25 Mar 2017

Reversible Knitting Stitches E-Book - An update and a request

Exciting news about our E-Book, Reversible Knitting Stitches — we are now working on a print version of this book and hope to have that available in the autumn! 

We have almost finished reformatting this ready for printing and hope to get everything through the various editing stages soon. 

We are also releasing a new update for the E-Book today. This includes a new sample, Textured Knot Stitch, in Chapter 1. This is one of my new favourite stitches and we just had to include it in the book. 

We have also added a photo of Anna's beautiful Nokomis Beach Bag as an extra project idea in Chapter 4. I am totally in love with this bag so we wanted to squeeze it in. 

There are also some new sample photos, including Wide Mistake Rib on Pg 158. Mistake Rib is such a versatile stitch and gives a lovely warm result. I love both the original version and the wider one which has an even more pronounced textural finish, so we wanted to include an extra sample to show the differences.

We also managed to pick up some extra typos and errata that we missed in the previous version. It's amazing how those slip through, isn't it. 

And here's our request: Have you seen anything else that needs to be updated before we go to print? Please do let us know if anything is not clear or if you think there may be an error in the pattern information. We have loved all your suggestions so far, so please keep them coming in. 

And one final piece of news: We will be offering a Print and E-Book package when the print version is released. Printed books are great when you're at home, but it's hard to carry them with you when you're travelling. This way, you'll be able to access the book on the go or at your desk!

We'll have more details about that closer to the time and will post news about that here.

For more details about this innovative stitch book then please click here

Happy Reversible Knitting! 


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21 Mar 2017

First Day of Spring!

I remember laughing as a child listening to the UK comedian Spike Milligan reciting a short poem about Spring:

Spring has sprung
The grass has ris
I wonder where the birdies is?

They say the bird is on the wing
But that's absurd — 
The wing is on the bird!

I'm sure he didn't write it, but I was thinking about that the other day when an absolute flock of American Robins came into our back garden and filled the trees with song. They flew industriously backwards and forwards to three large palm trees that were laden with ripe palm nuts. Two were in our neighbour's garden and one high up in the woodlands behind us.

They would fly rapidly towards the low flower heads dripping with their tasty morsels, then grab a palm nut and zoom back to the original perch, singing at the tops of their voices all the time. How they did that with their beaks full of palm nuts beats me! 

This continued for about an hour until a hawk appeared nearby and they all left in one dense cloud, with just one or two gentle peep-peep sounds as they continued on their migration north.

And that's about as close as we get to seeing Spring here in Florida. I'm afraid it's not the right climate for daffodils, and even cherry trees have a hard time here. However, we did manage to see some beautiful azaleas at Bok Gardens near Orlando the other day.

I hope you are lucky enough to have daffodils in your back garden today to welcome the First day of Spring. If you haven't, then here's a couple of photos to bring a touch of Spring to you!

Happy Spring knitting!


Website: www.wyndlestrawdesigns.com

Our Book: Reversible Knitting Stitches

Many thanks again to DH Tim for his great photos. If you'd like to see more of his work, then please visit his Flick page.

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20 Mar 2017

Is it a bird or is it a plane?

I'm back! Sorry that I have been away from my blog for so long. I needed a small operation which kept me away from my computer for a while and completely zapped me of energy. However it all went very well, I am very pleased to report.

Fortunately, it didn't stop me knitting for long and I have been having fun finishing up some projects that just needed a bit more love and attention. The first of these was a scarf made from the Hamilton Table Runner pattern.

Yes, I hear you — a pattern for a table runner? But when you think about it, there's not much difference between them, is there. They are both long rectangular objects and the size might only need a little bit of adjusting to get it to work well for a scarf instead. 

The real difference comes from the yarn being used. For a table runner you want the yarn to be fairly firm and crisp to hold its shape well and provide some insulation to the table. A matte finish is also preferable so the runner is quietly present without dominating the look of the room. So the ideal yarn would probably be a cotton or a cotton/linen mix such as the KnitPicks CotLin yarn I used for the original pattern.

Knit Picks yarns. L: Cotlin in Pomegranate, R: Galileo in Quartz.
But a scarf? Well almost the opposite! This needs to be soft and draping so it can flow easily around your neck without chafing. When I was purchasing the yarn for the original Hamilton Table Runner, I was also drawn to another KnitPicks yarn, Galileo, in a deep red colour called Quartz. This is a beautifully soft yarn with a lovely combination of merino wool and bamboo. 

I don't like using silk itself because I always feel so sorry for the silkworms but this yarn just feels, well, silky! It's buttery soft with a beautiful depth of colour — perfect for an evening shawl. (And no, I don't get any commission from KnitPicks, I just like their yarns!)

I started this about a year ago before consigning it to the knitting basket waiting to be finished. Well, I decided that it had sat and languished for long enough, so I picked it up again and happily knitted away until it was done.

In fact, I was actually enjoying the pattern so much that I only stopped when I ran out of yarn. Fortunately the finished scarf is not too long! Thank heavens I didn't buy extra yarn or I might have regretted it. 

Have you ever done that? Been so enjoying knitting a pattern that you continued on too long? I found I wanted to "just knit one more diamond shape" and was quite disappointed when the yarn supply failed on me. This is the Elongated Diamond Pattern from our new Book, Reversible Knitting Stitches, and is a lovely double-sided stitch. 

Well, now I can see I will need to knit another scarf. Hmmm, I could see this in a beautiful silver-grey colour....

If you'd like to see more details about the Hamilton Table Runner pattern, then please visit click here

Until next time,

Happy Knitting!

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