Shibui Knits Lunar | Yarn Review

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Lunar - adj; of or relating to the moon.

It's no coincidence in my mind that Shibui chose to name the newest line in their collection "Lunar".  Just as one can easily spot the moon in the night sky, this lace weight gem also commands the eye's attention.  

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My fingers have been itching to play with the latest from Shibui Knits since I first heard a whisper about it a few months ago.  So when the opportunity arose to cast on, my mind immediately went to the pullover pattern, Milan.  And so, without hesitation, (except for which of the 12 colors to choose!) I grabbed my needles and began to swatch.

Instantly I knew Lunar would become a favorite.  I'm absolutely enamored with the way this glides on the needles, and OH the fabric, made with 60% of the softest Merino wool and 40% silk, it drapes so gracefully with what I consider to be the perfect amount of sheen.  Let it be known that I am a BIG fan of yarns that you can dress up or dress down. 

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Working with yarn that is versatile is a must for me, so imagine my delight when about half way through my Milan, which I would consider to be a more delicate piece, I remembered that Shibui yarns are designed to not only be beautiful on their own, but to be beautiful held together also! 

BEHOLD! The Siena cardigan.  

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Siena drew me right in, and looking at the specs, I quickly realized why... it's made of Reed, a 100% chain plied linen, held together with my new love, Lunar!  The fabric that these two yarns creates is absolutely swoon-worthy.  Knit on a size 10 needle, the cardigan enrobes you in a fabric that feels like a cool drink of water on a hot day.

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With a nod to the genius of designer Shellie Anderson, I had to cast on immediately.  This is the cardigan that my summer dreams are made of.  I love that Lunar adds a sheen to the sturdier Reed, making it perfect for throwing on before heading out to have all sorts of summer adventures.

As I discover more and more of the magical properties of Lunar, I am excited to finish my two sweaters, but also to try a few other projects as well!  I had a sneaking suspicion that it would also be well suited for open lacework and my suspicions were confirmed when last Wednesday at our Knit Night, one of the gals pulled out her Lunar Starlight Wrap that she was knitting in the Imperial colorway, and needless to say, jaws hit the floor, it is working up stunningly!

The possibilities of Lunar seem endless!  Have you given it a try yet? What are you making?

May 08, 2017 by Em Hanna

Em's Spring Cardigan

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Em is the sales floor supervisor at Knit Purl and she shared with me one of her many works in progress. Em is knitting herself a new summer cardigan in Shibui Twig. She chose the color Abyss and is knitting it up with size 5 needles.

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She is combining two cardigan patterns together, Pomme de pin by Amy Christoffers and Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig of Knitbot. Em wants her pattern to have the fit of Pomme de pin, but with stockinette stitch, hence the look of Featherweight. She is knitting it from the bottom up and will do a set in sleeve. She also wants to try and do a sewn on button band after a recommendation from Karen Templer of Fringe Association’s blog.


Happy Knitting Em!

 

 

March 13, 2017 by Kira Sassano

GUEST BLOGGER: SHELLIE ANDERSON | SHIBUI KNITS REED

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Shibui Knits recently released a new 100% linen yarn, Reed. As a member of the team responsible for developing this new yarn, I’ve been asked to talk a little bit about it and let you know how it compares with our previous Linen.


For me the most noticeable difference is the softness of Reed. It has a much softer hand than our Linen. There are several factors that contribute to that difference, of which two are particularly significant: we are using a different mill that sources higher quality raw material, and we have also tightened the chainette, which contributes to the softness and adds extra strength. The higher quality of the linen fiber also contributes to more saturated colors, which more closely align with our other yarns. We are very happy to partner with this mill, both for their responsiveness and their impeccable quality control.

 

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In developing this yarn, we intentionally created Reed so that it would directly replace Linen. It has the same yardage and will produce the same gauge. You can substitute Reed for any of our patterns that call for Linen, including Etch, Square, and Aurora. Like Linen, Reed mixes very well with other Shibui Knits yarns, adding to a unique drape and depth of color to the fabric. I particularly like how it mixes with Shibui Knits Cima, Silk Cloud, and our newest yarn that will be available at the end of March with our SS17 Collection.


Although I personally liked Linen, I love Reed. I wasn’t a fan of knitting with Linen solo due to its crisp hand, but I could knit with Reed on its own for days. Shibui Knits has a couple pieces coming out in the SS17 Collection at the end of March using Reed held single and one with it held double and I enjoyed every minute of knitting those pieces.


If you loved Linen, you will instantly appreciate the changes we have made with Reed – and I think you will come to love it as I do.

 

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February 20, 2017 by Guest Blogger

Shibui Knits Drift

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Shibui Knits Drift is the newest yarn offering from Shibui, and it’s quite delightful.

I had a pleasant experience swatching with this cozy, fluffy yarn, imagining it for all sorts of fall and winter projects. The worsted weight makes it an excellent match for anything from cowls to sweaters. Its fiber content is 85% Extra Fine Merino, and 15% Cashmere. As you can imagine, it’s pretty amazingly soft. 

Here are some projects that I think would be wonderful in Drift:

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Barley by Tin Can Knits. One skein is enough to make up to the child size of this adorable hat. Drift's drape would work really well in the slouchy version of the hat, too. This is a really good beginner project, using both stockinette and garter stitch. 

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Smooth Edge by Veera Välimäki. I've admired this project for a while. I love the herringbone stitch pattern, and it would look so nice in Drift, with a light halo from the cashmere. I'm imagining it in Ash, light enough to show off the color. 

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Lila by Carrie Bostick Hoge. This is the ultimate Sunday lounge-about-the-house sweater. It would be lovely in Drift – so soft and cozy! Drift would give it a nice drape, and feel warm and comforting. 

September 26, 2016 by Oleya Pearsall

Shibui Knits FW16 Collection

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Another week, another fabulous collection to admire. The Shibui Knits FW16 collection came out this week, and it’s filled with graceful essentials. They also released their new yarn, Drift, which will make fall and winter velvety soft. Drift is an extra-fine merino and cashmere blend that I can’t wait to get my hands on. I won’t say much more on Drift, since Oleya will be sharing a post about it later this month. I will share my favorite patterns from the new Shibui Knits FW16 collection.

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Boulevard: Is it a cape or is it a jacket, or maybe it’s a little bit of both? This is my favorite piece from the collection. Boulevard is chic and sophisticated. The textural pattern is an eye-catching addition to this refined cape. I would keep this simple and knit it in Ivory. It will allow for the pattern to stand out even more. Ash, Mineral, and Caffeine would also be great options.

 

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Midtown: I’ve been searching for the perfect cardigan for everyday wear and what do you know, Shibui answered me with Midtown. Midtown is modern and simple, and the yarn gives it a luxurious look and feel. Knit in a baby alpaca and merino blend, Midtown will be the cardigan you will want to take everywhere.

 

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Vista: There is something about clean lines and a simple knit fabric that I can’t help but gravitate towards. Vista is an effortless pullover with an asymmetric hem and knit in dual tones. The color pairings are endless for Vista. Keep it simple with Ivory and Fog or go bold with Tar and Bordeaux. There is also that option to make one in a solid color. I’m thinking about knitting one in Abyss.

September 16, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Shibui Knits: Staccato

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Shibui Knits never ceases to amaze me. They produce some of my favorite yarns that always keep me coming back for more. Staccato happens to be next in line for me to try out. I’ve been hoarding about 20 skeins of it in my yarn stash and finally plan to do a few swatches with it. Staccato is an alluring blend of merino and silk fibers, that is smooth and soft to the touch. It has an elegant sheen that causes the vibrant colors to truly pop.

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I have a couple of ideas about what I would like to make with the Staccato I currently have stored away. I have an in-your-face, firey orange/red that I really want to squeeze a dress out of. I need to do a swatch and see what my options are. I also have a rusty copper that I was going to make a loose tee out of, but now I have new plans for a cropped cardigan. I purchased Home & Away recently, and I have been eyeing the Hancock cardigan ever since. The Hancock (shown above) does happen to take up much more yarn than I have, so I will need to do a little math to see if I can make it work.

Here are a few end of summer knitting projects on my list:

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Michelada: A little summer pullover full of texture, that will transition effortlessly into fall.

 

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Hanshi Wrap Kit: A simple wrap in ivory with short rows that mimic beautiful brush strokes in black.

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 Tembetari Cowl Kit: Someone please teach me how to crochet so I can make pretty cowls like the Tembetari. I want to wrap myself in a pretty honeycomb pattern.

August 26, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Shibui Knits Pebble

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The last yarn pick for the Month of Lace is Pebble by Shibui Knits. Pebble is a mix of a few of my favorite fibers: cashmere, silk, and merino. The yarn is soft and airy, with tweed flecks that add another layer of complexity to Shibui Knits’ bold colorways. Pebble is easily held double or triple on its own or with another yarn, making it very versatile.


I used Pebble for the first time when I decided to knit a pint size Veronika pullover. There was a sample in the store that I couldn’t take my eyes off of, and I had to make one for myself. I had just returned from the Painted Hills and I was really inspired by the rust and cobalt color palette out in the desert. The yarn color choices I was trying to pick between reflected the desert essence I was still coming down from. After about an hour of trying to decide between Poppy and Blueprint, I gave up and Keli picked for me. Five months later I had my Blueprint Veronika completed, and I haven’t taken it off since. The yarn allows for the garment to be a great layering piece. I’ve worn my Veronika over dresses, tanks, and as a beach cover-up. Besides Pebble being a complete pleasure to work with, I love the added dimension the tweed flecks give the fabric without muting the vibrant Shibui Knit colorways.


Here are a few fun patterns for first-time Pebble users and those that can’t get enough Pebble in their yarn life:

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Sugar Cane: Free Pattern. A sophisticated slouchy hat with a rolled brim. Sugar Cane is knit in contrasting yarns to create a frosted-effect fabric. Combine two Pebble colors for unique marled fabric or combine Pebble with Silk Cloud for a softer look.

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Hart: A light, summer cardigan that will transition nicely into early fall. Hart is a simple cardigan with a subtle lace panel on the back.

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Veronika: This was the first project I used Pebble on, and I happen to wear it all the time. Veronika is a cross between a pullover and a poncho. The fabric possibilities are also endless. I only used Pebble for my project, but it can also be combined with Silk Cloud for one super soft pullover.

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Lorelei Rectangular Shawl: Kit. A classic rectangular wrap with expanding geometric shapes.This will be a fun project to watch grow on your needles.

July 22, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin