New Year

I have been computerless for the last few months. However, a new year + new computer = new blog posts. Before I get started on new projects and plans for 2015, I thought I would share some of the projects that have kept me busy. Five months ago I came to England only intending to stay for four months to expand my knitting and personal horizon by interning with a few knitwear companies I admire. Once I settled in London, it was apparent that this is where I need to be. It has been a fun ride and also lonely at times. I've had to make the hard decisions to leave the people and places that I love. However, in return, every project and every team I have worked with since arriving have surpassed my expectation in the best possible way. 

Take Heart - Fiona Aliec

Last winter, my first pattern was published in Pom Pom Quarterly and a year later I find myself lucky enough to be in London and a part of their Winter 2014, Issue 10. This time I was able to contributed by interning and helping out with the photoshoot, editing, knitting samples, and illustrating Lydia's article, The Grammar of Knitting. My illustration is now available as a limited edition print in the Pom Pom Shop!

Photo Credit: Pom Pom Quarterly

Photo Credit: Pom Pom Quarterly

If you follow Pom Pom's blog regularly, you'll have noticed some of my photos and projects. If not, these are my favourite blog post I helped with this autumn. 

Seventeen Seeds & Rye, two free patterns designed by Saran Hale Spencer. I had the pleasure of knitting these samples up and creating the pattern layout out for knitters to enjoy.

Selsey Cowl, an alternate version to my pattern Selsey in Issue 9: Autumn 2014. 

Issue 11: Behind The Scenes, where we spent the day at The Island Queen Pup in Angel shooting winter's collections. Here's a few photos I was able to snap in-between outfit changes and of course, a pub lunch and lots of tea!


It was a fantastic experience to see behind the scenes while in the meantime, my first pattern Take Heart has reached its first year. I have had the chance to see and meet other knitters who have made it for loved ones or for themselves. Last Christmas I knit another Take Heart for my sister Mila. Again I used Toft's Aran Alpaca and added a homemade fur pompom from reclaimed fur. Here she is, set against the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

Take Heart - Fiona Alice

Here is my original illustration of Take Heart, which you may recognize from the issue. I'm also really excited to say that Take Heart is now available as a single download in my Ravelry Shop! I can't wait to share some photos of what I got up to at Toft Alpaca Shop next time. 

Take Heart Illustration - Fiona Alice