Caught My Eye – Pentacubes

Oops I missed a week and I am a day late this week. It is not that nothing has “Caught my Eye”, more like the world is zooming past me at a million miles a second and I am struggling to keep all my plates in the air.

I am back from Brighton and while I had a great time I did miss my little bundle of laughs, she is grown up so quickly.

The daughter of a prolific knitter deserves good hand knits so I have vowed to cast on a cardigan for her as part of a KAL (more details soon), and this weeks “Caught My Eye” is also dedicated to her.

How fab are these pentominoes and pentacubes by Woolly Thoughts? Woolly Thoughts are a trio of designers who, amongst other things, design knitted maths puzzles and toys. Pure genius!

“Pentominoes are shapes that can be made with five squares. There are 12 different pentominoes.”

The pattern can be made from any weight of yarn (perfect for using up your odds and ends) and is available in two styles of knitting, a seamed version and a virtually seamless version. The pattern retails for £3.50

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

Used with permission. Copyright: Pat Ashforth & Steve Plummer

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Brunswick (a little taster of what is to come)

Hi everyone.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I was in Brighton for the Unwind festival. It was a brilliant yarn event and promise to share my pictures and stories with you later this week.

It has been a week since I launched Head to Toe and the response has been amazing. Thank you.

I wanted to give you all a sneak peak of what is to come next. On the 1st of August I will be releasing my next pattern, it is a gorgeous accessory for your neck and shoulders. The design is very versatile and will take you from warm summer nights through to chilly autumn days. It can be worn in many different ways and is the perfect single skein project for a gorgeous skein of sock yarn. The sample was designed using Ginger’s Hand Dyed Delight, a springy merino sock base available in a wide range of fabulous colours. 

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I hope you like what you see. Can’t wait to share more with you.

Happy knitting

Clare x

Montrose KAL

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Hope the week is treating you well so far. It has been a busy but exciting week for me. I am overwhelmed by the positive response that Montrose has received. Thanks for the all the love knitters! (Knitters really are lovely)

To celebrate the “Head to Toe” collection I am hosting a knit-along (KAL) in my Ravelry group. 

It is a very relaxed affair, all you need to do is pick a pattern from the collection, get some yarn and your needles and cast on. Then pop along to the group and join in the chatter. We are a very friendly bunch.

The KAL will run until 31st October and there will be some fun prizes along the way.

Details can be found in my Ravelry group, look forward to seeing you there. 

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Montrose

The moment I have been waiting for quite a long time has finally arrived.

Without any further ado I present to you Montrose, the first in a series of four hats designed with Ginger’s Hand Dyed. 

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Montrose comes in three sizes (S, M and L) and two different styles, slouchy and snug. It is the perfect summer hat knitted in Splendor (50% Merino and 50% silk) and will last you into autumn. The lace is an easily remembered 4 stitch and 4 ran repeat. Perfect for keeping your interest without being too testing on the ‘grey matter’. I found this particular lace pattern highly addictive and I can’t wait to cast on another hat for the KAL.

Montrose can be purchased on its own for £3 or as part of the four pattern book (ebook £10 and print book £12 plus p&p). 

If you buy the ebook you will get each pattern as it is released and then the final ebook in October with the last pattern from the collection. The print book will be posted in October but you get a free ebook so you can get knitting straight away.

There is a 25% discount until 13th July on the digital patterns. Just use the code ‘headtotoe25′ in my Ravelry store. 

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I will be announcing the details of a KAL later on today. I really hope you will come and join us in the Yarn and Pointy Sticks Group as we knit our way through this collection. It will be a very easy going KAL with lots of chatter and some lovely prizes along the way.

Happy Knitting

C

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Shhhhhhhhh …. The Big Reveal (and a discount code)

I have been alluding to this for a while now. I remember when I first floated this idea with the wonderful Jess from Ginger Twist Studios. We have come a long way since I burst into the shop saying I had “a plan” and it involved her yarn and some ideas for stylish accessories.

On Monday 7th July I am releasing the first of a series of patterns designed to showcase the gorgeous yarn created by Jess from Ginger Twist Studios in Edinburgh.

Here are the details and a few sneak peaks for my lovely blog readers. You can also hear me and Jess chat about the collaboration on the Knit British podcast.

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Ever wanted to wrap yourself in exquisitely hand dyed yarns from head to toe? This new collection will allow you to do just that. Four carefully designed patterns each featuring a single skein of gorgeous Ginger’s Hand Dyed will take you from high summer through to early autumn.

Head to Toe is an exclusive collection of four beautiful designs by Clare Devine in conjunction with the talented Edinburgh based hand dyer Jess from Ginger Twist Studio. Released over four months from July to October the collection features stylish knitwear to take you through the seasons.

Pattern release dates

Montrose (hat) 7 July

Brunswick (shawl) 1 August

Edina (mitts) 1 September

Elgin (socks) 1 October

E-book and print book released on 1 October 2014, available to pre-order. E-book customers will receive individual patterns as they are released.

The e-book and individual patterns are available from Ravelry to pre-order from 5 July. To say thank you to my blog readers I am offering a 25% discount on all my digital patterns until Sunday 13th July, please use the code “headtotoe25″

To buy Head to Toe in print please visit my Big Cartel shop to pre-order. The book will be posted to you at the start of October once the full collection has been released. You will received a download code to use on Ravelry to get your free copy of the ebook once you order has been processed. The book costs £12 plus p&p. Unfortunately I am unable to offer the discount on the printed book.

Now for a sneak peak of the designs. The first one will be released in full on Monday 7th so you do not have long to wait. I will be posting more details of the other designs over the coming weeks, hope you like what you see.

Details of a KAL and prizes to be released later in the week.

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I would love to hear what you think of the designs from what you can see.

Happy knitting.

Clare

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Week in Pictures #6

This week has gone past in a whirlwind (I think this is a common theme at the moment). I thought I would sneak in a quick “Week in Pictures” before I get ready for the big reveal tomorrow….

I have been keeping secrets from you – but tomorrow I shall be revealing my super exciting collaboration and I can’t wait. Pop back here at 9am (GMT) for a big reveal. The fabulous Knit British will also be releasing her special podcast featuring a “wee chat” with me about the collaboration http://www.knitbritish.net

Moving on. What has been going on this week?

Lots of work, fueled by lots of tea (the non caffeine kind, I have finally got my caffeine craziness in check after our Canada trip). My big cat tea pot has been keeping me company.

IMG_9770A  very exciting parcel arrived this week. I am going to blog about it later on but I thought I would show you my new yarn. A custom hand spun! Yes spun just for me to my exact specifications. I can’t wait to cast this on. It is going to be glorious to knit with. And yes, it is grey.

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My brilliant sister made me some oak sock blockers because she is fabulously talented and I am her big sister (so she has to do what I say). I will be taking these to Unwind next week to show off two exciting samples for Yarn Garden.

I will also be using them for some more baby sock designs and workshop treats.

I am trying to get her to make some and sell them online, she is so talented. Watch this space!

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We went all green the other night. Spinach and Watercress Soup. I was skeptical. I shouldn’t have been – it was delicious.

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Today I met my lovely husband for lunch. We had Pho. I loved Vietnam and we are big fans of Vietnamese food. This was an extra special Friday treat.

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Finally – another exciting project I have been working on that will be revealed in full at Unwind, but I thought I would give you a sneak peak today. Socks for Yarn Garden. They are an amazing yarnie team from the north of England. George is a master dyer and I LOVE their yarn. Are you going to Unwind, Brighton? I will be there all day on Saturday – I can’t wait.

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Hope you have a brilliant Friday. Don’t forget to pop past for the news tomorrow morning!

Happy knitting

Clare

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Caught My Eye – Louise

It has been very summery around here recently and I have been dreaming about summer knits. Knitting time is limited at the moment so I may have to settle for an itty bitty summer knit instead of a full sized knit for me.

The Caught My Eye this week is a very cute ‘itty-bitty’ top. Perfect for showcasing some lovely yarn and knitting for the ‘wee ones’ in your world.

Louise by Aurore is free and available for 0-3 months and 3-6 months. Using 200m of sock yarn. I am pretty sure you could scale it up for toddler sizes by changing the yarn to a DK. I think this would work without making it too bulky. You could also brave the maths and make it a touch bigger that way. The pattern is also available in four languages (English, Italian, Polish and French)

A simple but beautiful knit.

Used with permission. Copyright Aurore

Used with permission. Copyright Aurore

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Happy knitting

 

Review of Sock Anatomy by Knitmore Girls

Happy Wednesday everyone.

Thought I would let you know of a little review by the Knitmore Girls on their podcast. Last week they chatted about my book Sock Anatomy. I have to admit to being a little star struck when I heard them talking about my book. Very exciting indeed.

This is a fabulous podcast and I try to listen to them every week. I highly recommend them.

If you have been thinking about buying Sock Anatomy but wanted a second opinion maybe this review is just the ticket. Hope you enjoy listening.

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Week in pictures #5

Hello there,

Sorry about the radio silence. It is always the case when you get back from a holiday, you think you have all this time and actually life just takes over. What have I been up to? Unfortunately round here there has been lots (and lots) of this …

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It is all for a good cause though. I am working on finalising a super secret and very exciting project. All will be revealed later this week. I can’t wait to share the news with you.

To maintain a level of sanity over the last ten days there has also been some yarn and fresh air (and a little knitting adventure but more about that later this week).

I got my latest installment of The Golden Skein. I love this yarn club. It is brilliant and the yarns they send are always fabulous. I will do a mini review of them soon, once I have some projects lined up.

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I participated in the Indie-Burgh Yarn Crawl in Edinburgh. It was super busy but I had a great day. I was very restrained on the yarn purchasing front. I am saving myself for Unwind Brighton.

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I drank a lot of coffee. My mini coffee stash I brought back from Calgary is all gone now (insert sad face here). I need to treat myself to some Edinburgh coffee.

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There were two photoshoots for my new super secret project. Sneak peaks coming in a few days. Here are two location shots to keep you going until the big reveal.

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In between all the work the little one and I have been on some adventures. We bought a bike seat and the whole family went for a ride and a picnic over the weekend. We have also been admiring the summer flowers and checking on the progress of the local swan families.

IMG_9756 IMG_9748 IMG_9743 IMG_9730I managed one run. The running is not going well – I need to find a better spot in my routine 6am and 6pm are not working for me. At least I managed one run.

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How have you been? If you are in the UK I hope the weather has been as kind to you as it has been to us here in Edinburgh.

Have a fabulous week.

Happy knitting.

C

x

 

Caught my eye – Rainbow Dress

I arrived back in Edinburgh to glorious summer weather and seeing as the theme this week has been summer knits I thought I would share this with you.

The Rainbow Dress by George Hallam is a fab little dress that comes in a huge range of sizes from newborn to age 10. These sizes are split over two patterns, which is also available as an ebook for just over £5. Great value considering how many years of wear you would get from these patterns for the little ones in your life.

Clean lines and a stylish A line finish make this dress both practical for active kids and a great blank canvas for showing off gorgeous yarns. The rainbow examples are so fun and bright (I love bright colours for kids). This design could also easily be knitted in solids and semi solids too for a completely different look.

The pattern pages are full of simple modifications that can be made to the dress to add interest and details. Perfect for summer worn alone or later in the year layered with a long sleeve t-shirt. I can see a few of these dresses in my future for my little one.

Copyright Georgie Hallam. Used with permission

Copyright Georgie Hallam. Used with permission

Copyright Georgie Hallam. Used with permission

Copyright Georgie Hallam. Used with permission

Do you have a go-to pattern for the little ones in your life?