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I just wanted to give a “head’s up” to all my lovely readers. Next week I will be participating in Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, which means you can expect a post from me every day. You can take a sneak peek at the subjects here, or leave it as a surprise! This post by Eskimimi will explain how you can search for other bloggers posting on that day’s topic. I hope you will enjoy my posts & if you’re a blogger, please consider participating yourself! I think it’s going to be great fun.

I’m posting this now because I will be away in Istanbul over the weekend, trying to convince my friend to seek out the legendary “yarn street”. Ooo. Next week I’ll also be releasing the super-cute, super-simple Bow Pouch pattern, so look out for that too!

Knit Pouch

Knit Bow

Now in 3 different flavours!
Knit Wristlet

If you can’t come to Istanbul with me, Jane Thorley’s article in the latest TWiR is the next best thing! Either way, have a fab weekend, knitters!

25th March, 2011  // Balay, Laylock, Travel // tags: , , .

In Lilac-time

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“Now that lilacs are in bloom
She has a bowl of lilacs in her room
And twists one in her fingers while she talks.”
– T.S. Eliot, ‘Portrait of a Lady’


Few things are as uplifting as a bunch of lilacs in a room. Even when you’re not looking at them, their scent still surprises you. Being able to pick them myself from the garden is a priceless pleasure. And even after the lilac flowers have gone over, I love seeing the name ‘Laylock’, and remembering the inspiration this plant offers. What a delightful business growth model lilacs would make! Graceful, profuse, colourful, robust, and full of heart.


In the door-yard fronting an old farm-house, near the white-wash’d palings,
Stands the lilac bush, tall-growing, with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
With many a pointed blossom, rising, delicate, with the perfume strong I love,
With every leaf a miracle……and from this bush in the door-yard,
With delicate-color’d blossoms, and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
A sprig, with its flower, I break.
– Walt Whitman, ‘When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d’

lilacs in a vase


22nd May, 2009  // Inspiration, Laylock, Life // tags: , , .

A Knitted InVESTment

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I found out via the Berroco Design Blog that a group of Ravelers are celebrating Vest-uary, by knitting a vest (or slipover for us Brits) during February. Punning is obligatory. I am working on the baby version of the Houses Slipover, but the temptation is great to knit another slipover for myself. They are very versatile and I wear mine constantly.

baby vest

In between knitting, I have also been working on starting my latest adventure, the Laylock Press, a private electronic press, charged forthwith with publishing Laylock knitting patterns. The aim is to give the PDF-design side of the Laylock patterns the attention it deserves, while providing an outlet for publishing various other pieces I have in mind. I will be posting postulations about pattern layout over there, so I hope you will take time to visit & subscribe.

7th February, 2009  // Houselock, Knitwear Design, Laylock // tags: , , , , .
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