Archive for November, 2012

Hooked On Noro

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

More than just granny squares, the art of crochet has been bumped up a few notches in recent years, fuelled on by the imagination of nimble-fingered designers who have gained recognition as master knitters and are just as proficient at swinging a hook.  Add in the brilliant kaleidoscope of conceptual colour created by Eisaku Noro, and you have a winning combination.


Crochet Noro

Feast your eyes on this just-released collection from Noro, with thirty tempting projects for crafty types of all levels, from top designers such as Lily Chin, Yoko Hatta, and Doris Chan.  A beguiling mix of shawls, cardigans, tunics, home decor items, and fashion accessories will make this hardcover book a must-have on your own holiday wish list or as an enticing gift idea to persuade even the most ardent knitter to put down the needles and pick up a crochet hook.


Cap Sleeve Cardigan

Worked in a circular fashion, this Cap Sleeve Cardigan creates instant visual interest and the extra bonus- no seams.  Crocheted with just 3 or 4 balls of Noro Taiyo Sock, a fingering weight blend of cotton, wool and silk available in seventeen colourways.


Granny Square Purse

Granny squares have never looked so hot!  This catch-all purse is crocheted in fiesta-fun shading from Noro’s classic Kureyon line.  A pure wool that is incredibly versatile and squeezes a rainbow into every ball.


Nesting Bowls

Just imagine the oh-so many inventive ways to use these pretty Nesting Bowls.  Trinkets, potted plants, knitting tools, loose change, the list goes on and on………. Worked in single crochet rounds from the base up, the colouring is one of a kind from Taiyo, a worsted weight blend of cotton, wool and silk.


Chevron Hat

Looking for the ideal one-ball crochet project?  This Chevron Hat may top the list of coveted fashionable accessories and as a speedy little project worked from the top down in Silk Garden Sock, a mix of silk, mohair, and lambswool in a copious range of colourways.


Boxy Cardigan

This Boxy Cardigan has an interesting mix of stitches, and fits like a dream.  To keep the colour rhythm going, a circular yoke is worked across the sleeves and body.  Crocheted in Silk Garden Sock, a lightweight natural fibre blend with amazing yardage and rich shading.


Flower Blossom Purse

Don’t wait for Spring, these flowers are already in bloom and boy will they warm up someone’s heart on this gift-ready handbag bursting with juicy colour and texture.  This design is crocheted with individual motifs in Kureyon, one of more than thirty cheery shade picks from an eye-popping palette.

Top Ten Festive Knits

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

If you were a follower of fashion in the eighties, you may recall sweaters sporting reindeer motifs, Christmas trees and holiday scenes complete with blinking lights and jingle bells.  Some fads repeat themselves, and this tongue-in-cheek style of festive attire is currently hip and happening again, with holiday get-togethers encouraging guests to show up in the most garish novelty pullovers they can find, and office parties sponsoring ‘tacky sweater’ contests all in the spirit of the season.  This trend has sparked renewed interest in knitting intarsia and fairisle styles, maintaining a yuletide theme without going over the top.

With the countdown to the holiday season ticking away, here is a look at the Top Ten Festive Knits from Sirdar’s latest collection-


Sirdar Leaflet #9754

Reminiscent of sixties ski lodge style, this sharp looking shawl collar pullover has charming appeal.  Knit in Country Style DK from Sirdar, a washable wool blend featuring a range of thirty plus shades.


Sirdar Leaflet #2362

A traditional fairisle yoke pullover  is revamped in ‘frigate grey’ and ‘cream’ and sized from toddlers to teens.  Knit in Supersoft Aran, an easy-care yarn with more than forty colour options.


Sirdar Leaflet #2373

A friendly reindeer face makes this cheery red pullover hard to resist for kids aged two to thirteen years.  Knit in Sirdar’s very durable Wash ‘n’ Wear Double Crepe DK, with a palette of twenty-one shades.


Sirdar Leaflet #1465

Adorable in crisp ‘holly red’, a hooded jacket with matching booties is not limited to just the festive season.  Sized from birth to two years.  Knit in a true Sirdar classic, Snuggly DK, a yarn that is oh-so-soft for babies.


Sirdar Leaflet #2375

Bring a beloved Christmas tale to life and melt a few hearts with this cosy snowman pullover available in a wide range of sizes to fit tots to teens.  Knit in one of Sirdar’s best-selling yarns, Wash ‘n’ Wear Double Crepe DK.


Sirdar Leaflet #9686

The snowflake motif has been a fashion template since the fifties, this season change it up with an elegant black and white colour scheme.  This is a truly comfortable style to wear during the holidays and all winter long.  Knit in Click Chunky by Sirdar, a popular wool and acrylic blend available in forty-three shades.


Sirdar Leaflet #2360

For a cosy alternative to sweaters and cardigans, this sassy poncho will brighten up the holiday season and delight a mini fashionista.  Plus it is super quick to knit in two strips with an added border.  Knit in ‘red poppy’, one of more than forty choices in Supersoft Aran from Sirdar.


Sirdar Leaflet #9723

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas……………..and a smiling snowman sweater.  Wouldn’t this make a great gift idea for a grade school teacher?  Knit in Country Style DK, a washable wool blend with a light and lofty feel.


Sirdar Leaflet #9722

Don’t leave out the gents when it comes to knitting up a fun holiday-themed pullover.  This cheerful Santa design will create plenty of buzz around the tree this year.  Knit in Country Style DK, and shown above in ‘cobalt blue’.


Sirdar Leaflet #1462

Picture perfect!  A special three-piece Santa suit for baby’s first Christmas.  Just imagine all the photo ops when friends and family gather together.  Knit in Snuggly DK and edged in your choice of Funky Fur or Snowflake Chunky.


Faux Real

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Is it real or is it faux?  Get your needles ready as this exciting new novelty line from Spanish manufacturer, Lanas Stop zooms into yarn shops across Canada with an energetic w-o-w resonating from knitters coast to coast as they get their first look at what’s next on the trend list.  Four qualities will be available this month, Seal, Mink, Rabbit, and Koala, all incredibly lush in appearance with long thick fibres, the resemblance to real fur being utterly remarkable!  Collecion Fur showcases a variety of fab styles from vests and jackets to capes, collars, and cuffs knit with this new breed of faux fur yarn, some combining merino wool for contrast and detail work.

Have a peek at what’s on the needles right now-



Mink:  Knit on 7.00 mm needles in st st with a tension of 20 sts and 26 rows.  This tactile fur-like yarn glides easily across the needles and is equally plush on both the knit and purl side.  Fifteen solid shades are available with traditional silver greys, browns, and black plus the more fashion forward reds, teal, and navy.


Mink Vest by Lanas Stop

Two alternating shades of Mink knit in a clever chevron pattern make this vest ultra chic and a hot fashion item with plenty of versatility.  From the new Coleccion Fur by Lanas Stop, one of two dozen stylish designs knit with this season’s must-have yarn.



Seal:  Knit on 7.00 mm needles in st st, with a tension of 20 sts and 26 rows.  Silky soft in texture and surprisingly lightweight, with dappled shading in a variety of ten light and dark beige or grey tones.  This is a non-shedding yarn which fluffs up easily after knitting, or it may be brushed with a large-tooth comb.  Watch the video to see how Seal is knit and how to brush for maximum effect.


Seal Jacket by Lanas Stop

This stunning jacket is knit in Seal, and stands out with elegant classic appeal.  Take it with you as a warm plush companion for dining out in style.



Rabbit:  Knit on 7.00 mm needles in st st with a tension of 20 sts and 24 rows.  A yarn with a lovely glossy finish that catches the light.  Eleven shades are available with a black undertone.  Add a real kick of colour to your wardrobe with lime, orange, royal or red.


Rabbit Hat by Lanas Stop

Wintry winds won’t stand a chance against this dense layer of warmth.  This luxurious hat is a quick and easy knit in Rabbit, and wouldn’t it go great with matching cuffs and collar?



Koala:  Knit on 8.00 mm needles in st st with a tension of 17 sts and 22 rows.  Long sleek hairs, with silvery tips add fabulous highlights to the overall look of this faux fur.   Available in natural hues, browns, greys, and black.


A versatile wrap for evenings out on the town or just throwing on at home for a quiet night in with a good book, knit in Koala, the thickest of these four new qualities with a density of almost two inches when knit.