Thursday, November 24, 2005

Holiday Prep Sessions

Finished mittens!, originally uploaded by teruterubouzu.

1 month to go ... not to worry, i'm here to help. Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm from Nov 26 (this week) will be drop in Holiday prep classes. Every week will feature a different fast & easy project. Cost is $10/hour + materials + tax.

Cheaters Mittens:
Fast & easy mitts knit flat on straight needles and chunky yarn. Bring 6mm or 6.5mm needles if you already have them, we'll set you up with the pattern, instruction, guidance and a choice of yarns (if you don't have the needles we have those too).

Sunday, November 20, 2005


hats-all, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

free pattern for vintage style hat by Lily Chin with purchase of a ball of Lily Chin Signature Collection Chelsea


belts-all, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

free pattern for vintage style scarves/belts by Lily Chin with purchase of a ball of Lily Chin Signature Collection Chelsea


scarves-all, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

free pattern for scarves by Lily Chin with purchase of a ball of Lily Chin Signature Collection Tribeca Mohair

Friday, November 11, 2005


000_0042, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

sorry i forgot to post a pic of this ... its the swatch that Lily Chin made in, like, 3 seconds while she was demonstrating her skill with the hook - she's the world's fastest crocheter! her hands are a BLUR when she crochets, it's soooo cool! some people around here are a little green with envy, but it's just downright neato-mosquito, an exceptional talent.

her suggestions for faster hooking: lube up your hook (not if you're using bamboo or birch, Chin usese Aluminum) with a bit of moistureizer. She also credits the development of her skills to a little childhood sibling rivalry.

Winter Preview Peek-a-boo

1KN_Win05_cvr, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Preview of Interweave Knits Winter issue ...

Thursday, November 10, 2005


People keep asking if we have Cashmere? the answer is a resounding YOU KNOW IT BABY! Only the finest for the finest.

Cashmere is beautiful, it's a pricey gift from the cashmere goat so i like to keep things classic with an emphasis on colours & textures that will never lose their presence. I'm particular about quality too: I dislike synthetic fillers in Cashmere and I prefer that the Yarns are milled in Italy, not asia.

Cashmeres I've Loved 4

prestige 2, originally uploaded by knitomatic.


  • $34/ball, 25g/75m
  • Softer than a Baby's Bum: 100% Cashmere
  • 26sts & 32 rows on 4mm needles

Cashmeres I've Loved 3

lana grossa 2, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Lana Grossa PASHMINA

  • $20/ball (16 cents a metre)
  • DK to Worsted: 20 sts & 26 rows on 4.5 to 5mm needles
  • Super soft texture: 22% Cashmere, 78% Merino
  • 50g/125m

Cashmeres I've Loved 2

cashmere 2, originally uploaded by knitomatic.


  • $22/ball, 50g/150m (14 cents a metre)
  • DK to Worsted: 17 Sts & 24 Rows on 4 to 4.5mm needles
  • Soft texture like a peach (less likely to pill or snag than other cashmeres): 30% Cashmere & 70% Merino Wool

Cashmeres I've loved

truffles 2, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

TRUFFLES by Kertzer

  • A DEAL at $7/ball! (only 8 cents a metre)
  • DK weight: 22st & 30 rows on 4mm needles
  • Soft, smooth texture: 20% Cashmere & 80% Merino Wool
  • 25g/75m

book sign

booksign, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Lily Chin, dubbed "Li-Chi" by Tera of Spun Magazine (, signs a book.


elle'shat, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Lily Chin pulls out the Big Guns, vintage style crochet accessories. Ellery models lily chin's crochet hat pattern: free pattern with purchase of 1 ball of Lily Chin 'Chelsea'. me likey!! There is also a vintage crochet scarf that is totally stylin'!

the BIG coat!

visit 4, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Lily Chin models her coccoon coat in Cental Park Boucle. I tried it on, it's totally cozy, very Yoshi Yamamato circa 1995. totally stylin' in a french 1930s vintage meets a japanese 1990s deconstructed knitwear look.

Mine is 3/4 finished!

tucking into the trunk

visit 6, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Bird lady flaps her wings ... trying on the trunk show samples (that's what they're for, right?) very pretty & comfy vintage style sweater in Lily Chin Tribeca Mohair. I'm sold and Lily & suggests shortening the sleeves to 3/4 length. she's so smart!

Five little know facts about Lily Chin Tribeca Mohair:
A. this mohair does not itch!
B. this mohair DOES NOT SHED!
C. this mohair is easy to work with.
D. this mohair is milled in Canada.
E. you get good mileage for your dollar with this mohair! 140m for eight bucks!

Poncho goes Capelet

poncho, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Ellery models Lily Chin's crocheted Pooch Poncho pattern in her Central Park Boucle Yarn.

Lily Chin visits

visit 1, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Lily Chin starts the trunk show off by modeling her Poodle Poncho pattern from her visit with Martha Stewart. Free pattern, crochet in Lily Chin Central Park.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

new & noteable

just a quickie 'cause i gota get stuff up on the shelves!

Scads of Cascade 220 & Cascade Pastaza have arrived! Both should suit all your fibre needs: knitting enjoyability, softness, feltability, creative flexibility, value and affordability.

Needful Yarns has some great value for your dollar this year in yummy yarns!
  • Filtes 'Cashmere' is in for the special people in your life (like you!). It's a great value, worsted weight, 150m for $22 - it's a whack of lurvly luxe yarn.
  • Lana Gatto 'Venus' is also a super meal deal: it's a soft mohair and you get a whopping 225m for $11 (that's one ball for a scarf!)

Crystal Palace Merino Stripes is super yummy like their Merino Frappe, and of course, 'cause it's CP they alreay have a free scarf pattern on their site so you can see how it works up, and then work it up! here's a neat little merino frappe scarf pattern from CP and here is a cozy sweater pat too!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Stitch Diva Decidedly Different Scarves

New, fabulous Stich Diva patterns at Knit-O-Matic!

Stitch Diva Crochet Hats

Stitch Diva Crochet Hats, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

New, fabulous Stich Diva patterns at Knit-O-Matic!

Stitch Diva Hat Collection

Stitch Diva Hat Collection, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

New, fabulous Stich Diva patterns at Knit-O-Matic!

Stitch Diva Cardi Wraps

Stitch Diva Cardi Wraps, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

New, fabulous Stich Diva patterns at Knit-O-Matic!

Stylehounds Wiggle Bobble

stylehounds wiggle bobble, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

New Stylehounds handknit Puppy patterns from NYC, now at Knit-0-matic!

Stylehounds Soho Cables

Stylehounds Soho Cables, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

New Stylehounds handknit Puppy patterns from NYC, now at Knit-0-matic!

Stylehounds Esopus Diamonds

Stylehounds esopus diamonds, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

New Stylehounds handknit Puppy patterns from NYC, now at Knit-0-matic!

Stylehounds Coco's cardigan

Stylehounds coco's cardigan, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

New Stylehounds handknit Puppy patterns from NYC, now at Knit-0-matic!

Stylehounds Country Checkers

Stylehounds Country Checkers, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

New puppy patterns from Stylehounds Handknits from NYC, available at Knit-O-Matic

Stylehounds catskill ridge

Stylehounds catskill ridge, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

New puppy patterns from Stylehounds Handknits available at Knit-O-matic!

New Online Knitting Magazines

Men Knit

The AntiCraft

Friday, October 28, 2005

Lily Chin is a Comin'!

urbanknitter, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Sunday November 6, from 2 to 3pm - The Urban Knit Chick Visits!

How cool is this? Lily Chin will be visitng us, right here at Knit-O-Matic! I'm so excited, not only because Lily is a great knitter, fabulous teacher and dy-no-mite designer, but she's also a really fun person too! Must be why the likes of Martha Stewart & David Letterman like her so much.

Check out all the Diva of String has to offer:

The Urban Knitter

Knit and Crochet with Beads

Lily Chin Signature Collection (YARN & PATTERNS)

"Decorative Stitches" on Knitty Gritty/DIY Network

"Tips & Tricks" on Knitty Gritty/DIY Network

FREE Headband Pattern from Lily Chin Signature Collection

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Upcoming Classes

For more info, please contact us at, 416-653-7849, or drop by in person!

Sunday from 11am to 12pm, 2 weeks, dates TBA
Boost your creative potential, learn how to choose complimentary yarn texture and colour combinations the easy way. Colour, composition and contrast are the keys to good design. Join in as these principles are explained in easy-to-understand terms by our friendly instructor Tracy call, local visual artist, graphic designer and knit/crochet enthusiast. Through demos, short lessons, one-on-one guidance and take-home handouts with check charts, she'll help you: improve your confidence in choosing & combining yarn colours & textures; boost the artistic quality of your projects; and design pieces that are sure to have a fabulous visual impact. Shift from Knitter or Crocheter to artist while expanding your design abilities and taking your creativity further than you imagined.
Materials: As this is a design course you won't need any but bring your current project for critic or to stay after class to knit or crochet and visit with us for a while.

Cost: $40


Date & Time TBA

Learn how to make small knitted projects like HATS, MITTENS and SLIPPERS fast & easy and get ready for holiday gift giving while indulging in your favorite hobby! Boost your confidence by learning the easy way to make the basics.

Friday, October 21, 2005


confetti, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

We've got Minnowknits pattern kits in Manos Cotton Stria for little people. For pattern details click HERE. soooo cute!

Cuddle Up

cuddle up, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

We've got Minnowknits pattern kits in Manos Cotton Stria for little people. For pattern details click HERE. soooo cute!

Button Button

blue, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

We've got Minnowknits pattern kits in Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille for little people. For pattern details click HERE. soooo cute!

Sweetie Pie

sweetie pie, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

We've got Minnowknits pattern kits in Manos Cotton Stria for little people. For pattern details click HERE. soooo cute!


stripz, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

We've got Minnowknits pattern kits in Manos Cotton Stria for little people. For pattern details click HERE. soooo cute!

cotton roll

cotton roll, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

We've got Minnowknits pattern kits in Manos Cotton Stria for little people. For pattern details click HERE. soooo cute!


dress, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

We've got Minnowknits pattern kits in Manos Cotton Stria for little people. For pattern details click HERE. soooo cute!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

New Arrivals

icelandclose, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Crystal Palace Iceland Print
soft, colourful, feltable & only $15 for 100m! You can check out the colours at their website.

More NEW on SALE

NEW ROWAN Big Wool $19 (reg $24) 20% off
● Colors available: blue-grey 33, pale blue 21, wine 24

NEW ROWAN Kid Classic $11 (reg $14) 20% off
NEW ROWAN Biggy Print $19 (reg $24) 20% off
● Colors available: red 236, green 245

NEW ROWAN Plaid $21 (reg $26) 20% off
● Colors available: peacock 155, dark grey 168

NEW ROWAN Kid Silk Haze $18 (reg $22) 20% off

NEW Dale of Norway SISIK $4 (reg $8) 50% off
● Colors available: grey 153, yellow 163, navy 166

NEW ROWAN Chunky Cotton Chenille $20 (reg. $25) 25% off

NEW Berroco FLAX $9 (reg. $18) 50% off
● 100% linen
● colors available: taupe 5003, lavender 5105, pale celery 5027

NEW Needful CAPRI $8.50 (reg $12) 25% off
● Ribbon yarn witha hint of sheen

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Fall Store Hours

Monday ........ closed
Tues ............. 11am to 6pm
Wednesday .... 11am to 8pm
Thurs ........... 11am to 8pm
Friday .......... 11am to 6pm
Saturday ....... 11am to 5pm
Sunday ......... 12pm to 5pm

Sally Melville Knitting Experience Book 3

Just arrived in store: Book 3 of the Knitting Experience by Sally Meville!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


South West Trading SOY SILK Pheonix $15.75 (reg. $21) 25% off
● soft, worsted/aran weight (5mm)
great drape

South West Trading BAMBOO
$17.25 (reg. $23) 25% off
● DK weight (4mm)
great for knit or crochet
● colors available: parrott, intensity, bougainvilea, sahara, purplexed, tequila (orange mix), black, white, cobalt blue, fuchsia, chocolate, green, purple, red

Grignasco EDEN PRINT Bamboo $5.70 (reg. $7.50) 25% off
● soft & silky, DK weight (4mm)
● great for crochet or knit
● colours availabe: 40, 36, 39, 37, 35

Naturally New Zealand Mohair Plus $6 (reg. $10) 40% off
● long colourway (like noro)
● Colors available: 21, 27, 25, 26, 28
Solid Colours $8.50 (reg. $14); Mixed Colours $12 (reg. $20) 40% off
● Very soft & warm
● Quantities available in Grape 11, Claret 04, Natural 05, Navy 01,
Turquoise 10, Blue Mix 101,
● Odd balls available in Red 03, Green mix 100, Purple mix 102

Crystal Palace WAIKIKI $7.90 (reg. $10.50) 25% off
● so pretty! like Missoni

$7.50 (reg. $10) 25% off
● High quality soft cotton blend with lycra
Chunky weight (6mm)

Filtes King/Needful yarns SKIPPER
$5.75 (reg. $7.50) 25% off
● High quality DK cotton (4mm)

Filtes King/Needful yarns CABLE DUE
$5.75 (reg. $7.50) 25% off
● High quality fingering/sport weight cotton (3.25mm)

Lana Gatto/Needful yarns SUMMER $3.40 (reg. $4.50)
25% off
Similar Gauge as Rowan Cotton Rope (6mm)
● colours available: Orange, Mid yellow, Lemon Yellow, White, Cream, Sage Green, Aqua, Brown, Raspberry, Sky Blue, Magenta

Scheepjes POMPON $6 (reg. $8) 25% off
● Very soft, great for BABY knits
● Quantities available in White 943, Pink 933, Fuchsia 910, Dark Blue 926, Apple
Green 920, Royal blue 940
● Odd balls available in Yellow 914, Pale Blue 942

HEMP WOOL $6 (reg. $10) 40% off
● 55% hemp, 45% wool: felts!
● colors available: Blue, Black, Cream, Sage Green

Craft Sale

Crafternoon Tea - be there! (Knitomatic is going to)

What: A fab indie craft market, how-to hive and charity tea room
organized by columnist/designer Nathalie-Roze Fischer. Expect tons of
quirky-cool merch, including unusual handcrafted jewellery, knits,
accessories, home decor items, soaps & lotions, paper goods, recylced
clothing and lots more cool stuff by over 35 local vendors.

When: Saturday November 19th from 11am to 5pm

Where: Bellefair United Church, 2002 Queen St. East in the Beaches
(across from Kew Gardens)

Note: Funds raised from the tea-room benefit the Red Door Shelter
(, while cash collected via the raffle
will be donated to the Art Heart/A Home for Creative Opportunity (

For more info, visit:

Friday, October 07, 2005

New Readymade is IN

readymade, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

the new READYMADE is in too!


1knitscenefinalcover, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

the new mag from Interweave KNITSCENE has arrived and is in store NOW! Yipee!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

New & Yummy

Just thought I'd keep you up on New & Yummy things that have been arriving for the chilly weather:

Brownsheep Company Lamb's Pride Bulky & Worsted
regular and superwash. New Colours for this year plus old favorites. The superwash is also really soft!

Cascade 220
More of the wool, quattro and tweed are on their way!

Fleece Artist Yarns & Kits

check out their kidsilk raglan sweater kit, felted bag kit, needle bag kit, splendid sofa kit, Mo Jacket kit and more. Also take a look at their new colour options!

Manos Del Uruguay

more Manos in the colours you love, plus a couple of new shades this year too, and more cutie-patootie Minnowknits patterns!

Unfortunately, we can't carry everything (we wish we could) but if there's something you want let us know and we can special order it for you lickety split!

Fibre Philanthropy: Knitting for the Homeless

Every Wednesday night during the Stitch 'n Bitch we also host Fibre Philanthropy. People of all ages come and knit scarves, hats, mitts & socks to help Toronto's homeless survive the winter. All finished items are given to the Wychwood Open Door Drop-in Centre for distribution.

We contribute FREE instruction & patterns for these projects and the yarn is also free, donated by generous groups and individuals. All you need to do is bring a pair of needles (the bigger the better, around 9mm or 10mm are good) or you can pick up a reasonably priced set at the store.

So come on down! You can learn how to knit & make a difference!

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!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

interweave crochet

1crochet05cover, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Interweave Crochet Has arrived! Still waiting on Vogue Knitting, but i have a copy in the store you can peruse.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Fall Kits - wrap

wrap, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Get your knit on! this fall/winter wrap kit is 25% off and includes 4 skeins araucania nature wool, pattern and a packet of Eucalan - $34

Fall Kits - pretty wristwarmers

wristwarmers, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

sooo pretty and 25% off, wristwarmer kits will keep you warm this fall in a flash! 1 skein, pattern & eucalan packet in each kit - $10

Fall Kit - Knee Socks!

socks wristwarmers, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

make yourself a groovy pair of knee socks in Araucania Nature Wool. Kit includes Pattern, 2 skeins of yarn and a packet of eucalan to soften then up - $18.50

Fall Kits

ribbed turtleneck, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

fall kits are being born every day.

This one is a simple but stylin' sweater in Araucania Nature Wool, 7 skeins for a max finished bust of 41", and on SALE for 25% off - $56

What's What with What

1. The summer Sale continues! All SUMMER stock is 20% off the regular price
Soy Silk
Summer Ribbons

2. Clearance Yarns are still 25 to 50% off and there are still great finds in there, especially if you've a mind to start a few x-mas gifts.

3. Rowan Sale! 20% off all Rowan Yarns

4. New NORO for fall has arrived plus the books (and will be unpacked shortly)! There are some GORGEOUS new colours this year!

Friday, August 05, 2005

Big & Cozy for fall

chin mohair boucle, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

I want to wear one of these sooooooo bad! to be sure, it's a kit to be .... available Spetember 1st the distributor assures me, from Lily Chin's new yarn & pattern collection. All the colours in this yarn are great, but the black is especially fabulous, it's got this differentiation of colour running through it.

this sweater looks so cozy, fits any body type, can be worn upside down for a big, dramatic collar and is totally in step with fall's trendy oversized look.

pre-order and receive 10% off :-)

New Fall Stole Kit $58

Teva Blue, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

A new kit to knit in summer for fall ... a versatile ribbed stole designed by Teva Durham. It can be worn as a hood, a shawl, a stole or a poncho all-in-one. The ribbed stitch keeps it's shape.

Kit contains pattern and 6 balls Filtes King "Extra" 100% merino wool, a variety of colours are available. Kits fits size M/L, up to 40" bust/size 12. (for XL add an extra ball of yarn in each colour, available in store) - $58

Pick up a kit and run to the cottage!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Lily Chin Does it Again!

chin mohair bed, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

coolio! Lily Chin's got a line of yarns & designs coming for september. just got to see them firsthand but you can check it all out at her website

i LOVE LOVE LOVE that they are great knitability (no splitting), great wearability (no pilling), totally affordable AND made in Canada! And of course, the patterns are great!

thank you Lily!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Interweave Crochet

1crochet05cover, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Unfortunately, the new Interweave Crochet hasn't arrived YET. Intweave has, however, set up a great preview of the magazine! If you want to learn how to crochet don't wait and pop in the store for some classes!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Call for Knit & Crochet Bags

Hey Everyone in the GTA,

I received a visit from an art director who's working on a commercial
for Winners and needs some knit/crochet/handcrafted purses & bags to rent. if you have stuff you want to lease send him a clear digital photo as soon as possible. they pay 25% of the retail value (including the time you put into making the thing). the commercial goes to production Wed/Thurs/Fri of next week.




Thursday, July 14, 2005

ALL stock is 20% off ALL July

Forget about this summer stuff! If you don't dig summer yarns i'm not going to force you to eat green eggs and yarn. Lets emmend the Summer sale:

ALL stock is 20% off ALL July!

  • if it's regular price, take 20% off
  • all bags, books, magazines, patterns, kits, needles & notions
  • all yarns: alpaca, cashmere, wool, merino, mohair, blends, fancy, ribbon, cotton, bamboo, soysilk, silk, linen
  • previously discounted yarns are still 25% to 50% off

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


scarf, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

sorry! the phone died! i hope you find your way to this site.

here is a link to my original posting about knitthing the scarf with manos wool. the half i have in the store measures 28" long, so i assume a full scarf would measure twice that. it is 6" wide.

ALL summer yarns 20% off during the month of JULY!

Friday, July 08, 2005

Cottage Kit: Mesh Lace Wrap

lace wrap, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Knit Mesh Lace Wrap

will last a weekend at the cottage (or hanging out in the city)

BERROCO FLAX (100% linen) 50% off $47:
avilable in pink, lavender, oatmeal & very pale sage green

Cottage Kit: Flower Washcloths

flower wascloths, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Knit Cotton Chenille Flower Washcloths $30

3 washcloths in 3 colours will last you at least a full weekend at the cottage (or hanging out in the city)

available in assorted colour combinations or you choose the colours!

Cottage Kit: market bag

knit market bag, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Knit Linen Market Bag $34

will last you at least a full weekend at the cottage (or hanging out in the city)

available in black, brown, pink & tangerine

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

last minute knitted gifts has finally arrived! Posted by Hello


summer store hours start this week!

Sunday ..................Closed
Monday .................Closed
Tuesday .........11am - 6pm
Wednesday ....11am - 8pm
Thursday .......11am - 6pm
Friday ...........11 am - 6pm
Saturday ........11am - 6pm

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

the new fall issue of interweave is in! Posted by Hello

What's on the Knitomatic Needles

ok, so people are always asking me "what's on your needles?" of course, the best way to explain is to illustrate, sooooooooooo, i set up a blog to 'illustrate' what i'm up to, more or less.

you can find my creative eavours at the end of this link: frayed at the edges

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Crochet is our Friend!

rowan crochet, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Crochet is Your Friend!
Most people don't like to knit in the summer because cotton is hard to work with. Don't give up your craft, just switch over to crochet in the humid weather!

a few reasons why crochet is your friend ....
  • Crochet is very affordable; it's perfect with mercerized cotton, which is very reasonably priced, and you do
  • Crochet projects don't have to be complicated, they travel well and they work up fast.
  • Openwork is very easy in crochet, plus you'll never again be intimidated by crochet finishing instructions in knitting patterns.
  • Crochet is hard to learn from a book but easy to learn form a person, and once you understand the basic principles you can do anything!
  • Throw in the picture above was my first crochet project ever. It looks like a big, hard project but it's the exact opposite. Its made in squares and then you put the squares together.

and 4 more excellent reasons ....

ok, a few more very good reasons...

Upcoming Classes

Simple Crochet Class
  • Tuesday June 21 & 28 6-7:30pm
  • for beginners and novices
  • learn the basic stitches
  • learn how to read a crochet pattern
  • make a shawl, hat or shopping bag
  • Class cost is $30 + materials & tax

Beginner Knitting Class
  • Wednesday nights from 6 to 8pm
  • Class cost is $10/hour + materials + tax
  • attendance is on a drop-in basis, but beginners usually need 2 consecutive classes

Project Group

  • Sundays in June 11:30-1pm (moving to saturdays in July & August)
  • for people who want help getting through a project or learning new skills
  • cost is $15 per session ($10/hour)
  • attendance is on a week to week basis, but please contact us to reserve your place

Knitomatic News


Since the weather has been totally gross for the last week I'm holding the SUPER SALE over for another week untill Sunday June 26th. After that, many of the wonderful things that are on sale for 50% go back to regular price.

fore example ... (click on the links to see what the yarns look like)
Filatura Di Crosa Zara

Filatura Di Crosa Zara Plus

Filatura Di Crosa
Mille Fille Fine

Araucania Nature Wool

Nature Wool Chunky

Rowan Chunky Cotton Chenille

Schoeller-Stahl Big Print

Istex Lopi

Istex Lopi Lite

Istex Bulky Lopi

Twilleys Freedom Cotton

Amazon DK Cotton

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Fall Interweavy

Here's a sneak peak at the projects in the upcoming Fall 2005 Interweave Knits.

Here are also the new books coming out for fall.Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 04, 2005

The Knitting Project

11, originally uploaded by sharkseason.

check out this very cool art project!

Friday, June 03, 2005

Grignasco Cashmere 44% off $10
  • 100% cashmere
  • normalls $18/ball
  • 50g/110m
  • 28sts & 38rows on 3.5mm needles

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