Monday, May 29, 2006


An Announcement from the Fibre Floozy

Hi all to the Knit Rabble,

Guess what? Knitting can be diabolical. At least it was on an old episode of the Avengers titled the Girl from Aunty, highly trained assasins using knitting needles as weapons where running amok and trying to kill John Steed, luckily Emma Peel was around to foil them. Much of the episode revolved around a secret society of knitters, who would come together in the afternoon to tipple, plot and knit.

In MORE IMPORTANT NEWS (yes I know I am shouting) but...

The lovely Deborah at Passion Knit and a TTC Knit-along Newbie Store is having her summer sale starting June 1st. Yes, I know I was on a yarn diet and I have fallen off the wagon. Who can resist a sale featuring Louisa Harding, Rowans Glimmer Print (the Greek influence) and Debbie Bliss's silk among others. The sale goes on for a WHOLE MONTH to make room for new winter merchandise arriving in late July and August including:

For those of you that don't know Passion Knit is up town at Yonge and Lawrence ( 3232 Yonge to be exact) but it's worth the trip for us South of Bloor knitters, Heidi a.k.a. Strick Chick, who is North of Bloor haunts the place! Deborah a self-professed "Yarn and Stitch" gal who needs "great yarn to have great stitch" started Passion Knit back in 1993 during the recession (hey knitters know no economic set backs!) out of her passion (obession?) out of her passion for knitting.

In her almost decade and a half of running Passion Knit she has inspired many to "take up needles" including rumour has it, the owner of the Naked Sheep. Every Christmas sees knitters popping in to pick up yarn for last minutes projects and dropping off thank you cards and gifts. One long time knitter now 80 has been bringing her mince tarts since she opened. Is that amazing or what?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Central Team Captain...checking in!

On Saturday I was one of three team captains for the 2nd Bi Annual TTC Knit a Long - Hooo boy these Ladies can travel.


Thank god it's not all mine...but I did get to touch it all.

I just got dizzy looking at this picture.

My team started at Knit-o-matic where I picked up some beautiful Fleece Artist Kid Mohair/Silk blend and Lilly (a missing teammate) I managed to leave ye ol' monstrous camera behind so pictures lack until this point in Kensington market outside of Lettuce Knit - this is where all three teams congregated.

Eventually it was time to start the trek to the The Beach. It was really hard to get a full picture of 30 of us standing on Queen waiting for a streetcar. It was AWESOME to distress the normally nonplussed hipsters that cruise Queen West by the veritable herd of knitting knitters.

Then the real rabble rousing began. The Star sent a photographer and a reporter to the event and the story was in today's paper. I think we freaked them both out. Though the reporter was knitting up a storm by this point.

Elizabeth has managed to enthrall men on every major drinking/public knitting event we've been on. She is Aphrodite with yarn and needles. It's magical to watch.

We ended the day at the Naked Sheep enjoying prizes and our yarn comas. I could barely feel my legs by that point leaving myself susceptible to the yarn pushing powers of one Ms. Denny.

So. Good.

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Knittable Fashion Trends from Knit -O-Matic

Survive the 80s Style Revival

Some tips from Fab Haley on this season's knittable fashion trends. And PS -- the Knitomatic spring sale is on till May 15, we'll still be able to take advantage of it on Knit-A-Long day!

Expect for Spring & Summer...

  1. Let your layers hang out! Full length shirts peep out under from under half length sleeves, a cropped vest over a tunic & pants. My fave is a really cool Madonna redux the local teens are wearing: a skirt that hits mid thigh over legging-tights that come to the bottom of your calf with ballet flats. Beatnik chic.
  2. Deep-V necks are back, updated & fitted this time around.
  3. Pictures are back, keep them big & simple. To keep it flattering chart your fave picture on the back of a simple hoodie.
  4. Crochet, crochet, crochet. Crochet.
And for Fall & Winter...
  1. Urban Urchin elegance. Hipsters from the back streets of Montreal wear retro inspired Value Village deluxe. Big collars, zippered sweater jackets, half length sleeves layered over full length shirts. Grab some Phildar's books from the last few years and you'll be in full swing.
  2. Orientalism, eastern influences in a blender. Think tunics, Nehru collars, eastern folk prints & retro eastern patterns, shaggy Siberian fur collars and cuffs.
  3. Historicism, if it's really old it's really now! It also translates into renaissance lacing, ruffles & bows, empire waists, Victorian puffy shoulders, puffy sleeves that are tied in at the bottom), 19th century military jackets.
  4. Folk Redux, or ski sweaters run amok! If you've been meaning to learn fair-isle colour knitting this is your opportunity!
  5. Vintage Secretary Chic. Brigitte Bardot style with wide cowls and collars and fitted silhouettes, very sexy, but you're covered from head to toe. Perfect for the Canadian climate!
  6. 60s cutie-pie Whimsy. Picture Goldie Hawn circa 1968 in a baby doll and a confused look on her face, a living kewpie doll. Lots of frills & lace in tunic length garments.
  7. Slouchy. Bigger fits get a bottom-heavy, lazy, luxe look. Wide bottom sleeves, wide off the shoulder collars, sexy deep v-necks, all in luxe, touchable fibres.


Third Team: Central

Due to the overwhelming response, we've started a third team for the Knit-A-Long. The Central Team will meet at the Marche cafe at Forest Hill Loblaws (St. Clair & Bathurst) and start at Knitomatic. They will rendezvous with the West Team at Romni as their second stop. Hey -- Romni can take it, I'm sure of it.

If you're already signed up for the West or North teams and would like to switch to Central, send an email to ttcknit.register[at]

So in summary, the updated schedule for the day is:

The schedule is unfortunately not going to be updated in the passports, as they've already been printed, but the team captains will know all the ins and outs.

Happy KIP-ing! See you all next Saturday!

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