Jem on tour!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks!

I’ve really enjoyed catching up with knitters who I’ve met before at workshops, shows and events and it’s been super lovely to meet some new people who have just discovered my patterns or are new to knitting.

A special bleat out to everyone who has brought along their knits from my patterns to events over the last couple of weeks! I love seeing your creations and how things look in different yarns/shades. I often forget to take photos so feel free to give me a nudge!

The busy season kicked off with afternoon tea at Black Sheep Wools. I had a lovely time and you can watch my pre-cake chat with Sara below. Apologies if you can’t hear me very well – there was some background noise and I’m a bit quieter than Sara (no offence Sara!).

Details of my green top here.

And then it was Yarndale! We had a bigger stand this year which gave us room to dance and also meant the slightly leaky roof wasn’t a problem because I could keep things away from the drips. Thank you everyone who came to say hello – I hope you’re enjoying your kits, yarn packs and books!

If you missed out on the Hexi Blanket pattern – you can click below to purchase via Ravelry.

Hexi Blanket Pattern: £3.50 – buy now

This week I took the Cosy Alpaca Knits over to Wales for a little book party at Yarn O’clock in Mold. A lovely customer brought along her beautiful Deer Cushion, Haggis Hedgehog and Smudge the Cat to show me – all knitted from Cute Comfort Knits.

I love Smudge as a ginger tom cat! And Haggis works perfectly as a pin cushion. All of the Cute Comfort Knits patterns are now also available individually on my Ravelry and Love Knitting shops.

Looking forward to seeing more of you at events and workshops over the next few weeks!

Afternoon Tea at Black Sheep Wools

Who fancies joining me for afternoon tea at Black Sheep Wools?

On Thursday 19th September I will be bringing along all the samples from my new book (launching in  August) for a relaxed afternoon of knitting and chatting. I’d love to see things that you’ve made from my patterns so please feel free to bring them for show and tell!

Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston | Hexi Coasters & Placemats

I love September with it’s early Autumn/back to school vibes – I always want to buy new stationary and plan new projects! So it’s the perfect time for knit-in.

We will work on an exclusive mini-project based on a pattern from my new book – so don’t forget your needles!

Snuggle Socks from Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston

You can book your place with Black Sheep Wools here.

Hopefully see you there!

 

Yarn Shop Day 2019

It’s nearly Yarn Shop Day and there’s a huge number of shops taking part – including Knit Nottingham where I suspect plans might include party food and booze!

I’ll be missing out on the local Yarn Shop Day action though because I’ll be at Black Sheep Wools in Culcheth. It’s been a while since my last visit so I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone – come and say hello!

Rowan @ Black Sheep Wools

There will be lots happening on the day. Emma Varnam will be holding amigurumi drop-in sessions and sharing her top tips on crocheting characters and Cathy Wright will be running spinning wheel demonstrations throughout the day.

I will be running mini finishing classes including shaping, mattress stitch and picking up stitches – followed by a sewing-up drop-in clinic from 2:30pm until 3:30pm… bring your sewing-up queries and form an orderly queue!

Knitting & Roses - Jem Weston blog

For more information on times and what you need to bring along – visit the Black Sheep blog here.

What are your Yarn Shop Day plans?

2019 Events

I’m very happy to announce the first couple of events I have planned for 2019!

On 27th April you will find me celebrating Yarn Shop Day with the lovely people at Black Sheep Wools. Feel free to pop along to one of drop-in finishing technique classes – you can find more details on my events page here.

I’m really exited to say that I will be exhibiting at Woolfest again this year!

Rosie and I had a fab time back in 2016 and Beardie is looking forward to being my glamorous assistant this time. I love the Lake District and we’re planning to make a long weekend of it – so if you have any recommendations for good walks in the Cockermouth area please let me know.

I’m mostly looking forward to seeing all the lovely sheep!

I will hopefully be booking in more shows and a few workshops for Autumn/Winter – so keep your eye on my events page.

Hopefully I’ll see you soon!

Cute Comfort Knits – Tour Dates!

I will be hitting the road over the next few months and doing a mini tour with the samples from Cute Comfort Knits. Come and say hello!…It’s a great excuse to visit some lovely yarn shops and shows.


While I teach a “Learn to Knit” workshop (sold out – sorry!), the samples will be in the shop and available for squishing! Bibelot will also have some Cute Comfort Knits kits available to buy.

Weds 16th Aug, 1pm to 4pm – Bibelot, Leek.


Ewe Wool Shop will be having a Cute Comfort Knits party with all of the samples and me! We will also have some of the samples from The Knitted Nursery Collection and new Rowan yarns for you to try out!

For more information contact Ewe Wool Shop.

Ewe Wool Shop, Stamford, Thurs 24th Aug, 5pm to 7pm


Yarn O'Clock

Yarn O’Clock will be having a Cute Comfort Knits party with all of the samples and me! We will also have some of the samples from The Knitted Nursery Collection and new Rowan yarns for you to try out.

For more information contact Yarn O’clock.

Weds 30th Aug, 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Yarn O’clock, Mold


Rowan @ Black Sheep Wools

Join me at Black Sheep for a book party!

I will be in the new Rowan area with all the samples from Cute Comfort Knits and hopefully wearing a party hat.

For more information contact Black Sheep.

Tues 5th Sept, 11am to 3pm – Black Sheep, Culcheth


I will be bringing the Cute Comfort Knits samples along with me to the knit group at Natural Knitter Wool Shop. Come and say hello!

Thurs 7th Sept, 5pm – Natural Knitter Wool Shop, Northallerton


I will be bringing the Cute Comfort Knits samples along with me to the knit group at Yarn in Beeston. Come and say hello!

Thurs 14th Sept, 5pm to 7pm – Yarn, Beeston.


I will have a stand at Yarndale selling brand new Cute Comfort Knits kits, alongside The Knitted Nursery Collection and all my other patterns and kits. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Sat 23rd & Sun 24th Sept – Yarndale, Skipton


Join me at M&G Designs to see all the Cute Comfort Knits samples and and try out the newest Rowan yarns!

For more information contact Marcia and Gary.

Thurs 2nd November, 1pm to 4pm – M&G Designs, Louth


Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston

The Cute Comfort Knits samples will be on the Rowan stand at Knitting & Stitching for the whole show – and I will be joining them on Fri 13th and Sat 14th (part-timer) – come and say hello!

Weds 11th to Sun 15th Oct – Knitting & Stitching show, Alexandra Palace


Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston | Hexi Coasters & PlacematsI’m very excited to be part of the very first Yarn Expo show which is taking place in my home town of Nottingham. I will be selling Cute Comfort Knits kits, alongside The Knitted Nursery Collection and all my other patterns and kits. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Sat 11th & Sun 12th Nov – Yarn Expo, Nottingham


Signed copies of Cute Comfort Knits are now available to order from my shop!

Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston

 

Kaffe Colour

I had a wonderfully busy and colourful few days at Black Sheep Wools last week where they were hosting workshops and a lecture with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably.

It started off on Thursday with a patchwork workshop where everyone planned out their quilts on Kaffe’s flannel grid-wall. The fabric clings to it so you can move things around and play about before doing any sewing. It’s like grown up fuzzy felt!

We had all the lovely new limited edition shades of Handknit Cotton chosen by Kaffe. You can see more and download the patterns here.

On the Thursday evening Black Sheep hosted an inspirational Kaffe colour lecture which included many wonderful images of Kaffes inspiration, knitting design, paintings, needlepoint and more!

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We had some classic garments on display from the Kaffe archive, including the beautiful Holly from Rowan Magazine 50. Who else wants to knit this and hang out near some beautiful Acers?!