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Monday, March 12, 2018

Getting ready for Edinburgh Yarn Festival

I'm leaving for Edinburgh early tomorrow morning. I'm teaching three workshops at Edinburgh Yarn Festival this week and spending a day at the yarn market. I'm looking forward to attending a show where I'm not having a stall and can spend the day enjoying everything on offer.

Of course a trip would not be complete without some knitting projects to keep me company. For a few weeks I've been thinking I need to get some new handwarmers knitted up. I love wearing them as my hands are always cold. Finally yesterday I decided I'd cast on for a new pair. I had a pattern charted out for some hand warmers I'd planned to knit last winter but I never got around to casting on. See at the end of the post how far I've gotten in less than 24 hours. I did a lot of knitting yesterday evening but I've done very little today.

I also decided I needed to take a new shawl project with me. My current shawl wips are too bit for travel projects. I prefer 4ply/sock yarn for travel projects but lace weight yarn takes up less space so I chose Laceball. I've not quite nailed down the lace pattern yet although I did decide on a shape.

I cast on for a new pair of sock. Every trip needs a pair of socks. I will mainly knit on these when I'm out and about. I'm knitting toe up and the yarn is Crazy Zauberball in the same colourway as the shawl above.

See how much progress I've made on my hand warmers! I'm nearly at the thumb. I'm doing an afterthought thumb as it's quicker and easier. I'm hoping to finish this one tonight so I can cast on for the second one to knit one while I'm travelling tomorrow.

See that beautiful book? It's a new Yarn Show Planner from the organisers of Edinburgh Yarn Festival. It'll be for sale at the festival and it's fabulous. It has space to plan several shows. Each section includes details of the show, transport, accommodation, who you're planning to meet up with. Lots of space to plan your travel projects and to make a list of vendors you want to see. There's also space to list which patterns you want to buy yarn for including all the details you need about the pattern.

The cover is thick card stock and the paper is great quality. Love this show planner! Look out for it at Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

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Friday, March 02, 2018

Snow Day Discount!

Most of the UK has snow at the moment & it's causing chaos. We rarely get snow here in Cornwall but we're snowed in too. So to cheer us all up, I'm offering you all 25% off any of my patterns in my Ravelry Pattern Shop until midnight UK on Monday 5 March 2018. Use coupon code: snowday18 to get 25% off. You can use the discount as many times as you like and please feel free to share it with your friends.

Here are a few suggestions of patterns you may like to add to your collection. Above, clockwise from top right: Dartmeet, Dakota and Carlyon Bay.

Above, clockwise from top right: Caldera, Nordlys and Venezia.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

New Pattern & Tutorial - Spanish Fan

I'm excited to introduce my new pattern - Spanish Fan. The name was suggested by Dawn who gets a free copy of the pattern. Get 30% off Spanish Fan till end of 28 Feb 2018 (UK time). Use coupon code: spanish30.

A beautiful, delicate lace shawl resembling a Spanish fan. Light & airy, this is the perfect accessory for a evening dress or a glamorous accessory for casual daytime. Spanish Fan is worked form the top down with a knitted on edging.

I love this knitted on edging. It's very easy to do but if you're new to this type of edging, I've filmed a tutorial which you can find here.


Spanish Fan is knitted in Schoppel 6 Karat. I used one skein of each colour - 7641 (C1) Stone Grey and 2285 Raw Denim (C2). I didn't actually use the full skeins. I used 80g/480m of C1 and 70g/420m of C2. You may use more or less depending on your tension. 

I have a selection of kits in a choice of four colour combinations to pre-order. Kits will be shipped around mid-March.

The shawl's inner crescent measures 148cm/58¼in and the depth at the centre is 62cm/24½in.

 As I was photographing this, I was going through my Tattysquawk shawl pins and I chose Porthtowan Surf which goes perfectly with these colours. See my selection of shawl pins here.


Get 30% off Spanish Fan till end of 28 Feb 2018 (UK time). Use coupon code: spanish30.

Here's a blocking photo of this shawl so you can see how it blocks out. 

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fabulous Weekend

I'm back from Unravel and it was another fabulous event! I enjoyed meeting regular and new customers, members of my Facebook group - Love of Lace Knitting - and the ladies who came to my Professional Finishing Class on Sunday.

I'm so grateful to everyone who supported us by buying yarn, patterns, shawl pins, beads or notions. And I'm so grateful to everyone who stopped to say hello and show me what they'd knitted from one of my patterns. 

I didn't get much of a chance to look around and there are a few stalls I'd hoped to check out but I'll have plenty of time for yarn shopping at Edinburgh Yarn Fest next month. I'll be there teaching and shopping but not having a stall.

I did manage to buy a couple of little things. I've wanted a little sweater ornament for months so I picked one up from Ida's House, who have a fabulous selection of knitting goodies. Fellow Norwegian, Maya, stocks a Norwegian yarn, Garnsurr, in her yarn shop, Knit With Attitude, in London. When I heard that Knit With Attitude was going to be at Unravel I knew I wanted to pick up a skein of Garnsurr. 

I copied this from Knit With Attitude's website: 'Garnsurr is a social integration project for refugee women in Norway. The project is aimed at women, because women often find themselves struggling to find jobs feeling isolated because the opportunities to learn the Norwegain language are quite limited. Through working at Garnsurr these women learn Norwegian at the same time as feeling productive and creative managing a working life - which again contributes to their integration into the Norwegian culture and society.'

I enjoyed meeting fellow Norwegian, Nina - Knitting Windows on Instagram. We've been chatting on Instagram for a while so it was nice to meet in person. Nina came to my Finishing Techniques workshop on Sunday and brought me a little present - a gorgeous tin with some useful and pretty knitting notions. I love knitting notions and pretty tins so this was perfect for me!

I got some knitting done too. In fact, I'm surprised at how much knitting I got done. I'm exhausted after a day at a show so in the evenings we get something quick to eat then retreat to our hotel room to relax. And apparently I did a lot of knitting because my lavender shawl is getting long! I'm on the final quarter. Hopefully I'll be able to finish it this week.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Knitting & Unravel

It's been a really frantic couple of weeks and blogging went to the bottom of my to do list. I've managed to fit in quite a bit of knitting between magazine deadlines and workshops. After finishing a a couple of projects I decided I needed to cast on two new projects.

For a while now I've wanted to design an Orenburg inspired shawl using the construction method I teach in my Orenburg lace workshop. I'll be teaching my Orenburg lace knitting workshop at Handmade Studios, near Portsmouth on 26 May. I'll be back at Handmade Studios on 7 April for a Lace Improvers workshop (contact the shop for more details on both workshops).

I'm using Navia Alpakka which is a pure alpaca lace weight yarn. It's a delicate, light as air yarn and I'm really enjoying knitting with it. I'm adding beads. The construction method is really interesting in the way the edging is knitted on along with the shawl.
I decided I needed an easier shawl on the needles too. I've wanted to knit a shawl in the Lavender and Dark Grey Navia Bummull for a few weeks now. I love knitting with this cotton blend yarn. It's lovely and light. 
This weekend I'll be at Unravel in Farnham, Surrey. I'll have selection of patterns, beautiful, colourful yarns, beads and Tattysquawk shawl pins. I picked up 20 new pins today but I didn't have time to take any photos before it got dark. I wish I had as the pins are just beautiful.

If you're coming to Unravel, do stop by and say hello. We'll be in the Barley Room. 

Next week, I'll have a new pattern release and a tutorial for you.

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Friday, February 02, 2018

February Workshops

I've listed most of my workshops up to the summer on my website. I'm waiting for confirmation of a couple of classes which I'll add as soon as I can. You can see all my classes here.

Tomorrow, Saturday 3 February, I'll be back at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth to teach a Circular Fair Isle Yoke workshop for Wool Palette. At the time of writing there is one space left on this workshop. You will learn how to knit with two colours at the same time and knit a top down circular yoke sweater that fits you. See the full details and book here. You do not need any previous fair isle knitting experience.

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Next week I'm really looking forward to a trip to Dorset to teach Fair Isle Knitting and Steeking at The Slipped Stitch in Sherborne, Dorset. In this class you will learn how to work with two colours at the same time as well as how to cut your knitting. Why would you want to cut your knitting? It will enable you to knit a sweater in the round to the shoulders and cut holes for the sleeves which is what my Mum did in the sweater below.

You can also turn a sweater into a cardigan. Cutting your knitting may sound scary but I show you how to re-enforce the steek (where you're going to cut) first and then cut it, pick up stitches for a button band, work an i-cord cast off. After this class you'll have the confidence to cut your own knitting.

This class is divided into two halves and you can do both sessions or just the fair isle knitting or just the steeking. I recommend doing the full day as there's always something to learn even if you're already a fair isle knitter. Contact Slipped Stitch for full details and to book.

Selbu-inspired Vaffel Votter

On 13 February I'll be teaching Norwegian Selbu Mittens at Spin A Yarn in Bovey Tracey, Devon. In this class you'll learn how to knit traditional Norwegian mittens in two colours. We'll cover how to knit with one colour in each hand, how to strand the yarn and how to shape the mittens. You'll get a choice of one of my Selbu-inspired patterns to take home.

At Unravel, on Sunday 18 February, I'll be teaching Professional Finishing Techniques. This is a half day class so you'll still get time to enjoy the show. We'll cover techniques like short row shoulder shaping, joining shoulders by working a three needle cast off, how to sew up using mattress stitch, how to pick up stitches for a button band or collar and how to work one row button holes. As part of this class you'll get my Online Professional Finishing Class for free. Find full details and booking info here.

Knitting garments in the round is becoming increasingly popular and one of the easiest way to knit a garment in the round is to knit a raglan sweater from the top down. In this class you'll  learn to knit a raglan sweater that first from the top down. I'm teaching this class at Spin A Yarn, Bovey Tracey, Devon, on 28 March. Find the details here.

See all my workshops up to the summer here - there are a couple of workshops to be added.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Essential Oils for Chronic Pain

If you've been following me for a while, you probably know that I suffer from chronic pain in my upper back/neck/shoulders. The pain is as a result of two car accidents 35 and 17 years ago. I've also broken my coccyx and injured my back in numerous horse-riding accidents which probably didn't help. 

After the first car accident when I was 14 years old, I suffered from mild to moderate pain. compared to the pain I suffer from now, I'd describe it as very mild. After the second car accident I was signed off on sick leave and put on strong painkillers as I was in a lot of pain. I spent a year on sick leave and ended up on disability benefits. Over the years I've tried a huge number of different alternative treatments and various medications and alternative 'medications'.

For the last two years, I've been told by the doctor on several occasions to cut back on my painkillers. I was taking 8-10 tablets per day of Cocodamol and Tramadol as well as other pain medication and anti-inflammatories. Every time I've tried to cut down, I've failed! I'd managed to cut down by one tablet for a few days, maybe even a week. Then I'd have a bad day or a bad few days and be right up to max dose. 

At the moment I'm taking 6 Cocodamol and 5 Tramadol per day. In a couple of weeks, I'll try to cut down one more Cocodamol. My goal is to get down to four of each. How have I done this? It's all down to DoTerra essential oils and Life Long Vitality Supplements. 

When I started using DoTerra essential oils last summer I didn't actually think they'd do anything for my pain. I was looking for help with sleep, energy and motivation. But when you solve the pain issue, you sleep better, have more energy and motivation. When you're in pain, you get tired quicker and struggle to sleep. Being tired means more pain. It's a vicious circle!

I did share my pain management strategies in a blog post a few months ago. Since then I've experimented with more oils and other supplements. I've also read a lot more on the subject of pain management.

On Tuesday 6 February at 14.30 (UK time), I'm hosing a Live Webinar on How to manage pain with essential oils. I hope you can join me live. But if you can't, you can watch it later. If you have any specific questions regarding essential oils and pain, you can ask them live or if you can't watch live, please e-mail me on (put 'EO pain' in the subject line) by Friday and I'll try to answer your question. 

Do you suffer from chronic pain? Do you take a bucket load of strong painkillers every day? Or do you take milder pain killers but you worry about having to move on to stronger stuff? 
I hope you'll join me live to learn why I chose DoTerra essential oils, why they work as well as they do, which specific oils are good for pain and how to use them and why the Life Long Vitality Supplements work. You can join me for the webinar or watch the replay here.

If would like to read about my Essential Oils - My Story, you can read it here and you can read Essential Oils 101 here. 

If you're ready to get started with DoTerra, you can sign up for a wholesale membership here. If you'd like to find out more about what's involved in a wholesale membership, just e-mail me on

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