Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ideas for Summer Knitting at the Cottage Part 1

Summer is an odd time for a lot of knitters. they want to keep their hands busy but they don't want to work with wool in the heat and they aren't really inpored to make any garments.

Option 1: Knit & Crochet for Charity
If you don't know what to do but you just want to keep your hands busy consider knittng for charity. Chairty knitting is fast is also great for using up scraps and leftover yarn. Before you put your needles together check the requirements for the charity you are going to donate to: Streetknit recommends using synthetics like acrylic while Afghans for Afghans recommends using animal fibers (wool)

Afghans for Afghans
(Afghans Blog)
Afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the children of Afghanistan.

Angel Hugs Canada
Angel Hugs Canada is a
non-profit charity group of volunteers located in Mississauga Ontario, Canada.

They knit or crochet items for babies, children and adults that have suffered a severe trauma or serious life threatening illness , young mothers at risk and the homeless.

Mother Bear Project
The Mother Bear Project is a grass-roots, non-profit group dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knit and crocheted bears.

Project Linus
Project Linus works to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans.

Streetknit collects and donates handmade hats, scarves, mittens, socks and sweaters to the homeless of Toronto. Donations are given to Toronto outreach programs.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

New at Knit-O-Matic June 21, 2007

Needful Yarns Sally Melville Jumper
A great new kit form
Needful Yarns just arrived - a cabled Jumper/Dress by Sally Melville! You can make it in Needful's easy to knit cotton blend KIM or their wonderful wool LONDON TWEED. Pattern is $8, Kelly costs $5 per ball and London Tweed is $7.50 per ball. Contact us to order the yarn & colour you want! (

S: bust 33.5", 13 balls KIM or 15 balls LONDON TWEED
M: bust 36",
14 balls KIM or 16 balls LONDON TWEED
L: bust 41", 16 balls KIM or 18 balls LONDON TWEED
XL: bust 44", 17 balls KIM or 19 balls LONDON TWEED
XXL: bust 47", 18 balls KIM or 21 balls LONDON TWEED

Nashua Natural Focus Ecologie Cotton
Nashua Natural Focus Ecologie Cotton is a 100% cotton dyed with natural plant dyes. It's a soft, matte cotton perfect for anything – lace, cable, texture, you name it! It's also soft as a baby's bottom and damn gorgeous to look at! It costs $11 a ball and worth every cent!
4mm needles, 20 sts & 26 rows = 4",

Stock up on Misti Baby Alpacas!
I got the bad sad news today,
Misti is raising their prices as of July 1, 2007. So get it at the lower price while you can & stock up for any projects you were planning on making in the fall or winter.

Baby Alpaca Lace is going form $7.50 to $8.50

Baby Alpaca Chunky is going form $15 to $16.50

Baby Alpaca Worsted is going form $15 to $16.50

A new FREE crochet pattern from Knit-O-Matic!

FLOWER POT crochet sun hat is made with 2 skeins of Hemp for Knitting Allhemp6, $11.50 per skein and the pattern is gratis because I love you and we all deserve to wear something cool while we're melting in the heat. Hemp is machine washable, durable and has an interesting, earthy aesthetic. And if you don't know how to crochet, well just pop by the store and we'll teach you! I pity the fool who don't crochet!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New at Knit-O-Matic June 12, 2007

Loop-D-Loop Crochet by Teva Durham is finally in print! I've been looking forward to this one for years! This book is the bomb whether you're a crocheter or not (you can learn easily and Teva's patterns are not that crazy tiny granny crochet). I don't just love it, I Lurv it!

More copies of Knitting Lingerie Style have arrived! We sold out the day after the book first arrived an reinforcements are here! Don't judge a book by it's cover - Knitting Lingerie Style is not just knitted bras & panties. There are actually a lot of patterns for really lovely tops, socks, stockings and other things that will look great on anyone!

Books on SALE!

Greetings from the Knit Cafe ~ $22.72 (35% off)
- A staple for the stylin' knitters library!
- Great for Intermediate & beginner knitter who are ready to learn new stuff!
- A Fantabulous book with all sorts of cool & classy patterns as well as some knitspirational notes.
- skirts, sweaters, hats, scarves, socks, jackets, blankets, men's stuff, bags, shawls, baby stuff, pillows, dresses, table runners, bikini, yarmulke, etc.!
- 3 copies available

Knit.101 ~ $25.32 (35% off)
- A must have for the obsessed knitter's library!
- Gorgeous book full of Gorgeous patterns, edited by Melanie Falick (Weekend Knitting)
- Full of fabulous patterns by different designers of the Interweave Knits ilk, also lots of gift ideas.
- hats, sweaters, scarves, shawls, baby & kids stuff, sachets, eye pillows, colonial stockings (to die for!), skirts, gloves, mitts, blankets, socks, really pretty slippers, dolls and some holiday stuff too!

- 3 copies available

Knits from a Painters Palette ~ $21.42 (35% off)
- Features Koigu Yarns and modular knitting techniques (it looks & sounds complicated but it's actually really easy)
- Shawls, Jackets, Vests, Sweaters, Kids stuff, dress, skirt, tunic, kaftan.

- 4 copies available

Morehouse Farm Merino Knits ~ $25.20 (35% off)
- Perfect for Beginner & Intermediate knitters
- Fibre obsessed knitters will love all the info about the farm
- Simple, classic patterns with lots of pictures of sheep!
- Sweaters, vests, Men's stuff, kids stuff, hats, scarves, mitts, purses, shawls, wraps, pillows, blankets, etc.
- 2 copies available

Knitting Color by Brandon Mably ~ $19.77 (40% off)
- Fantastic colour knits & theory from the design studio of Kaffe Fassett
- Patterns inspired by nature and brightly coloured cultures
- Sweaters, vests, pillows, kids stuff, bags
- 2 copies available

Knit.101 $17.22 (25% off)
- Perfect for beginners, suitable for any age group but great for teens & college students!
- Instructional book with simple, easy to follow patterns and fabulous illustrations. Instructions are organized to walk the reader through the pattern.
- Patterns are simple, classic, suitable for anyone.
- Scarves, Hats, legwarmers, ponchos, wristlets, pillows, bags, capelets, sweaters and a great skirt!
- 3 copies available

Knit.101 $17.96 (25% off)
- Perfect for Teens, Tweens & College kids
- From Knit.1 Magazine,
features loads of small to medium sized projects that are young at heart
- Knit and crochet
- hats, socks, legwarmers, armwarmers, scarves, capelets, sweaters, bikinis, shawls, tube tops, bags, guitar strap, flowers, clock, plant cozies, cat toys, etc!
- 3 copies available

Knitspiration: an Inspirational Journal for Knitters by Fiona Ellis $10.88 (25% off)
- makes a great gift for any knitter!
- includes inspirational notes & pointers to help you find your fibre-zen
- lined paper for notes and graph paper for designs
- yoga bag pattern, knitting glossary, needle conversion chart, abbreviations list, yoga poses for knitters
- only 2 copies available

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