Friday, February 27, 2015

Unravel 2015

Last weekend Unravel, a festival of knitting, descended on Farnham Maltings so Orla and I put on our best knitted booties (or at least one of us did) and headed down to check it out! The Maltings is such a great exhibition space and I loved Thread, the festival of textiles, back in September of last year and was excited to see what this knit fest would offer! I really enjoyed checking out all of the stalls and discovering some great new suppliers and makers!

Louise Walker of Sincerely Louise designs the most amazing knitted taxidermy and her brilliant tiger skin rug immediately caught my eye. It was great to chat to her briefly and hear a bit more about her products. Her tiger rug sample was knitted using super luxurious Wool and the Gang yarn and felt so sumptuous and plush! The pattern is included in her new book Faux Taxidermy Knits and I am so desperate to make one for Orla's room - I'm even thinking it could be the project which finally gives me the shove towards dying my own yarn? I think I'll ruminate on that one a bit more but in the meantime I'm seriously considering one of her Fox head knit kits. She kindly showed me one and it's so well designed - the kit comes with all the yarn you need plus the stuffing as well as the wooden mount you attach the finished animal to. Some of her animal heads were on display and were seriously brilliant - the shape of each animals head, whether it's a moose or a badger is spot on!

I loved Susan Crawford's first book, A Stitch In Time so it was great to see some samples from her second book, A Stitch In Time Volume 2! Seeing the garments up close really re-ignited my love for Shetland yarn and 1940's silhouettes! Susan has actually brought out her own range of yarn, in collaboration with John Arbon, with a colour palette especially designed for vintage style knits! You can shop the yarns as well as both books through Susan's website here.

Speaking of John Arbon Textiles, I scooped up this sunny yellow skein of DK wool from a remnants bin for about £2.20. You can't see all of it hear but it's a good sized hank and is super bright and gorgeously soft. I think it might just be destined to become a yellow bobble hat for Orla!

I picked up a few more cheeky balls of yarn for another upcoming project which I'm looking forward to talking more about soon! In the meantime here's a few more pics from my visit! See you next year Unravel! :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lucy's Hat...

My good friend Celina recently welcomed her beautiful baby girl into the world! This time of year is pretty grey round these parts so I thought baby Lucy would appreciate a little sunshine in the form of this sweet bobble hat. This is an adaptation of the wonderful umbilical cord baby hat from Debbie Stoller's Stitch and Bitch. You can see the original pattern here on The Guardian's website. I skipped the circular needles and knit the whole thing using 4.5mm double pointed needles in Rowan's wool cotton in shade 980 (Brolly). This yarn is a wee bit slimmer than the one reccomended in the pattern resulting in a smaller hat - perfect for a precious newborn! To make the pom pom version just follow the instructions as normal, stopping just before you do the i-cord. Whip yourself up a little pop pom instead, sew it on securely and you're all done!

If you have a pom pom maker but aren't sure how to use it, you can find my tutorial here!