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Happy Canada Day

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Look up this weekend, way up!  Expect to see one of the most spectacular firework displays, bigger and brighter than ever before, as communities gather in a sea of red and white.  If there was ever a year to celebrate, this is it, as Canada turns the big 1-5-0 on July 1st!  Whether you are hosting a backyard bbq for family and friends or heading out to join in the festivities at one of the nationwide events, it’s the perfect time to flash your colours and show off your Canadian pride.

Happy Canada Day from all of us at Diamond Yarn!

 

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 Celebrate in style with our cool classic Peaked Leaf Cap ready to knit in comfortable worsted weight cotton with a crocheted sun visor.

Finished Size: Womens Medium

Yarn: MC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 3635, and CC- 100g ball Cotton Cool by Nova Plus col. 8001

Needles: 4.00 mm/US 6

Hook: 4.50 mm/ US 7

Tension: 20 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 90 sts with MC.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing for 3 rows, inc 1 st on last row = 91 sts.

Work 2 rows in st st.

Continue in st st working Intarsia CHART, using CC as leaf motif over centre 17 sts.  When CHART has been completed, cut CC and continue in MC only until work measures 11 cm/ 4 1/2 in ending with a purl row.

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Shape Top:

Row 1- K1, [k9, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2 and alt rows- Purl.

Row 3- K1, [k8, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 5- K1, [k7, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 7- K1, [k6, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 9- K1, [k5, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 11- K1, [k4, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 13- K1, [k3, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 15- K1, [k2, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 17- K1, [k1, k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 19- K1, [k2tog] rep to last 2 sts, k2 = 11 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and secure.

Sew side seam.

Peak:

With 4.50 mm hook and double strand of MC, attach yarn to 32nd st along cast on edge.

Row 1- Ch2, 1 dc in each of next 25 sts, turn.

Row 2- Ch2, dc2tog, [FPdc (work 1 dc around front of next dc), BPdc (work 1 dc around back of next dc)] rep to last 2 dc, work dc2tog, turn.

Row 3- Rep Row 2.

Fasten off.

Sew in ends.

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).

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.

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).

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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).

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.

Boxy Tops

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

With summer flashing its megawatt smile of sunshine the last thing you want to feel between you and that welcome breeze is something clingy or a tad too snug.  If you are a fan of knitwear with minimal shaping and a comfortable fit say hello to this season’s most wearable trend– the boxy top.  Oversized in proportion, this is a style that we haven’t seen since the eighties, and it brings a relaxed vibe that drifts over summer’s fashion parade in the most refreshing way.

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Cotton Popover

Knit in Katia’s Mali, this innovative popover top is created with modular knitting, stacking one motif onto the next in a process very  similar to dominoes.  Col beige (shown above).

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Any which way striping punctuates the interesting construction of this fabulous design knit in Bari, a medium weight cotton dyed in ten self-transitional shades.  Col 73 (shown above).

Ribbon Tunic

Ribbon Tunic

Stand out in any crowd this season wearing a chunky ribbon tunic knit entirely in garter stitch with bold graphic stripes.  The longer length makes it ideal for pairing with slim jeans or leggings.  Knit in Katia’s Tahiti, col 3, 5 and 16 (shown above).

Front Panel Caftan

Front Panel Caftan

Feeling the need for a bit of space?  This is a good place to start with an oversized caftan knit in Cotton Stretch, a summery-soft yarn with a little spring to its step.  Col teal (shown above).

Beech Leaf Poncho

Beech Leaf Poncho

Keeping it extra light and airy while the temperature soars, this Beech Leaf Poncho is knit in a pleasing combination of stitch patterns using Mirasol’s finest weight yarn, Sulka Legato.  Col taupe (shown above).

NEW From Mirasol

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Spring can be a mixed bag of tricks, some days the sun warms you from the tips of your toes right up to the top of your head and other days, the wind can be as fierce as a high-spirited stallion rearing up into the stormy skies.  With all the weather-related changes in store for us, its nice to have a few new transitional pieces of knitwear to look forward to.

Here is a sampling of what’s NEW from Mirasol-

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Simple in construction, this design has a boxy shape with eyelet border detail and an openwork pattern that offers a pleasing balance of coverage for cool days and a light airiness for warmer days.  Knit in Mirasol’s newest quality Pima Kuri, a creamy-smooth worsted weight cotton available now in eighteen trendy solids.  Evening Dove (shown above).

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A contemporary t shirt with a softly-pleated front for a loose comfortable fit, designed to knit up quickly in two easy pieces with no added finishing.  Knit in Pima Kuri, a superior quality cotton overflowing with bright and happy shades like Japanese Maple (shown above).

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Welcome back Nuna!  One of Mirasol’s springtime favorites for a perfect combination of lightweight warmth and silky texture that knitters cannot get enough of.  This eye-catching design is sleek in symmetry and has the alluring look of crochet.  Knit in Nuna.  Butternut (shown above).

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A dressy sampler top, ideal for wearing under a jacket at work, or as the weather dictates, letting the sun warm up those bare shoulders.  Knit in Nuna, a blend of merino, silk and bamboo sourced viscose.  Look for six fresh new hues on store shelves this spring.  Steel Blue (shown above).

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This beech leaf poncho just goes with the flow, starting as an early spring cover up over long sleeve tops and following the shift in temperature as a light layering piece over tank tops.  Knit in Sulka Legato, Mirasol’s finest gauge blend of merino, silk and alpaca, now introducing eight deep rich shades to spice up the spectrum.  Chocolate (shown above).

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This darling duo covers the bases from morning to night, with a sleeveless shell knit in a stretchy rib, partnered up with a filmy little capelet that just floats over top.  Knit in Sulka LegatoAqua (shown above).

Blackberry Slouch Hat

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

The holiday rush is in full fa-la-la-la mode, and its a dazzling display of twinkly lights brightening up downtown shops, fringed by towering pine trees trimmed in festive grandeur.  Add a few cookie swaps, Christmas concerts, and all those get-togethers to attend, whew………isn’t it good to know some gifts can knit up in a hurry?

This week’s project is a softly-textured slouch hat designed to fit teens to adults knit in Sulka by Mirasol, a splurge of merino, silk and alpaca all rolled into one sweet skein.

 

Mirasol Sulka in Blackberry

Mirasol Sulka in Blackberry

Ripe and ready for winter knitting, Sulka offers more than forty richly-hued choices, from Snow White to Pacific Rim.  

Blackberry Slouch Hat

Blackberry Slouch Hat

BLACKBERRY SLOUCH HAT

Finished Size: Women’s Medium (25.5 cm/10 ins x 56 cm/22 ins)

Yarn: 3 skeins Mirasol Sulka (col #242)

Needles: 6.00 mm-60 cm/24 ins and 7.00 mm-60 cm/24 ins circular

Tension: 14 sts and 18 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Pattern St on 7.00 mm needles

MK: (P3tog, k3tog, p3tog) all into next 3 stitches

YO: yarn over needle

Cast on 72 sts, with smaller needle, join in round, being careful not to twist sts over needle.

Place a marker on first st.

Rnd 1- [P2, k2] rep

Rnd 2- [P2, k1, yo, k1] rep

Rnd 3- [P2, k3] rep

Rnd 4- [P2, sl1, k2, pass sl st over k2] rep

Rep these 4 rnds 2 more times.

Change to larger needle and k 2 rnds, inc 6 sts evenly spaced across first rnd = 78 sts.

Continue in Pattern St as follows-

Rnd 1- [K3, MK] rep

Rnd 2 & 3- K

Rnd 4- [MK, k3] rep

Rnd 5 & 6- K

Rep these 6 rnds until hat measures 23 cm/9 ins from cast on edge.

Shape Top:

Next Rnd- [K4, k2tog] rep

Next Rnd- [K3, k2tog] rep

Next Rnd- [K2, k2tog] rep

Next Rnd- [K1, k2tog] rep

Next Rnd- [K2tog] rep = 13 sts.

Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts, tighten and secure.

Design by: Michele Meadows

 

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).