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Saturday, August 03, 2019

Three Bags Full


Three Bags Full is an annual event in my home town of Liskeard in Cornwall (about 30 mins from Plymouth). There's a Wool Market and two weeks of wool related workshops. After missing the Wool Market last year due to another event on the same weekend, I'll be back this year with a stall full of colourful yarn, patterns, beads and of course my books.


The Wool Market takes place in the Public Hall in Liskeard on Saturday 5 October from 12pm to 5pm and the list of stall holders looks very impressive. 

Poncho worked from the top down with a circular yoke due to be published in September.

On Tuesday 8 October I'll be teaching my Top Down Fair Isle Yoke Workshop. In this class you'll learn how to knit Stranded Colour Work/Fair Isle as well as how to knit a sweater from the top down with a circular yoke shaping. I'll show you how to knit with two colours and how to work out how to knit a sweater to fit your own measurements. Find the workshop details here (scroll down until you see the photo below).

The Dawn Chorus sweater from Let's Knit has a circular yoke but was worked from the bottom up. Find the free pattern here.


 On 15 October I'll be teaching Beaded Lace Knitting Workshop. You'll learn how to knit lace as well as three ways of adding beads to your knitting. In the afternoon you'll get a chance to cast on for your own beaded lace shawl from a selection of my patterns. Find the details here (scroll down until you see the cover of my Beaded Lace Knitting book (above).



Liskeard is easy to get to as it's on one of the main trunk roads through Cornwall, the A38 about half an hour from Plymouth. There's also a mainline train station in town (London to Paddington line)  and the town centre is about a 10 min walk from the station.

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Friday, August 02, 2019

Albertine


Albertine is a sumptuous lace and beaded shawl shaped using Elizabeth Zimmermans’s Pi formula. The 2/3 circular shape helps the shawl to sit neatly around the shoulders. The lace pattern is highlighted with beads to catch the light. Here's my How to add beads using the crochet hook method tutorial.


Albertine was originally published in The Knitter Magazine in 2014 but is now available as a single pattern. Above is the original version knitted in Fyberspates Gleem Lace.

I have a selection of discounted kits available for pre-order until midnight UK on 12 August 2019. Kits will be shipped by 22 August 2019 and include yarn, pattern pdf and 4 bags of beads. Pre-order kits here. Full price for the yarn, pattern and beads is £36.50 and the kits retail at £33.50 so a saving of £3.

Get 30% off the Albertine pattern until midnight UK on 12 August 2019. Use coupon code: ALBERTINE30


I've recorded a short video introducing Albertine and how I wear it. Watch it here.




 Below is a blocking photo of Albertine so you can see the blocked shape.


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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Confessions of a YarnAddict - Episode 3 - How Knitting Helped Me Cope With Health Issues

In this week's episode I talk about how knitting helped me cope with chronic pain and how I got into designing and teaching knitting.

I also share some new stash, a finished shawl and what's on my needles this week including a new cast on.

You can watch the podcast here.


All the links to all the products I talk about are below the video on my You Tube channel.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Valletta - new pattern, blocking video and how to make the shawl bigger or smaller


Valletta is a large, simple shawl perfect for wrapping yourself up in. Enjoy the relaxing rhythm of the garter stitch and the beautiful lace edging.



Valletta is knitted in two balls of Schoppel Zauberball 100 but you can use regular Zauberball or Zauberball Cotton if preferred. I have discounted kits available in a choice of colours here. Order by 1 August 2019 and your kit will ship in early August. 


Get 50% off the Valletta pattern until 15 September 2019. Use coupon code: VALLETTA50

We'll be having a knitalong (KAL) in the Love of Lace Knitting Facebook Group in August and September. Post a finished photo by end of September to qualify for the prize draw. 

If you're not on Facebook but use Instagram, use the hashtag #vallettakal and post a finished photo by end of September to qualify for a separate prize draw.



The shawl is made from two 100g balls (I used 175g in total) but it can easily be made smaller or larger. In this video I explain how to make it smaller or larger.



Before you start, weigh your yarn. The shawl consists of an increase section (Charts A and B -I'm referring to Charts but the pattern has charts and written instructions), a straight section (Chart C) and a decrease section (Charts B and D). 

For the increase section of the shawl (Chart A) you'll be increasing at the edge of the shawl (for the lace border) and in the garter stitch section for the body of the shawl. Once you reach the full width of the lace border, you will continue to increase inside the lace border until you reach the full depth of the shawl. If you want to make the shawl smaller work fewer repeats of Chart B and if you want to make it bigger, work more repeats of Chart B.

Once you've finished increasing, weigh your yarn and make a note of how much you've used. 

Then work Chart C which is the lace across the middle of the shawl. Chart C includes both the garter stitch chevron lace across the body of the shawl and the lace border (previously Charts A and B). To make Chart C work, you will need a total stitch count of (12) + 25. I had 121 stitches which is eight 12 stitch repeats plus 25 stitches. Deduct 12 stitches from or add 12 stitches to 121 to work out how many stitches will work with Chart C.

Weigh your yarn every time you've worked a 24 row repeat of Chart C and start decreasing when you have the same amount of yarn left as you used for the increase section. I recommend you add a little bit extra, just in case.

For the final section, decrease inside the lace border (Chart B) and then decrease the lace border too (Chart D). 

These instructions will probably make more sense if you already have the pattern to refer to. You can also use these instructions if you want to knit the shawl in a thicker or thinner yarn. Use a needle size that gives you the drape you want. Then use the instructions above to work out how to maximise your yarn amount.



In this video I show you how I blocked Valletta. 




I have a selection of kits available for pre-order. Order by 1 August 2019 and you kit will be shipped in early August. See the kits here.


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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Confessions of a YarnAddict Episode 2 - Travelling with your knitting

In Episode 2 of the Confessions of a YarnAddict podcast I talk about taking your knitting on trips with you, including my top tips for taking knitting on air planes.

I also share a new purchase and what's on my needles this week.

Watch here.


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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Glyndebourne

 

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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