Archive for June, 2016

Cashmere Makes A Comeback

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Its not as if cashmere ever went into hiding, it merely slipped into the backseat for awhile.   The apparent misconception of its fragility and a fear of feeling worthy have kept it out of the reach of many knitters for far too long.  There has always been a certain mystique about this golden fleece which comes from the downy undercoat of a cashmere goat and requires the tedious task of manual combing (not shearing), dehairing and then sorting for grade.  The fibre is extremely fine with a lovely matte finish and has a very tight crimp which for a knitter translates into an incredibly plush and cosy yarn.  On an annual basis, each cashmere goat will produce no more than two hundred and twenty five grams of fibre, equal to just about nine balls of yarn, making it unmistakably the most precious of all yarns.

This coming season cashmere warms up the spotlight fully-recharged in vibrant new shades and spun into every imaginable weight.

Cardiff Small

Cardiff Small

NEW from Diamond Luxury CollectionCardiff Small, is the finest weight (4 ply) in this exquisite trio and will be available well before the leaves fall in six ultra classic shades and five modern hues.  Neve (shown above).

Cardiff Classic

Cardiff Classic

NEW from Diamond Luxury CollectionCardiff Classic sits snugly in the middle of this enticing range as a double knitting weight and offers a stunning palette of neutrals, brights and marls to make the decision-making process even more arduous.  Brown (shown above).

Cardiff Large

Cardiff Large

NEW from Diamond Luxury CollectionCardiff Large is the granddaddy of the collection, a plump worsted weight in a chainette-style construction designed to maximize loft and yardage.  Look for eleven shades at your lys this coming fall.  Silver (shown above).

World Wide Knit In Public Day

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Each year, on a particular Saturday in June, knitters can be seen flocking to public spaces such as parks, coffee shops, yarn shops and libraries, with project bags in tow in recognition of World Wide Knit In Public Day.  This year on June 18th, the special one day event will not only bring knitters outside their comfort zone, but also help to promote the social aspects of the craft and foster friendships throughout the community.


Danielle Landes

Originally created in 2005 by Danielle Landes, an avid knitter from St Peters, Missouri who was inspired by one simple idea, ‘to unite knitters across the world by establishing an annual celebration organized entirely by volunteer hosts.’  In the first year, there were approximately twenty five events held around the world.  Since then, that number has crept up into the thousands with more than thirty-five countries now participating in World Wide Knit In Public Day.


If you are interested in hosting an event or would like to find one in your area, check the website for a complete list of locations here.

Yarn Crawls

Monday, June 6th, 2016

What could possibly be more exciting than spending an afternoon browsing through your local yarn shop?  How about inviting your friends to join in the fun on a self-guided tour to visit as many as you can!  Yarn crawls are a relatively new phenomenon, taking place primarily during the early spring or late fall and they are quickly becoming the hottest ticket in town.

The ultimate road trip for knitters is an organized event which features any number of participating shops within a designated area, either city-based or spread out over a combination of rural towns.  Yarn crawlers are given access to a printed map pinpointing each location and a passport which is to be stamped at every shop.  This will eventually be handed in at the last stop on the crawl and redeemed as an entry in a grand prize draw.  Each shop will have a listing of special events posted beforehand, which can vary from trunk shows, demos, designer meet n greets, discounts, and free patterns designed especially for the event.  The length of a yarn crawl can vary in duration, over a weekend, a few weeks or an entire season, such as this upcoming one in Ontario which will commence on June 18th and wrap up in September.

The Lakeside Yarn Crawl has been an annual event since 2014, taking place around the lower tip of picturesque Georgian Bay.  This year there are twelve shops to visit, each one showcasing its own unique collection of yarns, accessories and designs.

Here are ten helpful tips on making the most of your next yarn crawl-

1. Do a bit of research beforehand.  Check shop websites to get a general layout of what they specialize in.  That way you won’t feel overwhelmed the moment you walk in the door.

2. Wear comfortable shoes and pack snacks to keep your energy levels up.

3. Keep a project list handy with tension and yardage requirements in order to match up yarns.

4. Check in advance for shop hours to avoid any disappointment.  Ask about any scheduled events and make a note of the time and day to plan your visit around.

5. Take time to look for the unique specialty items that each shop has to offer.

6. Carpooling is a necessity!  Why travel alone when you can enjoy the company of your knitting pals and most importantly have someone to enable your yarn purchases.

7. If your yarn crawl takes you too far from home, book a B&B in advance.  Less time spent driving will allow more time for knitting.

8. Wear your latest hot off the needles project.  There will be plenty of smiles and comments to break the ice when stepping into a brand new shop.

9. Don’t forget to enjoy the scenery along the way!

10. Check out active group listings on Ravelry to find an upcoming yarn crawl in your area.