Naloa KAL starting this Saturday Aug… 30th…!!

This last month has been a huge roller coaster ride for me as I have moved house/city and have relocated next to the British seaside! Your parcel of yarn-y goodness will now be winging to you from the lovely Hastings:

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Hastings castle on the day I arrived!

With all the moving palava I realised only the other day that I’d made an error on the Naloa KAL start date. Huge apologies for the confusion…  We will be casting on TOMORROW - Saturday August 30th, running to  Saturday October 4th.

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BEYUL fingering shown in ‘yurt’ and ‘turquoise tarn’ colourways , image © EastLondonKnit

There are still kits for the shawl on the shop

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Naloa by EastLondonKnit – detail, shades of BEYUL image © Kettle Yarn Co.

…and see the KAL group page for details of all the fantastic prizes!

I can’t wait to pick this project back up! The shawl will be my holiday knitting as I am taking a full 2 weeks off starting Sunday.

If you order any yarn after tomorrow please be aware that shipping will be delayed until September 16th while I am on leave.

 

Kettle Yarn Co. on Pomcast!

I was super chuffed (literally my very British, but very genuine, response) when the lovely Lydia and Sophie from Pom Pom Quarterly’s podcast invited me to be interviewed for their most recent Pomcast a few weeks ago.

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You can catch the interview and listen to more of the ladies’ lighthearted banter on their site (and Lydia’s great laugh!!) ;-)

Make sure you check out the images from the beautiful new autumn issue as well and download your digital copy now! It is a real stunner:

Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 10 © Pom Pom Quarterly / Amy Gwatkin

Here are a few of my favs from the new issue:

Endellion by Christine Junggeburt© Pom Pom Quarterly / Amy Gwatkin

Selsey by Fiona Alice © Pom Pom Quarterly / Amy Gwatkin

Wenlock by tincanknits image © Pom Pom Quarterly / Amy Gwatkin

They’ve also got some great stuff in their shop, like this tote bag that I got at Unwind!

POM POM ‘SURVIVAL OF THE KNITTEST’ TOTE BAG

Thanks again, ladies. It was good fun!

Creative Blog Hop!

Last week talented knitwear designer, fibre dyer extraordinaire and all around lovely lady Rachel Brown from Porpoise Knits tagged myself and the ever vivacious Allie of Champagne & Quiviut in a creative blog hop!

What a lovely idea and concept and a great way to get a peek at some amazing new crafty blogs. A huge Kettle Yarn Co. welcome to any new readers, and thanks for dropping by

As part of a chain of posts, to take part we all answer the same four questions and then introduce readers to two other amazing blogs of our choice.

So to start…

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ISLINGTON – Prunella, Old Smoke & Light Squirelly

1. What am I working on?

As regular readers already know, I’ve started my glorious Naloa shawl by EastLondonKnit and have reluctantly put it on on hold while I move house over the next few weeks.

It is painful to wait as this first bit only took a couple of days and was so quick and easy – even for a lace luddite like me! I am dyeing to finish it now…but will wait for the start of the KAL on August 31st and the rest of you…!

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2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

All the yarns I sell are personally wear tested to ensure the blends are luxurious and soft against the skin but ALSO long wearing, high quality and are ethically produced.

I’ve even created the wear chart above to help customers choose yarn for their projects.

Keep in mind that what I refer to as a 3 shave blend is something that can be worn ten or more times before you will even see one little pill! A yarn like Malabrigo Rasta would be a 1000 shave in my books…or would never even rate on a chart. ;-)

3. Why do I create what I do?

This is a really tough question for me. I have always made things in one form or another and have a physical and emotional need to make things. It is just a part of me.

Dyeing yarn is such a natural progression from my MA in Fine Art Painting that it just makes too much sense not to do it. I love fibre and colour and the melding of the two into something practical and useful is unbelievably satisfying.

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Detail of Noordzee Shawl by Rachel Brown in WESTMINSTER – baby camel/silk in ‘florence’ colourway

I was talking to someone the other day regarding the paintings I used to make and realised dyeing yarn for others to use encompasses a huge motivator for my creative process. With paintings I created ambiguous scenes which required viewers to bring their own interpretations to the piece. With yarn it is taken even further and I get to physically SEE what those interpretations have created in a way. It is magic.

When I design, the process is much more selfish. I design items I want or need and this means that the items need to be things I’d be happy to knit myself. This requires them to be somewhat simple and easy to knit as knitting for me is about relaxing and enjoying the process and techniques. I am much more interested in crafting something exceptionally well with well-considered details than recreating the wheel!

Brioche Hat and Brownlow Wristwarmers

Brioche Hat and Brownlow Wristwarmers

4. How does my creative process work?

I am a natural pack rat and think my creations encompass this by melding bits and bobs of things that interest me…or that I like and covet.

I can be rather impulsive and horrifically particular when it comes to colour. I frequently get taken away by the process of dyeing, and often end up with new colourways because I simply cannot bear to take the hue where I’d intended and lose a lovely colour developed by chance. I have always found those unexpected discoveries the most exciting in a creative process and firmly believe in giving chance its fair due!

see, hear, speak, © 1999 Linda Lencovic, silver & copper pendant

see, hear, speak, © 1999 Linda Lencovic, silver & copper pendant

My two tagged blogs

I’ve chosen two more knitting-related bloggers to continue the Creative Hop. Make sure to click through and follow the hop trail to discover new blogs!

1. Kate from the blog and podcast A Playful Day – Kate is a freelance writer, editor and social media developer with a serious passion for knitting.

2. Rachel at My Life in Knitwear – Rachel is a talented designer and tech editor working with a number of UK knitting magazines, specialist craft publishers and high profile independent designers. and has just had several designs published in the gorgeous new book The Knit Generation!

Acorn by Rachel Atkinson © Quail Publications, 2014

A HUGE thank you to Rachel for tagging me in this hop! Do check out the other amazing blogs in the trail of posts by following back on the previous posts…it is good fun! ;-)

The shirt dress to end all shirt dresses

I haven’t a huge amount of time for posting at the moment as am in the middle of a house move, but thought I would share some quick images of a non- knitting related FO that I am SO proud of!

I have been wanting to make this Merchant & Mills shirt dress for years now, but doubted my sewing capabilities, so when my friend asked me if I wanted to take a day workshop with her to make the dress I jumped!

The day course was at Ray Stitch in Islington and the teacher, Luisa, was brilliant. I highly recommend it.

Of course I decided to make things hard on myself by trying to do something rather advanced. I wanted the fine pin striping to match diagonally across the bib and admit it did take cutting out one side of the bib twice, but in the end managed it to much fanfare (admittedly in my own head!!!). ;-D

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In the end it was totally worth the trauma, though.

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I discovered something utterly heartwarming as well…my shoddy sewing skills are largely due to my heinously crappy machine! On the new Janome’s at the shop I was able to sew the finest, most delicate overstitching, that I frankly shocked myself.  It was so affirming in a way. I even unpicked my initial overstitch in the bib and redid it once I discovered what I was capable of with a fully functioning machine!

A new machine is definitely on the wish list now.

So here is the finished dress. The hem looks lopsided in the photo, but isn’t…I swear. ;-)

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If anyone else is thinking of making this dress it isn’t as complicated as I’d feared, although there are some interesting bits I never would have expected. The bib, after the pattern matching, was dead simple!

*update* Just to add a note on fit – the dress came up a bit large across the back. This is normal for me, but I noticed that it fit this way on others in the class as well. You might want to measure across the back yoke before sewing it in to be sure it will fit properly. I had to un pick it and take out an inch by seaming it down the middle! Taking that little bit out made is stop gaping at the shoulders and it now sits perfectly across the back.

Naloa shawl inspiration from EastLondonKnit

The ELK, herself, EastLondonKnit, has been kind enough to offer to help me out for the next few weeks as I am swamped with some personal stuff! Here she is for her first post, discussing her inspiration for Naloa! Thanks Renee!
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When Linda told me she had a new, exotic yarn base made of silk and yak and that she was working on a palette for this new yarn inspired by Tibetan traditions, I was so excited!  The richness of tone and hue were visually intoxicating and I was only too happy to design something to compliment the beautiful combo of yarn and colour.

 

After much debate, we decided the undyed Yurt and the gorgeous Turquoise Tarn were destined to be a new shawl.

 

Now I have never been to the Himalayas, so I have no idea how accurate Google’s depiction of the beauty of the place is, but it looks stunning.
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I love the naturally bright blue green of the tarn against the stark, rocky mountain landscape, and took the water as my inspiration.

 

The summer-time weather dictated something lovely and lacy.  For this shawl, I wanted the ‘work’ to be right-side only— in other words, every WS row would be simple purling; I wanted the rivulets that radiated from the centre all the way to edges to create a distinct and easy-to-follow structure, and I wanted some variation on simple stripes. I began to swatch…
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…and sketch….
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And it wasn’t long before it came together. In the end, I think I managed a shawl that is enjoyable but not complicated to knit, which shows off a gorgeous yarn.
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Naloa shawl by EastLondonKnit, image © EastLondonKnit

Happy knitting!
Renee
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You can find Renee on her website or blog and follow her on Twitter or Instagram!

Naloa KAL details – starts Aug 31st!

We’ve decided we need a bit more time before starting the Naloa Shawl KAL, so have bumped it back to the end of the month… there is still plenty of time to get your yarn and join in!

The KAL will run Saturday August 31st – Saturday October 4th.

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Naloa shawl by EastLondonKnit, image © EastLondonKnit

You can buy your kit for the shawl on the shop or pick your own colour combination! See the KAL group page for details.

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BEYUL fingering shown in ‘yurt’ and ‘turquoise tarn’ colourways , image © EastLondonKnit

Rules:

One entry per shawl – if you make more than one shawl you get more than one entry! ;-)

All shawls WITH PHOTOS posted in the FO thread by Saturday October 4th 2014 will be eligible for the following prizes:

Social Media Superstar

Every mention with the hashtag #NaloaKAL on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram will go into the draw for 1 skein of Wimbledon Sport in colour ‘melon balls’ + a Kettle Yarn Co. project bag tag

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Best photo

This one is for the most interesting photo that shows your shawl in the best light. This doesn’t have to be taken with a fancy camera – just take a shot that makes your shawl look BEAUTIFUL to win a copy of Pompom Quarterly’s beautiful Summer Issue 9 + a Kettle Yarn Co. project bag tag.

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Randomly selected FO

This prize will be randomly generated and the person will win 2 skeins of the softest baby Camel DK + a Kettle Yarn Co. project bag tag.

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© KettleYarnCo

This is going to be SO fun!

Keep an eye out on your email for a special draw coming up exclusively for newsletter subscribers as well! 

 

 

The Knitter reviews Islington…

Got a bit of a thrill last week as I got to see a review of ISLINGTON in the latest issue of UK knitting magazine, The Knitter – Issue 74!

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It is quite humbling to see the calibre of the other yarns on the same page and I am truly relieved that the author seemed to like my baby as much as I do.  ;-)

Here is the review:

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review on p. 57 of Issue 74 © The Knitter

The issue has some beautiful summer patterns and this one caught my eye immediately…can anyone figure out why…  (shhhh Jo and Gail!)

Auriel by Jennie Atkinson © The Knitter

…apparently chevrons never get old for me! My eye always seems to pick them out and get drawn to beautiful patterns with a bit of chev.  ;-B

This design would even look stunning a little bit heavier in ISLINGTON, new BEYUL or even HEATH for a woolier version come September. Wouldn’t that be gorgeous? The seed stitch chevrons would pop even more and it would be the best layering piece come winter! Mmmm.

Click on the top image above to go to the pattern on Ravelry or the magazine image above to by a hard copy or subscribe to The Knitter.

Here is another funny thing – I was setting up this blog post and it wasn’t until I went to copy the link for this pattern that I realised I met the lovely designer, Jennie Atkinson, at Fibre East! What a wonderfully small world.

 

Naloa shawl now available – and impromtu London trunk show!

Renee Callahan’s breathtaking Naloa shawl is now available for purchase on Ravelry! A simple, elegant shawl, this is a top-down triangular shawl with streams of stacked eyelets running out from the centre to wavelets of lace in the border. Designed to be knit with 2 skeins of BEYUL fingering, Naloa features a simple alternation of colour to bring out the beautiful flow of the lace pattern.

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As a little added bonus for anyone in the London area this weekend we are also holding at mini-trunk show at the EastLondonKnit studios for the annual arts festival Hackney Wicked:

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You can drop by, enjoy the festivities, try on the sample and even purchase some Kettle Yarn Co. yarn to start the shawl! Renee will have some BEYUL in studio for you to see and fondle in person.

 

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We are planning a marvelous Knit A Long (KAL) for this beauty which will start on Saturday August 9th and will run to the 13th September and will have some AMAZING prizes for various fun things. We’ll give you more details next week when we’ve worked them out.

Check the blog for details next week and get your Naloa Kit now in the shop while they last. I am planning on taking a bit of a break from dyeing through August, so skeins are limited for the time being!

Back from Fibre East…

Yet another amazing weekend and another amazing show! In recovery from a whirlwind time of playing with some truly amazing people, especially the ever fabulous EastLondonKnit – my partner in crime at the booth this weekend! Wish you all could have been there. ;)

You likely won’t be hearing much from me for the next few days as I try to get my energy back, but wanted to share this great article on the lovely Helen from Just Got Made - a UK online maker’s directory –  from ethical living magazine The Village Green featuring another preview of Renee’s beautiful Naloa shawl in BEYUL, which we launched this weekend at Fibre East to rave responses!

The pattern and kits will be released online later this week, so stay tuned:

If you haven’t yet heard of the fabulous Just Got Made directory or the Village Green mag, they are well worth checking out for unique wares and thought provoking articles…

 

 

 

Fibre East location

Just a quick heads up that they have changed the entrance to the venue this year…and is now right next to the booth! What luck!

We should be one of the first stalls you encounter through the doors, so don’t get dazzled by the amazing wares in this building and miss us (as some friends did at Unwind ;-D ).

Here is a new map to make sure none of you miss us – the red star marks our placement, smack dab in the middle of the entrance!

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Also, just a heads up to bring plenty of water and wear your coolest clothes. It was scorching yesterday when we were setting up and I wager today will be the same.

Renee and I will see you soon!