Eathie Shawl

Eathie Shawl - simple lace knitting

The striking Eathie Shawl was designed by my friend Emily Williams. Designed especially for the limited supplies of yarn from Horse, Frankenstein and Monkey Face the pattern only needs 60g of each beautiful natural shade (Double Cream, Rugged Grey and Hazy Charcoal) – but because of the lace design it makes a generously sized shawl […]

Black Isle Yarns Zwartbles Cheviot Blend – Gingersnap Mittens

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]