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Iona: Wool & Art

Iona: Wool & Art

"Warmed by the sun, blown by the wind..." are the opening words of an unfinished poem by F.C.B. Cadell, one of the four Scottish Colourists known for their bright, distinctive works. These early 20th Century Scottish artists which included S.J. Peploe, J.D. Ferguson & G.L. Hunter, though never an actual group at that time, individually visited and trained in France to continue learning their craft. Cadell returned to Scotland in 1908. I have always admired Edinburgh-born Cadell's work, visiting the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Artwhenever possible. So, when I came across the Iona Craft Shopwools at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival...

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Heritage Orchard

Heritage Orchard

Over the winter of 2011/12, my friend Fu of Bearford Yarns and East Coast Organicsplanted an organic orchard on her farm in East Lothian consisting of both heritage and modern varieties of apples, pears and plums. The heritage trees were included so that she could help preserve a number of lesser known British fruit varieties. When I visited the orchard in the summer of 2014 to admire her hard work planting over 1000 trees, I was amazed at the number of species I had never heard about! Supermarkets sell a very limited range of British fruit. Recently when I was...

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Argyll - A Pattern from the Seventies!

Ooooh the Seventies! Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon; glam rock; punk rock; and funk! Chic; Village People; the Bee Gees; and the Bay City Rollers! And then there were the films: The Godfather; The Deer Hunter; Star Wars; and Grease! What was on the telly? Pennies from Heaven; Dixon of Dock Green; and The Good Life. What were we wearing? Bell-bottoms; tabards; Night Fever suits; culottes; platform boots; and granny shoes! It was also the decade my family returned to the UK from Iran and settled in Scotland. I instantly fell in love with this stunningly beautiful,...

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iPad Mini / Samsung Tab Sleeve Pattern

I have finished my tablet sleeve patterns, Scots Pine and Scottish Wildflowers. These hand knit sleeves are suitable for an iPad Mini, Samsung Tab, or other similar sized device. I have used Jamieson's of Shetland Spindrift wool to knit the sleeves, firstly because I love this beautiful Shetland wool and secondly because it comes in 225 different shades! The colourwork pattern is worked in the round using DPNs or the magic loop technique. You would need 2 balls of your background colour and 1 ball for the colourwork section. In the photos below, I have used Sholmit/Natural White and Oxford for the...

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Scots Pine Design

One of my favourite trees is the Scots pine, botanically known as Pinus sylvestris. This native conifer can be found across Scotland, and in particular throughout Glen Affric to the west of Loch Ness in the Highlands. The photos below were taken over Easter 2013, on our last family holiday to Glen Affric. Our first family visit was in 1999, and we've returned on more than seven occasions!        When I came to design a new pattern for my bag fabric, the Scots pine immediately came to mind. Once I had drawn up a design using my knitter's graph paper...

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