Summer Tie

I’ve been busy working away on a cardigan and beaded top for our wedding in August, but took a bit of time out to knit Beardie a tie to wear on the big day! And it was the perfect opportunity to re-work the Tweed Tie pattern in a cotton yarn.

Jem Weston | Summer Tie knitting pattern

I’ve been using Rowan Summerlite DK a lot recently and I love it! Using a DK on 2.75mm needles might sound like madness… but Summerlite is quite a fine DK and using it on small needles gives a great firm texture for a tie.

It’s a lovely weight so it drapes nicely and doesn’t flap about in the wind! The tight tension and sideways knitting will also help it to keep it’s shape and not grow over time.

The Summer Tie is available to download as a PDF pattern for £3.50 and also as kits in either Ocean or Rouge.

Summer Tie Knit Kit: £10shop now

Click below to buy the pattern via Ravelry

Summer Tie PDF pattern: £3.50buy now

Shop Update

New from the Jem Weston shop…

Hexi Coaster & Placemat Yarn Packs!

Including four lovely colourful shades of Rowan Summerlite DK, this pack includes enough yarn to make a set of four coasters and four placemats from Cute Comfort Knits.

Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston | Hexi Coasters & Placemats

Yarn pack only: £18 –shop now

Yarn pack and book: £29.99 – shop now

Also back in stock…

Pheasant Cushion Yarn Packs!

These keep flying out of stock – so catch one while you can!

Yarn pack only: £28 –shop now

Yarn pack and book: £39.99 – shop now

Farewell 2017

2017 has been such an exciting year for me – in August I launched my third book Cute Comfort Knits and the response has been amazing!

Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston

Like me – you seem to enjoy knitting small projects for the house and little toys for gifts or yourselves. Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of Cute Comfort Knits I really love seeing your finished projects over on Instagram!

Yarn packs and books are still available over on my shop, where you can also find copies of my second book The Knitted Nursery Collection and yarn packs for your favourite projects from there.

My highlights of 2017 were (as always) the yarn shows! It was my third year exhibiting at Yarndale and I love it a little bit more every year. I also exhibited at the first ever Nottingham Yarn Expo and really enjoyed having a show in my home town.

Thank you for all your support in 2017 and a very Happy New Year! x

 

Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much for all your support this year!

Thank you for reading my blog, following me on social media, buying from my shop, visiting me at Yarndale & Yarn Expo and joining me at workshops. You’re all brilliant!

And to say a big thank you I’m offering you 25% off all my Ravelry patterns for today and tomorrow only. Visit my pattern shop here and use the code “Merry25”.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas xx

2017: A Moody Year

After 48 weeks of knitting…I completed the final square of my Moody Blanket last Sunday!

A huge well done to everyone who stuck with it throughout the year – even if you just kept up with the colouring in. It’s been a long project and I hope you’ve found it as beneficial as I have.

The idea behind the Moody Blanket is to give yourself a bit of time to reflect each day on how you’ve felt, put your moods into the knitting and create a lovely cosy visual diary of your feelings. But it’s been so much more than that for me, and my blanket has inspired some big life changes.

Early on in the Moody Blanket knitting process I needed to add in a couple of moods to my list…and both were related to being busy. The first was “productive” which I added to the content/calm/satisfied list for those days when I’d been super busy but felt good because I’d achieved a lot.

The second mood was less positive – “overwhelmed” got added to my meh list for those days where I just couldn’t see the wood for the trees. The majority of my “meh” days were the result of feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. I also felt this way on many of my “fine” days – but managed to lift it to fine by reflecting on the day, putting things in perspective and eating lots of chocolate. Below is an overview of my year of moody knitting…

The number of days I felt overwhelmed was significantly higher during busy periods. 18% of my days in January through to April were teal and 21% in September through to December – compared to just 8% from May to August. I also had 24% happy days in May to August compared to 14% in January through to April and just 8% from September to December.

Weeks 1 to 16 (2nd January to 23rd April)

Weeks 17 to 32 (24th April to 13th Aug)

Weeks 33 to 48 (14th Aug to 3rd Dec)

I love stats!

Reflecting on your mood everyday for a year means you really get to know what affects your mood and you can take action to improve it. Between May and August I had a holiday and my workload lessened, giving me free weekends. It’s really noticeable when looking at my planner that I have a brighter band of colour running through the middle for this period of time and I knew I needed to make some changes in my life to be less busy and create more yellow days.

I read something this week over on The Minimalists website about scaling back and the fact that when you say yes to something you’re inadvertently saying no to something else. I’ve always found it difficult to say no to things and I’ve had so many fantastic opportunities over the last couple of years that I’m glad I’ve said yes to everything!

But however much I love everything I do – saying yes to every single work opportunity that comes my way means that I’m saying no to free time at weekends, no to seeing my friends and family, no to going for hikes in the country, no to lazy Sundays on the sofa and no to looking after myself. Eventually being too busy takes it’s toll.

So I’ve already started making some changes and have said “not now” to a few opportunities that have popped up (I still want to do everything…just not all at the same time!).

The biggest change that I have made is the decision to step down from my day-job with Rowan. I love working for Rowan – I love the yarns, the patterns, the lovely independent retailers I work with and my Rowan family, but I know this decision will give me the freedom to focus on my freelance work and free up my time outside of work.

I’m so excited about 2018! I’m not going to rush into things – I’m going to take the time to plan and make sure I don’t over-commit so that I can really enjoy exhibiting at yarn shows, teaching workshops and designing new patterns. It’s going to be great!

If you’ve been taking part in the Moody Blanket Knit-along I would love to see pics of your planners and of your finished blankets when they’re sewn up. I will be sharing a pattern for a knitted border early next year – or you could pick up and crochet or edge it with ribbon or fabric… I’d love to see what you do!

And just in case you missed the important news re the yarn:

*UPDATE* Rooster have now discontinued Almerino DK (November 2017) and the top-up packs are available while stocks last – so please ensure you have enough yarn to complete your blanket.

MOODY BLANKET TOP-UP PACK (5 BALLS): £30 – SHOP NOW

MOODY BLANKET TOP-UP PACK (10 BALLS): £59 – SHOP NOW

If you would like to knit yourself a Moody Blanket in 2018 – you can buy the pattern & planner and use a DK weight yarn of your choice.

MOODY BLANKET – PATTERN & PLANNER: £4 – BUY NOW

Happy knitting everyone x

Yarn Expo 2017

Last weekend was the first ever Nottingham Yarn Expo and it was so good to do a show in my home town! There were lots of local people – both stallholders and customers and I met so many lovely people. Thank you to everyone who came to say hello!

The open plan stands worked really well. I have to admit – I did panic when I found out there were no walls! But it made the space feel really open and I got to know my lovely stand neighbours.

The Pheasant Cushion from Cute Comfort Knits was the star of the show and Ollie Elephant from The Knitted Nursery Collection got a huge amount of cuddles! Both books and the accompanying yarn packs are available from my shop and would make lovely Christmas gifts!

I got in early on the Sunday so that I could have a mooch around before the show opened and there were so many gorgeous hand-dyed yarns. My favourite stand was Moel-Veiw Yarn. Gorgeous yarns, beautiful display – and the best project bag ever!

You’ll be pleased to hear that I was very well behaved and only treated myself to one skein of sock yarn (for my sockdrobe challenge next year) from my lovely stand neighbours Skein Queen.

Thank you Dad, Steph, Rich and Andrew for helping me get everything to and from the show and helping me to set-up x

Yarn Expo

I’m so excited to be exhibiting at Yarn Expo next weekend – the first yarn show in my home town of Nottingham!

I will be bringing copies of The Knitted Nursery Collection and my new book Cute Comfort Knits.

I will also have yarn packs for some of the most popular projects in The Knitted Nursery Collection

And yarn packs for some of your favourite projects in Cute Comfort Knits

Perfect for Christmas gifts or Christmas day knitting projects!

I will also have some old favourites, including kits for the Triangle Hat, Bobby Scarf & Hat, the Dice Cowl, Twinkly Beaded Collar and the Lazy Lace Cowl.

So make sure you get to me nice and early before I run out!

I’ve also done a big shop update, so if you can’t make it to Yarn Expo you can still join in with the shopping here.

While you’re in town – make sure you pop in to Knit Nottingham as well! Just a stones throw from the show.

See you there! x

 

Moody Blanket – the final countdown!

At the beginning of this year some of us embarked on a year long project – knitting the Moody Blanket.

I’ve had such a great response to the knit-along and have had lots of messages from people saying that taking that little bit of time out each day to reflect on their mood has had a positive effect on their well-being.

The large Moody Blanket is knitted across 48 weeks. So anyone who joined in on January 2nd will be finishing the knitting (or colouring in) on Sunday 3rd December – giving you a few weeks to get it sewn up before the end of the year. It’s so exciting piecing it together and seeing patterns emerging…it’s going to be so lovely and cosy!

I know that a lot of you have found the planner really helpful and are just taking your time with the knitting part. Taking on a 48 week project is huge so I’m really proud of all of us who have kept it up! Even if you’ve just kept up with the mood planner and the knitting is work in progress – well done 🙂

I’m looking forward to finishing and have decided to do a simple knitted border. I will share the pattern for the border with everyone who’s bought the pattern at the beginning of next year so look out for that!

If you didn’t join in with the Moody Blanket knit-along this year – it’s the perfect time to start thinking about it for next year! You can start whenever really – but I think it’s a nice project to start in January to beat the post-Christmas blues and look after yourself with some me-time.

Top-up packs of the yarn will be available for a while longer for those already working on the blanket.

Moody Blanket Top-up Pack (5 balls): £30 – shop now

Moody Blanket Top-up Pack (10 balls): £59 – shop now

When these run out – I will share a link to another stockist of the Almerino DK on my Moody Blanket page so that anyone who joined later or wants to start next year can get their yarn fix!

You can buy a downloadble PDF version of the pattern and planner individually by clicking the link below.

Moody Blanket Pattern & Planner: £4 – Buy now

Happy Knitting x

Yarndale 2017

I had such a wonderful time at Yarndale!

Thank you so much to everyone who came to see us and bought a copies of Cute Comfort Knits, The Knitted Nursery Collection, knit kits and yarn packs. I absolutely loved meeting you all and your support and kind words mean so much to me x

Yarndale 2017_Jem Weston

The Deer cushion pretty much sold out on the first day! But don’t worry – I will be creating more yarn packs for Nottingham Yarn Expo. Haggis Hedgehog & Family also got a lot of love and you can now snap up a yarn pack over on my shop (they’d make great stocking fillers…).

It was lovely chatting with everyone about the Moody Blanket Knit-along! You can read more about it and buy the pattern here, and top-up packs of the yarn are available from my shop here.

I was chuffed with my new hand engraved logo! It’s a bit off-centre and not perfect, but I enjoyed doing a bit of woodwork and I’m now pondering what else I can engrave before giving Dad his Dremel back!

And of course – seeing a coach load of lovely people from Nottingham is always one of the highlights of the show! Everyone was on-brand with their marvellous Knit Nottingham bags designed by the fabulous Nettynot.

A huge thank you to Rosie & Steph for helping me at the show and being wonderful company!