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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Knitter 110 - Perranporth


For the new issue of The Knitter (110) I designed a triangular shawl, Perranporth, with an all over lace pattern. The shawl was knitted in Watercolours & Lace British Alpaca Silk 4ply which is a luxurious hand-dyed yarn. The shawl takes just one skein (450m/100g).


Unfortunately, just as the magazine hit the shops we discovered an error in one of the charts which is very frustrating. The Knitter has posted an errata here and will print a correction in the next issue. I do apologise for this mistake. It's so frustrating and embarrassing for designers when that happens.



The Knitter issue 110 should be in the shops in the UK now.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I'm knitting as fast as I can

I haven't told you about what I'm knitting for a while. I'm frantically working on a deadline project right now. It was a short deadline and I must admit I'm not in love with the yarn or the colour which makes it more difficult but I'm hoping to finish today.


I had to put my blue shawl on hold to work on the deadline project so as soon as the deadline shawl is off the needles, I'll be going back to focusing on this blue shawl. I need to cast on for another urgent deadline project this weekend so I'm really keen to finish this shawl before then. My project bag with this shawl in it, is sitting next to my chair calling to me and its taking all the will power I have to not pick it up.


As soon as the blue shawl is done, I'll be working on this shawl which I haven't touched for a couple of weeks. I will try to work on this alongside my new deadline project. My goal is to finish it before we leave for Jersey in mid-May.


I'm having a week where I'm not teaching at all nor have I had any other commitments or appointments during the day so far this week (although I do tomorrow and Friday). This means I've had more time to focus on catching up on work. Next week will be short week as Monday is a public holiday here, Tuesday is Simon's birthday and we're taking the day off and on Friday I'll be teaching. So my goal for this week is to work on some deadline projects, finish blocking and finalising patterns for my next book. That means there are shawls and other projects blocking on my dining room table around the clock.  


I'm also aiming for Inbox Zero this week. I'm currently behind on e-mails and I need to catch up this week and I'm also working on putting some new procedures in place to stay on top of my inbox issue. May is going to be incredibly busy with public holidays, workshops, a teaching trip to Jersey (there are still spaces, I think - details here) and my parents visiting. So this week is my chance to get ahead a bit.

By the way, I'll be teaching Lace Improvers on Friday 5 May and Shetland Lace Knitting on 16 May at The Wool Merchant in Dartington, Devon. If you're interested in either workshops, do contact the shop to see if there are spaces.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ma Belle

I'm very excited to introduce the stunning Ma Belle shawl. This is a beaded beauty! 



Ma Belle is a delicate, luxurious shawl with beads adding a touch of sparkle. Large eyelets with a bead detail adorn the edging.  Ma Belle looks like a lacy master piece but is easier to knit than it looks.



Ma Belle will be free to download from Love Knitting for a week then it'll be available to purchase on Love Knitting and Ravelry. You can download Ma Belle here.



Ma Belle has an interesting bead detail. For the edging beads are added to a triple yarn over. Love Knitting has written a blog post with an interview with me where I share my top tips for lace knitting and I've recorded a video on how to add beads using the crochet hook method and how to add beads to the triple yarn over. Read the blog post here.



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Monday, April 17, 2017

Amelie


Amelie is a beautiful, elegant shawl which is worked sideways. It alternates between stripes worked in garter stitch and an easy lace pattern. The shawl starts with a section where you increase one stitch every other row, then you work a section straight with no increases and then you decrease one stitch every other row for the final section. I've inserted four short row panels to help the shawl curve slightly. This is a very subtle curve.


I did write about Amelie for the last Monday Mini Tip Tutorial but the pattern was then only available for pre-order at that time The pattern is live now and you can get 30% off until 20 April 2017 by using coupon code: amelie30.


I've also got kits for Amelie available here. The kits include 8 balls of Lang Merino 200, size 6 seed beads, printed and pdf pattern in the colours shown in the original sample. Full price is £46.50 but the kits are currently £40 with free UK postage. The pre-order for the kits will close on Wednesday 19 April 2017. Kits will be shipped by 26 April 2017. If you'd like to swap any of the colours, do e-mail me on yarnaddictcs@gmail.com by 19 April and I can organise that for you. 


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jersey Workshops

I'm very excited to tell you that I'll be back in Jersey to teach four workshops on 19, 20 and 21 May 2017. I was in Jersey teaching workshops three years ago and had a fabulous time.



These workshops are organised by Hazel from Entrelac Yarns and will be held in St Aubin's Bay (above photo). If you're interested in more details or to book, please contact Hazel on entrelacyarns@gmail.com or text to 07797 918788.



We're kicking off with Continental Knitting on Friday afternoon. In this class you'll learn how to tension the yarn in your left hand, knit the continental knit stitch and the Norwegian purl stitch. With the Norwegian purl stitch, you will be holding the yarn at the back for purling (as well as knitting) which makes it much quicker when working combined knit and purl stitch patterns.

Holly, of Marvellous Makes, came to my Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl workshop last weekend and you can read her impressions from the class here. She said:  'It was a really enjoyable workshop – Anniken is a great teacher and takes things in small logical steps so you can understand and slowly master the techniques. If you’d like to brush up on some knitting skills, I’d thoroughly recommend trying one of her workshops'. Holly took a full day class and the class in Jersey will be half day but you'll learn all the same things.




On Saturday afternoon, I'll be teaching Fair Isle/Stranded Colour Work. Stranded colour work includes both traditional Fair Isle and traditional Scandinavian colour work. You will learn how to work with two colours at the same time, how to hold two colours, how to strand the yarn, how to knit in the round using the magic loop technique and how to read a fair isle/stranded colour work chart. Suitable for knitters confident in basic knitting techniques.

This is the perfect class to follow on from the Continental Knitting workshop as you'll be getting a head start when it comes to knitting with one colour in each hand.



On Sunday, there will be two half day workshops. In the morning, we'll be tackling how to knit in the round. Knitting in the round is becoming increasingly popular as more and more garments are worked in the round. In this class you will learn how to knit in the round on circular needles, double pointed needles and the magic loop technique. After this class you will be confident enough to tackle any garment or accessory which is worked in the round. Suitable for confident novice and intermediate knitters.



On Sunday afternoon, we'll tackle Steeking. Not heard of Steeking? So that a garment can be knitted in the round, the traditional method of steeking is commonly used in Norwegian and Fair Isle patterns to cut the holes needed for armholes or down the front of a sweater to turn it into a cardigan. You can also use steeking techniques to alter a garment to make it smaller or change the shape.

This workshop will include how to reinforce a steek before cutting, the 'steek sandwich', how to cut and how to pick up for edgings. We'll also cover topics such as why steeks are used, how they are used in various designs, and the benefits of being able to knit items in the round without worrying about armholes or knitting fronts of cardigans separately.


If you are coming to the Fair Isle workshop, you'll be working on the tube you knit in that class but otherwise, you will be required to knit a fair isle swatch in the round (pattern will be provided) in advance of the workshop. Suitable for intermediate knitters or anyone attending the Fair Isle workshop on Saturday.

Workshops will cost £28 each. If you book two or more workshops, they'll be £25 each.

Please contact Hazel at entrelacyarns@gmail.com or text to 07797 918788 for further details and to book.



Sarah, who came to one of my workshops recently says: 'Just to say Anniken's workshops are fantastic! Lots crammed into the time and a great teacher and experienced knitter'.


So will I see you in Jersey? If you've never been to Jersey before, I highly recommend going as it's such a beautiful island. If you fancy taking in some sightseeing, you can travel around the island easily by the local buses. St Aubin's Bay is beautiful and easily reached from the air port. There are plenty of hotels, guest houses and B&Bs as well as restaurants. There are a network of cycle paths on Jersey which we took full advantage of the last time we visited. 


Taken on one of our bike rides in Jersey three years ago. 




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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sunny Weekend

 

Last weekend I was in Newbury teaching two workshops at Purlescence but I also had time to explore Newbury. I arrived mid-afternoon on Friday and after dropping my luggage at the hotel, I had a look around the shops then headed to the canal for a walk. I spent an hour strolling along the canal, taking photos and sitting on a bench knitting.



It was sunny and warm, almost summer temperatures and there were lots of people around. I sat by a lock for a few minutes knitting watching a canal boat go through.



I found a comfortable bench and sat there knitting for a while before heading back into town for dinner.



In addition to the canal, Newbury has a lovely church. I took a couple of pictures on the way to dinner but didn't have time to go inside.



Saturday was hot and sunny and I had a great day teaching, but as soon as I got back to the hotel I went out and headed down to the canal area after stopping at a couple of shops for some snacks.





I took more pictures on Saturday. I was trying out some new lenses I got for my phone. I'm really happy with the photos I took. I didn't walk very far on Saturday as my back was bad after teaching and walking makes it worse. I found a bench right by the canal (with the foot path behind me), plugged my headphones in and got my knitting out. I thought I'd spend about half an hour there but I ended up spending nearly an hour knitting. I could have sat there for longer but I was getting hungry so went off in search of dinner.





It wasn't just the canal I enjoyed in Newbury. I spent two days teaching at Purlescence and had another great weekend there. The ladies who came were lovely. There were knitters who had never been on my workshops before and returning knitters.



Holly, who I'd been chatting to on Instagram, wrote about her experience on Saturday's Continental Knitting with Norwegian Purl workshop here.


Holly said: 'It was a really enjoyable workshop – Anniken is a great teacher and takes things in small logical steps so you can understand and slowly master the techniques. If you’d like to brush up on some knitting skills, I’d thoroughly recommend trying one of her workshops'.



Cairney who came to both workshops said: 'A brief email to thank you both for a really inspirational weekend of knitting. It is such a rare luxury to give myself time to knit throughout the days - and on two consecutive ones at that! - whilst learning new skills and techniques. Thank you. I look forward to exploring more workshops with you and uncovering more “unknown to me” knitting secrets!



I'll be back at Purlescence in the autumn for two more workshops. Details to follow.


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Friday, April 07, 2017

Bleeker Workshop


Bleeker was published this year in the Malabrigo Book 11 Anniversario book and Spin A Yarn stock the book and the yarn so we thought it'd be fun to do a workshop on Bleeker.

We've scheduled the workshop for 13 June. In the morning we'll work on a mini version of Bleeker which covers all the techniques including how to achieve the asymmetrical shape, how to get neat colour changes for the garter stripes, how to read a lace chart, how to knit the lace pattern and how to block Bleeker. You will get the pattern as part of the workshop.


Sounds like fun? I'll bring the materials for the morning but you'll need two skeins of sock yarn (185m per 100g) and 4mm circular needles (80cm recommended). The shawl was knitted in Malabrigo Mechita in colours #005 Aniversario and #412 Teal Feather (one of each colour. Spin A Yarn stock Malabrigo and if you want to have these specific colours, contact them so they can reserve it for you. You can purchase the yarn on the day using your discount or bring an alternative yarn.


Contact Spin A Yarn to book.

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