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Jools Beret

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After knitting the Freedom Scarf I found I had enough leftover yarn to knit another three! Fabulous, I loved the hand-dyed Madeline Tosh merino, which I'd never used before, but had drooled over several times on our knitters' tours when US visitors were using it. So the prospect of having another project on my needles in this gloriously light and luminous yarn  was very seductive indeed. I bought the yarn in New York at Knitty City recently and absolutely adored the feel of it running through my fingers. The pattern came free with the yarn and much as I loved the basic concept, I just couldn't resist doing my own take on the size and hue ie taking liberties, get it, Freedom Scarf?  Also named for the Freedom Tower in New York. I love wearing berets, and it occurred to me how fab it would be to have one to go with the scarf. So without more ado, I dived in and started the Jools Beret.  I chose this name as it reminds me of both the tiny jewels in the design and the boogie-wo…

Surprise View, plus winner of Born & Bred Giveaway

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I'm delighted to announce the winner of the Born & Bred giveaway. Congratulations to Drae, the sixteenth knitter to leave a comment, chosen by a random number generator.   Please get back to me by email with either your Ravelry user name or email address, and Ann will get the ebook winging its way to you pronto.  Many thanks to all who participated.
Over the weekend, P and I had a day trip to Sheffield to visit Tristan, Jane and their little ones, Lyra and Louis. It was such a beautiful day, icily cold, but with brilliant blue sky, so we decided to get out into the Peak District for a blast of fresh air. Surprisingly this beautiful National Park is on their doorstep, only 20 minutes away in the car. In no time at all we found ourselves walking up a steep hillside strewn with gritstone boulders and scattered with elegant lofty birch trees. The area is favoured by climbers and scramblers as its impressive rocks offer a firm footing, which gets even better the colder it becomes. J…

Color Affection

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On our last knitters' tour I noticed in the Show & Share that several people were knitting or had knit Color Affection by Veera Välimäki. For those of you who haven't yet had the pleasure of feasting your eyes on this knitting phenomenon (and if you haven't and you're a knitter, seems you're in the minority with yours truly), it's a truly beautiful thing to behold. The shawl is knit in garter stitch and uses short rows to produce an asymmetric shape.  I immediately made a mental note to look it up on Ravelry and what should I find there, but that it's a knitting prodigy with a dazzling 7,500+ projects on the go!!

Maybe I've led a sheltered life, but the most projects any of my designs on Ravelry have ever managed to rack up is about fifty and that was for Stomp, a fairisle and cable dress in Vogue Knitting a couple of years ago. Even with Ravelry's very reasonable pattern prices, Veera's staggering 7500 sales must have  netted virtually a ye…

Born & Bred - Review & Giveaway

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They say good things come in small packages and that's certainly true of this hot-off-the-press ebook from Ann Kingstone.  Produced in partnership with the Leeds yarn store, baa ram ewe, this is an intelligent collection of folksy knits made from Yorkshire yarn. I'm a great believer that small is beautiful and knit local is a philosophy I fully endorse, so I'm delighted to be participating in Ann's blog tour. Her love of her native Yorkshire and its traditions shines through on every page.
Unusually for me, even before I looked at the woollies, I fell in love with the book design, which has a decidedly quirky and homespun look to it.  The patterns are written in an old typewriter font, on a rough linen background with additional hand-drawn graphics, all very easy on the eye. The charts are clear and the quality of the images is superb.
I always prefer books which have a narrative, so the interesting anecdotes introducing the patterns are a real bonus and, as I live in …