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Monday, August 21, 2017

And relax...

Today has been rather a frustrating day! I'd hoped to finish writing up the pattern for a new design last week but unfortunately the pattern took much longer than I had anticipated. So today, I got started bright and early. But my day was disrupted by my computer deciding to update and configurate which took nearly two hours. Between that, errands and appointments, it's now 8pm and I'm still sitting at my desk and the pattern is still not quite finished. I've probably only got an hour or so left of work to do on it. I'm calling it a day and I'm going to do some knitting.

To cheer myself up first, let me share some beautiful scenery before I finish. On Friday I met a friend for lunch at Noss Mayo in South Devon. Beautiful little village looking out over the river. We had lunch and a few hours of catching up over our knitting.

After spending most of yesterday afternoon and evening watching Netflix and knitting, I've finished part 1 of the blue project and I cast on for the next part. I'm about 2/3 way through this design. I'm really keen to finish it this week but that may be too optimistic. 
I'll finish with a little sneak preview of a new pattern being released this week. Make sure you've signed up to my newsletter to get a launch discount.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Knitter 114 - Brecqhou

Issue 114 of The Knitter has arrived with subscribers and I believe it's in the shops in the UK now too. I have a beautiful shawl in this issue in a yarn that was brand new to me.

The Knitter says: This shawl by Anniken Allis has beautiful curves that wrap around your shoulders perfectly. It features a deep lace pattern around the lower edge, and a central spine and upper border of eyelets. Anniken has knitted her shawl in Amano’s Ayni yarn, a smooth and soft blend of baby alpaca and silk, which comes in 14 warm shades.

Brecqhou has an interesting teardrop (or heart) shape which I talk about in this tutorial here. It's a great shape which is perfect to wear as a shawl around your shoulders as the shaping creates a curved top edge which also makes it perfect to wear as a scarf (as in the photo above).

I recommend starting this shawl with a Garter Tab cast on. I have a tutorial on that here. If you prefer, you an just cast on 9 sts and start the pattern. It won't make a huge difference but the garter tab looks a bit smoother.

Breqhou is worked from the top down in stocking stitch with a lace edging. Starting in stocking stitch means you can get used to the shaping without having to worry about following a lace pattern at the same time.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mullion - New Pattern & Kit

I'm thrilled to finally introduce the Mullion poncho. I know many of you have been waiting for this one. The Mullion poncho is perfect if you love lace but don’t like wearing shawls. A simple lace pattern is followed by a bold edging. The poncho is worked in the round from the top down. 

Mullion starts with two similar, fairly easy big eyelet patterns which flow into a lacier border.

Mullion comes in two sizes - Petite and Tall. Emily (my daughter) and I are both wearing the Tall version. We're the same height but Emily is very slim and I'm plus size. Choose size based on height as well as build, adjusting length if necessary. For a short plus size, cast on for the Tall size and work fewer repeats of Charts C and D. For a very slim tall size, you may wish to cast on for the Petite size and work extra repeats of Charts C and D.

I knitted Mullion in Navia Bummull which is a beautiful cotton/wool blend and my new favourite yarn. I'm offering kits in a choice of six colours available for pre-order. The kits will ship during the second half of September because the yarn takes a few weeks to get here from the Faroe Islands. Pre-order the kits here. Kit include the yarn and a printed a well as a pdf copy of the pattern. Needles are not included.

The Petite size takes three 50g balls (690m) and the Tall size takes four 50g balls (920m).

 Pre-order the kit here or purchase the pdf pattern here.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Mini Tip Tutorial - Fixing a dropped stitch in lace knitting

I've finally got another Mini Tip Tutorial for you. It's been a while but I want to get back into doing two Mini Tip Tutorials every month.

We're kicking off with a fairly easy fix but if it happens to you and you're fairly new to lace knitting, it may be scary to notice a dropped stitch several rows back. You may feel you've got no choice but to rip out. But sometimes ripping out causes more problems especially in a pattern like this with lots of double decreases. So in today's video I will show you how I fixed this little mistake.

A Knitter's Tool Tin with a photo of my hand-dyed yarn.

In the video I mention a Tool Tin by The Sexy Knitter. I keep one in my hand-bag all the time. 

Please ask any questions you have in the comments below. You can see all the previous Monday Mini Tips and other tutorials on my Tutorials page. 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

A week of knitting & other things

We've had a week's holiday and it seems I completely forgot about blogging. We stayed at home but went to a festival called Creationfest every day. It's about 30-40 minutes drive from where we live. 

 Creationfest is annual Christian festival with fantastic music, kids and youth activities including a skate park, talks, seminars and worship for the adults as well as a several bands playing every evening. We mainly went in the morning for the main worship/teaching session and stayed on for afternoon seminars on a couple of days. The picture below was taken yesterday at a Divine chocolate tasting workshop which we really enjoyed.

I knitted during most of the talks and seminars so got quite a bit done. I cast on this new project last weekend and only worked on it while we were at Creationfest.

One day we went to nearby Eden Project in the afternoon. We rarely go in the middle of the summer so it was interesting to see how it looks this time of year. The big biome in the back of the picture below is the tropical biome which is like a tropical rainforest and is extremely hot and humid. It was well 35-40 degrees celcius at the top of the biome.

My favourite is the temperate biome which is based on the Mediterranean and South Africa climates. Loved this colourful display.

Outside there is various British plants and art installations. If you've never been to the Eden Project and find yourself in Cornwall then I highly recommend it.

One evening we went to Sterts which is a local outdoor theatre. It does have a roof but you still feel like you're outside. In fact it was colder inside than it was outside. I took the picture below while we were waiting outside the theatre.  In addition to a big wool blanket, I brought my Amelie shawl to keep me warm. We saw My Fair Lady which I've never seen before. A friend of ours was in the play  and we really enjoyed it.

In the evenings this week, I've mainly been knitting on my pink blob. It's getting really big and it looks like a big blob. I'm very close to finishing and I need to finish it this weekend as I need to start on a new deadline on Monday.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Knitter Focus - Valentina

Knitters often get worried about which yarn to use for lace patterns. There are so many hand-dyed yarns that are variegated and looks fabulous in the skein but it doesn't always look that great in a lace pattern. When I first knitted Valentina, I wanted to use a specific colour of Schoppel 6 Karat. It was the first colour I'd always sell out of at shows. I sent the yarn and pattern off to my sample knitter. And when it came back I was slightly disappointed as the lace does get a bit lost in the yarn.

Now, this is not my sample knitter's fault. She just knitted what I asked her to knit. And I do like this yarn and in real life it does look better than in the photo. Also, the camera I used to take these photos wasn't that great.

The lovely Kathy, who's my Ravelry group moderator, has knitted Valentina in a solid colour of Schoppel 6 Karat and it look so much better in a solid colour. I love it! first, I thought it was another shawl.

Kathy is a fantastic knitter and has knitted quite a few of my patterns now. I also love that she's happy to add to or change a design if she wants to. On Valentina she added picots which I think looks great. You can read about what she did on her Ravelry project page.

Thank you Kathy for letting me share your beautiful shawl here. If you've knitted something from one of my patterns and would like me to share it here, do get in touch (e-mail me on

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Special Offer

I thought I'd let you know about a little special offer I'm running over the next week. 

Get 25% off any pattern purchase from my Ravelry Pattern Shop. Use coupon code: summerknit. Valid until 13 August 2017 (midnight UK). See all my patterns here. 

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