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November 2015

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erika knight for Luna Lapin

30th November 2015
EK for Luna Lapin

The gorgeous ‘make me’ Luna Lapin designed by Cool Crafting, with her enviable wardrobe of beautiful coats, dresses and accessories, now has a brand new little luxury in the form of a raglan sleeve cardigan made in 100% Bluefaced Leicester British blue wool.

Designed by Erika exclusively for Luna the stocking stitch cardigan with fully fashioned details, integral pockets, little vent for cotton tail and attached scarf to keep cosy on country walks, is available in a covetable collection of chalky pastel colours as a kit from Cool Crafting.

To purchase the kit see the Cool Crafting website here, or visit Cool Crafting in person at a craft show or event near you, for full details, see here.

And don’t forget to tag your Luna on instagram #lunalapin

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Knitspiration: Houndstooth

14th November 2015
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photo by Yuki Sugiura from Simple Colour Knitting.

As the last colourful leaves fall from the trees and Autumn blusters its way into Winter, the need for a cosy woolly hat is growing day by day.

The Houndstooth Hat in Simple Colour Knitting will certainly be my hat of choice this season – a basic beanie shape with a rolled edge brim and knitted in a bold two-colour houndstooth pattern using the simple ‘stranding’ technique. And don’t forget to top it off with an impressive two-colour pom pom for maximum impact!

Traditional plaids are always on trend for Autumn / Winter but this bold and playful check is fun and modern and a quick and easy way to update your outerwear. Choose bright colours of maxi wool, or keep it chic with a sophisticated monochrome palette.

This project would make a perfect quick-knit Christmas gift too!


Trend images from vogue.co.uk

Simple Colour Knitting is OUT NOW!

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The Knitting & Stitching Show DUBLIN with Winnie’s Craft Cafe

3rd November 2015
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I am very excited to be travelling to the Emerald Isle for the Knitting & Stitching Show in Dublin.

The show takes place from 12th to 15th November and I will be on Stand F30 on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th with the lovely team from Winnie’s Craft Cafe signing copies of NEW book Simple Colour Knitting, displaying samples from Junior Colour Knits, and of course chatting all things woolly.

Winnie’s Craft Cafe will have their biggest stand yet at this year’s show and it promises to be a crafty party with a selection of the yarns, books and notions that can be found both online and in store at their fabulous shop and cafe just outside Dublin city in Blackrock.

There is also a rumour that Winnie’s homemade farm ice cream trike might also be making an appearance…!!

 

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Keep up to date with all the news from the show on twitter @KnitStitchRDS  @WinnieTWW  @KnightKraft

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warm sweater day // warme truien dag

2nd November 2015
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Warm Sweater Day, or Warmetruiendag, is a global initiative started in The Netherlands to campaign for real action against climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By showing how fashionable and comfortable the sustainable way of life it, the aim is to make saving energy the new normal.

Last year in Febuary 2015, 200,000 people joined the action in the Netherlands and the campaign had a overwhelming media coverage of 30 million. Warmetruiendag won the National Energy Globe Award of the Energy Globe Foundation, and is now also organised in Belgium (dikke truiendag), Canada (by WWF) and Germany and Austria (Pullitag).

It couldn’t be any simpler to make a real difference. On Friday 5th February 2016 people at school, home and in the office are encouraged to turn down the heating by one or two degrees and show, by simply wearing a sweater, that they care for the environment. Each degree lower saves 6% energy and therefore CO2 emissions and heating costs. The sweater is therefore a symbol of what people can do themselves to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, with the very accessible concepts of ‘do it yourself’ and ‘working together’.

Especially for Warm Sweater Day a sweater is designed that you can knit yourself (“de Trui Van 2016”). The pattern is available for free on the website (www.warmetruiendag.nl/brei-mee). Together with fashion designers, product designers and scientists, Warm Sweater Day looks for ways to keep yourself warm (personal thermoregulation), and thus reduce the emission of greenhouse gases considerably. The slogan here is: use the power of fashion for saving energy!

I was fortunate enough to meet the inspiring Anne-Marie Pronk, producer of the knitting project for Warm Sweater Day at a trade show in Cologne earlier this year and am just thrilled that she and innovative Dutch knitwear designer Carolien Evers (www.bedtimeforbonzo.nl) have chosen to use maxi wool for the 2016 sweater design. For the design Carolien looked carefully at nature and the construction of bees inspired her to use a voluminous bee stitch. Wool is naturally soft, comfortable and sustainable making it the ultimate fibre to knit your own Warm Sweater Day sweater, wool is a natural insulator and will therefore keep you warm, and allow your skin to breathe.

So pick up your needles, a few hanks of wool, download the pattern for free and knit your way to a greener future for us all.

Warm Sweater Day 5th February 2016

For more information:

www.warmetruiendag.nl

www.facebook.com/WarmeTruiendag/

twitter.com/WarmeTruiendag #ikbreimee #warmetruiendag
Photo credits: Foto: Eva Broekema, Model: Tina @EVD Agency, Make-up artist: Niels Jansen, Ontwerp trui: Carolien Evers, Bedtime for Bonzo, Wol: Erika Knight, Rok: Marcha Hüskes via Coming Soon Arnhem. Productie: Klimaatzuster, In opdracht van Greenchoice Warmetruiendag