Archive for May, 2013

Some Like It Hot

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Colour is hot right now!  A sweltering swirl of sizzling hues, and it is all inside the pages of the latest Spring/Summer Noro Magazine.  A bevy of well-known international designers have worked their magic with needles and hooks, to create an enigmatic collection of thirty-four stunning styles guaranteed to peak your interest.  Flaunting the beauty and artistry that is twirled inside every skein of Noro yarn with visually beguiling photography, every page pops with an infusion of colour.  High on the trend list this year is multi-directional and short row knitting, a technique that stretches the possibilities, elevating Noro’s incredible spectrum of colour to a new level.  This issue also includes a section featuring newborn fashions, a little more crochet than usual with highly exotic styling, an article exploring the phenomena that has become, The Cult Of Noro, and an in-depth interview with British designer, Jane Ellison, giving a firsthand account of her relationship with the yarn itself.

Arriving at your LYS in the first week of June, Noro Knitting Magazine- Color Blooms, be sure to reserve a copy!

Heat up your weekend with a surprise look at what’s inside-

 

Lace Maxi Dress

Lace Maxi Dress

The wavy lines in Galina Caroll’s Lace Maxi Dress play up the artistry in Silk Garden Lite’s palette, an ideal weight for warm weather styles, in a blend of silk, kid mohair and lambswool.  Look for more than two dozen graduated colour options for this season.

 

Cap Sleeve Top

Cap Sleeve Top

If you are a first-timer at short row knitting, this sporty Cap Sleeve Top designed by Irina Poludnento offers just enough of a thrill with over the shoulder shaping.  The front and back panels are knit from the bottom to top, and the sides are picked up and knit outwards.  Knit in Koromo, a brand new quality from Noro consisting of cotton, wool and silk in a dk weight.

 

Short Row Colorback Top

Short Row Colorback Top

And now for something dramatically different, a design by Wilma Peers, giving the impression of drifting landscapes.  This Short Row Colorback Top features a fold-over collar and is sure to be a favorite as it can easily make the shift into Fall and Winter as a tunic to wear with leggings.  Knit in Silk Garden Lite.  Don’t rule this one out, as multi-directional knitting is much easier than it looks.

 

Hourglass Top

Hourglass Top

Aptly named by designer, Theresa Schabes, the Hourglass Top, for its very inventive seaming which draws the eye to follow the curves and puts the emphasize on a sleek silhouette.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock, a fingering weight yarn in fourteen richly dyed hues.

 

Crochet V Neck Top

Crochet V Neck Top

Single and double crochet have never looked so inviting, as in this V Neck Top by designer, Yoko Hatta.  A quick to make slipover style showcasing the versatility of Taiyo Sock, a fingering weight mix of cotton, wool, silk, and nylon.

 

Round Yoke Pullover

Round Yoke Pullover

Designer, Yoko Hatta offers two creative options in this magazine issue with her crocheted yoke design, featured first as a trendy cape to cover the shoulders and secondly, as a pullover (shown above).  Crocheted in Silk Garden Sock, a natural fibre yarn that is having its time in the sun, crossing over from foot warming fashion to stylish garments.

 

A Line Tank

A Line Tank

Graphically enticing panels of multi-directional knitting are bordered with vertical sides in this elegant A Line Tank Top by Mari Tobita, a pleasure to knit in Noro’s new starlet, Takeuma, a mélange of wool, silk and viscose in a dk weight yarn, offering three neutral shadings and three pops of more intense colouring including purple passion no. 7 (shown above).

 

Saddle Shoulder Colorblock Top

Saddle Shoulder Colorblock Top

Noro makes the task of choosing the right colour exceptionally easy, especially with this Saddle Shoulder Top by designer, Cheryl Murray that assimilates all the prettiest shades of summer into one yarn.  Knit in Taiyo, a soft cotton, spun with silk and wool in a cheery selection of not less than thirty self-striping picks.

 

Knitting Gatsby Style

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Fireworks will be exploding on the big screen this weekend, as the highly-anticipated remake of The Great Gatsby roars back to life.  This 3D visual extravaganza by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, set amidst the glitzy post-war era of a booming Wall Street, will enthrall movie-goers with jazzy hip-hop riffs, a parade of sleek and shiny roadsters, lavish beaded costumes by Prada, and vintage bling from Tiffany, a decadent backdrop to the fictitious saga of Long Island millionaire, Jay Gatsby and his beloved, Daisy Buchanan.

Capture your own Gatsby Style with these fabulous flapper fashions from Debbie Bliss

 

cashmerino aran

Beaded Turban- Turn heads with a 1920’s style bob cut and this stunning headpiece, knit in two seed stitch strips and seamed together with a centre tab.  Add a decorative touch with a special vintage broach or a sprinkle of pearls for evening sparkle.  Knit in Cashmerino Aran, soft and demure in over sixty shades.  Beige (shown above).

 

rilato 4 ply

Dog Tooth Yoke Sweater-  Pleated skirts with drop waists were all the rage in the Jazz Age, this one is paired nicely with a figure-flattering ribbed pullover featuring elegant sleeves that grace the elbow and an interesting two-tone slip stitch yoke pattern.  Knit in Rialto 4 Ply, a washable fine merino wool, light enough for the warm weather, and available in more than thirty colours.  Pale Blue and White (shown above).

 

eco baby

Cabled Cardigan-   A slim neutral silhouette was the fashion style, and for classic daywear, a shawl collared cardigan with pockets for a silver cigarette case was a staple, this one features delicate lace detail.  Sleek and sophisticated in a champagne hue, knit in Eco Baby, an organic cotton in a finer weight.  Pebble (shown above).

 

baby cashmerino

Beaded Clutch Bag-   Flapper girls were the life of the party during the Roaring Twenties, with their feathered headpieces, embroidered dresses, and beaded accessories like this exquisite knitted clutch.  One ball of Baby Cashmerino, and a remnant of silk fabric for the lining work their magic with glass beads threaded onto the yarn and knit into a chevron pattern.  Hot Pink (shown above). 

 

eco baby dress

Pleated Skirt Dress-  Summertime in Long Island includes serving tea and sandwiches in the gazebo, followed by serving on the tennis court.  This sporty outfit has well-constructed pleats, transitioning into stripes and ribs.  Knit in Eco BabyHeather and White (shown above).

 

rilato 4 ply two-tone

Diamond Sweater-  After a night of doing the Charleston, its a relaxing afternoon game of croquet, and this classic Diamond Sweater suits the occasion to a tee.  Knit in Rialto 4 PlyLight Pink and White (shown above).