Archive for August, 2016


Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

While we love the sun-dappled days of August, there is also the sweet anticipation of sinking our fingers into the softest chunkiest yarns that we can scoop up as summer swings into early autumn.  Every so often, a yarn catches our eye, a little plumper and more pliable than all the rest or as we like to refer to it, the gotta-have-it yarn.  Sublime has created just that, a wonderful cushiony-soft super chunky wool spun from Italian extra fine merino. Lola comes in the most irresistible array of powdery pastels, refined neutrals and contemporary shades.



Get the jump on cold weather knitting with L O L A, at two stitches per inch on 12 mm needles, you will have oodles of time to knit more than one gorgeous design from this collection-


Twenty-one is the magic number of knitwear designs in this engaging LOLA collection from Sublime which includes the ultra cosy cover model complete with side vents and a drapey neckline.  Blue Moon (shown above).



A little variety is the spice of life and this boxy vest is a cute variation on the cover design.  Well-suited to beginner knitters, it will also make a smooth transition from t shirt weather to the light layering days of fall.  Coco (shown above).



Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and this perfectly feminine interpretation has all the right angles to make it a clear cut winner.  Pointelle (shown above).



Diagonal lines create instant impact on this hipster cardigan with three quarter sleeves.  Eres (shown above).



Relaxed and ready to enjoy the crisp cool days ahead, this wide collared jacket features even stitching and simple construction.  Also offered in a sleeveless vest with or without the added collar.  Cocoon (shown above).



As the temperature dips this season, stay toasty warm in this tunic , especially lovely with its relief work running vertically up the front centre panel.  Delphinus (shown above).

A New Concept

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Fresh for the picking this fall from the talented team of designers at Katia, comes a relatively new CONCEPT in knitwear.  With an affinity for natural fibres that evoke the essence of pure luxury this exciting new collection highlights thirteen exceptional yarns in a softly-muted palette that creates harmony in stitches.

Coming this fall……


“In Katia Concept 2, you’ll find 51 gorgeous knit and crochet patterns that combine modernity with tradition—a must-have for the fall and winter. Included are cardigans, pullovers, wraps, cowls, scarves and ponchos. Patterns are made in enticing Katia yarns such as Cotton-Merino, Merino-Silk and Silk Tweed. CONCEPT is nature… beauty without artifice, richness of materials, purity of colour and textures, timelessness, a return to the simplicity of shapes.”



Rivulets of texture abound on this finely-sculpted cardigan knit in Cotton-Merino, an aran weight yarn with a hazy aura and subtle creamy undertones.  Col. 118 (shown above).



Well-defined cables lay out the road map for this sophisticated sweater and skirt set.  Knit in Cashmere 30, from the Katia Concept Collection available this autumn in a wide range of classic neutrals.  Col. 201 (shown above).



Make it in a weekend!  This billowy poncho is knit in three easy pieces incorporating cables and relaxed openwork stitches.  Knit in Puno, an innovative alpaca yarn with a light nubby texture.  Col. 76 (shown above).



A penchant for alpaca?  This three-quarter length jacket plays up the contrast in textures with a combination of crochet and fisherman’s rib on the collar and cuffs.  Knit in Puno, a plush alpaca yarn.  Col. 71 (shown above).



Cables and comfort go together like birds of a feather on this cosy tunic knit in Merino-Silk, a worsted weight yarn with an airy chainette-style construction.  Col. 116 (shown above).

Pure Bliss

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Two peas in a pod could not get any cosier than this season’s newest offering from Debbie Bliss.  Spun from two of the most luxurious and natural fibres known to knitters, Lhasa, is a supple chunky yarn evenly comprised of both cashmere and yak.  “As soon as I saw it I fell in love with it”, states Debbie, “Super soft, the chainette style construction makes it durable without affecting the sensational handle.”

Look for Lhasa at your lys this Fall, in twelve classic and contemporary hues –



The Leaf Cowl takes the cover spot in this collection of quintessential accessories and polished pieces designed by Debbie Bliss to show the natural beauty of the yarn.  Pumpkin (shown above).


A decidedly feminine capelet knit in one piece with wide criss cross cables.  Dusk (shown above).


This simple faux rib cowl takes the pressure off choosing a solitary shade from the striking Lhasa range.  Cherry and Berry (shown above).


Genteel elegance in full Downton Abbey fashion, this dressy ascot is knit in yin and yang shades of Lhasa.  Pewter and Black (shown above).


The ultimate in simple vintage style and sophistication, this cabled cardigan is designed to add softness and warmth to any outfit.  Ecru (shown above).

The Bear Book

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

When it comes to the bear necessities, British designer, Sue Jobson has clearly hit the ‘honey jackpot’ with her latest handknit collection of soft and cuddly toy designs for Sirdar.  Sweet and sassy, The Bear Book offers half a dozen well-outfitted teddies to knit in plush Snowflake Chunky, with a stylish wardrobe that kids of all ages will have fun mixing and matching.

Choose from either Little Ted (40 cm) or Big Ted (51 cm) in one of Sirdar’s beary rich shades, Bubblegum, Grapey, Creamy or Beige.  Let the kids help out with the stuffing and the bears will be ready for a picnic this summer.



Six adorable critters inhabit the pages of this all-new collection brimming with charming personality from talented designer, Sue Jobson,



Alfie and Jack- Big Ted (at bottom) is wearing a cabled pullover, ribbed scarf and cosy trousers.  Little Ted (at top) is wearing a star motif sweater with matching pom pom scarf and trousers.  Sirdar Snuggly DK Pumpkin Patch, Eeyore, Summer Lime, and Indigo Mix (shown above).



Bobby and Ruby- Big Ted (on left) is wearing dungarees with front and side pockets.  Little Ted (on right) is wearing a two-tone pleated dress with patch pockets and button wrap.  Sirdar Snuggly DK Eeyore and Cream (shown above).



Emma and Katie- Little Ted (on left) is wearing a two-tone dress with contrasting pockets, topped off with a trendy fringed cowl.  Big Ted (on right) is wearing a sweet pinafore dress with heart pockets and matching shoes.  Outfits knit in Sirdar Snuggly DK. Pumpkin Patch, Indigo Mix and Summer Lime (shown above).  



Jack and Emma- best friends that picnic together stay together…