A Collaboration: Julie Hoover and Shibui

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Today a collaboration between two of my favorite things in the knitting world has launched and I am so excited. Julie Hoover, the designer behind such beauties as Cline, Docklight and Redford and Shibui Knits have worked together to create a collection of color and design.


Julie has created 3 new colors for Shibui: Black Plum, “inspired by the fruit, at is most perfect ripeness”, Vintage Rose, “inspired by her favorite shade of matte lipstick” and Glacier, “inspired by the reflections of sky and water on a cold, clear day.” The colors run over five of Shibui’s bases: Nest, Twig, Pebble, Tweed Silk Cloud and Silk Cloud.

If you have been in the shop recently, you have seen these new additions to our Shibui wall, so they are no surprise to you. But, today? Today Julie’s knitwear collection has launched and I must say it is filled with classic, wearable pieces for your wardrobe.

Post, is a popover knit in Nest. This simple and elegant design is just what I adore so I had one knit up for me.  The poncho/cape design allows for ease of movement and I love the detail along the seams.

Hahn is a sweater you could live in all of the time. Pebble and Silk cloud are combined in a relaxed v-neck sweater with just a bit of texture for interest. Soft, and especially lovely in Glacier, it is one of the standouts of the collection.

One of my favorite yarn combinations, Pebble held double, is featured in Julie’s design, Layton. Julie describes this sweater as a “pullover you want to live in”. Look at the detail on the turned up sleeve! That alone wants to make me put this on my needles!

Blume is a tulip-hemmed  pullover that is a great layering piece when knit without sleeves. Add sleeves and you will have a lovely sweater to keep the chill off your arms.  The design, in Twig and Silk Cloud, allows for a nice drape that is flattering all body types.  Blume worn over a pair of black pants, classic!

Julie included an accessory in her collection as well.  Wells is a reversible cowl worked in Pebble, Tweed Silk Cloud and Silk Cloud. With both a small and large version, for cozy doubling around your neck, this is a great basic.

Come see the yarns at the shop or if you are further afield we will have the collection at Stitches West (February 20-23) in Santa Clara. We are so excited as Julie Hoover will be joining us, along with Shibui, in the booth so please be sure to stop by and say hello and see this collaboration in person!

All photographs courtesy of Shibui Knits and Julie Hoover.


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