April 19, 2016 by Sarah

I read somewhere this weekend that very few people make mixtapes anymore, which seems true, but made me a little sad! And so today I bring you a mixtape of lovely knitting projects. Hopefully for whatever type of project you wish you had on your needles, they're be something here to inspire!

A gorgeous Hap Blanket by Patinha, just the type of thing to keep you cosy when spring is peeking at us but it doesn't yet feel like it's actually here!

Alsn knit her Blank Canvas during her LYS Fancy Tiger Craft's knit-a-long, and it is beautiful. Such a great fit and the details she added are so perfect.

This adorable little face is Randamocity's Giraffe, based on the Elijah pattern. So creative!

Making wee Envelope stripey is such a great mod, and perfect if you need to make your yarn stretch a little further. This sweet sweater was made by purlyness for her lovely little son. 

This picture makes me smile because its a little close to how Scotland feels today...sunny and bright, warm(ish, maybe) in the sun but with the wind a hat and mitts is definitely welcome! This lovely set of Cairn hat and mitts was knit by spiritjess.



April 12, 2016 by Ysolda Teague

The Polwarth sweater pattern, which I've been obsessively knitting and re-working since the yarn first arrived is finally done and ready to purchase! 

A refined take on the classic top down raglan with sweatshirt style details worked in brioche rib. The raglan shaping is worked at multiple rates for a flattering and comfortable fit that follows the contours of the shoulders. Paired lifted increases with a hidden purl rib between give the illusion of a single column of prominent knit stitches that look the right way up once the sweater is turned. 

Close fitting sleeves are worked before the body, my preferred construction order for a top-down seamless garment because it keeps the project portable for longer. The body is slightly cropped and boxy with gentle waist shaping and a slight taper towards the hem. Both sleeves and body are finished with brioche rib to match the neck detail. Directions are included for optional short row bust darts, in four cup sizes, which help the garment to hang well. 

Want to knit one just like this? The rest of our current batch of Blend No. 1 is in stock. Stocks are limited but we do have more on order from the mill — I'm so grateful for the response to this new venture!

I've been naming patterns after places in Edinburgh lately, and Polwarth is one of the breeds in Blend No. 1, so I had to name a pattern Polwarth. Here's one of my neighbours crossing a junction I go through every day on my way to the studio. 


April 05, 2016 by Sarah

Just as Spring arrived and I was wishing I had some babies to knit for, a couple of my friends have announced that they're expecting new family members later this year, yay! Wee Cria is one of my favourites, and perfect for when you don't know if you're knitting for a girl or a boy, since the short puff sleeves are optional. And so for today I had a look at some adorable wee Cria projects with lovely little details that would make a gift extra-special.

The contrast pockets and edgings on this version by Lolotte keep catching my eye on the gallery page for wee Cria, it's so effective!

Using different colours or types of buttons is a great idea on any sweater, and totally perfect on Turquoise's wee Cria.

More lovely little contrasting pockets on Mina's little cardigan, and I love the button and ribbon detail on one side.

This version by Robebe is a great use of yarn - she used a variegated laceweight yarn held double, which creates a beautiful, subtle effect.

Embroidery is such a great detail to add to kids projects! pSTATqueen added some little flowers to her wee Cria, and I love it!


March 23, 2016 by Ysolda Teague

We're still recovering from the incredible, inspiring and exhausting whirlwind that was Edinburgh Yarn Festival but today we did pdf layouts of the 2 new patterns that launched at the festival. 

Newhaven is a gansey inspired hat in three sizes with simple knit and purl patterning, a perfect design if you have one skein of Blend no.1.

Newhaven is a gansey inspired hat in three sizes with simple knit and purl patterning, a perfect design if you have one skein of Blend no.1.

Willowbank is a large, semi-circular shawl that uses three skeins.

Willowbank is a large, semi-circular shawl that uses three skeins.

It seemed mean to release 2 patterns in an unavailable yarn so the small number of skeins of Blend no.1 leftover after Edinburgh Yarn Festival are now online here


March 16, 2016 by Sarah

Not long to go - and from twitter it seems like knitters all over the country (and from further afield) are on the move to Edinburgh. We're busy packing up all the exciting goodies we'll have in our stand this year, and its time to let you know about the schedule of trunk shows and signings we're hosting in a space right next to our stand Y1.

Friday 18 March

11.15am - noon Janet Renouf-Miller

2.15pm - 3pm Bristol Ivy

Saturday 19 March

1.15pm - 2pm Thea Colman

2.15pm - 3pm Karie Westermann

3.15pm - 4pm Amy Detjen

There will be samples to admire, as well as books and patterns to buy and have signed, or just stop by to say hello to your favourite designer or teacher!


March 15, 2016 by Sarah

Ysolda's toy patterns seem to be much loved, by those who knit them as well as those who play with them. There are an endless number of cute projects knit just as written, but the great thing about these designs is the equally endless number of ways to modify them. Toys get outfits, tails and different features though some knitters have taken it an extra step and used the basic body shape as just a beginning, to create their own amazing creature.

Mariannem's Sophie, turned into a cat is such a simple, sweet and effective idea. With different ears and some whiskers it's truly transformed.

Pinry has been busy! She's used the basic shape of the Poppy doll to create some stunning toys - a fantastic David Bowie and the superhero

Tiffer23's Raccoon used the Otto pattern, with slightly different ears, nose, and added tail and some perfect felt features. Such an amazing face!  

I love MistyBluebelle's modified Poppy, turned into a Coraline doll. A perfect outfit and great little details...

And finally, Robbyraccoon's adorable monkey, knit using the Elijah pattern. She knit with help and notes from wmcurella and the result is so cute, a gorgeous cheeky face!