Russian Coat

Russian Coat Another Russian coat sold and another sad to see go! The 'To Russia with Love Cardy Coat' was designed for the All Womens Achievers Awards Ceremony last July when I was asked to prepare a set of designs for the catwalk show. My inspiration for this Russian coat came from the full length, huge collared Russian coat style, like the Russian sable furs of Marc Kaufman, New York, or the magnificent white Russian coat modelled by South African super [...]

Asymmetrical Dress

Asymmetrical Dress I know many of you have knitted the Aquarius Jacket and I love seeing your choice of colours and interpretations. But have you tried the Aquarius Dress - a beautiful asymmetrical dress? My inspiration for the jacket came from the fact that the asymmetrical style and shape is a very, very flattering one! No matter what your body shape, asymmetry is the key to either accentuating, diminishing, or exaggerating your shape in certain areas, and at the [...]

Are You a Rectangular Body Shape?

You Are What You Knit A Guide to Knitting for your Shape and Style Are you a Rectangular Body Shape? We spend hours with our knitting machines and needles, using all our experience, knowledge and skills to knit up our latest garment; whether it is a complicated structure and pattern or our hundredth scarf! Often we are knitting for others: family or clients; but when we are knitting for ourselves, wouldn’t it be great if we knew exactly what to knit for [...]

Are you an Apple Body Shape?

You Are What You Knit A Guide to Knitting for your Shape and Style Are you an Apple Body Shape? We want to look as good as we can in our clothes, especially when we have spent hours at our knitting machines, or with our needles to produce our latest piece. Last time I talked I mentioned that the initial step was to recognise which body shape we are and then knit according to our shape for the best results. So which [...]

Which Shape Are You?

You Are What You Knit A Guide to Knitting for your Shape and Style Which Shape Are You? It’s not about height or weight when it comes to dressing to suit your body shape. Yes, age may play a large part, but that’s ok. Hopefully our taste in clothes changes are we mature. The main thing to consider is proportion and how to accentuate your proportions to your advantage. So, which shape are you?   If we want to categorise body shapes then we [...]

You CAN wear the Red Dress

You Are What You Knit A Guide to Knitting for your Shape and Style You CAN wear the Red Dress! Fashion is all about looking and feeling good. We all know the impact that looking good can have on a woman’s self worth. We go through a series of chapters in our lives, each one bringing on potential harm to our self esteem if unchecked; adolescence, career moves, having a family, leading busy and demanding lives, juggling our many responsibilities as women, [...]

Hard Kore Machine Knitting

Hard Kore Machine Knitting with Ida Bee Gamey Some of us know Ida Bee Gamey from the Facebook group Hard Kore Machine Knitters. Ida is certainly a keen machine knitter and a great motivator. I wanted to share Ida’s Knitting Story with you all. Ida has lived in Southern Illinois, USA, all of her life. Her career as a 911 dispatcher and trainer for her local police department spanned 8 years. Previous to this Ida was a stay at home Mum, [...]

Translating Knitting Patterns with Kirsten Schreiweis

The Story of German/English Speaking Kirsten Schreiweis Kirsten Schreiweis and I became friends very recently. And what a lovely and talented friend. Having published my first free guide, ‘How to Design, Write and Convert your own Knitting Patterns’, I was approached by Kirsten with a view to translating knitting patterns and the guide into her native tongue of German. The 6500 word guide has now been translated and is already available to the German market! Kirsten is not only talented, [...]

Knitting Stories: Cristina Murray

I met Cristina Murray on Facebook at the beginning of this year when she invited me to join Tracy Basten’s Machine Knitting group having bought my Spring Collection pattern book. I was thrilled to join the group and we have been friends ever since. Cristina is a relatively new, but very talented knitter with an excellent sense of humour, and I knew her story would be fascinating and appealing. So thank you Cristina. Cristina was born in Romania, moved to [...]

German Knitting Patterns

My eyes were opened recently to the possibility of having my knitting patterns translated into the German language for the German knitting market. I was thrilled! I could create German Knitting Patterns. I had often thought about the possibilities of translation, and having learned the Italian language over a number of years, this is where my thoughts lay. But then I was introduced to a very talented lady called Kirsten Schreiweis. And so the translation from English to German knitting [...]