Tuesday, 27 January 2009

French Girl Knits

A new year, a new knitting book.

This short film whets an appetite for lace; for floaty sheer knitting. Outside the sun is shining making me dream of summer lightness and a path away from cables and aran.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Mac Gregor

An acknowledgement of Scottish ancestors.

Mac Gregor from Wildspur by Louisa Harding.

Hulda yarn 50gram balls, 110 yards (100m). 50% wool, 30% acrylic, 20% linen. So soft yet hardy.

Moss stitch, lace and stocking stitch combine in a beautiful slate grey to invoke the Scottish hills and rivers.

There will be haggis to celebrate Burns Night later this week and some browsing at Knit1 to enhance the Scottish knitting mood.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009


A new year, a new challenge.
An invitation arrived to join the Unicorn Club being run by Fyberspates and The Natural Dye Studio over at Ravelry.
There will be lots of riddles to solve from April to December. You have to purchase the yarn and attached to the label there will be a clue. After you have solved all nine you can be entered into a draw to win a large amount of yarn which will be hand dyed in colours of your choice. How could anyone resist.
To get out appetite whetted we had to solve a puzzle and then enter the word onto our order and if you were correct there would be a discount taken from the purchase (you didn't actually have to buy). As you can see I managed this task. My reward two 100 gram hanks of 100% Bluefaced Leicester aran from Fyberspates which I hope to make into a neckwarmer with matching handwarmers.
There will be a riddle each Friday and one per month as well as the main challenge. So now I'm working on the monthly quest which is proving great fun.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

The Knitter

A new magazine: The Knitter
A wonderful excuse to sit and dream of even more tempting knitting projects.
I particularly liked the fact that it embraces more than just knitting, seeing us as whole people interested in other things too.
This magazine feels modern and has elements from other national magazines such as 'The Knitter Giveaway' which is a competition to raise funds for charity giving the reader a chance to win a bag full of all sorts of things.
The theme is cables and lace and there are some very good new patterns as well as some extracted from books. There are several well known designers contributing both patterns and technique masterclasses.
Perhaps Ipswich Knitterati will be interested to see that there is a Knitter's Reader's Club for groups to send in photos and details of the projects their members are making.
Something good for the start of this New Year.

Riding to Avalon

Riding to Avalon
Worn at last on a frosty morning keeping me warm and happy
The colour seems so right for this muddy island flecked with reflected blue tones from the winter sky

A simple neck warmer

One single skein of cobweb yarn called to you
You answered with a simple stocking stitched neck warmer held together with the hair pin you wore to a wedding which had been waiting for an opportunity such as this

Friday's Christmas Collar

Rowan felted Christmas Collar
Beautiful dark green felt with jewel bright textile hearts and mother of pearl buttons to keep Friday happy

A Christmas Blanket for Harvey

Warmth by Jo Sharp for Harvey
Soft and warm with a beautiful drape to sit and snuggle together on such misty, cold days.

Christmas Ipswich Knitterati

Christmas has been a time for reflection, for catching up, for sitting in front of a roaring log fire and making time for knitting.
We met at Purl & Co for a Christmas evening of punch and mince pies, chatter and sharing project ideas. My 'show and tell' was the Rowan Christmas Felted Wreath. There were lots of beautiful projects amongst them hats, jewellery, bags, socks, jumpers and shawls. There were stunningly beautiful wedding photographs showing knitted accessories. It was such a fitting celebration with knitting friends.
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