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Hallein Wrist Warmers

Like the Hallein Cowl, this matching pair of wrist warmers is inspired by the Austrian salt mines. Using the same textured rib and slip stitch motif, these warmers can be made with a choice of two different fits - Fitted for a neat, snug fit, or Slouchy for a more relaxed, casual finish. The small integrated thumb holes mean that if desired, they can be worn as plain arm warmers instead.

Samples (Fitted, size S, and Slouchy, size M) shown use Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish DK, in the 'Sound & Fury', and 'Muddy Paws' colour ways.

These wrist warmers match the Hallein Hat and the Hallein Cowl.

Materials
125 (155, 185) {160 (185, 215)} yds / 114.5 (142, 169) {146.5 (169, 196.5)} m DK weight yarn, in two shades:
MC 75 (90, 110) {95 (110, 130)} yds / 68.5 (82, 100.5) {87 (100.5, 119)} m
CC 50 (65, 75) {65 (75, 85)} yds / 46 (59.5, 68.5) {59.5 (68.5, 78)} m
4 mm / US 6 circular needle or DPNs
4 mm / US 6 crochet hook
Stitch marker (1)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
20 sts x 32 rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib pattern in the rnd.
24 sts x 36 rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern in the rnd.

Sizes
S (M, L). Fitted Slouchy.
Cuff circumference 6 (7, 8.5) “ / 15 (18.5, 21.5) cm.
Hand circumference 6 (7.5, 8.5) {8.5, 10, 11.5} “ / 15 (19, 21.5) {21.5, 25, 29} cm Length 9 (9, 9) “ / 23 (23, 23) cm.
Thumb Hole Circumference 2 (2, 2) “ / 5 (5, 5) cm.


The individual pattern will be available to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3.00 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Hallein Cowl

The first pattern in the collection is inspired by the salt mines of Austria, namely the city of Hallein. The mines have yielded some interesting archaeological discoveries, including cloth - with a plaid pattern.

The Hallein Cowl is a two colour pattern, using either DK (or Aran) weight yarn. It combines textured rib, with a two colour slip stitch pattern that is perfect for beginners unused to working with multiple yarns at the same time - only one colour is used per row. Two lengths are available: the short version create a neat close-fitting cowl, which is perfect for tucking into a jacket collar. The long version can be worn doubled around the neck for extra cosiness.

Samples shown use Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish DK, in the Sound & Fury, and Muddy Paws colour ways (Short), and Brigantia Luxury Aran, in the Gunmetal Grey (796) and Natural (101) colour ways (Long).
The cowl co-ordinates with the Hallein Hat and the Hallein Wrist Warmers.

Materials
225 (595) {275 (705)} yds / 206 (544) {251.5 (645)} DK {Aran} weight yarn in two shades:
MC 150 (400) {185 (480)} yds / 137 (366) {169 (439)} m
CC 75 (195) {90 (225)} yds / 69 (178) {82.5 (206)} m

4.5 mm {5 mm} / US 7 {US 8} circular needle or DPNs

Stitch marker (1)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
20 {18} sts x 30 {24} rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib in the rnd, with DK Aran weight yarn on 4.5 5 mm needles.
20 {18} sts x 36 {26} rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern in the rnd, with DK Aran weight yarn on 4.5 5 mm needles.

Sizes
Short (Long)
Circumference 20 (52) {22 (58)} “ / 50.5 (137) {56 (147)} cm.
Height 12 (12) {12 (12)} “ / 30.5 (30.5) {30.5 (30.5)} cm.


The individual pattern will be available to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3.00 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

A Love Like Salt

Things may have seemed extremely quiet for a while around here, but if you are on Ravelry you may have noticed a few adverts popping up here and there around the site. These were all in anticipation of a new collection I've been putting together, and the provisional pattern pages have been up on Ravelry since the end of April.

However, since we wrapped up the official photoshoot on Friday I can now switch things up and start promoting it properly!

Before we get into the proper introduction to the collection, it seems sensible to provide some background on the inspiration (and an explanation of the title) before I share the patterns.

First of all... Salt?

Well, yes... Me being me, and finding inspiration in all sorts of strange things, salt seemed a good choice (however unlikely you may find it!)

Although the history and archaeology of salt is extremely interesting, it is actually its appearance in fairy tales which was the original starting point for the collection. It is not one of the more commonly known stories, but the tale A Love Like Salt actually appears in various forms across Europe and Asia.

The tale in all its variants is very similar. A father asks daughters how much they love him. The elder daughters all respond with socially appropriate equivalents (sugar, gold, that sort of thing). The youngest, however, always responds that she loves him like salt.

Displeased with her answer, he drives his youngest daughter from his home. She wanders for a while, eventually finding employment as a lowly servant at a wealthy and powerful household. There the son of the household falls in love with her, and despite resistance on his parents part (normally resolved when they discover she is not as low in status as first appears), permit the marriage.

She makes the decision to invite her father (in secret) to her wedding feast, but she instructs the cook to prepare all of his food without salt. The father, failing to recognise his estranged daughter, finds his meal inedible. Realising now the extent his daughter's love (since no man can survive without salt), he laments that he has wronged her and mourns her (he believes she is probably dead at this point).

Instead she reveals herself and everyone is happily reconciled. Hurrah!

Using that as a starting point, I looked to the history and geography of salt to provide the actual inspiration for the individual patterns. What I found was an awful lot of inspiration! It was at this point that the collection started to take on a life of its on. Rather than create one (extremely) large collection, I instead decided to break it down into more manageable sections - North, South, East and West.

So, may I now introduce (officially), A Love Like Salt: North. A small collection of six patterns, with an emphasis on slip stitches and texture.

Hallein Hat

Hallein Wrist Warmers

Zelle

Hallein Cowl

Guérande

Salaka

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Bits, Bobs and Other Oddments

Something of a final round-up post before the Festival madness begins (for me at least) on Thursday. That is when the last preparations for the event are made, and the set-up of my stand takes place.

So far, I’ve chatted a bit about the patterns and fibre I’ll be bringing, but there are lots of other goodies too!

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, or have been keeping an eye on my Ravelry group – you’ll probably have seen these sneak previews. But as a quick summary…

Handspun: I’ll have an assortment of handspun, varying in weights, yardage, colours (including gradients) and fibres. Some are single skeins (50-150g), others are multiple skein batches, (100g to 300g). These are both spindle or wheel spun. These are all hand wash only.

Mini Skeins: There a not insignificant number of mini skeins, with an approx yardage of 18-20 yds (though most should have more). These are perfect for hexipuffs and other patterns which call for many small quantities of yarn. All the yarn is 4 ply/fingering weight, and yarn types / fibre contents / colours can vary. These are all hand wash only. All mini skeins are labelled with fibre details (note that all mini skeins contain animal fibres).

Stitch Markers: Sets available as both 5 and 10 packs, and include ABCDE and 12345 / 67890 / 1234567890 labelled markers – perfect for those patterns which call for you to work between specific markers. There a small number of other sets available too.

Fibre Bags: Lots of different bags, covering a range of different fibres for carding, spinning, felting, etc. I’ll have mohair, silk (tussah and mulberry), ramie, bamboo, soybean, teeswater/gotland locks, silk hankies, angora, firestar and alpaca. All between 5-25g.

Fibre Samplers: Lots of little bits! These small samples (between 3-10g) cover a wide range of fibres and colours, and act as little opportunities to try out the wide range of fibres available. Good for small colour work project if you just need a little bit, or for needle felting.

Buttons: All hand-sewn, using 100% shetland wool and available in two sizes, and several colours. The smaller buttons come in 2 and 3 packs.

I’ll also have a very small number of felting needles.

 

So… two days, three sleeps to go… see you Friday!

Pattern Preview

We’re counting down the days now to the Festival… so here is a quick reference guide to the patterns I’ll have available there!

Pattern Preview

I’ll have a mix of digital only, and paper-copy+digital, patterns available during the weekend. I will also have all the samples for these patterns at the show too!

All the paper copies (barring Arciform) come with digital codes. These codes are Ravelry compatible and can be used as a discount voucher via the Ravelry shopping basket within the site. There is a very useful blog post from Ravelry here, which explains how to use them.

Don’t use Ravelry? Use the web address on the coupon label (the page is here), and enter the code, you’ll be able to access the pattern. (If you are a Ravelry user, and choose to access your pattern this way, don’t worry, it is still possible to add the pattern to your library).


Pattern Availability

Paper-Copy+Digital or Digital: 72 Degrees North, Apollonie, Briochaubles, Brome, Buttons, Cluaran Tea Cosy, d’Antigny, Duplessis, Evremond, Flexure, Flightless, Flock Together, Geometrickery, Helicoidal, Hildasay Mittens, Hildasay Tam, I Talk With The Moon Tea Cosy, Inverse, Irregularity, La Barucci, La Lune Rousse, La Païva, Léonide, Luck of the Irish, Lundey Mittens, Lundey Tam, Megalos, Metrios, Mikros, Mogador, Notus, Oculus, Peeping Sheep, Planetarium, Puffling, Tesserae, Voar.

Paper-Copy Only: Arciform.

Digital Only: Breacan, Kentigern, Laities, Riverscape, Sanu.

Collections are available as Digital downloads, this includes:

  • Courtesans: Apollonie, d’Antigny, Duplessis, La Barucci, La Lune Rousse, La Païva, Léonide, Mogador.
  • Hildasay Collection: Hildasay Mittens and Tam.
  • Puffinries: Lundey Mittens and Tam, and Puffling.
  • Trio Collection: Megalos, Metros, Mikros.

 

Iceland Again

We decided last year that a winter holiday may be a good idea – I can confirm it was! I’d been to Iceland before, and it was well worth the return trip.

We had a week and spent it exploring Reykjavik, and the south west area of the island. We had snow and sunshine (sometimes at the same time it seemed). And it was just fabulous. We did the touristy things like the Blue Lagoon, which was busy – though due to the temperature difference between water and air, the amount of steam meant you couldn’t see anyone else. Plus some of the museums in Reykjavik – namely the Settlement Museum and the National.

Obviously, yarn was purchased again… I acquired more Plütolopi (keep an eye out for a new wrap pattern later on in the year), plus bulky lopi and some rather lovely mohair blend. These were picked up from the Hand Knitters Association store on Skólavörðustígur, and from Storkurrin on Laugavegur. Well worth a visit. I also picked up a lopi cardigan from the Association store, which is my new favourite thing to wear (and so very, very warm).

Venturing out of the city, we did the Game of Thrones tour, and sledged through a small section of the Mid-Atlantic ridge… which was somewhat unexpected; plus the Golden Circle tour to Thingvellir, Gulfoss and Geyser.

We also did a highly entertaining brewery “tour” through Grayline, which turned out to be more of a “drink-lots-of-beer-and-laugh-at-comedy-routine” sort of thing. Highly unexpected and well-recommended.

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Plus it was an inspiration… if you’ve seen the post on the new braids, you’ll notice that these have Icelandic-inspired names. The colours of Iceland are varied and interesting, and they provide the perfect starting point for the braid collection.

Bring on the Braids

Braids

These are a new addition to my stock, custom-blended tops; these have been produced specially for me and are produced here in the UK. Each braid is 100g, and I have small spun samples of each of the bases to view.

The colour ways are inspired by Iceland following my recent trip there.

Nootka: Merino, Shetland and Soybean. The colour way is inspired by the purple hues of the Icelandic Lupin seen during the warmer months.

Gulfoss: Merino, Corriedale and Tussah Silk. A winter-inspired one, the waterfalls at Gulfoss partially freeze during the colder seasons and the ice takes on different hues – including some lovely turquoise shades.

Hekla: Merino, Shetland and Bamboo. One of the most active volcanoes in Iceland, the deep red of this colour way picks up on one of the shades associated with volcanic eruptions.

There will be limited quantities of these shades available during the festival, but all the colour ways can be custom-ordered and mailed following the festival (allow 2-3 weeks for delivery).

The London Craft Guide

London Craft Guide

Although it has been available for pre-order for a little while, the London Craft Guide from Yarn in the City was officially launched at Unravel last week, and I’m delighted to say that I contributed a pattern to the guide – may I introduce the South Bank Shawl!

The South Bank of the River Thames is a popular and busy tourist destination. With the London Aquarium, the British Film Institute and the iconic London Eye stretched along the riverbank towards the Millenium Footbridge.This lovely lace shawl is an ode to the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel originally constructed for the Millenium. The tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, the Eye is a popular destination for tourists and locals, as it offers a stunning view of the city from 135 metres up. Worked in a luxurious silk-blend fingering weight yarn, this pattern includes half circle and full circle versions, with optional bead accents. (From the Ravelry Page)

The lovely yarn is Uncommon Thread’s Merino / Silk blend in the ‘Breath’ colour way, and the beads are silver-lined translucent crystal beads.

There is more information on the guide over at the Yarn in the City website. And there are reviews from Crafts from the Cwtch (which mentions my shawl!), Inspiration Knits and Knitted Bliss.


 

And the London Craft Guide will be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. One half of Yarn in the City will be at the event vending as PorpoiseFur, and will have copies of the guide plus the samples to look at!


All images in this post (C) Juju Vail and Yarn in the City