Monday, 30 April 2012

Let's Get Crafting - pretty crochet bunting

I blogged here about my men's slippers and tea cosy in this month's Knit Today. I'm excited to also share my pretty crochet bunting and crochet cake doorstop in this month's fab edition of Let's Get Crafting. You can join the Let's Get Crafting website here for loads of free patterns and ideas to inspire you.

The theme in issue 40 is Best of British, and the mag is full of fab designs to make with the free kit. From cushions to cakes; bunting to bears, this edition is really excting. There are some great projects that will brighten up your jubilee celebrations.

Here's my cake doorstop (this was really fun to make):

And here's my pretty crochet bunting. It was really tricky trying to design something different to the many crochet bunting patterns that are readily available on the web, but I was really pleased with the end result.

I was even more pleased when I saw that a reader had already made the bunting with yarn from her stash. Marie-Therese Kielty shared her project on twitter here (@maritrez) It's looks fab - don't you think?

Friday, 27 April 2012

Knit Today - Keeping warm and cosy

In most of my blog posts I mention that my projects are top secret until the magazine is published. It's hard not being able to share with you what's on my needles as it's usually a commission that I can't share.

However, this month, I'm in three of the popular monthly knit and crochet mags - how exciting. This post is about one of those mags - Knit Today (you can visit their website here). Issue 72 is a fabulous edition with a free booklet of 50 quick and easy knits by Ann Franklin (you can find Ann here on Ravelry). The ladies at my knitting class really liked this booklet, full of easy gifts to knit for men, women, kids, baby and the home.

Featured in the mag, on page 80 are my men's slippers. I really enjoyed designing these as there are very few men's slipper patterns around. They remind me of an aran jumper and are really cosy and warm. I used a willing neighbour as a size model and he loved them so much that wanted to keep them - I'll have to knit him a pair for putting up with me constantly harrassing him to try the slippers on. He must have felt like Cinderella!!

Also featured is my spring blooms tea cosy. It's based on the pleated vintage style tea cosies, which is achieved by pulling unused yarns tightly across the back of the work when switching colours. I love the big flowers and leaves on the top. It will certainly brighten up your kitchen in the summer months.

Something that makes me really happy is when readers send in their pictures of their projects made from my patterns. In this month's edition, readers have sent in photos of my phone cosy from issue 69, my mug rug from issue 69 (which seems really popular) and my bunny hat from issue 70. It's great that readers are enjoying my patterns - it really makes me feel like I'm bringing a little bit of knitty happiness to the world.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you all. I know I've negected my blog lately and I feel sooooo bad. But I've had so many knit and crochet projects on the go lately, that I've struggled to find the time to breathe, let alone write a blog post. But I'm back after another busy week and promise to try and blog more often. I wish I could share my projects with you, but unfortunately they're secret projects for now until the various magazines are published. Then I'll have my Taa-daa moments.

We had our annual Easter Egg hunt. It's not a big affair - we just hide mini eggs and chocolate chicks all around the house in little nooks and crannys. I was amazed that our youngest managed to reach up above door frames and on top of pictures to retrieve eggs. He's growing up fast and is almost as tall as me. I'm not sure how much longer he'll want an egg hunt, which is sad, but we'll have lots of lovely memories to keep us smiling.

At the last knitting class before the Easter break, we knitted chicks for chocolate eggs. I think Emma's addicted to making them - so far she's made 3 that I know of. Pip also brought along her latest knitted creation. A cute little stuffed chick, perfect for Easter. As she pulled him out of her bag we all squealed with delight and promptly received a little 'telling off' from the tutor next door for being noisy whilst she had an exam in progress. Ooops. We tried to squee a little quieter during the class, but it was difficult as the ladies produced various yummy yarns they'd purchased for their ever growing yarn stashes. It's surprising how quickly a yarn stash can build - one minute you have a few lovely balls of yarn - the next a few boxes full. Only one knit class left then we're back to crochet. I'm missing crochet at the minute as all my big projects are knitting. Here are Pip and Emma's fab Easter Chicks:

My Easter knits were published in Knit Today issue 70, including Loopy Lamb Finger Puppet, Bunny Hat, Mr. & Mrs. Chirp Egg Cosies, Easter Tree Eggs, and Flower Mug Hug. Here are a couple of photos of my favourites, what do you think?: