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Colour Fest

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Some days, a plain glazed doughnut just doesn’t quite cut it, especially when there is a confetti sprinkled one sitting right next to it.  The same goes for yarn, choosing between a soft twisted skein of grey alpaca and a big bulky ball of razzle dazzle colour, well…….. let’s just say knitters have room for both in their stash.  This season a NEW polar weight yarn seems to be working its magic across the country- OLYMPIA from German manufacturer Lana Grossa is pumped to the max with sixteen shades of temptation accompanied by a booklet of accessory designed with a finger on the pulse of the knitting world.

 

Olympia Col #

Olympia Col #7

Colour is a welcome sight at this time of year and Olympia doesn’t hold back with a palette of splashy eye candy that instantly grabs your attention in a merino base with a thick and thin texture that mimics the look of homespun.

 

Best Of Olympia Booklet

Best Of Olympia Booklet

Look for this booklet at your lys featuring a collection of fashionable cold weather accessories to knit in OlympiaTirol (shown above).

 

Olympia

Olympia Cabled Cowl and Hat Set

Cables add extra impact to this vibrant self-striping colourway, with reverse stocking stitch acting as the backbone to a double wide cable on this matching cowl and hat set   Fire (shown above).

 

Olympia

Olympia Cowl and Wrist Warmer Set

Filling in the gaps is key to staying toasty warm when the thermometer takes a nosedive and this duo, ribbed cowl and cabled wrist warmers will keep you covered.  Three balls of Olympia required.    Firenze (shown above).

 

Olympia Poncho and Tam Set

Olympia Poncho and Tam Set

A simple two-panel poncho knits up quickly in a mix of stocking stitch and elongated stitches.  Other than a row of fringes, there are no edges to finish making this an ideal two-piece set to throw on in between seasons.  Midnight (shown above).

Reading Bliss

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Its a dull, damp forecast, the kind of day when you just want to throw a few sticks on the fire, curl up in an overstuffed armchair with a cup of tea and daydream your way through the pages of the latest Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine.  Just in time for sweater weather, Issue thirteen is on store shelves, ready to transport you into a world of neon brights, cozy home accessories in powdery hues, classic tweeds, fair isle, cables, and shifting colours.

Here is a sneak preview-

 

Debbie Bliss Magazine Issue 13

Debbie Bliss Magazine Issue 13

Packed with more than thirty designs, in this issue, Debbie Bliss introduces us to Roma, front and center, in a lilac-hued capelet that promises to knit up in a weekend in her latest thick and lofty yarn.  Flip the pages and discover Debbie’s twenty-five tips on becoming a better knitter while daughter, Nell stirs things up in the kitchen with her recipe for Syrup Sponge Pudding and intern, Cassie O’Brien lets us in on the inner workings at Bliss headquarters.

 

Tweed Coat With Back Pleat

Tweed Coat With Back Pleat

A pint-sized version of a grown up style, this swingy Tweed Coat pinches a bit of inspiration from the classic trench, with button tab cuff details and a back pleat for extra ease in movement, making it ideal for playing at the park, walking to school, and shopping on weekends with big sis.  Knit in Luxury Tweed Aran, a rustic blend of pure wool enhanced with angora available in almost forty shades.  Sizes include three to five years.  Pebble (shown above).

 

Ombre Sweater

Ombre Sweater

Casual comfort and warmth are a well-matched duo when it comes to this irresistible Ombre Sweater, knit in the round with three strands of Angel, to give a subtle tonal shift in colouring.  Stone, Midnight and Sky (shown above).

 

Parka

Parka

Meeting the chilly weather head on in stylish survival gear, this Fur-Trimmed Parka features slash front pockets, and a cinched waistline.  Knit in Rialto Chunky, a plush merino wool that is springy and soft to the touch, trimmed with Luiza, a luxurious faux fur from the Louisa Harding Collection.  Sizes two to five years.  Olive and Otter (shown above).

 

Lacy Shawl

Lacy Shawl

For country walks on crisp fall days, this triangular diamond Lace Shawl looks elegant and is easy to throw on and sling into place.  Knit with two balls of Fine Donegal, a lovely wool tweed with just a smidge of cashmere for a splurge.  Autumn Gold (shown above).

 

Toasty Tunic

Toasty Tunic

An enchanting silhouette, and well-designed to complement many figure types, this Toasty Tunic features trapeze shaping plus cables that crisscross in an interesting lattice design.  Knit in Rialto DK, an extrafine merino superwash wool, exceptionally soft and silky.  Charcoal (shown above).

Back To Class Knits

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

It happens inevitably at this time of year, a last minute trek to the mall for school supplies welcomed by those hangdog expressions as the kids come to the s-l-o-w realization that summer is nearly over and it is time to head back to class.  Whether it is elementary or secondary school, college or university, make the learning curve that much easier on them with one of these relaxed handknit styles that will quickly become a warm hug on a cold day, and give a familiar feeling of home-

 

Superfine Alpaca by Sublime

Superfine Alpaca by Sublime

A wear-with-everything sweater with built-in wrist warmers, knit in Superfine Alpaca, a brand new quality from Sublime in six classic shades.  Flannel (shown above).

 

Shawl Collar Jacket in Cashmerino Aran

Shawl Collar Jacket in Cashmerino Aran

A style that is sure to turn your little guy into the teacher’s pet, this shawl collar jacket is knit to impress in Cashmerino Aran, by Debbie BlissDenim (shown above).

 

Neon Striped Hoodie

Neon Striped Hoodie

Making the transition from middle school to high school is a huge milestone.  Mark the occasion in a fun way with this Neon Striped Hoodie, after all the brighter the better means a more visible child walking home from school.  Knit in anti-pill Uptown Worsted.  FREE pattern available to download here.

 

Cabled Capelet m5088

Cabled Capelet

Burning the midnight oil before exams can sometimes requires a strong cup of coffee and a cosy cabled capelet to keep warm.  Knit in Ushya Suya, the new kid on the Mirasol block, a pure merino wool in lovely tonal shadings.  Have a peek at all ten including Red Velvet (shown above).

Hooded Vest in Art Wool

Hooded Vest in Art Wool

Hanging out at the track or catching up with friends calls for a sporty style that just goes with the flow.  From the Katia Sport Collection, this hooded vest features a zippered closure and snug pockets.  Knit in Art Wool, a brand new superwash wool that knits up on 8 mm needles.  Look for all eight stripey colourways at your lys this season.

 

Cabled Jacket in Kiko

Cabled Jacket in Kiko

Comfort is key in new surroundings and this super chunky cabled jacket will get plenty of wear time in between classes.  Knit in Sirdar Kiko, designed for quick projects, and easy care.  Two new shades are available this season- Misty and Woody (shown above).

 

Azteca Coat and Peru Jacket

Azteca Coat and Peru Jacket

Hanging out with a bestie at lunch can be almost as cool as showing off a new sweater knit by grandma.  From the latest Katia  Children’s Collection, these two jackets get A+ for style.  The hooded coat is knit in Azteca, a self-transitional wool blend that is ultra soft and lightweight.  The garter yoke jacket is knit in Peru, a wool/alpaca mix with a range of more than thirty-five colours to choose from.  Sized from two to ten years.

Woolly Woofers

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Its a dog’s life for the most part, a pampered existence that runs the gamut from afternoon naps on a plush daybed to gourmet treats at the neighborhood chew factory.  Even though our pets come with a built-in blanket of fur, they still feel the chill just like we do.  To keep your four-legged friends cosy and content while showing off a little attitude, Debbie Bliss has put together a creative collection of more than twenty knitted outfits to fit all shapes and sizes of terriers, mutts and hounds who don’t take themselves too seriously.

 

Woolly Woofers By Debbie Bliss

Woolly Woofers By Debbie Bliss

Smiffy takes the cover spot and looks particularly dashing in his natty nautical outfit, he also happens to be the smallest member of Debbie’s household, her loveable Parson Russell Terrier. Look for Woolly Woofers to arrive at your lys in mid-September, a tongue-in-cheek collection of designer duds complete with a handy measuring chart to custom fit your pooch into dapper little coats and accessories.

 

Queen Bee

Queen Bee

For the shy guy or gal who needs a little extra strut in their walk, this hooded bumble bee striped pullover will create plenty of buzzzz.

 

Paw Pirate

Pirate Pooch

For the mischief-maker, this buccaneer coat has the right mix of spunk and canine couture to get your dude noticed at the doggie park.

 

Cow Doggie

Cow Doggie

For the tail-wagger who loves adventure and enjoys the occasional Sunday afternoon western, this chic cowboy-inspired ensemble will make his smile worth every stitch.

 

Plaid Jacket

Plaid Jacket

For the refined pooch, this perfectly plaid jacket looks crisp and tailored and will keep the cold at bay while out for a stroll on an Autumn day.

 

The Shape Of Things To Come

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

As much as we cherish the languid days of summer, all good things must come to an end, and in this case there is a certain flutter of anticipation that comes with being a knitter, a cool longing for the familiar feel of merino, the silky slide of alpaca, the cosy comfort of a cardigan or tunic, in smoky hues and burnished tones that reflect the changing light.  After all, how many sweaters did you actually wear this summer?  Let’s welcome back our favorite knitting season with a look at the newest and most creative layering pieces, from ponchos to shrugs, versatile styles that are on the cutting edge of fashion, and as much fun to knit as they are to wear.

From Katia, The Shape Of Things To Come-

 

Shirttail

Shirttail

Leave those shirttails untucked, this is a burgeoning trend for the upcoming season, shown on cardigans and pullovers alike.  Styled for easy layering, this short and sassy cardigan features gently-shaped sides, a vertical play on colour, and a textured yoke section.  Knit in Katia’s all-time favorite self-striping oh-so-soft Azteca.  Col #7851 (shown above).

 

Twisted

Twisted

Katia first introduced us to the twisted poncho around the same time last year and like a rocket, it took off.  Now there is a new twist, upgraded to mimic both a shawl and a pullover with sleeves built in for winter warmth.  Knit in a new quality Silk-Alpaca, a light n lofty blend in eight natural tones including Tan (shown above).

 

Belted

Belted

Tying up the must-wear-with-leggings list with a flourish, tunics are getting longer and leaner.  This design clearly defines the waistline with a knitted belt cleverly encased in the body of the tunic, scoring bonus points for less bulk, and less fuss.  Knit in Azteca, a wool/acrylic aran weight blend featuring its own new catalogue of designs.  Col # 7829 (shown above).

 

Mitred

Mitred

Knitting on the straight and narrow can only get you so far, sometimes we need to veer away from the norm and in this case, careful precision is required.  This wide lapel jacket consists of knitted motifs with mitred corners, and if it may look like there is a great deal of  seaming required, you will be pleasantly surprised.  Look for this fall dazzler in the all-new Best Of Azteca Collection  Col # 7848 (shown above).

 

Boxy

Boxy

Big and boxy is back on fashion’s radar, and that spells e-a-s-y knitting for all skill levels.  This popover top gets an A+ for straightforward construction and transitional wear from one season to the next.  Knit in Clown by Katia, a quirky new novelty yarn with a half dozen colour mixes ready for casting on with 8 mm needles.  Col # 203 (shown above).

 

Batwing

Batwing

Far from the fashion runways of Gotham City, this batwing-inspired coccoon is smoking hot, representing the voluminous shape (and the mesh detail) currently in vogue, knit in a hue that intensifies the brilliance of autumn.  In a mix of solid and lace stitch work, this design will add airy elegance to skirts and dresses, knit up in Alpacotton, a chunky yarn with surface interest.  Burnt Orange (shown above).

 

Cropped

Cropped

Cosier than a thermal blanket, this cabled top blurs the lines between shrug and poncho, worked up in a simple strip with no shaping whatsoever, and knit up in lavishly-textured Alpacotton, last year’s surprise winner. Chocolate (shown above).

 

Curved

Rounded

Peeking around the corner, we can see that ponchos are coming back in a big way, and why not, they are a very welcome hug on a chilly day.  This time around, the edges are contoured, inspired by the classic stadium poncho.  For extra pizazz, matching cowls are instant accessories designed to boost the warmth factor.  Look for this poncho in the latest Sport Collection by Katia, knit in City, a self-transitioning wool blend available soon with more than a dozen enticing picks.  Col #903 (shown above).

 

Insert

Inserted

Cardigans are showing off all the angles, and this drapey style catches the trend train with an innovative square inserted into the side seam.  Knit in Quetzal, Katia’s newest superfine alpaca blend, with a softly-brushed halo effect  Col. #72 (shown above).

 

Wrapped

Wrapped

A crossover style that is gaining even more ground this season, the shawl vest is designed to drape gently across the shoulders and cover your back at the same time.  Knit in just two pieces for easy assembly in Azteca, Katia’s sweetheart yarn branching out with thirteen additional colour-packed options.  Col #7819 (shown above).

Mirasol Sulka Nina

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

First appearances are everything when it comes to choosing a knitting pattern, starting with the shape, the fit, and the tiny details that distinguish it from all the rest, yet ultimately it is the feel of the yarn that will hold your interest and get you to the finish line.  If you are a tactile knitter (aren’t we all?), this brand new quality from Mirasol might spoil you for all the others.  Geared towards the minimalist, who appreciates the finest in luxury fibres, Sulka Nina is spun in a swishy blend of merino, silk and alpaca, a classic dk weight arriving in shops now for early fall knitting in a wide array of heathery tones…… and by the way, this stunner of a yarn is an exact replica of Sulka, only scaled down to offer the best of both worlds.

Here is a peek at our line up of designs for Fall/Winter 2014 to knit in Sulka Nina-

 

M5077

m5077

If it ain’t got that swing………..and in this case its the silky drape of Sulka Nina that makes it the ideal choice for this dressy cropped cardi featuring wide angle fronts that sway with the slightest of movements. Claret (shown above).

 

m5079

m5079

You’ve got to accentuate the positive………..clean lines are far from ordinary as this eye-catching chevron hem pullover clearly demonstrates with set-in sleeves and a crew neck to balance the look.  Cypress (shown above).

 

m5078

m5078

Time after time………. its the classics that stick around and become our constant companions as in this cabled cardigan designed with a soft silhouette and a slimming v neck.  Bark (shown above).

 

m5081

m5081

Working 9 to 5…………. is a breeze in this slipover vest beautifully textured in an intricate-looking basket weave stitch, a sharp little office cover-up designed to make the shift from early fall into deep winter.  Cinnamon (shown above).

 

m5076

m5076

Living for the weekend…………. and switching into relaxed gear just doesn’t get any easier with this casual pullover, designed to look fresh and modern with sleeves pushed up to three quarter length and the back hem let out just a notch.  Moss stitch borders add a simple finish and a tad more substance to the overall sleek look.  Blackberry (shown above).

Top Ten Suntops 2014

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Let in the breeze this summer with one of our Top Ten Suntops, ready to knit in a winning mix of drapey cottons, silks, and linens, from bold and sassy in chili pepper brights to elegantly composed in sand-swept neutrals.  This season’s crop of sleeveless styles will take you from poolside to dinner and drinks at night without losing your cool.

 

Katia Tahiti

Katia Tahiti

Shoot the breeze all summer long in this cool cotton ribbon shell, a basic two-square design created in a chevron pattern with elongated stitches.  Knit in Tahiti by Katia, a chunky tape yarn that twists and twirls across the needles.  Twenty-one colour picks are available including Coral (shown above).

 

Katia Viscoseta

Katia Viscoseta

Graded A+ for sophistication, this sampler top offers variety in knitting, from the gently-scalloped border to the reverse stocking stitch stripes rendering additional sheen to the finished appearance.  Knit in Viscoseta by Katia, a silk blend in a chunky weight.  Meringue (shown above).

 

Diamond Luxury Collection

DLC Fine Merino Superwash Heather Lace

Whether you are a fan of top-down convertibles, or top-down knitting, this wispy design by Sachiko Burgin will take you for a breezy ride.  Knit in Fine Merino Superwash Heather Lace, a featherweight yarn, a new addition to the Diamond Luxury Collection in ten understated hues.  Heather (shown above).

 

Katia Tempera

Katia Tempera

Cool comfort with a sporty attitude, this cotton hoodie features trendy high/low shaping and a fun injection of self-striping colour.  Knit in Katia’s summer essential, Tempera, showing off eight transitional shadings for the young-at-heart. Turnsole (shown above).

 

Katia Cotton Jeans

Katia Cotton Jeans

For mermaids and seafaring gals, kick back and relax in a pair of blue jeans and this matching knitted tee, featuring a straight neckline and simple garter stitch armbands, a new design from Katia’s Casual Collection.  Knit in Cotton Jeans, a dk weight yarn with a subtle print effect.  Blueberry (shown above).

 

Noro Silk Garden Sock

Noro Silk Garden Sock

If the clouds are hiding your sunny disposition, add a rainbow to your day, with this dramatically different slipover top, long and lean in a two-row lace rib pattern with minimal shaping.  Knit in Silk Garden Sock by Noro, cosy yet light enough for cooler summer days.

 

Sirdar Cotton DK

Sirdar Cotton DK

The leaves are falling, not everywhere, just across the yoke of this attractive sleeveless top.  Knit in Cotton DK, a new quality with a pearly finish from Sirdar, packing great value and yardage into every 100g ball.  Black Velvet (shown above).

 

Katia San Remo

Katia San Remo

Polished metal and lacy glam are a striking combo in this vintage style tank top, part of the City Collection by Katia.  Knit in San Remo, a viscose mix in a dozen glistening hues.

 

Louisa Harding

Louisa Harding Colline

Rated extra hot and spicy, Abbagliare by Louisa Harding combines a wavy stripe pattern with a linear neckline, for a simple unstructured style.  This tropical beauty is knit in Colline, a super smooth cotton laced with baby alpaca.  Confiture and Ricrac (shown above).

 

Noro Taiyo Sock

Noro Taiyo Sock

In full swing for summer, this sleeveless shell keeps the look carefree by focusing on playful skirting and a rolled neckline.  Knit in Taiyo Sock by Noro, a mainly-cotton blend enhanced with silk and wool for stability.  There are thirty inspiring colourways to mull over.

Noro 1.2.3

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Keeping it light and simple, that is the key to knitting in the sultry, sticky weather. Wherever you may be unwinding to enjoy the dog days of summer, this hot new release from Noro gets a thumbs up from us and should be high on your list of pack ‘n’ go essentials, with a mesmerizing line-up of thirty projects to knit in three skeins or under.  Confirming the fact that a little Noro goes a long way, this collection of quick knits showcases the brilliance and unsurpassed artistry of one of the most cherished yarns in the world.

 

Noro 1.2.3 Skeins

Noro 1.2.3 Skeins

With an adventurous spirit and touch of whimsy, knitted accessories have never looked so tempting.  In this fourth installment of the Knit Noro book series, creativity overflows as a team of talented designers pull out all the stops to include a project for every skill level and style preference.  From rainbow-hued shawls, cowls, and capelets, to fanciful mitts, beanies, and much more, take a peek at what’s inside-

 

Twig Lace Shrug

Twig Lace Shrug

Shrugs are increasing in popularity this season, heading up the ‘must knit’ list as a cross between a shawl and a bolero, always ready to slip on to chase away the chill.  Knit in Ayatori, a plush mix of wool and silk available in an understated colour palette, this Twig Lace Shrug in knit in one piece, with a pretty back panel edged in seed stitch.  Requires three balls.  Col. #15 (shown above).

 

Pleated Cowl

Pleated Cowl

A well-crafted topper for sleeveless shells and dresses, this Pleated Cowl combines short row shaping amidst vibrant shifting colour.  Knit in Noro’s irresistible Shiraito, a splurge of cashmere, angora, and wool. Two skeins required.  Col. #31 (shown above).

 

Honeycomb Cable Hat

Honeycomb Cable Hat

Capping it off in dramatic style, this Honeycomb Cable Hat forges a bond between homespun texture and spirited colour.  Knit in Kirara, a dk weight spin in wool, cotton, silk and angora.  Two skeins required.  Col. #13 (shown above).

 

Head Kerchief

Head Kerchief

Short and sweet, this Head Kerchief keeps the look cool and refreshed, whether its a bad hair day, or a change it up sort of day.  Knit with one ball of Silk Garden Lite, a high-end blend of silk, mohair and lambswool in rich jewel tones.  Col. #2080 (shown above).

The Kids Are All Knitting

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Keeping kids busy this summer, all ninety-four days of it may seem pretty simple, but when you factor in the ever-changing weather it does have its challenges, especially at that precarious age when a bag of water balloons, a pail of beach toys, or a stack of books may not get the same enthusiastic reaction as it did in previous years.  Offering them a pair of knitting needles might just ignite their creative interest and start the ball rolling.  Beginning with a small project right off the bat is the best approach, a scarf, a cowl or a hat requires a shorter attention span and greater satisfaction as a result.

 

Head Start by Sirdar

Head Start by Sirdar

A fresh idea from Sirdar, Head Start is a project in a ball, topped off with a fuzzy flash of faux fur.  This yarn is soft and cosy, yet thick enough to make it rewarding for first time knitters.  Look for all four shades- Pink Rocks, Soda Pop, Teen Spirit, and Electric Blue.  Hat pattern included on label.

 

Head Start Scarf by Sirdar

Head Start Scarf by Sirdar

A great follow-up to the Head Start hat kit, this scarf project requires two balls and a pair of 10 mm needles.  Kids will learn the basic knit stitch quickly with this super chunky yarn and enjoy a few hours of simple enjoyment, working with their hands and creating a trendy accessory to wear when the weather cools down.  Also a great little kit to giftwrap for birthdays.

 

Big Impact Cowl by Wisdom Yarns

Big Impact Cowl by Wisdom Yarns

The arm knitting craze shows no signs of slipping away, quite the contrary, it is gaining more momentum as fall yarns appear on the horizon in luscious new colours and textures.  This technique utilizes both arms in much the same way as knitting needles to create a very loose airy scarf or cowl.  Its a great way to keep the kids occupied while on a road trip, around the campsite, or anytime a group activity is required.  This Big Impact Cowl is a speedy project, worked over six stitches with two strands of yarn held together.  Requires two balls of Poems Forte by Wisdom Yarns.  FREE Pattern.

Susurro by Louisa Harding

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Exquisite detail in each and every delicate stitch, combined with the illusion of an enchanting fairytale captured in a single dramatic pose, that’s what takes our breath away as we browse through the latest knitwear collections from Louisa Harding.  In this dreamy compilation for fall and winter 2014, inspired by The Princess And The Pea, Susurro is the nucleus upon which such stunning elegance is created, an almost translucent whispery-soft baby alpaca spun into a chainette-style yarn, surprisingly light in volume and lofty in warmth.  Keep your eyes open for all twelve sophisticated shades of Susurro to magically appear at your lys this summer and in the meantime why not get inspired by a few of these beguiling designs featured in the accompanying booklet.

 

Suzette by Louisa Harding

Suzette by Louisa Harding

Raising the bar from quite lovely to knockout nice with this barely-there shawl which graces the shoulders in an open leaf pattern stitch, and is polished off with Louisa’s trademark picot edging.  Rosehip (shown above).

 

Repunzel by Louisa Harding

Repunzel by Louisa Harding

A little something to keep your back and arms warm while showing off that fancy dress.  This posh shrug features a peekaboo back panel comprised of cables and lace plus a sawtooth sleeve edging.  Fir (shown above).

 

Francine by Louisa Harding

Francine by Louisa Harding

While fashionistas zoom in on the latest runway trends for fall, this light and frothy cropped cardi will be waiting in the wings.  Knit in a romantic vintage-inspired lace pattern complimented by an eyelet neckline.  Natural (shown above).

 

Imogen by Louisa Harding

Imogen by Louisa Harding

It doesn’t get any more ladylike than a gathering of lace and ruffles on this ribbon-trimmed pullover designed by Louisa Harding and knit in a demure shade of morning mist.  Glint (shown above).

 

Elenora by Louisa Harding

Elenora by Louisa Harding

Making a splash with colour, double-edged raglans highlight the shapely shoulder lines on this regal-looking pullover while multiple cables give the peplum plenty of panache.  Pea with Sailor contrast trim (shown above).