Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I am looking forward to wrapping up the year and snuggling into some knitting in a few weeks over the holiday period. It has been a fantastic year but my batteries need a little recharge. I hope any preparations you are making for the holiday period are going well.
I have a special offer for the next three days. I will be offering free standard UK shipping on Head to Toe and Sock Anatomy when bought from my shop. I only have limited stock so grab one early if you are keen to get your hands on a copy of my book.
Any books bought from me between 15th and 17th December will be posted using first class recorded mail with the UK.
pssst …. scroll down for a fab introductory offer on this new pattern
Brrrrrr – it’s cold out there folks. It is time for some serious knitwear. When I picked up this skein of Eden Cottage Maya at Yarndale I knew I wanted to quick, easy knit that was going to wrap me in warmth and show off the gorgeous colourway, Dark Stone. I designed this hat just for me, but I loved it so much I thought I would share it with you all too.
Please welcome Lapsang!
The perfect chunky hat. It works up in a flash and is fabulous in drapey Alpaca or springy Merino. Best of all it is reversible, completely reversible! One side is a little more feminine that the other. I think this is a truly unisex hat though, it all just depends on what yarn you pick. Jess from Ginger Twist Studio has worked up two samples in her fabulous yarn.
Ginger’s Hand Dyed Chunky Baby, in a soft muted grey, Dove. With the addition of the most amazing pom pom I have ever seen. I LOVE this example of Lapsang.
She also whipped up a bright and cheerful version in Ginger’s Hand Dyed Flumps Chunky, a bouncy Merino. This one really shows off how reversible the hat is.
As a special introductory offer I have set up a discount code.
You will get 33% off the usual price of £3 until midnight 16th November GMT. Use the code “blog33” at the Ravelry check out.
I am still reeling from the news that it is November, but that is another story all together. The fact it is November may have terrified me but it brings with it some very exciting news and lots of lovely knitwear opportunities thanks to the approaching winter weather.
Finally, I’m very excited about some simply stunning British wool that has been running through my fingers (and around my needles) recently and can’t wait to share the details with you this Friday. Louise also has a special interview on her blog with Jess from Ginger’s Hand Dyed about our new exciting project. Make sure you book mark Friday 7th of November in your diary to get the scoop on the latest news from your favourite Edinburgh woolly duo.
This week I launched the full Head to Toe collection. The book is now available as a complete ebook or as a print book (with complimentary ebook). You can also buy the patterns as single patterns if you prefer.
The book is being stocked at some lovely local yarn shops in Scotland, and I am very excited to announce that Jess from Ginger Twist Studio and I are hosting a book signing next week on the 11th October at 4pm. Come along to see the samples and have a chat. There will be some bubble and nibbles too. It would be great to see you there.
A little while ago I shared Maryfield with you as part of some exclusive kits I did with Jess from Ginger Twist Studio.
I am excited to announce that this pattern will now form part of the Head to Toe collection and is available to download on Ravelry. If you have already bought the e-book you will be getting an update that allows you to download the pattern.
In July I launched my Montrose hat – a slouchy lace beret showcasing the fabulous merino / silk 4ply from Ginger’s Hand Dyed. The hat only uses 50 – 60g of the 100g skein and I could not let the remainder of the skein languish in my stash box. To make sure I got to use every inch of the skein I designed some quirky and elegant mitts. Maryfield was born.
Fabulous, stylish and funky, these mitts have Jess’s name all over them. I love them and so does she. Maryfield is available in two styles and three sizes.
The pattern has been released as a special kit pattern available at Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh and online from Jess’s shop. The comprises of a skein of Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor a 50% Merino / 50% silk blend, a hard copy of Montrose (hat) and Maryfield (mitts) plus digital download codes for both patterns. This kit comes in a beautifully sewn project bag made by the fabulous Jess and retails for £25.
This pattern is exclusive to the Ginger Twist Studio kits until after the book launch in October.
Have a wonderful Friday folks and a fabulous knitting filled weekend.
July has been an incredibly busy month for me, I am really looking forward to August and a change of pace. I finish my job this week and will be focussing solely on my knitting ventures from the 1st of August. This is an exciting time for me and I have so much to tell you over the next few weeks.
The KAL will run from the 7th July until the 31st of October.
You can join in at any time and knit any (or all) of the patterns. You can use any yarn.
I have secured some lovely prizes for KAL participants. To be eligible for a prize you need to complete your pattern and post a picture of the finished object in the FO thread with a link to you project page on Ravelry.
A skein of Ginger’s Hand Dyed. You can select from one of the four bases used in the patterns and from any of the colours in stock at the time.
A gorgeous project bag sewn by Jess from Ginger Twist Studio
A copy of Head to Toe (in print)
A selection of stitch markers crafted by yours truly
Two runner up prizes of a print copy of Head to Toe and a selection of stitch markers.
During the KAL there will be some wildcard prizes including free patterns, stitch markers and hopefully some more yarn. I will update you as I secure these prizes.
Montrose comes in three sizes (S, M and L) and two different styles, slouchy and snug. It is the perfect summer hat knitted in Splendor (50% Merino and 50% silk) and will last you into autumn. The lace is an easily remembered 4 stitch and 4 ran repeat. Perfect for keeping your interest without being too testing on the ‘grey matter’. I found this particular lace pattern highly addictive and I can’t wait to cast on another hat for the KAL.
If you buy the ebook you will get each pattern as it is released and then the final ebook in October with the last pattern from the collection. The print book will be posted in October but you get a free ebook so you can get knitting straight away.
There is a 25% discount until 13th July on the digital patterns. Just use the code ‘headtotoe25’ in my Ravelry store.
I will be announcing the details of a KAL later on today. I really hope you will come and join us in the Yarn and Pointy Sticks Group as we knit our way through this collection. It will be a very easy going KAL with lots of chatter and some lovely prizes along the way.
This weekend we have two spots left on the heel turn workshop. Over two weeks you will explore many different ways of turning a sock heel. Toe up, top down, heel flaps, short rows, textured stitch patterns … It is great fun. The class is from 11.30am to 1pm on Saturday 15th February and Saturday 22nd February. To book contact Jess at the shop.