In the grand tradition of New Year fearless prognostications, I am sharing some yarn-y trends with you. Amazingly, they can all be summed up with one sentence: Making and wearing things from lovely yarns will be popular. There! You can stop reading if you have a serious knitting project to get back to.

However, here’s some trends identified by various sources. Make of them what you will…and be thankful we have a source of excellent and beautiful yarns in Powell River. 

1. Vogue Paris says “all over knits” is one of this season’s Top 20 Trends, citing designers such as Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel, Celine, Marc Jacobs… I am not sure about matching knitted pants, myself. 

2. A second Top 20 Trend from Vogue Paris is ponchos….and we all know that ponchos are great crochet and knit projects! GBOW even has a class on poncho knitting…ahead of the trend, that’s us.

3. Related to Trend 1….oversized everything. Big coats, capes, sweaters, and definitely yarns. Which is a good trend for slow knitters such as myself, as big yarn on big needles knits up quickly. Come check out our selection of Big Yarn. 

4. Marsala…not the wine, the colour… late each year, Pantone, the world-renowned authority on colour, announces a Color of the Year. 2015’s colour is Marsala, a rich, dark red. Can’t you picture a poncho, or a hat knit using Marsala? And to help you imagine “go with” colours, Pantone helpfully published seven colour pairings (I particularly like #6). Take notes and come to the store to pick your colours!

5. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) continues to be very popular which means knitting, crochet and weaving are hot as (serious) hobbies but also as ways of making useful new items, and repurposing old ones. Reusing yarn and fabric is eco-friendly…and older fibers can be mixed with new ones for a fresh take on a rug or sweater. 

6. Related to Trend 5 is ongoing and increasing local support here in Powell River for all things fiber and yarn. There’s the success of our very own LYS, Great Balls of Wool. There’s the upcoming Fiber and Fabric weekend put on by the Urban Homesteading School of Powell River. And there’s the Vancouver Island Spinners and Weavers Retreat coming up in March, to be held at Beach Gardens. I predict this is a trend that has not peaked yet! 

Happy Yarn and Fiber projects in 2015!