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  • Shibui Knits: Know your yarns

    We say this all the time (we know) but we really, really can't wait for you to see the new Shibui Knits yarn we have in stock. Shibui Knits knows their fibers, and they also know how to design contemporary, exciting pattern collections that show off all the things we love about their yarns. We're now carrying three Shibui yarns, in a full complement of colourways – let us give you a tour.

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    Clockwise from top, Shibui Pebble in Ivory, Spore, and Chestnut

    Pebble is a light-fingering/laceweight yarn made up of merino, cashmere, and recycled silk. Each fiber takes the dye slightly differently, giving the yarn a tone-on-tone tweedy look that gives depth to pieces knit in one colour and lends nice play between colours worked up in stripes or stranded colour work. If you're still looking for that perfect, quick holiday knit, the free Pebble | Cliff hat is gorgeous. If you'd like something a little more ambitious, why not treat the hat as a swatch and move on to the Pebble | Cliff sweater (you'll never want to take it off!).

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    Shibui Silk Cloud in Watermelon

    Silk Cloud is exactly that. We cannot get over how light and airy and impossibly soft this laceweight kid mohair and silk blend is. This is a yarn that will reset any past relationship you've had with kid mohair because, believe us, you've never seen it like this before. Silk Cloud is exactly the kind of lightweight warmth you want tucked around your neck when the temperature drops. The Mohair Bias Loop – which can we worn as a cowl or pulled down as a caplet – is perfect. Or, for something larger, pair Silk Cloud with Shibui Knits Staccato for a lightweight like Shibui's Mix No. 3 – we love that knit you can knit this in stripes or in the same colour, for something more subtle.

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    Shibui Staccato in Bourdeaux, Mineral, and Camel.

    Staccato is the perfect name for this springy, silky, bouncy merino-silk fingering weight yarn. It would be hard to go wrong with this yarn, which is suitable for sweaters, socks, hats, mittens, and all manner of projects that use fingering weight yarn. Nonetheless, there's something about Shibui's vivid solid colours that make us want something special. The Veyla fingerless mitts would be perfect, as would the Rustling Leaves Beret, or the bold lines of the Stripe Study Shawl.

    What would you knit?

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