October Holidays

Hi All,

I must apologise for the posting holiday, but, Ive been so preoccupied with other things the website has had a backseat. Since last post Perth Festival of Yarn has come and gone. My holiday to Sorrento in Italy has passed. And I spent a nice day at Inverness Knitfest. I have a podcast about to go up with the last two pieces in it.

Life has been fairly good and I cannot complain. The family are well and my knitting/crocheting etc. move on apace.  There are two designs ready to hit the market soon, the Dragonscale Socks pattern and Le Tulipe et La Rose shawl are getting towards the end of test knitting. Patterns have been adjusted where required and we are at the photographs section for some of it.

I’m off now to finish that very task so will be back with a couple of taster shots soon.

One week later

Well a week has passed since the Rhodes retreat 2018 opened for bookings and it has been  good first week with bookings really healty. About 50% of the retreat capacity has already gone with some people checking dates at work and looking at flight costs before deciding. I’ve been blown away by the positive response. A Retreat chatter thread has opened in Beardychiel’s Ravelry group and it is hard to tell if the tutors or the students are more excited. Both Skeindeer and Sockmatician podcasts have mentioned the event and I hope we will keep this momentum up.

In the background I have been knitting away and working on multiple knitting projects and details of these will follow in the future.

Busy busy busy

The last few weeks have been ultra busy for me and although work on the website was happening in the background I simply did not find time to post here.

Last night was the culmination of several weeks of planning and work when Beardychiel’s Rhodes Retreat 2018 was launched. Bookings have been a steady stream and I hope that continues. Feedback is that the idea and price are pitched at about the right level.  So I wait and hope that my trickle becomes a raging torrent. LOL.


Today is the launch of Tsambika’s Rhodian Sun Socks on Ravelry . A 4ply/fingering weight sock with a small lace pattern. The socks are knitted toe up with a short row heel. I really enjoyed working on them in Rhodes then sun and chilled out atmosphere were wonderful.

Well that’s  that for today. I’m off back to some mid evening knitting and a detective show……

Socks update

I’ve added 3 of my sock patterns to the Knitwear section of the site. Just to make sure it all works the way I want. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Quiet Sunday

I’ve had a good weekend. Time with family, local fun day, a nice time at a quiz night where we won a bottle of Whisky in a raffle and some knitting. I hane noted a couple of Perth Festival emails pop in so thats great. Monday’s to do list is sorted.

Now it’s time to work on the square shawl…… see you later.

Editing Day

Hi folks, I recorded an episode of Beardychiel’s Knitting Banter on Wednesday and got to the editing stage today. That bit is done and we wait now while You Tube lets it upload and we hope it works first time.

Not a lot of knitting done yesterday, but some web bits and prep for editing and housework. Today after the editing Janet emailed for a Pancake/Drop Scone Recipe. Well it took a whole 10 minutes to type and would you know it put me in the mood for them so I made a batch.

I’m thinking a Beardychiel Cooks page might be a good addition.

Answers on a post card to……

Day 1 of New Site

So, I am rationing my time on the new site to an hour a day. Why? That can be explained by looking at all the other things that require to be fitted into a day.

  • Perth Festival of Yarn Web maintenance
  • Pattern development and typing
  • Knitting / Spinning / Crochet
  • Podcasting
  • Housework

I also allow myself the luxury of a shower. 

Earlier this morning I finished Tsambika’s Rhodian Sun Sock pattern and sent it to one of my test knitters. Tech editing next and then I’ll add it to this site and Ravelry.

Made sure the social media links in the footer take you to the right places.

And so that’s it for today, a little cooking and then Perth Festival time.


Welcome to Beardychiel’s Design

Welcome to Beardychiel’s Design. In creating this new site for my knitwear and fibre crafts I  am hoping to sow not only my design work but links to where all things Beardychiel can be found. Thanks for joining me on this journey.