During the run-up to Christmas and New Year, I've been busy making linen spa mitts for gifts. I decided to practise my crochet skills (which are not very developed) rather than knit them. I tried out a new-to-me block stitch, which I was quite happy with. I chose the natural sport weight and the Bliss pale blue colour way. Please contact me if you're interested in the pattern.
Happy New Year to you all!
We finally moved in to our new home end November. We are now living on the beautiful Isle of Wight off the south coast of England, a few yards from the sea on top of the cliff in Sandown. Here are a few photos taken down by the sea a short walk from our house. It wasn't very sunny on the days these were taken, but you can see the steely blue of the November sea and the moody skies. I will try to post some brighter, sunnier photos in the Spring and Summer.
And finally, a few of our hand-dyed linen yarns to add a splash of colour!
After living in limbo for one year, we are finally moving house. Hopefully by next weekend we will be in our new home. We are leaving Cheshire and heading South. I will not reveal where we are going yet, as I'd rather wait until we are finally there before announcing it, but here is a clue: it will be very close to the sea.
I am sorry for any inconvenience this will cause during this week in getting orders shipped out.
One of the very first tasks in our new home will be to build a brand new dyeing studio. After a rather frustrating few months, I will finally be able to concentrate on dyeing up this marvellous natural linen fibre.
In the meantime, here is one of the many ways you can put linen to use in your home. I whipped up some linen scrubbies on the knitting machine and they are great for washing the dishes. When they need a clean, just throw them in the washing machine.
We are offering a very generous 25% off our undyed soft white and natural sport weight linen yarns until the end of October 2017. If you want to try dyeing linen yarn for yourself, we recommend the soft white here.
For a 100% natural yarn in all its splendour, try the natural undyed with its silver beige colour here.
I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a test-knit for a pattern called Fluxion on Ravelry. The pattern was designed by Claudia Eisenkolb (himawari) and is recommended for silk yarn, but I made it out of eco-stitch linen sport weight yarn in the Hot Pink colourway. The cowl neck gives an elegant finish to the top and the linen yarn gives it the ideal drape. Click here to see more photos on my Ravelry project page.
Two new colours have just landed in the shop. One is a semi-solid grey with light/dark variations. It is called Cloud. It is slightly lighter than Steel, as you can see from the knitted samples below.
The second colour is Azure, a beautiful bright turquoise with subtle light green highlights with a hint of darker blue.
I have now finished a series of 4 linen scarves in different colour ways, using my own design, the Calva Dorsa, which I posted about a few weeks ago. i must admit this is quite an addictive knit. No sooner is one off the needles than you want to choose 2 new colours to see how the combination will turn out. The scarf makes a great gift, although I will be keeping the very first one (the prototype!) for myself. It only takes 2 skeins of Sport weight yarn and the colour combinations are endless. A feature of the pattern is that there are only 4 ends to weave in, despite changing colour blocks along the length of the scarf.
The pattern is still free if you purchase eco-stitch yarn to make it (coupon code).
It's very hard to choose a favourite, but for the moment I think the Hot Pink one is winning for me.
How about you?
The introductory offer (15% discount), announced in my last post for the 4-ply/Sport Natural linen yarn will continue throughout May. On top of this, we are adding the undyed 4-ply/Sport Soft White to the offer. The Soft White (undyed) will be 20% off, making it only £7.20 for a 100g skein. You can use it as is or it can also be dyed up for your project. These reductions have already been applied to the shop.
New to our linen yarn collection...
Natural linen yarn in 4-ply Sport weight. This yarn is softer than our DK Natural yarn (a more rustic yarn) and can easily be combined with your hand-dyed Sport weight to create interesting effects, or be used on its own. It knits/crochets to the same gauge as the hand-dyed Sport.
I loved the colour combo of Seaspray and Serenity and wanted to create a pattern specially for them.
I cast on an asymmetric scarf, still not knowing how I was going to combine the yarns. Then we left for our yearly trip to France to visit our family over there. 6 hours on the ferry was rather a long time, and I had obviously taken my project with me. As we approached the coast of Normandy, I began experimenting with different stitches combining the 2 colours. By the time the ferry had pulled into the harbour, I had found the perfect solution. As we drove South through Normandy, the final construction and design came to fruition.
Calva Dorsa, meaning bare backs, is a reference to two sparsely vegetated rocks off the shore of Normandy, which gave their name to the department of Calvados. It also happens to be part of the best flax-growing area in the world (from Caen in Normandy, stretching along the coastal regions through Belgium to Amsterdam).
The pattern is available for purchase here on the website: Calva Dorsa. It is FREE with a coupon code if you purchase any 2 hanks of Sport/4-ply linen yarn to make it.
I recently took part in the Ravelry Giftalong2106, for which I have just completed the Pitch Cowl by KnitEcoChic. See pattern here. I opted for the longer version so I could wrap it round twice.
This was made with our sport weight 4-ply linen hand-dyed yarn in the French Navy colour way and and a OOAK pale blue/lime variegated yarn.
We have just released a new pattern for a linen spa mitt, now available in our shop.
This is a very easy knit and will make a great gift, or keep it for yourself!
Linen is ideal for spa cloths, given its healthy, eco-friendly, natural properties.
This pattern is free (with coupon code) when purchased with eco-stitch linen yarn (limited time only).
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