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2017 Workshops at the Cabin

Knitter's in Residence workshop registration is now open.

We are fortunate enough to have Denmark's Vithard Villumsen kick off the 2017 Season

We are fortunate enough to have Denmark's Vithard Villumsen kick off the 2017 Season

Vithard: The Prince of Knitting

A couple of years ago, I was in Kyoto to do a lecture. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by a woman with the words: “We call you knitting prince”. I shared this story with my American friends, and when I later that year was invited to the US to do lectures and teach workshops I was called Prince of Knitting on the posters. At first, I found ‘Prince of Knitting’ to be a little too pretentious, but it has since grown on me. Usually a prince goes out on adventures, fights dragons and eventually wins half of the kingdom. I go on exploration in a world of wool, silk, alpaca, mohair and much more. Armed with knitting needles, I fight with and against the materials, to see how far, how much or how little they can do. Concerning the half of the kingdom… it is yet to come.

To me, knitting is like playing, it’s an exploration of the expression of surfaces and materials. It’s exciting, challenging and can create unimagined things. I try to pass this curiosity on the possibilities of knitting on to the students of my workshops, the audience at my lectures or on tv.

Stranded Colour Work May 13, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Stranded Colour Work May 13, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Bust your stash on May 13, 2017 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Bust your stash on May 13, 2017 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sweater Design by way of Scandinavia May 14, 10:00am to 5:30pm

Sweater Design by way of Scandinavia May 14, 10:00am to 5:30pm

All workshops will be held at my log cabin. Food will be provided by a French Canadian Lumberjack

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3 Crayons, Yarn and a Drag Queen

The Men's Spring Knitting Retreat begins next week. This event is always one of the highlights of my year. Each May, 50 guys from the US, Canada and the UK gather for a few days of knitting workshops and camaraderie. I have one porject to finish before I hit the road, The Crayon Challenge
  • 05/12/2016
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Bear Balls

I had plans to be in Provincetown for Bear Week. It was going to be 5 days of knitting with a great bunch of guys, attend the opening of Ryan Cooke's new yarn and fabric shoppe, Purl, and socialize with some of P-town's most welcomed guests, the Bears.
  • 07/15/2016
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Bill Cunningham

Each time I ride my bike through the streets of Toronto, I think about Bill Cunningham. I actually imagine myself as Bill Cunningham. I attempt to look at the city through the same lens. I saw Bill as a peaceful, forceful, focussed, and thrifty man with a brilliant eye for style and an infectious smile.
  • 06/26/2016
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Cabin News

I am working on a number knitting projects for 2017. Everything from launching the Cabin's "Knitters in Residence" series, Interviewing people who inspire me, creating a new logo, revamping the website and collaborating with tattoo artist Sarah Keeley.
  • 01/21/2017
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Canadian's balls are Denmark bound

I am heading to Denmark in a few weeks to attend one of my favourite festivals, Strikkefestival Fano, and to give a talk in Saeby on the Canadian men's knitting scene. Once again I will be sporting my knitted balls. If I have as much luck as I had last year, I will find some beautiful Danes who will have fun with them.

Cirkus Cirkor: Knitting Peace

Cirkus Cirkor will be performing at the Philadelphia International Festival of Arts from April 8-10, 2016. I am a huge fan of Contemporary Circus and Cirkus Cirkor are one of the best in the world.
  • 04/08/2016
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Grab your Hank, we are heading to Denmark

I am heading to Denmark again this fall to teach a workshop at one of the best Knitting Festivals in Europe, Strikkefestival Fano in Denmark and to shoot a documentary on Men's Knitting. I am pulling together a group of knitters and would love you to be part of our team.

Horsetail, Goldenrod and Golden Showers

The long weekend is winding down and the guests are slowly leaving. During the past 72 hours we have had 14 guys, roll through the house. I had earmarked this weekend for dyeing yarn, and forgot that we were entertaining. Rather than scrap the project, I took the opportunity to get the boys to take part in the dyeing process. I pulled out a pot and asked them to pee in it.

Inspiration @ MSKR

I am still amazed at my age to be so wired the night before the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat (MSKR). Sleep is not an option. I just want to get into my car and head to Easton Mountain. The MSKR is always an incredible experience for me, and I feel so fortunate to a part of it's magic. I owe thanks to Joe Wilcox and Ted Myatt for starting the MSKR, influencing other great Men's Knitting Retreats in the US, Canada and the UK, and providing a forum for men to get together and knit. At this year's retreat I reacquainted with old friends, made new ones, and picked up a new skill: weaving.


I knew that June would be a challenging month. A city move, patterns to complete, a fashion show to pull together, Board Meetings, an Annual General Meeting and Pride outfits to create. And then Orlando happened.
  • 06/18/2016
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Justin Trudeau and his Love of Wool

Justin Trudeau's first 100 days in office and the knitwear that got him there.

Knitted Socks 'n' Birkenstocks at NY Fashion week 2016

Parke & Ronen (Parke Lutter and Ronen Jehezkel ) accomplished the impossible. They made knitted socks 'n'Birkenstocks look hot.
  • 02/03/2016
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Morrissey Needs A New Spring Jumper

Panic on the Streets of London. Morrissey is considering a career change. The former frontman of the Smiths has been approached by the Animal Welfare Party to run as their candidate in the London Mayoral race, and he doesn't have a decent Jumper to wear.

Mr. Hockey turns 80

Howe played twenty-six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) and six seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA); his first 25 seasons were spent with the Detroit Red Wings. Nicknamed "Mr. Hockey", Howe is considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
  • 03/31/2016
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My Knitted Balls

I use my knitted balls to initiate conversations about knitting. The balls are soft to the touch, you can squeeze them, and they usually provoke a smile.
  • 06/03/2016
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Olympic Challenge

It has been a great summer for sports; the UEFA Euro 2016, Wimbledon, The Tour de France and now the Olympics. I always wanted to run in the Olympics, but didn't make it beyond the trials. At least I can participate in the Knitting Olympics. The yarn harlot popularized this during the 2006 Olympics. The rules are simple, you cast-on during the opening ceremony, and complete the project by the closing ceremony. In traditional Olympic spirit, I grabbed my needles, yarn, shed my clothes and will have a blanket to cover me by the closing ceremony.
  • 08/06/2016
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Outdoorsman inspired Jumpsuits

The Canadian boy who lives in a cabin and loves to knit has inspired the runways in Paris, New York and Milan during fashion week. The Jumpsuit is making another comeback, thanks to Cabinboyknits. "I don't think it ever really left" said the Canadian outdoorsman. "It's like the neighbour who stays around the cabin after too many beers and doesn't know when to leave".

Pride 2016

  • 07/05/2016
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The Cabin

3 things it didn’t know when I bought the property: 1/ The property is notable and has been featured in a number of magazines. 2/ Flying squirrels have claimed their section of the cabin. 3/ The cabin was haunted.

The Classic Ribbed Toque

As winter approached I was inundated with toque requests. While searching for patterns, I was pulled in a number of unexpected directions. The first path led me to Sylvia Olsen, a great Canadian writer, storyteller, knitter and designer. I have dedicated a separate entry to her incredible work and our West Coast First Nation knitters. Like thousands of other knitters on Ravelry, I happened upon the baa-ble hat by Donna Smith.

The Joy of Knitting

Men. yarn and kneedles
  • 02/03/2016
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World AIDS Day & The Red Scarf Project

My daughter told me about the Red Scarf project in Peterborough and thought I might be interested. I saw this as an opportunity to participate in an HIV/AIDS initiative in a community outside of Toronto.
  • 11/06/2016
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