (or many chances) to win

    A Magnificent Prize Basket
    brimming with scrumptious Canadian Talent...

    including: a Weatherhead Project Bag, an Optical Delusion scarf kit by indigodragonfly, 4 patterns by Robbie Laughlin (you know... that awesome guy who is always in the shop... he has some great new designs!), other items like Flatter by Soak, buttons by Grey Sundae, plus skeins of yarn by: Shelridge Yarns, Rhichard Devrieze, Lichen & Lace, Sweetgeorgia, Louet and Julie Asselin!

    This Prize Basket has a retail value of over $325.00!

    Buy 1 skein : get 1 ballot.
    Buy 10 skeins: Get 10 ballots!
    Soooo... the more you buy, the better your odds to win!


  Here are a couple of Canadian companies providing exceptional pattern resources: is a free online knitting magazine. Published four times a year, issue after issue is full of new and exciting free patterns and is published and edited by Canadian author, designer and non-animal fiber enthusiast Amy Singer, of Toronto!


Patternfish is an online pattern store where you can buy knitting or crochet patterns as customized PDF downloads. You won't find free patterns here but you won't find advertising, either. They currently have over 22,000 patterns to peruse and are a Canadian Venture!




      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!


      Double Knitting 101

      Saturday, July 16th


      Drop Spindle 101

      Thursdays, July 21 & 28th


      Crochet 101

      Thursdays, July 7 & 14

      Top down - Socks 101socks101

      Saturday, July 16th



      A note from Miko...


      The adventures with Poppy continue. She is 10 weeks, 2 and a half months now. Wow, time flies! It feels like yesterday she was born. She has learned to smile just last week. Melting our hearts every time. It's amazing how every day brings a new development. We have been able to pop into the shop a bunch of times. I think some of you even got the luck of hearing Poppy's new found volume. She is a strong willed baby and knows how to use her voice. My interpretation of what she's saying is that she wants more purple yarn in her life. And that she does not have enough. If that's possible. Maybe that's just me, but that's what I hear.


      We had a great time at World Wide Knit-In-Public Day. Thanks to everyone that was able to come out and enjoy the day with us. It was lovely to catch up with so many of you!


      Luckily, I get some time for knitting these days. And although we have been spoiled with lots of knitted things from the community, most are for the colder seasons. So I am working on summer wear currently. Here is a sneak peek at some of the things I'm working.... All for Poppy of course:


      Mud Puddles by Kelly Brooker - using Classic Elite Mesa

      Duffle coat by Debbie Bliss - using Tanis Fiber Arts

      Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants by Joelle Hovers  - using Cascade Luna

      Very cherry by Alana Dakos - using Universal yarn Bamboo pop


      Speaking of WWKIP DAY...

      Thank you to everyone who came from near and far to play in the park with us!!! it was a gorgeous day under the trees in the park as we knit and crocheted and ate BBQ and enjoyed the live music being played at the Tree Festival. Lots of people sat and created Knitted Knockers.


    We are very happy to be an official drop off location for Knitted Knockers of Canada! You can read all about this program at the Knitted Knockers Canada Website and/ or pop on by the to get the information and pick up the pattern and a skein or two the recommended yarn... Cascade Ultra Pima... a soft mercerized Cotton that is soft and washable and well wearing!


    Bring them in unstuffed and we will ship them off in batches as our basket fills!

    We want to extend a very special thank you to the lovely folks over at Estelle Yarns for helping us get involved in this program, by sharing the information on this great program and sponsoring our WWKIP Day with a significant donation of kits with yarn to get people knitting these Knockers for free!!! it was a very fun day which raised awareness of this program in a fun and meaningful way!



      JUL Designs...

      Sometimes you come across a product that just makes you happy. We had a hard time choosing, when it came to placing out initial order with JUL Designs. The buttons, Shawl Pins and Closures are just wonderful. Some are a bit edgy, some are all romantic elegance, but all the pieces are gorgeous, versatile, well constructed and thoughtfully crafted. Pop by to see the pretties we have in the shop today!!!



      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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