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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
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#BRITISHSHEEPSLIPPERS

25th September 2015
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To celebrate Wool Week 2015 (5th – 11th October) and support the Campaign for Wool we have teamed up with British designer Emma Wright to create these really very cute sheep slippers!

The Campaign for Wool is a global endeavour initiated by its patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, in order to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural, renewable and biodegradable benefits offered by the fibre.

These slippers are the ultimate in cosy comfort made from the softest British fleeces – fur wool and maxi wool from the Masham sheep and a little bit of British blue for added luxury made from 100% Bluefaced Leicester wool.
A FREE limited edition postcard pattern is available from your local erika knight stockist while stocks last!

Knit them in sheepy shades of pitch (black), canvas (ecru), milk chocolate or knit your own Bluefaced Leicester in blue Steve

Emma and Erika will be hosting a sheep slipper workshop at Craft Days during Wool Week on Thursday 8th October. For more information or to book your place, contact Jane by email or phone 01799 218429.  www.craft-days.co.uk

As ever we would love to see your projects – so please do share photos of your own sheep slippers with us on instagram, twitter and Facebook

#britishsheepslippers @knightkraft @emmaknitted

For more information on the wonders of wool, and ways to get involved check out the Campaign for Wool website.

 

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Back to School

11th September 2015
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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.

So, thats all for now, but do keep following us on facebook, twitter and instagram for lots more news and photos from the studio.

erika x

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FREE patterns we love – stripes

13th August 2015
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Stripes are a great way to add colour to your knitting and these free accessory patterns are the perfect way to experiment with colours…

Roundabout Cowl by Antonia Shankland

This simple cowl knit flat and joined into a continuous loop has become a Ravelry classic of highly respected independent designer Antonia Shankland. Choose 4 colours of vintage wool – we think tonal shades work really well.

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free pattern available on Ravelry

Vintage wool – 4 colours, 8 x 50g hanks

One by One, Two by Two Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns

We love the stylish designs by iconic US yarn store Churchmouse and this free pattern is a great introduction to colour work, and perfect for working with the small 25g balls of British blue wool. Pairings of 5 different colours create shifting blocks, keeping one of the colours constant over two blocks and carrying the colour not in use up the side of the work. Churchmouse have created several beautiful five-colour combinations – both feminine and masculine.

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free pattern available from www.churchmouseyarns.com

British blue wool – 5 colours, 5 x 25g balls

Stripes Scarf by Tanja Lay

Tanja Lay of beautiful Berlin yarn store and cafe handmade BERLIN has a collection of sophisticated designs published on Ravelry, including this simple stripe scarf using five colours of British blue wool. A great trans-seasonal accessory and very easy to knit in garter stitch.

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free pattern available on Ravelry 

British blue wool – 5 colours, 9 x 25g balls

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Junior Colour Knits OUT NOW!!

6th August 2015
Junior Colour Knits

A colourful collection of hand knit designs for cool kids from 3 months to 5 years.

A fun collection of 12 jumpers, jackets, pinafores and vests, hats and leggings and even a little ‘scrap bandit’ toy, all knitted in simple stitches and using colour techniques including striping, stranding and Swiss embroidery. Made and photographed by Mums and Dads and worn by real kids from our extended urban family to inspire you to re-knit, re-colour and re-work these fresh, contemporary classics for the next hand-me down generation. Just pick up some knitting needles and your favourite colours of yarn, choose a pattern and get knitting!

The process of putting this book together has been very hands-on and hand-made combining digital media with real drawings and cut and paste, providing a ‘sneak-peek’ into the creative process and the very personal journey of making a garment for a loved little one. This book is all about having fun with your knitting, inspiring you to be confident with colour and create projects that kids will want to wear again and again.

Be inspired to have a go and to share your projects with us on social media
#juniorcolourknits @knightkraft