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Pure Organic

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

What do you imagine as the perfect harmony in yarn ingredients?  Is it the natural softness and smooth handle of cotton combined with the springy texture and multi-season comfort of merino?  Yes… cotton and merino really do go together like birds of a feather and we can’t keep it a secret any longer after finding this incredible blend of fibres spun into a fine fingering weight yarn!

The quintessential marriage of natural fibres, Pure Organic is unlike any yarn we have had on our radar before.  Adhering to a strict organic process, this merino is certified as ‘non-mulesed.’ It is grown and sheared from ethically-raised sheep, along with cotton fibre cultivated without the use of harmful pesticides. These two fibres are milled, dyed and spun as one without any toxic chemicals to produce a yarn that is healthier for our environment and ultimately for the person who wears the finished garment.

 

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Naturally soft and eco-friendly, Pure Organic is NOW in stock for early Spring knitting in our Diamond Luxury Collection.  Look for all fifteen shades dyed with subtle tonal flecks and take a peek at our accompanying selection of patterns-

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Seed stitch texture struts its stuff on this ‘go anywhere’ cropped top designed for breezy days to come.  Turn back cuffs add just enough sleeve length and button tabs are a trendy little touch.  Col. #38 (shown above).

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Keeping it light and airy with a mesh work shawl that gives a delicate shoulder layer and finishes off an outfit with flair.  Col. #46 (shown above).

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Transitioning from day into night in Spring’s fanciful shade of Lilac, with this sleeveless mock neck pullover which is ideal for wearing to the office under a light jacket or cardigan.  Smooth stocking stitch is beautifully accentuated by a split line of vertical eyelet.  Col. #46 (shown above).

Malabrigo Book 11

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Its hard to believe ten years (or 3650 knitting days) has passed since the first batches of kettle-dyed merino were hung up to dry at Malabrigo’s headquarters in Uruguay.  What started out as a small family operation now produces seventeen yarn varieties and over three hundred unique colourways.  To celebrate the exciting tenth anniversary, Malabrigo enlisted the creative talents of the world’s top knitwear designers to put together a collection of patterns focused primarily on their newly-developed signature colourway, Aniversario, which blends together the most popular colour palette as chosen by knitters worldwide.

 

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Fourteen irresistible projects grace the pages of Malabrigo’s newly-released BOOK 11, featuring seven different yarn bases- Arroya, Sock, Rios, Mecha, Rasta, Mechita, and the most recent addition, Caracol.  Look for a copy at your lys available now.

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The fabulous highlights in Aniversario contrast beautifully against the richness of Pagoda in Rasta, just two of the mesmerizing choices available in Malabrigo’s super chunky spectrum used to knit this very cosy Vandam poncho style tunic.

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Keep your head covered as the snow melts into spring with one skein of Sock weight merino in Malabrigo’s colour of the year- Aniversario.

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Moss stitch creates a lovely woven look and a sturdy fabric choice for this cropped Clarkson cardigan knit in Arroya, a sport weight merino base dyed in Aniversario.

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Dainty slip stitches create a checkerboard effect on this richly-hued Washington Square cowl knit in the round with two contrasting shades of Mecha.  Aniversario and Tobaccos (shown above).

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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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.

Twinkle Twinkle Cowl

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

There is a new yarn in town and its making its way straight onto Santa’s nice list!  Fresh from the Malabrigo drying racks in Uruguay comes a truly fascinating wool with textural interest and the visual illusion of stained glass.  Not only is this pure merino extra soft and plush, it has been criss-crossed with a special binder thread to create a striking contrast that really makes the colours pop.  Caracol is available now at your lys in twenty-four of Malabrigo’s signature colourways and is specially-treated as a superwash so it cannot shrink or felt.

 

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We just couldn’t resist sliding this yarn across the needles and knitting up something soft and cosy.  This yarn is so plush and thick, it takes no more than a couple of hours to whip up our latest cowl design.

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TWINKLE TWINKLE COWL

Finished Size: 23 cm/ 9 in x 71 cm/ 28 in

Yarn: 150g skein Caracol by Malabrigo (col. 89 Flama)

Needles: 10 mm/ US 15 – 60 cm/ 24 inch circular

Tension: 9 sts and 12 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 56 sts.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts.  Place a marker on 1st st.

P 3 rnds.

K 2 rnds.

P 1 rnd, inc 4 sts evenly spaced = 60 sts.

Next Rnd- [(p,k,p) into next st, p3tog] rep to end.

Next Rnd- Purl.

Next Rnd- [P3tog, (p,k,p) into next st] rep to end.

Next Rnd- Purl.

Rep last 4 rows once.

Purl 1 rnd, dec 4 sts evenly spaced = 56 sts.

K 2 rnds.

P 3 rnds.

Cast off all sts purlways.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Rasta Mitts

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Quick like an elf, seems to be the motto for Santa’s special helpers this month as the big day draws near and the needles click faster and faster.  This week we feature the beauty of Malabrigo’s kettle-dyed pure merino wool in a pair of thick and cosy mitts that can be knit in an evening and wrapped up as a last minute gift.

 

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RASTA MITTS

Size: Womens Medium

Finished Width: 20 cm/ 8 ins

Yarn: 150 g Rasta by Malabrigo (col. 850 Archangel)

Needles: 9 mm/ US 13 double point set

Tension: 10 sts and 14 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 16 sts.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Join in rnd, place a marker on first st.

Work in k1/p1 ribbing for 6 rnds.

Cont in knit rnds, inc 4 sts evenly spaced across first rnd = 20 sts.

K 9 more rnds.

Thumb Opening:

Next Rnd- K1, k4 sts with scrap yarn, slip these 4 sts just worked back on to left needle, knit to end of rnd with Rasta.

Cont in knit rnds until work meas 20 cm/ 8 in.

Shape Top:

Rnd 1- [K3, k2tog] rep to end.

Rnd 2- Knit.

Rnd 3- [K2, k2tog] rep to end.

Rnd 4- Knit.

Rnd 5- [K1, k2tog] rep to end = 8 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.

Thumb:

Carefully unpick scrap yarn to create thumb opening and slip 8 live sts evenly spaced onto 3 needles.

Join in round and place a marker on 1st st.

Knit 1 rnd, inc 1 st at corner of thumb opening = 9 sts.

Knit 7 rnds (or desired length).

Next Rnd- [K1, k2tog] rep to end = 6 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.

Make second mitt to match.

 

Design by: Michele Meadows

Toppers On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Due to popular demand, we have added one more pattern to our On The Rocks series, which celebrates the great outdoors in typical Canadian style.  This week’s design is all about keeping the cold out with a pair of thick and chunky boot toppers.   They knit up ultra quick in Sirdar’s  Harrap Tweed Chunky, a speckled yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, now available at your lys in a range of eight rustic shades.

 

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Wear Toppers On The Rocks two different ways!  Fold back over boot cuffs (shown above) or as cosy legwarmers to tuck inside winter boots (shown below).

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TOPPERS ON THE ROCKS

Size:                    Women

Finished Width:                  38 cm/ 15 in.

Finished Length:                 23 cm/ 9 in.

Yarn:                                          MC- 1   Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g ball (col. 100)

    A- 1  Sirdar Click Chunky 50g ball (col. 142)

                              B- 1  Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g ball (col. 109)

Needles:  5.00 mm/ US 9 and 6.00 mm/ US  10 double point set

Tension:  16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. with smaller needles over st st.

Cast on 48 sts with smaller needles and MC.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing for 14 cm/ 5 1/2 in.  Cut MC.  Attach A,

Purl I round with larger needles (this will designate wrong side of work).

Cont in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

4 rounds in A. Cut A.

Attach B.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

Attach A.

8 rounds in A.

Cast off loosely.

Make a second one to match.

With wrong side facing, fold toppers over boots.

Download the FREE pattern here.

 

Design by: Michele Meadows

Toque On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

We all know things are better in threes, so that is why we have added another toasty warm accessory to our popular On The Rocks series which celebrates the great outdoors in true Canadian fashion.  To top off the trio in cosy style, this tweedy toque is knit in Sirdar’s all-new Harrap Tweed Chunky, a peppery yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted for one more surprise pattern next week……

 

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TOQUE ON THE ROCKS

Size:                                       Adult Medium

Finished Width:                  51 cm/ 20 in

Yarn:                                          1 ball MC- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 100)

1 ball A- Sirdar Click Chunky 50g (col. 142)

1 ball B- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 109)

Needles:  5.00 mm/ US 8 double point set, and 5.00 mm/ US 8 – 60 cm/ 24 in circular

Tension:  16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 80 sts in A.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

6 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

19 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Continue with MC, knit each round, dec 8 sts evenly across 1st round = 72 sts.

When work meas 13 cm/ 5 in from top of ribbing-

Shape Top:

NOTE: Switch to double pointed needles when necessary.

Round 1- [K6, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 2- Knit.

Round 3- [K5, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 4- Knit.

Round 5- [K4, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 6- Knit.

Round 7- [K3, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 8- Knit.

Round 9- [K2, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 10- Knit.

Round 11- [K1, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 12- [K2tog] rep to end.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and sew in end.

Pom Pom:

Make a 8 cm/ 3 in pom pom with one strand of A and B held together.  Attach to top of hat.

Download the pattern here.

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Design by: Michele Meadows

 

Mitts On The Rocks

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Continuing with the second installment in our three-part series which celebrates the great outdoors with casual weekend accessories that cover the tips of your toes to the top of your head in iconic Canadian style…..

This week we are getting the jump on November’s chilly forecast with a pair of soft and cosy mitts knit in Sirdar’s all-new Harrap Tweed Chunky, a peppery yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted as we feature a FREE pattern next week for the matching toque……

 

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MITTS ON THE ROCKS

Sizes:                                       S                           M                     L

Finished Width:       19 cm/ 7 1/2 in.      20 cm/ 8 in.        22 cm/ 8 1/2 in.

Finished Length:     24 cm/ 9 1/2 in.     25.5 cm/ 10 in.    27 cm/ 10 1/2 in.

Yarn:                                         1                               1                         1 ball MC- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 100)

                                                     1                               1                         1 ball A- Sirdar Click Chunky 50g (col. 142)

                                                     1                               1                         1 ball B- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 109)

Needles:  4.50 mm/ US 7 double point set

Tension:  18 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. over st st.

LEFT MITTEN

**Cast on 32 (36, 40) sts with A.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

12 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

4 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Attach MC.

Knit 12 (14, 16) rounds.**

Thumb Opening:

Next Round- K1 st in MC, k5 (6, 6) sts with scrap yarn, slip these 5 (6, 6) sts just worked onto left needle and knit to end in MC.

Cont to knit each round in MC until work meas 12.5 (14, 15) cm/ 5 (5 1/2, 6) in. from top of ribbing.

Cut MC.

Shape Top:

Attach A.

Round 1- Knit.

Round 2- [K1, k2tog, k10 (12, 14) , sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 3- Knit.

Round 4- [K1, k2tog, k8 (10, 12), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 5- Knit.

Round 6- [K1, k2tog, k6 (8, 10), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 7- Knit.

Round 8- [K1, k2tog, k4 (6, 8), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

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Round 9- Knit.

Round 10- [K1, k2tog, k6, sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Cut yarn and graft rem sts together.

Thumb:

Remove scrap yarn and slip 10 (12, 12) sts onto 2 needles.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Attach MC and knit across 1st round, inc 1 st = 11 (13, 13) sts.  Cont in knit rounds until thumb meas 5 (5.5, 6) cm/ 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2) in.

Next 2 Rounds- [K1, k2tog] rep until 5 (7, 7) sts remain.  Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.  Sew in ends.

RIGHT MITTEN

Work from **to**.

Thumb Opening:

Next Round- K to last 6 (7, 7) sts in MC, k5 (6, 6) sts with scrap yarn, slip these 5 (6, 6) sts just worked onto left needle, k to end in MC.

Cont to work as LEFT MITTEN.

Download the pattern HERE.

Design by: Michele Meadows