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Ester Meet Ester, the new hat I've designed with Shilasdair. Ester is a comfortable, slouchy beanie, designed to make the most of three beautiful shades of plant-dyed Coara - a springy blend of BFL and Shetland.
Affordable sweater quantities for Autumn With Autumn around the corner, we're bringing you a little round up of some yarns at a good price point for your new Autumn / Winter sweaters and cardigans. Buying enough yarn for a garment can often feel pricey, so we've put together this list with some great yarns, all natural fibres, that are well priced and loved by us at Loop!
Inspiring projects, inspiring patterns As the summer draws to a close, I thought I'd round up some of the many inspiring projects that have been knitted in recent months from KDD patterns, and show you a couple of new designs in our yarns.
France Home is where the yarn is. Also, the third set of 4mm circular knitting needles, just in case a freak tidal wave washes away the other two sets. Home is also the last known location of the Stoic Spouse's secret chocolate stash, but he keeps moving it and I'm struggling to figure out its latest hiding place.
Nesting - the significant baby blanket Like so many people of my generation, I returned to knitting when the patter of little feet began to be heard. When my good friend was pregnant with her first child - my glorious godson - I became weirdly interested in the haberdashery department of our local John Lewis.
Under the Himalayan White Pine The KNITSONIK System emerged, in part, out of my continually picking things up, or being in places, and thinking I WANT TO KNIT THIS… but then having no clear way to action that vague, common impulse.
Darners in Conversation We want to tell you all about an exciting new event we have coming up at Loop this Autumn! Loop is hosting another 'Darners in Conversation' talk - we ran a similar event last year and it was wonderful! Last year we had Celia Pym and Hikaru Noguchi come and discuss all things visible mending and it was fabulous!
Mystery Cushion Club 2019: post 3, August And at this point we are just over halfway through this year's project, so if you've kept up to date with your knitting you will be well on the way to completing the front panel! And if you haven't, then panic not as you can knit it at your own leisure and catch up when you have time.
Attack of the baby knits! More rare than UFO sightings in these parts but super fun to knit! I have a good friend who is expecting her first baby in September so I wanted to welcome the little tike with some special hand knits. For the sweater I chose the owlets pattern by Kate Davies mainly because I have always wanted to knit the owls pattern for myself.
Scenes of Summer And sorry it's been so long. I just wanted to pop in briefly and say I am still here - it's just that here the school summer break is full on Toby time, and he remains my focus until school starts up again on September 4th.
Inverleith KAL prizes We've loved seeing your Inverleith projects take shape in the Ravelry thread and on Instagram, to provide a little extra encouragement we thought we'd let you know about the prizes! If you haven't already joined us it's not to late, Sarah cast on this week.
On Our Needles - Carole This week we're continuing our new blog feature 'On Our Needles' with another one of our Loopettes, Carole, our store manager. Carole is known for her incredible colour work sweaters, her quirky colour combinations and her love for matching her knits to her handmade dresses!
Juniper And Friends Proof that the universe has a fine sense of humour: just as my yarnthusiasm returns, I damage my hand by over-eager wool-tugging between DPNs. Yeah thanks, universe - feel free to stop chuckling now. It's quite ouchy, but I've switched to knitting continental-style in order to give my right hand a break.
Mystery Blanket Club 2019: post 7, August And first I would like to apologise for the delay in getting this on the website, but I have been busy working away at an Inspired Minds workshop, straight after which I was struck down by a nasty cold. However, I am now back on my feet again and raring to go!
Podcast Episode 72 Cherry Heart Podcast 71: In which I share the haul from this year's Fibre East Festival and all the latest makes.
Commit To Knit 2019 - Wherever I Lay My Hat We have launched this year's Commit To Knit campaign. As in previous years we will be asking all knitters and crocheters in the UK to commit to make at least one item for charity in September. The focus for this year's campaign is to support yarn shops nationwide.
Can you ever really bust the stash? The long answer is N-O-O-O-O. Believe me, I've tried. We all know the famous sock yarn blanket. This is actually the second one I made. A very dear friend and probably the most knit-worthy person I've ever known had a house fire and lost all her precious handknit things.
Neighbourhood Fiber Co. is Now Available At Ysolda.com Karida Collins and I started in the yarn industry around the same time, and we've been following each other for years. I've been a huge admirer of how Karida has grown her business over the years in a way that celebrates her community and values.
Honeybee Hexagons! It started out as something tiny, but my itty bitty little hexagons have grown… I was never quite sure what these little hexies were going to be, but for some reason I got that urge to play with little scraps of pretty yarn and this is what appeared.
Skystone Armwarmers Do you know about Boost Your Knitting? It's an empowering and thoughtful knitting programme devised and co-ordinated by my friends at Arnall-Culliford Knitwear. Boost Your Knitting is a year of techniques taught through monthly knitalongs; video tutorials; and a specially-curated set of patterns by different designers.
Vintage Flower Hangers, updated! I was rather bitten by the coat hanger covering bug, so my intention at the time was to get some more hangers to update and update the pattern with any new designs I came up with. I've got four lovely designs to share with you now and you'll find details for each one in the pattern, which I've linked below.
The Knowth Shawl: Making & Marking Time I have just released the Knowth shawl as a single pattern on Ravelry, and wanted to take a moment to write about my thoughts behind it.
Heartgyle: A Tale Of Two Socks I thought pretty assuredly that I was going to be the first person to complete my Heartgyle Socks. I was on course to finish them in five days, despite the fact that I had changed the cast on and restarted the toes more than once. But, that did not happen.
Classes for Autumn - mending and stitching This week we're dropping in with a little post to let you know that we have some wonderful classes lined up for Autumn 2019, and into Spring 2020. We'll be welcoming Hikaru Noguchi and Celia Pym back to Loop, and will be greeting a brand new teacher, artist Richard McVetis!
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