classes, shop update and newsletter

Just a wee heads-up that I have a few classes coming up, as well as a shop update!

I’m back teaching at two of my favourite knitting shops again this month:
 
Sunday April 3: Finishing and Introduction to Lace at Ginger Twist Studio, Edinburgh
Saturday April 23: Portuguese knitting at Queen of Purls, Glasgow

I’m also really excited to start preparing for this year’s natural dye workshops at the Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanics! The first couple of classes on Sunday May 1 and June 19 will be full-day introductions to natural dyeing and will cover the essential practical and theoretical aspects of extracting colour from plants and applying it to fibres. Later in the summer, I hope to hold more advanced classes for those keen to delve deeper into the dyepots… You can find details and book through the shop.

Tweed pouch

Tweed pouch

Shetland Pine Cowl

Shetland Pine Cowl

Tweed pouch

Tweed pouch

A good handful of pouches and cowls will be up for grabs from 10am Glasgow time on Sunday April 3.

Alongside these regulars will be a small number of craft journals that were a collaborative project between Emily K. Williams of Flutterby Knits; after taking a class in bookbinding at last year’s Shetland Wool Week, my Shetland room-mate Emily approached me with the idea of combining skills and making a knit-covered journal for craft project notes and planning. An exclusive for Edinburgh Yarn Festival, these few are the last left of a lovely joint project!

Also launched at Edinburgh was a small collection of plant-dyed yarns: fine-gauge blends of beautiful, soft-handed fibres including alpaca, silk, linen and cashmere. I was thrilled with the response to them and will be adding yarns to the shop on an ongoing basis. I have a small number of skeins left and will be adding them to the next shop update in a few weeks.

Plant-dyed yarns

Plant-dyed yarns

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve added the option of signing up for a monthly newsletter to my sidebar, as I’ve been finding my diverse activities a bit hard to juggle here and on other social media platforms! If you’re interested, you can keep up with what I’m up to through my monthly newsletter outlining not only what I’m up to but also any related things that I think you might be interested in.

I hope you are have a lovely spring (or autumn) weekend!

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