Sonia Delaunay


It was a real pleasure to finally get to see the Sonia Delaunay exhibition at the Tate Modern. Delaunay’s work, and in particular her simultaneous contrast colour work and textile designs for fabric, carpets and bags, have always been hugely influential for me.
It was especially inspiring to see the truly wonderful embroidered coats and jackets.
It runs until the 9th August…


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The Clangers Are Back!


The all knitted, pink space creatures from the late 60’s and early 70’s are back for a new series.
You can find out all you need to know about Clangers, what they get up to and why, here.
I have also been enjoying this very lovely book ‘The Art of Smallfilms’ – where you can see a Clanger knitting (sort of – with only one needle and a dropped stitch…).

You may also remember that I have suggested before that you could in fact knit your very own Clanger and of course you can always watch an original episode…

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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…

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Faroese Knitting Festival


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

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Spring Greens


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!


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