The Jem Weston online shop has re-opened!
You might have seen me re-launch the shop over on the virtual Yorkshire Yarn Fest last Saturday… my video is still on their page if you want to hop over for a watch. I had a couple of technical issues so apologies for the blurryness!
On the shop – I have copies of Cosy Alpaca Knits and yarn packs to knit the Alpaca Pillow, Tassel Pillow, Audrey Alpaca & Colin Cria, the Tassel Wall Hanging and Tassel Socks.
I should hopefully also have yarn packs for the Cosy Alpaca Blanket back in soon… I’m just waiting on the turquoise. Let me know if you want me to reserve a pack for you when I receive the yarn.
I also have some Cute Comfort Knits yarn packs – and don’t forget that all of those patterns are now available individually and as an Ebook from both my Ravelry and Love Knitting pattern shops.
I’ve got limited stock of The Knitted Nursery Collection left and won’t be stocking up again once they’re all sold… just a little warning!
In order to keep contact/risk low, I will be limiting my post office trips to once a week (on Tuesdays) for the time being, so apologies in advance for any delays.
All overseas orders will be posted using the Royal Mail Tracked service and you will receive a tracking number once your order is dispatched. All UK orders are still being sent via Royal Mail 1st Class – but if you want to upgrade to special delivery please just contact me for a quote.
Thank you so much to everyone who has continued to buy patterns while my online shop has been temporarily closed – I really appreciate your support!
Happy shopping x
Since making the decision a couple of weeks ago to temporarily close my online shop while we are in lock-down – I have received a number of queries regarding how to get hold of copies of Cosy Alpaca Knits.
You can buy my books and yarns to knit the projects from Rowan stockists – many of whom are still open online or taking orders via phone/email, so please continue to support them if you’re able to.
If you don’t have a local Rowan stockist or they have had to close for orders during the lock-down, I have listed a few below who are still open for orders…
Black Sheep Wools, Culcheth
Ewe Wool Shop, Stamford
Ippikin, Much Wenlock
Additionally… from today onwards you will temporarily be able to buy an Ebook version of Cosy Alpaca Knits from my Ravelry store!
Cosy Alpaca Knits Ebook – £11.99 buy now
Once the lock-down is lifted and my online shop is re-opened I will return to selling physical copies of Cosy Alpaca Knits and the digital version will no longer be available.
I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend! Stay home and stay safe x
The Cosy Cardigan in Cosy Alpaca Knits is my first self-published garment pattern and I decided to keep it simple with just two sizes – Small: measuring approx. 130cm (51 1/4in) bust and Large: measuring approx 150cm (59in) bust.
A friend pointed out to me that if someone with a large bust wanted to knit the Cosy Cardigan, they wouldn’t have the same amount of ease as someone with a smaller bust. She’s absolutely right and I really should have allowed for a generous ease on a larger size.
The cardigan is designed to be worn with between 25cm (10in) and 50cm (19 3/4in) ease – depending on how relaxed you want the fit to be. Therefore the Small would work for an 80cm (31 1/2in) bust to a 105cm (41in) bust and the Large for a 100cm (39 1/2in) to 125cm (49 1/4in) bust… so not really that generous.
This is a total oversight on my part and huge apologies to anyone who felt excluded by the sizing in the pattern. I have been working on two new sizes for the Cosy Cardigan and any garments I design in the future will be made to fit up to at least a 152cm (60in) bust, with ease on top of that.
The new sizes will be included in any future reprints of Cosy Alpaca Knits and I will also be changing the sizes to letters. Small will become Size A, Large will become Size B and I will be adding in Sizes C & D.
Size C will measure approx. 170cm (67in) actual bust – to fit from 120cm (47 1/4in) to 145cm (57in) bust.
Size D will measure approx. 190cm (74 3/4in) actual bust – to fit from 140cm (55in) to 165cm (65in) bust.
Sizes C & D will also be slightly longer from collar to hem with a slightly deeper sleeve.
I’m afraid there isn’t a simple addendum that I can share here as I’m fully incorporating the new sizes into the pattern, but if you own a copy of Cosy Alpaca Knits and would like details of the new sizes – please get in touch via my contact page.
Thank you everyone who popped by to see me at The Knitting and Stitching Show last week! It was lovely to meet you all and so nice to spend time with my Rowan family.
The Cosy Cardigan from Cosy Alpaca Knits was getting a lot of love! Particularly the Felted Tweed version that I was wearing at the show. The yarn usage is different to the Moordale (which is used in the book) so please see below for the quantities if you want to substitute.
Cosy Cardigan – Rowan Felted Tweed version
Yarn A: Seafarer 170 x2 (small & large) 50g ball
Yarn B: Granite 191 x1 (small & large) 50g ball
Yarn C: Turquise 202 x8 (small) x9 (large) 50g ball
The Moordale and Felted Tweed drape quite differently. The Moordale is quite weighty – so that combined with the folded hem give the cardigan a heavy drape. Felted Tweed is lighter and therefore less drapey which gives the finished cardigan a more boxy look.
I personally just want to knit everything in this turquoise shade of Felted Tweed so I couldn’t resist!
Yarn provided by Rowan.
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!
I’ve been busy getting ready for Yarndale and I know some of you are as well. I hope your pre-Yarndale knitting is going better than mine… I might be wearing half a cardigan!
From now until Wednesday at 2pm, you can order any of my books to be collected at Yarndale. To remove the postage cost simply enter the code YARNDALE19 at the checkout and I will have it ready for you at the show.
Don’t forget to let me know in the ‘notes’ section if you would like the book to be signed to yourself or someone in particular.
This year I have a double stand – so hopefully you’ll all fit on! You can find me at H109 which is almost directly opposite where we’ve been for the last few years so you should be able to find me easily.
I will be announcing a little Yarndale giveaway in my newsletter this week so make sure you’re signed up!
Exciting news! Over the next week I will be launching a selection of yarn packs for Cosy Alpaca Knits projects.
These project yarn packs are a great way to save waste (and money) on projects where you don’t need full balls of each shade… and they also make lovely gifts!
They will be available to buy with a copy of Cosy Alpaca Knits or can be purchased on their own if you already have the book and just want the yummy yarn.
Hop over to my shop to see more details of the new yarn packs!
The Cosy Cardigan and Cosy Alpaca Blanket yarn packs will be available on a made-to-order basis so please get in touch if you’re interested in ordering either of these and would like more details.
I will send out a newsletter when the yarn packs are ready to go… and there will be a little treat for newsletter followers placing order – so make sure you’re signed up!
A few of you have been asking whether I will have copies of Cosy Alpaca Knits at Yarndale… yes I will! And there are a few other places where you will be able to see and squish all the samples…
You can also join me for Afternoon Tea at Black Sheep Wools on 19th Sepember. There will be tea, cake and I’ve prepared an exclusive little coaster pattern based on the Rag Rug from Cosy Alpaca Knits for you. I can’t wait!
I’ll be starting October with a Cosy Alpaca Knits party at Yarn O’clock in Mold on Wednesday 2nd. I will be there with Audrey Alpaca, Colin Cria and all the other knitted samples from 4.30pm to 7pm. Books and yarn will be available to buy and I will be doing some little demonstrations of the tassels and tufts used in the book. Come and say hello!
Also in October – I will be teaching an updated version of my Professional Finishing Techniques workshop at Ewe Wool Shop in Stamford. And I’ll be bringing the Cosy Alpaca Knits along to keep me company!
In November I will be teaching my new Cosy Alpaca Knits Colour Workshop at Black Sheep Wools on Saturday 9th. We will be making a mini-cushion/microwavable hand-warmer, giving you a taster of both fair-isle and intarsia techniques.
This is followed by Nottingham Yarn Expo on Sunday 17th where I will be selling books, kits, yarn packs and patterns.
Hop over to my events page for more details on any of the above. Hopefully I’ll see you soon!
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments about Cosy Alpaca Knits! It’s always strange releasing a new book into the wild after months of planning, designing and knitting in secret… I’m so happy you like it!
I thought I’d share a few images on here as well for those of you who don’t do the social media thing…
Thank you as well for all the pre-orders! If you placed your order before Friday 26th (or Tuesday 30th if you’re in the UK) I will aim to get these to you for the launch date on 1st August (or as close to this as possible).
What are you planning to knit?… Don’t forget to use #cosyalpacaknits on Instagram!
Cosy Alpaca Knits: £11.99 – shop now