Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cork yarn

Rosarios 4 announced the launch of a new yarn made from Cork.

This product - 100% Portuguese - is still under research and according to Rosários 4 it will be available in 5 shades during 2009.

Being a fan of their products I can hardly wait to see this new yarn!

Crochet initiation kits

Rosários 4, a Portuguese textil company specialized in producing and dyeing yarns, created six crochet initiation kits, with different crochet projects for children.

Each initiation kit contains 3 balls of yarn; 1 crochet hook; 1 instruction booklet; and 2 plastic eyes.

Available Kits:
KIT I: Sheep and Scarf
KIT II: Rabbit and Scarf
KIT III: Chicken and Scarf
KIT IV: Elephant and Scarf
KIT V: Lion and Scarf
KIT VI: Fish and Scarf

Kids Learn to Crochet

Following the success of Kids Learn to Knit, Lucinda Guy and Francois Hall have combined forces again to show young children, from 6 years of age, how to crochet, with the help of Francois Hall’s witty animal illustrations: two little mice and a friendly wolf.

The book Kids Learn to Crochet takes children from the very first steps of learning about yarns, to how to make a foundation chain, how to work the basic crochet stitches, such as double, half treble and treble crochet. It explains how to shape crochet, how to work in the round, and how to stitch crochet pieces together.

Each stage in the learning process culminates in a simple, brightly coloured project, so young crocheters can test their skills and have fun doing so at the same time.

Projects include a striped toy cat, a small stuffed bear, a cute bag and a bunch of fabulous flowers.

A section called "When Things Go Wrong" offers humorous advice about dropped stitches, sewing troubles and other frustrations.

Wash+Filz-It! in multicolour shades

Wash+Filz-It!, from Anchor, is now available in multicolour shades.

Wash+Filz-It! creates stable and high quality felted projects by washing knitted, crochet, weaved or even wrapped items. Simply wash in a standard washing machine up to 60 degrees.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Patons launches natural fibre yarn

Linen Touch DK is the new spring summer yarn from Patons for 2009.

Linen Touch DK has been launched following the ever increasing trend for natural fibre yarns, knitted to a standard DK tension, made up from 74% cotton and 24% linen. To compliment this yarn, 12 design support loose leaflets have also been launched, with designs covering all capabilities from beginner to advanced levels. These designs include classic cardigans, sweaters, lace and fairisle, plus 2 classic designs for men.

This new yarn is available in 12 shades, with the colour range very wearable including a mix of naturals and subdued bright shades, with orange and aqua, two key fashion shades for Spring/Summer 2009.

Eco-friendly yarn

Many companies are turning to hemp in order to make their products more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Hemp is a fast growing plant that is pest resistant reducing the need for both water and pesticides and herbicides. It also helps nourish the soil where it is planted, reducing the need for fertilizer.

Hemp products can provide further environmental benefits when comparing them to products made from other fibers.

Hemp fibers are long, strong, and versatile and can be made into just about anything fiber related.

Hemp for Knitting uses hemp fibers to make eco-friendly yarn. It offers a wide variety of skeins 100% hemp yarn in the most beautiful and vibrant colours.

What started up as a small mail order business in Canada has evolved and Lanaknits Designs Hemp for Knitting is now sold in hundreds of stores across the globe.

Lion Brand new luxury yarn

Lion Brand added a lightweight and elegant new yarn to its line of luxury fibers, LB Collection.

LB Collection Silk Mohair Yarn is a lace-weight yarn, 70% Super Kid Mohair, 30% Silk, available in 6 vibrant shades, perfect for accessories and lightweight garments.

Lion Brand created two new patterns with this yarn: a lace wrap (knit) and a granny square scarf (crochet).

Lion Brand has now 6 lines of luxury fibers:
LB Collection Cashmere
LB Collection Cotton Bamboo
LB Collection Organic Wool
LB Collection Silk Mohair
LB Collection Superwash Merino
LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel