Yarn Pairings for Amirisu Volume 10

Amirsu have knocked it out of the park with another fantastic issue. Spring/Summer can be a traditionally difficult season for a knitting magazine, but there is no concern for that here! There are three beautiful tops, two sweaters and two shawls. Each of the pieces are wearable and practical, but with little details that really make them stand out. The theme for the issue is Spring Vintage, and all the garments are named after flowers. There is also a craft city guide of Nashville. We have Volume 10 available in store and online.

This issue also comes out in perfect timing for this year’s spring top KAL. We had such a good time last year, we couldn’t help but do it again this year. Stay tuned for more information!

First up is Asagi, a v-neck t-shirt designed by Bristol Ivy. The raglan sleeves feature a leaf lace motif that adds a bit of visual interest but would still be quite simple to knit. We love the idea of knitting it up in one of our sock yarns, such as Vivacious 4ply. The simplicity of the design would really let a hand dyed yarn shine.KOD-15819_medium2

Next up we have Botan, by Helen Stewart. This triangle shawl is based on garter stitch and has little bobbles in the stripes. This is a great way to show off a special yarn such as Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles. The stripes could easily be done with a leftover ball or another contrast skein.KOD-15869_medium2

Camellia by Joji Locatelli is the first of the sweaters. It is a relatively simple pullover with minimal shaping. The central stripe panel is knit side to side in garter stitch, and it has matching garter stitch bands for the hem and cuffs in a solid colour. We would knit it in Susan Crawford’s Excelana 4ply.KOD-16065_medium2

Nadeshiko, designed by Leila Raabe is a beautiful and beginner lace friendly shawl. It begins with a crescent of stocking stitch and purl ridges before moving into the lace border. A yarn like The Fibre Co.’s Meadow would really let the lace pattern shine.KOD-16006_medium2

The next top is Sango, by Melissa LaBarre. This simple top has a zigzag border, and a sweet button detail at the shoulder. We would knit it up in one of the many beautiful colours of Debbie Bliss Eco-Baby.KOD-16086_2_medium2

Sumire is the last of the shawls, this one by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne. It features a main colour for the body, and a small amount of yarn for the contrast border. This is a great pattern for both semi solid and solid hand dyed yarns. We have been dreaming of the fantastic colour combinations available with the Fyberspates Scrumptious 4plyKOD-16199_2_medium2

Last but not least is Wisteria by Amy Christoffers. This cardigcan features an allover lace pattern that makes it perfect for summer months. Knit up in Kettle Yarn Co. Islington DK it would be warm with a delicious shine! KOD-15947_medium2

Yarn Pairings for PomPom Quarterly Issue 16

spring16-coverIt’s that time again! We have the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly in the shop and online. It’s a gorgeous issue, with a focus on stitch patterns and texture. In order to show these off all of the pieces have been knit in light neutrals from light grey through cream to white. 

spring16-3The first up is Delineate. Designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, this tank top has a classic and modest front, with an open work stitch pattern in the back that is somewhere between a mesh and lace. This is a great wardrobe basic that can be worn with trousers, skirts and shorts in any range of situations, from weekend trips to the market or holidays in the sun. We would knit it in one of our many shades of Debbie Bliss Eco-baby  , an organic cotton that is perfect worn next to the skin. Even better, we have it in a number of brand new shades, from neutral to bright! 

spring16-11Equilibrium is the lone cardigan of the collection, by Gina Röckenwagner. It features an unusual construction with increases and decreases, and hangs open at the front. The original is knit in the fantastic Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend DK, which we have in variegated shades in the shop. If you are looking for a colour that is closer to the original we would suggest Fyberspates Scrumptious DK

spring16-8Imitation is one of two crochet patterns in this issue, here designed by Judith Brand. These little mitts are perfect to keep in your purse for those surprise chilly mornings and hardly take up any wool or time to make! We would recommend Excelana 4ply for these beauties. 

spring16-5Perpendicular by Sarah Brunenberg is a generously sized triangle shawl. This shawl is perfect for someone who doesn’t like a lot of fussy lace, as it features a single panel of chevron stitches with garter stitch wings. Sulka Legato is one of our favourite yarns for a project like this one. The silk/alpaca combo has drape for wrapping around but enough stitch definition to make the lace and garter stitch sing. 

spring16-9A second pattern from Gina Röckenwagner, Rhombille is a perfect pullover sweater. Like many of the other patterns in this issue, it combines simple garter stitch with a bold stitch pattern. We recommend Erika Knight Vintage Wool for a classic, heart sweater that will hold its shape and show off the main pattern well. 

spring16-7Right Angle is another pullover, this time from Georgia Farrell. This simple t-shirt has an allover triangle stitch pattern, a boat neck and ribbed edging details. We would knit it up in Blacker Swan DK for crisp stitch definition and lots of colours to choose from. 

spring16-6Riveret is the second crochet pattern, designed by Merrian Holland. It has a great modern take on classic granny square techniques and a breezy summer feel. Blacker Yarn’s Lyonesse DK is a fantastic summer yarn, with a 50% wool, 50% linen blend that will keep you covered but not overheated. 

spring16-4Next up we have Striated, a double length infinity snood by Nicki Merrall. This snood has a provisional cast on, is knit as a scarf and then the two ends are grafted together. This otherwise simple accessory is a great place to use a truly special yarn, like Kettle Yarn Co’s Baskerville. This special UK wool/silk blend is carefully indigo dyed in Hastings. 

spring16-2Last but not least we have Unfold, by Yuliya Tkacheva, which is the third crochet project in this issue. It features a unique chevron pattern and would make a perfect wardrobe basic for all seasons. We would love to see it in one of the natural shades of Purl Alpaca Fine

What’s your favourite pattern from this issue? Anything ready to jump onto your needles?

Summer Knitting with Maya

We’re so lucky to have travellers from all over the world visiting the shop during the summer holiday season, which create a lovely atmosphere in the shop and great conversations while preparing for our own go aways as well. We’ve organized an interview with the staff of the shop to see how they plan their vacation projects and what they may be bringing along. Next up is Maya, who is preparing for her family holiday.

What sort of holiday are you going on? Are you going to be on the beach, staying local, flying, train? Does this influence your project planning?

Coming to the summer holidays, we do the same every year, we go home! And every year, following a tightly planned schedule, we find ourselves racing from place to place, trying to meet and see as many of our loved ones as we can. It is exhausting and exciting at the same time. Our families are scattered across two counties in mid-Norway, and so this involves quite a lot of travelling time by boat and car, I try to convert travelling into knitting time to wind down in between. I’m not very practical thinking when it comes to what to bring though, I just bring all the projects I might want to work on. Some summers that have had been six different ones, this year I’m bringing two.

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What are you working on?

Well, this is slightly embarrassing…remember this blog post from last year’s holiday planning? I still haven’t finished my green cardi. The thing is that when you run a yarn shop there is so much knitting that needs to be done for the shop; samples, window displays, installations, I never seem to be able to find time to knit what is specifically for me – and for me only. I’ve just got the collar and sewing up to do though, and I haven’t lost interest in the project yet, nor the lush Scrumptious 4Ply Jen’s Green I’m making it in, so the Larch Cardigan is definitely on top of my knitting list this summer. I’m also working on another secret project that I really can’t reveal the details for yet, as it part of the great 5 year anniversary we’re planning for the shop – but I can tell you that it coincidentally involves more of the Scrumptious 4ply – so as you can see my bags will be filled with gorgeous vibrant colours to get that knitting mojo going!

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What’s your ideal holiday knitting scene?

I actually love knitting on the road when we’re driving through the striking Norwegian scenery – there’s something with the long stretches of road, mountains, forests and fjords, that I find, works particularly well with the rhythm of my knitting needles. Having said that, I am comfortable knitting anywhere, especially if it involves a glass of red next to me.

Do you think that you’ll come back with a finished FO (finished object) or a WIP (work in progress)?

I’m telling you, I will have that cardi done!

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Fibre Fridays: Soy and Bamboo

As knitters become more conscious of where their yarns come from, we are getting more interest in what are often categorized as vegan yarns. These are yarns that do not come from an animal. We’ve already talked about the most obvious ones, cotton and linen, but there are a few others that we carry in the shop as well that are less well known. These are soy and bamboo.

Now, the question is, how the heck do you get a yarn out of soy and bamboo?! and what’s it’s impact on the environment?

Soy and bamboo are both synthesized fibres, which means that they start as a natural product, and are chemically altered into fibres in a lab. Bamboo especially has been heralded as the new natural wonder fibre due to it’s renewability as a plant, but it’s journey from farm to knitting needles is not without it’s pitfalls. There is no denying that the process of producing these yarns is a chemical one. The fibres are broken down with sodium hydroxide and carbon disulphide into a viscose cellulose solution, which is then pushed through spinnerets. The fibre then solidifies into the fibre that can then be spun into yarn. Luckily, with newer technology this system is quoted as being a 99% closed loop system, where the chemicals are recycled and re-used for each batch of fibre.

South West Trading Company - Pure Soy

South West Trading Company – Pure Soy

Soy fibre was first developed by Henry Ford (of Ford cars) in the 1930’s as a synthetic alternative to silk, but it only made it to market recently. Unsurprisingly then, soy yarn has a lot of similarities with silk when it comes to how it looks and behaves. It has incredible lustre and shine, with great drape. Soy fibre is made as a byproduct of other soy product industries such as food. After the soy bean is used it is left with high levels of amino acid lysine. These amino acids are broken apart and lined up again to form the threads that form the yarn. This means that soy yarns can actually be classified as protein fibres in the same category chemically as wool and alpaca!

South West Trading Company - Bamboo

South West Trading Company – Bamboo

All of our soy and bamboo yarns come from South West Trading Company. The company is family run and pride themselves on being one of the first companies to develop these fibres for the handknitting market and staying at the forefront of the industry. The yarns come in a range of super bright saturated colours that are just perfect for warm weather knits. Think flowy garments that have a lot of drape and some positive ease. We love the idea of knitting up Emery from Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 9 in either yarn for a luxurious summer shawl. A project perfect for our Summer KAL!

Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 9 - Emery

Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 9 – Emery

If you want to read more about the chemical structures of these unusual fibres, check out this blog post by Gnome Spun Yarns. The focus there is on how the chemical structures of the yarns affect dying. It is very informative and interesting!

Fibre Fridays: Alpaca

This week we want to talk about Alpaca! Alpaca is a great fibre originally from South America. The alpaca animal comes from the camelid family. The fibre is long and lustrous, with no lanolin or barbs that wool has. Alpaca is known for having fantastic drape and a bit of shine as well. Alpaca fibre is very warm, but can still be used for summer items such as loose gauge and lacey cardigans that can be worn on cooler nights. English summers are perfect for this as it isn’t necessarily always that warm!

One question we frequently hear is “Is an alpaca the same as a llama?” The answer is that while they look very similar, they are quite different animals! Alpacas are actually a part of the Vicuna family, while llamas belong to the Lama family. The most obvious difference is that alpacas are about half the size as a llama, yet they produce significantly more fibre! Llamas have a double coat, which means that they have a rough outer coat and a soft inner coat. Alpacas have one soft coat. This means that alpaca fibre is easier to to turn into yarn as it doesn’t require separating. Overall this is one of the biggest reasons that alpaca fibre is so much more common than llama fibre. Llamas and alpacas have been selectively bred for hundreds of years, which has resulted in llamas being predominately a pack animal for carrying heavy loads, while alpacas have been bred for their fibre.

Alpacas can come in a variety of natural shades. There are 22 officially identified colours, ranging from creamy white and brown into grey and black, with every shade in between. This is one of the largest ranges of fibre producing animals!

The alpaca yarns at Knit With Attitude can be put into two categories. They are either locally produced in the UK, or ethically produced in South America.

Our locally produced yarn are from Purl Alpaca Designs – Fine, which we have in 6 natural shades. These 50g balls are undyed, showcasing the amazing colour range that is possible. Purl Alpaca have a farm in Oxfordshire where all the alpacas are raised. After sheering, the fleeces are spun into yarn in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Purl Alpaca have a fantastic range of patterns for adults and children to support their yarns as well.

Purl Alpaca Designs - The Maddie Leaf Dress

Purl Alpaca Designs – The Maddie Leaf Dress

Purl Aplaca Designs Fine - Champagne

Purl Aplaca Designs Fine – Champagne

One of the largest ranges of yarns available in the shop is from Du Store Alpakka. We carry 4 different yarns, with up to 20 available colours! This Norwegian company were among the original founders of the Mirasol project, which has two aims. One is working directly with the farmers and producers of the yarn in Peru, and the other is to pledge a certain amount of the profits of the yarn to support a school for the children of those farmers. Du Store Alpakka has pledged 9% of their profits to the rural school, which was opened in 2006 and was able to expand in 2012 to hire more teachers and build more classrooms. This effort helps the local children get an education, but also provides meaningful employment for those who work at the school, therefore supporting the local community and economy. The long term plan for the school is to continue expanding to be able to provide education up to secondary and higher education.

We have two summer favourites from Du Store Alpakka. The first is Mirasol, which we have in 19 bright colours. This yarn has the same gauge as Purl Alpaca Designs Fine, meaning that the yarns can be used interchangeably, or together in colourwork or stripes.

Du Store Alpakka Mirasol - Acid Green

Du Store Alpakka Mirasol – Acid Green

The other yarn is Fin, an alpaca silk blend which we have in 18 colours. Alpaca and silk work together very well as they share many of the same characteristics of being soft, lustrous and drapey. When combined these features are multiplied! This is a perfect yarn for elegant and formal pieces that could be worn on nights out. The colour range means that you are sure to find the right colour to match your outfit!

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Du Store Alpakka Fin – Orange Coral

Another yarn to mention is Du Store Faerytale, a brushed alpaca that has a very fuzzy quality. Because of the fuzzy texture, the yarn can be knit to great effect at a very loose gauge. As with the other yarns, it comes in a fantastic range of 20 colours!

Du Store Alpakka Faerytale - Dark Magenta

Du Store Alpakka Faerytale – Dark Magenta

Last but not least we have Manos Del Uruguay’s Serena. This is a 60% Baby Alpaca/40% Pima Cotton from Uruguay. This yarn is certified Fair Trade and works with women’s collectives in rural areas to help bring economic and social opportunities to remote and isolated regions. We absolutely love the drape and softness of the alpaca/cotton combination. Another bonus of the cotton content is that it lowers the ‘warmth’ factor of the finished garment in comparison to a 100% alpaca yarn, making it even better for summer knits!

Manos del Uruguay Serena - Glacier

Manos del Uruguay Serena – Glacier

Also as a little reminder, we still have the Artesano Alpaca/Silk on sale for £5! The colours are starting to go out of stock, so get them soon!

 

 

 

Summer Top KAL Prizes Update

We have loved seeing your posts about what you are working on for the Summer Top KAL! We’ve seen some great projects started, we are looking forward to sharing some of them with you soon. Be sure to post progress pictures and get in the conversation on our Ravelry group.

We have contacted some of our favourite suppliers that we carry at the shop, and we are happy to announce some further additions to the prize pot!

Alexa and Emily of Tin Can Knits have graciously donated a number of patterns from across their range. We have their patterns in the shop and absolutely love them. They have a great range of sizes across all ages, so no one gets left out of the fun. They have just announced a new pattern collection featuring kids (and a few adult) patterns, we can’t wait to see the designs.

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Tin Can Knits – The Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe

They have donated three separate prizes for our KAL:
1. An e-copy of their newest collection ‘Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe’
2. Winner’s choice of one of Tin Can Knits’ ebooks (9 Months of Knitting, Pacific Knits, Great White North, Handmade in the UK, Road Trip, Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe)
3. An ecopy of a Tin Can Knits pattern of choice (must be published by Tin Can Knits)

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Tin Can Knits – Raindrop

There are so many to choose from! Which is your favourite?

Pom Pom Quarterly are another favourite of ours. They have donated a brand new copy of their summer issue and one of their rad tote bags. We would show you a picture of it, but it hasn’t been published yet! This is another collection of patterns that we are looking forward to, and it is sure to include lots of warm weather knitting inspiration to carry your knitting through the summer months.

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Pom Pom Tote

The Fibre Co has been so generous to donate one skein in their fabulous fibre blend Meadow in the colour Fennel, this yummy yarn is a mix of Merino wool, Baby Llama, Silk and Linen. Not only this, the winner of this prize will also get their hands on a digital Fibre Co pattern of their choice!

The Fibre Co Meadow - Fennel

The Fibre Co Meadow – Fennel

Fyberspates has also contributed to the pile of prizes, one lucky winner will receive one of their single patterns!

Challow by Fyberspates

Challow by Fyberspates

And in case you finished projects need some TLC, Soak Wash has been so generous to contribute with a large 375ml bottle of Soak Wash Yuzu.

Soak Wash Yuzu

Soak Wash Yuzu

Now all you have to do is get your summer knitting happening! You’ll find all details about the KAL over at the Summer Top KAL page!

It’s All About Socks!

We’re going slightly sock crazy over at Knit with attitude these days! Admittedly there has been a lot of focus on summer tops here on the blog with the Summer Top KAL happening, but really, what knitting project is more suitable for summer than socks? Small, light-weight and so portable you could even bring it to the beach (if you happen to be near one). I personally love a sock project as my public transport knitting, as it is almost impossible to bump into anyone while enjoying some quality time on the bus or tube.

Dawlish - CoopKnits Socks

Dawlish – CoopKnits Socks

Laverne - CoopKnits Socks Volume 2

Laverne – CoopKnits Socks Volume 2

If you happen to be one of those who still think of old ladies when thinking socks you really have to readjust your conceptions, sock knitting is super-cool and allows you to dive into a whole new pool of stitch combinations and techniques. We’re talking three dimensional constructs here!

Rachel Coopey

Rachel Coopey

One designer that has been receiving a lot of attention lately is Rachel Coopey, and let me assure you the buzz is well deserved. Her edgy designs grew quite a fanbase with her first printed collection Coop Knits Socks, and with the recent Coop Knits Volume 2 Rachel confirmed her position as the Queen of Socks – the applause does not seem to be dying out anytime soon.

CoopKnits Socks Volume 2

CoopKnits Socks Volume 2

In both of the CoopKnits Socks collections well-written instructions are accompanied by Jesse Wild’s beautiful photographs which really brings each individual design to the front.
Rachel’s creative designs often incorporate a variety of skills, including cabling, grafting, lace and twisted stitches, providing a great opportunity to try out new techniques. 
Each design is beautifully balanced and well thought out, giving both experienced and novice knitters the chance to create wonderful, wearable socks that are enormously enjoyable to knit. Not only that, but every print book contains a code to enable you to download the eBook free of charge.

Brighton - CoopKnits Socks

Brighton – CoopKnits Socks

Wilbert - CoopKnits Socks Volume 2

Wilbert – CoopKnits Socks Volume 2

At Knit with attitude we just can’t decide on which of these we will cast on for first, however, we all agree on which yarn to use. Remember the lush newcomer mentioned in the last blog post, Fyberspates Vivacious 4Ply? Quite a few of Rachel’s designs feature this tightly spun Merino yarn, hard wearing and washable, ensuring a long life for your favourite socks.

Fyberspates Vivacious 4Ply

Fyberspates Vivacious 4Ply

If you have already dipped your toe in the world of sock knitting but want to take your skills to the next level, perhaps you would like to turn things on their head and learn to knit socks from the toe up? We have a very exciting course coming up later this month – Toe Up Sock Knitting with Jane Lithgow.

Jane Lithgow

Jane Lithgow

Jane was taught to knit by her grandmother at the age of four and over the years has had a go at pretty much everything knitting related from punk inspired mohair sweaters in her youth to blankets and bootees for her niece and nephew when they were babies. However, her particular passion is for socks, a self confessed sock knitting geek, with lots of samples and sock related stories to show and share! Above all, Jane is an experienced, enthusiastic and patient knitting teacher who loves to pass on her skills and love of the craft.

Artesano Definition Sock Yarn

There are a few spaces left for grabs, so it is still possible to get in touch to secure your spot. The Toe Up Sock Course is on Sundays 19th and 26th of April, the fee is £60 which includes the Artesano Definition Sock Yarn and a set of double pointed needles, everything you need to complete your first pair of Toe Up Socks – one of many I guess, as sock knitting is highly addictive!

Milfoil - CoopKnits Socks

Milfoil – CoopKnits Socks

Fibre Fridays: Merino

Another instalment of our Fibre Fridays! This week we are talking about merino wool.

Merino wool! you may say, That’s not a summer yarn. It’s all sheepy and warm and not at all good for summer knitting. Well, we are here to disagree!

Merino sheep were first bred in Spain, and were highly prized

Long before the invention of synthetic fibers, the fabric of choice for sportswear and outdoors was wool. Did you know that cyclists in the Tour de France wore wool jerseys, even in the middle of the summer? In 1947, when the Tour first tried to introduce the first synthetic threads on the iconic Yellow Jersey by their sponsor Sofil (a synthetic thread maker) there was outrage among the riders. Louison Bobet, the rider who was to wear the yellow jersey, flat out refused, saying that it was a matter of hygiene and that pure wool was the only way to go. The company had to make a new, 100% wool jersey over night for him to wear!

One of the reasons for this is the breathability of wool. It naturally cools the wearer down in the summer, and keeps them warm in the winter. It can absorb 35% of its weight in water before feeling wet to the touch, as well as repelling moisture (or sweat) away from the wearer, reducing clamminess.

Now, we aren’t advocating that you all run out and knit your own cycing jersey. Merino works very well as a light layer for regular, everyday use, which works well for summer time. A lightweight merino jumper would work well over a sundress in cool evenings, or with a lace pattern for a summer top. Here in the UK we are rarely battling really, truly hot temperatures, which makes wool an excellent choice year round.

Wool is a very sustainable and renewable fiber, which is one of the reasons we love it so much! As with any product that we carry, we are conscious not just of it’s impact on the environment but also on the people and animals that are involved in the process. For this reason we make sure that all of our merino comes from farms that do not practice museling, a painful surgical process common in Australia against flystrike.

Araucanía Botany Lace

Araucanía Botany Lace

So what should you look for in a wool yarn? We like fine gauges, like Arucania Botany Lace, or blended with another fiber such as silk, with Manos Silk Blend DK.

Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend DK

Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend DK

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Crown Tee by Jenise Reid

Natalie is dreaming of the Crown Tee by Jenise Reid. It calls for a lace or fingering weight yarn. We have some great candidates for this pattern, which you can purchase through the shop in person or on Ravelry. Botany Lace by Arucania is a very hearty plied yarn that has a lot of stitch definition, which would make the lace pop. We have two options from Fyberspates; Scrumptious Lace and the brand new to us Vivacious 4Ply.

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Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace

Fyberspates Vivacious 4Ply

Fyberspates Vivacious 4Ply

The silk content of the Scrumptious will have more drape, while the Vivacious will have more stitch definition. Finally, Sulka Legato by Mirasol is a 60% Merino/20% Silk/20% Alpaca from Peru which would have amazing drape and comes in great colours.

Mirasol Sulka Legato

Mirasol Sulka Legato

Now, how’s that for summer inspiration! And remember, the Summer Top Knit-A-Long is in full swing, share your summer knits with us and you can be the lucky winner of £100 to spend on more yarns + we’re about to reveal the huge pile of extra goodies we’re adding to the prize draw, so keep your eyes on the blog for further announcements.

 

 

Summer Top KAL 2015

Spring and summer can be a difficult time for a knitter. The warm layers are begging to be thrown off and toes long to be free from wooly socks. In general, the inspiration or knitting mojo can fade in the face of longer days. Luckily for you, we’ve got just the ticket to keep your needles clicking all through the year. We are happy to announce the first KWA Spring/Summer Top KAL!

While the winter jumper certainly owns the lion’s share of knitting patterns, there are loads of really inspiring and (most importantly) wearable knitting and crochet patterns that are perfect for warmer temperatures. We have it a bit easier here in the UK as winter isn’t terribly well known for getting very hot, which means that lots of patterns are wearable in the evenings and cooler days all year round. But there are also lots of customers will travel to warmer climates for their holidays, or maybe they are lucky enough to live there year round! We have been pinning loads of breezy knits onto our Summer KAL board. (https://www.pinterest.com/mayaknits/kwa-summer-knit-a-long/) We have everything from linen sleeveless tops to wear on their own to lightweight wool blend cardigans that are perfect for layering.

Summer Top KAL 2015

The rules of the KAL are:

1. Cast-on will be March 20, the first day of spring! If you have a summery WIP that you would like to finish, they will be counted as well.
2. Cast off will be June 21, the first day of summer, just in time to wear our new creations over the summer.
3. Use any KWA yarn to knit something summery. We are focusing on tops, but feel free to branch out into some wraps.
4. Tops and sweaters for children are totally allowed. You don’t have to knit for yourself, though we would never argue against knitting something special just for you!
5. Post your finished projects on our KAL board on Ravelry to enter for prizes! You can chat about your current projects in our general Ravelry board. Feel free to tag any posts on other social media sites with #KWAKAL to keep us posted on your progress.
6. Did we say prizes? We did! We will randomly draw winners for some excellent prizes at the end of the KAL. The grand prize is £100 for you to spend at Knit with attitude, there will also be runner ups and a whole lot of goodies to be won. Keep your eye on our social media to be updated as new prizes are added.

We will be back with regular features leading up to the KAL and during it talking about yarns and techniques, as well as what we are knitting ourselves.

What are your summer knitting plans? We would love to hear what projects and yarns you are planning on using, in the comments below and on Ravelry.

Spring – inspirations and ideas

Spring is beginning to show it’s face here in London. The flowers are starting to bloom, crocus and daffodils, and the trees are just starting to bud. Here in the shop we’ve got all sorts of new yarns and patterns to inspire your needles for the warmer months!

First up is an expansion of the cotton yarn from Debbie Bliss, Eco Baby, now in Eco Baby Prints! There are 6 different variegated colourways, ranging from bright to muted. These yarns will work well for a range of projects, and are certainly not limited to the under 5 set!

We do have the accompanying Eco Baby Prints book of patterns, which features yarns from both the Prints and Solids range of colours. There are twelve patterns for an age range of 3 months to 6 years. With the exception of a few dresses, the patterns are gender neutral. The classic shapes will work well on all kids for years to come.

Pleat Neck Top in Eco Baby Prints

Pleat Neck Top in Eco Baby Prints

We’ve got another great cotton line in as well, this time from Louisa Harding. Azalea is a DK weight 100% cotton. All of the colours are delightfully speckled, creating a variegated yarn that is still quite subtle. We can’t wait to see it knit up!

The Azalea pattern book is full of 9 romantic, feminine summer pieces. Tops, shawls and sweaters all feature lace edgings, bell sleeves and ribbon accents that feel like they are straight out of a faerie world! The soft colour variations work perfectly with this mood.

Gobi Top in Azalea

Gobi Top in Azalea

Also from Louisa Harding, we have the Cassia Children’s Collection, another book of twelve knitting patterns for children aged 1 to 5. This booklet features Cassia, a DK weight 100% superwash wool. This is a great yarn for hardworking kids (and their parents!) as it comes in a full range of bright colours, and is easy care as well. The strong possible colour combinations are highlighted in the book, with many of the projects calling for stripes or colour blocking.

Prince Jumper in Cassia

Prince Jumper in Cassia

Returning to adult knits, we have a new yarn and collection in from Noro! This new yarn from the Japanese company does not disappoint. We have 8 solid shades of Noro Tokonatsu, a 40% Cotton/30% Silk/30% Viscose. We love Noro because we know that they are directly involved with every step of their manufacturing process, from farm to knitting needles.The accompanying Jewels Pattern Collection has a range of garments and accessories that would all be perfect for the transition from cooler to warmer temperatures.

Noro Jewels Collection featuring Tokonatsu

Noro Jewels Collection featuring Tokonatsu

What’s on your summer knitting wish list? Keep them in mind, we’ve got a big announcement about a summer KAL* coming for you in the next few days!

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