Nordic Knitting Weekend

Nordic-weekend-1Nordic-weekend-2There are now only a few places left on the Swedish Nålbindning and Northern Knits workshops which are part of West Dean’s Nordic weekend!
Find out more here, here and here

Posted in Blog, Homepage, Workshops | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

New book out now!

house-blog-photoFirst Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting is a celebration of that certain time of the year when nights have become longer, darker, and colder and you feel the need to light a fire in the fireplace, cheerful candles in the windows and reach for cosy woollen knits to wrap up in.

This brand new collection is also a celebration of the construction of decorative folk knitting — in particular folk mittens, folk gloves and folk socks. As essential everyday items for anyone living and working in the harsh, cold climates of the North, these folk knits ranged from simple and utilitarian to exuberantly textural, braided, tasseled, coloured and patterned knits reserved for special occasions and celebrations.

These intriguing and beautifully decorative knitting techniques have served as inspiration for the twenty cosy and comforting designs in this book.
What better way is there to celebrate these old and often ancient folk techniques than by continuing to incorporate them into our everyday knits?
As you work your way through the patterns in First Frost you will be able to explore many folk techniques including: knitting intarsia in the round, Estonain nupps, decorative and colourful fishtail cast ons, knotted and fringed cast ons, twined knitting, vikkel braids, distinctive Muhu Island decreasing, steeking, Lovikka style embroidery, thrumming, decorative knotted relief stitches, twisted braids, twisted stitches, travelling stitches and more…

Take a look at my books page to see more of the projects.

Posted in Blog, Books, Homepage, Patterns | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

First Frost Look Inside

Here is a short video with Allison Korleski (Interweaves editorial director) taking you through First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting…

Posted in Blog, Books, Homepage, News | Tagged , , | Comments Off

First Frost Publication Update!

TokaSocksJust to let you know that First Frost: Cozy Folk Knitting will be published very shortly but not nearly as soon as I had first understood.
The official on sale date is now 20th November in the US

The photo shows the fabulously decorative and very comfy to wear Tóka socks which were inspired by the exuberantly coloured and patterned socks from the Estonian island of Muhu.

These socks are knitted in the round from the top down using 5 dpns. They have a traditional folk cast-on,  the flower motif on the foot demonstrates a clever technique for knitting single areas of pattern in the round and the toes are shaped using a traditional Estonian shaping technique…

Posted in Blog, Books, News | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

To Knit or Not to Knit?

to knit or not to knitThis is the title of Elvira Woodruff’s entertaining new book which ‘offers humorous tales of triumph and terror for knitters, with a witty nod to the famous and infamous throughout history.’

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy by Elvira herself as on p135 there is a photo of a very handsome Annelli Doll  — the pattern for Annelli is in Northern Knits: Gifts.

It’s a great read and I think it would make the perfect gift for any avid knitter as there are tips galore and even patterns  — Baby’s First Mitts (p12) are very sweet…

Find out more on Elvira’s website, here and here.

Posted in Blog, Books, News, Patterns | Tagged , | Comments Off