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May I introduce my latest design – Walk the Line Shawl 

This is my first collaboration with Fibre Artist Chrissie Day, using her beautiful 1 Farm – 1 Flock – 1 Clip yarn.

The colours are inspired by Chrissie’s home high and remote in the Upper Dale where Winters are hard, Spring brings rejoicing and Summers are sublime with the sound of the returning birds chattering and flying and peewits swooping. Colours from wild meadow flowers, heathers and the lichen on the old gates and fences and the sky changing through multiple colours in one hour.

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Showing off two of my favourite design elements, stripes and I-cords, this shawl is worked on the bias. You start with only three stitches at one corner, work increases on one side every row and decreases on the other side every other row, thus working a long flat triangle which is extremely versatile and can be worn in many ways.

The I-cord edging on two sides hides all colour changes and will give the shawl a clean and well finished look.

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In the words of Chrissie: “A harmonious melody of colour and texture, creating a wonderful individual piece”

This is the perfect accessory when the Spring sun fails to warm or the Summer sun is losing her strength.

The really good news is that for a limited time only kits are available via Chrissie’s website HERE , but when they are gone…they are gone. 

You can of course also purchase the shawl single pattern from all my usual places (find the links on the right hand side of this page) and this yarn can be substituted with any yarn of your liking. Singles, sock, lace weight yarns or even thicker yarns if you prefer. But please be aware that if using a thicker substitute, you may need more yarn.

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Finished Measurements of this shawl are: Width 208cm at top edge – Depth 36cm at widest point, making this a very versatile shape and size with endless possibilities of how to wear it.

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed designing and making it.

XO.

 

 

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Sadly all too quickly the last day of our retreat week had arrived. We were all wondering where the last 5 days had gone and there was already talk and anticipation about next year.

Last minute speedy knitting was done as everyone got themselves ready for show and tell after dinner.

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Certificates and Medals where handed out to everyone who took part and for one last time everyone retreated to the cosy corner for some relaxing time with their yarn and needles…

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…and all too soon it was time for me to wave good bye to everyone.

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On another glorious morning in this beautiful corner of North Wales we hugged and hugged, some tears were shed and promises of returning next year made.

It has been a fabulous week of friendship and laughter, good food and drink, fabulous weather every day and KNITTING of course!

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The next retreat will take place from 25th September to 2nd October 2019 at the Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen (more information will follow).

Hope to see you there.

XO.

 

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Today I want to show you the project I have been working on during the knitting retreat week. Here you see the finished yoke of a top-down jumper I am making. It was inspired by a painting by ‘my girl’ and incidentally this will also become her jumper when finished.

I am using five shades of  Lamana Yarn Milano, a beautiful fingering weight yarn of 90% Wool and 10% Cashmere. It is super soft and I am working with 2.5mm needles.

Eva, one of our super amazing and speedy knitters, liked this idea so much, that she started her own yoke jumper immediately after she finished her official workshop project…

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…even her colours are very similar. Great minds…and all that!

Yesterday we spent the day visiting Trefriw Woollen Mill and the lovely town of Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia National Park.

Everyone was super interested during the guided tour of the spinning and weaving mill. It was like stepping back in time as things had not changed much since it was first opened in 1859. It was amazing to see all the wonderful old machinery in action, from washing and carding, to spinning, dyeing and then weaving. This family run business manufactures traditional Welsh “tapestry” bedspreads, smaller Welsh “tapestry” patterns by the metre, tweeds and travelling rugs from the raw wool using machines which are over 50 years old and powered by a vintage water turbine.

Plenty of purchases where made and some of our Ladies looked very fetching in their newly acquired smart wear.

XO.

 

 

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