Its early afternoon, the first weekend of May and the weather could not be more ideal. Inside the Toronto headquarters, a buzz of anticipation is spinning its way through the building as yarn-minded individuals gather with just one task- to preview the Fall/Winter 2010 Collection at the Diamond and Nova Open House.
The newest yarns, swatches and shade cards are displayed in brightly lit cupboards and cubbyholes, accompanied by the latest selection of patterns, neatly grouped on centre tables. Hand painted skeins hang untwisted, almost carefully arranged art installations on wooden dowels, jutting forward like branches of a tree. Samplings of designer garments, show the up and coming fashion trends, each one exquisitely knit by hand over the past month or two. The showroom is jam-packed with a myriad of colour and texture, sparking keen interest from yarn shop owners as they tour through displays, scribbling notes, getting a first look at what will be filling the shelves in months to come.
Tweeds are topping the trend list for Fall, muddy colours have faded away and vibrant colour is making a bold statement. Sustainable yarns are leading the way. Silk is reigning supreme as the ‘queen of fibre’, mixing in nicely with merino, llama, alpaca, and bamboo, adding a hint of softness and sheen to all that it touches.
Here is an inside look at some of the highlights of the Fall/Winter Collection-
Sirdar goes the extra mile for playful texture. On the heels of last winter’s sensation- Snowball, a plush pod-like yarn that kept us all warm and toasty, Baby Snowball emerges with irresistible designs for tiny tots. Look for the highly raved about baby blanket in your LYS very soon! Squiggle is a sweet and sugary yarn that gives the illusion of miniature pompoms. Its a super chunky weight, perfect for a grandchild’s winter wardrobe. Indie is a great introduction yarn for teens, knitting up with pizazz on larger needles, a riot of colours in every ball. Last but not least, Connemara sets the tone for Fall, a subtle tweed in a washable blend of wool and acrylic. Think equestrian style, chunky sweaters and vests!
Diamond Luxury Collection adds a splash of youthful energy to its line with- Llama Silk, a natural blend of llama, wool, and silk in a chunky weight tweed. Merino Bamboo is softly stunning as a dk weight, oozing with vibrancy in crisp, clear shades.
Noro always draws a crowd with its colourful sample boards. King is the new kid on the block, in a lightweight twist of kid mohair, silk and wool. Kirameki will be an instant hit with crocheters and the fast growing population of lace knitters. A super slim twist of rayon and wool, this one covers new territory for Noro with a whopping 450 metres per ball! Kogarashi sets its sights on a generation of chunky knitters with a rich mixture of silk and wool.
Araucania charms its way into the hearts of knitters with a bright and cheery range of colour in handpainted blends of natural fibres. This small family owned company from Chile have all the bases covered with weights ranging from lace fingering to knitting worsted.
A breath of fresh air from the land of wallabys and kookaburras, Pear Tree Yarn is an exciting addition to the Diamond line up with supersoft sustainable wools in three weights ranging from 4ply to worsted. Picture a ’boutique’ style yarn for a casual lifestyle. A wide range of pattern designs with catchy names such as ‘bunyip’, ‘cassowary’, ‘bunbury’ and ‘emu’ will have a knitter humming a familiar tune, ‘I come from a land down under…….’
Katia continues to represents true European quality and a flair for luxury with a touch of ‘bling’ in new metallics and a self-ruffling novelty yarn. This innovative company hails from Spain and has a solid following of knitters year after year.
On a beautiful spring day, its a welcome place to spend the afternoon.