Don’t we all need a little dose of spring fever to carry us through the deep trenches of winter? Last weekend inside Diamond Yarn’s showroom, minus a few robins bobbing along the grass, there was plenty of fresh air and soak-up-the-sun ambience spilling over as the Spring 2014 Preview got underway. The colour boards accurately reflect our changing moods, stirring the senses with hot and spicy hues able to transport us back to a tropical beach with swaying palm trees, or carry us off to a distant safari adventure with sunbaked neutrals and burnished bronzes, and top of the treat list with the vintage appeal of sweet confectionary pastels that remind us of peeking through a bakery shop window.
The texture story varies from smooth and sleek in dk and lace weights to homespun nubby cotton blends. Retro elegance was reflected in elegant knitwear styles ranging from classic evening jackets reinvented as daywear, to a deluge of lacy shawls enhanced with subtle glossy shimmer, and oversized caftan-like tops that show off the incredible drape of the new yarns. The trendiest details will also be seen in this coming collection of knitwear as designers featured keyhole necklines, open backs, fringes and crisp pleating.
‘No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow’ - Proverb
Katia Mood Board
Katia covers the spring spectrum of fashion with an extensive line of cottons, linens, silks and synthetics in sugary solids and multi-coloured shadings. Watch for Cotton Stretch, Cotton Jeans (print-dyed), and Tropic (ribbon yarn). Both the Sport and Elegance Collections will be showing up here to peruse very shortly with an extensive range of styles from beach to evening wear.
Katia captures the desert tones of the African wilderness with this arrangement of sample swatches knit in some of the newest qualities- Iris, a fine metallic, Viscosetta, and Tempera, a self-transitioning cotton.
Louisa Harding Noema
Louisa Harding packs a party-in-a-ball with her newest offering- Noema (shown above). A great mix of shine, slub, and sizzling tropical hues are guaranteed attention-getters to spice up an outfit in a flash.
Noro Taiyo Sport
Noro adds two new lighter weight qualities to their line up for Spring 2014. Look for Taiyo Sport (shown above) in a showy kaleidoscope and Kibori, in a splish-splash trio of cotton, wool and silk fibres.
Mirasol Nuna Fina
Mirasol sheds the heavy layers in plenty of time for the heralded arrival of spring with two all-time favorites, Nuna and Sulka, spun into finer fingering weight yarns. Nuna Fina (shown above) reveals crisp stitch definition and a pearly finish ideally suited for delicate lacework in shawls, shrugs, and edgings on cardigans and pullovers. Have a sneak peek at the new designs here. Sulka Legato is a creamy mix of merino, silk and alpaca in sixteen icy hues and bronzed neutrals. See all the latest designs here.
Diamond Luxury Collection Pima Nebla
Diamond Luxury Collection introduces Pima Nebla, a blend of two premium fibres- pima cotton and baby alpaca, the perfect marriage of materials for knitters who crave superb stitch consistency and drape. The colour palette is sophisticated and conveys a feeling of tranquility.
Sirdar Cotton DK
Sirdar takes a walk on the sunny side for Spring 2014 with a remarkable quartet of dk delights. Let’s start with Cotton DK (shown above), in an assortment of richly dyed colours and packaged in 100g balls for easy-on-the-pocket pricing and outstanding yardage. Next we have, Soukie DK, a pretty sequined yarn, followed by Peekaboo DK, a printed quality for pint-sized outfits, and Ella DK’s sassy little sister, in a fresh Summer Luxe Blend, which elevates the popular glitter yarn from this past season to a whole new level.
Debbie Bliss Summer Tweed
Debbie Bliss shows two new qualities on the horizon. After a successful launch this season with Milano, a nubby winter tweed, Debbie continues the love affair by introducing a fairweather version, Summer Tweed (shown above) a tightly twisted cotton and acrylic mix. Mia is also in the grouping for Spring 2014, a plush 50/50 blend of cotton and wool in a dk weight with a lovely picnic-inspired batch of knitwear designs for the whole family.
Aslan Trends Plumon
Aslan Trends, direct from the mills of Argentina brings not one but two colour-infused novelties to the marketplace. Plumon (shown above) overflows with sheen and downy texture in a zesty paintbox of hard-to-resist choices.
Aslan Trends Lecco
Also from Aslan Trends, Lecco (shown above), looks like a real treat for knitters of all ages and skill levels who just want to have fun. This is a natural cotton spun with random slubs in ice cream shop colourways.
Get your needles ready for Spring!!