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Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Elowen was first published in The Knitter issue 113 but is now available as a pattern download.

Elowen is an exquisite crescent shawl which is enthralling to knit, thanks to its mix of lace stitches and an unusual edging. The show-stopping edging is knitted on to the live stitches of the centre panel. Here's my tutorial for a Knitted on Edging (Single Join).

Elowen is a crescent shaped shawl worked from the top down. The beginning of the shawl has been changed a little bit from the original pattern in the magazine.

Get 25% off Elowen until 24 July 2018. Use coupon code: elowen25.

The new version is knitted in one ball of Laceball 100 (you can also use Laceball). I have a selection of wonderful colourways here. 

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Fancy a Candy Cane?

Candy Cane flows from a point into wide lace border to form a gently peaked, asymmetrical crescent. This shawl alternates between garter stitch and lace with a scattering of beads for an elegant accessory.

I knitted this shawl in Växbo Lingarn 12/2 from Knit With Atittude. I used one skein each of the Silver Grey and Cerise. You can purchase the yarn here. 

Of course I had to add beads and I used Debbie Abrahams size 6 beads in the colour 340 Pebble (you need 133 beads which is one bag of the Debbie Abrahams beads). Here's my tutorial on adding beads using the crochet hook method.

Linen yarn feels crisp to knit with but it softens as you work with it and start wearing it. It's a light weight yarn and perfect for hot weather but also great in the winter if you want a beautiful accessory without the warmth of wool. Of course you can also knit this shawl in any yarn that has 400-420m per 100g skein.

Get 25% off Candy Cane until 12 July 2018. Use coupon code: candy25.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Woolfest & Scotland

I ended up taking a bit of an unintentional blog break. Before Woolfest which was 10 days ago, things were really busy and I was struggling to keep up with blogging. Woolfest was a big success. And I'm so grateful to everyone who supported us and to the organisers who do a fab job every year. The day before Woolfest we spent a day exploring the Lace District (see photo above).

It's quite a challenge to transform a cattle pen in a livestock market into a pop up shop. Above is the before photo after we've unloaded some of our stock. Below is how our sock yarn/4ply section looked.

And this is the lace weight section.

The biggest challenge at shows is how to show off as many designs as possible. We took advantage of the rails opposite our stall to show off (from left to right): La Scala, Venezia and Crescendo.

I had brought too much yarn and we struggled to fit it all in. I would have loved to have a double stall but was only offered a single stall. We ended up going to Aldi to see if we could find something we could use as a display and we got this plant display unit.

The day after Woolfest we drove to the north of Scotland to visit my sister in law and her husband. We stayed with them for five nights and made the most of the four full days we had to explore the area south of the Moray Firth. The weather was amazing. Wall to wall sunshine and hot temperatures.

Above is the River Ness in Inverness and below is the Caledonian Canal near Inverness. Three years ago we went on a cruise from this lock to Loch Ness but this time we just went for a short walk along the canal.

We explored several local beaches. Below is the beach at Lossiemouth.

We were lucky enough at Spey Bay (below) to see a seal bogging around in the River Spey. However it was a bit further out so we could just spot it.

Below is Hopeman beach which is the village where we stayed. 

I'd hoped to finish my Rico socks while I was away but only got a few rounds done. However, I just finished the second sock this lunchtime.

I did do a bit of knitting on the Zauberball Cotton shawl which is knitting up beautifully. By the time I got home I was over half way through this shawl. 

Most of my knitting time was taken up with a deadline project which is a new design for a magazine. I had to finish this by the time we got home. 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New Pattern - Gavotte

Gavotte is a stunning, light as air shawl scattered with beads for a glamorous look. The main lace stitch pattern is paired with a contrasting wide edging along the lower length of the shawl.

Gavotte was originally published in The Knitter 104 and is now available from my Ravelry Pattern Shop. 

Get 25% off Gavotte until midnight UK on 26 June 2018. Use coupon code: gavotte25.

Gavotte is knitted in Navia Alpakka which is a lace weight yarn and it took 4 x 25g balls (approx 900m in total). I'll have a selection of Navia Alpakka at Woolfest this weekend, 22 and 23 June.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Swirling Seas

I'm so excited to introduce Swirling Seas.

This stunning, light weight garment is the perfect cover up to wear for a casual look with jeans or over a dress for a more formal look. Worked sideway in two pieces from the centre.

Swirling Seas starts with a provisional cast-on. You can use any provisional cast on but here's the tutorial for my favourite provisional cast-on method. 

Get 25% off the Swirling Seas pattern only until midnight UK on 21 June 2018. Use discount code: swirling25.

Swirling Seas comes in two sizes. Emily and I are both wearing the largest size (size 2). We're about the same height - we're both tall - but she's skinny and I'm not. The pattern includes a schematic which will make it easier to choose a size. You can combine the two sizes. The garment is knitted sideways from the centre out so you can cast on for one size and knit the length for the other size if you prefer.

There is a selection of kits available in a choice of colours in the YarnAddict Shop. The kits are pre-order and will be shipped first week of July. Kits have been discounted.

The YarnAddict Shop will close on Sunday 17 June and re-open first week of July. Next week, 22 and 23 June, we'll be at Woolfest in Cumbria. 

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Friday, June 08, 2018

Candyfloss - Pattern & Kits - Limited Time Offer!

Candyfloss showcases beautiful lace patterns and an attractive semicircular shape. Easy to wear, this shawl will add warmth and style to your outfit. 

Candyfloss was originally published in The Knitter 105 but I've now published it in my Pattern Shop.

The new version is knitted in Schoppel 6 Karat and takes one skein. It does have one repeat less of Chart B and a slightly different edging than the original version.

Get 25% off Candyfloss. Use coupon code: candyfloss25. Valid until midnight UK on 12 June (only valid on patterns).

This shawl is light, elegant and beautiful in the merino/silk blend yarn. Perfect to wear over summer dresses or as a scarf in the colder months.

I also have a small selection of kits available to order here. 

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

My Skin Care Routine

Since starting to use essential oils daily a year ago I've become increasingly aware of the amount of toxic chemicals we put in and on our bodies. Our skin care, our cleaning products, our fragrance products (whether its an expensive perfume, air fresheners or candles) contain products that are harming our health. There is increased concern among medical professionals that many everyday products are related to increased rates of fertility issues, autoimmune disorders and the C word.

Our skin is our largest organ and we absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin and children absorb more than adults. So we should be careful about what we put on our skin.

I am a bit of a skin care junkie. I love trying new anti-aging lotions and cleansers but over the last year I've completely overhauled my skin care regime. I've always had good skin but I've had more compliments about my skin in the last few months than I used to get. There's more to good skin than just your skin care. Genetics, protecting your skin from the sun and diet all play a role in how our skin looks. A lot of skin issues start in the gut so good gut health is important too. 

You can easily make many skin care product yourself but there are companies that sell skin care that's better for our health. And also better for the environment.

Here's a You Tube video where I share my skin care. You can also watch it here.

I'm using a combination of skin care products I make myself and DoTerra skin care. DoTerra has three main skin care ranges: the Essential Skin Care, Verage and HD Clear. 

Today I'm sharing my skin care routine and the best essential oils for your skin.

To cleanse my skin I use the DoTerra Essential Skin Care Facial Cleanser in the shower in the morning. I wash it off with water. It leaves my skin feeling really fresh.

After I get out of the shower I use a face spritz which contains Bermagot, Geranium, Cypress, Lavender Frankincense, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli. See below for the properties of these oils. If I don't have an oil, I just leave it out. I add about a 1/4 fractionated coconut oil and top up with Rose Water. My spray bottle is probably about 40-50ml and lasts me for ages. I use 10 drops of each oil, sometimes a bit less Frankincense (depending on how much I have left).

I use the Verage Moisturizer on my face. This is a very light lotion and is perfect for my combination skin. If you would like more anti-aging properties or have drier skin, DoTerra does an Anti-aging Moisturizer and a Hydrating Cream and for those with oily and acne prone skin they do the HD Clear Face Lotion.

I use three pumps of Verage Moisturizer with 2 drops of Myrrh/Ylang Ylang/Lavender (I mix this in a small dropper bottle) and 2 drops of Geranium. 

I then do a quick swipe with the Immortelle Roller. Immortelle is a roller bottle which contains Frankincense, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Myrrh, Helichrysum and Rose. It's not diluted so I split it between two or three roller bottles and top up with a carrier oil. At the moment I'm using Rosehip oil. 

In the evening I use home-made make up wipes to remove my make up and cleanse my skin. First I put some fractionated coconut oil on my eyes to remove my eye make up (this works better than any eye make up remover I've tried) and then I use one of my make up pads to remove the rest of my make up. 

To make my make up wipes, I take a stack of large cotton pads and put them in a glass jar. In a small measuring jug I combine 1/2 table spoon witch hazel, 2 table spoons  fractionated coconut oil, 2 table spoons water (I boil the kettle and let it cool but distilled water is better) and 1 table spoon of Dr Bronners Castille Soap. I add four drops each of Lavender and Melaleuca (tea tree). I pour this over the cotton pads. Each night I use one. They can sting your eyes which is why I use fractionated coconut oil to remove my eye make up.

In the evening I moisturize my skin with a face oil. I've changed this oil a few times as I've acquired new oils. My current oil, which I love, contains: 10 drops Blue Tansy, 10 drops Frankincense, 10 drops Geranium, 5 drops Copaiba. I add half Rosehip oil and half Jojoba oil and use a 15ml glass bottle with a pump top. I use one or two squirts on my face every evening and one squirt on my hands before I go to bed.

I've used this current blend for the last week and my skin feels much softer and smoother. The main difference in my latest blend is the addition of Blue Tansy which is the latest miracle ingredient to sweep through the beauty industry. Blue Tansy is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, reduces the appearance of blemishes and according to Vogue 'will radically change your skin'.

Many high end skin care products now contain Blue Tansy. As you may guess from the name, it's a blue oil and yes it may turn your skin blue for a short period. When I first got this oil at convention last month, I put one drop on my hand and rubbed it in. I didn't realise it would turn my skin as blue as it did and because it was neat it took a while to disappear. I put some hand cream on and washed my hand and eventually the blue colour disappeared. 

I tried a drop in my Verage moisturizer which left me with a slight blue tinge which disappeared after a few minutes. Using it as I do now in my Face Oil, it doesn't turn my skin blue at all although the Face Oil is blue. The first time you use Blue Tansy, use it in the evening to avoid having to leave the house with a blue tinge. to your skin.

Blue Tansy is available in the US and will be released in Europe in August.

Here are the main benefits of various oils,as it relates to skin. Some of these oils I haven't used yet. These oils all have other benefits too.

Bergamot - anti-inflammatory, promotes clear, healthy skin, soothes eczema and proriasis.

Cedarwood - astringent properties, acts as a natural toner to reduce pores and protect from bacteria, promotes clear, even skin tone, excellent for acne prone skin. 

Copaiba - supports inflammation so great if you suffer from acne. It also tightens the skin and helps reduce wrinkles. Also great to use to support pain and healthy levels of inflammation in the body.

Cypress - great for circulation, reduces puffiness.

Frankincense - reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, anti-inflammatory, reduces swelling, soothes skin irritations, supports cell regeneration, reduces redness and age spots and tones your skin.

Geranium - balances out our skin whether its dry or oily while also supporting our emotional balance and balancing our hormones (I use this in my hormone blend too). It evens out skin tone and reduces redness. 

Lavender - is a powerful antioxidant, calms redness and blotchy skin, restores brightness, eases dryness, reduces appearance of aging.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree) - great for cleansing your skin, reduces acne (I dab a drop on to any break outs I get), soothes skin irritations, balances oily skin.

Myrrh - anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, healing properties, improves skin tone, reduces dullness.

Patchouli - promotes a smooth, glowing complexion, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scars and stretch marks, anti-inflammatory.

Roman Chamomile - promotes smooth, healthy skin, relieves irritations, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, reduces scarring and evens out skin tone. I haven't tried this oil yet but it's on my 'want' list.

Ylang Ylang - minimises acne, regenerates skin cells and improves skin elasticity.

The three oils below, DoTerra does as Touch rollers which means they're diluted with fractionated coconut oil in a roller bottle. These oils will be launched in Europe in August but are available in the US.

Jasmine - reduces the appearance of skin imperfections and promotes a healthy looking, glowing complexion.

Neroli - smoothes fine lines and reduces appearance of pores.

Rose - perfect for dry or aging skin, minimizes appearance of scars, helps refine skin texture and tone. I do a swipe of Rose Touch over my cheeks every morning to minimise some redness from some tiny spider veins.

You can mix the oils with your face lotion or use a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or look into other carrier oils like Rosehip, Avacado, Jojoba, Melon Seed or Argon. My favourite carrier oils for my face is a mix of Rosehip and Jojoba (Rosehip is a bit more expensive so I use half Rosehip and half Jojoba which is cheaper).

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