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The Joys of Knitvents Past

Helen —  October 30, 2017 — 1 Comment

Since we’ve been doing so much talking about gift knitting lately and the holidays are a time for getting nostalgic, I’ve just had a wander through Knitvents past. It’s kind of amazing to see how much we’ve made together through the years. If you’re new to Curious Handmade, you might have missed these. They are all still available as full collections, but you can “Pick Your Own Knitvent” too by selecting individual patterns that sing out to you. Remember, until Oct 31st when you buy two of my patterns or collections you’ll get the least expensive one for free–automatically!

For all my Knitvent Veterans, maybe this journey down memory lane will remind you of a pattern you missed or one that would be perfect to knit again this year. Let’s start at the very beginning…

Knitvent 2013

This was the one that started it all! With eight patterns (!!!) in this first season it was a little frantic, but so much fun! Some of these patterns are still among my favourites.


Knitvent 2014

2014 was another lovely year, where I experimented with some new textures and some twinkly beaded details mixed in with some cushy, cosy quick knits.

Large image: Adorn Gift Bags
Small images, clockwise from top right: Candlelit Beaded Shawl, Ice Skating Scarf and Wrap, Lind Cowl, Crisp and Even Cowl

Buy the Knitvent 2014 Collection


Knitvent 2015

The theme for Knitvent 2015 was “Light and Bright.” I had a strong colour story for the designs, and there’s a lovely symmetry to the whole collection that makes me smile: two perfectly matched sets and two warm, pretty shawls.

Large image: Winter Wander Shawl
Small images, clockwise from top: Ice River Hat, Ice River Snood, Cabin Path Shawl, Kindling Mitts, Kindling Hat

Buy the Knitvent 2015 Collection


 Knitvent 2016

Finally we come to last year’s Knitvent, which honestly feels like yesterday! 2016 was a special collection inspired by the Alpine forest and vintage holiday postcards. I was so honoured to have Renée Callahan of East London Knit as Knitvent’s first guest designer, creating the gorgeous Boreal Forest set.

Large photo: Alpine Sunset Shawl
Small photos, clockwise from top: Fresh Tracks Headband, Boreal Forest Hat, Boreal Forest Cowl, Juniper Socks, Juniper Mitts

Buy the Knitvent 2016 Collection


I am absolutely tingling with excitement to show you what I have in store for you this year. It’s been such an honour to grow and evolve as a designer alongside the Curious Handmade community. Traditions like Knitvent are really special. They really bond us all together, even though in real life we’re scattered around the globe. To anyone who has ever taken part in a Knitvent, thank you so much for coming along this holiday journey with me. If you’re thinking about signing up to Knitvent 2017 and want to learn more, make sure you’re signed up to the Curious Handmade Newsletter. I’ll be sending out lots of info in the next little while, including a heads up on our early bird special and maybe even a fun contest or two…

 

CH 54: Ice Skating

Helen —  December 12, 2014 — 20 Comments
Play

Curious Handmade Podcast ep 54

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

#GiftingZen

The final Knitvent 2014 pattern was released this week, the Ice Skating Scarf ad Wrap.

iCord edging video tutorial by Very Pink Knits

The Madeline Tosh Vintage yarn for the Wrap Version is available from show sponsor Meadow Yarn.

Book Review

I do a review of Kate Atherley’s new Book Pattern Writing for Knit Designers (everything you didn’t know you needed to know)

The ebook is available from Kate’s blog Wise Hilda for US$25

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is designing and writing knitting patterns for hand knitters.

Kate also has a really great Craftsy class – Blocking Handknits with Kate Atherley – I  talked about the topic of blocking on the podcast in Episode 13.

Craftsy Class Blocking Handknits with Kate Atherly

To win this eBook, leave a comment on this post by Tuesday 16 December and let me know why you would like to have a copy of Kate’s book, Pattern Writing for Knit Designers (everything you didn’t know you needed to know)

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Shop Craftsy’s Stuff your Stocking Flash Sale now! Enjoy special savings on popular yarn, sewing and quilting products and get it in time for Christmas. But act fast because this limited supply won’t last! Offer expires at midnight on December 12th, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT.

The final Knitvent pattern is ready and this week’s window has opened to reveal the Ice Skating Scarf and Wrap!

Ice Skating Scarf

The Ice Skating scarf and wrap are knit in a worsted weight yarn, making either of them perfect for keeping you warm while whether gliding round an ice rink or building a snowman.

There are three different stitch patterns to give an interesting look and they are all based on garter stitch so it is a very easy, relaxing knit – ideal for knitting by the fire with great friends, good conversation and a mug of hot chocolate.

The middle section is created with slipped stitches and gives a dramatic effect without having to deal with more than one colour at a time.

Ice Skating Wrap

The sides are finished with an icord edge which is also deceptively simple and hides the colour changes beautifully. It looks like a lot of knitting but the bigger needles and garter stitch means it flies off the needles – just in time for that walk in the snow!

Ice Skating Scarf 4

The pattern contains two options: a more unisex scarf or the ultra warm wrap version. The Ice Skating Scarf is worked up in 3 contrasting colours of Cascade 220 and measures 132cm (52″) in length and 24cm (9.5″) in width.

The scarf uses just under a skein of each colour so you can embellish with some tassels or leave it plain for a more manly look. The PDF of the pattern includes illustrated instructions of how to make the tassels for those of you who haven’t made these before.

Ice Skating Wrap 2

The Ice Skating wrap measures 127cm (50″) in length and 47cm (18.5″) in width and is worked up using 3 colours of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage. You will need 2 skeins of Colour A (shown here in Antler), 1.5 skeins of Colour B (show here in Dahlia) and just 1 skein of Colour C (shown here in Sand Dune).

Adding buttons is optional as a way of helping you style the wrap should you wish.

Knitvent 2014 is available to buy on Ravelry here:

Week 5 Special Treat!

Download these cute gift tags designed exclusively for Curious Handmade fans by BettyEttiquetteBetty Etiquette is a London based stationery brand and design studio that celebrates the power of putting pen to paper with inviting illustration and typography. Download Knitvent 2014 and you will find the PDF for these cute tags ready to attach to your careful crafted goodies.

Betty Etiquette Gift Tags

Betty Etiquette Gift Tags

Wish you all #giftingzen this Holiday Season!

Knitvent Week 4: Adorn

Helen —  December 2, 2014 — 4 Comments

Week 4 of Knitvent contains something a little different: a little sparkle, a little indulgence and a lot of eco power!

This window opened today to reveal the Adorn Gift Bags.

Wrapping gifts so that they are appealing under the Christmas tree and inviting to open is one of the joys to be found this time of year. Christmas trees and displays adorned with pretty parcels is a joy to behold but what happens to all that paper afterwards? Also, is it just me or are those little treats you bought like hand cream and jewellery especially difficult to wrap so they end up looking bulky and awkward by the time you’ve finished?

3 Adorn Gift Bags

This is where Adorn Gift Bags come in. These three little bags can be made quickly from your prettiest leftover yarn. Perfect for slipping under the tree with a small gift in to make the present all the more special. These little pouches are a treat in themselves to make and share- think of all those little haberdashery bits and pieces you’ve been collecting for years for ‘just the right project’!

Adorn Gift Bag 2

There are two versions to this pattern that are both easy to modify. The first has a simple ribbed lace top and is written in two sizes and the other has an eyelet detail around the top with a beaded star for some added sparkle under the fairy lights. They are knit in the round and can easily be adapted to the size you need for your particular gift. Save trees, use your scraps and let the wrapping be a gift in itself that will treasured for years to come!

Adorn Gift Bag 3

You might recognise some of these colours- they’re some of the remnants from other Knitvent 2014 patterns- so those special skeins you bought or dived into stash for earlier get great usage and won’t cost you any more to make. Above is the Tosh Sock I used for the larger version of the Candlelit Shawl and the beaded version comes from remnants of Eden Cottage Yarns BFL Sock for the original sample. Remember?

candlelit Collage

It’s also competition time!

To win one of the little care packages pictured below, all you have to do is leave a comment on the pattern page for the Adorn Gift Bags telling me what little treats you’d pop inside for a special someone.

I’ll be choosing one random comment and one comment that makes me laugh or is the most unique posted by Sunday 7 December (midnight GMT) . Good luck!

Care package 1 includes including 25g of Eden Cottage BFL sock yarn used in the beaded sample and Neroli & Bergamot Handcream.

Care package 2 includes 25g of madelinetosh Tosh Sock used in the small sample Style A and Pomegranate lip balm.
Adorn Gift Bags Prizes

Play

Curious Handmade Podcast ep 52

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

What’s in the WIP?

Still working on secret design knitting.

Paper snowflakes – fab tutorial that kids can do – How to make paper snowflakes tutorial

#GiftingZen

Week 3 Knitvent pattern – Crisp and Even Cowl

Leave a comment on the pattern page above and let me know who you would make this for to go in the draw for a ball of Rowan Creative Focus Worsted (by Sunday 30 Nov)

Milla Mia

Knitting cables WITH a cable needle (front cross)

Knitting Cables WITHOUT a cable needle

Join in the Knitvent KAL over here on Curious Handmade board on Ravelry.

There is going to be an Eden Cottage Yarn shop update this weekend which will include some BFL sock.

And Eden Cottage Yarn is going to sponsor the Knitvent Jingle Bells Grand Prize!!

Non-Guilty Pleasures

Did you see that A Playful Day SSSalong has been renamed #MEalong?

It made me think about the book I’m reading at the moment The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brene Brown and how being a little bit selfish isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, gratitude, #MEalong and #zengifting I chat about some little things that I’m planning on “indulging” in.

  1. Drink more water – its really nice with a squeeze of fresh lemon
  2. Do 5 minutes of breathing in a quiet space (or in a queue at the post office)
  3. Declutter a space in your house – even just one space or surface
  4. Delete those sale emails and don’t even click on them!
  5. Do one little annoying job that you’ve been putting off.
  6. Pee when you need to
  7. Call a friend – remember how we used to pick up the phone and talk to people? Reclaim the phone!
  8. Take some things off your plate and say “no” to more things.
  9. Maybe start or revive a a gratitude practice such as a journal or a visual one e.g. 100 happy days
  10. AND enjoy and savour your knitting regardless of whether you are knitting gifts or something for yourself.

I’m curious about what are your non-guilty pleasures and tips?

Leave a comment below on the blog by Wednesday 3 December and let me know and I will give away a gorgeous skein of yarn to a commenter.

Play

Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 51

Today I’m talking about knitting in the round because the second Knitvent pattern, the Lind Cowl is knit in the round.

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

What’s in the WIP?

I’m doing some secret knitting and listening to some wonderful podcasts:

Skein Studio by Kristen

Knit FM 

#giftingzen

The second pattern in the Knitvent 2014 collection was released this week.

Lind Cowl

I talk about knititng in the round.

Here are two good YouTube tutorials with slightly different methods.

Nancy Wynn

iknitwithcatfur

Knitvent Podcast Tour

Kicked off this week with The Knit Girllls

Knitting Pipeline

This weekend you can listen to GreenTriangleGirl and I chatting about our approach to holiday knitting on A Playful Day.

More dates to be announced!

All the podcasts on the tour will have discount codes and giveaways so make sure you check them out.

Play

Curious Handmade Podcast Ep 50

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

What’s in the WIP?

Eden Fells Hat in madelinetosh Vintage Mineral colour from Meadow Yarn.

Pattern available for 25% off in Indie Gift-A-Long with coupon code giftalong2014

This is the small (women’s) size with extra slouch:

Eden Fells Hat

 

Gifting Zen

Knitvent 2014 launched on Tuesday with the Candlelit shawl

It can be knit in two sizes and with or without beads

My tutorial for adding beads with a crochet hook is here.

Ravelry Gift-A-Long

Is off and running.

See my earlier blog post for more details.

My ‘bundle’ of patterns available for 25% off is here.

CH 48: Knitting up NORTH

Helen —  October 31, 2014 — 4 Comments
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Curious Handmade Podcast 48

Today I’m talking about our trip up NORTH to the Eden Valley, what I was knitting on the trip and I announce the winners of the Curious Collective DKAL.

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

What’s in the WIP

Knitting “up NORTH”

The NORTH UK

Bobble Hats – My free pattern

Easy Bobble Hat Knitting

Dream Big

The last two designs in the Dream Big collection coming out next week will be the Eden Fells Hat and Scarf

Eden Fells Hat and Scarf

The model is the lovely Mattieu and photography by Vicki.

Christmas Gift Knitting ideas

If you would like to get organised and plan your knitting projects for the holiday season you can signup for my free Holiday Knitting planner. You will also be signing up for my mailing list and will get updates for the Knitvent collection and quite possibly some nice discounts!

Some girls cardigan suggestions – 

Sunday Sweater by Ginny Sheller  – suggested by Libby of Truly Myrtle blog

Miss Marple by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne – suggested by marynvoight

Other holiday knitting ideas – 

3 Gnomes suggested by PrairiePoppins

New shawl design by BostonJen from Down Cellar Podcast, the Aila Grace Shawl

As always….don’t forget to play the Instagram game!

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!