Saturday, 28 February 2015

February Review

Well as you know I have been working on my 'Get Fresh' top, I put this on hold whilst I worked on some designs and swatches for the latest designs call for KnitNow magazine (more on them later) and when I picked it back up I really wasnt feeling it,  it seemed totally snapeless and way too big which had actually been a common theme from the feedback people had done on ravely and I shoukd have listened! 

But obviously I didnt want to put my hard work to waste and the lack of shaping actually became a plus factor as it turned nicely in to a snood :) I unravelled it back to the point before the arm shaping and ta-dah!!

Now back to my other exciting news, so like i said other than this change of plan snood and a few other little knits i have been focusing on designs and swatches for the knit now design call and i found out last night they are not commissioning one of my designs...they are not commsissioning two of my designs....THEY ARE COMMISSIONING THREE!!!! I am so excited and proud!! I cant tell you what but i can tell you they will but in the June, July and  August editions. Keep your eyes peeled and let me know what you think x x

Friday, 6 February 2015

stitch, sewing and hobbycraft show

I treated myself to a day off work tocommissionend a day with the girls at the stitch, sewing and hobbycraft show at event city (near the Trafford Centre) it was so much fun!!

We explored the stalls and everything that was on offer before going for lunch and deciding what we were going to purchase on our return and a lot of yarn was purchased, there were other craftes on offer too like card making, needle felting and decoupage but I must say my purchases were all along the knitting theme!! 

But I think my favourite purchase wasnt yarn but this printed ribbon, its purfect to add to my gift knits! 

I am still working through my latest commission designs but cant wait to get creating with my new yarn.....oh yes i must get the get fresh top done first!!!

The fare continues tomorrow and more information can be found on their site i really do recomend a visit!

Monday, 2 February 2015

January Review

I cant believe we are a month in to the new year already! Its crazy to think this time last year I was setting out on my mission to get published and now I have one pattern published another coming soon in issue 46 of Knit Now and I am currently working on my latest knitting design submissions! Unfortunately I cant share any of the  design ideas with you but I will keep you updated on the success I am really excited about the designs so watch this space!

Because of the design submissions  I am focusing on my knitted 'get fresh' top is currently on the back burner but im not starting anything new until it is done so as soon as my design submissions are done will be picking it up again!

Here are some of my favourite knits from January.......

Sunday, 18 January 2015

I meant to do it...honest!

'Its so important to read a pattern properly'

'Read it twice to make sure you understand it'

'Take your time'

These are all things I have said to my friends when teaching them to knit and read patterns and what did I do.... I forgot the basics, I went full steam ahead on my 'Get Fresh' top and miss read the stitch sequence for the stitch pattern of the top.

If I had done it correctly and alternated the order of the yo, k2tog I would have ended up with an almost brick effect like seen here...

But because i didnt alternate the yo, k2tog i ended up with a duagnal line of stitches and to be honest i liked it!

But I didnt like the idea of diagnals all going the same way through out and i liked the idea if undoing even less!! so instead i have used the ssk way of decreasing that means the stitches lean the other way for the next set and this is how i will now continue through out the pattern and i must say im actally pretty pleased with my mistake

its coming along nicely and the rico design cotton is a dream to work with i cant wait to see the finished result!!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Sent with love

I am always buying yarn and knitting accessories online, more often that I should really!

And it always puts a smile on my face to receive yummy yarn, but todays delivery was extra special, not because of the item being delivered but the way it was delivered! It was my first order from and it wont be my last, it was the extra touches that did it.

When I opened the package I expected to find the yarn in the bag as usual but it wasnt it was neatly presented in a lovely organza bag, not only did it look nice but it really made me feel that they looked after my purchase! 

And as I pulled it out some sweet treats fell to the floor, it really was a lovely touch and its these small touches that I really do think make a difference and shows they appreciate my custom. And I must say I appreciated the sweets :)

So what am I using this RICO Design essential cotton dk to make? Well its a summer top called Get Fresh By Kirstie Mcleod published in a past edition of Simply Knitting, i am using a different yarn to the one listed as cotton yarns are perfect for summer knits as they are cooling and i think this colour is just perfectly bright and vibrant and with the dark cold weather continuing its loveky to knit warm colours and think of summer.

Here it is .....

Check back soon to see my progress x

Sunday, 4 January 2015

As Pleased As Punch

At the start of last year a taught a few friends to knit, it was great fun teaching them and its amazing to see the lovely things they are now creating. We also set up our own knitting club once a month and in todays meet I had a lovely surprise one of the girls had knitted my owl bag design from KnitNow issue 42!

She has done such an amazing job and its great too see my pattern recreated by someone else, I just need to introduce her to Ravelry now so it can be linked :)
Here it is.....

Monday, 29 December 2014


What a wonderfully amazing christmas, I hope you have all had lovely times with family and friends.

Before I get on to my festive knits and gifts I have some other knitting news, about 4 months ago a wrote about some news I had but wasnt able to share well now i can well actually i  could have done from the 11th but festivities took over. My first published pattern was printed in issue 42 of KnitNow magazine. It was my new year’s resolution to get a pattern published so I have achieved it just in time

Here I am picking up my copy :)

The pattern is one I am really proud of, a cute stylish Owl themed bag here it is before I sent it off to be professionally photographed!

And watch this space there is more to come!!!

On the festive front it was lovely to spend time with family and this year I gave the most hand made gifts I have ever done, the one I am most proud of has to be a crochet heart blanket for my mum to say thank you for the knitted one she gave me last year, other gifts included hot water bottles, a pepper pig, a red car, some angry birds and some hats, here are a few snaps of the items and people receiving them

I also like to make sure i do at least one christmas decoration a year too, unfortunatley one is still work in progress but i was able to complete a christmas wreath, i based it on a pattern and design that can be found here

The pattern is really cleary written and my changes were minimal - the first change i made was to crochet some of the wreath in white as well blue for the snow. I used a sparkly white yarn for the snow balls and snow man so they catch the light and finally added a gold crochet bow and some sequin ribbon to the top rather thab the bunting and here it is....

Now with just a few days left of 2014 its a year i am sad to leave behind, its been a year full of fun and special times including my wedding and first published pattern but i must say I am excited to see what 2015 will bring. Only one things for sure it will include a lot of knitting :) 

happy new year to you all x