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Merry Christmas! See in 2016! December 23 2015

Holiday Store Hours

We’ll be closed on the following dates:
December 24th
until
January 4th

Have a great Christmas and we will see you in the New Year!


New Knitting Classes and Knit Along Projects - Winter 2015 January 26 2015

Tii Casa Knitting is pleased to announce
new classes and group knit projects for Winter 2015!


Please call us at 905-930-9596 or email us at info@tiicasa.com to sign up today!

 

Sunday, February 1st – Knitting for Beginners
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - $20/person (materials provided for class use only)
Knitting Experience - None
This class will teach you how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.
An optional scarf project will be available at end of class.

 



Sunday, February 8th – How to Read Knitting Patterns
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - $20/person (bring a knitting pattern if you have one)
Knitting Experience - Beginner - Basic knitting skills required.
In this class you will learn how to decipher the terminology of knitting patterns.

 



Sunday, February 22nd – Learn Entrelac Knitting
Time - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Cost - $25/person (bring your own scrap yarn and needles for class use)
Knitting Experience - Advanced Beginner - Basic knitting skills required.
In this class you will learn the basics of entrelac knitting.
An optional infinity scarf project will be available at end of class.

 



Saturday, February 28th – Entrelac Sweater Knit Along
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - Free (materials for this project must be purchased at Tii Casa Knitting)
Knitting Experience - Some knowledge of entrelac knitting required.
Cable knitting experience required.
This is a free group knitting session for anyone interested in making this unique sweater!

 

Note - Class sizes are limited.
Class fees must be received at time of sign-up to confirm your spot in the class.
All class fees are non-refundable.  

Sunset Jacket - New One-of-a-Kind Design from Tii Casa Knitting! November 02 2014

Tii Casa Knitting is pleased to announce our
new
Sunset Jacket design!  Join our upcoming knit group!






FINALLY! My Sunset Jacket is done!

This is a fairly easy and fun jacket to make.  No special skills required, just mostly knits & purls.

What makes this jacket so pretty is the yarn I used and it's colours.  Malabrigo is just an absolute dream yarn to knit with and the colour is appropriately called Liquid Amber (Colour #618).  So beautiful!!!  You must see this jacket and feel how wonderfully soft and how well it drapes with this yarn.

I am very proud of this project and I hope that you will join me for our Sunset Jacket knit group either every Thurs evenings from 6-8pm or every Sat from 3-5pm (whichever day gets the most votes) starting either Thurs Nov27th or Sat Nov 29th.

This jacket pattern comes in Sm/Med (fits chest size 32-38) or Lrg/Xlrg (fits chest size 40-46).  Sizes Sm/Med takes 9 skeins of Malabrigo Rios; Sizes Lrg/Xlrg takes 10 skeins @ $19.99/skein.  Here are the colour choices for this yarn - http://www.diamondyarn.com/d/yarn/15-rios/

Malabrigo is a very popular yarn with knitters and stock is limited.  I am expecting a new shipment of this yarn in the next couple of weeks.  In order to ensure that your colour is available, please let me know your colour choices as soon as possible.  I would suggest that you have 3 different choices of colours just in case your first pick is not available.

Here is an alternative yarn that you might want to use instead of the Malabrigo yarn.  However, Lima only comes in solid & heathering colours,  Here are the colour choices for this yarn - http://www.diamondyarn.com/d/yarn/4-lima/

Sizes Sm/Med takes 9 balls of Lima; Lrg/Xlrg takes 10 balls @ $8.99/ball.

Interested in knitting this jacket? 
Call 905-930-9596 for more information 

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Join Now! New Knitting Classes & Projects - Fall 2014! October 26 2014

Tii Casa Knitting is pleased to announce
great new classes and group knit projects for Fall 2014!


Please call us at 905-930-9596 or email us at info@tiicasa.com to sign up today!

 

Knitting for Beginners - Call for Next Date
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - $15/person (materials provided for class use only)
Knitting Experience - None
This class will teach you how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.
An optional scarf project will be available at end of class.

 



Sunday, October 26th – Learn Entrelac Knitting
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - $20/person (bring your own scrap yarn and needles for class use)
Knitting Experience - Advanced Beginner - Basic knitting skills required.
In this class you will learn the basics of entrelac knitting.
An optional infinity scarf project will be available at end of class.

 



Sunday, November 2nd – Give this Winter the Boots!
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - Free (materials for this project must be purchased at Tii Casa Knitting)
Knitting Experience - Advanced Beginner with basic cables knitting skills required.
This is a free group knitting session for anyone interested in making these cute boots.
A great holiday gift idea!  Many yarn colour choices available!

 



Sunday, November 9th – How to Read Knitting Patterns
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - $20/person (bring a knitting pattern if you have one)
Knitting Experience - Beginner - Basic knitting skills required.
In this class you will learn how to decipher the terminology of knitting patterns.

 



Sunday, November 16th – Let's Felt a Bag!
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm (2 sessions)
Cost - $25 (materials for this project must be purchased at Tii Casa Knitting)
Knitting Experience - Intermediate with basic cables knitting skills required.
The 1st session of this class will be to get you started on knitting up the bag.  The 2nd session (date to be determined by class) will cover the process of felting the bag to get a finished product.
Another great holiday gift idea!

 



Sunday, November 23rd – Learn to Knit Socks!
Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks on Circular Needles

Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm (2 sessions)
Cost - $25 (materials for this project must be purchased at Tii Casa Knitting)
Knitting Experience - Advanced Beginner
The 1st session of this class will introduce to the toe-up knitting process.  The 2nd session (date to be determined by class) will cover turning the heels and finishing the product.

 

Note - Class sizes are limited.
Class fees must be received at time of sign-up to confirm your spot in the class.
All class fees are non-refundable.  

Spring has Sprung Sale! Save up to 20%! May 14-16 May 13 2014

Spring has (finally) Sprung Sale!

In-Store May 14-16

Tii Casa Knitting is pleased to announce
our Spring has Sprung Sale!  3 Days Only - May 14-16!




Let your savings grow on all in-store products!
Get a jump on your Spring & Summer knitting projects!

Spend over $25 and save 10%

Spend over $50 and save 15%

Spend over $100 and save 20% ... Wow! 


EARLY REMINDER - Store Closed for Victoria Day Weekend - May 17-19

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New Classes and Knit Groups for March 2014 February 25 2014

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Tii Casa Knitting is pleased to announce
great new classes and group knit projects for March 2014!


Please call us at 905-930-9596 or email us at info@tiicasa.com to sign up today!


Sign-up by Friday February 28th and receive $5 off
your class fee or get your knit group pattern for free
(upon payment for your materials)! 


EARLY REMINDER - Store Closed for March Break - Saturday, March 8 to Tuesday, March 18th
 



Saturday, March 1st – No Knit Scarf!  Absolutely no knitting skills required!!!
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - $15/person + materials (~ $30-40 depending on yarn and desired size)
Knitting Experience - Beginner - This is a great infinity scarf that requires no knitting skills!

 


 
Sunday, March 2nd – Knit Group – Lace Poncho Sweater
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - No Class Fee! Materials and pattern ($5.99) must be purchased at Tii Casa Knitting.
Knitting Experience:  Intermediate
Materials:  James Brett Marble Chunky – 3-4 balls needed at $15.99/ball - 100% Acrylic

            

OR Cascade 220 Superwash Aran – it's super soft and warm!
8 skeins needed at $15.99/skein - 100% Superwash Merino wool
Click on the link the see the colour choices -
Cascade 220 Superwash Aran
 
 

 
Sunday, March 23rd – Fair Isle Knitting  - It’s easy to learn to knit with colours!
Time - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - $15/person + materials (~$5)
Knitting Experience - Advanced Beginners – Must know how to read a simple pattern.

 
 
               
 
Saturday, March 29th – Knit Group – Start your spring knitting with these easy, quick knits!
Time -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost - No Class Fee!  Materials must be purchases at Tii Casa Knitting.
Material - $15.99/ball (3 balls needed for each of these patterns) + Pattern ($5.99)
Knitting Experience - Advanced Beginners / Intermediate

 

Note - Class sizes are limited.
Class fees must be received at time of sign-up to confirm your spot in the class.
All class fees are non-refundable.  

Free Pattern Friday!!! January 25 2014

Weather the cold with this easy pattern!  And it only takes 1 skein of Berroco Lustra yarn ($12.49/skein).  For a more “textured” look, I would probably use a seed, moss or double moss stitch for the main part of the hat to add some texture instead of plain stockinette stitch shown.  Regardless, it’s an easy knit!

 

 

Click here to get the free pattern!

Click here to order the yarn!

This is a beautiful (oh so soft) yarn that has 180m/skein - 50% Peruvian Wool, 50% Tencel.

Colours in stock are …

  • Tuileries (Green) - Colour 3187

  • Abysse (Deep Blue) - Colour 3180

  • Opéra (Purple) - Colour 3182


January Knitting Classes - Sign Up Now! January 04 2014

Happy New Year to everyone!

Please find attached our upcoming knitting class schedule for January 2014.

To register for a class, please email us at info@tiicasa.com or call 905-930-9596.

Limited spaces for each class – please register early!

Saturday, January 11th - Knitting Hat Using Magic Loop Method (on Long Circular Needle)
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost: $15/person + materials
Knitting Experience: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Materials: Cascade 128 (100% Superwash Merino) - Circular needles of 32” or 40” long (7mm).  Both yarn and needles can be purchased before class.

Sunday, January 12th – Beginners’ Knitting Class
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost: $15/person
Knitting Experience: No Knitting Experience Required
Materials: Will be provided for use during class, optional project at end of class

Sunday, January 19th – Ridges & Cables Sweater Class
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost: $15/person + materials
Knitting Experience: Intermediate/Cable Knitting Skills Required
Materials: Yarn selections available at Tii Casa Knitting

Saturday, January 25th – Entrelac Knitting
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Cost: $15/person
Knitting Experience: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Materials: Please bring your own yarn and needles of any size

Sunday, January 26th – Owls & Twigs Socks Toe-Up Two-At-A-Time On A Circular Needle
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm (2nd class to be scheduled at end of 1st class)
Cost: $20/person + materials
Knitting Experience: Intermediate/Cable Knitting Skills Required
Note: Sock yarn must be purchased prior to class date so that it can be rewound into two separate balls to knit two socks at a time.

We look forward to seeing you at our January classes!

Tivie


Jogless Color Changes In Knitting December 17 2013

Here's a great article written by TECHknitting on how to change colors without any jogs in your knitting.  Enjoy!

includes a how-to
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Knotingale asks "can you explain the 'jogless' join method for stripes knit in the round? I can't understand the instructions I've found thus far."

As we say here in Wisconsin, "yup, you bet!" Here's the short answer.

JOGLESS STRIPE HOW-TO
(a new way)
  • On color change rounds, change colors by knitting the first stitch of the new color as you usually would. Then, knit the rest of the stitches to the end of the round.
  • On the next round, slip the first stitch of the new color, then knit the rest of the stitches.
  • On every following round, knit every stitch as usual
Keep doing this over and over again. That's it. That's really all there is to it. Well--nearly all. You still face the issue of--

STACKING the COLOR CHANGES

The only thing at all complicated in jogless striping is how you choose to stack the color changes. If you choose to let the beginning of the round travel one stitch to the left with each color change (this WILL make sense as soon as you try jogless stripes with needles) then every part of every row will be the same height and have the same number of stitches. Such jogless stripes are called "traveling stripes." If you choose to hold the beginning of the round in the same place, then at one spot on every stripe, there will be one fewer stitches. Such jogless stripes are called "stationary stripes."

Here it is, one more time, slower, with complete step-by step directions and more photos.

TRAVELING JOGLESS STRIPES
  1. On the round BEFORE you intend to change colors, insert a stitch marker at the place you intend to change colors.
  2. On the color change round--slip the marker, then change colors by simply starting to knit with the new color.
  3. On the following round, when you come to the marker, slip it. Then, slip the first stitch of the new color from the left needle to the right needle WITHOUT KNITTING IT (and without twisting it--this is called "slipping purlwise"). Knit all the rest of the stitches of the round.
  4. Knit as many rounds as you desire for the stripe, knitting every stitch.
  5. One the round BEFORE your NEXT color change, shift the marker over one stitch to the left.
  6. Make more stripes by repeating steps 2 though 5.
These stripes are called "traveling jogless stripes."
  • ADVANTAGE: Every part of every round is the same height.
  • DISADVANTAGE: The round beginning "travels" one stitch leftward with every color change.
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STATIONARY JOGLESS STRIPES
  1. On the round BEFORE you intend to change colors, insert a stitch marker at the place you intend to change colors.
  2. When you come to a color change round, slip the marker, then change colors by simply starting to knit with the new color.
  3. On the following round, when you come to the marker, slip it. Then, slip the first stitch of the new color from the left needle to the right needle WITHOUT KNITTING IT (and without twisting it--this is called "slipping purlwise"). Knit the rest of the stitches of the round.
  4. Knit as many rounds as you desire for the stripe, knitting every stitch.
  5. Make more stripes by repeating steps 2 through 4.
These stripes are called "stationary jogless stripes."
  • ADVANTAGE: the color change remains in the same place.
  • DISADVANTAGE: at one part of each round, that round will dip one stitch lower.
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WHICH TO CHOOSE?

With stationary stripes, each stripe dips one stitch lower at the color change. With thin stripes, and/or in thin wool, you'd soon have substantially fewer stitches along this column, so the fabric might start to "pull" along that column of stitches. However, with thick wool (5 st/in or fewer) and/or thicker stripes, this isn't an issue because the knitting stretches enough to solve the problem. Therefore, stationary stripes are best for thick wool and/or thick stripes.

With traveling stripes, a faint spiral pattern will develop along the diagonal of the color change, so be careful not to pull your yarn too tight, especially if you are carrying the yarn behind from stripe to stripe. This spiral pattern is more obvious in heavy fabrics and less obvious in thinner fabrics, so the traveling stripes are better for thinner stripes and/or thinner wool.

If you have thin stripes in thick wool, or thick stripes in thin wool, you'll have to make up your own mind.

JOGLESS STRIPES AND GARMENT SHAPING

If you choose stationary stripes, you have no problem you wouldn't have with regular (non-jogless) stripes--you begin the garment shaping as directed in the pattern. If, however, you choose to let the round beginning shift by one stitch with each stripe--what will happen when you come to shape the garment?

Suppose your directions require that, "at the beginning of the next round," you must increase (or decrease) to shape the garment. If you've been using traveling stripes, where the heck IS the beginning of the round? Is it where the COLOR beginning of the round is, or is it where the cast-on ACTUAL beginning of the round is?

Long answer short: if you've used the 3-in-1 TECHjoin to start your circular knitting, you won't really be able to tell where the cast-on beginning of the garment is. This frees you to use the COLOR beginning as the beginning of the round. You start your shaping opposite the last color change (double-headed arrow photo below). When you start the shaping, you switch gears. In other words, once shaping begins, you hide the color change IN the shaping (the right part of the photo below). This keeps the color beginning of the round from wandering further and avoids complications.
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Are you wondering how the spiral shift of traveling stripes will affect the shape of the finished garment? Will the one part of the garment be longer than another? The short answer is "no problem." Many knitted garments face this issue--to match shaping, the left front and the right front of a cardigan are almost always off by one row. The same thing with shoulder shaping--that too is almost always off by one row between the left and the right shoulders. Even a circular-knitted sock is one row off between the left side and the right side of the heel tab, or on either side of a short row heel. Knitting stretches, and a spiraling round beginning will not cause any greater problem than do any of these.

WHY ARE OTHER INSTRUCTIONS SO COMPLICATED?

In some other instructions, the pattern writer seeks STATIONARY color changes (the color change should stay in the same place) AND the same number of stitches in every part of every round. The only way to accomplish this is by somehow inserting an extra stitch in the same column as the color change, which can get messy pretty fast.

In other instructions, the jog is evened out--not by slipping the first stitch of the new color as set forth in this post--but by slipping some other stitch or part of a stitch already knitted (typically, a stitch in the row below). The complication isn't really one of execution--it is one of explanation. In other words, the complication arises from trying to explain which stitch or which part of which stitch from the row below should be slipped "up" onto the left needle, how that should be done, and what to do with it once it's there.


CONCLUSION

One thing is for sure: regardless of how you choose to stack your color changes, whether with traveling jogless stripes or stationary jogless stripes, your result has got to be better than regular (jogging) stripes--see photo below.
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Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas! November 24 2013

Have a friend or spouse that doesn’t know what to get you for Christmas?

Send them to Tii Casa Knitting for all your stocking stuffer needs!

Gift cards available too!

Gifts under $15

Various Clover Accessories – Stitch Markers, Counters and more!

Highlighter Tape – great for highlighting your patterns for easy reading!  $8.99

 

Addi Guage Swatch Measure – check your knitting tension by placing your swatch inside the square to determine the number of stitches and rows!  $8.99

Gifts under $25

Don’t have time to knit? Ready-to-Wear Beautiful, Unique Fringe Scarves – $22.99

Middle Picture – Wear this scarf 11 different ways!

      

Gifts under $50

Great Knitting Needle and Accessory Cases - $34.99 - $44.99

      

Gifts under $100

Serious About Knitting?  Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable Needle Set - $84.99

 

Still not sure what to buy? Tii Casa Knitting Gift Cards is the answer!  Available in any amount.

 

Thanks,

Tivie