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Time to try a new staple in superwash yarn!

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Diamond Luxury has carried Pure Wool Superwash yarn for quite a while, and we’ve added a “sister” line to our collection: Pure Wool Superwash Heather.

I know that most knitters develop a fondness for a staple yarn. The one they can count on, that is a general work-horse yarn, that never fails them, so why try something else, right? Well, we’d like to invite you to try Pure Wool and Pure Wool Heather and see if it stands up to your good taste and beautiful knitting. We are confident it will.

This yarn has a decent twist without making it too firm, so it’s still squishy soft. It knits at a worsted or aran weight and has excellent stitch definition. We have 52 solid colors and 16 heathers for you to try. This extensive palette has colors to suit each wardrobe and taste, or to accessorize your fall, winter and early spring coats and jackets.

This men’s vest is a updated classic! The tailored shoulders and precise V-neck details will make the wearer look great. Notice how crisp the pattern stitch and the ribbing look thanks to Diamond Luxury Pure Wool Superwash.

Sale of the Week – July 26

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
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Add a fringe to your knits

Smash is a fun yarn that you can use to add some fun fringe to your knits.

It comes in solids, and in 2 different kinds of multicolored dye processes. There is also a 2-color duotone and Smash Crazy, which has little pieces of fabric spun into the yarn, too.

 

 

 

See the previous post for more details on some Debbie Bliss yarns that are featured this week. One of my favourites is Delphi, a cotton tape. You can see me knitting with it in this video.

 

 

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Another yarn that’s on clearance is Darling 4 by Katia. Here’s a review of a very similar yarn.

 

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World Wide Knit In Public Day

Monday, June 5th, 2017

It might not surprise you to know that there is a designated date for pretty much everything under the sun, from National Doughnut Day which actually took place on June 2nd to International Frog Day happening every year on March 20th.   So of course there would be an official day marked on the calendar for knitting in public!  WWKIP Day takes place on the second Saturday in June and has gained widespread recognition.  What first began as a grassroots movement in 2005, with a mere twenty-five groups spread around the globe, has now grown into a force of nature with more than eight hundred events listed in forty-six countries.  Entirely organized by knitters, this not-for-profit event brings creative people together, out in public to share their passion for the craft, and encourage others to learn.

 

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It could be in a public park, a farmer’s market, a streetcar, riverboat, cafe, library or schoolyard, wherever there is a comfortable place to gather, once the word gets out…… knitters will show up armed with their latest WIP, a bag full of snacks, light refreshments, sunscreen and a folding chair.  To find a group in your area check the official KIP list here. To host a group, start here.

 

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Fall/Winter 2017 Preview

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

It was an early peek inside the Toronto showroom this past weekend, as retailers gathered to view the coming attractions in yarns and designs for Fall/Winter 2017.  The trend in uniquely-dyed yarns has intensified, bringing out the best techniques in the industry to create an exceptional array of speckles, tonals and gradients.  Filling the shelves in the months to come, yarn cakes top the list, with the leading brands offering their own signature versions from fingering to chunky weight.  These flat-bottomed precisely-wound balls of yarn are dyed in long repeat colourways to create a very attractive rainbow effect. Shawls are still the front runner as the most popular knitting project choices followed closely by socks.  Pure fibre yarns are reluctantly taking a backseat to exotic blends, with upcoming collections featuring cashmere/merino, alpaca/linen, and llama/silk as the ultimate in touchable sensations.

Take a look at what’s to come for Fall/Winter 2017-

 

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Diamond Luxury Collection aims to keep sock knitters on their toes until late summer when Footsie hits the shelves in all its speckled beauty.  Sinfully-soft, this fingering weight yarn is a mix of superfine merino and nylon.

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Diamond Select goes the extra distance to offer exceptional value in a whopping 200g size ball of Olivia, a super soft chunky yarn with a very appealing colour-phased effect. Blankets, cowls, scarves, hats, mitts, and pullovers are all ideal projects for this supersized ball of fun.

Scala

Katia is ‘CAKE Central’ with more than five different versions in the works for early Fall knitting.  Scala (shown above) is a gorgeous boucle yarn in a rich ombre effect.

Earth

Katia also takes the lead in helping the environment with the addition of an exciting NEW yarn to their line up.  Earth is a chainette-style yarn spun from superwash wool and recycled plastic.  Yes, thats right, each ball contains the equivalent of three plastic drinking bottles!

Katia Concept Collection

Katia’s Concept Collection continues to grow with more natural blends added for Fall/Winter.  The ultimate in luxury yarns is complemented by a palette of classic neutral shades.

Debbie Bliss F/W 2017

Debbie Bliss will showcase two new yarns for Fall/Winter.  Look for Iris (shown above), a plush aran weight quality spun in a superfine blend of merino wool/cashmere and for alpaca fanciers, Aymara (shown below) is sure to be a hit with a shade range that is pure and natural.

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Top Ten Knitting Trends Of 2016

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Looking towards a shiny new year, there can be only one word that best describes the feeling in the air, uncertainty.  In times of turmoil, and the unpredictable nature that surrounds the world, its those moments of calm, quiet activity that we crave, where knitting becomes an integral part of our well-being, whether its a shared passion with a group of friends or a solitary pursuit.  There is a sense of reassurance that comes from the rhythmic clicking of the needles, the constant motion of stitches intertwining and that blissful feeling of creating something entirely handmade.

This past year has brought some of the softest natural wool fibres to the forefront of the industry, introducing more independent dyers and spinners to the mix, shining the spotlight on a variety of new dye techniques, and established an even stronger connection to the origins of the yarn.  Knitting needles continued to evolve with a better grip, smoother handle, and super slick speed. Designers continue to push the boundaries with more asymmetrical-shaped sweaters, cardigans and tunics while shawls and socks still reign supreme as the most popular knitting projects.

While we can’t be certain about what’s to come in the new year, we can always look back and enjoy the Top Ten Knitting Trends of 2016 –

 

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1. Cashmere.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder and this luxurious fibre had been on a timeout for far too long.  This year we waited for the warm and fuzzy arrival of 100% Italian Cashmere from the exclusive  Cardiff Collection in fingering, sport and aran weight.  If you already had the opportunity to pet one of these perfectly plump little balls ….you know it was worth waiting for.

 

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2. Tonals.  Softening the colour spectrum, tonals totally rocked the list of hot dye trends.  This fascinating technique involves dipping yarn into a hot dye bath to achieve a shadowy play of light and dark tones.  In 2016, Debbie Bliss introduced us to her newest addition, Cashmerino Aran Tonals, a pleasing blend of wool, cashmere and acrylic.

 

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3. The BIG Stuff.  Just when we thought we had seen the biggest and the bulkiest, out of the shadows appeared the BEHEMOTH!  By the time the leaves were changing into burnished shades of gold, knitters couldn’t wait to get their hands on Phil Big, a wool blend roving so unbelievably thick and plush, it was a challenge to grasp a single strand.  Available in four shades- Ecru, Grenadine, Lagon, Flanelle, each 500g skein includes a cowl pattern on the label plus these fun FREE patterns to download-

 

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4. Socks On The Rocks.  When the temperature began to plummet, chunky knitted socks soared in demand.  These became an instant hit from the Rockies to the Maritimes and all points in between.  Our On The Rocks series of FREE patterns kept right on rolling with one new accessory added each week, celebrating the outdoors in typical Canadian style.

 

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5. Caracol.  Malabrigo picked the perfect time of year to spread a little Christmas joy when they unveiled an irresistible thick and thin polar weight merino in twenty-four stunning colourways resembling the artistry of stained glass.  Caracol.

 

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6. Melodies Of Life.  This pretty gift set came ready to wrap with a shiny big bow and to the delight of knitters everywhere included some extra sweet trimmings.  Knitter’s Pride revealed the latest luxury box set in mid-October but only in limited supply, causing a mad dash to local shops for Santa’s special helpers.

 

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7. The Messy Bun Hat.  Also known as The Holey Hat, this trendy topper became an Internet sensation on Pinterest and Ravelry right before the holiday season.  Its a simple project and requires just one skein of our Tradition Chunky.  Download the FREE pattern here.

 

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8. Blanket Scarves.  Skinny little scarves are out and oversized ones are definitely in.  The thicker the better, for burrowing into on frosty days.  This one is worked from the top down in three shades of Tradition Chunky.  Look for the pattern right here in early January.

 

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9. Sustainability.  As knitters become increasingly more aware of the yarns they are choosing, feeling a connection to the environment and knowing that the wool is locally sourced is equally as important.  Baa Ram Ewe is an impressive addition to our line up, a small boutique business located across the pond in Yorkshire where the journey from sheep to needles begins in the neighboring fields with flocks grazing in the fresh air and local mills carrying on their woolly heritage of spinning the fleece into skeins.

 

 

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10. Shades of Grey.  By far the most popular colour obsession in the knitting world, grey stands out as the new neutral. Whether you spell it ‘grey’ (English) or ‘gray’ (American) it is a strikingly elegant shade that suits pretty much any pattern or choice of stitch work.  It sits right between black and white and is defined as achromatic, meaning that it is quite literally a non-colour.  Bunny shade no. 200 (shown above).

Top Ten Gift Sets

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

If you haven’t passed your wish list over to the desk of the jolly red elf yet, there is still plenty of time before he does his shimmy down the chimney.  This season we have a stunning array of holiday gift sets to suit the various styles and preferences of both knitters and crocheters alike.  Take a look at our favorite selections from Knitter’s Pride and ChiaoGoo.

Top Ten Gifts Sets-

 

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The Royal Treatment begins with a Parisian-themed Double Pointed Needle Set by Knitter’s Pride Royale in the most popular sock knitting sizes ranging from 2.00 mm to 3.25 mm.  This luxury set combines the warmth of laminated birch with brass tips for speed.

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Wrap up a little eye candy, its sugar-free!  This Sock Needle Kit features a half dozen double points all six inches in length by Knitter’s Pride Marblz.  Neatly packaged in a faux leather case, with sizes from 3.50 mm to 5.50 mm, this ensemble works well with winter’s heftier sock yarns.

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Lace knitters will ooh and aah over the Twist Mini Interchangable Set by ChiaoGoo which includes five tips (1.50 mm to 2.50 mm) and three cables in a black mesh pouch with a separate storage sleeve.  A BONUS case comes with an assortment of accessories.

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Tis the season for chunky knits!  Whip up a winter’s worth of warm and cosy accessories with the Interchangeable Chunky Trio Set by Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Dreamz.  This snazzy set includes colour-coded 9.00, 10.00 and 12.00 mm needle tips finely-crafted from laminated birch complete with three cords, four end caps and two cord keys.

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NEW from Diamond’s Own, a Learn to Knit Kit to inspire little hands to get started on a holiday project with a pair of ChaioGoo wooden needles, one ball of Fine Merino Superwash Aran, a Sidekick knitting bag, and a page of instructions all in an attractive box! The perfect gift!

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For the crochet enthusiast who delights in stylish organization, this lovely set of hooks is the cat’s pajamas!  The Waves Crochet Hook Set by Knitter’s Pride, comes complete with nine hooks featuring soft-grip handles in a choice of pink or green zippered case.  (Sizes: 2.75mm to 9.00 mm).

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A practical gift for the traveling knitter, the Interchangeable Midi Set by Knitter’s Pride Karbonz consists of the most popular sizes from 4.50 mm to 6.00 mm with two cords (1 cord each of 24″ & 32″), 4 end caps, 2 cord keys & 1 set of size markers.

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The jewel in the crown this season is the Royale Single Pointed Needle Set by Knitter’s Pride Royale, available in either a ten inch or fourteen inch selection of nine sizes (3.00 mm to 8.00 mm).  These premium grade needles are well designed in a mixture of wood and brass.

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Sleek and sophisticated, the Interchangeable IC Deluxe Set by Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics delivers when it comes to top notch speed.    Housing seven pairs of the most popular size tips from 4.00 mm to 8.00 mm with added accessories, this set offers true performance without all the bells and whistles.

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Put the WOW under the tree with the all-new limited edition Melodies of Life Box Set by Knitter’s Pride.  The Cadillac of tool kits!  This eye-popping gift set consists of vibrant aluminum needles with clear laser-marked sizing from 3.50 mm to 8.00 mm, four color-coded cords, and an assortment of fabulous accessories stored in a matching monogrammed pouch.  If that isn’t enough to sweeten the pot, Knitter’s Pride has also thrown in two pairs of dressy wooden earrings.

Melodies Of Life

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

It’s just about that time of year, the finger-twitching, palm-rubbing, gleeful anticipation that comes as the leaves turn crisp and start to fall, pumpkin pies are baked by the dozens, and…. Knitter’s Pride unveils their shiny new gift set for the holiday season.  Melodies of Life is the ultimate eye candy for knitters, a special boxed collection of colour-coded interchangeable needles available for a limited time only.

 

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Add a little Zing to your holiday wish list, with Knitter’s Pride candy-coloured glossy array of interchangeable needles engineered from lightweight aluminum, to allow your stitches to easily slide from tip to tip.  Its the gift that keeps on giving, with hours of knitting enjoyment right at your fingertips.   Boxed in a stylish satin-covered case, the Melodies of Life interchangeable set adapts to almost any knitting project with a full selection of needle sizes to choose from and four colour-coded cords in lengths ranging from twenty-four to forty inches long.

 

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As an extra special bonus, this incredible Melodies of Life set also includes a fabric accessory case embroidered with musical notes and filled with an assortment of stitch holders, darning needles and cord connectors.

 

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If all that wasn’t enough, Knitter’s Pride has added not one….., but TWO pairs of colourful earrings to dress up your holiday outfits, skillfully hand-crafted from the same birch wood as many of their finest needles.

 

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Sized from 3.5 to 8 mm, these colour-coded aluminum Zing needles are more than just pretty tips, they are extremely durable and ready to stand the test of time.  Contact your lys to pre-order your set today.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.