New pattern release: From Dorset With Love

Some of you may already have noticed that Clare Devine has released a new collection of patterns, From Dorset With Love.  Clare has a way of  coming up with wonderful patterns with special details that are always completely wearable.  From Dorset With Love is inspired by a life-changing road trip that Clare made to Dorset two years ago.  The images she describes are so evocative and make me want to hit the road myself.
The collection contains six patterns based around Dorset locations.  I was particularly excited that the first pattern released was Lulworth Cove, a slouchy beanie pattern knit in the snuggly Travelknitter Merino DK.
Clare knit the sample using the London Skies colourway (always one of my favourites), and the sample has such a beautiful, timeless quality to it:

Photo by Kate O’Sullivan @aplayfulday

For my own sample I wanted to try something totally different.  I anticipated that the stitch pattern would show up a variegated colourway really well, so I went with my Travelknitter Merino DK in Brambleberry.  I love the effect!  It has a totally different feel to it.  Huge thanks to my friends Vicky and Helen for joining me down the pub: Vicky for modelling and Helen for photography.  The next round is on me.
Travelknitter Brambleberry DK Lulworth Cove
To celebrate the pattern launch, Clare and I have put together some goodies!
Clare is offering a 20% discount to my followers who purchase a single pattern from the collection.  Simply purchase the pattern via Ravelry and enter the code travelknitter20 to claim your discount.  This offer is available until 31st May.
I’m also hosting a little competition here on my blog, and we have four prizes up for grabs:
  • One skein of Travelknitter Merino DK in the colourway of your choice
  • One ebook of the full collection
  • Two digital copies of the Lulworth Cove pattern
To be in the running, just leave a comment on this blog post and tell me about a special road trip you’ve either been on, or one that you want to go on.  The competition closes at midnight, Monday 29th May (British Summer Time).  Looking forward to hearing your tales!
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19 thoughts on “New pattern release: From Dorset With Love

  1. The best road trip I went on was “The Wild Atlantic Way” in Ireland. It was my first (and only trip) overseas and I was so thrilled to be in Ireland. Both magical and inspirational.

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  2. OOh, best Road trip….well, having spent a lot of time driving long distances merely to get from one spot to another, it was lovely last summer to take the drive from Toronto to Georgeville (in the Eastern Townships of Quebec) at a slower pace. To stop off for lunch at a random petrol station/grocery shop and sit on their porch eating pizza watching the world go by. We must have passed a million lakes, big and small. We even stopped for a swim in one!

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  3. The biggest road trip I went on was when I was living in Seattle and my parents decided to drive us down the west coast through Oregon and California and a brief hop across the border to Tijuana. I have happy memories of Disneyland and the red woods but overall I kinda hated it and decided to fly when I became a grown up. I gave up my drivers license when we moved back to London 13 years ago and I really don’t miss it

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    • Road trips are very different for children and adults. I did hellish journeys from one side of Australia to the other as a kid… but would quite like to do it now! But not driving in London is definitely a good idea.

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  4. I’d love to drive along the coast in California. It’d have to be a convertible car. I’ve always wanted to take the Pacific Coast Highway.

    I’m about to go to Nepal and we will be taking a coach trip from Kathmandu to Charikot. So we will see what that’s like.

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  5. My special road trip was not exotic and not in a foreign country. But it was ‘interesting’ and there was fibre involved. My BKFF and I were on the hunt for a new spinning wheel. It was a glorious sunny day, and she has a open top car. So we slapped on the suncream, headscarves and sunnies and headed off, Thelma and Louise stylee, to the wilds of the Buckinghamshire countryside near Milton Keynes (told you it wasn’t exotic). We looked at many spinning wheels, then headed off for lunch to think rationally about our potential purchases, congratulating ourselves on not making any impulse buying decisions. Being the organised person that she is, my BKFF had packed a picnic, complete with tartan rug and lashings of ginger beer. We found a lovely stretch of grass verge on an isolated country lane, had our picnic and discussed the pros and cons of our potential purchases. All was going so well. Then we heard it. The approach of the combine harvester. A quick peek over the hedge confirmed the worst. It was heading towards us, harvesting the crop in the field at the other side of the hedge, trailing a ginormous cloud of dust and chaff. Needless to say, we didn’t end up covered in glory. We can see the funny side of it now, but it was not quite so amusing when 2 knitters and an open top car were liberally covered in a very heavy dusting of chaff! Memorable? Yes! And I did buy a spinning wheel …

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  6. I left teaching early through illness and drove through large swathes of Europe in a beat up campervan. It was rusty and noone thought we’d get past Leicester. Every day was a mini celebration of getting somewhere. The original plan was to go to France and Italy; it took 5 weeks to get to Italy via Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden. Prague, Vienna and Budapest. It was the best trip ever and I’d say to anyone planning or un-planning that sort of thing – just do it if you can!

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    • That sounds wonderful. I’d love to do a trip like that – but I’d need to build up my confidence in campervan driving – it’s quite a leap from my teeny little hatchback 🙂

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  7. My best roadtrip was the one I took solo last year in Scotland. I flew up to Inverness, rented a car and spent the week driving round the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. I’m always in such awe of the scottish countryside anyway but that particular solo trip did my soul good; I felt small and infinite at the same time, which I know sounds ridiculously cheesy.

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    • Lovely! I really got that sense when I went to the Western Isles a few years ago. I looked out across the sea and actually felt like I could be on the edge of the earth. I’m hoping to do a little train trip in Scotland this summer.

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  8. First time, when we went road-tripping with my hausband. It was scary as… Well, scary. Because I do not drive, and he wasn’t very experienced then and it was whirlwind of emotions, big highways, and sights. It was fantastic! (And we returned home few days later in one piece, well, two pieces:D. Then our neighbors looked us out of our appartment at 2 a.m. but that’s whole another story)

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  9. My best road trip was for our wedding and honeymoon. We got married in Portugal (where my husband is from) and we drove from the UK, driving through France and Spain and stopping in San Sebastian to sleep. Then after the wedding we drove to Geres on the border of Portugal & Spain, where we stayed for a week. It was amazing and some of the places we found were hidden gems! Then we drove back via Santiago de Compostela, where we stayed in a converted monastery and in Tours. Very memorable!

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  10. Uh, some five years ago a friend and I took a road trip through austria, Croatia and Italy. We had not planned other than two nights at a beautiful family driven winery in Italy beforehand, but just drove where we felt like. It was such a fun and exciting Summer and we grew into being friends for life.

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