An Interview with Kati

November 28, 2014

Today I’m delighted to be posting an interview with Kati who is one of the designers taking part in the Gift-a-long on Ravelry.

So hello to Kati.

The first thing I picked up from your blog is that you do a lot of different crafty things. What’s the first craft you remember doing?

Ah, let’s go back in time :). The first craft was definitely drawing and sketching! Among my love to Robin Hood, horses and – harrumph – unicorns, I drew comic strips and later on portraits and animals. Even Star Trek inspired sketches! A pen in my hand and a sheet of paper and I dived into a completely different world – I sometimes miss the patience I had back then for working out details. Now I am more focused on getting fast the right outline of a figure!

I’m always interested in why people start designing. What made you decide it was something you wanted to do?

It was a mixture of a calling and a natural habit, I suppose :). My world consists of small details. A cup with a gleaming surface reminds me of sunlight sparkles on fresh snow. Cinnamon brings warmth and happiness of open fire places to my mind. Small gestures make me happy – like the hand of my husband resting on my back when we leave the theatre. When I bought two beautiful skeins of handdyed and handspun worsted yarn during our holidays at the North Sea I could not comprehend to which joy it would lead me to… I wanted to gift a good friend, a faithful friend something special and unique for her birthday. I had just read one of my favorite books, Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitting without tears, and I was intrigued with garter stitch and brimming with knitting confidence (thank you so much, Elizabeth!!). I dreamt about garter stitch zig-zag and a way of a highly adjustable mitts. The birth of my Mirja mitts and the beginning of my designing journey. It is still the same creative process today: small things get me hooked and I cannot rest until I have included all the ideas which came to my mind and heart.

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You have lots of gorgeous designs available – I especially like Sam’s Guitar Player Mitts  Can you tell me a bit more about what inspired them?

In one of my former lifes I must have been a werewolf. Nooo, just kidding :). Books about vampires, werewolves draw me in – if they are beautifully written and with a good storyline. The more complex the better and really – please no crying and afraid women yelling for help and a shiny prince appearing to the rescue! So it seemed to be a natural win-win situation that I discovered Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver – Linger – Forever trilogy about werewolves and a completely different angle on writing about them. There is love (but of course!), poetry, a deeply logical girl, soulmates, wonderful humorous scenes and heartbreaking conversations. I love her way of describing things. Sam, one of the leading characters, is a werewolf in winter and a human in summer with a deep love and longing for Grace. He plays the guitar. These mitts were created for cold guitar player hands, keeping them warm and showing off Sam’s love to Grace in a eternity cable symbol. They include a secret plektrum pocket – it was a wonderful designing time!

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As a dyer I’m often drawn to particular colours. What’s your dream colour palette?

Wonderful question! My dream colour palette is teal, gold and all shades of brown – from hazelnut to deep chocolate brown. It lets me think of the sun rising above a wild forest —

 

One blog post that I think will resonate with a lot of designers is where you talk about your fear of designing a garment . It’s a story with a happy ending, and a lovely garment. What made you change your mind and cast on?

Mmmh. I think I must blame my knitting group – they kept teasing me about avoiding sweaters and constantly ranting about my fishy reasons to start one – you know, ‘it is a too long project’, ‘I will regret having started it when I have to frog the whole thing’, ‘The shaping is too difficult’ … yada-yada-yada. And they were so right! I promised myself that I would block one and a half month for knitting a cardigan – the way I have always dreamt about how it should be – and finish it for wearing on my birthday! Done it! It was an amazing feeling – and my knitting group had to search for something different to tease me… Now it is the never-growing Nuvem!

Thank you for answering all these questions. You can find more of Kati on her blog, , and follow link to find her on Instagram, pinterest, twitter and facebook

Finally, a couple of photos of some gorgeous designs. I’m off to hunt through my stash and cast on……..

 

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All photos used with kind permission of Kati Mohr

 

 

Unpacked!

November 27, 2014

The first thing to say is a huge thank you to everyone who came and said hello to us at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate. It was lovely to put faces to names. Huge apologies to everyone who listed to me cough and splutter – the combination of a dry atmosphere and a cold wasn’t the best. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I was to everyone who fed me sweets / cups of tea / a lemsip (that was on the Sunday afternoon and it’s fair to say I was fading!)

There isn’t the usual shop update this week, as I’ve just finished restocking the shop with the yarn which came home from Harrogate. This includes some new colourways.

I’m not going to post photos of everything, but here are a few favourites – 5 new colours of self striping Britsock.

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If you follow the KnitBritish blog and podcast, you’ll have seen the post about gift knitting already – if not you can find it here. It’s great to see our yarn as part of such a lovely selection of gifts.

The 2015 clubs have been very popular – so thank you to everyone who has signed up. If you’re still thinking about a place, I expect to be closing the clubs off on 2nd of December, so don’t miss out. After selling out this year we’ve added lots of extra places to the mini skein clubs, and there’s still time to secure your place.

Happy shopping

Joy

2015 Yarn Clubs – The Best Of British

November 9, 2014

Welcome to the 2015 yarn clubs – the Best of British.

Bobbie and I have been increasingly impressed by the quality and range of British wools available. The last year has seen lots of changes in the shop as these have replaced yarns which are spun abroad. We’re incredibly fortunate in having several mills within a short drive of home. That’s made it easy to source some amazing yarns which are British through and through.

2015 is the first year that our club yarns will be completely British – and we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to do this.

There’s one big change to the clubs for 2015. Until now we’ve posted parcels out each month, however increasing postage costs mean it makes sense to send parcels out every other month. However we know that some of you get through yarn fast, so rest assured we’ve got that covered too.

Parcels for all clubs will be posted for the start of January, March, May, July, September and November.

There will be two yarn options for the sock clubs and multi coloured clubs.

Option 1 is our 4ply British sock yarn 75% British wool, 25% nylon. This has 400 meters to each 100 grams.
Option 2 is our 4ply Britsock yarn with 40% British BFL, 20% British Wensleydale, 20% British alpaca and 20% nylon. This has 400 meters to 100 grams.

The mini skein clubs will be on the British sock yarn base.

The Sock Clubs

In 2015 we’ll be offering 2 sock clubs, each with six yarns and patterns.

We’re delighted that Rachel Coopey will be carrying on the tradition of designing gorgeous socks for us. You can find more of Rachel’s work here. Rachel’s six designs will be based on British puddings, and the semi solid coloured yarns will come from the warm end of the colour palette.

We’re also thrilled to be introducing a new sock club designer – Aurelie Colas. You can find more of Aurelie’s work here. Aurelie’s six designs will be based on British inventors and scientists, and the semi solid coloured yarns will come from the cooler end of the colour spectrum.

Club patterns will be exclusive to club members for 3 months. Patterns will be emailed to you and can be stored in your Ravelry library. The colours will be exclusive to club members and there are no plans to add them to the range in the shop.

You’ll receive 100 grams of your chosen yarn which gives you 400 meters to knit with. If you need a little more yarn than that we can add an extra 20 grams to your parcel, so those knitting for big feet can relax.

You can choose to sign up for all six months of both or either designer, or you’ll be able to pay for a single month at a time. We’re happy to invoice you every other month to make sure you never miss a club parcel.

For each sock club theme, each instalment of yarn and pattern will cost £19.00 for the British sock yarn option, or £22.00 for the Britsock option for UK customers. Should you prefer to go for the yarn only, it will cost £15.50 for the British sock yarn option, or £18.50 for the Britsock option. These prices include UK postage. For Europe we need to charge an extra £1 and for the rest of the world an extra £2. If there will be more than one skein of yarn in your parcel each month we’ll refund £3 per additional skein to you. If you want to add the extra 20 grams of yarn to your parcel this will cost £3.00 regardless of the yarn base.

The Multi Coloured Clubs

My theme for 2015 is going to be ‘I do like to be beside the seaside’, and I have lots of plans for some gloriously multi coloured yarns.

I’m going to link with the sock clubs by dyeing two sets of six colours, one based on warm colours the other on cooler shades.

You can choose to sign up for the warm and cool colours so you’ll receive two skeins of yarn every two months. If that’s a little too much yarn you can choose between warm and cool colours.

For each colour theme, each instalment of yarn will cost £15.50 for the British sock yarn option, or £18.50 for the Britsock option for UK customers. These prices include UK postage. For Europe we need to charge an extra £1 and for the rest of the world an extra £2. If there will be more than one skein of yarn in your parcel each month we’ll refund £3 per additional skein to you. If you want to add the extra 20 grams of yarn to your parcel this will cost £3.00 regardless of the yarn base.

The Mini Skein Club

After a sell-out year in 2014 the only change to the mini skein club is the yarn base – we’ll be using our fantastic 4ply British sock yarn. Each mini skein set will have 7 x 10 gram skeins, so you’ll have 70 grams and 280 meters of colour to play with.

The mini skein club will be available in both semi solid and multi coloured options. Once again I’ll be dyeing up 6 months of warm and cools sets of each.

For UK customers each mini skein set will cost £12.00, including postage. For Europe we need to charge an extra £1 and for the rest of the world an extra £2. If there will be more than one mini skein set of yarn in your parcel each month we’ll refund £1 per additional set to you. We’ll also refund £1 per set if you’re buying any of the other clubs.

Discounts

Until now we’ve never offered a discount for paying for your clubs in advance. I want to continue to make it as easy as possible for people to be able to pay for clubs.
I’m conscious that paying for a year is a chunk of money in one go. However I’m also conscious that when people pay for the whole year that I save a fair bit of time as I’m not sending invoices and so on.
So for 2015 if you buy a full years’ worth of a club in one transaction (that’s six parcels) then you’ll get a 5% discount. If you buy a full years’ worth of more than one club in the same transaction you’ll get a 10% discount

Existing Club Members
All of our current clubs will come to an end with the December instalment, so you’ll need to sign up again to keep your place. Members of the sock and fairy tale clubs are guaranteed a place in the 2015 sock and multi coloured clubs until 1st December.

Minis skein club members will get an email before 16th November asking if they want to renew their club places. This is because places for next year will be limited and we want to make sure that everyone who wants to keep their club place can.

Sign ups

Club sign ups will open on 16th November.

Any questions – please shout up.

Shop Update

November 6, 2014

It’s very cold and drizzly here – perfect weather to curl up with some knitting.

First up, a restock of the ever popular rainbow mini skein sets.

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Then a couple of cosy colours in our gorgeous BFL DK.

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Burnt Orange

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Copper

4ply British wool and nylon

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Eat Me (because this was inspired by the wrappers on a tin of chocolates)

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Ginger Puddy

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Violet Meadow

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Red Orchid

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Copper Beech

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Bloodsucker

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Strata

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First Frost

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Impressions

Finally for this week there are 5 bold self striping yarns in 4ply British wool and nylon.

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Bold self striping bramble

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Bold self striping Pretty In Pink

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Bold self striping Chocolate Lime

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Bold self striping Jelly Bean

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Bold self striping Violet Meadow.

Having reorganised my workroom there are some further discounts and these yarns will be in the sale section from 1900 tomorrow.

We’re almost ready to release details of the 2015 yarn clubs. All of the information will be on the blog on Sunday 9th November and sign ups will open on 16th November.

Weekly Update

October 30, 2014

All of a sudden there seems to be a lot of talk about how it’s going to be the coldest winter on record. Remembering the barbecue summer we were promised a couple of years ago I’m not yet convinced – but it feels like a great time to be looking at warm woolly stuff.

First up for this week’s update is DK merino and nylon – perfect for boot socks.

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semi solid red

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semi solid violet

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semi solid silvered plum

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semi solid green

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semi solid heather

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Then there’s 4ply wool and nylon yarn

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Just A Hint Of Blue

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Happy Holidays

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semi solid red

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bold self striping wowser

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bold self striping gothic delight

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self striping tiger feet

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bold self striping elf

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mini skeins in pink rainbow

The yarns above will be available from 1900 tomorrow

Bright Stuff

October 23, 2014

After a blissful holiday in Egypt with lots of sunshine, it’s been a bit of a shock to come back to a very autumnal Harrogate.

So there’s been lots of colour from the dye pots.

First up 3 self striping yarns in 4ply wool and nylon

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Scooby Dooby Doo

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Turkish Carpet

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Bright Stuff

Then some variegated wool and nylon 4ply

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Pumpkin Pie

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Heather on the Hill

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Storm Cloud

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Printer Ink

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In The Best Possible Taste

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Minty Fresh

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Scooby Dooby Doo

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Bright Stuff

Finally there’s a little Britsock

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Storm Cloud

The yarns above will be in the shop at 1900 on Friday 24th October.

Happy shopping

Joy

Yarndale – and new yarns

September 25, 2014

We’re almost ready for Yarndale – so with a bit of labelling this evening all that remains is to pack everything into the car tomorrow.

We’ll be on stand 164 with Nic’s Knots – so it’s guaranteed that I’ll come home with at least one new knitting bag.

There are lots of new yarns ready for the show

Stunning organic Falkland merino laceweight

There will also be lots of our new sock yarn base – as well as semi solid and variegated colours there is also self striping.

We’re almost ready for Yarndale – so with a bit of labelling this evening all that remains is to pack everything into the car tomorrow.

We’ll be on stand 164 with Nic’s Knots – so it’s guaranteed that I’ll come home with at least one new knitting bag.

There are lots of new yarns ready for the show

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Stunning organic Falkland merino laceweight

There will also be lots of our new sock yarn base – as well as semi solid and variegated colours there is also self striping.

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The black and silver sock is the new sock base, and the brighter sock is self striping Britsock – I’m thrilled that we decided to start dyeing this again as the colours are fabulous.

Continuing the self striping theme we’ll also have some DK sock which makes fantastic stripes – and I can promise you some truly vibrant colours.

There will be a small shop update tomorrow evening with some of the new sock base, then the main update will take place on Monday.

Have a great weekend whatever you are up to.

Joy

Out With The Old

September 18, 2014

Since we moved to Yorkshire last summer, we’ve been spoiled for choice with the number of fantastic yarns which are produced locally. There are several mills within an hour’s drive of the workshop, and it’s been lovely to be able to source yarns made from British wools which are spun so close to home.

We’ve been on the lookout for a superwash wool and nylon blend which would be hard wearing enough for socks, yet soft enough for shawls and garments. It’s taken a while, plus a lot of discussion, but by agreeing to order lots and lots of yarn we’ve managed to organise a custom spin which meets our requirements perfectly.

I’ll be talking a lot more about the new yarn over the next few days.

So this means that the existing sock yarn is being discontinued. That means that from tomorrow you’ll be able to buy remaining stock at a discount – and that will apply to semi solid and multi colours plus mini skein sets. Self striping and hand painted yarns which were on sale will be discounted further.

So happy shopping for tomorrow – and watch this space for details about the new addition to our flock.

Joy

Autumn?

September 11, 2014

The last few mornings have felt like autumn is eight round the corner, as it’s been misty and cool. Leaves are starting to turn. It’s time for some cosy knitting.

To encourage you to try the DK yarns needed for our last 2 pattern releases, you can save £2 a skein until 1800 on Sunday 14th September.

There’s the 100% British BFL – gorgeously soft and snuggly

This is the yarn you’ll need for the Mirrored Linen Stitch Cowl

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Then there’s the DK merino and nylon

This is the yarn you’ll need to make the DK ribbed socks

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The refund will be made when your order is processed and packed, so you’ll pay the full amount when you check out then get a refund.

Happy shopping

Joy

Britsock Socks

September 2, 2014

The latest Edition of The Knitter magazine has some gorgeous socks made in our Britsock yarn.

Cuboid socks by Clare Devine

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Aren’t they stunning?

Clare also has a sock book available Sock Anatomy. Dissecting Socks: Heels and Toes (£9)

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This is a collection of nine patterns featuring different heels and toes and is a fantastic way to explore new sock knitting techniques while creating gorgeous mini socks. 
 
From July 2014 Clare will be adding adult sizes to this ebook. Initially they will be added as single patterns and will be available free of charge with the purchase of the ebook, once all nine adult patterns have been released they will become a new ebook. The first two patterns to are Tarsi-Grande and Brevis-Grande (July 2014). The next two patterns will be Bursa and Flexor (these will come out in September 2014)
 
Get the book here
 
Find out more at www.yarnandpointysticks.com
 

 


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