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Thursday, July 18, 2019



Glyndebourne is a simple asymmetrical shawl using stripes and an easy lace pattern, which makes it perfect for new shawl knitters or a quick knit for experienced knitters. The shawl is worked from the corner to the scalloped edge.

Glyndebourne was originally published in The Knitter Magazine but is now available from my Ravelry Pattern Shop

I knitted Glyndebourne in John Arbon Devonia 4ply - one skein of each of colours Pollen Gold & Nightshade. 

I love asymmetrical shawls as they're so easy to wear. I usually wear mine as show in the first photo, bundled up around my neck. This shawl is easy to knit if you're new to lace knitting and a quick knit for experienced lace knitters. Cast on now and you'll have a beautiful shawl to wear when autumn comes.

Get 30% off the Glyndebourne shawl pattern until end of July 2019, using coupon code: GLYNDEBOURNE30. Purchase the pattern here. 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Confessions of a YarnAddict Podcast Episode 1

So I decided to start a podcast. It's something I've been thinking about for a while.... over two years to be exact! It'll be a video podcast available on my You Tube Channel. 

Episode one is available now! You can watch it here or below:

In this episode I talk about myself, my plans for the podcast, what's on my needles and I share a shawl I just finished last weekend.

The socks I share are knitted from my Aventuras sock pattern in Mudpunch yarn.

I also share a colour work poncho that's been on the needles for way too long which is knitted in Lang Merino 200. 

The two finished shawls I share are knitted in Zaubeball 100 and Lace Flower which you can find here. I'm also planning to cast on for a new shawl this week in Zauberball Cotton

I also mention my Online Finishing School for Hand-Knitters course which I'm currently updating. If you purchase the course while I'm updating it, you will get it at a reduced price. Find all the details here. I also mention my Online Continental Knitting Course. 

If there's anything you'd like me to cover on the podcast, please leave a comment on the first episode on You Tube.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Aventuras - Choose Your Own Adventure Sock Pattern & Online Course

I'm really excited to announce a project I've been working on for a while now. For the last few years I've been obsessed with knitting socks with an afterthought heel and I've decided to share it with you.

Aventuras (Spanish for adventure) is a choose your own adventure sock pattern. Choose from 16 different combinations: toe up, cuff down, two different toes, two different afterthought heels and two stitch patterns.

 I love knitting socks with an afterthought heel mainly because it doesn't disrupt the stripe pattern if you're using self-striping sock yarn (which I use a lot!) but it's also good if you're using any other type of sock yarn. Whether you're knitting from the cuff down or toe up, an afterthought heel doesn't disrupt the flow of your sock knitting. You knit in a waste yarn, then carry on knitting. Once you've finished the sock, you go back and undo the waste yarn and knit your chosen heel. 

The waste yarn for the afterthought heel has been undone.

In this pattern I'm giving two options for heels and toes. Both options are rarely used in socks, the wedge toe and heel. I think the wedge heel/toe the way I shape it, may be my invention as I've never seen it anywhere else. The other option is a swirly toe and heel which I love the look of.

Get 30% off the Aventuras pattern until midnight UK 15 July 2019.Use coupon code: AVENTURAS30.
Whether you're brand new to socks or you're just new to the techniques used in this pattern, I've created an online course for the Aventuras sock pattern. In the online course I share videos on how to cast on using the disappearing loop cast on for the swirly toe, Turkish cast on for the toe up wedge toe, how to insert the waste yarn for the heel and how to undo it, how to knit the swirly toe and wedge toe both toe up and cuff down, how to knit the afterthought swirly and wedge heels, how to graft stitches using Kitchener stitch and how to knit two different stitch patterns.

The Aventuras Online Course is available at a reduced price of US $20 (approx UK £16 depending on exact exchange rate at time of purchase) until 15 July 2019. From 16 July 2019 the price will be US £25 (approx UK £20).
You can watch the lessons at your own pace and you keep indefinite access to the course. The Aventuras pattern is included in the course.

Here's a video introducing the Aventuras sock pattern& online course:

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ramblings about my insecurities

You may have noticed that over the last year I've been modelling more of my own designs. I used to make my girls model for me but once they were both at university it became more and more difficult to get them to model for me. Vanessa has been taking the photos for me when she's been home and I could easily have asked her to swap with me so she'd model and I'd take the photos.

There's been a discussion lately about the lack of larger, middleaged or older models in the knitting industry. I'll be 50 later this summer and I'm overweight, actually I'm obese. Even after loosing 33 pounds in the last 18 months I'm still obese. But if I'm being objective I think I look good.... or at least OK. But that hyper critical inner voice won't shut up! I'm uber-critical when I look at photos of me in new designs. I don't notice how the design looks on me but if I look fat. Or slimmer. Is my double chin showing. And ironically, since I've lost weight I've noticed more wrinkles too.

Trenance - one of the photos I wasn't happy with.

I've just released the Trenance sweater pattern, and to be honest I've been delaying publishing it because I don't like how I look in the photos. Please understand I'm not saying this to get lots of compliments and reassurances. I'm just being honest about how I feel. 

I don't airbrush my photos. I may edit them to lighten or brighten them and I think Vanessa's camera may automatically apply a filter but I don't add any filters afterwards. 

I was much happier with the Daymer Bay photos. 

It makes me annoyed with myself that I worry about how I look in photos but I think it's human. I think most of us probably worry about how we look. If someone wants to take a photo of my while I'm teaching I make sure I stand or sit up straight, pull my tummy in, lift my chin. At the age of 50 I should be comfortable with how I look. 

But I'm confronting my insecurity and as Emily is home for the summer it's tempting to get her to model for me (and I may make her model the odd thing) but I will push myself and continue to model my own designs. 

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Blocking the Trenance lace sweater

Back in February I did an Instagram Live blocking my new Trenance sweater. I saved the recording and I've uploaded it to You Tube. As it was recorded Live it's a bit rough and not as polished as I'd like it to be but you can see how I block the sweater which is the main thing.

You can read more about Trenance here.

Watch the video here.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Grafting stitches using Kitchener Stitch

Kitchener stitch is commonly used to close up the toe on cuff down socks and many knitters are scared of it. And I understand why. I was too when I first got into sock knitting. It wasn't really until I started teaching sock knitting that I became comfortable with it. Since then I've grafted more socks than I can remember and I promise you, practice makes perfect! Below is my Grafting/Kitchener Stitch tutorial.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019


Trenance is a loose fitting sweater with an all over lace pattern. The sweater is worked in the round to the underarms. Front and back are then worked flat to the shoulders. Stitches are picked up for the ribbed sleeves which can be adjusted in length. I'm modelling the largest size with 14cm ease at hip.

Get 30% off the Trenance pattern until midnight UK on 23 June 2019. Use coupon code: TRENANCE30.

I knitted Trenance in Lang Merino 200 and the largest size (which I'm modelling) only took 8 balls. 

Instead of offering kits for Trenance, I'm offering you 10% off in the YarnAddict Shop. You can use it on the Lang Merino 200 to knit Trenance or anything else from the YarnAddict Shop. Use coupon code: TRENANCE10. Valid until midnight UK on 17 June 2019.

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