Knit Ireland 2
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Wheeeeeee, it's the first day of spring and St David's Day, so this year I'm going to celebrate with the launch f my first ever KAL.
I recently posted images of the Jools Beret on Facebook and my blog and got a whole slew of lovely comments. The design is worked on either four dpns or using the magic loop. The pattern is an easy stripe with two rows of the simplest fairisle in every eight row repeat. Many knitters are afraid to even contemplate fairisle, the mere word seems to terrify, but believe me, it's not rocket science. And anyway, if it's absolutely not your thing then you could just substitute a stripe over these two rows. The design is a great stashbuster, as it calls for no more than 23yds/21m of any of the 11 colours.
Join me on this voyage of discovery. More info and registration on my KAL page.
It's certainly been a very exciting time for me recently. I've just signed off my next book, Great Little Gifts to Knit, published by The Taunton Press in September. As the title implies it's a collection of more than 30 ideas for gifts in four chapters - Baby, Women, Men & Home.
One design - three ways!
My three Zigzag wraps for the new Classic Elite book Shawls, Wraps & Scarves, published by Sixth&Spring Jan 2013
STOP PRESSSTOP PRESSSTOP PRESSSTOP PRESSSTOP PRESSSTOP PRESS New free pattern isBoo, an easy-to-knit tunic dress in Artesano Alpaca Hummingbird.
Knit Ireland 2 4-17 May 2013
Knit your way around Ireland with me, Carol Feller and others, starting and finishing at Shannon Airport, taking in Galway, Clifden and the Burren, Dublin, Killarney and The Dingle. Thirteen nights of famous Irish hospitality, music, dance, workshops, and much more.
Our recent Knit Ireland tour in September/October was so successful that we're doing a second tour. Come and join the fun in May 2013, we can guarantee you won't be disappointed. Take a look at the pics from the recent tour
I was thrilled to be asked to design a sweater for the thirtieth anniversary of Vogue Knitting, and as the theme was all things aran, I named it after Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands, where we visited recently and took a workshop from Una McDonagh.
What a huge success the Sweet Shawlettes US blog tour was! My sincere thanks go to both the stellar bloggers for so generously reviewing my book and also to every one of the thousands of knitters who left lovely comments. For those of you who missed the tour but would like to check out the reviews and comments, the permalinks are now in place.
There were some fabulous stops on the World blog tour in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Norway and New Zealand - lots of interesting reading.
I'm truly delighted with how this book has turned out and from what I'm hearing, lots of knitters feel the same. It's so good to have such positive feedback from everyone. If you haven't yet seen the designs, take a look at the project gallery or read consumer reviews.
There are also various excerpts in UK knit magazines.
April issue of Knitting
available 15th March
Ceilidh Shawlette The Knitter #43
available 21st March
April issue of Lets Knit - available 9th March
Womans Weekly -
I've been working hard over the summer on my next book, Sweet Little Gifts To Knit, to be published by The Taunton Press in August 2013.
Also signed up for the exciting new website The Making Spot. A delicious new site for all things crafty, including knitting, crochet,sewing, quilting and card-making, where patterns and tutorials are available as downloads, as well as masterclasses from theexperts. Happy knitting!