Sunday, 19 February 2017

preview for free bear hat knitting patterns

I've teased a little bit about these hats on Instagram over the last couple of weeks, and I've been working on this pair of patterns since before Christmas. I can't quite believe how long they have taken me. I suppose with a *relatively* new job (I really can't used that excuse any more, it will be 6 months in March, I can't believe how fast the time has flown!) and house (ditto; passed the 6 month mark already) I can try and make my excuses, but really I can't quite put my finger on it! Nevertheless I am delighted to be able to finally share with you a preview of two free knitting patterns that will be hitting the blog in the next week!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

why, hello rowan

I couldn't help myself guys, I've made another creature from Edward's Imaginarium from Kerry Lord. I just can't get over the characters, the breadth of creativity, and also how much I love making GIANT versions of smaller creatues. Honestly, I feel like all crochet has to now be done on a minimum 8mm hook (if only yarn wasn't eaten up so easily/expensively, eh?) 

So, let me introduce you to Rowan - Willow's new friend. Ben had the grand idea of sticking to a forest/woodland/tree-themed name. It does just so happen that this also matches the name of, of course, Rowan yarns, but that's not why Rowan has this name. It just fit, you know? This does also rather open the door up to more creatures, which as ideas go, really doesn't upset me at all.

Rowan was actually made for my dear friend's birthday last month. Sophie, the lovely lady in question, commented one day that she liked Willow and in my mind I said "uh-oh, too late, no take backs, you are getting one for your birthday now!" - and so here she is!

Rowan was crocheted using 2 strands of Aran-weight yarn held together, and an 8mm hook. It was part Women's Institute Aran (purple) and part Hayfield Bonus Tweed (brown) and I really think the colours compliment each other very nicely, making a real woodland creature who, I am sure, would guide lost travellers in the night, and help lead poorly animals to nearby streams so they can drink and rest. Rowan has a good heart and will take care of you, and I hope she will take goood care of Sophie!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

say hello to my first published pattern

(c) Practical Publishing Int
I have something raaaaather exciting to announce today lovely, geeky knitters - I have my first pattern published in a magazine! If you come across Bagmaking Essentials in the shop this month, be sure to pick it up, have a flick through, and heck even buy it - because, as well as a whole host of fun and creative patterns for sewing, crocheting, patch-working, and knitting bags, you will see yours truly featured towards the back with a knitting pattern for the cheeky chaps above!

This magazine is one of the titles that the company I work for publishes, and I was really excited to be asked if I wanted to write a pattern to be included in issue 4. My pattern is called Monster Pals and is for 2 fun phone cozies, one designed for a beginner/all-level knitter, and the other for the more confident knitter. Even though they are monsters, they aren't particularly scary, but I'm a firm believer that the best monster's are the friendliest in any case.

If you look carefully on the front cover above as well, you can spot one of the cheeky monsters! These guys were a lot of fun to design - it's not often I get to work to a design 'brief' and it presented a new, creative challenge which I really enjoyed tackling and working on. If you want to grab a copy of Bagmaking Essentials, head to your local supermarket, WHSmiths, or grab it online from
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