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Monday, March 12, 2012

New Design & A Discount

The new issue of Let's Knit (issue 53) is out and I've got a gorgeous cardigan in this issue. Sandra is knitted in Fyberspates Scrumptious dk which is amazing to knit with.
This is a sideways knit in 4 pieces and features the same interesting cross stitch pattern as my Mar Menor shawlette. If you're unsure about how to work the cross stitch you can watch my video tutorial here.  This is a lovely cardigan which will take you through several seasons and it's fun to knit.

The Celtic Knot scarf was among my first self-published lace designs and was first published in 2007. My pattern writing skills were basic then and so were my charting skills. Since then I've learnt tons and upgraded my charting and desktop publishing software. I've been working on updating my older patterns over the last few months and Celtic Knot is now ready for re-release. This pattern has new photos, new charts/written instructions and new layout. It's also been freshly tech-edited. Thank you to Bronagh for doing that for me.
I knitted Celtic Knot in Handmaiden Lace Silk which is gorgeous heavy lace weight but this scarf will work in any lace or sock yarn (4ply or fingering weight yarn). The pattern tells you which needle size to use for the 2 yarn thicknesses.
The Celtic Knot features a fabulous celtic knot lace pattern and I added a fringe to the ends but that's optional.
As a special offer to re-introduce the Celtic Knot design, I'm offering 25% off until the end of the week (Sunday 18 March). To take advantage of this discount use code: celticblog.

The Celtic Knot would look stunning in one of my new lace yarns. I'm dyeing up a batch of this yarn tomorrow. But it look stunning un-dyed too. I struggled to get good photos today, it was either bright sunshine or shade. This photo is fairly accurate (at least on my screen but screens do vary) and I decided to list some un-dyed skeins. You can find them here.
 I'm desperate to wind a skein and cast on for a new design but this week I need to focus on finishing a secret design and doing lots of swatching for a BIG magazine deadline. Once that's all done I'll be casting on for a new design for the April shipment of the new Lace Lovers Club, which is now full, but I've reserved 5 memberships to sell at Wonderwool, so if you're desperate to join us, I may be persuaded.

Another yarn I listed today is this gorgeous Organic Merino Sock. I dyed a few of this colourway when I dyed the February Not Just Socks Club yarns (which was the last shipment for the Not Just Socks Club). I love this colour. It's AMAZING. I've wound a skein and done some swatching with it and I'm keeping one skein for a future shawlette design.But again, I won't be casting on that yet. There'll be more Organic Merino Sock later this week too.
We spent the weekend in Oxfordshire. On Saturday I taught at Purlescence (I'll be back there in May) which was great. I really enjoyed it and I think the participants did too (say hello if you were at the workshop). There were 12 participants in all. After the workshop we got the opportunity to shop in the Purlescence shop. Wow, they've got some gorgeous stuff. I was very tempted by some Handmaiden yarn and lots of other goodies. I did give in to temptation and buy something. I'll show you later in the week what I bought. We had a great day in Oxford on Sunday, Simon and the girls spent Saturday in Oxford too. But I'll do a blog post about our weekend later in the week. There'll be a new former magazine design being released later this week too. I've just got to make the changes my tech editor suggested first.

Tomorrow I've got a very exciting blog post planned. I'll be chatting to Jean Moss and reviewing her new book 'Sweet Shawelttes' and you'll have an opportunity to win a copy. So don't forget to stop by tomorrow.

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