2017 Toronto Knitters Frolic Marketplace: April 29, 2017

I am happy to be returning as an exhibitor at the 2017 Toronto Knitters Frolic™ Marketplace which is on Saturday, April 29 at the fabulous Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

The Frolic™ is a two day yarn and fibre event held every spring by the Toronto Knitters Guild. 2017 is their 20th Frolic and I am looking forward to putting together a visually interesting booth filled with many tempting yarns and kits for people who love to knit and crochet. Please stop by to say hello and see my offerings at booth #26 just outside Kobayashi Hall. See you at the Frolic!

Use this link to the Toronto Knitters Frolic website for full event details including workshops and the new for 2017 Frolic Sunday Social. 

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 signatureyarns.com 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

Either you are in a position to purchase the exceptional quality knitwear from Hermès of France or you have 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 Malabrigo Rios.

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No one knows more than me how seductive are the myriad hand dyed colours available to us but some times its best to be prudent and invest in colour which will give you the best bang for your buck. 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 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 the sweater and the long-lasting reward of the years of wear you will get from knitting with a quality merino wool. Something to consider. 

Malabrigo Rios is available from Signature Yarns in 20 tonal and variegated shades. C$19/skein.

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

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Order online or contact me at 416-795-5500 or via email signatureyarns@gmail.com to order. Prices are in Canadian dollars. Free shipping on orders over C$150.00 to anywhere in Canada and the continental United States. 

Happy Knitting. 



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.

2016 Toronto Knitters Frolic Spring Yarn Show

I'm pleased to announce I will be participating at the 2016 Toronto Knitters Frolic spring yarn show. I have been invited to exhibit at booth #26 in the Kobayashi Hall at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9am - 4:30pm.

The Toronto Knitters Frolic is Ontario's largest spring yarn show that features two days of workshops on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 01 2016 and a fabulous one-day only Marketplace on Saturday, April 30, where I will be exhibiting with 49 other great yarn and fibre vendors from across Canada and the USA.

Book the date in your calendar, gather your friends and come out for a great day of shopping and frolicking among the fibre! I hope to see you. Please do stop by to say hello and view the great products I will have for sale at the Frolic! 

Happy Knitting!


Ella from Touching Elegance by Kim Hargreaves

Ella from the Touching Elegance pattern collection by Kim Hargreaves features a skimming fitted bodice and sleeves with a pretty draped neckline, worked in the ethereal Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Anthracite. Beautiful on all body types, Ella is a timeless, contemporary design to dress up or down for the office, evening or daywear. A Signature Yarns favourite!

Rowan Kidsilk Haze is composed of 70% Superfine Kid Mohair + 30% Silk and available from Signature Yarns in 20+ shades at C$15.00 per 25g ball. 

The Ella sweater requires the following quantities: Small/Small: 5    Medium/Large: 6   XL/XXL: 7

January 2016 Special! Order the Ella Kit and receive a *complimentary copy of the Touching Elegance pattern book. This offer is available to order by phone or email only.

Please contact me at 416-795-5500 or signature yarns@gmail.com to order. Applicable taxes and shipping are extra. *While quantities last. 

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!