Meet the Indie Dyer: Travelknitter

Today’s blog post features an interview with a London-based indie dyer who I’ve long admired: Travelknitter. Like many of the indie hand-dyed yarns I love, Larissa’s colours are bold and rich, but also have a luxurious elegance to them. She doesn’t have the widest range of colours but instead sticks to a refined palette that sings! 

Read on for my interview with Larissa to learn more about the Travelknitter and her yarns.

Larissa knitting in Portugal

Larissa knitting in Portugal

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Wishing you a happy, colour-filled new year!

Happy New Year!

Winter sunset in Twickenham

Is is just me or are the colours of the sky more spectacular in the winter time?

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back, especially after last month’s end-of-year thumb fiasco. The thumb is definitely on the mend, and while I still can’t do much with fiddly little bits like finishing the Santas that were my goal for the end of December, I’m hoping to cast on and comfortably knit in the round on endless stockinette. I’m likening it to a kind of physical therapy – or at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! (Don’t worry, I’m going to get to those Santas finished soon since the kids are still asking for them, I just need a bit of time where I can concentrate once they’ve gone back to school.) Continue reading

Uh oh… now what?

And things were going so well too!

I’m a bit frustrated this week. I help to coach a young women’s basketball team (I’m not frustrated about that, it’s great fun!) and last weekend at practice there was an accident involving a basketball and my hand, well, thumb. I just thought it was bruised but as the evening wore on and it rapidly turned black, it was time to go for an x-ray. And came home with this:

Since posting this photo on Instagram earlier in the week I have tried knitting but only with limited success. It’s slow going and too painful to really feel like I’m accomplishing anything or get any enjoyment out of it. Continue reading

Designer Interview: Woolly Wormhead

Hello friends!

It was amazing to see so many of you at the Yarnporium in London earlier this month. Thank you for popping by! I loved helping enhance everyone’s stashes with new skeins of Countess Ablaze and Eden Cottage Yarns – as much as I would have liked to take them all home myself!

A little Countess Ablaze on the IK stand at the Yarnporium

A little Countess Ablaze on the IK stand at the Yarnporium

Post-Yarnporium things have been a whirlwind getting ready for Christmas. I’ve been doing lots of knitting for the kids but not much for myself, except for some new top-secret knitting that I hope to tell you about in the new year. Since I can’t share what I’ve been working on I thought it might be fun to share what some other fabulous folks in our yarn-loving community have been doing.

Woolly Wormhead

Woolly Wormhead

Woolly Wormhead is a knitting designer here in the UK that I admire hugely. A self-proclaimed “hat architect”, Woolly’s thing is HATS. I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a better example of the old adage, “do one thing, and do it well”. Woolly does it the best. If you’ve ever thought that knitting hats is boring, you’ve clearly never tried one of Woolly’s patterns. She’s single-handedly reinvented hat knitting! Okay, that might be taking it a bit far, but her designs literally turn things on their head with interesting constructions that result in hats that are beautifully sculptural.

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Meet the Indie Dyer: Eden Cottage Yarns

With this weekend’s Yarnporium happening in London I was reminded that while I’ve done a Meet the Indie Dyer profile on the Countess Ablaze before, I’d yet to feature Eden Cottage Yarns. Since I’ll have both of these gorgeous yarn companies on my stand at the Yarnporium there’s no better time to profile Victoria from Eden Cottage. Happily, she took some time out from her busy dyeing schedule to answer my questions.

Eden Cottage Yarn's beautiful Bowland DK in Hedgerow

Eden Cottage Yarn’s beautiful Bowland DK in Hedgerow

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The Loveliest Yarn Company: shop profile

Earlier this month I was delighted to meet Michelle from The Loveliest Yarn Company while I was visiting the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally. A new online yarn shop located in the Midlands, The Loveliest Yarn Co. has been stocking Knit Play Colour since opening this past summer. I hadn’t realised how many samples Michelle had made with her yarns using patterns from the book! Her yarns are wonderful and a couple of very pretty balls of West Yorkshire Spinners found their way home with me. I am still thinking about the gorgeous Life in the Long Grass though… You know I love to share a good yarn-y find so I knew I had to share this shop with you! Read on for my interview with Michelle.

Michelle chatting with a customer on her stand at Ally Pally

Michelle chatting with a customer on her stand at Ally Pally

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The secret is out: Yarn porn for Yarnporium

It’s no secret that I love a secret. And a secret that involves delicious yarn? Well it’s almost too much to bear!

Happily, my secret is out! Last week Countess Ablaze revealed on her Instagram that I will be bringing a selection of her yarns with me to the Yarnporium happening on November 5th and 6th in London. As if that weren’t enough of an announcement to cause yarn-y delirium, I’m also bringing a variety of yarns from Eden Cottage Yarns too!

I’m really thrilled to be bringing both of these ladies’ amazing yarns with me. While it’s great to bring my book and patterns I really love helping knitters choose their yarn for the project. It means I can help answer questions about yarn choice or the pattern, or a combination thereof. And really, if you’re getting a pattern and want to get started right away, what’s better than being able to get the perfect yarn in the same place?

So what am I bringing?

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