No sooner had we put away our snow boots and heavy wool socks, than it was full circle right back into winter. Well not exactly…. this past weekend shop owners made the biannual trek to Toronto, arriving wide-eyed with anticipation, notebooks in hand, ready to preview the Fall/Winter Collections inside the Diamond Yarn Showroom. From one impressive display to the next, a diverse palette of opulent jewel tones, warm greys, burnished metals, and icy hues emerged to set the tone for the season to come. Quick knitting resonated loudly, with a bounty of bulky yarns on the horizon, yet even lighter and loftier than in previous years, while at the opposite end of the gamut, lace weights are strengthening their foothold, with manufacturers spinning scaled-down versions of the most popular brands.
The forecast for Fall/Winter 2014-
Mirasol tips the scales with three outstanding new qualities. Sulka Nina (shown above) builds on the same platform as the original Sulka, only in a finer gauge this time around, ideal for lightweight cardigans, tunics, and pullovers. Ushya Suya recharges the popular Ushya line with an alluring range of tonal shading while Llama Una fills in the gap, as a dk weight spun from luxurious baby llama. All new designs will be available in leaflet form.
Its a clean sweep for Diamond Luxury Collection as twelve new qualities step out of the shadows for fall/winter 2014. Alpaca Gold (above left) radiates warmth and sheen in a base of superfine baby alpaca, and Mulberry Linen (above right) is highlighted with subtle texture in a natural mix of alpaca, silk and linen. For lace knitters, look for Merino Superwash Lace in tones that rival the sunsets of Umbria, and for fans of big and bulky yarns, Embrace is a cloud of fluffy softness in a mixture of alpaca and acrylic.
As decadent as whipped buttercream icing without all the calories, Bliss from Diamond Luxury Collection (shown above) will melt your heart in an instant with its incredibly plush handle, lightly spun from a premium blend of merino and superfine camel hair.
Nova keeps the ball rolling with more socksational fingering weight yarns dedicated to keeping feet fashionably outfitted. Garnering lots of walk-by enthusiasm as the next standout trend, these almost popped off the shelf, Topper (shown above) a self-striping textured ball of fun geared towards the pre-teen crowd, packaged with a beginner hat pattern and faux fur pom pom in bold neon colours.
This eye candy comes from Lana Grossa, the newest link on the Diamond chain, a well-established Italian yarn manufacturer living up to their motto, ‘always something special’ by bringing to Canada, a fashionable range of patterns for men, women, and children complimented by an extensive line of quality yarns. Meilenweit (shown above) is the signature sock yarn displayed in countless splashy options that may require a wardrobe all its own.
Katia zeroes in on Azteca with a full booklet of designs featuring the cheery self-striping chunky wool blend that invariably gets our needles clicking well before the first snowfall. Hats, cowls, pullovers, vests and coats flood the pages showing off new inspiring colourways to come.
Sirdar continually sticks to the formula that works best, delivering style and value in every ball of yarn they produce. Divine (shown above), spills over with metallic pizazz encased in a halo of mohair and dyed to delight in a range of autumnal hues. Yes, all that rolled into one little ball! Coming for next season as well, look for Head Start, a fast-knitting yarn that won’t stay on shelves long, each ball is packaged with an eye-catching hat pattern and matching fuzzy pom pom.
Heart & Sole embodies the spirit of Sirdar with eight rainbow-bright choices, each 100g ball makes a pair of socks, the ultimate grab n go project complete with a pattern on the label. Stay on the lookout for this and other all-in-one projects, they are going to be hot sellers especially towards holiday season.
Noro introduces three sensational sizzlers to the spectrum- Hanabatake (shown above), slightly wispy in nature due to a touch of mohair mixed into the wool and silk formula, Janome, a silk/wool combo showcasing a tropical-hued palette and Silk Garden Solo, making the break from Noro tradition in semi-solid shades depicting the rustic beauty of Persian rugs.