Archive for June, 2011

Top Ten Sweaters For Men

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Its Father’s Day this weekend, and thankfully those tight grips have been loosened up on tv remotes after the Stanley Cup excitement played out between rival teams from Boston and Vancouver.  Now its on to golf, and baseball, and soccer…….

In celebration of fathers, brothers, husbands, and boyfriends everywhere, here is a bit of inspiration for summer knitting projects with the Top Ten Sweaters For Men-

Katia No. 65 Sport Magazine

New from Katia Book No. 65 and right on target with crisp nautical stripes that spell s-u-m-m-e-r.  This lightweight pullover is knit in Lino, an outstanding linen yarn that only gets better and better with wear.  Available in eighteen colours, ranging from bright and sassy, to subtle and earthy.  

Katia Book No. 65 in Linen

Here comes another popular yarn in the Katia line-up; Linen, two friendly plant-based fibres spun together, cotton for substance and linen for comfort and coolness.  Opt for this Vee style jersey knit in natural greige with a seperate side panel striped in khaki.  Sewn as an underarm insert it gives this design a hint of euro flair. 

Eco Family by Debbie Bliss

Jack’s Striped Guernsey is part of the Spring/Summer Collection of designs in Eco Family by Debbie Bliss showcasing a smooth organic cotton in two different weights; sport and aran.  Think of cool summer breezes and striped awnings with this simple to knit boat neck pullover.  Eco is available in twenty-eight shades including- celadon, claret, and sea green.

Clubhouse Vee from Sublime Book #652

Sublime puts a modern twist on traditional ribbing as crew neck sweaters continue to top the list of favorites for men.  This design knits up effortlessly in Cashmere Merino Silk DK  with the perfect shopping list of ingredients in a luxury yarn.  Choose from thirty-nine richly hued shades including miss scarlet (shown above).

Sirdar #9411

For sporty lads and dads, on or off the field, it can only be classic cables and stripes.  Sirdar leaflet #9411 has the size range for every guy in the family.  Knit in Click DK, a premium washable wool blend with thirty-one colours, including four more spicy marls.

Sirdar Denim Ultra

Certain to be one of his all-time faves, a relaxed fitting shawl collar sweater in a super thick and cosy yarn- Denim Ultra from Sirdar.  Beginners adore this lightweight combo- cotton/wool/acrylic in a yarn that works up lickety split on 10 mm needles.  Look for two new marled colours (shown above) at your LYS this summer.

Sirdar #9434

A meticiously crafted interpretation of a timeless Aran design, knit in Country Style DK by Sirdar.  Remember this highly respected yarn, the one that stood the test of time?  Well…….. its back!  Redesigned with a slightly higher wool content and converted into the original 50 gram balls that knitters stated as their preference.  On the way to store shelves next month in all twenty-three retro shades.    

Eco Alpaca by Viking

A touch of fairisle tradition from Viking Garn in Eco Alpaca.  This is a must-have zip neck design for weekend wear.  Natural undyed alpaca in seven hard-to-resist shades makes this chunky weight yarn the ideal choice for the rugged outdoors.

Sirdar #9430

On the needles now, a deliciously new addition to the Sirdar range capturing our attention while revealing its surprisingly soft texture and excellent yardage.  Simply Recycled, a washable blend of recycled cotton and acrylic in a double knitting quality, primed and ready to go with eight natural shades to contemplate.  Men who shy away from busy prints and patterns in knitwear, may find leaflet #9430 to their liking, with a subtle interplay of knits and purls creating a basketweave effect. 

Montaro by Noro

Jane Ellison turns her design talents to a younger generation of men, in this compilation of patterns for Noro.  In Montaro, a casual hoodie,  Kureyon and Cash Iroha are the two yarns that interchange over and over in a fascinating stripey fashion. 

If you are a Noro Fan, check out eight new shades in Kureyon coming soon!

International Yarn Bombing Day

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Under the cover of darkness, slipping quietly through city streets, targeting lamp posts, fire hydrants, and tree trunks, yarn bombers are out in full force this week showing off their latest tags, as an underground movement finally gets its day in the sun.  June 11th has been declared International Yarn Bombing Day, by Alberta-based knitter, Joann Matvichuk who came up with the idea last year.

“I started yarn bombing about a year ago now,” said Joann, “it was right up my alley, adventurous, quirky, and artsy all at the same time.”  During a bout of insomnia she surfed the blogosphere for yarn bombing ideas, and found this decorative form of knit graffiti was growing rapidly.  Her idea took shape from there, as she thought of a way to bring knitters and crocheters together for one day of the year, to create random beauty in their own urban landscape.     

99 Trees

Magda Sayeg, a business owner from Austin, Texas has been dubbed the founder of yarn bombing, with a knitted cosy she placed on the door handle of her store in 2005.  A simple obscure statement sparked an international trend.  Since then she has completed major installations including this colourful one at a private school in Austin.

A Yarn Bombing Road Trip

Taking it on the road this year, Magda enlisted a crew of knitters and crocheters to completely cover this Mini in celebration of International Yarn Bombing Day. 

Street Colour in California

This yarn bomber strikes in Berkely, California, picking favorite places to create cheerful public works of art.  It becomes a knitted map of everyday stops. 

A Knitted Heart

A whimsical art form, part of the thrill for bombers is not knowing how long a knitted piece will stay where it is placed.  

Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

Cherry blossoms were created to decorate a tree during a community knit-in to raise awareness for the Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver this past Spring.  Canadian authors, Leanne Prain and Mandy Moore organized the event on the heels of their book release- Yarn Bombing:  The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti.

A Helping Hand

Knitters received a little extra help from a ladder truck to attach the last of the cherry blossoms to the tallest branches.  

Vancouver Parking Meter

The Canadian division of yarn bombing has its roots firmly planted in the West Coast.  Here a curbside parking meter is decorated in rainbow brights. 

Look for an article on the current yarn bombing revolution coming in the next issue of TIME magazine!

A Blissful Day With Debbie

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The secret is out, Debbie Bliss is coming to Canada this September!  As a continuation of last week’s big announcement, here are the exciting details of the second stop on her 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour– at the picturesque Inn On The Lake in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

Its an exclusive event, one that you won’t want to miss out on.  Read along and find out how you and your friends can take part in this special occasion-