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Friday, September 21, 2018

It's Shawl Season

Temperatures are starting to drop here in the UK and I'm sorting through my shawls so I have a selection to put on when I walk the dog or run errands. You may need a cozy shawl or a scarf to wear on your morning commute or while taking the kids to school.

Lido is one of my favourite warm shawls. Lido looks simple and elegant but has some fun little details. Big and cozy, Lido is big enough to wrap around your neck and shoulders for cozy warmth.

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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.

The Murano shawl is inspired by the island of Murano, famous for glass, in the Venetian lagoon. Elegant lace, delicate colours and a few subtle beads makes this the perfect summer shawl. The colours remind me of the faded pastel colours on Murano and the glass beads represent Murano’s long history of glass production.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New Pattern - La Marina

La Marina is a big shawl with an interesting shape which can be worn several ways as a shawl or as a scarf. The Zauberball Cotton is silky soft and has amazing drape.
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La Marina can be worn in several different ways and takes two balls of my new favourite yarn - Zauberball Cotton but you can use regular Zauberball or Zauberball 100 too. I'll have a big selection of all the Zauberball yarns at Yarndale in Yorkshire at the end of September

La Marina is perfect for wrapping around your shoulders to keep warm on a summer evening, in the office or at a party. You can also wear it like a big scarf by wrapping it around your neck. There's a schematic at the end of this post to show the shape.

La Marina combines stocking stitch with two diamond lace patterns and a scalloped edging.

La Marina is the same shape as my Carnival shawl and I have a blocking tutorial here

Below is the blocking diagram for La Marina so you can see the exact shape and measurements. The shawl is worked from the top down in one piece.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Knitter 127 - Wentwood

 Have you seen issue 127 of The Knitter? I have a beautiful new shawl called Wentwood in this issue.

Wentwood is lightweight yet warm, thanks to the use of Bluefaced Leicester from Water Colours & Lace, making it perfect for cooler summer days and evenings as well as autumn.

I used an all over diamond lace pattern for this shawl which is worked from the top down and ends in a scalloped edging.

This pattern can be found in The Knitter 127.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

What happened?

Where have the last few weeks gone and what happened to my blogging mojo? I guess my blogging mojo took a break in the summer heat. But it's time to get back to it.

It's been a busy summer so far and I'm looking forward to a three week break in September. I've got a lot of knitting done this summer. We've had a lot of hot weather and my office gets too hot in the afternoons so I've been sitting outside knitting.

I've finished a pair of socks for Emily. I ddidn't get a completely finished photo but here they are nearly finished.

I've designed and knitted a new shawl which I'm hoping to release this week or next week. It's looking good!

At the moment I'm working on a new design for a magazine in one of my least favourite fibres - mohair. The fluff that sticks to my clothes drives me mad but it's the right yarn for this design and it's going to look beautiful when it's finished which will hopefully be sometime this week.

I've been teaching too. This month I taught a workshop at The Knitting Corner in Lichfield and while I was there I got tempted by some goodies - a skein of sock yarn from Easy Knits which I may cast on for a pair of socks for my trip to Spain next week. I also got some Knit Pro Royale circular needles as I've heard a lot of good things about them. Last time I knitted with wooden circulars I broke them so I've got to be careful this time. And I got a cute pair of scissors. 

Last Saturday I taught a workshop at Wool Palette in Plymouth. Barbara of Wool Palette hosts workshops at The Royal William Yard which is an old naval yard which has been transformed into restaurants, galleries, shops and apartments. My next workshop in September will also be for Wool Palette - Carlyon Bay Shawl.

Caroline from Georgeous Yarns in Cornwall was at my workshop and brought me these gorgeous goodies. Caroline does naturally dyed yarns and I've been wanting to knit with her yarns for a while so I finally got around to choosing some beautiful skeins. I'm thinking I may cast on for a shawl to knit on while I'm on holiday next month. I also got a bottle of  my favourite wool wash Soak.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Simply Knitting 175 - Modern Art

This is another design I should have blogged about weeks ago. Modern Art was in Simply Knitting 175 which may still be in the shops in the UK.

Stay cool all summer long with this trim top with colour block pattern. Worked in garter and stocking stitch, it has just a small amount of shaping at the waist, keeping it simple to knit. You’ll be pleased to hear this top is budget-friendly, and throws in a little wrap and turn challenge for those who want to up their skills, too.

Modern Art is knitted in Stylecraft Classique dk which is an affordable yarn. Two colours are combined to form a colour block pattern which uses intarsia techniques. It's an easy way to get started with intarsia.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Spey Bay - August Knitalong

Inspired by the beautiful Spey Bay on the Moray Firth in Scotland, the Spey Bay shawl is a wide crescent with a simple lace pattern. The beads added to the edging resemble the pebbles at Spey Bay. This shawl is perfect for wrapping around your neck as a big scarf.

Spey Bay August knitalong (KAL) will start on 1 August in my Love of Lace Knitting Facebook group. I'll do a Live tutorial in the group on that day.

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Spey Bay takes two skeins of sock/4 ply/fingering weight yarn but make sure you have 800m/100g in total. You will also need 254 size 6 seed beads, 4mm needles (80-100cm long circular is recommended but you can start on straights if preferred) and 0.75mm crochet hook for adding beads.

I was asked for a possibility to make a smaller shawl. I'll work this out in the next few days and post a note about it on the Ravelry Pattern Page so if you want a smaller one skein version look out for that.

In the weekly tutorials I will cover the various techniques needed to knit the shawl. The first Live tutorial will be on 1 August at 12noon UK time (it's the only time I can do that day unfortunately).

The KAL will continue to mid-September when we will have a prize draw for everyone who posts a photo of a finished Spey Bay shawl in the designated thread.

I hope you will join us!

 You can purchase the Spey Bay pattern here. 

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Knitter 126 - Glyndebourne

I'm a bit late sharing this design. No idea what's happened to blogging over the last two months. The Glyndebourne shawl was in The Knitter issue 126. I think the new issue is out this week so if you run to the newsagent you may still be able to get it. Of course you can still probably get it online (The Knitter has a digital app too - just do a search for The Knitter).

This pretty shawl is worked from corner to corner, casting on at one side and casting off at the other to create an asymmetric shape and a scalloped edge. It features a simple stripe pattern and bands of delicate lace along the lower edge and through the middle.

I used two skeins (one of each colour) of John Arbon Devonia 4ply. John Arbon is based in Devon and is just a couple of hours from where I live so it was great to be able to use a local yarn. 

This is what the John Arbon website says about Devonia: 'Our Devonia is a beautiful blend of 3 local breeds - Exmoor Blueface, Devon Bluefaced Leicester and Devon Wensleydale. The Exmoor Blueface is our local sheep and brings its wonderful springy nature, the Bluefaced Leicester lends its outstandingly soft handle and lustre to the yarn, whilst the Wensleydale adds its qualities of a beautiful golden sheen and fineness of fibre.'

Glyndebourne is fairly easy and perfect if you're new to lace or shawls. There's lots of garter stitch and some easy lace.

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