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FRIDAY FAVES

FRIDAY FAVES #1

I’m super excited to be starting a new feature on the KNITS PLEASE blog today! Like most knitters, I expect, I’m always so blown away by the amazing talent, passion and community of our fellow knitters (and other yarn wizards) on Instagram. I’ve definitely found it to be a hub of inspiration and connection, and it’s something that I really value. I’ve found patterns I want to make, yarns I love and people I’ve become friends with, all in that little space  ...

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KNITTING UPDATES

JUNE KNITTING UPDATE

Can you believe that it’s almost the end of June, because I really can’t?! It feels like it was only last week that I was marvelling at the 31st of May and feeling equally joyful and uneasy about the impending hot weather. But alas, those weeks have, in fact, gone by and when I think of it, I’ve actually done quite a lot with them… I bookmarked some time one afternoon to take a thorough look through my knitting stitch directory. It’s something I’ve  ...

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PROJECTS

Another Halter Vest in Cotton Denim DK

Once I’d finished this halterneck vest a few weeks ago, I was really excited to still have a whole ball of Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK left over. It was pretty much an immediate decision to make another vest – there’s only so much knitwear you can wear when it’s 30C outside, so I wanted to keep to the theme of Summer. After seeing more and more of the lovely Janine’s designs, and discovering Plexida on Etsy, I was inspired to try a simple v-neck shaping. To  ...

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STORIES

FINDING MY PERSONAL STYLE

Considering I’ve been knitting for the best part of twenty years, it could come as quite a surprise that I have fewer than five hand knit items in my wardrobe. I’ve knit multiple times that number, but for some reason they don’t seem to last. I absolutely adore the process of knitting, and I love having an item that I’ve made myself, but something about my past endeavours has left me wanting, and, ultimately, most of the things I’ve knit just don’t make the cut. I think that a lot of the  ...

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PROJECTS

Improv Vest in Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK

I’ve been trying to set myself a rule with my knitting lately, which is to only buy yarn when I have a pattern in mind that I want to make. Like most rules along these lines, however, it didn’t hold up very well at all! A few weeks ago Sam and I went to visit his family in Leeds and, because they know me so well, they suggested we make a stop at Baa Ram Ewe, the most amazing independent yarn shop. Of course, I was super happy to oblige, and gladly spent some time perusing the  ...

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PROJECTS

The Perfect Cropped Jumper from Lauren Riker

As you might have heard me say before, I can be quite a fussy knitter. I guess becoming super aware of my personal style, which was no easy feat, has served to encourage me to be much more picky about what I choose to cast on my needles. I’ve also been aware of only knitting things that I actually need and, in the sense of my wardrobe, filling the gaps that will make it more well-rounded for all seasons. I’m a crop kind of girl, and I’m not sure that will ever change. If I  ...

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