Despite my very best intentions, I fell off the blogging wagon! Ironically, I did manage 'dry' January, but am now off that particular wagon - normal service resumes!
Lots of stuff has been happening at sarah-hazell.com. The feature I wrote for Wool Week was well received and we sold kits as far away as sunny California - amazing! I will be continuing to work with Emma at http://www.inthewoolshed.com/ and look forward to designing more projects with all those beautiful, naturally dyed yarns.Emmais away in India at the moment, leading a tour focusing on traditional block printing methods - looking forward to catching up with her on her return.
January saw the launch of a KAL that I have been working on for http://www.letsknit.co.uk/. It is a baby blanket, inspired by the idea of birds and nesting. There are two different techniques to tackle each monthe for six months and they include lace, cabling, swapping stitches, texture and swiss darning. You can follow other knitter's progress on Facebook and Twitter or contact adrienne.chandler @aceville.co.uk if there are any details you want to check. I chose a cheerful palette that would work equally well for a boy or a girl.
So what does 2016 have in store?
Well, I have been continuing to work with the team at Knitting magazine on new projects. The magazine has had a new editor recently and the breadth of content is growing all the time. I have just had my first guest column published on how knitting features on Instagram - hope you get a chance to read that!
January is often the time when we turn to stash busting projects and so I have added a couple of projects to the website for you to try.
The bag is a good introduction to knitting fair isle in the round and the cushion demonstrates how a simple lace pattern can be worked in stripes.
At the moment I ma busy swatching out ideas with some of the new yarns that will launch this Spring. They include Blacker's Tamar, Erika Knight's Studio Linen and Isle Yarns Poll Dorset DK. Isle Yarns will be launching their Spring Collection and new website at the end of the month and I will be back soon to talk about a special collaboration with them.
Some of you have been asking whether I will be doing any workshops this year. I very much hope to and already have some plans in the pipeline, but it will be later in the year as I have some surgery coming up!
I'll leave you with some tempting images - keep warm, happy and at one with your yarn!