Friday, November 21, 2014

Vaffel Votter Kits

'Vaffel Votter' has been a big hit since I launched the pattern recently. This was my first design using Navia Duo and I fell in love with this yarn so much that I decided to offer kits. Navia is from the Faroe Islands which is a group of islands in the north sea north of Shetland. The islands are part of the Danish kingdom. Navia is blended from Faroese wool, Shetland wool and Australian lambswool which gives it a unique mix of 'wolly stickiness' and softness. The wool is perfect for stranded colour work (also known as fair isle knitting) but it's still soft and non-itchy, especially after a sock in a good wool wash or fabric conditioner (I use Soak wool wash). Yarns that are too soft and silky aren't always that great in stranded colourwork designs.

The kit is available in a variety of colours. To better show how each combination knits up I had fun earlier this week, knitting up lots of swatches. I reversed the colours for the second half of the waffel motif.



You'll also get a professionally printed copy of the pattern and a download code so you can download a pdf version (via Ravelry - no membership needed). And there's a saving on buying the pattern and yarn separately. All you need to add is a set of 3.25mm needles (circulars or double pointed needles).

You can find the kits here and the pdf pattern only here. Island Wool Company who distributes Navia in the UK are stocking the pattern as a pdf download too.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Colour Testing

Its been all about mittens here lately. My new stranded fingerless mittens will be published soon. Its being tech-edited at the moment. 

I published Vaffel Votter a few weeks ago and this week I'll be launching Navia kits for this pattern. 

A big box of Navia arrived on Friday and there's more colours coming soon. 

I've been pouring over the shade card trying to decide on colour combinations for the kits. So many yummy colours.

The best way to decide which colour combinations work, is to knit them up. So that's my main job today. I'm recovering from teaching in Wales yesterday and I'm teaching in Devon tomorrow. I've had to take it easy today or I'll end up in huge amount of pain. So at least I've been able to do something useful today. 

I'll share more colour combinations later in the week. The Vaffel Votter pattern is part of the Indie Giftalong 2014 promotion.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Indie Giftalong 2014

Have you heard about the Indie Giftalong? Independent designers on Ravelry got together last year to run this promotion and it was so successful they decided to do it again this year. I didn't take part last year but I'm doing it this year.

So what is the Indie Giftalong? For one week, from last night until 21 November you can use the code: giftalong2014 to get 25% off a selection of patterns from nearly 300 participating designers. 

After the discount period ends the Giftalong continues with lots of fun, KALs/CALs (Knitalong/Crochetalong) in the Indie Giftalong Ravelry Group. There are lots of prizes to be won! 

Below are my patterns which are eligible for the 25% discount. Purchase any of these patterns before 21 November using the code: giftalong2014 to get 25% off. But you can join the KALs with any of my patterns and win prizes. 

Check out the Ravelry group for other participating designers. Whether you're knitting for Christmas presents or for yourself, enjoy the Indie Giftalong 2014. Follow the Giftalong on social media by using the hashtag #giftalong2014.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

St Aubin's Bay - Intro Offer

Last March I was invited to teach at the Jersey Textile showcase at the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin's, Jersey. While I was there I bought 2 skeins of String Theory Caper Sock from Fig Tree Yarns (I can't find the website at the moment) which is based in Jersey. A few days before we left for Yorkshire in September I cast on for this shawl. I had a rough idea of what I wanted but I did largely design on the go. It was a very quick knit and I finished it in a week.

Because I bought this yarn in St Aubin and the shallow crescent shape of this shawl reminds me of St Aubin's Bay in Jersey, I decided to call the shawl St Aubin's Bay.

St Aubin's Bay has irregular stripes, eyelet rows and two short row wedges. I recommend wrap & turn short rows but because you're working in garter stitch there is no need to pick up your wraps. I usually do because I prefer to but I know many knitters who don't.

I finished the shawl off with my favourite picot beaded cast/bind off. The beads are added using the crochet hook method (video demo). I used 6mm miracle beads for the picot edge. I've worn this shawl a few times already. It's lovely and squishy and big. Perfect to wrap around my neck on a chilly day.

Until midnight GMT Sunday 16 November 2014, St Aubin's Bay is 30% off in my Ravelry store. No coupon code needed. The discount will be taken off automatically at the check out. So now you just need to choose two fabulous colours of sock yarn. You need 2 skeins of 100gr/400yds each.

Happy knitting x

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mitten Mania

A week ago I was at Sitting Knitting in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham to teach my Selbu mittens workshop. Normally we work on a mini mitten during class but this time we did things a bit differently. Rachel, who owns Sitting Knitting, provided 2 balls of King Cole 4ply for everyone and they started their own 'Vaffel Votter'.

I forgot to take photos, so the photo above and below are Rachel's and used with permission.

The group of ladies were great. I'd met several of them on my previous workshop in the summer and it was lovely to see some new ladies too. They were all very competent knitters.

We had a great day and I've enjoyed seeing 'Vaffel Votter' appearing on the Sitting Knitting Facebook page over the last week. I'll be back at Sitting Knitting in February and March to teach Toe Up Socks and Finishing Techniques. Details are on their Facebook page. Contact Sitting Knitting to book your place.

This Sunday, I'll be in South Wales. I'm teaching Selbu mittens at La Mercerie in Cowbridge. I'm looking forward to going back to La Mercerie. The shop is fabulous and in a lovely setting next to the river. There may still be spaces, contact the shop to check.

Mitten mania continues and I'll hopefully be publishing a pair of stranded fingerless mittens this week. I'm aiming for Wednesday. I've got plans for another pair too. I may get them on the needles towards the end of this week but I've got some other deadline stuff to finish first.

Friday, November 07, 2014


How about a new pattern for the weekend? I've just published Pencarrow. I wore this shawl yesterday and it was so lovely and soft around my neck. 

Pencarrow is an asymmetrical triangle worked sideways with a scalloped edging and chevron lace pattern. The shawl is finished off with a crochet chain cast/bind off (however a Russian cast/bind off can be used if preferred.

Pencarrow is 30% off until Sunday 9th November midnight GMT. No coupon code needed.

The pink version is knitted in Lotus Cashmere DK (colour 12 Peony), which is available in my shop. Despite it's name, this is actually a 4ply (fingering weight) yarn. It's incredibly soft. Pencarrow measures 167cm/65.5in and the depth (at the lace end) is 72cm/28in.

I first knitted this shawl in Tanis Fiber Arts Cosmic Blue Label Fingering Weight. This is a beautiful sparkly yarn. Because of all the garter stitch and simple lace pattern, this shawl is perfect for variegated colourways. 

Pencarrow is 30% off until Sunday 9th November midnight GMT. Pattern is available on Ravelry now and will be available on Patternfish soon.

Why not cast on this weekend?

Friday, October 31, 2014

2015 Lace Clubs

For 2015 I'm excited to announce two new yarn clubs. Each club will ship every other month so if you fancy a monthly club parcel, you can join both clubs. And you'll get a £10 discount if you do (£10 will be refunded via Paypal within 48 hours of joining both clubs).

New for 2015 is my Beads & Lace Club. I love designing lace projects which include beads so I thought why not do a club exclusively for beaded lace. 

Each month you will receive a kit comprising of a skein of luxury lace yarn, beads and an exclusive lace pattern. You will also receive extras such as a project bag and useful notions. A crochet hook for adding beads will be included in the first parcel
This club is designed for knitters who are familiar with lace knitting and who want to take their lace knitting to the next level. Projects will be rated intermediate and will include charted and written instructions. Each project, which will be mainly shawls and scarves, will have beads added using the crochet hook method.

Parcels will be sent out in February, April and June 2015. Total value of the club is over £100 and price includes postage.

The parcels will be shipped around the middle of the month with the first club parcels being shipped mid February 2015. Signup now. 

Sign up before 15 November and get £5 off, use discount code 'beads&lace15'.

The Easy Lace Club is back. This club is designed for knitters who are new to lace knitting or experienced lace knitters who like quick and easy projects. To help you tackle lace knitting you will get a printed copy of The Lace Basics Booklet (which has recently been updated and expanded) which will teach you all the lace knitting essentials.

Each month you will receive a kit comprising of a skein of luxury 4ply/fingering weight yarn and an exclusive lace pattern.You will also receive extras such as a project bag and useful notions.

The projects for this club, which will be mainly shawls and scarves, will be easy and will be exclusive to the club until July 2015.

Total value of the club is over £80 and the price includes postage.
The parcels will be shipped around the middle of the month with the first club parcels being shipped mid January 2015. Signup now. Spaces are limited.

Sign up before 15 November and get £5 off, use discount code 'easylace15'.