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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Knitter 113 - Debussy

When The Knitter arrived last week, I immediately noticed my shawl on the cover. Read about that here. I quickly flicked through the magazine to look at the photos of the shawl but I've still not found the time to sit down and read the magazine properly until earlier today when I realised I have a second design in this issue.


Debussy is a lovely summer top knitted in one of my favourite new yarns - Navia Bummull which is a gorgeous blend of cotton and wool from the Faroe Islands.


The Knitter says: RELAX IN style on warm summer days in this lightweight top from Anniken Allis. The garment is worked in the round from the top down, with a circular yoke and short sleeves, and is sized to fit busts of 34in to 50in. Anniken’s design features a beautiful lace panel around the lower edge, which gives a delicate scalloped finish to the garment. Our sample is knitted in a 4ply-weight cotton-wool blend from Navia, which comes in a range of soft neutral shades and warmer colours including sky blue, rose and cherry.


As Debussy is knitted in the round, it's a fairly quick knit with very little finishing and no sewing up! The Knitter issue 113 is in the shops in the UK now.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Knitter 113 - Elowen

Earlier this year, West Yorkshire Spinners launched a delicious lace weight yarn, Exquisite Lace. (I designed a shawl for this yarn which is free with purchase when you purchase this yarn from retailers). In the new issue of The Knitter, issue 113, I've designed another shawl, Elowen, using Exquisite Lace, which is on the cover.


This yarn is a truly exquisite blend of Bluefaced Leicester and silk, spun in Yorkshire and one 100g skein is enough for this shawl.


Elowen is a large crescent shawl with a knitted on edging. I will have a tutorial coming up soon for a knitted on edging (sign up to my newsletter so you don't miss it). The body of the shawl has a fairly easy lace pattern with a bigger diamond lace pattern before the knitted on edging. The edging means you don't have to cast off hundreds of stitches.


The Knitter says: 'Anniken Allis’s exquisite crescent shawl will be enthralling to knit, thanks to its mix of lace stitches, techniques such as the Turkish cast-on and Russian cast-off, and an unusual edging. The show-stopping edging is knitted on to the live stitches of the centre panel. The shawl is knitted in a wool-silk laceweight yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners.'


I have tutorials for the Russian Cast Off and the Garter Tab Cast On (using the Turkish Cast On). You may also find more of my tutorials helpful. See them all here. If you're nervous about blocking a crescent shawl, I've got a tutorial for that too.



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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Shop Is Open & Discount

The YarnAddict Shop has been updated with lots of gorgeous colourful yarn, beads and shawl pins. I only have a few Tattysquawk shawl pins left.


Schoppel Zauberball/Zauberball 100 and Laceball/Laceball 100 are really colourful balls of fun. One ball is enough for a shawl. If you choose the Laceball (100), it's enough for quite a bit shawl as it has 800m per 100g. The Zauberball (100) has 400m per 100g so is enough for a small shawl. I've got lots of suitable patterns. 


 

6 Karat is the perfect yarn for shawls. Its luxurious and has beautiful drape but it's not too thin so knits up quicker. I used 6 Karat for several shawl patterns including Caprice and Luca. 


At Woolfest last month, I launched a new yarn - Lang Mille Colori Baby - which I love! I used this yarn for Grand Bazaar and I have another very exciting pattern coming soon using this yarn (hint! if you have read today's newsletter this is the yarn I used for the August knitalong pattern). I'll be releasing details next week of a very special pattern, knitalong and kit. Make sure you've signed up to my newsletter so you don't miss out!


There's also beads, crochet hooks for adding beads and a few Clover row counters and lots of Lang Merino 200.

  

Until the end of July, I'm offering you 10% off any YarnAddict order (exclusing kits). Use discount code: summerlove


Happy shopping x 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Let's Knit 121

 Another issue of Let's Knit is in the shops in the UK now. If you fancy a quick knit for summer, I've got an easy and quick sleeveless top. It's knitted in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK. The top is knitted in the round with an easy chevron lace pattern around the bottom of the body. It's all knitted in one piece which leaves minimal finishing.


Let's Knit always include a freebie and I designed a shawl to go with this month's free lace yarn. I must admit, the shawl will look better in less variegated yarn as the colour variation is a bit too busy for a shawl. The shawl is fairly easy with an asymmetrical shape. Lots of garter stitch and a bit of easy lace. Choose any lace weight yarn. You'll approx 66g of yarn. The free yarn doesn't give a yardage but if you go for a 100g skein of yarn that has 800m per 100g you should have plenty. You can also knit the shawl in sock/4ply/fingering weight yarn if you prefer.


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Well that was a busy few weeks!

The last two months, and the last month especially, have been so busy. For the last four weeks I've been away on three trips with only a few days at home between each trip. On top of that I've had workshops and deadlines.

I must admit last week I felt exhausted and last week was all about recovering. I'm very behind with admin, e-mails and blogging. 

July and August are much quieter. I do have a couple of workshops, deadlines and I need to do the last bit of work on my book manuscript but I'm also looking forward to getting into a normal routine and spending more time at home. 
I have been doing a lot of knitting and the Mille Colori shawl I shared in my last blog, is finished and the pattern is with my tech editor. My main project for the last week is the pink fluffy thing above. It's a mohair blend yarn and although I love the colour, I'm not a fan of mohair yarns. This one at least didn't shed much. I'll share more about this design when it's released later in the year. I'm really excited about it as it's a new to me publication. It's all blocked and lying on the desk next to me, waiting to be packed up and sent to the publisher.
I'm waiting for some yarn to arrive and once it does, I'll be casting on for a new design but I thought I'd use the waiting time to make some progress on other wips. I've got two projects that's been on the needles for a while. The green/grey shawl has had some length added to it. I'm slightly worried about the shape. Not sure it's turning out quite as I'd planned but I'm enjoying knitting on it. The lace is interesting and the garter rows are quick and easy.
The Lace Ball stole above was started last Christmas when we were in Norway. I knitted quite a bit on it but after we got home it got put on hold and when I picked it up again, I decided it was too narrow so I ripped a big section out and made it wider. I've knitted the odd row now and then over the last few months but it's not seen any dedicated effort for a while now but this weekend, I got into working on it again. I added several repeats yesterday. It's not a very photogenic project. At the moment I'm working on a very dark section and I must admit I'm looking forward to getting back to the pink.

The lace is fairly easy but not too easy. It has two rows of beads in every 22 row pattern repeat and it's in garter stitch so every other row is just a plain knit row. Best of all, it's small so can fit in my hand-bag easily.

I'm planning to get back into more regular blogging this month and start posting Monday Mini Tip Tutorials again. It's been a while since my last one. The next Monday Mini Tip Tutorial will be next Monday. I've also got a very exciting project planned for August, which I'll be working on a lot over the next two weeks. It'll involve a lace design, lots of tutorials and something new to me. More details soon! Make sure you sign up to my newsletter below so you don't miss out!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Busy knitting

It's been a busy week. I've been alternating between relaxing and recovering from last weekend's Woolfest and catching up on work. There's been lots of knitting which means I'm 3/4 through my new shawl design. I'm hoping to finish it by Saturday as I need to get something else on the needles before the end of the weekend.
Yesterday and today, I've been busy knitting class samples for my new Orenburg Lace Knitting workshop which I'm teaching for the first time at Spin A Yarn tomorrow. Orenburg is an area of Russia which is known for fine lace shawls knitted out of very fine yarn spun from local goat down. While knitting the samples, I've been mulling over future design ideas using Orenburg techniques and lace patterns. The pale blue swatch was knitted in a new yarn I'm considering stocking.
There have been a few new arrivals this week. First up, at Woolfest last weekend, I stocked up on buttons from The Textile Garden. I got a set of Hiya Hiya Interchangeable needles from Easyknits. I'm just experimenting with Hiya Hiya to see if I like them. My first impressions are good! The project bag is from The Little Grey Girl and I think it'll become one of my favourites.
I couldn't get both the Hiya Hiya sizes I wanted at Woolfest, so I ordered more from Countess Ablaze together with two Hiya Hiya snips which are super sharp and perfect for travel knitting. They're even small enough to be allowed on planes. Last week, a new little plastic box arrived from Yarnistry. It's got four compartments on the top and one large one on the bottom and is a very useful little storage tool. I'm still working out how to make the best use of it. I couldn't resist the little sheep pouch from a local shop. It now lives in my handbag and holds my lipsticks and hand cream etc.

Tomorrow, Friday 30 June 2017, is the last day for 30% off the Murano pattern. There are only three kits left in stock. They're all in the Turquoise/String colourway.


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Woolfest Review

I'm still recovering from last weekend's Woolfest which was a fantastic show. The mix of stalls seemed to be slightly more diverse than usual. There seemed to be more stalls selling hand-made items but there were still lots of choice for knitters. I only bought a few buttons and some Hiya Hiya knitting needles. There was lots of yarn temptations but I managed not to give in. 


I love doing shows as it's a chance to meet the knitters who knit my patterns and buy my yarn. This time I did two talks each day on How to knit faster. The talk was based on my blog post 'Four Tips To Help You Knit Faster'. I also did a demo on the continental knit stitch, continental purl stitch, Norwegian purl stitch and the combined purl stitch. It was nice to share my passion for continental knitting and to chat with more knitters. Thank you to those who signed up for my Online Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl course.

Below are a few more photos of our stand:

 

 

Woolfest is held in Cumbria which is a long drive for us so we always try to turn it into a mini holiday. We stopped at Beeston Castle in Cheshire on the way up. There were beautiful views and it was nice to have a break from the driving.
 

On Thursday, before we went to set up for the show in the afternoon we visited Carlisle Castle in Carlisle and on Sunday, on the way home, we took a detour past Crummock Water, Buttermere and Honister Pass.

Thank you if you purchased from us at Woolfest and it was lovely to see you if you stopped by to say hello. Hopefully we'll be back at Woolfest again next year.

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