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.

Friday Round-Up #6

Missed a few of these over the last few weeks!

 

There have been some interesting blog posts on a few topics which are worth a mention:

  • Woolly Wormhead posted on ‘The true cost of a pattern‘, a post which lays out the process and the costs involved in self-publishing. A follow up post continues the discussion.
  • Over at Fourth Edition, Karie posts on one of the difficulties faced by knitting professionals when off-duty.

And in other news:

  • The Yarn Cake has posted the list of classes available at this year’s GlasgowSchool of Yarn (and also was the runner up in the Best Yarn Shop in Scotland and Best Yarn Shop Day Experience in this year’s British Knitting Awards)
  • And Edinburgh Yarn Festival has released their class list for next March’s event.

And I have released a new pattern on pre-order – Tesserae is a half-circle or full-circle shawl – the price is discounted to £3.50 GBP until midnight (GMT) October 14th, 2014. The pattern will then revert to full price (at £4.50) and be fully-released on October 15th, 2014.

Friday Round-Up #5

Note to self… a draft post is not the same as a scheduled one… oops!

 

Another Friday! Here is what has caught my eye this week

 

  • Fringe season is upon us in Edinburgh, and even includes a knitting show – The Sweater Curse, tickets are still available.
  • The Yarn Cake over in Glasgow has started stocking the wonderful Titus yarn by baa ram ewe. If you haven’t seen it, it is a fabulous blend of BFL, Wensleydale and Alpaca.
  • The Yarn Cake was also featured in the newspaper article on why crafting is becoming popular again, online version can be found here.

Friday Round-Up #4

Just a few bits and pieces today…

  • My favourite fibre enabler Hilltop Cloud is launching a new fibre range. This replaces her fabulous ‘Birds’ collection (I adored the Peacock gradient). The new range is named ‘Hiraeth’ and is a homage to Wales. Look out for it later this year.
  • The Commonwealth Games have opened in Glasgow and if you want an appropriately themed knit, check out the Commonwealth Cowls series by HannahMade Patterns. Each cowl features a different sporting theme – Mountain Biking, Swimming, Running, and (for all three) Triathlon. Not really a sports-person? Check out the pHop Commonwealth knit-a-long with the Dear Green Shawl – groups can be found on Ravelry and all proceeds from pattern donations go to Médecins sans Frontièrs.
  • This article in the Finanical Times on the relationship between physical Yarn Stores and online Yarn Stores, primarily on the nature of exclusivity and price-competiveness. (I also love the term ‘textile micro businesses’).

Friday Round-Up #3

So I missed last week’s round-up due to being down in Newcastle (and exhausted – but that is another story), so here is #3.

 

Kaffe Fassett has a solo exhibition on at the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum from 12 July to 27 September 2014.

 

There is the Nordic Knitathon with a number of talks and events at the National Museum of Scotland here in Edinburgh on 19-20 July 2014. (Some of the events need booking).

 

And the Tour de Fleece has begun! I’m not joining in this year as I’m away at various points (so far I’ve missed the start and I’ll loose 5-6 days next week too) but I will do some spinning during the event.

Friday Round-Up #2

Things which have caught my eye this week…

  • British Airways is apparently joining the ‘slow TV’ phenomenon – bringing selected programmes into their in-flight entertainment, with knitting being one of the proposed topics.
  • Knitted bunting in Masham for the starting stage of this year’s Tour de France had to be removed due to safety fears… apparently the concern was down to the fact that officials worried that the yarn may cause the lamp-posts to fall over. No I don’t get this either… if the lamp-posts are incapable of supporting knitting what on earth are they made out of? However, you will be delighted to know that Cambridge lamp-posts are capable of supporting knitted bunting, even if they do get wet.

Friday Round-Up #1

So, the last couple of months have been a bit manic to say the least which meant the wee blog has been a bit neglected. But I’m back now, so things should start getting back on an even keel (I say should, I know what I’m like in these situations).

So today I’m introducing a new segment, which is basically ‘things which got my attention this week’, except with a slightly more memorable title.  Continue reading “Friday Round-Up #1”