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
I’m thrilled to announce that Shalimar Yarns are offering special kits to make Another Way.
Shalimar have created five different stripe combinations to work with the pattern, all of them equally gorgeous. Not bought the Another Way pattern yet? They’re throwing it in for free with the kit!
I like my patterns to be clear, so I’ve been chatting with like-minded knitters about the worst pattern-writing crimes we’ve seen. I’m not talking rare events; these are the annoying things we see far too often for our liking.
Here are my top 10 reasons NOT to cast-on a pattern. Come, join me on my soapbox. Continue reading
I’ve been blown away by the beautiful colour combinations, yarn choices and stripe ideas that the Foolproof mystery knitalong has sparked. I’m thrilled to see such fantastic projects made when the construction was a mystery. I know there are a few days left for the MKAL to officially run, but there’s too much to share already.
I didn’t want to single out individual projects, since there are so many great ones. But what I do want to do is think about what kinds of combinations work so well for this pattern and show some great examples. So if your project isn’t here, please don’t be offended – I can only a show a few and I loved them all! This MKAL has been a real masterclass in stripe combinations, produced by you, the knitters.
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Spice of Life: Variety
Here is my beautiful new Spice of Life Cowl, designed to showcase variegated yarn. I couldn’t choose only one texture to use because I wanted to celebrate the lovely variety of looks these yarns can create: the spice of life.
I’m thrilled to have heard that I’ve got my first magazine commission from Knit Now. Obviously I can’t tell you what it is yet…you will have to buy the June issue and find out! But what I will say is that I will write a pattern to use up the rest of the deeply gorgeous skein of yarn. If time is on my side I’ll also design a few gorgeous things to go with it too. I’m off to do the nitty gritty of the pattern and sample….and dream a little about what will go with it….shhh.