A Headful of Hats…

A cursory glance at my finished projects on Ravelry (I’m Tessvintageknits there), shows quite a collection of hats completed over the last few months. In my last post I mentioned that we’re moving to Italy and as a result we’ve been busy since last summer implementing that plan. Since then the date for the final move was brought … More A Headful of Hats…

Mills in our Midst 1: Munrospun, Restalrig

In a previous post on Munrospun yoke sweater kits I highlighted two directions that my digging about to find out more about about the kits had taken me in.  I made reference to a Munrospun factory in Restalrig in Edinburgh, and to Bernat Klein a one time employee of Munrospun. Today I want to follow … More Mills in our Midst 1: Munrospun, Restalrig

Afterthought Heels from Yesteryear: Another ‘Nothing New Under the Sun’ realisation

I’ve written before about how easy it is to overlook how innovative and creative previous generations of knitters were. Putting it like that I’m sure many of us would say, ‘oh no, not at all’, but then we come across something that reveals, in our surprise, exactly that. Today I want to share a pattern … More Afterthought Heels from Yesteryear: Another ‘Nothing New Under the Sun’ realisation

Socking it to Christmas : Gift knitting Pt 1

Last year’s gift knitting experience was a chastening one. The final knit gifted was completed on the 8th January. Whilst the fact that my nephew received it wrapped up with the sleeve stitches on waste yarn does not appear to have dampened his enthusiasm for his sweater, it dampened my enthusiasm for last minute gift … More Socking it to Christmas : Gift knitting Pt 1

Anthriscus

I’m very pleased to be able to announce the release of my newest shawl pattern, Anthriscus. Launched at Woolfest, Anthriscus is a ‘V’ shaped shawl knit from tip to tip, starting at one end and increasing to the centre, working a contrast central section with short rows then working decreases in the third colour to the … More Anthriscus

Bike Rally Rhubarb and other fundraising…

Well, it’s been a busy couple of weeks but the fundraising has continued.  Week three and four have been possible thanks to the great support of some lovely friends. First up, my friend Anna offered to have some of my hand made items on her craft stall as part of Lancaster Comedy and Arts Festival over the May … More Bike Rally Rhubarb and other fundraising…

Knits for a Cold Climate: Heywood Hill

The Heywood Hill shawl takes its inspiration from the use of bold colour blocks and simpler cuts and shapes characteristic of 1920s and 1930s fashions. Influenced by modernist avant-garde artistic movements, such design features were a stark contrast with the Edwardian pastels and more complex, structured garments. It is perhaps this degree of contrast that … More Knits for a Cold Climate: Heywood Hill

Alconleigh: A new Knit for a Cold Climate

Alconleigh is my new design for the Knits for a Cold Climate collection a collaboration with Susan Crawford and Karie Westermann for the Susan Crawford Vintage label. Following on the heels of Nancy, Clemmie, Asthall and Noblesse Oblige, the collection is really coming together and there are still more exciting new designs in the works. … More Alconleigh: A new Knit for a Cold Climate

Out and about

I have been thrilled to see mention of my designs elsewhere in the last few days so thought I would share these sightings. Firstly I was contacted by Spinnygonzalez on Ravelry asking if she could include a mention of my Mimizan hat pattern in a blog post she was writing linked to the Ravelry Indie Gift-A-Long.  I was … More Out and about