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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-

 

Footsie

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.

Olivia

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.

Aymara

 

Tonals

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Tonals are currently a hot trend, the salt and pepper of the yarn world and also a thing of beauty.  This remarkable dye technique is achieved by use of a large vat or kettle.  The yarn is immersed into a single colour dye bath and the outcome is a fascinating interplay of light and dark tones which create the illusion of shadows and highlights.  This Fall, Debbie Bliss introduces Cashmerino Aran Tonals to knitters as an addition to her existing Cashmerino range, in a three-way blend of wool, cashmere and acrylic spun with a smooth even ply.

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If you are on the hunt for rich colour and depth in a plush cosy yarn, take a closer look at Cashmerino Aran Tonals, available for Fall knitting in eight dusky shades –

 

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Crew Neck Cable Sweater (DB044) A pretty heather tonal shade highlights the details on this classic Aran design complete with raglan sleeves and a closed-in neckline.  Aubergine (shown above).

 

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Simple Tank (DB043) – Boxy and cropped in the front, this contemporary vest demonstrates how simple moss stitch can be transformed into a tweedy texture with a lovely tonal yarn.  Pewter (shown above).

 

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Diagonal Cable Sweater (DB042) – Interesting diagonal lines quietly branch out from a central cable on this turtleneck design which also offers the option of a standard crew.  Peacock (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 –

 

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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).

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

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

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

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

Socksational

Monday, April 11th, 2016

There is something truly magical about knitting your first pair of socks.  For starters, casting on with extra fine yarn and balancing four or five needles the size of toothpicks can require a little sorcery.  But the heel is where the fascination really happens.  When you turn that first heel, its a moment you will not soon forget as a centuries old formula for knitting a sock is fully realized.  Its at this point, that you may be tempted to leap up and exclaim your brilliance at having mastered such an incredible feat, and on it goes from there, towards the toe which slopes so smoothly to a perfectly seamless finish.  When you take into account that the average pair of socks requires thirty-four thousand stitches from beginning to end, they really are an engineering marvel.

Take a peek at a brand new sock yarn that is stirring things up this season-

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Fourteen S-O-C-K-S-A-T-I-O-N-A-L shades in Rialto Luxury Sock by Debbie Bliss are now filling up store shelves.  This rainbow-hued fingering weight yarn is spun with a mix of 75% wool for warmth plus 25% nylon for durability.

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A delicate vine lace pattern enhances the playful tweedy effect on these Dandelion Socks.  If you can fit a book into your handbag, then you have room to pack this portable knitting project.  Look for Leaflet DB082 at your lys this Spring.  New Orleans (shown above).

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Introduce your feet to the cosy comfort of these First Time Socks.  One ball of Rialto Luxury Sock is all it takes to create a pair for yourself or as a gift for someone special.  Leaflet DB081.  Fusion (shown above).

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Expand your knitting horizons by trying out a pretty new pattern stitch and showing off your skills with these Bobble Lace Socks.  Leaflet DB080.  Coachella (shown above).

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With such an irresistible colour spectrum to choose from, can you really stop with knitting just one pair of these Lace Diamond Socks?  Leaflet DB080.  Glastonbury (shown above).

Denim

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Take a stroll through your favorite shopping mall this month and you can’t help but notice the swirling sea of denim that is currently washing over the fashion cosmos.  Distressed, shredded, patched, bleached, or stonewashed, there really has never been a time when denim was not ‘in style’.  It goes with the flow, casual, relaxed, and feels as familiar as hanging out with an old friend.  Denim has been around since the middle of the nineteenth century when durable jeans were first designed to outfit frontier workers, miners, surveyors, and ranch hands.  Sometime during the last century denim just naturally evolved into mainstream fashion and shows no signs of going anywhere but hanging neatly in our closets.

British designer, Debbie Bliss has captured the tranquil essence of spring 2016 in her latest booklet featuring twelve styles casting the spotlight on Cotton Denim DK, a printed yarn in ten softly-faded shades.

Here is a sampling of what will be on our needles this coming season-

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Taking the cover spot in Debbie’s all-new Cotton Denim DK collection, this boxy style transitions beautifully through four shades of soothing blues in a vertical wave pattern created with cables and lacework.  New Denim, True Blue, Mid Blue and Pale Blue (shown above).

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Wrapped up in an easy go-anywhere style, this crossover waistcoat has a flirty collar, crisp lines and looks fresh for spring when paired with white or navy.  New Denim (shown above).

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Inspired by the original classic worn by cowboys in the 1800’s, Debbie’s version of a denim jacket portrays a more feminine vibe showcasing a playful mix of cables and moss stitch.  Charcoal (shown above).

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Its the small and simple details that Debbie Bliss is well-known for as displayed so well on this v neck design , accentuated with smooth even stitching and a graceful deep neckline finished off with a lace up closure.  Mid Blue (shown above).

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The strong statement cables on this crew neck design draw the eye upward while the heathered nature of the cotton yarn relaxes the overall look.  Pale Blue (shown above).

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A harmonious pairing of intricate patternwork and shade-shifting on this Tonal Cowl, creates subtle elegance.  Knit in the round, this project uses the same four shades as the cover design.  New Denim, True Blue, Mid Blue and Pale Blue (shown above).

Fall Bliss

Monday, August 24th, 2015

While summer woos us with one final hurrah, Debbie Bliss sweeps us away into the plush cosy warmth of the coming season with her latest knitting magazine, and lets us in on what’s trending in fall knitwear.  Issue Fifteen gives us a firsthand look at three new irresistibly thick yarns that will be filling the store shelves plus twenty eight projects to make our needles click with delight.

This issue also introduces us to Conway & Bliss, the dynamic design duo who have honed their craft under the skillful eye of mentor, Debbie Bliss.  The hip style of this team brings a fresh vibe to the pages of this magazine, and offers a collection of fun projects geared towards brand new knitters.

Available this week at your lys-

 

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In this issue, tartans and plaid break a few old school rules to show their softer side, boucle and mohair stand out in the crowd, and little boy knits get top billing.  Noro makes an appearance with four stylish patterns included plus the chance to win a copy of the latest book, Noro Lace: 30 Exquisite Knits.

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Its a plaid, plaid world out there and this issue features styles that are far from the classic prep school uniform.  Debbie’s Check Sweater is designed for easy comfort, with two opposing yarns worked together to create a stunning combination of softness and substance.  Fine Donegal in Fuschia and Angel in Hot Pink (shown above).

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Conway & Bliss are creating plenty of sparks with the launch of their bulky mohair yarn- Elektra, available in a dozen self-striping shades this season.  This Chunky Garter Stitch Sweater is designed with the beginner knitter in mind, and works up quickly with two strands of complimentary colours held together on 10 mm needles.  Motown and Soul (shown above).

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Soak in the dreamy snow-covered enchantment of the epic romance, Doctor Zhivago, the inspiration behind this cosy boucle sleeveless top, a ‘curl up on the sofa’ weekend project.  Its knit in Lara, a super thick wool and alpaca blend that knits up on 12 mm needles.  Yuri (shown above).

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Deep, dark and mysterious, that is the allure of Boheme, the latest offering from the Debbie Bliss Collection, a bulky chainette yarn with jewel-flecked colouring that exudes elegance.  Puccini (shown above).

Delphi By Debbie Bliss

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

In ancient Greece, Delphi was known as the navel of the earth, the dwelling place for Apollo, son of Zeus.  Located on the slope of Mount Parnassus, a snow-capped monolith rising above the Gulf of Corinth that awakens each spring with a magical carpet of wildflowers, this popular tourist mecca is as rich in its well-preserved archaeology as it is in the stunning vistas that draw the eye out to the crystal blue sea.

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Delphi by Debbie Bliss

This spring, Debbie Bliss captures the ambience of her family’s favorite holiday spot in Greece, with a collection of twelve designs knit in her newest yarn, Delphi, a bulky ribbon as soft as cotton jersey and dyed in tonal shades, inspired by the sun-baked ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and the lush hillsides sprinkled with rows of olive groves that stretch towards the endless Grecian sky.  Peach (shown above).

Waterfall Jacket

Waterfall Jacket

Conjuring up the subtle shades of the marble columns that still stand today towering over the town of Delphi, and date back to the fourth century BC, this Waterfall Jacket is a versatile travel piece for day or night, knit in Silver.

Lace Insert Tunic

Lace Insert Tunic

Delphi is known for its ancient clay sculptures and plaques, depicting the history of the Gods, and also the inspiring palette for Debbie’s choice of tonal colour on this style savvy Lace Insert Tunic designed in two easy pieces (a great warm weather topper to wear over white denim).  Terracotta (shown above).

Generous Cable Sweater

Generous Cable Sweater

The brilliance of the Aegean Sea is reflected in this Generous Cable Sweatera cosy weekend style designed with vertical panels of texture, a playful contrast against the watery hues of the yarn.  Pool (shown above).

Cut Out Sleeves Sweater

Cut Out Sleeves Sweater

Fresh lemons are ripe for the picking along the Mediterranean coast and just as abundant in Greek cooking as olive oil.  Debbie’s daughter Nell and design associate Teresa (Conway and Bliss) fashioned this ultra modern Cut Out Sleeves Sweater in zesty Lemon.

A Spring Breeze

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Spring remains in our soul all winter long so whether you are trudging through a snow-covered landscape right now or enjoying a relaxing stroll along a sandy beach, there is good news on the horizon for most of us, we have just over forty days left of teeth-chattering weather.  Along with the familiar sounds of birds chirping or the sight of the first budding leaves, the well-loved Debbie Bliss knitting magazine has quickly become a harbinger for spring, and this just-released issue (pick up a copy at your lys) is as welcome as a warm breeze, showcasing an inviting parade of light n lacy fashions, cosy home accessories in barely-there neutrals, a charming array of kid’s fashions, whimsical softies that beg to be cuddled and fun-spirited canine couture that has to be seen to be appreciated.

Debbie Bliss Issue Fourteen Knitting Magazine

Debbie Bliss Issue Fourteen Knitting Magazine

In this latest issue, Debbie introduces us to two new qualities, Eco Baby Prints, a splashy fun upgrade to the existing line with ten variegated shades and Delphi, a soft cotton ribbon yarn dyed-to-delight in a dozen ombre shades.  Let’s have a sneak peek inside and catch a spring breeze-

Raglan Sweater With Chevron Edging

Raglan Sweater With Chevron Edging

This classically-shaped silhouette has an ultra feminine allure in mellow yellow and creates a little extra impact with a lace edging knit in a paler cream shade.  Knit in Luxury Silk Dk.  Primrose and Ecru (shown above).

Frill Edge Cardigan

Frill Edge Cardigan

Polished sophistication is clearly visible on this round neck cardigan enhanced with a frilled underskirt in a deeper complimentary shade.  Knit in Luxury Silk Dk.   Rose and Coral (shown above).

Lace And Cable Cushion

Lace And Cable Cushion

Freshening up our décor is all part of the switchover from one season into the next and Debbie spruces things up nicely with this Lace and Cable Cushion along with five other designs for the home in a creamy white palette.  Knit in Cotton DK.  Ecru (shown above).

Quack and Bob Bunny

Quack and Bob Bunny

These cuddly critters will become a cherished keepsake, plump enough for little hands to hold.  Crocheted in soft and natural Eco Baby.   Stone, Primrose and Burnt Orange (shown above).

Dress With Pocket

Dress With Pocket

A budding artist will know just what to stash inside the tiny pocket on this trapeze-styled dress, knit in Eco Baby.  Sized from two to five years.  Silver, Rose and Tangerine (shown above).

Sweater Swap

Sweater Swap

His and hers leisurely weekend styles that are meant for sharing, knit in Delphi, Debbie’s all-new cotton tape yarn designed for speedy knitting on 8 mm needles.   Silver and Pool (shown above).

Top Ten BIG Knits

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Take a deep breath, and relax, even with the holiday hoopla descending faster than a flurry of snowflakes, there is still time to get out your secret weapon, the BIG needles.  They are ready and able to cast on a few more last minute gift ideas and get you to the finish line before the final roll of wrapping paper runs out.

This week the spotlight is on fast and fabulous gift ideas, in a few of our favorite cozy, bulky, marshmallow-soft yarns, Kiko, Ushya, Big Softie, Rasta and Paloma, all knit on BIG needles with just one or two skeins.  These ten FREE Patterns are complimentary from the wonderful designers on Ravelry.

Merry Knitting!

Quick Mittens

Really Quick Mittens

1. Really Quick Mittens – require one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a set of 9 mm double pointed needles.

Margot Cowl

Margot Cowl

2. Margot Cowl – requires two skeins of Mirasol Ushya (double strand) and a 15 mm circular needle.

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Moss Stitch Rib Hat

3. Moss Stitch Rib Hat – requires two skeins of Debbie Bliss Paloma, and a pair of 9 mm and 10 mm needles.

Turban

Two Hour Turban

4. Two Hour Turban – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta (makes two turbans) and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Big Softie Cowl and Beret

Speedy Cabled Cowl and Beret

5. Speedy Cabled Cowl and Beret – requires three balls of Sirdar Big Softie (for the set) and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Rainbow Twist Cowl

Rainbow Twist Cowl

6. Rainbow Twist Cowl – requires 1 skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a pair of 12 mm needles.

The Big Hat

The Big Hat

7. The Big Hat – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a 10 mm circular needle.

Wristers

Simple Wristlets

8. Simple Wristlets – require one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a set of double pointed 8 mm needles.

Cowl

Aujourd’hui Cowl

9. Aujourd’hui Cowl – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a pair of 10mm needles.

Kiko Slouch Hat

Kiko Slouch Hat

10. Kiko Slouch Hat – requires two balls of Sirdar Kiko and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Comfort Yarns

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

If you are looking for delicate cobweb-like yarns, this is not your lucky day.  Clearly something big is going on right now as we enter the comfort zone, a weather-induced state of being that causes a constant craving for soft, squishy, substantial yarns, the kind that knitters can really sink their fingers into.  Yes, its time to pump up the volume and search out mucho grande yarns that make us feel cosy, covered, and cocooned in a bulky layer of warmth.  There is an instant appeal associated with these mega-sized (10.00 – 15.00 mm) yarns, the needles click louder, and the projects cast off lickety-split which means they score b-i-g points on the satisfaction meter too.

TOP TEN COMFORT YARNS-

USHA SUYA by Mirasol

USHYA SUYA by Mirasol

1. Ushya Suya by Mirasol

COMPOSITION: 100% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Plush malleable springy texture, a dream to knit with, adapts well to cables, stitch texture, and bulky lace patterns.  The unique chainette-style construction makes this yarn extremely lightweight.

COLOURS: Ten semi-solid mid-range hues including ‘Wheat and Chaff’ (shown above).

BIG SOFTIE by Sirdar

BIG SOFTIE by Sirdar

2. Big Softie by Sirdar

COMPOSITION: 51% wool and 49% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Single-plied whispery-soft construction creates a brushed unspun look when knitted, great for cold weather accessories, bulky cardigans, vests, and ponchos.  Bonus: this yarn is washer friendly.

COLOURS: Twenty-six solid and flecked shades including ‘Blizzard’ (shown above).

ZEUS by Lanas Stop

ZEUS by Lanas Stop

3. Zeus by Lanas Stop

COMPOSITION: 50% wool and 50% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: A mix of two independent strands, one glossy and the other matte, creates a profusion of radiant colour and extra thick texture.

COLOURS: Six sassy multi-twisted picks including no. 216 (shown above).

PALOMA by Debbie Bliss

PALOMA by Debbie Bliss

4. Paloma by Debbie Bliss

COMPOSITION: 60% baby alpaca and 40% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Hollow core construction, ultra-light, pliable and overflowing with touchy-feely luxury.

COLOURS:  Thirty-two solid shades from pale to bright including ‘Cyclamen’ (shown above).

OLYMPIA by Lana Grossa

OLYMPIA by Lana Grossa

5. Olympia by Lana Grossa

COMPOSITION: 53% merino wool and 47% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Coil-spun with a subtle change in thickness, featuring a graduated colour change.  This yarn is an extremely popular choice for cold weather accessories.  

COLOURS: Sixteen cheerful choices including ‘Glade’ (shown above).

DOLPHIN BABY by Himalaya

DOLPHIN BABY by Himalaya

6. Dolphin Baby by Himalaya

COMPOSITION: 100% polyester.

ATTRIBUTES: The chenille texture of this yarn makes it tactile in a velvety-smooth way, and mimics a woven finish when knit in garter stitch.

COLOURS: A mix of classic baby pastels and contemporary brights including ‘Rose’ (shown above).

BLISS by Diamond Luxury Collection

BLISS by Diamond Luxury Collection

7. Bliss by Diamond Luxury Collection

COMPOSITION: 80% extrafine merino and 20% superfine camel hair.

ATTRIBUTES: A classic plied twist, ultra smooth finish and sumptuous to the touch.

COLOURS: ‘Au Naturel’ (shown above).

ROMA by Debbie Bliss

ROMA by Debbie Bliss

8. Roma by Debbie Bliss

COMPOSITION: 70% wool and 30% alpaca.

ATTRIBUTES: A conventionally plied yarn that produces crisp even stitches, ideal for texture and cable patterns.

COLOURS: Look for a full range including understated and vivid tones, sixteen in all, and Debbie’s signature ‘Duck Egg’ (shown above).

ARPY by Lana Gatto

ARPY by Lana Gatto

9. Arpy by Lana Gatto

COMPOSITION: 57% superwash wool and 43% acrylic.

ATTRIBUTES: Rich in colourful undertones, malleable, a fusing of two opposite fibres together as one.  Works well in seed stitch and cable patterns.

COLOURS: A vibrant artist’s palette featuring six multi-hued options including no. 7233 (shown above).

RASTA by Malabrigo

RASTA by Malabrigo

10. Rasta by Malabrigo

COMPOSITION: 100% merino wool.

ATTRIBUTES: Coil-spun from luscious merino fleece rovings, this yarn has achieved rock star status for its incredible colour spectrum and supple texture.

COLOURS: More than thirty-five luscious kettle-dyed choices including ‘Arco Iris’ (shown above).