It is almost time again for my favourite yarn festival – Edinburgh Yarn Festival. It was my first time attending last year and it is the most wonderful festival full of yarn, fibre and crafty folks.
Edinburgh is such a beautiful city and there is something for everyone to fall in love with. I loved being able to sit in a coffee shop and look out at the Castle whilst knitting my Edinburgh socks. I have my ticket, and I will also be attending a class or two…the only thing I need to decide on is which WIPs to bring and how much money I can spend on yarn.
There are always fantastic vendors at EYF and I am already giddy with excitement when I look at the list of vendors that will be there this year. I still have some skeins left from last year – I seem to be able to buy more than I can knit!
One of the most exciting things about the festival this year is that they are hosting a Knit Night on Thursday 17th March from 4pm – all of the details can be found on the EYF blog here. One of the things I love the most about EYF is that people come from all over the world to share in the woolly goodness – I cannot wait to meet so many other knitters and share in the fibre love.
Are you coming to Edinburgh Yarn Festival? Say hi if you see me!
Now that 2016 is finally upon us and people are talking about their New Year’s Resolutions, it seems fitting to think about the crafty goals that I am setting myself. Last year was a mixed bag for achieving the goals that I had set myself, but I did achieve things that I had never thought I would. It is surprising how your interests can vary over the year. At the beginning of 2015 I was really interested in kitting socks and garments, and as the year ended I was queuing mitten patters on Ravelry like a woman possessed!
This year my list is a mix of things from last year, as I still really want to do them, and a few new ones that have sprung to mind along the way. The wonderful thing about crafts and the internet is that you can find so much inspiration and there are so many tutorials that you really can do anything.
My list for 2016 are:
1. Complete my Cosy Memories Blanket
2. Making stitch markers
3. Dyeing yarn with Kool Aid
4. DIY Sharpie mugs
5. Knit one garment for myself
6. Make 5 Christmas gifts
7. Knit 6 pairs of socks
My Cosy Memories blanket – pattern here is currently very small, and I am really looking forward to seeing it grow. It is knit completely in sock yarn, so I will have to get moving on those six pairs of socks so that I have enough leftover yarn to add to my blanket.
I have so much yarn that I am putting myself on a yarn diet until March when I will be at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. I have not bought any new yarn for a while but there is so much loveliness waiting to be used, and I am hoping that the yarn diet will lead to more pennies in my purse for Edinburgh and a slightly smaller stash!
Hopefully 2016 will be full of yarn, happiness and good health for everyone. What are your crafting goals?
It is that time of year again, where every non-knitter is wondering what to buy for the knitter in their life. To make things a little easier, I have decided to do a quick round up of knitting related goodies on my list this year.
1)Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting by Ann Hood Possibly the only thing that I love as much as knitting is reading about/listening to others who are passionate about knitting. This book explores what is so magical about knitting in 27 essays.
2) Geode Glitter Sock Yarn – TheLittleMountYarnCo The lovely Madeline from TheLittleMountYarnCo dyes the most beautiful yarns and this is no exception. I love the shades of purple and blue in this sock yarn and the stellina adds just the right amount of sparkle – who doesn’t like a little sparkle at Christmas?
3) Sweater Stitch Markers – needleclicksEtc These beautiful stitch markers are just what every knitter needs to keep their projects organised and fun. They come in all sorts of woolly knits from socks and mittens to sweaters. You certainly won’t get these mixed up with anybody else’s stitch markers at knit club!
4) Sock Blockers – Knit Pro Sock blockers are an essential tool for those who love knitting socks…and it can get a bit addictive. There are so many lovely blockers out there, but the knit pro ones are a great starter.
5) Knitting Mug – KellyConnorDesigns this cheeky and playful mug is perfect for any knitter who likes craft based puns. This is the perfect gift if you do not feel confident enough choosing yarns or accessories.
What is on your Christmas list this year?
Well, it is that time of year again. The secret knitting has started…sort of, and by that I mean I have written a (long) list and have dug some yarn out of my stash. The knitting has not started yet, but it will very soon. I am really challenging myself this year, with eight things to have ready to gift by the 25th December.
There is something very exciting about making things for people that you love. I am very lucky that my list of people to knit for has grown so much this year, but with the excitement comes a little bit of dread. There is so much to be done, and I certainly feel the pressure to make sure that everything is as good as I can make it.
What are your plans for Christmas knitting?
It is that time of year again, where the weather starts to get colder and the nights are getting a little darker. If you are a knitter, this is the perfect time of year for falling in love with your hobby all over again. I always find myself looking longingly at all of the beautiful blanket patterns on Ravelry and wishing that I was more confident in my crochet abilities.
Nothing inspires me more than a few hours spent admiring so many beautiful projects on Ravelry and then spending a day at Yarndale where there are so many talented independent dyers selling such lovely yarns. Last year was my first visit to Yarndale and I am very excited to be going back at the weekend. I am already compiling a list of yarns to buy and people to see.
Say hello if you see me!
Two weekends ago, I was lucky enough to be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and I had the most amazing time. The previous EYF was in 2013, and although I missed that one, I was not going to miss this one – and am I glad that I was there.I had the best weekend I’ve had in a long time surrounded by great people.
I had managed to book two classes – Learning to Spin on a Drop Spindle and Sock Design. Both classes were full of insight and laughter, and I learnt more in those three hour classes than I ever thought I could. There was so much crammed into them.
The marketplace was full of vendors from all over the world, and it was the perfect mix of local and international sellers. I spent so much time petting and stroking all of the lovely yarns and fibres on show, and more than a few came home with me. I also had the chance to catch up with a few friends and some familiar faces, as well as make new friends
The official photos were uploaded on Sunday (I spent too much time shopping and talking to take photos that were any good) and were taken by the wonderful Katie Blair Matthews. In this one, you can just see me right at the end, chatting with Victoria from Eden Cottage Yarns and Justyna – who were celebrating the release of their partnership, with Justyna designing the Aisling shawl in collaboration with Victoria’s beautiful yarns. I cannot wait to knit this shawl, and Justyna helped me to pick the perfect colours.
Speaking of colours, how perfect is this photo of the Easy Knits stand? I am a huge fan of Jon’s yarns and he is hugely talented with colour. I picked up a few things from him, including one of his new Gobstopper’s and they were as beautiful as usual. Katie must have taken this before the market was open, as Jon’s stand was busy all weekend.
Yesterday, it was announced that the next Edinburgh Yarn Festival will be in March 2016 and I am looking forward to it already. Here are my purchases…and there is plenty to keep my busy:
Did you go to Edinburgh Yarn Festival?
Here in the UK it is Mother’s Day, and whilst I am away gallivanting at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, I have not forgotten the most special lady in my life. My mum.
My mum and I have always been close, and as I have grown up we have become even closer. She makes me laugh all of the time, and has always given me the best advice. She has always told me to follow my dreams, and to do the very best that I can do. She has taught me to never settle for second best, and that if I want to do something or be something, there is no reason why I cannot.
So this post is just a little thank you, to the woman who taught me everything from how to walk (which is pretty useful) to how to knit (which I often appreciate more) – I would not be who I am today without her.
A few weeks ago I came across a book about knitting (which I always enjoy)…but this one had a very special twist. It contains the story of how my idea of heaven came to be.
Greetings from Knit Cafe is part pattern book, part autobiography, as Suzan Mischer described how she eventually fell in love with knitting, and decided to open her dream yarn store. Knit Cafe is everything that you could ever want in a yarn store, and Suzan sounds like the perfect owner.
After being taught to knit by her grandmother at the age of seven, and after a career in television as an executive at CBS (in which no knitting was done), Suzan decided to stay at home to raise her two children, and it was then that she rediscovered knitting. After spending many hours in Starbucks and wishing that they sold yarn as well as coffee, she decided to open a yarn store that also sells coffee.
There are thirty patterns in the book, that range from total beginner to more experienced, and I love that each one is modelled by or inspired someone that is a regular at Knit Cafe. The boxer shorts designed to be worn by women look very comfy, and there are several blankets that have taken my eye.
Overall, this is a great book for knitters who want to read about how Knit Cafe was started, and would be ideal for knitters who have just learnt to knit and are looking for something a little adventurous. There are even exercises to help keep those all too familiar aches and pains away.
If I am ever in West Hollywood, you can be certain that I will be paying Knit Cafe a visit.
You can purchase Greetings from Knit Cafe here.
Having spent most of my teen years working in various greetings card shops, I am always aware of the holidays and how close they are to all of the other holidays. Valentines Day always seemed to sneak up on me though. Maybe it was that I became accustomed to seeing all of the red cards, envelopes and wrapping paper that also came with Christmas. Once again it has managed to sneak up on me, so I thought that I would compile a little list for you of great Valentines Day gift ideas for the special knitter in your life (and there is nothing wrong with that special knitter being you!)
1. “Tahitian Sunset” Merino/Silk sock yarn by Wren House Yarns – Okay, so you may not be able to whisk the one you love off to Tahiti just yet, but why not bring the Tahitian sunset to them. This yarn is pink enough to suggest all that is expected on Valentines Day, but without seeming cliche or overdone. I love this colour combination, and the pairing of 80% superwash merino and 20% silk creates a lovely, soft yarn. It is the perfect way to tell any knitter that you love them. Photo from the Wren House Yarns Etsy page.
2. ringOs in ‘Boys Wink’ by Fripperies & Bibelots – My stitch marker collection is ever growing, and I have been looking at these for a while now. Fripperies & Bibelots sell these in so many different colour combinations and name them just like dyers name their colourways. These brightly coloured markers would be perfect for a wide range of projects and come in the adorable tin as pictured. There are 10 in a set and are made of lightweight anodised aluminium rings, adorned with beautiful seed beads which are glued in place over the join. Photo from the Fripperies & Bibelots Etsy page.
3. Crochet Project Bag by A Needle Runs Through It – This large project bag makes my heart race a little, and it may well become a Valentines day gift to myself. As a knitter who has always wanted to crochet and is finally dipping her toe in the water, this makes me remember to keep practising because of how badly I want a crochet blanket. The colours are amazing and I love that this bag is big enough to fit anything from socks or mittens to a lace shawl with room for all of the essential extras. You can never have too many project bags,and you could always fill it with a skein of yarn to make it an extra special gift! Photo from the A Needle Runs Through It Etsy page.
4. Knit Pro Marble Interchangeable Needle Set Limited Edition – Knit Pro, or Knitters Pride depending on which side of the pond you are on, have released these beautiful interchangeable needles. They are the perfect present for knitters who deserve a little luxury. This set includes 8 pairs of interchangeable needles, four cables, a needle sizer and a set of cable connectors…perfect for the knitter with numerous WIPs.
5. Constellation Drop Spindle by Hiloris Yarnorium – This item combines two of my biggest interests – fibre crafts and space. I fell in love with this drop spindle the second it popped up on my Etsy feed, and I already know that one will be working its way to my home very soon. I have picked the Pisces constellation as that one is mine, and the coolest thing about this spindle? The constellation glows in the dark! This is one of the most interesting designs I have seen, and would be perfect for a beginner or intermediate spinner. Photo from the Hiloris Yarnorium Etsy page.
What would you like to receive for Valentines Day?