Archive for February, 2013

In Black and White

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

While models were marching down the runway in a freshly pressed parade of high voltage colour, by far the biggest and most unexpected footprint left behind for Spring 2013 was a simply striking palette in black and white.  A dramatically bold interaction of horizontal lines, zigzags, and chevrons sprang forward, instantly turning heads and cleverly filling a void between lollipop brights and buttery pastels with smart sass and timeless appeal.

 

Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Moschino, Lela Rose

Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Moschino, Lela Rose

High contrast styles in black and white by designers, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Moschino, and Lela Rose set the mood for Spring 2013 while Katia translates this hot trend into fabulous knitwear in Elegance Collection no. 74, featuring three innovative pre-knit yarns, Tonga, Guadalupe, and Martinica.  Essentially these are flat woven bands pieced together by knitting or crocheting with auxiliary yarns.

Have a peek at what’s coming to your LYS soon-

 

Boatneck Tunic by Katia

Boatneck Tunic by Katia

Connecting the pieces together just like a jigsaw puzzle, this boatneck tunic from Katia highlights an intriguing new cotton quality, made up of wide strips of Guadalupe interlaced with Mississippi 3.  Watch the video here to see how easy it is to knit or crochet these bands together and create beautiful edgings or an entire garment.

 

Striped Tank by Katia

Striped Tank by Katia

Combining the coolness of pure linen in Lino with six pre-knit strips in Martinica creates an impressive finished result in this striped tank from Katia.  Watch the video here for simple step-by-step instructions.

 

Shell and Shrug by Katia

Shell and Shrug by Katia

Two looks with the same yarn!  The criss cross construction of Tonga in classic black and white forms a decorative neckline to finish off the knitted  sleeveless shell on the left.  While adding in wide open crochet work with a secondary yarn elongates these panels of Tonga in the shrug on the left for an airier look.  Watch the video here to see how versatile this yarn really is.

 

Martinica and Panama Shell by Katia

Martinica and Panama Shell by Katia

A light n lacy shell with a draped neckline makes an elegant topper for tanks and tees.  With very little effort, strips of Martinica in a solid shade are linked together.  Choose from one of eight shades to suit your colour palette.

 

A Kid’s World

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

If you build it, they will come.  That is exactly what happened when Canadian textile artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam created her brightly coloured playscape, a mesmerizing magnet for children to climb, bounce, and swing on.  The Rainbow Net, located in Sapporo, Japan, is an innovative project that took three years to complete, giant crocheted medallions connect together to form a bowl-shaped trampoline, accented with teardrop shaped tubes that dangle like earrings.  The spark for this brilliant idea came to Toshiko in an art gallery where her over-sized crocheted sculpture, Multiple Hammock No. 1, was on display.  She was approached by two children who asked if they could perhaps climb up and play on it.  As she watched nervously, the kids were grabbing on to the netting as if it were made for little hands to grip, with squeals of delight, the structure seemed to take on a life of its own, stretching and twisting in new directions.

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Not just ‘public art’, this tactile installation encourages play and exercise in children.

 

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Thousands of spools of heavyweight nylon cord were used for durability and colourful appeal.

 

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The artist, Toshiko, assembled the pieces by hand on site, working on her knees up to ten hours a day on this project.  Similar installations have also been completed in Spain, Singapore, and Shanghai.

 

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A Spring Sampling From Mirasol

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Light breezes and sunny skies, that’s the feeling expressed in Mirasol’s collection for Spring/Summer 2013 with refreshing colour in a garden-like palette of early blooming hyacinths, forget-me-knots, crocuses, and crisp green foliage, a flattering combination of both bold and subtle hues.  With the focus on Nuna, a lightweight silk blend, and newcomer Illaris, a cotton yarn rich with lustre, this gathering of designs showcases lacework, skillful shaping, and classic details with a playful modern twist.

Whether you are getting an early start on warm weather knitting or looking for a few key pieces that pack easily for travelling south this winter here is a closer look at a Spring Sampling From Mirasol featuring six new designs by Michelle Porter and Michele Meadows

 

Mirasol Leaflet M5006

Mirasol Leaflet M5006

Take your cue from Pantone’s colour of the year- Emerald, and get ready to see this refreshing shade popping up here, there, and everywhere.  Knit in Nuna from Mirasol, this sleeveless vest has a relaxed look, ideal for pairing with jeans and a t shirt, designed with longer lace front panels and a shorter mock cable section at the back.  ‘Fresh Green’ (shown above).

 

Mirasol Leaflet M5002

Mirasol Leaflet M5002

Neutrals balance out the brights and florals this Spring, and add mileage to your favorite wardrobe pieces.  This sleek-fitting pullover radiates polished sophistication, with softly gathered sleeve caps and folded hemlines.  Knit in Illaris from Mirasol, high gloss pima cotton in a dk weight, a brand new quality with twelve shades for Spring/Summer 2013.  ‘Sand’ (shown above).

 

Mirasol Leaflet M5000

Mirasol Leaflet M5000

Greyed tones add subtle colouring and a cohesive vibe to the overall look.  Knit in Illaris from Mirasol, this drape neck style has soft flowing lines, accentuated by fishtail lace panels cleverly disguising the A-line shaping.  The lace collar is knit separately and sewn on adding a little extra shoulder covering.  ‘Polo blue’ (shown above).

 

Mirasol Leaflet M5007

Mirasol Leaflet M5007

Boost your spirits this Spring with a shade picked right out of the garden.  This boatneck sleeveless shell edged in lace detail pairs beautifully with a matching stole.  Knit in Nuna from Mirasol.  ‘Delicate Lilac’ (shown above).

 

Mirasol Leaflet M5008

Mirasol Leaflet M5008

An uplifting colour that contrasts beautifully with white.  Knit in Nuna, this eyelet pullover is knit in a simple one-piece construction with wide ribbed cuffs and a classic crew neck.  ‘Aquamarine’ (shown above).

 

Mirasol Leaflet M5009

Mirasol Leaflet M5009

Shades of cool blue continue to show up prominently for Spring.  This A-line suntop sets the tone nicely, an easy-fitting reversible style highlighted with bobbles and lace, and mitred armholes.  Knit in Nuna from Mirasol, a lightweight yarn well-suited for Spring in a mixture of merino, silk and bamboo.  Look for eight new colours.  ‘Cobalt’ (shown above).

 

Debbie Bliss Welcomes Spring

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

If you are searching for that elusive ray of sunshine this week, its right here, tucked inside the latest issue of Debbie Bliss’s knitting magazine, with thirty-three bright and cheery designs, each one a shining beacon of Spring.  The roaring twenties twirl to life with a smoking hot bejewelled turban gracing the cover, and sleek long-waisted flapper styles roused from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby  (watch for the highly-anticipated movie remake to hit theatres in late May).  Debbie’s dreamy storyline is set on a grand estate complete  with sparkling fountains, lavish interiors, and an occasional afternoon game of croquet.  Candy-coloured sweater sets, nostalgic picnic and garden party attire in Debbie’s signature palette are a visual delight for the senses.  In this jam-packed issue, possibly the only thing missing is a scratch ‘n’ sniff strip for that almost-forgotten fragrance of Spring to waft over us.

 

Debbie Bliss Magazine Issue #10

Debbie Bliss Magazine Issue #10

Call your LYS to reserve a copy and be sure to ask for the one with glamour gal, Daisy on the cover.  Here is a peek inside the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of the Debbie Bliss knitting magazine available this week-

 

Diamond Sweater in Rialto 4Ply

Diamond Sweater

In true Daisy fashion, diamonds are a girl’s best friend and this playful pullover has rows and rows of them in raspberry sorbet contrasted against a background of crisp white.  Knit in Rialto 4 Ply, an extrafine merino wool featuring six new vintage shades for Spring.

 

Cabled Cardigan in Eco Baby

Cabled Cardigan

Classic clean lines in a soft oyster shade show off the luxurious little details of this shawl-collared cabled cardigan designed with the mood of the 1920’s in mind.  Knit in Eco Baby, a smooth organic cotton with five new hues this season.

 

Moss Stitch Shrug Jacket in Bella

Moss Stitch Shrug Jacket

For idyllic afternoons spent meandering through fields of wildflowers, this whimsical design plays the part of both a shrug and jacket, easy to knit in moss stitch with wide garter stitch borders.  Knit in Bella, a wonderful blending of cotton, silk and cashmere for light summer wear.

 

Lace Edge Cardigan

Lace Edge Cardigan

Sugary sweet, isn’t this just the icing on the cake?  Eyelet detail and lace edgings complete the design, a must-knit for little girls and their party dresses.  Knit in Eco Baby, organic cotton in some of summer’s softest colours- lilac, mint, blush, peach, apple.

 

Fairisle Waistcoat

Fairisle Waistcoat

A pint-size gentleman proudly sports his fairisle button-up vest in Debbie’s trademark hues, reminiscent of a bygone era, and knit in Baby Cashmerino, a mix of merino, microfiber, and cashmere.

 

Party Angel Shrug

Party Angel Shrug

This kitten-soft shrug is knit entirely in stocking stitch, and makes an extra light covering for those dressy layers of chiffon.  Knit in Pretty Pink Party Angel, a laceweight mix of kid mohair, silk with a fine gold thread.