• Welcome to ehdknits.Here is a glimpse of debonnaire’s distinctive hand-dyed yarns,fine knitting accessories and Erica's original patterns (as well as my random comments!) . All yarns are specially chosen for quality and relative value and are extensively road tested. I also have a large stock of hand-painted needlepoint. with something to interest all. To stitch , I carry a large stock of traditional and specialty threads, including Rainbow Gallery. My mission is simply to inspire you to stitch while providing the best personal service possible. Please feel free to contact me at ehdknitsATgmailDotcom or call (0788-799-4351) to discuss any knitting or needlepoint needs. My patterns are also available through Ravelry and selected knitting yarns at debonnaire.artfire.com (click through buttons on right). Have fun with your project! Erica Downs
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March- in like a lion……

March has been crazy- great shows at Glasgow and Olympia and now the pressure’s on to get Alex’s wedding organised as well as her  bar shower scheduled for  early May.
Both Glasgow and Olympia were my best shows ever at these venues. Unfortunately for next year,the organisers have scheduled these events for the same date. Hopefully they will get it sorted out so 1 changes date.

Savannah spent  some time with me in Glasgow on break from Uni in Edinburgh. I don’t think she’s knit for at least 3 years but even she was inspired. Grabbing a skein of chunky alpaca merino and with a brief  re-lesson on casting on with circular needles, she knit this great headband ( finished during the ride back to Edinburgh)

My  friend Liz from Heartfelt by Liz was there with her stunning felted wraps, brooches etc and these amazing corsages:

Somehow, I don’t think Alex will bite however unfortunately.

I spent some time talking to the lovely Yulia from Silkfelten Collection who is responsible for the fab mermaid and not the codpieces she was quick to say..

Finally thanks to my helper Vanessa who was just fantastic!

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This weekend I’m at Create Henley on Saturday and Sunday in the Town Hall- Henley on Thames . Drop by if you’re in the area!

Unravel 2014 – a wonderful event

Unravel was busy as ever this year and a wonderful event. Saw many old clients and met some new . Many thanks to Vanessa  and a pop in helper, Sandy from Sweden ( a co expat American) for all their help.

I was delighted to see this peacock shawl knit with Lustre 4 ply  Silk in Teal  colour way  which is of course now sold out but will be redyed soon.IMG_20140222_103649

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Off to Glasglow for Creative Stitches this weekend. Car is so stuffed the tires look dangerously low. Actually, they probably are low….

UNRAVEL- Farnham, Surrey

Busy dyeing yarn and general getting ready for Unravel this weekend. Don’t miss it!

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Paris- a drama a day, but great show

In sum, Aiguilles en Fete was a great show but as is typique with me , my stay in Paris was marked by a series of dramas. These included a bout with food poisoning ( the tart meringue citrone or the foie gras..), one of my helpers getting ill, getting the van towed , and while trying to leave, getting stuck in the midst of a taxi strike on the Paris ring road which delayed our ride home by 5 hours. Lee and I kept our humour throughout  even though I had absolutely no appetite and was a poor dinner companion ( who goes to Paris for a week and doesn’t eat, what a disappointment.)

A few stall pictures with my lovely fabulous helper Florence

IMG_00000279 IMG_00000280 IMG_00000282 One of my clients bout some pink silk lures and grey alpaca on Thursday and came back on Sunday to show me the hat she had created .

IMG_00000283Packed up Sunday night with the aid of the lovely Francis, Florence’s boyfriend and  on Monday, took our unexpectedly long trip home  where our baby van stood out among the huge lorries on the tunnel crossing.

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Thanks to all  the wonderful French Clients!

Waltham Abbey Wool show

A fun event to start the New Year

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Boutique de Noel-Junior League of London

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The Junior League of London is a terrific charity that I have spent many years working with. This event is particularly important to the League as it provides most of its operating budget for the year, so its success is critical to the League’s efforts. For more information on the event, take a look here: www.jll.org.uk/bdn .

For those of you interested in getting a head start on your Christmas shopping or just shopping or just want to be supportive please come. I have several comp tickets at this stage . If you would like 1 or 2 email me at ehdknits@gmaildotcom.

Debonnaire needlepoint at Thread- Farnham Maltings

Quite a different display for me and fun to have a lot of the canvases out. The show provided an interesting mix for textile artists and stitchers and will only get better, I think ,given the organisers great job with Unravel. Keep an eye out for it next November.

Next Stop, Boutique de Noel- Nov. 15-16th Kensington Town Hall. Here I will have a mix of needlepoint, knit kits and gifts- including the Smathers and Branson stitched key fobs, dog collars and flasks.

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