A happy Friday yarn launch!

Coquette six yarnsHappy Friday! The weekend is finally almost here, and to celebrate we’re sharing the news of a brand new yarn launch.  Named Coquette, it’s collaboration between Julieta Brandao of Knitshop and the queen of vintage Susan Crawford.

A book for all seasons - Juliet's blog

Apart from my endless fascination with all things yarny, I have to admit to a chronic obsession with stationery, and more specifically, notebooks. I have a stack of beautiful books, from moleskins to individual books I have found on Etsy. Yum! So what could be better than actually learning how to make my own notebooks? 

On Saturday a friend and I took a whole day workshop with the lovely Ken at The Creative Sanctuary in Hertford. I spent the whole day pinching myself with excitement. I’m not known for my neatness, so I was very worried I would get glue all over the place, but Ken’s little pack included a rag to wipe your hands on – absolutely essential kit for me.

The Knitter issue 58 is on sale today

Issue 58 of The Knitter is on sale today! 

This issue is jam-packed full of inspiration to get you knitting for Spring. From the perfectly pink Magnolia tee on the cover to on-trend tendril socks, you're sure to find a project that you can't wait to get started.

To have a flick through some of the projects, head over to The Making Spot.

Free patterns and classes just for you - guest blog post from Craftsy

 

Find your next knitting project!

Explore the best free and paid patterns from around the world in Craftsy’s Pattern Marketplace. Discover a wide range of designs, from chunky cardigans to chic handbags, adorable baby booties, and more. Then download your favorites in an easy to use high-quality PDF format, so you can get started right away. Browse the Craftsy Pattern Marketplace and support indie designers today!

Shades of Scottish yarns

TKN Adelis wrist warmersIn issues 55 of The Knitter we featured these pretty Adelis wrist warmers by Carol Meldrum, inspired by traditional Norwegian motifs. This week issue 58 goes on sale, with a summery pattern for Carol's lacy Mairwen mitts. They both use gorgeous pure wool Albayarn by producer Barbara Henderson.

Barbara says: "I've called it 'Albayarn' because 'alba' is the old word for Scotland. It is lovely to knit with and softens up beautifully when knitted pieces are washed before sewing up."

Barbara’s shiny new website makes getting hold of their yarns easier than ever, so if you love the yarn used for either of Carol's glove designs, you can buy it direct from www.albayarn.com.

A history in stitches - knitting through the ages

Juliet Bernard talks to textile historian and designer Sandy Black about the fascinating past and exciting future of knitting...

Masterclass - photographing your knits

When we’re sharing photos of our knits, we all want to show them off in the best light. Mimi Hill explains how to do it...

The desire to photograph finished pieces of knitting is one that interests many knitters, whether to accurately record the details of a finished project for future use, to journal their progress, or to share with friends on blogs and websites.

Knitters are often first drawn to patterns and projects due to the beautifully styled photography which magazines such as The Knitter use to best show the details of their knitting patterns. But you do not need expensive cameras or any special equipment to achieve a highly attractive, professional result when capturing images of your finished knits, in progress projects, or new yarn acquisitions.

Spring cleaning - Juliet's blog

It must be because we have finally had some warmer weather but I have finally come out of my cave and had a great time this weekend, spring cleaning. In our house that usually means me rearranging my stash. I do now have a big bag of yarn to get rid of on eBay but I have also rediscovered a number of wonderful hanks that I had almost forgotten about. One of these is a fantastic Shetland single ply lace weight yarn from Garthenor which has a wonderfully comforting, sheepy smell. Gerard from I Knit London originally told me about this spinner of organic wool deep in the heart to of Wales.

Me and my alpacas - shearing and spinning

On Tuesday we spoke to Janet about her pet alpacas, and now we've got more details about shearing them and spinning from their fleeces...

TK: How much fleece do they produce?

Janet: The best quality fleece is from the back and sides - the blanket. This weighs around 1.2kg. Then there's all the second-quality fleece from the neck and legs; some of this could also be spun, and the rest I used for felting and stuffing pillows.

Me and my alpacas

We spent the day with Janet Markwell, who keeps two pet alpacas at her home in rural Staffordshire: Magic and Cory, both six-year-old males. We asked her to share more details about life with alpacas...