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delicious yarn : silk merino lace from Hedgehog Fibres

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I couldn't help myself! I just had to share these gorgeous colours from Hedgehog Fibres latest shop update. Aren't they beautiful together!?

delicious yarns : silk merino lace from Hedgehog Fibres | Emma Lamb
Colours clockwise from top left: Crystal, Rusty Nail, Silence and Wish.

All four work so perfectly with each other and I can imagine them plied together for a lovely tweedy looking cardigan for the summer. Or adjacent pairs too for a lacy crochet shawl - Crystal and Wish for a cool combo or Rusty Nail and Silence for something a little warmer looking. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect yarn for an Aroha shawl and one of these might just be the one I'm looking for? Which one would you choose out of these lovelies?

Emma, x

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my first haiku

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my first haiku | Emma Lamb

Since I was feeling so squiffy this weekend I was in need of some instant, super speedy yarn related gratification. Yes I know have at least eleven wips on the go according to my Ravelry count (believe me when I say there are the same again work wise hanging around my studio) and yes I am sure that completing at least one or two of them would lead to vast feelings of achievement and satisfaction... but you know, there's nothing quite like breaking into a gorgeous skein of yarn to start an equally gorgeous project you've had your eye on for a while. OMG! It is sooooooo, so gratifying!


my first haiku: Gentle waves rippling, in repeats of chains and shells, making me happy. | Emma Lamb

So this weekend I added 'haiku' to my cart along with a few other treats and broke into this delicious skein of Old Maiden Aunt that I picked up at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival last spring. It's called 'Buttermint' and is the most delicious shade of ochre mustard you could possibly wish for. I'm working this shawl on a smaller hook than the pattern calls for since I want to make a denser fabric for an early spring shawl. It's still a wee bit chilly here right now and I plan to be wearing this straight from the blocking board! The pattern itself is an easy to memorise repeat so perfect for picking up and doing a few rows before bed when a cold addled head can't cope with anything too complex. It's on my Ravelry pages here if you want to know more. Oh yes, and in honour my first ever haiku shawl I wrote my first ever haiku poem!

Gentle waves rippling,
in repeats of chains and shells,
making me happy.



my first haiku | Emma Lamb

I worked so hard on those seventeen syllables and had to Google 'rippling' just to double check that it was 'rip-pling' and not 'rip-pl-ing'. Accents have such a huge effect on how we pronounce our words both out loud and in our own minds so I was making doubly sure my Scottish / North East England mash up of an accent wasn't making up it's own syllable construction. Honestly this was probably the trickiest little sentence I've ever written! Usually I write as though I'm just chatting with someone and never give much thought to any of the technical stuff. Thing is I'm already thinking about my next haiku, since I'll definitely be crocheting another shawl I will most definitely need another poem to go with it!

Have any of you ever written a haiku? I'd love to read them if you'd like to share them in the comments, it would be great to inspire each other!

Emma, x

ps : The excitement is already building for the next Edinburgh Yarn Festival planned for March 2015, find out all you need to know here. I'm already saving my pennies for another yarn splurge!

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delicious yarn : Gomitoli's Spring Cashmere

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Spring Cashmere yarn by Gomitoli's in the mood for knitting | reviewed by Emma Lamb

These last few days I've had the opportunity to play with a lovely luxury spring yarn from the Italian brand Gomitoli's in the mood for knitting. It's their Spring Cashmere which is actually a 60% cotton, 20% cashmere and 20% silk blended yarn. I do prefer to work with pure fibre blends but am always on the look out for interesting cotton blends especially (cotton acrylic blends just don't cut it for me). So when Gomitoli's offered to let me try this yarn I was really keen to get it on my hooks and give it a go!


Spring Cashmere yarn by Gomitoli's in the mood for knitting | reviewed by Emma Lamb

As you might expect this yarn feels a lot softer than some pure cotton blends because of the silk and cashmere in there. It has a slightly more 'woolly' look too, none of that sheen that the mercerised cottons have but more of a natural look as in many of the organic cottons available.

This Spring Cashmere is a chainette style yarn - one lace weight thread chained (exactly as you would create a foundation chain in crochet) to create a 4ply weight. The slightly nubby texture of this construction took a little getting used to as I generally choose to work with smooth, plied yarns for the stitch definition they give. Although that certainly wouldn't put me off working with this yarn, not at all! I think if you choose your project wisely you will get some very pretty results. My doily might not have been quite the right project (I still need to block it, so that might change) but it would perfect for light summer wearables because it is so soft and lightweight. If your tension and construction aren't too tight it will give you a lovely drape in your fabric, I've yet to try a knitted sample but I imagine that would be the same if not better!

Spring Cashmere yarn by Gomitoli's in the mood for knitting | reviewed by Emma Lamb
Spring Cashmere yarn by Gomitoli's in the mood for knitting | reviewed by Emma Lamb

I got to play around with a 50g ball of coral and white but this yarn also comes in a small but good collection of pretty spring colours, slightly muted vintage pastels are how I would describe them. Here are a few I've got my eye on but you can see more over at Gomitoli's website.

Selection of colours of Spring Cashmere yarn by Gomitoli's in the mood for knitting | reviewed by Emma Lamb

Do let me know in the comments if you've tried this yarn yourself, what you thought of it and how you have used it. I'm thinking it would make a cute delicate crochet shawls for late summer evenings...

Emma, x

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celebrating National Wool Week

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National Wool Week | Emma Lamb

Yay, it's National Wool Week here in the UK! A fabulous week long awareness campaign run by The Campaign For Wool, packed full with wonderful woolly events ranging from fashion students designing wool jumpers to knitting picnics and demonstrations from the likes of Erika Knight, Rowan, Arne & Carlos and Milamia in John Lewis stores in Edinburgh and London. Check out the events page for a full list or stop by The Campaign For Wool's Facebook page to see updates as they happen.


To commemorate National Wool Week here on my blog I thought I would do a wee round up of some delicious hand dyed wool yarns from some great indie yarn dyers right here in the UK. Is it self indulgent? Only slightly. Is it going to be rough on my bank balance? Definitely! Am I going to be sneaky about delivery of piles of delicious yarn so that my Man doesn't notice and start complaining that I already have too much yarn and try to impose some kind of yarn buying ban!? Hell Yeah!

Celebrating National Wool Week here in the UK with some gorgeous hand dyed yarns from British indie dyers // curated by Emma Lamb
Links: 1. Superwash Bluefaced Leicester DK - Bean Nighe - Old Maiden Aunt, 2. Merino Sport - Daffodil - Mellifera Yarns, 3. The Bluefaced Baron - King Midas - Countess Ablaze, 4. Lord Longwool DK - Tiffany's Lipstick - Countess Ablaze, 5. Merino Twist Sock - Ghost - Mellifera Yarns, 6. Superwash Merino 4ply - Autumn Woodland - Mollycoddle Yarns, 7. Superwash Bluefaced Leicester 4ply - Goldenrod - Abstract Cat Crafts, 8. Superwash Merino 4ply - Grellow - Old Maiden Aunt, 9. Merino Sport - Manuscript - The Uncommon Thread, 10. Scrumptious DK - Cherry Pie - Fyberspates, 11. Posh Fingering - Leaden - The Uncommon Thread, 12. Scrumptious DK - Burnt Orange - Fyberspates

If you would like to find more fabulous yarns you can follow my 'delicious yarn' collection on Etsy and board on Pinterest. Oh, and if you know of any other great yarn dyers that I don't know about do leave me a wee note in the comments and I'll take a peek. No matter what my Man says, a girl can never have too much yarn now can she!?

Emma, x

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delicious yarn : yarn fest haul, part 2

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Oh yes, there's more!

Yes, okay. I confess. I have a thing for alpaca yarn! Well, who wouldn't!? It is so unbelievably soft and delicious to the touch and once you've picked a ball or skein of this gorgeous stuff you find yourself having trouble putting it down again! Seriously, at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival I spent way too long at Sue MacBride's stall. The whole time I was trying to look as though I couldn't decide which colour I wanted, which is a wee bit lame to say the least as there were only six shades to choose from! When actually I was enjoying how soft this Alpaca Loft yarn felt in my hands. I was also trying to decide how much I wanted needed in my life. Suffice to say I didn't get nearly as much as I needed and only came away with only 100g of silver, either for a small cowl or more likely a new pair of winter mitts.

Alpaca Loft (dk) by Sue MacBride | Emma Lamb

Alpaca Loft (dk) by Sue MacBride | Emma Lamb

Oh, and last but certainly not least is some utterly delicious Skein Queen yarny goodness! I love Debbie's colours so much and I think I said before that they have such a gorgeous depth and vibrancy, especially for semi-solids. If I hadn't given myself a budget for the yarn fest I think I would have come away with armfuls of Skein Queen yummyness. But as it was I did, so I limited my purchases to these three. Two skeins of Flockly, a wonderfully squishy 4ply in a blend of wool, silk and cashmere and one skein of Delectable, a truly beautiful merino and silk blend in a heavy lace weight. The Flockly are the first two pictured and the Delectable is the gorgeous mustard one in the last picture, definitely hop over to my Ravelry pages for a closer look at that one.

Flockly & Delectable, by the fabulous Skein Queen | Emma Lamb
Flockly, by the fabulous Skein Queen | Emma Lamb
Flockly, by the fabulous Skein Queen | Emma Lamb
Delectable, by the fabulous Skein Queen | Emma Lamb

So there you have it, that was my yarn haul from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, I hope you enjoyed seeing it!? Oh, and if you missed them you can see all my pictures from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival here and here.

Emma, x

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