Swedish Crochet

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As well as the Baltic Knits workshop in November, I shall also be at wonderful West Dean again in February teaching two workshops on Swedish constructed techniques.
The first, Swedish Crochet: An Introduction to Crochet Nålbindning and Smygmask Virkning, runs from the 21st – 23rd February. This is a really exciting opportunity to learn Crochet Nålbindning, a ‘new’ technique that has only been acknowledged by the Nordic Museum in Stockholm as an authentic technique in the last few years.

You will also be able to learn Smygmask Virkning – an equally ancient slip stitch crochet technique that has long been used as a distinctively firm and decorative edging for Swedish folk knitted mittens, socks and sweaters.

I shall also be teaching Swedish Nålbindning: The Basics on the 24th February – this will be an ideal opportunity for those who missed the workshop last year or for anyone who needs a refresher.

Find out more and book a place here.

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Baltic Knitting

Baltic-Knit-Socks-RGBJoin me on the 15th – 18th November for a brand new workshop at West Dean College – Folk Knitting Techniques from the Baltics.

With one introductory evening session followed by three whole days, this workshop will allow plenty of time to explore the history and construction of the wonderfully colourful  traditional hand knitted mittens, stockings and socks from the Baltics. With specific emphasis on Estonian knitting techniques you will sample a range of cast-on methods, decorative knot rounds and unique colour and shaping methods as you knit ‘mini’ mittens and socks – all great techniques for winter knits!

I’ll look forward to seeing you there.

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Lamb Chop Puppet

LambChopIMageThis puppet pattern looks like an ideal summer holiday knitting project to me. Lamb Chop was the creation of New York ventriloquist and comedian Shari Lewis in the late 50’s and 60’s and she starred on children’s TV over here in the UK in the 70’s – I loved her!

You can make either a knitted version (by Patons & Baldwins Limited), or a crochet version (by Miss J. A . Cowie).

I just happened to come across this copy (in my collection of old and vintage patterns), but you can buy one. And if you have 5 minutes to spare (skip the ads!), you can watch an old black and white show with Chop in action…

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Folk Knitting

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Start planning your Autumn knitting projects with the latest copy of Folk Knitting from Interweave – not only are there patterns for my Maarika Bag (originally designed for (Colorknits), and the Ola Pullover (Northern Knits), there are also patterns for a Marianne Isager knitted vest, a pair of Turkish knitted folk stockings, a pair of medieval middle eastern inspired stockings, Shetland wool wrist warmers, as well as an article on Andean knitting secrets by Mary Jane Mucklestone. And, of course, lots more besides…

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Vat Moss Rule

Just to let you know that due to this controversial EU rule, if you live in any EU country (other than the UK), and would like to buy one of my patterns from my shop, you will no longer be able to buy instantly but will instead have to use the contact page and directly email your request.

An invoice will be sent to you, and once payment has been made your pdf will be emailed directly.

I know – this is a pain, and VAT Moss is a very draconian rule for small, non vat paying businesses.

There is currently a UK lobby which is trying to introduce a minimum so that small suppliers are not caught up in it all…

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