Black Isle Yarns Zwartbles Cheviot Blend – Gingersnap Mittens

black isle yarns local small batch wool mittens

I’ve been very remiss in not posting these mittens sooner.  My lovely Auntie Lorna knit a beautiful pair of Gingersnap Mittens (a free pattern by Prairiesque) as a sample for me.  She’s very kind!  Auntie Lorna adapted the pattern significantly, changing it to two 3×3 cables and reducing the size considerably.  Much as I’d love […]

Black Isle Yarns Zwartbles Alpaca Blend – Romney Kerchief

naturally-coloured-shawl-smaller

I’ve recently finished this second sample in my Autumn 2016 Zwartbles~Alpaca Blend.  I wanted to knit a shawl that showed off the beauty of this yarn – it’s squishiness and texture – and settled on a simple triangular kerchief design (the Romney Kerchief by Jared Flood). The pattern itself is simple and straight-forward and I […]

Black Isle Yarns Zwartbles Alpaca Blend – Reminisce Hat

reminisce-hat-in-black-isle-yarns-dk

I chose a favourite hat pattern for this sample using the Autumn 2016 Zwartbles~Alpaca Blend – the pattern is Reminisce by Libby Jonson of Truly Myrtle.  I’m not one for anything too fussy and this hats fits that bill perfectly, a little detail to stop it being boring but nothing over-the-top. The Zwartbles~Alpaca is lovely […]

Black Isle Yarns Gotland – Granny’s Favourite Pattern

Gotland Light Grey Granny's Favourite Cardigan (details in 'Designs & Tutorials')

Knowing that I would be struggling for time to knit up samples before attending Loch Ness Knit Fest (30 Sept to 2 Oct 2016) I asked mum to knit a Granny’s Favourite Cardigan in my Autumn 2016 batch of Gotland yarn.  Grannie (to my children) has knit this lovely pattern several times for my girls […]

Black Isle Yarns Zwartbles Mohair Blend – Hackberry Hat

dk-weight-zwartbles-mohair-weight-black-isle-yarns

It was a tricky to decide which of the Black Isle Yarns Autumn 2016 yarns to knit with first but in the end the Zwartbles Mohair blend was selected – ‘eeny meeny miny mo’ can always be relied on in the case of indecision!  I settled on the Hackberry Hat pattern by Ginny Sheller.  I […]

Playful Pinwheels Quilt – Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Issue 36

julie-rutter-1

I’m really pleased to be able to share my Playful Pinwheels Quilt which features in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Issue 36 – out today!  I’d had a quilt along the lines of the eventual design in mind for quite some time but it took a bit of jiggling around to get the final layout.  […]

Travel Sewing Mat – Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Issue 35

travel-sewing-mat

I’m delighted to be able to share the Travel Sewing Mat which I designed for Love Patchwork and Quilting Issue 35.  Once again that feels like such a long time ago (I sent it off in February).  But I do remember the amount of puzzling that went into getting the details just as I wanted […]

Spring Blush Quilt – Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine Issue 34

clipped-corners-lpq-34-image

Hi, I hope you’re enjoying a lovely holiday Monday (I guess this only applies to UK people- sorry to those of you who’re having a ‘normal’ Monday!).  We’re still experiencing incredibly cold and changeable weather.  This morning we set off for a family walk in cold but sunny weather to be met half-way round with […]