Twined knitting workshop

Join me for a three day workshop and learn an ancient Scandinavian knitting technique for creating authentically constructed, embroidered and decorated Swedish mittens and mitts using 5 needles and Swedish Z-spun, pure wool yarn.
The course will run from Monday 5th through to Thursday 8th February 2018 at West Dean college near Chichester in Sussex.

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Ennid Shawl

Interweave’s new collection Classic Knit Shawls includes the Ennid shawl pattern from Northern Knits. I love the elegant simplicity of this design – it is such an easy shape to wear as its unfussy, warm and practical. Because of its simplicity, this is a really versatile design and will look lovely in just about any yarn weight you might want to use.
The photo shows an Ennid shawl I knitted a little while ago in a gorgeous Gotland yarn.

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West Dean Arts and Crafts Festival

West Dean’s Art and Crafts Festival is from 2-4 June (10am-5pm), and this year they have a drop in and have-a-go craft hut trail.
I’ll be in hut 2 up by the pergola, talking about and demonstrating all things knitted from beginners oh-so-easy projects to fancy Nordic cast-ons, nålbindning and more – come and say hello.

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Atelier 51

Atelier 51 opens its doors again for the Brighton May festival 2017 – this time with its brand new shop open – and I will be selling a small selection of knitted pieces.
Open every day from 13th-21st May, 11.00-5.00

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Knitted Hygge!

Quite rightly, hygge is currently being fully embraced not only by the Scandinavians but by all us Europeans and Americans – and I was really pleased to see this recent article from Interweave.

All the projects in Northern Knits: Gifts (Interweave 2012), were designed in celebration of the concept of hygge and the hand knitted gift. Having spent time in Scandinavia I was aware that there was a history of a collective Scandinavian love and appreciation of the natural world and a belief that all aspects of daily life should be enhanced through the use of beautiful everyday objects made from natural materials. Hygge is a Scandinavian word for this specific aesthetic that, although not easily translatable, can mean warmth, humour, comfort, tenderness, contentment and wellbeing. It can be applied not only to things, which should be shared in a loving and generous way, but also to people and environments – and of course it can be applied to the making and giving of knitted projects…
Happy hygge knitting!

Annelli Doll (Northern Knits: Gifts)
Härmä Socks (First Frost)
Liv Socks (Northern Knits)
Märta Bag (Northern Knits)
Noomi Slippers (Northern Knits: Gifts)
Oda Baby Blanket (Northern Knits: Gifts)
Oluffa Doorstop (Northern Knits: Gifts)
Ulla Socks (Northern Knits)

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