Archive for February, 2015

Malabrigo In Central Park

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Easily recognizable as one of the world’s most famous urban landscapes, Central Park encompasses thirteen hundred square miles in the heart of New York City, a treasured landmark for over one hundred and fifty years drawing in thirty-million tourists annually.  This natural oasis embraces the outdoors with lush grassy meadows, man-made lakes and ponds for skating, fishing or paddling, walking trails, a vintage carousel, a zoo, and an amphitheater creating the ideal backdrop for this latest collection of fresh and enticing knitwear styles from Malabrigo.

MALABRIGO BOOK EIGHT

MALABRIGO BOOK EIGHT

In this latest collection from Malabrigo, a team of indie designers from the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ and beyond, show off their adept prowess and style finesse with fifteen patterns including this stunning cover cardigan, Pinebank, a modern spin on the traditional fairisle yoke knit seamlessly from the top-down.  Knit in marshmallowy-soft Merino WorstedAzul Profundo, Tiger Lily, Fluo, and Very Berry (shown above).

Winterdale

Winterdale

Winterdale leads the pack in this collection with the most ‘likes’ on Ravelry.  Designed by Kristina McGowan, this close-fitting top-down pullover features a wide boat-neck comprised of an intricate cabled strip knit sideways.  Knit in Merino Worsted.  Pearl (shown above).

Gapstow

Gapstow

Designed by Lori Steinberg, Gapstow stirs the memory of a summer garden in full bloom with this crescent-shaped shawl featuring short row shaping and a pretty lace edging.  Knit in Arroyo, a plush superwash merino in a sport weight.  English Rose, Escoria and Borraja (shown above).

Bethesda

Bethesda

Bethesda is right on trend for the season, a voluminous dolman-sleeved pullover designed by Nancy Ricci with a scoop neck and tiny ribbed sleeve cuffs.  Knit in a bold horizontal stripe pattern using Mecha, a bulky superwash merino in forty irresistible kettle-dyed hues.  Paris Night, Polar Morn and Cereza (shown above).

Mecha

Springbanks

What better place for a picnic, than a woodland setting right in the centre of the Big Apple, and this hexagon-motif blanket is destined to draw a crowd.  Designed by Annabelle Speer and knit in a painterly palette that makes it truly artistic, Springbanks is a speedy knit on 8 mm needles in Mecha.  Lluvias and Indiecita (shown above).

NEW From Mirasol

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Spring can be a mixed bag of tricks, some days the sun warms you from the tips of your toes right up to the top of your head and other days, the wind can be as fierce as a high-spirited stallion rearing up into the stormy skies.  With all the weather-related changes in store for us, its nice to have a few new transitional pieces of knitwear to look forward to.

Here is a sampling of what’s NEW from Mirasol-

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Simple in construction, this design has a boxy shape with eyelet border detail and an openwork pattern that offers a pleasing balance of coverage for cool days and a light airiness for warmer days.  Knit in Mirasol’s newest quality Pima Kuri, a creamy-smooth worsted weight cotton available now in eighteen trendy solids.  Evening Dove (shown above).

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A contemporary t shirt with a softly-pleated front for a loose comfortable fit, designed to knit up quickly in two easy pieces with no added finishing.  Knit in Pima Kuri, a superior quality cotton overflowing with bright and happy shades like Japanese Maple (shown above).

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Welcome back Nuna!  One of Mirasol’s springtime favorites for a perfect combination of lightweight warmth and silky texture that knitters cannot get enough of.  This eye-catching design is sleek in symmetry and has the alluring look of crochet.  Knit in Nuna.  Butternut (shown above).

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A dressy sampler top, ideal for wearing under a jacket at work, or as the weather dictates, letting the sun warm up those bare shoulders.  Knit in Nuna, a blend of merino, silk and bamboo sourced viscose.  Look for six fresh new hues on store shelves this spring.  Steel Blue (shown above).

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This beech leaf poncho just goes with the flow, starting as an early spring cover up over long sleeve tops and following the shift in temperature as a light layering piece over tank tops.  Knit in Sulka Legato, Mirasol’s finest gauge blend of merino, silk and alpaca, now introducing eight deep rich shades to spice up the spectrum.  Chocolate (shown above).

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This darling duo covers the bases from morning to night, with a sleeveless shell knit in a stretchy rib, partnered up with a filmy little capelet that just floats over top.  Knit in Sulka LegatoAqua (shown above).

A Spring Breeze

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Spring remains in our soul all winter long so whether you are trudging through a snow-covered landscape right now or enjoying a relaxing stroll along a sandy beach, there is good news on the horizon for most of us, we have just over forty days left of teeth-chattering weather.  Along with the familiar sounds of birds chirping or the sight of the first budding leaves, the well-loved Debbie Bliss knitting magazine has quickly become a harbinger for spring, and this just-released issue (pick up a copy at your lys) is as welcome as a warm breeze, showcasing an inviting parade of light n lacy fashions, cosy home accessories in barely-there neutrals, a charming array of kid’s fashions, whimsical softies that beg to be cuddled and fun-spirited canine couture that has to be seen to be appreciated.

Debbie Bliss Issue Fourteen Knitting Magazine

Debbie Bliss Issue Fourteen Knitting Magazine

In this latest issue, Debbie introduces us to two new qualities, Eco Baby Prints, a splashy fun upgrade to the existing line with ten variegated shades and Delphi, a soft cotton ribbon yarn dyed-to-delight in a dozen ombre shades.  Let’s have a sneak peek inside and catch a spring breeze-

Raglan Sweater With Chevron Edging

Raglan Sweater With Chevron Edging

This classically-shaped silhouette has an ultra feminine allure in mellow yellow and creates a little extra impact with a lace edging knit in a paler cream shade.  Knit in Luxury Silk Dk.  Primrose and Ecru (shown above).

Frill Edge Cardigan

Frill Edge Cardigan

Polished sophistication is clearly visible on this round neck cardigan enhanced with a frilled underskirt in a deeper complimentary shade.  Knit in Luxury Silk Dk.   Rose and Coral (shown above).

Lace And Cable Cushion

Lace And Cable Cushion

Freshening up our décor is all part of the switchover from one season into the next and Debbie spruces things up nicely with this Lace and Cable Cushion along with five other designs for the home in a creamy white palette.  Knit in Cotton DK.  Ecru (shown above).

Quack and Bob Bunny

Quack and Bob Bunny

These cuddly critters will become a cherished keepsake, plump enough for little hands to hold.  Crocheted in soft and natural Eco Baby.   Stone, Primrose and Burnt Orange (shown above).

Dress With Pocket

Dress With Pocket

A budding artist will know just what to stash inside the tiny pocket on this trapeze-styled dress, knit in Eco Baby.  Sized from two to five years.  Silver, Rose and Tangerine (shown above).

Sweater Swap

Sweater Swap

His and hers leisurely weekend styles that are meant for sharing, knit in Delphi, Debbie’s all-new cotton tape yarn designed for speedy knitting on 8 mm needles.   Silver and Pool (shown above).