Edina

Good morning,

Today sees the launch of the third pattern in the Head to Toe series. Please welcome Edina to the fold.

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September: Summer draws to a close

The days are starting to shorten and the cooler weather is arriving. These gorgeous mitts come in two lengths and are perfect for dressing up an outfit, or adding a touch of class to your early autumn wardrobe. An elegant design with mirrored cabled details that flow along the arm and around the thumb. The perfect accessory to take you from summer to autumn.

You will need one skein of DK for this pattern. The mitts shown were designed using the fabulous Ginger’s Hand Dyed, and I know she has lots of lovely colours in stock at the moment. 

Ginger’s Hand Dyed Yarn Sturdy Spledor DK (100 g / 3.53 oz, 250 m / 273 yds, 75% merino / 25% silk), 1 skein. Sample shown in the colourway ‘Dove’

You can buy Edina as a single pattern for £3 or as part of the ebook for £10. Please visit my Ravelry store to purchase your copy. 

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Happy knitting

C

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Autumn, a fresh start and a new design

Creative Commons - Purple Sherbet photography

Creative Commons – Purple Sherbet photography

Tomorrows marks the meteorological start of Autumn. I had not even real thought about it until I started seeing my Southern Hemisphere friends posting about summer being on its way on social media.

I can’t quite believe summer is over at the end of today. The air is a little crisper here in Edinburgh but the days are still lovely. This morning we went on a long family bike ride which was the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning. The weather was cooler, not so muggy but the sky is still blue and the sun still shining.

Autumn marks a big turning point for me, a fresh start on the blog. It is knitting season and I have so much going on that I can’t wait to share with you. I have taken a little break from blogging to regroup and have a lot planned for September and beyond, starting tomorrow when I launch the third pattern in the Head to Toe series. Hope you have a restful Sunday, pop back tomorrow for more details about the new pattern.

Here is another sneak peak of the design … its perfect for autumn!

Edina

C

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Maryfield

In July I launched my Montrose hat – a slouchy lace beret showcasing the fabulous merino / silk 4ply from Ginger’s Hand Dyed. The hat only uses 50 – 60g of the 100g skein and I could not let the remainder of the skein languish in my stash box. To make sure I got to use every inch of the skein I designed some quirky and elegant mitts. Maryfield was born.

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Fabulous, stylish and funky, these mitts have Jess’s name all over them. I love them and so does she. Maryfield is available in two styles and three sizes.

The pattern has been released as a special kit pattern available at Ginger Twist Studio in Edinburgh and online from Jess’s shop. The comprises of a skein of Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor a 50% Merino / 50% silk blend, a hard copy of Montrose (hat) and Maryfield (mitts) plus digital download codes for both patterns. This kit comes in a beautifully sewn project bag made by the fabulous Jess and retails for £25.

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This pattern is exclusive to the Ginger Twist Studio kits until after the book launch in October.

Have a wonderful Friday folks and a fabulous knitting filled weekend.

Clare x

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An Interview

Things have been a little slow on the blog lately. I am finding my feet in the world of freelancing. It is great and I am loving every second of it, although the pace at the moment is a little fast.

That said, I wanted to pop past and share this podcast interview with you. I met up with Jo from the Shinybees podcast at Unwind in Brighton last month.

http://shinybees.com/2014/08/25/episode-20-pack-up-your-troubles/

If you would like to know a little bit more about me and how I am finding my place in the knitting world drop past and listen to this excellent podcast. The interview also features George from Yarn Garden who is a fantastic dyer from Newcastle.

Happy listening and happy knitting.

C
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Brunswick

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Yesterday saw the release of Brunswick, the second pattern in the Head to Toe collection. I am very excited about this capelet / shawlette. I wanted to capture Jess in the design, her quirky vintage style is the inspiration behind the entire collection. The tricky bit was I needed to get a functional piece from a single skein. I think I did it with a stylish flair, hopefully you agree.

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Brunswick is knitted from the top down, featuring cable details along the front panels and a feather and fan style lace border. The edging is finished with a pretty looped picot bind off. The capelet can be worn wrapped around your shoulders and secured with the button and i-cord fastening, or you could use a pretty shawl pin or brooch.

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The capelet uses a single skein of Delight, a high twist 100% Merino 4 ply with 365m / 400 yes per 100g.

The pattern is available as a single download for £3.50 or as part of the ebook for £10 (featuring four gorgeous patterns).

To celebrate the launch of Brunswick I will be giving blog readers a 30% discount on this pattern for the for the next 24 hours. Just use the code brunswickblog30 at the Ravelry check out. The pattern will cost £2.45 with this discount code. 

Here are some more pictures of the gorgeous and versatile Brunswick.

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Don’t forget about the KAL in the group where we will be knitting all the Head to Toe patterns until the end of October. There are lots of fun prizes to win and a really friendly bunch of knitters to chat to. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy knitting

C

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In the dye pots this week …

Today is a momentous day! I have finished my last day of formal employment and the world of freelancing awaits me. I am very excited. Lots more news to come over the coming weeks.

First up, some design / knitting news. Tomorrow sees the release of Brunswick, the second pattern in the Head to Toe series. And to celebrate there has been lots of dye pot action. Not by me though. The talented Jess from Ginger Twist has been working hard to make sure there is a fabulous selection of yarns available for those of you want to wrap yourself in the utterly gorgeous Ginger’s Hand Dyed. If you have not worked with these yarns before you are in for a treat. Jess has a real eye for colour and her yarns are magical to work with.

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Which yarn should you pick? Well, the pattern was designed with Delight, a high twist merino sock yarn. I wanted to show how this yarn could be far more than socks. Not that I have anything against socks, but I love this versatile base and wanted to show it off. Brunswick does just that. I love this base it is wonderful to work with and really takes the dye well so the colours are fantastic.

You can also use Luscious, this is a new and very luxurious base that Jess has just started stocking. This yarn is very squish worthy. With 70% wool with 20% silk and 10% cashmere, its really is a touch of luxury. 

Jess and I had a long chat about colours at the start of the week before she hit the dye post. She has dyed up a spectacular array of colours in preparation for the release of Brunswick tomorrow. She has also been kind enough to offer a sneak peak behind the scenes. I thought you would like to see the process behind the yarns available.

Yarn soaking waiting for the magic to start.

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The magic is all in these bottles.

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Then the magic starts to happen. Yarn is dyed and then rinsed.

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Finally the yarn is dried and it is almost ready to be brought to the shop for squishing, caking and knitting.

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Jess has dyed up lots of gorgeous yarn and will be restocking the (bricks and mortar) shop tomorrow, so why not pop past and grab a gorgeous skein of hand dyed to cast on Brunswick this weekend? If you are not in Edinburgh you will be able to buy yarn from her online shop at any time and the new yarns will be listed no later than Sunday. 

In the Delight base, 100% merino you can get a skein of Liquid Sunshine (a fabulous yellow), Changing the Brief (the stunning colourway used in the design sample), Grey Gardens (it is grey – need I say more?), Cherry Bomb (a striking red) and Tink (Lavender and Perimwinkle blue, a pretty special colourway). 

Want to add a touch of luxury to your life? Try Luscious (wool, silk and cashmere) in Dove (my favourite shade of grey), Witching Hour (the cousin of Changing the Brief, a rich and sumptuous colourway) Changing the Brief (rich purple and blue used in the design sample) and Persuasion (a sophisticated shade of teal blue). 

Plenty of options and each colourway would suit the design perfectly. One skein is all you need for the Brusnwick shawl. The pattern will be launched tomorrow and I would love for you to come along and join in with us in the KAL over in my Ravelry group. All yarns are welcome in the Rav group too!

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Happy knitting

Clare

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Caught my Eye – a KAL with a difference

This week I thought I would feature a Caught my Eye with a difference. Leethal Knits (Lee Meredith) first came to my attention a few years ago when my sister was knitting a Betiko shawl. I have always admired her designs from afar but have never leapt in and actually cast anything on. Until now that is…

You know that moment when you see something on Rav and no matter how busy you are, how many WIPs you have in your knitting basket you just start clicking and moments later, that PDF pattern is happily downloading onto your computer. A few weeks ago I had one of those moments.

I saw the details, KAL, adventure, mystery, stitch patterns, options, variable weights of yarn, colours, stripes, loads of options and resulting projects …. starting in mid August …. ah mid August I hear you say, that time when I will be enjoying a little bit of breathing time to get back on track. Quick, start clicking, I need to be part of this!

So there you have it. The story of how I came to own the lovely digital ebook from Leethal Knits

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Copyright: Lee Meredith /  leethal knits

Copyright: Lee Meredith / leethal knits

The ebook will contain six shapes and 24 stitch patterns to make loads (10+) of unique items. Various yarn weights can be used and I am pretty sure that (judging by her other work) playing with colour is going to be accommodated and encouraged.

I have ‘borrowed’ this KAL calendar from her Rav page. It gives details of the price and the dates. I already have my ebook (taking advantage of the pre-order bargain price) and am ready and waiting for the release on 14th August.

Knit-a-long calendar:

Do you like this kind of knitting pattern? Are you thinking of participating? I would love to hear your thoughts and see your projects if you decide to take part.

Happy Knitting

C

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Head to Toe KAL (and news)

July has been an incredibly busy month for me, I am really looking forward to August and a change of pace. I finish my job this week and will be focussing solely on my knitting ventures from the 1st of August. This is an exciting time for me and I have so much to tell you over the next few weeks.

Before I launch into new and exciting things I want to focus on the here and now. I have a little KAL running in my Ravelry group and would love for you to come and join in . We are a friendly bunch and the KAL is very relaxed.

Montrose Hat by Clare Devine

Montrose Hat by Clare Devine

I have secured some fab prizes for the KAL and here are the details

A relaxed KAL to celebrate the launch of my collection “Head to Toe”, released in 4 installments from July – October.

These four stylish accessories have all been designed to use a single skein of Ginger’s Hand Dyed by GingerTwistStudio.

You can buy the patterns in my Ravelry store. They are available as a collection for £10 (four patterns) or as individual patterns (£3 – £3.50)

The KAL will run from the 7th July until the 31st of October.

You can join in at any time and knit any (or all) of the patterns. You can use any yarn.

I have secured some lovely prizes for KAL participants. To be eligible for a prize you need to complete your pattern and post a picture of the finished object in the FO thread with a link to you project page on Ravelry.

Prizes

Grand prize:
A skein of Ginger’s Hand Dyed. You can select from one of the four bases used in the patterns and from any of the colours in stock at the time.
A gorgeous project bag sewn by Jess from Ginger Twist Studio
A copy of Head to Toe (in print)
A selection of stitch markers crafted by yours truly

Runners up:
Two runner up prizes of a print copy of Head to Toe and a selection of stitch markers.

During the KAL there will be some wildcard prizes including free patterns, stitch markers and hopefully some more yarn. I will update you as I secure these prizes.

Hope to see you over on the Ravelry group

Happy Knitting

Clare

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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