Archive for May, 2016

Spring Shawls

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

As the days warm up and we focus on spending more time outdoors, the shift towards wearing lightweight shawls is as natural as slipping under the shade of a tree on a hot sunny day.  Just as there are endless options in accessories to match an outfit, there is also a myriad of gorgeous shawls that will work with each and every occasion whether its meeting a friend for lunch or watching the kids play at the park.  Whatever your style or your budget, we have one that will spark your interest and compliment your spring look-

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Looking for a bit of polish without all the bling, something lightweight and elegant that drapes with ease as it wraps across the shoulders or around the neckline?  Try this stunning design, knit in an innovative cotton yarn tightly encased in a silky coating, Ibis (col. 79).  Pattern available in Katia’s Casual Collection.

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Pale and shimmery grey tones strike a chord this season as the new neutral.   This triangular shawl is a fun little accessory with a multitude of style options and it makes a great beginner project.  Knit in Creta, a soft and slubby cotton yarn available this spring in twenty inspiring shades.

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Is there a wedding invitation in your mailbox?  Be ready to join in the celebration with this light and lacy shawl, its the icing on the cake when it comes to pretty dress up styles.  Knit in Sublime Egyptian Cotton DKBud Pink (shown above).

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Cutting corners is allowed, especially when the end result is such an attractive shawl.  Knit in Jaipur (col. 203), Katia’s lace weight cotton, delightfully-dyed in a colourful ribbon effect.  FREE pattern available here.

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Are you ready for the weekend and its only Monday morning?  Try on this casual contemporary look to wear with jeans and a t shirt, a two-tone kerchief featured in Katia’s latest Casual Collection, it works up quickly with a crochet hook and a few balls of Ibis (col. 78, and 75).

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Longing for drama now that your favorite Netflix series is finished?  The Hope and Glory Wrap knit in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, is a brilliant balance of smoldering hues and mysterious design elements, plus it might just inspire a Knit A Long for your next group project.  Sea Salt and Betty (shown above).

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If bold colours are your thing, then this is a design you can really have fun with.  Choose from a paintbox palette of forty plus shades in Mirasol Nuna, and watch the magic happen on this wedge-shaped shawl as each colour transitions from one to the next.

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Now this is a shawl that speaks volumes.  Worked in short rows using a combination of garter stitch and openwork, the finished design resembles a pinwheel.  Knit in Jaipur (col 214) by Katia.  FREE pattern available here.

Riverside Scarf

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Riverside is one of Toronto’s most vibrant communities, stretching a distance of ten city blocks along Queen Street East from the Don Valley Bridge to just past Degrassi Street.  This urban hub is well-known for its eclectic vibe, featuring a mix of art galleries, fashion boutiques, and trendy eateries, which dot the landscape like colourful gems between acres of green space and historic buildings.

Inspired by this neighbourhood’s unique streetscape design, a border of blue bricks depicting a winding river, our Riverside Scarf is a lightweight summer accessory, ideal for wearing on relaxed weekends enjoying a picnic in the park, or wandering leisurely through an outdoor festival.

 

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 RIVERSIDE SCARF

Finished Size: 30.5 cm/ 12 ins x 127 cm/ 50 ins

Yarn: 1 skein SUMMERTIME (100g) by Diamond Luxury Collection in col. #162

Needles: 5.00 mm/US 8 (begin with a pair of straight needles then switch to a circular needle if needed)

Tension: 15 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/ 4 ins over garter stitch

Cast on 3 sts.

Set-up: K 1 row.

*Row 1: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, k to end.

Rows 2-19: Rep last row 18 times.

Row 20: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, [yo, k2tog] rep to end, knit any rem st if there is an extra.*

Rep [Rows 1-20] 3 times more = 80 rows.

Picot Cast Off Row:  Cast off 3 sts, [slip rem st back to left needle, cast on 3 sts, cast off 6 sts] rep across row until all sts have been cast off.

Sew in ends.

Design by: Michele Meadows

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Fall/Winter Preview 2016

Monday, May 9th, 2016

If there is one thing that really gets the needles clicking lickety-split, its the Fall/Winter Preview at the Diamond Yarn Open House.  Taking place each year just as the tulips and daffodils start to bloom, this one-stop sneak peek event offers retailers across the country an opportunity to browse the sample garments on display, check out the next generation of yarns, and flip through design catalogues.

Here are some of the exciting highlights from the Diamond Luxury Collection

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My fine-feathered friend…. Baby Llama Lino is an absolute stunner, with its flat ribbon-like appearance and airy inner mesh, this is a yarn that is delicate and lightweight yet it comes equipped with a surprising bit of resilience too.  Available after Summer’s last hurrah in ten elegant shades.

 

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Tiny bubbles…. just part of the charm of this exquisite new yarn which blends superwash and fine merino together for a super springy consistency.  Eclipse is on the horizon for fall projects and is dyed in an irresistible palette.

 

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Plump up the volume…. with Ecstasy,  the softest, and squishiest of all!  Retailers had trouble letting go of this one, a colossal-sized superfine merino that knits up quickly on 15 mm needles and creates a cushy, cosy texture.  Col. 131 (shown above).

 

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Good things come in small packages…. this classic beauty may have been sitting shyly in the corner but it certainly stole the limelight.  Look for Cardiff Classic to hit the store shelves in early Fall, a pure cashmere in a dk weight with a whopping forty-three shades which could prove to be too mind-boggling.  Accompanied by Cardiff Small and Cardiff LargeSilver, Brown, Neve and Corteccia (shown above).

 

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Tickle your toes…. with Tiptoe, a new sock yarn that will put extra pep in your step.  Boldly-coloured in eight fabulous long dye repeats, this blend of superwash wool and nylon is well-suited for socks, shawls, scarves, wrist warmers and hats too.  Col. 314 (shown above).

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

A fresh bouquet of flowers will certainly brighten a mother’s special day but the way to truly warm her heart may be as close as a trip to your  local yarn store.  If knitting or crocheting is her thing, here is a selection of our favorite tools and gadgets, all proven winners when it comes to making moms smile with delight.

 

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The ultimate dream set for any new or experienced knitter, this sleek and sophisticated selection of Symfonie Dreamz laminated birch needles (nine pairs in all) comes conveniently arranged in a stylish black jacquard case.  Choose from either the shorter ten inch set or standard fourteen inch length.

KP Yarn Winder

Surprise!  Its not a toaster.  Watch mom’s face light up as she unwraps this practical and time-saving gift, a yarn winder from Knitter’s Pride.  Designed to clamp on to a straight table edge or counter top, this is a must-have tool for any knitter.

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This compact faux leather case is as cute as a button and a great gift idea for on the go crafters.  It comes complete with a viewing window to admire the pretty selection of easy grip crochet hooks.  Knitter’s Pride Waves Crochet Hook Set contains nine hooks (2.75 mm to 6.00 mm) in two fashionable colours, bright lime and pink.

mini grab 'n go bag

Diamond’s Own Mini Grab ‘n Go may be the smallest in our new line up of quality handbags, but it is surprisingly spacious when it comes to holding all the essential tools along with a sock or shawl project and can be ready in a flash whenever its time for a road trip.

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Our popular Amish-style wooden yarn swift, is a favorite gift item.  Cleverly designed to sit securely on any flat surface (no clamping required) and outfitted with four adjustable peg positions to accommodate all sizes of skeins.

KP Trends Interchangeable Deluxe Set

A rainbow that is hard to resist, Knitter’s Pride Trendz Interchangeable Deluxe Set includes nine pairs of needle tips with four cords ranging from 24 to 40 inches in length neatly packaged in a lipstick pink case.