Archive for February, 2014

Signs Of Spring

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

“Between winter and summer lies a beautiful spring”…….and it is never too early to start searching for signs of it.  For some, it can be a trip down south to get reacquainted with the warmth of the sun, a visit to a neighbor’s greenhouse to see tiny sprigs of greenery, or a walk through the mall to glimpse splashes of colour on mannequins.  Meanwhile for knitters, the quest begins at the local yarn shop browsing through the latest collection of patterns, and yarns, an instant way to refresh the senses and shed the cold weather fatigue.

 

Sirdar Cotton DK

Sirdar Cotton DK

Rich in colour and texture, Sirdar Cotton DK makes its spring debut long before the crocuses bloom.  Incredibly soft to the touch, this pure cotton yarn radiates with lustre in eighteen shades covering the spectrum in a palette of classic neutrals to fashion brights.  Complimented by a full range of knit and crochet patterns that look fresh and inviting, Sirdar’s design team strikes gold with fab handbags, breezy wraps, stylish shells, and refined cardigans.

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7083

Sirdar Leaflet #7083

Sleek Silhouette-  The impeccable smooth stitching in this design puts the focus on the delicate lacework yoke.  Sirdar Cotton DK delivers maximum length at more than two hundred meters per ball, and this design requires only three balls for smaller sizing.  Black Violet (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7079

Sirdar Leaflet #7079

Lattice Illusion–  Graceful sophistication and the exceptional sheen of Cotton DK highlights the mesmerizing stitch interplay on this stunning boat-neck shell.  Loose flowing sleeves are yours for the choosing.  Did you know that Sirdar designs feature ample sizing from 32/34 to 52/54?  Cottonfield (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7086

Sirdar Leaflet #7086

Blue Mood- Hit the refresh button this spring and breathe new life into the essential cardigan.  This design has simple structure, interesting patternwork, and three quarter sleeves for a feminine look.  A jolt of bold colour will add more mileage to last year’s outfits.  Sailor Blue (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7078

Sirdar Leaflet #7078

Captivating Kimono–  Cast on in this year’s trendiest shade that falls somewhere between tranquil turquoise and ocean blue.  This relaxed grab-and-go style features a flattering fit with front border detail and built-in sleeves.  Bluebird (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7070

Sirdar Leaflet #7070

Golden Glow-  New to crochet?  This chic tee is just for you, with easy double crochet worked back and forth in rows, accentuated with a lacy inset neckline.  Choose sporty cap sleeves or cover up from the sun with long sleeves.  Honeysuckle (shown above).

 

Sirdar Leaflet #7076

Sirdar Leaflet #7076

Tropical Tunic- A mixture of crochet motifs on this boat-neck style creates a lovely airy look for fairweather layering.  Options abound with the choice of full-length or short sleeves.   Mill White (shown above).

Thinking of Spring

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Despite recent predictions by a few furry rodents, there are no shadows falling across the pages of the latest Debbie Bliss knitting magazine, it is clear skies, warm breezes, and full steam ahead for spring.  In this issue, British knitwear designer and author, Debbie Bliss, takes a trip down memory lane, recapturing the American influences of her youth, Saturday afternoons spent watching westerns, and black and white movies set in sugary sweet soda shops.  Getting back to her roots, this collection focuses primarily on knitwear for kids, ranging from preppy to pretty, with photographic story boards set against the relaxed backdrop of Long Island, New York.

Let’s take a peek inside this issue-

Issue 12

Issue 12

NOTE:  Look inside for a special preview of Debbie Bliss’s soon-to-be released collection of kitchenware accessories set to debut in March.

 

Argyle Cardigan

Argyle Cardigan

The classic argyle cardigan gets a makeover with Debbie’s trademark palette of duck egg, silver and mink in Baby Cashmerino, a silky-soft blend of merino, microfiber and a splurge of cashmere available in sixty-plus shades.

 

Red and White Striped Top

Red and White Striped Top

A tiny sailor’s delight with red and white striping signals warm weather days ahead.  Knit in lightweight Eco Baby, organically grown cotton that knits up ultra smooth.  Oversized tunic top to fit kids from one to eight years.

 

Sleeveless Top

Sleeveless Top

An understated look, reminiscent of Jackie O style, this sleeveless top takes moss stitch to a new level with the addition of soft fringing.  Knit in the all-new Juliet, a summery sport yarn mixing cotton and acrylic together in a dozen tweedy colour choices.  Hyacinth (shown above).

 

Chevron Lace Top

Chevron Lace Top

The warm glow of coral elegantly showcases the lustre of Debbie’s finest spun merino yarn, Rialto Lace.  Surprisingly, just three balls will knit up this airy Lace Chevron Top featuring set-in elbow length sleeves and side shaping detail.  Look for six new spring shades- primrose, leaf, blush, iris, stone and bark.

 

Intarsia Jacket

Intarsia Jacket

For hanging out at the ranch in jeans and cowboy boots, Debbie combines stripes and western motifs in this whimsical Intarsia Jacket, with turnback cuffs sized for little girls aged three to six years.  Knit in superwash Rialto AranSunshine, pool, pale blue, red, black, basil and rust (shown above).

 

Hooded Zip Jacket

Hooded Zip Jacket

Debbie’s philosophy when it comes to designing knitwear for kids has always been based on comfort and simplicity.  This Hooded Zip Jacket has that easy fit that spells w-e-e-k-e-n-d thanks to a few key components such as garter side openings, diagonal front pockets, and roomy sizing for ages three to ten years.  Knit in Cotton DK, a durable worsted weight cotton boasting fifty-plus brights and neutrals.  Cloud (shown above).