The Travel Trio: a giveaway!

London Skies__by Clare Devine

In my last post I shared news about Clare Devine’s stunning new mini-collection of sock patterns, The Travel Trio.  I’m still ridiculously excited about the London Skies socks, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be casting on for a pair this weekend.  I’m heading on a roadtrip, so the timing is perfect.  As much as I’d love a pair for myself, I know that The Amazing Molly would really appreciate a pair, so I’m trying not to be too selfish!  I’m currently torn between using the original London Skies, or the Dabbling Duck colourway.  Tough call, but I don’t have long to decide.

The Knitalong for Clare’s travel-inspired socks starts tomorrow, and you can join in with all the chat over in the Knit Share Love Ravelry group.

Grellow Love__by Clare Devine

If you haven’t yet got your hands on a copy of the patterns, then here’s your chance:  I’ve got one copy of The Travel Trio collection to give away.  Whoop!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment telling me about a knitting-related souvenir that you’ve picked up on your travels.  You can comment either on this blog post or in the Travelknitter Ravelry group thread.
  2. Only one entry per person (no double dipping!)
  3. Competition closes Monday 20th June 8PM British Summer Time.

Good luck!

 

Update: 

Thank you so much to everyone who entered here and over in the Ravelry Travelknitter group.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s stories of travels and yarny adventures.

Thanks to the magic of the random number generator, the winner of a copy of The Travel Trio is Debbie (muirandco on Ravelry).   Congratulations Debbie – a copy of the ebook will be making its way to you.

Happy travelknitting!

 

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Paris-inspired socks

One of the most amazing things about being a yarn dyer is the opportunity to collaborate with some truly fabulous people and to get involved with some great projects.

I’m very excited to say that Travelknitter yarn has been used in a project that is very close to my heart: the brand new London Craft Guide by Yarn in the City.  This is just the sort of book that I would have loved to publish myself:  a great mixture of travel inspired knitting projects, coupled with a guide to London’s wonderful crafty venues.  Perfect!

My brief was to provide yarn support for a sock pattern inspired by the Eiffel Tower.  I instantly knew it had to be the BFL Supersock, which is my idea of the perfect sock yarn:  smooth sturdy-but-not-itchy British Bluefaced Leicester blended with nylon for extra strength.  I had a look through my own photos of previous trips to Paris, and decided to create a new blue-grey colourway, inspired by the glorious ironwork structure:

eiffel tower ironwork

After a few experiments at the dye pots, a new colourway was created:

Puddled Iron

 

I chose the name Puddled Iron, after the wrought iron that was used to build the Eiffel Tower.  I’m in love with this colour!  It has a more blue-ish tone than my usual greys, but I think it really works.   And I love how the kettle dyeing gives a subtle tonal quality to the colour, making it perfect for both plain and lace patterns.

Puddled Iron BFL

 

The images of the finished pattern have now been released, and I’m thrilled at how my yarn has been used to knit up these gorgeous La Ville de l’Amour socks by Fiona Hamilton-Maclaren.

La Ville d'Amour socks

Image credit: Juju Vail

The socks are worked toe-up (my favourite!) and the pattern comes in a range of five sizes too.  I’ll have to cast on for these beauties.

You can read more about the pattern, including an interview with the designer, here.

La Ville de L'Amour

Image credit: Juju Vail

I haven’t yet seen the sample socks, but Yarn in the City will be launching the London Craft Guide at Unravel (February 19-21), so I’m looking forward to seeing all the projects in real life.  And just to add to the excitement, you’ll also be able to pick up a skein or two of Travelknitter yarn on their stall!  BFL Supersock Puddled Iron will be available, as well as a few other lovely colourways.

If you can’t make it to Unravel (or just don’t want to wait that long!) you can purchase the yarn right now over in my Etsy shop.

To get a copy of the London Craft Guide as soon as it’s released, you can pre-order your copy here.

This is one book that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

knitting (a bit) in Grasmere

Well, I made it on the train up to Grasmere. I then promptly slept the rest of the afternoon (missing afternoon tea with home-made cakes, no less!) but woke up in time for dinner, and to meet my fellow Walking Women.

(Is it terrible to admit that I've never read any Wordsworth?)

It was one of those weekends where there was surprisingly little walking going on (probably for the best, considering the state of my lungs) but there was much laughter and hilarity.  Bring together eight women for a weekend away, and what do you expect?

no coffins needed for us this time...

I managed to fit in a tiny bit of knitting.  All I did was finish off a toe.  Here is my October Sock, overlooking a croquet lawn (!) and lush green fields:

I thought it best to save the grafting for my return home, and I’m now thinking I might re-do the toe to try a few different options.

Our walking guide commented that she’s now inspired to learn to knit, so if that’s not a successful weekend, then I don’t know what is!

I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the Herdy shop is in fact in Grasmere.  I didn’t even plan it, I promise!

They even had a knitted bench seat cover, but there was no time to sit down and knit.

We passed some smiley looking sheep in the fields…

and my new Herdy mug and gingerbread made me smile when I got home.

We were already planning our next adventures before the weekend was over.

a dozen skeins of autumn, please

Well it’s no surprise really that I haven’t managed to knit a pair of socks for Socktober.  I do, however, have one Charade sock completed, and so I think I should be proud of whatever small achievements I can manage.

Sock self-portraits are always a challenge.  I tried getting my flatmate to come outside to take a couple of pics for me, but no amount of cajoling was going to work in this weather!  Just getting this picture involved dodging rain showers and trying not to get blown away in a gale.

This is the first time that I’ve knit with any of my ever-increasing Sundara yarn stash.  This is the sock yarn in Arabian Nights, part of the Seasons Collection.  I’m signed up to the Autumn range, so every couple of months I get a lovely parcel of red/brown/orange/green goodness, all dyed according to Sundara’s fancy.  I’m in love with this brown so much that I traded for an extra skein,  hoping that I could make something larger.  Sadly the skeins were too dissimilar to combine, so socks they will become.  Whilst the overall colour is dark brown, there are so many layers included; flecks of gold, chocolate, and purple (and only one tiny stripe where the colour has pooled).  Perfect autumn sock yarn.