Posts Tagged ‘taiyo’

What Can I Knit Tonight?

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

This is a familiar question asked by knitters, “What Can I Knit Tonight?” and British designer, Jo Allport has provided the answers in her first book of designs, thirty fun projects featuring the rustic artistry that is the beauty of Noro yarns.  Motivated by her love of knitting, an interest in trying new stitches and most of all– instant results, Jo realized she was not alone.  After discussing the idea with fellow knitters, she came up with a range of projects to complete in a day, an evening or a weekend, all fully functional and fashionable as cold weather accessories, gift ideas, and home décor items.

 

by Jo Allport

by Jo Allport

Take a look inside the pages of the brand-new What Can I Knit Tonight? and see what catches your eye-

 

Olivia Handbag

Olivia Handbag

A bright splash of colour is bound to make people smile especially on a dreary day.  Olivia is a roomy well-constructed handbag with a side and bottom gusset plus a magnetic flap closure.  Knit in a fun bobble stitch with three balls of Kureyon.  Shade no. 319 (shown above).

 

Rosy Mug Cosy

Rosy Mug Cosy

Treat your favorite coffee mug, whether its short and stout or tall and lean to a warm embrace with a charming little Rosy Cosy, knit in Kirara, a blend of wool, cotton, silk and angora available this season in a dozen fabulous colourways.  Shade no. 15 (shown above).

 

Cira Boot Toppers

Cira Boot Toppers

Keep in step with fashion by sporting a pair of these trendy boot toppers knit in a pretty fan and feather pattern, requiring only one skein of Kirara.  Shade no. 15 (shown above).

 

Nina Headband

Nina Headband

Another huge trend this season is the knitted headband, not only is this design a super speedy project, it is appealing to first-time cablers.  Knit in Kureyon, a pure wool that has been Noro’s shining star for more than a decade.  Shade no. 308 (shown above).

 

Jewel Pompom Scarf

Jewel Pompom Scarf

Rows of garter and stocking stitch combined with ribbing create texture in an uncomplicated way on this Jewel Scarf, knit in Kama, a new chunky quality for fall and winter projects.  Finish off the scarf with pompoms for a whimsical look.  Shade no. 7 (shown above).

 

Bethany Long Cowl

Bethany Long Cowl

How many friends on your gift list might fancy this Bethany Cowl?  It is knit in the round with an attractive honeycomb pattern stitch to add to your skill range.   Check out eight more colourways recently added to Silk Garden.  Shade no. 362 (shown above).

 

Eve Tea Cosy

Eve Tea Cosy

Knit, sip and relax with this unconventional Tea Cosy, designed to keep the water warm and add a spark to the conversation.  Knit with two balls of Kureyon.  Shade no. 301 (shown above).

Some Like It Hot

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Colour is hot right now!  A sweltering swirl of sizzling hues, and it is all inside the pages of the latest Spring/Summer Noro Magazine.  A bevy of well-known international designers have worked their magic with needles and hooks, to create an enigmatic collection of thirty-four stunning styles guaranteed to peak your interest.  Flaunting the beauty and artistry that is twirled inside every skein of Noro yarn with visually beguiling photography, every page pops with an infusion of colour.  High on the trend list this year is multi-directional and short row knitting, a technique that stretches the possibilities, elevating Noro’s incredible spectrum of colour to a new level.  This issue also includes a section featuring newborn fashions, a little more crochet than usual with highly exotic styling, an article exploring the phenomena that has become, The Cult Of Noro, and an in-depth interview with British designer, Jane Ellison, giving a firsthand account of her relationship with the yarn itself.

Arriving at your LYS in the first week of June, Noro Knitting Magazine- Color Blooms, be sure to reserve a copy!

Heat up your weekend with a surprise look at what’s inside-

 

Lace Maxi Dress

Lace Maxi Dress

The wavy lines in Galina Caroll’s Lace Maxi Dress play up the artistry in Silk Garden Lite’s palette, an ideal weight for warm weather styles, in a blend of silk, kid mohair and lambswool.  Look for more than two dozen graduated colour options for this season.

 

Cap Sleeve Top

Cap Sleeve Top

If you are a first-timer at short row knitting, this sporty Cap Sleeve Top designed by Irina Poludnento offers just enough of a thrill with over the shoulder shaping.  The front and back panels are knit from the bottom to top, and the sides are picked up and knit outwards.  Knit in Koromo, a brand new quality from Noro consisting of cotton, wool and silk in a dk weight.

 

Short Row Colorback Top

Short Row Colorback Top

And now for something dramatically different, a design by Wilma Peers, giving the impression of drifting landscapes.  This Short Row Colorback Top features a fold-over collar and is sure to be a favorite as it can easily make the shift into Fall and Winter as a tunic to wear with leggings.  Knit in Silk Garden Lite.  Don’t rule this one out, as multi-directional knitting is much easier than it looks.

 

Hourglass Top

Hourglass Top

Aptly named by designer, Theresa Schabes, the Hourglass Top, for its very inventive seaming which draws the eye to follow the curves and puts the emphasize on a sleek silhouette.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock, a fingering weight yarn in fourteen richly dyed hues.

 

Crochet V Neck Top

Crochet V Neck Top

Single and double crochet have never looked so inviting, as in this V Neck Top by designer, Yoko Hatta.  A quick to make slipover style showcasing the versatility of Taiyo Sock, a fingering weight mix of cotton, wool, silk, and nylon.

 

Round Yoke Pullover

Round Yoke Pullover

Designer, Yoko Hatta offers two creative options in this magazine issue with her crocheted yoke design, featured first as a trendy cape to cover the shoulders and secondly, as a pullover (shown above).  Crocheted in Silk Garden Sock, a natural fibre yarn that is having its time in the sun, crossing over from foot warming fashion to stylish garments.

 

A Line Tank

A Line Tank

Graphically enticing panels of multi-directional knitting are bordered with vertical sides in this elegant A Line Tank Top by Mari Tobita, a pleasure to knit in Noro’s new starlet, Takeuma, a mélange of wool, silk and viscose in a dk weight yarn, offering three neutral shadings and three pops of more intense colouring including purple passion no. 7 (shown above).

 

Saddle Shoulder Colorblock Top

Saddle Shoulder Colorblock Top

Noro makes the task of choosing the right colour exceptionally easy, especially with this Saddle Shoulder Top by designer, Cheryl Murray that assimilates all the prettiest shades of summer into one yarn.  Knit in Taiyo, a soft cotton, spun with silk and wool in a cheery selection of not less than thirty self-striping picks.