The EastLondonKnit Podcast: Pilot episode

Hello!

I did it! I published at least one podcast!

It wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be for me, but you will have to let me know how it is for you;)

You can find the show notes in the thread in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group.

To win the gorgeous skein of Blacker Yarn’s new yarn Samite, have a view of the podcast.

Thank you so much if you took the time to watch my first efforts. I will get better, I promise!

Happy knitting,

Rx

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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.

loveknitting.com

 

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.

New Blacker Yarns: Tamar

Hello!

A new yarn is a fine thing. Especially when it comes from Blacker Yarns.

Blacker Yarn Tamar Shade card

Tamar is Blacker’s latest offering and it’s a beauty! A woolly yarn with a beautiful lustre and pretty halo, Tamar is made from heritage British sheep. The yarn blends Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool into the mix, along with 30% Cornish Mule lambswool, giving the yarn its soft halo.  I don’t know much about the folk history of Britain, but Cornwall is one of those places of legend and lore, and the Blacker Yarns blog relates the the legend of the Tamar River, for which the yarn is named which is well worth read. I am still a sucker for ye Olde England, even after all these years.

Knit cables in Blacker Yarn Tamar

I had the chance to play around with the yarn recently and it was a pleasure to knit with. The stitch definition remains strong even with the soft fuzzies. I wet-blocked the swatch below and while the texture stitches at the top of the swatch have a gorgeous pronounced quality, the lace knitting on the bottom half of the swatch would have benefited from a good stretching while blocking.

Knit lace and texture swatch with Blacker Yarn Tamar

As the yarn is not a superwash, it will hold the blocking beautifully, and would therefore make an excellent yarn for lace knitting, in spite of how my swatch is looking above.

The yarn comes in DK and 4-ply/fingering, and I was surprised how fine the DK was. I am a fan of Blacker and was lucky enough to use Blacker Swan DK for the Angelus Novus designs in the Klee Collection (Angelus Novus cardigan below), which is also a DK yarn but much closer to an aran weight, whereas Tamar felt closer to a fingering weight, and I am guessing has a good yardage per 100g skein.

Angelus-Novus-by-Renée-Callahan-1

As a test of the softness, I stuck my swatch into the front of my shirt and wore it around for a while next to the skin. Yes, I know, this was an extremely scientific process, but really effective! It was very warm and soft, but didn’t prickle at all, making it a great yarn for neck gear and garments.

Tamar officially launches 3 March will be available for fondling at the Edinburgh Yarn Fest this year. I will be there too, fondling away; it would be great to catch up with any of you who will be attending! For those of you further South in the UK, I will also be at Unravel this weekend. Hope to catch up with you at a fibre festival in the near future!

Happy knitting,

R.

Cyclamen

Hello!

I’ve independently  published my first sweater pattern!

Cyclamen Cardi pattern by EastLondonKnit

Cyclamen is a top-down, raglan cardigan with garter-stitch trim worked in worsted- or aran-weight yarn. It is designed to be a great first cardigan for the beginner or a blank slate for more experienced knitters to alter. I wanted a pattern for a very straight-forward, customisable cardigan that could used as a basis for a ‘knit your first cardigan’ class (coming soon…).

cyclamen cardigan buttonband
The cardigan features a knit-as-you-go button band so there is no need to pick up stitches later and add the band. I sewed large snap fasteners onto the band after it was finished, but it could be secured with a beautiful shawl pin or left open. I am more and more convinced that all button bands need sewn-in reinforcing, preferably with some vintage lacy trim.  Really, I can’t get enough of the stuff!

cyclamen cardigan pocket detailI knit this sample in Quince & Co. Owl yarn, which I hadn’t used before. I like the yarn–it is a 50% Wool, 50% Alpaca mix and is woollen spun, which means that the fibres are slightly jumbled up before it is spun unlike ‘worsted spun’ yarn, in which all the fibres are combed to lie parallel to one another before being spun, to make a smoother, denser yarn. The woollen spun process creates a lofty, textured yarn that with space between jumbled fibres to trap air and warmth. Sue Blacker wrote a great piece for Wovember a couple of years ago you can read here.

I tried to give a wide range of sizes for this one: chest sizes 29.5 (33.5, 37.5, 41, 45)(49.5, 53.5, 57, 61) inches/75 (85, 95, 105, 115)(126, 136, 145, 155) cm. The cardigan is designed to be worn with 10-15 cm of positive ease. The sample shown is 10 cm larger than the actual bust.
Yarn requirements: 840 (960, 1080, 1200, 1320)(1440, 1560, 1680, 1800) yds/770 (880, 990, 1100, 1210)(1320, 1430, 1540, 1650) m of worsted or aran weight yarn.

Cyclamen cardigan with pockets

You can get the Cyclamen knitting pattern here!

Happy knitting,

R.