Summer Blues

With the lazy hazy days stretched out before us, there is one colour that embodies the feeling of summertime more than any other.  Blue is the most popular colour worldwide, and has long since been associated with the sultry season for its relaxed, soothing appeal and cooling effects.  Add in a wash of denim and it becomes even more the signature colour of casual summertime living.

This season Debbie Bliss highlights her favorite shades of blue in four new designs styled for dress and play –

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Latticework panels stand out front and centre in crisp white which creates an interesting partnership of colour and texture between nautical cables.  Four shades of Cotton Denim DK are required for this crew neck pullover (Leaflet DB101).

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Child’s play is never complete without a bit of denim thrown into the mix.  This striped pullover is a simple design for first time knitters and ideal for breezy days at the beach with the matching sunhat.  Milk, Pale Blue, True Blue, and New Denim in Cotton Denim DK shown above.  (Leaflet DB099).

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A cool contemporary design with an offset cable and contrasting colour block is knit with minimal seams in shades of Mid Blue and True Blue.  Cotton Denim DK shown above.  (Leaflet DB100).

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Taking in a baseball game in the city or spending an afternoon on the farm, this cute raglan-sleeved jacket is ready to for the wear and tear of summertime play in Debbie Bliss’s sturdy yet comfortable pure cotton.  New Denim and Pale Blue shown above in Cotton Denim DK.  (Leaflet DB098).

World Wide Knit In Public Day

It might not surprise you to know that there is a designated date for pretty much everything under the sun, from National Doughnut Day which actually took place on June 2nd to International Frog Day happening every year on March 20th.   So of course there would be an official day marked on the calendar for knitting in public!  WWKIP Day takes place on the second Saturday in June and has gained widespread recognition.  What first began as a grassroots movement in 2005, with a mere twenty-five groups spread around the globe, has now grown into a force of nature with more than eight hundred events listed in forty-six countries.  Entirely organized by knitters, this not-for-profit event brings creative people together, out in public to share their passion for the craft, and encourage others to learn.

 

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It could be in a public park, a farmer’s market, a streetcar, riverboat, cafe, library or schoolyard, wherever there is a comfortable place to gather, once the word gets out…… knitters will show up armed with their latest WIP, a bag full of snacks, light refreshments, sunscreen and a folding chair.  To find a group in your area check the official KIP list here. To host a group, start here.

 

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The Beauty Of Linen

With temperatures soaring higher and higher each summer, it only makes sense that the effects of climate change have increased the popularity of linen as a suitable yarn choice for warm weather projects.  Linen has been around for almost seven thousand years, spun from fibres collected from the stalk of the flax plant.  It has incredible durability and drape, with a lovely patina that just gets better and better over time.  Depending on the season, linen can fend off up to twenty percent of its weight in moisture, keeping the wearer dry, cool and comfortable.

Unlike wool, linen has no natural elasticity, so here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing this lovely fibre to work with-

1. Linen has a mind of its own.  Choose a style with a very relaxed look, requiring minimal shaping or structure.  Open stitches work well, rule out cables and intricate texture detail.

2. Stick with wooden needles, they have a better grip than steel or metal and will make the first-time experience of working with linen all the easier.

3. Take the time to wash and block your tension swatch.   This is a yarn that appears springy on the needles yet grows and settles into its finished size only after washing.

4. Be sure to keep point protectors on your needles when leaving your work unattended.  Stitches worked in natural linen will quite literally jump off the needles!

5. Most of all, enjoy the process.  A linen garment will last a lifetime, the beauty of this yarn is in its suppleness and drape.

 

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NEW from Katia’s Concept Collection, Lincys is a natural linen yarn with a range of nine exquisite shades, each one softened by subtle undertones.  Take a peek at these five featured designs in the latest Concept 3 Spring/Summer magazine.  Available now at your lys.

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The cooling effects of this deep watery turquoise shade are instantaneous.  Mesh panels add an airy look and define the front borders while also creating flouncy sleeves on this kimono cardigan.  Requires 8-10 balls of Lincys.  Col. 309 (shown above).

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Cinnamon and spice and everything nice.  Keep cool this summer in Katia’s well-vented sleeveless top which is knit sideways and seamed at the centre.  Rows of elongated stitchwork make the knitting grow very quickly and let the air in.  Requires 4 balls of Lincys.  Concept 3 Collection.  Col. 300 (shown above).

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More than meets the eye at first glance, this summer top is designed with a myriad of intriguing stitch combinations and a halter style neckline that reveals an open back.  Requires 6-8 balls.  Col. 301 (shown above).

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A multi-hued delight, with flecks of rose, blue, green and gold flickering in the sunlight.  Designed for beginners, this linen tunic plays up the contrast between basic garter and stockinette stitch to create texture.  Requires 5-6 balls of Lincys. Col. 303 (shown above).

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True blue, an all-time favorite that captures the essence of summertime.  An ideal choice for this lacy jacket, which is simply knit in two mirrored pieces with a seam at the centre back.  Requires 8-11 balls of Lincys. Col. 307 (shown above).

Sirdar Stuffies

If we could hang onto only one toy from childhood, chances are that it would be a slightly-tattered, droopy-eared stuffed animal possibly missing an eye or an appendage but with a heartwarming smile still fully intact.  Kids love soft cuddly critters, and they are so much more than a toy that doesn’t break or require battery replacements.  Stuffies can be pulled, dragged, dropped, or tossed, they keep secrets, never get grumpy or lonely.  Other than a sudsy bath once in awhile, a few stitches here and there, they require zero maintenance.

They are a forever friend, immune to the hardships of life, and always ready for a warm hug.

The Sirdar design team has come out with a brand new selection of fun squeezable animals to knit and crochet-

 

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When traveling far from home, this floppy-eared rabbit makes a trusty companion and doesn’t require three meals a day.  Look for Sirdar Leaflet #7939 at your lys and knit this fun project in Sirdar Country Style DK col. 395, 648 and 649 (shown above).

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There are some things that cannot be found at a toy store and this handmade soft n squishy happy hippo is one of them.  Sirdar Leaflet #4761 knit in Snuggly Snowflake DK col. 720 and 644 (shown above).

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Take your pick between a magical pony or fairytale unicorn, just the right size for small hands to cherish, complete with button accents, plus a fringed mane and tail.  Sirdar Leaflet 4746 crocheted in Sirdar Snuggly Spots DK col 708 or 709 and Snuggly DK col. 443 or 457 (shown above).

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Always ready for a hug, this loveable lion will bring a big smile to a little one’s face. Sirdar Leaflet 4743 is a crchet design, using Sirdar Snuggly Spots DK col 710 and Snuggly DK col 455 and 313 (shown above).

Katia Concept 3 Collection

Sleek, smooth and sophisticated….. that sums up the current look in Katia Concept 3, a relatively new collection focused on natural yarns, pure colours and minimalism in design.  This Spring, Katia embraces the beauty of simplicity to piece together an exciting array of more than three dozen patterns for knitters and crocheters alike.

Here are some of the highlights from Katia Concept 3

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Rivulets of lace embellish the centre panels of the body and sleeves on this stunning pullover.  Side vents add a touch of elegance. Knit in All Seasons Cotton , a 100% combed and mercerised cotton available in sixteen impressive shades.

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A comfortable ‘wear-anywhere’ style with a very flattering neckline and trendy button tab sleeves.  Knit this pullover in Katia’s all-new Silk-Viscose a 50/50 worsted weight blend featuring a selection of nine subtle tweeds.

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Elongated stitches produce a light and airy effect on this sleeveless suntop while chic details like the side sash and double shoulder straps add a Mediterranean look.  Yarn connoisseurs will love this shimmery 50/50 mix, Silk-Cotton.

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Graceful, polished and a breeze to throw over any outfit, this knitted poncho makes its presence known in a luxury combination of cotton, wool and yak.  Ultrasmooth with a soft handle, Cotton-Yak has a palette of rich mid-range shades.  Col. 100 (shown above).

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When a real splurge is in order, Katia’s classic beauty, Cotton-Cashmere is an easy choice with more than a dozen powdery hues to choose from.  This knockout cardigan with three quarter sleeves and reverse stocking stitch bordering on intricate openwork creates maximum visual impact.

Fall/Winter 2017 Preview

It was an early peek inside the Toronto showroom this past weekend, as retailers gathered to view the coming attractions in yarns and designs for Fall/Winter 2017.  The trend in uniquely-dyed yarns has intensified, bringing out the best techniques in the industry to create an exceptional array of speckles, tonals and gradients.  Filling the shelves in the months to come, yarn cakes top the list, with the leading brands offering their own signature versions from fingering to chunky weight.  These flat-bottomed precisely-wound balls of yarn are dyed in long repeat colourways to create a very attractive rainbow effect. Shawls are still the front runner as the most popular knitting project choices followed closely by socks.  Pure fibre yarns are reluctantly taking a backseat to exotic blends, with upcoming collections featuring cashmere/merino, alpaca/linen, and llama/silk as the ultimate in touchable sensations.

Take a look at what’s to come for Fall/Winter 2017-

 

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Diamond Luxury Collection aims to keep sock knitters on their toes until late summer when Footsie hits the shelves in all its speckled beauty.  Sinfully-soft, this fingering weight yarn is a mix of superfine merino and nylon.

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Diamond Select goes the extra distance to offer exceptional value in a whopping 200g size ball of Olivia, a super soft chunky yarn with a very appealing colour-phased effect. Blankets, cowls, scarves, hats, mitts, and pullovers are all ideal projects for this supersized ball of fun.

Scala

Katia is ‘CAKE Central’ with more than five different versions in the works for early Fall knitting.  Scala (shown above) is a gorgeous boucle yarn in a rich ombre effect.

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Katia also takes the lead in helping the environment with the addition of an exciting NEW yarn to their line up.  Earth is a chainette-style yarn spun from superwash wool and recycled plastic.  Yes, thats right, each ball contains the equivalent of three plastic drinking bottles!

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Katia’s Concept Collection continues to grow with more natural blends added for Fall/Winter.  The ultimate in luxury yarns is complemented by a palette of classic neutral shades.

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Debbie Bliss will showcase two new yarns for Fall/Winter.  Look for Iris (shown above), a plush aran weight quality spun in a superfine blend of merino wool/cashmere and for alpaca fanciers, Aymara (shown below) is sure to be a hit with a shade range that is pure and natural.

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Shimmer Shawl

Every once in awhile a new yarn comes along that truly embodies the feeling of the season.  This Spring, Summertime Light is sitting front and centre in our collection, a finer version of our popular Summertime, appealing to knitters and crocheters alike with its vivacious energy and fresh look.  When the light catches it in just the right way, it shimmers…..

 

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Introducing Summertime Light, a soft and shimmery yarn enhanced with subtle colour highlights spun in a linen, cotton and acrylic base.  This sport weight yarn offers a palette of ten irresistible shades and is the quintessential choice for wispy shawls, cool comfortable cardigans, and airy summer ponchos.

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Filling in the accessory gap this season, our latest design in Summertime Light, is a delicate layer to wear as a shoulder shawl or neck scarf.  Ideal for beginners, this is a quick project to knit.  Gift one to a special friend or make a few in different shades just for yourself!

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Finished Size: 117 cm/ 46 in width x 61 cm/ 24 in length (at center spine)

Yarn: 3 balls (col. 04) Summertime Light by Diamond Luxury Collection 

Needle: 4.00 mm/ US 6 – 60 cm/ 32 inch circular

Tension: 16 sts and 36 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in in Garter St (after blocking)

Abbreviations

M1L: Make 1 left by picking up horizontal bar between two stitches from front to back, knit into back of this bar

M1R: Make 1 right by picking up horizontal bar between two stitches from back to front, knit into front of this bar

Pm: Place marker

Sm: Slip marker

Yo: Yarn over

 

Cast on 5 sts.

Row 1 (WS): K2, pm, k1, pm, k2.

Row 2 (RS): K2, yo, M1L, sm, k1, sm, M1R, yo, k2 = 9 sts.

Row 3 (WS): Knit.

Row 4 (RS): K2, yo, k to next marker, M1L, sm, k1, sm, M1R, k to last 2 sts, yo, k2.

Row 5 (WS): Knit.

Rep Row 4 & 5 until 89 sts on needle.

Cont in Lace Pattern as follows-

*Next row- K2, yo, [k2tog, yo] rep to next marker, M1L, sm, k1, sm, M1R, [yo, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, yo, k2.

Next Row- K2, p to next marker, sm, k1, sm, p to last 2 sts, k2.*

Rep *to* 8 times more = 125 sts on needle.

Rep Row 4 & 5 until 205 sts on needle.

Rep *to* 9 times  = 241 sts on needle.

Picot Cast Off (RS): Cast off 3 sts, [slip rem st onto left needle, cast on 2 sts (using knitted cast on method), cast off 5 sts] rep to end.  Fasten off.

Download pattern here.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Colourwheel

Lets shake out those winter cobwebs, and let the sunshine in!  This is the first week of SPRING and we all deserve a little rainbow therapy.  Get ready for a big splash from Sirdar as Colourwheel arrives in April, in a parade of tightly-wound yarn cakes, each one uniquely-shaded to tempt your knitting needles or crochet hook.  Reserve your Colourwheel today as supplies are limited at your lys-

 

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Its brash!  Its sassy!  Its a riot of fun in every yarn cake!  Available this season in six happy colourways to please your senses.  This is a soft wool with acrylic blend in a standard double knitting weight.  Each cake wrapper includes a free pattern for a simple shawl and the Sirdar leaflet collection includes eight brand new accessory patterns. Have a peek at a few of our favorites-

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Sirdar Leaflet #8028

A crochet hook, a vibrant cake of Colourwheel and its an afternoon well spent creating a beautiful masterpiece like this double-sized cowl and capelet.  Follow The Rainbow and Flower Garden (shown above).

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Two distinctively different ways to add a flourish of colour to an outfit.  The Zig Zag Scarf and Triangle Scarf are both easy crochet patterns worked up quickly over a few evenings.  Nature’s Palette and Perfectly Peachy (shown above).

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Spring accessories can add an instant wardrobe refresher without breaking the bank.  A new double loop cowl, winged wrap and matching wrist warmers are just three of the options creating impact with one 150g ball of Colourwheel from Sirdar Colourama and Follow The Rainbow (shown above).

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Sirdar Leaflet #8032

Mother’s Day is coming up and these neck accessories would make lovely gift selections.  The Castellated Wrap combines ridges and a fun sawtooth edging to play up the gradient shading of Colourwheel while the Spring Scarf creates an easy lace colour block effect.  Deep Blue Sea and Flower Garden (shown above).

 

Evie In Print

This month as we turn the page from winter into spring, the air is buzzing with the anticipated arrival of this year’s fresh batch of warm weather yarns.  Some of the most popular cottons are stepping up their game by introducing a printed version.  This is a relatively new manufacturing process which differs from the traditional method of immersing yarn into a vat of dye and allowing the entire fibre to absorb a desired colour.   The printed method involves stamping a multi-colour pattern onto the surface of the yarn creating a mesmerizing mottled effect.

Evie Prints from Sublime is one of these cutting edge yarns, spun in Italy from the highest grade of Mako cotton.  Much lighter than its volume would suggest, this yarn is hollow at its core with a plush texture and an appealing palette that will instantly warm the senses.  The Sublime design team has put together a sensational selection of sixteen patterns to highlight the delicate beauty of this yarn and to co ordinate with the original Evie, available in solid tones.  From kimono jackets, stylish vests and pullovers to dressy scarves, cowls and hats, take a peek at what this collection has to offer-

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Toscana DK

Right out of the paintbox and ready for Spring knitting!  Sirdar introduces us to Toscana DK, a gorgeous colour-phased yarn inspired by the sun-baked Tuscan landscape that takes on a magical transformation as the sun sets over the rolling hills.  This satiny-smooth cotton yarn is fully stocked in Canada and showing up on store shelves with an irresistible palette of colors to choose from, each one softly-muted with a printed effect over a natural cream base.
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Six shades of Toscana DK are on the horizon, each one aptly named for a region in the Tuscan countryside- Siena, Orbetello, Arezza, Porto Azzurro, Val d’Orcia, and Firenze (shown above).

 

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A wash of subtle colour adds horizontal interest to this diamond lace pullover featuring a wide scoop neck and a choice of three quarter or cap sleeves.  Firenze and Siena (shown above).  Sirdar leaflet #7977

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A summer’s sky has never looked so pretty.  This simple silhouette is highlighted with allover lace work.  Siena (shown above).  Sirdar leaflet #7973.

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The broad stroke of an artist’s brush seems to sweep across this sleeveless vest creating a mesmerizing display of colour.   Orbetello and Porto Azzurro (shown above).  Sirdar Leaflet #7976.

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Sweet sophistication and no need to wait for the paint to dry on this summer shell, its all in the yarn.  Val d’Orcia (shown above).  Sirdar leaflet #7972.