Today I want to introduce you to a “watch this space” new and upcoming photographer, the super talented Miss Amelia Gale-Hasleham.
Having just finished her first year at Newport University studying Fashion and Advertising Photography, she has already been involved in some inspiring photo shoots. Amelia was the talent behind the lens for my latest book, Lola Loops – Six small things for Spring & Summer…
all photos taken by Amelia Gale-Hasleham
…and has been busy working with many different subject matters…
…as you can see she can make a 1950’s inspired picnic look just as appealing as stunning models in designer fashion shoots. It comes as no surprise therefore, that she went against the old saying of “Never work with animals” and produced the most magically amazing photos when she was hired to do a day shoot with horses…
Amelia can be booked for all manner of photography and is game for any challenge. To find out how to get in touch and to sample more of her stunning photos have a look here and here.
First of all I want to say a big huge thank you to all you lovely people who have already purchased a copy of the latest Lola Loops book. I hope you enjoy knitting many of the lovely designs over the next few weeks.
Today I want to introduce the remaining four designs to you, so here goes…
MELERI – NECKERCHIEF
This cute little neckerchief bears no resemblance to the utilitarian versions worn by scouts and sailors. Quickly knitted in no more than a couple of evenings, this little frippery will jazz up any spring outfit and the styling fits in perfectly with this year’s preppy look.
BRANWEN – VINTAGE BEANIE
Using the 1920s era and the style of the Flapper girl as inspiration I created this vintage beanie hat. Dainty and quite elegant this style is perfect during the day, knit in fine wool yarn. Using fine cotton yarn with a thread of sparkle, it can easily be worn as a glamorous accessory for evening.
ANNA – NAUTICAL BAG
A girl can never have enough bags and this little number says everything there is to say about summer. Bright and cheerful nautical stripes in classic colours are set off by a sharp green top and gorgeous red leather handles. To make it user-friendly the bag is lined and padded, making it perfect to carry all your essentials right through summer.
ALWEN – SPRING LEAVES SCARF
Darling buds of Spring are winding their way up (or down) this light but cosy scarf. Knit in Rowan’s new Soft Knit Cotton yarn, this scarf is super soft and right on trend in this colour too.
As you can see, all the designs can be knitted quickly and don’t require large amounts of yarn either. They make perfect gifts or you could just spoil yourself and keep them all. Whatever you decide, all of them are colourfully perfect for Spring & Summer.
Just like the first book, this one wouldn’t be the same without the fabulous Lola illustrations all drawn by ‘my man’. I think you will agree that they make the book extra special.
Finally, after many weeks of sketching, mathematical work-outs, lamenting about yarn choices, knitting all the items, writing (and testing) patterns and a fun photo shoot, Lola Loops for Spring & Summer 2013 is ready.
Just like the first, this second Lola Loops book has been a true labour of love and I couldn’t have done it without the help and kindness of many people. So this is my official big – HUGE – Thank You to:
‘My man’, the artist Mark Gittins, who spends endless hours of his valuable free time sketching Lola Loops illustrations. Without them the books wouldn’t be the same.
Steve & Helen, of Stash Fine Yarns, who have been enormously kind and supportive, and I am so very grateful for their sponsorship of all my yarn needs for this book.
Thank you, thank you to ‘my girl’ Anna-Maria, who did a fantastic job modelling with beauty and good humour in sub-zero temperatures – you are gorgeous.
A special thank you to my dear friend, Jackie Donovan, who yet again gave up many hours in her busy schedule to test knit my designs.
A big big thank you to all of you, I could not have made this book happen without you xx
I will introduce the designs over the next couple of posts. Here are the first two:
GWENDOLEN – REVERSIBLE SHAWL
Keeping the chill off during the first days of spring and cool summer evenings, this shawl uses the short row technique to give a cresent like shape and is presented in two verions. The first using Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend for a warmer hug, the second is knitted using Fyberspates Vivacious for a loftier drape.
HAF – LACE SUMMER SOCKS
Stepping out in one of summer’s main colours, these socks are pretty enough to wear in open toed shoes. The delicate lace pattern can easily be accomplished by knitters of all abilities. Perfect socks to put your best foot forward.
I hope you will enjoy knitting these designs as much as I loved creating them. x
this week that was full of germs and need not be remembered!
Oh yes, my girl and I have had the ‘bad lurgy’ all week and have spent most days just moping around in slow motion trying our best to keep some cheer in our lives. Not easy when outside it’s gloomy and inside you spent hovering between the pantry (to warm up your wheat cushion in the microwave to soothe your tummy) and the bathroom (I won’t elaborate).
Spending time in my studio always cheers me up. The tranquility of being surrounded by yarn, books and notions, looking out over the mountains is soothing at all times and makes me instantly feel better.
Corner in my Studio
I did manage to play with yarn almost every day, even if it was only for a little while…
Colours of the Rainbow
Flowers for Red Riding Hood
For a Crochet Workshop
Work on my new Lola Loops book had to take a back seat, as I mostly managed to make a lot of mistakes which made me realise that tummy bugs and paracetamol don’t get on well with mathematical charts that need to work when put into practice. I can’t wait to get back to work on it though as it will be full of lusciousness in this years S/S Pantone colours. Here is a sneak view…
To be used in Lola Loops Spring/Summer
If there is anything good about not feeling well at all, then the only thing I can think of is that one can manage to catch up on reading all those lovely magazines that keep piling up.
Well I have done plenty of that this week too…
Today we are feeling a little more human, the sun is shining and we have opened the windows to let the germs fly far far away. 🙂