Archive for November, 2014

Rasta In Brooklyn

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Hot on the heels of Book Six, Malabrigo keeps the creative wheels spinning at high gear with their recently-released Book Seven, a fresh and vibrant collection of chill-busting knits, fashionably styled and photographed on location in Brooklyn’s most fascinating neighborhoods.  Collaborating with a talented team of designers and the artful palette of kettle-dyed sinfully-soft super chunky merino from Malabrigo, Rasta’s star continues to rise with fifteen brand new fun projects.

Here is a preview of Rasta In Brooklyn available now at your lys-

The Heights

The Heights

Looking for a handmade gift idea for a bestie?  This drop stitch cowl goes from zero-to-yay-I am-finished in under an hour and will leave your friends speechless.  Don’t let the open stitches fool you, it requires only one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and has plenty of warmth to go around.  Arco Iris (shown above).

Bushwick

Bushwick

One size fits all in this bold and cheerful pull-on hat design accented with a plush pom pom.  An ideal gift for the teenager on your gift list, just tuck in an iTunes gift card and watch them smile.  From left to right- Glazed Carrot and Plomo, Teal Feather and Lettuce, Azul and Sunset.

Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Winding cables and playful bobbles take centre stage on this cosy poncho which is knit in two pieces and finished off with a thick collar designed for standing up to the fierce Arctic wind.  Lotus (shown above).

Navy Yard

Navy Yard

Going east or going west, all stitches intersect for a fabulous trellis effect on these cabled wristers.  Solis (shown above).

Red Hook

Red Hook

Have you tried your hand at provisional cast on?  Its as simple as crocheting a chain and it creates a seamless finish on this richly-hued handbag designed to hold everything but the kitchen sink.  A fabric lining is added for support and structure.   Ravelry Red (shown above).

Love Letter

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

If any yarn were to inspire a love letter it would have to be the one and only, wildly alluring, fanciful Noro, with its gregarious stand-out-in-a-crowd personality, the kind that simply takes your breath away at first glance and causes even the most stoic of hearts to flutter.  For almost forty years knitters have remained truly devoted to the creative possibilities and unique artistry waiting to be discovered inside each ball of Noro yarn.

LOVE LETTER by Claudia Wersing

LOVE LETTER by Claudia Wersing

Claudia Wersing is the innovative designer behind this impressive new collection from Noro which fully integrates the facets of ‘Euro Chic’ style- keeping it casual, yet fashionable and practical in a dressy sort of way with a wee bit of drama thrown in for good measure.  Love Letter shines the spotlight on two new qualities, Janome, a silk and wool combo in a double knitting weight and Hanabatake, a medley of wool, silk and mohair in an aran weight spin.  Look for both yarns to catch your eye this season in eight colourways.

CAMERON

CAMERON

Settle in for a cosy winter ahead with Claudia’s latest design, a flattering A-line tunic to wear over leggings or jeans.  Project requires 10-14 balls of Janome in shade no. 09 (shown above).

CHARLIZE

CHARLIZE

Make a lasting impression with this splashy cardigan highlighted by a cinched waistline, seed stitch edgings and a peplum border.  Project requires 9-11 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 09 (shown above).

CARRIE

CARRIE

Ladders and cables cheerfully intertwine on this stunning boat neck pullover which features one-piece sleeve and yoke construction and no shaping whatsoever.  The focus is first and foremost on the striking colourplay.  Project requires 9-11 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 07 (shown above).

CANDICE

CANDICE

Knit away to your heart’s content on this longer-length pullover cleverly-constructed from the top down to eliminate the need for raglan seams.  Trying intarsia knitting for the first-time?  This motif offers a simple place to start.  Project requires 7-9 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 05 and 1 ball of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in shade no. 06 (shown above).

COURTNEY

COURTNEY

High voltage striping creates magic on this chevron-inspired skirt.  Knit in two pieces with side seams, Claudia’s design features an elastic waistband and seven inch fringes.  Project requires 7-9 balls of Hanabatake in shade no. 01 (shown above).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfort Yarns

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

If you are looking for delicate cobweb-like yarns, this is not your lucky day.  Clearly something big is going on right now as we enter the comfort zone, a weather-induced state of being that causes a constant craving for soft, squishy, substantial yarns, the kind that knitters can really sink their fingers into.  Yes, its time to pump up the volume and search out mucho grande yarns that make us feel cosy, covered, and cocooned in a bulky layer of warmth.  There is an instant appeal associated with these mega-sized (10.00 – 15.00 mm) yarns, the needles click louder, and the projects cast off lickety-split which means they score b-i-g points on the satisfaction meter too.

TOP TEN COMFORT YARNS-

USHA SUYA by Mirasol

USHYA SUYA by Mirasol

1. Ushya Suya by Mirasol

COMPOSITION: 100% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Plush malleable springy texture, a dream to knit with, adapts well to cables, stitch texture, and bulky lace patterns.  The unique chainette-style construction makes this yarn extremely lightweight.

COLOURS: Ten semi-solid mid-range hues including ‘Wheat and Chaff’ (shown above).

BIG SOFTIE by Sirdar

BIG SOFTIE by Sirdar

2. Big Softie by Sirdar

COMPOSITION: 51% wool and 49% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Single-plied whispery-soft construction creates a brushed unspun look when knitted, great for cold weather accessories, bulky cardigans, vests, and ponchos.  Bonus: this yarn is washer friendly.

COLOURS: Twenty-six solid and flecked shades including ‘Blizzard’ (shown above).

ZEUS by Lanas Stop

ZEUS by Lanas Stop

3. Zeus by Lanas Stop

COMPOSITION: 50% wool and 50% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: A mix of two independent strands, one glossy and the other matte, creates a profusion of radiant colour and extra thick texture.

COLOURS: Six sassy multi-twisted picks including no. 216 (shown above).

PALOMA by Debbie Bliss

PALOMA by Debbie Bliss

4. Paloma by Debbie Bliss

COMPOSITION: 60% baby alpaca and 40% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Hollow core construction, ultra-light, pliable and overflowing with touchy-feely luxury.

COLOURS:  Thirty-two solid shades from pale to bright including ‘Cyclamen’ (shown above).

OLYMPIA by Lana Grossa

OLYMPIA by Lana Grossa

5. Olympia by Lana Grossa

COMPOSITION: 53% merino wool and 47% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Coil-spun with a subtle change in thickness, featuring a graduated colour change.  This yarn is an extremely popular choice for cold weather accessories.  

COLOURS: Sixteen cheerful choices including ‘Glade’ (shown above).

DOLPHIN BABY by Himalaya

DOLPHIN BABY by Himalaya

6. Dolphin Baby by Himalaya

COMPOSITION: 100% polyester.

ATTRIBUTES: The chenille texture of this yarn makes it tactile in a velvety-smooth way, and mimics a woven finish when knit in garter stitch.

COLOURS: A mix of classic baby pastels and contemporary brights including ‘Rose’ (shown above).

BLISS by Diamond Luxury Collection

BLISS by Diamond Luxury Collection

7. Bliss by Diamond Luxury Collection

COMPOSITION: 80% extrafine merino and 20% superfine camel hair.

ATTRIBUTES: A classic plied twist, ultra smooth finish and sumptuous to the touch.

COLOURS: ‘Au Naturel’ (shown above).

ROMA by Debbie Bliss

ROMA by Debbie Bliss

8. Roma by Debbie Bliss

COMPOSITION: 70% wool and 30% alpaca.

ATTRIBUTES: A conventionally plied yarn that produces crisp even stitches, ideal for texture and cable patterns.

COLOURS: Look for a full range including understated and vivid tones, sixteen in all, and Debbie’s signature ‘Duck Egg’ (shown above).

ARPY by Lana Gatto

ARPY by Lana Gatto

9. Arpy by Lana Gatto

COMPOSITION: 57% superwash wool and 43% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Rich in colourful undertones, malleable, a fusing of two opposite fibres together as one.  Works well in seed stitch and cable patterns.

COLOURS: A vibrant artist’s palette featuring six multi-hued options including no. 7233 (shown above).

RASTA by Malabrigo

RASTA by Malabrigo

10. Rasta by Malabrigo

COMPOSITION: 100% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Coil-spun from luscious merino fleece rovings, this yarn has achieved rock star status for its incredible colour spectrum and supple texture.

COLOURS: More than thirty-five luscious kettle-dyed choices including ‘Arco Iris’ (shown above).