Catching up

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Despite my very best intentions, I fell off the blogging wagon! Ironically, I did manage 'dry' January, but am now off that particular wagon - normal service resumes!

Lots of stuff has been happening at sarah-hazell.com. The feature I wrote for Wool Week was well received and we sold kits as far away as sunny California - amazing! I will be continuing to work with Emma at http://www.inthewoolshed.com/ and look forward to designing more projects with all those beautiful, naturally dyed yarns.Emmais away in India at the moment, leading a tour focusing on traditional block printing methods - looking forward to catching up with her on her return.

January saw the launch of a KAL that I have been working on for http://www.letsknit.co.uk/. It is a baby blanket, inspired by the idea of birds and nesting. There are two different techniques to tackle each monthe for six months and they include lace, cabling, swapping stitches, texture and swiss darning. You can follow other knitter's progress on Facebook and Twitter or contact adrienne.chandler @aceville.co.uk if there are any details you want to check. I chose a cheerful palette that would work equally well for a boy or a girl.

So what does 2016 have in store?

Well, I have been continuing to work with the team at Knitting magazine on new projects. The magazine has had a new editor recently and the breadth of content is growing all the time. I have just had my first guest column published on how knitting features on Instagram - hope you get a chance to read that!

January is often the time when we turn to stash busting projects and so I have added a couple of projects to the website for you to try.

The bag is a good introduction to knitting fair isle in the round and the cushion demonstrates how a simple lace pattern can be worked in stripes.

At the moment I ma busy swatching out ideas with some of the new yarns that will launch this Spring. They include Blacker's Tamar, Erika Knight's Studio Linen and Isle Yarns Poll Dorset DK. Isle Yarns will be launching their Spring Collection and new website at the end of the month and I will be back soon to talk about a special collaboration with them.

Some of you have been asking whether I will be doing any workshops this year. I very much hope to and already have some plans in the pipeline, but it will be later in the year as I have some surgery coming up!

I'll leave you with some tempting images - keep warm, happy and at one with your yarn!


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Bold texture and vibrant colour: Knitting magazine Issue 146

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This has been one of my absolute favourite editions of Knitting magazine to work on! It has given me the chance to work with some aran weight yarns that I had not tried before, as well as work in the round - a technique that ma turning to more and more.

First up is the Swirling Scarf. I used Millamia's Naturally Soft Aran in Ochre (240). Not only is this a really on trend colour at the moment, but the yarn holds and supports the ribs and cables extremely well. I originally designed this to be knitted in the round so that the edges of the pattern wouldn't curl, but it also has the added advantage that every other row is a knit row which helps to make it a speeder knit.

Carpet bags are enjoying a revival on the high street and so I was inspired to create a knitted version. King Cole's Merino Blend Aran has a strong palette which reminded of lovely old carpets. It has good stitch definition and lends itself to stranded colourwork very easily. I would recommend weaving in your ends as you go so that you are not left with that chore at the end of the project!

The last piece has not left my side since it was returned to me after the photo-shoot! It has taken up residence next to my chair in the sitting room and holds lots of yarn and a couple of projects! I used Rico Essentials Big in Grey Melange (041) and Cinnamon (031) and simple stitchwork to create a contemporary feel and am really pleased with the result. Certainly one of those projects where a little creativity has gone a long way to transform an old cardboard box anti a stylish household accessory!

This month's edition also introduces a new layout to the magazine - I think it is much easier to navigate now and contains some really interesting features - go grab a copy!


Patchwork Throw - Kit and pattern launching 20th August 2015

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I was delighted when Simply Crochet asked if they could feature my Patchwork Throw in this month’s issue. (on sale 20th August)

The design was inspired by traditional patchwork throws in which the fabric pieces appear to overlap – I am always fascinated how different textile traditions can inspire others

The yarn choice comes from the Navia brand – a relatively new company that is family run and strongly associated with the knitting
traditions of the Faroe Islands. When I first met up with Fiona Parker from The Island Wool Co , who distributes this yarn in the UK and
Ireland, we started to talk about how the yarn might also be used for crochet.
Navia Duo is one of the few pure wool yarns that I have come across that is so well suited to crochet. It provides excellent stitch definition without being stark, is lightweight, requires very little blocking and has a glorious colour palette. This has allowed me to create a traditional piece in a relevant, modern palette.

The exciting news is that the yarn for this design will be available as a kit from Thursday 20th August 2015. We will start to process orders for kits from Monday 24th August. In the meantime if you have any questions then please contact me via sales@sarahhazell.com.
I’ll be back in the office on Monday!

That was the week that was....................

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It has been an exciting few days. A visit to a friend in London necessitated a trip to Loop in Islington. I love this shop because it stocks little treasures that you often can't find anywhere else. You will see that I was tempted by the Isager Japansk Bomuld (cotton), a beautiful laceweight cotton with excellent metreage, (315 metres (344 yards)) and machine washable! Think i might take it on holiday to experiment with....... Second purchase of the week was the fantastic pouch that you see below. Made by Julia Billings of woollenflower from recycled Harris Tweed and lined with Scottish linen. Simple,stylish and superbly well made!

On Saturday I met up with Emma Price at In the Woolshed to talk through recent inspirations and future projects. The yarns featured in the photo are spun from Lleyni sheep and dyed naturally by Emma, really looking forward to working with this!

Finally a little taster of a commission that I would love to finish by the end of the week, but suspect will be coming on holiday with me!