What better day than today (when many of us have had enough of winter) to remind you all about the fabulous opportunity to visit beautiful Block Island in May (when it will most certainly be spring)! I am so excited to get the opportunity to return here as I had such a great time last year.
In fact it was so much fun that the North Light Fibers folk are putting on two different retreats this year! You can do one or have a full week of fiber fun and do both. This time I will be joined by Mary Jane Mucklestone and Franklin Habit for the first weekend and then Melissa Leapman, Deborah Newton and Gwen Bortner head up the 2nd weekend. Lots of great classes and time to explore the island.
Click on the brochure below for more info!
My second Creativebug video is up!
Knit A Lace Shawl!
Here’s the blurb that goes with this one:
In this class, knitwear designer Gudrun shares one of her patterns for making a beautiful Shetland-inspired lace shawl. Worked up in lace-weight yarn, this shawl has a slightly unusual construction—the decorative edge is worked as a strip in an eyelet lace pattern, and then the stitches are picked up along one long edge and worked in garter stitch. This garter-stitch section is shaped with short rows, adding rich texture and a lovely curve to this delicate wrap. This is the perfect project for an intermediate lace knitter (or an ambitious beginner), and it’s a great opportunity to use that one big skein of boutique lace-weight or fingering-weight yarn that you’ve been saving for a worthy project.
Back in October I spent several days in San Francisco with the amazing Creativebug team filming some online knitting classes! Today I went live on their site and my first class is now available!
This workshop will walk you through everything you need to know to knit a cardigan using a top down seamless construction using a short row method to shape the sleeve cap. You’ll be shown how to use 2 different short row methods, how to pick up stitches, work an I-Cord bind off, create a simple lace and shape using darts. The collar on this cardigan is also optional and added at the very end so it’s easy to leave it off if you prefer!
I have a couple of other classes on the way in the coming months!
Hope you enjoy!
Happy New Year! I hope yours is off to a truly great start!
As I bundle up in these frigid January temps (only 1 degree here this morning) I am thinking about all of the exciting trips and events I have planned later in the year. I will be telling you all about them in greater detail but some of the destinations include the West Coast of the US, Block Island, Squam (of course) and Alaska!
I am looking forward to each and every one of these but there is one trip this year that is of particular importance to me! I will be running my own trip along with Mary Jane Mucklestone to Shetland in July!
The trip is already full but we are taking names for a wait list. So if you’re interested be sure to drop me a line (you can use the contact form at the top of the page).
We hope to run this trip again next year (maybe even more than once if there is enough interest).
The other exciting aspect of this is that I will be shooting a new Shetland Trader Collection while there! I know…about time for book number 2! As you can imagine I am very busy putting it all together right now!
More about the other trips soon!
What better day to release a new pattern than on a snowed-in chilly Sunday!
Introducing Fethaland -A slouchy beanie featuring a lovely zig zagging Fair Isle pattern.
My daughter Maya and her friend Ava are avid slouchy hat wearers at the moment and our household was in sore need of some more options. It’s also my favourite style of hat to wear so these are selfishly for my own noggin too!
These girls braved the frigid pre-storm temps for me yesterday so that I could get some photos of two besties in their beanies! We headed down to our already frozen lake for a little foot skating in the gently falling snow.
Fethaland is worked in Brooklyn Tweed Loft. It’s a never ending adventure seeing how the same Fair Isle pattern can look in different colour groupings. I love how both of these palettes look and I’ll definitely be experimenting further as I have a notion that I’ll need to make some more before the holidays are over!
All the details can be found over on Ravelry. I’m off to cast on another one and snuggle up inside for the day.
BTW- Fethaland is the name of a headland in Shetland!
I have another Wool People design to share with you! This is Little Wave, a cardigan that I initially designed for my son Sage who was a little sad that he didn’t have any recent knits from his mum! Of course I also tried it on when it was complete and realized I would happily wear it too! So a slightly altered version was also created with the addition of a few feminine touches-some waist shaping and a fit more suited for women. I can’t wait to get the female sample back!!
© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood
© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood
© Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood
is a bottom up seamless raglan/saddle shoulder hybrid. This was my first time using this particular seamless technique and it was so much fun seeing the yoke part come together. There are lots of other interesting details to keep the knitting interesting-twisted stitch cables, faux garter stitch elbow patches, shawl collar and pockets!
Sage absolutely loves his and it has become a staple part of his wardrobe. I think his dad might be dropping hints for one of his own too!
Lots more photos of Sage’s version here
Back in Shetland for Wool Week 2013 with fellow travelers Ysolda and MaryJane!
Congratulations to philhellene who is the winner of Fair Isle Style. Here’s what she said:
This dress is perfect! I would love to knit it in black and greys and off-white.
Oh, and your Mama’s dress looks so cool.
Thanks to everyone else for taking part and for all your lovely comments!