Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Announcing a New Stitch 'n Bitch!

We're starting a new daytime Stitch 'n Bitch on Tuesdays from 12pm to 4pm (Our usual is on Thursdays from 5 to 8pm).

What is a Stitch 'N Bitch?
A Stitch 'N Bitch is a social knitting group. We gather once a week and chat while we knit and/or crochet. Stitch 'n Bitch is free and you can just drop in and join us. You don't have to bring anything other than yourself and you knitting (or you can purchase a project here).

New New New! Verena Knitting Magazine!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Summer Hours Start June 14!
Due to the warm weather and construction outside the store we're starting summer hours a little early this year. Until the construction ends we'll be closed on Sundays and Mondays, once it ends we may re-open on Mondays. All classes remain the same.

Sunday Closed

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 11am - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 8pm
Friday 11 am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 6pm

New Holiday: YARN SWAP DAY!
Our last yarn & craft swap was so much fun and was so well received that we are going to host one every month!

Where & When?
● Every 2nd Sunday of the month (Saturdays in July & August), 1pm to 5pm ~ Drop In
Upcoming for 2008: July 12, August 9, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14.
Knit-O-Matic, 1378 Bathurst St, Toronto ON M5R 3J1
(416) 653-7849

What is a Yarn Swap?
A yarn swap is a big eco-friendly redistribution of yarn, needles and other craft supplies. Bring in the crafty stuff you never want to see again and deposit it in one of our baskets. Poke around at all the other donations and take home whatever you like. It's OK If you don't have any yarn to bring, you can still take whatever you like. Don't be embarrassed by the quality of yarn you bring, whatever is left over is donated to charities like Street Knit, Sistering Toronto, Women's Shelters and the Hospital for Sick Children, most of whom prefer acrylic!

Next Up: Beauty & Clothing Swap!
Since the Yarn swap went so well we've been asked to host a clothing & beauty swap. If it works well we'll look into making it into a monthly affair on the 4th Sunday of every month.

Where & When?
Saturday June 21 from 1 to 5pm
Knit-O-Matic, 1378 Bathurst St, Toronto ON M5R 3J1
(416) 653-7849

What is a Clothing & Beauty Swap?
It's a little like going to a party at a consignment store, but everything you take home is FREE. Bring in clean & wearable clothes, shoes, handbags, jewellery, accessories and beauty products and take home what you want. Beauty products can range from hair dryer to nail polish. Vintage Clothes are good. All leftovers will be donated to the local Women's Shelter and Goodwill.

For this event to work, PLEASE NOTE:
1. All cosmetics must be new & unused. A brand new shampoo or nail polish that you used once & didn't like is OK, but all lip, eye & other facial cosmetics must be new, unused & unopened. If there are any signs of use better not bring it.

2. Please don't bring clothes that have already had their day in the sun. Use discretion: If it's showing signs of wear, is smelly or is hopelessly out of date
it's best to send them directly to the Goodwill. Here are some helpful guidelines for questionable garments. When you look at it, what are you thinking?:

  • "What were we thinking back then?" = NOT GOOD, save for Halloween
  • "I wouldn't be caught dead in that" = BAD
  • "What's that Stain?" = BAD, anyway you'll need it for court
  • "But homeless people could still use that" = REALLY BAD
  • "I wonder if that smell will come out in the wash?" = INCINERATE IMMEDIATELY
  • "What the Fuck is that?!" = TOO MUCH INFORMATION
  • "This old fabric is special but the style is hopeless" = GOOD, the crafty will likey
  • "I don't know why, but all the kids are wearing things like this" = GOOD
  • "It reminds me of old photos from the 20s/30s/40s/50s" = VERY GOOD
  • "Is Chanel/Prada/Dior a good label?" = GOD

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Take 15% off Yarn, Books, Needles & Accessories!
On Now until July 15th

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Galit: Wavy Baby Blanket Knitting Kit ~$65 BUY NOW!

Sample shown in color Baby 91

Currently Available in the Following Colors:

Baby 91 Tutti Fruity 67

Sherbet 99 Ocean 100

Galit means waves in Hebrew, but I've always associated it with gentle kindness. This knitting kit is based on a pattern that is both beautiful and simple, it's easy to make and makes you look like you're a genius with needles!
It is made with soft, colorful, Italian cotton that stripes all by itself. Currently the kit is available in 4 colors, but if you would like we can provide it in any of the colors the yarn is available in.

The pattern is comprehensive and unique to Knit-O-Matic. It is written so everyone can follow it and includes
support and troubleshooting for novices. Included are explicit directions on how to make and measure a gauge swatch for this project as well directions and illustrations to help you re-orient yourself if you get lost.

The Galit Wavy Baby Blanket Kit Contains:
● 10 balls of Soft, Premium Quality, Aran Weight Italian Cotton Blend with a Long Colorway that stripes (Needful Kelly, 55% cotton/45% acrylic, 50g = 98m,
● Pattern Unique to Knit-O-Matic and not available elsewhere. Pattern is easy to follow and includes support and troubleshooting for novices.
● Sturdy Plastic Project Bag with Zipper. Bag is large enough to hold the project while you knit it and can be re-used afterwards for other projects or storage.

The Kit Does Not Contain (but can be added to):
● 5mm (us 8)-29" circular needles
● Locking Stitch Markers

If you like, we can add the following materials to your order:
● 5mm (US 8)-29" Clover Bamboo circular needles ~ $13.00
● Clover Locking Stitch Markers ~ $7.00
● 5mm (US H) Clover Soft touch Crochet Hook ~ $8.50
● Clover mini kacha-kacha knitting row counter ~ $13.00
● Clover Chibi Darning Needle Set ~ $6.00
● Clover Shiro Spring Tape Measure ~ $7.50

Skill Level
Intermediate-beginner (you're sick of scarves and are ready to move on)

Knit, follow a pattern, keep track of rows, increase a stitch (knit front & back or kfb), decrease a stitch (knit 2 together, or k2tog), cast on & cast off, weave in ends, crochet slip stitch (optional & not necessary to complete this project).
For help with knitting techniques and skills visit, or refer to the following references: Stitch 'N Bitch by Debbie Stoller, The Knitters Companion by Vicki Square.

29" x 30"

10 balls Needful Kelly (aran weight cotton)
5mm/29" circular needles
● Row counter (optional)
● Locking Stitch Markers in 2 colours (optional but will make your life easier!)
● 5mm crochet hook (optional, for finishing)
● 2 thin double pointed needles (optional, for measuring gauge)

18 sts & 28 rows = 4"/10cm over wave stitch
19 sts & 26 rows = 4"/10cm in stocking stitch suggested by yarn

Below: How to Identify the Pattern Row if you Get Lost

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