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Friday, February 08, 2019

A Chance To Own a Stunning Lace Shawl!

I've added some more ex-display samples to my Sample Sale. These shawls were used for photography and display purposes, are all designed by me and hand-knitted by myself or one of my expert knitters. Some of them also have yarn hand-dyed by me. See the full selection here. 

 Most of the shawls are £50 which is a steal considering the amount of work that's gone into knitting them and the luxury yarns they're knitted in.

Albertine with beads, knitted in Fyberspates Gleem Lace
Photo copyright - The Knitter

Tivoli with a beaded edging, knitted in luxurious baby camel/silk (purple yarn is hand-dyed by me)

Ava with beaded edging - yarn is a wool/silk blend hand-dyed by me

Gloriana with beads - knitted in luxurious baby camel/silk lace yarn

Touch of Class with beads - knitted in merino/silk lace yarn hand-dyed by me

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Ivy - The Pattern Is Here!

The Ivy shawl wraps around the shoulders beautifully. Its shape, which is based on  traditional Faroese shawls, is formed from a central panel, with triangular ‘wings’ on either side. Ivy is light as air with a beaded edging. 

I've got kits in a choice of four colours which can be pre-ordered now - pre-orders close at 6pm tonight, 7 February. Pre-order your kit here. Your kit will ship by mid-February. Kits include the Lace Flower yarn, beads and pattern.



Get 30% off the Ivy pattern until midnight UK time on 15 February 2019. Use coupon code: IVY30.

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Don't miss this opportunity!

I'm very excited to be teaching at La Mercerie in Cowbridge, South Wales again this Sunday 10 February. Cowbridge is just about half an hour from Cardiff and La Mercerie is a gem of a shop! I love teaching there.

On Sunday I'll be teaching my Orenburg Lace Knitting Class. The Orenburg region of Russia is known for it's stunning, traditional lace shawls. These shawls have an interesting construction where the edging is knitted along with the main panel. It's much easier than it sounds with my step by step guide. You'll also practice some traditional Orenburg lace stitch patterns.

This class suits both experienced lace knitters and knitters who are new to lace knitting. I'll guide you through the Orenburg lace square we'll be knitting in the class.
You'll get my La Scala pattern to take home. La Scala is inspired by Orenburg lace shawls and uses the same construction method we'll be using in the class. 

Contact La Mercerie for full details and to book your space now! I hope to see you in Wales on Sunday!

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Sample Sale

I have designed and knitted hundreds of shawls and garments over the last 12 years since I started designing knitting patterns and although I've given away a few samples over the years, my office is full of old samples which I no longer need. So I've decided to hold a Sample Sale.

I'm starting with the shawls which are all designed by me and hand-knitted by myself or one of my expert sample knitters. Some of the yarn was hand-dyed by me too. The samples have only been used for photography and display purposes and are in 'as new' condition.

Himani (pattern not currently available) - photo credit: The Knitter

I've listed them all here at very reasonable prices considering they're all hand-kitted in luxury yarns (merino, cashmere, silk, alpaca etc). See each listing for details.

Portwrinkle (pattern available here)

Here are a few of the shawls currently for sale but I'll be adding more, plus some garments, over the next few weeks.

Leona (pattern available here). Photo credit: The Knitter 

Garden Party

Shop the Sample Sale here. 

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Introducing Hvitsten

Hvitsten combines a crescent shape and stripes with an interesting stitch pattern plus short rows to create a modern, wearable accessory. Links to tutorials for adding beadsworking short rowsand the crossed stitch pattern are included.

I decided to name this shawl after Hvitsten in Norway which is where I lived for a few years as a little girl. I've always been drawn to this place and we visit every time we go to Norway. Its also where we chose to get married in a small, wooden church. 


I'm offering a few kits for pre-order. These kits will ship in early February so you will need to order by the end of January. Kits include yarn, beads and pattern download.

Above is the original colourway I used for the pattern.

Get 25% off the Hvitsten pattern until midnight UK on 31 January 2019.

I've been wearing Hvitsten a lot lately, especially since it goes perfectly with my Linnea hat.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Mullion Kits being discontinued

Due to the distributor having closed their business, I will no longer be stocking Navia yarns. There's a large selection of Mullion kits available at reduced prices. These kits will be available until 17 January 2019.

I've also got Gavotte kits and Navia Alpakka in the reduced section of the website. 

See all the reduced yarns and kits here.

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New Pattern & Kits - Polbathic

I'm excited to release my first pattern of 2019 - Polbathic. 

Polbathic is a large crescent shawl which is perfect to wrap around your neck on chilly days. It is worked from the top down alternating between lace patterns and German short rows (link to tutorial included in the pattern) in garter stitch.

I used two skeins of Schoppel Zauberball but you can also use Zauberball 100 or Zauberball Cotton.  I've listed a few kits including pre-orders for kits using the original colourway. Kits will be shipped first week in February.

Polbathic is worked from the top down with increases on every other row creating a crescent shape. Short rows are added to show off the self-striping yarn. The stitch patterns are a combination of garter stitch, eyelets and lace.

I'm modelling this shawl myself and my daughter, Vanessa, took the photos. 

Get 25% off the Polbathic pattern until midnight UK 18 January 2019 (if you're a YarnAddict newsletter subscriber or member of the Love of Lace Knitting Facebook group -check the newsletter or the group for an exclusive 30% discount). 25% coupon code: polbathic25

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Happy New Year!

This beach belong to the house we used to live in when I was 
pre-school/early primary scool age.

We spent Christmas and New Year in Norway with my family. It was the first time the four of us had been together since August as Emily has been living in Spain since August. We had a lovely family time with my parents, a bit of snow and a lot of ice. And we all caught a sickness bug but other than that we had a great time.

2018 was a great year, a very busy year! I didn't achieve all my goals but I achieved some of the most important ones. One personal goal that was very important and will be top of my priorities in 2019 is my health. I have been overweight all my life and as I'm approaching 50 (later this year), my weight is starting to affect my health. So a year ago I decided to do something about it. In January 2018 I'd been suffering from a bad knee for six months and I was limping when I walked. Physio wasn't sure what was wrong and the exercises he gave me didn't work so I was finally referred for a scan and finally last summer (a year after I started experiencing pain) I was finally diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in one knee and told I needed a knee replacement. Ironically when I saw the doctor I had been mostly pain-free for a month and I wasn't limping anymore but my knee still locked at times and it didn't feel right so I knew the diagnosis was correct but I put the operation on hold for now.

So what made a difference was purchasing a stationery bike last January and consistently using it 3-5 times a week for 20 minutes of interval training plus some strengthening exercises. I also started watching what I was eating in an attempt to lose weight. In the summer I was a bit dis-satisfied with my weight loss progress so I finally decided to cut down on sugar, cut down on Diet Coke (mainly drink it if I go out for a meal and rarely drink it at home anymore), start eating lots more vegetables, cut down on refined carbs including pasta and rice. I lost 2 stone (28 pounds/12.5kg) last year which I'm very happy with. I'm about a third of the way to my weight loss goal. A lot of my eating is emotional so I'm learning to use my essential oils for emotional support rather than turning to chocolate. 

So my main personal goal for 2019 is to continue to improve my fitness. I'm still cycling 3-5 times a week but I've increased it to 25 minutes interval training and I walk the dog once or twice a day. My step goal per day is 7000 steps and if I walk the dog twice I usually go a bit over but if I only walk him once I struggle to achieve that goal. I'm continuing to improve my diet and learning more about how to avoid emotional eating, which means using my essential oils to support me emotionally.

One of the most important goals I achieved in 2018 for my health was probably halving the amount of pain killers I take for severe, chronic upper back and neck pain which I've suffered from for 19 years. With the help of DoTerra supplements and essential oils for pain support, I've cut down to 4 of each of two strong pain killers a day. I was previously taking 8-10 of each. I've also halved the amount of anti-inflammatories I take. I've tried cutting down on painkillers before without any luck but over the last 18 months I've gradually cut down. I use essential oils and a range of amazing supplements daily to support my body and I know this is the reason I've managed to cut down. I feel so much better and less 'foggy'. If you'd like to know more about this, then please e-mail me on

This photo was taken two hours before I came down with a sickness bug,
 two days before Christmas.

Below are some of my personal and travel highlights of 2018  - from top left: Edinburgh, Edinburgh Yarn Fest classes, our new dog Alfie. Middle row from left: London and the DoTerra European Convention, me and the girls at the Eden Project for my birthday, Madrid. Bottom row from left: the Costa Blanca, Scotland and essential oils/knitting.

On a professional note, 2018 was busy. I taught a lot of classes and was lucky enough to teach at some amazing events including Unravel, Edinbugh Yarn Fest and the Knit Tea Retreat. 

I self-published 14 new patterns, plus a few former magazine patterns. A few of my favourites are below (see them all in my Ravelry Pattern Shop). I did fewer magazine designs last year but I did release my second book, Easy Lace Knits, which I'm very proud of and a huge thank you to all the amazing feedback I've received and to everyone who's bought a copy. You can get your signed copy here.

My professional goals for 2019 are to release two patterns per month, continue to teach workshops, record two new online classes, build my DoTerra essential oil business. If you'd like to learn more about essential oils and natural solutions, join my Natural Living Facebook Group or e-mail me on

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Peafowl Feathers

The lace pattern on this delicate, lacy poncho reminds me of the beautiful Peafowl feathers. This poncho is worked from the top down in a choice of two sizes with a beaded edging.

I knitted Peafowl Feathers in Schoppel Lace Flower and it takes just one skein. You'll also need 1 bag of Debbie Abrahams Beads size 8, 3.5mm circular needles (80cm long) and a 0.50mm crochet hook for adding beads (tutorial here).

Get 25% off the Peafowl Feathers pattern until 31 December 2018, using the coupon code: peafowl25. Get the pattern here.

I'm hosting a New Year Knitalong (KAL) in my Love of Lace Knitting Facebook Group so why not cast on for a Peafowl Feathers poncho for yourself and join in the KAL. See the rules and details for the KAL in the Pinned Post in the group.

Peafowl Feathers has a choice of two sizes - Petite and Tall. The poncho is knitted in the round from the top down. See schematic below for size details. 

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