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Showcase 2013

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

 

Martinique shawl

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!”

Darting Pebbles

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

forget-me-not

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

 

Pont Neuf

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

Cherry Vodka

Pattern: Vodka Lemonade by Thea Colman

Yarn: Voluptuous in Sour Cherry – 1.7 skeins

Knitter: Sarah (holmes2974) from Leeds

Soooo Tempted

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!

THE 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.

SQ x

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2 Responses to “Showcase 2013”

  1. anna says:

    wow, wow and wow!
    i feel very honoured to be featured amongst such an incredible selection of knitting! there are some truly amazing projects there… off to find them on ravelry now!
    wishing you and your family a lovely festive season!

  2. Catherine Apinall says:

    I feel that its us that should be thanking you, for the colours on the luxurious yarn you produce.
    Happy Christmas to you & your family. I hope its a very relaxing one. Hoping that 2014 is just as Good

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