Winter has always been my favourite time of the year, I like my heat to come from roaring fires and hot chocolate, with the promise of my December birthday and Christmas just around the corner. I couldn’t have been more happy then to shoot three of my new books in the snow laden landscape of Poland, even though the temperatures were sometimes minus eleven!
Glen is a collection of 12 designs that features one of my new yarns.
Glen is quite a departure for me as I tend to stay with classic yarns, but I fell in love with it’s subtle shaded effect when I saw it at the Pitti Filatti trade show in Florence last year. To show off the beauty of the yarn I have kept to simple shapes with simple stitches and I have been able to create some generous coats and jackets because the knitted fabric is so soft and light.
Snow Queen was inspired by Narnia like landscapes,trees touched by frost and fairy tale forests. The six designs featured here are from my most luxurious yarns, Alpaca Silk, Como, and Fez, with an enveloping coat,a cabled dress, and softly draping jackets.
The eight designs in Folk Chic are all worked in my ever popular cashmerino range. From a pretty fair isle cardigan in baby cashmerino to a cabled coat in the Aran weight the knits show the versatility of the yarn with different skill levels to suit everyone.
Andes is my other new yarn for Autumn/Winter, and is a stunning blend of mulberry silk and baby alpaca. It drapes like a dream, but shows stitch detail up perfectly so I have designed simple jackets and wraps as well as cabled sweaters and tops. The colour palette is inspired by the wonderful textiles of Peru with the shades ranging from vivid brights such as ruby, purple, and gold to soft greens and duck egg blue.
Looking through old patterns and posters from the 1940′s led to my Land Girl collection. Knitted in yarns from my Rialto range the designs have a retro feel with subtle shaping in a fitted jacket and a fair isle yoked sweater for the woman with a love of vintage style and a jaunty beret and shawl collared sweater for a child.
The A/W issue of the magazine includes a Home feature inspired by Scandinavian Style,a fashion feature with a homage to the tartans and fair isles of Scotland, and knits for the nursery. Plus all the regular features such as My Knitting Friend and Ask Rosy.
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