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Fair Isle Dog Jumper

I have quite a few hand knitted jumpers in my wardrobe. Sometimes, it's difficult to know which one to wear when I'm planning a walk with my dog, Badger. However, until today, poor Badger only had one black fleece from which to choose! After numerous comments from friends and family about the paucity of knitwear in Badger's wardrobe,  I decided to create for him the ultimate Fair Isle sweater! After researching dog patterns, I choose the beautiful Fetching Fair Isle pattern from "Dogs in Knits" by Judith L Swartz. After swatching the Jamieson & Smith 2-ply jumper weight Shetland wool,...

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Summer Landscape Bags

In November, I visited the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and their amazing exhibition of Modern Scottish Women.  I loved one of the paintings in particular which was by the artist, Joan Eardley.  Luckily, in the Gallery bookshop, they had a biography of her life and paintings (Pearson, 2007).  Joan Eardley (1921-1963) was born in England, and trained as an artist in London and at the Glasgow School of Art.  Her work encompassed both urban and rural Scotland.  Her incredible paintings inspired me to think about a new design for my knitted bags.  I started first with my colourwork book, then progressed to...

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Apple Sherbet Bags

Having visited the wonderful "Bernat Klein: A Life in Colour" exhibition at the Dovecot Studios on Infirmary Street in Edinburgh, I was inspired to use some brighter colours in my designs.  So, during a visit to Knit Rennie in Aberdeenshire in August, against my natural instinct, I purchased some rather bright neon colours: pink and green!       I then began to think about how I would use these new colours.  As my favourite fruit is the apple, and they are now being harvested, I decided to base my design on apples and more specifically, apple sherbet!  After sketching and working on my...

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Tessellation Pattern Bags

Having recently visited the exhibition on MC Escher at the Modern Art Gallery in Edinburgh in July, I became intrigued by tessellating patterns.  Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) produced some of the most fascinating, eye-fooling graphic art.  Born in the Netherlands, Escher originally went to train as an architect or craftsman, before transferring to studying graphic art.  Over the course of his career, he produced an amazing range of memorable art, demonstrating his outstanding technical skills to create woodcuts, linocuts, wood engravings, scratch drawings and lithographs. After a trip to the Callanish Standing Stones on Lewis, I decided to try and create a repeating pattern...

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Hebridean Holiday

Having always wanted to visit the Outer Hebrides, I was delighted finally to organise a trip around these islands. We started the adventure by crossing to Skye. The weather was wild but by the time we reached Dunvegan Castle, the sun had come out to shine. This seat of the Chief of the Clan MacLeod dates from the 14th century and dramatically perches on the edge of Loch Dunvegan. Woodland, walled, water and round gardens were well worth a visit. A very late lunch at the beautifully located Stein Inn followed.           The next stop was a visit to The Skye Shilasdair...

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