8 November 2016

Head to Toe – Three Years On


Exactly three years ago yesterday a brief email burst into my inbox with the news of Head to Toe preorders going live. The excitement! A whole year's wait, the back and forth with the editors, the almost last minute dash to find some missing pattern photos were over with the resulting bundle ready to be seen by the knitters. Its reception was overwhelmingly positive. The emails, reviews and feedback on each and every project from the book were copious and reassuringly exciting to read; people took the time to write about it and to knit and to comment on Ravelry projects.
Book sales however, were never matched by its reception. And this part to me is so so heart breaking because of the amount of thought and work that went into each project, but the truth is that knitters, at large, don't want the time (I'm guessing) investment of it with its too many projects under one cover. The royalties statements were discouraging at best, going from low to dismal to is-it-even-worth-printing-them now?

Earlier this summer I had numerous conversations with Shannon, examining the royalties statements and studying the ever dropping sales figures and we came to a conclusion that the time has come to discontinue Head to Toe. Admitting that the book is deadweight, despite the amount of work and thought that went into each and every one of those hat, sock, mitten and scarf patterns as well as bringing them together as a book, scrapes everything inside me raw. But at the same time I can't help but wonder whether not being able to be objective about it made me cling onto the idea of somehow rejuvenating it way too long. So here we are, three years on, finally puling the plug.

Going forward. I believe, Cooperative Press still have a number of print copies in stock that they'll be selling until all gone. I have a number of copies I ordered last year that you can buy from Big Cartel and Etsy that I'd love to sign for you if you buy one – make sure to drop a note.

I am slowly re-working the patterns to be available singly directly from me on Ravelry, PatternFish and LoveKnitting.com, with another round of tech editing and a new layout. This should come in dribs and drabs over the next couple of months.

And moving on!

2 November 2016

NEW PATTERN – EYELET RAGLAN


Originally published in knit.wear Fall/Winter 2013, the Eyelet Raglan is now available as a direct download from me on Ravelry.

Eyelet Raglan takes the strings of eyelets and turns them into a feature on an otherwise traditional raglan pullover. The waist shaping and raglan lines, accentuated with yarnovers, pop on a reversed stocking stitch ground making them stand out.

28 September 2016

Grey Matters KAL

grey matters back cover.jpg
So… first of all, I want to say a huge thank you for such a great reception! I was itching to have the patterns out so much and see what you guys think. For those who chose to get single patterns rather than the full collection, here is a bit of an explanation about the story behind the name. 
Why Grey Matters? Grey as in colour. I go on about the inspiration behind the collection in the actual booklet much more in depth, but in a gist … “… Easy on your eye, the grey is a versatile colour; it comes in a multitude of hues and goes pretty much with everything. It waits eagerly to be coloured 
in, to fall back and let the colour become the focal point”.
You will have noticed that this year’s patterns are all knitted using only one yarn - Ginger Twist. These are great, vibrant colours that were an absolute pleasure to work with. Big shout out to Jess for producing such beautiful hand-dyed yarns.
There is a #greymatterskal Ravelry and I hope you will join in, bright colours are encouraged and I'm really looking forward to seeing what everybody is picking for their colour combos.
The cast on date is 8th October, you can find the rest of the KAL details over in my Ravelry group.

27 July 2016

Books on BigCartel

Just a quick note to say that I am taking some time off for the summer holidays and although this does not affect the digital pattern sales (thank you LoveKnitting, PatternFish and Ravelry!) both of the print books that I sell through BigCartel are back on as of August 1st! will be put on hold after this coming Friday for the duration of August. The last posting day will be on Saturday July 30th, so if you wanted a copy that couldn't wait until autumn – now's the time to get it!

22 June 2016

NEW PATTERN – PEPPERED

With a raglan sleeve, a bit of polka-dot texture and a top down construction, Peppered is as friendly as they come. 

25 May 2016

NEW PATTERN – STEPPING STONES SHAWL

The Stepping Stones Shawl was designed a couple of years ago for the knit.purl publication asking to interpret a 'water' theme in stitches and design features. I had a vague idea at that time circling around waves and stepping stones set through a stream that, after playing around with swatches to figure out how they could fit together, became this shawl.

16 May 2016

NEW PATTERN – on the Bright Side

Summer top pattern on Ravelry 
Lace knitting is great for summer – the bold mesh stitch pattern is created using simple techniques, it's quick to memorise and is beautiful on a large expanse of fabric.
On the Bright Side was originally published as part of a Knit Today issue a couple of years ago and I am very happy to [finally] announce that it is available as a direct download from Ravelry and LoveKnitting.com.

2 May 2016

NEW PATTERN – Eleanor on Holiday

 Eleanor on Holiday pattern on Ravelry

About a couple years back, Fyberspates Vivacious caught my eye at a wool show and without a plan of any kind I bought two skeins of this delicious azure blue. It sat in the box for a very long time and eventually decided to become a cardigan. The limited amount of yarn, however, meant that the design had to be approached with a lot of forethought and planning. And the result is something I am very proud of – whilst most of my top down raglans boast 'little finishing', this one literally has only the weaving in of tail ends to do once the knitting's finished. There's no attaching of the front band, no sewing of underarms closed, there's nothing aside from hiding of the yarn ends.

29 April 2016

How to: Make an I-cord Cast on

Caldera Cardigan, published last month, is knitted from the top down beginning with an I-cord cast on. There's a couple of ways in which you can approach this, although which one to use depends on whether the I-cord is the same colour as the rest of the yoke (or body, if you're working from the bottom up).

13 April 2016

NEW PATTERN – CALDERA CARDIGAN

Caldera cardigan is worked seamlessly, using DK weight yarn, from the collar down.

29 March 2016

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016

I had just under a day to spend looking over the yarns, the buttons, the fibre, all things knitting and wool related along the way, to talk to old friends and meet new, so much can be squeezed in a short period of time.
It turns out the building of Corn Exchange can fit an astounding number of people - it was buzzing with chatter, with conversation, with ooh's about one another's knitwear. Wherever I looked, my eye caught a glimpse of a shawl, a cardi, the seasoned festival goers even managed to don on a hat indoors, although the air was warm (as said by the person who's cold all the time everywhere but inside a hot bath).
If at all possible, Edinburgh Yarn Festival was even better this year. I can't quite put my finger on it, perhaps I was less busy and there was more time to talk with people?
A tiny portion of Ginger Twist's stall

18 March 2016

EDINBURGH YARN FESTIVAL 2016

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2016 is here! My IG feed is bursting with excitement and I'm getting ready to visit tomorrow (Saturday the 19th) as well!

A selection of my patterns, including the Tracery Shawl, Numinous, Rivelin Scarf, Cove Bay and the new Jagger Shawl can be found at the Yarn Garden stall as part of kits paired with their delicious yarns.
I'm going as a punter and will hopefully bump into you tomorrow. Do say hi if you see me! And if not, pop in later next week on the ginormous post-EYF update!

The list of stalls I must see is as long as my arm, there are some old favourites of course but also some new ones, like Daughter of a Shepherd, Kate Davies' Buachallie and Rachal Coopey's Socks Yeah! yarns that wanted to fondle. Which stalls did you visit, yarns loved and books leafed through?

13 March 2016

NEW PATTERN – CABLE SAMPLER COWL


The Cable Sampler Cowl was originally published as part of the Designer Challenge rubric in the Knit Now magazine in 2013. It is now available as a single pattern on Ravelry and LoveKnitting.com

5 March 2016

BLACKFRIARS BERET – PATTERN UPDATE


I've recently been working on redoing the photography of some of the older patterns and the Blackfriars Beret is one of those lucky ones to get an update.

2 March 2016

NEW PATTERN – RAVENNA COWL

The Ravenna Cowl was originally published in KnitScene Winter 2014 issue and I am very excited to be able to offer the pattern as a PDF through Ravelry and LoveKnitting.com

26 February 2016

NEW PATTERN – COTSWOLD

COTSWOLD jumper was originally published in The Knitter just over a year ago and I am very pleased to let you know that it is now available as a PDF download on Ravelry and LoveKnitting.com

20 February 2016

Join me for the Anything Goes KAL


Rather excitingly today marks the beginning of my very first knit-along and I hope you can join me!

5 February 2016

NEW PATTERN – FOLIOLE

FOLIOLE is the last of three patterns designed for Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts last year that I am now happy to offer as a PDF download on Ravelry and LoveKnitting.

28 January 2016

How to keep track of cast on stitches

 A tip of keeping track of cast on stitches

A tiny little trick I use to keep track of my cast on stitches because there's nothing worse than being short of a few stitches at the end of the first row of knitting. If you've miscounted a hat cast on, or a sleeve cuff that's only mildly annoying and can be quickly redone. But what about a 100 stitches of a top down collar or a couple of hundred of a bottom up body circumference? How about 300 or 400 on a shawl that's knitted from the edge up? 

25 January 2016

NEW PATTERN – SIDEREAL

Sidereal shawl pattern on Ravelry

Shawls is one of my favourite things to knit. It's up there together with socks and hats, the projects that are fairly quick and instantly noticeable. They don't use up much yarn and, shawls in particular, are perfect for those precious skeins that want to be shown off. The Sidereal Shawl is a bit of new waters for me, as I've only designed one large shawl in the past! It was however, fun!
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