If you've done my Easy Lace workshop then you'll enjoy the Lace Improvers.
So, which workshop will you do? Live too far away from the venues mentioned to attend? Ask your local yarn shop or knitting group to contact me to book a workshop.
Having said that I've had people from all over the south of England and Wales attend my workshops in Devon and when I taught Easy Lace at Purlescence in March there were people from Sussex and Kent there.
Recently I've discovered the crochet chain cast/bind off. I used it in Cappuccino Stripe and Whitsand Bay and I've used it in several designs due to be published later this year. The two examples above have the crochet chain cast off worked along a garter stitch edging but the designs that are due to be published have the crochet chain cast off worked along a lacy edging and it's so pretty. Unfortunately I can't share any of that yet. Although I will share this little sneak peek of one new design:
Whitsand Bay, the crochet edging can just about be seen against Em's yellow t-shirt.
and below a close up of the crochet edging.
If you're a crocheter the crochet chain edging should be easy enough to work but if you've never crocheted before or if you're fairly new to crochet you may be worried about it, so i've made a little video showing you how to do the crochet chain cast off. You can find the video here.
Those of you who've been reading my blog for a while may have read this post in which I wrote about my experience with KAL Media/All Craft Media (ACM), Yarn Forward/Knit (soon to be called Yarnwise), Inside Crochet (the company also publish Handmade Living, Simply Beautiful, Modern Quilting, Sew Hip plus a fashion mag but can't remember the name now). Yesterday I came across a tweet saying the company has been liquidated again. KAL Media was voluntary liquidated about a year ago and taken over by ACM. Kal Media was owned by Kerrie Allman and ACM was owned by her husband. It's since come to light that this time it's not a voluntary liquidation but a forced administration. I've no idea what the difference is and to be honest, I don't really care. I stopped dealing with them after they paid me last September. And I've been telling other designers about my experience especially new designers who've told me how excited they were to have a design published by Knit or Inside Crochet. I'm surprised anyone still submit designs to them as their problems with paying designers have been so widely talked about over recent months.
This thread on Ravelry covers recent developments and this thread gives an all over history of the whole sad affair and yes, it is quite confusing. Several blog posts have been written on the subject too. You have to be a Ravelry member to access those threads but it's free to join.
Another interesting development which became known yesterday is that a new company called Handmade Living Ltd was set up by Mr Rycroft who just happens to be Kerrie's dad. Now, I'm not sure what the intentions of this new company are. I would guess they're hoping to keep the magazines going but I don't know that for sure.
It also seems that the last issue of Knit has not been released by the printers due to non-payment.
I wasn't sure whether or not to blog about this but as I've spoken out before I thought i'd just mention this again. I don't want people to loose their jobs or their livelihoods but I do think the British crafting community can do without a badly run company like this. It's caused too much upset and hurt so many people (staff, designers, other contributors, readers, subscribers, lace & sock club members, indie dyers, other companies they owe money) and I think it has to stop. I hope this is the end of this story!