Birthday Treat

Mr T was kind enough to let me  celebrate my birthday a week early this year by paying for me to go up to Holmfirth for a Colour Knitting Workshop at Rowan Mill. The course was run by my lovely friend Sarah Hazell and the equally lovely Emma King (her work regularly features in magazines such as the Knitter). They have just published a book together and the 2 day course worked through the  principles of colour theory and colour knitting covered in the book (which is beautifully photographed, clearly written and has dozens of design and pattern inspirations for you to drool over). Sarah is a great person to shop for yarn with and many of my best colour choices have come about because of her great eye for colour.

Sarah, shopping for yarn

I love colour, but I’m  hopeless at choosing which shades work best together. Stripes, recolouring fair isle patterns, planning a colourful crochet blanket all defeat me.

At least they did … ever since I got home I’ve been swatching like crazy, looking through my vast yarn collection,  discovering new colour combinations and planning fair isle projects. I’m going to start with a needle case with a sweet little fair isle trim in green an chocolate brown. This is a combination I would never have chosen before and I can’t wait to show you the results next week.

I can’t recommend Sarah and Emma highly enough, they are both great tutors and made the 2 days thoroughly enjoyable. If you are looking for a knitterly treat to add to your Christmas present list, their book would be a welcome gift for any knitter.

You can bet that there will be lots of stripes, patterns and colour work coming off my needles over the next few weeks as I attempt to knit down some of  my yarn before beginning my winter projects!

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  1. You’re very lucky to get to learn with them! I haven’t tried colourwork much yet but I shall definitely try it soon. Green and chocolate brown sounds lovely by the way!


  2. Tracey Todhunter

     /  October 18, 2011

    Thank you, colour techniques are not very hard and great fun – take a look at these tutorials by Emma let me know if you try any of them.


  3. heikeknits

     /  October 18, 2011

    I am so glad that you enjoyed your weekend. I knew you would, as going to ‘The Mill’ is such a treat and one gets the real Rowan feeling there. Hx


  4. What a brilliant present!! I’m looking forward to seeing what you produce.


  5. Ali

     /  October 19, 2011

    OOh sounds like an exciting weekend! Looking forward to seeing some of your new colour combinations…and what a great place to go…a yarners paradise?!
    Ali x


  6. Happy Birthday Tracey. What a wonderful gift and I love that you got to spend two whole days with Sarah. This book looks fantastic and like you I love color but need a little help when putting color ways together. So glad you had a nice time.


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