Illuminated Knits book launch!

I’m back from Loch Ness Knit Fest now, and had a really great time (although I’m struggling a bit with the inevitable post-yarn-festival exhaustion + lurgy combination that seems to strike so many of us down after a show… ). I’ve been very busy packing and sending out orders to everyone who pre-ordered a copy of Illuminated Knits from my website. We’re also arranging an official launch at Kathy’s Knits – more info on that in a moment but first, some pics from Loch Ness Knit Fest!

Here’s a quick pic I managed to get of my stand…


… and here I am with my lovely parents, who made the trip down all the way from Orkney (it was the first time they’d come to see me a knitting show, so they were very excited about it!):


(My Dad spent most of his time in my stall hiding behind my mannequins – very stealthy!):

I didn’t have time to chat to nearly as many folk as I would have liked to, but I did manage to get this quick snap with Cathy, the programmer behind Stitchmastery software (which I use for charting) and the Knitmastery app (we’re wearing our matching Dunedin shawls!):


We will be having an official book launch for Illuminated Knits at Kathy’s Knits (Broughton Street, Edinburgh) on Thursday 26th October, from 5pm to 7pm – everyone is welcome to come along! We’ll have all the samples on display and I’ll be signing copies of the book and talking about the designs. Hope to see you there!




Illuminated Knits now available in print!

I’m delighted to announce that print copies of Illuminated Knits are now available to pre-order!

The book contains four patterns (the Iona blanket, the Lindisfarne shawl, the Durrow shawl and the recently released Kells pullover). There’s also a short introduction where I discuss my sources of inspiration, a general guide to slipped stitch cabling and also a bit of advice on how best to choose colour combinations.

The book also includes a full stitch key, and some hand-drawn sketches of the main cable patterns which can be coloured in to help experiment with different colour combinations – these can both be downloaded for free as PDFs on this page (scroll down to ‘Additional Materials’ at the bottom of the page)

If you already have the e-book collection of Illuminated Knits on Ravelry, you will shortly receive an update that includes the digital version of the finished print book.

I’ll be in Inverness at Loch Ness Knit Fest from Fri 13th Oct to Sun 15th Oct – I’m currently waiting on a delivery confirmation but it looks like I should have some copies of the book available to sell at the festival. Just for fun, I’ve also made up some printed cards with sketches of the cables to colour in – the first 20 copies sold via my site will each receive a set free!


We’re currently planning a proper book launch to take place at Kathy’s Knits in Edinburgh – more details to come very soon!