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crochet chat : Hexipetl Shawl for Gomitoli's

emma lamb

Hello and happy Monday my blog buddies! Today I have some fabulous news to share about the 'Italian project' I've been teasing you with recently. I am so excited that at last it is here and at last I can share what it is with you all! So without further ado this is my Hexipetl Shawl designed exclusively for Gomitoli's which is currently available on their website as a limited edition kit...

Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

Yay! It is such a relief to finally be able to tell you all about this gorgeous project that I was working on back in June. This beautiful yarn was turned into these sneaky peek pics which were then quickly turned into this gorgeous summer shawl. I hope you are loving it just as much as I am?

If you are and want to whip up your own Hexipetl Shawl you can find the limited edition kit here. It includes all the Spring Cashmere yarn you will need to make the shawl plus the pattern in both English (with UK crochet terms) and Italian translations. You will also be sent the charted version of the design which is a little more universal as a crochet language - useful if you find translating between UK and American crochet terms a little tricky or aren't an English or Italian reader!

Gomitoli's tell me that they will ship the kit worldwide (with the exception of China) and they have given me a very special discount code to pass on to all of you, yay! Until the end of this month all my lovely followers will receive a 15% discount off the regular kit price (€79.50) with the code: emma_lamb_gomitolis

Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb
Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb
Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

A little bit about this design: Originally when Gomitoli's got in touch to commission me to design a kit for them the brief was nothing more than a summer kit using their Spring Cashmere yarn. Now when someone gives you such a wide open brief as that there's a moment of excitement when you think to yourself 'I could do anything!' quickly followed by an equally powerful moment of sheer panic when you think 'I could do anything!' But then you start to focus and begin to think about ideas that have been rumbling about in the back of your mind and you flip through a few scribbled notes before forming a plan.

Recently I've had a real hankering to work up some shawl ideas and when I proposed this to the lovely folk at Gomitoli's they loved the idea. Obviously I knew it had to be something floral and colourful for my first shawl design so I began improving little motifs until I found something I thought would work. After finalising the stitch pattern and getting a seal of approval from Gomitoli's it was time to think about colour - unusual for me since I often start a project with strong colour ideas in mind before the yarn gets any where near my hooks!

Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

So yes colour! After yet another of those excitement / panic moments I began experimenting with all kinds of grand ideas and elaborate colour combinations. It was so easy to get carried away with the lovely collection colours in Gomitoli's Spring Cashmere! Once I had pulled a few solid ideas together I sent them off keeping my fingers crossed that they would pick out my favourite. They didn't. Instead they chose this asymmetric rainbow and honestly, I am so pleased they did because it turned out beautifully and I couldn't be more pleased with this design!

Once the yarn samples arrived I spent a blissful week crocheting the very first Hexipetl Shawl sample while doing the usual film watching and copious amounts of tea drinking and chocolate nibbling. I have the best job ever!

Bringing the sample together was such an great process because at every stage of crocheting I got more and more excited about the design, you'll know what I'm talking about when crochet your own Hexipetl Shawl. When all those colours come together in the ombre style section before you finish the bulk of the shawl in cream - it's just so satisfying! I'll be honest and tell you it was a bitter sweet moment packing up this beauty to send to Italy, especially after getting to model it for these images! It is so comfortable to wear because the cashmere makes it feel soft while the cotton and open stitch design keep it cool. It's not woolly or heavy at all. Absolutely perfect for summer!

Hexipetl Shawl : Exclusive kit design by Emma Lamb for the Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

So what do you think of my Hexipetl Shawl design? I'd love to know your thoughts. And remember, until the end of this month all my lovely followers will receive a 15% discount off the regular Hexipetl Shawl kit price (€79.50) with the code: emma_lamb_gomitolis

Emma

 

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crochet chat : the 'Italian project'

emma lamb

crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb

'Tis done! The 'Italian' project as it has been nicknamed has now been sampled, written, charted, photographed and is now ready for sending to Italy... woo-hoo! Although I still can't divulge all the details just yet I do hope you enjoy these few sneaky peeks, even as cryptic as they are!?

crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb

Thankfully the lovely people at Gomitoli's were kind enough to extend the deadline a little since the finished product is a reasonable sized piece to create. I think I calculated over 47,000 stitches in all! That's a lot of stitches I can tell you, but an absolute dream to work in their Spring Cashmere yarn, especially in the warm weather. The cashmere, silk and cotton blend is a perfect balance for a summer project as it doesn't get too hot when you have it piled up on your lap. Plus this yarn was very kind to my hands, no drying or irritation as can sometimes happen with wool blends in the summer. Have any of you tried it for yourselves yet? If you have let me know in the comments, I'd love to know your thoughts.

crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb
crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb

Oh I am so excited for you guys to try this project for yourselves, I think you will love it! I can't wait to show you it in full! Hopefully that won't be too far away now. There has been some suggestion that the kit will be ready for early July but I'm not 100% sure just yet, I'll keep you posted on that one. There's also a little rumour that there might be a little something special just for my blog readers so stay tuned for that one too :)

crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb
crochet chat : the 'Italian' project | Emma Lamb

What else, what else? Hmmm. I think that's all I can share just now but it won't be long until the full reveal... eeep! In the meantime I hope you have enjoyed a wee bit of floral summer colour? Taking these photos is always such a fun and inspiring part of the creative process for me. I love these last two so much, so many more ideas are bubbling up from these alone!

Emma

 

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crochet chat : Ravelry update

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Doilies and coasters by Emma Lamb for Mollie Makes: Crochet - photographed by Rachel Whiting

Hello my blog buddies and all crochet lovers! I just wanted give you all a heads up that earlier this week I added all of my designs from the Mollie Makes: Crochet book to the Ravelry database. You can find links to them all through my designer page or from the book's pattern page. Each of my 11 designs has their own page, I thought it was best to add the flowers individually since they are all appliqué embellishments that are more likely to be used individually in your projects. The great news is that if you share your yarny projects via Ravelry and have crocheted any of my designs you can now link them up to their official page so that everyone can find your gorgeous creations. Yay! I've listed the individual links below...

Potholders by Emma Lamb for Mollie Makes: Crochet - photographed by Rachel Whiting
Bouquet of flowers by Emma Lamb for Mollie Makes: Crochet - photographed by Rachel Whiting

Oh yes, and I've also added my Mini Spring Wreath from the April 2014 issue of Mollie Makes magazine. This was a super fun project that I worked on in the new year and when I have a wee bit of spare time I definitely need to revisit it and add a few more wreaths to my studio walls. I absolutely adore the styling Helena Tracey did for this feature, isn't it just gorgeous!? I love the ribbon garland / shelf trim, so cute!

Mini Spring Wreath by Emma Lamb for Mollie Makes - photography: Philip Sowels / styling: Helena Tracey

Got to send out a big thanks to the lovely ladies at Mollie Makes for choosing to work with me on these projects, it is such an honour! Thank you ladies!

Emma

 

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delicious yarn : an exciting new project in the works

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delicious yarns : an exciting new project in the works / Luxury Spring Cashmere from Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

This week the Fedex man has been especially good to me, bringing me boxes choc full of delicious new yarns to play with! So far I've posted a couple of very cryptic pics on Facebook but today I can tell you a little bit more about a hugely exciting project that will be keeping me super busy for the next few days...

delicious yarns : an exciting new project in the works / Luxury Spring Cashmere from Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

Remember back in March when I reviewed this gorgeous Spring Cashmere yarn from Gomitoli's? Well since then I have be chatting with the lovely folk in Italy and they have recently commissioned me to create a new crochet design for a limited edition kit to be sold through their website. How exciting is that!? *eeep* So exciting! And so, so exciting to be able to finally share the great news with you! It is so tough to keep a secret like this, especially when surrounded with such gorgeous yarn samples as these!

delicious yarns : an exciting new project in the works / Luxury Spring Cashmere from Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb
delicious yarns : an exciting new project in the works / Luxury Spring Cashmere from Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

I can't tell you exactly what my design is just yet but I can show the gorgeous yarns I will be working with over the next few days. It's more of their delicious Spring Cashmere and I am head over heels for the colours in this range. They are so rich and gorgeous in person and I only hope my pics are conveying how vibrant the are for you?

So if I'm a little quiet around here over the next week (there's a really tight deadline on this project) you know where I will be, right? Since the weather forecast is looking a bit squiffy for the foreseeable, instead of taking my hooks out and about I shall be curled up in front of the TV with a huge pile of films, chocolate and peppermint tea while turning this loveliness into... well something equally lovely I hope! I'll try to share a few more pics as I go, pretty but cryptic pics of course, don't want to spoil the kit launch in a few weeks!

delicious yarns : an exciting new project in the works / Luxury Spring Cashmere from Italian yarn company Gomitoli's | Emma Lamb

Emma

 

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