Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 – a review of the year – spinning

2014 was the year in which I decided to have a go at spinning fibre into yarn. I started with a drop spindle kit from HilltopCloud and dove straight in.

My first attempt was what you would expect, a bit lumpy and bumpy. Thick in some places, thin in others. But it was yarn

SONY DSCand I turned it into some fingerless mitts.

IMG029 WristwarmersMy spindling efforts gradually improved as I started to get the hang of drafting and I began to create some consistent singles.

SONY DSCTour de Fleece came along in July and I focused my time and efforts on my spindling. I also tried my hand at basic plying (also on my drop spindle), and was pretty happy with the results.

SONY DSCI was spinning some pretty fine singles by this point, so gave chain-plying a go. A bit of a pain but possible to do on a drop spindle, though time consuming.

SONY DSCIn September I bought my first spinning wheel: an Ashford Joy 2 and used it to ply some singles I was finishing spindling.

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I haven’t touched any of my spindles since. From my first wheel-spun yarns I have moved from 2-ply

SONY DSCto chain plying.

SONY DSCThe final yarn I spun (and finished) in 2014 is 174 yards of fingering weight chain plied Dorset Horn fibre:

 

2014 – a review of the year – knitting

2014 has been another busy year on the knitting front. I have completed 42 projects using 23,456 yards of yarn (a very pleasing number). Some favourites include an Octopus Embrace sweater for me

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and a mini one for my nephew

SONY DSCI’ve made three baby deathflake sweaters

IMG371 PicMonkey deathflake Collageall for other people, and the colourwork didn’t stop there. 2014 seemed to be a year of colourwork and steeking including Venezia at the beginning of the year

SONY DSCall the way through to its colour-twin Grellow in October

SONY DSC(it’s supposed to be that baggy, I plan on using it as a coat).There were also a couple of lightweight cardigans in the mix: Morning Breeze

SONY DSCand Water & StoneSONY DSCThere was also the usual mix of hats, cowls, mittens and baby clothes for new arrivals. I started spinning this year (that will get its own post) and had to start working with handspun. My early efforts became hats:

IMG035 Wurm and rainbowBrocade hat & cowland as I improved and began working on a spinning wheel instead of a spindle there were more matching pieces: hat

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and mittens.

SONY DSCLace pieces were only to be found in newly designed patterns such as Pentire Point.

Pentire - triangle shapeThere was also a lot of hexagons knit for a beekeeper blanket, but that is still an ongoing project that will run over into next year…

The VATman cometh – 20% off sale until the end of 2014

The VATman cometh, 20% off everything sale from now until the end of the year (GMT timezone). The EU VAT man is coming and there may be a delay in making all patterns available to EU knitters after 1st January. Take advantage of this 20% off everything sale before 1st January 2015 when VAT has to be applied within the EU. No code necessary, just “add to cart” on ravelry to see the discount.

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Find my store here: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/doggrell-designs. Ebooks are included.

The big pattern move

January 1st is fast approaching, and with it new rules regarding how VAT on digital goods is collected within the EU (read more about it here). I was hoping to remain a fully independent seller of knitting patterns, but the third party sellers I looked into that allowed this (by taking on the VAT responsibility) were either very expensive or I didn’t like their set-up/visuals. I have therefore moved all of my patterns over to ravelry where they can be stored in and accessed from user’s libraries (though you do not have to be a ravelry member to buy).

From January 1st, patterns identified as being sold to a customer in the EU will be routed through LoveKnitting, where VAT will be added at checkout depending on the rate applicable to your location. These patterns will still appear in your ravelry library (if you are a ravelry member). There may be a slight delay after January 1st before patterns will be available to EU customers whilst patterns are ported from ravelry to LoveKnitting, so if in doubt, buy now!

I have increased prices slightly to reflect the additional costs incurred by moving from a fully independent system to using third party platforms, and I hope my customers will understand that the alternative to this was to remove all patterns from sale. I do not anticipate having to review prices again in the near future and have attempted to keep the increases minimal.