Archive for December, 2015

A Very Merry Yarn

Monday, December 21st, 2015

There is beauty in simplicity and this festive season is the perfect time to scale back on the gift wrapping and remember that less is more.  What truly matters is the heartfelt message behind the gift and not the flashy bow or gleaming metallic paper that gets ripped off in an instant.  Dig into your yarn stash and add a more personalized touch to your gifts with a few of these homemade ideas.

Wishing you joy and peace this festive season

from all of us at Diamond Yarn

 

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Skip the shiny foil paper, and opt for a more natural look with a roll of kraft paper or this week’s newspaper.  Topping off the gift with a fluffy pom pom takes only four fingers, a ball of worsted or chunky weight yarn and a few minutes to make.  See video here.

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You can brave the crowds and stand in line to buy a handful of holiday gift bags that will ultimately end up in the recycle box on Boxing Day or you can schedule in a craft session with the kids and encourage them to create imaginative hand-stitched ones with leftover yarn.  Tip:  A great Christmas card project for next year.

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Make your gifts stand out under the tree with rainbow-hued remnants of yarn tied neatly in a row.  With so many cleverly-tied knots, the flurry of unwrapping will slow to a more enjoyable pace and provide inspiration for the kids to craft colourful friendship bracelets after the main event.  See video here.

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A good guest never shows up at a party empty handed.  Deck out a wine bottle with this delightful festive ensemble knit in the merriest of all merinos from Malabrigo.  Free pattern available here on Ravelry.

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Simple and elegant, wrap a gift in a crisp white dinner napkin or a linen tea towel.  Tie a few yards of white yarn around the outside and tuck in a sprig of rosemary or fresh pine for a woodsy scent.

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This is the ultimate gift for a knitter and one that will keep on giving well into the new year.  A yarn wreath serves as a cheery welcome during the holidays, plus it will provide hours of knitting enjoyment for weeks to come.  Choose yarns in similar weights; fingering for socks or shawls, worsted for hats and mitts, or bulky for cowls.  Wind into palm-sized balls and tie onto a wreath form using a contrasting colour for easy removal.  Print off a few patterns for inspiration and tuck inside the yarn balls.  Finish it off with a pair of wooden needles.

CLOUD ~ COVER

Monday, December 14th, 2015

When a mass of clouds roll in to blanket the sky, you can choose to run for cover or embrace one of the moodiest of weather patterns.  On an average day, at any given time, more than half of our planet is wrapped in a layer of clouds, formed by tiny droplets of moisture collecting in the air.  The warmer the air is, the more water vapor it can gather. Inspired by the mystic beauty of a cloudy day, this lightweight shawl is designed in gradient shading and adds just a whisper of warmth.

C L O U D  ~  C O V E R

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Three shades of our all-new Pure Superkid Mohair in watery hues

softly transition from top to bottom.

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This shawl weighs slightly less than a 100g chocolate bar and can be worn

front and centre as a stylish neckerchief or across the back as a light blanket for the shoulders.

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“I wandered lonely as a cloud…..”

William Wordsworth

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Gradient colouring makes this shawl all the more alluring.

Our top picks (shown above) include majestic blues, elegant purples and watery hues

or design your own one-of-a-kind palette from more than twenty shades

of heavenly Pure Superkid Mohair exclusive to the Diamond Luxury Collection.

C L O U D ~ C O V E R

Finished Size (after blocking): 127 cm /50 in wide x 61 cm /24 in deep

Yarn: MC- 1 skein of Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair (col #1504), A- 1 skein of Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair (col #1503), C- 1 skein of Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair (col #1505)

Needles: 5 mm/ US 8 – 80 cm/32 in circular

Tension: 14 sts and 26 rows = 10 cm/4 in over st st (after blocking)

pm: place marker

sm: slip marker

skp: slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass slip stitch over

yo: yarn over

NOTE: (This shawl is worked from the top down and due to the nature of the yarn will crinkle up until fully blocked).

Cast on 9 sts with A.

Row 1 (RS): K2, pm, yo, k2, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k2, yo, pm, k2 = 13 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 3: K2, sm, yo, k to first centre marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to last marker, yo, sm, k2.

Row 4: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

Rep last 2 rows 5 times more = 37 sts.

Row 15: as Row 3.

Row 16: Knit.

Row 17: as Row 3.

Row 18: Knit.

Rep Row 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 73 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 18 = 81 sts.

Cut A.

Continue in MC.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 109 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 18 = 117 sts.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 145 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 18 = 153 sts.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 181 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 17.

Rep Row 18, inc 2 sts evenly spaced = 191 sts.

Cut MC.

Continue in B.

Border:

Row 1: K2, sm, yo, [k2, k2tog, yo] rep until 1 st before first centre marker, k1, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, [yo, skp, k2] rep to last marker, yo, sm, k2.

Row 2: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 3: K2, sm, yo, [k2, k2tog, yo] rep until 3 sts before first centre marker, k3, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k3, [yo, skp, k2] rep to last marker, yo, sm, k2.

Row 4: as Row 2.

Rep these 4 rows 3 more times = 223 sts.

Picot Cast Off Row: Cast off 1 st, [slip st from right to left needle, cast on 3 sts using knitted cast on method, cast off 8 sts] rep to end.  Fasten off.

Design by: Michele Meadows

TOP TEN GIFT IDEAS FOR KNITTERS

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

‘Tis the season for gifting all things shiny and bright.  Still not quite sure what to get the knitter on your list?  We have you covered with the latest and greatest tools plus gadgets that will make a knitter swoon with delight.  From winding yarn efficiently and quickly to knitting with comfort and ease, Knitter’s Pride and ChiaGoo offer quality and ingenuity in a full line up of accessories.

Make a knitter’s wish come true this Christmas with one of our TOP TEN GIFT IDEAS-

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What dreams are made of…the premium classic starter set from Knitter’s Pride includes nine pairs individually contained in a sturdy black jacquard case.  Symfonie Dreamz needles are finely-crafted from laminated birch, colour-coded for easy size identification and range from 3 mm to 8 mm.  Pick your preferred length of ten or fourteen inch straight needles.

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Kris Kringle’s top pick for sock knitters- the Karbonz Sock Kit holds six of the most popular sizes for keeping toes toasty warm in sizes from 2 mm to 3.25 mm.  These needles are made from ultralight carbon fibre with finely-tapered brass tips, and best of all….will not snap under pressure.

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With more and more of our favorite luxury yarns being sold in skeins, this is a must-have tool.  The Yarn Winder from Knitter’s Pride clamps onto any straight table edge or counter top, and with the flip of the handle will merrily whip a skein into a cake.

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Did you know that Knitter’s Pride originally designed and manufactured paintbrushes?  That gave the company a leading edge when it came to comfort and form in the knitting needle industry.  The Marblz Interchangeable Deluxe Set is much more than just a box of calorie-free eye candy.  This set flashes nine pairs of rainbow-coloured tips sized from 3.50 mm to 8 mm, plus four cords, and eight end caps to hold your stitches in place.  Securely tucked inside a stylish faux leather case, Marblz needles are engineered in small batches of glossy acrylic, hand-mixed to create one-of-a-kind patterns.

 

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Knitter’s Pride takes care of the budding knitter on your gift list with a Beginner’s Craft Kit  featuring a pair of acrylic knitting needles, a crochet hook, scissors, darning needles, tape measure and a wooden dolly to spark a youngster’s creative spirit.

 

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ChiaGoo offers their uber-popular Spin Bamboo Interchangeable Set with the new 10 cm needle tips.  This versatile set allows a knitter to switch over from a twenty-four or thirty-two inch cord right down to a sixteen inch cord without having to buy additional tips.  Choose from the smaller range or step up to the complete collection which houses every size from 2.75 mm to 10 mm and includes extra bonus tools in a well organized fabric case.

 

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One of the most-requested items on a knitter’s wish list, ChiaGoo’s Yarn Swift, makes the task of winding skeins so much easier.  Crafted from durable hardwood, this Amish-style swift assembles easily without screws or glue and features anti-slip pads to keep it sitting securely on any table top.   Four adjustable pegs accommodate all skein sizes.  When not in use, this yarn swift folds up and can conveniently be stored in a flat box.

 

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Another beauty from Knitter’s Pride, the Symfonie Rose Crochet Set is a gift for those who enjoy holiday bling.  Packaged in an attractive cigar-style box, each hook is crafted from birch with a rich mahogany finish and finely-detailed with a Swarovski Crystal.

 

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Avoid eye strain with the Magma Pattern Holder from Knitter’s Pride.  It folds up just like a book cover when not in use and has an adjustable easel-style setting.  Lightweight and portable, this popular tool comes complete with one large magnet strip for easy chart reading, three small but powerful magnets for holding a pattern in place (especially great while knitting outside on windy days) plus a pen and large pouch pocket for storage.

 

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The Cadillac of all needle sets, and a NEW addition from Knitter’s Pride just in time for holiday giving, the Royale Interchangeable Needles Collection merges all the top design elements and streamlines them into one truly gorgeous gift set.  Each needle is crafted in their popular laminated birch base, colour-coded in a fancy new striped pattern and well-honed with shiny brass tips.  The combination of wood and metal together will give a truly unique knitting experience, lightning quick while staying warm to the touch.  Cords and connectors are stored in a luxurious silk pouch and the gift box is decorated with a Parisian image in a lovely pearlescent finish.