Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gazing At Spring

Its our January thaw, temperatures are hovering at zero and above, it is feeling a bit like Spring! Although the new yarns and patterns for Spring have not arrived yet and are not due in until mid-March, there is a tingle of anticipation in the air.

This week I have been previewing some of the newest collections and picking my favorites. There is a definite shift in colour to the softer pastels from seasons past. Look for pale pinks, watery blues and aquas, buttery yellows, lilac and mauve to make an appearance in women's clothing and knitwear. The new styles are soft, and flowing, with gentle pleats and gathers, ultra feminine with ruffles on necklines, sleeve cuffs, and front edgings of cardigans.

Debbie Bliss shows off her softer side in the new Amalfi collection- with a long and graceful A-line jacket knit in a shade of sandy beige. The subtle texture of the yarn is highlighted in a simple seed stitch. Amalfi is a brand new dk weight yarn in a blend of cotton, linen and silk.
This sweet and sassy ribbed cardigan is knit in a soft shade of Nile, look at those those flounced edges with picot detail.... gorgeous!

Another pretty cardi for sunny days, a simple A-Line design knit in Vieux Rose, with just one button to close.

From the Louisa Harding Collection, here are a few highlights of her fresh and modern approach to Spring 2010-

Knit in a rich shade of Aubergine, this lace panel vest looks stunning, in Merletto, a linen viscose blend yarn with a natural slubby texture and just a hint of silky sheen.

Team up this chic summer top with a pair of linen walking shorts or capris and you are ready for a walk about town. Knit in Merletto contrasted in eye-catching stripes of Indigo and Sand.

A real show stopper, this cap sleeve tunic is knit in Jasmine, a dk weight yarn, made with a combination of cotton and bamboo fibre.

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