Last Round Up for 2014

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Copyright Jay Mantri. Source http://www.jaymatri.com

The holidays are upon us and although I still have lots going on behind the scenes I am taking a little break from the blog.

I will be back in early January with a new website and lots of exciting news 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for coming along on this journey with me in 2014. It has been a fantastic year and I have met so many amazing knitty folk from all corners of the globe. I have really enjoyed watching you knit my patterns and have loved getting to know you through this space on the internet.

2015 is going to be an exciting year, there are lots of changes afoot here but some things will remain the same. I will be here blogging about all things fibre related, I will still be knitting and designing in all my spare time and Jo and I will be chatting every two weeks about my undying love of socks.

A few final bits and pieces before I sign off for the year

If you want to keep up with my holidays festivities you can follow me on Instagram (most likely to be filled with knitting and food) or on Twitter. 

I will be taking part in the TGS is one KAL. A celebration of one year of The Golden Skein where we are knitting my latest shawl pattern Kunye. If you have a single skein of fingering weight yarn and fancy a good knit-along pop over to this thread and join in. 

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If you want to buy this pattern or any of my other patterns you can take advantage of a special discount code I set up for Aplayfulday and her ‘me-along’ – use the code ‘playful’ and you will get 33% off anything in my Ravelry store until the 31st December. 

Workshops

If you want to book in for a 2015 workshop my schedules are now up on the relevant shop websites. I will be teaching in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow in January and February.

January and February slots at Ginger Twist Studio, Edinburgh teaching a range of workshops.

January and February slots at Queen of Purls, Glasgow teaching a range of workshops.

7th February at Fluph, Dundee teaching Magic Loop and Finishing School.

I also have an exciting slot at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. If you want to get to grips with socks this is the perfect opportunity to master the basics. It would also make a great christmas present for the knitter in your life.

Sock Surgery

Finally if you have some free time and want to listen to the first few episodes of the Sock Surgery segment on the Shinybees podcast this is a great time to catch up. We will be announcing the knit-along and lots of other exciting bits in the new year.

That is it from me for now folks. I hope you have a wonderful holiday break. With lots of time for knitting and relaxing.

Here’s to a fantastic 2015!

See you in a few weeks.

Happy knitting.

Clare

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Meet the Designer #giftalong 2014

Hi everyone,

Hope you are having a fabulous December so far. I am trying to wrap things up so we can hunker down and spend some time together as a family next week and the week after. Before I do that though I have some last minute bits I want to knit for folk who mean a great deal to me. Given that these need to be finished pretty soon I need to plan strategically. I need quick and fabulous knits, chunky yarn seems the answer. Luck would have it that Monika who is the fabulous designer in my “meet the designer” feature today has some gorgeous quick knits. If you are planning some last minute gift knitting I urge you to have a look at her stunning designs.

Here are my three favourite quick knits from her pattern selection.

Pogonip uses under 100m of super bulky so it will be lightening fast to make. It features some lovely textural details and a fabulous pom pom. If you have been following me lately you will know I am pom pom obsessed. 

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It also comes in an ebook with a matching cowl that is perfect for those who like their accessories to come in a set.

The Nollie hat is another bulky knit that would be a perfect quick knit. I love that this hat is super slouchy. After pom poms slouch is my thing when it comes to hats.

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I love these mittens. I have a little one who loves mittens and these would be perfect for her. You could embellish them in so many different ways too. Have a look at all the great projects created by Ravelers. Kveta comes in a wide range of sizes from toddler to large adult. You can also get a matching hat pattern which is possibly one of the cutest hats I have seen in a long while.

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Monika also has a fabulous range of patterns that might not be suitable for knitting on a christmas deadline but they certainly are worth getting on the needles. Two of my favourites are Caramel Frappe, a gorgeous crescent shaped shawl and Saku Hana, intricate and detailed fingerless mitts. The attention to detail in this design is outstanding.

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Last month I caught up with Monika and we chatted a bit about her knitting and designing. I hope you enjoy the interview. There is a lovely giveaway too – details can be found at the end of this post.

CD: Where do you find your design inspiration?

MS: I find my inspiration almost everywhere! It can be a new skein of yarn, a color, a little dress in a magazine, a tiny piece of fabric, a button, a kids’ coloring book, a piece of ribbon, a painting, a photo (not knitting related), new design I am currently working on …. However, most of the time, new ideas pop in my head when there is peace and quiet around me, no tv, no radio, no kids running around. Letting the thoughts flow bring my inspiration new life.

CD: What types of yarn do you love to work with? I would love to know about weights, fibre types, finishes, dyeing methods etc.

MS: I rarely find a yarn I don’t like, 100% merino is my basic I use all the time. But most of the time I go through stages! Maybe everything with silk content seems amazing, and the next time tweed is The One, another time alpaca (yes, alpaca is ‘it’ these days) but mohair always finds a way back to me in one form or another. It would be equally difficult to choose only one weight of yarn as well, I love the look of chunky fabric – even better if it is worked in a lacy stitch! I love the look of delicate lace weight fabric, and I love to use sport weight as a great compromise for year-round wear (especially for kids’ knits).

CD: What is your favourite knitting technique?

MS: Each time I find a new technique, I ask myself how I lived without it for so long! I love Kitchener, German Twisted CO, mattress st, embroidery embellishments, sewn stretchy BO, adding beads, picking up sts. You name it, I would love to try them all!

CD: What is your most treasured or most useful knitting tool?

MS: My life became easier after I bought Addi needles, a ball winder, some rust proof pins and blocking matts 🙂

CD: What is your favourite quick gift knit pattern, and why?

MS: There is no single answer to this question! Once my kids entered the school system, my designs reflected the need for quick gifts. Choosing the right gift always depends on the person for whom it is intended and from avaliable knitting time. I designed Cabernet Infinity Scarves as teacher gifts for a few reasons. When you want a quick, but need the gift to make an impact (more than just a plain stockinette or garter cowl), Cabernet does the trick! Lente was meant to be a las- minute gift – you can actually CO a few hours before you need to leave your house. I consider Caramel Frappe to be a gift-to-go this season, as it is a shawlette with a lacy border. No one would anticipate how easygoing it is to knit, how quickly it knits up, and how perfect it is for any special person in your life who deserves more than just a cowl. If you need a gift for young people, Saku Hana Mitts are the way to go! And a great gift for a child? Choose a bright, colorful yarn and pair it with Kveta Mitts or Mittens pattern. You will love the recipient’s reaction when she/he opens the package. And speaking of gifts, there is a new one in testing right now. It is a baby blanket suitable for any special occasion, and uses less than  3 skeins of worsted weight yarn! How great is that?

CD: If someone gives you a gift what would you love to receive?

MS: Definitely a project bag! Can you believe I still don’t have one?

CD: Any tips for those taking part in the GAL this year?

MS: Line up your projects! If you know what are you going to CO and what yarn you are going to use before you finish your current projects, you will be surprised how fast the gifts fly off your needles.

CD: Will you be casting anything on for the #giftalong2014?

MS: I sure will! There are quite a few special people who deserve a toasty, wooly surprise this year!

CD: If someone gave you a two week knitting holiday (24 / 7 knitting and relaxing time) what projects, patterns and yarn would you pack in your bags?

MS: Ohh, that would be my dream come true! I would pack yarn for at least 5 sweater projects for myself, just to make sure I wouldn’t run out of the yarn or projects! Sweater projects are always pushed back in my lineups (smaller and quicker projects are to blame for the constant distraction). I would bring my bright green Cascade Eco + for Aidez, blue Madelinetosh Sport for Grandpa Cardigan by Joji, Colour Adventures Merino Light for Casual Lace by Justyna, Rock Candy Mountains colorway for Harvest by Tincanknits, and one of my current WIPs, a new pullover design.

Giveaway

Monika has kindly donated two patterns to giveaway. There will be one pattern each for two lucky blog readers. All you need to do is comment on this post with your favourite design from Monika’s Ravelry store. Pop along and have a look at all her gorgeous designs, then let me know which one is your favourite. The giveaway will close on 31st December and I will announce the winners at the start of January 2015.

You can find Monika in the following places:

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Free UK Shipping on Books for Limited Period

Good morning.

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.

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Sock Anatomy is a collection of nine sock patterns each featuring a different heel technique. This is the perfect resource for learning to knit socks. The book comes with a download code for the ebook. You will also get the adult sizes for these socks as they are released. Two are already available and the rest are coming in early 2015.

Check out all the designs on my Ravelry page. 

The book retails for £15 and you get a complimentary ebook. 

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Head to Toe is a collection of five stunning accessories using Ginger’s Hand Dyed yarn. Each item has been carefully designed to celebrate Jess’ vintage inspired style. The collection transports you on a journey from high summer in Edinburgh, with Montrose and Brunswick to the colder days of winter, with warm snuggly Elgin socks.

Want to see the designs and some other knitter’s projects. Check out the Ravelry pages. 

The book retails for £12 and you get a complimentary ebook. 

If you want a copy of the book but would prefer just the digital version this can be bought through my Ravelry store. 

Hope you have a wonderful week.

Happy Knitting.

Clare

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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.

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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

 

Meet the Designer #giftalong2014

It is always nice to meet the designers behind the beautifully crafted items we admire on Ravelry.

As part of the Ravelry Giftalong 2014 I have been chatting to Kimberly Golynskiy from 80skeins. 

Copyright 80skeins. Used with permission.

Copyright 80skeins. Used with permission.

She has many wonderful designs and a spectaular blog. Including one of the best blog features I have seen in ages: Around the World in 80 Skeins. Kimberley has been interviewing designers from the far flung corners of our wonderful planet. Having a wandering spirit this really appealed to me. There are interviews with designers from South Korea, Kuwait, Guatemala, Brazil and South Africa (where she incidentally interviewed my very good friend Sally Cameron aka Pink Hair Girl).

I dropped Kimberley a series of questions to get to know her a little better and this is what she had to say.

CD: Where do you find your design inspiration?

KG: I get excited about a lot of random stuff that ends up as designs. Sometimes it’s movies/shows like my Firefly/Serenity Series, sometimes it’s amazing things in the universe like my Science is Beautiful series, and most recently I’m finding inspiration from the amazing designers all over the globe. I’ve been working on a project called Around the World in 80 Skeins – a worldwide blog tour talking to fiber arts designers about how where they live inspires creation.

CD: What types of yarn do you love to work with? I would love to know about weights, fibre types, finishes, dyeing methods etc. 

KG: I really love working with fingering weight yarn. Everything always takes way longer to make, but it always drapes and fits so much nicer in fingering than heavier weights. I love alpaca and merino, and have found quite a few superwashes that are really lovely. I prefer solids and tonals and love love love gradients! My favorite workhorse yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Tonal (when I’m on a budget) and Manos del Uruguay Fino (when it’s my birthday and I can splurge). I also recently worked with a new independent dyer called Tipsy Sheep Yarns and her baby alpaca/silk/cashmere lace weight yarn felt like butter!

CD: What is your favourite knitting technique? 

KG: I enjoy lace knitting because of how shabby it looks until it’s all done and blocked. I especially love lace with beads, because nothing makes a beautiful shawl better than a whole lot of sparkles!

CD: What is your most treasured or most useful knitting tool?

KG: I have a counter ring that my husband got for me that is awesome! I think it’s actual purpose is for some time of gaming, but it works perfectly for counting rows – and it’s blue and pretty. =)

CD: What is your favourite quick gift knit pattern, and why? 

KG: I have a couple hats that knit up really quickly and are super fun to wear. My hair is currently growing out from a pixie cut, so the Portland Saturday Market hat has been a life saver to let me go out in public on “mullet-y” days. Seismography is also a great gift because you can use up scraps and it still looks great.

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CD: If someone knitted you a gift what would you love to receive? 

KG: I would love a dress or a coat made with really thin yarn so it fits beautifully. I adore the idea of knitted full-body garments, but I think I would go mad making something so large.

CD: Any tips for those taking part in the GAL this year? 

KG: If you’re taking part in the GAL to knock out all of your holiday knitting, have a plan. Make a list of who you are knitting for, look through the Pinterest boards or the designer pages to find the perfect patterns, then start knitting/crocheting! I’ve recently started Bullet Journaling and it’s been a lifesaver for keeping track of everything I need to do. I’m definitely using it to keep my holiday gifting in order!

CD: Will you be casting anything on for the #giftalong2014? 

KG: I went through all 8 of the Pinterest boards and pinned 144 designs I love! I wish I could make my hands work faster because I want to knit them all. I plan to send the boards to my family and tell them to pick their gifts and that’s how I’ll decide what to knit in the GAL.

CD: If someone gave you a two week knitting holiday (24 / 7 knitting and relaxing time) what projects, patterns and yarn would you pack in your bags?

KG: A two week knitting holiday sounds divine! I would have to knit someone else’s design so I could shut my brain off and just enjoy the relaxation of knitting. I’d love to have the time to make a couple of sweaters like Ease or a Phoenix Sweater.

Here are some of the other designs Kimberley has in her Ravelry shop that have “Caught My Eye”. Don’t forget all the designs in the #giftalong2014 bundle are 25% off until Friday 21st November at midnight EST. 

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Hope you enjoyed this interview. I have more interviews and pattern round ups coming up in the next week. As well as a special feature on my favourite sock yarns.

Happy knitting,

Clare

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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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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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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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In the dye pots this week …

Today is a momentous day! I have finished my last day of formal employment and the world of freelancing awaits me. I am very excited. Lots more news to come over the coming weeks.

First up, some design / knitting news. Tomorrow sees the release of Brunswick, the second pattern in the Head to Toe series. And to celebrate there has been lots of dye pot action. Not by me though. The talented Jess from Ginger Twist has been working hard to make sure there is a fabulous selection of yarns available for those of you want to wrap yourself in the utterly gorgeous Ginger’s Hand Dyed. If you have not worked with these yarns before you are in for a treat. Jess has a real eye for colour and her yarns are magical to work with.

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Which yarn should you pick? Well, the pattern was designed with Delight, a high twist merino sock yarn. I wanted to show how this yarn could be far more than socks. Not that I have anything against socks, but I love this versatile base and wanted to show it off. Brunswick does just that. I love this base it is wonderful to work with and really takes the dye well so the colours are fantastic.

You can also use Luscious, this is a new and very luxurious base that Jess has just started stocking. This yarn is very squish worthy. With 70% wool with 20% silk and 10% cashmere, its really is a touch of luxury. 

Jess and I had a long chat about colours at the start of the week before she hit the dye post. She has dyed up a spectacular array of colours in preparation for the release of Brunswick tomorrow. She has also been kind enough to offer a sneak peak behind the scenes. I thought you would like to see the process behind the yarns available.

Yarn soaking waiting for the magic to start.

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The magic is all in these bottles.

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Then the magic starts to happen. Yarn is dyed and then rinsed.

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Finally the yarn is dried and it is almost ready to be brought to the shop for squishing, caking and knitting.

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Jess has dyed up lots of gorgeous yarn and will be restocking the (bricks and mortar) shop tomorrow, so why not pop past and grab a gorgeous skein of hand dyed to cast on Brunswick this weekend? If you are not in Edinburgh you will be able to buy yarn from her online shop at any time and the new yarns will be listed no later than Sunday. 

In the Delight base, 100% merino you can get a skein of Liquid Sunshine (a fabulous yellow), Changing the Brief (the stunning colourway used in the design sample), Grey Gardens (it is grey – need I say more?), Cherry Bomb (a striking red) and Tink (Lavender and Perimwinkle blue, a pretty special colourway). 

Want to add a touch of luxury to your life? Try Luscious (wool, silk and cashmere) in Dove (my favourite shade of grey), Witching Hour (the cousin of Changing the Brief, a rich and sumptuous colourway) Changing the Brief (rich purple and blue used in the design sample) and Persuasion (a sophisticated shade of teal blue). 

Plenty of options and each colourway would suit the design perfectly. One skein is all you need for the Brusnwick shawl. The pattern will be launched tomorrow and I would love for you to come along and join in with us in the KAL over in my Ravelry group. All yarns are welcome in the Rav group too!

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Happy knitting

Clare

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Brunswick (a little taster of what is to come)

Hi everyone.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I was in Brighton for the Unwind festival. It was a brilliant yarn event and promise to share my pictures and stories with you later this week.

It has been a week since I launched Head to Toe and the response has been amazing. Thank you.

I wanted to give you all a sneak peak of what is to come next. On the 1st of August I will be releasing my next pattern, it is a gorgeous accessory for your neck and shoulders. The design is very versatile and will take you from warm summer nights through to chilly autumn days. It can be worn in many different ways and is the perfect single skein project for a gorgeous skein of sock yarn. The sample was designed using Ginger’s Hand Dyed Delight, a springy merino sock base available in a wide range of fabulous colours. 

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I hope you like what you see. Can’t wait to share more with you.

Happy knitting

Clare x