Summer celebrations

It is hard to believe that six months have elapsed since I last posted. At that point we had just moved into our new house, where we shot my two most recent books, Easy Aran Knits and Learn to Knit Arans – sequels to my earlier Easy Cable Knits and Learn to Knit Cables. My aim was to move knitters on from the easiest cables to those with a bit more interest and variety, but which are still relatively easy. Both books were published last week and I very much hope you enjoy them.

 At my publisher’s house for an    Easy Aran Knits    meeting.

At my publisher’s house for an Easy Aran Knits meeting.

 My niece, Harriet, and I modelling two of the projects at the shoot for    Easy Aran Knits   .

My niece, Harriet, and I modelling two of the projects at the shoot for Easy Aran Knits.

 Harriet modelling the “hers” version of the His and Hers Hats in    Easy Aran Knits   .

Harriet modelling the “hers” version of the His and Hers Hats in Easy Aran Knits.

 A scarf shot from    Learn to Knit Arans  .

A scarf shot from Learn to Knit Arans.

It has been an extraordinary summer weatherwise and it is perhaps fortunate that it has now cooled down a bit, from a knitter’s perspective at least! I have to say that living so close to the beach here in Ilfracombe, and loving swimming as I do, I have really got the best out of the sunny weather. We were away briefly for a friend’s wedding earlier in the summer in Opatija, Croatia. I had never visited Croatia before and it turned out to be a delightful break in a beautiful part of the world I would be keen to explore further.

 Mark and I in Opatija, Croatia, for a friend’s wedding…

Mark and I in Opatija, Croatia, for a friend’s wedding…

 ...and the happy couple.

...and the happy couple.

Back home, the house has gradually taken shape over the past six months and Mark and I, and our cats, have adapted to our new surroundings. We still have lots to do and are in the throes of creating a proper garden for the first time too, which is really exciting.

As autumn approaches, I will be launching my first online patterns (using Rowan yarn) for sale with Loveknitting. The first collection will be favourites from my archive, but a new collection of four original patterns will follow on swiftly from that.

New beginnings!

We (my partner, Mark, and I) have made a very daring move from one big Georgian terraced house in Ilfracombe to an even bigger one a couple of doors away! In fact, it offers us a great deal more than our old house, as it has larger rooms, a much better layout and a garden complete with coach house.

We moved in slowly over a few months and our old house is now on the market, but, after a few trials and tribulations getting work done, we are now delighted with our new home and, as you can see in the photos below, so are our cats, Billy and Bunny!

One of the best things about the new house is that it has a huge room on the first floor, facing the sea, which I can use for photoshoots (as you will see when my new book, Easy Aran Knits, is published this summer).

Those of you who know me are probably aware that my partner, Mark, and I are avid collectors but we are trying hard not to cram our new house with too much stuff. Less is more, as they say! Watch this space…

 The view from my window on a rainy day in Iflracombe.

The view from my window on a rainy day in Iflracombe.

 Mark and I are keen collectors...

Mark and I are keen collectors...

 And we love our Victorian bath!

And we love our Victorian bath!

 Behind the scenes at my recent shoot in our upstairs studio.

Behind the scenes at my recent shoot in our upstairs studio.

 My niece Harriet relaxing between takes.

My niece Harriet relaxing between takes.

 Our cats Billy and Bunny finally settling in to their new home.

Our cats Billy and Bunny finally settling in to their new home.