As 2013 draws to a close, I thought I’d do a different type of round-up. You all know what I’ve been up to – it’s been a challenging year in many ways in terms of keeping up with everything, but one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is to see what knitters create from the dyed-up yarn.
I only do one tiny bit of the process – it’s you who turns it into something beautiful and wearable and often you don’t take enough credit for your work, so I’d like celebrate just a few of your creations in this post.
I genuinely LOVE seeing what you’ve made at shows – it’s so inspiring, I find myself taking note of what the pattern is and make a mental note of when I might possibly be able to cast on. There were too, too many to choose from on Ravelry alone and I know there are many more beautiful creations out there, but I hope this blogpost gives you that feeling I get at shows when I see something so inspiring.
Here are just a few:
Audrey in Turquoise
Pattern: Audrey in Unst by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn: Voluptuous Skinny in Cape Cod Light – 2 skeins
Knitter: Rachel (rallan) from Ireland
Pattern: Premonition by Boo Knits
Yarn: Finesse in Selfoss – 1 skein
Knitter: Rowena (billybrown) from France
Ro says “The colour is amazing and the whole time I was knitting people kept asking about the yarn, even random non-knitting passers-by!”
Pattern: Moira by Anna Wilkinson – Pompom magazine
Yarn: Lustrous BFL in Darting Minnows – 3 skeins
Noble in Pebbles – 4 skeins
Knitter: Marianne (picperfic) from Cambridgeshire
Pattern: Lobelia by Meghan Fernandes in Pompom magazine
Yarn: Lustrous BFL Heavy Lace in Forget-me-not – 1 skein
Knitter: Suzanne (alabamawhirly) from Berkshire
Lightweight Leighton House Handwarmers
Pattern: Leighton House Handwarmers by Ella Austin
Yarn: Delectable in Duck Egg and Silver
Knitter: Claire (patterntastic) from Berkshire
Heaven Scent for Miriam
Pattern: Heaven Scent by Boo Knits
Yarn: Lustrous BFL Lace in Cacharel – 1 skein
Knitter: Su Bonfanti from Middlesex
Su says “I think semi-solid yarns work really well for lace. They give just a nice amount of light and shade, and they also give a lovely hand-made look. Completely solid yarn colours can produce a ‘too perfect’ look – and I want people to know that my scarves aren’t shop-bought!”
little pink dress
Pattern: Cassia by Georgie Hallam
Yarn: Oasis Grande in Tea Rose – 1 skein
Knitter: Anna (littletreehouse) from Cambridgeshire
Pattern: Pont Neuf by Emily Wessel
Yarn: Voluptuous in Rambling Rose – 1.5 skeins
Knitter: Maki (mikan) from Japan
Flutter of the Wings
Pattern: Flutter of the Wings by Lily Go
Yarn: Squash in Turkish Delight club yarn – 1.3 skeins
Knitter: Agnieszka (agita) from Kent
Pattern: Vodka Lemonade by Thea Colman
Yarn: Voluptuous in Sour Cherry – 1.7 skeins
Knitter: Sarah (holmes2974) from Leeds
Pattern: Temptress by Boo Knits
Yarn: Lustrous in Barnabas Collins club yarn – 1.5 skeins?
Knitter: Sophie (sophisticated) from Norway
Fox and the Grapes
Pattern: Fox and the Grapes by Lily Go
Yarn: Oasis Grande in Plumberry
Knitter: Joana (joanico) from the Netherlands
Tarnished Hero socks
Pattern: John Huston, the Tarnished Hero by Rachel Coopey
Yarn: Entwine in Mocha Cocoa – 1 skein
Knitter: Roobeedoo from Aberdeenshire
Roobeedoo is a prolific and fascinating blogger, and you can read about the socks here, but also just spent a lovely half hour browsing many of her other posts. Need more time…
And finally – an actual wedding dress!
Pattern: 5. Fifty Shades: Ash by Allison Hendrix
Yarn: Oasis Grande in Silver, Charcoal and Aubergine – 8 skeins
Knitter: Melanie from Edinburgh
Mel is an amazingly skilled and prolific knitter, and she approached me earlier in the year (in the days of custom orders) to dye up some Oasis Grande for her wedding dress. I was thrilled! She even knitted a Dry Run Dress to ensure she was getting the styling and design adaptations just right. It took a couple of attempts to get the silver right – dyeing pale grey on a camel-coloured yarn base isn’t the easiest of tasks, but I finally got there and the end result, I think, is stunning. And how amazing to play a small part in someone’s Big Day.
Speaking of big days, there will be much shopping, wrapping, packing and general flurry over the next couple of days, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, custom and friendship over the last year and wish you the merriest of Christmas’s and I’ll be back in 2014 with even more hand-dyed yarn.
image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all.