Wednesday, 4 December 2013

WIN tickets to Handmade Christmas at the O2

I'm taking part in Handmade Christmas at the O2, London, along with Duck & Duffel (we'll be on stall 266 on the Sunday).

It’s going to be a brilliant day full of designer makers and a perfect excuse for some Christmas shopping!

The event is sponsored by Folksy, Mollie Makes, the Simple things and Pilgrims cheese and takes place from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December – you can find out more about the event here.

I’m giving away two tickets for the Sunday and you can enter below by liking Miss Knit Nat on Facebook, following on Twitter or tweeting the comp tweet.

Good luck!

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Friday, 23 August 2013

What should have been on my knitting needles

At the start of the summer I made a resolution to get cracking with some of my personal knitting projects (Purl Alpaca cardigan, Millamia fair isle cushion and Toft amigurumi x2) and really bust that stash.

How much have I achieved? If you're a knitter you'll know the answer is none - but instead I made the fab Robbo Robot from the book Amigurumi for a friend's birthday (which she loved - look how cute he is!) started learning to sew (I really want to be able to make my own dresses) with a course at Pandora in Guildford and another now booked later in the year, and started to launch my patterns and knitting kits, oh and added to the stash too with more yarns and now fabrics.

Finished Robbo Robot

I really do need to make that Purl Alpaca cardi though as it will be a perfect autumn addition to my current wardrobe staples of dresses.

I also learnt new tricks along the way - with the amigurimi you can make COMPLETELY jogless stripes which I found at this fab tutorial here. This is genius - although I actually followed the second method because I had so many stripes and was on a robot crochet deadline!

The day I made my new tote bag at Pandora!

The day my new sewing machine arrived was VERY exciting!

I also think it goes to show that you can't always plan creativity and ideas, and often have to follow what is more fluid, although perhaps this is just an excuse to keep adding to that stash!

So what are my planned projects now? All of the above plus a number of sewing patterns, this could take a while...

What have you knitted over the summer and have you made any knitting/crochet resolutions?

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Summer is on the way!

With the weather brightening up it has given me that little taste of summer and I've been making lots of cotton accessories in summery ice cream shades!

They're available now at :)

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Photo shoot and out takes!

Hope everyone is having a good Easter Day today. As we had a long weekend I took the opportunity to reshoot some of the photos of my items. It got a bit silly towards the end and here are some of the out takes!

Hope you've had a good weekend! :)

Monday, 25 March 2013

Wool House!

I'm really pleased I managed to catch the Campaign for Wool Wool House exhibition at Somerset House on the last day, it was brilliant!
The exhibition itself was divided into two sections, one half was set up as a 'house' with individual rooms created with huge amounts of fantastic wool and knitted items! I spotted a table in one of the rooms which had balls of yarn stored in the middle of the table, think something like this would be perfect for my coffee table!
The second side of the exhibition was made up of some fantastic individual designers and showcased weaving, spinning, tapestry, rugs, clothing, and the list just goes on! What struck me were the many uses for wool, basically anything, even stuffing bedding, and also the process it goes through before it even appears in my hands for me to be able to knit with. I'd love to see or have a go at spinning yarn one day.

The other thing about wool are the many textures, in clothing ranging from formal suits right through to really fine scarves, showing all in all that wool is great!

Here are some of the photos from the day, hope you managed to catch the exhibition while it was on.


Friday, 22 March 2013

A belated post about the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show!

Now this post is over a week late BUT the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show last weekend was brilliant!

I've been to the March Stitch and Craft Shows the past two years which have got bigger each year (especially the knitting section!) and saw this as a kind of 'mini Ally Pally' and we weren't disappointed!

Off we went, me, Mr Knit Nat and my fellow knitting and wine club friends on our day trip to Olympia, managing to arrive before it had even opened with our keen-ness. First stop was coffee and brochure buying to decide on our plan of action.

Then it was off to Toft to get one of their crochet amigurumi animals - I spent ages trying to decide which one to get and finally settled on the sheep and the hippo - look at how many they have to choose from!

I also bought the yarn and pattern for a waistcoat from Purl Alpaca so will keep you posted on how they both turn out. I’m hoping to get the waistcoat knitted up quite soon so I can wear it now with dresses.

Cute crochet finds

Here are a couple of cute crochet items we found along the way. The first is Gordon the Owl where you can buy the pattern from Mrs Moon, and the Robot is from a book called Amigurimu (Cozy) by Lan-Anh Bui.

In the second hall there was a big Folksy section where I met fellow Folksy seller Chichidee - and bought one of her brilliant turban headbands.

Then just as we were leaving we decided to bundle into the stall with mountains of wool - unfortunately I don't have any photos as it was just too crowded but was so much fun! Fellow knitting and wine friend Laura wanted a particular shade and after I declared I'd found it delving onto the floor into all the bags (and with the kind help of two fellow crafters) showed it to Laura but it was the one she already had - that stall was hilarious!

Mr Knit Nat and all our shopping

Final stop was to cover Mr Knit Nat in all of our bags for a funny photo opp - between us we left with some 30 balls of wool!

Can't wait til the next one at Ally Pally in October!