Thursday, 9 September 2010

Lace loom

I thought I'd post a bit of an explanation of the lace loom I got at Knit Nation.  This is the model I have, and here is a video explaining how it works.

I haven't used it yet, too many other projects on the go, but I've got some ideas for it and will post them here when I get to them!

Friday, 3 September 2010


This is my first project using yarn acquired at Knit Nation.  The pattern is Glows by Laris Designs and the yarn is 100% Merino Superwash from Wollmeise in Johannisbeer und Brennessel, which translates as Redcurrant and Stinging Nettle.  Being a fine yarn on small needles, with lots of cables etc, it's quite a fiddly project, but I'm really enjoying it anyway.  It's also the first time I've worked from a chart rather than a written pattern, which is interesting to say the least!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Debbie Bliss garter stitch jacket

Here is a photo of a recently finished project made for a friend's premature baby girl.  The pattern is by Debbie Bliss and the yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino which is gorgeous and soft and perfect for delicate skin.  Being so tiny and simple, it was really quick to knit.

I also made this card to send with it, which is my second attempt at cardmaking.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Knit Nation

The last weekend in July was the weekend of Knit Nation in London.  I went along on the Saturday with my sister, and we had a great time.  I wish I'd known how brilliant it was going to be as I would have saved up and gone for longer!  The marketplace was amazing, every single stall had something gorgeous on it and restraining myself from buying (or trying to buy - not enough money to actually do it!) everything was so hard!  My favourite stall was Rohrspatz & Wollmeise (below) just because it looked so beautiful!

As soon as we saw the wall of colours, we had to make a beeline for it.  The yarn isn't cheap, but when we realised the yardage per 150g skein was immense, it was very easy to convince ourselves to get some.  The gorgeous projects on display around the booth, which were all made with one skein or less, helped make the decision!  The shawls at the front are by Arlene's World of Lace, and the gloves on top of the shelves are by Laris Designs.

Below is the haul of goodies I came away with.  Not bad considering we were only there for about two hours or so!  Left to right, back: Fashion Flats for designing clothes, lace loom (both from Purlescence), Kumihimo discs and book (can't even remember the name of the stall that came from!), "Vintage Gifts to Knit" by Susan Crawford (signed).  Slightly chaotic pile of yarn in the middle, left to right: five balls each of Little Knitting Company Camelot in white and pink, pale pink shawl kit from Artisan Yarns, black and silver shawl kit from Be Sweet, six balls of Be Sweet Extra Fine Boucle Mohair in red, orange, purple and lime, more shawl kits from Artisan (purple and red ones), and three gorgeous skeins of Wollmeise in mostly red based colours.  There are also a bunch of extra bits for my Denise interchangeable needles on the far right.  Phew!  It's going to take me ages to get through that little lot!