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Knitting kits in the etsy shop and a look back at the evolution of a pattern

As I mentioned yesterday in my works in progress round up, there are now kits in the etsy shop.

Badger wrister knitting kitFoxy wrister knitting kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first batch are variants of my Foxy Friends Writers pattern. This is one of my favourite patterns, it’s certainly the one that I’ve knitted the most and offer the most variations of.

It was first published in Issue 30 of the Knit Now magazine. as the Foxy Wristies (the name was changed to wristers due to wristies being a trademarked name – who knew!!) That was just the fox pattern with the reverse stocking stitch wrist.

As I was designing the foxy wrister I knew that I wanted to give him some friends, so when the rights reverted to me, I reworked the charts to give him a Badger and a Raccoon companion (yes I know raccoons are not indigenous to the UK but my little people were very keen!) I was also keen to reduce the amount of purl stitches needed and came up with the idea of the *No Purl (almost) version. Although there is purling involved, there is significantly less and it has a stocking stitch wrist, as shown here by the Badger and Raccoon.

Foxy Friends Wristers

I knew when I opened my etsy shop and began hand dying yarn that I wanted to offer kits, and that the first pattern that I wanted to offer in kit form was the Foxy Wristers pattern. So I began looking for a suitable yarn base, I knew that I wanted it to be

  • spun from British wool in Britain
  • robust and hard wearing.
  • while retaining some rustic qualities not coarse and scratchy
  • not superwash treated

Sport weight yarn(which the pattern is written for) isn’t that common in Britain and for a while I came up stumps. Then following a rabbit hole one day I came across Gansey type yarns, these are usually 5ply which is technically a sport weight, and is usually made to be robust and while not very common is available if you look closely. I was very happy to finally find what has now become my Rumbustious base. It is spun is Devon from British fleeces, it’s a lovely wooly yarn and while it may not suit someone with a wool sensitivity it isn’t scratchy or coarse but still robust and strong. I began experimenting, I was pleased to see that it took the dye well and knit up beautifully. It’s slightly different in texture than the orignal yarns called for, it’s less ‘fluffy’ and ‘fuzzy’ this is a smoother yarn and is ever so slightly heavier; I found that to achieve gauge I needed a smaller size needle but was happy to note that the fabric produced was lovely, and perfect for mittens.

I then began reformatting the pattern to print with the kits, the kits are available at present as Badgers or Foxes and the pattern that comes with the kit is just for that motif, and is the stocking stitch wrist version. There are kits available with project bags and without project bags. If there is demand in time I may start offering just the yarn, but that will be further down the road.

I had great fun finding a suitable fabric to make up the project bags, working out the right size, making up the cute little balls of yarn to go in the kit. All in all I’ve had a lovely time, and now I hope that other like these little kits as much as I do.

 

And here are the final samples

Foxy Friends Wristers by Theresa Shingler

There will be more kits, I have a new design and yarn waiting it’s turn to be let loose into the world, hopefully by next weekend all being well. I’m also making project bags to go into the shop as an optional add on or separate purchase.

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Chasing the light

DSC_0679DSC_0767DSC_0738DSC_0686-2DSC_0768At this time of year, when the waning of the light really makes itself felt, I find myself chasing the light intentionally. I’ve signed up to a Photography for Knitting and Crotchet course with the lovely Emily Quinton  and have spent the last week trying hard to follow her intructions and challenge myself to remeber everything at once. (I’m reminded of learning to drive when I found steering fine, changing gears no problem, using my mirrors a breeze, but I could only do one of those things at a time! I’m finding focussing, composition and lighting a similar challenge!) For our first lesson she’s reminded us of something that I already knew but had forgotten, light is king. My photos of knitting, yarn and especially finished objects are really fairly poor (and, quite strangely, the more finished the knitting is the worse the picture!!!) Anyway, I have high hope for some progress, even if I never reach the heights of Emily’s beautiful work, I’d be so happy to be able to convey my happiness and joy with knitting in my pictures. So much of my time is spent with wool, yarn and woolly ‘things’. I really look forward to being able to share more of that here with some reasonably good images. These pictures are from my first week, I can see progress, one week to go! :o)

 

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Hand dyed yarns in the esty shop.

I’ll so pleased to able to unveil one of my most exciting secret projects of late.

I’ve been hand dying yarn to add to my Etsy shop.

Hand dyed yarn by theresashinglerknits.com

 

Just as I’m inspired in my knitting pattern designs, so I am in hand dying yarn. All my colourways come about by the world around me, usually the natural world.

I aim to have repeatable colourways, that can be custom ordered if larger amounts are required such as for a garment or a larger shawl, and to have those colourways available across the whole range of my bases.

My bases are all spun in Britain from British or British overseas territories wool, I’ll put up a page soon with more information about my bases,in the meantime check out my Etsy shop if you’d like to see what is available at the moment,, more is being added regularly, and keep a look out for kits and more bases coming soon

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