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Dear Knitter,

Autumn colours never fail to inspire and as the leaves turn and fall I've been compelled to make another Creative Course 1 hat. The Autumn Leaf Hat uses a background of Selkie with a brim of Tormentil to showcase embroidered falling leaves in worked in warm tones. Though the result is unique, this hat is actually a variation of the Fern Hat and shows how very different effects can be achieved with the same simple embroidery stitch. It is worn here alongside a Staran pullover in Selkie. You can make this hat using the directions given in Creative Course 1. You can find Creative Course 1 here.

I am happy to announce that the Firebirds Cardigan patterncard kit is back in stock, as is the full Firebirds Set. You can see the full set worn here by Sylwia and you can find the full set here.

For another look for the Firebirds Set you can see it here on Rebecca worn with two very different stylings, one bringing out the summer greens and one showing a more autumnal look.

Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply pure new British wool hand knitting Yarn

The days are getting shorter and with the clocks going back, it is the time of year for a reminder about Xmas posting for our international customers. December is always a very busy month for postal services and delivery times are longer at this time. This year there are also UK  Royal Mail postal strikes to contend with, which limit the days on which we can post and this will cause the service to slow further. We recommend if you are ordering for delivery for Xmas and you are outside the U.K. that you place your order by the end of November at the very latest for the best chance of a pre-Xmas delivery.

Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply pure new British wool hand knitting Yarn
Alice Starmore Hebridean 2 Ply pure new British wool hand knitting Yarn

Despite a wet October we have had a couple of beautiful days out on the East Coast with models Rebecca and Amber. We used these shoots to photograph more of the Hiort Project designs for the Queen of the Waves, a collection which we cannot seem to stop having ideas for! I look forward to showing you those new designs in the future, but in the meantime we also have new shots of some old favourites. Amber is wearing the Polaris cardigan, a Hat Trick hat and the Marina fingerless gloves, while Rebecca is wearing the Briodag Set.

Another particular favourite combination of mine, which we have not photographed before, is the Anne Boleyn jacket from Tudor Roses worn with the Henry VIII Hat Set. The colours make for the perfect autumn outfit.

We will be back next month with more colour and pattern to brighten up the shortening days.

Happy Knitting,


Alice Starmore Scottish Hand Knitwear Yarns and Designs