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Fernham Shawl

My new Tunisian crochet pattern, ‘Fernham’, uses 2 skeins of our Sarum Sport 100% Superwash Merino. Worked sideways, I used a combination of increases, decreases and short rows to create the shape. The main body is worked in a honeycomb pattern which produces a gorgeous texture. The border is worked at the same time as the body.

The pattern includes full written instructions as well as charts. I recommend having some Tunisian crochet experience – please contact me if you have any questions.

The pattern is £3.50 OR free if you purchase 2 skeins of our Sarum Sport. Please enter ‘Fernham’ in the ‘order notes’ section at checkout and we will send you a download link.

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Yarndale@Home

Yarndale

Today we should have been packing up the van with lots of yarny goodies ready to drive up to Skipton tomorrow and set up our stand for Yarndale. Instead we have been dyeing yarn (which will hopefully be dry by Saturday so I can photograph it!) and later this evening we’ll be celebrating Andrew’s birthday with Whisky and cake 😉

Yarndale have put together a great programme of talks and other online events for this weekend so you can still take part from home.

Matt (from A Boy & Bunting) is hosting a series of interviews over the weekend – you do need to get tickets for these in advance so make sure you check them out and book up in time. You can find all the details here. All proceeds from ticket sales are going to Yarndale’s chosen charity.

There will also be demos and Instagram Live sessions with some exhibitors over the weekend.

And of course – lots of lovely exhibitors! You can find the exhibitors list here.

We will be updating our shop in time for Yarndale opening at 10am on Saturday and will be online over the weekend if you have any questions. You can find us on Instagram and Facebook, or you can contact us here.

I took this photograph last year on the Friday evening and I really wish we could all be there this weekend – we had a great time!

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I know it’s still August but…

Our Christmas Special is in production! Much more ‘twinkly’ than it looks in the photograph, this is ‘Twinkling Lights’ 🙂 on Merino/nylon/gold sparkle and the dyeing is a joint effort too, with me in charge of the ‘twinkly lights’ stripe and Andrew taking care of the rest (he usually does alllll the dyeing!)

We will also have co-ordinating mini cakes available, in red or green (but no photos yet as Andrew has only started dyeing those today).

If you are in the U.K you can now pre-order 🙂 Sold out!

Pre-orders are now sold out! Sign up for our newsletter if you’d like to know when we have more stock available.

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Come and see us at the Purlescence Christmas Open Day!

On Saturday 14th December we will be at Purlescence (Leckhampstead, near Newbury) for their Christmas Open Day 🙂 Come and see our self striping yarns (and a few other things!), bring your WIPs and relax for a while with a cuppa and some cake (Sarah makes AMAZING cakes!) and browse all the other lovely yarn, books and accessories in the showroom!

For more details, and how to find them, please visit their website here.

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Southern Wool Show

We had a great time at the Southern Wool Show last weekend. It’s a really nice venue – lots of free parking and plenty of space to move around the stands. It’s also our closest show which means we can stay at home (this also makes my dog very happy as he doesn’t have to go on holiday to the kennels!)

We launched our Christmas self-striping yarn, ‘Deck the Halls’ – which sold out very quickly (sorry! We dyed twice as much as last year’s Christmas special but it obviously wasn’t enough. It will be available in the shop soon).


I taught two Tunisian crochet beginner’s workshops which were both great fun – I really love Tunisian crochet (you can see my Amplitude shawl in the photo above)! I also launched my new ‘Do you TSS?’ pin badges.

Our ‘cake’ display – before Christmas sold out!

We are now busy dyeing up more yarn for our next show – which is Yarndale 🙂 It will be our first time there and we’re really looking forward to it. Hoping to have a special self-striping colourway for the show (more details when Andrew has decided what he’s doing), and more of our ‘Deck the Halls’! I’m also teaching at Yarndale but both my classes have been sold out for a while. If you want to know more about Tunisian crochet, pop by our stand and if we aren’t too busy, I’m happy to give a quick demo 🙂

The drive home from the show takes me over the Ridgeway – and I had to stop and admire this amazing view for a few minutes!

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Knit Now magazine, issue 89

The latest issue of Knit Now magazine (Image copyright Practical Publishing) has arrived on my doorstep and my pattern made it to the front page 🙂 I worked on this design at the end of last year and knit the sample over Christmas & New Year. I love cables and went a bit crazy with this one but it really isn’t as difficult as it looks. I was thrilled to be partnered up with Skein Queen for yarn support and we settled on ‘Crush DK in a gorgeous green (called ‘Sweet Pear’).

There are, as usual, lots of lovely patterns in this issue. I really love the cardigan on the front page (‘English Rose Cardigan’ by Deepika). There’s also an interview with my friend Hannah (HeyJay Hand Dyed Yarns).
You should be able to find a copy of Knit Now at your local supermarket (check here for ‘where to buy’). Be quick because this issue includes the super cute Paddington Bear pattern (and it sold out very quickly last time they included this!) as well as a really nice little kit with 12 pattern ideas.
This is my third design for Knit Now magazine 🙂 I used the wonderful Stitchmastery software to create the charts and to generate the written instructions. Although it would of course be possible to create the design without using charting software, it would have taken me much longer to do and I really wouldn’t have fancied writing out all the instructions by hand.

(Image copyright Practical Publishing)

Designing has taken a bit of a back seat so far this year (although I have had 2 designs published in Crochet Now) as we have been concentrating more on building up our self-striping yarn range. I’m just starting to get back into working on some designs now. I still find it incredibly hard to think of knitting / crochet time as ‘work’ so I’m determined to change that and spend more time designing. I really enjoy doing magazine work – there is nothing like a deadline to get you to finish projects!
Our next yarn show is Fibre East (July 28th/29th), followed by the Southern Wool Show (Sept. 1st)

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Cogges Craft Market and Country Show…

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On Monday we had a table in the ‘Yarn Barn’ at Cogges (Witney) Craft Market & Country Fair. It was our first time taking our yarns and fibre out and about to try and sell so we didn’t really know how it would go. We arrived nice and early for setting up – the ‘Yarn Barn’ is a lovely venue and we had plenty of space. We borrowed some grid wall from a friend which was super useful and gave us somewhere to hang up our shiny new banner and our samples.

We saw some familiar faces and met lots of nice new yarn-lovers too. We were kept pretty busy until lunchtime – which was the first time I could actually see the other end of the barn since it opened!

My friend Gill brought along her stitch markers and had also made some lovely project bags.

We brought some calorie-free cakes with us 😉

Some people stayed a while with their knitting…

There were 2 other hand-dyers in the barn, Hannah (Hey Jay Yarns) – I’m a little bit in love with her amazing hair and her yarn is pretty awesome too…

and Emma (Oxonian Fibres) who was next to us and doing her first show too 🙂

Another fibre friend was also in the barn – Lyn (Wymers & Co) but I didn’t get a decent photo (sorry Lyn!) We had a great day – hope to do it again next year!

Our Etsy shop will be back online later this week, as soon as we’ve checked our stock back in.

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West Wittering

We made a very last minute decision on Sunday (early evening!) to drive down and spend the night in the van and then spend Monday at the beach. The weather forecast looked good and we haven’t been away in the van for ages so we got our stuff together and made it to the coast by about 10pm. Monday was lovely – sunny but with a nice cooling breeze. There were a few people around but it was pretty quiet.

I love West Wittering beach – there is lots of space to park and the beach is massive and sandy. It does get extremely busy at weekends/holidays. We had a long walk down the beach and Pippin had a splash around in the sea! I couldn’t resist making up a couple more colour palettes using photos I took on the day 🙂

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Hello new blog!

This is a bit like opening a lovely new sketchbook and wondering what to draw on the first page (although not so bad because there is always ‘delete’!)

So, I guess a bit of background info might be useful. I have blogged before (here) but gave up when my other half & I started our shop (Folly Fabrics) 3 years ago. For various reasons, we made the decision to close and we are now almost done with all the clearing out, moving of stuff and other post-shop things which need to be done. We are then looking forward to spending the summer recharging our batteries (fingers crossed for lots of nice weather) and deciding what to do next.

I have plans to continue doing workshops and classes (probably starting in the Autumn) and I am also currently working my way through Joeli’s Tech Editing course (loving it!) with the long-term goal of offering my services as a tech editor.  I also have some designs I want to publish (stuff I created to support some of the workshops & classes I taught at the shop) and I have a long list of other things on my ‘todo’ list!

I decided I needed a new ‘home’ on the web so I will be blogging here from now on. My other half came up with the name – I wanted something which wasn’t too specific because I like to do lots of things! We aren’t far from the Ridgeway and we quite often go up there with our dog (Pippin) for walks. Dragon Hill is next to the famous White Horse at Uffington – it’s the distinctive little ‘mound’ on the bottom left of this photo (taken by me on a walk a few years ago):