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Knitvent 2014 has been so much fun this year. I’ve heard from so many people enjoying the patterns, telling me about their festive making efforts and the KAL has been full of gorgeous handknits for weeks. It’s almost time to get all of your entries in to win prizes (more on that in a moment) but first I wanted to extend a festive thank you to everyone.

Curious Handmade Holiday Sale

As well as celebrating the release of single patterns for Knitvent 2014, you can also enjoy any single pattern free with purchase of two others (put all three in cart and you will automatically get one FREE) with the code HAPPYHOLS342 entered at checkout on Ravelry. The offer will run through till Sunday 28 December 2014.

So whether you’ve been craving some beading in the Candlelit Shawl, a simple and soothing lace shawl like Pebble Beach Shawlette or something quick and comforting like the Red Robin Shawl, now is the time to treat yourself after all that gift knitting. 

There’s still time to enter to win fab prizes for the knitalong too. The prizes are lining up and looking really tempting for this one. So if you’ve been knitting from Knitvent 2013 or 2014 over the last few weeks, come tell me about it and you could win one of these fab prizes:

Knit and Let Knit Tote

Fringe Supply Co ‘Knit and Let Knit’ Tote Bag

ECY BFL sock

Eden Cottage Yarns BFL Sock in the Robin Egg colourway (as used in the Candlelit Shawl)

For all the rules of play please take a look at the KAL chatty thread and be sure to post your FO pic in the finished objects thread before 28th December 2014 (for those of you knitting really close to the wire with those gift knits!).

Happy knitting!

I received an email in the week that made me smile, 12 Warm Wishes Hottie Covers laid out, getting their embellishments added by Mlleigh on Ravelry. This is one very organised gift knitter!

She has been working on a collaboration with her mother-in-law with her MIL in charge of the applique motifs and she did the knitting. The theme was “under the weather”.

Warm Wishes Hotties examples

What I enjoyed the most about this picture is all the individual ways in which the hotties have been embellished with different motifs and materials to make them really personal- the planet is particularly cute! When I designed the pattern I included three templates for motifs to cut out and sew on to the cover. Looking through Ravelry, I found some other personalised hotties that were really thoughtfully embellished. Knowing how best to finish your gifts can be a stumbling block for a few people so sharing some inspiration while we’re all crafting away for the holidays seemed like a good idea.

Hottie with a heart motif

KnittinCari’s stylish version is simple and effective. Plain, bold colours worked from the template included in the pattern. For maximum impact, remember to check your colour options are contrasting enough. Colour theory was my topic of choice for a recent podcast that you might find useful when selecting those little details that can make a big impact.

Hottie with crochet motif

For some crafty crossover, there’s plenty of crochet inspiration to embellish too. Redjeep‘s snowflake is so seasonal and festive! What’s particularly charming about this version is the contrasting thread and simple stitching used to add the crochet snowflake; it really adds to the overall charm.

Fluffy hottie

The other way to make this project a little more interesting and snuggly is to think about the yarn you use instead. Knit in aran weight, this is a fast project so something textured would be easy to add as a variation and keep things fun. This version by Maukelien is perfectly seasonal and simple- a little extra fluff is very fitting this time of year!

Hottie with sausage dog motif

Now these hottie covers by Hark are really stylishly embellished. The little sausage dog motif is included in the Warm Wishes Hottie pattern (along with the heart and star shapes) and was designed to go the whole way around the bottle and has been stitched to add little details.

All these unique projects got me thinking about how to recreate templates and here’s a few good tutorials and links to help you make those finishing touches extra special.

Tutorials:

Felted Heart tutorial via HonestlyWTF

Iron on Patch tutorial via WhimsyLove (don’t forget to test before you had heat to your knitting!)

Beautiful patches from sketches of Moths via Ninimakes

Inspiring Pinterest Boards:

Sewing, Stitching and Embroidery by Mollie Makes. Don’t forget to look at Christmas boards like this one too as there’s often felt ornament templates that would work really well for this kind of project.

Embroidery by Curious Handmade

Embroidery and Applique by Craft Candy

Home by Folksy– sometimes a little eye candy inspiration for what to aspire to can be very useful!

Quilts and Patches by Curious Handmade

Cute and Crafty by Curious Handmade

I’m curious to know what your favourite way of embellishing your projects? Leave a comment!

Knitvent Week 1- The Candlelit Shawl

Helen —  November 11, 2014 — 2 Comments
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Candlelit Shawl

The Festive Mystery Knit Along is finally here and the first pattern is LIVE!

The Candlelit Shawl is a lightweight shawl that brings a little festive light into your knitting. Work up the fully beaded version for seasonal sparkle or let the simple lace stitches allow your yarn to shine for a quicker but just as satisfying knit. A fingering weight shawl to make use of that lovely one or two skeins in your stash for a special someone who is very deserving – whether that’s you or a loved one!

Candlelit shawl

Candlelit shawl in BFL Sock

Working these shawls up was a joy as the simple lace stitches catch the subtle shifts and tonal changes in handdyed yarns beautifully. The small shawl sample is knit up in Eden Cottage Yarns BFL Sock [100% Wool,399m/436yds per 100g skein], in the ‘Robin Egg’ colourway. You will need just one skein of either this yarn or a 100g skein of fingering or sock weight yarn totalling approximately 399m/436yds to make the small version.

Candlelit Shawl in Tosh Sock

Candlelit Shawl in Tosh Sock

For the medium, I used Madelinetosh Tosh Sock [100% Superwash Merino, 361m/395yds per 100g skein], in the ‘Sand Dune’ colourway. For this larger version you will need 1 and a 1⁄2 100g skeins or 1 and a 1⁄2 100g skeins of fingering or sock weight yarn totaling approximately 542m/592yds.

The Candlelit Shawl is now available as part of the Knitvent 2014 ebook and will be available to purchase individually from 19 December 2014. 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, all for an introductory price of £9.50 (just under US$15).

 

To celebrate the launch of Knitvent 2014 put both Knitvent 2014 AND Curious Knitvent 2013 ebooks in your basket and the 2013 collection will be FREE! This offer will end Sunday 16th November. 

That’s a total of 13 gorgeous patterns including my incredibly popular Red Robin Shawl for £9.50. After this week, the price of the Collection will go up making this a particularly good bargain!

 

Knitvent 2014

Knitvent 2014

Still undecided? Join in the KnitVent 2014 chatter and fun with our Ravelry group, inspirational blog posts and a newsletter 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.

The Knitvent 2014 Free Gift!

Helen —  October 23, 2014 — 1 Comment

Last year’s Knitvent Collection was so much fun- a gradual release of gorgeous accessories that inspired knitters to achieve a handmade Christmas. People who were looking for that perfect Christmas Knitting pattern joined in the KAL and we got pretty festive! When I was thinking about this year’s Knitvent I posed the question ‘What is it about gift/holiday knitting that you find most difficult?’ and the answers came flooding in. Looking at those answers, there was a definite theme: stressful deadlines and the difficulty of knowing whether or not your recipient will even like the gift. This year’s Knitvent is going to help you feel better about that!

Christmas Knitting Pattern Planner

Get your holiday season off to the best start with Curious Handmade’s Knitvent 2014 Holiday Gift Knitting Planner. If you love knitting but hate the stress of handmade gift deadlines then this is going to be perfect for you. The free planner is designed to help you get organized early and choose the perfect pattern and yarn. You can also use the fun Curious Handmade calculator to work out if you have enough time for all that knitting and I’ve included tips to choose the perfect pattern for your loved ones.

Join in each week as we take the stress out of Holiday knitting and cheer each other on with Knitvent 2014. You’ll find a chatty Ravelry board, a weekly newsletter full of tips and new knitting patterns, news (and discounts!), prizes, recipes, blog posts full of holiday inspiration and more, thanks to the Curious Handmade seasonal challenge. Let the Curious Handmade community help you get your knitting #giftingzen on this Holiday season!

Don’t worry if you’re not a gift knitter, these knitted accessories work just as well as indulgent treats to help you through this busy time of year too. We want you to arrive at your holiday events feeling truly festive no matter how much you’re knitting this year!

Two more windows have opened on the Knitvent Calendar!

Curious Knitvent 2013

Checkerboard Mitts and Fresh Powder Cowl

There are already finished projects of both these two goodies up on Ravelry!

As for me I have just made it to the 20% mark on my second Red Robin Shawl. I’m knitting it in sumptuous Juno Alice 4ply.

You can buy the whole Curious Knitvent 2013 collection of 8 patterns here:

Knitvent 2013 Calendar

Helen —  November 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

The first window open on the Curious Knitvent 2013 Calendar! Take a peek at the Red Robin Shawl.

Curious Knitvent 2013 :

PS: This gorgeous image was created for me by Claudette Tinsley of Ink Bandit Designs. She has a delightful shop on Etsy if you are looking for sweet and funny gifts.

Knitvent Window #1: Red Robin Shawl

Helen —  November 24, 2013 — 5 Comments

Presenting the first pattern in the Curious Knitvent 2013 Collection.

Its a sprightly little shawl called Red Robin.

This cheery, light shawl will brighten up the bleakest months of the year, like the warbling notes of its namesake. The main body of the shawl is worked in a super speedy stockinette stitch and the textured border is so straightforward it won’t slow you down much. The elongated triangular shape is emphasised with bouncy tassels at the points. It can be made with one skein of sock yarn and all sections of the shawl can easily be adjusted to the amount of yarn you have.

You can buy the whole Knitvent Collection here (a sparkling bargain)

Or you can buy just the Red Robin Pattern here.

Red Robin Shawl

Red Robin Shawl

With the first pattern out now we will be knitting away together on the Curious Handmade board on Ravelry so if you want to join in, do pop over, join the group and join in the nattering.

Curious Knitvent 2013 is here!

Helen —  November 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

The Christmas Gift Dilemma

As Anna busies herself hunting out the Christmas decorations, the smell of wood smoke and cinnamon fill the house. She groans out loud at the thought of braving the shops looking for gifts. This year she wants to do something different; something with a more personal touch.

Purl, Anna’s cat, jumps up on her lap, rubbing her head against Anna’s cheek, a piece of wool caught in her fur.

Anna retrieves the soft length of wool and thoughtfully twirls it between her fingers, as Purl purrs deeply.

Of course, that’s it!

Purl meows indignantly as Anna pushes her from her lap. She flings open the door of the cupboard beside the armchair, rifling through bits and pieces in search of her knitting stash.

Gifts knitted with love

Join Curious Knitvent 2013 and create gifts to treasure this year.

The Knitvent Collection is a carefully thought out selection of quick and stress-free patterns offering something for every special person in your life.

And if you don’t fancy knitting gifts for others, you can be assured that over half the patterns will be items you’re going to love to knit for yourself!

Sign me up! 

(Hint hint: I mention a coupon code on Podcast Episode 5 for a wee discount!!)

A festive mystery knit-along

Do you love a mystery? Who doesn’t?

Over the next 4 weeks we’ll open the doors on the Knitvent calendar, revealing another gorgeous accessory.

Each pattern will be available to purchase individually for $6, and if you want to grab yourself an amazing bargain, you can buy the whole ebook of all 8 patterns.

The normal price of the ebook will be $12 but for the period of the Knitvent mystery knitalong from now until mid December – it will be just $9.

I’m in!

If you’re still wondering if this is for you, the patterns will include a shawl, mitts, hat, cowls and other treats. They are all small things that will knit up fast yet will have the wow factor. There is something for everyone from men, kids, your sister to your mother in law. Well something for everyone who loves cosy, lovingly hand knitted things that is!

Added to that, I’ll be hosting a knitalong on Curious Handmade group with festive competitions and camaraderie to help make sure you get all those gifts finished on time.

You don’t even have to be knitting one of the knitvent patterns to join in the knitalong. As long as you’re knitting one of my designs – even if its one of my two free Knitty shawls you can join in and post your finished objects to enter the prize draws. The only condition is that is a new project you cast on from now to make it fair.

The first pattern will be released on Sunday 24 November.

Knitvent Calendar House