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Blight

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Blight

For those of you who love lace, shawls and delicate accessories, you’re going to love this new pattern. Designed by Deborah Frank who designs and publishes patterns under the title ‘Oblivious Knits’, Blight is a beautiful shawl featuring TUT as a recommended yarn.

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Blight is a triangular lace shawl, knit from the center top down to the bottom edges. It uses one skein of fingering weight yarn, but could easily be made larger by working more repeats of the charts, although additional yarn will be necessary. The size can also be increased by changing needle/ yarn size.

The pattern calls for a skein of Heavenly Fingering, a delicious base that is perfect for such a luxurious knit. Each skein is approx 100g of fingering weight  yarn that blends 70% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk and 10% Cashmere. Supremely soft, it has a slight shine and takes dye beautifully. It has lovely drape, making it perfect for shawls. The sample is shown here in Nimbostratus.

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A beautiful pattern Deborah, thank you for using TUT yarn!

 

 

 

Read All About It!

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Read All About It!

Keep your eyes peeled for the soon to be released Knit Now Magazine, Issue 12 as there’s a preview of the wonderful new creation by Veera Valimaki that is to be the latest in the series of collaborations between designers and TUT. The issue is due out on the 23rd August and offers details about the yarn and design that you can purchase when the kits are released.

Here is a sneak peek of the goodies to come. Remember, if you want to keep up to date with all the latest TUT news and updates, please do join us over on the Ravelry Group or sign up for the newsletter.

PomPom features TUT

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PomPom features TUT

‘PomPom quarterly’ is a very stylish new quarterly magazine that launched last Spring. It is produced by two very talented girls from London and it promises to be a go to publication for knitters, crafters and foodies as it includes all kinds of features from knitting to embroidery and even cocktail recipes.

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I loved the first issue which featured my Silky Merino Fingering yarn for the beautiful Wick Lane designed by Meghan Fernandes. I was thrilled when they invited me to be interviewed for a full feature in this issue. You can read the interview along with a fabulous inside look at my dyeing and business in the latest edition that is on the shelves now. To get hold of your copy, either buy direct from the website or check out their stockists page.

Kicking Us Off in Style: Lisa Mutch

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Kicking Us Off in Style: Lisa Mutch

The TUT blog website is now fully functional and the blog is in its new home. Please update your RSS feed because from now on, we’ll be hosting all our latest news and fun here. Stay tuned for more knitting, more yarn, more food, and more travels.

In the meantime, here’s the beautiful Obsidian that I have just released kits for. The collaborations with designers has proved very popular so I wanted to repost this lovely interview with Lisa, the creator of Obisidian. Lisa is a distinctive designer who works hard to make clean lines, simple shapes and stunning hand dyes work up into moody designs and satisfying accessories to both knit and wear. I invited Lisa to answer some questions for the blog so that you can get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say:

The stage is yours, tell us a little about yourself!

Well, besides knitting, dyeing, designing and spinning, I’m a mom to two wonderful and very active children, Brooklyn, 7 and Brodie, 3.  I also love reading, vegetable gardening, red wine and bubble baths.

What’s your knitting journey so far?

My knitting journey began roughly 10 years ago when I quit smoking and decided knitting would be a great way to occupy my hands. I bought ‘How to Knit’ by Debbie Bliss, a set of needles and some terrible acrylic yarn and taught myself how to knit. My specialty was scarves, or really anything rectangular or square with absolutely no shaping until I stumbled upon the Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s blog. Reading her hilarious stories about knitting disasters gave me the motivation to teach myself a few crucial knitting skills allowing me to graduate to hats, socks, shawls and eventually sweaters. 

How did you start designing and what is your favourite part of the process?

I began designing very quickly after teaching myself to knit. I never seemed to have the right size needles or weight of yarn and I could never, ever get the correct gauge. (Which continues to be a problem for me to this day, I’m a notoriously loose knitter. Ahem.) So I started making up things as I went along with what I had.

Was there a particular inspiration for this design?

 I love garter stich at a loose gauge, it has such a wonderful texture and I’ve always wanted a sweater with a giant cowl neck so this idea of mine has been brewing for a while now. Ce’s BFL Sock is such a wonderful yarn for sweaters, being tough and resilient yet soft enough for next to skin wear. I’ve used this base before for sweaters, cowls and shawls and it’s one of my all-time favourites, especially in the ‘Charred’ colourway…..so dark and mysterious! 

What drew you to working with TUT yarns and a collaboration?

Ce and I met on Ravelry a few years ago and since day one, I’ve adored her gorgeous yarn. I very quickly acquired quite the collection of TUT yarns and have tried almost all of her fabulous bases. My favourite colourways are all of her wonderful, smokey greys and charcoals, her warm neutrals and of course, I love to sneak in a bit of Debauchery here and there. ;)

What else can we look forward to from you in the future?

I have so many ideas for new designs, if only I could knit as fast as my mind dreams them up! I’ve been swatching with some heavier weight bases lately for a few squishy, warm winter garments, and of course, more shawls, cowls and scarves. It seems like I can’t leave the house without something handknit and fabulous around my neck.

 

A huge thank you to Lisa for supplying such lovely answers that shows her gentle and warm nature. If you would like to purchase your own Obsidian yarn and pattern kit, check out the Ravelry Group News thread for regular update news or please sign up to the newsletter.

Welcome!

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Welcome!

Come on in, pull up a chair because the kettle is on for a nice soothing cuppa and we’re ready to get settled in over here at our new home. I’ve been so excited about this new change and have lots more fun plans and things to share with you. You can expect more great yarns and plenty of action over here in the blog. Remember to keep up to date with all the latest TUT news, you can join the lovely group on Ravelry and sign up to have the newsletter delivered straight to your inbox.

Right now, I’m getting ready to pack and take a trip to France for a break with my family so of course it means lots of important decisions to make about vacation knitting. How do you decide what to take? I’m only going for a week but even so, there is something special about vacation knitting isn’t there? Do I take a soon to be finished WIP or cast on something new? I have quite a collection of WIPs actually so I could start there but there’s something very inviting about a whole new and indulgent project to cast on as I set off.

What do you like to knit while travelling?

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