In praise of a manky fingernail

Post for #thepattinrepeatgame based on a photo taken while waiting in the hospital

If you follow me on Instagram, where I’m @jeanettesloan, you may have noticed my recent post about having to take a break from knitting. I posted a cryptic hint which accompanied one of my posts for #thepattinrepeatgame, promising a longer, explanatory post in the future. Well, today, I can happily explain it all.

Like many dark-skinned people, I have a couple of nails on both my hands and feet with slightly dark vertical lines running from cuticle to tip. It looks a bit like very fine pinstripes. In my case, I was accustomed to these markings because, being very much like my late Mum, I was used to seeing them on her toes and the fingers of her precious creative hands. But around two years ago, the nail on my right index finger began darkening, not from the cuticle downwards but the inner side of the finger and moving across the nail. I hadn’t hit or damaged it in any way and what was even more concerning was that it began with a very definite dark line. Now I know what you’re going to say, I shouldn’t have turned to Dr Google for advice, but that’s precisely what I did, wanting to find out if I should or shouldn’t be worried.

I learned about a relatively rare condition called subungual melanoma or cancer of the nail bed. And, given my body’s tendency to produce tumours (remember, I have a history of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast cancer and meningiomas), I decided the most sensible thing would be to visit my GP and ask for a referral to a dermatologist.

Fortunately I live in the UK, where the free healthcare delivered by our beloved NHS means I can see a GP within a matter of days and get referred to a dermatologist within weeks. At my first dermatology appointment, I was seen and told there was no need to worry. Or so I thought. Over the next year or so, I watched as the discolouration crept across my finger, and as it grew, the nail developed vertical weaknesses, which caused it to split. I dealt with it by keeping it short and painting my nails with brightly coloured nail varnish when teaching or shooting tutorials for work. Such was the embarrassment of the manky fingernail. I hated it and the worry the ever-darkening state was causing me. So I went back to my GP and asked for another dermatology referral, this time to someone who had seen it in dark skinned patients.

Again the consultant assured me that it was nothing to worry about for ‘people like you with dark skins’. But having previously Googled again (yes, I know), this time using the search term ‘subungual melanoma in dark or non-white skins’, the results were pretty minimal. Most of the available images showed how the condition presents in white skin, so therefore not valid for a pretty hefty percentage of the world’s population. And, well-meaning as my (white) consultant was when she tried to re-assure me, she only decided to refer me for a biopsy when I told her about my health history. And that’s where the two-week knitting break comes into play.

Before I go any further, if you’re squeamish or sensitive, do not, for heaven’s sake, scroll down to the pictures below or Google ‘nail biopsy’ – it’s as unpleasant as it sounds. Just get yourself to the doctor. I was so worked up at the thought of a nail bed cancer diagnosis that I went on to research ‘prosthetic fingers’, tried knitting without using the finger and imagined how I’d continue to work as a right-handed knitwear designer if I had to lose my right index finger – yep, my brain had already gone there.

Come the day of the procedure; I was almost physically sick with nerves. But after a quick mindfulness session in the waiting room, I was met by a lovely nurse called Melissa, who led me into the treatment room. My entire nail was removed under local anaesthetic by my surgeon, Mr Paul Drake, and I was distracted by lots of good knitting chat as Melissa, Jackie, a third nurse (Amanda, I think?) and Mr Drake’s wife are all avid knitters. The procedure was much less painful than I’d imagined, and today I received confirmation that the biopsy shows no evidence of melanoma. It will take about three months for the nail to regrow, but I can keep my manky finger, nail and all. Hooray!

So why have I written this long and rambling blog post? Because when I had pre-biopsy photographs taken, I gave consent for my images to be used in medical journals and / or a teaching setting. I told both the photographer and the dermatologist how difficult it had been to find references that featured non-white skins and learned that despite it being 2021, most of the images found in medical journals are still of white-skinned patients. Since my biopsy showed no sign of subungual melanoma, I’ve no idea what will happen with the images or whether or not they’ll be of use to the medical profession. But I hope this post will help the next non-white person who – like me – wants to know what they may be facing. To understand what is and isn’t normal for them since they may not have access to a GP or a healthcare system like the NHS. The above images show my nail before the biopsy and below you can see how it looks now. Not pretty is it?

Ugly – but cancer free!

It’s just under two weeks since my biopsy, and though my finger may look like a truck has run over it, it’s not too painful, and what’s more, I’m able to knit! So once again, thank you to our amazing NHS and, in particular, the staff of the Dermatology Department at Brighton General Hospital. Unfortunately the NHS website doesn’t have information on this specific type of melanoma – I guess that shows how rare it is – but you can find out more by doing your own online research, or better still contact your own GP. Stay well. 

J x 

MDK Skill Set: Beginning Knitting

A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of Skill Set: Beginning Knitting, the new publication from my good friends Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner at Modern Daily Knitting.  

Full of creativity and curiosity, this book is aimed at ‘innocent-as-a-newborn-baby’ knitters and has a tone that’s as warm and welcoming as it’s authors. Confused about what needles to use? What the heck is Worsted yarn? What one earth do I do with a skein? No need to stress because Ann and Kay gently guide you through everything you need to know. So whether you’ve tried knitting and abandoned it through frustration or never knitted a single stitch, everyone is instantly welcomed into the knitter’s world, led carefully by the ladies of MDK. 

What’s really encouraging is that despite their 40 years combined knitting knowledge, in this book they’ve put themselves in the position of a newbie knitter. Each of the 9 lessons gently guides the reader through what they need to know, and when they need to know it. Starting as ever with Lesson 1, The Knit Stitch (via Supplies, Casting On and Casting Off) then progressing onto purl (Lesson 2), along the way pointing out how the two combine to form ribs and exactly how stitches are correctly oriented on the needles. 

If this is enough of a challenge for you, then as MDK rightly point out, there are plenty of project options available to you in the form of scarves, cowls and blankets. But for those wanting to venture further and broaden their skills, increasing and decreasing are covered in Lesson 3, Basic Shaping.

Next comes Lesson 4, Knitting In The Round, and why you would want to – think sleeves, socks, hats, gloves and mittens just for starters – followed by fancy stuff like basic lace and cables in Lesson 5.

Basic Colourwork is covered in Lesson 6, from stripes – yes that is a form of simple colourwork – to the more advanced stranded techniques and intarsia. Lesson 7 guides you through Finishing; from sewing in ends and joining seams to blocking your work and Lesson 8 explains how to read a pattern, some common abbreviations and demystifies the barrage of information found on a yarn label.

There’s also advice on how to create your own knit kit essentials plus what to do in the event of a mistake and let’s face it, however many years you’ve been knitting, we all still make those. Lastly, Lesson 9 deals with Fixing Mistakes so whether it’s picking up a dropped stitch from one or four rows down, ripping back a few rows or unknitting a whole section it’s all clearly explained in Skill Set. 

What’s more, alongside this cute wee book which is designed to slip easily into your handbag or project bag there’s also the Skill Set App. Available for both Apple and Android phones it contains videos for all the included techniques with the option for slow motion replay. How good is that?! It’s like having a miniature version of Ann or Kay in your pocket, and who wouldn’t want that? 

This book is intended to build your crafting confidence and when you’ve done that, Ann and Kay would like you to pass it on, so the next knitter can use it to hone their knitting skills. I’m gifting this copy to my good friend Katie whose knitting is gradually coming along because I know she’ll refer to it – when she can’t get me on a WhatsApp call. 

Skill Set isn’t available from my website but you will find it – alongside with lots of other goodies on the MDK website and also over in the Arnall-Culliford Knitwear Online Shop.

Ann and Kay, thanks for bringing even more MDK joy to our fibre world, this book is a gem. Still like the idea of having each of you in my pocket though…….

J x

Yarningham needs your support

Sara Fowles and Helen Winnicott from Yarningham

A few months back I had the pleasure of interviewing two of the organisers of Yarningham festival for Laine magazine. For those who don’t know, Yarningham is the UK’s only Black-led fibre festival and it takes place annually in the heart of The Midlands, in Birmingham, England’s second biggest city.

The team behind this fabulous event is made up of Sara Fowles, Venetia Headlam and mother and daughter, Helen and Lilith Winnicott. Now as you’ll have noticed I said, it takes place annually. And it does – in normal circumstances. But of course the last year has been anything BUT normal and last year’s event was cancelled due to Covid.

So this year, like many other events, Yarningham will be making the switch from an in-person to an online show but that’s where the similarities end. They’ve always followed their own path, which is what makes the show unique. That, and the fact that as I mentioned, they’re the only fibre fixture organised by a team that includes two black women. So what can you expect from a virtual Yarningham? The unexpected of course!

There’s a Marketplace packed with droolworthy yarns, must-knit patterns and notions galore; some vendors you may know, others you definitely won’t have heard of. But that’s another thing that makes this show special. Each year they pride themselves on finding vendors who are brand new to the scene, so there’s always a new offering instead of the same old faces in exactly the same places. There are also lots of Yarningham Online Exclusive products, created especially for this event. So don’t worry, you won’t find them available anywhere else and exhibitors will be around during Q & A Sessions, if you have any questions about exactly whats on offer. Last but definitely NOT least there’s Yarningham Bingo. And as if Bingo itself wasn’t a good enough reason to go this year, their very Special Guest Caller is none other than Stephen West. See, I told you they had their own way of doing things! CLICK HERE to buy your Yarningham Bingo ticket.

The logo for Yarn + Stitch magazine

Now before I go there’s one other very important thing you need to know. Yarningham are looking to raise money for a one-off print publication to celebrate this year’s show. 

Called Yarn + Stitch the magazine will feature lots of specially commissioned content including contemporary knitting & crochet patterns, exclusive articles, Midlands-maker spotlights plus festival mascots, the alpacas Boris & Donald (not Johnson and Trump, these are much cuter) in their debut comic strip adventure.

Confirmed Contributors to Yarn + Stitch Include:

Apoorva Designs, Carissa Dickerson, Scott – Crystal Yarn, Deborette Clarke, Rachel – Flyydyed, Gaye Glasspie, Gurinder Hatchard, Imogen Morris, Jackie Cassidy, James Chandler, Noriko Ho, Ruth Green, Sandra GutierrezSylvia Watts-Cherry… oh and yours truly (me).

The team have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to produce the magazine. This ensures everyone involved in the publication is paid fairly for their work. This is going to be very special magazine but they need YOUR help to make it happen so, if we really want a fibre industry that reflects and includes everyone, we need to help Yarningham reach its target.

The campaign runs until 12th July, 2021.

Let’s make Yarn + Stitch happen! CLICK HERE TO DONATE

 

#Yarningham #Yarningham2021 #YarninghamKickstarter #YarnStitch #YarninghamMagazine

I’m teaching at Knit Stars 6!

How has April been for you? I hope you’re keeping safe well and adapting to the ‘new normal’ we’re all having to navigate. Thankfully the sun has been shining brightly here in Hove, although the chilly wind is a constant reminder that we’re not yet ready to swap woollen sweaters and leggings for a lighter weight summer wardrobe. April has been a super busy month for me, and May is set to be even busier because the big BIG news I have to share with you is that I’m teaching at Knit Stars.

For those who haven’t yet heard of it, Knit Stars is a virtual learning conference for the fibre arts. But it’s also much more than that.

Created by Shelley Brander, owner of US-based local yarn store Loops it’s a lavish, thoughtfully curated program of workshops taught by some of the best instructors in the fibre community. There are 12 online workshops to choose from covering a wide range of topics. Each lasts 1 – 2 hours and is the equivalent of what you’d get in a 3 – hour, in-person class. Plus, you get access to them forever, which means you can learn at your own pace.  

You also get to peek behind the scenes into the Stars’ own homes wherever they’re based worldwide, and this year we cover Australia, the UK and the USA. Plus, there’s the chance to purchase kits and patterns created by the designers collaborating with specially chosen yarn partners, exclusively for Knit Stars!

this year sees the 6th season and the theme is ‘Live Colorfully’, so expect lots of courses inviting you to explore colour through both traditional and innovative techniques. 

I’m not going to spoil the fun and tell you everything, but as a subscriber to my Newsletter, you definitely get to find out first. So as a little teaser, I can tell you that I’ll be teaching Beaded Colorwork and am partnering with Leila Bux of The Urban Purl I’ve been an admirer of Leila’s work for some time now, and we’re creating an exclusive kit that can be purchased as an optional extra, once you’re a Knit Stars owner. (We’ll be collaborating on some sneak peeks in the next few days so make sure you’re following both @jeanettesloan and @theurbanpurl on Instagram).

The production quality of Knit Stars is jaw-dropping thanks to Shelley’s many years working in TV production; in fact, you’ll feel like you’re travelling the world without having to leave the comfort of your home. So no baggage allowance nightmares, early morning taxi transfers or airport queues to deal with.

To buy Knit Stars Season 6 CLICK HERE  or simply click either of the Knit Stars images above. 

Please note; this is an affiliate link, which means if you sign up, I’ll get a commission. It’s a great way to support me as an indie designer, so thank you in advance!

J x

The Lovecrafts Podcast: Series 2, Ep 2

Spring is finally here! Ok we’re still in lockdown here in the UK but the cherry blossom is starting to bloom and I’m quietly hopeful that lighter, longer days and the prospect of being able to meet friends – albeit at a suitably social distance – will help to cheer us all up a bit. God knows we need it.

I’ve spent this morning pottering in my garden; tidying (our olive tree sheds its leaves pretty much everywhere), planning where I’ll put the plants I bought at the weekend and planting bulbs that will eventually be transplanted to a more permanent home on Mum’s grave. In fact I spent so much time in the garden I’m feeling a bit achey so this afternoon after a long relaxing bath – well it is self care Wednesday after all – I’ll be settling down with a coffee to listen to the latest episode of the Lovecrafts Podcast.

Recorded a couple of weeks ago over Zoom I spent the morning chatting with Merion and Jamie aka Mr X Stitch talking about, well pretty much everything. From how I got into crafting, to my career as a designer, how crafting helped me recover from illness, BIPOC in Fiber, even Duran Duran lyrics. Yes you heard right, and if you want to know more you’ll just have to listen through to the end of the episode. Let’s just say Jamie puts me under some intense pressure to identify some Duran Duran song lyrics. I’ll let you find out how I got on but let’s just say he’ll have to try harder next time.

Thank you Merion and Jamie for having me, it was so much fun and went by so fast, we could have talked all day. Perhaps we’ll have to do it again sometime.

You’ll find the link to Series 2 Episode 2 of the Lovecrafts Podcast here.

I’m off to soak my bones

J x

Moorit Magazine Kickstarter Blog Tour

Hi and welcome to the next stop on the Moorit Kickstarter Blog Tour. (Cue crocheters cheering wildly and holding hooks aloft).

Yes I think I know what you’re thinking. Why is Jeanette Sloan talking about a crochet magazine? Isn’t she a knitwear designer? Well you’re right, knitting may now be my primary practise but crochet is just one of several crafts learned ‘back in the day’ when I was a freelance designer. Growing up I watched my multi skilled Mum crochet and yes there were the seemingly inevitable doilies and table decorations but there also must wear garments too – after all Mum was a woman of considerable style. 

As a craft crochet is all too often;

  • misrepresented – ‘only black people crochet’ 
  • under appreciated – ‘crochet is easy’  and / or
  • misunderstood – ‘crochet is all granny squares’ 

But, far from being the ‘lesser’ craft for the poorer skilled it’s as beautiful, versatile, creative, sexy and desirable as any other fibre craft. You don’t need to take my word for it, just look at the work of @taliacrochetcreations @crochetluna @heldap123 @blackgirlcrochet @jaimecrochet @woowoollens @by.stephanie.erin @mammadiypatterns and many, many others. 

So when I heard talk of a new crochet magazine, one that was dedicated to crochet, based in and taking inspiration from my old home city of Edinburgh and run by my friend Alyson Chu, I got really REALLY excited. For anyone who doesn’t know, Alyson is a crochet designer, web developer at BIPOC in Fiber and along with her Mum produces the KCACY podcast.

Moorit is a crochet magazine. Not a knit magazine with the odd crochet pattern, not a general craft and fibre magazine, no, this a FULL ON CROCHET publication. Based in Alyson’s home city it will take influences from its Edinburgh location; the environment, architecture, colours and also the fibres embraced in each issue. Well, let’s be honest the Scottish climate speaks to the warmth of wool. 

Moorit logo featuring Bonnie the sheep!

In terms of content there’s a focus on both accessories and garments with inclusive sizing from 30” to 62” using indie yarns, in natural fibres like wool and cotton as well as linen and other vegan alternatives.

For those who love a high quality print publication – and who doesn’t? – the hard copy magazine will be printed on 120 gsm (that’s heavy) uncoated paper, making this a publication you’ll really want to keep. And although primarily a print title, for lovers of digital it will explore how online supplements can add extra value to readers, with digital supplements adding extra, helpful goodies like row count tables, tutorials, and supplementary photos.

Last  but certainly not least, accessibility is being built into the magazine from the start with a plan to create a fully accessible, screen readable version with guidance from accessibility consultant, Renee Van Hoy.

Having worked with Alyson over at BIPOC in Fiber I know how talented, thorough, organised and passionate she is both as a web developer and crochet designer – plus of course she also happens to be a genuinely lovely person. The prospect of Moorit is exciting and its already creating quite a buzz. So much so that the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for issue 1 reached its goal in just 2 days. It then went onto meet a £16,000 stretch goal in less than a week, and £20,000 within two weeks! The good news is the original print run for issue 1 has now doubled meaning Alyson can already lay the groundwork for issue 2. 

The Kickstarter continues to run until February 23rd, 2021 which means there’s still time to add your support while this blog tour continues with Helda Panagary tomorrows before finishing with Cecilia Losado on Friday. These links are to their blogs but also check out their IG feeds too where Helda is @heldap123 and Cecilia is @mammadiypatterns).

You can read more about the magazine and pledge your support by visiting the Moorit Kickstarter here

Well done Alyson, I can’t wait to see the first issue!!

J x

Jan’s January Sale

A belated Happy New Year everyone! I know what you’re thinking – it’s January 17th where’s SHE been for 16 days? But as the great Ken Bruce commented last week on Radio 2, in Scotland people pretty much say happy new year throughout January so if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for me. Plus it can’t be a bad thing to wish people happiness for the coming year can it? We all need it. Really. Need it.

If you follow me over on Instagram you’ll know why last year was particularly hard for me with the death of my precious Mum. It still chokes me to write those words as it’s just 2 months since her passing and as everyone who’s lost a loved one knows, learning to live with that loss is a long, painful process. But being the funny, creative, loving, feisty, caring, formidable woman she was Mum continues to live within me and I’m determined to honour her memory in everything I do from now on. That includes offering more free content on my website and social media platforms, continuing the work of BIPOC in Fiber and more exciting design collaborations with people and companies whose work and ethos I admire and respect.

Before all that though I’m having a January sale! (Cue fanfare)

Why? Well as I said it’s the middle of January, I’ve got two new patterns to release – and let’s face it we could all do with cheering up. The patterns were created for collaborations I did last year with Diane Ivey of Lady Dye Yarns so while they’re not exactly ‘fresh off the pins’ this is the first time they’ve been available to buy in PDF format. Say hello to the Eudine Cowl and the Up To No Good Mitts.

Both are great for using up small amounts of fingering weight yarn which I’m sure you’ve got stashed away in a corner somewhere. You can find out more about each pattern over on Ravelry – sorry if you’re unable to use the site since its redesign, I am looking into Payhip as an alternative so please bear with me.

Anyway, back to the sale. How long does it last? 53 hours from 9.00 am today Sunday 17th January during which time there’s 20% off in my Pattern Store over on Ravelry. Looking to buy a book instead? Well purchase a print copy of Warm HandsField Guide no 15 or the new Warm Hands Field / Guide Bundle and you’ll get a free PDF copy of either the Eudine Cowl or the Up To No Good Mitts with your order. ( Books subject to availability, T&Cs apply).  If you’d like your books personalised with a message or signature I’m happy to do that and of course there’s no charge, just let me know when placing your order*.

Sale ends at 2.00 pm Wednesday 19th January 2021. Why 53 hours long you ask? Well it may have something to do with a recent birthday I celebrated. Coughs.

J x

*Please be aware that due to the UK departure from the EU non-UK orders may be subject to additional customs charges and taxes in your home country. Free patterns are in PDF format only and limited to one per customer. Your PDF pattern will be emailed to you seperately after completing Checkout.

Mood Cardigan Knit A Long or should that be Knitalong?

KALs are something that are often dropped – like seasoning – into the chat of enthusiastic crafters. ‘Have you joined the so-and-so Knit A Long? Did you see the yarn what’s-her-face is giving away at the end of her Crochet A Long? Well for the uninitiated a KAL, MAL or CAL – Knit / Make / Crochet Along, depending on your preferred discipline – is basically an online crafting party where a group of like minded, nimble fingered makers work on the same pattern or selection of patterns, at the same time for a specified period. Sounds pretty straightforward doesn’t it? And it is. So why would you want to do one? Well it’s a good opportunity to support each other: you can inspire each other with yarn choices, swap tips when you get to any sticky bits of the pattern, post progress updates (or not, it’s your choice) and perhaps even ask the designer themselves how the pattern came to be. It’s a lovely way of keeping in touch with each other while making, something we’ll no doubt need more with Summer now officially over here in the UK, nights drawing in, the temperature dropping and the threat of another lockdown on the cards.

So I’m really REALLY excited to be hosting my first Knit Along – that’s right, MY FIRST – and oh my goodness am I starting my KAL-ing in some style. (Strictly speaking I’m not sure KAL-ing is actually a word but bear with me, I’m excited).

Together with Aimée Gille of La Bien Aimée and the gorgeous knitter and blogger extraordinaire (Bintou) Nappy Knitter I’ll be hosting a KAL for the Mood Cardigan from the Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide no 15: Open. This design has captured a lot of hearts on IG and also over on Ravelry, probably because its simple construction and generous shape make it flattering to pretty much any body shape. Oh and then there’s the fact that you can choose which way to wear it. Rib up, or rib down.

AND you can choose whether to work it as I designed it, in a light fingering weight yarn held double – in this case Aimée’s Helix in shade Yellow Brick Road – or in your favourite fingering weight yarn, used single. So very many choices to be made. Now you know how we came up with the concept of ‘open for the collection’. As if the prospect of knitting this design amongst friends isn’t enough there are giveaways too. Ah yes, thought that might catch your eye. *winks* More details of those to follow.

For now, just remember that the KAL begins September 30th and runs until December 30th 2020 so if you haven’t yet got your copy of Field Guide no 15: Open there’s still plenty of time to buy a copy from my online shop here. (Don’t forget you can also get your copy signed and gift wrapped at no extra cost)

Take care and see you soon,

J x.

Martha Stewart online

Thought I’d share this very quick post with you as it cheered up my Wednesday. I’m very happy to have been included in this feature ‘Knitting Artists You Should Be Following on Instagram’ – and I’m in very esteemed company.

Written by Caroline Biggs you can read the whole article ‘Knitting Artists You Should Be Following on Instagram’here

I was up till the wee hours editing a talk for this weekend’s virtual Perth Festival of Yarn so I’m having the tomanight off. See you soon.

J x

A tale of two scarves

Lace knitting gives some people the heebeegeebees. There I’ve said it. Cue the collective sigh of relief. But you know what? That really needn’t be the case.

I was recently in conversation with Katy Bevan of the Heritage Crafts Association and while we talked about knitting, illness and identity she asked if knitting had any positive effects on my health after brain surgery. Well you know me, ever up for a challenge, I decided after having my craniotomy in 2016 that if I could literally muster up enough post-surgery brain power to knit a simple lace stitch, then I was still intrinsically ‘me’. Jeanette: a maker. And that meant there was still potential for me to function as a designer. Fast forward four years and my collection of 5 lace designs created for MDK Field Guide no 15 is tempting others to the technique of lace knitting.

The theme of the collection is ‘Open’ which in itself is open to interpretation: open to embrace a new technique. To choose a lace weight or Aran weight yarn. To knit a scarf lengthways or widthways. To add stripes to a stole or knit it in a single colour. To wear a cardigan rib up or rib down. All of these are decisions you can choose to make while working through the designs but of course the final decision is yours, it’s always yours. It’s what makes this collection so exciting and of course what will transform your ‘makes’ from #mdkfieldguideno15 into something truly unique.

For those you still trembling at the thought of all those ‘yos’ (yarn overs) and ‘k2togs’ (knit 2 togethers) in terms of skill level, FG15 begins with those two scarves. Rib Lace (pic below) and the Tumbling Block Scarf (in bottom two pictures).

Each is worked in a choice of two yarns weights but one worked lengthways (knitting lots of rows on relatively few stitches) while the other is worked widthways (knitting just 26 rows on a LOT of stitches). Both lace patterns then combine to become the next project in the collection. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet, we’re just beginning our lace journey, right?

Now I’m certainly NOT suggesting you go to the extreme of having brain surgery but with the theme of Field Guide no 15 being ‘Open’ it could be the perfect time to just dip your toe into the lace knitting waters and give it a try. You’ll find Field Guide no 15 in my Online Shop and if you need a few tips or pointers for lace knitting check out Jen Arnall Culliford’s Little Lessons: Limbering Up For Lace here.

Watch out for a post about the next FG15 design, and next week I’ll also be doing a detailed post about the specific yarns used throughout the guide with are all from La Bien Aimée in Paris as you’re no doubt wondering. Yes, I love my job!

In the meantime if you missed my conversation with the Heritage Crafts Association you can catch it in full on the Heritage Crafts Association Facebook page here.

Have a great weekend

J x