Mark your calender for Friday, October 5. British designer Jane Ellison will be at our shop from 10am-4pm, as part of her Canadian tour. Jane is the designer behind many of the Noro books and her latest book,The Mirasol Collection.
She will bring the entire collection of sweaters from her new book. Drop by and chat and have a coffee and a goodie. Jane will be able to answer all your questions and tell us more about her Peruvian experience with Mirasol.
Gina Brown's will have plenty of Mirasol yarns on hand.You have to feel them to discover how soft baby llama really is. We will have all of Janes books available for you to purchase and get your copy autographed.
For more details on the Mirasol Project check out their web site at mirasolperu.com
On the May long weekend, Kristina and I packed our bags and did a whirl-wind yarn tour of Vancouver. One of the highlights was meeting Jana and her adorable baby at the Hand Maiden studio. It was wondeful to be able to pick some colours right of the studio walls, (our little suitcases were full to the brim with silk by the time we left). As a result, we now have new coulours in bias shawls and shouler wraps in stock. These simple silk cover-ups are great summer projects for at the cottage or on the deck. The beautiful colours remind us of flowers from the garden .
Debbie Bliss has two new books and two new yarns for summer 07. The 'Summer Essentials' collection features lightweight basics in yarns like Cathay and Pure Silk. The simple shell featured bellow is one of our favourites. The Stella/Pure Cotton collection features aran weight patterns, like the cute little cardigan shown above, for her two new well-priced yarns Stella and Pure Cotton. They are both very soft to the touch.
The newest innovation in yarn is bamboo. Soft as silk, durable as cotton, and with a natural coolness to the fibre-- bamboo yarns are ideal for creating sumptuous spring creations. Bamboo is an ecologically sustainable fibre, and the yarns created from it have a natural anti bacterial quality. (This makes it a good choice for baby garments.) We now have bamboo yarns and patterns from Phildar, RYC, Sirdar and Madil. The sweater featured here is from Sirdar, in their "Just Bamboo". It's a soft bamboo ribbon yarn at only $6.99 per ball. This is a yarn that needs to be touched to appreciate!