I’m doing a few workshops throughout February and March… I’d love to see you there!
I will be teaching my Professional Finishing Techniques Workshop at both Ippikin and Black Sheep Wools in February. We will cover lots of techniques you can use to give your garment a professional finish – all whilst knitting a little cardigan for Smidge the Cat!
Anyone coming along to my Professional Finishing workshop will receive a free copy of the Smidge the Cat pattern.
I will also be teaching my new Cosy Alpaca Knits Colour Workshop at Ewe Wool Shop in March. If you fancy knitting one of the colourwork projects from Cosy Alpaca Knits but need some help with your fair-isle and/or intarsia knitting, then this is the perfect workshop for you.
You will get a taster of both fair-isle and intarsia with lots of handy tips throughout the day. We will be making a mini cushion, which can be used as a lavender pillow or filled with seeds or oats to use as a microwaveable hottie cushion to keep your hands warm!
Hop over to my events page for more details or to book your place.
What a wonderful week it’s been! Full of knitting, crochet, cream teas and roses.
On Monday I attended a fabulous Rowan event at The Gardens of the Rose, with an inspirational talk by Kaffe Fassett and fashion show featuring some of his amazing designs for Rowan. Followed by a fashion show featuring lovely garments from the brand new Rowan Mag 60.
Kaffe planted a Rowan tree in the gardens to mark the occasion and we also had them available buy – I wish I had space in my little garden for a Rowan tree! I was very pleased to happen across a ‘Kaffe Fasset’ rose whilst wandering around the gardens – it’s the most beautiful shade of purply pink and smelt amazing. I’m pretty sure I could find space for one of those.
If you read my blog regularly, you probably know that I love gardening! So craft week at The Gardens of the Rose was pretty much heaven for me. On Tuesday I assisted the lovely Emma Osmond on her Learn to Crochet class, whilst Dee Hardwicke taught a workshop based on her new book A Story in Yarn. And on Wednesday I helped a lovely group of ladies Learn to Love Making up, whilst knitting some little flock birds from my book The Knitted Nursery Collection. We also had the talented Jane Crowfoot teaching crochet flowers and of course this was all interspersed with cream teas and pootling around the gardens in the sunshine!
The Gardens of the Rose really is the loveliest venue – so make sure you keep an eye on their website for future events and hopefully I’ll be teaching there again later this year.
I hope you had a lovely sunny week wherever you are! x
I’m really excited about my new workshop subject ‘Toy Knitting‘, which launches in September 2015.
We will be making this cuddly little elephant, who is based on Ollie & Polly Elephant from my new book The Knitted Nursery Collection, which will launch later this year.
If you fancy a relaxing day of knitting, with handy hints and tips on professional shaping and sewing up toys, then this is the workshop for you.
I will be holding classes in Black Sheep Wools and John Lewis Oxford Street. More dates and venues will be added so keep your eye out for these and more new subjects coming soon!
Hopefully see you for some toy knitting soon x
After a busy six months of designing, it’s lovely to have a slightly quieter couple of months to do some planning for Autumn/Winter and enjoy the warmer weather!
I’ve been doing a litte spring clean of my worshops (delayed spring clean!). Professional Finishing Techniques is one of my most popular subjects and Ted now has a new cardigan with a garter stitch border instead of moss st.
I’ve made a new Ted in Pure Wool Worsted so that shops can choose for me to teach the subject in either dk or worsted. I think he’s pretty cute in either, but I particularly like him knitted in yellow! You can download the Ted pattern for free here and the cardigan and jumper are taught at my professional finishing workshops.
I’ve also updated the Lazy Lace workshop so this is now project based and you will learn basic lace knitting whilst making a Cowl. I’m teaching this subject at Ewe Wool Shop of Stamford in September which is availble to book now.
I’m introducing a few new subjects for Autumn/Winter, including a toy knitting workshop based on my new book The Knitted Nursery Collection. Keep your eye out for dates near you!
I think it’s important to make the most of the quiet time while I can, so I’ve been tackling some jobs in the garden as well. I’m turning an old neglected bureau into a mini greenhouse, replacing a rotten fence and doing some tree surgery (chopping things back to nothing and hoping they’ll survive!).
Apparently I’m not very good at doing nothing! What jobs are you tackling this summer?
I am a self-confessed lazy knitter!
Many knitters dislike large areas of stocking stitch because it can get a bit boring. I love nothing better than a vast expanse of knitting where I don’t have to refer to the pattern or remember where to do the shaping! Don’t get me wrong – I love a bit of a challenge, but those projects tend to be a bit slower moving.
When I do selfish knitting, I am generally either relaxing in front of the tv (currently watching Poldark and Breaking Bad), or in the pub with my friends. Neither of those environments blend very well with a pattern that requires lots of concentration.
One of the things I love about lace knitting is that you don’t need extra ‘stuff’. You don’t need another needle like with cabling or lots of bobbins like intarsia – you’re just creating the texture with the stitches and it suits my lazy knitting! And if it’s a simple lace pattern, you can just read your knitting instead of the pattern.
When I first designed the Lazy Lace Snood using Alpaca Cotton, I was making it for myself – I loved how quick and easy it was to knit. Rowan then asked to use the pattern and it became one of my most popular designs. It is still available in some places as a Rowan kit – but I have now made a new version – the Lazy Lace Cowl!
The Lazy Lace Cowl uses Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze stranded together which I love because you get the fluff from the Kidsilk Haze which is nice with a lace pattern, and yummy tweedy bits from the Felted Tweed. It’s knitted in the round so no sewing up when you’ve finished! I will make the pattern available to purchase soon, so keep an eye on my Facebook page. If you have already booked a place on one of my Lazy Lace workshops then you will get a free copy of the pattern – lucky you!
The Lazy Lace workshop is aimed at people who have some knitting experience but haven’t tried lace knitting before. We will cover the basic stitches used in lace knitting and you will come away with the skills needed to knit the Lazy Lace Cowl and the Lazy Lace Throw from Cute Little Knits.
Hopefully see you at a workshop soon! x
Wave hello to Ted Bear!
Ted is my workshop mascot and he is now available as a free downloadable pattern here. You can knit him a smart little cardigan on my Professional Finishing Techniques workshop or a jumper with a pocket on Professional Finishing Techniques- Part Two.
I’m really enjoying being a Rowan workshop tutor! My workshops have got off to a good start at Black Sheep, A Good Yarn and Threads of Life. I’ve met lot’s of lovely knitters keen to learn new tips and techniques, and lots of mini- cardigans and jumpers have been made!
I was particularly happy when Emma from Black Sheep sent me a picture of a pocket she had knitted into a garment after attending Professional Finishing- Part Two. It’s so neat!
More dates are being added to my workshop page regularly, so keep an eye out for one near you if you want to build up Ted’s wardrobe!
Hopefully see you at a workshop soon x