Holla Knits Blog Tour: Arciform

This is a very exciting pattern for me. As it is my first garment, and I adore it. A customisable-length, super cosy jacket with colour blocking and short row shaping.

The pattern is worked with three colours, though more could be added – maybe a contrast trim? And worked from the top down. Sleeves are worked with short row caps for a neat fit. And barring a little seaming at the shoulders, the whole thing is knitted as one piece.

Image (C) Holla Knits

The gray / green combination above is worked in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky in the Light and Dark Gray Heather, and Lime colour ways. The version shown below uses Knit Picks Brava Bulky in Seraphim, Mulberry and Peacock.

Image (C) Holla Knits

This pattern and the rest from the Holla Knits Winter 2015 collection can be found here.

Competition Time!

If you’d like to win a copy of this pattern, leave a comment below. The winner will be announced at 5pm GMT on Saturday 14th November!

The Blog Tour

Oct 26: Launch Day

Oct 27: The Sweatshop of Love

Oct 28: Cosmos and Cashmere

Oct 29: Brown Sheep Company Blog

Nov 3: Klever Knits

Nov 4: Canary Knits

Nov 5: Aphaia

Nov 9: Ashwini J Designs

Nov 10: The Owl and the Bee

Nov 11: Cosmos and Cashmere

One very busy summer

I honestly have no idea how it is August already. Five minutes ago it was May. Where has the summer gone? Actually a better question would be where the summer weather has gone. I’ve never needed so many woolly items during the summer months before.

But weather aside, it has been one of those ridiculously busy summers. I’m still reeling at the moment, but things are starting (I say starting, I’m wary of something popping up unexpectedly) to come back under control. I can breathe! Finally!

So, in terms of non-knitty stuff, I’m still at University and about 3.5 weeks away from submitting the dissertation. Things have gone well with it, and the research and data gathering elements are pretty much done and I’m now on the writing up stage. All is going smoothly at the moment, and fingers crossed that it stays that way! Unfortunately, this has taken a lot more time than I perhaps anticipated (you’d think having done this kind of stuff of before I’d have been prepared for this, but never mind) and when combined with other things means that I’ve neglected the social media side of things.

In knitty news, things have also been exceedingly busy. Between Uni work and knitty work I don’t really feel like I’ve had much time off. However, the last of the commissions (of four… I think? Or was it five? I lost count… I think it is five) was sent off on Friday and I can fall over (at least on the knitting side of things for a little bit).

I cannot say much on most of the commissions but I’ll post more about them when I can. I think the first preview is coming up on August 12th, and I’ll share the links when I get them. One of them is now out (Notus) and I’ll be posting on that later this week. There have been some re-releases to discuss too. The Luck of the Irish Socks from the Three Irish Girls Sock Club is now available for individual purchase, and I’ll be adding a post on those too.

That was a very brief round-up but I’ll be posting more during August on the aforementioned patterns, and some upcoming self-published patterns coming out soon.

Pattern | Cluaran Tea Cosy

Cluaran Tea Cosy
Cluaran Tea Cosy

The Cluaran Tea Cosy was released in October last year, following on from the Design Competition for the Glasgow School of Yarn. (The theme was Homecoming in Scotland, can you tell?)

It uses my perennial favourite – Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumperweight; using three shades (although you can get a great effect using just two – more on that in a future post). The pattern comes in four basic sizes, with additional guidance for customising the fit for your own tea pot. The slits for the spout and handle are steeked and finished with an i-cord bind-off. And the best bit in my opinion? The wee thistle tassel at the top!

Full pattern information can be found here.

Notes: Cluaran = Thistle.

Exploration Station Shawl

Off the Needles | Exploration Station

Exploration Station Shawl

This is not a very recent FO, but I did just get it blocked yesterday. I still need to finish off the ends but couldn’t resist sharing.

I’m looking forward to getting this finished off and in a wearable state. I loved some of the colour combinations on other finished projects on Ravelry but decided on a slightly different approach. I’d just finished an afghan using a rainbow of sock yarn scraps and had a bag of neutrals left over. I’d also had this pattern in my library for a while too. Seemed like the perfect combination. I could have done it in browns and creams – which I may still do, now I come to think about it. But I had plenty of oddments in various shades of grey, and in various textures / fibres. I only actually used 1 whole skein (the Fyberspates); everything else was leftovers from other projects.

It is enormous, far larger than I expected when I got it blocked. However, I do like an oversize shawl so that is perfect.

When I started I did wonder about the double yarnovers, but with hindsight I’m glad I knitted them as written. A single yarnover would not have worked as well in my view.

Exploration Station Shawl

Yarn: A wide assortment! Fyberspates Scrumptious 4 Ply, Garnstudio DROPS Kid-Silk, Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumperweight, Lotus (Trendsetter) Mimi,  Snaeldan Nappað tógv 2tr, Uncommon Thread Merino / Silk 4 Ply and Rowan Pure Cashmere DK.

Needles: 4 mm

Pattern: Exploration Station by Stephen West

Mods: None, other than my own colour substitutions

Are You Ready? #giftalong2014

The Indie Giftalong 2014 starts at 8pm (EST) tonight!

I’m participating this year as a designer – you can find my bundle of discounted patterns on Ravelry here and also look at them on Pinterest as well. The offers are only available via Ravelry so you’ll need to log on over there.

And it is going to be huge! Check out the stats…

Apparently I cannot count

I had planned a to complete a full month of blog posts for November in honour of not only NaBloPoMo but also Wovember!

However, some things have got in my way. Primarily my inability to schedule posts successfully. It is not 2015, nor is it January, February or March of 2015. When I’m scheduling posts, I really need to make sure I’m correcting the day not the month… Oops!

Rather than publish a glut of posts in one go, I’ll restart the month and act as though November started on the 3rd (so today is post #1) and continue through until December 3rd with the daily posts.


NaBloPoMo returns, which is always a good incentive for me to start blogging again!

So in terms of what is coming up over the next month, expect photoblogs, socks, event recaps, socks, new pattern launches, socks, future design projects, socks, the abomination known as moths, socks, darning (see the moths again)… And did I mention socks?

Also in shopping news, has everyone spotted the Indie Gift-a-long on Ravelry? I’ll be taking part this year, so a number of my patterns will be on sale later this month and I’ll also be contributing some pattern prizes too!

New Pattern: Flock Together Cowl

If you weren’t already aware – I have another pattern out in this month’s Knit Now Magazine (Issue 39, Sept 2014).

(C) Dan Walmsley for Practical Publishing

The cowl is extra cosy as it is fully lined. It uses three yarns – two for the colourwork and a third for the lining. Available in three lengths (short, medium, long) – the short is shown above.

At the moment the pattern is available from the More Mags website and in stores in the UK. It will be available for individual purchase next year on Ravelry.

I’ll write more about the inspiration behind the pattern in another post.

July – August FOs

Not many to show, I haven’t been knitting a vast amount over the summer… apart from WIPs, which seem to never end. So just three to mention.

First up, Baby Bean Cardigan, using the very popular (and free) Little Coffee Bean Cardigan pattern on Ravelry. Yarn was Cascade 220 Superwash in the Oatmeal and Marionberry colourways. This was a new baby gift for one of the BFs work colleagues. And by random chance (since I didn’t know about this until after it had been gifted) the colours are in fact the colours of said colleague’s home town.

Next, we have the Sock Yarn Blue socks – using some Old Maiden Aunt Superwash Merino 4 Ply which I got to dye myself at her studio. These are for the BF, and I’m delighted with how they turned out. Not least because I was knitting the first one while I was away for work with no real idea of how big the foot should be. I resorted to phoning the BF, asking how long his foot was, and then using my project bag (which was around 26 cm long) as a ruler. First rule of knitting, always remember a tape measure.

And last but not least is the Tesserae shawl. This is a design in progress, it is currently undergoing test-knitting and should be ready for release in October. This sample is in a heavy laceweight – Lotus Mimi in fact – which is a postively decadent (and humanely farmed) 100% mink yarn. It uses three colours (this used light grey, grey and grape). A full-circular version of this shawl is also in progress.