Win a copy of Rowan Studio 16

Over at www.hulucrafts.co.uk you can enter a draw to win a copy of Rowan Studio 16 – their most recent edition of this popular series.  You just have to sign up for the newsletter (at the bottom of the page) to be in with a chance.   The draw takes place on 30th September 2009.

rowan studio 16

New Kim Hargreaves book – Breeze

Kim Hargreaves has got a new book out which should be on sale in the next few days.  It’s called Breeze and has some lovely Spring and Summer knitting patterns.  I’ve not knitted any of Kim’s patterns before, but I’ve put several in my queue (which is growing ever longer since I started my yarn shop and have access to a huge selection of pattern books!).

I think that Kim’s style is appealing because it’s not too fussy, not too way out, but are unlike any ready-made knits you’d get in the shops. There’s a slight retro feel to some of the designs, but they’re not old-fashioned.  All the designs in Breeze are made with one or other of Rowan’s cotton yarns.

The patterns I like are:

I’ll have copies of Breeze by Kim Hargreaves in my shop at the beginning of April.

Announcing Hulu Crafts

I’d like to announce my new business: www.hulucrafts.co.uk – an online yarn store selling yarns, wools and knitting patterns from Sirdar, Sublime, Rowan, Artesano, and Manos del Uruguay as well as Kaffe Fassett fabrics and Amy Butler fabrics and sewing patterns.

 

Hulu online yarn and fabric shop

Hulu online yarn and fabric shop

 

 

This is something I’ve dreamed about doing for some time and I’m so excited that it is finally happening.  The website went live last week and I’ve had so much encouragement from friends and family.

I’m happy to ship internationally, so to all my non-UK readers, why not take advantage of the exchange rate and grab yourself a good deal!

P.S.: The name comes from Hulu – the hawaiian word for wool.

Beanie hat patterns

I’ve put patterns of both my Lavender in Winter and Triple Choc beanies on the patterns page of this blog.  Have fun and don’t forget to let me know how you get on!

I wonder if I could write my own pattern one day?

I’ve been getting regular requests for copies of the Starsky and Hutch jacket pattern.  However as I think I’ve mentioned before, I’d be breaking the law if I copied and distributed it.

But it’s given me food for thought.  There’s obviously a gap in the market.  So many knitters would like to get their hands on such a pattern and but struggle to find one.  Old copies come up on eBay now and then but not often.

I’m like my Dad – the sort of person who see a hole in the market and tries to fill it.   So… I’ve decided that once I’ve knitted my brother’s jacket for him, I’ll write my own version.  I obviously have to be careful how I do this because I can’t just take the pattern I bought and change the odd bit.  That would still infringe copyright law.  But a bit of careful research plus knitting my brother’s should teach me enough to be able to at least try and write my own design!

I could sell it and give the money to a very worthwhile charity that I support – Medic Malawi.   Medic Malawi was started by a couple from my church and they raise money and find medical equipment and supplies to support a hospital in a small town called Mtunthama.   I visited the town a couple of years ago and had an amazing trip.  I spent a few days helping the hospital administrators with some IT stuff, whilst other members of the group I travelled with helped to build a maize store house.  The local people there were so inspiring.  They have very little of their own, but what they did have they wanted to share with us.  If anyone wants to know more about Medic Malawi then please visit the website or send me a message.

Anyway – if you’d be interested in a Starsky and Hutch style jacket, then check back here nearer Christmas time.  I might very well have one available!

iPod Nano case

I realised that I never blogged about the iPod case I knitted a couple of weekends ago.

I recently bought myself a shiny new RED iPod Nano as my 4G iPod packed up on a permanent basis and it wasn’t worth getting it repaired. I bought a clear hard case for it, so I could protect it from scratches and still see the beautiful red colour. However whilst on my crutches I needed an easier way to carry it around.

I came across this pattern for a nano necklace by Designedly Kristi and decided it would be ideal.

I bought some red yarn to match the colour of the iPod and with 3mm DPNs I knitted this up, learning some new skills on the way:

  • Used DPNs for the first time
  • Made an i-cord for the first time

Problems

  1. I made a 3 stitch i-cord rather than 4 that was in the pattern, as 3 seemed wide enough.
  2. I also couldn’t follow the instructions for picking up and knitting the i-cord into the seam, so I made it separately and sewed it on instead.
  3. The other thing I wasn’t sure about was where it said to join the side seams by making a chain stitch with a DPN. Couldn’t work out how to do that either, but someone on knittinghelp.com forum suggested that I simply pick up the two seams, knit and cast off straight away as you go along, because this makes a chain stitch. And indeed it does.

iPod case

A friend of mine has just herself a Nano too, so I might make her one. The only thing I would change for future ones, is that I could cast on less stitches at the start. Nanos are really tiny and my case is perhaps on the large side.

Starsky and Hutch cardigan

Guess what I won on eBay..? A pattern for a Starsky and Hutch cardigan!

Starsky and Hutch pattern cover

There were three or four patterns on eBay but most went for silly prices – except the one I won! Only £1.25 and cheap postage. It arrived this morning and it’s in excellent condition. It’s original price was only 12p!

Just need to keep an eye out for some suitable wool now. I think this will be a winter project though. My brother will have to wait for a while as I’ve got several WIPs at the moment now! (I started the summer top last night and have a little fun project on the go which I’ve yet to blog about.)