Autumn knitting help?

I am still finishing up my Boardwalk and Naloa, but can’t help but look to the next project as autumn knitting is in full swing. It is just that time of year!

I think I must be suffering a bit of decision fatigue as am having to make a lot of choices for the new house and just can’t decide which project should come next. A little help anyone?

Here are my choices:
The crew neck striped Japan Sleeves or the cardigan Old Romance by Joji Locatelli. I love both of these patterns and think my perfect garment might be a blend of the two – a crew neck cardigan with the lace sleeves in BEYUL. Possibly striped with yurt and a dark charcoal or navy.

Linnae Pullover in some bouncy WIMBLEDON or the joyously cabled Oranmore by Bristol Ivy in WALTHAM Aran. Both are a draw for different reasons. I have been wanting to do another colourwork jumper for autumn, but am also wanting a thickly cabled something to block out the sharp sea wind now that I am by the seaside.

I’ve been telling myself that I really need a new cardigan but then keep getting distracted by all the pretty things I am seeing! So as a compromise there is the lovely convertible Aurys by Svetlana Volkova that can be worn as a top OR a cardi – sort of killing 2 birds with one stone, but with quite a bit of open YO’s that might be a bit too cool for the coming months, even in DK.

Think this would be perfect in WALTHAM DK, though, and go really well with the amazing Japanese fabric I picked up at The Village Haberdashery with this Colette pattern on the yarn crawl Saturday (more on that later).

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But I still can’t quite decide.

What do you think, and what are you casting on for autumn?

New stuff!

Shop update this morning and there are some new skeins and goodies!

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Some delicate toothy brights:

Some soft cozy darks:

Some rustic DKs:

And a bunch of new project bags with tags, shown below with my WIP Boardwalk in HEATH ethical merino, colour Lichen Marl above!

 

Check them out and don’t forget that any purchases until October 15th automatically enters you in the Golden Ticket anniversary draw.

Get ready to CRAWL!

I back and excited to say that the second Great London Yarn Crawl takes place this coming Saturday and there are still a few tickets available for those who’ll be in the area.

I will be on Team Suffolk with my fellow shepherd Tom – aka the ever-glamourous Tokyo Tombola.

The weather forecast is looking like sun …with thunderstorms – yes. Thunderstorms. It IS London, folks. 😉

So bring your umbrellas and sunblock and get ready to have huge amounts of fun! Can’t wait.

As a GLYC sponsor again this year, Kettle Yarn Co. will be featured on the blog today so you can see my feature there

OR you could check out a feature on the glorious The Golden Skein’s blog today as I am part of their latest yarn club offering Autumn Harvest, Power of 3 Club! When it rains it pours, right?

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Make sure to check out their fantastic offering of yarn clubs for upcoming goodies.

I am getting back into the groove after my sunshine holiday and will be doing an informal shop update on Friday morning so check in for new colours for your autumn knits.

One year anniversary YARN-Y Golden Ticket giveaway!

A little over a year ago I loaded my first listings to Etsy and launched the shop. I didn’t really know what to expect but after months of dreaming, planning and preparation, clicking that button and making the shop live felt like the start of an amazing new adventure.

The kindness, support and friendship that has come my way since starting this business has been humbling and and truly inspiring.

I wanted to do something special for Kettle Yarn Co.’s one year anniversary and came up with a Willy Wonka-esque ‘golden ticket’ idea as a huge thank you to everyone who has followed and supported me over the last year!

All newsletter subscribers who purchase ANYTHING from the 1st of September to October 15th will be entered into the draw for … *drum roll*…

5 skeins of WIMBLEDON Sport in Melon Balls!


100% Superwash Merino – ethically sourced
100g = 262 m/ 287 yds

That is 1125 juicy metres of bouncy sport weight to get you started in your autumn knitting – a whole jumper’s worth!

You could also stripe or do some colourwork with this as I’ve got many other hues in the same weight:

clockwise: Fenland, Blue Pictsies, *Black Country, Fog, Ice Queen, Sherbert, Melon Balls, *Red Sky
*not in shop yet – contact me by email to purchase directly

I’d meant to post this earlier and run this promotion from 1st of Sept, so will extend it into October due to my tardiness in getting this out. Bad me. ;-?

The winner will be announced October 15th!

Here are a few recent projects in the blend to get you thinking…

clockwise: Merieb’s Maile, Tinkhickman’s Wee Envelope Jumper, Actionmole’s Creamsicle, EastLondonKnit’s Effervescence

Actionmole – aka Sarah – recently left the most lovely review for the blend:

‘It’s so lovely to work with: Although the yarn has a lovely and firm twist, it can be knit up at totally different gauges and is lofty and soft at the same time.

I’ve been wearing my FO eveywhere and it holds up to all my adventures with only minimal piling under the arms. I highly recommend this yarn.’

Can’t get a better recommendation than that! Thanks again Sarah!

I am technically still on holiday until Sept 16th so will not be on email until then, but the shop is still open and I will get your new yarn-babies out to you as soon as I am back in action!

Good luck all, and thank you for making this last year such a joy.

Linda x

Weaving in ends – sneaky techniques with EastLondonKnit

EastLondonKnit has returned to the blog to help the speedy people already finishing up their Naloa in the ongoing KAL. Thanks Renee, and well done speedsters! 😉

(It is still not too late to start your shawl as the KAL runs till October 4th and there are many exciting prizes available for those who take part.)

I love how this technique hides the straggling threads and makes the weaving in seamless. So sneaky and clever!

Take it away, Renee…

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Naloa features gently undulating stripes of colours in the lace edging.  Each colour change begins on a right-side row, thereby making an end to be woven in once the shawl is complete. (So if you’ve just completed a RS row, slide the work to the other end of the needle, and begin the next row from the RS again!)

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There are many ways to weave in ends, but when working with lace, you have to be more careful to keep it tidy and invisible.

I used duplicate stitch in Naloa. It’s a handy technique for  solving many different problems.  Check out this primer.

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First, thread a sharp tapestry needle with the end, and following the end from whence it came, trace the row back through 4-6 stitches, splitting the yarn with the needle.

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Although I wove in my ends before the shawl was blocked, many people prefer to do so afterward, to make sure they don’t tighten the edges of the shawl too much.

I can’t wait to see your beautifully finished Naloa Shawl!

Happy knitting!
Renee
Make sure to check out Renee’s other beautiful designs on Ravelry and find more  useful tutorials on her blog and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

Little wayward tidbits

I have been on a bit of a break for the last few days and won’t be answering emails until the 16th as I take a proper rest!

Thought I would share some images of my Naloa in progress as I’ve just added my first contrast colour stripe…

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…and an image of my new, local, vintage habadashery Wayward in St. Leonard’s to amuse you!

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More soon!

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.

image © Pom Pom Quarterly

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!

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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.