Archive for March, 2015

Noro Lace

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

It isn’t difficult to mention the word colour and not conjure up images of Noro yarns dancing in your head, these two just naturally go hand in hand in the knitting world.  Now when the word lace is thrown into the mix, well…….. things just got a whole lot more interesting.

NORO LACE

NORO LACE

This collection of designs is a sweeping mix of lightweight shawls, hats, cowls, scarves, wrist warmers, cardigans, capelets and mittens guaranteed to light a fire under your needles and get you on your way with a new spring project.  Be on the lookout for Noro Lace at your local yarn shop this month.

SILK GARDEN

SILK GARDEN

Anna Davis designed this Cropped Cardigan as a spring topper to pair nicely with a slim skirt or cotton capris.  Punctuated with horizontal bands of openwork and a scalloped border deliciously detailed with clusters of bobbles, this beauty is knit in classic Silk Garden.

SILK GARDEN SOCK

SILK GARDEN SOCK

Irina Poludenko is a designer who continues to think outside the box, challenging herself in new directions.  In her latest design, Mitered Top, two square medallions are constructed from the centre out, incorporating rivulets of openwork that playfully contrast with the changing spectrum.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock.

SHIRAITO

SHIRAITO

Lars Rains shakes the dust off traditional Shetland lace by injecting the vibrancy of Shiraito into this warm weather Crescent Shawl delicately balanced with just the right amount of stocking stitch.

TAIYO SOCK

TAIYO SOCK

Wei Wilkins creates geometric artistry with this stunning Square Shrug, worked in one piece from the center back.  Knit in lightweight Taiyo Sock, a comfortable cotton blend introducing six new colourways for spring.

MOCK NECK CAPELET

NORO SILK GARDEN SOCK

Sandi Prosser has a knack for elegant knitwear, and this Mock Neck Capelet is no exception.  A visually spectacular piece knit seamlessly from the bottom up integrating rows of eyelet lace that resemble tiny pearls bobbing along in the waves.  Knit this design in Silk Garden Sockcol #269 (shown above).

Delphi By Debbie Bliss

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

In ancient Greece, Delphi was known as the navel of the earth, the dwelling place for Apollo, son of Zeus.  Located on the slope of Mount Parnassus, a snow-capped monolith rising above the Gulf of Corinth that awakens each spring with a magical carpet of wildflowers, this popular tourist mecca is as rich in its well-preserved archaeology as it is in the stunning vistas that draw the eye out to the crystal blue sea.

Delphi

Delphi by Debbie Bliss

This spring, Debbie Bliss captures the ambience of her family’s favorite holiday spot in Greece, with a collection of twelve designs knit in her newest yarn, Delphi, a bulky ribbon as soft as cotton jersey and dyed in tonal shades, inspired by the sun-baked ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and the lush hillsides sprinkled with rows of olive groves that stretch towards the endless Grecian sky.  Peach (shown above).

Waterfall Jacket

Waterfall Jacket

Conjuring up the subtle shades of the marble columns that still stand today towering over the town of Delphi, and date back to the fourth century BC, this Waterfall Jacket is a versatile travel piece for day or night, knit in Silver.

Lace Insert Tunic

Lace Insert Tunic

Delphi is known for its ancient clay sculptures and plaques, depicting the history of the Gods, and also the inspiring palette for Debbie’s choice of tonal colour on this style savvy Lace Insert Tunic designed in two easy pieces (a great warm weather topper to wear over white denim).  Terracotta (shown above).

Generous Cable Sweater

Generous Cable Sweater

The brilliance of the Aegean Sea is reflected in this Generous Cable Sweatera cosy weekend style designed with vertical panels of texture, a playful contrast against the watery hues of the yarn.  Pool (shown above).

Cut Out Sleeves Sweater

Cut Out Sleeves Sweater

Fresh lemons are ripe for the picking along the Mediterranean coast and just as abundant in Greek cooking as olive oil.  Debbie’s daughter Nell and design associate Teresa (Conway and Bliss) fashioned this ultra modern Cut Out Sleeves Sweater in zesty Lemon.

Open Season

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

It wasn’t so very long ago that big boxy tops were in vogue and the coolest hairdo around was the mullet.  Remember the eighties– the decade of music videos with popular dance moves like Moonwalk and the Electric Slide?  A fashion flashback is never a bad thing especially if it breathes new life into knitwear.  By shifting the focus off a well-contoured silhouette, a great new lineup of easy breezy styles are taking shape.

Katia has declared ‘Open Season’ on knitwear for spring and summer, with a dazzling array of tunics, tees, shells, vests, ponchos, and cardigans.  Not only is the shaping minimal (look at all these slash necks and wide sleeves) and the construction easier than a two piece puzzle, the basic square shape works as a blank canvas for adding dramatic openwork with elongated knit stitches and crocheted gridwork.

Tahiti Spray

Tahiti Spray Cropped Top

First up for ‘Open Season’ from Katia– celebrating the long-awaited return of cotton ribbon yarns that twirl and twist in matte and shiny finishes is Tahiti Spray, in eight fun speckled prints that rival the brightest tropical hues.  Capturing the look of the season, laidback, airy, with minimal shaping, this sporty cropped top will appeal to all ages. Colour no. 103 (shown above).

Silk Cotton Tunic

Silk-Cotton Tunic

Some days we all go a little bit sideways, so why not think outside the box and swing your needles in a new direction.  The quintessential lightweight tunic is designed with panels of delicate latticework, bordered by slim cables.  The longer length and side vents make this style well-suited as a cool and comfortable layer over leggings and capris.  Knit in Silk-Cotton, a 50/50 natural fibre mix premiering this month in Katia’s Spring/Summer Collection.  Rose (shown above).

Tahiti Beach Suntop

Tahiti Beach Suntop

Let your fringes do the talking with this cool casual suntop knit in Tahiti Beach, a fabulous cotton ribbon dyed in ten stripey hues reflecting the vibe of summertime.  Colour no. 306 (shown above).

Lido Shell

Lido Shell

One square plus one square equals a sweet summery shell for layering over tanks and camis, knit in the simplest of lace patterns.  Knit in LidoColour no. 75 (shown above).

Alabama Tee and Big Alabama Poncho Top

Big Alabama Tee and Alabama Poncho Top

A breezy duet in lavender, showcasing the simple boxy shape that is ultra fashionable this season.  From left to right, in Big Alabama, a (well-ventilated) crocheted square-shaped Tee (FREE pattern here) and in Alabama, a side-to-side poncho top knit in two complimentary shades.  Royal Purple (shown on left).  Purple and Rose (shown on right).

Tahiti Tee

Tahiti Beach Tee

On the crest of a tidal wave, ribbon yarns are quickly filling store shelves.  Cast on with big needles to knit this cap sleeve tee which will take no time at all to work up in easy garter stitch creatively peppered with wrap over stitches.  Knit in Tahiti Beach, a chunky cotton ribbon now available in ten bold space-dyed shades.  Colour no. 304 (shown above).

Lido Top

Lido Top

All eyes will be on this one, shimmering with a hint of elegance, this ‘wear-anywhere’ top is knit in basic stocking stitch with crocheted gridwork.  Look for newcomer- Lido, a matte cotton tape embellished with a shiny cocoon-like casing, available in ten shades including a soft silvery hue (shown above).

Blues T Top

Blues Tee Top

Denim blues rank high on the trend list for the warmer days ahead, and this casual Tee Top looks like a winner in a combination of elongated stitches across the yoke and solid pattern detail across the bodice, creating a lovely contrast in texture yet oh so simply done.  Knit in Blues, a cotton tape yarn glossed over with a shiny viscose finish to catch the light.  Colour no. 66 (shown above).

Creta Tunic

Creta Tunic

Linear openwork highlights the shoulders on this trendy slash hem tunic while the unusual texture in the yarn produces a subtle sheerness on the back and front.  Look for this slubby yarn to tempt your needles- Creta, a new quality in the S/S Katia Collection. Tobacco (shown above).

Salsa Capelet

Salsa Capelet

This fettuccine-style yarn when knitted on large needles produces an unique tumble of open and airy texture without the need for a complicated lace pattern.  Topping off the coming season, this pretty capelet is knit in the all-new Salsa, a semi-transparent ribbon yarn in a blend of cotton/acrylic in eight splashy prints.  Colour no. 64 (shown above).

Seeking Sunshine

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Winter-weary knitter desperately seeking exciting new yarn with a sunny disposition, and outgoing personality (only natural yarns need apply).  Its that time of year when we are all getting a little antsy to shed those heavy layers and get the jump on spring knitting with lightweight cotton yarns and inspiring designs.

Sirdar is breezing into shops with newly-released Beachcomber, a barely-there comfortable cotton dk, slubby in nature, available in a mix of solid shades and space-dyed multis, and accompanied by a collection of eleven contemporary styles (sized from four years to large adult) in leaflet or booklet form.

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #7283

The classic LWC (Little White Cardigan) is always a hot commodity from May until September.  This lace panel design features a choice of short or long sleeves and really adds a crisp finished look to a work or play outfit.  White (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #7279

Rev things up with a fresh squeeze of lime in this relaxed cap sleeve top, knit in Beachcomber, uniquely-dyed to create an interesting blend of texture and colour shifting.  Catch The Sun (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7284

Sirdar Leaflet #7284

Go boldly into warmer weather with a hot hue that will wake nature from its long slumber.  Sized from four years to large adult, with optional long or cap sleeves, this eye-catching design is knit from side to side in a wide cable repeat bordered by dropped stitches.  Paradise (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7281

Sirdar Leaflet #7281

Out for a walk on the beach or playing at the park, this cute sleeveless shell suits the destination to a tee, a fun project to knit, creatively constructed with central and side shaping to form a chevron. Collecting Shells (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #7278

Sirdar Leaflet #7278

A girl can never have too many cardigans in her closet, can she?  They are truly the best cover ups for tees to sundresses and everything in between.  This v neck design is styled to fit longer in the torso with an airy openwork pattern for pizazz.  Choose your preferred sleeve length.  Paradise and Surfer Blue (shown above).