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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.

Dream Big Collection: FO Focus

Helen —  October 30, 2014 — 2 Comments

As the final release for my Dream Big Collection draws near, I wanted to celebrate some of the amazing projects that people have been knitting from the Collection. When I launched a collection of knitting patterns, I was inspired by my word for the year, “Dream”. I planned a pattern a month with a selection of knitting patterns for knitted accessories, mainly shawls as well as cowls, stoles and blankets. There are 8 patterns so far and looking through FO’s has been really inspiring to keep designing more and more in 2015!

Colourful handknit shawls

Colourful handknit shawls

The first pattern that started the collection was the Frangipani Shawl that was inspired by tropical flowers, will bring a ray of sunshine to a cold winter day. I love how bold both JenCollect‘s and ChellieAnne‘s versions are so different and striking at the same time.

Single skein shawls

Single skein shawls

The Fireflies Rising Shawlette came just in time for the softer sunlight of Spring and inspired a lot of projects- this one really captured knitters wanting fast, easy to knit lace with great results. This was the perfect single skein shawl pattern, as shown by Matejam and Hmgtt.

Bright Global Nomad cowls

Bright Global Nomad cowls

The Global Nomad Cowl is a great little accessory for wearing everywhere from music festivals to the weekend farmers’ market. It’s a light and airy cowl for those slightly cooler trans-seasonal days. I feel like both Patsy55 and Sunrisedawn really got the vibe of the cowl!

Handknit blankets for babies, children and adults

Handknit blankets for babies, children and adults

The Georgie Blanket went live in time to celebrate the first birthday of Prince George and has had lots of versions knit in so many bright and bold colours. With thanks to RiderCub (and Penguin) and Malorie for these bright beauties.

Beautiful Single Skein Shawl projects

Beautiful Single Skein Shawl projects

The Sunburst Shawl was the sixth design in the Dream Big Collection and put a modern spin on beautiful 1920’s fashion. I love these two versions by Camilliaknits and Knittengurl that really capture the luxury, glamour and exuberance of the Art Deco era.

Contrasting Colours of Lace Summer Shawls

Contrasting Colours of Lace Summer Shawls

The Velvet Rose Shawl is a feminine summer shawl that has sparked lots of dramatic versions- it was so hard not to want to share them all! With thanks to DynamiteTrujillo and ToryJane Knits for these stunning versions.

Quick to knit handwarmers

Quick to knit handwarmers

The Global Nomad Handwarmers were only released a few weeks ago but there’s already some great projects showing just how quick to knit this project is- perfect for gift knitting in a hurry! These handwarmers come courtesy of Aymr on Ravelry.

 

With thanks to all the knitters who gave permission to share their wonderful projects today. Stay tuned for a new pattern release next week and don’t forget, you can buy a copy of the Dream Big Collection and it will automatically update when the new patterns are released!

 

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 45

This week I’m answering a listener question about how I juggle designing with family life.

What’s in the WIP?

A lot of secret knitting.

Next Dream Big pattern will be released next week.

Next week is the last week of the Curious Collective DKAL.

The Simple Life – a listener question

Today I’m answering a question from TanyaMarie who hosts the Sampler Girl podcast about how I balance design and knitting time with my family life.

Giveaway

Stay tuned to the end of the show as I draw the lucky winner of the madelinetosh Prairie yarn from commenters on last week’s episode.

Thanks so much to everyone who commented.

Don’t forget to play the Instagram game!

Georgie Baby Blanket

The Georgie Baby Blanket is the June design for the Dream Big Collection.

I’m having a launch sale of 75% off for TODAY ONLY!

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry here (and the discount will be automatically applied during the sale period)

Georgie is an easy, baby blanket or throw in a fresh modern style.

The blanket is constructed by working the body section in one piece, then the border is picked up and knit in the round.

Georgie Baby Blanket by Helen Stewart

Is it just me, or does it seem like it is “baby season” at the moment? I seem to have a lot of friends expecting just now. Now, I am certainly not complaining about this joyful state of affairs!

When I was expecting my first baby I spent a lot of time daydreaming about the perfect nursery. I poured over magazines and pinned lots of pictures of cots and other cute baby things.

Of course the question of what I was going to knit for the new baby was central to my perfectly kitted out baby fantasies.

I was obsessed with the Skandi look, with its clean lines and bright modern colours. But I really struggled to find knitting patterns in this style. What baby blanket would perfectly match my dream Stokke cot?

Since then, I have decided that a baby blanket is the perfect new baby gift. You don’t have to worry about fit and are therefore safe in the knowledge that (with a bit of care on the part of the recipient) it will last for many years. It may even become a much loved “blankie” essential for bedtime comfort.

Georgie Baby Blanket by Curious Handmade

5 great things about the Georgie pattern:

  • You can have fun choosing colour combinations to suit the new arrival (or their parents!).
  • It’s a fun, bright, unisex design that will suit little princes or princesses alike.
  • The design is graphic and eye-catching, but really easy and relaxing to knit.
  • The striped pattern is created by using slipped stitches so you are only ever knitting with one colour at a time.
  • The sample is knit in sport weight yarn but it would also be well suited to DK or worsted weight yarn.

Georgie Baby Blanket by Curious Handmade

As many of you know, I have been a huge fan of the Stash and Burn podcast for a few years now. I can’t remember when I started listening to Nicole and Jenny, but they were the first podcast I listened to and are still my favourite.

So I am really happy to be sponsoring one of their events this month. It’s called “Use it or Lose It” and the link (to the Ravelry group) explains more about it. Basically the goal is to look at your stash and think about the things that have been there for awhile and either use it in a project or lose it in some way, by selling, giving or donating it. You could always throw it out in extreme circumstances I guess – but who in their right mind could throw out yarn?! Unsurprisingly most people are opting to “use it”. The project is going for the whole year so you can jump in any time.

Last month, one of the knitters suggested my Radiance Shawl pattern as a possible project (which I was super flattered by) so I’ve set up a knit-a-long on my Curious Handmade Group for anyone who wants to join in (its not just for people doing UILI of course). I haven’t quite worked out the details yet but stay posted.

If you are visiting from Stash and Burn, “Helloooooooo”!!

Radiance Shawl

 

The pattern is available on Ravelry here Radiance Shawl

and now on Craftsy here Radiance Shawl

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