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Monday, November 12, 2018

I've been nominated

I'm so excited to be nominated for the British Craft Awards again. Last year I came third in the Knitting Designer Of The Year category.


I've been nominated in two categories - Knitting Designer Of The Year and Blogger Of The Year. I'd love to win the Knitting Designer Of The Year category.

If you'd like to vote for me you can do so here. Voting closes 16 December2018. Vote here. 

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Friday, November 09, 2018

Troms - A New Pattern & Blocking Tutorial


I'm excited to introduce Troms which is an asymmetrical peaked crescent worked from the top corner to the lace edging and is finished off with a beaded picot cast-off. Easy lace and beads are combined with garter stitch for a quick to knit accessory. The colours reminded me of the Northern Light seen in the North of Norway so I named this shawl after one of Norway’s northern counties - Troms.

Get 25% off Troms until 16 November 2018. Use coupon code: TROMS25. (Valid on pattern only).


Troms is knitted in the new Zauber Flower from Schoppel. I love this yarn. It's the same as Zauberball 100 but it comes in a larger 150g ball with 600m so it's perfect for a shawl. 


I have a selection of kits available in a choice of colours. The kits are already discounted and include the yarn, beads and pattern download. All you will need is 4mm (US 6) knitting needles and a 0.75mm crochet hook for adding beads - tutorial on adding beads here. Order your kit here.


I often get questions about blocking this shape shawl so I recorded a blocking tutorial which you can watch here. I apologise for the colour issue in this video. I'm not sure quite what happened. 



See more of my tutorials here.

Get 25% off Troms until 16 November 2018. Use coupon code: TROMS25. (Valid on pattern only).


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Knitter 129 Corncockle Shawl


I'm pleased to share my shawl published in The Knitter issue 129. 


The Corncockle shawl wraps around the shoulders beautifully. Its shape, which is based on traditional Faroese shawls, is formed from a central triangle, with triangular ‘wings’ on either side. I used an all-over lace pattern of large, intricate diamonds; the stitch pattern creates a scalloped lower edging.


I knitted this shawl in one 100g/800m skein of West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite Lace.

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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.

To help you get started with your shawl knitting, I'm offering you a discount on patterns.
 Get 40% off if you purchase two or more patternsValid on shawls, scarves and ponchos until 28 September 2018. Use coupon code: shawls. Shop patterns here. 



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.
Get 25% off La Marina until 5 September 2018 midnight UK.

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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