Firstly, I would like to apologise for the distinct lack of posts recently. I do have a good excuse though, I’ve been so busy with various projects, one of which is my new book SPRINGTIME which is now available to buy. I do have quite a lot to write over the next few weeks, so hopefully you will hear a lot more from me!
Anyway, to SPRINGTIME…I’m rather pleased with this collection, I think all the designs are very wearable and by using the lighter and brighter colours from the Rowan Felted Tweed palette the collection is very springlike.
My aim when designing the collection was to create a group of garments that can be worn on spring days when it’s still chilly outside, and let’s face it, that’s the majority of spring days in the UK!
I was lucky to photograph the collection at my friend, Gael Sellwood’s home and garden. Gael is an amazing botanical artist, you may have seen her recently on the BBC Countryfile programme and she lives in the most beautiful old thatch cottage in the depths of the Hertfordshire countryside.
AMARYLLIS above, happens to be one of my favourites. The design was inspired by Eastern European folk embroideries and is knitted in Clay and Avocado from the Rowan Felted Tweed range. The cardigan is a square fit with 3/4 length sleeves and looks great worn over a pretty spring dress.
No collection of mine would be complete without a true fairisle design. FLEUR is a simple fairisle using the brighter colours of Rowan Felted Tweed. It’s a sweet oversized boxy shape with 3/4 sleeves and with optional crochet trimmings on the shoulders and armhole edges.
Below is DAFFODIL which is another favourite, in fact, I’ve worn it a few times already. It’s such a pretty sweater with the lace detail, twisted stitch texture and the cable detail which continues into the welts and cuffs, and Avocado in Felted Tweed has to be one of my favourite colours of the range.
I wanted to add a yoke design as I’m trying to design at least one yoke design in every collection I do going forward. BLOSSOM is the perfect yoke design for spring wear or all year round wear! The floral intarsia motifs give the design a vintage feel, I think.
DAHLIA is another design with a vintage feel. The floral motif, knitted using 2 ends of Rowan Kidsilk Haze is another design inspired by Eastern European folk embroideries. I think the added lace panels and the short sleeves give the sweater a 1950’s flavour.
LILY is such a pretty top and I’m really pleased how this design turned out. I loved creating this fairisle using florals and non traditional shapes and motifs. I added the crochet lace trim to give a very feminine overall look.
PETAL is another favourite of mine and I have worn this design several times already, including at my last workshop a few weeks ago where it was much admired. Again it’s a very flattering shape, semi fitted and square with an unusual button stolling. The stitch is mainly a twisted stitch pattern with a small section of shaped garter stitch at the bottom.
Finally there is ROSIE. This beautiful 3/4 sleeve tunic is a challenge to knit but the result is well worth the effort. The back just has the single row of the smaller motifs above the welt with the remainder knitted in stocking stitch, the right sleeve is knitted the same. All the intarsia floral motifs are knitted using 2 ends of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.
Well, that’s my latest collection and I hope you like it. I am planning to write another post in the next two weeks explaining how you can lengthen each design in the body and sleeves as I know some of you prefer to have a longer length.
If you wish to buy SPRINGTIME then please click on any of the images and you will be redirected to my shop.