Signature Yarns at the 2017 KW Knitters' Fair: Saturday, September 09, 2017

Join Signature Yarns at the 2017 KW Knitters' Fair on Saturday, September 09 in Kitchener, Ontario. This is the 25th KW Knitters' Fair, hosted by the KW Knitters' Guild, which is celebrating their 30th Anniversary! Congratulations!

The KW Knitters' Fair is a special event for me as I launched Signature Yarns at the 2014 show and I am thrilled to be attending again this year. This event features 70+ vendors and artisans from across Canada focusing on yarn and fibre products for hand knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers.

Visit the KW Knitters' Guild website for location, parking and hotel information. Vendor floorplan will be posted soonest. 

See you at the fair!


Be Inspired: Prism Delicato Yarn in Shale Paired with Cotton/Rayon Plaid

Be inspired with yarn and fabric pairings from Signature Yarns. Pictured is a beautiful cotton/rayon plaid fabric from my personal stash that I paired with the very wearable shade of "Shale" in Prism Delicato, a lace weight Tencel fibre. Don't let the words "lace weight" scare you off. Options abound in how to use this yarn;  it can be hand knit or crochet on size 3mm needles, knit on your Japanese standard gauge or Passap/Superba home knitting machine on Stitch Size 6 or for hand knitters, you can double or triple the strands you knit with to create a Sport or Light Worsted gauge of fabric using larger needles. The cotton/rayon plaid fabric and the Shale Prism Delicato will wear great from mid-summer through to the fall transition in October. 

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Prism Delicato is available to purchase on my website in Shale plus other variegated and tonal hand dyed shades. 

Happy knitting and creating.

Patrick of Signature Yarns.

Knit Some Fabulous! Signature Yarns' Pop of Colour Cowl Kit!

Be fabulous, knit fabulous and look damn sharp in our Pop of Colour Cowl Kit featuring the wondrous Prism Plume. This is a hand dyed nylon faux-fur cowl that produces the most beautiful silky knit fabric, sure to keep you cozy and chic all winter long as Plume is a great insulator of heat.  The Pop of Colour Cowl kit is available in both brights, neutrals and dark neutrals in 50+ hand dyed shades. Available to order securely online at at or if you prefer ordering by phone, please call me directly 416-795-5500. Thank you! 

The Denim Blues

This awesome hoodie by Michael Kors provides inspiration for you to craft your own denim blues version in hand dyed and quality brand name, next-to-the-skin soft merino wools, all in practical care machine wash gentle fibres from Signature Yarns in Toronto. Be inspired. Craft your own.

Men's Knitwear Inspiration: Hermès & Malabrigo Worsted

I love taking inspiration from menswear collections such as Hermès, which is produced in France. You may not have the open-to-buy budget to afford their ready to wear clothing but you may possess the skill set to take inspiration from a timeless classic pullover and create one to fit your frame and build using a beautiful kettle dyed merino wool such as our Malabrigo Rios.

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No one knows more than me how seductive are the myriad hand dyed colours available to us in our yarn lines but some times its best to invest in a colour which will give you the best bang for your buck and years of wear, and for men that often comes down to grey and black. Just does. Hand knit sweaters made with luxury fibres selected from the best of the shearing season, carefully processed and dyed and shipped to the opposite side of the world, such as Malabrigo yarns, are indeed investment pieces, but always balance that out with the reminder that they provide you hours of pleasure in crafting a garment to fit your body, pride in your skill for having made and finished the sweater to your exacting standards, and the long-lasting reward of the years of wear you will get from knitting with a quality merino wool such as Malabrigo Rios.

Malabrigo Rios is available from Signature Yarns in 20 tonal and variegated shades. C$18.50/skein.

• 100% Superwash Merino Wool. 100g skein/ 192m. Gauge: 18 stitches x 24 rows. 4.5mm - 5mm.

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Order online or if you  prefere to order by phone, contact me at 416-795-5500 or via email to order. We'll get your sweater lot on its way to you. Free shipping on orders over C$150.00 to anywhere in Canada and the continental United States. 

Happy knitting and creating.  



Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kit in Bermuda

Todays eye candy brought to you buy our friends at Fleece Artist in Nova Scotia who hand dyed this gorgeous Thrum Mitten Kit which is a combination of Blue Face Leicester Aran weight hand knitting yarn and wool roving in their fabulous Bermuda colourway. 

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Signature Yarns Thrum Mitten Kits are priced at C$33.00 each, including Thrum Mitten pattern and are available to order online or by phone in 20+ fabulous colourways. 

Happy Knitting. Patrick.

Knitwear Influence: This Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2015 Pullover is Still relevant

The colour, the fit, the proportions, all still relevant in 2017! Timeless inspiration for knitters. This would be lovely in the Coral shade of Prism Saki, a beautiful blend of 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon. For those who can't stand animal fibres next to their skin, we offer this shade in 2 varieties of hand dyed 100% Tencel, for silky smooth and cool knitwear that you will love to wear over and over.  

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Knitwear Influence: Lanvin by Alber Elbaz

Love the extremes of yarn gauge used in this sweater from the Lanvin Pre-Fall 2015 collection by Alber Elbaz. Chunky braided cables appliqued to fine gauge jersey. 

Vivienne Westwood Man A/W 2015 Collection

God is in the details and for Autumn-Winter 2015 Vivienne Westwood and her partner Andreas Kronthaler presented a great menswear collection true to the Westwood ethos which does challenge conventions about menswear and as always, Vivienne and her very talented team deliver the wild and fantastical with traditional and all created using the most exacting standards.

The influence for the collection is HRH The Prince of Wales. Westwood is a huge fan of Prince Charles and of his leadership in the areas of organic and sustainable farming and climate change. So take a good and hard look at the styles presented and you can see the reason for the season. 

The royalty influence is very apparent in fabric choices from the traditional suitings and for topcoats with gorgeous, saturated colours, all paired with the continuing Westwood influences for casual clothing and footwear.

Note the pound note sneakers above featuring the same Queen Elizabeth II print as used on the clothing. Bet your bottom dollar the triple flaps and tapered toe shape of the shoes you'll see copied by fast fashion and trickle down real soon. 

Also evident  and copied for years is Westwood's continuing influence on men's clothing proportions. Note the cut of casual pants and blazers and the pairing of the two. What one reads as "new" and "innovative" has all trickled down into popular clothing styles and Westwood continues to this day to be a global fashion trendsetter. Style and flavour baby! Style and flavour. 

As always the Vivienne Westwood Man collection includes exquisite knitwear in the form of fine gauge classic knit pullovers to more detailed jacquard, screen prints and textured lace knits. The hand knitters in the crowd will note the ever popular "Frost Flowers" stitch pattern used for a oversize pullover in pale grey shown below.

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Michael Kors A/W 2015 Menswear Collection

The team at Michael Kors are very good at their game of producing outstanding clothing collections season after season. Love the fabrics used in the outerwear; the soft tailoring and subtle finishing details along with the great footwear, including those grey leopard print loafers in the second slide and the Camo-print jacket and top coat!  I love the predominant use of grey. For some of us Grey Rules! Nothing wrong with that. Obviously retailers will have a choice in fabric colours but this monochromatic look makes for a nice on the eyes presentation and grey has been a wardrobe staple for over a century so rock on. This collection speaks to the success of the brand which presents quality clothing with innovative and unique touches season after season. Great investment pieces for any man. 

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Classic Knitwear For Men With David Gandy

Today's post features some great examples of wearable, classic men's knitwear featuring Mr. David Gandy. Clothes love this man and so does the camera. Nothing Avant Garde, no reinvention of the wheel, just handsome examples of fine gauge knits, bulky knits, cables and brioche, shawl collars and cardi's, and a few eye candy shots! All great examples of why knitwear will always be a key element of any wardrobe. Inspiration indeed! 

Happy Knitting. 

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2015 Menswear Forecasting: Neil Barrett

A few key pieces from Neil Barrett and you can go all autumn and winter. Great sweaters, pants outside the box along with killer boots and a great leather jacket. Shake it up a bit gents! Neil Barrett Menswear Fall 2015. Spot on!

Valentino Pre-Fall 2015

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino have a definite impact and influence on what trickles down to fashion and textiles in a broader, more accessible world of massed produced clothing. Their Valentino Pre-Fall 2015 Womenswear collection was a feast for the senses; the use of pattern and colours, the proportions, the combinations of fabrics and embellishment, the styling, the creativity in collaborating with UK textile designer Celia Birtwell for the floral prints and embroideries. Very pretty. 

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