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!
I am really pleased to be able to offer you a whopping 50% discount on the purchase of the class! Just follow the link above or go to my website for more information and a link for 25% off any other Craftsy class you may like to take!
In Machine Knitting; Sweater Basics, you will learn everything you need to know to knit a sweater on the machine: from basic machine maintenance, how to cast on, making fabric you love, to seaming, blocking and everything in between. The class includes my Sweater Blank–a worksheet that will lead you through making your sweater in any gauge or fabric you want and making it easy to customize. I will post more about the Sweater Blank later, but I have to say I am pretty pleased about it and I hope you will be too.
Although it was excruciating for me to watch this the first time, here is the trailer, for your amusement!
It is nearly time!! My Craftsy class is in the final stages of preparation and I am really excited to share it with you!
I know not all of you are machine knitters, but if you are at all interested in machine knitting, I think this class will give you a lot of information and help, not to mention a great pattern for a simple sweater.
Photos courtesy of Craftsy
Although I am really proud of the whole class, I am particularly proud of this sweater pattern which will enable the knitter to knit this drop shoulder sweater in any gauge with any yarn and any stitch pattern. I will post more about this later, but I hope it will be an incredibly useful pattern for the beginner or intermediate knitter.
You can enter to win this Craftsy class by simply clicking the link below. The winner will be chosen at random when the class goes live.
Welcome to 2017! How’s it treating you so far? I am off to a flying start. I have made lists by the shed-load and the post-it notes have proliferated, but I am happy with that. This feeling is probably something to do with having had a good, lazy holiday break with lots of movie-watching and naps. I did have a tiny tantrum yesterday just before I accepted that Christmas was really over and Ben really was going to go back to work and I had to get up at 6am AGAIN!?>! but then I set the alarm and got on with it.
Which brings me to the first order of service for the new year: last year’s EastLondonKnit knit-along. It is officially over, but just in case you have knit an EastLondonKnit design and would like a chance to win one of the fabulous prize packages…
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If you would like to win of these lovely packages, please post your finished EastLondonKnit project over on the thread in the ELK Ravelry group. I will choose 2 prize winners at the end of this week.
So, let’s talk about resolutions!
If you know me, you know that I love a New Year’s Resolution. Honestly, I am not restricted to New Years to make my resolutions–I make them regularly throughout the year with unnecessary zeal, but I have a real soft spot for the beginning of January. This year, in addition to the usual promises to self: more exercise, less sugar, no booze this January, I also wanted to add some different things: find somewhere to regularly volunteer, don’t be angry about the world, do things to make it better, and something completely unrelated: learn to play the guitar, because, well, why not?
I know that I should have started with the musical things a lifetime ago, but I’m one of those people who thinks it is never too late. If I start now, in 10 years I might be pretty good. If I don’t start now, in 10 years, I’ll just be 10 years older and still not playing any instruments.
And until I figure out where to volunteer (suggestions welcome!!), I am going to knit some hats and things for KnitAid. If you haven’t heard of KnitAid, please do have a look. They are making a big collection on 20th January if you would like to participate too!!
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!
November is flying by! You know that thing, where you are waiting for a bus forever and then 3 come at once? I feel like that is my knitting life right now and after a slow start I now have ALL the projects on the go, including several hand knit designs and a very special machine knitting project with Craftsy (!) that I am dying to tell you more about, but it will have to wait.
Last month I had an amazing opportunity. Natasha of Taking a Moment in Time invited me to join a retreat in Romania as a knitting tutor. I jumped at the chance and it was a superlative trip. Words don’t really do it justice, so I will just show you a small part of what made the trip so special.
My photos in no way do justice to the beauty of the experience. Many thanks to Natasha for the invitation and for organising such a wonderful week.
In addition to other exciting things, I am looking forward to sharing a new sweater pattern, designed for Natasha’s gorgeous new Hill Farm Yarn at the end of the year.
The first Curious Handmade Country House retreat happened in March, and I was green-eyed with jealously that I couldn’t make it. So I was thrilled when Helen asked me if I would teach a workshop at the second retreat. I joined a stately-home full of lovely knitters for fantastic weekend at the end of October in the gently rolling hills of Cumbria, and took my camera for a little walkabout in between endless cups of tea and the coziest hours spent knitting in front of the fire.
The next CH Country House Retreat will happen in March, just before the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Be sure to sign up for the Curious Handmade newsletter if you would like to find out more!