Episode 9 is up and ready to view!
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!
There are 6 lovely accessory designs from indie designers, including Amanda B. Collins, Jane Crowfoot, Francesca Hughes, Clare Devine, Donna Smith and my contribution; Belsyde, an asymmetrical triangular shawl worked with Kettle Yarn Co. Baskerville in Dawn and gorgeous Islington in Siren Call teal.
The shawl uses 3 different types of geometric lace to create a unisex shawl with lots of interest.
To get all 6 patterns, you can pre-order your copy of Wool Tribe here!
The shawl will be available as an individual digital download in June.
I hope you are knitting the blues away!
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!
Happy Holidays to all and to all a good knit!!
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.
It was a technicolour experience, with the pinks, blues and yellows really racing across the sky.
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.
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!)
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 🙂
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!
20th August, we will be together again at Purlescence for a trunk show and open day.
I was admiring some more Brioche Twister finished objects and I am so pleased with them, I wanted to share!
I love the colour combo in drbean’s Brioche Time!
DebBramham’s Brioche Twister is a lovely version in Blacker Yarn’s Tamar.
charlielaver’s first attempt at Brioche has turned out beautifully!
I couldn’t be more pleased to see such a lot of gorgeous brioche stitching going on! You too can get the Brioche Twister pattern for free as a thank you for signing up to my newsletter.
Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up already! I really appreciate it and I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to see the Twisters, both finished and in the works.
One of the best bits of being a knitwear designer is seeing your designs through the eyes of other knitters. I released the Brioche Twister scarf pattern as a free pattern for subscribers to the EastLondonKnit newsletter in January and it has been wonderful to see the finished objects and work-in-progress popping up on Ravelry and Instagram.
Bogga, aka Knitting in France, has made a fantastic version of her own hand-dyed yarn.
Maryl has made a beautiful version in West Yorkshire Spinners natural undyed brown Bluefaced Leicester yarn and Artesano Alpaca in the lightest blue, what a wonderful colour combo!
If you would like to keep up with the latest ELK news, please do sign up for the newsletter. You will receive the Brioche Twister pattern for free as a thank you!
I recently updated the Angelus Novus Shawl pattern with a new version in lace-weight yarn:
Linda knit the shawl in her new Kettle Yarn Co. Beyul Lace base, which has turned out beautifully!