Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Finished: Kyna Shawl

It's finished, it's blocked and it's dry at last. My Kyna shawl is small, but it measures 140 cm from end to end nonetheless and I really love the cables. It's perfect as a scarf to go with my new winter coat!

The colour is hard to capture on photos and is closest to the first one. In reality, the brown is much richer and even though I am not usually a fan of brown, I really like this shade of Colinette Jitterbug yarn called Copperbeech. The intermingled colours help to make the yarn look very vivid and interesting. Well done, Colinette!
Blocking the shawl was easy: I soaked it in warm water with a drop of mild soap and used my trusty blocking wires. I folded the shawl in half, so drying took a little longer, but it was convenient and didn't take up much room. 
I really enjoyed knitting a shawl with fingering weight yarn, which I hadn't done before. Usually, I use lace weight though I did try DK on two occasions too. Fingering weight is great, but you need a lot of yarn for most shawls. Kyna needed less than a full 150g-skein of Colinette Jitterbug, which surprised me. I look forward to knitting another shawl with a fingering weight yarn soon!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Big Xmas Special on DaWanda

It's official, we are steadily nearing Christmas and there is no escaping the Christmas lights, music, decorations, gifts and wrapping paper! It also means that lots of shops are offering specials for the season and so am I.

If you are looking for treats for knitting friends and family or simply for yourself, drop by my DaWanda shop for 12% off selected items. The Big Xmas Special starts on November 25 and ends on December 8.

Keep in mind that my last order dates in time for Christmas are:

UK: 10 December 2013
Europe: 8 December 2013
Rest of World: 1 December 2013

You can still place orders after these dates, but it is likely that they won't reach you before Christmas.

I hope you enjoy your Christmas preparations! Happy Christmas shopping!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

100 Sales on Etsy - Thank You!

 This month I reached a milestone on Etsy. 100 sales! All thanks to you!

I want to thank every one of you who has visited my shop, passed on the link, and bought from this tiny one-woman business. It isn't easy spreading the word, so I am very grateful for those of you who have helped me get this enterprise off the ground - worldwide no less. It took 1 year and 3 months to reach 100 sales, though the total including sales from other venues is larger. Etsy is my main platform, so this is a big deal.

If you have followed my progress since 2012, you will have noticed the change in my work. Especially my stitch markers have improved, not to mention the range of different designs that are now available. I hope to keep doing what I do and I also hope you keep enjoying my knitting supplies for a long time to come.

Thank you for buying and sharing handmade! Thank you for placing your orders with me.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Gloves for V

Just when I thought I had finished all my Christmas knitting and could start on a new shawl, my friend Verena said she would like a pair of fingerless gloves! So we went through some yarn from my stash and she made a very good choice: Noro Silk Garden, which is an Aran weight and therefore thicker than I had hoped for gloves, but I knew it would look amazing.
After a fruitless search on Ravelry, I decided to design them myself instead. It became very obvious that trying to knit half fingers with this yarn wasn't going to work well due to its thickness, so I decided to knit an insert to sew into the gloves. It worked really well and the gloves are definitely going to keep Verena warm.
I plan to publish the pattern in my Ravelry store at a later date, so watch this space.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Feature: Abso-knitting-lutely in Simply Knitting

Have you been waiting for the next issue of Simply Knitting? It's out today and it features my set of Christmas stitch markers in one of its pages:
(Source: Simply Knitting, December issue 114)

I like what they've done there! What do you think?

There are only three sets left at this stage, so you may have to hurry if you think they will make great stocking fillers for a knitter in your life (or for yourself, of course). Also, I have listed last order dates for Christmas in  my shop announcement to avoid disappointment:

UK: 10th December 2013 * Europe: 8th December 2013 * Rest of World: 1st December 2013

Although I can't guarantee that orders will indeed arrive before Christmas because you never know whether there will be disruptions to the postal service at that time of year, the last order dates are very generously calculated and give ample time for orders to arrive.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Knitting & Crochet Inspiration: My Top 4 Favourites

I bet you've got a long list of favourite knitting and crochet projects you are looking forward to tackling at some point. I'd love to see what you've got queued up, so let me know in the comments!

Going through my own list, I've selected four projects I want to show you. Ready for some knitting inspiration?
1. Rams and Yowes looks like a really big project to tackle. If you are a confident knitter, it should be a great knit with all the stranded work involved and - eek! - steeking. I just love all those rams and ewes and will just have to work up the courage to work on a large project like that. After all, I am still working on my Beekeeper's Quilt.

2. If you are looking for crocheted fingerless gloves or gauntlets that are just a little bit different from all the others, how about Himbeerwellen (Rasperry ripples)? The construction looks fantastic and I love those cables.

3. North Shore is my absolute favourite amongst all jumpers! I want to knit it in exactly these colours, which is a problem since I can't seem to get the yarn here and it is not exactly affordable. But one day I WILL make it! The yoke is so beautifully patterned I just have to have it.

4. Do you love knitting shawls? Then have a look at Imagine When, a simple, but beautiful triangular shawl with an eyelet pattern. What I like about it is the arrangement of the eyelets that makes this shawl a simple yet elegant accessory. Really, really beautiful.