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Curious Handmade Podcast 49

Talking about holiday gift knitting and some indie yarn I have in the stash.

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

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What’s in the WIP?

Dream Big Collection….Complete!

Eden Fells Scarf

Eden Fells Hat

3 for 2 Offer on Ravelry with coupon code DBPARTY until Sunday 9 November

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson

madelinetosh Vintage

Yarn Love

A Fine Fish Yarn – Fair Folk colour

Cast On Cast Off – Kirsty is based in Australia

Shamu Makes

Eden Cottage Yarn

Gifting Zen


I’m participating in the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long on Ravelry starting Thursday 13 November.

You can see my designs that will be 25% off as part of the event on my designer page.

Some great gift knitting patterns there 🙂

Knitvent 2014 will be starting next week!

The Festive Mystery Knit Along returns!

Join in each week as we take the stress out of holiday knitting and cheer each other on with Knitvent 2014. Each week another pattern is revealed which is perfect for either a gift or your own selfish desires. The collection will feature 5 accessory patterns with each pattern offering a choice of at least two sizes or tips on how to modify them. It’s time to release that special skein from your stash to lavish on someone you love, even if that someone is you!

Still undecided? Join in the KnitVent 2014 chatter and fun with our Ravelry group, inspirational blog posts and a newlsetter packed full of discounts and goodies, thanks to the Curious Handmade seasonal challenge.

You can sign up here for the free Holiday Knitting Planner and Knitvent updates

Let the Curious Handmade community help you get your knitting #giftingzen on this holiday season.

KnitVent 2014- It’s Almost Here!

Helen —  November 6, 2014 — 2 Comments

A special treat for you all today- a sneak peek of the collection!

sneak peek Collage

Last year, I released the first Knitvent Collection – 8 patterns for hand knit cowls, hats, shawls and gloves to help you make handmade Christmas gifts for all your loved ones. The Collection was really popular and everyone enjoyed knitting along together as each pattern was revealed, a little like opening another window on your advent calendar! I recently received this lovely feedback from Beth, a knitter who participated last year and it made me so excited to do it all again this year:

“I was so happy to hear that you’re thinking about another Knitvent for the Christmas season this year. Christmas can be difficult for me. Buying presents for everyone seems like a huge project. The kids are so focused on presents. Getting the family together can bring up tensions. Your Knitvent series of patterns gives me something nice to focus on and reminds me to take joy in the little things that I love.

Each pattern will include at least 2 size options or details for further customising to help make each project as personal for your recipient as possible. So get ready for 5 knitted accessory patterns, with lots of fun ideas on the blog and podcast to help you find your #giftingzen this Holiday season. Next week, it’s time to start revealing the patterns and get knitting for Knitvent 2014.

Worried you’ll miss out on a discount code or special festive treat? Don’t worry, my newsletter will have all you need to get you knitting in time to arrive at Christmas Eve feeling fresh and festive. Just make sure you’ve signed up to get all the news and fun first.

Eden Fells Hat and Scarf

Helen —  November 4, 2014 — 1 Comment

Eden Fells Hat and Scarf


I’m really happy to be rounding out the Dream Big Collection with these two patterns. The Eden Fells Hat and Scarf are textured and unisex accessories.

I explained in Episode 48 of the podcast how I knit most of these while we were on a trip “up North” in the Eden Valley. We were staying in a grand house nestled into the fells at the end of the Pennine range and that trip provided inspiration for the name and the back drop for the beautiful fall photographs.

You can buy the patterns on Ravelry:

Eden Fells Hat

Eden Fells Scarf

To send the Dream Big Collection out with a bang, there is a 3 for 2 offer across all singles patterns from the Collection for those of you who couldn’t quite decide which you loved best.

Use the code DBPARTY at checkout (until Sunday 9 November) to get one pattern free when you add 3 patterns to your cart.

If you pop any two patterns from the Dream Big collection into the cart, you can add ANY of my other patterns to your cart for FREE!

The yarn is Jill Draper Makes Stuff Hudson and is available from my show sponsor Meadow Yarn (and its currently as steal at 30% off!)

Eden Fells Hat and Scarf Curious Handmade