family, knitting


6 weeks since I last blogged. I think that may be a record. Things have been crazy busy round here but it is finally half-term. Phew. I’ve barely touched any of my WIPs for months now and with all the craziness my frazzled brain has been fit for garter stitch only. I was all for knitting scarf after scarf but Lily came to my rescue with a nifty little variation. This is Kentmere.


It looks quite innocent there doesn’t it – all simple garter stitchy-ness. The twist comes at the end… quite literally. She certainly had fun trying to write up the pattern.


The pattern gives instructions for 2 versions – nice plain garter for therapeutic TV knitting and another version in a textured stitch pattern. I knit the garter sample of course and Lily did the patterned one.

Garter stitch version shown in Fyberspates Scrumptious in DK/Worsted in the Water colourway.


Next is a DK version shown in Juno Fibre Arts Sirius DK. You can’t tell from the photographs but this yarn has a sparkly thread running through it.


If you’d like a chance to knit Kentmere for free just leave a comment before midnight GMT on 26th October. Lily will be picking 3 commenters at random to recieve a free copy. 🙂


And talking of free Lily Kate patterns, if you’re the lucky owner of an iPhone, iPad or and iPod Touch then you can grab a free copy of Issue 35 of The Knitter.  Newsstand, the app that organises your magazine subscriptions is offering this issue free for a limited time only.  The magazine features a Sarah Hatton design, Lily’s Langdale sweater and loads of other patterns.

Whilst we’re on the subject of magazines, have you seen this one?

Issue 1 was out just last week and early signs show it’s been super well-recieved.  I have a personal interest in this one as lots of the photography is mine – including the cover!  🙂  It’s just one of the things keeping me so busy.  If accessories and other small items in luxury yarns are your thing then grab yourself a copy.  Issue 1 features a gorgeous lace shawl, a lacy beanie/mitten set, 2 cowls and much, much more. 

Well done to the rest of the team at Practical Publishing – from concept to first issue in 6 months is pretty impressive I think you’ll agree! 



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