Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Belladonna Fingerless Gloves

I have a new pattern out! This one is a Victorianesque fingerless glove that I designed to work well with some Steampunk style costume I'm working on. Saying that, my mother in law has asked for a pair, so they arent too outrageous for any age.

The gloves are worked in two stages, the cuff is knit flat, then stitches picked up around the edge and the rest worked in the round. All in sock weight yarn so there are loads of potential textures and shades to choose from.
This is also the first pattern I've released through the Knit Picks Independant Designer Programme, so this one is available direct from their site for just $1.99 which makes it an absolute bargain. I do hope it appeals to some of you.


Well, I think I've recovered from Wonderwool! I was sharing a stall with the very talented Rag Rug artist Jenni Stuart Anderson, and between us we had a steady stream of visitors all weekend coming to chat and have a look at all the goodies.

Its such a nice show to be at, I always find it a real pleasure to see what everyone has been working on over the winter, and of course have a good look at all the wonderful fibre and yarn and equipment. Iwas very good though, I only bought some blankets (it was perishing cold sleeping in the back of the van on the first night) and managed to barter some soap for fibre from Freyalyn, so I came back feeling I'd had a shopping spree even though I didnt part with much money.

I finished at the museum last week as well, so I'm now completely self employed. I have a busy week ahead now, but next week I'm hoping to start overhauling the website and shop, I have all sorts of things to put in the shop that arent currently there, and the website itself needs a complete facelift.

Friday, 2 April 2010

A bit of news

I've been a bit quiet recently, but I have some exciting news. In three weeks time I'll be leaving my current job at the museum where I have been for ten years, and will be entirely freelance. This is of course equally exciting and scary at the same time, but I'm really looking forwards to having more time to work on projects, design new patterns and do a lot more teaching. I have several research projects that have been on the back burner for a couple of years now, and it will be so nice to be able to concentrate on those again.

I'm going to be helping out and teaching at several fibre retreats and textile workshops at Cwmoernant Farm in Carmarthen again this year, do have a look at their list of events, they are marvellous value in lovely surroundings with fabulous food and friendly people, would be wonderful to see a few of you there.