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  1. I have some online knitting workshops scheduled for July, including some '30 Minute Masterclasses'. Here's what's coming up!

    July Knitting Classes

    All classes will be held via Zoom and you will receive a link with login details before the class. Classes are informal, friendly and kept small to allow for focused tuition and time to ask questions as you go along. Please note that times are UK times (BST). If you would like to attend a particular class but the time does not work for you, please drop me an e-mail and let me know as I am happy to schedule extra classes if the demand is there.

    To check the timings for your timezone you can use this time converter https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter-classic.html .

    Introduction to Shawl Knitting

    Sat 17th July - 2-5pm

    Join me as we knit 5 mini shawls and explore their shaping and construction.

    The class is suitable for knitters who are comfortable with knit and purl stitches. The areas and techniques covered are:

    • How to choose yarns and needles that will work with your shawl pattern
    • Knitting mini shawls:
    1. Bottom Up Triangle Shawl
    2. Crescent Shaped Shawl and the Garter Tab cast on
    3. Semi-Circular Shawl
    4. Asymmetrical Shawl
    5. Top Down Triangle Shawl
    • Lace Bind-Off
    • How to block your shawl for a professional finish
    • Start your own shawl project

    At the end of the class you will have 5 shawl patterns that you can start knitting straight away!

    Buy a ticket  


     

    Knitting with Beads

    Sunday 18th July - 11-12:30pm

    Learn how to add beads to your knitting and design your own bead pattern to work on a beaded bracelet.

    In this workshop we will look at how to add beads to a knitting project. We will look at:

    • How to add beads to your knitting using a crochet hook
    • Different types and of beads and which size will work best for your yarn
    • Hints and tips on where to place beads depending on your pattern
    • How to use a chart to plot your bead pattern
    • Creating your own bead design to use on a beaded bracelet

    You will need to be comfortable with knit and purl stitches, basic lace knitting and reading charts for this class.

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    Reading Knitting Charts

    Monday 18th July - 8-9pm

    In this workshop we will look at the benefits of learning to read a knitting chart.

    We will cover:

    • How knitting charts are used for colourwork and lacework
    • The most commonly used  chart symbols and what they mean
    • How to work repeat sections
    • How you can use a chart to 'read' your knitting
    • How charts can quickly help you spot any errors and avoid potential mistakes
    • How you can use a chart as a reference against the written instructions

    A basic understanding of knitting and reading patterns is required for this class.

    At the end of the class you will also receive a copy of the Dappled Days shawl pattern which you can use to put your new chart reading skills into practice!  

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    30 MM - Long Tail Cast On

     Weds 21st July - 8-8:30pm

    The long-tail cast on is a common method of casting on knitting stitches. It is extremely versatile and can be used for most projects as it creates a firm, neat, elastic edge.

    In this workshop you will learn:

    • The benefits and characteristics of a long-tail cast on
    • How to calculate how much yarn you will need for the cast on
    • How to work the cast on
    • Tips and tricks for a better cast on

    This class is suitable for beginner knitters and the class is kept small to allow for focused tutorial and questions along the way.

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    30 MM - Cables

    Thursday 22nd July - 8-8:30pm

    Cables are a way of making your stitches travel over your knitting by crossing sets of stitches over to create patterns. They are fun and easy to work and will add the wow factor to any knitted project.

    In this workshop you will learn:

    • What yarns work best for knitting cables
    • How to knit a cable pattern
    • How to use a cable needle
    • How to read standard Cable abbreviations

    This class is suitable for beginner knitters who are comfortable with knit and purl stitches. The class is kept small to allow for focused tutorial and questions along the way.

    Buy a ticket 


    30 MM Easy Fix Mistakes

    Monday 26th July - 8-8:30pm

    When learning to knit it can be very frustrating when stitches are accidentally dropped, or a new one suddenly appears on the needles. In this class we will look at some of the common problems that can occur when learning to knit, how to spot them and how to easily fix them and get you back on track.

    In this workshop you will learn:

    • How stockinette stitch works and how to quickly identify any errors
    • How to pick up a dropped stitch
    • How to deal with any unintended extra stitches
    • How to change a purl to a knit stitch without ripping back, even if it occurs a few rows down
    • Ripping back and tinking
    • How to use a lifeline

    This class is suitable for beginner knitters and the class is kept small to allow for focused tutorial and questions along the way.

    So join me for this class and become the master of your stitches!

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    To see the full schedule of upcoming classes please visit my Eventbrite page.

  2. It's been nearly a week since the launch of Reach for the Stars and I've been blown away with how many knitters have downloaded it already and are joining in the KAL. I'm loving seeing all of the yarn choices and progress pics being posted on Instagram and in the Facebook Group!

    In case you missed my last newsletter, or haven't yet got round to downloading the pattern you can get your copy as a free download from Under the Olive Tree Knits or Ravelry until 31st August.

     
     
    There are KAL Prizes!

    Thanks to the generosity of my crafty family, friends and fellow designers there are some wonderful prizes up for grabs in the KAL.

    Here's a video in which I show you the prizes, and you can find out more about the lovely people who have kindly donated them! Or take a look below for all the details too.
     
     
     
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    Two, yes two! beautiful skeins of Merino and Silk yarns in Smokey Grey and Soft Berry, hand dyed by Camilla at Knitting Needle Lane. KNL is a fantastic online shop for all manner of knitting goodies and stock is hand picked to bring you the softest yarns and high quality products. You will also find 10 exclusive Under the Olive Tree colourways, which are only available at Knitting Needle Lane! You can follow KNL on Instagram @knittingneedlelane
     
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    A gorgeous skein of ‘Ernold Same’ hand dyed sock yarn from Fleabubs and Lala. I am proud to say behind F&B is the talented lady that is my sister :) Check out the website where you can find a beautiful selection of hand dyed yarns on many different bases. And if you like to crochet, Nicola is also the maker of ergonomic crochet hooks, beautifully designed for maximum comfort. You can follow Nicola on Instagram @fleabubsbylala 
     
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    A skein of bright blue Munchkin Country 4ply yarn from Snooptigger Crafts. Snooptigger Crafts is owned by Catherine who is based in Devon in the UK. Snooptigger Crafts started life as a designer and a tech editor. Catherine started dyeing yarn during the lockdown as a way to have some more time to be creative and also to produce the colour in her head that she couldn't find.

    Catherine is a huge fan of movies and wanted to share her love of movies through her yarn and the colours she creates. So, all the yarn collections are based on movies that are her favourites. She specialises in being bold and colourful. Her main goal is to make her customers happy with the items that they create with her yarn. You can find Catherine on Instagram - @snooptiggercrafts
     
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    A skein of vibrant pink hand-dyed natural yarn from The Knit Apothecary. The Knit Apothecary offers ethically sourced, 100% natural fiber yarns that are hand-dyed in small batches and limited-edition collections that are hand-dyed with natural, plant ingredients.

    Owner Felice says "The Knit Apothecary is a fusion of my love for everything fiber-related with my mission to be eco-ethical.  I believe it's important to "make mindfully," which is why I created a line of yarn that respects both animals and the environment. I only use sustainably-sourced, 100% natural fiber yarn bases and a combination of low-impact dyes and natural dye materials to create elegant and timeless color palettes"

    You can find The Knit Apothecary on Instagram - @theknitapothecary
     
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    A stunning hand-turned purple acrylic pen made by David from Arrowsmith Turning. David is my husband and when I’m knitting he takes himself off to his ‘lathe cave’ to make all sorts of wonders including bowls, pens and tealight holders. David has always enjoyed working with wood and discovering techniques to make practical as well as beautiful things with it. He bought his first lathe just under 3 years ago on a bit of a whim and has been hooked ever since.

    When David came to show me this pen he had made, the swirly pattern and colour made me think of a galaxy and I thought it would make a perfect prize to include in this KAL. And luckily he agreed! David is on Instagram as 
    @dave_and_his_lathe
     
    Erin Clayton
     
    Two winners will receive a pattern download code for an Erineen Designs knitting pattern!

    Erin Clayton is the designer—knitwear and graphic—behind Erineen Designs. She creates patterns that are easy to knit and engaging—and helps small business owners create a business they love by utilizing her graphic design background. She grew up in suburban New York but now resides in New Hampshire with her amazing daughter, a needy golden retriever, and 2 fuzzy gerbils. You can find Erin on Instagram @erineendesigns
     
    Cross me Knot
     
    A copy of the pretty 'Cross me Knot' shawl from Jenna, the Fibre Gnome.

    The Cross Me Knot Shawl was designed for a skein of fingering weight yarn. The crossed stitches give each color in your variegated yarn a chance to exhibit to the world it’s true glory. Let this triangular, top-down shawl be your go to for that precious skein of fingering weight yarn. You will need anywhere from 385 – 425 yards, and the pattern is highly adaptable.

    Jenna Hycner, the Fiber Gnome, is a knitwear designer and knitting instructor. Each pattern from Fiber Gnome includes written instructions and video tutorials. You can find Jenna's patterns on Ravelry, her website www.fibergnome.com and on Instagram @thefibregnome
     
    £25 Voucher to spend at Under the Olive Tree Knits
     
    And finally, there will be a £25 voucher to spend online at Under the Olive Tree Knits!
     
    I'm sure you will agree they are all fantastic prizes and a big THANK YOU to Camilla, Nicola, Catherine, Felice, David, Erin and Jenna!

    The KAL is running on Instagram, in the Under the Olive Tree Knitters Facebook Group and on e-mail. To be in with a chance of winning simply post a picture of your finished shawl on either:
    Or e-mail a picture of your finished shawl to [email protected]

    The KAL will run until 31st August 2021 and the pattern will be available as a free download for the duration. The prize draw will take place on 1st September. Good luck!