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Delicious Decisions….

Just look at this lovely yarn….. LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!! So good you could almost taste it!!! I can’t decide what to do with it…. it’s just so lovely. It varies in thickness and knits up on 6mm needles….

That red and orange; it’s like a fire right there. I don’t normally go for the hot colours like this, I’m more of a green and blue kinda person but this yarn sang to me…. it shouted YOU NEED ME!!!!! I guess that’s what reds and oranges do huh!?

This is more my style, not so easy to knit with as its got little sequins in but it makes up a luxurious fabric …

Both are from my favourite yarn shop in Bath. It’s an Italian Tailors and they sell Italian yarn, it’s great to find different things…

Anyway I’m thinking lightweight summer wrap for the cool evenings (and let’s face it, days in the UK!) …..

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Perseverance & Slow progress

This two sided knitting lark is slow. I keep getting my yarns (and my knickers) in a twist; I’m sure there must be a trick to keeping the yarns apart. Any suggestions are most welcome!

I’m used to my work taking shape quite quickly…. not this time. I love how it feels though and it’ll be super warm. If only I could wear wool!

I’m wondering how I’d do yarn overs and knit two together???!

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The Power of One

Today I was delighted to give these beauties to my good buddies Sonia and G. I think they liked them too, well they certainly liked the cans of G&T inside!!

I’ve enjoyed working on the ‘Cup Cosy’ (purple) and the ‘Mug Mitt’ (brown). The cup cosy is a simple sleeve while the mug mitt comes with little pockets to keep your fingers warm. I’m going to knit one for me next.

I know some coffee shops offer a discount if you bring your own cup but even if they don’t you can just enjoy the knowledge that it’s one less cup to landfill. Now I’m sourcing bamboo reusable cups…..

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While you were sleeping

Who needs sleep! Super proud of my Erika Knight capelet – knitted in ‘pretty’ a gentle dusky pink. I even remembered to write stuff down as I knitted… how novel! If I can read my notes I’ll be knitting another in artisan with a mallard contrast next.

Adding the finishing touches of beautiful light tan leather buttons. It’ll be on my stall tomorrow at Wells and on my Ready Mades page when I get a good photo. It fits Uk size 10-14. Is it bedtime yet 💤💤💤 ❤️ 🙏🏼

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Home Spun – capes and family capers

I’m really enjoying knitting with the Erika Knight Maxi wool… a few rookie errors

1) don’t rub your eyes while knitting if you’re allergic to wool….

2) don’t try and wind the hank in to a ball while standing up at a windy market…

3) don’t let your five year old ANYWHERE NEAR IT when trying to untangle the mess you made at the market

Yesterday I discovered that an extra pair of hands ‘Little House on the Prairie’ style works wonderfully especially when said 5 year old happily playing elsewhere and a you have a nice cup of earl grey and some malted milk biscuits on the go!

I’ve also taken to knitting in the kitchen because the spirited 5 year old wants to learn to knit and has decided that the cape I’m knitting is the ideal place to start. Me: let me start you off with these needles here [offers some nice child friendly needles and yarn] no mummy, I’ll finish that for you. Just no.

I’m starting to shape the shoulders and debating how I’m going to do the neckline… I’ve plenty of drawings but being quite kinaesthetic I’m not entirely sure how to do it until I get there so that’ll have to wait until later when I’ve got some quiet time.

In the mean time the little one and I are having a slow day, watching Annie and eating toast thinking about getting dressed ( her not me… not yet mummy I’m drawing). It’s a busy time of year for us all so it’s nice to have some downtime, well for us anyway… my husband is working hard delighting the folk of Bath with his busking and won’t get a proper break til after Christmas 🎄

So I feel very lucky. ❤️🙏🏼

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I’m so excited! …. WIP

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At the weekend I split milk all over my ‘phone.  No point crying over that one, the screen is gradually becoming less and less responsive but this gentle decline is at least giving me enough time to back everything up!  Anyway a new one will be winging its way to me drekly. As well as some software which will hopefully transform the design process – well that’s the promise!  I’ve also bought my husband his Christmas present which is super exciting as I know he will love it.  I will want to give to him as soon as it arrives; hopefully I can be restrained and keep it a secret until Christmas Day!

I found the pattern notes I’d made for the gauntlet mittens that I sold before working out the pattern. With these scant scribbles and the photo I should be able to work it out.  BUT THE MOST EXCITING THING…

THE ERIKA KNIGHT WOOL HAS ARRIVED!!!!

I’m working on some new pieces and I am so excited.  Almost frenzied.  This is how it feels when I’m working on something new.  I feel like I’m fizzing inside! There’s a beautiful muffler and a lovely gentle contouring hat, plus a cape and so much more…. I’m making a start….. and smiling from ear to ear.

NB, please forgive any typos or spelling – my screen is dark blue and some of the touch screen areas don’t work xx

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Life; based on a true story.

When I was studying Fashion at Falmouth School of Art, I loved to look at the design books of the designers…  I loved the wonderful fashion illustration, the mood boards and so on.  In my year there was a girl there who used to do the most striking design drawings, I can’t remember her name, it was a long time ago.  Many years on here I am with a list of colours and a question mark as to whether to use Mallard with the storm or Ice Gem…. Oh yes, that decision I made … I decided that the Flax needed to go and replaced it with Storm.  I’m still sad that I’ve not included Marni – the wonderful red in the Erika Knight Collection.

So I’ve got my designs, I’ve knitted them in a super chunky yarn but not the Erika Knight yarn so it’s the moment of truth.  When the yarn arrives I’ll cast on and see if my designs and the patterns I’ve sketched out work.  The Erika Knight comes up a bit smaller than the Super Chunky I’ve used for the ‘roughs’ – I’ve tried to allow for that.  I’m also working on different sizes for the Cape,  working up a UK 8-12 and a 14 -18.

It’s a process you never get to see in the books about fashion designers, I guess a list with errors and question marks might not portray the right image!  That’s a shame. We create myths around things where errors and questions are erased… that’s so often true in the stories we tell ourselves and the ones we tell others. The best we are able to offer is as Derran Brown said in his show one based on a true story.  We leave the bits out that don’t suit us at the time for better or for worse.

Facebook and other social media gives us the edited highlights of others lives.  I know for myself  that every now and then when ‘Timehop’ presents me with a picture full of happiness and good times I was having a pretty miserable day.  I’ve since endeavoured to make my posts more authentic.  On the flip side, the stories I tell myself about myself, when examined are not accurate either, you know the sort, when you’re having a bad day and make it worse by falling into the ‘worst person in the world’ hole. So here I am, in my 40’s and in everything I do I try to find the truth of things. Not the ‘based on a true story’ truth but a truth borne out of examining facts with understanding and a critical eye.

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Decision made…..?

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I’m not feeling very decisive today and I’m also being massively allergic to something today, streaming nose, sore throat, itchy mouth and eyes, the works….but it’s STILL on my list of things to do…”Choose colours for ‘Home Spun’ range.  It’s been there for over a week, winking at me from the page.  So, I’ve sorted the internet out – should have a new box in a few days hopefully, hoovered, cleared through a load of stuff that needed sorting…you know the usual procrastination.  Enough!

After much deliberation, I think I have arrived at a decision for the colours.  Artisan, Mallard, Geranium, Pretty, Ice Gem, Flax.  They all work well together as well as independently and will work well with the designs I’ve come up with.

Later today I’ll order the yarn and the knitting needles but first of all I need some time out, to let the decision settle. I’d love to go for a run to clear my head bur my knees are sore today.  I’ll go for a walk with some good tunes and come back to it… see if I feel the same. I’d have loved Marni, the red… I still might.

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A family affair ❤️❤️

Well Christmas is the season for giving and I’m working on some free patterns for glorious little festive decorations. Some might say it’s too early but I like to take the stress out of things and anyway they make nice little gifts. You can’t have too many decorations at Christmas.

Anyway I was drawing them and my gorgeous girl came over. “Can I design one mummy?” Of course. “Can I use your special pen?” Yes. And here it is, a parcel. She’s 5. I’m one of those super proud mums and I don’t care! I’m starting this one first!