Monday, 4 December 2017

Machair Wildflower Shawl Pattern is now on sale!

My first of my winning designs for the Birlinn Yarn Company (BYC) has just been released! I am so excited to see the stunning images of my Machair Wildflower shawl design on the BYC website. It has been such a pleasure to work with the BYC on this project and to design a hand knitting pattern for this very special yarn produced from seafaring sheep.

Machair Wildflower Shawl
by Emma Vining
for the Birlinn Yarn Company

"Our Machair Wildflower Shawl pattern is designed for intermediate knitters. The contemporary asymmetric form is combined with lace eyelets and raised bobbles to reflect the machair wildflowers as closed buds, in full bloom and as autumn seed heads. Machair, a Gaelic word, refers to one of the rarest habitats in Europe, almost unique to the Hebrides. A dune pasture that produces an abundance of beautiful wild flowers from Spring to Autumn. Thus, our beautiful, asymmetric shawl evokes the machair wildflowers throughout the seasons." Birlinn Yarn Company, Dec 2017

My Machair Wildflower pattern is available as a download from the BYC website and can be purchased along with the gorgeous BYC yarn. The shawl is knitted with three 50g balls of BYC 4ply yarn in the stunning shade of Moor. Other beautiful natural shades and Hebridean Colours are also available to purchase and the shawl would look amazing in any one of them!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Slipknot Journal Interview

One of the big benefits of membership of the Knitting & Crochet Guild is receiving the quarterly publication, Slipknot! The journal is always packed with excellent articles and information about the world of knitting and crochet.

Slipknot Issue 157
The Knitting & Crochet Guild
Cover image of Diamond Kites Sweater by Emma Vining
courtesy of Immediate Media
This month, I am absolutely delighted to be featured in the Journal. There is an interview with me, all about my designs and patterns. Slipknot editor, Elspeth and I had a a lovely chat about all things knitting and more! The lovely folks at the Knitter Magazine kindly provided images of two of my favourite designs, Diamond Kites Sweater and Lisbon Cardigan, to accompany the article.

I really enjoy reading Slipknot and the articles in this issue are great, including Wendy's yarn tales from her trip to New Zealand, Sally's fascinating article about Venetian Crochet, Lindy's review of the Great London Yarn Crawl 2017,  Elspeth's visit to a Musk Ox Farm and so much more..... Slipknot shows what an amazing amount of knitting, crochet and yarn knowledge we have within our Guild!

Thank you to everyone who contributes to Slipknot and to everyone who helps behind the scenes to make this journal such an excellent publication. For more information about the Knitting & Crochet Guild, please take a look at the KCG website.