My summer: Music festivals, Interviews… and playing tennis?

It’s July… Is it that it’s just too hot to knit, or is it that I’ve got nothing but a ton of heavy weight yarns?! I think the answer is BOTH!

My latest pattern release is in-keeping with the weather at least! VESTival was inspired by the bohemian fashionistas at music festivals. I recently went to the Love Supreme Jazz Festival this summer and I needed something warm, yet light and airy to wear. The weather was rubbish for the time of year – in fact. it was so bloody cold I kept my jacket on! I even thanked the stars that I brought my long-arm fingerless gloves with me… it was THAT cold!

Anyway, 3 days prior to that event, I couldn’t decide on what to wear. The weather had been changeable (changing between cold/windy and cold/rainy) along with sudden bursts of sunshine. So, I quickly ran up a vest using 2 skeins of ToshMo Light by Madelinetosh. This yarn offers generous yardage, beautiful colour and great tonal depth. The small percentage of mohair also gives it that extra fluff to trap air.

VESTival VESTival

The whole pattern is written for hand knitting, although I did crank out the bottom section using the Addi Express King Size (purely for speed!), but the rest of the construction is hand knitted. I’ve got my eye on making another one using Hedgehog Fibres’ ‘speckly’ coloured yarns – Super fun!

Pattern Launch Discount: Get 20% OFF VESTival! – no coupon necessary. Offer ends midnight GMT, 7th August 2016.

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I took part in an interview with pattern designer/author, Robin Hunter on her “How to become a Professional Knitter” blog, and it was so much fun to do! It was the first time I’d ever been asked questions about my work. I don’t think I’d ever really taken my knitting design work seriously until that interview. See it here: http://knittingrobin.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/an-interview-withjimenez-joseph.html

I also took part in a video interview for Fruity Knitting’s YouTube Podcast. Having to talk directly to a camera was pretty daunting at first, but hopefully it won’t be too bad after they edit it! My interview should be live in the next podcast in a few weeks’ time. I’ll add a link as soon as it is released. In the meantime, I cannot stress how enjoyable Andrea and Andrew are to watch and listen to, so check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCry9BOQv1BhE5k9c9oHnxTw

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Much of my spare time is spent playing tennis! As you know, I used to be a track and field athlete until a serious injury put a stop to that. Luckily, I was able to fix myself up enough to return to a sport that is less damaging to my body. I love tennis so much, I wonder sometimes why I never even considered playing it properly in my youth!

tennis shoes

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