Archive for January, 2011

A Taste Of Spring

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

If you are one of countless fans who falls head over heels for all things Bliss, mark your calendar, the latest issue of Debbie’s magazine is set to hit store shelves next week.  With thousands of followers on Facebook, and undeniably known as the most published knitwear designer, Debbie Bliss may quite possibly hold another title as well, as the ultimate ‘yarn whisperer’.  Cover to cover, this issue is an emporium of fresh styles, with inspiring articles, recipes, and how-to’s.  Here is a sneak peek inside the pages of the Spring/Summer 2011 issue, its heading in a new direction, or as Debbie puts it, “from now on it will feature all new designs.”

Make a quick call to your LYS to be first in line to reserve a copy.

Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 2011

Angel graces the cover, with all the allure of lace in a whispery weight shrug.  Knit in Soft Lilac, one of eighteen shades in Debbie Bliss’s newest spin of luxury- 76% super kid mohair and 24% silk. 

Sweetly Feminine

Bella is making its debut appearance this Spring, a smooth and supple composition of cotton and silk with a sprinkle of cashmere, available soon in a warm palette of sixteen shades.  Ecru, Claret, Old Rose, and Pear blend naturally together as part of the Fabulous Florals Collection in a lightweight cardigan that stirs up memories of needlepoint motifs with intricate rose and leaf detail.   

Angel Kid Mohair

In Tangerine and Sky Blue, a sampling of two more designs knit in Angel.

For the Home in Rialto Aran

Intarsia is hot again, and the latest Debbie Bliss magazine features step-by-step instructions to motivate first-timers into trying this technique.  Splashes of colour brighten up the home in Rialto Aran, extrafine merino wool that spells a big w-o-w with more than thirty shades to choose from.

Poppy Dress

Sweet and sassy, and just right for play dates in Spring.  Debbie’s A-line jumper is knit in Baby Cashmerino with a bright, bold flower for accent in fuchsia or any one of the extensive colour selection.

Comfort Knitting

Friday, January 14th, 2011

We are burrowing in for a chilly stretch of winter, and a little bit of comfort goes a long way when it comes to staying cosy indoors.  Stock up on a few of your favorite things, a plush pillow, a mile high stack of magazines to read, and a few well-chosen skeins of yarn, the kind that lets your fingertips sink into some really luxurious fibre.  What could be cosier than knitting away on a wintry day!

Check out the current issue of Canadian Living, in the Craft Section for this close-fitting and stylish cowl to knit in Mirasol Miski.  Its simple knitting even for first time cablers.  Two skeins of yarn and one quiet evening at home are all it takes to make this must-have winter accessory.

February Canadian Living magazine

If you haven’t had an opportunity to knit with Miski, be prepared for the temperature to rise when you experience a sudden warm and fuzzy feeling.  Mirasol Maniacs, a fan-based group on Ravelry rate it at the top of their wish list- its pure baby llama spun in twenty-seven solid and heathery hues, a yarn that has all the substance and softness of cashmere without the high price tag.  Not only does it have excellent draping qualities, the finished look is accented with a gentle hazy aura.  In choosing Mirasol yarns, knitters lend their support in a meaningful way to a fairtrade project that provides housing and schooling for a community of children in Peru.

Uptown Cowl shown in Rust and Chamois

 A few more delicious solid shades and heathery hues of Miski to choose from-

Lilac

Bay Leaf

Mississippi

Lava Red

Limestone

Kelly Green

A New Year, A New Angle

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Welcome in a new year, twelve months brimming with shiny possibility, and rekindled anticipation.  For knitters- its the ideal time to pick out a new project, and explore a fresh learning curve, or try a few different stitch techniques and become inspired by the latest design collections.  Knitting needles are changing course this year, taking stitches in all directions, sloping west with a sudden incline to the north, or slanting south followed by a gradual tilt to the east.  Its all about angles, its a trend to follow, see where it takes you.

Sublime offers up an innovative approach to modern angles in Book # 647, a collection of dress up styles for Spring 2011, paying homage to the darlings of tinsel town.  Which one peaks your interest? 

Ginger Lily from Sublime #647

Sleek and sophisticated, in Bamboo and Pearls DK from Sublime, a mixture of bamboo sourced viscose and (yes, really) processed pearl fibre.  Ginger Lily from Book #647 has a softly sculpted border that curves gracefully along the front edge.

Gina from Sublime #647

Gina revisits the glamour days of the 50’s in a clever cocoon-like design.  Knit in an openwork rib with some ingenious construction, Sublime’s Bamboo and Pearls Dk introduces a brand new shade of Thai Tea, subtle yet chic.   

Gigi from Sublime #647

Gigi reveals another point of view when it comes to modern design and adept craftmanship.  Knit in moody Pagoda Blue, one of Spring’s newest hues in smooth and silky Bamboo and Pearls Dk  from Sublime.  

Little Judi Shrug from Sublime #647

Short and sweet in a flat rib that hits all the right angles, with your choice in sleeve length- long or gently capped, the Little Judi Shrug is knit in ginger lily, a perennial favorite.  

Peggy from Sublime #647

Peggy shows how a simple pullover with a textured yoke has sultry appeal when its finished off with a gentle pull in the right direction.