Guest Post: Jessica Biscoe from Jessica Joy
Knitting is one of those pastimes that will never cease to make me smile.
Once of the things that I love the most about this craft is the wealth of exciting and contemporary designers out there, firing out rad patterns to challenge, delight and inspire all us yarnheads the world over. Once of the hottest modern knitting designers is the supremely talented Jessica Biscoe of Jessica Joy , knit designer and author of the amazing new knitting book Knitting Smitten!
I’m stoked to have a special guest post from Jessica, sharing her passion for all things knitting!
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I love the rhythm of knitting! Even after years of doing it, for both work and pleasure, the motion of shaping and creating fabrics from yarn and two needles is hugely gratifying. There are endless design possibilities to explore as well, which excites me. Every time I see a pattern, technique or texture that I like, I’m always thinking of ways to adapt it into a design.
It’s really important to take the time to find the materials and methods that work best for you. Every knitter is different and you may prefer to hold the yarn in a particular way, or to use bamboo over metal needles. There are many different ways to achieve a result in knitting – you just need to find what works best for you. As a relatively recent learner I remember the techniques and tips that were most valuable to my learning process so I love that I can now pass these on, in my online tutorials, in the hope that they’ll be useful to others.
Knitty Critters Pattern • £4 • JessicaJoy
My style is modern, but playful; I try not to take things too seriously and create designs that are eye-catching but also practical and easy-to-use. My favourite part of designing for Knitting Smitten was the development stage, for sure. Once I had an idea in mind for a project I really enjoyed playing around with different construction techniques, trying out different yarns and colourways to see what worked best. The biggest challenge was probably the fast-pace. It was a ferocious few months of knitting but I think that helped to keep the momentum going and, being an organisation geek, it gave me an excuse to draw up lots of lists and schedules!
In the beginning knitting was definitely a stress reliever for me and this was one of the main reasons why I decided to learn. Over the years it’s developed into a whole new creative outlet and has brought me many opportunities. It’s still a very relaxing process – I do my best thinking with two needles in my hands!
Braided Bracelet Pattern • £3.50 • JessicaJoy
I couldn’t live without circular needles. They serve so many purposes and open up a lot of possibilities, in my mind, for designs and easier construction techniques – I particularly love my little 9” circular needles. I have a lot of designs on the go right now, which I’m really excited about. Some of these will be released on my website, along with more tutorials and techniques, and some others through an exciting new channel. I can’t give too much away, but it’s a really fantastic project that I’m having so much fun working on.
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That’s not all my knitty loving friends! I have three copies of Knitting Smitten by Jessica Biscoe, £12.99, Quadrille to giveaway to three lucky Made Peachy readers!
There are a number of ways you can enter this giveaway – and the best part is each one will be counted as 1 entry…so, do all three and you will be entered three times my friend!
1 Please leave a comment below sharing why you want to get your mitts on this rad new knitting book
2 Share this post on Twitter, tagging @madepeachy and using the hashtag #KnittingSmittenMadePeachy
3 Give the MadePeachy Facebook page a like, share the giveaway post and leave a comment on why you’d love to win!
Want a bonus entry? Then head over to the MadePeachy Instagram , follow and give the Knitting Smitten post a like & comment!
This giveaway is for UK entrants only (Sorry international chums!) The winner will be pick at random and announced on the 5 May – Good Luck!
Be sure to pop back tomorrow for an exclusive pattern from Jessica’s new book Knitting Smitten, £12.99, Quadrille!