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Shibui FOs

We’ve been busy getting to know our new Shibui yarns- and, as everyone know, the only way to do that is to knit with them! So here are the first of our finished objects from Shibui yarns…

First up is Kylie’s hat, her own design no less and one of a series that she’ll be releasing over the next few months:

Kylie's hat

Kylie’s hat

For this design, she used two Shibui yarns, Cima and Pebble, and knitted them held double on 3.5mm needles, ending up with a 6ply tension; for the cast-on and chevron highlights (and that gorgeous pompom!), she held together two strands of Cima in Jumpsuit and, for the body, a strand of Cima in Fjord and one of Pebble in Ivory.

One of the beautiful things about using more than two or more strands of Shibui (and other fine yarns) together is that you never know how the two yarns will work together- the combination is often quite different to both individual yarns! In the case of Kylie’s hat, the two strands of Cima, a smooth alpaca/ merino blend that feels quite light and drapey, resulted a surprisingly plump and bouncy fabric with lovely stitch clarity, whereas the combination of Cima and Pebble resulted in a super-comfy, lightweight hat with a subtle fuzzy halo.

 

Amy knitted up a Shibui design, the Cliff Hat from Shellie Anderson, in Pebble:

Amy's Cliff Hat

Amy’s Cliff Hat

This design uses 5 different shades of Pebble and Amy took inspiration from another knitter for her colours- we love Ravelry for so many reasons but especially for sharing all the awesome talent of others! The yarn is held double (two strands of the same colour) and knitted on a 2.75mm needle for the main colourwork body of the hat. Amy found the Pebble really lovely to work with and that the lightness and softness of the merino and cashmere content combined well with the strength of recycled silk to create a soft, lightweight hat with a nice little bloom after blocking.

 

Jules made the Georgia Vest from Cecily Glownik McDonald:

Georgia Vest

Jules’ Georgia Vest

This lovely design really needs a soft, supple fabric to allow the vest and its cowl neckline to drape properly and holding together one strand of Silk Cloud and one of Pebble (both in Ash) has definitely achieved that. The Pebble creates the structure for the garment, while the super-soft kid mohair and silk combo of Silk Cloud makes this lightweight (the garment only weighs 170gm) but incredibly warm and very snuggly!

 

And here is a sneak peak of Jackie’s beautifully neat little mitred squares that she is working using two strands of Pebble; they’ll be sewn together to make a beautiful, warm winter scarf/ wrap. Hurry up, Jackie- we can’t wait to see it finished!

Jackie's Squares Scarf

Jackie’s Squares Scarf

 

We’d love to see and hear what you’re planning with Shibui!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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In focus: Shibui Yarns

We recently received the first of a series of new yarn lines for the shop- Baby Alpaca DK, Cima, Pebble, Silk Cloud and Staccato from Shibui Knits! This lovely little yarn producer is based in Portland, Oregon, a city renowned for creativity and the arts, and this is definitely reflected in the beautiful combinations of fibre, texture and colour in their yarn. They source the finest quality fibres, including recycled silk, superfine kid mohair, baby alpaca and merino, which are then spun (in often unusual combinations and weights) and dyed in Japan.

The resulting yarn is beautiful to the eye and the hands and is perfect for all kinds of projects. The yarn bases are almost all available in the same colourways, which means that they work beautifully held together, two or even three strands. The knitwear designers that create handknitting patterns for Shibui often combine multiple strands of the same or different yarns to create all kinds of different fabrics and textures. Shibui provides great pattern support for their yarns, inviting independent knitwear designers to create designs that focus on elegant silhouettes, clean lines and interesting  shaping and offer something to knitters of every age, shape and skill level.

NO.21 by Lidia Tsymbal

NO.21 by Lidia Tsymbal

Francis by Olga Buraya-Kefalian

Francis by Olga Buraya-Kefalian

Cliff Hat by Shellie Anderson

Cliff Hat by Shellie Anderson

Kinetic Cowl by Antonia Shankland

We chose five of the lovely Shibui yarns to start with:

Baby Alpaca DK is gently spun from the finest baby alpaca fiber, creating a yarn that is beautifully soft and lofty. Its versatile weight and luxurious drape makes it ideal for a variety of elegant accessories and garments. 

100% baby alpaca

8ply-weight in 15 colours

233 m/ 100 g skein

$23/ skein

Shibui Baby Alpaca DK

Shibui Baby Alpaca DK

 

Cima is a lace-weight yarn made from the finest baby alpaca and merino fibres and combines sharp stitch definition with buttery softness. Held single, double, or triple, it creates smooth fabrics with clean lines and beautiful drape. The colour palette ranges from vivid brights to calm neutrals.

70% superbaby alpaca, 30% fine merino 

Heavy laceweight in 15 colours

299m/ 50 g skein

$18/ skein

Shibui Cima

Shibui Cima

 

Pebble combines cashmere, fine merino, and recycled silk to form a tweedy 3-ply lace-weight yarn. Separate plies of each fiber retain their distinctive characteristics, but blend into a beautifully cohesive yarn flecked with complex tonal colors. Perfect for colorwork, lace, and an innumerable variety of garments, Pebble is light, airy, and irresistibly soft.

48% recycled silk/ 36% fine merino/ 16% cashmere,

3ply-weight in 15 colours

205 m/ 25 g skein 

$20/ skein

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Shibui Pebble

 

Silk Cloud is a combination of glossy silk and wispy kid mohair, making a super-soft, luminous laceweight yarn. It can be knit alone for gossamer-light lace projects, or held alongside any Shibui yarn to add a soft halo and subtle glow. 

60% kid mohair, 40% silk

Lace weight in 15 colours

300 m/ 25 g skeins

$23/ skein

Shibui Silks Cloud and Cima

Shibui Silks Cloud and Cima

 

Staccato is a luscious blend of merino and silk, resulting in a 4ply yarn with beautiful drape and a subtle sheen. A range of bright and neutral colours makes Staccato a great choice for fine garments and lace, eye-catching colorwork, and luxurious socks. 

70% superwash merino/ 30% silk

175 m/ 50 g skein

4ply-weight in 15 colours

$17/ skein

We are super-excited to be carrying this very beautiful line of yarns and are plotting and planning our projects around it… Amy is waiting for the day she will have some knitting time to start the Cliff Hat, Jackie is planning her own design using Pebble and Jules is currently knitting the Georgia Vest with one strand of Silk Cloud and one of Pebble held together. What about you, Kylie?!

Georgia Vest

Georgia Vest

Fun! What would you like to make with it?!