Archive for April, 2016

A Season To Shine

Monday, April 25th, 2016

If you thought shimmer and shine were considered fashionably incorrect after the tinsel-clad holiday season was put to rest, think again.  As the sun pushes its way to higher altitudes this month brightening up our days with a surge of natural light, that’s all the more reason to indulge your knitting needles with a yarn that is infused with radiant shine.

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Introducing Cannes from Katia, an intriguing new combination yarn that makes the switch from matte to glistening to outright sizzle in a transitional trio of cotton, viscose ribbon and nylon.  Available this Spring in fourteen luminous shades.  Have a look at some of these sensational styles from Katia’s design team featuring Cannes-

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A hot trend this year, the Kimono-style cover up adds a loose top layer to tee shirts, and tunic tops.  Col. 60 (shown above).

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Side to side knitting in two equal pieces highlights the unique vertical striping on this stunning oversized top radiating with light.  Col. 53 (shown above).

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Katia’s version of a lightweight summer poncho, this airy Dolman-sleeve design with side vents not only looks great over jeans or leggings, but fits with the comfort of a favorite sweatshirt.  Col. 57 (shown above).

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Elongated stitches create an instant airy effect and accentuate the lines on this sleeveless top which is knit vertically in one piece with an attached collar and straps.  Col. 50 (shown above).

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This stylish scarf is a ‘wear with everything’ accessory, the perfect finish to either a casual or dressy outfit and surprisingly simple to knit on the bias.  Luxurious fringing gives it a Moroccan look.  Pattern available in Katia Book no. 89.  Col. 52 (shown above).

Socksational

Monday, April 11th, 2016

There is something truly magical about knitting your first pair of socks.  For starters, casting on with extra fine yarn and balancing four or five needles the size of toothpicks can require a little sorcery.  But the heel is where the fascination really happens.  When you turn that first heel, its a moment you will not soon forget as a centuries old formula for knitting a sock is fully realized.  Its at this point, that you may be tempted to leap up and exclaim your brilliance at having mastered such an incredible feat, and on it goes from there, towards the toe which slopes so smoothly to a perfectly seamless finish.  When you take into account that the average pair of socks requires thirty-four thousand stitches from beginning to end, they really are an engineering marvel.

Take a peek at a brand new sock yarn that is stirring things up this season-

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Fourteen S-O-C-K-S-A-T-I-O-N-A-L shades in Rialto Luxury Sock by Debbie Bliss are now filling up store shelves.  This rainbow-hued fingering weight yarn is spun with a mix of 75% wool for warmth plus 25% nylon for durability.

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A delicate vine lace pattern enhances the playful tweedy effect on these Dandelion Socks.  If you can fit a book into your handbag, then you have room to pack this portable knitting project.  Look for Leaflet DB082 at your lys this Spring.  New Orleans (shown above).

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Introduce your feet to the cosy comfort of these First Time Socks.  One ball of Rialto Luxury Sock is all it takes to create a pair for yourself or as a gift for someone special.  Leaflet DB081.  Fusion (shown above).

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Expand your knitting horizons by trying out a pretty new pattern stitch and showing off your skills with these Bobble Lace Socks.  Leaflet DB080.  Coachella (shown above).

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With such an irresistible colour spectrum to choose from, can you really stop with knitting just one pair of these Lace Diamond Socks?  Leaflet DB080.  Glastonbury (shown above).

A Shawl With Possibilities

Monday, April 4th, 2016

When a new design catches your eye, chances are that it may also intrigue a few of your knitting friends.  Knitalongs are currently the hottest ticket in town and can be as simple as a small gathering in someone’s living room, a weekly meet up at the local library or coffee shop.  After all, isn’t knitting much more fun in the company of others?  Yarn shops, Ravelry and online stitching communities are also hot spots for knitalongs.  All it takes to organize one is shared enthusiasm for the same project, a designated start and finish date, plus maybe a few incentives to keep the needles clicking.

This fluttery light shawl from Mirasol’s Spring collection is quickly becoming a popular choice for knitalongs.  Designed in a triangular shape, with a striking combination of open work sections and simple stripes, this is a project that offers new techniques to learn and endless colour possibilities to suit everyone’s tastes.

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The Paracas’ Shawl is knit in Nuna, a classic sport weight yarn from Mirasol that stays calm, cool and collected from one season to the next due to its natural merino base blended with shimmery silk and bamboo sourced viscose.

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Wear this design as a warm weather shawl or decorative neck scarf.  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, wouldn’t this make an ideal gift?

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Bright Blue, Butternut, Sangria and Emperor Jade (shown above).

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From left to right- Butternut, Electric Purple, Emperor Jade, and Candy Pink.

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From left to right- Key Lime, Lapis, Candy Pink, and Emperor Jade.

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From left to right- Bluebells, Candy Pink, Lovely Lavender and Orchid.

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From left to right- Candy Pink, Bright Green, Key Lime, and Bluebells.