Episode 5: Bristol Ivy and Close to Heart

Hello!

Episode 5 is up and I am so pleased to have had the chance to catch up with Bristol Ivy for this one. I also chat about my new design, Close to Heart, and do a couple of mini tutorials.

Show notes are to be found in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group.

Happy knitting,

Rx

Summertime and the knitting is easy…

Hello!

The sun is shining here (however temporarily) and I have a holiday on the horizon which means I need to sort out my holiday knitting!

I have a few ideas, and perhaps you are making similar plans right now. There are a few requirements for my holiday knitting: portability, large sections of easily memorised pattern or stocking stitch, and I like ’em relatively small and accessory sized.

If you are in need of a little inspiration, here are a few I make earlier:

I would love to hear what you will be be knitting! What makes a good holiday knit for you?

Happy knitting,

Rx

All the learning

Hello!

I love teaching people new knitting techniques. It is one of the most rewarding things I do.

I also love learning new things and I’ve had some wonderful learning opportunties recently.

First of all, I was lucky enough to grab the last place at Karie Westermann’s Nordic Traditions workshop at Wild and Woolly. It was great, even though Karie totally skewered my ardent desire to learn all about ‘traditional’ knitting by explaining the way that tradition is often the recent invention of savvy knitwear marketers….

Nordic Traditions with Karie Westermann

And shortly after that, I got to attend the Squam Spring retreat, where I took a wonderful hap workshop with Gudrun Johnston and a photography/styling workshop with Helene Dujardin, which resulted in some excellent photographs of my new shawl design, Lakelet.

Lakelet by Renée Callahan

I was assisted by my beautiful classmate Michelle (modelling above), and Helene herself, who was kind enough to take the following 2 photos.

Lakelet knitting pattern by Renée Callahan

We practiced our styling (and posing!) with a design I have been wearing quite regularly now, Beetlebum:

Beetlebum by Renée Callahan

 

Classes and Events coming up

On the other side of the coin, I have been enjoying teaching in several new venues, particularly The Yarn Dispensary, where I will be teaching Next Steps Brioche July 9th.

I am really looking forward to teaching a workshop on Zen and Art of Sweater Construction at the Village Haberdashery 3rd July. There are still a couple of places left, so please do join me to learn the ins and outs of top-down seamless sweater construction.

Are you going to Fibre East 30-31 July? I will be there with Kettle Yarn Co. (as is my habit) and I would love to see you. If you are going, please do come by and say hello!

The last event of the summer for me is a trunk show at Purlescence 20 August. From Purlescence:

This time, we’ll be welcoming not one but two guests. Linda of KettleYarnCo will be bringing along a stunning selection of her hand-dyed yarns, and providing inspiration for the yarn will be Renee of EastLondonKnit.

As well of plenty of yarn and other knitterly goodies to browse, they’ll also be plenty of tea and cake  to enjoy while you catch up with some friends and settle down on the sofa with some knitting.

We’ll be open between 10 and 4 at our premises in Leckhampstead, just off the 4 near Newbury, and have plenty of free parking available.

Which takes us right up to knitting season!

Happy knitting,

Renée x

Introducing: the Lakelet Shawl

Hello!

This week I published the Lakelet Shawl!

Lakelet knitting pattern by Renée Callahan

Last year I attended the famous Squam Art Workshops for the first time and I had an amazing time. I was so excited to be there that I was up early every day and saw some of the most spectacular sunrises I have ever witnessed sitting on the dock.

Squam lake by Renée Callahan

It was a technicolour experience, with the pinks, blues and yellows really racing across the sky.

Squam lake by Renée Callahan

The experience inspired the Lakelet shawl. Lakelet is an asymmetrical triangular shawl that begins in one corner with just a few stitches and works across the body of the shawl to end with a beautiful bubbling of lace in a colour the shade of a cloud at sunrise.

Lakelet by Renée Callahan

The smallest size of the shawl uses 110g of the main colour and 25g of the contrast colour. Kits for the shawl featuring Kettle Yarn Co. Beyul yarn will be available soon. (Watch this space!)

Lakelet kits by Renée Callahan

 

In other news, Knitlandia by Clara Parkes is now available as an audiobook and I am downloaded and ready to go! I attend a bookgroup in real life and I really love reading along with others, so I was wondering… would you enjoy a read-along? If so, join me over on the ELK Ravelry thread 🙂

Upcoming events:

I will be teaching Brioche Basics and Next Steps in Brioche Stitch on Saturdays 25th and 9th July at the Yarn Dispensary in Faversham

and I will having a trunk show for the Zen Variations sweater collection as well as teaching a workshop on the top-down construction at the Village Haberdashery on Sunday 3rd July. Please do come and join in the learning!

30-31 July I will be assisting the lovely Linda of Kettle Yarn Co. on her stand at Fibre East in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

20th August, we will be together again at Purlescence for a trunk show and open day.

Finally, an early bird special: Lakelet is on sale for 15% off with the coupon code ELKLakelet until 16th June.

Happy knitting,

Renée

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.

Little Wing

Hello!

Last year I designed a little shawl pattern in collaboration with Brighton’s Yarn and Knitting (YAK) shop. YAK was lucky enough to have a whole series of custom colourways from Life in the Long Grass, a wonderful indie yarn dyer in Ireland. Birds of a Feather featured five colourful variegated yarns inspired by birds; specifically Goldfinch, Blue Gouldian, Kingfisher, Parakeet or Lilac Breasted Roller.

My favourite was Blue Gouldian, and the Little Wing pattern was the result!

Little Wing Shawl pattern by Renée Callahan

I wanted to use a stitch pattern that worked with the variegation and was easily remembered, and this ‘star’ stitch was perfect!

Little Wing Shawl Pattern by Renée Callahan

The shawl can be knit as large or as small as you would like. To use all of the yarn, work the star pattern in the body until you have around 15% of your yarn remaining and then work the knit-on border. It doesn’t require any counting or calculations (high five!). I am looking forward to knitting another one, this time with a contrast colour border:)

Little Wing Shawl Pattern by Renée Callahan

Little Wing is available here

I called the shawl Little Wing because of the Birds of a Feather theme, but also, because as soon as I thought of it, the Jimi Hendrix song began to play in my mind, which is nice.

For your earworm of today:

Happy knitting,

R.