More Yarn Will Do The Trick

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Great Little Gifts to Knit blog tour

To celebrate the publication of my new book,  Great Little Gifts to Knit, I'm thrilled to announce the upcoming blog tour.  There'll be reviews, interviews, KALs and giveaways, so be sure not to miss the first opportunity to win your copy on Wendy Johnson's super knitterly blog next Monday.

In the book you'll find more than thirty small projects for seasonal gifts grouped in four chapters:
I’ve had plenty of practice knitting for newborns and know it’s the extremities that are
important in keeping out the cold. I chose this super soft cashmerino to keep your
 little ones warm and cosy.

These frothy concoctions in luxurious Kid Silk Haze would make a beautiful gift for a bride, 
either in blue as in the old rhyme (something old, something new, something borrowed, 
something blue), cream or white. A quick and easy lace rib that knits up in no time, 
leaving you plenty of time to knit an extra pair for yourself.  
A linen guitar strap for the man in your life, which also doubles as a woman's belt, 
although P reminded me that it might also encourage the more flamboyant male
 guitarist to keep his trousers up when out gigging! .
Welcome toran - a Hindu or Buddhist door hanging both to welcome guests to your home and celebrate events like weddings, births and traditional festivals, blessing all who walk beneath it with an abundance of love, prosperity, health and happiness
Take a sneak peak at the project gallery.

In a couple of days the cast comes off my arm, after which I'm hoping to get some semblance of normal life back, after six weeks of enforced idleness and frustration. Not all bad as it's given me plenty of time for reflection, making me appreciate that however much I might complain about my hectic life, I wouldn't actually have it any other way.

Can't imagine what it'll be like to be able to knit, play guitar, chop vegetables, weed the garden and best of all, wash my hair!  I would never have imagined how many things you can't do with only one arm, so I can't wait for Thursday, when I should be starting physio. 

Blog Tour Itinerary
Mon 2 Sep       Wendy Knits Wendy Johnson
Wed 4 Sep       WEBS    Kathy Elkins
Fri 6 Sep          Getting Stitched on the Farm Kristin Nicholas
Mon 9 Sep       Stolen Stitches Carol Feller
Tues 10 Sep     Knittedbliss Julie Crawford
Wed 11 Sep     Black Bunny Fibers Carol Sulcoski
Thur 12 Sep     Rhythm of the Needles Joanne Conklin
Fri 13 Sep        Tiny Owl Knits Stephanie Dosen
Mon 16 Sep     Just Call Me Ruby Susan Crawford
Tues 17 Sep     Zeneedle Margene Smith
Wed 18 Sep     RedshirtKnitting Erika Barcott
Thur 19 Sep     A Friend to Knit With Leslie Friend
Fri 20 Sep        Craft SanityJennifer Ackerman Haywood
Mon 23 Sep     Connieleneknits Connie Lene
Tues 24 Sep     Knitsofacto Annie Cholewa
Wed 25 Sep     Ulla Bella Anita Tormoen
Thur 26 Sep     A Really Good Yarn Julie Schilthuis
Fri 27 Sep        Urban Yarns  Alexa Ludeman
Sat 28 Sep       Linda Marveng  Linda Marveng
Mon 30 Sep     Yarnings Jen
Tues 1 Oct       Tentenknits  Margaux Hufnagel

Thursday, 15 August 2013


Blogging has been somewhat of a challenge for me since I broke my wrist a month ago, trying to type stream-of-consciousness with only my left hand has been just too laborious for me to even contemplate. However, I've been moved to make a stab at it because I'm dying to tell you about this new book of patterns by Woolly Wormhead.

As you can see, Hatopia is a fundraiser for Save Mutonia, a longstanding community of creative people, living peaceful and independent lives in Italy, pursuing whatever makes each individual tick. Unfortunately, after decades of harmonious co-habitation with the locals, Mutonia currently finds itself under threat of eviction and should that happen, the inhabitants would be widely dispersed, along with the artwork they've created over the years.

You can find out much more about the campaign, or simply donate to the cause should you feel moved to do so on Woolly's blog.
TRAVERSA - I love berets and zigzags so once my
cast comes off I'll be sure to cast this one on  
OK so what's in the book?  As you might expect from a hat architect extraordinaire, there's a boxful of fresh and fun headgear. Also in there are interesting images taken around the yard by Woolly, with the hats modelled by residents and friends. If you're new to hat-making or even knitting, there's a clear and well laid out techniques section to guide you through. I love the book design too, spare, edgy and funky, without detracting from the designs at centre stage.

RUNWAY - Slipstitch patterns are so cool -
maximum impact from simple stitches
appeals to my sense of ecomony
So here you have half the designs - to see the rest get your copy now, either on Ravelry or on Woolly's website, Treat yourself to a new hat for the chilly autumn days ahead, with the added bonus of knowing you're supporting a worthy cause.

PDF: 46 pages, full colour, 150dpi, 3MB, produst no WW2238Hatopia