WASHINGTON DC

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DESTINATION 02

Amtrak from Penn Station to Union Station DC.

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Our street is tucked behind Capitol Hill and visible from our rooftop balcony.

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So good to finally meet Olga in person!

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Doing the sights.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

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Yes! We have kicked off our 96 day trip.

First stop: The Big Apple.

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Only Day 2 of our 90+ day trip and Anais called it:
New York is the best city ever.
With Rome, Berlin & Paris yet to come,
she *may* have peaked a little early
but, hey, l can understand her enthusiasm.

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I’ve been fortunate to meet up with friends
and, of course, see the sights.
Jet lag seems to have only affected the adults
(for which I am extremely grateful).

You can follow our trip via Instagram: assemblagekj.

THE CRAFT SESSIONS 2014

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So, my friends, it is on again – The Craft Sessions 2014!

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After the fantastic inaugural event last year
I was thrilled to be invited back again to teach two new classes.

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I will teaching a half-day class to make a Sev[en]circle Neckpiece.
A sweet little knitted design that can be adapted and tweaked to suit you and your yarn.
Oh, and maybe learn a few handy knitting techniques, too.

I am busily knitting up some new samples to help whet your appetite
and get you thinking about how you might like to make yours.
I’m thinking sterling silver ‘add-ins’, a bracelet version, chunky 10ply/aran weights,
or perhaps skinny little loopy loops for a bright colour punch.

You might like to use handspun yarn, add in some beads, tie on some yarn ends.
Your imagination is really the only limit.
Take a look through the Ravelry Project Page for some more great inspiration.

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My other class will be a full day session to make a Seamless Hat.
[Please note, the images are indicative only at this time.]
I am developing a new hat pattern specifically for this class:
to suit confident beginners through to intermediate knitters.

As with most of my knitwear patterns – there will be design options!
For those keen to learn the basic techniques; beautiful stocking stitch options.
For those wanting to take the design to the next level; a textured stitch pattern.

This new design includes a Provisional Cast On, knitting in the round,
decreasing to shape the crown and then an applied I-Cord Bind Off to the brim.
And the best part? You will finish your hat in the time alloted.
Yes – I’m aiming for a group photo at the end with our new hats on!

I am already loving my first 2 samples – really cute shape and neat fit.
Cannot wait to share them with you!

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Rather pleased to be able to announce the unveiling of my new ‘work’ website.

It has been great fun re-visiting projects with the photographer and
hearing from the Clients how much they love the finished designs.

I even managed a Launch Blog Post which is exciting in itself.
[Especially given how challenging it is for me to find time at the moment!!]
I plan to do a blog post on each of the projects featured on the website
to provide additional images and insight that didn’t quite fit the format -
think of it like Bonus Features on your favourite DVD!

So yes – it is pretty much knitting or work like that on my work website that keeps me busy.
Oh, and most importantly, of course, my [patient] family.

JFK INTL

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Did I happen to mention my impending travel plans?
Did I? For 3 plus months? Yes?

Hard for me to believe
< as she eyes seemingly insurmountable Alps-Of-Epic-Nature volume of work to complete >
but this time in three weeks,
I will be sitting in a New York bound aeroplane!

Squee!

For a wee moment, I’m going to just ponder that.

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Aaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnndddddddddddd. Exhale.

Right. Back to it. As you were.

AISANCE

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AISANCE : French for for ease, fluency, fluidity.
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My new design for Quince + Co.

This cardigan features elongated fronts for visual interest and modern elegance.
The seamless ribbed neckband and fronts skim and lengthen the body.

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The shaped insert rib panel at the back ensures a flattering fit with interesting detail.
This piece provides versatile style with the delicious drape of silk and wool.

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Did I mention completely seamless? Sew in a few threads at the end and voila!
You’ll be good to go. Stylin’ the Cardi – 2014 style.

I think I’ll wear mine with skinny jeans, tshirt and slides for weekends.
Or maybe a black pencil skirt, white blouse and black brogues for work.

Images courtesy of Quince + Co and Carrie Bostick Hoge.

崖 | GAKE

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崖 | GAKE : Japanese (Romanji) for (n) cliff.
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This design is about deconstructed juxtaposition:
two halves abutting together along the expressed fault line.

The cleaving of these two elements permits the optional cowl to
subtly soften the contrasting pieces along the deep V-neck.

The design features tailored shaping for flattering fit and
provides a design statement this season.

A cardigan option is detailed in the pattern.
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My new design for Amirisu.
And a lovely interview in this issue with me, too.
I’m trying not to blush as I read it!

Do flip through it online: lots to read, plenty of eye candy.
And a big thank you to Meri + Tokuko
for their generous invitation + support.

Images Courtesy of Amirisu.

THE GRAND TOUR 2014

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2014 TRIP CHECKLIST

Departure – early April 2014.

Itinery – as per the guide book mountain sequence above.

Accommodation – mostly booked (thank you, dear husband. And thank you, airbnb).

Packing – list/s not started.

Finalise work projects – not even close.

Architectural Sites/Sights – needs research. Which means time. Not currently available.

Knitting projects – completely no idea. Refer Architectural Sites/Sights.

Yarn stores – virtually no idea. Refer Architectural Sites/Sights.

State of nerves – excited / peaking early. Mixed in with a generous dollop of freaking out.

Please note:
the author would like to reserve the right to gratefully receive all suggestions and
recommendations so generously offered by her dear readers.

MAZE + VALE | BEDLINEN

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope it proves to be year filled with love for you + yours.
I managed to squeeze in a last sewing project just before the year ticked over.

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My lovely friend, Leslie, from Maze and Vale
worked her magic on this custom order for my girl,
with Anais’ choice of design + colour for her reversible bedlinen.

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Many Moons on one side. Feathers on the other.
I love the angled space across the corner on the Feathers side.
And the fact I managed to squeeze 2 matching pillowcases out of the fabric.

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One Lucky Girl.

MY CHRISTMAS LIST

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Yep. That time of year.
So many lovely things and
not enough people to give them to me…
Oh, right. It’s about the GIVING. Got it.

FOR THE BOY
Anything from the Lego Star Wars would go down well.
Although he has also asked for this.

FOR THE GIRL
Remember the old knitting nancy? She’s getting this one.
But wish I had time to make one.

FOR THE MAN
So I’ve bought him these. But what he really wants is a set of these.
I think I’ll let him sort those out.

FOR MY MUM
She has her heart on this new camera.

FOR MY MIL
She has requested one of these. Bless her.

FOR THE TEENAGE NEPHEWS
Always a challenge. This year they are getting one of these.

FOR THE TEENAGE NIECES
Jewellery + jewellery stands purchased locally.

FOR ME
Either of these cookbooks would be most welcome.
And a sweater load of this would be completely perfect. Yes, silver, thank you.
I’d love pretty much anything from this local designer. Or this one.

AND SOMETHING FOR THAT CHALLENGING CRAFTY PERSON IN YOUR LIFE
Maybe a crocheted shoe perhaps?
But will someone sort out with the makers the difference between knitting | crochet | tools?