Free Pattern: Kiss Kiss


Kiss Kiss

There is always an extra buzz at FlorrieMarie when we publish a new pattern! Here is our latest, cute little colour work pouches. Their name, Kiss Kiss is a nod to what was in mind to nestle inside them, chocolate kisses.

Kiss Kiss

We had been loosley planning a little Valentine’s project for a while, but they always seem get to big and eventually pushed to the back burner. I’d been sketching some ideas for a larger Valentines project but realised I’d be rushed to get it wound up in time. Absentmindedly resting some sweeties in a mitten I’m knitting made something click and Kiss Kiss was conceived.

These little darlings knit up very quickly and only use a little yarn. Even if you’re new to colour work, there’s nothing to be scared of. Each pattern can be knitted in just two colours and will still look adorable.

To download your free pattern,  visit the Kiss Kiss pattern page on Ravelry!

Please note: Ravelry is usually a very reliable way to download a pattern, but if you’re having any trouble simply make sure that your Adobe Reader is up to date and if you’re still having trouble  please send us an email at and we would be happy to email the PDF to you.


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Here & There: VKL Prep

We only have three more sleeps till Vogue Knitting Live NYC, as Florrie would say. lol We don’t have a lot of homework to do before we start. Really just making yarn cakes of the wool we bought for the color work class.


Down here in the city I am still running to and fro with meeting prep and lunch deliveries. While I’m downtown today I’m going to go to Purl Soho (believe me it was dangerously close when I worked out of the downtown store) to see about getting a last minute ball winder. Of course mine broke this week!   I need to rustle up some colored pencils for color work sketching.  I’m excited about the natural dye class, too.  I can’t wait!



Up here in the woods I’ve been doodling a little in preperation for the colour work class we’re taking. Tomorrow I’ll pack my bags and gather my supplies before heading to the Big Apple Thursday. I feel like a school girl getting ready for the first day. Pencils, check. Needles, check. Apron, Check. In a reverse of the norm I’ll be Marie’s house guest for a few nights, leaving the little ones at home with Dad.


Vogue Knitting Live 2014

VKL2I know I should be concentrating on Thanksgiving but I am starting to get excited for Vogue Knitting Live NYC! Its still nearly two months out, but you all know how time flies. Florrie and I have signed up for classes, a lecture and we have our marketplace passes ready to go.

Our Schedule looks like this:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Adding and Inventing Colorwork Patterns – NEW!
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lecture: Journey Inside the Great White Bale with Clara Parkes
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hand-Painted Yarn: Customizing a Palette with Natural, Botanical Dyes – NEW!
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Secrets to Writing Your Own Sweater Patterns  

So excited! The color work class is with the Color Work Queen, Mary Jane Mucklestone. (I have just dubbed her this… I’m fairly certain that she doesn’t go around introducing herself this way) the class is about incorporating color work into design.The class notes said to bring 3-8 colors of wool to work with.  Florrie and I promptly bought 8 shades of Cascade 220,  you know we don’t do things by halves.



I can’t wait to see what we come up with. I have always loved color work, but find it a bit daunting. The few times I have tried it it didn’t work out so great (getting the tension of the travelling strands was trickier than I thought!).  So my hopes for this class are that it will demystify the process for me and help with my design work.

We’re also taking a foray into hand dying yarn. That is something that Florrie and I have been chomping at the bit to try for years now. This class will focus on natural dyes, its pretty incredible what you can do with plants and minerals. Our last class is all about sweater design. I have been sketching sweaters for ages and I can knit one for myself but the idea of grading sizes to fit a multitude of body shapes scares the pants off me so I have my fingers crossed that I will get the courage to plunge in after taking this class. Bring it on, sweaters! If your classes don’t scare you at least a little bit, they aren’t the right classes, in my opinion.

Our lecture is the Yarn Whisperer herself Clara Parkes. We are especially excited about this lecture because its something that we have been thinking, planning and dreaming about for a couple of years now.  Wool. More specifically production of wool into gorgeous, squashy, lovely skeins for hand knitting. I’m just saying… its a very exciting prospect.  Don’t you think so?

Hurry up January! I can barely wait. Will we see you there?