Competition Time!

The lovely Laura of Fiber Dreams has designed two gorgeous new patterns using Posh Yarn. The patterns are for socks and mitts, and feature a pretty twisted stitch design. The patterns were worked up in Elinor & Jeannie, and the tight ply of these two yarns really helps the twisted stitches to pop. Here are some photos of the two designs:

Laura is looking for names for these patterns, two separate names, but that are linked to each other, or play off each other. She’s offering a free pattern as a prize, so get your thinking caps on! The patterns will be available soon, and we’ll try to coordinate with Laura so that we have a good selection of solid colourways in Elinor and Jeannie, suitable for the pattern. Maybe we’ll have a knitalong on the Posh Knitters Ravelry group – I know I definitely want to knit a pair of these socks!!!

So, what names would you give them?

June Cashmere Club

The June Cashmere Club parcel go out today!!! Normally I would tell you the name of the colourway, but I can’t this time because the name gives it away, and I know some of you like the surprise element. So I’ll just say that the name that inspired this colourway is my idea of heaven on earth. Especially at this time of year!! I’ll say no more.

The yarn is Eva 2ply, and you will receive the 2 skeins twisted up to look like one skein, as usual. The colourway is a solid, with some natural shade variation.

Here are some pattern ideas that I’ve found:

I hope you like it!

April Cashmere Club

Is it just me, or did that winter zip by?!? Spring is now officially here, and the gardens are waking up and blossoming. One of my favourite Spring flowers inspired April’s Cashmere Club colourway. I won’t give too much away, because I know that lots of you love to have a surprise. But I’ve called this colourway “Tulip Time”, because I think it perfectly captures the prettiness of these flowers. The yarn is Eva 4ply, and as before, we dyed the yarn and twisted it into double skeins, so your two 55g skeins are twisted into 1 big one, to try to ensure that the skeins match well. So don’t worry if you open your parcel and see only 1 skein!

Here are some of the patterns I think would work really well with April’s yarn:

The yarn is being sent out today, so it should be with you very soon! I hope you love it, and that it brings Springtime to you, wherever you are.

Mitten Pattern, and Change

Do you remember the Winter Cottage mittens? I’ve just made the pattern available to everyone, and it’s free! The Ravelry link is here, and the pattern is here.

On a completely unrelated topic, I don’t know about you, but I don’t like change. I mean, I really don’t like it. I resist it with every fibre of my being. Old, goooood. New, baddddd. It drives Tony crazy. He is one of those people who embrace change, actively seek it out. he is constantly looking for newer, better ways to do things, innovations, adjustments, inventions. While he creates the new, I cling tearfully to the old.

As an example, my laptop has been on its last croak for about a year now. When your entire life is dependent on the Internet, a reliable, fast computer is essential. So, about 7 months ago, we went out and bought a new laptop. You may have heard me mention it. It was new and shiny and superbly fast. I loved it. And so, I couldn’t bring myself to use it. I used it only for the yarn photographs, using the old laptop for everything else. I had to tread on eggshells with it, especially on the Sunday updates, when everything moves fast and I have to have several programmes running. My poor old laptop could barely cope with Internet Explorer, let alone a whole bunch of programmes. And, to add insult to injury, it went through charger cables at about one every 3 months, for some reason.

So last weekend, I came to a momentous decision. After months of Tony nagging me to use the new laptop, and rolling his eyes at me every time I complained about the old laptop’s slowness and habit of freezing and crashing at the worst possible moments. I would make the change over.

Don’t tell Tony this, but why did I wait so long??? It’s bliss working on the new laptop (even though the shortcut keys are all in different places, which is still throwing me off).

Maybe change isn’t so bad after all.