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Meet Suzanne Stallard (with added prize giveaway)

Originally, I wanted to talk about this…beautiful…jumper. It’s knitted by Suzanne Stallard aka alabamawhirly, and is the Moira pattern by Anna Wilkinson and features in Issue 3 of the marvellous Pompom magazine (you really need to get this – personally, I haven’t seen a pattern I didn’t like yet in it).


Suzanne knitted her gorgeous version using 2 skeins of Old Yellowed Photographs in Flockly (club yarn) and 3 skeins of Noble in Le Lapin with the strands held together, which is one of the things I love about this pattern – the two-tone effect is right on trend, and think of the possibilities of using a variegated strand with a semi-solid strand. Believe me, I’ve already spent HOURS mulling over this one.

So then I got to thinking about how I love how Suzanne puts colours together (she trained as a fine artist) – and thought you may have met her in person at the shows I do, and she knits many of the samples, so I thought perhaps it’s time you got to know her a little bit better in her own right.


Tell us a little about you and your creative life

I am an artist who comes from a family of people who are handy with their hands; on my maternal side are brilliant knitters, hookers (crochet style), freestyle embroiderers and dress makers; on my paternal side, carpenters and cabinet makers. My most treasured items are my baby Granny Square Blanket (made by my granny for me) and a lamp base my paternal grandfather made and his original apprentices tool box from when he was in his early teens. I studied fine art and I am lucky enough to spend every day with creative people, they inspire me, in fact I am one of those people who gets inspired by the mundane, seeing the beauty on everything. I have a sketchbook, notebook or some form of camera with me everyday to make notes and throw down ideas.


What’s currently on the needles/hook?

Eek! Shamefully I have a lot of WIPs but I don’t abandon them. I am making secret pair of socks as a gift , a couple of new designs inspired by the weather, a wedding shawl for a friend and just about to cast on this for another friend.


If you get an unexpected free day off, what would be the perfect way to spend it?

Definitely making or doing something creative, going to the sea or for a walk.


You can tell a lot from what people drink – what’s your favourite beverage?

Mojito! How exotic do I seem…


What’s your favourite tv or radio programme or music to knit along to?

I can pretty much knit along to anything, but I am loving a bit of Imelda May at the moment or if it’s TV, something Danish or Swedish (odd I know but amazingly I can knit and read subtitles), I love the colours of their landscapes and it fits right in with my ideas. Knitting is my secret bit of time, I’ll listen to anything really and sometimes it involves just grabbing our old vinyls and listening.


Suzanne has very generously offered a prize in the form of your choice of three patterns from her knithappens shop. And I’ll dye up some suitable yarn for one of the patterns that you choose.

To enter, leave a comment on this post stating what your two favourite colours are used together and Suzanne will pick her favourite colour combination on Monday 28th January.

The winner can choose whether to use those two colours in their gloves/handwarmers pattern, or opt for something else entirely.

In the meantime, why not scoot over to Suzanne’s project page on Ravelry for some colour inspiration and why not give her some project love while you’re there.

Olive Snooks




Saltire mitts

Johnny Rotten mittens

To find out more about the arts organisation Suzanne founded and runs, see the jelly blog here.

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39 Responses to “Meet Suzanne Stallard (with added prize giveaway)”

  1. Joy says:

    I am a fan of sunny yellow-orange and turquoise. A relentlessly happy combination.

  2. Kerry says:

    Lovely to “meet” you Suzanne and Skein Queen! My favorite colour combo is royal purple and green.

  3. Mel says:

    I like green & blue shades together.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I love this post! What fun. My favorite colours together are probably burgundy and grey.

  5. Stella says:

    Red and purple… Dark orange and purple… Oh, sooo many combinations… And not enough lifetime to use them all! :-)

  6. Paula says:

    ochre-yellows and fuchsia…not the most obvious combination. maybe even improved by adding a dash of tangerine!

  7. Sara says:

    chocolate and teal
    or purple and lime green

  8. Pat says:

    Hi Suzanne, I love the green and purple of your shawl, so beautiful. I like green and blue like laguna or sea glass color ways.

  9. Karin says:

    Nice to meet ya! Regarding the colors, I can’t resist a combination of grey tone and a nice bright shade like purple! (or orange…or green…)

  10. karen says:

    Favourite two colour combinations? So many to choose from and so many beautiful combinations selected already, but mine has to be grass green and tomato red. Not subtle, but wonderful

  11. Fifili67 says:

    I want to see spring and see roses on a pond. Green anis and a slightly purple fuchsia.

  12. Zoe says:

    Hullo! I love yellow and grey, or orange and grey… Actually all kinds of colours call me, but these are my faves of late. Loving grey’s ability to be beautiful on it’s own, and compliment others so much less harshly than a stark black or navy blue.
    Lots of love

  13. anna says:

    i loved meeting suzanne – both here and at fibre east!!

    i’m finding that i reliably go for a spring blossom inspired combination of pink and green. the pinks and greens can be anywhere on their respective spectrums from pale to hot pink, or teal to leaf green, but it’s usually a combination of those two spectra (is that the plural?!) that comes out top. strangely i’ve never knitted anything in that combo though..!

  14. Tracie says:

    I love gold and silver together and also turquoise and purple (very Aquarian).

  15. Verity says:

    I think my favourite colour combo is duck egg blue and chocolate brown. It’s a combo I wear all the time – and it’s my living room colour scheme too!

  16. Pigkate says:

    Peacock colours have always been my favourite and if i had to choose just two out of them it would be teal and rich, almost plummy purple.

  17. Mel says:

    I love dark midnight blue with egg yolk yellow, bordering on orange.

  18. Shobha says:

    It’s not terribly subtle or complex I suppose but I loooove pink and grey … whether it’s pale pink and medium heathery grey or shocking pink and almost pure black with a little pinkish undertone, the combination of the epitome of stodgy and the girly or attention-grabbing – what color evokes stronger opinions or cultural associations than pink? – just makes me smile.

  19. yvette says:

    I love pink and green together, like a raspberry and lime, like two of my favourite drinks, Cosmopolitans and frozen margaritas ;)

  20. heather says:

    I love pink and light green- reminds me of the early rhubarb in the greengrocers grown in the rhubarb triangle in Yorkshire near Wakefield

  21. Ruth says:

    I’ve tried and tried to be more exciting and adventurous, but I always return to traditional blue and white..,.the sea and the surf, the lake and the sky. Your Saltair Mittens are perfect! I live by the sea, and these colours call to me. I’m happiest in my bluejeans and winter white sweater, or in the summer navy linen pants and a white shirt.

  22. Louise says:

    I am in love with rusty oranges and verdigris blue/green

  23. Hannah says:

    I love olivey, mustardy, leafy greens and russets and chestnuts. Autumnal colours like fresh conkers splitting out of their shells and leaves when they statr to turn.

  24. Heide says:

    Teal and brown every time!

  25. Ella says:

    Lately I have a strange colour craving for a rich blush rose pink with pale mustard yellow.

  26. Morag Duller says:

    I love the colours of autumn – reds and golds – I love it when the leaves change colour.

  27. Jenny says:

    What a dilemma!!! :-) Such a choice…
    In the end I have plumped for wedgewood blue and a creamy white. Something springlike, seaside-y, cooling, inspiring.
    Thanks for the fab article.

  28. Gillian says:

    I fancy a warm grey teal plus a dusky purpely pink – these colours are sometimes found in a summer sky when the sun is setting, a lovely thought of warmth compared to the bitter cold of this week’s snow.

  29. Susan says:

    Ah, now favourite colours and favourite colour combinations are two different things. So which to choose? Turquoise is my favourite colour but right now for combinations I am feeling deep burgundy red with a pale soft yellow.

  30. Chris says:

    Hard choice, I love lilac through to deep purple with a buttery creamy pale yellow.

  31. marie says:

    I have been reading about you on Rav and drooling over your glove patterns I am quite a new knitter and colourwork and knitting in the round scare me but they are almost top of my list of knitting goals to accomplish this year!! I love the colours that really stand out against each other, like red and black or blue and orange. I love strong bright colours that pack a punch and make people stop and stare!! I almost like brights to clash too, but not always in clothes that I am wearing!! At the moment though I am working with a lot of grey I love the different tones together like stomy clouds and slate and pebble and pencil grey! Beautiful shades of a colour that needs more love!! Xxx

  32. Mary says:

    I love the Snooks flip-top mittens! The pink and white actually matches my Beaumont Tam that I’ve been wearing all winter :)

  33. Rae says:

    Teal and oatmeal are my absolute favourite combination of colours.

  34. Miranda mcdade says:

    I think my favourite colour combo has to be grey and yellow. It is neutral and bright! Love your saltire mittens definitely going to make them.

  35. ikkinlala says:

    Right now I think my favourite is brown and cream.

  36. Natalie White says:

    My favourite coloour combination is mauve and blue!

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