Quadratic KAL

Hi,

Hope you had a good weekend wherever you are in the world. Mine was busy and filled with a visit from a very good friend. It was brilliant to catch up and nice to take a break away from the laptop.

Today is the 1st of December. I can’t quite believe it myself but indeed it is true. Even though I am still pretty stretched with work knitting and deadlines I want to be kind to myself and knit something relaxing over the next few weeks. I have chosen to take part in the Quadratic KAL being held in the Eden Cottage Yarns group. I work closely with both Victoria and Jo and thought it would be a great way to relax and chat to knitty folk.

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Quadratic by David O’Kelly is simply brilliant. You may recall me professing my love for this pattern a little while ago when it first came out. A large garter triangle with perfectly placed stripes. Easy to knit and the ideal project for using up some much loved yarn where I only have a little bit left from a skein. I had previously cast on for this in 4ply (the suggested weight) however for a number of reasons I decided against continuing with that yarn. For this KAL I am opting for a DK version, it is going to get cold soon enough and I will need a warm cosy shawl for the long days at my desk (my office has no radiator so can be a little chilly).

I chose some fabulous Whitfell DK, the new 100% alpaca mill dyed range from Eden Cottage Yarns and went stash diving for my contrast stripes. I have a delicate silvery grey called Dove from Ginger’s Hand Dyed, some bold green, Almost Spring, and fluorescent yellow, Highlighter, from Rainbow Heirloom and then some stunning bright blue Navia and some hot pink from West Yorkshire Spinners. It is going to be an 80’s inspired neon shawl, and it’s going to be epic.

Quadratic

 

Fancy joining in? I would love to chat to some of you over in the Eden Cottage Yarns group.  You can find the KAL here. 

Want to get your hands on a copy of the pattern, pop over to Ravelry by clicking here. 

Have a wonderful week.

Clare x

 

My Top 10 “Neck Knits” #giftalong2014

In keeping with my #giftalong2014 theme I have selected some of my favourite “neck knits”. Ravelry is bursting with amazing cowls, shawls and scarves. Here are my top ten from the discounted patterns in this years Indy giftalong.

I love cables and this unusual cable style is not something I have seen around much. Shannon Cook pairs the sophisticated cable with some stunning grey yarn. Lansbury, the perfect cowl is born.

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I used to knit more shawls than socks, even though I now find myself working on socks more than shawls I still have a soft spot for a good shawl pattern.

Someday by Hanna Maciejewska uses two skeins of fingering weight. Sideways, garter stitch and the contrasting border. This looks like it would be a great knit, easy but not boring and the finished shape is simply stunning.

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Hrim by Bristol Ivy is one of my favourite shawl patterns of the moment. I love the shape, the combination of the yarn weights and textures. I am planning on knitting one of these shawls for myself. I need to choose the yarn from my stash but I am hoping to use some silk from Dye for Yarn, I just need to decide what to mix it with. The other shawls in the Frost Fair collection are also on my “to knit” list. If you had not already gathered Bristol Ivy can do no wrong in my knitting world at the moment.

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I am not always a bit beaded shawl fan. I like simple clean lines and unfussy details. The Sunburst Shawl by Helen Stewart ticks all these boxes. The shape is beautiful, a wide crescent shaped shawl is very practical and flattering at the same time. Helen has added the perfect amount of sparkle here with beaded accents that give glitz and glamour without being over the top. The yarn she has chosen is also amazing, that subtle grey in a base I know well by Kettle Yarn Co. Shawl perfection!

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Chunky shawls are not the norm and I think chunky lace is often difficult to get right. Elizabeth Felgate has nailed it here though. Three balls of fabulous New Lanark Chunky and you have a warm and cosy wrap for the winter. It is just what I need to keep me warm sitting at my desk this winter. The chunky yarn would also make a fabulously quick gift knit. 

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Garter stitch, stripes and unusual constructions. These two designs by Laura Aylor are quirky and fun. I love the concepts and squishy garter stitch always warms my heart.

Tuck wraps around your neck and ties at the back, meaning you can control the width easily and it will never mess up your hair.

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Hot Tea. Two layers of garter stitch! There is nothing more to add here. Two layers of garter stitch! (I had to repeat it because it makes me so excited). Squishy, stretchy and warm. Keep it plain and simple or go wild with stripes. Perfect for using up leftovers.

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Staying on the theme of textured stitches creating stunning cowls. I stumbled across this one by Galzanne Knits and instantly fell in love. The combination of slipped stitch rib and brioche stitch in Simply A Cowl work so well together.

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Another smorgasbord of texture in a cowl is Global Nomad, another fantastic knit by Helen Stewart. I won’t lie the grey and yellow drew me in, this is my favourite colour combination at the moment. The mixtures of textures and eyelets is a delight to the eye. Each panel works with the other while standing out on it’s own. I also love that is is worked in two colours, so many opportunities to play with colour combinations. Helen did a great podcast about Colour Theory recently, I found it really interesting.  

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Last, but certainly not least. A brilliant shawl by the very talented Jennifer Dassau. Rondelay has been on my knitting needles twice. I made one for my mother in law and then had to make another for myself. Rondelay is worked using short rows and comes from a series of short row shawl that are utterly brilliant. I highly recommend a look at Jennifer’s patterns.

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Don’t forget I also have a number of patterns in the #giftalong sale. You can find my 19 discounted patterns here. 

Brunswick is not only perfect for summer weather. It would also make a fabulous addition to your festive season party outfit. I am working on a heavier weight version of this pattern to be released in the coming weeks. If you buy the 4ply version now you will automatically get the heavier weight version when it is released.

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Happy knitting,

Clare

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Glasgow School of Yarn

Hope you are having a good week, I am recovering from a whirlwind few weeks culminating in the Glasgow School of Yarn event over the weekend. It was a real reminder for me of what difference a year can make. This time last year we had just arrived in Edinburgh, I had a little baby who was crawling but not walking and we were living in a dingy cold damp flat. Fast forward a year I have an exuberant toddler, a new home with space for my office, that is not dingy or damp (it is a little cold but this is Scotland and it is October) and I am working for myself as a designer and freelancer. Wow!

Some things don’t change though and one of those things is my passion for humanitarian work and causes – the old job, the one that came before knitting and small children. With that in mind I was very grateful to be part of the team of volunteers who helped run the p/hop stand for MSF (Medecins Sans Frontier) at the Glasgow School of Yarn. The initiative started by some lovely knitters a number of years ago raises money for MSF by matching up skilled designers with knitters who love patterns – all that is asked is the knitters give a donation in line with how much enjoyment the pattern with bring them, hence P/hop (pennies for hours of pleasure). We raised a whopping £729! Thanks for all your support generous knitters of Scotland and beyond.

I was also helping out on the Ginger Twist Studio stall with my pal Jess and her lovely yarns (they really are fab). We had a selection of my books and patterns too – it was very exciting to see my work in print at a yarn event.

Here are some pictures from the two days – it really was a fab weekend.

The lovely Jess from Ginger Twist Studio in her booth.

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My patterns on display at the GTS booth, exciting times!

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Brilliantly bold yarn from John and Easy Knits

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Feeling a little weary at the end of day one, wearing my winter Brunswick, a thicker cozier version – the revised pattern will be released in November.

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Skeining yarn in the car on Saturday morning as we made our way across to Glasgow.

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  The MSF stall and some fab raffle prizes donated by the generous vendors at GSOY.

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My restrained purchases from GSOY. Some beautiful ceramic earrings from Susan Sharpe, they are super cute and I have worn them all week. I also bought some lovely Polwarth fibre from Easy Knits in the Dusk colourway. I am going to use it to make the new slippers Cadeautje by Ysolda from her Knitworthy collection. 

Did you go to GSOY? I would love to hear about your adventures. If you did not make it to this event have you been to one of the other fab events over the summer months. Share you thoughts and links to blog posts in the comments – I love hearing about yarn related adventures.

Happy knitting,

Clare

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The moment when something screams “knit me”

I really do love the moment when something comes across my desk and it just screams “knit me”. During my Saturday morning editing stint there were two such moments. In all honesty it took a lot of restraint to not down tools, dig in the stash box and start swatching.

Now they are both live on Ravelry I just had to share them with you. They are both very special in their own way and I could not help but shout about them.

The first combines many of my knitting loves; lace weight yarn, beautiful stylish shapes in airy fabric and the clever use of techniques, think i-cords and ways of combining yarn that you don’t see very often. Pellucid by Dieuwke van Mulligen is something really special. 

Copyright: Dieuwke van Mulligen. Used with permission.

Copyright: Dieuwke van Mulligen. Used with permission.

Using Fyberspates Gleem Lace (55% wool / 45% silk) this would be a luxurious and stylish addition to your autumn wardrobe and with some clever layering it could take you through winter and pop you out into spring again (yes, I am already thinking of spring and autumn only just started – that is the Southern Hemisphere in me).

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I am seriously tempted to cast this on, I have two shades of grey lace weight that I think would work very well together.

The next design is another pattern that I feel will soon be adorning my needles with some sumptuous grey yarn. David O’Kelly (the lovely partner of Victoria Magnus from Eden Cottage Yarns) launched Quadratic over the weekend. It is an excellent example of how a simple concept can transform into something quite magical with the right combination of shape, yarn and colour.

Copyright: Victoria Magnus / David O'Kelly. Used with permission.

Copyright: Victoria Magnus / David O’Kelly. Used with permission.

A triangular shawl knitted from the bottom up in squishing garter stitch with bands of stocking stitch featuring luxurious Hayton (MCN) in a steely grey and bright Autumn shades in BFL Sock. What’s not to love.

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I can see myself knitting one of these in a skein of yarn from The Golden Skein, I have the perfect grey main colour. To top it off I have some silk / merino mini skeins I bought at Unwind that would make the perfect stripes. I might cast this on for my trip to Yarndale in a few weeks. It would make the perfect train knitting project.

This pattern is 50% off until midnight on the 6th of September with the code QUAD50.

There are so many new patterns on Ravelry this week. Have you spotted anything that screams “Knit me”?

Happy knitting.

Cx

 

Summer Knitting

It has been a glorious few days here in Scotland and while I am in the midst of knitting a warm woolly sweater I have also been day dreaming about summer knitting. It is the time of year when I want to have light airy tops and something cool between my fingers as I knit. Ravelry is bursting with fabulous summer knits and I thought I would share my pick with you.

The original idea for this post came from my obsession with two summer knits that were released a few months ago. The first is the Folded Lace Tank that was released in April 2014 by Bristol Ivy. It was published in the magazine knit.wear, which never fails to produce a stunning collection of stylish knits. The tank is knitted with Manos del Uruguay Serena a wonderful combination of alpaca and cotton. I am so in love with this top.

Copyright: Interweave Knits. Used with permission from Bristol Ivy.

Copyright: Interweave Knits. Used with permission from Bristol Ivy.

Back in February Pom Pom Quarterly released their Spring magazine and ever since I have toyed with the idea of knitting the Waterlily top by Meghan Fernandes. The sample is knitted from Kettle Yarn Co. ISLINGTON, a silk / wool blend with a fabulous drape and the lustre on silk can provide.

I have seen a few examples of this top knitted up by fellow Ravelers and heard it is a great pattern to work with.

Copyright: Juju Vail. Used with permission from Pom Pom Magazine

Copyright: Juju Vail. Used with permission from Pom Pom Magazine

In true Clare style I have also trawled the pages of Ravelry to find some other gorgeous summer style tops to inspire you.

I really love the clever construction of this summer tee Sun Tea by Laura Aylor. Perfect for using that one special skein of sock for the top / yoke paired with a complementary or contrasting main colour for the body.

Copyright Laura Aylor. Used with permission.

Copyright Laura Aylor. Used with permission.

The clean lines and simple details of these designs make for pretty summer knits that are interesting to work on too.

Laura has also released another fabulous design that has me itching to cast on. Sirocco, a stunning t-shirt stye top knitted in Madeline Tosh Merino Light. I only spotted it this morning and I am smitten. 

Copyright: Laura Aylor. Used with permission.

Copyright: Laura Aylor. Used with permission.

Laura has a 40% discount on her summer knits until June 27th. I might have to stock up on some of her patterns. 

Camelia Tee by PlaySweetMusic uses a merino silk blend, meaning it will be heavenly to wear, soft and so silky. I love the cute little lace details on the shoulders and the shape of the neckline. Beautiful.

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Another silk / wool top with beautiful details is Grace Kelly by Susanna IC, perfect for dressing up and dressing down. This top is a winner all round.

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Fancy something a little lighter? Maybe this one is for you. Mediterranean by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud. Relaxed but stunningly beautiful details make this a real winner in my book. Knitted from lace weight silk and plant fibre it will be perfect for the warmer weather, while equally good over something a little warmer for cooler weather. Another top that can easily be dressed up and dressed down.

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The next two pattern ideas are similar in style but also very distinctive in their own right.

The first is Portico by Sarah Gresbach and comes in both adult and “little people” sizes. This is always a big pull for me. Not that I want to be matchy matchy all the time but I do like the idea of mini versions of the designs I love.

Copyright Sara Gresbach. Used with permission

Copyright Sara Gresbach. Used with permission

Copyright Sara Gresbach. Used with permission

Copyright Sara Gresbach. Used with permission

This top by Stefanie Pollmeier called Nachtfalter was released by Holla Knits, a great cutting edge knitting collection curated by Allyson Dykhuizen

I love the colour, I love the cut, the style, the lace, I love, love, love this top. Need I say more. I think it could easily take you through all the seasons too. Stefanie also designed the Garland sweater that was in Pom Pom and is well worth a look if you want a glamorous autumn / winter sweater.

Copyright Stefanie Pollmeier. Used with permission.

Copyright Stefanie Pollmeier. Used with permission.

Next, a top that I think would be the perfect beach top. It that could easily be dressed up or down for day wear and casual evening wear too. A fabulous holiday knit. I really love this design, Beverly Beach Shirt by Kate Bostwick and have bought the pattern, I just need to decide on some yarn.

Copyright Kate Bostwick. Used with permission.

Copyright Kate Bostwick. Used with permission.

The final top Sophia by Juliet Moody is stylish and has so much promise. Knitted in worsted weight wool it would make a warmer summer top and also a great autumn (and maybe winter) top depending on where you live in the world. Scottish winter – maybe not, but it would have been perfect when I lived in South Africa.

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I know some people stop knitting in the warmer months (or so I have been told). I certainly keep knitting through the seasons, it would take more than some warm weather to pry the needles from my hands. Do you knit in summer? Have you got a special summer project on the go at the moment?

Weekly Round Up #4

This week the round up has an island flavour.

I came across some articles about Shetland and the Faroe Islands I thought would be interesting to share with you. I know they are not the same country but being “neighbours” I thought they would not mind being in the same island feature.

I found this on my Twitter feed and instantly knew I wanted to share it in the round up. It is a fabulous read about knitting in Shetland by Ella Gordon. She is a textile artist who lives in Shetland and her work is amazing. I highly recommend a good scout around her blog. 

Ella Gordon

http://ellagordon.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/oilknitting/

Ella’s blog reminded me of a brilliant book that I got for my birthday. If you are interested in Shetland, you need this book.

Shetland book

http://www.shetlandheritageshop.com/Shetland-Textiles-800BC-to-the-Present.html

This book was recommended to me by Louise from Knit British. She is fab! She is from Shetland. She loves British yarn. She has a fabulous blog and podcast. You need to check her out … quick, click on the link. I promise you will not regret it. 

Knit British

http://www.knitbritish.net

Finally not a British Isle but an island with fabulous wool! I chanced across this blog post from Faroe Strands about their yarns. I really enjoyed it, and thought it would be nice to share. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Faroe

http://faroestrands.wordpress.com/colours-of-snaeldan

Have a fabulous Sunday. Happy knitting.

C

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Week in Pictures

It has been a busy old week for us, packed with fun adventures spanning two continents with very little sleep in between. I might be tired but I am happy and we are very lucky to be having such a brilliant family adventure. I thought it might be nice to share my highlights in pictures with you. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, wherever you are in the world.

The week started with a ‘wee’ adventure with my mom in Scotland. We went to see the Kelpies, two brand new sculptures just north of Edinburgh. They are amazing, and if you are in this part of the world I highly recommend a visit this summer. IMG_8557

The little one likes her new dinosaur backpack, which is handy as I need to try and stop her from running off too much. Especially in busy places or on busy roads (her new favourite activity is to try and launch herself off the pavement – not great).

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It was a grey and drizzly day but the sculptures are so beautiful I did not mind a splash of rain. I am getting used to the Scottish weather now, and usually remember my raincoat.

We then whipped across the world to Canada (my brother in law is getting married in two weeks so we are here for the wedding). I was even able to get some secret knitting done on the plane. The joy of traveling with another adult who can share the the child minding responsibilities on the plane. Watch this space for more details on this super exciting project. More news in a few weeks!

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We are staying in Calgary for a few days before we head into the mountains. The first day was rainy (much like Scotland) and we were tired so we had a wander through the Devonian Gardens in town, a indoor garden on the top floor of the mall. The plants were beautiful but I was more interested in the sculptures and the beautiful grey patterns of the glass roof against a grey sky (it is always about the grey with me).

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I was over the moon to find this green tea frozen yoghurt, it was delicious. I love green tea flavoured things.

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IMG_8707 IMG_8708 IMG_8709On Thursday I went to a local yarn store called The Loop. In a few days I will give you the full low down on my trip there, but they put me onto a brilliant mill about an hour north of Calgary called Custom Woollen Mill. More details on them soon, I have lots of pictures and a yarn haul to share with you. Here are a few snaps from our trip yesterday. The sun shone and we had a brilliant time.

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And I am happy to say my yarn purchases were approved by the small person. Here is a sneak peak of some of the yarn I got at the mill.

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Shoes for Socks

Last week I showed you my lovely Hedera socks, a brilliant Cookie A design as part of the blog week challenge. I promised to deliver a solution to their quest to find the perfect partner, and here it is.

I have to start this piece with a caveat. I like shoes, but I also like to be comfortable. I walk a lot and frequently carry a toddler on my back. All of these factors contribute to the fact I can usually be spotted pounding the pavements of Edinburgh in my trusty (and rather old) North Face walking shoes. They are not pretty, I bought them in Australia, they have travelled across the world with me, spanning four continents, they are my trusted and faithful companions.

That said, I did not come here to talk about my old walking shoes. I came here to dream my friends! To dream of the magical combinations of hand knit socks and beautiful shoes.

As an avid sock knitter I think the discussion about how we show off our beautifully crafted items is an important part of sock knitting. I have scoured the internet and Ravelry to find some inspiring examples of sock and shoe combinations that will hopefully make your heart sing.

Prepare yourself for a smorgasbord of delightful hand knitted socks and some spectacular shoes.

Flats, heels, brogues, loafers, trainers, plimsoles … the choices are endless when it comes to finding the perfect match for your knitted socks. Here is a selection of my favourites found on Ravelry. The boundless talent of knitters never ceases to amaze me.

Mary-Jane style shoe fan? Comfortable, practical, and simply brilliant at showing off your favourite socks.

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Thanks to the Ravellers Peaknits, Kinara, Coopknits, SA Knitter and Dussaultnbattery for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.

Loafers and brogues more your style? How about these examples for some inspiration.

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Thanks to the Ravellers Coopknits and Nina 90 for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.

If you are looking for some irresistible sock patterns to complement your fabulous shoe selection look no further than Rachel Coopey. This utterly brilliant British designer has a phenomenal talent when it comes to designing socks. She has a number of sock books and clubs available and the patterns are exceptional. Additionally, she has just released an accessories collection Toasty (in case you fancy a change from hand knitted socks).

Ballet pumps and lace ups dominate your shoe collection? Whether your socks are patterned or plain, you can’t go wrong with the flats and hand knit sock combo.

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Thanks to the Ravellers Evilcb, Leah and Hildegunn for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.

Comfort your main priority? If you are like me and love trainers, I think (though I may be biased) that nothing, and I mean that, absolutely nothing beats some hand knit socks and a pair of Converse. I am biased, and I did spend my teenage years in the 90’s try to scuff up my Converse (much to my mothers disgust). I may be a little older but I still have a big place in my heart for some well worn canvas plimsoles.

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Thanks to the Ravellers Leah and Pixisis for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.

If you really want to let your socks shine you could opt for the clear Converse. They were released a few years ago and I am not sure how easy they are to find in the shops but they are, without doubt, a spectacular option for the hand knit sock show off in you.

Used with permission. Copyright: Sundogstudio

Used with permission. Copyright: Sundogstudio

Thanks to the Raveller Sundogstudios for the use of her gorgeous sock and shoe combination.

I am not very good at walking in heels. I think it is a combination of lack of training and being seriously clumsy that have meant I am very rarely seen in heels. That said, I was in awe of some of the sensational hand knit sock and heels combinations I found on my Ravelry hunt. Here is a small selection of those gorgeous combinations.

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Thanks to the Ravellers AnnikaAlmgren, What the Hay, Pneuma, Peacethrufibre, Knittymuggins and BrittanyLaine  for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.

That brings me to the end of favourites from Ravelry, but I felt it wouldn’t be fair to leave you there. In my typical enabling fashion I thought I should at least show you some options to fulfill all your shoe shopping desires. Admittedly I may have a rather eclectic taste, and I am certainly not a fashion expert (ahem, scruffy walking shoe alert) … however I do love to dream a little sometimes. This is my selection of dream shoes to show off my socks.

I have paired each shoe with a sock from my Ravelry pages. I highly recommend knitting these sock patterns too!

These bright striped socks knitted from Trailing Clouds would be the perfect match for these clear Jelly boots from Office. 

Trailing Clouds Self Stripe - Mind the Gap

Trailing Clouds Self Stripe – Mind the Gap

Juju Jelly Mega Glitter Boots from Office.co.uk

Juju Jelly Mega Glitter Boots from Office.co.uk

How about all the metallics? Silver socks and copper shoes, a match made in heaven? I think Dr Martens has a brilliant selection of shoes worthy of your favourite socks. 

Thelonious Socks by Cookie A

Thelonious Socks by Cookie A

Dr Marten - Jocelyn in the colour Copper

Dr Marten – Jocelyn in the colour Copper

Spring Socks need spring sandals I love these socks and think that these Irregular Choice shoes are the perfect match. I know technically people say socks and sandals don’t go, but I think fabulous shoes and hand knit socks are an exception to the rule.

Zig-Zag Spring Socks by Judy George

Zig-Zag Spring Socks by Judy George

My Cup of Tea by Irregular Choice

My Cup of Tea by Irregular Choice

A well documented love of mine is bright socks. I love that you can wear something out of your colour comfort zone on your feet a little easier that you would around your neck. Funky white Converse are the perfect showcase for these socks by Fiona Bennet, a FAB free pattern on Ravelry that I highly recommend knitting.

Scylla by Fiona Bennet

Scylla by Fiona Bennet

White leather Converse

White leather Converse from Office.co.uk

Last but not least, the real dream shoes. I can see myself wearing these and I think they would go perfectly with my Hedera socks. I might need a little cash windfall before I can splash out on a pair of these, they are beautiful though. Fluevog make some pretty spectacular shoes. 

Hedera by Cookie A

Hedera by Cookie A

Simon by Fluevog

Simon by Fluevog

And there you have it folks. Think of yourselves as ‘enabled’ … go forth and match your socks with fabulous shoes.

Enjoy!

Cx

How did you knit yours?

Welcome to another installment of “How did you knit yours”, today I am looking at one of my all time favourite shawl patterns. I often find myself suggesting people knit one of these shawls. It is a simple, yet interesting construction that yields a truly magical result. I love this pattern and have knitted three myself already, I am sure there will be more to come.

The pattern is Simmer Dim by Gudrun Johnston, originally from Scotland who now lives in Western Massachusetts. She has a wonderful selection of designs including many gorgeous shawls and some truly magnificent garments. If you have not come across her work I encourage you to have a look at her designs on Ravelry. 

My Simmer Dims were knitted in very different yarns and produced equally different but stunning results. I love seeing how a shawl can be transformed depending on the yarn you select for the project. My first shawl was knitted from a luxurious blend of alpaca, cashmere and silk from Old Maiden Aunt who is based in Scotland. Her yarn is amazing and I love her colour sense. I then made a second version from bamboo for my lovely mother in law, this pattern really works well with the drape of the bamboo. My last Simmer Dim was knitted from The Natural dye Studio 100% silk, a gift from my lovely (knitter) sister. It is very luxurious and drapes beautifully. In this last version I adjusted the size of the shawl to use all of my yarn and it worked very nicely. This shawl is perfect for increasing the size, it makes a wonderful wrap.

When I went in search of other knitters shawls I thought I would look for some other people who had used silk. After all, who does not love a little bit of silky luxury in their knitting from time to time. Feast your eyes on this selection of beauties.

First up a DK version using Viola Silky DK by RobbyRaccoon

Used with permission. Copyright: Robbyraccoon

Used with permission. Copyright: Robbyraccoon

Next we have a gorgeous heathered grey version by Dabhand, using Juno Fibre Arts alpaca, silk and cashmere. I am pretty sure this is the same base that I used for my first shawl, if it is, it’s just magical. Juno Fibre Arts is one of the dyers on my list to try, she has a wonderful sense of colour.

Used with permission. Copyright: Dabhand

Used with permission. Copyright: Dabhand

Another Simmer Dim in the fabulous Juno Fibre Arts, knitted in the colourway pewter. This is my kind of colour and it really shows off the shawl design too. Domesticali has done an amazing job. 

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This version by OldRaptorFarm uses Skein silk / merino. The colour is so delicate and I love how it shines in this design. A simply magnificent combination of yarn and pattern.

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Finally in the silk feast we have this version by LuneH in Skein lace weight alpaca, silk and cashmere. Showing just how versatile this pattern really is.

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In addition to the luxurious silk versions of this shawl I was amazed by the vast array of colours used to showcase beautiful yarns and this amazing design.

Here are some of my favourites.

This rich shade of Hedgehog Fibres yarn used by TumblingBlocks is a brilliant choice for this design, the little pops of colour are pure magic.

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I am a sucker for grey yarn. I know this is not news to most of you. I love grey, every shade of grey. What I love more than grey, is a fabulous pattern crafted by a talented knitter in a gorgeous shade of grey. This project by lalaquifeequoi ticks all the right boxes. She used Lioness Arts Smooth Merino Fingering in the colourway, Crooked Rain. This is another UK indy dyer on my list of yarn to try.

Used with permission. Copyright: lalaquifeequoi

Used with permission. Copyright: lalaquifeequoi

She has created this brighter version in Shibui Sock. While I love grey with all my heart, I am a little partial to a pop of colour, and this fits the bill.

I also love this grellow version by Firebrunette. The colourway really packs a punch. It is vibrant and it’s just wonderful.

Used with permission. Copyright: Firebrunette

Used with permission. Copyright: Firebrunette

I am not great with yellow, it does not always suit me. However, I often find myself drawn to yellow yarn and love knitting a few stitches of sunshine into my life whenever I can.

This example by bizbis is the ray of sunshine I love to see on Ravelry, and the fact it is hand spun makes it even more magical.

Used with permission. Copyright: Bizbis

Used with permission. Copyright: Bizbis

A slightly muted yellow but still a gorgeous colour, this example from Bossyfemme makes my heart sing. I also love the photography. 

Have you knitted the Simmer Dim? I would love to see pictures of your finished projects. After looking at all of these photos while compiling this post I feel the itch to cast on another one.

Have a wonderful week.

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