Friday, September 30, 2005

Sweater Class Blasts Off!

kidsilkraglan, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

On the books for a while now, the long awaited SWEATER CLASS is coming to fruition.

WHO: This will be a class for people who've never knit a sweater or who are still a bit daunted by sweater projects. We will complete a sweater from start to finish together.

DATE & TIME: Sunday mornings from 10:30am to 12pm

PROJECT: we will all be working on a basic raglan sweater knit in the round. For ease & economy we'll be special ordering "KidSilk Raglan" kits from Fleece Artist, so when you sign up for the class you will order yours in your preferred colourway.
we'll be working on the same pattern so everyone is on the same page but you can always emend the pattern to suit your style: make it a cardigan, change the neckline, change the hem or cuffs. The yarn is a really lovely & affordable hand dyed blend of kid mohair and silk - nice to wear and to knit with. It's also not too thick or too thin.

COST: $10/hour for class time (approx 5 weeks, 1.5 hours per week = $75) plus $80 for the kit. Needles and notions are extra, plus applicable taxes.

PREREQUISITES: you must have basic knitting skills to attend this class. you should be able to cast on, knit, purl and cast off on your own and be able to consult a reference book. Knowledge of increasing and decreasing is useful but not necessary, as is reading patterns.

HOW: We already have 3 people committed so we should be able to start within a few weeks. Please e-mail us at if you are interested in joining and please don't forget to check the colour chart and choose the colourway for your kit.

To register and guarantee your place in the class you must pay the full cost for the class and the kit.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

TTC Knitalong

Re. TTC Knitalong this Saturday, Oct 1st

If you are registered on the WEST team: Meet at Vienna Home Bakery (626 Queen Street West) by 10 am. Beryl Tsang is your Knit-A-Long marshall.
If you are registered on the NORTH team: Meet at the Marche cafe at the Forest Hill Loblaws by 10 am. The Loblaws is on St. Clair Avenue West, just east of Bathurst, near the St. Clair subway station. The Marche is on the top floor (look for the elevator!). Vivienne Suen is your Knit-A-Long marshall.
  1. Suitable streetcar knitting.
  2. Cash - unfortunately we can only accept cash for the Knit-A-Long Rabble Cards ($7.50), and you will have to pay for lunch in addition to whatever shopping we do during the day.
  3. Metropass, or TTC Day Pass -- Day Passes are available at all subway stations and some TTC ticket agents, and cost $8. Or, if you're REALLY organized, 2 adults can share a Family Pass, which costs the same as the Single Day Pass. So if you have a friend coming on the SAME TEAM as you, the two of you can split it as long as you stick together and don't get separated.
  4. Bottled water, snacks, etc. that you think you might need.
  5. Camera or digital camera, to document all the fun!
  6. iPod or other source of music. We are looking into bringing along a portable boombox, so if you have an iPod or favorite CDs to knit to, bring them along! One of our event organizers is bringing her iTrip radio transmitter, so iPod owners can "plug in" and be broadcast on the streetcar as we knit our way to The Naked Sheep.
Your TTC Day Pass will be good to get you home (it is valid until 5:30 am on Sunday morning). Some people are arranging for their DH's and the like to come fetch them at the end of the day -- if you are making arrangements to be picked up at the end of the Knit-A-Long and would be willing to drop someone else off somewhere along your way home, please let us know ASAP so we can try to ride-match people.
As always, send questions to, or leave a comment at
If you have a knitting blog (or any kind of blog), consider posting photos and stories from Knit-A-Long Day. We can start a mini-web ring and continue to stay in touch!
Happy Knitting!
The TTC Knit-A-Long Crew

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

red riding hood

red riding hood, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

from WRAP STYLE this one is pretty-pretty, but it's classic and the yarn they used is ON SALE 40% OFF, soft and warm Naturally Merino & Fur or Naturally Sensation (merino & angora). The pattern calls for 5 skeins.

Solid colours were $14/skein, now $8.50
Mixed colours were $20/skein, now $12

Colours available, quantites limited:
red 1 kit

claret (dark purple) 1 kit
navy 1 kit
natural 1 kit
turquoise 1 kit
mixed green 1 kit
mixed blue
mixed purple
1 kit
Pale Blue 1 kit
Lavender 1 kit

And if you don't like the exact colour, try tiniting it a new shade, the yarn already comes in skeins!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

all tied up

tied up, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

this one from WRAP STYLE is soooo versatile & flattering!

kid love

kid mohair, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

this one from WRAP STYLE i LURV too.

it calls for 4 balls of Rowan Kid Silk Haze, which is on sale for 20% off right now

or sub
Madil Kid Seta @ $15/ball
Lana Gatto Mohair Royal
@ $12.50/ball.

pretty pretty

pretty pretty, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

from WRAP STYLE, this is also pretty enough to put on top of a wedding cake

Lacy McLace

Lacy McLace, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

This one is pretty as a picture. it's made with fingering weight yarn, but soooo lovely. from WRAP STYLE


soho modern, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

From WRAP STYLE this one is very me, not just because i'm cold all the time. I'd make this brioche stitch one in the Naturally Merino & Fur also, use the claret & grape for a caplet au-moment. otherwise the Debbie Bliss Alpaca & Silk would be yummy, soft, light & just the right warmth. Or go classic elegance and use a soft & smooth Italian merino from Needful Yarns/Filtes King Extra

iro bound

iro bound, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

This little wonder from WRAP STYLE is definitely Noro Bound - i totally see it in some of the gorgeous colours & textures in Noro Iro or Noro Transitions.

wrap style

1931499918.01.LZZZZZZZ, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Wrap style is here and so is wrap season. there's something for everyone in this book.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The store will be closed this Firday, September 16th. Sorry for the invconvenience, but we'll be open on Saturday!




1knitscenefinalcover, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

something for you to peruse: the newsletter for the new knitscene mag from interweave. it isn't in store yet but i'll let you know as soon as it is!

according to Interweave editor Pam Allen this mag is geared towards "style-conscious women who are bored by mass retail uniformity. They are more creative, willing to push the boundaries, and not weighed down by tradition. They view their knitting as a form of personal expression and they like to get funky by merging techniques—incorporating embroidery, sewing, crocheting, and even beading into their knitting." coolio!

also check out the website as the october draws nearer

Friday, September 02, 2005

this isn't really store specific, but it's pretty neat. check out online interviews with knitting people at "knitcast":

it's a podcast on knitting!

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