Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply

Spiced Plum

Vivacious 4ply Spiced Plum (image copyright Fyberspates, used with permission)

Today is the first in what will be a regular feature on the Inspiration Knits blog: yarn reviews. I am delighted to welcome our APlayfulDay, our first guest reviewer:

I’m thrilled to be the first guest to share my thoughts on some of the yarns that Louise features in her designs. When Louise and I first discussed the idea of yarn reviews and looked at the many lush and varied yarns she’s worked with, she suggested I take the lead with Fyberspates as I’m lucky enough to have worked with my fair share. First up on this list is Vivacious 4ply and one of my favourites in the Fyberspates range. Continue reading

Raymi of Sunshine

Raymi Mitts

Raymi Mitts

The grey spring here in London has got me thinking about, or should that be longing for, a vacation. We’re going to Wales, which, I admit, is not known for its sunshine. However, it can’t be as bad as a wet week in the Lake District with a fractious toddler and rain every day. Can it?

We’re not going for another five long weeks, but I’m already dreaming about holiday knitting projects. And the gulf between my knitting fantasies and reality. Continue reading

UGHly mitts

Pattern development 3 April

Design development 3 April

The original challenge from the Fingerless Gloves Fanatics Forum for the April 2012 KAL was to produce mitts with the most techniques, most kinds of yarn, most embellishment etc etc…

This is the version that mere mortals can see- before they are blinded by its garishness.

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Emperor’s New Mitts: Update

Emperor's Mitts Knitalong

Emperor’s New Mitts Knitalong

I have been blown away by the response on Ravelry.com to my new pattern! I don’t know what to say. I have loved every brilliant project photo, forum post, comment and private message. I am thrilled to be part of a community with such a good sense of humour. There have been so many highlights so I thought I’d share some of my favourites here.

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The Emperors New Mitts

The Emperor's New Mitts

The Emperor’s New Mitts

This spectacular pattern for the Emperor involves all possible knitting techniques known to man or woman. It includes cables, bobbles, stripes, entrelac, intarsia, mock cables, twisted stitches, nupps, beading, log cabin, buttons and embroidery. You will need to be confident at reading charts for lace and fairisle. You will need to be adept at knitting in the round at a very fine gauge.

These truly exquisite mitts, made from the finest gold yarn, are only visible to the most capable of knitters.

Despite their utter complexity, you may find that they make an ideal last-minute gift to knit for a loved one who is allergic to hand knits. They are also ideal for a quick fingerless gloves KAL if you’re not sure what to knit, since they will fit any theme exquisitely.

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