Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A mini mystery Knit-A-Long

Only 2 more weeks are left of my intermediate knitters class at the Firefly Makery so I thought it would be fun to finish with a mini mystery KAL (knit a long). 

It's a small knitted in the round project that uses a few cables & some other mystery stitches or techniques :) 

You can join in the fun for the 2 part mini mystery knit-a-long right away by downloading part one of the free pattern on Ravelry... Just click here to go to the pattern page on ravelry 
Part 2 of my FREE mini mystery knit-a-long pdf will be uploaded to ravelry next week wednesday 7th May 2014!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Pattern testing for Handmaiden's Cottage :)

I love the gorgeous patterns by Lynn of Handmaiden's Cottage & a few weeks ago I was delighted to find in my inbox an email asking me if I would be interested in testing the new PDF pattern she's working on as she needed another size 5yrs tester. After checking with her when the deadline for finishing it would be I instantly said yes please! 

I had no idea what the pattern was going to be like but as I already have a fair number of her patterns & others on my wish list I knew whatever it turned out to be that I & our G were going to love it.

The pattern turned out to be for a delightful patchwork dress called "Little Gypsy Queen". It has a very twirly skirt, an attached sash and lovely elasticated ruffly collar. It is a super easy pull on style with no fastenings & instantly our G was excited. When I told her that she would get to keep this dress as it was a pattern test & not an order - her excitement had her squealing with delight.

I knew the dress was going to need at least 5 different fabrics to bring out the patchwork style so we went through my current stash of fabrics together to choose what I'd be using to make it. We decided on 3 of my Dena Designs Kumari Garden fabrics and 2 Riley Blake fabrics that all mixed and matched beautifully. For the collar and sash I used some gorgeous cream coloured cotton sateen to give the dress an extra special luxurious touch.


Then came the difficult part... I needed to send Lynn photos of our G modelling the dress to give her an idea of how it fit along with my feedback. Lighting is always best for photos outside and if it was summer heading outside to do summery dress photos would be no problem.. but it's April and spring has been very tardy arriving here in Nova Scotia this year. So I had a dilemma.. going outside for good photos and braving some cold or staying inside where it's warm. Thankfully last Friday afternoon the weather was briefly kind and the sun came out for a brief moment.. it was still on the cool side but warm enough to dash outside for a quick photo shoot. A week later and today we're back to winter temps of 1c and snow so I'm grateful the test deadline was not this week!


When my big fabric order comes in next month I shall be adding this style of dress to my etsy shop.. so check back here or keep an eye on my FB page for future announcements :)

P.S. you can find Handmaiden's Cottage on facebook here - https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Handmaidens-Cottage/119677008105185

Emily Ocker's Circular cast on

This week my intermediate knitters class was a challenging one for my students! They were learning how to do Emily Ocker's circular cast on. If you haven't tried it yet - It's a fantastic cast on for starting any of those in the round patterns that start from the center out or top down like hats or circular shawls but it can be quite tricky until you get the hang of it!
I knew the cast on and learning how to do increases in the round would be difficult for everyone to get to grips with so I designed a small stash busting pattern for a center out circular coaster. It's only 12 rounds long - so just long enough to learn the techniques and get some instant gratification from finishing a quick project! 

Click here to download the FREE pattern from Ravelry and give it a go! 

P.S. If you fancy trying a top down simple adult hat that uses this cast on instead - I have FREE hat pattern here on Ravelry too :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Download my latest FREE knitting patterns

Have you spotted my other new free knitting patterns on ravelry yet? For the last few weeks I have been teaching an intermediate knitting class at the Firefly Makery here in Bridgetown. The techniques we're covering are:- Knitting with 2 colours to make stripes, slip stitch & fair-isle patterns. Knitting in the round by magic loop going bottom up straight and also from the center radiating out & lastly knitting cables, twisted stitches & a few other bits n bobs along the way.

 




For everyone to learn these new techniques I've been designing small projects that can be completed in just an hour or 2 & give plenty of instant satisfaction on finishing something new. Above you'll see 3 of the free patterns i've added to ravelry for download so far and over the next few weeks I will be adding some more!



Thursday, April 10, 2014

New giveaway is live!




I couldn't resist and have joined lovely Lori Alley of Alleyway Photography 
in her latest giveaway.. which is now live by the way!!

Go get entered now at http://tinyurl.com/njeyf6m <3 

The winner in 11 days time will get to choose either $225 in cash or a kindle! 


UPDATE : - 22nd April 2014
Congratulations to Candy Carney Navarrette our giveaway winner!
Entry #7106Candy C. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Free pdf pattern - my stitch sampler neck warmer

Just popping on to let you all know I've just uploaded the pdf of the pattern I designed for my beginner knitters class onto www.ravelry.com (click here to download it from ravelry)



I decided to make it a FREE pattern so you can all enjoy making them & It uses just one ball of Baby's first super bulky cotton/acrylic so it knits up fast!



Even though it's supposed to be spring here in Nova Scotia we still have plenty of snow so a neck warmer is still needed for a while yet unfortunately.. So have fun knitting & send some of your warm spring weather our way if you have it!