Episode 2: Woolly Wormhead and a bit of Zen

Hello!

Episode 2 of the East London Podcast is out and I was lucky enough to chat to Woolly Wormhead about her new Circled collection.

I also chat about the new printed version of the Zen Variations (and the printed Klee Collection too), for which there is a 20% discount with the code ‘SPRINGZEN’ in the EastLondonKnit Etsy shop. Also, there is an awesome giveaway from Woolly and Skeinny Dipping yarns, so please do have a peruse of the podcast for all the goodies!

Show notes in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group Episode 2 thread ūüôā

Last but not least, Kettle Yarn Co. is helping me celebrate the launch of the printed Zen Variations with a discount on the yarn we used for several of the new Variations: Islington DK. You can get 10% off with the code ‘ZenLOVE’.

 

Happy knitting!!

Rx

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A new kind of sweater pattern

Hello!

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.

Sweater Blank schematic

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.

 

Sweater Blank worksheet by Renee Callahan

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:

A Sweater Blank Sweater by Renee Callahan

 

A Sweater Blank Sweater by Renee Callahan

A Sweater Blank Sweater by Renee Callahan

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.

Happy knitting,

Rx

Yarn & Knitting Brighton

YAK of Brighton

Hello!

This weekend was the grand opening of Brighton’s premier local yarn store: Yarn & Knitting, aka YAK.

I went down to Brighton Saturday for the big event and was so pleased to see the shop chock full of knitters and supporters, including her mum, who was helpfully manning the till while Kate welcomed the well-wishers.

Yarn & Knitting Brighton

Yarn & Knitting Brighton

Linda of Kettle Yarn Co., Kate, proud new owner of YAK and Tom of Holland, darning master all enjoyed a glass of bubbly in celebration.

Yellow Bear Wares at YAK

The shop has a great stock of yarn from indie dyers, particularly from Brighton-local The Uncommon Thread, as well as Yellow Bear Wares jewelry, all the notions a knitter could want and space for classes and workshops.

Yarn & Knitting Brighton

Yarn & Knitting Brighton

Yarn & Knitting BrightonYarn & Knitting Brighton

The shop looks set to become a loved local and I wish Kate all the success in the world.

Happy knitting,

R.

Rill Rill

Hello!

I recently had a pattern published in a real world, paper and ink knitting magazine, which is frankly pretty exciting.  We are all so digitized now, but you know, there is just something about the ability to flip through it and put it on the bookshelf that makes a difference. It is my first such publication, and I am pleased to introduce the Rill Rill Jumper!

Rill Rill Jumper by EastLondonKnit

Image copyright: Dan Walmsley for Practical Publishing. Used with permission.

 

Rill Rill is a seamless raglan pullover, gently over-sized, knit from the the bottom up, with lace column detail on the front yoke. The yarn I used is West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran, which is not only a shocking bargain, but really gorgeous once washed. I called it Rill Rill for the rivulets¬†of rain¬†streaming down my windows while I was working on the pattern, and, I can’t lie, because I really love the Sleigh Bells song.

So many thanks to the wonderful Kate and the team at Knit Now Magazine!  Issue #41 November 2014 is available now from quality knitting magazine suppliers:)

Happy knitting,

R.

Frost & Flame Shawl

Hello!

September’s pattern is Frost & Flame, a shawl¬†designed to use two skeins of fingering-weight yarn, one solid and one variegated. The main body pattern is a simple brioche stitch intended to bring out the beauty of a variegated yarn as well as provide an interesting but rhythmic main stitch pattern. A lace pattern at the border compliments a solid contrast-colour and creates a delicate, frost-like finish for this crescent-shaped shawl.
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Frost & Flame is available on Ravelry here.

Happy knitting,

R.

Sell it all!

Hello!

Just a quick note to say that I am downsizing the studio a little in order to pursue more hand-knitting projects.  The Great ELK Studio Sale has begun!

The first machine I am selling can be seen here:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261520177774?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2648

It’s a beauty, and going home with someone in just one more day!

The studio will be open for the Hackney Wicked Festival and I will be selling machine and hand knit things, and, if all goes to plan, beautiful home-made macaroons by Mr. ELK. ¬†More on that later…

Happy knitting!