Friday, 25 November 2016

I Love Knitting Socks!

Just as the title of this blog post states I absolutely love knitting socks! They are my favourite thing to knit and I love knitting them in bright and fun colours and also hand dyeing the yarn for them too!

Below are my recent pair (in progress) of hand knit socks for my daughter. I hand dyed the yarn which is an Alpaca 4 ply sock yarn in pink and turquoise with professional acid dyes. I love how they have come out as they are so bright and fun, just what's needed for these winter months.

If I could knit socks all day everyday I would be a happy woman! I have just started designing my own sock pattern and plan on hand dyeing some more of my own yarns. In the meantime however my favourite sock yarns are West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply and Artesano Definition Sock Yarn. I'm always happy to test knit sock patterns or even review some sock yarns on my blog if any yarn companies out there would like me to do so ;)

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Artyfibres Black Friday SALE 2016 - Get 30% Off

Artyfibres Black Friday Sale get 30% off handspun yarns, spinning fibres and handmade gifts in my Etsy shop until 28th November 2016. Simply use BLACKFRIDAY16 at checkout.

Handspun Yarns

Handwoven Scarves

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Hand Embroidery and Weaving

This morning I decided to sort through my yarn stash and discovered I have lots of small skeins of yarn I haven't gotten around to using yet. This gave me the idea to start a new weaving project.

Green suddenly stood out to me, teamed with golden browns and oranges. I gathered up all the yarns I liked into a bowl and added some recycled sari silk, hand dyed Wensleydale wool locks and some embroidery threads.

I warped up my Ashford Rigid Heddle loom with handspun green alpaca and an art yarn. I was intending to use the embroidery threads woven in amongst the wool yarns and art yarn but as I started to weave I thought it would be nice to include some hand embroidered leaves as I wove. I am hoping to add more leaves here and there as I weave. It will be interesting to see how it works out!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Lovely New Handspun Yarns to Knit With

I have recently listed some lovely new handspun yarns in my shop these include one of my favourite fibres Bluefaced Leicester. I first hand painted the wool tops with professional acid dyes then spun them into soft and silky 2 ply yarns. The colours of these yarns are really gorgeous. I am just about to start spinning some beautiful Teeswater wool tops which I am just going to leave in it's natural colour.

Golden Corn - Handspun hand dyed Bluefaced Leicester

Turkish Delight - Handspun hand dyed Bluefaced Leicester

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

A - Z of Hand Embroidery Stitches Digital PDF

I have spent the last few weeks compiling all my hand embroidery stitch tutorials into one easy to download digital publication. I have included an A4 version and a US Letter version so that it is accessible to all. The PDF is available to purchase via my Etsy Shop at a cost of £6.00 this includes VAT and will be available to instantly download once purchased.

Why should I buy this PDF?

The 188 page digital PDF is all the hand embroidery stitch tutorials that I have published here on my blog including pattern templates (not on the blog) for designs such as the split stitch snail shown on the cover image plus more. The step by step photographic tutorials are suitable for beginners and the more experienced stitcher wanting to add more stitches to their arsenal. It also means that you have a handy printable guide at your side rather than having to refer back to my blog. I am also offering email support if you should get stuck with any of the stitches. Please email and I will answer any of your questions.

I hope you will enjoy learning hand embroidery as much as I have enjoyed sharing my knowledge over the years of such a beautiful craft.

Addicted to Knitting Shawls

Well it's official I am totally addicted to knitting shawls and what's more knitting on circular needles! I just love the fact that knitting shawls is something I can do while watching the tv or sitting in the van (we don't have a car as we need a van for surf boards and wet suits!) looking out to sea at Marazion!

As one shawl is cast off another shawl is cast on! My new shawl is a bit sparkly and uses Rico Creative Reflection Print Yarn which has a shimmery silver thread running through it. It is a light weight DK yarn. I am knitting the shawl on a 5.5mm circular needle so that it has an open lacy effect. I have decided to use two colours Blackberry and Anthracite. I'm loving how it is working out so far. The yarn is lovely and soft and it comes in some beautiful shades so I think I will probably make a few more of these! I'm going to finish the edge with a picot cast off, there is a really easy to follow tutorial on The Picot Bind-Off on the Love Knitting blog if you haven't tried this method of casting off before.

I never used to like to use circular needles after a very twisty disaster with a 4 ply cowl but I am actually going to try knitting some toe up socks with them! More on that later.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Hot Off the Needles - Hand Knitted Garter Stitch Shawl

This is my latest hand knitted garter stitch shawl hot off the needles! I just need to finish it by washing it and then blocking it to open up the eyelets in the centre spine. The shawl is knitted in two different yarns. For the main body I used a Fair Isle effect yarn called Sidar Crofter DK and for the edging I used a Dodgson Wood rare and native British breed mill spun yarn which is a blend of Castlemilk Moorit and Cheviot. I bought this yarn at Woolfest this year. It's a small shawl but I think the colours go really well together. I am popping this one in my Etsy shop when it's completely finished.