2014 will be another busy year for teaching workshops and short classes at a number of yarn shops including Liss Wools, Liss, and The Knitting Habit, Alton. Details of all the workshops and classes and how to book can be found on the Events page.
Unfortunately I am not able to offer any general knitting courses at the Ammerdown Centre this year, but I am offering residential weekend courses at Farncombe Estate, Broadway, in the Cotswolds. I am still continuing to teach at Alston Hall near Preston in Lancashire and again this year the courses are all offered as one day workshops although the Saturday and Sunday knitting workshops are linked as 2 one day courses.
I have been invited back for a 5th year to teach on the French Treats Knitting Holidays. The knitting holidays are held at Le Vieux Monastere which is set in the lovely surroundings of south west France and is a great place to teach groups of enthusiastic knitters. During the week we well be enjoying excursions to a number of interesting places in the area and in the workshops we will be looking at Freeform Knitting, Dip Stitch patterns, Short Row knitting and Bias knitting. The workshops will include patterns for several projects using the varioustechniques covered. The holiday dates are the 8th to 15th June 2014.
I am in the process of updating this website. The 'Patterns' page now shows the free patterns I offer and on their individual pages is a link to download the pattern as a PDF file. There are also links to the Hand Knitting Patterns page and the Machine Knitting Patterns Page (currently still under construction). As well as adding more of my patterns to these pages I am hoping to also provide a link to purchase the patterns directly through my Ravelry store. Quite a few patterns are already available for immediate purchase from my Ravelry Store although not all the patterns shown on this website are available in the store yet.
As well as developing my own patterns I am continuing to write for 'Knitting' Magazine and 'The Knitter'. I have had a number of patterns and articles published in these magazines as well as several other knitting magazines over the years.
I continue to develop new workshops and talks for both hand and machine knititng. Some of the latest hand knitting workshops include 'Two-colour Brioche Knitting', 'Knitting Jewellery' and 'Drop Stitch Ruffles Scarf' and I an offering a new machine knitting talk called 'Pattern Play' The 'Talks' and 'Workshop' pages list most of the talks and workshops I currently offer. If there is any knitting technique or skill in particular that your group would be interested in please contact me to discuss alternative workshops or talks.
The City and Guilds 7716-15 Level 2 and 7716-16 Level 3 Certificates in Hand Knit Textiles are available as distance learning options. The distance learning course can be started at any time. For more information about these courses see the C&G 7716-15 and C&G 7716-16 pages.
I am no longer able to offer the City and Guilds course in Machine Knit Textiles. However I am aware that knitters do still want to learn about design and improve their knitting skills so I am in the process of developing my own course (based on the City and Guilds course) which will be offered as a 'Designer Knitters' course. I am also working on a 'Master Knitters' course which will focuse mainly on knitting skills rather than knitting and design skills. I will post more information when the courses are avaiable.
For more information about all the workshops I have been booked to teach this year please see the Events page. of this website.