Category Archives: Yarn

Baa Ram Ewe

I’m a little disconnected at the moment, we’re on a long (working..great photos!) holiday in Costa Rica….I’ve been trying zip wiring for the first time and was very surprised to actually enjoy it!

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I wanted to tell you about a very exciting August I’m going to have with Baa Ram Ewe in Yorkshire.

Baa Ram Ewe have let the cat out of the bag, they are releasing a brand new yarn, Dovestone DK next month that’s currently on pre-sale.

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and I’ll have a pattern collection to go along with the new yarn!

Dovestone KnitsYou are going to just love this yarn, it’s both rustic and soft at the same time. Just a dream to knit with and the colours aren’t half bad either :-) In about 2 weeks when I get back from holidays I’ll release the booklet in both digital and print format but if you’re lucky I’ll get around to putting a few little peeks at the patterns up along the way….here are a few to get you started:

Dovestone Knits

For anyone close enough to Baa Ram Ewe I’m going to be there in August for the new season launch.

To take a class on Seamless Knits with me you can register here.

If you want to attend the new season launch come register here.

I can’t wait to share these new patterns and yarn with you!

TNNA recap

So a couple of weeks ago I went to Columbus, Ohio once again for TNNA (The national needlearts association). It’s an intense, full-on experience every year and this was no exception! I was sharing a room with two of my favourite knitting pals, Woolly Wormhead & Ann Kingstone, always fun when you can work and play on the same weekend :-)

I’ve got very few photos from the weekend so please forgive the very poor quality, grainy and fuzzy phone photos I’ve got to use.To add to the oddness of the weekend there was also a trumpet convention and a haunting/zombie convention. In fact I had the pleasure of being walked to the Crown Plaza on Saturday by a well dressed zombie before their zombie ball :-)IMG_0524

Also on Friday night I had my new cardigan, Rakuda, in the fashion show with Anzula yarns.You can see the cardigan in action here. (Yes I’ve eventually started using Instagram!)

My new US distributor is Fyberspates, so this year I shared a stand with them and Rachel Coopey.

They were just the most wonderful booth mates, it makes such a difference; it was definitely a weekend of fun more than work!

IMG_0522On the final night, when it was all over I did manage to take a few photos as we sat around the table eating:

IMG_0535Here we’ve got Jeni and Sean from Fyberspates, Rachel Coopey and Jennifer Wood (who I just met that night but is such a delight!).

While my photos are not the best Jeni did manage to bring (and use!) a much better camera so her Facebook feed is worth a look.

I do have some wonderful yarn and other goodies that I’ll be knitting with and reviewing in the coming weeks also….

Lorna's Laces 'Cloudgate' http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/lornas-laces-cloudgate

Lorna’s Laces ‘Cloudgate’

IMG_3604Spin Cycle ‘Dyed in the wool’

IMG_3599Anzula Croquet

IMG_1268And finally Fix-a-Stitch that I’ll try out in the next few weeks….hopefully on a ‘minor’ mistake :-0

At the end of this week I’m heading on holiday BUT when I come back I’ll have a little surprise for you that I’ve been working on with Baa Ram Ewe….

Dovestone Knits

 

New summer lace cardigan

Rakuda

When I went to TNNA last December Anzula asked if I’d like to pick a yarn to design with and Rakuda is the finished product.  They have got some very delicious yarns so it was a difficult choice. One of their newer yarns, Cole, jumped out at me. It was a little unusual, an aran weight yarn that is 70% silk and 30% camel. Instead of having a smooth, shiny feel as a lot of silk blends this was a more rustic, slubby version of silk with that delicious silk smell. It was such a distinctive yarn it really called to me.

As I started swatching I realised that the heavy qualities of silk really needed an open pattern that allowed it to drape. When I tried it with this large over-sized lace I loved how it looked and felt; both heavy and open at the same time! However I wanted to make sure that it still held it’s shape so I used garter stitch to anchor the cardigan together.

It ended up creating a cardigan that’s super fast to knit but very wearable for in-between weather. It is knit flat from the bottom up in one piece, German short rows shape the garter stitch shoulder slopes. Sleeves are worked in the round from the top down once the body is complete.

When choosing a size to knit for this cardigan several inches of positive ease are a good idea. The cardigan is naturally draped so a few inches of positive ease helps that happen. The size pictured is the 40.5″ finished size which has around 6″ positive ease.

Here are all the available sizes for Rakuda – you can see that I’ve give recommendations for the size (to fit bust is the size of your own bust) with the actual dimensions of the finished cardigan below that.
To Fit Actual Bust Circumference up to:
31.5 (35.5, 37.5, 40, 44, 46, 48.5, 52.5, 54.5)” / 80 (90, 95.5, 101.5, 112, 117, 123, 133.5, 138.5) cm.
5-7” / 12.5 – 18 cm positive ease recommended.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bust Circumference:
36.5 (40.5, 42.5, 45, 49, 51, 53.5, 57.5, 59.5)” / 92.5 (103, 108, 114.5, 124.5, 129.5, 136, 146, 151) cm.
Size 40.5” / 103 cm modelled with 5”/ 12.5 cm positive ease.
Length: 25 (26, 26.25, 26.5, 27.75, 28.25, 28.75, 30, 30.75)” / 63.5 (66, 66.5, 67.5, 70.5, 72, 73, 76, 78) cm.

Titus yarn

Last year I met Verity, the owner of Baa Ram Ewe at TNNA in Columbus. She was bubbly, energetic and very, very Yorkshire! She had just launched a brand new Yorkshire yarn, Titus. This yarn is made from a blend of local fibres (50% Wensleydale, 20% Bluefaced Leicester, 30% UK Alpaca) and it is dyed in colours that reflect the Yorkshire countryside.

Originally she was selling several of my patterns that knit up well in Titus yarn in their original pattern format. However several of the samples have been reknit in Titus and we’re putting special Titus patterns together for Baa Ram Ewe. I’ve got a few of the photos to share from last week when we did the first photoshoot.

First up is Autumn Whispers.

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IMG_5382IMG_5355Next one is Akoya.

IMG_5536IMG_5551IMG_5565Watch out over the coming months for the next few patterns, we may even have a few surprises for you!

My holiday yarn

For the last few weeks I’ve been getting back to work after my holiday and trying to get the house organised for the new school year. Now that the boys are (mostly!) back to school I can actually take a few minutes to enjoy some of the lovely yarn I brought home from Florida with me.

You might like to take a look with me, what would you knit with this yarn?

IMG_3217First yarn is Fiber Optics, I had been stalking them for a few months and there was never yarn in stock but when Laura tweeted that she was buying from them at a show I jumped at the chance to get my hands on some!

There were a few sale yarns that I couldn’t resist, colours I love with sweater quantities of each..

IMG_3221I haven’t knit with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool before but the colour was wonderful and it seems like such a versatile yarn.

IMG_3223My next purchase was some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport. It was on sale at A Good Yarn for half price so really I’d have been negligent to not take it!

IMG_3224Finally this is some delicious yarn that Susan from A Good Yarn gave to me. It’s been created just for the store and this one is A Good Yarn Fingering. It comes in 100 and 50g skeins which works really well if you want a pop of colour for some contrast in your work. I’m going to be designing with this later on this year, should be fun :-)

Georgian Heights

This summer Jenny from This Is Knit started hand dyeing yarn under the label ‘Townhouse Yarns’. They sent some on for me to try in a very pretty olive green colour. The yarn was soft and light, perfect shawl material.

IMG_0912I decided to use it for a new shawl pattern that uses a slip stitch pattern that I’ve experimented with before. I love the geometric lines through the garter, with a ruffle that finishes with a flourish. The shawl starts with a standard garter stitch tab and then from there you can see how it evolves into a series of st st and garter panels. The end result is called Georgian Heights.

IMG_4324Georgian Heights  is for sale at a discounted price until the 4th of August. Plus as an added bonus all pattern sales before that are entered into a draw for a skein of Townhouse Yarn in the same colour that I used for the pattern!

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Sorting my yarn choices

Last weekend I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed with yarn and design decisions. Definitely a case of too much of a good thing! However laying everything out was very helpful for me as I began grouping and organizing my yarn.

Here’s a little peek at some of my initial decisions.

My bundles of sweater yarn…

sweatersQuite a few options for shawls –

shawlsSome larger wraps/cowls –

wrapsHats –

hats:accessoriesAnd finally socks –

socksNow that I’ve got all my ducks in a row I can begin my planning. I’ve just compiled all 42,000 words for my next book with Potter Craft and I’m making final checks. It feels so good to be almost done :-) It’s turned out so beautifully I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Yarn choices

This morning I’m feeling paralyzed by choice. This is a selection of the yarn from this year that I’ve yet to use. Some came from yarn companies, some are leftovers from the book and others are yarns I’ve purchased. Now that my book projects are finished I’m at the planning stage again and I’ve got a problem – I want to knit it all NOW and it’s causing a mental traffic jam. I hoped pulling it all out would make the decision easier but not so much…

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Yarn porn

I’m currently knee deep in book projects and final preparations for the Dark Pearl KAL but a surprise box from Blue Moon Fiber Arts is making me itch to start on some new projects. The colors and yarn are just out of this world, and looking at the pricing it would be amazingly good value for sweater knitting.
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The first yarn I want to share with you is the Targhee Worsted in Spawn of Scum color. From Blue Moon’s website ‘ Targhee is one of America’s youngest breeds and is named after the National Forest where they grazed in the summer. The forest was named after the Chief of the Bannock tribe of the Northern Paiute. I love the history the breed name holds, so why not keep it as the yarns name.’

This yarn is new to me, it’s feels and looks great in the hank so I’m hoping to get it on the needles soon to check it out. The skeins are huge (250g – 616yds) and at just $32 each you’d have enough yarn for an average size sweater in 2 skeins so really good value!

The next yarn is Silky Victoria. This is a Polwarth wool (also new to me) from South America combined with 15% silk. It also just begs to be knit, this color is copperline (same color that Talamh was knit in). These skeins are also enormous, 695 yards and just $36 a skein. Imagine how little ends you’d have to weave in!
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Just in case you wanted a little more variety here’s some fingering yarn, BFL and some Yaksi!
fingeringSo help me out – what should I try first? What would you knit with it?

Dark Pearl KAL

Much to my astonishment I’m already up to my 150th pattern. I’ve no idea how that happened so quickly, but here we are :-)

To celebrate I’m doing a great big KAL (knit along), Dark Pearl KAL.

IMG_0770_2It’s been a while since I’ve done a KAL so I’m really excited about this one. I got the Sea Pearl yarn from Briar Rose several months ago and I’ve been looking at it longingly wanting to cast on. With so many book projects on the go I didn’t have the time to get started. However a local knitter, Kathy, got me moving with this. She knit the back and sleeves of the cardigan and I knit on the lace front this week. Even though it was a fingering weight it just flew off the needles. The yarn is smooth and easy to work with and the lace pattern is fast to memorize. It took a couple of days to block thanks to the damp weather but at last I’ve got a few photos. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, the extra fabric at the front of the neck draped just right, so it’s easy and fun to wear.

So now for the KAL details – I’ve got the pattern up for pre-sale until the start of June. When you order you’ll get an information sheet detailing sizing, yarn and gauge. There will also be a 10% discount code for Briar Rose Fibers if you want to order Sea Pearl to knit the cardigan with. If you decide to use a different yarn I’ve also given detailed yardage information to help you out.

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The first clue will be sent out in early June and the other 3 clues will be released every 2 weeks. I’ll have a tip/tutorial section with every clue and we’ll have a full discussion going in the ravelry group. If any problems arise along the way I’ll put extra tutorials/videos together to make sure everyone knows what’s going on.

At the end of every clue I’ll have a spot prize for all completed clues and a wonderful end prize from Briar Rose at the end of the KAL.

Come and join us!

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