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-

 

Sirdar Colourwheel

Sirdar Colourwheel

Its brash!  Its sassy!  Its a riot of fun in every yarn cake!  Available this season in six happy colourways to tempt your palette.  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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Sirdar Leaflet #8027

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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Sirdar Leaflet #8031

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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The First Sublime Evie and Sublime Evie Prints Design Book

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.

The Bear Necessities

Hot on the paws of Sirdar’s favorite collection of fluffy friends, comes The Bear Book 2 by Sue Jobson.  This time around, its a sporty crew that will melt your little one’s heart in an instant with their lovable expressions and snuggly soft texture featuring the bear necessities, a wardrobe styled for fun and action.

 

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A cuddly crew of bears knit in the oh-so plush Sirdar Snowflake Chunky grace the cover and inhabit the pages of Book #512.   Look for the charismatic new collection at your favorite yarn store including patterns for six interchangeable athletic outfits worked up in a colourful array of Snuggly DK.

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Tennis anyone?  This sweet and fuzzy teddy diva is dressed for the courts and ready to toss a few across the net.  Knit with two balls of Sirdar Snowflake Chunky (Bubblegum Pink) and matching two piece outfit in Snuggly DK (White).  A cute March Break travel companion for a cherished niece or granddaughter.

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A match made in heaven!  Cricket is the British equivalent to baseball with ‘bowlers’ and ‘batsmen‘ hitting the field in true game form.  This well-dressed fellow is styled for playtime action and to score a few runs for the team. Knit in machine washable Snowflake Chunky and Snuggly DK.

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Tee time for teddy! This dapper gentleman bear is geared up for a golf date on the greens in his classic argyle sweater and matching trousers.  Knit in Snowflake Chunky and Snuggly DK.

 

Pure Organic

What do you imagine as the perfect harmony in yarn ingredients?  Is it the natural softness and smooth handle of cotton combined with the springy texture and multi-season comfort of merino?  Yes… cotton and merino really do go together like birds of a feather and we can’t keep it a secret any longer after finding this incredible blend of fibres spun into a fine fingering weight yarn!

The quintessential marriage of natural fibres, Pure Organic is unlike any yarn we have had on our radar before.  Adhering to a strict organic process, this merino is certified as ‘non-mulesed.’ It is grown and sheared from ethically-raised sheep, along with cotton fibre cultivated without the use of harmful pesticides. These two fibres are milled, dyed and spun as one without any toxic chemicals to produce a yarn that is healthier for our environment and ultimately for the person who wears the finished garment.

 

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Naturally soft and eco-friendly, Pure Organic is NOW in stock for early Spring knitting in our Diamond Luxury Collection.  Look for all fifteen shades dyed with subtle tonal flecks and take a peek at our accompanying selection of patterns-

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Seed stitch texture struts its stuff on this ‘go anywhere’ cropped top designed for breezy days to come.  Turn back cuffs add just enough sleeve length and button tabs are a trendy little touch.  Col. #38 (shown above).

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Keeping it light and airy with a mesh work shawl that gives a delicate shoulder layer and finishes off an outfit with flair.  Col. #46 (shown above).

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Transitioning from day into night in Spring’s fanciful shade of Lilac, with this sleeveless mock neck pullover which is ideal for wearing to the office under a light jacket or cardigan.  Smooth stocking stitch is beautifully accentuated by a split line of vertical eyelet.  Col. #46 (shown above).

Malabrigo Book 11

Its hard to believe ten years (or 3650 knitting days) has passed since the first batches of kettle-dyed merino were hung up to dry at Malabrigo’s headquarters in Uruguay.  What started out as a small family operation now produces seventeen yarn varieties and over three hundred unique colourways.  To celebrate the exciting tenth anniversary, Malabrigo enlisted the creative talents of the world’s top knitwear designers to put together a collection of patterns focused primarily on their newly-developed signature colourway, Aniversario, which blends together the most popular colour palette as chosen by knitters worldwide.

 

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Fourteen irresistible projects grace the pages of Malabrigo’s newly-released BOOK 11, featuring seven different yarn bases- Arroya, Sock, Rios, Mecha, Rasta, Mechita, and the most recent addition, Caracol.  Look for a copy at your lys available now.

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The fabulous highlights in Aniversario contrast beautifully against the richness of Pagoda in Rasta, just two of the mesmerizing choices available in Malabrigo’s super chunky spectrum used to knit this very cosy Vandam poncho style tunic.

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Keep your head covered as the snow melts into spring with one skein of Sock weight merino in Malabrigo’s colour of the year- Aniversario.

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Moss stitch creates a lovely woven look and a sturdy fabric choice for this cropped Clarkson cardigan knit in Arroya, a sport weight merino base dyed in Aniversario.

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Dainty slip stitches create a checkerboard effect on this richly-hued Washington Square cowl knit in the round with two contrasting shades of Mecha.  Aniversario and Tobaccos (shown above).

Shades Of Spring

Soft and subtle sophistication, that seems to be the mood for this year’s showing of Spring yarns.  Speckled and flecked, printed or phased, the range of multi-dye techniques is all about blending the prettiest mid-tone palettes for a soothing effect.  Sky blue, watery aqua, silvery grey, pale green, and lilac are all front and centre while the pop colour is a bit of a surprise- orange.  Far from neon bright, this year’s version varies from a freshly-squeezed orangeade to a sweet pumpkin spice and warms up nicely with just about every colour in the spectrum.

Take a peek at some of our Shades Of Spring

 

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Toscana DK is a captivating new cotton yarn from Sirdar with a ‘slow mo’ colour change.  Available in 100g balls for extra value and yardage, this yarn is specially-dyed in an understated palette with half a dozen hard-to-resist choices and a great selection of accompanying pattern leaflets.

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One of the best marriages of natural fibre is merino and cotton, it creates a resilient yarn that adapts to any climate.  This is a yarn with just the right balance (55% organic merino/45% organic cotton) in a finer weight with a little spring to its step.  Pure Organic from our in-house collection is in stock now in fifteen hazy hues.

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Sock knitters will be wiggling their toes with delight when Mirasol’s Khusku hits store shelves this Spring.  Look for a pretty paintbox of colour in every 100g skein, this shimmery soft yarn is a blend of merino, bamboo sourced viscose and nylon.

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Katia adds a glamorous new cotton to their line-up.  Moonlight, is a chainette-style yarn which knits to a worsted weight tension, yet feels incredibly buoyant and is enhanced with silver sprinkles.  Katia offers a range of ten pale hues to choose from.

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Ribbon yarns twist and twirl on the needles and create amazing stitch texture.  Phildar introduces a papery-style version for warm weather tunics, shawls, and openwork tops to knit up on 8 mm needles.  Phil Mystere is big and brash in eight contemporary colours- including orangeade, turquoise, and taupe (shown above).

ZOOM Cowl

Old Man Winter is in town for awhile and has been stirring things up in his usual fashion with snow flurries, wind chill warnings, and icy drizzle.  Heading south to a sunny locale is always a tempting option, but for those of us who choose to embrace the beauty of icicles dripping from the eaves and treetops covered in a blanket of powdery snow, its just a matter of insulating from the cold with woolen layers.

This week, we feature our top dog, a fabulous new merino yarn that puffs up on the needles creating soft billowy stitches.

Diamond Luxury Ecstasy

We took the thickest superfine merino fleece we could find on the planet and had it spun into a top notch polar weight yarn that is so incredibly plush you might just have a sudden urge to nestle up close to it and drift off into dreamland.  Ecstacy from our in-house collection is available now at your lys for winter knitting in twelve contemporary shades.  Cream and Smoke Signal (shown above).

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Two balls of Ecstasy plus two hours of knitting will create our ZOOM Cowl which can be worn in multiple ways for added warmth.

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Finished Size: 30.5 cm/ 12 in x 61 cm/ 24 in

Yarn: A- 100g ball (col. 133) and B- 100g ball (col. 131), Ecstasy by Diamond Luxury Collection

Needles: 15 mm/ US 19 – 60 cm/ 24 inch circular

Tension: 6 sts and 10 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over Pattern st

Cast on 36 sts with A. Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

P 1 round.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with A-

Round 1- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

Cut A.

Attach B.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with B.

Round 1- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

K 1 round.

P 1 round.

Cast off all sts purlwise.

Fasten off.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Gorgeous by Sirdar

As the snow piles up all around us it gives even more reason to stay indoors and practice what the Danish refer to as ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah) meaning to surround yourself in a cosy state of comfort and well-being.   Its not a new concept, after all don’t we naturally tend to hibernate at this time of year? Knitting with big and bulky yarns is also part of this current trend, the thicker the better, to enjoy the slow and steady movement of the needles while generating instant warmth.  This week we shine the spotlight on a new yarn from Sirdar, that is creating lots of knitworthy buzz this winter.

 

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Meet the new diva in town!  G O R G E O U S is a softly-spun wool blend, richly-dyed in six winter hues and ready for a flurry of knitting activity on 20 mm needles.  Each 150 gram skein includes a simple cowl pattern printed on the label.

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The ultimate in softness, this trio of designs (Sirdar leaflet #7963) offers something for every knitter’s winter project list.  Choose a super plush stocking stitch throw knit with just four skeins of Gorgeous (col. #602) or Sirdar’s heart-shaped rug (col. #601) designed to warm up cold feet first thing in the morning, and an irresistibly plump tea cosy (col. #603) for sitting n sipping.

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Fluff up your winter wardrobe with one of these four chill busters.  Everyone loves options and each of these stylish accessories is designed to knit up in an evening.  One skein required for hat or cowl and two skeins required for both scarves.  (Sirdar leaflet #7964). Shown above from left to right (col. #602, #605, #603, and #600).

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After the holidays, your home deserves a special treat and here are a variety of Gorgeous hand knitted accessories from Sirdar’s design team.  (Leaflet #7965).  Shown above from left to right (col. #601, #603, #600, and #604).

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Spread the warmth this season and teach a friend how to knit an ultra thick blanket, plus a pom pom or heart-shaped pillow just for fun.  Sirdar leaflet #7962.  Shown above from top to bottom (col. #605, #604, and #601).

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Stitches fly very quickly with these jumbo needles from Knitter’s Pride.  Manufactured from quality birch, these circular needles range in size from 20 mm to 35 mm.

Top Ten Knitting Trends Of 2016

Looking towards a shiny new year, there can be only one word that best describes the feeling in the air, uncertainty.  In times of turmoil, and the unpredictable nature that surrounds the world, its those moments of calm, quiet activity that we crave, where knitting becomes an integral part of our well-being, whether its a shared passion with a group of friends or a solitary pursuit.  There is a sense of reassurance that comes from the rhythmic clicking of the needles, the constant motion of stitches intertwining and that blissful feeling of creating something entirely handmade.

This past year has brought some of the softest natural wool fibres to the forefront of the industry, introducing more independent dyers and spinners to the mix, shining the spotlight on a variety of new dye techniques, and established an even stronger connection to the origins of the yarn.  Knitting needles continued to evolve with a better grip, smoother handle, and super slick speed. Designers continue to push the boundaries with more asymmetrical-shaped sweaters, cardigans and tunics while shawls and socks still reign supreme as the most popular knitting projects.

While we can’t be certain about what’s to come in the new year, we can always look back and enjoy the Top Ten Knitting Trends of 2016 –

 

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1. Cashmere.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder and this luxurious fibre had been on a timeout for far too long.  This year we waited for the warm and fuzzy arrival of 100% Italian Cashmere from the exclusive  Cardiff Collection in fingering, sport and aran weight.  If you already had the opportunity to pet one of these perfectly plump little balls ….you know it was worth waiting for.

 

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2. Tonals.  Softening the colour spectrum, tonals totally rocked the list of hot dye trends.  This fascinating technique involves dipping yarn into a hot dye bath to achieve a shadowy play of light and dark tones.  In 2016, Debbie Bliss introduced us to her newest addition, Cashmerino Aran Tonals, a pleasing blend of wool, cashmere and acrylic.

 

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3. The BIG Stuff.  Just when we thought we had seen the biggest and the bulkiest, out of the shadows appeared the BEHEMOTH!  By the time the leaves were changing into burnished shades of gold, knitters couldn’t wait to get their hands on Phil Big, a wool blend roving so unbelievably thick and plush, it was a challenge to grasp a single strand.  Available in four shades- Ecru, Grenadine, Lagon, Flanelle, each 500g skein includes a cowl pattern on the label plus these fun FREE patterns to download-

 

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4. Socks On The Rocks.  When the temperature began to plummet, chunky knitted socks soared in demand.  These became an instant hit from the Rockies to the Maritimes and all points in between.  Our On The Rocks series of FREE patterns kept right on rolling with one new accessory added each week, celebrating the outdoors in typical Canadian style.

 

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5. Caracol.  Malabrigo picked the perfect time of year to spread a little Christmas joy when they unveiled an irresistible thick and thin polar weight merino in twenty-four stunning colourways resembling the artistry of stained glass.  Caracol.

 

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6. Melodies Of Life.  This pretty gift set came ready to wrap with a shiny big bow and to the delight of knitters everywhere included some extra sweet trimmings.  Knitter’s Pride revealed the latest luxury box set in mid-October but only in limited supply, causing a mad dash to local shops for Santa’s special helpers.

 

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7. The Messy Bun Hat.  Also known as The Holey Hat, this trendy topper became an Internet sensation on Pinterest and Ravelry right before the holiday season.  Its a simple project and requires just one skein of our Tradition Chunky.  Download the FREE pattern here.

 

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8. Blanket Scarves.  Skinny little scarves are out and oversized ones are definitely in.  The thicker the better, for burrowing into on frosty days.  This one is worked from the top down in three shades of Tradition Chunky.  Look for the pattern right here in early January.

 

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9. Sustainability.  As knitters become increasingly more aware of the yarns they are choosing, feeling a connection to the environment and knowing that the wool is locally sourced is equally as important.  Baa Ram Ewe is an impressive addition to our line up, a small boutique business located across the pond in Yorkshire where the journey from sheep to needles begins in the neighboring fields with flocks grazing in the fresh air and local mills carrying on their woolly heritage of spinning the fleece into skeins.

 

 

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10. Shades of Grey.  By far the most popular colour obsession in the knitting world, grey stands out as the new neutral. Whether you spell it ‘grey’ (English) or ‘gray’ (American) it is a strikingly elegant shade that suits pretty much any pattern or choice of stitch work.  It sits right between black and white and is defined as achromatic, meaning that it is quite literally a non-colour.  Bunny shade no. 200 (shown above).