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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Passion Flowers


The weather is getting cooler here in the UK and my hands are frequently cold. So I designed a new pair of hand-warmers - Passion Flowers - which I've already been wearing regularly. The name was chosen after asking members of my Facebook group, and followers of my Facebook page and Instagram for suggestions. I got so many wonderful suggestions but Passion Flowers stood out to me. 


A delicate lace pattern twists its way up these fingerless mittens and opens up into an exotic flower represented by the beads. The beads are added using the crochet hook method. Here's my tutorial.


Passion Flowers can be worked on either double pointed needles or circular needles using the magic loop technique. You may also be okay using the tiny 9inch circular needles if you prefer.


I used 1/2 ball of Schoppel Crazy Zauberball in shade: 2204. You will have plenty of yarn to make the hand-warmers longer but you will need more beads. As you can just see in the photo below, I didn't add beads to the palm of the hand as I find it more comfortable without beads here. I wear hand-warmers all the time in the winter: when I work, knit, drive, shop, go for a walk etc.


Passion Flowers come in two sizes but as the fabric is very stretchy they will fit a variety of hand widths and can easily be made longer, just remember you'll need more beads. I'm modelling the larger size in the photos which will actually fit a man-sized hand (yes I've got man-sized hands).


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Will I see you at Stitch Fest in November?




It's nearly time for Stitch Fest - a fabulous yarn show held in Totnes, Devon. It's two days of wonderful stalls selling everything knitters and spinners dream of as well as workshops. I'll be teaching three workshops this year. The class photos below are from last year's Stitch Fest.


On Saturday 4 November, I'll be teaching Professional Finishing Techniques from 2-5pm. If you hate sewing up your garments, have no idea how to pick up stitches, don't like your button holes or hate the standard stair step shoulder shaping, this is the class for you. 


You'll learn how to work short row shaping for the shoulders and three needles cast off, how to seam your garments using mattress stitch, how to pick up stitches for the perfect button bands with perfect button holes as well as things you can do to make finishing easier.

Does it sound like you need this class? Get full details and book here.  With this class you also get my Online Professional Finishing Course for free. You get indefinite access to this course which means you can refresh your memory on the techniques you learnt any time you want to. This class is suitable for knitters of all abilities. 


On Sunday 5 November from 10am - 1pm, I'll be teaching Fair Isle Knitting. Fair isle knitting is very popular this season and if you're worried about how to handle two colours, you've come to the right place. Growing up in Norway, I started knitting fair isle sweaters in my teens.



In this class you'll learn how to knit with one colour in each hand if you're an English style knitter (or with both colours in your left hand if you're a continental knitter), how to make sure your floats are the right length, how to avoid floats that are too long, how to read fair isle charts and all my other little tricks for perfect fair isle.

See the details and book Fair Isle Knitting here. This class is suitable for knitters of all abilities. 

And finally on Sunday afternoon from 2-5pm, I'll be teaching Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl. Continental knitters hold the yarn in their left hand and for the average knitter continental knitting is a quicker and more efficient way of knitting than English style knitting. You'll also learn to purl with the yarn at the back, which makes combined knit and purl stitch patterns like rib or seed stitch so much quicker. If you've ever seen me knit, this is what I'll be teaching you to do.



With this class you get my Online Continental Knitting for free so you can refresh your memory at any time.See the details and book Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl here. This class is suitable for knitters of all abilities. 

I've just looked at the exhibitors list and there are some fabulous stall holders lined up. It looks like there will be more stalls than last year. I'll definitely be making time to look around on Saturday morning before I start teaching. 

So will I be seeing you at Stitch Fest? Stitch Fest is easily accessible from Totnes train station and it's only  few minutes from the A38 which is the main road that continues down through Devon from the M5 at Exeter. 

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Workshops at Handmade Studios

I love adding new shops to my teaching schedule, especially in parts of the country I've not taught before. This autumn I'm teaching three workshops at Handmade Studios in Rowland's Castle near Portsmouth. My first class is on Saturday 21 October and there are still spaces on this workshop.


I'll be teaching Slip Stitch and Fair Isle Colourwork which is the perfect class if you're knew to knitting with two colours. In the morning you'll learn how to work slip stitch colourwork which is the easiest way to incorporate colour into your knitting. The scarf above is an example of stitch stitch colour work. 




In the afternoon we'll focus on fair isle knitting. You'll learn all the fair isle basics like knitting with one colour in each hand (if you're a continental knitter, I'll show you how to knit with both colours in the left hand), how to make sure your floats are the correct length, how to deal with long floats (ie how to weave in your yarn as you go) and how to read fair isle charts. You'll also learn how to knit in the round using the magic loop technique. You'll get plenty of practice knitting a small swatch during the class. 

This class is perfect if you're new to fair isle knitting or you've done a bit of fair isle knitting but want to improve your technique. See the details of this class here. 




On Saturday 25 November, I'll be back at Handmade Studios for a Circular Fair Isle Yoke Sweater workshop. In this class you'll learn how to knit a sweater in the round from the bottom up with a circular yoke and how to incorporate a fair isle pattern on the yoke. 

We'll go through all the maths you'll need to work out the numbers for your own sweater as well as all the techniques needed to knit a circular yoke sweater. You'll also learn basic fair isle techniques such as knitting with a colour in each hand, how to make sure the floats are the correct length and how to avoid long floats. This is a new class for this term and I'm very excited to be teaching it.


Copyright Let's Knit Magazine

The sweaters in the photos above and below were published in Let's Knit Magazine and incorporate simple patterns on the yoke. More details on the class here. 

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And finally on Saturday 9 December I'll be back to teach Fair Isle Knitting and Steeking. This is a fast-paced workshop where we'll go through fair isle techniques in the morning while you knit a tube. In the afternoon you'll learn how to re-enforce the steek with a crochet seam, how to cut the steek and how to pick up and knit a button band that covers the cut edge. More details on the class here. 



For all three classes, contact Handmade Studios for more details and to book and I hope to see you at one of these three workshops this autumn.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018




Yes I'm teaching at The Edingburgh Yarn Festival in March 2018. I'm so excited as this is one of the most fabulous yarn festivals in the UK. It attracts huge number of visitors from around the world. I'll be teaching three classes and the class preview is now up. Bookings open on Saturday 14 October 2017 at 4pm UK time.

On Wednesday 14 March fro 10am to 1pm I'm teaching Circular Fair Isle Yokes.  You will learn how circular yokes are constructed and how to incorporate a fair isle pattern on your yoke, how to shape the yoke and adjust the shaping to work with your fair isle pattern. Read more about this class here.


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Also on Wednesday from 2 to 5pm, I'll be teaching Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl. The continental way of knitting is faster and more efficient than most English styles. You will learn how to carry your yarn in your left hand and knit continental style as well as the long tail cast on and Norwegian purl. For the Norwegian Purl the yarn is held at the back which makes combined knit and purl stitches such as ribs much quicker. 

This class will include my online Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl class as a free bonus so that you can continue to get online support and refresh any new techniques online after the class. Read more about the class here.



And on Thursday 15th March from 2pm to 5pm I'll be teaching Beaded Lace Knitting. Beads add elegance and glamour to any lace knitting. In this class you will learn three different ways of adding beads to your lace knitting and how to choose which method is suitable for your project. You will also learn how to read lace charts and work common lace stitches. Read more about this class here.


After my workshops I'll be staying on in Edinburgh for a few days to enjoy the show and explore the city with my Mum who's coming over from Norway. The Market Place will take place from 15 to 17 March. This will be my first trip to Edinburgh so I'm so excited for this event!

So, who's coming to Edinburgh? 


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Saturday, October 07, 2017

The Knit-Tea Retreat - Bookings Open

I blogged about my classes at the Knit-Tea Retreat recently. You can read it here.


I'm teaching three classes at this retreat along with three other amazing teachers. The venue in Cardiff is beautiful, the classes are inspiring and there will be time for socialising and knitting too. 

Bookings open today. Get all the details here.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

It's Fiesta Time



Fiesta is the perfect layering garment which will take you through several seasons. The relaxed shape is the perfect canvas for the bold lace pattern. Fiesta is worked in one piece with easy shaping and no sewing up. 


Fiesta comes in two sizes with notes on how to customise the size. Both models are wearing size 2. 

I have a limited number of Fiesta kits available for pre-order. Kits will ship as soon as the printed patterns arrive (hopefully by end of next week). Pre-order Fiesta kits here.



Get 25% off the Fiesta pattern until 15 October 2017.  Use coupon code: fiestatime. Purchase the pattern here.



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Monday, October 02, 2017

A great way to learn fair isle knitting

Fair isle knitting is becoming increasingly popular but it can be intimidating if you've never tried it before. Whether you're brand new to fair isle knitting or you just need to brush up on your skills, Selbu mittens are a perfect way to learn and practice fair isle knitting. You'll also love this class if you already know how to knit fair isle but want to learn how to knit these traditional Norwegian mittens. 



In the class we'll knit a mini mitten (perfect for Christmas decorations) to practice all the fair isle techniques - how to knit with a colour in each hand, how to strand the yarn correctly and more, as well as how to shape the mitten. You'll get a choice of two mittens and one hand-warmer pattern to take home.



Selbu mittens are traditional Norwegian mittens and are a fun project and perfect for Christmas presents.

Last Saturday, I taught Sellbu Mittens at The Slipped Stitch in Sherborne, Dorset. The photo below is from the class. The ladies varied in age from 30s to 60s. Some were experienced knitters who'd knitted from many years and some were brand new knitters having only learnt earlier this year. They all enjoyed it and were pleased with what they had achieved by the end of the day.






On 7 October, I'll be teaching Selbu Mittens at La Mercerie in Cowbridge, Wales (approx 30 mins drive from Cardiff). There are still spaces on this workshop. Contact La Mercerie for more details and to book.


In December I'll be teaching Selbu Mittens at The Wool Merchant in Dartington, Devon. Contact The Wool Merchant for more details and to book.


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