Archive for August, 2013

Freya by Sirdar

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Every so often, a yarn comes along that seems to stand out in the crowd, confident enough to be just a little different from the rest, and as knitters like to refer to it, the ‘ah-ha’ yarn.  This season Sirdar has created just that, a wonderful hazy aura of soft fibre spun with a tweedy slub of cotton at its core, knitting up to a chunky gauge without the weightiness and overheated feeling of wool.

 

Sirdar Freya

Sirdar Freya

Named after the goddess of love, Freya comes in a palette of eight soothing neutral tones- Lapland, First Frost, Baffin, Forget-Me-Not, Dusk, Caribou, Felt, and Gosling with a collection of twenty appealing designs for children to adults-

 

Sirdar Leaflet #9880

Sirdar Leaflet #9880

The essential boyfriend cardigan is knit in a simple tuck stitch adorned with patch pockets and the option of a classic neckline or shawl collar.  Sized from four years to adult.  Lapland (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #9881

Sirdar Leaflet #9881

Catch the autumn breeze with this pretty windmill cable design, available to knit as a longer tunic with a polo neck or a traditional sweater length with crew neck.  Baffin (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #9882

Sirdar Leaflet #9882

Fall cannot come soon enough to wear this lightweight jacket, designed with a flattering collar worn open as shown or buttoned to the side.  Choose from two lengths.  Baffin (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #9883

Sirdar Leaflet #9883

Intarsia diamonds add a playful interlude from the cable and wide rib detail in this pullover as well as a chance to experiment and blend more than one colour together.  Caribou, Dusk, and Felt (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #9884

Sirdar Leaflet #9884

Hats off to Sirdar for giving us stylish headwear!  This leaflet will get you ready for wintery weather with four trendy designs, each knit with just one or two balls of Freya.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #9885

Sirdar Leaflet #9885

Cosy cowls, scarves and handknit mittens are a girl’s best friend for the coming season, just take your pick from this great collection of accessories.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #9886

Sirdar Leaflet #9886

Lightly layered, this vest is a key element to dressing comfortably as the weather changes from warm and sunny to cool and cloudy.  Only three balls are required for a women’s size and don’t forget Freya is an easy care yarn, suitable for washing in the machine.  Dusk (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #9887

Sirdar Leaflet #9887

Short and sweet, this comfy jacket and sleeveless vest both feature a ribbed hood which gets rids of the extra bulk and lies quite flat when not in use.  Gosling (shown above).

Debbie Bliss F/W 2013 Knitting Magazine

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Understanding knitters as well as she does, Debbie Bliss has included projects for all levels of expertise and style preference in this just released fall/winter magazine.  An avid traveler, Debbie continually finds fresh inspiration from all corners of the globe, weaving those magical memories into each one of her collections.  In this issue, the beauty of intricately patterned Persian rugs as well as Dior’s influence on the fashion world become two of the main jumping off points for fabulous fall knitwear, while a quick glance at the calendar brings us all back to reality with cheery back to school accessories and a nod to festive décor in the not-too-distant future.

 

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Inside this issue, Debbie presents the winners of her baby blanket competition with the first place prize going to a Canadian knitter for her imaginative entry, Sweet Dreams.  Be the first to pick up your copy of the Debbie Bliss F/W Knitting Magazine at your lys before it sells out and in the meantime let’s turn the cover and have a peek inside-

 

Foxy Boot Toppers

Foxy Boot Toppers

Back to school rules!  Keep kids extra cosy on rainy days with these Foxy Boot Toppers, a whimsical intarsia design knit in Rialto DK.  Ribbed cuffs turn under to hold these toppers neatly in place.

 

Rainbow Leg Warmers

Rainbow Leg Warmers

Brighten up a child’s world with simple knit accessories like these Rainbow Leg Warmers, they take only two balls of self-striping Rialto DK Print and are sized to fit two to four year olds.  An ideal project for beginner knitters.

 

Brocade Jacket

Brocade Jacket

Bobbles, cables and fairisle go together like birds of a feather in this stunning Brocade Jacket, emphasized with a detailed hemline and shawl collar.  Knit in Rialto DKblack, gold, and plum (shown above).  Debbie’s easy-to-follow charts are in full colour making this project a breeze to knit up.

 

A-Line Jacket

A-Line Jacket

Inspired by the 1950’s era of elegance and the fashionable wardrobe of screen siren, Grace Kelly in the classic film- Rear Window, Debbie’s classic A-line design (above) is reinvented into today’s suit jacket.  Wear it to work and out for dinner, it pairs nicely with a pencil slim skirt, trousers, or a cocktail dress.  Knit in Milanocharcoal.

 

Sleeveless Dress

Sleeveless Dress

It might be about time to dust off your pearls and clip-on earrings, as this Sleeveless Dress is designed to be worn with vintage accessories, a sophisticated style with a timeless silhouette.  Knit in Milano, a brand new nubby texture which knits up like yarn yet it translates the look and feel of a tweed fabric.  Keep an eye out for all twelve shades arriving in shops very shortly.  Willow (shown above).

 

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Feeling a little festive?  Get an early start on your décor with this stylized Christmas Tree, easy to knit in three sections, using a repurposed water bottle as the base and some shiny beads and baubles as the finishing touches.  Knit in Rialto DK.

 

Santa Dog Coat

Santa Dog Coat

Debbie’s trusty mascot, a terrier named ‘Smiffy’ shows off his Christmas spirit as the dapper model waiting for his treat in this quirky Santa Dog Coat knit in three shades of Rialto Aran.  Just four months of knitting left until the presents are unwrapped.

Milano Collection

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

You may be able to take the girl out of the city but taking the city out of the girl is no easy task.  In this early Fall preview, its clear that designer, Debbie Bliss has seamlessly melded polar opposites together with an edgy look influenced by the vibe of the second largest city in Italy (the fashion and design capital) softened up with traditional texture reminiscent of the English countryside.  The Milano Collection features a dozen designs, knit in a new colour-flecked aran weight yarn with a modern twist, its a nubby tweed wound with an exterior casing for contrast and durability.

Milano by Debbie Bliss

Milano by Debbie Bliss

 

Look for all twelve shades in Milano and a few of these fab designs to pop up in yarn shops later this summer-    

 

 

Wrap Cardigan

Wrap Cardigan

A stylish spin on the classic pea jacket, this wrap cardigan will make a cosy entrance into Autumn’s cooler weather with a wide collar and foldover front.  Charcoal (shown above).

 

Tie Front Jacket

Tie Front Jacket

When the leaves start to change colour, be ready to become part of the scenery with this tie front jacket, a warm and inviting wardrobe piece accented with deep ribbed sleeve cuffs, collar and front borders knit in a contrast yarn and designed to make this tweed yarn even more alluring.  Berry (shown above).

 

Biker Jacket

Biker Jacket

Have the best of both worlds, the chic style of a side-zipped biker jacket and the luxurious feel of woolen tweed.  This is a design that will become your BFF and generate inevitable requests from friends…. ‘will you knit me one?’  Ocean (shown above).

 

Cape

Cape

Some may label this sophisticated style as a roomy cardigan and some may classify it a cape, either way this design by Debbie Bliss is right on trend for the coming season.  Extra wide sleeves provide unrestricted movement and make a flawless transition into a slimmer yoke.  Willow (shown above).

 

Jumper Dress

Scoop Neck Dress

Layering is the key to dressing comfortably in Autumn’s unpredictable weather and this scoop neck dress  gets high marks as a casual jumper to pull on over leggings and cotton tees.  Moss (shown above).

 

Ruffle Handbag

Ruffle Handbag

Capture a little slice of Italian fashion with this ruffle handbag, the next gotta have accessory to spice up your Fall outfits.  Moss stitch on the straps and ruffled edging is Debbie’s signature touch.  Grape (shown above).