Wednesday 20 November 2013

'Autumn' mini collection.....

My 'Autumn' mini collection is here!! It consists of three designs; fingerless gloves 'Elm', shawl 'Laurel' and bag 'Cassia'. I've lovingly designed each item to represent autumn.

Autumn has always been my favorite season not only because it is my birth season and the air is fresh and crisp, but also by the stunning colours that nature produces. I wanted to capture the changing of the season in my design.  Each piece pays homage to autumn with leafy designs and colours that capture the seasons hue.

The collection took a lot longer to make and put together then I originally anticipated, purely because my partner Dave and I do everything. I design, knit the pieces and write the patterns while Dave puts it all together to look fab. Photographs are a joined effort I choose the settings and model (if you can call it that lol) and Dave takes the photos. Both of us are not professional photographers but we do what we can with the camera we've got. And of course we both have full time jobs so everything takes a lot longer.

 'Laurel' shawl

I'm soooo pleased with how it all come out, I really love every single design, especially 'Laurel' shawl with her simple body and burst of colour and lace at the bottom. 'Elm' gloves are just adorable with their leafy lace all over, they are super warm yet delicate. And of course 'Cassia' was a lot of fun to design and make, I love working with colour and always adored drawing charts. The inspirations for the bag came from cotton flower, not very autumny, but the colours are just perfect to represent autumn.

'Cassia' bag

'Elm' gloves
 Hope you enjoy knitting the pieces from my collection and love them as much as I do.

Anna x

Sunday 20 October 2013

Morticia gloves....

Halloween is almost upon us, time for dressing up and celebrating the day of the dead…….in style of course!!
I have designed these wrist gloves to go with my witches costume; well if one is going to be a witch…one shall be a glamorous one!!
The idea came when I was putting my costume together to wear on Halloween, to a party of course, not just around the house (well, I might), and I really struggled to find gloves that are not elbow long and made out of netting. I wanted to recreate the effect of spider web that can be found in the corners of old dark shades. And here they are!!

I have named them Morticia, in honour of Morticia Addams, the most fabulous witch I've ever seen !! For the yarn I have chosen the glorious Rowan Kidsilk Haze Eclipse which just adds the perfect amount of glitz and glamor.
Below is the written pattern for ‘Morticia’, I wanted to include a chart, but unfortunately it is not to be. I have purchased a very swanky crochet chart maker, and as much a I try, I just cannot make it work! So maybe one day, when I figure it out, the chart shall be made.

But for now my pretties…..enjoy the pattern and have a wicked Halloween!!  HAHAHAHA

Morticia gloves

Materials: Rowan Kidsilk Haze Eclipse (pictured sh.457), Debbie Bliss party angel or any lace weight yarn.
3.50 mm (US E/4, UK 9) crochet hook

Finished size:
Length (including finger lop): 17cm (6.6in)
Circumference (unstretched) 19cm (7.4in)
To make the gloves smaller; the easiest was to do this is by using a smaller hook, one or two sizes smaller.

Pattern is written using UK terms

Ch – chain
Ch-sp – chain space
Ss – slip stitch
Dc (US sc) – double crochet (US single crochet)
Tr (US dc) – treble crochet (US double crochet)
Dtr (US tr) – double treble (US treble)
Ttr (US dtr) – triple treble crochet (US double treble)
Yrh – yarn around hook
Dtr3tog (US tr3tog) – double treble 3 together (US treble 3 together) – yrh twice,  insert hook into space, yrh, pull loop through, (yrh, pull loop through 2 loops on hook) twice; rep from * twice more working in the same space, yrh and pull through all 4 loops on hook.

With 3.50mm (US E/4, UK 9) hook ch 32.
Row 1: 1 dc into second ch from hook, 1 dc into each dc to end. (31 dc)
Row 2: ch 1, 1 dc into every dc to end.
Rep row 2, 4 more times.
Brake off yarn
Re-join yarn to 16 dc from the end of last row.
Row 7: Ch 5, miss 3 dc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 3 dc, turn.
Row 8:* Ch 2, dtr3tog into 5-ch sp, rep from * 4 more times, ch 2, 1 dc into 3rd dc from 5 ch, 1 dc into next 3 dc.turn
Row 9: *Ch 3, 1tr into 2-ch space, ch 3, 1tr into dtr3tog, rep from *4 more times, ch3, 1tr into 2- ch sp, ch 3,  miss 2 dc, 1dc into next  dc , 1 dc into next 3 dc, turn.
Row 10: *Ch 4, 1 dtr into next  tr, rep from * 10 more times, ch 4, miss 2 dc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 3 dc, turn.
Row 11: *Ch 4, 1 dtr into next dtr, rep from * 8 more times,  ch 3, 1 tr into next dtr, ch 3, 1 dc into next dtr, turn.
Row 12: Ch 3, 1 tr into next tr, ch 3, 1 dtr into next dtr, *ch 4, 1 ttr into next dtr,  rep from * 7 more times, ch 4, miss 2 dc, 1 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 3 dc, turn.
Row 13: * Ch 5, 1 ttr into next ttr, rep from *5 more times, ch 5, 1 dtr into next next ttr, ch 4, 1 tr into next dtr, ch 3, 1 dc into next tr.
Fasten off

Finger loop
With right side facing re-join yarn to 5th ttr.
Ch 18, ss to same ttr.
With right side facing re-join yarn to beginning or row 1, working all along edges of gloves, continue as follows; 1 dc into every dc, 5 dc into every ch space,  1 dc into every stitch and 25 dc into finger loop. Crochet all around the glove.
Fasten off
Fold two sides of glove together and join with row of dc, crochet 1 dc into next 16 dc of edging.
Fasten off.

 P.S. Big thank you to lovely Angela for the broom :)


Anna xx

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Flood, Debbie Bliss and yarn crawl........

The Creative Sanctuary has been flooded!! It heartbreaking to see my friend's lovely shop in such a poor state. Angela has worked so hard to make her dream a reality and making the shop....well as the name suggests creative sanctuary.

 But spirits cannot be beaten and the show must go on! There's nothing like a disaster to make the community come together, and what a community it is in Hertford! An overwhelming support for lovely Angela.

At least the pumpkins are still ready for Halloween :)

The lovely people at the Simply Holmes estate agents offered us to use their premises for workshops, and I have to say I have really enjoyed myself and the ladies too. It's very nice to do things out of the ordinary and it just proves that you can do any sort of craft anywhere all you need is a bit of willingness to try new things.

Ange in the background is modeling Mia the cushion cover lol

The creative Sanctuary is open as usual for business on line at and all the workshops are taking place, so please visit the website and give Angela your support :)

Before the flood from above (that is the flat above not the heavens) Angela hosted an afternoon with Debbie Bliss, who come over with her rather yummy new collection. It's very exciting to meet such well established designers and hear their stories behind every design and where they get their inspirations. She mostly spoken about the importance of buying and supporting British wool and her global style collection which is based on original designs by Melody Griffiths.

The first cardigan is part of the global style collection.

 Debbie Bliss

My friend Annette and I also have crawled London in search of yarn or attended The Great London Yarn Crawl, if you like. It was the first one in London and what a great, well organised event it was!! We were on the green route that started at I Knit in Waterloo, then proceeded to Sharp Works in Hern Hill, then 
Knit with Attitude in Stoke Newington and we finished our crawl with visiting The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead and then relaxed in the pub with a huge drink! Each and every shop was absolutely fab and offered something a bit different, whether it be unusual yarns or fabrics.

It was really nice to meet so many new people, especially at the pub where all the other routes came together. I got invited to lots of knitting clubs around me, which is fantastic as I have been looking for a club near me to join and I will definitely join as soon as I get a bit more organised with my time The lovely ladies from Ravelry flew over and gave away lots of prizes donated by sponsors.

the crawl was such a success that I bet will be definitely happening next year and I thoroughly recommend it, if you can, do attend! you won't regret it, it's a hoot!

Well deserved drink and a knit after a hard day crawling :)

Anna xx

Sunday 15 September 2013

Mable and The Knit Parade.......

Autumn has finally arrived! Yey! Not many look forward to it but to me it's my
favourite season, the crisp fresh air, beautifully coloured leaves, and I can
finally start wearing my cardigans and jumpers!

In the yarn world it's starting to get really busy, things are a bit hectic at
the moment, lots of project on the go and lots of exciting things to look
forward to.

It also symbolises the start of very exciting events and shows. I was invited to
attend one of those exciting events on Thursday by my fabulous friend Ben. It
was a knitted disco at The Great Eastern Bear, book launch for 'The Knit Parade' by Beki Rymsza. 

The disco was organised by love craft and what a hoot it
was!! Fantastic jumpers and free vodka! You just can't go wrong with this
combination! Even the walls and dance floor were knitted.

Unfortunately the photos I've taken on my phone are dreadful (I keep thinking
that my phone camera is very good! Really don't know why) so sorry for the
quality but you can see the very innovative jumpers and the mannequins were wearing JuJu Jellies!! My favourite summer footwear!! 

The book itself is truly fab, one simply designed jumper and many ways to make it
stand out and make it your own.

Love the originality of the book and the fact that each jumper is named after a
song. But, the best part for me for me was when I turned to page 45 and saw
beautiful, sultry, voluptuous girl wearing 'Paint it Black' jumper. I'm so
happy, ecstatic in fact, that fuller girls are finally getting their moment! I'm
my self rather plumptious...a lot actually, and it's very refreshing to see women
like me being used in fashion. 

Many years ago I have lay to rest the dream of slim me, and instead decided to
embrace my ample behind and accept the real me and to be honest it's been
the best decision I have ever made! Once I’ve put aside the constant dieting and
calorie counting, obsessing with how I must look, I had a lot more time to
discover who exactly am I. And the result pleased me so decided that I
quite like fat Anna and will stick with her.

But I digress; 'Paint it Black' is an amazing jumper that will definitely be
knitted, not only because I love the effect of paint dripping but also because
it’s named after my favourite Rolling Stones song!

Back to Autumn and its splendour……Here is my plumptious self-modelling my ‘Mable’ shawl.

 I have designed beautiful ‘Mable’ in celebration of Autumn! It can be crocheted in either Rowan Kidsilk Haze but or Debbie Bliss Angel. The one in photograph is done in Kidsilk Haze (sh.596) and I’m in process of crocheting one in Angel in absolutely stunning turquoise (sh. 15027) for display at The Creative Sanctuary. I’m so happy with how the shawl has come out, it has a very simple body and gorgeous wavy edging, I wanted the edging to be delicate yet prominent, and I think the weaves have achieved that. I’m already planning on making it in few colours as I just love this shawl!! (big headed much)

The pattern is available in my Ravelry store: 

Anna x