Nupps

NuppsIt’s been really useful to to wear my Riita Scarf (from First Frost), on recent chilly evenings.
This light little scarf is knitted in Tosh Lace and decorated with lots of lovely nupps.

A nupp  — which rhymes with soup (Nancy Bush from the Wooly West said that) — is essentially an Estonian knitted bobble.

Nupps are usually used to enhance lace stitches and are made by loosely working k1, yo into a stitch either five, seven, or nine times depending on the required size and type of yarn used. These loops are then purled together as one stitch on the following row. The nupps on the Riita scarf are made by wrapping the yarn nine times — the more times you wrap the more distinct the nupp will be.

Although they can be tricky to make at first — you have to make sure your tension is consistent — once you get going nupps are very satisfying to knit…

Posted in Blog, Books, Homepage, News, Yarn | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Nupps

Faroese Knitting Festival

SirriSock-BlueSirriSock-Yellow

This three day festival sounds wonderful!
It’s a celebration of the Faroese knitting and wool culture — there will be 70 workshops held in various venues from cafes to living rooms and all with an emphasis on the social aspect of knitting.
Find out more here

The photos above show two alternative colour ways for the Sirri Socks  — you can buy the pattern from here and get both the pattern and yarn from here

Posted in Blog, News, socks, Yarn | Comments Off on Faroese Knitting Festival

Spring Greens

shawl-main1shawl-main2

Just the thing for Spring — this simplest of garter stitch shawls is knitted in The Little Grey Sheep’s superb Gotland Lace Weight pure wool yarn.
I used two, 100gm skeins of Zing and followed my Ennid shawl pattern from Northern Knits — increasing stitches until the first skein was used up and then decreasing stitches with the second skein.
Weigh your skeins before you begin though, to make sure there is the same amount of yarn in each!

shawl-main4shawl-main3

Posted in Blog, Homepage, News, Yarn | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Spring Greens

Knitsy

KnitsyI was pleased to be asked by Knitsy magazine to do a short Q & A for their latest edition -  which is just out now…

Posted in Blog, Homepage, News | Tagged | Comments Off on Knitsy

Designer Collective

Baltic-Star-sockSirri-sock

The Designer Collective is an exciting, brand new venture for the Island Wool Company.
Currently consisting of 6 designers (including myself), the collective is championing the joys of knitting with beautiful Faroese pure wool yarn and embraces the slow fashion movement.

Created by Fiona Parker and Daniel Rye the Island Wool Company is the only UK on line shop dedicated to selling Faroese yarn.

As well as being able to buy the patterns for my Sirri Socks and Baltic Star Socks in my shop, you can also buy them from the Island Wool Company website here along with all the Sirri yarn you will need.

Posted in Blog, Homepage, News, Patterns, socks, Yarn | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Designer Collective