We had a wonderful trunk show at DocKnits Spring Retreat featuring Shibui yarns. This lovely company hails from Portland, Oregon and their yarns are manufactured in Japan. Shibui specializes in combining their yarns to give us an even greater range of fabrics outside of a single yarn knit. Their products are truly exquisite and you really have to feel them to understand. Drop by the store as we start displaying our spring and summer lines!
The pattern designs by Shibui are very unusual, architectural and Asian in influence, but you can also use these yarns for many other spring and summer knit patterns. We would like to highlight some of our favourites for you!
One of my personal favourites is Shibui’s new Linen yarn called REED. This fingering weight yarn has a chainette construction and it is really love to work with…not fibrous, like some of the other 100% linen yarns. It washes and blocks very well and the drape is unbelievable.
Shibui has also paired with the designer Eileen Fisher and their knits are perfect compliment to Eileen’s esthetic. The Athens Tank, done by Shellie Anderson, is in my queue! With or without a tank underneath, it is long and flowy…great for hot weather.
The Notched Hem Tank Top, by Purl Soho, has been in my queue for a long time and we knit it up in Reed….It is lovely! The armholes are a bit smaller than the Athens Tank, if that matters and the side gusset is really interesting.
One example of a Shibui Mix is the Siena Cardigan. It is done with Reed and the wonderfully soft Lunar yarn ( a mix of merino and silk, lace-weight). This would be the perfect pull on cardi for a cool evening.
I have to mention Square-ish….a poncho done in Reed by Hilary Hues. This is such a simple knit! Just two rectangles and then you sew the shoulders and the sides. Great over a tank or a summer dress.
Check out our selection of Reed HERE
If you would like to see the full range of colours for Reed, Click HERE. We would be more than happy to order any colour for you
RAIN, is a DK weight 100% mercerized cotton that Shibui is promoting this year. Again, it is in a chainette construction for easy knitting (no splitting!) and the construction will help prevent any significant stretching that we sometimes get with 100% cotton.
Meghan knit this up in Brick with the Nova pattern by Shellie Anderson and it looked wonderful on her!
I really like the Meridan cardi, again by Shellie Anderson, as it would be a great slip on for the spring and summer. The wide lapels would drape really well if the cardi was done in Rain. Both short and long sleeve versions are available
Click HERE to see our selection of Shibui Rain
If you would like us to order any other colours, we would be happy. Click HERE to see the full range of Rain colours.
Lastly, I would also like to mention Shibui TWIG. We have had this yarn in the store before and I love it! Made of linen, recycled silk and a tiny bit of wool, it is one of the lightest yet warm yarns.
Peggy did up Slope in Twig and it was a really cute. You can see the architectural lines in this little tank and it looks great paired with a skirt or wide legged pants.
Another great knit was the Crete scarf done in Twig and Lunar. This was a KAL that Shibui just finished and I knit one up in no time. It is knit on the bias (easy, honestly) and you vary between single Twig and pairing it with Lunar. This would be wonderful for a wedding or special occasion, even if you are just heading out for dinner.
Similar to Square-ish, Shibui is featuring a new pattern “Aalto” done with Twig. It will be a bit larger (although you can make Squareish to any size) and I love the Bluestone colour they have featured. Check it out on Ravelry!
Click HERE to see our selection of Twig
And if you don’t see a colour you like, click HERE and send us an email. We would be more than happy to order it for you!
So Shibui is a great company with wonderful yarns. To conclude, the owner says this about knitting…….a kindred spirit!
As our founder likes to say, “If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?” We really enjoy what we do, and you’ll hear us laugh every day, always looking for ways to weave joy into the moment. After all, at the end of the day, we know it’s just yarn. Not the end of the world.