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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…

 

Even before Knitvent begins, I know many of you well-prepared knitters are getting your gift list together. To fill in the space before the first secret pattern comes through, I’ve put together some suggestions to get you started with your holiday knitting: shawls and accessories to keep your nearest and dearest feeling cosy and loved throughout the holiday season.

As a little pre-Knitvent treat and to help you get your planning off to a running start, I’m running a special two-for-one sale until the 31st of October! You don’t have to do anything special to get the free pattern: just put any two of my patterns or collections into your cart and the least expensive item will be magically free!

I’ve chosen some special designs from the whole spectrum of Curious Handmade patterns. Some might be familiar, while others are old friends from the past which still have the power to surprise and delight.

Sweet Little Somethings

The best things come in small packages. These compact, lovely designs will spoil the most knit-worthy friends on your list this year: particularly perfect if you have to mail your parcel far away.

Clockwise from top right: Apple Blossom Socks, Global Nomad Handwarmers, Vintage Fairy Lights Socks, Jewel Cowl

Single Skein Shawls

The smallest size of each of these lovely shawls uses just one skein: it’s a lovely way to whip up a quick gift while using up some special one-skein stash.

Clockwise from top right: Pebble Beach Shawl, Fireflies Rising Shawl, Talisman Shawl, Alpine Sunset Shawl

Hats and Sets

Everyone loves a hand-knitted hat, and if you have time, it’s extra-special to make something to match. There’s an odd one out here but it was too pretty not to include!

Clockwise from right: Bracile Hat and Cowl Set, Cataleya Hat, Eden Fells Scarf, Eden Fells Hat

 

Surprisingly Simple

Looking for something unique that won’t take weeks of concentration to create? These deceptively easy designs will fly off your needles!

Clockwise from top right: Sonder Shawl, Botan Shawl, Laveer Kerchief, Cadence Shawl

 

I hope this little guide has sparked some knitting inspiration for you today! Stay tuned to hear more about  Knitvent 2017 and other holiday delights from Curious Handmade. Happy knitting!.

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Today’s episode is such a full one! Events conspired to bring many lovely parcels of yarn through my door, so I’m sharing some of that and letting you know about a heap of fun and exciting events and releases coming up very soon!

Show Sponsors:

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 Northbound Knitting, Eden Cottage Yarn, the Fibre Co and many more.

Show Links:

Little Skein in The Big Wool

Wooly Wonka Fibers

Knitvent 2016 is available for preorder now at a special earlybird price until November 10th!

  • Knitvent Window 1. will open on Thursday November 10th 2016
  • The collection includes six beautiful accessory patterns, including two designs from guest designer Renee Callahan of East London Knit!
  • Once you’ve purchased the collection, you’ll receive one pattern each week for six weeks, starting Thursday November 10th.
  • The patterns will be delivered automatically to your Ravelry inbox, so opening your message is like peeking behind the window of an advent calendar to see what’s inside!
  • Go ahead and create your first project page ready for when the pattern comes out!
  • Level of difficulty – adventurous beginner to intermediate.
  • Knitters are already chatting in the Knitvent 2016 thread here!

Join us for Knitvent and spoil yourself with six weeks of magical holiday knitting surprises!

Knitvent 2016 is all about the lush beauty of an Alpine forest. As I designed this year’s collection, I drew on all of the wonderful associations of a holiday hidden away in a peaceful mountain reach. The hush of snow settling on pine boughs, the blaze of a glowing sunset disappearing behind the peaks, and the luxurious warmth of basking by a crackling fire in your cosy ski lodge, all wrapped up and relaxed after an exhilarating day on the slopes.

You can make a project page for Knitvent Window #1 now so that you’re all ready to go when the first pattern is revealed on the 10th of November! You can use this fun badge on your project page so that everyone knows you’re in for all the fun!

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Yellow Roses Shawl

Hue Loco Yarn

The Hue Loco Podcast

Grocery Girls Podcast

Hue Loco Grocery Girls Collaboration Colourway (it’s sold out, but if you’re curious about how lovely it is!)

Skein Yarn

The Wool Barn

Hooligan Yarns

Hooligan Yarns Instagram

Iara Stole/Shawl by Renée Callahan of East London Knits

Crafts From The Third Floor Podcast

Norah George Yarn

Yarnporium

Yarnporium Event is happening November 5th and 6th on The Strand in Kings College London. I’ll be joining A Yarn Story at their stand from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, so drop by and see me and take a look at some of my recent samples I’ve made from The Fibre Company yarn!

Bracile Hat and Cowl Set

The Ice River Hat and Snood I designed for Knitvent 2015

The Sonder Shawl from The Shawl Society Collection

La Bien Aimée yarn

Kettle Yarn Co

The Wool Kitchen

The Talisman Shawl from The Shawl Society Collection

Pom Pom Quarterly

The Pomcast interview with Rachel Matthews

Herdwick Sheep

Vintage Fairy Lights Kits and Design

Little Bobbins Podcast

Hedgerow Yarns

Wow! Lots of links this week! I hope you enjoyed this episode. I’ll see you next week, and until then, happy knitting!

CH 54: Ice Skating

Helen —  December 12, 2014 — 20 Comments
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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 Knitvent Podcast Tour (Part 2)

Helen —  December 11, 2014 — 2 Comments

Have you heard about Knitvent from one of these fab podcasters? If you’ve found me from one of these episodes, it always great to meet new faces so please say hi in the Ravelry group. If you’re reading this and see a podcast you’ve not tried before, do check these ladies out- they’re great!

yarniacs podcast

Yarniacs

This is a US based audio podcast with 2 friends as the hosts. Sharlene and Gayle do a great job of focusing on their knitting from what they’re wearing to what they’re coveting as well as actively working on and just finished. They regularly review new releases too so it’s a great podcast for knitting fans who want plenty of knitting chatter to keep them company and plenty of pattern ideas to keep them knitting!

2 knit lit chicks

2 Knit Lit Chicks

This is a mother and daughter combination hosting an audio podcast, also based in the US. Tracie and Barb are prolific knitters who are charming and chatty in equal measure. While there’s plenty of knitting content such as on and off the needles, they also talk about what they’re reading and enjoying in a way that adds plenty to keep you engaged and feels like a catch up with friends over coffee.

stash and burn

Stash and Burn

Two friends who have been audio podcast for an impressive amount of time! Nicole and Jenny are West Coast knitters who love to chat about what they’ve been working on and stashing. I love how there’s always plenty of inspiration about new publications as they’re both big fans of US magazines such as Interweave Knits and often go back to previous issues and knit their favourites too. Its always really interesting the way they bounce ideas and problems between them and it often gives me a lot of ideas and inspiration. They never fail to make me laugh and put me in a good mood.

skein

Skein

This videocast is hosted by a favourite dyer of mine- Kristen from Skein. Based in Australia, Kristen knits and dyes such beautiful things that there’s so much inspiration to be found in every single episode. What I like about Kristen is that while she’s talking about a lot of her own gorgeous yarns, she’s not shy about enabling you to find other dyer’s great work. The lighting and sound quality is really good in this videocast too as she films in her studio in Australia. Gorgeous!

I’m Curious…..Leave a comment and let me know if these are favourites of yours too and what other podcasts both audio and video you love to listen to!

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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.

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.