Lydia Flower Pattern

When we first started out spinning and writing patterns and kits – nearly seven years ago now, one of the first to appear on Knit on the Net, the online knitting magazine fun by Susan Crawford was this one, the Lydia Flower.

   
The pattern ended up on my ravelry page as a free download and it was really popular – downloaded hundreds of times and we received lots of lovely comments of thanks from fellow ravelry friends.

But then someone got in touch and I realised I’d made an error in the writing. It was a tiny error, the missing of an asterisk but it would have thrown a new knitter and I felt so bad that I removed it.

Anyway, the lovely Frances from weavingwillow.blogspot.ca left a comment asking for it, so here it is all correct and no mistakes.  I really hope you enjoy knitting it Frances and anyone else who fancies having a go, it’s very easy (even I can knit it!)

 
  So get knitting and stick your flowers on hats, wear them as brooches, place them on your slippers! If you do, please send me a photo and let me see them.

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Catching Up

I know, I know, it’s been a very long time. Here’s what’s been going on.

I’ve been taking an embroidery course at Knit Wise in Ormskirk.  It’s gone very well.  Embroidery was my first love and the reason that I started to spin in the first place.  I started as many people do with across Stitch and went on to other forms of embroidery, stumpwork, Hardanger. Tapestry, I had a go at the lot.

I attended the workshops of Ann McTavish, a textile artist based in Liverpool. She used very textured threads in her wallhangings and I wanted to create my own so began spinning.

  
Stumpwork Butterfly by Cathy Wright

So it’s ben such a buzz to run an embroidery course of my own, starting from running stitch at the very beginning through the work of Helen Stevens, Marna Lunt and Annemieke Mein. Embroidery is such a huge medium the ten week course only touches the surface. 

 
Frog embroidery by Annemieke Mein

So I’m hoping to incorporate my own handspun yarn into the embroidery course and in my own embroidery too so that there are possibilities for those that love to spin but don’t necessarily love to knit.  There has to be more than just me out there!

Ten week embroidery course running again from January 2016.  If embroidery could be your thing, come along and give it a try. We try to keep costs low so it’s just £10 for two hours, you can bring your own materials along or buy in the shop for a 10% discount on the day. I would love to meet like minded people and once we’re off we’ll be launching our Stitchers Social where we can all stitch together.  How cool is that!