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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Setting the bar for 2015

I’ve never been really sure how to feel about New Year’s resolutions. There’s nothing like making yourself resolve to do something to take the fun out of it, which is why I really can’t bring myself to make any resolutions about my knitting.

But I do love a good challenge and setting strong goals at the beginning of the year is just the motivation I need to push myself and reignite the creative fires. Over the holiday I’ve been considering how I want to challenge myself in 2015 and I’ve got a pretty solid list now from which to work: Continue reading

Merry Monday: A Quick Christmas Contest

Great Christmas Knit Off and pudding

Remember the book that I talked about back in this post, and the contest that publisher Harper Collins was having to win a hamper full of crafty goodies in time for the holidays?

The winning image was chosen from entries that were submitted via Instagram and Twitter and Harper Collings made their announcement over the weekend:

christmas knit off contest winner tweet

I think the winning snap is genius – the blue lights from the London eye remind me of the flames that burn off the pudding! A quick search of the contest hashtag #ChristmasKnitOff showed that lots of people were getting creative with the Christmas puds!

Xmas pud and a fancy lattepudding at harrodssanta and pudding

My own was knit with Jamieson’s that I stuffed with lavender – thinking it would be a lovely little something to store in amongst my yarn after the contest was over. Of course, after the pudding being paparazzi’d everywhere I’m now thinking that I should have stuffed it with some Christmas spices (to make it smell like a real Christmas pudding, of course!) and added a loop to hang it from the tree. Oh well, the kids were quite taken with it so maybe I’ll do that with the ones I’m knitting for them!

The book itself is an enjoyable, fun read. I was also relieved to discover that my namesake in the book is a keen knitter…! But I’m not revealing any more than that, save that I’d love the opportunity to visit Hettie’s House of Haberdashery in real life. The Great Christmas Knit Off was nice and light, and perfect for curling up with over the holidays once all the hullaballoo has died down. Alexandra Brown, the author, has said that there will be more craft-themed books to follow this one, which is great news.

If you haven’t had had time to read the book yet, now’s your chance to win a copy – autographed by Alex too! Please leave a comment on this blog post with your favourite Christmas tradition that you’re most looking forward to this year. Be quick though – this contest is only open for 24 hours and will end at 10:59am GMT on Tuesday, 16 December. I’ll draw the winner and notify them right away so that I can get the prize in the post. No guarantees that it will make it to you before Christmas though!

PS – Alex – it was an honour to introduce you to Ravelry.

Siren Song

Siren Song

Siren Song

This elegant shawl develops in beautiful Art Deco waves. Yes, Siren Song is the long-awaited shawl version of Song of the Sea cowl. Continue reading

Trios of Summer Colour

Stay Awhile

Stay Awhile in Mink, Peony and Birch

I promised some ideas for colour combinations for a 3-colour Stay Awhile Shawl (see previous post), and here they are. I used Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton colours because I just love this palette. There are so many gorgeous colours, waiting to be combined! Continue reading

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