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Choosing yarn colours from Sweet Georgia's palette.

Choosing yarn colours from Sweet Georgia’s palette.

I’m a great admirer of everything Aplayfulday is setting out to achieve in terms of stimulating creativity this year. Creativity is good. The way that this resonates for me is that I’m finally taking the plunge this year and creating an actual, real-life, book of designs.

Aplayfulday has set a love your blog challenge this week to write about Beginnings. So I’d like to write about the beginnings of this book. Continue reading

Purlescence: shop profile

purlescence-logo The kids go back to school today, so it’s a quick post for my first day back at work but happily another yarn shop profile!

Purlescence is rather a special kind of yarn shop. While primarily online, Purlescence is often found at various yarn shows and festivals throughout the UK where they meet many of their customers face to face. If you’re in the Oxfordshire area, you can also make an appointment to pop in, or plan to attend one of their workshops or quarterly Open Days where there are often special guests or offers. Having been both a workshop attendee, and a guest designer at a recent Open Day, I can vouch for this! It’s nice way to experience their friendly service in person, and also touch and pet their glorious yarns.

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Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock: yarn review

Louise is on Easter holidays with her kids at the moment so this is Allison stepping in to introduce today’s yarn review. 

Last year Louise was blown away by a gorgeous version of Knit Night by Clare Devine of Yarn and Pointy Sticks (who hosted yesterday’s stop on the Palette blog tour!). Clare had knit it in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock – a yarn that Louise wasn’t familiar with but that gave amazing results! 

Socks that Rock in Titiana - a more muted option

Painted knit up in Socks that Rock in Titiana

Clare also mentioned that the yarn was really lovely to work with (which gave Louise a good excuse to try it out knitting up a sample of Painted) so I thought she’d be the perfect person to ask to review the yarn. Over to you Clare!

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Painted & Fresco: new patterns in a Palette of colours

Painted really lets you see the colours in your yarn.

Painted lets you see all the colours in your yarn.

At last! Painted is available to buy. I know many of you have been waiting patiently for this pattern.

I have a little surprise. There is a DK/light-worsted shawl version too, called Fresco. Both patterns are available together in an ebook called Palette.

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Yarn show recap: Edinbugh Yarn Festival

It’s just possible I missed myself at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Luckily Allison Thistlewood made the journey North. After seeing just quite what I was missing via Alli’s Instagram feed over the weekend, I asked her to share her exploits here.

One of the things that I enjoy most about working with Louise is the very genuine passion she has for the knitting and fibre community – and the creativity that thrives within it. If you haven’t gathered it yet from reading her blog, Louise is a real knitter’s Knitter. And I’m not just saying that because she asked me to guest blog for her today!

All kidding aside, what I’m getting at is that Louise is just like the rest of us knitters who are a just a wee bit crazy about our craft – especially when it comes to a yarn show. She loves the energy, the vibe, and oh! the yarn fumes from the smooshy goodness!

So this post is written with that in mind so as to help Louise (and you too, dear reader) have a taste of what #EFY2015 was really like… Continue reading

Meet the indie dyer: Kettle Yarn Co.

It’s probably no surprise that one of my favourite things as a designer is all the delicious yarns there are to play with! As I’ve been working on big design project this year, it’s meant an opportunity to explore even more wonderful yarns – and share my findings with all of you.

Kettle Yarn Co

One of the new indie dyers that I’ve fallen for is Linda from Kettle Yarn Co. Linda only launched Kettle Yarn Co. in 2013 but already her yarns have generated a buzz and loyal following in the UK knitting scene. Linda was kind enough to answer some questions about what it’s like spending her days surrounded by colour and yarn.

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