mittens for the absent-minded

When you were a kid, did you wear your mittens and gloves on bands or strings threaded through your coat sleeves to keep them safe? I did, and have very vivid recollections of disliking the practice as I grew older, for seeming childish. My grandma knitted all my gloves and mittens, and if keeping them…

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on the uses of handwoven tapes and bands

I really enjoyed reading your comments on my last weaving post – especially hearing about the impressively wide range of new skills you are all currently picking up! I’m continuing to enjoy my weaving, and am finding it very inspiring. It really interests me that one of the first things many people think of when…

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returning light

Hello, it’s Tom here. The light has been returning and the days are gradually getting longer and I thought I’d pop in to let you know some news about my new exhibition, and to show you some of the photographs I’ve taken during the first few weeks of 2020. In January we often see a…

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picking up

A little over a month ago, I wrote this post about learning how to weave with Belinda Rose, and beginning to weave bands on my new inkle loom. Since then I’ve been really enjoying playing and experimenting with weaving narrow bands – particularly using pick up techniques. As is my usual tendency, I began by…

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warm thanks

Well, the book is out, and today Warm Hands is being shipped to knitters all over the world. I do hope you’ve enjoyed our introduction to the project and each of its talented designers in the posts we’ve put together over the past couple of weeks. In a project like this, which involves so many…

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opera

It’s book launch day! And, for the final Warm Hands pattern reveal we are ending with a showstopper – the Opera gauntlets by Steve Malcolm. Jamaican-born Steve is an experienced and committed designer who is perhaps best known for his amazing cable patterns – but is someone who is generally hugely passionate and knowledgeable about…

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purl bump

Today is the penultimate design reveal from Warm Hands – a collection of original patterns for mitts, mittens and gloves co-edited by Jeanette Sloan and myself. If you are interested in knitting any of the glorious designs the book contains, I should also mention that it’s the last day to pre-order your copy from the…

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heartland marsh

Today’s Warm Hands pattern is a super-cosy pair of mittens knitted in our aran-weight Àrd-Thìr – Heartland Marsh. These beautiful stranded mittens, worked at a dense gauge that’s sure to warm your hands right through the depths of winter, are the work of talented young designer and podcaster Safiyyah Talley. (Safiyyah in her design, the…

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saighead

Today’s Warm Hands designer, Tiina Väätäinen, hails from eastern Finland – where there are many opportunities to wear the warm, woollen accessories she loves to knit and design. Tiina’s a talented designer of socks and mittens which often incorporate many playful elements. Her beautiful Lumikuningatar mittens, for example, reflect their snowy landscape across the hands…

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rhombus

Today’s Warm Hands design is the work of Romi Dame la-Lata – a neat wee pair of fingerless mitts, featuring a geometric lace pattern and added texture – called Rhombus. Here’s Romi to tell you more about herself, and her design. “I was born in a small city in Argentina and moved to Spain in…

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craobh

Today’s Warm Hands design is a lovely pair of mitts with several thoughtful and well-designed details that make them an extremely knitterly knit – Craobh The Croabh mitts are the work of Jenn Wallace. Knitting and archaelogy have both formed important parts of Jenn’s life since she whipped up her first pair of mitts while…

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