It’s been a busy couple of weeks!
I’ve really enjoyed catching up with knitters who I’ve met before at workshops, shows and events and it’s been super lovely to meet some new people who have just discovered my patterns or are new to knitting.
A special bleat out to everyone who has brought along their knits from my patterns to events over the last couple of weeks! I love seeing your creations and how things look in different yarns/shades. I often forget to take photos so feel free to give me a nudge!
The busy season kicked off with afternoon tea at Black Sheep Wools. I had a lovely time and you can watch my pre-cake chat with Sara below. Apologies if you can’t hear me very well – there was some background noise and I’m a bit quieter than Sara (no offence Sara!).
Details of my green top here.
And then it was Yarndale! We had a bigger stand this year which gave us room to dance and also meant the slightly leaky roof wasn’t a problem because I could keep things away from the drips. Thank you everyone who came to say hello – I hope you’re enjoying your kits, yarn packs and books!
If you missed out on the Hexi Blanket pattern – you can click below to purchase via Ravelry.
Hexi Blanket Pattern: £3.50 – buy now
This week I took the Cosy Alpaca Knits over to Wales for a little book party at Yarn O’clock in Mold. A lovely customer brought along her beautiful Deer Cushion, Haggis Hedgehog and Smudge the Cat to show me – all knitted from Cute Comfort Knits.
I love Smudge as a ginger tom cat! And Haggis works perfectly as a pin cushion. All of the Cute Comfort Knits patterns are now also available individually on my Ravelry and Love Knitting shops.
Looking forward to seeing more of you at events and workshops over the next few weeks!
It’s a slightly early blog this week because I know that some of you like to plan your shopping pre-Yarndale...
As well as Frank the Fox knit kits, you can also get your hands on my brand new Hexi Blanket pattern!
Rowan Summerlite DK has the most gorgeous colour palette and I enjoyed working on the Hexi Placemats for Cute Comfort Knits so much that the hexis just developed into a blanket.
I don’t know about you – but I love snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket… even during a heatwave. The Hexi Blanket is a great weight snuggly sofa blanket all year round or a lovely extra layer on the foot of your bed in colder months.
The pattern also has a smaller size which would be perfect as a baby blanket… and if you shop with me at Yarndale you can enter a giveaway to win an exclusive Small Hexi Blanket Knit Kit worth £62!
If you can’t make it to Yarndale or just prefer your patterns in a digital format – fear not! The Hexi Blanket will be available as a downloadable PDF shortly after Yarndale.
2017 has been such an exciting year for me – in August I launched my third book Cute Comfort Knits and the response has been amazing!
Like me – you seem to enjoy knitting small projects for the house and little toys for gifts or yourselves. Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of Cute Comfort Knits – I really love seeing your finished projects over on Instagram!
Yarn packs and books are still available over on my shop, where you can also find copies of my second book The Knitted Nursery Collection and yarn packs for your favourite projects from there.
My highlights of 2017 were (as always) the yarn shows! It was my third year exhibiting at Yarndale and I love it a little bit more every year. I also exhibited at the first ever Nottingham Yarn Expo and really enjoyed having a show in my home town.
Thank you for all your support in 2017 and a very Happy New Year! x
I had such a wonderful time at Yarndale!
Thank you so much to everyone who came to see us and bought a copies of Cute Comfort Knits, The Knitted Nursery Collection, knit kits and yarn packs. I absolutely loved meeting you all and your support and kind words mean so much to me x
The Deer cushion pretty much sold out on the first day! But don’t worry – I will be creating more yarn packs for Nottingham Yarn Expo. Haggis Hedgehog & Family also got a lot of love and you can now snap up a yarn pack over on my shop (they’d make great stocking fillers…).
It was lovely chatting with everyone about the Moody Blanket Knit-along! You can read more about it and buy the pattern here, and top-up packs of the yarn are available from my shop here.
I was chuffed with my new hand engraved logo! It’s a bit off-centre and not perfect, but I enjoyed doing a bit of woodwork and I’m now pondering what else I can engrave before giving Dad his Dremel back!
And of course – seeing a coach load of lovely people from Nottingham is always one of the highlights of the show! Everyone was on-brand with their marvellous Knit Nottingham bags designed by the fabulous Nettynot.
A huge thank you to Rosie & Steph for helping me at the show and being wonderful company!
September has come round really quickly and I’m really excited about Yarndale!
A lot of you have been asking what I will be selling at this years show so I thought I’d give you a sneak peek so you can plan your shopping!
I will have copies of my new book Cute Comfort Knits and all the samples available for cuddling and squishing. I will be bringing along yarn packs for Haggis Hedgehog & family, Hexi Placemats & Coasters, Snuggle Socks, Smudge the Cat and the Pheasant and Deer Cushions.
I will also have copies of The Knitted Nursery Collection with yarn packs for Ollie & Polly Elephant, Flock Wall Hanging, Ginger Squirrel and the Ginger Blanket.
There will be limited stock of a few old favourite kits…
I will have Moody Blanket Yarn available for anyone who needs a top-up…and I will be bringing my Moody Blanket with me so you can see how it’s looking so far.
Hope to see you there!
I will be hitting the road over the next few months and doing a mini tour with the samples from Cute Comfort Knits. Come and say hello!…It’s a great excuse to visit some lovely yarn shops and shows.
While I teach a “Learn to Knit” workshop (sold out – sorry!), the samples will be in the shop and available for squishing! Bibelot will also have some Cute Comfort Knits kits available to buy.
Weds 16th Aug, 1pm to 4pm – Bibelot, Leek.
Ewe Wool Shop will be having a Cute Comfort Knits party with all of the samples and me! We will also have some of the samples from The Knitted Nursery Collection and new Rowan yarns for you to try out!
For more information contact Ewe Wool Shop.
Ewe Wool Shop, Stamford, Thurs 24th Aug, 5pm to 7pm
Yarn O’Clock will be having a Cute Comfort Knits party with all of the samples and me! We will also have some of the samples from The Knitted Nursery Collection and new Rowan yarns for you to try out.
For more information contact Yarn O’clock.
Weds 30th Aug, 5.30pm to 7.30pm – Yarn O’clock, Mold
Join me at Black Sheep for a book party!
I will be in the new Rowan area with all the samples from Cute Comfort Knits and hopefully wearing a party hat.
For more information contact Black Sheep.
Tues 5th Sept, 11am to 3pm – Black Sheep, Culcheth
I will be bringing the Cute Comfort Knits samples along with me to the knit group at Natural Knitter Wool Shop. Come and say hello!
I will be bringing the Cute Comfort Knits samples along with me to the knit group at Yarn in Beeston. Come and say hello!
Thurs 14th Sept, 5pm to 7pm – Yarn, Beeston.
I will have a stand at Yarndale selling brand new Cute Comfort Knits kits, alongside The Knitted Nursery Collection and all my other patterns and kits. Can’t wait to see you all there!
Sat 23rd & Sun 24th Sept – Yarndale, Skipton
Join me at M&G Designs to see all the Cute Comfort Knits samples and and try out the newest Rowan yarns!
For more information contact Marcia and Gary.
Thurs 2nd November, 1pm to 4pm – M&G Designs, Louth
The Cute Comfort Knits samples will be on the Rowan stand at Knitting & Stitching for the whole show – and I will be joining them on Fri 13th and Sat 14th (part-timer) – come and say hello!
I’m very excited to be part of the very first Yarn Expo show which is taking place in my home town of Nottingham. I will be selling Cute Comfort Knits kits, alongside The Knitted Nursery Collection and all my other patterns and kits. Can’t wait to see you all there!
Sat 11th & Sun 12th Nov – Yarn Expo, Nottingham
Signed copies of Cute Comfort Knits are now available to order from my shop!
After having such a marvellous time at Yarndale last year – I was concerned that it might not live up to expectations…but I didn’t need to worry! It was so incredibly busy on the Saturday I barely moved away from my little sheep pen. I met so many lovely people – a HUGE thank you to everyone who came to say hello – it’s so nice to put faces to the names of people I meet via my blog and social media x
Yarndale was a great opportunity to introduce some new kits and patterns and we recruited some more Moody knitters for the knit-along next year (find out more here). I also had some new Triangle Hat kits which sold like hot cakes and my new Bobby Scarf, Hat & Mitts patterns (kits coming later this year).
I bid a very fond farewell to the last of my Winter Animals and Shuggie & Steve Sheep kits. The yarns used in these kits are now discontinued so I won’t be making any more – but if you have the yarn, you can still download Shuggie here and the Winter Animals here.
And obviously I needed to treat myself a bit as well! I wanted some nice new accessories so I bought some lovely Merchant & Mills scissors and a pincushion from Beyond Measure. The pincushion is great because it sits inside a wooden egg, thus covering the pins so that my cats don’t eat them (Splodge would anything!). I also got some beautiful wooden buttons from Textile Garden for my Jamie cardigan which was finished just in time for the show (blog coming soon)! And some very cute knitting earrings from Max’s World.
Another ENORMOUS thank you to Steph (aka Nettynot) for helping me out again. The shows are great fun but are also hard work, so having a friend to help, bounce ideas off and hang out with in the evenings makes it so much more enjoyable! Thanks Steph x
We had a fabulous time at Yarndale last year and I can’t wait to be back again!
I know that some of you organised lovelies like to plan your budgets in advance so I thought I would let you know what you can expect to find on my cosy little stand this year. Of course budgets might go to pot as soon as you arrive at Yarndale – but it’s always good to have a plan isn’t it?!
Panda and Big Bear will be coming with me and as I have limited stock of the kits – this might be your last chance to buy!
The Panda kit contains all the yarn you need to knit Panda, an oddment of yarn for the nose and mouth, two buttons for eyes and a Panda & Big Bear pattern.
The Big Bear kit contains all the yarn you need to knit Big Bear and his scarf, an oddment of yarn for his nose, mouth and eyes and a Panda & Big Bear pattern.
These kits are not available from my online shop – so please contact me if you would like to buy one to collect at Yarndale.
I will also have some brand new Triangle Hat kits in two colourways. The Triangle Hat pattern is available to buy here and the kits will be available from my online shop soon.
The Triangle Hat is knitted in the beautiful Fine Rowan Tweed. The yarn was recently discontinued, which means I won’t be able to make more kits – so don’t miss out!
I will of course have my latest book The Knitted Nursery Collection, along with yarn packs for Ollie or Polly Elephant, Ginger Squirrel, Ginger Blanket and the Flock Wall Hanging.
I am down to my last few copies of my first book Cute Little Knits! So if you have your eye on that, pick one up before it’s too late.
I will also be launching a new addition to my Men’s Collection next weekend, and will be bringing kits along to Yarndale – so keep your eyes peeled for that!
If you fancy a bit more ‘window shopping’ before the event – just pop along to my online shop here.
And last but not least (-drum-roll-) I will be launching my 2017 Knit-Along at Yarndale where you will be able to sign up for a starter pack! I’m really excited about sharing that with you – not long now! x
Shuggie Sheep first shot to fame at Yarndale in Sept last year. He’s a squishy, cuddly sheep and the lovely people of Yarndale couldn’t resist him!
But fame comes at a price. And after seeing all the attention Shuggie was getting – Steve the Black Sheep (Shuggie’s long lost cousin) has come out of the woodwork looking for his moment in the limelight.
You can probably tell from his startled expression above that this is worrying Shuggie greatly. But being such a lovely sheep – he’s taking it all in his stride and has agreed to let Steve come along to Woolfest with us this week!
We’re not going to give Steve the media attention he so desperately craves, so he won’t be available online – just as a limited edition knit kit at Woolfest (and Yarndale if we have any left!).
See you at Woolfest! x