Caught My Eye: Emlyn

Celebrating the end of “Socktober” with a special “Caught My Eye”. I love these socks and they really make me want to improve my colourwork. Knitted from the top down these socks are perfect for using up scraps of yarn for the colourwork section.

© Rachel Coopey used with permission

© Rachel Coopey used with permission

In true Rachel Coopey style there are some beautiful details in these socks like the details at the base of the cuff. A contrast cuff, toe and heel add fun colourblock details and can be matched to your colourwork, or contrasted to make a bold statement.

As with all colourwork socks you can go bold, with bright and contrasting colours or choose lighter, paler or more neutral shades.

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Available as a single download for £3 or as an ebook called Pretty Feet One, featuring 4 socks for £7.

I hope you have enjoyed “Socktober”, keep an eye out for the remaining sale discount codes for the rest of this week.

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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Join in with the Head to Toe KAL.

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Hope you are having a wonderful week. It is pretty chilly in Edinburgh today and it has spurred me on to work on my Elgin socks in lovely squishy Brigantia. 

Are you knitting anything from the Head to Toe collection? Come and join us in the “knit-a-long” currently running in the Ravelry group. It is a very relaxed affair, a place for knitting and chatting about knitting. Any pattern from the Head to Toe collection goes and you can use any yarn. There are prizes too, including some gorgeous hand dyed yarn from Ginger Twist Studio and some other exciting goodies.

The group is a friendly place to chat and show off your latest Yarn and Pointy Sticks knitwear. I love to see finished objects (and wips) from my designs.

Have a wonderful week.

Clare

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Don’t forget about the book launch party this weekend …

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Are you coming to see us on Saturday? Jess (of Ginger Twist Studio) and I are holding an exciting book launch party for the Head to Toe collection.

Come along to the shop (11 London Road, Edinburgh) from 4pm until 6pm on Saturday 11th October. We would love to meet you. There will be laughter, nibbles, bubble and fun. You will be able to try the samples and squish the gorgeous Ginger’s Hand Dyed Yarn. I will be signing books too.

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Have a wonderful day.

Clare

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It’s here …

This morning I waited and watched out of the window … eagerly awaiting this …

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Yes folks, I have a published book. A real book, with an ISBN and a glossy cover. I am still in shock. It has taken many months of hard work to get here, but I made it. My first published book. I am very very excited.

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Head to Toe is a collection of five gorgeous knits, designed by me, featuring Ginger’s Hand Dyed yarn. 

Those of you who read the blog regularly will have already seen Montrose, Brunswick and Edina. On the 1st of October I will release the final pattern, Elgin. At the same time I will be launching the e-book and print book.

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Originally the collection was four pieces but check back tomorrow for a sneak peak of an exciting fifth design. 

What to get your hands on a copy of the print book? Pop over to my Big Cartel shop where you can pre-order your copy. They will be posted on Tuesday as first class mail within the UK, in preparation for the launch on Wednesday. The book costs £12 plus £1.99 P&P (UK). 

If you order the print book, you will be sent a download code for the complete collection as a digital copy that can be downloaded on Ravelry (you will receive this within 24 hours of your print order being placed), meaning you can already start knitting your favourite of the three designs that have been released.

Just want an e-book, pop over to the Ravelry store where you can get the full e-book for £10 or pick up a single pattern of your favourite design. 

I can’t wait to share the final two with you. Until tomorrow…

Happy knitting,

C

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In the knitting basket

It has been far too long since I shared any of my works in progress with you. Today it is all about texture.

First up two personal knitting projects. They are both plodding along very slowly, but there is nothing wrong with a slow knit.

Parachutey by Stephen West in Kalinka Linen. The colours in this top make my heart sing (and dance and stomp about in pure glee). The linen is interesting to work with and my wrists can take a bit of a beating after a while but the resulting fabric is magnificent.

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Next up is the Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart. I am knitting this in the most amazingly soft yarn from Kettle Yarn Co – Westminster (50% silk / 50% baby Camel). I love how the eyelets give a wonderfully simple textured detail to this beautiful design. Letting the yarn shiny in all its glory.

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Next up I have two new designs I am working on. These will be with you in a few weeks.

First up are some socks knitted in Hartlam Calvinia in the colourway “I Dare You”. Knitted from the top down they include all the elements I love in socks at the moment.  A little bit of lace, a whole lot of rhythm and texture, oh glorious texture. My new favourite heel, the garter short row adds to the smorgasbord of texture going on here. Watch this space for details on their release.

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Last but certainly not least is a cowl knitted in fabulous yarn from Ginger’s Hand Dyed in Edinburgh. Combining two of her gorgeous DK bases in perfect winter hues this reversible cowl looks far more complicated than it actually is. This project is perfect for mixing and matching single skeins of yarn and would work for sock, DK, aran and chunky. Keep your colour palette neutral or go wild with colour. More details soon.

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What are you knitting at the moment?

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

 

Edina

Good morning,

Today sees the launch of the third pattern in the Head to Toe series. Please welcome Edina to the fold.

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September: Summer draws to a close

The days are starting to shorten and the cooler weather is arriving. These gorgeous mitts come in two lengths and are perfect for dressing up an outfit, or adding a touch of class to your early autumn wardrobe. An elegant design with mirrored cabled details that flow along the arm and around the thumb. The perfect accessory to take you from summer to autumn.

You will need one skein of DK for this pattern. The mitts shown were designed using the fabulous Ginger’s Hand Dyed, and I know she has lots of lovely colours in stock at the moment. 

Ginger’s Hand Dyed Yarn Sturdy Spledor DK (100 g / 3.53 oz, 250 m / 273 yds, 75% merino / 25% silk), 1 skein. Sample shown in the colourway ‘Dove’

You can buy Edina as a single pattern for £3 or as part of the ebook for £10. Please visit my Ravelry store to purchase your copy. 

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Happy knitting

C

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Autumn, a fresh start and a new design

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Creative Commons – Purple Sherbet photography

Tomorrows marks the meteorological start of Autumn. I had not even real thought about it until I started seeing my Southern Hemisphere friends posting about summer being on its way on social media.

I can’t quite believe summer is over at the end of today. The air is a little crisper here in Edinburgh but the days are still lovely. This morning we went on a long family bike ride which was the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. The weather was cooler, not so muggy but the sky is still blue and the sun still shining.

Autumn marks a big turning point for me, a fresh start on the blog. It is knitting season and I have so much going on that I can’t wait to share with you. I have taken a little break from blogging to regroup and have a lot planned for September and beyond, starting tomorrow when I launch the third pattern in the Head to Toe series. Hope you have a restful Sunday, pop back tomorrow for more details about the new pattern.

Here is another sneak peak of the design … its perfect for autumn!

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Brunswick

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Yesterday saw the release of Brunswick, the second pattern in the Head to Toe collection. I am very excited about this capelet / shawlette. I wanted to capture Jess in the design, her quirky vintage style is the inspiration behind the entire collection. The tricky bit was I needed to get a functional piece from a single skein. I think I did it with a stylish flair, hopefully you agree.

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Brunswick is knitted from the top down, featuring cable details along the front panels and a feather and fan style lace border. The edging is finished with a pretty looped picot bind off. The capelet can be worn wrapped around your shoulders and secured with the button and i-cord fastening, or you could use a pretty shawl pin or brooch.

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The capelet uses a single skein of Delight, a high twist 100% Merino 4 ply with 365m / 400 yes per 100g.

The pattern is available as a single download for £3.50 or as part of the ebook for £10 (featuring four gorgeous patterns).

To celebrate the launch of Brunswick I will be giving blog readers a 30% discount on this pattern for the for the next 24 hours. Just use the code brunswickblog30 at the Ravelry check out. The pattern will cost £2.45 with this discount code. 

Here are some more pictures of the gorgeous and versatile Brunswick.

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Don’t forget about the KAL in the group where we will be knitting all the Head to Toe patterns until the end of October. There are lots of fun prizes to win and a really friendly bunch of knitters to chat to. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy knitting

C

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