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New Year New Designs

Officially still on vacation time but have been working on a new range since November when I decided to take the studio offered to me at Farfield Mill.
I so love being there and meeting the public and letting them wander through my fibre  haven as I work,sales and commisions have been great and my work very well received, which does tend to spur you on.
I am still entranced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and although it is some years since I did the Rose series of pieces I still come back to the simplicity of depicting beauty that he so mastered.
On my visit to Glasgow I took hundreds of images of floor tiles and wrought iron which are now finding the way into my work.
I yearn for blue sky and sunshine and failing that blue sky and snow or frost,this murk does nothing for me and actually I feel the cloud is just balanced on my head.
Hope someone’s weather is more agreeable.
I also finished putting touches to my new fibre newsletter overjoyed at the response with nearly 200 going out in the first edition.
Make each day count is my motto this year and for those trying to overcome adversity remember to smile -and believe it will happen.I have also just heard a friend who helped me tremendously when I was ill  is poorly at the moment so I am thinking of him and hoping all goes well for his recovery.
The design work coming though in my knitting is from floor tiles found both in UK and also in Denmark and Bocholt  Germany where I visited the Textil Miuseum and loved exploring the old cottages there so similar to our old victorian cottages.
I have put this into the headbands which are actually using the doubleknititng techniques to work them and in particular the reverse stocking stitch technique.
I will be teching this in 3 places this year so far,Farfield Mill in May ,Fano Knitting Festival in September and then Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show.
The pattern for the headband will be for sale later today through Ravelry and the Doubleknitting
I have finished these using a castoff icord method which allows plenty of stretch still to happen at the edges but holds it in place firmly when wearing ,I also like to vary my colours in the trim.
A work in progress picture Image

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