Happy New Year 2015

Hello!

Two weeks into the new year have slipped by already! As with every year, I think I will get much done during the holidays (reading, knitting, plotting my global takeover, etc.) but really only manage to eat, drink and be merry, which is really the point of the holidays–taking a break to spend time with people you love and even some you like, right?

Well, I am in full-blown planning mode for 2015, and am really looking forward to this shiny new year. Good stuff is going to happen!

This includes teaching a workshop at Unravel in Farnham Maltings all about resuscitating and recycling your unloved knits.

jumper recycling workshop at Unravel

The rest of the weekend I will loitering at the Kettle Yarn Co. stand to flog my patterns and Linda’s beauuuutiful yarn. This is the first of several events I will be accompanying Linda to to help out on the stand, meet knitters and sell patterns.

I will also be visiting the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March as a layperson.  I am excited to have signed up for 2 classes and the market place looks like it will be great.

Those of you who know me will know that I loves me a resolution. This year it’s all about 2 words: participation and consolidation.

I tried new things in 2014 & I liked them.  I really enjoy designing hand knits and feel like I have found my tribe with crafters of all sorts, and especially knitters.  So this year I want to work on that relationship.  I have to admit here that I am not much of a joiner.  I have not actually participated in a knit-along yet, or been much for forum chat on Ravelry.  But this year, I am going to connect by taking part in new things, such as knit alongs, and events and not be afraid to just introduce myself and make new friends.

The consolidation is one of skills and habits; I tried new things in 2014 that I want to continue in 2015, but better. Pattern writing, and grading, my blog and social media are all things I want to smooth out, improve and really delve into, with more tutorials, more finished objects (!), more patterns and maybe some interviews with some of the amazing people I have met in the past year in this industry.

It’s going to be a good year. I have a feeling.

Happy knitting,

R.

p.s. there are still 2 days left on my 2 for 1 pattern sale! Have a look at my previous post for the discount code.

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Doily Project, Part Deux

Good Sunday to you!

This week it’ll be short and sweet–I have to knit a sweater and a gown for a client in the next few days and the feeling of grim determination has set in.  Too many pies, not enough fingers?

A consequence of the work may also be lack of coherence, so I had better just get on with it before no one can understand at all kind of maybe.

Carrying on from last week, I have some working pics from the Doily Project:

I knit a relatively fine-gauge black cardigan to feature this little doily:

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 1

As the cardi was crying out for a collar, I held my breath and cut.  EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 4 sewing the collar down

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 3 positioning the collar

Then I placed the collar, and with a linker (which is  a sewing machine for knitwear) attached neck-trim catching the doily in place.

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 2 linking on the collar

I then hand-sew around the edges and it was done:

 

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Deux 5 the finished collarTa Da!

Please forgive the pics–not great quality, but I think you get the gist.

Next time, coherence! pixels! auto focus!  Promise!

Happy knitting,

R.

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Cardi 1 side

The Doily Project Part 1.

 

Hello!

I have a thing for old stuff.  And hand-made stuff.  And especially old hand-made stuff.

A few years ago I was rummaging around a car boot sale and found a bag of doilies.

If you are reading this, I suspect you know the secret joy of which I speak.  And probably also the mild guilt; you have too much stuff, too many projects to buy this bit ‘o’ frippery.  But I ignored that second (perhaps more reasonable) sentiment.  I bought the lot.

As someone who makes things with my hands, I really appreciate the effort that someone put into making these lovely little things.  To molder away in a damp car park, unloved!  No!  It couldn’t be.  So began The Doily Project.

So now all purchases of fripperies are not only justified, but down right necessary.

Well, that’s not the only reason of course.  I wanted to find some use for the little lovelies. So I knit up some garments to rehome the doilies of yesteryear.

This was my first attempt:

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Cardi 1 full view

And I loved it!  I wear it still.  It has it’s flaws, but in the end, I am pleased with the outcome and the fact that those doilies are being used!

EastLondonKnit Doily Project Cardi 1 det

Til next time,

Happy knitting!

R.