Have a Play: Using a gradient in Flight of Colour

I’m excited to share with you a new feature on the blog that I’ve been wanting to introduce for a while. I often get emails from happy knitters and shops that have knit samples of my patterns, but with their own playful changes. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember to make notes in your project page on Ravelry, or to look at what others have done. I thought it would be fun to have the knitters of those projects share their modifications here so that everyone can be inspired to knit their own version.

Sarah's Flight of Colour shows off a gradient interspersed with solid stripes

Sarah’s Flight of Colour shows off a gradient interspersed with solid stripes

Today’s guest blog post is by Sarah Lewis of Purlescence who created a lightweight shop sample of Flight of Colour using SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock and one of their Party of Five gradient packs. Read on to learn how she did it.

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Meet the Indie Dyer: Triskelion Yarn and Fibre

triskelion photoHello! The kids are back at school this week so I’ve been turning my thoughts to making a plan for the upcoming Wonderwool show. I can’t wait to visit this highly popular show in Wales, in just a couple of weeks. Going through the list of exhibitors I realised that I hadn’t had an indie dyer profile on the blog in a while and it seemed the perfect opportunity to have a chat with someone whose yarns I’ve long admired: Caerthan Wrack of Triskelion Yarn and Fibre. I’m looking forward to seeing Caerthan again and after our chat about everything he’s been working on I’m sure I’ll acquire some new pretties at his stall once again! 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

London Launch Party for Knit Play Colour and Yarn Tamer KAL Kicks Off

Hello! Hello! Things have slowly but surely getting back to normal here and it seems like the franking machine and I may have made friends at last. The next batch of orders of Knit Play Colour went to the post office today so they should be with you soon!

Anna Feldman and Wild & Woolly

Anna is ready to welcome you at Wild & Woolly!

If you’ve been waiting for the chance to get your copy of the book from a yarn shop local to you, or to see the samples in person then I’ve got another chance for you to do so. I’m very happy to announce that Anna from Wild & Woolly will not only be carrying Knit Play Colour but hosting a launch party for it as well. And the party is this Saturday, 10th October! Continue reading

Wollmeise: yarn review

After the appearance of the elusive Wollmeise at the recent I Knit Fandango this past spring, it seemed like a good time to review this yarn on the blog. Wollmeise isn’t as hard to come by as you might think – although because it is mostly only available online, hopefully this review by Robynn will let you know a little more about it.

L-R: Gluckstag, Amazonas, Franz with Chickenpox, Flohmarkt

Louise’s I Knit Fandango acquisitions from Wollmeise, L-R: Gluckstag, Amazonas, Franz with Chickenpox, Flohmarkt

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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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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!

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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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