EYF and #blackerpodkal

Hello!

Well, I am back from Edinburgh Yarn Fest, and what an event it was!

I will talk about the festival in the pilot episode of the EastLondonKnit podcast when it is published this Friday (!).

EYF marked the deadline for the #blackerpodkal, in which I tried to participate…  In a word, my progress could be described as ‘stunted’.

Some projects are just like this: two steps forward, one step back. I really enjoy KALs because I find the type of gentle peer pressure they apply really helpful to getting things done. But this sweater did not want to get done.

It started off all very well…


I had 4 lovely skeins of Tamar DK yarn from last year’s Edinburgh Yarn Fest and was happy to join in with Blacker Yarns and the Knit British podcast to knit a new design up.

The progress seemed to be chugging along….


Until I had a look and decided that it was just too big, and I didn’t have enough yarn to make something so oversized….

…taking me back to the beginning….

This sweater is getting some love today! Jonathan insists! My #blackerpodkal sweater is back in the needles. #eastlondonknit

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I started again, and this time, the sizing seemed better.

And now a few minutes to enjoy #teaandknitting with my #blackerpodkal & a sweet something or other. 😊#eastlondonknit

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And although I wouldn’t have finished in time anyway, I have properly run out of yarn and have stalled again! Ugh.

An unfinished #blackerpodkal & spring blooms for a dreary grey equinox day!

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I am loosing the battle of wills between this sweater and myself at the moment, but I live to fight again…

Instagram is a great tool for seeing the progress of your knitting!

How do you deal with reluctant knits?

I hope you are having better knitting mojo than me…

Rx.

The Podcast.

Hello!

Well, this is it. I have decided to make a podcast.

The East London Knit podcast

I am thinking of it like this: what’s the big deal? If I fail and everyone hates it, I can quit anytime and move on. If I succeed, I will have a place to share tutorials and a place to regularly ‘meet’ with my knitting people. Either way, the only things I’m risking are time and pride, right?

Unlike many other podcasters, I won’t really be able to share what I am knitting all the time, because I am almost always knitting on a new design of my own. So what will I talk about?

 

First of all, I’ll share tutorials and tips regularly. I forget sometimes how it feels to be a beginner knitter, when there is everything to learn and no knowledge can be taken for granted. I have made photo tutorials, but I think having video will really help to make techniques clear and understandable.

Of course I will talk about upcoming events, new (and occasionally older) designs, and other people’s designs I wish I had time to knit… of which there are many!

To that end, here is my (bizarrely earnest!) introduction to the podcast:

 

 

Please do tell me what you think, if you like things or don’t. What are you interested in hearing about, seeing with regard to craft and knitting?

I like structure and the idea of having a regular (I’m thinking fortnightly) deadline to hold myself accountable for having something to show for my 2 weeks. The first episode will come out a couple of weeks after Edinburgh Yarn Fest, hopefully giving me enough time to recover and organise myself, and make a great first go of it:) Wish me luck… !

Happy knitting,

Rx

Getting ready to Unravel

Unravel at Farnham Maltings

 

Happy Valentines Day if that is your kind of thing!

Will you be going to Unravel this year? I always enjoy Unravel–its location in the Maltings, all the fun events and vendors, the atmosphere all come together to make a lovely weekend.

This year will be a bit different for me, as I am both teaching and giving a talk (!). I was surprised when the organisers asked about a talk, and not only that, but specifically something about my journey as a knitter. It seemed a tall order to speak about myself for 40 minutes; even if I thought of something to say, who would come listen to me go on and on? Well, we will find out Sunday….

If you can’t make it to the event, I did a little Q&A with the Unravel team you can find on their blog.

Also, congratulations to @laraloreleiknits, the winner of my Sweetheart giveaway. Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

Wish me luck!

Rx

A Sweetheart Giveaway

Hello!

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This week I am having a little giveaway to celebrate my love for you!

I will be giving away a free Craftsy.com class to some lucky winner. You can choose any class at all, be it knitting or cake decorating!

To win, please sign up for my newsletter and then pop over to my Instagram feed and leave a comment on this post tagging a crafty friend.

To enter:
1. Please sign up for the ELK newsletter
2. Follow @eastlondonknit, and
3. let me know you are all signed up by tagging a crafty friend or two in the comments of this post.

You can still enter if you already received the newsletter and follow me on Instagram: just carry on with step 3. and you could win!

I will choose a winner Friday,  10 February.

With love from me to you!

Happy knitting,

Rx

Sundogs and seasides

Hello!

Last week I had the incredible luck to take a holiday by the seaside that coincided with a mini heat wave here in the UK. I was prepared with my holiday knitting: a new sweater design using brioche stitch. I made a reasonable amount of progress on it, but I can’t show it off January (!!) which feels like such a long time because I am so excited about it now. I also took my trusty camera, and thought I would share some holiday inspiration with you today.

Sundog at Swanage by Renée Callahan

Have you heard of a sundog? I had not, but Wikipedia tells us this about them:

Sun dogs (or sundogs), mock suns or phantom suns, scientific name parhelia (singular parhelion), are an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a pair of bright spots on either horizontal side on the Sun, often co-occurring with a luminous ring known as a 22° halo.

We saw an astonishingly vivid sundog while out and about one evening. My camera wasn’t quite able to cope with taking in the entire scene, but there was a sundog either side of the setting sun, and halo was just visible.

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I enjoyed some quality knitting time and fit in a few rows before going out in the evening.

Swanage 2016-13

There was a fantastic full moon. I read some things online about how this was a special full moon, but have to admit I can’t remember any of those special things, which in no way dims my enjoyment of it!

And finally, we did took some photos for a sneak peek of new a cardigan design to be released later this month.

Wisteria Blossoms by Renée Callahan 5

About which, more soon…

Happy knitting!

Rx

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.