Sunday, 31 May 2020

7 Day Knitting Book Challenge

Over the past week I have been really enjoying the 7 Day Knitting Book Challenge on Instagram. Started by Rachel Atkinson, Daughter of A Shepherd, the challenge has been answered by knitters and crafters from all over the world! Each person's 7 days begin when they are ready and Rachel suggested posting only a picture of the book, with no explanation, comment or review needed. There are some excellent books covering a great variety of topics, from stitch directories to historical perspectives on knitting and fibre crafts.

Here are the seven that I selected from my bookshelves. I'm looking forward to seeing your books if you would like to join in. Just look for the #7dayknittingbookchallenge on Instagram and share your crafting library!

Day 1: Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan with photography by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Day 2: Knitwear Design Workshop by Shirley Padden

Day 3: Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft by Sandy Black

Day 4: Die Strick Enzyklopaedie by Maria Parry-Jones (originally published as The Knitting Stitch Bible)

Day 5: Missoni: Art Colour, from the Exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Day 6: Traditional Knitting by Rae Compton

Day 7: Stricken 3 by Lisl Fanderl

Monday, 4 May 2020

Barberry Cardigan

My Barberry Cardigan has just been published in the very special 150th Issue of the Knitter Magazine! Even more exciting, Barberry is featured on the cover!

The Knitter Magazine, Issue 150
featuring Barberry Cardigan
by Emma Vining
The cardigan is knitted in Carol Feller Nua Worsted yarn and this gorgeous blend of merino, yak and linen fibres is just perfect for my cabled design. The stunning colour is called Cafe Flamingo.

The stitch pattern I designed for the cardigan panels was inspired by little clusters of berries and leaves. I used a combination of cables and bobbles to create an embossed look for the pattern. The lower borders of the cardigan have an extended twisted rope pattern with pockets embedded into the border on the fronts.

At the front of this issue of the Knitter Magazine there is a lovely message from the Knitter Team sending their best wishes to all readers and I would like to add my good wishes too. I really hope everyone is safe and well during these very strange times. Emma x