Nut-Hap

It is Jen’s day! Hip Hap Hooray! When we began working on this project last year, Jen (Jen Arnall-Culliford) and I spent a considerable time musing on the brief that we sent out to designers. Haps were originally functional, working garments, and so we decided that the designers’ basic remit would be to create an… Read More

Seven Skeins Club yarn calculator

Those of you who have subscribed to the Seven Skeins Club will shortly be receiving an email with some welcome information. If you are a club member and have not received our welcome email by Thursday, please contact us at infoATkatedaviesdesigns.com so that we can amend your details. The club patterns have been carefully planned… Read More

Cross-Country Knitting: Volume 3

Bank Swallows by Charley Harper I have a great fondness for birds, and bird-inspired design. Like many designers, I adore the work of Charley Harper, because of the way that he manages to capture the bird-ness of a bird with such admirable economy of line. Harper somehow really got how birds – with their simple… Read More

Cross Country Knitting: Volume 2

You may remember that last year, my friend and colleague, Jen and I, worked together to produce a pair of designs, which we published as Cross-Country Knitting Volume 1. Volume 1 focused on blokes’ knits, and for Volume 2 we challenged each other to re-design and re-size one of our favourite patterns for kids. I… Read More

Interview with Jen Arnall-Culliford

(Jen Arnall-Culliford in her Puffin Apple hat design) As part of our Cross-Country collaboration, Jen and I thought it would be interesting to interview each other about our different approaches to producing our different designs. (You can read Jen’s interview with me over on her blog today.) Jen is a sharp, focused and highly professional… Read More

Cross-Country Knitting is here!

I am very excited to announce the publication of Cross-Country Knitting, Volume One! Cross-Country knitting is a collaborative venture between myself and my lovely designer-comrade, Jen Arnall-Culliford. Jen and I live at opposite ends of the UK: she’s down there, in Somerset, and I’m up here, in Scotland. Yet the internet has enabled us to… Read More

Jim’s running (and knitting) for Refuge

Who is this man? Well, some of you may know him as Veuf Tricot, author of the scabrous and witty column in UK magazine Simply Knitting. But I know him as Jim, husband of my good friend and colleague Jen. As well as being a teacher, writer, and all-round good egg, Jim is currently in… Read More

woolfest

Herdwick lamb Mel, Felix and I – setting up shop Wearing our Deco cardigans, and ready for, um, action. . . Woolfest throng Periphery Susan’s stand was utterly delectable. Everything was displayed so beautifully. Customers admiring Helen’s gorgeous wares. Natalie’s fab herd-of-sheep stitch markers. Jen and Nic having a giggle. Lily France looking fabulous in… Read More

Textisles is out!

WHOOT! I am exceedingly happy to report that Textisles Issue 2 is now available! In this issue you receive: Two patterns (for the Betty Mouat sweater and the BMC) and four feature articles (three by me, and one by Susan Crawford). There is also a “meet the maker” interview with Griseldis Schmitthuber, who, with a… Read More

B o r e a l

We had a lovely day out in the Highlands today. Bruce loves a good walk up there – though, as you can see, he is not a fan of sitting still and posing for a photo. Would you like to see what I’ve got on underneath that jacket? Boreal — my new design! Two years… Read More