Toy Knitting Workshop – knit a baby elephant!

toy knitting

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

Summertime!

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?

 

 

Lazy Lace

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.

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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!

wpid-img_20150411_182332.jpgThe 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

Ted Bear

 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