For years I have enjoyed The Knitter magazine. To me it is a magazine that has a feel for what the knitters want to make and read. Even though I might not cast on for one of the many beautiful projects right away, I will plough through the pages and enjoy the articles about interesting people in the knitting world. I have learned so much about the history of the wool industry, knitting traditions and also where the hand knitting world stands today. Editor Juliet Bernard has made this magazine loved by knitters all over the world. A cup of tea and feet up is the standard when the The Knitter arrives in the post.
The other day I got hold of the Lace Collection form the magazine. I think it is marvelous that the lace gems from the magazine are made available. 24 beautiful patterns can be found in the collection. You will find shawls and stole, and there are many not so obvious projects. I love the laptop case “Elsa” by Ann Kingstone. Other favourites are AmandaJones “Dulcie Tunice”, an elegant top. It is hard not to be smitten by Melody Griffiths’ “Clarissa Cardigan” too. There are patterns for hats, a bag, sweaters and cardigans and a stunning blanket. Some of the projects are at beginners level and others require more experience.
Photo: Future Publishing
In addition to the patterns there is a great deal of good reading in the Lace Collection. I enjoyed the presentation of lace knitters form around the world. A lace knitting master class is very easy to follow and helpful, as master class articles always are in The Knitter.
With my next cup of tea and feet up session I will read about the lace knitting traditions in the Shetland Islands. The Lace Collection is a keeper!
It’s for sale online and makes a great gift too!
I knit, and knit and sometimes people see what I make and they like it! That makes me happy! This time it is my retractable tape measure with a knitted cover that has been spotted. And it has been spotted by the super cool Australian Frankie Magazine!
Spot the knitted one! It’s the white and green number 8. I have several designs and you can see them all in my Etsy store By Eline.
My best selling knitting pattern! The sides are knitted in Brioche Stitches which makes the slippers a fun knit!
Price: USD 5.49
These days I am working from home and have taken over the library as my office. There are a few perks here I would say; I have a corner office with a stereo. The view is nice and I have a full kitchen available for making lunch! The best of all is not to have to hurry out the door in the morning.
There are a few down sides too. I have no colleagues to chat with during breaks or to bounce ideas with. Internet is a good way to stay in touch with likeminded people, but it isn’t the same. A Skyp meeting comes close to a real meeting, but the way I deal with the lack of colleagues is to invite friends and people I know out for lunch or a coffee.
With my work now being a mixture of creative and production, it is so nice to get out and listen to other people and what they are doing. It gives me a good break and I can go back to my work with a fresh approach.
An a new approach is what I need now that I have started working on my second book proposal!
To many people this time of the year is knitting season. It certainly is for me! I have deadlines to meet and my head and note pads are brimming with new ideas for knitting patterns. This does not leave me with much time to sit down and enjoy our craft. However, I managed to sneak in half an hour and knit a cosy for a jam jar. Why would I do that? Come Sunday and dinner time I could sport a new vase for the beautiful flowers form the garden!
All you need to make a cosy for a jam jar is some scrap yarn, sock needles and an idea of how many stitches you need to make the cosy fit the jar. A good way to judge that is to see if the jar is the size of your ankle of lower arm and think how many stitches you would cast on for a sock or a sleeve. I used 40 sts and doubble pointed needles size 5.5mm (US size 9) for this jar that is 31 cm (12″) in circumferance.
My next little knit is another jar cosy to cover my pencils box in the office.