Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm Moving

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I now have a lovely new website with an exciting announcement...come and visit me...

and be sure to look around the new site!

Friday, September 24, 2010


After several requests for a written pattern for Hap Shawls I decided to put one together.
Written and charted instructions are provided as is yardage for a DK and fingering weight version.
This pattern shows how to make a Hap Shawl using the borders outward method. This means that extra repeats of the Hap Shell border can be worked to make a larger shawl, and there's no seaming!

A ‘Hansel’ is a gift to mark a special occasion, such as the birth of a baby.

Approx 45 inches square

US #8/5mm 32 inch circular needle
US #8/5mm DPN (only 1 is needed)
2 ply Jumper Weight shawl: 1000 yrds MC, 250 yrds of 4 other contrast colours.
DK Weight shawl: 900 yrds MC, 200 yrds of 4 other contrast colours.
Shown in Green Mtn Spinnery Alpaca Elegance.
Stitch Markers
Row Counter
Tapestry Needle
16 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in Garter st on US#8/5mm needles.


Friday, September 17, 2010


As a little "heading into Fall" treat I'm offering 20% off all Shetland Trader Patterns from now until Rhinebeck time (Oct 17th). The discount will automatically be applied when you make a purchase!
Enjoy it while it lasts!
Happy almost Fall!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Photoshoot Day

As promised a selection of my photos from the day of the shoot....a couple of fully disclosed designs (because they've been on the internet already) and a couple of blurry teasers!

Huge thanks goes out to the incredible team I had on hand.....
Maryjane Mucklestone on photo styling ......she was so aware of things I would totally have missed, like sticking out dress straps!
My gorgeous friend Julia all the way from Massachusetts braving the midges....
Jared Flood behind the camera.....wait til you see HIS pictures........

Jess as other photo stylist (she also captured some great behind the scenes shots)....
Ysolda who was also kind enough to offer herself for modeling and made a beautiful contrast to Julia.....

...and my dad's cat Polly who crashed the shoot ....(think she was pretty interested in Julia's hair)....

and it's a wrap!

I have a great tech editor and graphic designer who will be working with me to get this collection together and hopefully out to you by late October-early November with pre-orders happening before that!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Well my next blog post was supposed to be a wee window into the day of my photoshoot in Shetland....however....something sort of massive interrupted our lives and I pretty much have to share it.......
We are now the owners of a gorgeous 10 week old rescued Ridgeback puppy!

He's called Saba (this being a name we picked years ago for our then hypothetical dog-it's a small Dutch owned island in the Caribbean).

We've been in love with this breed for going on 12 years now and recently decided it was time to make inquires into adopting a rescued Ridgeback. We had a home visit before we left for Scotland and then were told we'd have to be patient for the right dog to come along.
Well on Friday night (a few days after returning home) we get a phone call about this little guy.....we had to make a decision fast...rescued Ridgeback puppies pretty much never show up in could we say no?

As you can imagine we're reading up fast on puppy training and rapidly learning what we can and can't have lying around the house!

Next time will be the photoshoot post....promise!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Friends in Shetland

During our second week in Shetland we were joined by lots of knitterly friends....I think you'll know who they are!

Knitting belt lesson from Auntie Grace....

Internet Cafe at Dad's house....

New England Knits in Jamieson and Smith's store....

The photoshoot models get in some practice.....

Late evening walks.....

Rock collecting....

Bird watching in Unst....

Choosing colours at Jamieson's.....

Putting knitters to work before the photoshoot.....

Next up the day of the photoshoot!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Shetland Highlights Day One

New cousins to get acquainted with.....

Drams on the patio at 10:00pm......

Conversations with grandpa........

Late night fishing.......

and Mackie's Honeycomb ice cream......
Perfect first day!