New 4ply Design – #3 Brighton

This is the last of the new designs in Baby Alpaca / Silk 4ply (for now) and appropriately, with only 2 days to go before Unwind kicks off, it’s called Brighton.

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 This design is worked in single coloured rows on a circular needle which creates an interesting two tone lace effect which has a wonderfully springy texture. If you’re dreading the thought of having to use a circular needle, fear not. This technique is simple to work once you get the hang of it and is perfect for a scarf because it’s reversible so there’s no  ‘wrong’ side to worry about.

The scarf is not only named in honour of my hometown here in the UK but like many of my designs it celebrates my West Indian heritage as there’s also a Brighton in Barbados where my parents were born. I chose the combination of Calypso with Caramel because they bring together the warm brown tones of the shingle beach with the bright clear blue of the sea and to add a hint of peril the scarf is finished at each end with a Shark’s Tooth lace edge.

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Brighton (the scarf, not the city) only takes 2 balls of Baby Alpaca/ Silk 4ply and the like the Skinny Winnie the pattern is available from the website on the FREE PATTERNS  page and you’ll also find the kit for sale in the Online Shop. So, if the combination of Calypso & Caramel doesn’t work for you, there’s the option to put your own colourway together.

I’m off to make up kits for the weekend

J x

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Etsy finds and the Eco Gift Guide

I’ve been a bit slack about getting my head around both Ravelry and Etsy so I’ve tried to put that right this week, so much so that my eyes are a bit screen weary, think I need to do some knitting.

Anyway, I spotted the work of Edinburgh based fashion knitwear label Isobel and Cleo at a wee makers fair in the Edinburgh last Sunday. Their collection of knitwear and accessories is an interesting and exciting blend of hand and machine knitting, if you like your knitting 4ply & Fairisle this will take you out of your comfort zone. Have a look at them over at Etsy and whilst you’re there check out Going Home To Roost a hub of gorgeous home crafting run by a lady called Bonnie. As well as selling  her range of hand made aprons, cushions and home accessories on Etsy Bonnie also blogs. This month she’s included Kitglobal’s Shetland Flame Scarf kit in Organic dyed Walnut in the Eco Conscious section of her Gift Guide which brings together truly original gift ideas for tech lovers, crafters, outdoorsy types and lots more.

The combination of this, Kirsty’s Homemade Christmas and the fog that’s been sitting over Edinburgh all day makes me want to stay in, stick another smokeless briquette on the fire and knit ~ in fact that just what I’ll do.

New kits up at Kitglobal site

 

I’ve just finished working on the Kitglobal website, not only to give it a bit of a festive touch – only a bit mind – but also to add some new kits.

Following on from showing at Country Living last week I’ve taken on the Shetland Flame and Chunkywool designs that were previously available on the Kitglobal site. John and I thought they would be a lovely addition to the Kitglobal range as they offer more designs in less luxurious yarns but still offer great quality fibres. The new kit additions are also particularly good for beginner knitters but all of them make lovely presents! I’d love write more about the new yarns but my fingers are freezing and I can’t type anymore, try to stay warm.

Have a look at the new look site and kits here . . .

Back from Bucks and the countdown continues

 

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I’m back from 2 weeks teaching the lovely 2nd year knit students on the BA Textiles course at Bucks New University down in High Wycombe. Going back there is like going home as I worked on the course for 8 years, if you’ve never heard of it you should have! It’s probably the best knitted textiles course in the UK directed by the ever inspiring and fabulous Ms Fiona Ross.

Anyway it’s exactly 2 weeks to Country Living Scotland for Kitglobal. As well as our first collection of designs we’ll also be showing a couple of new designs featuring a finer weight Baby Alpaca than the chunky we’ve used before plus a worsted spun cashmere which is SO soft  – you just have to come along and feel it for yourself. We’ll also have some new exciting new kits – more details closer to the show – AND a limited collection of ready to wear fashion accessories knitted / woven in Baby Alpaca. All in all a lovely selection, perfect gifts, should be a good show –  now if I could just work out how to fit everything onto the stand . . . .

Oh yes, we’ll be on Stand D19 and we’d love to see you there

 

For the love of Uma

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Red magazine is great because for me it has a pretty perfect balance of fashion, food, health & beauty.

To cap it all this month they’ve not only interviewed Hollywood actress Uma Thurman who talks about the man in her life and her love of knitting but Red’s own Interiors & Food Director Mary Norden mentions she’s been knitting   ‘stylish knitting kits from Kitglobal’  in her ‘This month, Mary has been . . . ‘ item.