My two latest test knits have been published

Hi there, how are you today? I’m melting…literally. It is soooo hot here in Normandy it’s difficult to knit even.  I am not a hot weather person meaning that I do not enjoy high temperatures. I like medium hot like maybe 25°C but not much more so these days I truly suffer from the heat.

But hey this is what summer is all about so I guess I should not complain.

Thank you to all that participated in my two last giveaways. There is one last one coming up in a few days so you have that to look forward to.

I haven’t shared much of my knitting with you lately because of the giveaways and little time so I thought I should remedy that now.

Both of my bigger test knits have now been published on Ravelry.

First there is the secret test knit I did for Renée of East London Knits. It is a top down sweater with a beautiful sweetheart neck line and an easy construction. The pattern is called Witching Hour.  I have linked here to my project page on Ravelry for more pictures of my sweater.

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I knit mine using fingering weight yarn from Knit Cosmic Strings in colorway Moonlight.

I really like my sweater and can see myself knitting it again. The only remark I have is regarding the sleeves that I feel are too tight for my liking but I don’t really know if that is the pattern or if I just knit at a tighter gauge.

And my second garment test knit was the Cactus cardigan by Suvi Simola which I have been able to share with you here before. Again I will link here to my project page so you can get all the details.

I really did enjoy knitting this cardigan and look forward to knitting this again. The pattern is super simple to follow and the garment a joy to wear.

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I knit mine using Holst Garn Supersoft and I think I will knit one from the same yarn but different color and maybe a third in another yarn. Really this is such a wearable item.

I am now working on just one test knit, a summer garment and again this is a secret so I can only show you the yarn. This is 100% linen yarn in fingering weight and I love the colours. I’m knitting this doubled on needles size 5mm. I’m about half done with this one. I did finish one version of this pattern/test knit in size small using my own hand dyed merino/cotton yarn as I waited for this yarn to arrive. That worked out great and I gifted the garment to my youngest. When the pattern will be published I will share pictures of both versions.

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Currently so I’m working on this test knit, I’m also still working on my Main Street tee shirt and I’m actually working on socks from my pile of wips!

But I think very soon I will be casting on for a new pair of socks because I have joined the Knotty Knit Wits Stitch Surfer Kal which I have mentioned in a previous post. I had chosen the following yarns

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The “contrast color” is my own hand dyed. But I think I have changed my mind. I need something truly contrasting for this pattern to shine so I am going to change the contrasting yarn and possibly even the self striping. Depends on what I find in my stash.

That’s about it I think for now. I’ll probably be back this weekend with the third and last giveaway for a while. Until then take care and enjoy your knitting:)

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Knitting and audio books

Hi there, how are you? I hope you are doing good and enjoying your week. I’m doing fine. Christmas is getting closer and last weekend I did some cookie baking with my kids and that really put us in the Christmas spirit:) Soon we’ll be putting up our decorations and purchasing gifts. In Iceland, or at least in my family, we put up our tree on the 23rd of December and we take it down on January 6 which is the end of Christmas in Iceland. Here in France people put their decorations up earlier and I think we’ll be decorating our home this coming weekend. How about you? Do you celebrate Christmas and if yes, have you already put up your tree and decorations?

Last week we had an internet outage for two days. No internet is a total catastrophe! Not only does it mean that I cannot work as my regular job depends on an internet connexion but it also means no home phone, no tv and of course no watching YouTube or anything else! So what is a knitter to do? Well, lucky for me I have an Audible account. I have bought a few books but haven’t listened to a lot of them. As I was unable to work for two days I did get some time to knit and knitting in silence is not my thing, at least not for a long time. And so I was so happy to have my Audible account and I took the opportunity to finish one book I had been listening to and to start a new one and I really got into them. I find that I equally enjoy knitting while listening to a good book as I do while watching a podcast or tv series.

Do you listen to audio books? I like mystery and police thrillers but for audio books I see that I also like fiction. So far I have listened to the following books/

Precious Victims by Don W. Weber – this is based on a true criminal case I believe and was quite captivating.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova – this is a fiction book about a young woman that suffers from Alzheimers. This was a really poignant story and I felt really touched as my grandmother suffers from age related dementia and in some aspects that resembles Alzheimers and so this book really touched me.

The amazing Mrs Polifax by Dorothy Gilman – this is a mystery that in some aspects makes me think of an Agatha Christie mystery in the fact that the hero is Mrs Polifax, an elderly sleuth and her adventures.

And the book I started last week and am still listening to is The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty –  this is a fiction with some crime mystery also. The author is Australian and the actor who reads is also Australian and I really love the exotic accent. This is a wonderful book that talks about a few women who’s lives intertwine at a critical moment in their lives. I have about 3h left and I’m really enjoying this.

If you enjoy audio books maybe you will enjoy one those books too. Also if you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear about the books that you most enjoy.

On to knitting. So last week I shared with you a color work cowl that I knit. It was the Boreal Forest cowl by Renée Callahan and it was part of this years Knitvent from Helen Stewart of the Curious Handmade podcast. Last week we got the fourth pattern of Knitvent and it was the hat to go with the cowl so of course I cast on for that and I have finished, twice really because after knitting the hat once, I wasn’t happy with the results so I ripped most of it out and knit it again. Unfortunately I’m still not satisfied. For some reason the hat is too small, too shallow actually. It’s written in one size with a change of needle size to knit either the child or adult version. I did use the correct needle size for the adult version and my tension was good and yet it still is super small. I like my hats to cover my ears and this one only covers the top of the ears. I think I will grow a little with some aggressive blocking. Or at least I hope so. Here’s a picture:

boreal-forest-hatIt’s somewhat blown out but you get the picture I hope.

I’m still working on the color work mittens, the Owl ones and I hope to finish them this week. My daughter is super excited about those and can’t wait to use them.

And then there is the Project Peace. This is a free pattern on Ravelry meant for us to knit while reflecting on world peace. Thousands of people have joined and I decided to do so as well. This is a slipped stitched patterned cowl and the 4 round pattern is repeated 21 times so the idea is to knit one pattern repeat a day. Sometimes I don’t have the time and then I knit two repeats the following day and currently I’m on time. The yarn I’m using is one I got in my Knitting in France Birthday Game swap this year. It’s a new to me yarn and a very luscious blend at that. It’s from Expression Fiber Arts and the colorway is called June Alexandrite. Its a superwash merino and silk in a singles base. It feels super soft and the colour is really intense. Here are some pictures.

Last week I told you about a sock I was test knitting for designer Dana Gervais. Well she published the pattern on Ravelry yesterday so now I can share that with you. It is a very simple slipped stitch color work pattern. The sock looks super complicated but it’s actually deceptively simple to do. I really enjoyed knitting this and I highly recommend this pattern for anyone wanting to try some fun color work.

The pattern is called Beach Ball Socks and you can find this on Ravelry. I knit this using my bronze sparkle yarn and I really love the outcome. I have only finished one sock… I got caught up in all the other knitting projects… but I have cast on for sock number two and hope to finish it soon. Here are some pictures:

The newest project I’m working on this week is a hat, the Maryam hat by Mina Philipp of the Knitting Expat. I’m knitting it in my non superwash BFL Aran weight yarn. I just cast on last night so I’m not far yet but here’s a little picture of my progress so far:

maryam-hatThis is a fun pattern with some cables and as it’s Aran weight I think it will be done quickly.

This is about all I think I wanted to share with you this week. I do have plans to cast on for a pair of Aran weight mittens, maybe the Bella mittens – a free pattern on Ravelry. I think I might do some Christmas gift knitting after all….

I hope you have a wonderful week with lots of knitting time because that is just the best! Until next time, take care 🙂

Some progress, a new pattern and a GIVEAWAY

Hi there, I hope you are doing fine and looking forward to your week. I’m super happy because I just received a great email announcing that I had WON a knitting pattern! I never win anything so this is a wonderful surprise and just goes to show that even though, like me, you usually never win anything, well you just might! So keep that in mind when you read about this weeks giveaway later in my post 🙂

So on  progress, well I finished one pair of socks for the #knitfromstash 2016 kal that I’m doing with the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook. I knit a pair of socks for a cousin of mine so this time I made LARGE socks. Luckily the pattern was fun to knit and went quicker than I thought.

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The yarn I used was Opal 4ply and the pattern is called Pineaux and is by Heatherly Walker. My socks are shown on the pattern page which is super nice:)

I’m also working on my Mkal socks. One is done, that is all the clues have been published and I just finished sock nr 1 for that last night. I’m not a huge fan but since I went this far, I’m going to cast on for the second one.

A230DDA8-F45E-4F48-AEFC-E14C2640DE5FHere is a link to the pattern which is now for sale as the kal is over. Its a mix of texture with knits and purls. The yarn is mine. I did have problems carrying the yarn between sections so in some places there are ugly floats along the side. I’ll try and do better on the second sock. I knit these using my Neko needles in 2,50 mm. I only changed the toe and used my own “regular” toe.

The other sock kal from Through the Loops will finish this week. I need to start on clue ” and 4 before clue 5 is published this Friday. I’ve made no progress on these since last week so no pics here.

I also cast on for a new pattern this week. It’s the Brioche Twister by Renée Callahan of East London Knits using my hand dyed Cashmerino DK.

The pictures were taken at different times as you can see – one  shows more progress than the other. You can see how different the scarf looks depending on which side you are looking at.

The Cashmerino DK is just super soft and will make this a yummie scarf and the pattern is fun. It is my first ever two color brioche and I admit that I did frog this about 3 times in the beginning but now I’ve got the hang of things and it will progress quickly I think. Just need some time to work on it:)

And since I just won a new pattern well I’ll be casting on for a new sweater very soon! I joined in a little contest I found on Instagram and I was the lucky winner! The pattern is called KITSUNE and the designer is Amanita Agata Mackiewicz.  This is a bottom up, seamless, aran weight sweater. I just got some undyed aran weight yarn last week so now I just need to dye some yarn for myself and I’ll be ready to go.

kitsuneThis is a picture taken from the pattern page. Looks gorgeous don’t you think?

So lots of fun in sight for me here:) A big big thank you to Amanita for her pattern!

And now it is time for the giveaway! It’s more than time. I have a few giveaways ready and I was planning on doing one in January but somehow time just ran away from me so maybe I’ll end up doing 2 in February in stead. I’ll see. Anyway today is a big one!

The sponsor for this week’s giveaway is a company called BURNING IMPRESSIONS II and they have a shop on Etsy that you can visit here

Burning Impressions II is a husband and wife enterprise and they produce hand made, wood carved, laser burned knitting accessories such as mitten and sock blockers, soxyzz ( for sizing your socks), needle gauges etc.

Since last December, this is their full time gig and only source of income and I highly recommend you take a look at their shop and the beautiful items they produce.

I recently purchased some of their items and as we were chatting online following that purchase the idea for this giveaway was born. Megan and Dan very generously gave me a number of items to giveaway and this week I’ll be giving away 2-3 prices depending on participation and the rest will be for a later game/giveaway.

The prizes for this week are:

The 1st prize is a Soxyzz  and here is their description from their Etsy shop:

This handy gadget idea was born from constantly having to look for shoe sizing charts every time I wanted to make socks for someone else! With the Soxyzz, all you have to do is get your person to stand on the ruler, and voila! You have their size!! Or, if they’re not right there handy, you can easily look up their shoe size on the Soxyzz and get the correct measurements.

This Soxyzz has CM measurements on one side and IN on the other. It is super handy when knitting socks as you can easily measure your progress and what I find genious also is that if you are knitting for someone else, you can measure their foot by having them simply stand on the Soxyzz and  that way you will easily be able to knit a perfectly fitting sock for them. So this is a wonderful prize to win.

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The 2nd and possibly 3rd prizes are a set of  this super handy combo which works as a needle gauge, a wraps per inch (for your yarns and yarn substitutions) and a reminder/tutorial for kitchener stitch. So a super useful set to keep in your knitting bag at all times. And to make this extra special, Megan added my shops name to it!!! I just loved that special attention! Thank you soooo much Megan.

Now that you have seen the prizes you are probably eager to learn how to join in and have a chance of winning one of these gorgeous prizes. It’s very simple:

You have until Friday 12th of February to participate and the winners will be announced on Saturday February 13th.

To join you have to go to the Burning Impressions II Etsy shop by clicking here and have a look at what they make. Then come back here and leave a comment to let me know what it is that you like most about their shop and/or what item you could see yourself buying from them. That’s all! Super simple and fun and remember, I just won a sweater pattern today so EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE! You just have to participate.

That’s it for today. Best of luck and I’ll be back soon:)

Not much happening these days

Hi there, how are you doing today? I’m feeling a little unmotivated these days. Like I don’t have the energy to continue and yet I have baskets full of recently dyed yarn that I should be putting up in the shop. I also have loads of stitch markers just waiting to be matched up and packaged. Strange how one sometimes just looses one’s “mojo” and even if you (or should I say “I”) just find yourself procrastinating – looking at all the different things that need to be done and yet be unable to actually DO something!

GRR that is sooooo annoying! But this is how I’m feeling these days and yet I have a head full of ideas for the shop! Cross my fingers and toes and hope I’ll get myself out of this state of “inactivity” ASAP.

Enough about me and my lack of energy! I have actually done some knitting:

I finished my Yowza Weight It shawl by Susan B Anderson. I used my Yowza yarn from Miss Babs. The yarn was very enjoyable to knit; it is soft to the touch and I really love the colours. As for the pattern, it is a super easy pattern – a very relaxing knit. I admit that it was so relaxing that I actually made a mistake! And that is an achievement in itself seeing as how this pattern is ultra simple. One is supposed to knit until you have 85 gr left and then you begin a sort of frill and then knit on until only 26 gr are left. Well I actually knit right on and when I went ahead to weigh my yarn I only had 25 gr left! Oups! I didn’t feel like ripping back so I decided to knit a few more rows and then I cast of using an icord. And I’m very happy with the results, I’m actually wearing the shawl as I’m writing this.

 

This is a crescent shaped shawl  and super soft and warm.

Today in the mail I received a new book which I think will be most interesting. It’s called Exploring Shawl Shapes – 27 mini shawls to knit by Elizabeth Lovick.

If you are not familiar with this book it is like a compendium on shawl knitting. It explores different shapes and traditions in shawl knitting and for each one there is a miniature version for one to knit. Knitting mini shawls I think will be both fun and enlightening and might even inspire me to make up a shawl pattern of my own. I’m going to read this book carefully and knit a few samples. I keep thinking that knitting a mini shawl in lace weight yarn will be soooo cute!

On another subject, I just joined my friend Renée Callahan’s newsletter. Renée is the designer behind East London Knits. I first met Renée at the Unwind Brighton show and then again in 2014 at the I Knit Fandango in London and I’m a fan of her designs. She just launched a newsletter in relation with her blog and design work and at the moment she is offering subscribers to her newsletter a free pattern. This pattern is a two coloured brioche scarf called Brioche Twister.

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Gorgeous don’t you think ? (both Renée and her scarf). So I of course needed to dye up some yarn to knit this and I really like how her scarf looks so I was inspired by her colour choice.  And so I dyed up some of my Cash’Merino DK; one in dark grey and another one in red and I think these will be just perfect.

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Here the yarns are in the dye pot but still you can see the colours together. So I look forward to knitting this soon.

I also started on my February #Knitfromstash2016. This is a year long sock kal with designer Heatherly Walker. This month she has treated us to 2 sock patterns and I’m going to knit both. The one I cast on first will be for a cousin of mine and the second will be for his mother, my aunt.

I have finished the first sock for my cousin and I think I’ll finish his pair before casting on for her pair. Even if he has big feet the sock went quite quickly so that is good. The patterning is easily memorisable. I had chosen a lovely self patterning variegated yarn I bought in Iceland. It is a black and grey yarn but as soon as  I cast on, I saw that the yarn was not suitable because it was too fuzzy, too hairy. So I changed and cast on using Opal 4ply sock yarn in a dark blue colour.

I’m also continuing knitting on my 2 other pairs of MKal socks and the MKal mittens although that one has now published all 5 clues and after seeing the final design I admit that I’m no crazy about the design so I’m actually pondering wether or not I will finish the mittens or just stop where I’m now.

I’m also knitting on 2 shawls, 1 pullover, 1 cardigan and I have a third shawl that just needs a bind off- a Russian beaded bind off but still just a bind off!

I need to get serious now and make some progress on all those before I cast on for my brioche scarf.

Well, that’s all for now. Thank you for stopping by and sharing a moment with me. Next time I’ll introduce you to a small company that produces knitting accessories and there will be some absolutely gorgeous prices to win!

Until then, take care and enjoy your week.

New projects and SEWING as in actually using a sewing machine

Hi there, today I have two new projects to share with you, that is two new knitting projects plus one SEWING project. Yes sewing. I don’t know how you feel about that but it seems to me that sewing might be on its way to become the new “black” in knitting. It’s as if every knitting podcaster out there was also a seamstress and sewing away like crazy. So this prompted me to want to give that a try too.

I did learn sewing in school when I was a child but I never got the hang of it. I remember lots of frustration and anger battling with a sewing machine and just not ever understanding or enjoying it. But hey that was like 35 years ago! (Gosh! that makes me sound super old).

So anyway, I went online and searched for sewing classes in my neighbourhood and low and behold, there is this lady in my own town who does classes. And so I signed up for 2 classes, just to try. Those are individual classes so I get her attention all the time. I really wanted to understand more about sewing and what goes into it and to use a machine again. I chose a project and bought some fabric.

And last Saturday was my very first lesson and I chose to make a project bag -of course! So I showed her some of mine and we then made up our own pattern (I actually designed a project bag pattern!!!!!!). She explained a lot about fabric and pattern making and so forth and then she showed me how to work a modern, electronic sewing machine which is actually lightyears away from the sewing machines of my youth! Thank goodness! And in this first lesson I then designed my pattern, cut out the fabric pieces and sewed on the zipper! Next Saturday is my second lesson and then I will finish my project bag! I’m super excited about that. The fabric I chose is a Christmas fabric so I’ll be using the bag immediately and it is sure to put me in the Holiday spirit.

Here’s a picture of my project bag – here it is open flat with the zipper in the middle

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I don’t know if I’ll become hooked on sewing but it was fun and it definitely makes me dream about sewing up a gazillion project bags and maybe even selling them.

Now on to knitting. So I’ve cast on for yet another new project.  My older daughter asked for a chunky, oversized sweater and so I let her browse Ravelry and she found a pattern she liked from Dropsdesign. The model is just called Drops 60-21 and it is a simple oversized sweater in broken fishermans rib. It is knit in pieces, that is back, front, sleeves and then everything has to be sewn together in the end. It’s been super long since I knit something like that so it’s a nice change for me. I bought the exact yarn the pattern was written for, Drops Lima which is a merino and alpaca blend at an incredibly low price which makes the sweater only cost 25Euros which is amazing.

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Here you can see a closeup of the patterning. I’m not very far yet but I think it will be nice.

I also cast on for a new shawl. I recently bought the KLEE Collection by Renée Callahan of East London Knits and just discovered that she is doing a KAL and there will be prizes and even thought  I never win anything it does make me dream so I decided to join in the fun. I’m going to knit the Angelus Novus shawl which is knit using a DK weight yarn, so quite a heavy shawl, perfect for winter. I’m using hand dyed yarn by myself, it’s a roving style alpaca yarn so lots of lovely halo and some fuzziness and  mostly just super warm and soft to the touch. I’m not very far into it because I’m trying to be serious and finish my Christmas gifts first but every now and then I sneak in a few rows.

I met Renée first when I participated in the Unwind Brighton yarn show and I really love her designs and then she is just such a nice person. I like to think that buying her patterns and sharing her work might just help her a little bit on her way to knitting stardom. So I do encourage you to check out her blog (link above) and her Ravelry pattern store for some inspiration.

That’s all for today. Take care and enjoy your knitting until next time 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Pebble Beach Shawl and more

Hi there,

Lately I’ve been mostly working on my shawls. I’m almost done with the Pebble Beach Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. Her pattern for this shawl is in an original format, a bit like an excel sheet where you have the pattern written out in rows and each row is numbered from 1 and up and every so many rows you see the percentage of completion of the project. I find that quite fun for this project. Of course seeing the size I can imagine that I’m close to finishing but seeing the actual percentage of what I’ve done so far is a great new feature to a knitting pattern I think.

Here I was approximately at 70% done

www.knittinginfrance.com My yarn was gradient dyed in grey so you have light grey, darker grey and then really dark and to finish a bright fluo pink.

Unfortunately I did not have enough pink to finish my shawl so at 80% done I had to add a third color. So I had 60% grey, 20% pink and then I needed to find a new color for the last 20%. I had the same yarn but dyed in 2 different colors and I really was not quite sure which one was the right one so I went to my followers and friends on Instagram and Facebook and asked them to help me choose

www.knittinginfrance.com Their answers were almost unanimous: LIGHT GREY! So I listened and quickly wound the grey yarn into a ball and continued and I think that was the right choice. I’ve knit a few rows of the new light grey yarn now and I think its looking rather nice even though I was not originally planning on using this new color but hey, things happen:-)

www.knittinginfrance.com What do you think? Do you think these colors will work? I sure do! I’m at 85% now so hopefully I’ll finish in 2-3 days. At this stage in the pattern, the rows are super long so the last few rows take forever to finish.

I’m also working on my Beetlebum shawl by Renée Callahan of East London Knits. I haven’t been sufficiently consistent working on this so it is going slowly but surely never the less. I really love how the pattern works up, I like the wings on each side and  I feel this gives the shawl an original look. I’m super happy also with the yarn I chose. Its my hand dyed lace yarn, 50% xtra fine merino, 50% suri alpaca. It’s super soft and squishy. I’m really looking forward to finishing this and I can see myself wearing my Beetlebum shawl this summer in the evening.

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And just before I say goodby for today, I couldn’t resist all my new Lornas Laces Shepherd Sock yarns so I ended up casting on for a pair of socks. I’m doing a 2 in 1 socks using the Lornas Laces in Rainbow colorway. So far it’s looking very good. I really love all the bright colors and how they are divided up on the skein and hand painted. The  socks will either be for me or for my daughter. We’ll see later on.

www.knittinginfrance.com Here you see the socks and I have “opened them up” so you can see both socks. Looking good don’t you think?

Well, that’s all for now. Take care and enjoy your summer and hopefully you have some quality time to enjoy your crafting every day:)

Kettle Yarn Co and East London Knits

Hi there, lets continue the presentations of all the wonderful talents I met at the I Knit Fandango show in London this May. I didn’t have the time to post yesterday so we are a day behind “schedule” but I’m sure you’ll forgive me for that. Long weekends are not necessarily good production weekends and this one was spent with friends and family so not much knitting or writing got done:)

Now on to today’s subject. So at the I Knit Fandango show my booth was across from the talented Linda of Kettle Yarn Co and she was assisted by her friend and designer Renée Callahan of East London Knits. Both Linda and Renée were present at Unwind Brighton last summer but I did not get to know Linda until now. Renée however I did get to know last year and was pleased to get a chance to meet her again in London.

Linda founded her company Kettle Yarn Co in 2013 and her focus is on luxury yarn, quality blends of British yarns that are ethically sourced. She has a great sense of colour and the yarn bases she has chosen to work with are all gorgeous. Her booth was full not only of her beautiful yarns but also with knits made from her yarns – shawls and sweaters and those all drew people in and made people want to cast on for one of those in her yarn immediately!

Linda is an independent hand dyer like myself only she has reached a stage where she is able to focus solely on her yarn business as a full time job – something I currently dream of:) Another thing that inspires me about Linda is that she has worked hard to create colourways that she can repeat and thus dye a number of skeins in the same colour which in turns makes it possible for you to knit a large piece such as a sweater using skeins from the same dye lot or if not the same dye lot at least of an identical colour. I need to think more like Linda and take her as an example and come up with my own repeatable colourways because at the moment I’m all in the “inspiration of the moment” phase which means my yarns are more for small projects such as mittens, socks, hats, cowls, shawls and not so much for larger projects like  sweaters (unless you place a private order for X number of skeins for your project).

You can visit Linda’s website/shop/blog here

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Like I said above, Linda had a helper in her booth, her friend Renée Callahan which you may know as the designer behind East London Knits. Here she is in Linda’s booth (Kettle Yarn Co)

Renee Callahan in Kettle Yarn Co booth  Many of the designs displayed in the Kettle Yarn Co booth were designs by Renée knit with yarns from Kettle Yarn Co. Renée has a background in fashion studies and works as an independent knitwear designer. She self publishes her own patterns and also does patterns for third party publications. One of the things that differentiates her from many designers of hand knits, is the fact that she is also a skilled machine knitter. On her website/blog you can see some of her work as she does commission designs as well as her own projects. I don’t know if the machine knitting skill adds to her performance as a hand knit designer but I do know that it does not subtract from it:) You can buy Renées patterns on Ravelry and if you click here you’ll be taken directly to her Ravelry pattern shop.

As a fan of her designs I own a few of her patterns myself such as:

Beetlebum of East London Knit Beetlebum shawl

Frost and Flame of East London Knit Frost and Flame shawl

Rhombolution of East London Knit Rhombolution double knit scarf

The first picture is of a shawl called Beetlebum which was actually gifted to me by Renée herself! Thank you soooo much Renée 🙂

Here are some pictures from her Ravelry page:

Beetlebum of East London Knit Beetlebum by Renée Callahan of East London Knit I love the combination of patterns and how the diamond shapes are “hugged” with a “stripey” lace pattern on each side.

Renée gave me this pattern last week and I immediately went about casting on. I cast on twice, once using a lace weight yarn and once using a fingering weight yarn. The pattern calls for lace but when looking at the pictures I thought the yarn looked a bit heavier than the lace yarn I had on hand so I decided to try both fingering and lace.

Beetlebum shawl in fingering www.knittinginfrance.com Beetlebum shawl on www.knittinginfrance.com  You can clearly see the different results here. I like both. The fingering gives this a “sturdier” look and is maybe a more “everyday” look whereas the lace version is “ethereal”, delicate and lightweight. After sharing my little test knits on Instagram I decided to go for the lace version which was getting more likes than the fingering version (but I just may cast on for the fingering version anyway after this one is done). And so I undid everything and cast on FOR REAL.

Like I said before, this weekend I did not get much knitting done but I did knit a bit in the car on my way to our family event and before going to bed. After all a day with no knitting at all is just not an option 🙂 So here is where I’m at today:

Beetlebum by East London Knits Looking good so far I think.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about these two young and talented ladies and encourage you to visit their websites and support their work by sharing what you like and why not purchase a pattern/skein or two:)

That’s all for today. More fun stuff to discover tomorrow, until then take care and have a lovely day.