The spring and early summer time has been a really busy period for me this year, with three residential workshops happening in a short space of time. This weekend we will be running our final workshop of the season in Bournemouth. I have designed a project based on my Indigo Dreams blanket, so if you look on my Instagram account over the weekend you might find a few sneaky peeks of my new colour way of the project, which will be released in the autumn.
I love workshops, but I have to admit that I am looking forward to next week when I can start to think about some new projects and finally get my designing hat on. I have a few really exciting things in the pipeline that I have had to put on a back burner for the last few months, so it will be really good to be working on something new and I look forward to showing you what I am up to.
Thank you for all the lovely feedback from last week's 'Quick Catch Up' email and for your continued support. It really does mean so much to know you are all out there enjoying my designs. This week's newsletter is a little bit of a repeat performance as I have mentioned quite a few of the things I talked about last week, but hopefully there will still be something that interests you..
Thank you so much to all those of you who have purchased a copy of Julie's Bunting pattern. The project was designed in memory of my sister-in-law, with a percentage of the profit going to Bowel Cancer UK. I am so happy to reveal that we have raised a fabulous total of £393.75 over the last month, which we will donate to the charity within the next couple of days.
Emma has done a new video to accompany Part Two of my Sunshine and Showers Blanket. The second pattern features pretty puff flowers and a textural stitch which is made by working into the back loop of one stitch and then the front loop of the next. You can find Emma's brilliant video by following this link to our Youtube channel.
We still have a good stock level for the following kits, so if you are looking for a new project, do take a look on the website by clicking on the images below:
The Fruit Garden - Love is Enough & Night & Dusk kits in stock.
Persian Tiles - original and light blue version.
Other kits are available, so if the one you are looking for is not listed above please do take a look at the website to check our stock holding.
Last week I received an email from Michele Dillon who has made a garment using my Mystical Lanterns design - isn't it lovely! Marie says:
'In response to your 'what are we up to?' request, I am enclosing pictures of my latest f.o. I call it "Marie Wallin meets Janie Crow." I purchased yarn to make Marie's "Ninian" cardigan, & I knit the back, but thought it looked like a muddy mess. I fell in love with your "Mystical Lanterns" blanket on the Fruity Knitting episode in which you were interviewed. I immediately purchased the pattern, but hadn't gotten around to making it. So instead of knitting "Ninian," I decided to rip out what I had done so far, & try to turn your amazing blanket into a sweater. I am quite pleased with the results. It was a fun brain challenge to figure it all out. I loved working with the your design and I thank you for the instructions of all the partial motifs......I am also enclosing photos of it during a blocking as this gives you an idea of how it all came together'.
It was fantastic to see this fabulous new sculpture unveiled at Waterloo Station this week. Designed by renowned Jamaican artist Basil Watson and delivered with £1 million funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Monument symbolises the courage, commitment and resilience of the thousands of men, women and children who travelled to the UK to start new lives from 1948 to 1971.
I found this lovely account by India Rose Crawford on Instagram and thought it might create a calming moment to lead you into your weekend. I think the little movie showing Frog's morning routine is really cute and you can find lots of lovely images on there too.
As usual we cannot rely on the great British weather to give us a nice sunny weekend, but I hope that whatever you have planned you have great time regardless! As usual - if you want to get in touch and let us know what you are up to do hit reply and let us know what is on your mind. Sending yarny hugs from the seaside...
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