Hi, my name is Jan and I'm the person behind Elizabeth Larsen Knitwear. Welcome to my scrapbook page. A place to find snippets on what's going on with Elizabeth Larsen Knitwear; customer photos and I suppose a diary for Elizabeth Larsen Knitwear.
People often ask me who is Elizabeth Larsen?After all they know me as Jan Appleton. Well, it's me! To be more precise, Elizabeth is my middle name and Larsen is my Maiden name (my father's family come from Norway). I wanted my business to celebrate my heritage.
If you'd like to know more about me and my knitting story (it goes back a long way) read my interview with Folksy...
Me in April 2017 wearing my Torridon Collection. At least you get to see my face this time! If you'd like to see and read behind the scenes of my photo shoot in Torridon click on the button below....
Me in the 1980's wearing one of my knit weave designs. I didn't like having my photo taken in those days either! But I think this design could make a come back 😊
GALE exhibition March 2018
Photos of my stand as I set it up for my knitwear exhibition at the GALE Centre in Gairloch.
(click on the photo to take you directly to the item).
Torridon poncho in teal
"Jan - my gorgeous poncho arrived today, and I LOVE it! It’s the perfect length, size, and is really flattering (covers all the lumps and bumps). The colour is gorgeous! I’m really pleased I was able to buy Scottish, too. Thanks so much for a gorgeous product, and your very prompt service too! Best regards Mo" Scotland
"Hello Jan, just a wee bit of positive feedback on the highland poncho I got recently. I wore it to a Burns supper ceilidh on Saturday. I loved the way it feels so light but was the best thing to have at the meal as we were sitting in a horrendous cold draught. some people had to sit with their coats on but I was lovely and cosy without feeling like a mitchelin man. I'm really pleased with it.
Thanks again." Lucy, UK
I think I'm a little colour blind when it comes to blues and I was a little worried that this would be a little bland as a colour. I was so pleased when it arrived to find (to me) this is a warmer greenish blue than in the photo. It reminds me of the ocean... With the tiny flecks of deep red it goes with EVERYTHING and I LOVE it. Excellent seller, good communication and quick delivery. I would highly recommend, this is a quality item. Thanks! Hazel, UK
The poncho is beautiful. Excellent quality and just the right weight. We post menopausal women who can't wear our heavy sweaters anymore can appreciate something that is not quite as heavy and easier to wear. Purchased the grey and I love it so much I plan to order another! Five stars all the way around! Janet, USA
Photo Shoot - well an attempted photo shoot. The weather on the west coast of Scotland's been a bit poor this summer, rain, rain and more rain, oh, and wind too! So, it's been really difficult to do a photo shoot.
We had a break in the weather and we went for it. A visit to a local beach and ruins meant a longish walk with my knitwear and camera equipment through a field full of cows (I'm a little bit afraid of cows). We just got out of the car and of course it started to rain, but we ploughed on and got ourselves over to the old fishing station.
Mark took a few photos for ideas once the rain stopped but it was just too windy. So, the camera went away and we just enjoyed a stroll in the wind and rain back to the car. I might get the photos taken sometime soon!
Busy, busy, busy 15th August.
It's that time of year when I don't know if I'm going backwards or forwards! The summer season is full of events, local artisan markets and despite spending the first six months of the year designing and knitting, I'm just not quite ready. Which also means little or no time to up date my website, write a blog or clean my house (tehe, don't miss cleaning the house, except I'd hate visitors to just drop by unannounced as it's a constant mess). So, I'm cramming this update in a small window of time in between knitting orders, well us women are renowned for multi-tasking aren't we? (Please do excuse any spelling mistakes, poor grammar as I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm squeezing this in - sorry :( ).
I'm not complaining about being busy, quite like the pressure and I've done some pretty interesting events and met some absolutely lovely people from all over the world. It's great to see my knitwear travelling to far flung places and I just wish that sometimes I could go with it, as I do love to travel. But, have you not noticed that it's all or nothing? So, for me that means long days, especially when I do events!
I've got my new autumn / winter collection launching very soon. Just need to get the photos taken and then they can be put on the website. I've used some different yarns, merino and silk being the main two and I will have a limited edition textured merino poncho inspired by the textures left behind on the seashore (if you look at 'Meet my customers' you'll see Janet modelling one!
Fun at Inverness
After a very early start (a 12 hour day for me on my feet) setting up and a long day ahead it was great to see so many people turn up to the games on Saturday, despite the weather being erratic. With strong gusts of winds that actually blew my stand over on the Saturday and I was indoors ( I was opposite the open door though).
Love it when other stall holders buy my knitwear! Especially when they knit themselves. This lovely lady knits fabulous chunky accessories and bought one of my lightweight lace scarves.
Standing on your feet all day is really tiring, so you just have to spoil yourself with a lovely cake to keep you going!
Lots going on the Saturday with the Highland Games and then on the Sunday we were entertained with the Inverness pipe band. Great to meet so many people from all over the world! A short video to give you a flavour of some of the entertainment.
Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire
A beautiful setting and the perfect backdrop for my knitwear at the Crathes Summer Event with Exclusively Highlands. You can't be anything but impressed with the detail in these old castles and the craftmanship. I was lucky that one of my customer's didn't mind
me taking a photo of her in her newly purchased poncho,
well it just had to be done!
Seashore infinity scarf prize draw - June.
And the winner is...
Congratulations to Christina Lyth! You are the winner of one of my Seashore cotton infinity scarves. Check out all the colours available and choose your favourite one.
A lovely evening stroll amongst the cotton tops....
Long summer days are the best in the Scottish Highlands, particularly in June when it hardly gets dark. A lovely evening stroll through the cotton tops at Red Point in Wester Ross to make the most of the brighter evenings and blow the cobwebs of the day away, re-charge our batteries and enjoy what nature's got to offer.
There was a stiff breeze that kept the midges away and made the cotton tops dance in the light. Whenever I feel I need some inspiration or to clear my head a walk along the seashore or into the mountains does the job.
What do you do to clear your head?
Windy photo shoot for my new Seashore Collection....
We waited a while for the weather to improve before we could do the photo shoot for my Seashore Collection. The best day still happened to be windy, making it quite difficult to keep the mannequin upright (lots of pebbles sorted that out). Hubby Mark had his work cut out!
The seed for my Seashore Collection was sown over a year ago with my love for beach combing. Read more about the inspiration behind my collection read the blog...
Meet my lovely customers....
Torridon Collection super soft Scottish lambswool poncho and matching cowl and fingerless gloves. Bespoke colours for my lovely customer in Canada, Gayle. Thanks for the photo Gayle!
Available in different colours, or your own colour choice. Just enquire.
Seashore textures poncho. Knitted in a beautiful melange merino wool. Textured waves and a two tone fringe.
New design, poncho, shawl or wrap this linen and cotton top can be worn lots of ways. Thanks to my lovely customer who couldn't decide on which colour she preferred.
Seashore Collection, super soft cotton poncho and matching infinity scarf. Available in different colours.
Doesn't she look lovely in my Highland poncho. You can't see them in the photo sadly, but she had matching cowboy boots on, fabulous!
Lovely Lynne wearing my Gairloch cowl knitted in a super soft lambswool spun in Scotland.
Doesn't Kathy look lovely in her Torridon poncho, she wears it well next to her art work!
This lovely lady is also wearing one of my Torridon poncho's in mustard. The lovely back drop of Blair Castle.
One of my lovely regular customer's sporting my 'new' textured jacket design in lambswool. It fitted her to perfection!
Not just for women! My unisex beanies and cowls are bought by as many men as women. And they look great too. This chap from Australia bought a Torridon beanie to go Otter watching in Torridon! :)
MOY FIELD SPORTS FAIR 4/5th AUGUST
The heavy rain and the mud didn't dampen the spirit of Moy! I had lots of fun trying to avoid the drips on my stand but that's a British summer for you.
Meet some of my lovely customers....
Meet Janet, wearing one of my new autumn / winter merino wool poncho's. Inspired by the textures left behind on the seashore and the flow of seaweed with the ebb and flow of the tide.
This lovely customer is wearing my Winter in the Glen Bird Cowl. Doesn't she wear it well.
Meet some of my lovely customers from Inverness Highland Games and Gala. I'm so lucky to have such delightful customers who let me take their photo. I'm sorry I don't do them more justice, but I just use my mobile phone and they're all in situ. No posing or models, just real women wearing my knitwear and don't they look great?!
My new lace scarves and Seashore Collection were the most popular items this weekend.
CRATHES CASTLE SUMMER EVENT 7-9TH JULY
This lovely Canadian lady kindly let me take a photo of her with her 'new to her' Seashore Poncho knitted in a gorgeous 50% merino, 25% silk and 25% nylon. In a black tweed effect and it suited her so well, that I just had to take a photo. And what a back drop for a photo, the top floor of Crathes Castle is pretty impressive.
PS. Don't forget, if you send in a photo of you ( or someone else, but not someone randomly on the street ;) ) wearing my knitwear you'll receive a little thank you gift!
Meet Emily and Fiona.
I walked into one Latitude 57 (one of my stockists) only to find these lovely ladies trying on my super soft lambswool Torridon beanies. Don't they look lovely! Thanks for letting me take the photo, you really suited them!
My knitwear isn't just for women! I do unisex hats and cowls too, as this chap manages to demonstrate so well at the GALE Centre in Gairloch. He's wearing my Torridon lambswool cowl in rust and teal.
"I am wearing my poncho today and loving it. It's causing quite a stir in Reigate! I wore it to the Shieldaig Hotel the other night too when the girls and I had an evening Sampling Scottish Gins! I was definitely dressed for the part!"...
... "And here's me showing off my special Opinan button. I'm so in love with it! 💛"
Sometimes you want something just a little bit different than anyone else.
Claire wanted a simple crop top with subtle details. I used three different very fine yarns to get the random stripe effect and a bit of pastel pink/white scalloping to soften the edges.
I want to see your photos!
I'm looking for customers to share their Elizabeth Larsen Knitwear photos for my Scrapbook page.
As a thank you any photos sent in will be rewarded with a little 'thank you' surprise gift.
Email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
April saw my first prize draw being drawn for a Torridon cowl. Thanks to Rose and Sam from the GALE Centre in Gairloch for pulling the winner from the hat (literally).
And the winner was (drum roll) Jennifer Watson. "Wahaaayyy! I never win anything! Until now that is..." "Hi Jan, Thank you - it arrived today. Beautiful! all the best, Jennifer"