FY Fibre Enjoyment: A big new Shipment of Studioloo hand spun art yarns came in this afternoon!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
MAPLE LEAF EH!
EAT YOUR VEGETABLES
An exciting new exclusive to Knit-O-Matic, we now have Manspun hand spun yarns! Each skein is unique and handspun in Mississauga Ontario. One Skein makes a hat (pattern forthcoming, I'm working on it) and 2 skeins makes a scarf. Prices vary from $21 to $28 per skein, (but most are in the $23 to $26 range) and the yarns mare made with a base of soft merino wool.
Friday, November 21, 2008
◆ regularly $25.10
◆ 80% Baby Suri Alpaca (very soft stuff!), 20% Silk
◆ 4ply, DK weight
◆ 6sts = 1" on 4mm needles
◆ 80% Baby Suri Alpaca (the very soft stuff!), 20% Silk
◆ Just One Skein makes a hat, mitts or a pair of socks!
SP11 Shadow, SP13 Seattle
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Felt Forward by Maggie Pace $14
- (reg $23.95, $17.61 on Amazon.ca)
- Beautiful projects for knitting & felting!
Knit Knack Kit by Kris Percival $10
- (reg. $26.95, 16.98 on Amazon.ca)
- A very cute kit for beginner, intermediate and dilettante knitters.
Knit 101 by Knit.1 Magazine $5
- (reg. $23.95, $17.48 on Amazon.ca)
- Great for teens! lots of legwarmer patterns!
- (reg. $27.95, $17.61 on Amazon.ca)
- The best technical guide for dying yarn
- (reg. $24.95, $16 on Amazon.ca)
- Lots of cute projects to knit 7 felt.
- (reg. $27.95, $17.63 on Amazon.ca)
- Fun projects for the crafty, all kinds of felting from knitting, wet felting, needle felting, recycled sweaters
- (reg. $27.95, $20.13 on Amazon.ca)
- Simple shapes & artsy style for special yarns, especially hand dyed. Also instructions of how to make a sweater fit your measurements.
Punk Knits by Share Ross $5
- (reg. $23.95, $17.48 on Amazon.ca)
- For the young and rebellious at heart.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
NEW Fleece Artist/ Perl Grey Min Kim Baby Sweater Kit
Design: a kimono style sweater for children knit in one piece
Sizes: 1 to 2 years, Body width 10/11.5”, cuff to cuff 22.5/26”, length 11.5/13”
Tools: 5 mm straight,10 st markers [clip style]
Stitch: stocking stitch
Tension: 4.25 sts/6 rows per inch
Yarn: 200g/350m Lanica by Fleece Artist, 100% organic wool (very soft!)
Kit: Yarn & Pattern = $57
Colours: natural, plant dyed
NEW Fleece Artist Somoko Sock Yarn
● 65% Merino, 20% Kid, 10% Nylon, 5 % Silk
● 3 mm needle, 26st/4"
● 350m/115g, shown in peacock
● very soft, slightly fuzzy texture, snuggly
● free pattern for Cherry Swirl Socks
● $24.50 each
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Lake Country CP06
Lily Pad CP16
Baby Rainbow CP15
Fox Tail CP10
Monday, November 03, 2008
November: Getting down to Knitting
been so busy we're not sure how November get here so fast! The holidays
are just around the corner and November marks the start of holiday
knitting season! We've got lots of small project ideas for knitting
and crocheting for your loved ones Handmade gifts are also more
ecologically friendly, so you can also give something to the air and
the water and the animals. Speaking of Eco-consciousness, we're moving
further towards our our goal of maximizing our green-ness with new
bags! Finally, we know the financial news has been overwhelming lately,
which is why we are trying to focus our stock on products that are
gentle to the touch and to the wallet.
Coccoon in confidence, we've go you covered!
are very excited that our green-ness is taking a big next step forward
this month! Our love affair with plastic bags is waning. They're made
from petrochemicals (lets not think about how many chemicals are used
to transform crude oil into a flimsy plastic bag), they aren't
bio-degradeable and they go directly into the garbage. We really want
to try and cut back on the disposeable plastics, so we're orienting our
products so you won't have to take one.
Starting this week we are carrying Envirosax
reuseable nylon tote bags. Envirosax are large (19" x 17"), extremely
pretty, light as a feather, fold up into a small packet (4" x 2.5"
1.5"), and best of all are very in-expensive, costing only $8.50. They
are just the right size to keep permanently in your handbag or the
pocket of your coat for unanticipated purchases and are big enough to
carry a full sweater's worth of yarn. Plus, at that price they make
great hostess gifts for the holiday season and you can also give them
to the people on your list who don't appreciate and/or deserve a
Our second line of defense is the replacement of
plastic bags with new bio-degradeable, corn-starch based bags. They
aren't a panacea, they are still processed and disposeable, but if you
don't have a tote on you they're still a notch above their oily
If you'd like to find out more ways you can be green check out One Million Acts of Green.
Holiday Gift Project Ideas
time to start Holiday knitting! But what to make? Here are some fast
and easy ideas help fill the void (all links are to Ravelry.com, so if
you aren't already a member now is defeintely the time. In the interim
you can enter via our client account: login = knitomatic2, password =
1. Holiday Decorations
can be small and fast and make a sentimental gift that will be used for
years to come. Patterns for little ornaments can be glued to card stock
and given as a card (you can get packages of blank cards with envelopes
at art supply stores).
2. Christmas Stockings
I know it's an obvious one, but babies are born and people marry into
the family and they all need their own Christmas Stocking.
- Easy Christmas Stocking, KPS
- Felted Christmas Stocking
- "Sean" Felted Stocking
- Fancy Aran Christmas Stocking
appreciates a nice pair of slippers! Plus, in these days of
eco-consciousness and high fuel prices they are a thermostat's best
- Felt Ballerina Slippers, FT
- Felted Clogs, FT
- Family Classic Felt Slippers, Fiber Trends
- Fuzzy Feet Felted Bootie Slippers, Knitty
- Fluffy Bunny Slippers
- Kitschy Crochet Slippers
4. Quick Knit Scarves
it from really thick yarn like Burly Spun or Woolly Bully and you'll be
done in just a few hours (and it only takes 1 skein to make a scarf)!
- Instant Gratification Scarf
- Herringbone Scarf (use a 15mm needle)
- Go Diagonal Scarf
- Wisteria Scarf
- Giant Cable Scarf (looks a lot like Hugo Boss, use 12mm needles)
5. Quick Knit Hats
Hats are great because they're fasty, easy and affordable!
- Button & Flap Hat
- Sunset Beret
- Unoriginal Cabled Hat
- Urchin Beret/Tam
- Jayne Hat (for Firefly Fans)
- Earflap Hat (for Canadians)
6. Quick Knit Mittens
Mitts take a smidge more time than hats but they look really impressive!
7. Gauntlets & Arm Warmers
8. Quick Knit Shawls, Wraps & Capelets
- Lemon Squeezy Wrap
- Mohair Shawl (sub in Nashua Brushed Alpaca, much softer!)
- Celebrity Shawl (Crochet)
- Quick Buttoned Capelet
- Cabled Capelet
9. Quick Socks
- Woodsman's Socks
- Log Cabin Socks
- Socks for Soldiers
- Chevalier Socks
- Mount Olive Socks
- Cottage Slipper Socks
- Long Lace Socks
- Comfy Socks
10. Neck Warmers/Cowls
We've already covered this topic in our blog, so just click HERE to see our ideas!
Toys are small, fast and don't use up much yarn!
12. Sock Monkeys
The next YARN SWAP will be on November 23rd from 1 to
5pm. Bring in your old, unwanted yarns and we'll find them a good home! You can see all the
upcoming dates and find out more about yarn swaps on our website.
Sunday Stitch 'n Bitch is a success! Sunday is definitely hang-out day
and we love your company, especially as the chilly weather closes in.
We are still offering 3 weekly Stich 'n Bitches: Tuesday from 12-4pm,
Thursday from 5 to 8pm, and Sunday from 1 to 5pm.
friendly reminder, Stitch 'n Bitch is not teaching time. If you need
help with your project please call us at (416) 653-7849 or
email@example.com to make an appointment. You might only need a few
minutes of help to get you back on track or you may require a private class/tutorial, which are affordably priced at $10 per hour.
Popular Yarns on the Block
The yarns that have been receiving the most attention by our clients ....
1. Cascade Ecological Wool and Eco Plus
keep asking what the hitch is with Cascade Eco Wool, it seems too good
to be true. Well, sorry, it's not. It's a soft, chunky weight yarn (6mm
needles/ 3.5 sts per inch), comes in skeins of 250g/437m and sells for
only $17.75! It is 100% Peruvian Highland wool, just like Cascade 220.
Ecological Wool is undyed and Eco Plus is dyed. It felts like a dream
and you only need a few skeins for a sweater. the only drawback we've
found so far is the colour selection in the Eco Plus leans to the
bright side, but at that price, who's complaining?!
2. Cadenza Sock Yarn
doesn't have a big brand name but Cadenza is the little Sock Yarn that
could. It is a luxury sock yarn composed of 80% Merino wool (super
soft) and 20% Tussah Silk (even softer), but it only costs $17.50 for
100g skein (which makes 1 pair of socks)! The yarn is a kettle dyed,
semi-solid and comes in a range of colours from jewel tones to more
muted colours. Cadenza makes gorgeous lace socks and is machine
washable so it's also suitable for babies. Similar silk blend sock
yarns sell for $25/skein,
3. Studioloo Handspun Art Yarns
snowflakes, no two Studioloo yarns are alike (except for the 3 little
skeins of hand dyed merino which are alike). All Studioloo yarns are
hand spun by artist Cindy Cole and are individually priced and range
from $12 to $50. 1 skein is usually enough to make a scarf.
Last Month's Popular Yarns
1. Cascade 220 Heathers
2. Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran Tweed
3. Misti Alpaca Hand Painted Sock Yarn
Tofutsies $13.50 (reg. $18)
50% superwash wool, 25% soysilk, 22.5% cotton, 2.5% chitin
machine wash & dry
8sts = 1 inch on 2.5mm needles
Addi Click Kits: Update
The new and anticipated Addi Click Kits
were supposed to arrive in mid-October but the distributor has just
sent an update letting us know that Addi is taking a little bit longer
than anticipated to get them to market. They apologize for the delay,
they're just making sure the product quality is impeccable.
We've been taking pre-orders for the Addi Click Kits and if you want one you're in luck because we still have room for another 6 orders! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-653-7849 to reserve yours.
New Books, Magazines & DVDs!
- Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard (this one is primo good!)
- Glam Knits by Stephanie Japel
- Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin
- Color Style
- Thrown Together by Kim Hargreaves
- Alterknits Felt by Leigh Radford
- Alt Fiber by Shannon Okey
- It Itches
- Country Weekend Knits
- Knit to be Square by Vivian Hoxbro
- Classic Elite Knits
- Blueprint Crochet by Robyn Chacula
- Natural Knits for Babies & Toddlers
you would like to learn something that is not on our
schedule or has already been offered we can always book a private tutorial: finishing, thrummed mittens, tunisian crochet, hairpin lace, entre-lac, fair isle, lace,
needle felting, design principles, kool-aid dyeing or even your own
project group! Just contact us at 416-653-7849 or email@example.com.
My First Toe-Up Sock
Tuesday Nov 4 & 11,
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)
Knit Mitten Workshop
Monday Nov 10 & 17,
The next step after making hats is making mitts! Mitts are a lot like hats:
fast, easy, satisfying, inexpensive, and they make great gifts! We'll teach you
how to knit in the round, on double pointed needles, (the ones that look like
little chop sticks), decrease stitches, increase stitches, pick-up stitches and
read a pattern. Knowing how to cast on and knit is the only requisite.
Consists of 2 sessions
over 2 weeks.
$55 + tax (includes materials)
receive an $11 discount if you take the hat class
Tuesday Nov 18 & 25,
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).
Knitted Hat Workshop
Monday Nov 24 & Dec
The next step after making scarves is making hats! Hats are fast, easy, are
very, very satisfying! We'll teach you how to knit in the round (on those funny
looking Siamese twin needles), knit on double pointed needles (the ones that
look like little chop sticks), decrease stitches and read a pattern. Knowing how
to cast on and knit is the only requisite.
Consists of 2 sessions
over 2 weeks.
· $65 + tax (includes materials)
Tuesday Dec 2 & 9,
Feel like making glove? If you're ready for the challenge, this is a very
satisfying experience. Learn how to manipulate double pointed needles like a pro
as you turn wrists, fingers and thumbs. When you're done, you may just need a
Class consists of 2 sessions over 2 weeks
$75 + tax (includes materials)
phone: (416) 653-7849
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