A collection inspired by the coastline, countryside and community of this unique peninsula.
If you have ever been lucky enough to visit the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, you will know that it has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It offers the chance to absorb spectacular views and draw on a sense of calm and stillness. My collection is a response to the rhythms and textures of the landscape, using yarn sourced from the farmland that completes this community.
The Purbeck collection comprises five key accessories for you, your family and your home. While each piece has been inspired by natural forms, they all include an element of geometrical patterning or shaping to give them a contemporary feel – bridging the gap between town and village, city and country. Each design is named after one of the beautiful places I visited recently.
SMEDMORE and STUDLAND:
An infinity loop worked in 4ply and offered in two different variations. As a designer I enjoy exploring the effect that colour has on stitch patterns. Smedmore combines soft pink and ochre, offset by soft cables in the palest of greys. Studland is a bolder version of the scarf with a rich,conker brown and cobalt blue section offset by a rib stitch worked in a chalky blue. Both designs are available as a combined download. ( Images are credited to @aplayfulday
This is the first design I worked on for Isle Yarns and uses their original DK. The hardwearing qualitiesof this pure Poll Dorset DK make it ideal for homewares. I have introduced a second and third colour to a technique that is often only presented in one colour, to enhance the sense of movement and patterning. The back of this cushion cover is worked in a textured stitch and has an envelope opening.
This elegant, vortex style shawl is a firm favourite. I have combined two different stitches to evoke images of the ploughed farmland meeting the coastline. It is worked in a 4ply blend that not only provides excellent stitch definition and fantastic drape when blocked. I used a soft green, but it would work well in any shade from the 4ply palette.
This cushion would make an ideal partner for Purbeck. I have used colour once again to highlight patterning and bring depth to this
deceptively simple stitch. Isle Yarns have just added some new colours to the DK range am I am already looking forward to knitting up some new colourways in this design.
Kimmeridge is an idyllic spot and this final piece is inspired by the many pathways the area has to offer. The Kimmeridge Beanie is worked in the round and combines different cabled stitches. This not only provides texture and interest, but ensures a great fit. It is shown here in one of my absolute favourite shades, Haylands. I hope it becomes one of yours too!
I was recently invited to visit the home of Isle Yarns. It was a great opportunity to discuss future plans and meet with other designers. We toured the farm, needle felted with the fleece and ate supper watching the sun go down over Kimmeridge Bay.
It was a chance to fully appreciate the ethos behind wool production at Isle Yarns
“From farm to needles with an authenticity and our own unique story”
To find out more about the yarn and the farm you can visit www.isleyarns.co.uk, or you may like to listen to a conversation between Sue Hole, (owner of IsleYarns) and local lifestyle blogger, Kate O’Sullivan via www.aplayfulday.com or www.patreon.com/aplayfulday and
be part of a growing community.
Patterns from the collection will be available to download from Sunday 9th October 2016. A great way to celebrate Wool Week 2016.