Book review: London Craft Guide

Every so often I’m asked to review a book or give a shout-out on my blog for various things within the knitting world. It’s a fun part of the knitting world as I travel to shows and meet more people people, dyers, and designers.

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Having been a Yarn Guide on the Great London Yarn Crawl in the past, the gals at Yarn in the City recently asked me to review their new book the London Craft Guide. I readily agreed, although privately I wondered what they might say about various shops in London that I’ve known for years. Having had the opportunity to preview a copy of the book though, I was pleasantly surprised by what I read – enough that I found myself wandering over to their stand at Unravel to purchase my own print copy.  Continue reading

Unravel 2016: show planning

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Going to a yarn and fibre show is incredibly fun and exciting! There are so many amazing vendors to see and discover. It’s a great way for us to immerse ourselves in our craft.

It’s no secret that Unravel is one of my favourites but with so many amazing yarn dyers and independent makers it’s easy to get overwhelmed – even for the most experienced show-goer. With Unravel happening this weekend I thought I’d share some of my top tips. Continue reading

Just a few more…

It’s half-term this week so I feel like I’m rushing even more than usual!

I missed posting this Maltings WIP last week by vivieknits - such a wonderful WARM view when today is so chilly!

I missed posting this Maltings WIP last week by vivieknits – such a wonderful WARM view when today is so chilly!

It was wonderful looking at so many photos of Maltings last week that I almost forgot about the other KAL that has been happening with Inspiration Knits designs – the Knit Play Hearts KAL in our Ravelry group featuring the Heart Deco cowl and Warm Hearted blanket patterns from Knit Play Colour. Continue reading

Merrily we knitalong…

I’m sure I’ve said it before but one of the most rewarding things as a designer is seeing my patterns go off into the world to be knit by so many of you. Knitalongs (KALs) always get me incredibly excited – especially when WIP and FO photos are posted!

February has been fantastic on the KAL front so far. Finishes have been pouring in from the Maltings KAL for the upcoming Unravel show. It’s nice to know it will be easy to spot people at the show with their Maltings cowls! Continue reading

Local yarn love

It has been incredibly exciting this last week seeing all of the Maltings cowls slowly starting to take shape in the Unravel KAL on Ravelry. As wonderful as it is to see one of my designs go off into the world and be knit and loved, I’ve been completely thrilled by the sharing of yarn porn that has happened on that thread! There was some serious #yarnstashlove happening as people were diving into their stash and emerging with gorgeous skeins.

I was so inspired seeing everyone else’s Maltings that I had to start knitting one that can be just for me and not a design sample!

What I really love and appreciate so much about this KAL though, are how thoughtful people have been with their yarn choices. Most have been making the decision to use yarn that is local to them, or even finding precious souvenirs from Unravel or other yarn shows past. Even knitters joining in from far away have picked up the theme and chosen yarns that are local to where they are. I’m happy that so many of you have taken the opportunity to re-discover some long-lost loves in your own stash.

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