What could be more refreshing than a tall cool glass of milk? Imagine four easily recognizable words- homogenized, partly skimmed, and low-fat translating into a knitting yarn. It has been done with some pretty ingenious thinking, a swish of modern engineering and of course, plenty of green pastures filled with herds of grazing cows to start the whole milk ball rolling.
Archive for July, 2010
Beyond the retro granny squares and intricate tablecloths and doilies of the seventies, crochet is shedding its homespun image and evolving into a contemporary art form. Turning up in trendy art galleries as wall sculpture and wearable jewelry, its no surprise that well-known designers also feature crochet in their most recent collections. Dresses and cardigans embellished with crocheted flower motifs, decorative hair accessories and uniquely textured handbags, and suddenly this old world craft is pushing the envelope by attracting a brand new generation of crafty devotees.
Picture an outdoor gathering on a summer weekend- rows of folding chairs set up on a freshly manicured lawn, an elegant white tent poised and ready for guests to dine and dance the night away under twinkling lights, flower gardens trimmed to perfection, an ideal backdrop for taking pictures. Thats right, its wedding season!
Take a look at some of our favorite shawls and shrugs for this summer’s celebration of nuptials. Whether you are the bride-to-be, maid of honor, flower girl or invited guest, the right style is just stitches away!
This brand new design from Sublime Book #644, is out on the shelves just in time to knit as a cover-up for a favorite summer dress. A light and breezy scalloped edged beauty knit in Extra Fine Merino 4 Ply.
A whisper of a shawl is all you need when the temperature is soaring and even the flowers are wilting from the heat. Diamond Luxury Collection introduces Pure Silk Lace, a superfine handpainted yarn for all your favorite shawl patterns. Just one skein is all it takes to knit up this sweet little number and in a choice of ten vibrant colourways. Wear it loosely draped or tied across a shoulder, dressy enough for evening wear or casual and relaxed for daytime.
Change the pace from knitting to crochet and watch how quickly this openwork shawl works up from Katia Book #62. Katia makes heads swirl with a pinch of Bohemian charm and a dash of Spanish flair in Bolero, a cotton blend that shimmers in the sunlight with more than fourteen shades to choose from.
Delicate and refined in Garden by Universal Yarn, a mercerized cotton thread perfectly suited for those of us who love the summery look of crochet. Check out some of the other captivating designs in The Garden Collection.
Cosy and plush, Trauco is pure decadence in 100% cashmere from Araucania, a Chilean company with an outstanding array of handpainted colourways in natural fibres. This laceweight shawl is gentle on the shoulders and even gentler on the pocketbook with a whopping three hundred and twenty yards per skein.
Knit in pure Mulberry Silk with beads to adorn the lace panel across the back. This perfectly proportioned shrug from the Louisa Harding Collection is an essential accessory to the little black dress.
Mimi by Sublime is knit in Bamboo and Pearls, an incredible blend of bamboo sourced viscose and real pearls in nine fabulous shades! This simple eyelet design is knit from sleeve to sleeve in just one piece, available in little girl’s sizes right up to adults.
Lace and cables go together like strawberries and ice cream in Louisa Harding’s Lantern shrug knit in Fleuris, a chunky weight mix of bamboo sourced viscose and wool, cool and comfortable with just enough warmth for breezy summer evenings.
Here comes the bride! All dressed in white wearing a crocheted shrug to showcase the beautiful dress. An innovative design from Sirdar Book #376 in Luxury Soft Cotton DK from Sirdar. Brush up on your crochet skills and have this stunning shrug finished in lots of time for the big day.
All eyes will be on the adorable little flower girl as she makes her debut down the aisle sprinkling flower petals and dreaming of her prince charming. This smaller version of the bride’s size is also available in Sirdar #376.
Thanks to everyone who entered the Fifa Fever *Giveaway*. Sandy H. is the winner of the gift pack of four pattern books courtesy of Diamond Yarn. Congratulations!!
Sixty-two matches later, and the adrenalin is fully charged as South Africa gets ready for the finals to kick off this weekend. The incessant buzzing of thousands of vuvuzelas might just be missed after Spain and the Netherlands play out their rivalry on Sunday for the Fifa World Cup title. Sporting events like this one, seem to have an unexplainable magnetic pull, captivating us into picking up our knitting needles and clicking away until the final whistle blows.
This week, let’s have a little Fifa fun and pick our yarn players, one from each of the four semi-finalist’s countries. One lucky reader will win the Fifa Fever *Giveaway*, a special gift pack of four pattern books from Diamond Yarn.
TOBAGO playing for TEAM KATIA- this exciting cotton yarn hails from hot and spicy Spain, a country known for its bold style and youthful energy. Tobago goes the extra distance and kicks out amazing self-striping colour vertically or horizontally.
SILKY MERINO playing for TEAM MALABRIGO- winds its way from the hillsides of Uruguay, showing the softer side of merino and the strength of silk in every skein. This one is a seasonal favorite, ready to play or dress the part.
SAMP’A playing for TEAM MIRASOL- an import from the Netherlands, is a hands-down winner in naturally dyed organic cotton. Samp’a takes the heat on the playing field and stays remarkably cool under pressure.
BALERA playing for TEAM ON LINE- hailing from Germany, this European fashion dominator knows how to radiate charisma and confidence on or off the field and adds a little extra zip in a cotton blend novelty yarn.
To enter the Fifa Fever *Giveaway*- leave a comment with your name, email address and choice of favorite yarn from the above selection. All entries must be received by Saturday, July 10th at noon. A winner will be selected by random and announced on Monday July 13th.
Best of luck!