So, I don't really do awards. I never win things, though admittedly I never enter things, either. 

You may remember that I was nominated for designer of the year (knit) in the British Craft Awards? Well... I won. I didn't go to the event as it was a long way to travel and all non-urgent travel is cancelled for the time being and I honestly did not expect to win being the outsider indie and all that.

I really don't know how to process this at all, but I know the important thing is to say thank you for all your support and votes! A video is also good practice at taking myself out of my comfort zone, and it's all fine as long as I don't have to watch it.

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Yup, it's been quiet around here. The blog posts I wanted to share of our trip to India never happened as the blogging app went wonky. Coming back I was pretty poorly with jetlag and tracheitis (seems my sulphite allergy has changed and now it gives me trouble breathing. Joy). And then I needed to dive head-first into writing all the handouts for the brand new workshops I'll be teaching at Edinburgh Yarn festival and Woollinn.

I'm coming out of the other side of this now (although still coughing) and I'm not quite sure where I am... it feels like I've lost a few months in time but the snow today is telling me otherwise. I'm learning to sleep properly again and eat properly again (yey for adjusting to another new diet) and I really can't wait for winter to bugger off. My right shoulder is improving but my left shoulder is now deteriorating rapidly and I'm learning to manage all that all over again, too.

And there, I've broken the ice.

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Erm, yes, I'm totally going to brag! I've been nominated for the Best Designer award in the Knitting category.

 
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And I'm not just here to brag.... I'm gonna ask if you'll kindly go and vote for me?

Simply pop over to the British Craft Awards website, click on through to the Knitting category, and go from there. You can also click through from the image below. You'll want to do it before mid-December to ensure your vote counts. You don't need to be a British resident to enter, and there are Amazon vouchers up for grabs (bribery always helps, yes?)

 
 

Thank you!

There are some great folks who've been nominated - Stitchmastery for best product, Knit British for best blog, Baa ram Ewe for best yarn brand (hint, hint) and more. 

(I won't mention that I don't think I stand a chance against the big Rowan names but hey, I just might, right?)

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With the workshop sign-ups opening very shortly, I though I'd give you a quick run down of what I'll be teaching? I'm excited to be going back again - it's an incredible well organised event, with so much to do and see (possibly too much?!) and I can't wait to see everyone again.

 
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My classes include An Introduction to Short Row Colourwork (ala Elemental!), An Intoduction to Kitchener Stitch (sensing a theme here?), Advanced Kitchener Stitch (you know you want to) and Hat Design, where we'll design our own custom fit beanie (with or without slouch). This latter class is similar to my Hat Design Masterclass, but as it's only 3hrs instead of 6hrs, we'll focus on specific shapes and structures to ensure everyone achieves a Hat.

And you can find all of my classes on the EYF website!

For the last few years, I've provided professionally printed and edited workshop booklets, so you have something comprehensive to work from and a nice souvenir from the class. I'm a bit shameless showing off about these, so forgive me ;)

 
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A few months ago Marcin of Martin's Lab Yarns got in touch to ask if I'd be willing to contribute a design to a new book he was curating. It was just at the point where I'd decided to say no to all commissions going forward, but fortunately I had a design already mapped out that suited the yarn, and with a bit of arm twisting I was in.

The collection is called Stillness, and is launching this weekend at Yarndale. Fret not if you can't get there - they ship worldwide and will be catching up on orders after the show.

 
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The Hat is designed for squishy Aran weight yarn, and is perfect for showcasing hand-dyed yarns. Throw in 2 buttons, a bit of sideways knitting and a classic texture and you have yourself a very gratifying Hat.

As I know you'll ask, the rights revert back to me later in December. Martin's Lab are only selling the book in print, so if you'd prefer digital you'll need to wait a little longer. If you like your print books though, especially ones with beautiful photography and layout, you may want to check out the other fab designs (and designers - there's quite the line up!) then place yourself an order.

 
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Indeedy! I've been promising the collection will be available during the first week of September, and I can now confirm that Elemental will be published on 4th September (which I believe is Labour Day in the US)

The eBook is now ready, and my next task is getting the print edition ready to go. 

To whet your appetite, here's a look at the back cover! Zabet has again done such a fantastic job of the graphics and it pleases me no end that the layout takes a break from the norm.

 
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As I hope you've now come to expect, there's a whole bunch of tutorials in this book, including the new tutorial for grafting across a colour change (if you handled grafting slipped stitches you'll find this a total doddle).

It's really not long to go now until this special project goes live and I can't wait for you to see it! The response online, especially on Instagram, to these Hats has been overwhelming at times (in a good way) and I'm so hoping the book doesn't disappoint...

If you're a newsletter subscriber then keep an eye on your inbox this monday, and if you're not a subscriber, why not?!

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