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  1. Times are challenging right now. Covid-19 is causing so much disruption and bringing unprecedented change and uncertainty to our every day lives and it's difficult to predict even what next week will look like.

    But shining through there is a lot of kindness and people pulling together to help others. And that's what's important, that we are there for each other.

    Even if we can't physically be with our friends, families and neighbours due to social distancing and isolation, we can still e-mail, call and video chat. Loneliness and isolation can have a big impact on our mental health so it's important to look out for each other and stay in touch.

    If you are on Facebook and would like some crafty company and chat then do check out the Facebook Group. We are a small and friendly community and you are most welcome to join us if you haven't already.

    And I am always happy to talk over e-mail too, so if you aren't on Facebook or just fancy a chat then feel free to email me at [email protected]

    Stay safe, we are all in this together and together we will get through it.

    Jem x

  2. I have a new shawl pattern available on Ravelry and on the website. This is the Every Day I'm ruffling Shawl. I've been so excited to release this one as it marks my 50th design on Ravelry!

    About this Pattern

    Get your flirt on with this fanciful shawl inspired by the ruffled and frilled fashions of the 80’s. Worked in two sections, the body is knit from side to side with eyelets winking playfully amidst the smooth stockinette. Stitches are then picked up along the edge of the crescent, with increases worked to build up a dramatic ruffle. To get the right amount of flounce, the border section is worked with larger needles to create an air of fancy free, breezy stitches full of airiness and drape. A video tutorial on how to join the ruffled border is linked in the pattern.
    Worked in double knit yarn, you’ll find it to be perfect for layering - light yet cozy. Playful yet practical. The body will look best in a solid yarn, but the ruffle lets you show off your personality with a bold or variegated colorway. A 100g skein of contrasting yarn will yield a sweet frill; 150 g will produce the flamboyant flourish shown here. Whether you rock big 80’s hair to go with your shawl is up to you, but rest assured – every day that you wear this shawl, you will be ruffling!

    For more details including the materials required for this pattern click HERE
    The pattern has been professionally tech edited by by Allison O’Mahoney at Kniterations and was tested by a fantastic group of test knitters too! Thank you Jo, Ira, Tori, Sabina, Collette, Teresa and Heather Jo! 

    To view more testers photo's take a look at the project pages on Ravelry.
    Thanks for stopping by and until next time - happy ruffling! x