New in Store: Habu Textiles April 12, 2012 – Posted in: New in Store, Project Ideas

After much anticipation, our order from Habu Textiles has finally arrived! We are thrilled to be adding these unique and exquisite yarns to our shelves and are excited to begin experimenting with shapes, texture, and colour!  What to cast on first?

Silk Stainless Steel

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A stainless steel core wrapped in silk – this yarn is surprisingly soft and supple.  The stainless steel provides the added benefit of built-in “memory” that allows for shaping of your finished project. Crinkle it, curl it, twist it – it will bend to your will and stay that way until you straighten it.   This yarn is easiest when knit using two strands and is often combined with Habu’s Fine Merino (see below). Content: 69% silk, 31% stainless steel / Yardage: 311 yds.  View available colours here. Most colourways in stock!

Tsumugi Silk

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Tsumugi Silk is 100% silk with little specks of colour throughout giving it a slightly tweedy feel. Beacause it is soft and light, this yarn is ideal for summer garments.  It can be double- and triple-stranded to achieve the weight and gauge necessary for your project and it also combines well with other yarns. Content: 100% silk / Yardage: 450 yds. View available colours here. Most colourways in stock.

Fine Merino

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Extremely soft and fine merino, this yarn lends itself to many different projects and can be used single-, double-, or triple-stranded. Although there are many available colourways, if you don’t find the exact shade you’re looking for, you can create your own by combining multiple strands of different colours. Can also be felted. Content: 100% merino / Yardage: 747 yds. View available colours here. Most colourways in stock.

Project Ideas!

We are crazy for all of the patterns below and will be knitting several up as store samples. The Insouciant tee is already on the needles and Teikei and Kozue are next up!

Row 1:

Teikei by Kirsten Johnstone (Photo: Kirsten Johnstone)
Thursday by Kirsten Johnstone (Photo: Habu Textiles)

Row 2:

Kusha Kusha by Setsuko Torii (Photo: Habu Textiles)
Kozue by Kirsten Johnstone (Photo: Habu Textiles) Pattern available in store.

Row 3:

Insouciant by Julie Hoover (Photo: Julie Hoover) Pattern available in store.
Hakusa by Kirsten Johnstone (Photo: seahorseknitsPattern available in store.


Coming Soon… Habu KITS!

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Fique Pineapple Bag: A simple lunch bag made with 4 balls of unusual pineapple yarn.  The leather handles are sold separately. Click here to view colour options.

Liesl by Coco Knits: A long flattering tank top made using wrapped silk on the top and paper cord yarn on the bottom. A unique addition to any wardrobe. Click here to view colour options.

– Melissa