Early 2020 Workshops

I’m doing a few workshops throughout February and March… I’d love to see you there!

I will be teaching my Professional Finishing Techniques Workshop at both Ippikin and Black Sheep Wools in February. We will cover lots of techniques you can use to give your garment a professional finish – all whilst knitting a little cardigan for Smidge the Cat!

Anyone coming along to my Professional Finishing workshop will receive a free copy of the Smidge the Cat pattern.

I will also be teaching my new Cosy Alpaca Knits Colour Workshop at Ewe Wool Shop in March. If you fancy knitting one of the colourwork projects from Cosy Alpaca Knits but need some help with your fair-isle and/or intarsia knitting, then this is the perfect workshop for you.

You will get a taster of both fair-isle and intarsia with lots of handy tips throughout the day. We will be making a mini cushion, which can be used as a lavender pillow or filled with seeds or oats to use as a microwaveable hottie cushion to keep your hands warm!

Hop over to my events page for more details or to book your place.

Cosy Alpaca Knits Book Tour!

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.

Cosy Alpaca Blanket from Cosy Alpaca Knits by Jem Weston

Hop over to my events page for more details on any of the above. Hopefully I’ll see you soon!

The Gardens of The Rose

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What a wonderful week it’s been! Full of knitting, crochet, cream teas and roses.

On Monday I attended a fabulous Rowan event at The Gardens of the Rose, with an inspirational talk by Kaffe Fassett and fashion show featuring some of his amazing designs for Rowan. Followed by a fashion show featuring lovely garments from the brand new Rowan Mag 60.

Kaffe planted a Rowan tree in the gardens to mark the occasion and we also had them available buy – I wish I had space in my little garden for a Rowan tree! I was very pleased to happen across a ‘Kaffe Fasset’ rose whilst wandering around the gardens – it’s the most beautiful shade of purply pink and smelt amazing. I’m pretty sure I could find space for one of those.

If you read my blog regularly, you probably know that I love gardening! So craft week at The Gardens of the Rose was pretty much heaven for me. On Tuesday I assisted the lovely Emma Osmond on her Learn to Crochet class, whilst Dee Hardwicke taught a workshop based on her new book A Story in Yarn. And on Wednesday I helped a lovely group of ladies Learn to Love Making up, whilst knitting some little flock birds from my book The Knitted Nursery Collection. We also had the talented Jane Crowfoot teaching crochet flowers and of course this was all interspersed with cream teas and pootling around the gardens in the sunshine!

The Gardens of the Rose really is the loveliest venue – so make sure you keep an eye on their website for future events and hopefully I’ll be teaching there again later this year.

I hope you had a lovely sunny week wherever you are! x

Workshops, Shows & Events!

FlockWallHangingI was very excited this week to find out that I’ve been accepted for Yarndale again! It was so good last year to meet people who I know from the world of social media, and to see the familiar faces of people I’ve met at workshops, shows and events over the years.

The world of knitting is hugely sociable and I love teaching workshops and going to shows where I can see all your lovely faces! I’ve got lots of exciting things planned over the next few months so I’m hoping to see some of you soon.

Flutterbies & Flutterby CushionIn May I will be attending the Frank & Olive Crochet Retreat as a guest tutor.

I met Ruby from Frank & Olive at Yarndale last year, where she was rather taken with the bright colours used in The Knitted Nursery Collection! Ruby creates colourful crochet patterns and ready to buy items as well as running the crochet retreat.

If you’re coming along – we will be making Flutterbies, and I’m also planning a beginners project for anyone who’s never picked up the needles.

In June I will be at Woolfest for the first time!

I will have copies of The Knitted Nursery Collection and some new kits in stock. I will also have the popular pink colourway of my Dice Cowl kit back in stock on my shop and at Woolfest!

I don’t have any big plans for July – maybe a bit of gardening!

Flock Wall HangingIn August I will be teaching a workshop at The Gardens of The Rose in St Albans.

There will be a whole craft week with various tutors including Erika Knight – so I will be in good company!

On my workshop we will cover sewing up and shaping techniques whilst knitting a little ‘Flock’ bird from The Knitted Nursery Collection.

If you’re interested in booking – just keep an eye on the website and more info will come soon.

And then in September I will be at Yarndale again! I will be selling my books and kits, and I will also be launching an exciting new knit-along for 2017!

I’m in the early planning stages of this at the moment, but I’m really excited about it. The KAL will start on Mon 2nd Jan 2017 and run throughout the year. Yarndale weekend will be your first chance to sign up for the KAL and order a starter pack, which you will receive in December. Don’t worry if you’re not at Yarndale this year – The starter packs and patterns will also be available via my website.

I hope you’ve all got exciting plans in your diary?

Time flies!

The first of July will mark one full year since I gave up the day job!

It was such a big and scary decision to make, but I got into the swing of it pretty quickly. As soon as I started working for Coats and Rowan in 2008, I was in charge of my own schedule and I knew straight away that being my own boss would suit me very nicely. It’s been over seven years since I worked in a full time job with set hours, and although I do sometimes miss the structure of having a job that I can leave at work – I really love what I do.

I spent most of the first six months getting organised: preparing workshops and booking dates, planning designs, setting up my workroom and having a bit of a rest. The last six months have been more of a challenge for my time management and self motivation, with lots of workshops and design work. It’s been great!

 

Heading into summer, it’s a bit quieter on the workshop front – and with my big design deadlines met, I’m planning to do a bit of catching up! I’ve got the red pen out for final checks of my new book The Knitted Nursery Collection, I’m updating my workshop subjects ready for autumn/winter, making plans for my stand at Yarndale and most importantly – catching up on some gardening and selfish knitting!

I can’t wait for the next year of adventures in self-employment!

 

Kirstie’s Handmade Fair

Last weekend I was lucky enough to work in the Coats tent at the first ever Handmade Fair at Hampton Court. It was a beautiful setting and a really fun weekend- if a little tiring!

Our tent hosted up to 100 people for half hour/ hour long taster workshops. We had a wonderful group of tutors and designers on the stage, including Sarah Hatton, Jane Crowfoot, Stuart Hillard, Mr X stitch and Sharon Brant. I was part of the team of ‘knitting fairies’ making sure everyone was okay and giving one to one help where needed. Teaching a tent of 100 people to crochet in an hour requires extra help!

There was a lovely atmosphere at the show and you could really tell that all the exhibitors had been hand-picked. My favourites included Lou Brown Deigns, Toft Alpaca and Sew Over It.

I can’t wait for next year!