Loop Cushion Workshop

My first day workshop of the year is on Saturday 19th March and the project is the 2 Way Loop Cushion. I call it ‘2 Way’ as each of the knitted loops can be pushed in or out creating two different looks.

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This large cushion (it fits a cushion pad 50cm x 50cm) is knitted using 7 autumnal shades of Rowan Felted Tweed. The cushion may look complicated to knit but I can assure you it uses the easy and fun technique of partial knitting to create the 3D look. 

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As the cushion is quite large, I’ve decided to back the cushion with fabric. Each person coming to the workshop will receive a piece of 100% wool herringbone tweed along with the yarn and pattern. The fabric is in a rich mid brown colour, very similar to Felted Tweed colour ‘Cinnamon’ which is one of the colours used.

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Each ‘loop’ is knitted using moss stitch to keep the loop flat. You could of course, knit them in plain stocking stitch but the loops will curl in on themselves. This is the great thing about partial knitting, you can ‘knit out’ using any type of knit texture and colour etc.

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My day workshops will now be held at Brooksby Hall, literally only a mile away from the village hall in Hoby (the old venue). The hall is a beautiful 16th century manor house, set within 850 acres of Leicestershire countryside. At the workshop you will be treated to lovely lunch prepared from local produce followed by afternoon tea with homemade cake. There will be lashings of tea, coffee and juices throughout the day.

For more information or to book a place, click on any of the images.  I hope to welcome you to Brooksby Hall very soon.

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January Update

This is for those of you that don’t subscribe to my newsletter, here is my update for this month. By the way, you can subscribe to my newsletter at any time.

I’m planning to design lots of new things this year and these newsletters are a great way to let you know about new designs, books, workshops, kits, shows etc. Please scroll down to see what’s happening this month…

DAY WORKSHOPS

 

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 2 WAY LOOP CUSHION – £95

Saturday 19th March 2016

 

The 2 Way Loop Cushion is the project for the first day workshop of the year. If you liked the Ripple Cushion from last year, then you will love this workshop. Make a large and very striking loop cushion with a woollen tweed fabric back. This workshop is a great introduction to 3D and partial knitting. and is great fun to do. Hopefully it will spark your imagination to try other 3D knitting techniques.  The quirky loops on the cushion can be used in two ways, as shown in the images below. The images are of my design swatch, I will be posting images of the finished cushion in the next couple of weeks.

For more information and to book, click on any of the images above.

WORKSHOP HOLIDAYS

FAIRISLE IN THE DALES

 

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I had a fantastic response to my first workshop holiday, it sold out within 4 days of going live on my website and shop! 

I’ve had lots of emails asking if I’m organising another one, well yes I am. It will be in a different location to the FAIRISLE IN THE DALES holiday. I can’t announce it yet but rest assured you will be the first to know about it when I make it live for booking.

PRINTED PATTERNS

SORREL TANK

£4

 

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I’m now offering individual printed patterns in the shop. These designs are exclusive and cannot be seen in any of my books. The first design available is SORREL TANK, more will be added to the shop in the coming months. For information and to buy, click on the image above.

FAIRISLE BAG DIGITAL PATTERN

CHARITY PATTERN UPDATE

 

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I’m pleased to announced that just over £1280.00 has been raised so far with the sale of the digital Fairisle Bag pattern. For those of you who have bought this pattern, a big thank you on behalf of myself and Helen and Caroline of Ribbon Circus, Hebden Bridge for your donation.

If you have not bought the pattern yet, can I please appeal to you to do so. You will be happy in the knowledge that the whole of the £4 (minus the VAT) will go to the Ribbon Circus appeal fund and you will be helping a small business get back on it’s feet after the recent devastating floods that hit many parts of Yorkshire. To buy the Fairisle bag pattern, click on the image above.

FAIRISLE CLUB

 

There are now only 15 places left in the Fairisle Club. It’s not too late to join but please hurry, as once the 23 places have gone the club will close. For more information and to book, click on the image above.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this update from me!

Printed patterns

From the 1st January I started to offer exclusive patterns to buy as a printed pattern. These designs will not seen in any other publication and are available from my website and shop. The first pattern is ‘Sorrel Tank’ below, which a slipover version of the ‘Sorrel Sweater’ in my latest book Autumn.

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Each pattern is printed on high quality card, laminated and folded. The price of the printed patterns are the same as if they were available as digital downloads only. I can do this as printed patterns are VAT zero rated, whereas digital downloads are not.

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Sorrel Tank is knitted using 10 soft Rowan Felted Tweed shades using 3.25mm (US 3) needles.

Over the coming months I will adding more exclusive designs to the printed pattern section of my website and shop. I hope you like this idea.

Can you help?

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I am releasing this pattern to raise money for a very good cause. A lovely haberdashery shop called ‘Ribbon Circus‘ was devastated in the recent floods in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. The shop is currently closed and the owners Helen and Caroline are working very hard to keep the business running with a series of pop up shops in Hebden Bridge. I’ve decided to help by donating the fee of each Fairisle Bag pattern sold (minus the VAT) to Helen and Caroline so that the shop can re-open as soon as possible. You can buy the pattern via my website or directly from Loveknitting. I urge you to buy this pattern so that you can feel that you have helped a small business survive and please tell your friends and colleagues. 

I thank you for your support in advance.

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Happy Christmas!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and to say thanks for all the support and lovely comments about my work I have received throughout the year. These comments and your knitting are a constant inspiration to me.

Have a wonderful and healthy 2016, packed with lots of knitting and crochet!

Marie x

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Dogs In Jumpers!

A few months ago, a lovely lady called Debbie Humphreys asked me to write a review of her new handknitting book Dogs in Jumpers. A book containing great handknit designs and cute dogs….how could I refuse!

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I briefly met Debbie a few years ago whilst I was still Head Designer at Rowan, her business Redhound for Dogs  was still young and she came in show us her kits. I remember at the time that I was struck by Debbie’s great attention to detail in her design work, not just her knit designs but also her woven designs. She also photographed her product beautifully. Anyway, when I left Rowan we kept in touch by the occasional email and then we met again at Unravel in February this year, where we both had stands. It was at Unravel that Debbie told me about her new book. She was so excited about it and then in September when I received a copy in the post I could see why.

I’ve seen many handknit books for dogs, in my time, but I must admit this is one of the best. It has great designs which are easy to knit and adorable dogs which have been beautifully photographed…what’s not to like!

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Bear, proudly modelling his Country Cable Jumper

The designs are mainly knitted in rib textures with some cabling, making them very achievable by the confident beginner. In fact five of the designs are specifically aimed at the novice knitter. It’s great to see a collection of designs for different breeds, ranging from the tiniest Chihuahua to the elegant Greyhound and Whippet. However, I’m still waiting for Debbie to add the gun dog breeds to her repertoire as I’m sure my Norah and Nelly would be willing models!

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Nelly and Norah

A variety of different yarns are used in the designs, including yarns from Rowan, Erika Knight, Yarn Stories, Louisa Harding and Wendy. Also at the beginning of each pattern, Debbie has written a great little fact file about each dog, sharing their likes and habits, good and bad! 

Here are some of my favourite designs…

Buster Rowan Felted Tweed
Buster’s Cosy Chunky Cable Jumper
Pip rowan worsted
Pippin’s Perfectly Pretty Coat
Bruno Rowan felted Tweed
Bruno’s Toasty Twisted Rib Jumper
Dylan Rowan Worsted
Dylan’s Dandy Rib Dog Jumper
Blanket Rowan Worsted
Textured Patchwork Blanket

Debbie’s book would make a fantastic Christmas gift for any dog loving handknitters you know or a lovely treat for yourself and your dog! 

Published by Pavilion Books, Dogs in Jumpers retails at £14.99 and is available to buy from Debbie’s website.

 Happy dog knitting!

WINDSWEPT patterns now available

For a few weeks now the patterns from Windswept (my first book) have been available from my website and Loveknitting, but I’ve not had chance to publicise them…so here goes.

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All 12 patterns are available as pdf downloads. If you look at the patterns on my website, just click on the image you are interested in and you will be redirected to Loveknitting.com to complete your purchase. I am hoping to start offering printed patterns with the the pdf version very soon. These printed patterns are a very high quality print on A4 laminated card and will only be available from my website. These are the designs you can now buy the patterns for…

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Thyme Wrap
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Sage Tunic
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Lovage
Parsley-pic8-021
Parsley
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Rosemary
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Dill
Comfrey
Leaf Waistcoat
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Mint Wrap
Oak Scarf-pic4-012
Oak Scarf
Camomile Tam-pic3-077
Camomile Tam
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Willow