I love designing for Halloween, I love the colours, I love the fun, I love getting to be as silly as my imagination will allow. This is the third year running I have been asked by Simply Knitting Magazine to design a collection of projects for the Scary Season. I have had the same model for each shoot and it has been lovely seeing her grow into a young lady.
Kitty Ears Hair Clips
Crochet Black Cats and Pumpkins
This year I have four Halloween projects featured in issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.
Eye See you Cushion
Images courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine
This comedy cushion will get a giggle or two as you hide from the Fright Night Movie. Knit in the round from the centre out in chunky yarn, this project works up super fast.
With their furry yarn and big green eyes, Simply Knitting said these were possibly the best slippers they had ever seen! I was thrilled to read that *blushes*.
These cute critters are worked by holding a strand of aran yarn together with the furry yarn to give the slippers a nice sturdy feel and ensure you get plenty of monster miles out of them!
Go Batty for these charming knitted bats, with their Velcro fastenings these would look great just about anywhere! I am looking forward to getting them back and putting them on Little Misses bike!
Can’t have your hands getting cold whilst you indulge in your favourite treat. Worked in chunky yarn in the round you can easily make this in an evening. It would make an excellent gift ;)
I hope you have enjoyed these as much as I did designing and making them.
The second design featured on the cover of Let’s Knit Magazine issue 84, was my snuggly hat and cowl set. Knit using the most gorgeously squishy Langdale Superwash Aran, from Eden Cottage it is lovely to knit and luxurious to wear.
Images Courtesy of Let’s Knit Magazine
This is a clever little stitch, it uses a simple technique to create a stunning mock cable effect which is so on trend this season, (and no pesky cable needle needed).
This big cosy cowl can easily be adapted to any length desired.
Let’s start with a slap on the wrists for me, first rule of blogging…. What happens in blog club, stays…. no that’s not it! Post regularly, that’s it. Well as I said last week it has been a mad blur of deadlines and now I am able to share some of the exciting projects I have been working on. I will over the coming days be doing a good old-fashioned show and tell.
Where to begin….
I was an over excited mess when I first saw the cover of issue 84 of Let’s Knit Magazine, why? Well, not one but two projects on the front cover.
The first were a pair of fingerless (not gingerless as my incompetent fingers just typed) mittens. I loved knitting these, I must confess it was the first time I had worked with pure Shetland wool. What an experience, I can’t recommend using Jamiesons of Shetland enough. The yarn made working stranded colourwork a total joy, each strand happily nesting down next to its neighbour and staying there, no slipping about. Working with this yarn I could finally understand how people could be brave enough to cut into their knitting in the name of steeking.
Anyway I digress…..
Perfect Plaid Mittens
Image courtesy of Let’s Knit Magazine
Worked in a monochrome palette with a splash of vibrant blue, why not customise the colour splash to co-ordinate with your wardrobe?
August was such a hectic month, school was out and I had planned some quality relaxation time, plenty of PJ days and long sleep ins. Reality was the tail end of the Christmas deadline rush. The magazines work many months in advance and I spend my life in two time zones, real time and magazine time.
There were plenty of pj days, knitting in pj days and even some crochet in pj days. Crochet is now accounting for a third of my commissions. So lovely to see this craft thriving along side knitting and the knit/crochet divide being eroded.
The remainder of the days were spent getting Little Miss ready for her first day at secondary school. It is amazing how much she as grown during the holidays! Many, many, many items of uniform to be named, oh now I love that! Little Miss has survived her first few days at her new school and loves it, particularly the meals, that’s my girl!
Amongst this hive of activity I was asked to attend the counting of the Guinness Book of World records attempt for the most crochet sculptures in one place. What an honour, the original record stood at 4,061! Girls at The Craft Club put a call out for crochet pieces with the theme of Enid Blytons Faraway Tree and the response was jaw dropping.
Hundreds of bunnies…………
And even this tiny wee duck!
Laid out in the field for counting before being assembled in the garden of Little Havens Childrens Hospice for the enjoyment of the children and their families.
The judges, including my friend Sarah Neal aka Incogknitter and myself counted an earth shattering 13,388 crochet items!
Here is a link to a wonderful photo album of beautiful contributions.
Are you going to The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in October? Me too. What a happy coincidence, how do you fancy sitting down and having some knitty fun with me for an hour?
Tempted? You know you will want to sit down, you know that there won’t be a free chair anywhere.
But seriously (as Katie would say), I am teaching a couple of workshops on Thursday 9th October and Friday 10th October.
Thursday I am teaching Knit an I-Cord Flower Brooch, this class is a great introduction to I-Cord knitting and my Beaded Bracelet class for those who have not knit an I-Cord before.
Later on Thursday I am teaching, How to make a beaded bracelet, knit with beads and a crochet hook. This class is an introduction to applying beads to your knitting with a crochet hook as you go.
Friday I am teaching Knit an I-Cord Flower Brooch and later in the day for those ready for something a little more challenging, knitting with double pointed needles (Take the Fear out of Double Pointed Needles and Knit a Napkin ring).
To celebrate the new series of The Great British Bake Off, the lovely ladies at Let’s Knit Magazine are offering my Magic Cupcake pattern as a free download.
There is nothing we knitters love more than to relax with a WIP and a tasty treat. Why not swap the sugar-soaked version for a calorie-free knitted cupcake? Cherry Blossom is a fab way of making your everyday notions look cute and tidy. Hidden beneath the knitted surface is a retractable tape measure, and while the frosted pink icing can be used as a handy pin cushion, the pastel cupcake case can also be removed and used to hold stitch markers and other notions.
Nifty, don’t you think? These would make fantastic gifts for your crafty friends. Get your gift knitting underway now, no excuses!
I would love to see pictures of your finished projects on my Facebook page.
I am always looking for new ways to yarn bomb my work space. I had seen lots of faux knitted home wares in the shops but nothing was quite right. So I made my own, with the help of some empty Pringle tins! What makes these extremely practical is that you can pop the covers off and wash them. (Let’s just say I am a little accident prone, enough said)
These cute storage tins are a great way to practice your skills and maybe try a new one! The checked jar is created by slipping stitches, this means you are only ever working with one colour per row, awesome!
As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page
You can download Issue 83 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.
This post comes with a warning, once you have knitted completed this project nothing in your home will be safe! Knitting i-cord is simple and before you know it you will be yarn bombing mirrors, frames and more.
This plain kitchen clock is given a make-over using household string and a glue gun.
I would love to see what else you yarn bomb with this technique over on my Facebook page.
You can download your copy of Issue 83 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.
Raise money for the Royal British Legion by knitting my Poppy Brooches and selling them.
Mark the centenary of the First World War by knitting this simple poppy pattern using DK yarn from your stash. The pattern is so easy, even beginner knitters will be able to master it in no time. Download the pattern for free here
What to learn more about supporting the Royal British Legion here