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The Beauty Of Linen

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

With temperatures soaring higher and higher each summer, it only makes sense that the effects of climate change have increased the popularity of linen as a suitable yarn choice for warm weather projects.  Linen has been around for almost seven thousand years, spun from fibres collected from the stalk of the flax plant.  It has incredible durability and drape, with a lovely patina that just gets better and better over time.  Depending on the season, linen can fend off up to twenty percent of its weight in moisture, keeping the wearer dry, cool and comfortable.

Unlike wool, linen has no natural elasticity, so here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing this lovely fibre to work with-

1. Linen has a mind of its own.  Choose a style with a very relaxed look, requiring minimal shaping or structure.  Open stitches work well, rule out cables and intricate texture detail.

2. Stick with wooden needles, they have a better grip than steel or metal and will make the first-time experience of working with linen all the easier.

3. Take the time to wash and block your tension swatch.   This is a yarn that appears springy on the needles yet grows and settles into its finished size only after washing.

4. Be sure to keep point protectors on your needles when leaving your work unattended.  Stitches worked in natural linen will quite literally jump off the needles!

5. Most of all, enjoy the process.  A linen garment will last a lifetime, the beauty of this yarn is in its suppleness and drape.

 

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NEW from Katia’s Concept Collection, Lincys is a natural linen yarn with a range of nine exquisite shades, each one softened by subtle undertones.  Take a peek at these five featured designs in the latest Concept 3 Spring/Summer magazine.  Available now at your lys.

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The cooling effects of this deep watery turquoise shade are instantaneous.  Mesh panels add an airy look and define the front borders while also creating flouncy sleeves on this kimono cardigan.  Requires 8-10 balls of Lincys.  Col. 309 (shown above).

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Cinnamon and spice and everything nice.  Keep cool this summer in Katia’s well-vented sleeveless top which is knit sideways and seamed at the centre.  Rows of elongated stitchwork make the knitting grow very quickly and let the air in.  Requires 4 balls of Lincys.  Concept 3 Collection.  Col. 300 (shown above).

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More than meets the eye at first glance, this summer top is designed with a myriad of intriguing stitch combinations and a halter style neckline that reveals an open back.  Requires 6-8 balls.  Col. 301 (shown above).

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A multi-hued delight, with flecks of rose, blue, green and gold flickering in the sunlight.  Designed for beginners, this linen tunic plays up the contrast between basic garter and stockinette stitch to create texture.  Requires 5-6 balls of Lincys. Col. 303 (shown above).

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True blue, an all-time favorite that captures the essence of summertime.  An ideal choice for this lacy jacket, which is simply knit in two mirrored pieces with a seam at the centre back.  Requires 8-11 balls of Lincys. Col. 307 (shown above).

Katia Concept 3 Collection

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Sleek, smooth and sophisticated….. that sums up the current look in Katia Concept 3, a relatively new collection focused on natural yarns, pure colours and minimalism in design.  This Spring, Katia embraces the beauty of simplicity to piece together an exciting array of more than three dozen patterns for knitters and crocheters alike.

Here are some of the highlights from Katia Concept 3

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Rivulets of lace embellish the centre panels of the body and sleeves on this stunning pullover.  Side vents add a touch of elegance. Knit in All Seasons Cotton , a 100% combed and mercerised cotton available in sixteen impressive shades.

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A comfortable ‘wear-anywhere’ style with a very flattering neckline and trendy button tab sleeves.  Knit this pullover in Katia’s all-new Silk-Viscose a 50/50 worsted weight blend featuring a selection of nine subtle tweeds.

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Elongated stitches produce a light and airy effect on this sleeveless suntop while chic details like the side sash and double shoulder straps add a Mediterranean look.  Yarn connoisseurs will love this shimmery 50/50 mix, Silk-Cotton.

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Graceful, polished and a breeze to throw over any outfit, this knitted poncho makes its presence known in a luxury combination of cotton, wool and yak.  Ultrasmooth with a soft handle, Cotton-Yak has a palette of rich mid-range shades.  Col. 100 (shown above).

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When a real splurge is in order, Katia’s classic beauty, Cotton-Cashmere is an easy choice with more than a dozen powdery hues to choose from.  This knockout cardigan with three quarter sleeves and reverse stocking stitch bordering on intricate openwork creates maximum visual impact.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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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).

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……

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“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.”

 

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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).

 

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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).

 

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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).

 

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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).

 

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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).

Spring Shawls

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

As the days warm up and we focus on spending more time outdoors, the shift towards wearing lightweight shawls is as natural as slipping under the shade of a tree on a hot sunny day.  Just as there are endless options in accessories to match an outfit, there is also a myriad of gorgeous shawls that will work with each and every occasion whether its meeting a friend for lunch or watching the kids play at the park.  Whatever your style or your budget, we have one that will spark your interest and compliment your spring look-

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Looking for a bit of polish without all the bling, something lightweight and elegant that drapes with ease as it wraps across the shoulders or around the neckline?  Try this stunning design, knit in an innovative cotton yarn tightly encased in a silky coating, Ibis (col. 79).  Pattern available in Katia’s Casual Collection.

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Pale and shimmery grey tones strike a chord this season as the new neutral.   This triangular shawl is a fun little accessory with a multitude of style options and it makes a great beginner project.  Knit in Creta, a soft and slubby cotton yarn available this spring in twenty inspiring shades.

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Is there a wedding invitation in your mailbox?  Be ready to join in the celebration with this light and lacy shawl, its the icing on the cake when it comes to pretty dress up styles.  Knit in Sublime Egyptian Cotton DKBud Pink (shown above).

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Cutting corners is allowed, especially when the end result is such an attractive shawl.  Knit in Jaipur (col. 203), Katia’s lace weight cotton, delightfully-dyed in a colourful ribbon effect.  FREE pattern available here.

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Are you ready for the weekend and its only Monday morning?  Try on this casual contemporary look to wear with jeans and a t shirt, a two-tone kerchief featured in Katia’s latest Casual Collection, it works up quickly with a crochet hook and a few balls of Ibis (col. 78, and 75).

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Longing for drama now that your favorite Netflix series is finished?  The Hope and Glory Wrap knit in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, is a brilliant balance of smoldering hues and mysterious design elements, plus it might just inspire a Knit A Long for your next group project.  Sea Salt and Betty (shown above).

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If bold colours are your thing, then this is a design you can really have fun with.  Choose from a paintbox palette of forty plus shades in Mirasol Nuna, and watch the magic happen on this wedge-shaped shawl as each colour transitions from one to the next.

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Now this is a shawl that speaks volumes.  Worked in short rows using a combination of garter stitch and openwork, the finished design resembles a pinwheel.  Knit in Jaipur (col 214) by Katia.  FREE pattern available here.

A Season To Shine

Monday, April 25th, 2016

If you thought shimmer and shine were considered fashionably incorrect after the tinsel-clad holiday season was put to rest, think again.  As the sun pushes its way to higher altitudes this month brightening up our days with a surge of natural light, that’s all the more reason to indulge your knitting needles with a yarn that is infused with radiant shine.

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Introducing Cannes from Katia, an intriguing new combination yarn that makes the switch from matte to glistening to outright sizzle in a transitional trio of cotton, viscose ribbon and nylon.  Available this Spring in fourteen luminous shades.  Have a look at some of these sensational styles from Katia’s design team featuring Cannes-

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A hot trend this year, the Kimono-style cover up adds a loose top layer to tee shirts, and tunic tops.  Col. 60 (shown above).

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Side to side knitting in two equal pieces highlights the unique vertical striping on this stunning oversized top radiating with light.  Col. 53 (shown above).

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Katia’s version of a lightweight summer poncho, this airy Dolman-sleeve design with side vents not only looks great over jeans or leggings, but fits with the comfort of a favorite sweatshirt.  Col. 57 (shown above).

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Elongated stitches create an instant airy effect and accentuate the lines on this sleeveless top which is knit vertically in one piece with an attached collar and straps.  Col. 50 (shown above).

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This stylish scarf is a ‘wear with everything’ accessory, the perfect finish to either a casual or dressy outfit and surprisingly simple to knit on the bias.  Luxurious fringing gives it a Moroccan look.  Pattern available in Katia Book no. 89.  Col. 52 (shown above).

Fresh Air Looks

Monday, March 28th, 2016

That cooped up feeling is almost over, and in exchange we can look forward to welcoming in warm breezes, wide open spaces, and lots of get-outside-and-enjoy-the-outdoors time.  This season Katia captures the ‘open look’ of the moment with a collection of knitted and crocheted designs, a visual treat, simulating that fresh air feeling that we have been patiently waiting for.

Fresh Air Looks from Katia

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Twists and twirls make up the distinctive pattern details on this sleeveless shell knit in Tahiti Spark, a new cotton tape yarn with a pearly sheen to it.  Col. no. 73 (shown above).

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Who knew dropped stitches could have such a dramatic effect?  In this cool and airy T shirt, a leafy trellis is separated by simply unraveling a few stitches from top to bottom.  Knit in Katia’s popular chunky ribbon yarn, Tahiti.  Col. no. 43 (shown above).

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This openwork design creates an immediate W-O-W when worn as a tunic over leggings or as a short summery dress.  Knit in Blues, a cotton viscose yarn with a shimmery finish.  Col no. 55 (shown above).

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Opt for wide open spaces this season and feel as cool and comfortable as a cucumber in this oversized tunic with button tab sleeves and Moroccan-inspired fringe detail.  Knit in Cotton Vintage, a worsted weight cotton in a medley of inspiring shades.  Col. no. 62 (shown above).

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Layering is the secret to stretching out a fashion budget, and this sleeveless vest offers maximum versatility plus built-in air conditioning for days when the temperature makes ice cubes melt.  Knit in Tahiti Spark, a fun new yarn that knits up quickly and comes in more than a dozen contemporary hues.  Col. no. 72 (shown above).

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Look fresh and sporty all season long in this eyelet hoodie with three quarter sleeves, knit in Missouri, a soft cotton blend in thirty-two rich and cheerful shades.  Col. no. 6 (shown above).

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Turn up the cool factor in this stylish pullover designed with equal parts meshwork and solid stitching.  Knit in Katia’s lightweight Brisa, an elegant cotton viscose mix.  Col. no. 37 (shown above).

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Right on trend for this year, Katia’s design team came up with this lattice-style crocheted tunic to wear over a simple cottom top in a contrasting colour.  Look for Ibis, a new dk cotton wrapped in a velvety finish.  Col. no. 74 (shown above).

Colours Of 2016

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

For the very first time, Pantone, the well-known authority on colour announced not one but two shades have made their way into the top spot for 2016.  A blending of two paler shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity, set the pulse of the current trends in lifestyle and fashion.  “As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”  

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A little inspiration goes a long way in knitting and we have a few picks from our latest collections to showcase the beauty of this year’s top colour trends-

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Practice the art of lounging this winter in a cabled sweater that looks chic and comfortable at the same time.  Knit in Katia’s Catena Merino, a chunky yarn that is actually much lighter and loftier than it looks at first glance.  Col. 210 (shown above). Free pattern to download here.

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Layering is an essential part of staying chill-free.  Start with a good base layer that wicks away moisture and top it off with a cosy merino vest.  This sporty design from the Mirasol design team is knit in ultralight Ushya Suya delicately-dyed in a range of striking tonal shades including Sunny Skies (shown above).

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Head off into the casual zone with a no-fuss v neck pullover that adds a playful vibe to any outfit.  This one is knit in Mirage, a shimmery blend of wool and silk in a subtle transitional colourway that embodies both of this year’s latest colour trends. Col. 193 (shown above).

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Make a bold fashion statement with this gorgeous whisper-soft design knit in luxurious Pure Superkid Mohair. Watermelon Man (shown above).

Spring/Summer 2016 Preview

Monday, November 16th, 2015

A warm breeze swept through the Diamond Yarn showroom last weekend as the new spring/summer collections for 2016 were unveiled.  It was a tropical oasis (minus the tiki huts and swaying palm trees) with splashes of exuberant colour showing up in an array of sunshine-infused yarns.  While solid shades still made the grade, it is clearly evident that stripes, stipples and speckles are stealing the spotlight.

Cast your eyes upon an early preview of what is coming to your lys for spring/summer 2016-

 

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Our exclusive in-house line, Diamond Luxury Collection has grown by leaps and bounds with Tradition (shown above) at the top of the hit list, a soft wool blend in a worsted weight featuring forty-plus heathered and solid shades.  More fab favorites on tap for spring include- Caravan in a natural cotton, silk, and nettle mixture, Simpatico, a plush merge of merino and cotton in gorgeous multi-hues.

007 Pima Lino Lace (shown above) is refreshed with colour-streaked shades.  Summertime and Pure Superkid Mohair will both be back on store shelves after having such a stellar season, fully revamped with added colours.  Look for exciting new pattern leaflets to accompany these yarns by our talented Canadian design team.

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Mirasol recharges its existing qualities with a freshly-dyed palette while introducing a new chainette cotton.  Pima Splash is a worsted weight yarn created for fun in the sun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, punctuated with brash and sassy colour.

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Katia continues to impress with yarns that are bold and imaginative, designs that are playful, edgy, yet always classic and inspiring.  This company hails from Spain and has an upcoming collection in mesmerizing ribbons, cottons, linens and silk blends offering a delightful contrast in colour themes, watery hues (shown above) reflecting the sun-bleached Mediterranean coastline as well as razzle dazzle brights characteristic of a Caribbean resort town.

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The fun never stops with Katia’s Kids Collection.  Hot on the ‘paws’ of this season’s critter scarves, watch for the cuddly bear scarf (shown above) to make an appearance at yarn shops in the new year.  These kits will include a ball of soft fleecy yarn and a scarf pattern plus an irresistibly cute pre-knit animal to attach to either end.  Put your order in early for these are a guaranteed sellout.

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Also, on the horizon from Katia, baby blanket kits featuring an adorable pre-made attachable lamb, puppy, penguin, or teddy motif.