Saturday, 31 December 2011

Merry New Year!

WOW! Where did December go??

I haven't blogged for a while - I've been super busy and I spent Christmas in the middle of the French countryside with no internet access (and a LOT of cheese), I promise to do better in the new year.

2011 has been a busy year for me, I went to Knit Nation and Fibre Flurry, I released 25 designs and I did a lot of knitting! I'm looking forward to 2012 - there are exciting things lined up and I can't wait to tell you about them!

Merry New Year to you all! (I'm quoting Trading Places - one of my favourite films)

I'll leave you with one of my favourite moments on 2011, an Ibiza sunset.


Thursday, 8 December 2011

Van Gogh loves socks...

I haven't got enough handknit socks. Which is completely ludicrous because I spend most of my life knitting them, but many of them are samples and have to either be sent off or kept pristine for shows or events. At this very moment I'm waiting for a pair to dry on the radiator so i can wear them later.

In an attempt to rectify this I am undertaking a personal challenge to knit myself at least 8 pairs next year and I'm going to use the Opal Van Gogh yarns which are sooooooo pretty. I've knitted a monster/stripy sock for Kayla at Fibre Flurry to display in the shop (it's hard to see what these yarns will do in the ball) and I love it:


These are kind of self striping/self patterning yarns, each one is inspired by a specific Van Gogh painting and I'm going to knit plain stockinette socks with black cuffs, heels and toes.


If I had to chose a favourite (and I really do love every colour) it would be the second stripe, I love the yellows and blues.


You can see the famous Sunflowers represented here and just above it is the Starry, Starry Night. I'm notoriously bad at sticking to personal challenges but I am determined to do this one - I'll keep you updated with my progress throughout 2012!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Monday, 5 December 2011

Adela Mittens

The latest pattern to be added to the Winter One collection is the Adela Mittens:


They are cabley and snuggly - just in time, I think the snow is on it's way here and it's already arrived in a lot of places around the world!


You can buy the pattern here:

The pattern includes instructions for a fingerless version too:


The cables on the left mitten mirror the cables on the right mitten and there are charts and written instructions. The yarn is The Knitting Goddess DK Silk and Falkland Merino, it's soft with a bit of shine and its a dream to knit with, I'm dreaming of a cabled cardi....

The next pattern to be added to the collection will be a matching beret, here's a sneaky peak...