Friday, 8 March 2013

Red Nose Day

You might have heard that my sister was in a group that climbed Snowdon at the weekend for Comic Relief! Jen wrote all about it here. Their team has raised over £5600 so far and if you would like to sponsor them you can do so here.

I have also been doing my little bit (though not nearly as impressive as climbing a mountain!). Juliet Bernard asked on Twitter if anyone would be able to knit some Red Nose corsages. She sent me some yarn and I've done nearly 3 so far.

I know they don't look like much yet! But they will be lovely corsages that are being sold at Spitalfields Market in London on the 15th of March. I'm hoping to get a couple more done in time to send back to Juliet so I'd better keep knitting!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Knit Now 19: Weald Oak Cushions

Today Knit Now issue 19 is out, and this is very very exciting for me, because it includes one of my patterns! This is my first magazine publication and I am over the moon about it. I think I finally feel like a 'real' designer.

This issue of the magazine has a 'Best of British' theme which made me think about the countryside and woodland and finally led to a cable pattern inspired by the bark and branches of oak trees.

(Image credit Dan Walmsley, Knit Now Magazine 2013)

I love that photo, and the pattern turned out just how I wanted, and the whole experience of working with the magazine was wonderful. The other patterns from this issue are all up on Ravelry now - I think I might need to make the Union Jack socks, and the fair-isle vest top is calling to me too! So many excellent designs and all from British designers, using British yarns. I'm so happy to be part of it.