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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).

Cosy Cocoons

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Knitwear styles come and go as quick as lightning in this ever-changing market.  When you factor in the countless hours spent on a project plus the cost of a good quality knitting yarn, the key word seems to be versatility.  Enter the cocoon, perhaps the ultimate transformer when it comes to sweater design, with its oversized cape-like sleeves that curve along the shoulder line, a soft-draped collar that envelops like a shawl, the open front resembling a cardigan, it is a style that cloaks, wraps, and surrounds the wearer with a layer of warmth.

Take a look at this week’s selection of cosy cocoons

 

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Designed to knit in two easy pieces with side button closures, this cocoon jacket highlights the brushed allure of alpaca and the natural slub of cotton.  Knit in Alpacotton by KatiaCol #58 (shown above).

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Cocoon Jacket by Katia

Worked from side-to-side, this cocoon jacket begins with a provisional cast on at centre back and knits towards the sleeve cuff.  After casting off, provisional sts are picked up and the opposite side is worked in reverse.  The front features a flattering turnback collar in sturdy seed stitch and finishes off with button detail at the neckline.  Knit in City by Katia, a brand new worsted wool blend available now in sixteen transitional colourways.  Col. #905 (shown above).

Sirdar Leaflet #

Sirdar Leaflet #9435

Add awesome style to your wardrobe with this cocoon jacket featuring a fold back collar and fun textured stitch pattern.  Knit in Country Style DK from Sirdar, a true classic yarn, easy care and lightweight with more than forty shades to choose from.  Heather (shown above).

Cocoon Coat and Cap Lana Grossa

Cocoon Coat and Cap Lana Grossa

A cosy alternative to borrowing granddad’s favorite cardigan, this cocoon-shaped coat  is knit in a classic rib with well-sculpted fronts.  The yarn choice is a brushed bulky merino, alpaca and yak blend dyed in a subtle tonal drift.  Yak Merino, new for Fall/Winter from Lana Grossa  in Mink (shown above).

Mirasol Leaflet m5011

Mirasol Leaflet m5011

An oldie but a goodie, this Mirasol design carries over from a previous season but fits the knitwear theme exceptionally well for this time of year.  Overflowing with comfort and warmth, this cocoon is created by knitting a single rectangular piece for back and front which is then folded in half, followed by picking up sts along the sides for sleeves.  Knit in Api, a wispy blend of alpaca and highland wool.  Ultra Violet (shown above).  Pattern available online here.

Textura Cocoon by Katia

Textura Cocoon by Katia

Capturing the look of the moment, this style designed by the Katia team makes the ultimate go-to piece when the thermometer drops.  Knit in two pieces beginning at the outer sleeve edge, stitches meet in the middle and are grafted together for a seamless finish.  Look for Katia’s newest quality, Textura, a bulky wool blend that lets the knitter create the surface texture by following the colour veins in the yarn.  Col. #107 (shown above).

Cocoon Vest by Diamond Luxury Collection

Diamond Luxury Collection Leaflet #1537

A great deal of ingenuity and a slight wave of a magic wand (flip it over to create two different styles) goes into this cocoon vest designed by Nina Klecki.  Featuring all the elements of a great design- no seams to sew, one-piece construction, loose fit with plenty of drape, and covering all the bases from vest-to-cape-to-cardigan-to-shawl.  Knit in Mulberry Linen, a gorgeous natural mix of fibre with a silky handle.  Taupe (shown above).

Colour Fest

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Some days, a plain glazed doughnut just doesn’t quite cut it, especially when there is a confetti sprinkled one sitting right next to it.  The same goes for yarn, choosing between a soft twisted skein of grey alpaca and a big bulky ball of razzle dazzle colour, well…….. let’s just say knitters have room for both in their stash.  This season a NEW polar weight yarn seems to be working its magic across the country- OLYMPIA from German manufacturer Lana Grossa is pumped to the max with sixteen shades of temptation accompanied by a booklet of accessory designed with a finger on the pulse of the knitting world.

 

Olympia Col #

Olympia Col #7

Colour is a welcome sight at this time of year and Olympia doesn’t hold back with a palette of splashy eye candy that instantly grabs your attention in a merino base with a thick and thin texture that mimics the look of homespun.

 

Best Of Olympia Booklet

Best Of Olympia Booklet

Look for this booklet at your lys featuring a collection of fashionable cold weather accessories to knit in OlympiaTirol (shown above).

 

Olympia

Olympia Cabled Cowl and Hat Set

Cables add extra impact to this vibrant self-striping colourway, with reverse stocking stitch acting as the backbone to a double wide cable on this matching cowl and hat set   Fire (shown above).

 

Olympia

Olympia Cowl and Wrist Warmer Set

Filling in the gaps is key to staying toasty warm when the thermometer takes a nosedive and this duo, ribbed cowl and cabled wrist warmers will keep you covered.  Three balls of Olympia required.    Firenze (shown above).

 

Olympia Poncho and Tam Set

Olympia Poncho and Tam Set

A simple two-panel poncho knits up quickly in a mix of stocking stitch and elongated stitches.  Other than a row of fringes, there are no edges to finish making this an ideal two-piece set to throw on in between seasons.  Midnight (shown above).