Brighton Craftaganza

Big news.

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I will be selling my knitted wares for the first time ever this coming Sunday (1st Decemeber) at Brighton Craftaganza.  The fair is running between 11am and 5pm in Fabrica Gallery which is on the corner of Duke street and Ship street in Brighton.  I will have on offer an array of snoods in various graphic prints.  Perfect to slip into the top of your coat to keep your neck toasty and warm against those harsh winter winds.  Here are a couple of example but there will be many more to choose from on the day.

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I am sharing my table with the lovely Bedroom Factory Knits purveyor of the finest bobble hats in all the land and there will be plenty of other delights to see so please come and say hello if you’re around.  

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Absence

Hello hello.  I am sorry for the prolonged absence, I didn’t realise I’d been away so long.  I have had some quite exciting knitting related things going on recently.  The last few weeks I have been doing a bit of freelance machine work for students from various universities.  They are all in their final years doing final collections and were in need of a bit of extra help.

Student knitting1.  This amazing dress was knitted for Marlee Simandl who was studying at Central St Martin’s.  It was knitted with a mix of monofiliment (fishing wire!!) and lurex.  This odd mix of fibres did give me a bit of grief as it ladders like crazy if you drop a stitch, meaning it’s near impossible to fix once you’ve made a mistake.  Thankfully mistakes were minimal, and this was actually really fun to knit.

2.  Complex cables!  I did this jumper on the double bed chunky machine so they are more like faux cables as I was only technically only moving one stitch at a time.  This was knit using chunky silk for my lovely friend Hege Midtun Larsen who is studying in Oslo.  We studied machine knitting together in Brighton last summer and she is a very talented designer.  I was given a sneak peak of her final collection and this girl is definitely going far!

3.  Also for Hege this jumper isn’t sewn up as she was going to embroider it after I’d sent it to her.  This one was knitted in tencel which is a plant based fibre, soft and silky with a beautiful drape.

4.  Half way through knitting this jumper I realised I was actually just knitting a Newcastle United strip… TOON ARMY!  This was knitted in cotton for Drew Izard from Salisbury College who is specialising in menswear.

5. Basic cables which nearly broke my machine.  I knitted two of these panels for Jenni Temme who is also studying at Salisbury College.  They were knitted in cotton which was on the verge of being too thick for my standard gauge machine so each time I had to cross the cables I was in struggle town trying to get the carriage across.

All in all I was happy with how they everything turned out and everyone was happy with what they got in the post.  I am now going away for 10 days to work in London but I have more posts up my sleeve for when I get back including the progress of my Alska cardigan.  Stay tuned.

 

At Our Peak

A few weeks ago I spent a lovely weekend in Sheffield visiting some good friends.  The trip was in aid of birthday funtimes, so my beautiful friends Alice and Keir received none other than… matching his and her hats.  Yes. His. And hers.  I did it, I’m sorry.

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As you can see however, because of the colour ways you can hardly tell they’re the same pattern.  Crisis averted.  Alice got matching mittens as well, because she’s a bit special.  The pictures were taken on a walk/scramble up a snowy hill in the Peak District.  Here’s Alice and Keir doing their very best model poses.

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