Liz Corke Knit Design

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May 29, 2013

IMuch Yarn! bought a lot of yarn a couple of weeks ago. Here’s a photo of it all! I have eight shawls in various stages right now. One is finished, two are on the needles, three more are swatched and charted, one more is half swatched and waiting for some tweaks to the border, and the last one is in the final stages of design. If only I could knit faster I’d have loads to show you! All of the yarn in the photo is for these shawls – three of them are two colour shawls although I’m now not using two of the skeins. The shawl that’s finished and one of the ones on the needles are a two for one pattern and I should have just enough for both by swapping the main colour and contrast colour over for the second shawl.

Today Fyberspates RCI’m just going to tell you about the yarn for the finished and half finished shawl. It’s absolutely gorgeous! The yarn is fyberspates Rural Charm. It’s a 70% bluefaced Leicester, 20% silk and 10% cashmere. I’ve used it once before on the large version of Anthousai, and I really love working with it. The silk gives it a gorgeous sheen and it’s really soft and light to work with – just what you want in a shawl!

The Fyberspates RCcolours I’ve chosen are The Blues and Pebble. I think it’s probably obvious which is which! The various shades of blue aren’t quite so obvious in the finished shawl, but I still think it looks fantastic. Pebble is a gorgeous colour, mostly light grey with subtle hints of darker grey, blue and brown. Absolutely fantastic! Blue is my favourite colour, but I haven’t really used it in any designs up until now. Now though I have four blue shawls coming out! I’ll space them out with other colours so it doesn’t get too monochromatic for you.

May 27, 2013

I’m afraid I’ve neglected my blog appallingly over the last couple of weeks! I promise to make it up to you this week though, and I’m going to give you a quick run down of what’s been happening now.

First off I’ve been buying loads of yarn. I have gorgeous photos for you, but I forgot to upload them on my blog before work. I’ll be blogging about them later this week though. They’re all gorgeous and I’m so excited to work with them!

Last week we took a short holiday in Edinburgh. My husband had his last exam on Monday and in the evening we headed down to the capital. We had a great time, although we were pretty busy!  On Tuesday we went to Blair Drummond Safari Park over at Stirling which was a lot of fun. We were really lucky that the sun was out and all the animals came out to sunbathe! We also went to Ikea, and although we didn’t get what we went in for (a spice rack) I did find the perfect knitting lamp (this one: Not) for £11 and plenty of other stuff came home too! On Wednesday we went to Dynamic Earth which was a lot of fun and well worth a visit if you’re in the city.

Thursday we headed home, then on Friday we headed down to my parents to see my aunt and uncle who were visiting for a couple of nights, and on Saturday we helped out at the village gala which was also fun and was a gorgeous sunny day – just what was needed! Sunday turned out to be our only full day at home. Today is my husband’s first day at work, so hopefully everything will go smoothly for him. He’s excited and nervous about it but I think he’s more excited.

I’ve been getting plenty of knitting done too, and I have a finished shawl ready to unpin from my knitting mats as soon as I get home from work. I have another 7 shawls planned and I really excited about them. One in particular is a sequel to Storm Warning and potentially a KAL project. Check out my group for more info on that!

May 1, 2013

Shattered StarsI published my newest pattern last night, and I’m really excited about it. I’m afraid I don’t have a design postmortem for you right now, because I’ve misplaced my original test swatch. Hopefully I’ll find it by the end of the week!

The new pattern is called Shattered Stars. The name came about from the diamond motif. In Ancient Greece they believed that diamonds were pieces of star that had fallen to earth and shattered. When I designed the shawl it was with the idea of falling diamonds so this was the perfect blend between my design ideas and mythology for me!

Shattered StarsThe shawl is a crescent shape worked from the top down. It starts with small diamonds on a stockinette background, but as you work to the edge the diamonds get bigger and the shawl ends with a lacey border. I first had the idea for this shawl back in November last year and I really love how it’s turned out. Seeing it come to life and being knitted by other people is really exciting and is what I really love about designing!

Shattered Stars During testing some problems were thrown up with my testers gauge being much bigger than mine and using more yarn than expected. I’ve reworked the yardage estimates now, and changed my recommended needle size for knitting the shawl, which should solve all these problems and make it a one skein project for everyone. Do check your gauge when you start though, to make sure you’ll have enough yarn to finish!

You can find the pattern here on my website, or on Ravelry and Craftsy! For the first fortnight (until May 14th) I’m offering 10% off the pattern price with the code: STARBLOG. Just enter the code on check out or follow this link. The discount code will work here on my website or on Ravelry, but unfortunately not on Craftsy.