Designer of the Month at Stephen & Penelope, Amsterdam

S&P Designer of the monthYou go for months without so much as a word from me and then you can’t shut me up.

Ok so maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement but there will definitely be a few blogs posts coming up in pretty quick succession over the next week or so as a number of things are revealed.

Today’s reveal is that throughout June I have the absolute pleasure of being featured as Designer of the Month at the Stephen & Penelope store in  Amsterdam. If you haven’t heard of them – how could you not? Owned by the amazing Stephen West and the gorgeous Malia Mae Joseph the store is a real h(e)aven where you’ll find yarns from all over the world, most recently stocking yarns from UK based indie dyer The Urban Purl.

The shop will be home for the next month to four of my lace designs: Dionne, Diamond Corner, Naomi and No1 Skeete Road. Earlier this year I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with Stephen & Penelope’s own yarn brand West Wool and knowing that I’d be featured this month I thought it was the perfect excuse to re-knit two of these designs in Bicycle which is the brand’s fingering weight.

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I’m not usually a sucker for grey but decided when re-working Naomi to choose Dutch Sky for the main shade with the bobble edge knitted in Citroen which is the BEST acidic yellow I’ve ever laid eyes on. If that colour doesn’t lift your heart, I really don’t know what will.

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And of course if you’ve seen the previous post about No1 Skeete Road you’ll know that I reverted to type and went for the spicy orange warmth of Kardemumma when having that one re-knitted. Thanks again to my friend Mary Alderton for putting your skilful fingers to work and knitting it so beautifully and so quickly too.

All four designs are available as PDFs in my Ravelry Pattern Store and for the first time they’re also now available through yarn stores signed up to Ravelry’s Instore Pattern Sales. If you’re heading to Amsterdam you’ll find the store at Nieuwe Hoogstraat 29, 1011HD Amsterdam, The Netherlands  if not their website is www.stephenandpenelope.com

I am so, so happy to be featured, thank you so much Emily, Malia and all at Stephen & Penelope for featuring my work in your amazing store.

 

J x

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No1 Skeete Road

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How did we suddenly get to June already?! This year is absolutely raging past and whilst I haven’t been committed to regularly posting here on the blog I have been busy pretty much everywhere else so I’ll be doing a series of quick blog posts just to keep you up to date with what’s been happening.

Today I just wanted to let you know that my design No1 Skeete Road is now available in my Pattern Store on Ravelry. Originally knitted in John Arbon’s now discontinued Alpaca Delight it was first published in the December issue of Knitting (no 188) but the pattern has been updated to include full instructions in both written and charted form which should make it more accessible to both chart lovers and chart haters. Oh and what’s that amazing yarn you’re asking? This new version was knitted (by my lovely friend Mary Alderton) in West Wool Bicycle. It’s a fingering weight blend of 90% Falkand Merino 10% Texel which comes in a really uplifting palette of colours and includes eye popping brights as well as cool greys but of course I went for this shade of spicy orange called Kardemumma.

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I can’t really decide whether this design is best described as a shawl or a scarf but I guess it depends on how you wear it. However you style it you’ll find the pattern for No1 Skeete Road here

J x

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Riley Stripe wrap pattern release

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This design was originally published in issue 122 of The Knitter in March 2018 and now the rights have reverted to me I’m really keen to get into my Ravelry Pattern Store. I must admit to having a bias towards charts when it comes to designing and because of this I haven’t properly catered for knitters who find them off putting so I really must apologise for that. With this in mind when releasing this pattern I’ve decided  to include both charts and full written instructions so it’s a bit more appealing to both chart lovers and chart haters.

This means additional tech editing which will happen over the next couple of weeks so my release date is set for 12th April.  The PDF pattern will also include lots of juicy close up shots and links to video tutorials for some of the techniques used. You can *pre-order the pattern by going to my Ravelry Pattern Store. I  recently reached an amazing 10,000 followers on Instagram which has both amazed and humbled me. Thank you all so much. So to celebrate there’s 20% off the Riley Stripe pattern and the rest of my designs from 0:00 am March 21st  until 23:59 GMT March 24th 2019. Theres no minimum purchase and no code required. The discount will be applied when you checkout. 

See you the other side of EYF

 

J x

*When pre-ordering Riley Stripe you’ll receive a temporary PDF with some basic information about the yarn required, on release date this will be updated to the full tech edited pattern in PDF format