Tuesday, 28 June 2011

New Knitty, New Pattern!

Have you seen the new Knitty? It has some pretty awesome patterns. I especially like Leaflet by the wonderful Cecily Glowik McDonald.

She never fails to provide great, simple lines with beautiful details!
I'm also especially glad that Knitty, particularly Knittyspin, gave me the first opportunity to publish a new pattern featuring handspun yarn: Kuusk!

Kuusk was made from my first truly usable handspun yarn: pure merino, spun into a single of lace weight thickness and gently fulled. I have a lovely wheel now, but this yarn was a practice of patience on my 18g oak top whorl spindle, and I'm so happy I got to do something so special with it. I wanted an interesting Estonian lace pattern to show off the texture of the yarn while making it open enough so that the slightly thick-thin texture wouldn't overpower the design. Big needles and a sloping edging help achieve these goals.

It only takes about 220 yards of lace weight yarn (Malabrigo lace is a very good sub in case you don't have any suitable handspun of your own), and the pattern is, of course, free, so go knit, and enjoy!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Light and Shade: Now Available!

I may be a bad blogger, but I have my excuses - I've been getting Light and Shade ready to go! And ready it is:
A lacy collection with a dash of cabled lines. Light and Shade features 8 patterns from designer Ashley Knowlton, including three light and fitted sweater patterns that are perfect for Spring and Summer. Every pattern features fully written instructions and charts where appropriate.

This also means that all 8 patterns are also now available for individual download from my Ravelry Store.

Happy knitting!

for 12.00 GBP.