Archives For February 2013

Twinkle Twinkle Knit-A-Long

Helen —  February 24, 2013 — 5 Comments

If you’ve bought the Twinkle Twinkle Blanket pattern and are starting to knit it now I have started a knit-a-long (KAL) over on the Curious Handmade forum on Ravelry.

We have just completed the first week of four so there is still plenty of time to join in. There are tips and encouragement, and as an extra incentive I’ve raided my stash today for some fabulous prizes. When you have finished your Twinkle you post a photo of your project in the prize thread by 15 March. I will then draw three winners using a random number generator. Be in it to win:

A gorgeous skein of much coveted Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in colourway Himbeere. It is much much pinker than my dodgy photo suggests. Its a very beautiful hot pink colour.

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A skein of stunning hand dyed Posh Yarn Gretchen 4ply, 55% superwash BFL, 45% silk in the colourway Dieppe. Again my picture doesn’t really do it justice – this colour is really a bit lighter than the photo.

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And finally a fun little package of ribbons and buttons with a bit of a UK theme, including a gorgeous handmade button in a heart shape with a Union Jack motif on it from Gill Oakley’s Stone Hens Ceramics from Wales, some cute ribbon with a collection of London icons printed on it and other lovely little goodies.

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Scandinavia Showcase

Helen —  February 21, 2013 — 1 Comment

Continuing on from my last post, as part of my LFW visit to Somerset House, I also visited the International Scandinavia Showcase after nabbing a free ticket on Twitter (a first!).

It was an exhibition of designers from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. It was interesting to read about the Scandinavian fashion movement and its ties to Scandinavian design generally.

There were lots of nice things there but the designer I found really exciting was the Faroese design duo Gudrun & Gudrun.  You may know of them from the famous Sara Lund jumper of the TV show the Killing (Forbrydelsen in Danish). In knitting circles the jumper is probably more famous than the show. It was inspiring to see some hand knit designer garments as part of the show.

For some reason I didn’t take a picture of the most famous pullover but I was struck by the quality of the Faroese sirri wool it was made of. I was expecting quite a heavy, chunky garment from the photos I’d seen, but its really quite lightweight and I imagine very comfortable to wear. BTW if you fancy having a go at making it, the official pattern is licensed and available exclusively in Emma Kennedy’s book The Killing Handbook: Forbrydelsen Forever! (which is quite hilarious by the way).

I loved everything, especially the use of different textures and weights of yarn both within a single garment and throughout the whole collection.

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And if the lovely garments weren’t enough, these knitted rollerskates were so cute!

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London Fashion Week

Helen —  February 20, 2013 — 1 Comment

London Fashion Week has passed me by with barely a blip on my radar for years now. But completely out of the blue I’m strangely interested in the spectacle this year.

I think its to do with spending a little too much time on Pinterest lately and discovering a flock of interesting fashion bloggers and street photographers. I know. I have been under a rock. There is no way I aspire to wear any of that stuff but its fun to look at the pictures (sacriledge!) and I like the way Susie Bubble writes. I have reignited my girl crush on Garance Doré. She is a standout artist in her niche (I think) and besides has a name made for fashion.

LFW is based at Somerset House just around the corner from where I work. I popped along to see what all the fuss was about and it was really quite entertaining. The runway shows and the FROW (front row doncha know) is where all the action is. But there is a whole other drama happening in the court yard of Somerset House that anyone can go along and watch. Apparently this spectacle has caused a bit of a ruckus and some reflection on the nature of blogging which is interesting. I did find it fascinating that Bloggers had their own marked reception desk alongside Press, Buyers and Visitors (clearly an influential group).

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More twinkling

Helen —  February 7, 2013 — 2 Comments

I am so grateful….

I’ve had such amazing feedback from the launch of my new site and the Twinkle Twinkle pattern all in the same month that I’m feeling quite overwhelmed with your kind words. Lots of people took up the super sale offer on Twinkle and I’m now looking forward to seeing lots of starry projects popping up on Ravelry. I always love pouring through the project pages for my designs and seeing all the unique projects that come from the same pattern.

 A Twinkle tip

Some people have asked about starting off the blanket. I use a knitted cast on as this is my go-to cast on method.

 Other people have asked about magic loop. I found this super tutorial on youtube if you haven’t done magic loop before.

You can always start of the blanket using DPNs if you prefer but I have written the pattern this way because I personally prefer magic loop and it means that you only need one set of needles to do the project instead of two. 

I see from project pages that others have used some interesting cast ons to good effect including this eyelet one that lizandrsn (Rav link) used. 

Using my method does result in a small hole in the middle of the blanket. I simply use the tail from the cast on to weave around the edge of the hole and pull up tight during finishing. No more hole!

 Another Twinkle Twinkle on the needles

When I went to New York for Vogue Live I wanted to make sure I had a good travel project and the quickest thing I could think of to get ready and take (I was making this decision about midnight the night before I left) was yet another Twinkle. It’s not unlike a sock project – lightweight and neat. At least if you’re doing the sock weight version, although even the DK version is quite portable and easy to do on the move.

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I am using the most gorgeous yarn that I bought totally on a whim. Its Fyberspates Faery Wings and it is just divine to knit. When the light hits the yarn the colour is constantly changing and the texture is beautiful.    

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You can clearly see the hole in the middle in this picture

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It is a different colour from every angle