Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year

I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas. I somehow managed to add a few handmade touches to some of my gifts, and made a few homemade decorations too. I loved sitting and relaxing amongst my Christmas decorations that I'm slowly adding to year after year.




I'll share my paper bunting tutorial asap as you could make this any time of the year for any occasion.
 
 
I've had a small break from my knitting, with just a pair of socks to finish over Christmas. I gave the hats a complete break as I realised they were getting me down a little. Desiging and knitting 30  fun hats sounds exciting - and it is, but they're time consuming too and they've been eating up a lot of my time lately. Spending some much needed time with my family has been wonderful over Christmas and I feel a lot happier and much more enthusiastic now. I have 5 more hats to design, a couple of hats to re-knit in different shades and a couple of hats to completely re-design at the request of the US publisher. We're way past the initial deadlines, but I can only knit so fast, so there's not a lot I can do about it. I've decided not to worry over it - if they're desperate they'll have to find another designer to knit up the last few hats. It's not the end of the world after all.
 
We had a lovely night out at our neighbour's 50th. surprise party. A great opportunity for me and hubby to get dressed up and let our hair down - something we don't do often, but perhaps should do more of. Perhaps we'll organise some 'date nights' to the cinema, or go out for a meal or just a nice walk.
 
I've been busy planning for the year ahead, deciding on my aims and goals and what I what to achieve and focus on once the book is out of the way. I have some new design ideas, so ideas for my blog and some free patterns to post. I've been thrilled with the way that 2012 has turned out. I've been delighted with most of my designs, and here are some of my favourites from this year:
 

 



 
 
I'll be back with a bang after the New Year and I wish you all the very best for a great 2013. Let's hope it brings us all happiness, craftiness, peace and  good health xxx

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Knit Today Issue 80 - a great xmas pressie

It's still not too late to grab yourself a great last minute pressie with issue 80 of Knit Today and it's FREE diary, with a free flower pattern for every month of the year, designed by me.
 
When my copy of Knit Today dropped through the letterbox, I literally squealed out loud when I saw the fab free diary with my 12 flower patterns - one for each month. It's a fab free gift that can be used throughout the year to keep on top of your appointments, not to mention the 12 lovely flowers designed by little old me. The flowers include:

Snowdrops - January
Rose - February
Daffodil - March
Bluebell - April
Tulip - May
Iris - June
Fuchsia - July
Peace Lily - August
Sunflower - September
Phlox - October
Poppy - November
Poinsettia - December

I love all the flowers, but  my favourites are the Fuchsia, the Poppy and the Iris. Here are some photos that I managed to grab before I hurriedly sent off my projects for the deadline (I'm always last minute!!). I mainly used oddments of mercerised cotton as I found this produced a firm fabric.I also used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK.








I really enjoyed designing these flowers and it's strange to think that lots of knitters will be carrying around my diary in their bags for the whole of 2013. I hope you all enjoy making the flowers - they're really satisfying.

If you get a chance to buy it, the magazine is great value for Money. There are some gorgeous patterns including my 6 festive quick knits. I love my christmas tree bunting and my simple wreath. I hope I get chance to make some before christmas.

Happy festive knitting xxxx