Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Two Little Pigs

About a year ago, I designed a series of 6 toys for Knit Magazine. I really enjoyed designing them  - a cat, a fox, a penguin, a mouse, cakes and a pig.

4 of them were published. Then Knit Mag conducted  a customer survey and the overall feedback concluded that readers didn't want toys in the magazine as they felt they were more suited to knitting mags like Simply Knitting and Knit Today. Oh well, you can't please everyone .....

However, I did received some great feedback from readers and I'm pleased to say that my cat, fox, penguin and pig were well liked.

I have to admit, I'd forgotten about the toys, until I looked on Ravelry recently and found that a couple of Knit Mag readers had knitted up my Peover Pig. I was thrilled to see the photos, so I thought I'd share one of them with you.

Meet Pat Pig, knitted by Pearlcable on Ravelry. Pearlcable works in a wool shop (what a fab job!!) and Pat is her boss. She finished her Pig on Pat’s birthday, which is why she's called Pat too. Click here to see more of Pearlcable's lovely knitting projects.

Pat Pig looks just like the twin sister of my very own Peover Pig - don't you think...you can barely tell the difference. I love to see readers versions of my designs, especially when they turn out exactly the same. Both pigs are knitted in Sirdar Baby Crofter DK (Shade Pinkie 155) which is really soft and beautiful to knit with.

I was delighted to find that my mouse cuddle cushion is being featured in Yarnwise issue 50 - she's such a cutie - I can't wait to see her in print. I hope you'll love her too.

If you'd like to knit up your own Pig, the pattern will be available soon in my various online shops. In the meantime, happy knitting (or crocheting) xx

Monday, 11 June 2012

Back to Normal (almost) and a free seaside bunting pattern

Well, it's been almost a week now since the Jubilee celebrations - are you all getting back to normal? Here at number 10, we're slowly returning to our daily routine. Our middle daughter went back to Chester yesterday, ready for here final term at dance school. She's working hard towards the end of year production and I really can't wait to see it. I have two tickets, just because I always want to watch her dance again. So this time I will be able to. How exciting!!!

Our youngest is back at school tomorrow, much to his disappointment. So it's homework and reading today for him (much to his further disappointment!!!).

We had a lovely week off, pottering in the garden and tidying it up, jet washing the patio, painting the fence and sheds and buying some new (but cheap!!) patio furniture. Then it rained all week. Typical. We went to the cinema and had a day out shopping too, mooching here and there and buying a few things for our holiday. Oh, and I managed to sneak in a trip to Abakhan Fabrics in Hanley.... I didn't come out empty handed as you can guess.

We all enjoyed  watching the jubilee celebrations and I finished my bunting just in time. Do you remember, I blogged about it here - it helped me to relax on our flight to Ibiza.

We munched on our homemade yummy jubilee cupcakes.

The buttercream frosting was made from a Pink Whisk recipe here, - it's the most delicious frosting I've ever tasted and easy too - if I can make it anyone can!! 

So it's back into the swing of life and finishing my current knitting and crochet commissions. I'm pushing the boundaries at the moment with some very tight deadlines eek!! Hope I make them all - 12 flowers, 3 pairs of gloves/fingerless mittens/children's mittens, plus some christmas knits. They're more time intensive than I expected, but I think I'm winning.

In the meantime, if you'd like to make some bunting of your own, here's a free pattern for my seaside bunting, available through the Let's Get Crafting Website. Click here for the pattern (you'll need to register - but it's worth it - there are some great resources available). I'd love to see a photo if you make some of your own.