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Diamond travels across the pond.

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

We are so excited!
Diamond Yarns is going to be featured on Hochanda Television. It’s a craft shopping network show in the UK.

Mary Beth Temple, knitter, crocheter & spokeswoman, is there introducing the UK to some of our excellent yarns and designs. Here’s a preview you can watch if you are on Facebook.

For all your knitting and crochet needs! Mary Beth is new to Hochanda and you can watch her first show tomorrow at 8am!

Posted by HOCHANDA on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Introducing “Tradition Sock” !

Friday, September 1st, 2017
Diamond Luxury Tradition Sock

Diamond Luxury Tradition Sock

We welcome Tradition Sock to our Diamond Luxury line of yarns.

This sturdy new sock yarn comes in 16 lovely heather colors.
This blend of wool acrylic and nylon is spun with a soft by sturdy twist that allows it to be washed in warm water and to be tumble dried on low.
Although it’s called “Sock”, it is a sport weight yarn that can be used to knit or crochet any project that requires sport weight.

I am starting to design and knit a pair of toe-up socks with it and I will share the progress as I go. Here’s the start.

Beginnings of a toe-up sock with Diamond Luxury Tradition Sock

Beginnings of a toe-up sock with Diamond Luxury Tradition Sock

This pattern is going to have a different left and right foot toe, so I’m sloping the one side more gradually than the other so that the point is off-center, just like out longest toe is on each foot.

I’m knitting with a 2mm ChiaoGoo circular needle because I like a dense, warm fabric for my socks.

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Time to try a new staple worsted weight yarn!

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Diamond Luxury has carried Pure Wool Superwash yarn for quite a while, and we’ve added a “sister” line to our collection: Pure Wool Superwash Heather.

I know that most knitters develop a fondness for a staple yarn. The one they can count on, that is a general work-horse yarn, that never fails them, so why try something else, right? Well, we’d like to invite you to try Pure Wool and Pure Wool Heather and see if it stands up to your good taste and beautiful knitting. We are confident it will.

This yarn has a decent twist without making it too firm, so it’s still squishy soft. It knits at a worsted or aran weight and has excellent stitch definition. We have 52 solid colors and 16 heathers for you to try. This extensive palette has colors to suit each wardrobe and taste, or to accessorize your fall, winter and early spring coats and jackets.

This men’s vest is a updated classic! The tailored shoulders and precise V-neck details will make the wearer look great. Notice how crisp the pattern stitch and the ribbing look thanks to Diamond Luxury Pure Wool Superwash.

Knitting Lingo

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Is there a secret code in the world of knitting?  In order to fully relate to other knitters, who knew we had to learn not only the written pattern abbreviations but also the hidden meanings of acronyms currently winging their way around online knit n chat groups, ravelry forums, and any other chicks with sticks get-togethers.  Is it just a matter of convenience?  Or is this new-fangled lingo designed to create a close-knit society who can essentially communicate in a secret language?

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Here are sixteen of the most common knitting acronyms decoded-

FO – Finished Object (newly finished project).

FOTN – Fresh Off The Needles (the needles are still warm to the touch).

ISO In Search Of (a term often used on ravelry to signify a yarn search between knitters).

KAL – Knit A Long (a project worked on at the same time by a group of knitters).

KIP Knit in Public (taking a project to the streets).

LYS – Local Yarn Shop (better than any ice cream or candy shop).

LYSO – Local Yarn Shop Owner (that special someone who gets to rule the yarn castle).

MKAL Mystery Knit A Long (an organized group project especially popular on ravelry with a series of clues posted over a designated time period).

OTN On The Needles (current project).

SABLE Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy (never enough yarn!).

SIP – Sock In Progress (most current sock project).

SSS – Second Sock Syndrome (just like a virus, it hits every sock knitter at some point).

TINK (KNIT spelled backwards, refers to using both needles to un-knit a project one stitch at a time in order to repair a mistake.  Not to be confused with FROGGING, the rip-it, rip-it method of unraveling stitches row-by-row).

TU – Toe Up (a specific type of sock pattern).

UFO – UnFinished Object (the ‘never speak of it again’ project that hides in the shadows).

WIP Work in Progress (a current project).

Top Ten Yarn Crafts For Kids

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

School is out for the next sixty plus days and that translates into summer bliss for kids of all ages.  Sure they are as happy as clams at high tide right now, relaxing, hanging out without a care in the world, but there will be those cloudy days when the “I’m s-o-o-o bored” expressions are heard far and wide.  Where there is a wool there is a way, and all it takes is a few moments sorting through your yarn stash to prepare a summer survival kit complete with a few other essentials to keep the kids smiling and feeling creative.

Top Ten Yarn Crafts For Kids-

Olaf Pom Pom

Olaf Pom Pom

1. Making pom poms is a rite of passage in every childhood, and this hilarious snowman character from Frozen is just too cute to resist.  Materials: White worsted weight yarn, cardboard, scissors, blunt darning needle, orange and black felt, glue, black pipe cleaner, googly eyes.  How To: Cut two 3 ins doughnut shapes out of cardboard with a 1 ins diameter opening in center.  Thread a long length of yarn onto darning needle, holding both pieces of cardboard together in one hand, insert needle through center hole and wrap tightly around cardboard.  Repeat until completely covered and center hole is full.   Hold firmly in place, insert tip of scissors between cardboard circles and cut through yarn.  Tie a separate length of yarn tightly around center core.  Remove cardboard and trim pom pom to create an even look.  Glue felt mouth and nose on as shown above.  Cut pipe cleaner in half, push both through to center of pom pom and back up to create 4 ends.  Glue eyes in place.

Little Mermaids

Little Mermaids

2. Put a spin on an everyday household item with the right mix of sparkles, colourful yarn and playful imagination.  Materials: Wooden clothes pins (old-fashioned), glue, craft paint, paintbrush, multi-coloured worsted yarn, sparkly craft foam, scissors.  How To: Paint eyes, mouth and body as shown above, cut craft foam in a tail shape to fit inside clothes pin, glue in place.  Cut 15-20 pieces of yarn in 12 ins lengths, tie in middle with a separate piece of yarn.  Glue to top of pin.

Huichol Yarn Painting

Huichol Yarn Painting

3. Inspired by folk art created by the Huichol people of Mexico as an offering to the gods, this is a great craft for kids of all ages (adults might even end up joining in the fun zone).  Materials: Peel and stick vinyl floor tile, worsted or chunky weight yarns in a variety of bright colours, scissors.  How To: Peel off backing on the reverse side of floor tile, working from the center out, press yarn ends into place to create desired image.

Kool Aid Dyeing

Kool-Aid Dyeing

4. Kool-Aid dyeing is especially appealing to budding artists and also a win-win situation (guess who gets to knit the one of a kind yarn when it is fully dry).  Cover an outdoor table with plastic, set up a few skeins of pure wool, and watch the magic happen.  Materials:  Assorted Kool-Aid flavors, water, vinegar, microwaveable glass dish, plastic squirt bottles, and a few skeins of undyed wool.  How To: View the tutorial here.

Yarn Butterflies

Yarn Butterflies

5. Sometimes the simplest of crafts can hold the greatest charms.  These pint-sized butterflies make great fridge magnets, gift toppers and birthday party decorations.  Materials: Popsicle sticks, glue, colourful worsted weight yarn, scissors, pipe cleaners, small beads and googly eyes.  How To: Glue two popsicle sticks together in a wide X.  Let dry.  Starting approx. half an inch from outside edge, wrap yarn around sticks until completely covered.  Tuck in ends.  Wrap a pipe cleaner twice around center, leaving 3 ins at beginning and end, shape with fingers and attach a bead to each end.  Glue eyes to front.

Yarn Bowl

Yarn Bowl

6. A project that will keep little hands busy until its time for a snack and what a wonderful way to upcycle all those yarn ends.  Materials: Assorted yarns, scissors, diluted white glue, plastic wrap, medium or large bowl.  How To: Turn medium or large size bowl upside down, cover with plastic wrap.  Dilute white glue in a smaller bowl, dip yarn in bowl.  Run yarn through fingers to remove excess glue, place over plastic wrap in a loose fashion.  Leave until fully dry (one or two days).

CD Weaving

CD Weaving

7. Find a purpose for unused cds and let the kids create stunning artwork at the same time.  Materials: Old cds, a variety of colourful yarns, large blunt darning needle, and scissors.  How To: View tutorial here.

String Art

String Art

8. This quirky craft decorated countless rec rooms during the seventies and is making a serious comeback (see pinterest for oodles of impressive designs).  Materials: Colourful yarn, nails, hammer, pencil, pre-cut wooden board, scissors.  How To: Draw a simple shape or design on board with pencil.  Hammer nails approx. every inch following design outline.  Tie yarn end onto one nail to start and tightly pull across to wrap around an opposite nail.  Repeat until design is well-covered in yarn.  Tie off end and tuck in.

Yarn Bracelets

Yarn Bracelets

9. Looking for a birthday party activity that is simple enough for small fry?  Materials: Worsted weight yarn, paper roll, scissors, blunt darning needle.  How To: Precut paper rolls in half and make a side opening.  Wind yarn around as shown above.  Tuck in ends with darning needle.  Decorate as desired.

Finger Knitting

Finger Knitting

10. No tools required!  This is a super craft to entertain the kids in the backseat of the car while travelling long distances and may encourage interest in actual knitting later on.  Materials: Worsted or chunky weight yarn, scissors.  How To: View tutorial here.