The Jem Weston blog started in February 2014… that means I have written a blog every week for over six years and this is my 319th blog!
When I first started writing, I had just the blog, Pinterest and a Facebook page. Over the years my online business has grown to include Instagram, Twitter, an online shop, Ravelry and Love Knitting pattern shops, a monthly newsletter and a YouTube channel (which I don’t really use because I’m far too awkward on camera!).
My blog remains one of my favourite ways to share my love of creating and it makes me really happy that so many of you read it!
I’m thinking about doing a bit of streamlining – perhaps dropping Twitter as I’m not very active over there and possibly changing the regularity of my blogs and newsletters… but before I make any changes, I have compiled a survey and would love your feedback please!
Please click below to complete the survey. There are 8 questions regarding how you read my blog, what information and updates you like to see where and how often. It should only take a couple of minutes to complete – I really appreciate your time.
Thank you! x
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.
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
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!
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!
You can book your place with Black Sheep Wools here.
Hopefully see you there!
Introducing the new Pom Scarf pattern!
The Pom Scarf is a super simple asymmetrical garter stitch scarf with lovely chunky pom poms on each end. Using just the knit stitch and simple shaping – it’s suitable for a new knitter and perfect for those who want a nice simple knit for the festive period.
The Pom Scarf uses six balls of super soft Rooster Almerino DK: Five for the scarf and one ball for the pom poms. If you buy six balls or more of Almerino DK from my shop – you will receive a FREE printed copy of the Pom Scarf pattern!
You can choose from seven yummy shades and mix and match as much as you like – it would look fab stripy! If you order six balls I will pack the yarn in a nice box with your pattern, making it a lovely gift.
To make the scarf you will also need (not included) one pair of 4mm knitting needles and a 65mm pom pom maker.
If you have oddments of Rooster Almerino DK left over from your Moody Blanket and just want to purchase the pattern – you can download a PDF version via Ravelry below.
Pom Scarf pattern: £2.50 – buy now
It’s a slightly early blog this week because I know that some of you like to plan your shopping pre-Yarndale...
As well as Frank the Fox knit kits, you can also get your hands on my brand new Hexi Blanket pattern!
Rowan Summerlite DK has the most gorgeous colour palette and I enjoyed working on the Hexi Placemats for Cute Comfort Knits so much that the hexis just developed into a blanket.
I don’t know about you – but I love snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket… even during a heatwave. The Hexi Blanket is a great weight snuggly sofa blanket all year round or a lovely extra layer on the foot of your bed in colder months.
The pattern also has a smaller size which would be perfect as a baby blanket… and if you shop with me at Yarndale you can enter a giveaway to win an exclusive Small Hexi Blanket Knit Kit worth £62!
If you can’t make it to Yarndale or just prefer your patterns in a digital format – fear not! The Hexi Blanket will be available as a downloadable PDF shortly after Yarndale.
Introducing Frank the Fox!
Frank will be joining me at Yarndale where he will be launched as a kit including yarn and a printed pattern. He is knitted in my favourite Rowan Felted Tweed with a cosy Kid Classic scarf.
If you can’t make it to Yarndale this year – fear not! Frank kits will be available from my online shop shortly after the show.
I love exhibiting at Yarndale… I can’t wait to see you all and get fully immersed in lovely woolly Autumn vibes!