The new Amy Butler yarn

This week we received our delivery of Amy Butler yarn in the shop.  When my Rowan rep came to see me and tell me about it, she brought with her some samples of the new yarn and some needles for me to do some knitting with.  It was simply lovely!

Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran yarn Amy Butler Belle Organic DK Yarn

It’s a 50% organic wool / 50% organic cotton mix and is very similar to Rowan’s existing wool cotton yarn.  It is available in both DK and Aran weight in a variety of bright, bold, cheery colours.  Perfect for the summer.

Amy Butler has also written a book of knitting patterns to go with her yarn. The book called Midwest Modern Knits and contains about 20 knitting patterns for both garments and home items.

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FO: St Ives Cushion

It’s been ages since I last blogged, but I have finished a couple of things in the interim, one of which is the St Ives Cushion.

st ives cushion with rowan kidsilk haze

The pattern is from Little Luxury Knits by Alison Crowther-Smith, and uses 3 balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.  I’ve never knitted with Kidsilk Haze before and quite enjoyed it.  It’s not that easy to rip back though, so you need to be careful not to go drastically wrong.  

The clever thing about this pattern is the way the two shades of red are blended together.  You knit every row with two strands of yarn, but the two strands are not always the same.  What I mean is this: you start by knitting a few rows with two strands of blue.  Then a few rows with two strands of dark red, then a couple of rows with one strand dark red and one strand light red, then a few rows with two strands of light red.

 amy butler fabric backling

I backed this cushion with a piece of Amy Butler fabric, called French Wallpaper in duck egg blue.  I love this fabric.  It’s such good quality and the pattern is so pretty.

amy butler fabric cushion cover

Tomorrow is World Wide Knit in Public Day and there’s going to be a gathering in Plymouth which I’m planning to go along to. I think there’s a group planning to come up from Cornwall, but it will be nice to meet other knitters from Plymouth.  Maybe they’ll be interested in coming along to our Knit and Knatter group.  I hope it doesn’t rain!

Spring sewing

I think the warm, sunny, Spring time weather that we’ve had recently is what has given me an urge to do some sewing. Now those of you who regularly read my blog will know that sewing scares me. But it’s something I want to get to grips with and finally master (well become competent at it anyway!)

So I started with something simple – an A-line skirt. I used Amy Butler’s barcelona skirt pattern and some of Amy Butler’s fabric which I think is perfect for summer.

And here’s the result:

 

Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt
Amy Butler Barcelona Skirt

The instructions that come with the pattern are good and the pattern pack also includes the instructions for making a layered skirt and an apron.  I might well try the layered skirt next.  I’ll need to do some sewing again soon, to make sure I don’t forget how to do it!  I think I should have taken step-by-step photos to remind myself of what I did at each stage.

I didn’t know how to put in a zip, and the pattern asked for an invisible zip which I didn’t have, so I asked Mum to help me with that bit.  Otherwise I did it pretty much by myself, which is a massive achievement for me.  And I did it in a weekend too.