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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Murano - New Pattern & Kit

The Murano shawl is inspired by the island of Murano, famous for glass, in the Venetian lagoon. Elegant lace, delicate colours and a few subtle beads makes this the perfect summer shawl. The colours remind me of the faded pastel colours on Murano and the glass beads represent Murano’s long history of glass production.
Murano is 30% off until end of June 2017. No coupon code needed. Purchase the pattern here.

See my tutorials for how to add beads using a crochet hook and how to work the garter tab cast on recommended in the pattern.

I knitted Murano in Navia Bummull which is a gorgeous, light blend of wool and cotton with beautiful drape. The shawl takes two skeins of each colourway.

Murano is a crescent shaped shawl worked from the top down with a combination of stripes and lace.

I have Murano kits in a choice of five colourway. The kits include two balls of Navia Bummull in each of the two colourways shown, a bag of Debbie Abrahams Size 6 seed beads in colour 340 Pebble which is a beautiful grey which goes with everything. If you prefer another bead colour, let me know. 4mm (US 6) circular needles and 0.75mm (US 14) crochet hook for adding beads is not included. Pre-order the kits here. They will ship late June/early July.


Pre-order the kits here. The kits are £3 off the full price and will be shipped end of June/early July. See the kits here.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Episode 1 - Unboxing

I've decided to start doing regular You Tube videos where I share behind the scenes stuff, what I'm working on, new patterns and just generally chat about knitting. I will of course also continue doing regular tutorials. You can watch my You Tube Channel here.

I'm busy preparing for Woolfest which is next weekend, 23 and 24 June 2017. In my first 'Confessions of a YarnAddict' episode, I show you what's on my needles and I do an unboxing of my Lang and Schoppel yarn order for Woolfest.

Watch the video here.

 In the video I mention Dakota, Nordly and Grand Bazaar. Read more about Grand Bazaar here, including discount and kit pre-order details.

If there's anything you'd like me to talk about on You Tube or topics you'd like me to cover in my tutorials, do let me know.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Grand Bazaar - Pattern & Kit

I'm really excited to finally introduce Grand Bazaar. I loved knitting this shawl and it's a new shape for me. I wanted a big shawl and this is definitely big, although you can make it smaller (see notes in the pattern).

Two self-striping colours are combined to create an exotic blend of garter stitch, lace and colour. Grand Bazaar is large with an interesting, asymmetrical shape which is fun to knit.  

I used Lang Mille Colori Baby for this shawl. I saw two colours one day while I was teaching at Spin A Yarn and thought they would look great together. Garter stitch rows are worked in stripes and are mixed up with lace sections which are worked in just one colour.

You can pre-order the Grand Bazaar kit now. I will have a few balls of this yearn available at Woolfest next week and the pattern will be available but I'm not doing kits at Woolfest. Full price for the yarn and pattern if purchased separately will be approx £51.50 but you can pre-order kits for £46.50 including free UK postage. Kits include 8 balls of Lang Mille Colori (4 of each colour) as well as print and pdf copy of the pattern.

Grand Bazaar is perfect to wear as a shawl or as a big scarf. Relaxing garter stitch is combined with an easy lace pattern.

Below is the schematic which shows the shape and size of the shawl.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Long Weekend in London

Last weekend we took the girls to London for a long weekend. We drove up on Friday morning and got to London mid-afternoon. We didn't have a lot of time on Friday so we decided to spend a couple of hours at the V & A Museum which is my favourite London museum.

On Saturday we had decided to visit the Tower of London in the morning. The girls have never been and Simon and I haven't been since our twenties. We did the Beefeater guided tour which is a very fun and informative tour around the Tower.

The Beefeaters live at the Tower and the gates are locked at midnight every night and you need a password issued daily by the Queen to get in after the gates are locked. There are other staff, like a doctor, who live there too. It's amazing to see bits of their daily lives, like kids' bikes outside a house and washing drying on the line, as you walk around the site.

Saturday was also World Wide Knit In Public Day so I did my bit by knitting at the Tower of London as well as on the tube.

I was being carefully watched by an elephant while knitting. In the photo above and below I'm wearing my new poncho which I finished on Friday. Unfortunately it's not as long as I wanted it so I'm going to rip out the cast off and add another lace repeat which was my original plan. I may try to finish it for Woolfest next week. The pattern will be released in July, hopefully.

You get a beautiful view of the London skyline from the Tower of London. In the photo below you can see the famous Shard building which is just one of many famous buildings you can see.

We also had views over the iconic Tower Bridge. After two terrorist attacks in London this year focused on bridges, I was a bit weary of crossing a bridge on foot. We did walk across the pedestrian Millenium Bridge though. Bearing in mind, we visited just a week after a major terrorist attack, we did feel perfectly safe in London. There were a few more police with guns than normal and ever museum and tourist venue we visited had security checks.

Saturday afternoon, Vanessa and I went shopping. Vanessa is starting her new job in July and was shopping for work clothes but we did manage a 10 minute visit to one of my favourite London stores, Liberty.

On Sunday, we went to Kensington Palace which I've wanted to visit for a while. There are only a small section of the palace open to the public as members of the Royal family including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry apparently live there.

There's currently an exhibition of Diana's clothes and it was really interesting to see dresses that I've seen regularly in photos over the years.


Sketches drawn by Diana's designers were on display and several of them had notes by Diana.


Do you recognise the dress below?

On Sunday evening Vanessa and I went to see Take That at the O2. Fantastic concert! I enjoyed it just as much as I did when I first saw Take That two years ago.

On Monday, the girls flew to visit my parents in Norway and Simon and I started the long drive home. We decided to stop off at Hampton Court for a couple of hours. Hampton Court is huge and amazing! We'll definitely need to go back to see more of this huge property.

There are several parts to the palace which was added over the years. So you can clearly see that some parts looks a lot older. Both at Hampton Court and at Kensington Palace, they told stories of various kings and queens of the past.

The gardens at Hampton Court were amazing and we only saw a fraction of it. Below is an older part of the palace.

On Sunday afternoon, I had a couple of hours to myself so I headed to Loop. Despite the tempting yarn on display I only bought a zipped pouch from Miesje Chafer as I love her prints and two small tins of 'Anywhere Balm' from Love & Leche. I also got three little silk drawstring pouches from the V & A Museum.

I was mainly knitting on my Navia Bummull shawl which I've named Murano. I'm really close to finishing it. Only one row to go as I write this. The pattern is with my tech editor and I'm hoping to have both the pattern and yarn at Woolfest next week. I will be offering kits for pre-order too, so if you won't be at Woolfest, you'll still be able to order kits for this beautiful shawl.

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Friday, June 09, 2017

World Wide Knit In Public Day DISCOUNT

Tomorrow, Saturday 10 June, is World Wide Knit In Public Day. Events are being held around the world to encourage knitters to come together and take their knitting out and about. Check with your local yarn shop or knitting group to see if they're hosting any events. Just get a few knitting friends together or take your knitting and head out to the park or a coffee shop.

Knitting on the beach last month.

To celebrate this weekend, I'm offering 25% off any of my patterns and pattern collections in my Ravelry Pattern shop. No coupon code needed. Valid until midnight UK on Sunday 11 June 2017. Please feel free to tell your friends or share this discount on social media.

Knitting in a coffee shop in Jersey.

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Summer on the needles

Looking at what's on my needles today, it's looking very summery but the weather outside is making me want to wrap up in wool and stay inside and knit. It's cold, very wet and blustery. But I did finish my colourful Mille Collori shawl - Grand Bazaar - earlier this week and pre-orders for the Grand Bazaar kit will be listed next week. Make sure you're signed up to my newsletter so you don't miss out.

I'm going to London for a long weekend tomorrow and I've been trying to finish a new poncho in Navia Bummull as it'll be a perfect layering garment if it's a bit chilly. I need to finish it before bed tonight and block it overnight and hope it dries. I've got 6 very long rounds to go and it's nearly bedtime as I write this.

Above and below are a couple of early progress photos of the poncho. I'm hoping to have the pattern ready for Woolfest. I'm really enjoying knitting with this yarn.

I've also got a shawl on the needles, also in Navia Bummull which I'd like to finish in time for Woolfest as I plan to have a selection of Bummull on my stall. I'm probably 1/3 of the way through this shawl. This will be my travel project in London this weekend. Beaded lace knitting isn't ideal for knitting on the tube and in other public places but I'm going for it.

I may take this shawl too. It's been on hold since we got back from Jersey. It does have lace and beads but there's a lot of garter stitch too.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

The Knitter 111 - Sitwell

Have you seen issue 111 of The Knitter yet? I've designed a beautiful crescent shawl called Sitwell. The Knitter says: 'Wrap your shoulders in this wide crescent shawl, created for us by Anniken Allis. She has chosen a lovely hand-dyed sock yarn which showcases the lace pattern beautifully. The stitch patterns are both charted and written out for you.'

Sitwell is worked from the centre top and starts with stocking stitch while you get used to the shaping. It then flows into a dramatic lace pattern and ends in a gently scalloped edging.

I used Tough Sock from The Uncommon Thread in a beautiful light grey which goes with everything. Wear this shawl with a dress in the summer or wrap it around your neck like a scarf in the winter. This crescent shape is very versatile. If you're concerned about blocking this shape, I've got two tutorials on how to block a crescent shape here and here.

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