Posts Tagged ‘merino’

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.



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.

Happy Holidays

from all

of us


Diamond Yarn





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


Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

While we love the sun-dappled days of August, there is also the sweet anticipation of sinking our fingers into the softest chunkiest yarns that we can scoop up as summer swings into early autumn.  Every so often, a yarn catches our eye, a little plumper and more pliable than all the rest or as we like to refer to it, the gotta-have-it yarn.  Sublime has created just that, a wonderful cushiony-soft super chunky wool spun from Italian extra fine merino. Lola comes in the most irresistible array of powdery pastels, refined neutrals and contemporary shades.



Get the jump on cold weather knitting with L O L A, at two stitches per inch on 12 mm needles, you will have oodles of time to knit more than one gorgeous design from this collection-


Twenty-one is the magic number of knitwear designs in this engaging LOLA collection from Sublime which includes the ultra cosy cover model complete with side vents and a drapey neckline.  Blue Moon (shown above).



A little variety is the spice of life and this boxy vest is a cute variation on the cover design.  Well-suited to beginner knitters, it will also make a smooth transition from t shirt weather to the light layering days of fall.  Coco (shown above).



Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and this perfectly feminine interpretation has all the right angles to make it a clear cut winner.  Pointelle (shown above).



Diagonal lines create instant impact on this hipster cardigan with three quarter sleeves.  Eres (shown above).



Relaxed and ready to enjoy the crisp cool days ahead, this wide collared jacket features even stitching and simple construction.  Also offered in a sleeveless vest with or without the added collar.  Cocoon (shown above).



As the temperature dips this season, stay toasty warm in this tunic , especially lovely with its relief work running vertically up the front centre panel.  Delphinus (shown above).


Monday, November 30th, 2015

The Spanish have an old saying, “Wherever sheep’s feet touch the ground, the land turns to gold”  ... and even more so when those sheep happen to be merino.  The most luxurious of all and highly-prized since the Middle Ages, merino sheep produce a very fine crimped wool fibre with superior shine and anti-itch softness, which is also breathable and absorbent.  This season Mirasol introduces us to YAYA, a plumped-up premium spun merino wool that has undergone a special superwash process and will not felt.  Available at your lys in more than a dozen natural and heathered shades, Yaya is a big and bulky wool, so irresistibly plush with a velvety-smooth texture that you might just feel the urge to sink your fingers into each and every skein.


One step ahead of Jack Frost!  He may be able to crank out the icicles but is no match for this thick merino wool Cable Hat and Mittens Set knit in YayaCol. 1512 (shown above).


Are you in the indigo mood?  This stylish Shoulder Wrap is a very welcome hug on a blustery day and stays neatly in place without slipping as you move from task to task.  Knit in a wide rib with cleverly disguised shaping, and nicely accented with a pewter closure.  Col. 1508 (shown above).


Saddle up for winter!  Pull on your cowboy boots and head out into the wild yonder dressed for a cosy adventure in this Western Cowl.  Fringed and cabled, this style features a back button band to keep it fitting snug against the neckline.  Col. 1503 (shown above).


The north wind will be blowing!  A change of weather sets the stage for this quick knit Slouchy Nordic Hat, in a trio of classic colours that highlight the simplicity and fun of fair isle.  Col. 1509, 1508 and 1500 (shown above).


In a cold snap!  Tunics are all about comfort and ease, a great way to layer on a little extra warmth over turtlenecks and leggings.  This design features side vents and a faux cable yoke knit vertically.  Yaya Tunic  Col. 1506 (shown above).


All compasses point north this winter!  Bring on the blizzard and snow squalls, this Arctic Star Hat and Cowl set is designed for maximum warmth and looks dashing at the same time with its snowball-sized pom pom.  Col. 1504 and 1500 (shown above).