Archive for January, 2017

Shades Of Spring

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Soft and subtle sophistication, that seems to be the mood for this year’s showing of Spring yarns.  Speckled and flecked, printed or phased, the range of multi-dye techniques is all about blending the prettiest mid-tone palettes for a soothing effect.  Sky blue, watery aqua, silvery grey, pale green, and lilac are all front and centre while the pop colour is a bit of a surprise- orange.  Far from neon bright, this year’s version varies from a freshly-squeezed orangeade to a sweet pumpkin spice and warms up nicely with just about every colour in the spectrum.

Take a peek at some of our Shades Of Spring

 

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Toscana DK is a captivating new cotton yarn from Sirdar with a ‘slow mo’ colour change.  Available in 100g balls for extra value and yardage, this yarn is specially-dyed in an understated palette with half a dozen hard-to-resist choices and a great selection of accompanying pattern leaflets.

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One of the best marriages of natural fibre is merino and cotton, it creates a resilient yarn that adapts to any climate.  This is a yarn with just the right balance (55% organic merino/45% organic cotton) in a finer weight with a little spring to its step.  Pure Organic from our in-house collection is in stock now in fifteen hazy hues.

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Sock knitters will be wiggling their toes with delight when Mirasol’s Khusku hits store shelves this Spring.  Look for a pretty paintbox of colour in every 100g skein, this shimmery soft yarn is a blend of merino, bamboo sourced viscose and nylon.

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Katia adds a glamorous new cotton to their line-up.  Moonlight, is a chainette-style yarn which knits to a worsted weight tension, yet feels incredibly buoyant and is enhanced with silver sprinkles.  Katia offers a range of ten pale hues to choose from.

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Ribbon yarns twist and twirl on the needles and create amazing stitch texture.  Phildar introduces a papery-style version for warm weather tunics, shawls, and openwork tops to knit up on 8 mm needles.  Phil Mystere is big and brash in eight contemporary colours- including orangeade, turquoise, and taupe (shown above).

ZOOM Cowl

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Old Man Winter is in town for awhile and has been stirring things up in his usual fashion with snow flurries, wind chill warnings, and icy drizzle.  Heading south to a sunny locale is always a tempting option, but for those of us who choose to embrace the beauty of icicles dripping from the eaves and treetops covered in a blanket of powdery snow, its just a matter of insulating from the cold with woolen layers.

This week, we feature our top dog, a fabulous new merino yarn that puffs up on the needles creating soft billowy stitches.

Diamond Luxury Ecstasy

We took the thickest superfine merino fleece we could find on the planet and had it spun into a top notch polar weight yarn that is so incredibly plush you might just have a sudden urge to nestle up close to it and drift off into dreamland.  Ecstacy from our in-house collection is available now at your lys for winter knitting in twelve contemporary shades.  Cream and Smoke Signal (shown above).

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Two balls of Ecstasy plus two hours of knitting will create our ZOOM Cowl which can be worn in multiple ways for added warmth.

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ZOOM COWL

Finished Size: 30.5 cm/ 12 in x 61 cm/ 24 in

Yarn: A- 100g ball (col. 133) and B- 100g ball (col. 131), Ecstasy by Diamond Luxury Collection

Needles: 15 mm/ US 19 – 60 cm/ 24 inch circular

Tension: 6 sts and 10 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over Pattern st

Cast on 36 sts with A. Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

P 1 round.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with A-

Round 1- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

Cut A.

Attach B.

Knit 1 round.

Continue in Pattern St as follows with B.

Round 1- [K2, p2] rep to end.

Round 2- P1, k2, [p2, k2] rep to last st, p1.

Round 3- [P2, k2] rep to end.

Round 4- K1, p2, [k2, p2] rep to last st, k1.

Rep these 4 rounds until a total of 11 rounds have been worked in Pattern St.

K 1 round.

P 1 round.

Cast off all sts purlwise.

Fasten off.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Gorgeous by Sirdar

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

As the snow piles up all around us it gives even more reason to stay indoors and practice what the Danish refer to as ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah) meaning to surround yourself in a cosy state of comfort and well-being.   Its not a new concept, after all don’t we naturally tend to hibernate at this time of year? Knitting with big and bulky yarns is also part of this current trend, the thicker the better, to enjoy the slow and steady movement of the needles while generating instant warmth.  This week we shine the spotlight on a new yarn from Sirdar, that is creating lots of knitworthy buzz this winter.

 

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Meet the new diva in town!  G O R G E O U S is a softly-spun wool blend, richly-dyed in six winter hues and ready for a flurry of knitting activity on 20 mm needles.  Each 150 gram skein includes a simple cowl pattern printed on the label.

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The ultimate in softness, this trio of designs (Sirdar leaflet #7963) offers something for every knitter’s winter project list.  Choose a super plush stocking stitch throw knit with just four skeins of Gorgeous (col. #602) or Sirdar’s heart-shaped rug (col. #601) designed to warm up cold feet first thing in the morning, and an irresistibly plump tea cosy (col. #603) for sitting n sipping.

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Fluff up your winter wardrobe with one of these four chill busters.  Everyone loves options and each of these stylish accessories is designed to knit up in an evening.  One skein required for hat or cowl and two skeins required for both scarves.  (Sirdar leaflet #7964). Shown above from left to right (col. #602, #605, #603, and #600).

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After the holidays, your home deserves a special treat and here are a variety of Gorgeous hand knitted accessories from Sirdar’s design team.  (Leaflet #7965).  Shown above from left to right (col. #601, #603, #600, and #604).

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Spread the warmth this season and teach a friend how to knit an ultra thick blanket, plus a pom pom or heart-shaped pillow just for fun.  Sirdar leaflet #7962.  Shown above from top to bottom (col. #605, #604, and #601).

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Stitches fly very quickly with these jumbo needles from Knitter’s Pride.  Manufactured from quality birch, these circular needles range in size from 20 mm to 35 mm.