Sunday, 22 October 2017

#EnchantedCottageKAL Part 6

Last weekend, I traveled down to London to head to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace with Mary and Sacha, and because I'm trying to save money / I've outgrown my discount railcard (finally, so sad - but have you heard of the 'millennial' railcard? Score!) I traveled there and back on the coach. Although surprisingly comfortable, a journey that would normally take 2-3 hours, took in fact 6-7 hours so I would like to avoid doing that again. On the plus side, it meant a LOT of knitting (and watching The Legend of Korra) time. 

And so, it may have taken a coach ride to London to make me do it, but I am finally knitting the Knit Now #EnchantedCottagKAL again! Part 6, halfway there - wow! I mean I am very very behind with what has been available at this point, but still getting there. 

The squares for part 6 focus on slip stitch colourwork, creating this beautiful mosaic effect. My first square was a little bunched up and tight, because I wasn't used to slipping so many stitches along with colourwork, but by the second square my tension had levelled out considerably. Unfortunately you can see above that my colour changes up the sides aren't as neat as the could be, but fortunately once the blanket is all sewn together it should hide it pretty well - well, that's my story and I am sticking to it. I haven't blocked these all too well which is a shame, but again this shouuuuuld be hidden in the  larger blanket itself (oh gosh I hope so!)

I love piling my squares up all together, and it's nice to see some pops of colour in there. I think it will overall end up being quite a dark blanket, but with the lilacs and pinks popping out which should lift the whole thing. 

After I finish this, I have a lot of Christmas knitting to really try and get a head start on (argh!) and I also have some sewing that needs to be done, so I imagine this might take a back seat again, buuut I am going to Comic Con in London next weekend (on the train, thank goodness!) so perhaps some train knitting will finish up with part 7 all completed. 

Are you taking part in the #EnchantedCottageKAL? I hope you aren't as behind as I am! :) 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Edward's Crochet Doll Emporium

You may recall a little while ago, at the beginning of this year, that I wrote a review for Pavilion Books' rather quietly racy book Nudinits, which I was very happy to do, and still to this day will chuckle when Nudinits continue to show up with seasonally appropriate inappropriate jokes over on Facebook. So when I was again asked if I would like a copy of their new book, I was more than happy to jump on board to share my thoughts!

Edward's Crochet Doll Emporium is the brand new book from TOFT's Kerry Lord, who also wrote the fantastic Edward's Menagerie, and the book that has featured in a few makes on this blog, Edward's Imaginarium. In the same vain as Imaginarium, the Doll's Emporium is also a fun flip book, in which you can mix and match the pattern pieces  from head to toe, with different basic doll shapes and hundreds upon hundreds of costume and hair combinations.

Here you can see the opening page - already I want to just start hooking a superhero doll!

As a test, I just flicked through the pages to see what sort of combinations you can make, and you can see immediately I fell on a winner - a punk ballerina? Don't mind if I do!

Don't worry about there being too much choice though, there are plenty of suggestions and inspiration in the book to get you started! Towards the back of the book there are pages and pages of inspiration for different dolls, and I am always impressed by Kerry's creativity when it comes to this sort of thing. There's a bearded merman...

A classic superhero...


That's not everything though, oh no! The idea of the book is you can use it to combine the costumes and hair etc to create your very own dolls, inspired by your kids, your friend's, your family, and really tailor the dolls to each person you want to make it for. I've already got a pretty good idea as to what I could make for my brother for Christmas (bless his patience, I keep making things and I wonder what he does with them all!). 

You will also find at the back lots of clear and easy-to-read step-by-steps on the basic crochet stitches, so if you are relatively new to crochet, or you want to give this as a gift to someone who isn't sure about crochet, Doll's Emporium would be a really good choice. 

I'm having a lot of fun simply flicking through the book and wondering what I should make next - I would have already started a doll for this review, had I not already a million other WIPs on the go! Give it a week perhaps...I might have almost finished something which is excuse enough to cast on many many new items... but nevertheless, I can't wait to get started on something soon! I mean, just look at all the possibilities in one book - just one!

Edward's Crochet Doll Emporium, by Kerry Lord - £16.99 (Pavilion Books) is available to buy now!

Thanks to Frida at Pavilion Books for sending me a copy to review for the blog. All thoughts and opinions and sequels of excitement are my own.