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colour crush : Pompom's spring dreams

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colour crush : Pompom's spring dreams / Pompom Quarterly, Issue 8: Spring 2014 / photography by Juju Vail / via Emma Lamb

Talking of grown-up purples, Pompom Quarterly have totally nailed it with the styling for their new spring issue. Magenta and radiant orchid hair!? Omg, yes! Purple hair paired with Pompom's pretty spring knits collection in bold aqua, dazzling blue, freesia yellow and delicate lilac makes for some really fresh and fun grown up styling. Very pretty, especially with the hand drawn spring flower and butterfly details!


Lately I'm loving intense yellows, in mid-winter they're so uplifting, but I know I could never pull off wearing this colour in any great amount, I'm way too pasty! (That's pasty not a pasty!) Although I really do like the yellow lace knit trim on the Brill shawl below, it's such a great idea for adding just a touch of this yummy colour. I'm also loving the Aroha shawl above, that elongated shape is perfect for lightweight spring scarves and wraps. Definitely going on my 'making-just-for-the-love-of-it' to-do list this month... I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this issue!

colour crush : Pompom's spring dreams / Pompom Quarterly, Issue 8: Spring 2014 / photography by Juju Vail / via Emma Lamb
All images: Pompom Quarterly, Issue 8: Spring 2014 / photography by Juju Vail

Pompom Quarterly, Issue 8: Spring 2014 is currently on pre-order but you also get the digital version included in your purchase price. If you want to find our more about the patterns in this issue you can read more on the Pompom blog and you can find them already listed on Ravelry so you can heart and queue them now!

Emma, x

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good reads : Woodland Knits, a Tiny Owl Knits collection by Stephanie Dosen

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The Crafty Magazine blog tour : Woodland Knits, a Tiny Owl Knits collection by Stephanie Dosen | Emma Lamb

When Crafty Magazine got in touch a couple of weeks ago to ask if I would like to be part of their blog tour and review Stephanie Dosen's new book Woodland Knits, I couldn't say 'YES!' fast enough! Stephanie is a super talented lady, as well as being a singer-songwriter (working with incredible groups such as Massive Attack and Chemical Brothers, appearing on Later...with Jools Holland and releasing her own albums!) she is a passionate knitter and is constantly adding to her popular collection of designs under the name Tiny Owl Knits. If you haven't yet heard of Stephanie or Tiny Owl Knits I am sure you will have stumbled across her fabulous Bee Keeper's Quilt design on your travels around blogland!?


good reads : Woodland Knits, a Tiny Owl Knits collection by Stephanie Dosen / book review by Emma Lamb

Woodland Knits brings together a gorgeous collection of Stephanie's most loved designs including Mr Fox Stole My Heart, Catching Butterflies, Bo Peep Scarf, Woodland Hoodlet and Deer with Little Antlers hat as well as some brand new ones such as the Garden Gate & Ivy cowl and The Changeling Collar. Out of the twenty one patterns there are a few I will happily cast on, Bo Peep is already on my needles and I'm loving this simple yet sweet bow tie style scarf. In my photos you can see the Juniper Wishing Scarf hand knit by my Mam in a gorgeous grey, although she insisted that the cables were 'going the wrong way' it was a quick and easy knit and it will be a great scarf for me for the coming winter. Next on my list would be the super sweet Catching Butterflies hand warmers and maybe the Woodland Hoodlet, minus the hood I think it will make a fab winter wrap!

Alongside these simpler patterns are more elaborate designs that include colour work and felting techniques - I love the look of the Spirit of the Birch, such a great scarf design! Out of the twenty one designs featured I would say half have a broad appeal and can be easily adapted to suit your own taste and style while the other half are a wee bit more niche. Not that that is a bad thing, far from it! Although a few of the designs are a wee bit out there (in my opinion) - such as the Moonbeam Duster, Dragon Watcher's Hood and Midsummer Night's Dream hood - they perfectly add to the theme of the book and reflect Stephanie's wonderfully unique style.

I have to say though, before getting to grips with any of the patterns I was first stuck by the gorgeous styling and beautiful presentation, from start to finish the attention to detail is what makes this book a beautiful object in it's own right. The muted woodland colours and photography (by Tiffany Mumford) set the scene perfectly as well as the leafy patterned edges of the pages, I love that detailing so much! Not to mention the helpful tips and Stephanie's cute notes printed in hand written style fonts, oh and the super sweet 'Owl' experience gauge!

good reads : Woodland Knits, a Tiny Owl Knits collection by Stephanie Dosen / book review by Emma Lamb

All in all I think Woodland Knits is a gorgeous knitting book with great designs. It is beautifully presented and with the often fleeting nature of blogs and digital patterns it is lovely to hold a piece of Stephanie's enchanting and magical world in my hands. I love it! Of course the woodland theme is bang on trend this season so this is a very well timed release. If you need a Fawn Poncho or a Mr Fox Stole My Heart collar in your life this winter, then I highly recommend adding this gorgeous wee book to your library!

For more about the Woodland Knits blog tour check out Crafty Magazine's review and interview with Stephanie from Monday, Emma Varnam's review from yesterday and keep a wee eye on the following blogs for more reviews this week...

Thursday: Sincerely Louise by Louise Walker
Friday: Guthrie & Ghani by Lauren Guthrie
Saturday: Slugs on the Refrigerator by Kat Goldin

More from Stephanie Dosen and Tiny Owl Knits: blog - ravelry - etsy - facebook - twitter

Emma, x

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local talent : Edinburgh Yarn Festival photos, part 2

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Out of all the exhibitors stalls at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, I did have one or two particular favourites. Although I do I wish I could show you more of the stalls in detail but as I mentioned earlier it was very busy, with some stalls forming their own wee queues! So in the interests of fairness I tried not to get in anyone's way while I was taking pictures, but did the best I could to capture those particular favourites...

Getting to meet the Skein Queen herself at the first Edinburgh Yarn Festival! | Emma Lamb

Top of my list of course was the fabulous Debbie, aka Skein Queen! I've only known Debbie online so it was a real treat to finally get to meet her in person, not to mention all of her gorgeous yarns! Getting to see them and 'squish' them all in person, spending a long time dithering over which colours I couldn't leave without. Debbie has an amazing eye for colour and although her yarns are semi-solids (a marled colour distribution) they have such an intensity and vibrancy. I can't wait to show what I bought, maybe on Friday. We also got chatting about a few yarn related things (as you would expect) and I asked her a few questions about something I've been pondering for a while now... but that's for another day! Oh, and it was a real teat to see one or two of my garlands decorating her beautiful stall!


Old Maiden Aunt Yarns was another stall I didn't want to miss and a whole lot of other folks had the very same idea. I think it took me ten minutes to get in to see these beautiful yarns properly, Lilith's fabulous twinkly sock yarn seemed to be holding everyone up! Once I got in I had a great time rummaging through trunks full of delicious yarn (bottom left in the picture below). Her colours are equally as mesmerising as Debbie's are but to me Lilith seems to have more of an eye for beautiful vintage tones. Slightly more muted and earthy, but still very vibrant too... I wish I could have brought that whole trunk home with me!

Marvelling over the beautiful lace knit shawls and delicious colours at Old Maiden Aunt | Emma Lamb
Gorgeous colours on Lioness Arts stand! | Emma Lamb

Another stall that was crowded most of the day was Lioness Arts, Dani probably thought I was a wee bit odd since I kept stalking past her stand hoping for a photo op... sorry Dani! I did get a quick one in the end and was able to chat with Dani for a wee while, she is super lovely! Of course her yarns are utterly beautiful too; lots of very pretty rich pastel tones (a wee bit bolder than regular chalky pastel colours) mixed with berry colours and some intense greys and blues. Her Exquisite Sock yarn was by far my favourite and I shall definitely be stalking her Etsy shop for it's next update!

Last but by no means least is Susan Crawford's stall full of the most beautiful vintage samples and colours you could possibly hope for! It was so inspiring to see someone so passionate about keeping vintage designs and aesthetics alive. I picked up Vol.2 of A Stitch In Time and have already booked marked a few things I'd like to try. There are some gorgeous Fair Isle patterns too but it's a technique I haven't practised for a very, very long time. It may take a while but I would love to knit the 'Wartime Farm Sleeveless Pullover' for myself... okay, a very, very long while!

Susan Crawford VIntage at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2013 | Emma Lamb

One stall that I'm a wee bit disappointed I didn't get to photograph properly for you was The Yarn Pony, this is Mica's (one of EYF's organisers) hand dyed yarn brand, next time I promise! But I did get to chat to her for a wee while too, another super lovely lady who is incredibly passionate about her yarns.

All in all, the whole event was amazing. Much busier than the organisers expected but it definitely confirmed their suspicions that there is a huge market for this kind of event here in Scotland, so of course we're all eagerly awaiting the next one! I think I only spent around three hours there on the day, but came away totally energised and inspired by it all. It made me want to create and create and just keep on creating! It's also making me rethink a few things which in turn is helping me to generate lots of new ideas, not just for crochet makes but other avenues of creativity. It feels great!

Thank you so much Mica, Jo and Linda for your vision to create such a wonderful event here in Edinburgh and to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make it happen too. I shall see you at the next Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

Emma, x

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local talent : Edinburgh Yarn Festival photos, part 1

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OMG, wow! Wow, wow, WOW! The Edinburgh Yarn Festival was amazing, absolutely amazing!

I knew from the moment I arrived it was going to be good. There was a queue out the door with lots of ladies stood in the rain, quietly but excitedly nattering about their preferred yarny pastime and what they would head for once they got inside. I've never had to queue at any event at the Drill Hall before Saturday, none of the flea markets or craft fairs! That's when I knew the organisers Mica, Jo and Linda had created something quite special. Here's an overview in pictures (I took sooo many pictures!)...

Highlights from the first ever Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb

Over 1500 people were through the door on the day, which is incredible! At times there was even a wee queue to see some of the stalls, but it was so worth the wait to all the samples up close. I think I spent way too long at more than a few stalls happily playing with colour combinations trying to choose my favourites. I could have spent all day at some - Lioness Arts, Skein Queen, Old Maiden Aunt and Yarn Pony especially. The colours that these talented ladies produce are utterly mouthwatering. I so wish I had saved more pennies to buy more on the day (I'll show you my haul later in the week).


There wasn't much crochet on show this time (I will have to right that next time!) but I was happy to marvel over all the stunning knitted lace shawls on display. Then there were the beautiful clothing samples at both Ysolda's and Susan Crawford's stall. Both making me want to pick up my knitting needles and get clicking again! The first project I have my eye on is the gorgeous Marin scarf pattern by Ysolda, she had a sample on her stall and it is utterly beautiful.

Highlights from the first ever Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb

Oh, and the last pic here... Craft Reactor set up a wee stall at the entrance for everyone to have a go at decorating the Drill Hall's resident cow with multi-coloured pom-poms. Doesn't she look amazing!?

Oh, and I'll show you a much closer peek at four of my favourite stalls in part 2 a wee bit later today.

Emma, x

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local talent : Edinburgh Yarn Festival

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Happy Friday! I know this week has been a short week (after taking a long weekend break) but goodness me, the last few days seem to have evaporated before my very eyes! But at least that means there is another fabulous weekend just a few hours away and a bottle of red wine with my name on it, ready and waiting for this evening! Then tomorrow there is a very special event happening right here in Edinburgh and I so can't wait! The very first Edinburgh Yarn Festival opens it's doors at the Out of the Blue, Drill Hall at 10am... better go easy on that wine then!

There will tons of things happening on the day with workshops and over 30 stalls from yarn dyers and spinners, pattern designers and all kinds of knitting and crochet supplies. I think most of the workshops sold out as soon as they were posted online, but the Drill Hall also has a cafe and seating area where you can take along any yarn projects you might be working on for an impromptu crafting session. You can find out all the details at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival site, including a full list of the stall holders here. These are just a few that I am especially looking forward to...

Edinburgh based knitwear designer, Ysolda will be hosting a wee stall at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb

Ysolda will be there with her photo booth and lots of patterns and samples of her designs for you to try on. Check out the lovely fifteen minute interview with Ysolda on the Edinburgh Yarn Festival blog.


The Skein Queen's stall with be the first yarny loveliness I'll be heading for! I'm really excited about getting to meet lovely Debbie for the first time in person, not to mention getting to 'squish' all of her lovely yarns! Do hop over and read her 60 second interview on the Edinburgh Yarn Festival blog.

The fabulous Skein Queen will be hosting a wee stall at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb
Tin Can Knits will be hosting a wee stall at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb

Two other designers I'm particularly looking forward to are Tin Can Knits (pictured above) and Susan Crawford (below). You can read Tin Can Knits 60 second interview here.

Susan Crawford is the co-author of the self published 'A Stitch in Time', a collection of reproduction vintage knitting patterns from 1920-1949. I adore the beautiful orange jumper in the bottom left corner below, with those sweet crochet flowers on the neckline. You can read her 60 second interview here.

Susan Crawford will be hosting a wee stall at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb
The Yarn Yard will be hosting a wee stall at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb

Another two wonderful yarns stalls that I'm also looking forward too are The Yarn Yard (pictured above), I love their tag line '...don't just knit, knit with art!', and Old Maiden Aunt Yarns (below). Read Old Maiden Aunt's 60 second interview here.

Old Maiden Aunt will be hosting a wee stall at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival | Emma Lamb

Goodness me, I'm going to bankrupt by 5pm tomorrow! I am imagining there may be a wee bit of kicking and screaming come five o'clock too... I think I may need to be dragged from the Drill Hall along with a few other yarny groupies, ha!

Anyhow, while I am there I shall do my best to squeeze in a wee bit of camera clicking between all the yarn 'squishing' and will report back sometime next week. In the meantime, if you're not in Edinburgh tomorrow, do take a peek at all the stallholders individual sites for more beautiful yarny goodness.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Emma, x

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