Sunday, April 27, 2008

Knit-O-Matic Classes Spring/Summer 2008

Beginner Knitting Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: absolute beginner

Monday Apr28 & May 5, 6:30-8pm both nights

Tuesday May 27 & June 3, 6:30-8pm both nights

Monday June 23 & 30, 6:30-8pm both nights

Tuesday July 22 & 29, 6:30-8pm both nights

Monday August 18 & 25, 6:30-8pm both nights

You'll learn all the basics: how to knit, purl, put stitches on your needle (cast on), finish up (cast off), change yarn in the middle of your project, weave in your ends, and how to read the information that comes on a ball of yarn. You should be able to make a scarf in this class (but you have to do your homework, so get ready to spend a few hours of down time working on your 'assignment' in front of the TV).

  • Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks

  • $55 + tax (includes materials).

NEW Autumn Beret Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: intermediate-beginner

Tuesday August 19 & 26, 6:30-8pm both nights

To get a jump on the fall season, try this hat class on for size. Here you’ll learn all the usual hat basics—knitting in the round, knitting with double pointed needles, increasing and decreasing, navigating a hat pattern--plus how to shape the crown for a stylish tam, and how to make an I-cord knot (optional).

You must know how to cast-on, cast off, knit, purl and read a basic knitting pattern for this class.

  • Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks

  • $75 + tax (includes materials

Felted Ballet Slippers Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: intermediate-beginner

(check our upcoming fall/winter schedule or contact us to book a private class)

Find out why felting is so addictive! Learn how to shape a slipper and how to wet-felt in one fell swoop! You'll follow a pattern, use circular needles, increase and decrease stitches, pick up stitches, and find out why I call my washing machine “the Felter”.

You must know how to knit, purl, cast-on & cast off for this class; knowing how to use circular needles is an asset.

  • Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks

  • $80 + tax (includes materials)

My First Toe Up Sock Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: advanced-beginner

Monday July 21 & 28, 6:30-8pm both nights

Socks seem hard, but they don't have to be. While you make your sock, you'll follow a pattern, use double pointed needles, increase, decrease and pick up and wrap stitches. You’ll also shape a toe without complicated grafting and turn a professional looking heel without the usual math. It doesn’t get any easier! You must know how to knit, purl, cast-on & off for this class.

  • Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks

  • $80 + tax (includes materials)

NEW Diamond Lace Scarf Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: intermediate

Tuesday May 13 & 20, 6:30-8pm both nights

Lace is pretty, impressive and simpler than you think! While you fashion this beautiful scarf, you’ll learn lace basics, how to follow a lace pattern and chart, and many useful tricks to bring to your next project.

You must know how to cast-on, knit, purl and read a basic knitting pattern

  • Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks

  • $55 + tax (includes materials)

Knitted Shrug
Liane Schwarz
Skill Level: intermediate

Monday June 9 & 16, 6-8pm both nights

An excellent way to get your sweater feet wet! In this workshop you’ll make a simple neck-down shrug that you can customize to fit your desires. Along the way you’ll learn the basics of shaping a raglan sweater, knitting sleeves, how to read a pattern, and simple finishing techniques. With this under your belt, you’ll have the courage to tackle that big pullover you’ve been dying to make.

  • Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks

  • $125 + tax (includes materials)

NEW Knitted Toy Workshop Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: beginner/intermediate

Tuesday Apr 29 & May 6, 6:30-8pm both nights

Make an adorable stuffed animal for your child or grandchild while learning the basics of shaping (increasing and decreasing) and the techniques of finishing (esp. top stitching). An excellent way to make two birds with one stone!

You should know how to knit, purl, cast on and off.

  • $55 + tax (includes materials)

Beginner Crochet Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: absolute beginner!

Monday May12 & 19, 6:30-8pm both nights

Tuesday June 10 & 17, 6:30-8pm both nights

Monday July 7 & 14, 6:30-8pm both nights

Tuesday August 5 & 12, 6:30-8pm both nights

Crochet is fast, easy and becoming very popular. You'll learn all the basics: how to make a chain, the foundation stitches (single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, slip stitch), how to follow a crochet pattern and read the information on a ball of yarn. You should be able to make a scarf after this class and if we have time (depending on student progress) a granny square or a crocheted flower.

  • Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks.

  • $55 + tax (includes materials).

NEW Crocheted Sun Hat Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: beginner

Monday May 26 & June 2, 6:30pm-8pm both nights

A great way to practice your beginner skills and acquire a few new ones. This workshop will teach you how to read a pattern, crochet in the round, increase & decrease, shape a dome and a brim, plus a few tricks of the trade to make sure this hat won’t blow off at the beach.

  • Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks

  • $55 + tax (includes materials)

NEW Crocheted Sunrise Shrug Liane Schwarz

Skill Level: beginner/intermediate

Tuesday June 24, July 8, & July 15 6:30-8pm all nights

If you’ve been looking to step it up a notch, then this is the class for you! Improve your crochet skills while you make this beautiful accessory, perfect for spring and cool summer nights. This workshop will instruct you on how to crochet in the round (a semi-circle in this case), how to shape raglan sleeves, how to mix up your stitches creatively, and how to custom fit with just the right increasing and decreasing.

  • Class consists of 3 sessions

  • $ 100 + tax (materials included)

Cutie Booties and Baby Hat (Crocheted)

Skill Level: beginner/intermediate

Monday August 4 &11, 6:30-8pm both nights

With that adorable little someone in mind, this class will show you how to make a matching set of baby booties and hat for a newborn. You will add to your skill set by working in the round, shaping a dome, and turning a pint-size heel. And so cute you may not want to wait for the baby to make them.

  • Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks

  • $65 + tax (materials included)

Private Classes
Monday to Friday, 12pm to 4pm,

By appointment only--$10/ hour + materials & tax

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Spring Stock is Arriving!

Happy Wednesday dearest Friends & Clients! New stuff has been rolling in so fast around here that I haven't had time to update you with pictures yet! I'll take some pictures as soon as I can, but until then, here's an idea of what is new!

  • NEW Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn! One skein makes a pair of socks!
  • NEW Misti Alpaca Handpainted Lace in gorgeous colours!
  • NEW Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton & Silk in STUNNING new colours!

  • More Handmaiden Casbah Cashmere Sock yarn
  • More Fleece Artist Sea Wool Sock yarn
  • More Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 Sock yarn
  • More Kaffe Fassett Regia striped sock yarn in popular colours Red ( 4259) & Green (4255)

New books & Magazines ....

  • Spring/Summer Knit.1 has arrived
  • More Big Girl Knits
  • Twinkle's Weekend Knits

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Spring Clearance Yarns!
Since we're spring cleaning we figured why not discount the leftovers from last Summer to
45% to 60% off the retail price! Colours and Quanitites are assorted, but if you come with an open mind you can leave with a deal on your first project of the new season!

Hemp for Knitting Allhemp 3 SOLD OUT
april 13/08

Hemp for Knitting Allhemp 6 SOLD OUT april 13/08

Madil Eden Bamboo $3.50 (reg. $7)
assorted colours & quantities

Twilley's Freedom Denim Cotton $3.50 (reg. $7)
assorted blues

Cascade Fixation $3.50 (reg. $7 to $8)
assorted colours & quantities

Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton $3.75 (reg. $9)
sky blue

Needful Ceramic $5 (reg. $14.90)
lilac, silver & powder blue

Dale Svale $3.50 (reg. $7)
assorted colours & quantities

Twilley's of England Lyscordet Crochet Cotton No.5 $2 (reg. $4)
assorted colours & quantities

and more ....

Friday, April 11, 2008

Clearance Yarns!
Spring is springing and we're cleaning house! We're discounting a whole bunch of AMAZING yarns that are already on Sale.
45% to 60% off the retail price! Colours and Quanitites are assorted, but if you come with an open mind magic can happen!

Manos Del Uruguay Wool $8 (reg. $15 to $17)
assorted colours & quantities

Fable Baby Alpaca $5.50 (reg. $10)
assorted colours & quantities

Noro Silver Thaw $13 (reg. $25)
colour 2, lot a: 5 skiens

Noro Iro $13 (reg. $25)
colour 61, lot a; 1 skein
colour 42, lota; 4 skeins

Diakeito Diamusee Fine $8 (reg. $16.50)
colour 116, lot o (purple); 9 balls

Fleece Artist Strati $18 (reg $36)
blue, 3 skeins
purple, 1 skein

Fleece Artist Slubby $18 (reg. $36)
purple, 1 skein

Fleece Artist Jumbo Loop $20 (reg $40)
green, 1 skein

Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicster (Elmira Hat & Gauntlet Kit) $18 (reg. $38)
green, 1 skein
yellow, 1 skein

Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran $5.50 (reg. $11)

Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton $3.75 (reg. $9)

Jo Sharp Silk Road Ultra $5.50 (reg. $11)

Lana Grossa Baby Kid $6 (reg. $15)
dark brown
red melange

Needful VIP Cashmere $6 (reg. $16)
assorted colours & quantities

Needful Mohair Royal $5 (reg. $12.50)
assorted colours & quantities

Madil Kid Seta $7 (reg. $15)
assorted colours & quantities

Estelle Twelve $8 (reg. $15.50)
2 blue
1 green
3 purple

and more ....

Friday, April 04, 2008

TTC Bus Service Disruption Starting April 7, 2008

Due to construction on Bathurst street the Bathurst Bus (7A or 7 B) will be detoured and will temporarily not pass directly in front of the store. The subway will still get you here, but if you want to take the bus get off at St. Clair avenue and walk down 2 blocks. For more information see the TTC.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

NEW Berroco Norah Gaughan Book 2 ~ $18

NEW Berroco Book #270 "Linen Jeans" $9

Watch an Audio slide-show for this book featuring designer Norah Gaughan
here are a few highlights ....

New Books!

Sensual Knits $19.95
Modern knitters are simply in love with luxury yarns—and the stylish items they can make from these opulent, irresistibly touchable materials. Sensual Knits feeds their hunger for fashionable projects made specifically with the finest merinos, alpacas, silks, cashmeres, and angoras. Beautiful models display the clothing, and every exquisitely photographed garment provides a stunning example of how classic can also be very sexy. A textured jacket features a nipped waist that hugs a woman’s curves, a bishop-sleeved sweater has a daringly plunging neckline, and there are camisoles, silky negligees, and evening dresses too. And be assured: these pieces will look great for years to come, not just for a single season. Any advanced beginner who has mastered the basics can handle these patterns.

Knit Couture $34.95

Gail Downey (half of the popular London label Weardowney ) and Henry Conway present the philosophy and innovative designs that make up this vintage-inspired, fashion-forward design label. Vogue has said about their designs that they are like "old friends already" and Knit Couture offers twenty patterns based on their acclaimed designs plus an in-depth view of the world of fashion knitwear. One of Weardowney's goals is to teach and inspire by offering modern-day knitters a window into the wider world of knitting---including the history of hand-knitting, the evolution of the medium, and an exploration of the craft within fashion and popular culture today. In addition, twenty designs, which remain true to the design philosohpy of Weardowney, are featured in full-color photography with easy-to-follow instructions.From smart tunic dresses and tops to elegant cardigans and vintage-inspired skirts and sweaters, the designs are stylish, modern, and awe-inspiring and can be adapted to make them truly one of a kind, just like couture. Boasting a comprehensive history, photography from past and present, stunning illustrations, and twenty exclusive designs, this is an imaginative and informative book that surely will inspire contemporary knitters and fashion lovers alike.

New Magazines!

Spring/Summer 2008 Vogue Knitting $8.50

Spring Interweave Crochet $6.99

NEW Pattern Book
Mission Falls "The Illustrator" $15

This cute & versatile book offers patterns for 4 sweater, 3 bag/purse, 3 vest and 2 wrap in Mission Falls 1824 Cotton. All patterns can also be knit in Mission Falls 1824 Wool. The book features new colours from Mission Falls Cotton, including their new multicolour "Cotton Whirl".

Mission Falls 1824 Cotton ~ $5.60
MIssion Falls 1824 Cotton Whirl ~ $6.50


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