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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 annikenallis25@gmail.com.

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 annikenallis25@gmail.com

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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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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Linnea

I'm so excited to release my first hat pattern - Linnea. I've knitted four of these now, two for myself and one for each of my daughters and they're really addictive. I'm itching to cast on for more. They're also relatively quick. 


Linnea is a fun, quick to knit hat with a lacy rib and beaded stocking stitch finished off with a big fluffy pom pom. Choose from two versions & three sizes for fit. Version 1 is a regular beanie while version 2 is a slouchy option. Beads are added using the crochet hook method but you can leave the beads out if you prefer (see photos of two unbeaded versions at the  bottom of this blog post).


This one is the beanie version knitted in Lang Merino 200 and takes just one 50g ball. 


I got the grey pom pom from Toft UK, it's pure alpaca and so soft (the purple pom pom on the Zauberball version was bought a couple of years ago in Norway and I can't remember the brand).



This is the slouchy version and is knitted Zauberball 100. One 100g ball will be enough for at least two hats. You can also use Zauberball and Zauberball Crazy.


I knitted this version to match my Troms shawl which I'm planning to wear on our Christmas holiday to Norway and I needed a matching hat as it'll be cold.


Get 25% off until 31 December 2018, using coupon code: linnea25. You'll need 1 bag of Debbie Abrahams size 6 seed beads (between 45 and 68 beads are needed depending on which size and shape you choose to knit).


The blue is knitted in Tanis Fiber Arts (not sure which base but it's merino/silk singles) and the read one is Malabrigo Sock.
Get 25% off Linnea until 31 December midnight UK time. Coupon code: linnea25.

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Christmas is coming - Jule Kveld


These traditional, Norwegian Christmas balls remind me of Christmas Eve - Jule Kveld - in my native Norway. Make these fun decorations for your Christmas tree or hang them throughout your home.
Get 25% off until 24 December 2018. No coupon code needed. Buy the pattern here!


Each ball takes a small amount of yarn, a bit of toy stuffing and a narrow ribbon. They are perfect to learn or practice your stranded colour work on, or if you're already good at stranded colour work you'll knit them up in an evening or two.


I'm planning a little informal knitalong next week and I'm kicking off on Monday 10 December with a Live Tutorial on my YarnAddict Facebook page and YarnAddictAnni Instagram where I'll show you how to get started knitting one of these. Get your pattern and join me!


Get your 4ly/fingering weight yarn stash out and start choosing colours for your Jule Kveld Christmas balls now - get the pattern here at 25% off until 24 December 2018. No coupon code needed.



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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Blocking Tutorial - Rectangle Shawl

In this video tutorial I'm blocking a rectangular shawl which is actually knitted on the bias - Las Salinas.


You can read more about Las Salinas here - including limited time discount on the pattern.


Or watch the tutorial here.


You can see other Tutorials including Blocking Tutorials here.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Introducing Las Salinas & A Big Sale!


In September I spent two weeks on the Southern Costa Blanca. In this area there are lots of salt lagoons. Las Salinas is inspired by the blue and pink salt lakes in this area. They are home to flamingoes and other important wildlife. It's amazing to drive past flamingoes!


Las Salinas is knitted on the bias to create a rectangle, this shape showcases the self-striping Zauberball 100 yarn perfectly. The shawl takes two balls of Zauberball 100 (but you can use regular Zauberball if you prefer).


Get 25% off the Las Salinas pattern until end of November 2018 (midnight UK time) - use coupon code: SALINAS25 (case sensitive).


Make your own kit! 1. Purchase the Las Salinas pattern using the 25% off discount code (SALINAS25). 2. Choose two balls of Zauberball 100,  Zauberball or Zauberball Cotton using the 20% discount code (THANKFUL) - valid until 26 November 2018.

This weekend I'm having the last BIG SALE of the year to say thank you for your support this year. Get 20% off any order from the YarnAddict Online Shop until midnight UK Monday 26 November 2018. Use coupon code: THANKFUL (case sensitive).

There's a section of yarns that are reduced in price which includes some Zauberball and Zauberball 100. See them all here.

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