Hello! Kate here. August is the month at KDD when we all start to look forward to what’s coming in the autumn. This season we are busier than ever, with a wide range of different projects and new releases. Next month, for example, we will finally be able to begin to release the new knitwear (for which we were very proud to win the Scottish Business and Product Innovation Award earlier this year). And in preparation for the release of our new garments, we are starting to clear out our remaining stock of last year’s knitwear.
Our Duntreath sweaters are now half price (reduced from £120 to £60).
Did you know that we stock this style in 6 sizes – from a UK size 8-10 to a size 18-20?
Our stocks of Duntreath are quite limited now, and will be replaced with new styles next month. . .
. . . and we don’t have many of these Finnich sweaters left either – they are half price too.
These lovely woolly garments are produced right here in Scotland – the yarn is spun by JC Rennie, and the garments are knitted by Harley of Peterhead
And each one is carefully packaged and shipped in its own duffel bag.
This is Fenella – fellow knitter, Glasgow businesswoman and friend of KDD.
We all had fun last week when she joined us in the studio. . .
. . .to model this new two-shade Port Charlotte (now available as a kit) together with some other new designs
I’ll introduce Fenella properly in another post – she’s a really inspirational, dynamic person and we are all delighted to have her on board!
Fenella is just one of many interesting collaborators with whom we’ve been working. In the next few weeks we’ll be able to talk about what we’ve been doing with two of our favourite Scottish woolly companies Shilasdair and Birlinn Yarn and later in the year we’ll be finally able to say more about a couple of other important collaborations, which have formed much of the focus of our work in recent months. The first is a co-edited collection involving contributors from all over the world, and the second is an intersectional feminist project, involving all of us and some friends of KDD, of which we are all really proud.
(Image courtesy of Applied Arts Scotland and Lynne Mennie)
I have my own news too. I am really pleased to announce that I’ll be taking up a residency with Applied Arts Scotland as part of Crafting Futures Mexico, a project developed by the British Council. This wonderful programme encourages cross-cultural exchange and skill sharing between Scottish and Oaxacan designer-makers, and I am really looking forward to learning more about different cultural creative practices and exploring new ways of producing work collaboratively. Thankyou, Applied Arts Scotland, for this fantastic opportunity!
Finally, our Knitting Season club will soon start up again! This supportive programme of pattern releases and readable essays begins at the start of September and runs for six weeks. The intention of the club is to help you to reflect on, and relax into, your own making process, and to develop and challenge your ideas about creativity. You can still join the club to receive all material released earlier in the year, together with everything that’s to come in September and October. Why not join us to share some interesting ideas and showstopping projects? Find out more about the club (and join, if you’d like to) here.
Hope you are all looking forward to the new season as much as we all are at KDD!
Port Charlotte kits
Knitting Season Club
Kate, the link at the end of this post to the Knitting Season post is not working. Has this already closed for new subscriptions?
hi – yes, this club ended in 2020 – the resulting book (including all the club patterns) is available here: https://www.shopkdd.com/books/knitting-season
Hi Kate! I’m a longtime reader, and Mexican! I’m so excited for your participation in the Crafting Futures program. I imagine it will be an incredibly enriching experience all around. If you find the time, do share about your experiences with the wonderful Oaxacan textile artists!
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thankyou so much, Helke! I’m really looking forward to it
My word, so many excting projects coming up. I always look forward to Monday morning…..here on the South West Coast of Vancouver Island, to hear and SEE the news from all of the talented, innovative folk at, KDD. Having been born in Glasgow , of late, I am so enjoying Tom’s posts.
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Congratulations, Kate- a well deserved opportunity. I am so excited for you!
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Fantastic news about your residency Kate – congratulations. And some exciting projects to look forward to. While I love your designs, I also love the collaborative projects you work on too. The Book of Haps and the Milarrochy Heids books are two of my favourites. And Birlinn yarn is so gorgeous. Here’s hoping for some patterns inspired by the Hebrides!
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Shilasdair! Oh, so exciting – I love them! We visited there years ago when we were on Skye with my parents (my dad still speaks with wonder of the fact that we drove – such a distance! – just to see…yarn. And a dye studio). And congratulations on your residency – I can’t wait to hear more about it as it progresses.
Applied Arts Scotland…..what an honor. Looking foreward to hearing more about it. Glad you are doing well…GO SLOWLY!! Also looking foreward to more Knitting Season, yea!
I love reading about all of the upcoming goodness at KDD & Co. You keep moving from strength to strength. The residency sounds fantastic; what an opportunity!
Do you have kits for Duntreath?
Bill and Jeannette
I’m afraid not – it’s a ready-made garment only
Wow that’s interesting
Brava Kate for your residency with Applied Arts Scotland for the Crafting Futures Mexico project. You will be a terrific asset to the team!
This is so exciting – I can’t wait to hear more.
What a wonderful lot of new exciting projects! I look forward to hearing more about them. Congrats on your residency!
HI, I look at the Wonderfull Dunthreath sweater and it says, that it is half price. Is 60 Pounds half price?
Lone kruse Jensen
yes – full price is £120.00
Thanks – wish I could afford!!