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I’ve finally done it! The new website is up and running and the blog will relocate to here from now on!
All the old content has been moved across and I hope you’ll all come over, say hello and make yourselves at home on the new site!
You can find the new RSS address here for your readers .
by From the Purl Side
Sharing a bit of eye candy today.
After seeing the amazing image of an owl hat the other day I needed to track down the source and discovered Brasilian knitwear designer Helen Rödel . Look at these masks!
There aren’t many english pages on her but here are my fav images of some of her work.
Of course I’ve picked the most theatrical and costume-like of her designs as they are so much fun!
Too beautiful and I believe these exquisite photos are shot by Guilherme Thofehrn. Enjoy!
by From the Purl Side
A beautiful sunny day today and trying to get all the work bits done so I can get out and enjoy some of it before the clouds and winds return!
I’ve been working on my City Cape and have gotten up to the arm slits already! Halfway? Can’t wait. It’s been pretty blustery out here the last while and this is going to be perfect for mooching around in.
Just a heads up – some of you might have noticed that I’ve discontinued the 10% newsletter sign up discount. As this system wasn’t automated it was taking me huge amounts of admin time I just don’t have anymore. To make up for it, though, I will be doing more exclusive offers on the newsletter for all of you lovelies, so please stay tuned.
Those of you on the newsletter will have seen the winner announcement last week for the Yarn-y Golden Ticket draw. The lucky winner was Marilyn Amick from Indianapolis and the yarn should be with her any day now to keep her warm! Congrats again Marilyn.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the draw, I hadn’t realised how fun this would be! 😉
It feels like it has been much too long, but I am finally doing an official shop update this Friday at 5pm GMT.
Here is a preview of what will be posted:
clockwise from left: Wimbledon Sport in new colourway ‘After Eight’, Islington fingering in L’heure Bleue and Old Smoke, more Wimbledon Sport in an ooak colourway, a new Heath fingering hue called Dungaree Marl, and finally more Islington fingering in Blighty grey.
The update is this Friday October 17th at 5pm GMT– check your local time
by From the Purl Side
I have been working on something semi-secret…well several secret-ish things, but here is one I can now reveal! I will be releasing the new Kettle Yarn Co. website any day now! It will be the new home of the blog with yarn detail pages and have my proper shop and, and … EVERYTHING. So excited. 😉
The launch should happen very soon, so stay tuned as am planning a bit of brouhaha for the big event.
As a result of needing to write web copy on top of dyeing for wholesale orders this week, I am struggling a bit on my early week blog post and am going to cop out by sharing what I just cast on!
Here it is… City Cape by drool-worthy Purl Soho. This one had me jumping for the needles and my secret hoard of LOMOND Aran as soon as I saw it. (Ok. It wasn’t really a secret hoard. I pirated the shop for the yarn. Sue me.)
image via Purl Soho
This is such a beautiful little cape and with waffle-y slip stitches as well. How could I say no?
One thing that I always find myself wishing with the gorgeous Purl Bee patterns, is that they show the garments on a real person. Yes, they look absolutely beautiful on the vintage mannequin for their photos, but it is still not the same as seeing something ON a person, you know? This always makes me balk at casting until I see the garment on people in Rav project pages. I wager this is an issue for others as well, as the lag time on people starting these stunning designs in Ravelry is always a bit longer than expected for such stunning free patterns!
However, I was lucky enough to catch this image on their Twitter feed the other day, and it sealed the deal. Exactly what I need right now for puttering around a chilly house!
image via Purl Soho Twitter feed
I have cast on with what will unfortunately be the last of LOMOND. I found out the other day that my supplier won’t be stocking it this winter, which made me very sad. It also made the hoarder in me jump for those skeins of Silver Leaf I had in the shop!
This cape will take 6 skeins for the smaller size and slightly over 6 for the large so there is enough of the Silver Leaf left for the smaller in the shop (there. I don’t feel quite so greedy now). The large should take 6.3 skeins, so maybe the turtleneck could be done in a different hue. Winter white would be lovely with this icy hue and as I scooped the very last bag of LOMOND my supplier had at the mill I should have more of that by tomorrow. If anyone is interested in a specific shade (from my usuals) do let me know and I will add it to my dye schedule!
I also have 6 skeins left in Squirrelly taupe which would look stunning in this cape!
Now I just wish I could either knit all day or knit faster so I can wear it right away…
by From the Purl Side
The Naloa KAL wrapped up this weekend and sending out a prize to Fiona – aka knittingfiona – for her beautiful version of the shawl this week. Fiona used BEYUL in the yurt / iceberg combination for a slightly more subtle contrast between colours for her shawl and it looks stunning:
Not only did she whip it up in a mere 7 days (!), but she added a gorgeous little detail – beads!
Naloa in BEYUL ‘iceberg’ and ‘yurt’
Thanks Fiona, for the inspiration and motivation for me to finally try beading! It was so much simpler and quicker than I’d expected.
I have to say, I went a tiny bit overboard with the beads as it was my first try using them and the sparkles went to my head! I actually had to snap some beads off to make it more subtle the other day. Here is a detail of the beading before. There are 2 less rows of beads now. Oops. What can I say? I like the sparklies! ;-B
I have to say that for a lace novice like myself Naloa is a huge confidence booster as I didn’t have to frog ONCE (ginormous thanks on that front, Renee!). The lace was SUPER intuitive and simple and even a scatterbrain like me had no problems with it.
I decided I wanted a neutral version of the shawl so broke out the CAMBRIDGE fingering I’d been testing. It is a naturally heathered version using light grey and white baby Alpaca and Cashmere, finished off with a soupçon of glimmering silk. Truly stunning. I’ve added it to the shop and will be dyeing up some colourways as soon as I’ve worked out my dyeing area in our new house.
You can see the delicate, frothy halo from the baby Alpaca and Cashmere clearly on the photo above. Click for a larger version and to get closer to the goodness.
This is now my new glamour shawl and am SO proud of it! A huge thank you to EastLondonKnit for designing this simple, effortless, beauty of a pattern.
by From the Purl Side
As warm-layer-makers (see what I did there? Bypassing the knit/crochet divide?) our favourite time of year has truly arrived! Leaves are changing as temperatures drop. As I type, the seaside winds are blasting past the house with a ghoulish sound that made me dive for a jumper, and I am reminded that my favourite day of the year – Halloween – fast approaches!
As a child, this day loomed large in Northern Canada as it was a time of riotous colour as trees turned bright hues of yellow and orange. Fall days were filled with various fun activities leading up to the night where us children dressed in costume and were unleashed on the night.
image from Embrace Disruption Blog /by Natasha Radlovic
In Britain, where All Hallow’s Eve has only recently started to be observed again due to the commercial opportunity, the day is regarded as a child’s event, full of candy and joke-y witches and ghost costumes. It is hard to describe to people here what the thrill truly is. It doesn’t actually have that much to do with the candy. It has everything to do with dressing up, becoming someone else for an evening, the dark and the thrill of being outdoors on an evening where anything could happen.
For me, growing up in near wilderness, this night of trick or treating held a dark, wild thrill, more true to the old Samhain and All Hallow’s traditions that had nothing to do with cozy children’s parties. Back in the day in our neighbourhood it was ok for kids over 7 to go out un-accompanied by adults, usually in a group with older siblings, so it was one of the only times of the year we could be out after dark.
As my friends and I wandered through the woods in the dark, rushing down unlit dirt tracks that served as driveways for little known neighbours, we scared each other with tales of wolves with glowing red eyes and other things that go bump in the night.
(ok. Truth be told, that might have been ME scaring my friends and MYSELF with the tale of the wolf. If any of you are reading this…sorry, sorry. I know I’ve apologised for this before.). ;-D
Actually, we didn’t even need ghoul stories as there were plenty of bear sightings in our area and could quite easily just freak ourselves out with the idea of a bear watching us from the woods! Ahhh. Nature.
In anticipation of the big day at the end of the month, marking the turn into winter proper, I have finally uploaded my new autumnal WIMBLEDON Sport colourway, Red Sky, to the shop . A warm rusty red, this colour is perfect camouflage for all the ambling in the woods I plan to do in the next month or so. 😉
I thought I’d go through the other yarns on the shop and make a medley of other suitable hues for the season that gently get us ramped up to the big orange/black day of All Hallows Eve.
WESTMINSTER fingering – Colebrook
TWIST Jumbo fingering – Squirrel Cheeks
HEATH fingering – Nutmeg Marl
HEATH fingering – Banksia Marl
clockwise from top: BEYUL fingering – Sacred Saffron , WESTMINSTER fingering – Colebrook , HEATH fingering – Banksia Marl, BEYUL fingering – Y urt , TWIST Jumbo fingering – Squirrel Cheeks , TWIST Jumbo fingering – Hematite , HEATH fingering – Nutmeg Marl, ISLINGTON fingering – Smokin’ Peach
I even got a crazy idea in my head that I could KNIT something for a costume this year. Especially after seeing this:
Crochet Owl Hat from wearable art creator Helen Rodel
I mean…seriously? How amazing would that be???
Though something tells me that an adult size version of this would be endless fun!
sweetpeatoad > Lion (Roarrrrr) (personal pattern only)
Bundle up and stay warm, lovelies!
by From the Purl Side
I seem to be following a Japanese theme this week. Twice now I’ve mentioned this Kokka Echino Decoro – Stag fabric in Mustard purchased at Village Haberdashery in West London. It rocks my world and I can’t stop thinking about it and what it must become:
I have been looking at the fabric and Colette Myrtle pattern I bought for it and decided the dress wasn’t quite retro enough for what I was seeing in my mind’s eye with the fabric, but also wanted to keep it as simple as possible, as my sewing track record thus far has been a bit…variable!
I started trolling images of projects and trying to find a more suitable beginner pattern and then saw this post over at Miss Make and was SOLD. Not only was the skirt super simple, but it having a top and skirt separate would make them more versatile and let me get twice as much wear out of this FABULOUS fabric! Worn together with a belt it will look like a dress. Perfect.
Regretfully and somewhat guiltily have to admit that this is not the only pattern I purchased from Sewbox . Ahem.
As I couldn’t decide if the Belcarra was the EXACTLY right top, but I really like the pleats on the shouler, I so got it and the Colette Sencha Blouse after seeing the high neck version on the ever-cute Tilly and the Buttons … just in case. As one does.
Oh. And I did I mention I bought a real, up to date sewing machine too? eeep. There is a whole story behind that as well, as neighbours down the street stole the first one City Link delivered to them when I wasn’t home! But John Lewis sent a new one and all is good (though not sure they ever got the other one back!).
And of course once I started it all went downhill as I HAD to check out my favourite Etsy fabric shop Miss Matatabi . More Japanese goods, but fabric this time.
Naturally I found this cotton/hemp fabric that I HAD to have ON SALE. I love the hand sketched quality of the bears. And, let’s face it, people, GRIZZLY BEARS!! Too good. Makes me think of home. 😉
It was hard to choose between the yellow and the bright turquoise version,
images via miss matatabi
But…yellow it had to be, even though my wardrobe is starting to look like Big Bird’s. So then, naturally, I on to find a pattern for the medium weight fabric. Back to Tilly’s blog and saw this skirt. Done. But …then… it arrived and I realised it would make the most amazing vintage sundress. The fabric has this woody quality to it that feels so retro. Can’t you just imagine? Even my partner, who can be a bit conservative, admitted it would be a stunning dress!
Here is me mocking it up with a belt:
So I may have bought the remaining 2m at Miss Matatabi. Maybe. A little.
I feel like I am haemorrhaging money I really don’t have at the moment, but the compulsion was too strong. (Does anyone else ever do this? Start spending more money than practical and then completely LOSE IT? I haven’t done this in a long time, but made up for it with this spree.)
Fingers crossed my sewing mojo improves quickly after this shopping spree! ;-?