Classes and catching up

Hello!

I think I am almost over the Edinburgh Yarn Festival hangover. If you managed to go, you know it was an awesome event and I don’t need to tell you. If you didn’t manage to go, you probably don’t want to hear about what an awesome event you missed. If you didn’t make it this year, definitely come next year!

I will say that I met some wonderful fibre folk and I came home with some gorgeous yarn.

EastLondonKnit yarn purchases

I tried to be strategic and only bring yarn home with a project in mind. I introduced my current project previously, and it is very much in the works now. It may seem odd that I have mentioned a project revolving around the use of scraps and leftovers, and then come home with lots of beautiful new yarn, but my thinking was this: I want to create a collection that allows people to use up little odd bits of yarn and stash, but it’s also important to me that every design also works with available yarns in only one or 2 colours in larger quantities. I am still in the early stages of swatching and designing, but I am feeling optimistic about it!

Come learn with me!

 

I am pleased to announce some awesome upcoming classes in the next couple of months:

28 April I will teach stranded colour work knitting at Wild and Woolly in East London: Colourwork Magic part 1.

5 May following on from the stranded knitting, we will learn about the mysterious ways of the steek at Wild and Woolly in Colourwork Magic Part 2.

7 May I will be back in Bath teaching Brioche Stitch Basics and Brioche Stitch Next Steps at A Yarn Story, but if you can’t make that date, I will be back in October to teach the same classes.

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And finally, I now have patterns available on Loveknitting.com, including Angelus Novus and several shawl and garment patterns. Please do pop over to have look:)

 

Happy knitting,

R.

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Desert Blooms

Hello!

How the time flies, eh? I see that it has been nearly 2 weeks since my last post–the shame! Nothing to be done now except to bribe you with a little coupon treat…

I designed the Desert Blooms shawl last year in partnership with Nature’s Luxury, and it is now available in 3 sizes!

The original size:

Desert Bloom knitting pattern DK by Renée Callahan

The shawl above is worked with  Nature’s Luxury On Stage, a light DK yarn (50% wool, 30% silk, 20% camel, 300 m /
330 yds per 100 g) with a 4 mm circular needle (60 – 80 cm /24 in – 32 in) or size needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE:
17.5 sts and 22 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette stitch, blocked.

And now in 2 new sizes: shawlette, using one skein of fingering/4ply weight yarn and large, using 2 skeins of fingering/4 ply weight yarn, as shown below:

Desert Blooms knitting pattern 4 ply by Renée Callahan

 

YARN
Cascade Yarns Heritage Hand Painted Sock Yarn (75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 437 yards/400 metres
per 100 g skein), in colour way 9825 (blue variegated with purple and navy).

Desert Bloom knitting pattern 4 ply by Renée Callahan
NEEDLES
US 4/3.5 mm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE
25 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette stitch, blocked.

Desert Bloom begins with just a few stitches in one corner and grows until lace blooms along the far side
of the shawl to create an asymmetric triangular shape. With an i-cord edge, a plain stockinette stitch body
and an easy to follow lace pattern, this is a relaxing knit that quickly comes off the needles.

And because you’re great I have a discount code for you! When you get the Desert Blooms checkout, put in this code:

TheDesertBlooms

and you will get 10% discount on the pattern until Friday 18th March 2016.

EastLondonKnit Desert Blooms-4

I’ll post again about the construction and inspiration, but I wanted to share this with you just in case you wanted to get knitting or were looking for some pattern inspiration in anticipation of the Edinburgh Yarn Fest… 😉

Happy knitting,

R.

New season knits

Hello!

Just a tiny bit of fashion today and a note that I sent out a newsletter Sunday morning—if you have signed up but not received it, do let me know. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter and would like to, please do here!

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I am woefully bad at keeping up on the fashion shows during the season. There are so many I find it difficult to decide on which to look through in the limited time I have. There are a few shows I always seek out. Pringle of Scotland is among these. The tradition of knitwear is always there in Pringle, and even if they occasionally stray from the path, they always find their way back.

This was a knit-strong season for the label.

pringle of scotland fairisle fall 2016

Photos courtesy of Vogue.com

pringle of scotland fall 2016 pringle of scotland monochrome fall 2016

There were an abundance of long knit skirts and oversized knits. Knitted skirts can be controversial, but I am a fan of both the knitted skirt and dress, which I think can be as comfy as loungewear and are easily dressed up.

I love the upside-down fair isle sweater-in-a-sweater at the top; it’s such a playful take on the classic and I think it looks great.

Finally, anyone going to Edinburgh Yarn Fest? If so, see you there.

Happy knitting,

R.