There’s a definite chill in the air and its beginning to feel a lot like sweater weather – or at least thinking about knitting sweaters, hats and scarves in anticipation of the big freeze, and we are sharpening our pencils (and knitting needles) for a busy season ahead…
Here at erika knight towers in sunny Brighton we have had a busy summer updating our website, knitting up samples for our Junior Colour Knits trunk show (available to all retailers NOW!) and working on new exciting yarn and pattern developments for 2016!! Its been all go – but I did manage to get away for a few days to visit my good friend, the fabulous embroidery designer Anette Erikkson in her beautiful home by a peaceful lake in Boras, Sweden – just bliss!
I hope that you like our new look website – we will be updating more regularly with happenings from the studio, new projects we are working on, where we will be at shops and events around the country, introducing you to our sales reps, and of course lots of woolly musings…
So, what’s new in September?
My new knitting book Simple Colour Knitting has been a long time coming (and I must thank all my ever-so patient friends, family and colleagues – you know who you are – for their upmost support) and it is due to be released later this month. I will be signing books on the GMC book stand with Quadrille publishers at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally on Friday 9th October – so do come and say Hi if you are there!
The new collection of patterns for the erika knight for John Lewis collaboration is now in store and online – featuring accessories, projects for the home, womenswear garments and cute new baby projects – in the new super soft Baby DK. We have also added two new yarns into the range, and extended the colours of the existing yarns. We have had the privilege of working with photographer Yuki Sugiura again for this project and hope you will agree that the the patterns are elevated to a new level of Craft, with a capital ‘C’ thanks to her sensibility.
Our friends at Craft Days in Saffron Walden will be hosting a trunk show of the 12 garments from Junior Colour Knits all next week, and I will be at Craft Days next Friday 18th September for a ‘show and tell’ to chat about the new patterns and to answer any questions. The trunk show will then be winging its way to beautiful shop The Craft Company in Portugal, where I am also told they will be hosting a British event with tea and scones!
…If you have knitted any of the projects from Junior Colour Knits for your own cool kids, please do share them with us on our social media @knightkraft with #juniorcolourknits
Wool Week is just around the corner and I will be returning to Craft Days on Thursday 8th October for a very special Wool Week workshop, collaborating with fabulous designer Emma Wright who has designed an exclusive project for us for Wool Week 2015 in maxi and fur wools…more of that very soon…
I am sad to say that visiting Jaipur with Knit for Peace is, unfortunately no longer on my very busy Autumn schedule – however the trip still promises to be an incredible experience, with knitting sessions led by the fantastic Rosy Tucker (knitting editor of Prima magazine). There may just still be some last minute places on the holiday, so do contact Knit for Peace for further information.