New Beginnings

Hello!  Its a while since I blogged but I am still here working away on patterns and an exciting project that will be revealed very soon.  I have spent the past few months developing a new website which includes a new logo,  thanks to Diana Lukas-Nulle for developing it for me.

The logo is a simplified version of the "tree" or "fern" pattern that is often used in in both lace and Fair Isle knitting in Shetland, its one of my favourite motifs due to its simplicity.  I use the lace version  in the Houlland shawl pattern you can see here

I have been looking for a website for a while that is streamlined,  and contains a way to showcase my patterns, a blog and most importantly an integrated shop - details of what will be sold in the shop will be coming soon!

May was a busy month, I spent a week in the Netherlands at the Nederlandse Breidagen in Rijswijk, a knitting festival that ran over two and a half days.  It consisted of a marketplace combined with classes and lectures, I gave talks on Knitting and Living in Shetland and classes on Fair Isle knitting and Hap construction.

To celebrate my links with the Netherlands I released a pattern, the Papil Beret, it was inspired by a tin containing the traditional Dutch syrup wafers, Stroopwafels that was given to me by two Dutch friends when they visited Shetland wool week last year.

The hat features colourwork tulip and oval motifs inspired by the tin, and it is knitted in Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift Shetland Jumperweight yarn.  You can hear me (and see me!) speaking about the inspiration behind the design in the New Releases section of the Fruity Knitting podcast, which is also filled with lots more information including a very interesting interview  with Carson Demers on ergonomics in knitting something which is very important and which I have been thinking about a lot lately.

Several of my days these past few weeks have been spent teaching classes to the new tours Shetland Wool Adventures organised by Misa Hay, it has been great to meet so many people from all over the world that are interested in textiles and Shetland as a whole.

The Baa-ble Mug Cosy is a project I use regularly when teaching Fair Isle knitting classes,  it covers knitting in the round, knitting with two colours at one time, corrugated rib, steeking, picking up stitches etc.  Originally I hadn't planned to release it is a pattern but so many people asked for it when I shared pictures of my classes on social media so it now can be downloaded from Ravelry here.  It's an excellent way to practice the knitting techniques mentioned above as its a quick knit, it uses small quantities of Shetland yarn and is a great way to use up scraps from your stash.

Thank you for reading the first blog post on my new website, you can keep in touch with what I am doing by subscribing to the blog by entering your email details below and/or subscribing to my newsletter on the homepage (if you subscribed to my old blog, you should still receive emails whenever there's a new blogpost).

Donna x