All about how I design and make knits...

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First of all, design...    Starting with thinking, sketching and a little research, followed by a long cycle of swatching, evaluating, tweaking, re-swatching, trying a full size piece, going back to the drawing board and doing it all again and again until it's right.

shade cards

shade cards

sunshine vivacious skein on stool

sunshine vivacious skein on stool

lalland blue enigma & coruisk on patio s

lalland blue enigma & coruisk on patio s

colliston yarn ornioco graffiti fvivacio

colliston yarn ornioco graffiti fvivacio

rainsbow of yarn vivacious WOW

rainsbow of yarn vivacious WOW

j c reniie stash on table

j c reniie stash on table

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20200917_195910

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18073681567234845

colliston yarns orinoco garffiti & unkno

colliston yarns orinoco garffiti & unkno

fyberspates on patio shade B&W

fyberspates on patio shade B&W

Next, selecting and winding yarn into cones

Knitting (hand-powered on my little domestic knitting machine), hand finishing and making

and adding embellishments

washing wool
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blocking mitts
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Washing and blocking to shape

You can see me hand washing using my trusty posser (my Grandma's, from the 1930s). I use eco-laundry products.

Blocking is the process of drying the knitted piece to shape- I've posted a tiny video of mitts drying on wooden glove blockers over the range.

Blocking is especially important (and time consuming) for lace, where I pin it out hard using, blocking wires and pins to open up the lace to reveal it's glory.