Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Issue 4, Wild About Yarn Magazine out now PLUS bonus free magazine



WILD ABOUT YARN MAGAZINE, ISSUE 4 - VINTAGE

I was so happy to finally get Issue 4 of Wild About Yarn Magazine out on the PDF 'shelves' and sent off to subscribers all over the world!  Have you seen it yet?  Even better that I could offer a bonus FREE magazine that traces the history of knitting from the 1920s to the 1960s. (When postage in Australia increased by 40 percent between two of my issues, I had to make the sad decision to publish the magazine as a PDF download but the feedback has been positive.)   
Casey Maura 


it was with delight that Casey Maura and Amy Appel both accepted  my invitation to be our feature maker and designer respectively. This was another bonus as I've admired their work for a while now.  Casey epitomises vintage in almost every way from her 1940s and 50s inspired dresses to the sweaters she knits, often acting as a test knitter for other designers including Amy Appel. Casey has a regular podcast  on which she discusses her knitting, sewing and spinning, and Amy  can be found on Ravelry with several design ranges and a swag of fellow knitter/ followers who love her sweater and turban designs. 


The next addition to the Rockabilly Queen Collection
The Money Honey Turban
Find it here: Money Honey Turban

New sock pattern from Casey
Find them here:
Mischief Maker Socks















And...
I couldn't wait to announce their new  designs.  Casey has just published her first sock pattern, Mischief Maker Socks  (I hope to start mine soon when the KAL commences in 2018), and Amy is adding to her Rockabilly Queen Collection with the versatile Money Honey Turban- the KAL has just finished but you can still find it on Ravelry.  

A little knitting history... 

Knitting and crochet have had a bad rap  for a long time and I'm not so sure that they've gained more status despite how hard creators and makers have worked to bring them into the 21st century.  they are still considered an activity for older women and perhaps we'll never re-educate everyone on how incredible designers are now.  I'm heartened to see women of all ages  reviving it in huge sweeps with innovative and vibrant designs.  It's ironic that it's now considered more a 'woman's activity' when it is believed that the first knitters were fishermen.  In the  Middle Ages, knitting was done exclusively by men who had to pass a series of exams and tests which took some 6 years to complete, in order to  be considered qualified professional knitters. By the 1400s, guilds were established but again, these were only for men. 

1920s- Flapper, masculine shapes

1930s feminine style, nipped in waists,
 fairisle
The true shift of knitting by women came in the Victorian era. In 1589, William Lee invented the first stocking frame knitting machine which is still in use today.  With the advent of this and subsequent knitting machines, there wasn't the necessity for  men to spend years doing their apprenticeships to become qualified knitters.  Knitting machines did this for them, thereby diminishing the number of men who knit.  Knitting then shifted to a craft that women took up  in the home, but the activity of knitting was only considered 'a wifely one' not a professional one as it had for men.  Far from feeling that way, Amy Appel, in our  second interview, discusses how empowered she feels as a young woman, knitting in modern times, knitting anywhere and knitting with other women.   



Vintage supplement - bonus free issue  (24 pages)

Wild ABout Yarn magazine traces the collision of knitting and culture, of how politics, combat between countries and advances in technology shaped not only how we proceeded as a society but how knitting progressed. 

The main issue consists of two interviews, two articles-tips for adjusting Vintage Patterns in the 21st Century and the Make, Do and Mend Era of the 1940s.  And finally, in Kitchen Bites there's a recipe for Delicious Strawberry Swirl Vanilla cake. 



(Try it, I think you'll like it! Make it for your next knitting group gathering!)

The BONUS FREE issue is  24 pages jam-packed full of the history of knitting through the years.  It's been so much fun creating the mood boards for this issue.  I learned so much and I hope you do too.  

Find the link to my Etsy store here Wild About Yarn  This is a PDF download delivered directly to your email.  

Happy Yarning,
Lu x


If you make any of the  patterns, please tag your projects on Instagram with:

#wildaboutyarnvintage  #wildaboutyarn #vintagestyle 

You can find me here:

Instagram: @wildaboutyarn

Email:          wildaboutyarn@outlook.com
    

  

Monday, 16 October 2017

OUT NOW!!!!!!!!! It took a while but here is the FOURTH issue of Wild ABout Yarn Magazine and I love it.  The theme is:

VINTAGE and we all love vintage knitting! 
Issue 4, Wild About Yarn, VINTAGE - BONUS FREE  magazine
included on knitting fashion through the decades
  PDF only available here:
Etsy: Wild About Yarn Magazine, Issue 4, VINTAGE PLUS bonus magazine free! 
Find more sneak peaks on Instagram: @wildaboutyarn 


Read about the era of 'Make, Do and Mend' 


The delightful Casey Maura - our featured maker who sews and knits
and finds time to podcast
 'Creative Musings' Casey's blog
Creative Musings Podcast

Amy Appel, our featured knitwear designer, loves Rockabilly style
and designs amazing, sassy garments.
Find Amy on Ravelry


 In this issue you will find two interviews, articles about vintage knitwear and how it differs from today's designs.  
Included for those looking for a project are: 
three patterns - a cute pair ofknitted bobby sox
                          - a knitted turban using simple lace and
                          - a crocheted collar - the inexpensive way for women to reinvent an outfit when rationing was enforced.  Women are so resourceful! 

PLUS...there is a bonus magazine included free!! J

This supplement focuses specifically on the decades
1920 - 1960 and takes a look into what was the knitted fashion, how events of the world shaped the garments that were made, what colours were used and what styles were created! (Did you know that bobby pins stopped being manufactured so women needed a way to hold back their hair. Welcome TURBANS!!!! Apart from being a chic addition to a wardrobe, they were practical and appeared in all manner of designs!) 
Lu Dougas, Publisher

If you make any of the  patterns, please tag your projects on Instagram with:

#wildaboutyarnvintage  #wildaboutyarn #vintage 

You can find me here:

Instagram: @wildaboutyarn

Email:          wildaboutyarn@outlook.com
Find the magazine here: Wild About Yarn, Vintage Issue 4                   

And when I'm not up there, I am knitting..

Happy Yarning, 
Lu x












Saturday, 1 July 2017

Patterns for the Citrus Twist dyed yarns




 Yarn Stories  in the Citrus Twist Range
(left) *She ran naked through the citrus orchard
(middle) * Delicious blood oranges in her hands
(right) *And lime juice sprinkling on the earth below
 Patterns for Yarn Stories hand dyed yarn
'Citrus Twist' colourways

Hi  Knitters!   

 I thought I'd start a new feature for my hand dyed yarns by finding you some delightful patterns. This time it's knitting patterns but I'm sure you can come up with some crocheted designs. 



Sock yarn doesn't have to end up as a sock or two 😉 (although I know there are quite a few sock addicts out there or why would there be a hashtag for it? #sockaddict.)  

For those of you who are new 
to dyeing, 'naked' yarn is the natural 
colour BD = before dyeing.Have you seen  what I've done to the naked yarn I purchased? It's no longer 'naked'. 

My Merino sock base is soft, 437yards, 100gms, 85%merino/15%  nylon,  and wonderful to knit with.  Find my yarn on Etsy (click here Lu Douglas Designs, Etsy or on the ETSY icon right)  

 Go to this blog post to read about Citrus Twist dyed yarn by Lu and  how I started my Yarn Stories. I'm having lots of fun creating these ranges and I'm pleased to say that other yarn lovers are liking them too! 



A new feature of my dyed yarns is finding you some wonderful and easy patterns for you to make in the yarn. 

Feast your eyes on these gorgeous designs… (click on the links) 

Simple shawl - Jane Hunter  (free) 
  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-shawl-8     (Requirements -1 skein) A garter stitch shawl that would look great in any of the colours of Citrus Twist and an easy project for beginners wanting to learn how to knit shawls.

Shawl -  On the Spice market Shawl  -  5.20 euro
 (link -On the Spice Market Shawl  ) 
(Requirements 2 skeins)  This is  one of my most favourite shawls and would look so fresh  in the Citrus Twist colourways. 

Socks - Socks on a Plane on a Plane (free) 
  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/socks-on-a-plane 
socks on a plane

 (Requirements -1 skein) I have a soft spot for 
these socks having knitted two and wanting to 
cast on a third.

Shawl -  The Hitchhiker Shawl  3.90 euro
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitchhiker    
(Requirements - 1 ½ skeins)This shawl has appeared in many feeds on social media and I still love it!

Yoga Socks (free) - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yoga-socks-153  (Requirements -1 skein and enough left over to make more!)
(My Rose City Roller socks )

Anklet Socks  (free) - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rose-city-rollers  
(Requirements less than 1 skein)   I love this free sock pattern and since these are short anklet socks, you'll have enough left over to make more! 


Baby cardigan - (click here Baby cardigan  £1.50 
 from Woolzone.  (Requirements -100g sock yarn so plenty left over)  The sweetest and most easy all-in-one cardigan. You could make matching booties or a beanie. 

Crochet shawl - free and skill level easy
(Requirements - 1 skein) I have long since loved the Elise shawl by Evan Pavlinski.  


Let me know if you make something from any of the three yarns on offer by using any or all of the hashtags

 #citrustwist #yarnstories #wildaboutyarn  
or email your photos to me at   linda.p.douglas@outlook.com

I'd love to see it. 

Happy  Knitting, 
Lu x

Instagram: @wildaboutyarn
Etsy: ludouglasdesigns
Facebook: LindaDouglas


Monday, 5 June 2017

Citrus Twist - Yarn Stories- hand dyed yarn release

Citrus Twist, the new yarn from  Yarn Stories


I'm feeling zesty here in  Australia.  :-)  We're approaching winter so I need some SPRING in my life and what better than fruity handdyed yarn.  

 Last month I started the YARN STORIES series of hand dyed yarn.  First up was the Circus Series and the colours were vibrant and fun!   I've already seen some of the results from dear Customers. Thank you.  

But the story this month is all about the

Citrus  Twist
(see my Instagram post on @wildaboutyarn to watch a mesmerising video  creating a pattern of of citrusy coloured paint.)


  
You may not know but Yarn stories have a little more to them than just titles.   Put all the  colourway titles together and  you  might just get a tale. :-) )
 Citrus Twist -  Can you see the oranges, lemons and limes in this yarn? 
Let me introduce the colourways.....  


1. She ran naked through the citrus orchard - is a gorgeous mix of all the fruits

2. Delicious blood oranges in her hands -all the blush of  a true blood orange with its  deep orange, white and FLESHY peach colours

3. And lime juice sprinkling onto the earth below - ahhh, the greens in this need to be seen to be believed and
oh the speckles!!!!!!!
I'm a total speckle convert.  Lovely little sprinkles of colour in yellow, lime green and dark mid green!
 The naked (undyed) yarn responds so wonderfully to dyeing and it's so, so soft and beautiful to wear! 


Yarn facts
Base: 85 merino/15nylon mix,new sock yarn 
         4ply Fingering yarn
         437yards, 100gm of citrusy goodness
         Needle suggestion: 2.5mm - 3mm

Find these yarns in my Etsy shop (Click here Citrus Twist yarns or on the Etsy icon  on the right ) 

The most wonderful news is that postage anywhere now is only $9.50 per skein! This is such a huge saving  - posting yarn overseas has been pohibitive with the same parcel  previously being $21.00!!  

And there's more...to soften the blow of any postage, we're including  a stitch marker (value $8.00)  every month, with EVERY PURCHASE as a thank you for being such a supportive community.  Each skein is hand dyed, cooked and dried to ensure quality.  All the yarns are permanent and washable by hand in warm water with a wool wash.  

I'm off to start some socks but which colourway will I choose?  

Happy Knitting, 
Lu x



Sunday, 9 April 2017

Yarn Stories - The Circus Series Range,hand dyed yarn!


🌟MORE  exciting news! 🌟

Postage  on yarn is now $10.00 overseas NOT $18.00!  (In actual fact, sending yarn from Australia  is $21.00 which is prohibitive so this is a huge bonus  and I couldn't be happier!  

Introducing The Circus from  myYARN STORIES range.  I will be releasing a new yarn every month! 

To purchase this yarn, click on the link  Lu Douglas Designs, Etsy



Yarn Stories, April

                                         
At last, it's happened!  The yarn is dried, the Circus tent is up and ready for business!  It’s been so much fun designing the yarn and just as exciting creating the accompanying art to advertise it! Look out on Instagram for some fun videos and photos!

The Story
To me, everything has a story, even if it is tracing the history of the yarn  or learning about the methods of dyeing from ancient times. I enjoy creating work for exhibitions in clay, paper and print and making stories about them, so why not do the same with yarn??

I fell in love with Lotus Yarns (http://www.lotusyarns.com/).  The New Sock and the Aran Cashmere blends are my choice because they are silky soft and knit and crochet up well. (*** Note that the Aran is 8ply (DK) not 10ply in the lotus Yarn range)

 Since socks are my passion,  THE CIRCUS Series  is fingering weight, hand dyed in Australia and ready to send all over the world!  Yes, postage is ridiculous everywhere  but there's a BONUS:

               You will receive one of my stitchmarkers or zipper pulls for your project bag FREE! (value $8.00)  with every skein of yarn purchased (One per order) for the duration of 2017, and there might just be another little surprise in there as well…J

 The Circus Range has one side dyed with bands of colour while the other is speckled – oh how I have grown to love speckled yarn!!!!!!!!!!  

I hope you find exciting ways to use my limited edition, hand dyed yarn,  The Circus.   Please use the hashtags   #yarnstories  #thecircusseries  and tag me @wildaboutyarn  for any of your posts on Instagram or Facebook.   Socks were  first on my list, what will be on yours – socks for you, socks for a family member, a hand knitted toy, a shawl?? 
 I can’t wait to see! 

Some great free sock patterns are:
Hermoine’s everyday  socks – Erica Leuder   (CUFF DOWN)   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hermiones-everyday-socks
Monkey Socks - Cookie A  (CUFF DOWN)
Vanilla Sock -Mary Lucas (TOE UP)
  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/so-vanilla-socks


Happy Circus days!

Lu x

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Favourite things of 2016

Hello November
where did the year go? 

The other day, I sat and wrote down all the projects that were my favourites for 2016.  Socks, dyeing, flowers, little bejewelled blankets...too many to include here!  I think you all know that knitting socks is one of my favourite things to do...it's theraputic for me and now that I've gotten my formatting down, I can do it without a pattern.  You could too if you tried.
(Free tips on knitting socks here...☺
                              http://wildaboutyarn.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/aburning-sock-desire-sock-knitting-in.html  )
This is Secret Garden yarn, gifted to me by the lovely Connie  who has just uploaded a whole new batch of delicious yarns!

(Find these beautiful yarns here...Chile Knitz yarns

I fell in love with this Regis Thelma colourway  - this is the basic sock pattern
Hermione socks http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hermiones-everyday-socks  in Kaleidoscopeali Paintbox 7 yarn

 I wanted ankle socks and Rosecity Rollers  (Find them here...seemed perfect, 
quick to make and are so cute.    (I used a Madeline Tosh  - light pink - and  a multi coloured sock yarn from Spotlight for the toes and cuff.)

Nature featured in many of my projects this year whether it was in dyeing or prints.   I travelled extensively throughout Queensland this year teaching workshops. It's my passion and seeing the achievements of all those who attended is just one of the rewards of being able to share my knowledge and skills. At last count, there were more than 120 participants  who took part in my classes this year. A huge thank you to everyone for the support and creative fun we had.

Sock yarn dyed with avocado pits/skins and wattle
DYEING yarn and paper were part of some of the workshops.  Dyeing is easy to achieve for beginners but the process  always offers a uniqueness;  there is some ofthe unknown in how it turns out which makes it  exciting.

Are you like I am & want to knit every skein you dye just to see what colour pattern emerges? Alas, some fly out the door to other homes before there's a chance but there's always the thrill of seeing the variations once the skein is dried and caked up.  Gathering plants in season ensures I achieve the colours I want so keep that in mind. (Freeze the leaves and flowers for later use.)





You don't need to use plants to achieve dyes.  The yarn on the left has been dyed with food colouring and yes, it's permanent.  In the 3rd issue of  Wild About Yarn Magazine (still available here Wild About Yarn issue 3, PDF download only ) there is a yarn dyeing tutorial using food colouring showing how easy it is for anyone.  The magazine also has an interview with the very generous Heike Gittens of Madewithloops  and did you know Heike and Claudia  now have a new book available? (Find it here A Little Book of Shawls).  



 Dyeing with plants is a matter of science and sometimes serendipity even when you follow all the rules!  Water quality effects the ph balance too, so what might have been purple can turn out brown.  I teach yarn and fabric dyeing workshops so if you are interested in a workshop, contact me for details. (wildaboutyarn@outlook.com) 
Announcement: Later this year, my book  - The Magic of Microwave Dyeing - will be published! 




Flowers

One of the most popular photos this year has been my knitted and crocheted flower arrangements. I created my own secret garden.
We have the best of both worlds today - the colours of our yarn choices are innumerable and the internet brings many designs and tutorials for us to try.   I love that more designers are creating wearable art and home decor that fits in well in contemporary times.  And I look forward to discovering more creative ways to display and arrange yarn projects.  Pinterest (Lu Douglas Pinterest crochet)
Pinterest is nothing short of magic.






Montages are compact moments of  personal history and every month, I prepare one. It reminds me of just what I've achieved and I don't mind telling you that I sometimes surprise myself.
(top right) current Scrappy socks   (bottom left) daisy granny squares for a blanket
                               (bottom right) basket made using foraged plants
Clockwise from top left:  I called this my Bijoux Blanket and have been working on it with my multi talented friend, Teresa Mercer, from Montana (find her crocheted items and jewellery here  Mercer Made)  This tiny block is a universal one but how delightful to create a join-as-you-go project when the larger ones get to be overwhelming. (You could join us too. See below for the method and hashtag it   #bijouxblanket on Instagram. Tag me please @wildaboutyarn)  
Thank you Alice (Instagram @alicebyday)  for the inspirational photo. 
The Bijoux Blanket is a great way to use up left overs for a runner or a small throw; make it into a bag and line it, or add more blocks to the design to create a shawl.  So many possibilities.

BIJOUX BLANKET METHOD
Magic ring. (UK TERMS) 
ch3, 2tr into ring, *ch3, 3tr into ring, repeat twice more from *, slst into the 3rd ch of the beg ch3.  Done. :-) 
For subsequent motifs, use join-as-you-go method at the ch3 section by doing ch1, slst into the corner of the first motif, ch1, continue with 3tr into the ring, Repeat this at the next corner and at corners where the motifs meet.   Work in rows. 


 Remember to put aside a little time each day for you...and enjoy November before the rush of Christmas begins.

Happy stitching,
Lu










Saturday, 26 March 2016

Wild about Yarn Magazine, Issue 3 Autumn, the dyeing issue

Wild About Yarn Magazine, issue 3, Autumn - the dyeing issue

Issue 3, Autumn, a magazine all about yarn 

                    The mesmerising mandalas on the cover belong to the lovely Sandra Eng  (instagram - @mobiusgirl)  of Minnesota.   Sandra is our featured maker and creator.  She makes and creates some of the most intricate circles of crochet and the results speak for themselves! 

Heike Gittins  (Instagram - @madewithloops) from the United Kingdom knits exquisite designs, so feminine and professionally made.  You can create these designs too if you go to her website.  You can also read about the magazine on her blog here. Made with Loops There are several free patterns in both crochet and knitting, and some exquisite knitted designs to purchase here . Take a look at her latest ventures with Claudia Baumann-Ruegg in Germany. Thank you, Claudia, for announcing the release of Issue 3 on your blog 
Claudia's blog http://wollsinn.blogspot.com.au

Heike has generously provided two crochet patterns in the magazine but I won't spoil it by showing you those.  :-) 

Ellie Beck lives in the rainforest in a house that she and her husband, Sam, have been building for the last 5 years. She manages to create the most beautiful yarns and fabrics by naturally dyeing them with nature's bounty.  Read about her life in the slow-lane and how she balances this and family.  

Since this is the dyeing issue, you will find a brief history of dyeing and a tutorial for those who wish to dye their own yarn. As I wrote - if you can cook spaghetti, you can dye yarn! 


Garter stitch knitting with children
If you happen to teach children knitting, there's an article on pointers to get them started. 


I'm so proud of this issue. It's a PDF download which diverts from the 'book in the hand' magazine I initially conceptualised, but rising postage costs, time taken for some to reach their destination (2 months to some countries!!!) and some getting 'lost' in the mail brought this about.  I hope you will purchase an issue and see for yourself how inspiring yarn in the hands of  our three creatives can be.  

Happy Yarning,
Lu x

Link to Etsy to see the new issue of Wild About Yarn Issue 3, Autumn link



Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Wild About Yarn Magazine, Issue 2, Summer - The Mindful issue



 Wild about Yarn Magazine - The Mindful Issue
Issue 2, Summer, out now!

Click here to Order it on Etsy: Wild About Yarn Magazine Issue 2!!


 This the Mindful Issue, arriving just in time to whisper in our ears to slow down and take some time out. It's going to be a wonderful Christmas, don't you think?

(P.S. if you missed Issue 1, it's available at a discount  on Etsy here: Wild About Yarn Magazine 1 and 2)

The magazine is ready to ship and there are three interviews, patterns, a recipe of course, and free stuff too!  You'll receive a free PDF downloadable pattern for the handy Circles of Summer Pouch  (right)  that goes with the gorgeous bag in my favourite colours!

The amazing and generous Marianne Dekkers-Roos  from the Netherlands is our featured creator and the pages are just bursting with  the colour and of her designs!  Marianne comes from a long line or matriarchal creatives on both sides of the family and shares some poignant moments with us.

The magazine has a mandala to colour in, a delicious recipe for cute cupcakes and a link to a free crocheted mandala online!

The Tassel for the bag and pouch are both on the blog and free for everyone. I  love the embellished top using buttonhole stitch - it's so easy to do and finishes the tassel beautifully!

Did you miss the first issue?  Don't worry...it's discounted and available on Etsy with the current issue (go to the shop here  )

We love to see where you read your magazine so send us photos on Instagram with the hashtag #wildaboutyarnmag or #waymindfulness (wild about yarn mindfulness) and we'll feature some of these in the next magazine!

Have a happy start to December and take some time  for you.

Happy Yarning,
Lu x

Your pouch pattern will arrive in your email inbox once you have ordered..

Click here  Tassel Time tutorial for the link




This gorgeous Circles of Summer Bag pattern is in Issue 2...with its pompom border and tassels 

           





Tassel Time Tutorial

Tassel Time TUTORIAL 



the tassel for Circles of Summer Bag and Pouch

                   Here is a free tassel tutorial.  You do not need to do the decorative  netting across the top. The tassel will still be functional as it is.

3m of one colour or 1.5 m of two colours.
Tapestry needle, scissors 
Cardboard 12cm x 5cm                                                                                             

1. Cut yarn 1.5 metres in two colours (or 3m of one colour) for the bag.  (Cut the fringe shorter for the pouch.)
2.  Make a twisted cord.   (A great tutorial can be found here Twisted cord Tutorial) 

**Twisted cord instructions – take 1 metre of yarn. Fold it in half and tie the two ends together in a knot.
Put both loops over the index fingers of both hands. Keep the tension on the yarn and twist the cord in opposite directions until it starts to get tight.  To test if it’s ready to twist, release the yarn a little.  Does it twist madly on itself?  It’s ready if it does. If not, keep twisting in opposite directions.  You might like to hold the cord it in the middle before letting go gently.  When you let it go, it will twist on itself into a cord.    

(i) Attach the twisted cord with a larks head knot
3. Wrap around a piece of cardboard 15cm x 5cm.  (photo i)
4. Loop the twisted cord under the top of folded tassel and make a larks head knot to secure it.     Cut the bottom edge of the tassel on the cardboard.                                         
5. Wrap and tie a 30cm piece of yarn 3cm from folded top of the tassel. This is the BAND.  Secure with a knot and then hide the loose end back inside the tassel.     
                    

The embellished top starts at the wrapped band

Decorative top


Attach yarn to the wrapped band. 

1. Thread up a metre of yarn onto a tapestry needle. Turn your tassel upside down to start the decorative top by attaching the yarn to the tied skirt.
2. Loop all around the skirt band with buttonhole stitch as shown to the right.

3. Continue doing buttonhole stitch.  As the tassel belly gets narrower, make the loops a little tighter.  Secure the end of the yarn inside the tassel.   



L. Douglas  ©2015