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#NaturesShades is the KAL currently being championed by BritYarn and KnitBritish, with the aim of exploring the fabulous natural shades of wool found in the UK or local to your area. I think this is a brilliant idea as it is so easy to get caught up in the vast palette of yarn colours available from indie and commercial dyers.

The KAL finishes on March 19th, and they are hosting a get-together at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

It seems appropriate then to share a wee peek at some of the natural fibre I’ll have at the Festival.

Jacob Batts - Gradients

I have to admit I am slightly biased, I think Jacob sheep are rather interesting and when I had the opportunity to acquire a fleece a Jacob was the logical choice for me. The fleece came from a small farm in Cheshire. The fleece has been lightly washed (note it may still include lanolin, vegetable matter, etc.) and drum-carded – the finished batts have a wonderful bounce. There are limited quantities of four shades (clockwise from left top: black, dark grey, light grey, white), each available as 50g batts.

In addition to pure Jacob, there will be other natural fibres available as batts (note that quantities are limited, batt size may vary). Fibres and shades are listed below:

  • Alpaca (Brown)
  • Alpaca / Jacob (Brown)
  • Gotland / Alpaca (Brown)
  • Herdwick (Grey)
  • Hill Radnor (White)
  • Merino / Wensleydale (White)

In addition, smaller bags of undyed Angora (Fawn, Grey), Alpaca (Black, Brown) and Gotland Locks (Grey) will also be available.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016

Are you going?

I am! And I’m excited (and slightly terrified) to announce that I’ll be there as a vendor this year…

Exhibitor page

Alongside the patterns I’ll have a number of other things available, including fibre, hand-spun, mini skeins and stitch markers. I’ll be sharing previews of the items online via this blog, social media (links in header) and on Ravelry.

There is also a page just for the event here on the blog which will index all the relevant links and images.

A wee promotion for Malabrigo March

Happy Malabrigo March everyone!

Until 11:59 GMT on 16th March 2016 I’m offering 25% off all of my shawl patterns using the code MalMarch16. This code can be used via the shop on this website and on Ravelry*

This includes Notus, using Malabrigo Arroyo.

Notus

The shawl patterns eligible for the discount are: Apollonie, Breach, d’Antigny, Duplessis, Evremond, Flightless, La Barucci, La Lune Rousse, La Païva, Léonide, Mogador, Notus, Tesserae.


Please note that the discounts are not applicable via LoveKnitting. 

Indie GAL 2015 Top Picks: Neckwear, Etc.

Following on from the shawls it seems only appropriate to have a look at the other neckwear available in the sale.

First up, I have three cowl patterns within this category: Flock Together – a fully lined, Escher-inspired piece, Geometrickery – with a 3-D shifting motif, and Laities – a simple cabled piece.

I’m spotting some themes in my preferences… mainly with colour-blocking, but with the cowls I also like colour work. And there are some lovely ones out there. What I’ve included below is a mere smidgen of all the options out there.

Follow Aphaia’s board Indie GAL2015 Top Picks: Neckwear, etc. on Pinterest.

Of note, the Rainchaser cowl matches one of the hats I mentioned in the first Top Picks post, so if you’re looking for a set that is a good option.

I particularly keen on the Pixel cowl. The pattern in combination with the colour choices really pops.

Next up – Hand and Arm Things. Complete with Competition!

Indie GAL Top Picks: Shawls, Etc.

This is quite possibly the largest of the Sale boards, there are a lot of shawls and stoles! Which meant I ended up browsing through this board several times, and I’m sure I still missed some fabulous ones.

Follow Aphaia’s board Indie GAL 2015 Top Picks: Shawls & Stoles on Pinterest.

Again a lot of colour blocking. I have an obsession. I’m particularly taken with Nancy Whitman’s designs, especially her Mondrian-inspired shawl. What I’m also interested in is the number of shawls which do not conform to the more ‘regular’ or expected shawl shapes. I adore asymmetry and frequently find that these shawls are very comfortable and easy to wear. I also spotted Wings of Change, and the construction of this one seems rather interesting.

I have four shawls in the sale: Evremond, Notus, Tesserae and Flightless. All use different techniques to produce the finished shapes and styles.

Next up… continuing on the neck theme – Neckwear!

Indie GAL 2015 Top Picks: Hats, Headwear, Etc.

A big part of the GAL for me is browsing through all the patterns on offer!

I find the Pinterest boards, which the dedicated team of mods and volunteers have put together, are a great way of seeing all the patterns easily. However, this year, they’ve also created super-bundles on Ravelry. These bundles have all of the fabulous Ravelry browsing / searching options and filters available, so if you have a specific preferences you can separate out the relevant options. The link to the bundles (and the Pinterest boards) can be found on Ravelry here (you’ll need to log in to Ravelry to access this page).

But… back to the patterns, I’ll be sharing my personal favourites, as well as the patterns I have on offer, once or twice a day from the various categories.

So from my Ravelry store, I have the following Hat / Headwear options available at the 25% discount.



Looking through the boards of the other patterns, there are a lot of very cool choices out there. These are a few of my personal favourites.



I love hats with bold colour choices and textures, as you can probably tell from the board I’ve put together. Colour blocks don’t need to be complex to really show off a pattern – Stairstepper and Scored are very simple, but striking. And I’m fascinated by the crown shaping on Tronda.

Next up… Shawls and Stoles!

Counting down…

…to the start of the Indie Gift-A-Long 2015!

There are just a few hours to go until the GAL is underway. This is the official synopsis of the event from the GAL group over on Ravelry.

What is Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear!

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. From Thursday, November 19th at 8:00 pm US ESTFriday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST tons of indie designers will be discounting between 5 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. Use coupon code: giftalong2015

Once you’ve got your Gift-A-Long patterns, we encourage you to join a relevant KAL/CAL! (For instance, if it is a cowl, please join the cowl KAL/CAL.) To join, simply write a post in the KAL/CAL thread you want to join, including the pattern name you will be knitting and a link to your project page. KAL/CAL participants are eligible for lots of lovely prizes but you gotta post to win!

KAL/CALs will run from Thursday, November 19th at 8pm (US-EST) through our New Years Eve party, Thursday, December 31 at midnight (US-EST), plenty of time to knock out all your holiday knitting and crocheting. We have games, tons of prizes, great conversation, and a lot of fun, so pull up a chair and join us!

On your mark…get set…. GIFT!!

You can follow the fun on Social Media too using the hashtag #giftalong2015

I’ll be blogging during the sale period, highlighting the patterns I have on sale, as well as some of my favourites from the other participating designers. I’ll also be popping in and out of KAL/CAL threads, so do say hello!

 

It’s almost time…

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The Gift-A-Long is back on Ravelry!

This is my second year participating as a designer, but there are an astonishing number of patterns on offer this year.

The sale runs November 19th – November 27th 2015, with the main Gift-A-Long running until December 31st 2105,  and all the details and information can be found on the Ravelry group (you’ll need to sign in to access this). I’ll be sharing more information here once the event is underway.

To get an idea of the scale – this fabulous infographic shares some of the more amazing statistics!

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You can also find out where designers are based thanks to this rather nifty map!

What will you be knitting?