Save the Red Door Family Shelter

Streetknit was created to help people in need.  Because of all of you, we’ve been able to donate 1000s of hand knitted items to shelters and agencies across the city of Toronto.  Now one of those shelters faces a more serious threat – it may be closed leaving the families who have to rely on it without a safe place to go.  For more details, please read this.  And if you can, come down an emergency community meeting this Monday, April 7th from 7pm – 9pm at  the Ralph Thornton Centre, 2nd floor, 765 Queen St. E and speak out against losing an invaluable community resource to yet more condos.  Thanks for your time!

Welcome to Wool Gathering!

We’re pleased as punch to announce a new Streetknit drop off location in the West End.  Wool Gathering is a yarn and rug hooking store in the Kipling and Bloor area.  They’ve only been open a few months so if you get a chance, stop by and visit.  And drop off your Streetknit donations while you’re at it!

Anoucing Streetknit’s 2014 Handmade Toy Drive

Calling all crafters – and I do mean all!

If you knit, crochet, sew, felt, whatever , then Streetknit wants you!

We are officially kicking off the Streetknit 2014 Handmade Toy Drive. For the next ten months (until the end of November 2014), drop off your handmade toy at any of the Streetknit drop off locations (handily listed at the right side of the page). Streetknit will collect them all and will take them to the Scott Mission.  Check back here or on twitter (@Streetknit) or our Facebook page for more information and events.

Here are a few (knitted, because after all that’s what we do here) patterns to get you started!

Remember this is a drive for new, handmade, toys only.  If you want to donate store bought toys, please look out for any of the other Christmas Toy Drives that happen in an around Toronto every year!

Of course, as usual, we are still collecting any new hand knit items to help keep people warm.  It’s been a long cold winter here in Toronto and all those hats and scarves and mitts and socks and sweaters and blankets have all been put to good use.  Please keep them coming!

Last year we passed on nearly 2000 items to various groups across the city.  Thanks to each and every one of you for helping make Streetknit such a success!


East end drop offs

Streetknit is happy to announce that we now have not one, but two drop off locations in the east end.

The Purple Purl has long been a supporter of Streetknit and it’s about time I made it official and added them to the website.  They are located just east of the corner of Queen St E and Jones, on the north side.

And the lovely Wendy at the Danforth’s Wool Mill emailed Streetknit to offer her shop as a drop off location as well.  They are located on the Danforth, just east of Woodbine.

Thanks very much and welcome to Streetknit!

World Wide Knit in Public Day 2013

Streetknit is once again participating in WWKiP Day this Sunday at High Park.  We’ll be hanging out with the DKC, Sistering and Needlework Guild of Canada in High Park at Picnic Area #15.  More details here or here.  Bring your needles and yarn, a chair and your lovely selves down and sit a spell!

Hope to see you there!

Parting is such sweet sorrow

It is with a sad heart that Streetknit says goodbye to Nathalie-Roze’s (bricks and mortar!) store.  Nathalie-Roze has been a big supporter of Streetknit for a long time and we wish her all the best in her new online store (check out for the details).

In the meantime, Streetknit is on the look out for a new drop off location in the east end.  Stay tuned!

Happy knitting!

World Wide Knit in Public Day 2012

Once again Streetknit is participating in World Wide Knit in Public Day on June 9th. This year we’ll be breakfasting at Wise Daughters – with breakfast sponsored by local Junction businesses Locomotive and Tea Blendz, and live jazz piano provided by Michelle Willis! Check here for more details.

Then we’re off to Nathan Philips Square to join the Downtown Knit Collective for the afternoon.  Come by and see us – we’ll be accepting donations and have yarn and needles available if you want to join us for some very public knitting!

StreetKnit at Nuit Blanche

Streetknit has been invited again this year to knit for those without a home on the second floor of the Gladstone Hotel during Nuit Blanche. We will be providing needles and wool and lessons if so desired to help generate some warmth for the ordinary angels in need in our own community. Please come join us and be part of the project that connects us all one stitch at a time.

In other news StreetKnit is now on Twitter!  Follow us @StreetKnit!

Streetknit at the Leslieville Farmer’s Market

This Sunday, September 25th, Streetknit is holding a knitup at the Leslieville Farmer’s Market. Come on down anytime between 9 and 2, bring a chair and your knitting, chat with other knitters and enjoy the market!

Streetknit will be providing yarn for those who want to make something for the homeless and we’ll even have a few things on the go if you just want to do a few rows.

Directions to the market can be found here.  Hope to see you Saturday!


Streetknit at Stitch’n Pitch!

Every year, knitters congregate at a Jays game to watch baseball and knit.  This year, Stitch’n Pitch is being held on Wednesday July 20th and Streetknit will be there!  Drop by our table and say hi and feel free to bring in any donations you may have!  Here are some details, courtesy of Haley over at Knitomatic:

Stitch ‘N Pitch is fast approaching! This year the fibre-sports mashup is being held on Wednesday July 20th.  If you’ve never been to a Stitch ‘N Pitch, it’s it’s a big get-together for needle arts enthusiast, conveniently located at a baseball game (it’s the only venue that can seat all of us and also serves beer).

There will be giveaways for the first 600 people who pass through the gate (although they don’t tend to run out), plus a plethora of prizes and maybe some other freebies!

The Street Knit Project will be in attendance this year, collecting hand made outerwear for Toronto’s homeless. Knit designer Amy Swenson will also be joining us on the field at the7th Inning Stretch. Finally, there’s a contest for Stitch ‘N Pitch kids to join Amy on the field!

The tickets are available at a variety of local stores (see below), they’re just a flat price of $20 (but you have to pay cash). You can also get the tickets online, but they’ll service charge you at least an extra 5 bucks per ticket.

Vital Stats

  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners
  • Wednesday July 20th, 7pm
  • We enter at Gate 1, right near Skywalk
  • Tickets $20 (cash,) in the store

Buy Tickets
Aurora, ON
Needles & Knits  905-713-2066
Barrie, ON
Knitters Bazaar-The Quilted Cottage  1-888-304-4418
Brantford, ON
Len’s Mill  519-752-5072
Coldwater, ON
The Purple Sock  705-686-3455
Dundas, ON
Angela’s Craft Centre  905-627-9905
Lakefield, ON
Happenstance Books and Yarns  705-652-7535
Mississauga, ON
Gitta’s Charted Petit Point  905-274-7198
Newmarket, ON
Serenity Knits  905-710-3283
Unwind Yarn House  905-954-1153
Oakville, ON
Knit One Bead Too  905-815-7712
The Wool Bin  905-845-9512
Peterborough, ON
Crop Circles  705-201-1097
Port Hope, ON
The Black Lamb 905-885-0190
Port Perry
Never Enough Wool  905-985-0030
Richmond Hill, ON
Knitters Attic  905-508-5637
Scarborough, ON
Creative Yarns  416-331-8085
St. Mary’s, ON
Macpherson Arts & Crafts  519-284-1741
St. Thomas, ON
Little Red Mitten  519-207-2880
Toronto, ON
Cock-A-Doodle Quilts  416-785-4449
Knit-O-Matic 416-653-7849
Lettuce Knit  416-203-9970
Passionknit  416-322-0688
Quilters Block  416-285-7400
The Knit Cafe  416-533-5648
The Purple Purl  416-463-1162
The Wool Mill  416-696-2670
Waterloo, ON
Shall We Knit?  519-725-9739
Whitby, ON
Kniterary  905-668-8368