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Automatic 20% discount on purchases of two or more items from my website and Ravelry store.
Weekend walk at Lough Dan:




This week’s progress on the colorshft project:

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January winners

Thanks to every body for supporting Knitlab during January!!
The winners of the prize draw are countdogula and jisbella.

For everybody else, here are some fresh tulips, and Mini:



The pattern for Ruff shawl is now available on Ravelry and my website. Thanks to pinkpetals for helping with the pattern, and to Izzy for modelling:


Some February monotones:



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January monotones

Saturday walk in Dun Laoghaire:


Lichens on the pier:



Camino Zigzags made it to number two:

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I love stranded knitting. This project was an abandoned design from around the time I started making Nine Lives. It was called Stranded Triangle – it’s quite an irregular triangle – the yarn is Rowan Pure Wool 4ply, on 3.25mm needles.

It was too small, there were too many increases in the striped stranding at the bottom, and it needed an extra lower border.

Barbara (crocodile on Ravelry) spotted the project on Ravelry and very kindly offered to do some test knitting – so the pattern has been salvaged and it’s called Mercato dei Fiori, after the Patti Pravo song. This picture shows a new version on bigger needles with fewer increases in the striped section – not enough! –

So I tried a third version of the chart, and played around with colours:

Barbara has done a second, more colourful version (which merits the fancy name) – it’s blocking at the moment! Pictures coming soon. The MC is indigo, with three different colours for the flowers, and red and deep pink stripes.

In the mean time, I unpicked the edge of the original version and added the outer border and a contrasting cast off:


I’m also trying out another drop stitch pattern in turquoise linen from Riga, and have two new lace patterns at the sketching stage.
Mini got a Spring haircut.

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Test knitters make life much easier for me – in the case of BSM there was no way I could have done a second sample to illustrate the simpler border after all the time I spent on the first one.

Here are the two test knits of the unfringed version, both quite different from mine:

The first is from Alex (Winterstitch on Ravelry) who has done lots of excellent test knitting for me, including Blackbird and Europa. It’s made with Colourmart 100% Extrafine Merino Laceweight which is possibly finer than the Titan Wool Merinos Extra that I used for the original version. The yarn choice seems to have added a shimmering ethereality to this one.

The second, beautifully knit and modelled by Lyn (ladyinlotus on Ravelry), is made with DyeForYarn Tussah Silk Lace, which looks like a slightly heavier yarn, as the garter stitch texture of the border is more apparent. Lyn added extra beads to the border – nine on each point instead of one. (Lyn is notable as one of the few knitters to have completed a Gilded Shoulderette.)

Thank you both for this invaluable help (and for the lovely pictures)! – it’s given me the freedom to get on with other projects in the meantime.

I’ve had a couple of enquiries about the Estonian linen – it’s from a shop called Pronski Longapood in Tallinn (that’s a Ravelry link, it doesn’t seem to have a website). It’s a big department store with a basement full of crafts and a big selection of yarn – the linen was available in a wide range of colours. There were also a couple of smaller shops in Tallinn specialising in linen and flax products which had cones of linen yarn in natural colours. There was a little wooden church on one of the Estonian islands which was insulated with wads of matted flax fibres.

Kerry asked about the Bart and Francis yarns – unfortunately I didn’t actually get to see them that time in London, so I remain intrigued, and hope to see them some day.

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