Dear Knitter,

We are continuiing with our Queen of the Waves theme and following on from her Boreray Pullover with the Hirta Hat Set which is now available as a patterncard kit. This versatile accessory set can be made in a choice of your own colours and comprises a beret and fingerless gloves, perfect for layering-up with other pieces from the Queen of the Waves Collection, or wearing as a subtle yet dramatic accent with any outfit. You can see the Hirta Hat Set here modelled by Iona in the Hebrides.

The Hirta Hat Set has a 1/1 rib, which echoes the Boreray Pullover and it has been designed for wearing underneath the buttoned cuffs of the pullover. You can make it to match your pullover or, as I have done, select some matching and some contrasting colours. This set is made in Storm Petrel and Driftwood, with accents of  Pebble Beach, Sea Anemone and Summertide. You can see the Hirta Hat Set here worn with the Boreray Pullover and the Dùn Cuff (which will be arriving later in the year as a costume technique class).

If you need a little help with yarn selection for designs such as the Hirta Hat Set then flip through our Hebridean Colour Stories online book, which brings together a variety of images of our Hebridean yarn range and is the ideal place to find inspiration.

Our Tormentil 3 Ply has made its journey from Lewis to Glasgow and is now back in stock, along with our Hawk & Hound patterncard kit, which you can see here worn by Emma.

We have also added a couple of new pages to the website in our Shop section. On our Beginners Suggestions pages you can find some ideas of where to start if you are a beginner to knitting. Our Challenging Suggestions page gives a number of project ideas for honing your skills and learning new techniques.

Virtual Yarns - Home of Alice Starmore Yarns and Designs
We are very busy at the moment working on my new weaving class and weaving design plans, which we hope to have ready later on in Spring. This will include the Queen of the Waves woven wraps, which are perfect for finishing off your Queen of the Waves outfits. We are also hoping to finish and photograph a brand new version of an old favourite soon if the weather is kind, so we will be back with more news of that next month,
Happy Knitting,
The Queen of the Waves Hand Knitwear Design Collection by Alice Starmore