Wednesday 25 November 2015

Indie Design GAL 2015: What to knit? Kids and baby

So this is my final Indie Design GAL sale post, and I've saved the best for last: kids and baby patterns. I love knitting for small people, as it's so easy to go classic or wild, easy or complicated, and none of it takes too long. And children grow so fast there's always an excuse to cast on something new!

All the patterns featured here are available with 25% discount if you use the code giftalong2015. The code is valid until 23.59 (EST) on Friday 27th November 2015.

Entrechat by Lisa Chemery
I adore this cardigan, and have done since the first time I saw it. I have knitted at least three, but not one for my daughter, an omission that I will have to make up for soon.

Entrechat, image copyright Lisa Chemery

Granny's Favourite by Georgie Hallam
Another pattern that I go back to over and over again. I have now knitted four and will happily cast on off and immediately cast on another. With options for sleeve and body lengths, and sizes up to age 12, it's a pattern that will have a lot of life. And if you like matchy-matchy, there's an adult version too!

Granny's Favourite, image copyright Georgie Hallam

Belle Isle by Heidi Atwood-Reeves
Such a pretty design, and so delicate looking. I need to knit one of these for my daughter before she gets too big.

Belle Isle, image copyright Heidi Atwood-Reeves

Onomatopoeia by Holli Yeoh
Because every child needs a jumper that says POW!

Onomatopoeia, image copyright Holli Yeoh

I hope you've enjoyed these sale posts. I've really enjoyed looking at some new (to me) designs, and looking back at some old favourites. The rest of this evening will be spent deciding which patterns I'm going to have time to knit for the knit and crochet along part of the GAL, which is going on as I type over in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry.* Over the next few weeks, I'll be interviewing a few designers whose designs have caught my eye, as well as showing you what I'm working on in the GAL. Happy knitting.

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Indie Design GAL 2015: What to knit? Scarves and cowls

Another two post day today; first up, my favourite scarves and shawls in the sale part of the Indie Design GAL. All the patterns featured here are available with 25% off when you use the code giftalong2015. The sale runs until 23.59 (EST) on Friday 27th November 2015.

Vintage Fringe by Brittany Wilson
This is just beautiful. I love the fringe; I could easily see this becoming an everyday wear scarf.

Vintage fringe, image copyright bohoknitterchic

Linnea Cowl by Katy H. Carroll
I might slightly being sold on the gorgeous yarn used in the sample, but the cables in this cowl are also lovely.

Linnea cowl, image copyright E. Cummings

Tartania Cowl by Jennifer Dassau
A little bit quirky, but still rather classic.

Tartania cowl, image copyright Jennifer Dassau

Siempre by Kristen Jancuk
A simply beautiful cowl, and it's a one skein project, which is always useful with my ever-growing stash!

Siempre, image copyright Kristen Jancuk

While the sale ends on Friday, the fun doesn't stop there; head over to the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry* where you can find out more about the crochet and knit along portion of the GAL, and join in with all the chatter.

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Tuesday 24 November 2015

Indie Design GAL 2015: What to knit? Shawls

I'm running a little behind schedule on showing you my Indie Design GAL favourites, so here's a second post for the evening; this one is all about the shawls. 

Phi by Jennifer Dassau

I have a thing for striped shawls, especially triangualr ones. And grey and yellow. So this one is a winner.

Phi, image copyright Jennifer Dassau

Sailing by Meg Gadsbey
A simple shawl with texture added through eyelets.

Sailing by Meg Gadsbey

Robin by Lee Meredith
More stripes!

Robin, image copyright Lee Meredith

Havasu Falls by Allison LoCicero
As a general rule, I don't knit with laceweight, but this is beautiful.
Havasu Falls, image copyright Allison LoCicero

Piet On Point by Nancy Whitman
A real statement piece, this Mondrian-inspired shawl is really striking.

Piet On Point, image copyright Nancy Whitman

All these patterns are available with 25% off by using the code giftalong2015 until 23.59 (EST) on Friday 27th November 2015. Should you wish to check out all the patterns in the sale and join in the knit and crochet-a-long portion of the GAL, head to the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry.*

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Indie Design GAL 2015: What to knit? Toys and home

The Indie Design GAL is in full swing over on Ravelry, and today I'm going to give you my round up of the toy and home patterns that are definitely worth a second look.

Garden slug by cheezombie
Totally silly, but I love this! There's also a crochet version.

Garden slug, image copyright cheezombie

Persian Dreams Worsted by Jenise Hope
This is absolutely beautiful, definitely worth the effort.

Persian Dreams Worsted, image copyright Jenise Hope

Orbital Ornaments by Laura Chau
A really cute set of toys, these would make a lovely mobile.

Orbital Ornaments, image copyright Laura Chau

Ribbon Weed by Kate Bostwick
Really big cables, this blanket looks sumptuous.

Ribbon Weed, image copyright Kate Bostwick

Hobby Horse for Little Knights by Aurelie Colas
Every child needs one of these. I am hiding this picture from my four year old or he will be demanding one!

Hobby Horse for Little Knights, image copyright Aurelie Colas

Woolbringer: a Knitted Sword by Emily Ringleman
To go with the hobby horse...

Woolbringer, image copyright Emily Ringleman

Swimming Hippo Lovey by Justyna Kacprzak
I'm not normally a fan of lovies, but this one is really cute.

Swimming Hippo Lovey, image copyright Justyna Kacprzak

Penguin Amigurumi by Amanda Michelle
I think this would make a lovely Christmas tree decoration, or festive desk ornament. Amanda's unicorn is also awesome!

Penguin amigurumi, image copyright Amanda Michelle

And rememeber that all my blanket patterns are included in the sale part of the gift-a-long. You can see all my patterns, including my favourite, Fluffy White Clouds, here.

Fluffy White Clouds

All these patterns are available with 25% off by using the code giftalong2015 until 23.59 (EST) on Friday 27th November 2015. Should you wish to check out all the patterns in the sale, head to the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry.*

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Sunday 22 November 2015

Indie Design GAL 2015: What to knit? Socks

Last year I wouldn't even have looked at the sock patterns on offer in the Indie Design GAL, but having spent much of the past ten months knitting socks, I was more than happy to look through them all this time round. Here are six of my favourites.

Bleaberry Tarn by Louise Tilbrook
Simple socks with a pretty cable design.

Bleaberry Tarn, image copyright Louise Tilbrook

Solar Vortex by Dana Gervais
I'm a big fan of socks with a spiral element, and socks that work well with self-striping yarns, and these fit the bill perfectly.

Solar Vortex, image copyright Dana Gervais
Crosshaven by Rich Ensor
Again, a diagonal element has drawn me in!

Crosshaven, image copyright Rich Ensor
Fish in the sea by Elizabeth Sullivan
Cute fish on sea-themed socks? What's not to love!

Fish in the sea, image copyright Sweet Paprika Designs
Candy Shop Socks by Beverly S.
These caught my eye before I had even considered knitting socks. They are definitely on my 'to knit one day' list.

Candy Shop Socks, image copyright Beverly S.

If you're interested in checking out the other designs in the Indie Design GAL 2015 head over to the Indie Design GAL group on Ravelry.* There you will find details about the knit/crochet along portion of the GAL, as well as being able to browse all the other patterns in the sale. All the patterns featured here are available with 25% off when you use the code giftalong2015 before 23.59 (EST) on Friday 27th November 2015.

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Saturday 21 November 2015

Indie Design GAL 2015: What to knit? Mitts

Here's my round up of my favourite knits for hands from the Indie Design GAL 2015. Lots of lovely things to knit!

Ballydesmond by Irish Girlie Knits
Long, warm cabled mitts. These are really appealing to me. If I find the time, I will definitely be knitting a pair of these.

Ballydesmond, image copyright Irish Girlie Knits Designs

No, Your Other Left by Kirsten McTeer
I love these. I am one of those people who cannot tell their left from their right. Just can't. No more questions please.

No, Your Other Left, image copyright Kirsten McTeer

Frankenfingers by Elizabeth Green Musselman
I love self-striping sock yarns, and showing them off as mitts sounds like a good use for them.

Frankenfingers, image copyright Elizabeth Green Musselman

Beeswax Mitts by Amy van de Laar
A pretty stitch pattern, and look at the photography styling!

Beeswax mitts, image copyright Amy van de Laar

Fission by Annika Barranti
Beautiful elegant long mitts, these are properly ladylike.

Fission, image copyright Vivian Aubrey
First snow mittens by Aet Terasmaa
Pretty stranded mitts. These will be lovely and cosy; the snowflakes are very pretty.

First snow mittens, image copyright Aet Terasmaa

Twit Twoo: Owl Flip Top Mitts
Last but not least, I designed these mitts a couple of years ago, and every time my mum sees them she requests a pair. Maybe this year is her lucky year!

Has anyone cast anything on for the GAL yet? All the patterns featured here are available with 25% off using the code giftalong2015 until Friday 27th November 2015, 23.59 EST. For more information or to join in the fun, head to the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry.*

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Friday 20 November 2015

Indie Design GAL 2015: What to knit? Hats

I spent a bit of today looking through all the designs in the sale portion of the Indie Design GAL 2015. There are over 5000, and every one of them has 25% off with the code giftalong2015. If you want to do the same, they're all in one handy bundle that can be found here.*

After my first look through the bundle, I found 161 patterns that I really like. Which is rather more than I actually have time to blog about, let alone make! Over the next few days I'll be showing you a selection from my favourites (if you want to look at all my favourites, they can be found here). Today I'm going to focus on 7 of my favourite hats...

Dancing Trees by Elitza Chernaeva
I'm not the best at crochet, but I certainly think this is worth a go - the textures are amazing!

Dancing Trees, image copyright Elitza Chernaeva

Peppermint Leaves by Clare Devine
I love the crown on this hat. This hat is part of Clare's Tea Collection, which features lots of other beautiful hats too.

Peppermint Leaves, image copyright Clare Devine

Manila by Christina Ghirlanda
It probably helps that I am a sucker for this shade of green, but I also love the simplicity of the stitch pattern, it looks really effective.

Manila, image copyright Minimi Knit Design

Tupelo Slouch by Sara Gresbach
I bought this during the GAL last year; this year I might get round to making it!

Tupelo Slouch, image copyright Sara Gresbach

Piccadilly - Wrapped pompom beanie, hood and cowl by Annina Paivarinta
Again, I'm probably swayed by the colour, but this pattern is a super-practical gift, as well as being really fun.

Picadilly, image copyright Annina Paivarinta

Snowflakes in the Air by Cynthia Spencer
I am a sucker for a cute hat, and this one is lovely. I love that the snow is made from beads, so it'll even sparkle a little.

Snowflakes in the Air, image copyright Really Clear Designs
Autumn Grove by Rebecca Newman
Purple, lacy leaves, very pretty.

Autumn Grove, image copyright tinylovely
 Which ones are your favourites? And what are you thinking of knitting? I'm off to think about mitts now... And remember, if you post about your knit in the GAL2015 Ravelry group* and finish it before the end of the year, you could win a prize!

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Indie Design GAL 2015: Ready, steady, knit!

Now in it's third year, today marks the start of the Indie Design Gift A Long over on Ravelry.

The GAL unites 335 independent designers from across the globe in a celebration of independent knitting and crochet design. The event has two main events:
  1. The sale: Every designer involved offers 25% off a selection of their patterns using the code giftalong2015 from the start of the event (Thursday, November 19th at 8 pm (US-EST), which was 1am today UK time, so the sale is now on!) until Friday November 27 at 11:59 pm (US-EST). The selection of patterns in the sale is huge, and can be browsed at your leisure on Ravelry.*
  2. The GAL itself: A six week knit and crochet along, where every time you make any paid for design from any of the designers involved in the GAL. There are even prizes to be won!
In addition to the sale and KAL/CAL, there are also lots of quizzes and competitions that will run across the six weeks, with chances to win patterns from any of the designers involved in the GAL.

I'm really excited about the GAL this year, and am looking forward to joining in the KAL/CAL. I have a few patterns from last year that I might even get round to knitting this year! I'm also looking forward to seeing whether anyone knits any of my designs - seeing someone make a beautiful finished object from one of my patterns is a sure fire way of getting me to smile.

Some of my designs in my Ravelry store with the code giftalong2015

If you want to join in, head over to the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry* and start chatting and crafting. If you want to join in on social media, use the hashtags #gal2015 and #giftalong2015

Fab GAL2015 infographic made by Ravelry user 80skeins

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Tuesday 17 November 2015


Hello! I'm aware it's been a while since I last wrote a proper post; I'm now a little over three months from my PhD deadline, so I'm frantically working at that, while getting on with all the other usual life activities.

I haven't completely gone into hiding, and am still posting plenty of knitting and baking pictures on Instagram (new followers are always welcome), as well as enjoying weekends with family and friends. I'll also be getting involved in the Indie Design GAL over on Ravelry (all the information can be found here;* the fun starts on Thursday evening), which you may remember from last year, and will be posting about it here over the next six weeks.

Halloween cupcakes with bat and pumpkin sprinkles

Bonfire cupcakes for Bonfire Night

Chocolate orange cake for a charity raffle (we won a cake, but ate it before it could be photographed!)
Durham's rose window, reproduced in plastic blastic bottles for the Lumiere festival
Frankly enormous knitting. Again for the Lumiere festival, but I liked this one better unlit
The beginning's of my mystery Wyrt socks

We're also gearing up for Christmas in the Bird house. I've made a huge dent in my Christmas shopping this week as I realised it was making me a bit stressed. Many people who I'd planned to make things for now have shop-bought alternatives arranged to ease the pressure a little, and I can pass lots of presents on to friends I'm seeing over the next few weeks, thus saving on postage. I am very much looking forward to my son's first school Christmas - school shows, parties and dressing up; Christmas with small people is so much fun!

Festive knitting. These are for me

Hope everyone is enjoying Autumn. What have you all been up to recently?

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