Seasons of change

While it seems the search for balance in life is a continuous (and illusive) thing, the end of 2016 came with an opportunity for us to really look at life. We moved house. We traded our 40 acres of dairy farming chaos for a calmer 1 acre down by the ocean, just down the road from the farm. It had been on our hearts for a while but suddenly fell into place last Autumn to have somewhat separate ‘work life’ from ‘life life’. It’s been quite the journey as, on top of the mammoth task of packing and moving and transitioning as a family, we worked to pull our new place out of the 70s and updated the kitchen and bathrooms. In the breaks of the winter rain we have taken trees down and cleared brush piles to open up and revive the forgotten places in the garden. There is still a lot of work to do, but there is a bit of a buzz about the place as Spring is surely on its way and the dreams and plans for huge veggie, herb and flower gardens are a-plenty. I look forward to getting to know our new corner of this world!!

What this move has meant for my knitting is that I now have far more focused ‘work’ hours. I’ve made an effort to streamline a bit – you know, freeing my inbox of unwanted emails, uninstalling and unfollowing unwelcome distractions, and I prioritise planning my time more than before. It’s a slow start, but I’m seeing the rewards and have big goals for this year!.. and with just a little more construction work there is space for a studio for me here!!

I’m excited to have a few patterns coming up in the next few weeks, and you will want to sign up to my newsletter (see top right >> ) as subscribers will get the first ‘know’ and the best introductory discounts that I like to run!! 🙂

I hope you are all doing well knitting friends and this New Year is treating you just as fine!!

Grown Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to be able to share a brand new book today! Grown : Sophisticated Sweater Designs from the Maker of Tot Toppers, is a collection of wonderful sweaters by the ever inspiring Kate Oates. You probably will be no stranger to her children’s patterns, Tot Toppers. As a mother of four boys she has a wealth of knowledge on designing modern knits for kids that you actually want to see on your kids (her previous book is no exception!), and Grown is a natural extension of her children’s line – each sweater is the adult version of an original pint sized pattern!

Supported with bold, clear and uplifting photography throughout, Kate includes a little back story of the original design for every one of the 10 sweaters, and ample info on tweaks and shaping you could add into these adult versions, as well as a sizing guide, and a great explanation on ease etc. All the ins and outs you need for a smooth sailing knit that will fit you perfectly!

A personal fave of mine is the Plaza hoodie. It would fit so seamlessly into my wardrobe as something that is cosy, but presentable (everyone’s dream, amirite?). And what else I love about this particular one is that Kate used the same model as per the original child’s knit, just a few years older… or, Grown!!

I’m delighted to have one digital copy of the wonderful book to giveaway! All you need to do is head on over and view all the patterns in the book and come back to comment letting me know which pattern you would cast on right away, and I will pick a winner end of day Sunday 11th! Who’s looking for an early Christmas pressie?!

Congrats Anna you won! I’ll be in touch 🙂

And if you can’t wait until then, Grown is available for pre-order for the remainder of this year.  The whopping pre-order package includes: e-book and print version, free coordinating children’s pattern PDF and custom gauge from Retromantic Fripperies (ships with the book in January). Get yours here!
To purchase the digital copy, available now, you can find that here!

Good luck!!

Comfort and Joy

Danielle! You won!!! Please let me know your ravelry name and I will get the digital copy of this wonderful book to you 🙂 Congrats!

 

I’m so excited to share with you a book that has so many connections for me!

Comfort and Joy: 7 Original Stocking Designs to Warm Your Holiday Season by Melynda Bernardi of French Press Knits.

Melynda, of the infamous French Press Felted Slippers, was one of the first people I ever reached out to when I was beginning my hobby-turned-business journey, and it so happens that this past October we were finally able to meet face to face and spend a weekend together at Rhinebeck! To know someone ‘online’ for so long, and for it to be just as easy and inspiring in real life, well those people are keepers. Anyway, to see this book come to life, from Mel sharing images of the stockings she was making for her family, to people calling out for the pattern/s, and then the determination to gather her thoughts and produce a Christmas book in the middle of the summer – it’s a project of pure love and dedication.

This festive book contains 7 different patterns, all based off one well thought out foundation pattern for the perfect stocking. Melynda then does what she does best and offers many more designs featuring the most amazing colourwork. My hands down favourite has to be the Midnight Clear Stocking, as I am also no stranger to the fierce love of some Norwegian inspired colourwork, but the Jovial Stocking and the Merriment Stocking come a close second. You might remember I test knit Melynda’s Merriment Cardigan pattern last winter, and feel perhaps Louella needs a co-ordinating stocking this year (also look out for the adult version of the cardigan, coming soon, yes?!!!!)
What else I appreciate about his book is the conscious choice of yarn. Harrisville’s highly stocking-worthy worsted weight Highland yarn is used throughout the book, and the depth of colours and the array of colour choices of this US spun wool do not disappoint.

I’ve been a bit quiet over the internets the past few weeks as I have just moved into a new house, down the road from the farm, and with it comes the most amazing fire place and mantel piece! One that you know will be adorned with a wee family sized collection of stockings this year! Want the same? I have one digital copy of this amazing book to give away to one lucky knitter.

All you need to do is comment letting me know which pattern you would cast on right away, and I will pick a winner end of day Friday 18th! Good luck!
Hey Danielle! You won!!! Please contact me!

You also don’t want to miss out on a competition Mel just posted!

Can’t wait? You can find a copy of this brilliant book at the following places… Christmas is closer than you think….. 🙂
Print book.
Digital download.

 

And here is the rest of the blog tour!

Week of 11/7 Drea Renee Knits