Thursday, November 29, 2012

November Pickings

Its wintry white outside, maybe just a tad early for snow in Muskoka but it does put one in the mood for Christmas.  Knitters have been oh-so busy this month working on projects for gift giving.  Cowls seem to top the list, big bulky ones that wrap twice around the neck for maximum warmth.  Socks are still in the top five gift ideas, as they never go out of style and who wouldn't drool over a pair made lovingly by hand.   Slouchy hats are still trendy, soft and drapey with cables or ribbing for texture.  A retro style is gaining in popularity with the younger crowd, the Pom Pom toque, a real Canadian tradition.  There is still plenty of time to knit up a few more warm and cosy gifts for under the tree!

Just in this week-

New colourways in Noro Kureyon, rainbow brights, and earthy tones, an ideal yarn for knitting scarves, hats and mitts, and even felting.

A lovely new yarn from the Diamond Luxury Collection- Baby Alpaca Viva, this is a softly spun pure fibre that knits up on 6.00 mm needles, imagine a long cosy vest with a hood, or a cabled cap to slip on when the temperature drops. 

Country from Katia is perfect for winter accessories, lightweight and lofty, it knits up on 8mm needles, available in a natural beige or creamy white with random black markings.

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