I have (finally!!) had the Zen Variations printed!
I am really pleased with how it has turned out, even though it took much longer than I had hoped that it would. We added several variations to the variations.
The original Yama Cardigan, for example, was knit it 2 gorgeous colours of The Fibre Co. Acadia yarn. To give people an indication of the versatility of the designs, I knit another version in a single solid grey colour, which you can see on the cover of the newly printed booklet at the top of this post.
I also have several new variations in gorgeous Kettle Yarn Co. Islington DK.
Above is the original version of the Intoku sweater in Acadia, with a longer length and pockets, to which we added the Islington version below, with a more cropped length and no pockets.
Tomorrow I will publish Episode 2 of the EastLondonKnit Podcast and if you tune in, you will get a code for a 20% discount off the printed Zen Variations and the printed Klee Collection as well as an awesome interview with Woolly Wormhead!
Well, the pilot episode when so well, I thought I may as well have another go!
This time I catch up with Clare Devine at Edinburgh Yarn Festival for a little interview about her latest projects, I chat about my current knitting and do a little tutorial about working double yarn overs. You can find show notes in the thread for Episode 1 in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group.
There is a great giveaway from Clare for this episode, so please do have a view of the podcast if you would like a chance to win!
Oriental Beauty by Clare Devine
My brain seems entirely taken up on working on my new collection and the podcast. I keep sitting down to write a blog post and there is a yawning gap where my inspiration used to be. Maybe I should be concerned about it, but admittedly, I’m not.
This is how I see it: either, there is only so many creative words in me at any given time and I have used up my allowance at the moment, or I am percolating on some future words and themes (in an apparently unconscious way, HA!). Either way, it always seem like if I don’t have anything interesting to say, not to say anything at all.
So I think I will post about interesting things when they happen: I publish a pattern, or a podcast or have a sale or finish something. What do you think?
Because you are great, I have a 30% discount on my new sweater pattern for you!
Spring is sprung, at least according to the flowering cherry trees around my way. There is light in the sky when I get up and I feel the promise of warmth in the (still rare) sunshine.
So I think to myself, what better time to release a pattern for a chunky sweater! haHA!
In my defense, I wear sweaters all year round and will wear this sweater well into the spring, trading my coat for the breathable warmth of the sweater when the spring really kicks in.
The Starflower Sweater is a modified raglan pullover knit in beautiful chunky wool for a cosy hug of a sweater. Designed to be a beginner-friendly knit, Starflower is worked from the top down, so you can try it on as you go to get a perfect fit.
I used Hill View Farm Yarns Pleasingly Plumb wool for the sweater and I love the squishiness of the Bluefaced Leicester fibre.
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I was honoured to be the recipient of the very first batch of yarn from Hill View Farm. It is a lovely yarn and I know that Natasha, the owner, has some amazing plans for crafty retreats, workshops, and yarn-based goodness.
p.s. I have some podcast (!) based plans in the works, and I would love to know if you listen to/watch podcasts. If so, what do you really like or dislike about them? More on this next week, but it would great to hear your opinions!
Today I’d like to introduce the pattern I wrote for the Machine Knitting, Sweater Basics. I have to say that I was really pleased with this pattern, and I hope it will be useful for both hand and machine knitters.
My idea was to create a worksheet that could lead a knitter through making a pattern based on a fabric of any gauge. I wanted it to be super clear and easy enough for even a beginner knitter to understand and work through. It was particularly important for me that it would be easy to customise.
Peek of the Sweater Blank Worksheet courtesy of Craftsy.com
Initial indications suggest that the pattern has been really successful for the people who have used it and I am so excited about seeing the finished projects–sometimes a very first project for the knitter (!) coming through.
I knit several versions of the sweater, modelled here by the lovely Craftsy model:
Photos courtesy of Craftsy
I have started a Ravelry project page for the sweater and I really look forward to seeing the projects progress.
If you haven’t signed up, but are interested in learning more about machine knitting or getting the Sweater Blank OR you would just like a 25% discount on any Craftsy.com class, please have a look at my website.
How is your knitting season going? I hear that mid-January is considered the most depressing time of the year. Do you find that to be the case? For me, once I have had a tiny tantrum about Christmas being over, really over, I get excited about the New Year and new resolutions and plans and fresh starts, etc. I had the launch of my Craftsy machine knitting class to keep me on my toes, and the pleasure of seeing the latest publication from the Edinburgh Yarn Fest ladies, so I didn’t feel the blues.
You may have seen the previews for Wool Tribe 2017 are up and the magazine is available for pre-order now!
How are you? I love Christmas and am now in full holiday mode, but I do have a ton of exciting plans for 2017 that I can’t wait to share with you. Until then, I hope your holidays are wonderful and here is just a peek at what is coming up:
This January, Craftsy will have a new class in machine knitting! Stay tuned for announcements and special discount codes!
If you are still looking for a holiday knit, I might have just the thing for you: the Boreal Hat and Cowl patterns are now available for individual purchase!
I think one of the challenges of working a set-in sleeve is that it isn’t obvious what is going on as it’s being worked, and one of the challenges of explaining the set-in sleeve is that the work is no longer flat, but 3-D, making the illustrating of the technique also less than obvious. Today I’ll attempt it anyway.
For a Zen Variations sweater, the Front and Back have been worked separately and then the body has been worked in the round, with stitches added on at the underarm (12). This leaves us with an empty armhole to fill with a sleeve as follows:
13. Pick up Sleeve sts from around the armhole.
14. Knit across the flat of the sleeve head (A), and work the sleeve head with short rows: working back and forth between sides B and C; W&T each st along the armhole sides until the sts cast on for the underarm (12) are reached. Then work sleeve in the round to cuff.