*Spoiler Alert!* Clue 1 of Family Tree Shawl


Clue One Completed! I am loving the look so far, and I’m really pleased with the colour choice, they grey is a nice cool complement to the variegated pinky purples, and I’m sure it’s going to work well together as long as I keep my tension under control. The main ting to watch out for is that the Noro is very curly with little bounce and the Drops Baby Merino is super bouncy. So far though the fluffy property that the baby merino has (which is common in a lot of cheaper merino yarns) actually complements the Noro as I hoped it might. So that’s all good.

A couple of things I will say as far as the pattern is concerned:

The Vikkel Braid instructions are a bit confusing. You are directed to an online video and from the webpage, it’s not actually super clear which video you are meant to watch, but the one I watched indicated that you should knit each colour into the same colour from the braid set-up. From reading the KAL thread, I gathered that you are actually meant to knit into the alternating colours. This isn’t clear on the pattern sadly.

Also, I was very confused by the colour descriptions, as the pattern refers to MC and CC and also Background Colour, Colour A and Colour B. It’s fairly intuitive, but I do like these things to be really clear in patterns or I worry that I’ve gotten them the wrong way around.

All in all, I’m really enjoying the pattern so far, and my niggles are fairly small, bearing in mind that all my questions were answered in the KAL thread. I’m really looking forward to Friday!

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A Tentative FO and an Experimental MKAL

This morning I finished knitting this:


In case you are wondering, I based the image on Little Man’s favourite character from a family favourite, ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’. The titular characters mascot, a sarcastic black cat is called JiJi, and we love him, so this jumper has been a big hit. I used Rowan Big Wool from a sale (ages ago) at my LYS, and some Rico Eco Chunky (doubled up, as it’s really more of an aran weight) from my stash, so it’s been quite the stash buster. I used this pattern as a base, though the gauge changed, I knitted the sleeves in the round, changed the neckline shaping and finishing completely, and knitted some ribbing around the hemline. It’s fairly different I think.

My favourite of the Birthstone Shawls, another series from Fiddle Knits.

So, my next project is the Family Tree Shawl, by Fiddle Knits as part of the You & I Shawl series. I finished my Catkin some time ago, and am really enjoying my textural shawls at the moment so when I saw this I was pretty excited to see what the MKAL would bring.


The yarns I’ve chosen I’m a little tentative about, as they are very different. It’s Drops Baby Merino in Grey, and a lovely skein of Noro Sock (which was, as ever, hell to wind). The first clue came out yesterday, -and it was very hard to soldier on with the jumper and wait to cast on, but I’m going to do so now I’ve finished something and can justify it. Wish me luck!

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Sneak Peek: Fall/Winter ’14 Atmosphere

What a great look into the photoshoot process for hand knit design. Really interesting, and what a collection!

Knitting and Crochet techniques from the Berroco Design Team

While fall weather is (thankfully) still a few months away, the time to talk fall knitting is now! We’re just a week away from officially unveiling our new collection for Fall/Winter ’14. Can’t wait that long? Here’s what you need to know…

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Summer Begins!

So the fashion show is over, GFW has been visited, and I’ve been knitting like crazy on some hobby projects to get my summer started. Just a peek for now, but tomorrow I’ll be bringing you pictures from the show and GFW, plus over the weekend I’ll be showing you pics of my recent FO’s, final year collection inspi and Graduate Fashion Week, yeah! For now though, here’s a pic of my Camp Loopy yarn, which I’m running a little behind with Casting on for.


It’s Madelinetosh Merino Light, a yarn I have been lusting after FOREVER!!! Loopy Ewe’s Camp Loopy does a discount week for their summer camp, and it was the perfect opportunity to give the yarn, and this project a go at long last. It’s a US shop, but they were extremely helpful in getting my order sorted despite an embarrassing techie mistake on my part. I’ll do a post on my inspiration and how I’m getting along very soon. Xxx

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Ruth and Belinda


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Last year I did some piecework for the lovely Ruth and Belinda, now Belinda Harris-Reid. All their peices have a beautiful elegance to them, and all their garments use sumptuously soft and draping yarns. I cannot express how gorgeously soft their yarns are, and they are mostly undyed so if you want to try out dying, there is also a bulk discount of 10% when you buy 5+ skeins, or 20% when you buy 10+.

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I think I’ll be making an order soon xXx

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Aisling Clancy

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Its always great to meet former student of PCA, but it was a special pleasure to meet Aisling Clancy, who finished her MA in Research and Sustainability, dedicating her research project to developing a completely sustainable and traceable irish wool, for knit and woven. Her video “Project Homegrown” explains the project and is well worth a watch.

Her research looked at Upcycling, the Culture of Manufacturing, and Traceability. A particular problem in fashion and textiles manufacture, is lack of check on production abroad, and sourcing reliable info. Clancy was particularly interested in thinking about Slow Fashion, Zero Waste Cutting and Local produce. She researched different fibre all available in Ireland, including Linen, Wool and Alpaca, and personally oversaw all aspects of the process.

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Grayson Perry

Some of you might know that the starting point for my current college project was Grayson Perry, a British Fine Artist who specialises in Ceramics. It was a particularly fascinating starting point to me, as I remembered watching him win the Turner prize in 2003. When I saw m collect his award in that massive party frock, I knew strangeness was celebrated in that world.


I really love his work, and you seem to get a particularly good insight into his perspective from a show called, “The Best Possible Taste” which is still available to watch on 4OD (all praise Internet TV).

TBPT is a three part series on what some people believe is the soul structure of the UK, our class system. It’s really very good; or so I think, thought provoking without being (arguably) condescending. I particularly like the observation that Fine Art is populated by the Middle Class as buyers and the Working Class as peddlers, lending credence to the theory that only the working class believe in social mobility, whereas the Middle Classes try their best to avoid ‘downward mobility’, spending money or ‘buying taste’.


Perry’s work depends on his illustration, and almost all his work seems to come from life, from watching people, talking to them and getting to know their lives. TBPT takes the stories of people from everywhere on the UK class range, and immortalises their agonies and ecstasies on a tapestry he names “The Vanity of Small Differences”, based loosely on “A Rakes Progress” by William Hogarth. One mans travel through the class structure, and the Vice and sin goes with it.


Whatever you think about class, I enjoy Perry’s work and what it says about us very much.


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