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NEW STUDIO OPEN DAY! 02 October 2018 | Comments (0)
Hello, It's been such a long time since my last post. Life has been madly busy!
The big news is that I have moved into a new studio! A sweet cottage studio became available within a community of Oxfordshire artists, designers and crafts people..... so I snapped it up.... so lucky and so exciting! I rented two studios in London (during my younger designer days!) in similar creative environments and loved it, so I knew this new studio would be perfect!
As I wanted this new adventure to be fun and very sociable, I asked Anna Robbins of Homebird if she would like to share the studio with me. She said yes!... and we have spent the last few weeks turning our little studio into a cosy retreat where we can both unwind whilst we knit and crochet.
We've called our studio Blackberry Cottage Studio, as there were heaps of blackberries at the back of the cottage when we moved in.
The studio is a working studio for us both, but we will be opening the doors for workshops a few times a month... as we love to teach!
So....if you can get to Oxfordshire this coming Sunday (7th October), we are having an OPEN STUDIO DAY with some of the other Cuckoo Lane Artisans 11am-4pm
Blackberry Cottage Studio, 25 Cuckoo Lane, North Leigh, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 6PW
We will be chatting about our upcoming knit and crochet workshops and I will have finished knits showing the projects that you will make at my cosy hand knit workshops .
I will be selling a selection of knitting kits, printed knitting patterns, wool and needles on Sunday and you will also be able to see a selection of finished hand knit samples of my knitting pattern designs whilst you are here.
It should be fun!
PS... We have a large private carpark here too!
Hope to see you Sunday
New patterns! 25 May 2018 |
It's been sooo long since my last post. Both work and home life have been super busy so far this year. Two days before Christmas our family of four.... grew into a family of five when an adorable little puppy, Freya, bounded into our lives. She does keep us very busy! With it comes lots of fun and laughter ....and the most excited greetings you could imagine every time we come through the door. Freya isn't at all interested in wool and needles which is a huge relief!
Work has been busy too. As you may already know, I have been running hand knit workshops at a lovely makers studio in Oxfordshire. I have really enjoyed meeting some very lovely ladies, who I hope have gone away inspired and ready to knit...knit...knit!
As always I have been quietly designing lots of new things for you to knit.....oooh and crochet! Yes..... as well as lots of new knitting patterns I have some simple crochet patterns in the pipeline, which I hope you will love too! I will be busy completing and releasing lots of these new patterns over the summer months, in time for your Autumn/Winter projects :)
Here are two new patterns that have been released this month:
my Eden Cabled Aviator worked in DK on 4mm needles
....and my Jasper Blanket, a square blanket worked in DK on 4mm needles. This blanket is super simple and perfect for new knitters!
I have included instructions for two sizes:
A baby blanket and a large throw for your sofa.
I hope you love them!
Better go now....the puppy needs a walk...... but I will post again soon.
Happy 2018! 04 January 2018 |
Happy New year to you all!
I can't believe that another year has gone by. 2017 was another very busy year for my little hand knit business. I absolutely love spending my days designing, knitting and writing my patterns. So I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you as it wouldn't be possible without the loyalty and support of my lovely customers. I really hope you love knitting my designs as much as I enjoy designing them.
The end of 2017 brought a new expansion to my business as I started hand knit workshops at a lovely textile makers studio in Witney Oxfordshire. I have loved getting out of my own studio and sharing this wonderful craft, I have also made some lovely new friends with this new venture and look forward to holding more workshops in 2018.
I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2018
Free tomorrow morning? Knitting, coffee and cake! 17 November 2017 |
I'm just getting all these beautiful colours together for my Cabled Bobble Hat Workshop in Witney Oxfordshire tomorrow morning
Keen to join us?...Choose to knit either my Oscar Bobble Hat or my Autumn Bobble Hat.
The printed knitting pattern and 3 balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran are included and available at the workshop. Which colour would you choose?
These two bobble hats patterns have lots of sizes to choose from - newborn right through to adult. Oooh you could have a really indulgent morning knitting one for yourself. A bobble hat would also be a great handmade Christmas gift.
New knitters are very welcome! If you can cast on, knit and purl, you will be able to knit this cable knit hat with my help.
Here is a little FESTIVE GIFT TO YOU...Use the code Bobble10 at the checkout to get £10.00 OFF this workshop. To find out more and to book your place click here
You can also send a message if you have any further questions as I am always happy to help.
Knitting, coffee and cake....a perfect Saturday morning!
Bye for now
Feeling chilly, a bobble hat might help! 09 November 2017 |
I realise its been so long since I last popped a blog post out to you. Work has yet again been sooo busy, and very exciting!
I spent the summer designing some new hand knits. The first to be launched was my cosy Oscar Cabled PomPom Hat knitted in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. I have shown this hat in pale cool, icy colours that are perfect for myPure Hand Knits collection.
Just incase you are wondering... this hat has instructions from newborn right through to adult sizes. oooh!...the whole family can have matching hats!
I am also really excited to tell you that I have just launched my Kristin Bobble Hat
This textured snowflake hat may looked complicated, but it is really simple and the perfect project for a new knitter. This hat is knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in Duck Egg and White. This pattern also has lots of sizes!! Newborn right through to Adult again. Oh yes both of these patterns also have both flat and seamed and in the round instructions. So much choice!
I best go now, but I do still have lots to tell you and will make time to write some more blog posts over the next few days.
Bye for now
Beautiful cables, can you knit them? 09 October 2017 |
It's that time of year again! It's sweater weather! Yay!
You may have noticed that I am just about to start some hand knit workshops in Witney, Oxfordshire. I am so excited....but before I talk about my workshops, I just have to share some of Witney's textile history.
Witney has been famous for wool and textiles, for hundreds of years and references to this date right back to as early as 1086. It was during the 17th century that Witney specialised and became known for manufacturing good quality blankets with records of a group of Witney textile manufacturers naming themselves as the 'blanket weavers in 1641. This would have been run as a cottage industry using the local Cotswold sheep.
The Industrial Revolution in the 19th century transformed Witney's blanket trade and by the end of Queen Victoria's reign 'Witney Blankets' were sold worldwide. The mills continued to manufacture the renowned 'Witney Blanket' through to the 20th century, but like much of our textile industry in the UK, the last blanket mill sadly closed in 2002.
This town has such a wealth of textile history, and is so worth a visit. The Witney Museum has lots of information about the historic sites to see along with wonderful photographs of its past. The Old Blanket Hall, in the centre of town was where all the blankets were weighed, measured and approved. This amazing building is also open to the public....with a little coffee shop tucked away at the back (perfect for a refreshing pit stop).
...PS Witney also has great restaurants, contemporary coffee shops and good shopping including a lovely wool shop!
So back to my workshops...
my first workshop just has to be a blanket workshop! It is my cabled blanket workshop
If you would love to be able to knit a beautiful cabled blanket to snuggle up with this winter this could be the workshop for you. I will introduce you to working with cable needle. I will teach you how to knit various cables for both my written row by row instructions and charts. Needles and a variety of 4 Ply DK, Aran and Chunky wool will be supplied so that you can explore a variety of cables from very fine knits through to cosy chunky knits. The aim of this workshop is for you to leave feeling confident about knitting a variety of cables and understanding cable knit instructions. The choice of one of my cabled blanket knitting patterns is included in the workshop. I will go through the pattern with you, to ensure that you understand the pattern and can knit the cables in your knitting pattern.
Just to clarify knitting, wool will be available for you to use for all of your small cabled swatches that you knit during the workshop. The wool for your large blankets will not be included in the cost of the workshop, but help will be given for you to choose the perfect yarn for your blanket project.
Do hop over to my workshops category for more info and other workshops over the next few weeks.
Maybe see you soon!
Little Pickle Knits baby socks are here! 12 June 2017 |
As promised, I am just writing to let you know that some Little Pickle Knits socks are here! You can find them all in LITTLE PICKLE KNITS!
Little Baa Baa Baby Socks
The socks shown in this post have been knitted flat and seamed and the pictures have been worked in intarsia.
If you haven't tried intarsia these little socks would be a simple first project for you.
Reverse side of intarsia knit
This pattern has instructions for both flat knitting on single pointed needles and in the round on dpns.
If you do choose to knit these little baby socks in the round, you will Swiss darn (duplicate stitch) the pictures onto your socks after knitting instead of working in intarsia.
Swiss darning the picture knit is also an easy option for new knitters!
Swiss darning after knitting
I have designed these socks with a super simple heel turn, no wrapped stitches, and using the little eyelet as a design detail. If you are new to sock knitting these could be the socks for you!
Experienced sock knitters can of course choose to wrap the stitches at the heel turn if preferred.
I hope you love my Little Pickle Knit baby socks.
Oh yes, I almost forgot to say...... my Little Cars Baby Socks and Little Robins Baby Socks are next!
Little socks for tiny feet! 02 June 2017 |
I am soooo excited about my new Little Pickle Knits baby socks that I couldn't keep them quiet any longer.
I have designed a few little pairs of socks to co-ordinate with other designs in my Little Pickle Knits collection. These new knitting patterns are just going through their final checks and should be available to purchase by the end of next week!
Here's a little sneaky peek at some of the designs!
I think these little socks would be a perfect newborn gift.
I have so enjoyed designing these little socks. I really hope you love them too!
I'll keep you posted.
What's new in Little Pickle Knits 23 November 2016 |
So it's almost December, so where did that year go?
I always try to stop designing and pattern writing by the end of November so there is a little space in my head and in my day for Christmas preparations. I just chatted to a lovely friend today who said she always finishes her Christmas shopping by the 1st of December so that she can relax and enjoy the run up to Christmas ... Ok, so I am well and truly behind! Maybe next year?
I hope you have all been enjoying my new Little Pickle Knits knitting patterns this year. I am so pleased that so many of you are loving my new aviator hat. I chose to pop Little Cars, Little Hedgehogs, Little Badgers and a Christmas Snowflake onto these hats. There is also a simple stripe which is great for newer knitters who haven't tackled Intarsia yet, Stripes are also a great stash buster and will help you to use up some of your left over yarn from other Little Pickle Knits. You can find all of these aviator hat knitting patterns in LITTLE PICKLE KNITS
I have also added additional sizes to these new hats with instructions from 6-8lbs through to 9 years. I just had to increase the sizing so my son wouldn't miss out this winter.
As mentioned in my last blog I have also added a fingerless mittens PDF pattern to the collection, as my children love to wear them. These simple to knit mittens are worked flat and seamed. This design is currently available with snowflake and heart pictures ... other pictures will appear in the new year, I have some fun boys pictures in the pipeline!
Another recent addition to my Little Pickle Knits collection this year was this Little Red Bus Tank for little boys, which I think they will love to wear. Do send in any photos of your little ones in this tank if you take any, as I would so love to see them :)
Oh yes...I also have some sweet Little Pickle Knits socks on their way in the new year!
Bye for now
JINGLE BELLS 16 November 2016 |
It's been a while since my last blog... I feel I'm only just coming up for air as the last few months have been exceptionally busy, I can't believe its almost December!
I have noticed my festive knitting patterns whirling their way over to lots of you since September. You are far more organised with your Christmas gifts than I am! I plan to knit a few little hand knit gifts in December....ssssh I can't say what they will be though.
If you have any time left in your Christmas knitting schedule, I have a new knitting pattern category where you can find lots of 'Christmas Knits
My Little Pickle Knits collection has a new Snowflake Aviator, some new festive fingerless mittens, and due to lots of requests, my Little Reindeer Tank now has instructions for newborn up to 4 years.
Oh yes....and all my festive patterns in my Christmas Knits category have a 20% DISCOUNT by using the discount code JINGLE BELLS at the checkout.
I best go for now but I will post again in the next day or so as I have lots more to tell you.
More knits from Little Rowan Blossom! 16 August 2016 |
As promised, I have put together a few more images from my Blossom collection that was commissioned by Rowan.
I feel these designs are great for those days when our little girls just want to get out and have fun.... but still look pretty of course!
I also included these two pretty crochet bags in the collection as girls of all ages just love bags! My daughter always loves to take a little bag out with her, the prettier the better. On most occasions she pops her favourite dolly in her bag, so she can go down the slide or sit in a swing with her, Sooooo adorable!
If you are tempted to buy the book, the team at Rowan have told me that Little Rowan Blossom is now available at most wool shops and online stockists that sell Rowan yarn.
I can't believe it's almost September and autumn is around the corner....best get on with my new designs!
NEW cabled blanket pattern 'Skye' 13 August 2016 |
I know I shouldn't be working as it's Saturday morning but as this is one of those mornings when the house is quiet....a rare event in the summer holidays...... I thought I would pop a quick post out to you.
I know it's only August but I can see that quite a few of you are getting ready to start your Christmas knitting projects as my festive knitting patterns have been whirling their way over to you this month. You are far more organised than I am!
To those of you who have already knitted all my festive picture knits, and want something new for this Christmas, I do have a couple of new Little Pickle Knits patterns for you, which are due to be released in the Autumn.
I also wanted to let you know that I have now released this new DK cabled blanket knitting pattern....'Skye'
I have really enjoyed knitting this blanket, and it's already well travelled..... but I must admit it didn't see much action and was somewhat neglected whilst we were away.
As I mentioned in my previous email, this latest blanket has instructions to knit this blanket in 3 sizes, small for baby, medium and large...... so its not just for babies this time!
This blanket has been knitted in Rowan's Super Fine Merino Wool DK, and the colour is Marble. Enjoy!
Best go as the kids will be thundering through the house any moment now!
Mermaids and Pirates 31 July 2016 |
We are back home from our holiday...and I'm feeling more exhausted than before I went! Holidays with young children are fun but they are definitely non-stop!
So.... as promised here are some images from our latest 'handmade birthday party' This year was a Mermaid and Pirate party.
I so love setting the scene for the children so their imagination can run wild!
The dining room was completely emptied and transformed into an under the sea scene.
As we only had an evening to dress the room and the garden, we spent a few evenings in the lead up to the party, making the props. We made everything apart from the fab deep sea back drop.... an unexpected find in our local joke shop. We covered the back wall from floor to ceiling with this plastic sea covering and it transformed the room! We also popped a sand and seaweed seabed mural along the bottom edge that 'dad' had painted on a roll of lining paper, using sponges and poster paint.
We draped two lengths of blue netting across the ceiling to give the effect of being under the sea. I cut wavy strips of crepe paper, and curled parcel ribbon. These were stapled along lengths of parcel ribbon and strung across the ceiling and windows. Various fish silhouettes had been cut out and were ready to stick onto the backdrop.
I had also made a few jelly fish the night before. They were very quick and easy to make. I used some cellophane cake presentation/gift bags and bubblewrap. I blew air into each bag and deflated it slightly so I could push up the bottom to look like a Box Jellyfish. As the bags are made of cellophane this shape stays in place. (plastic bags won't work). I then sealed the top with the metal ties that come with the bags. I cut thin strips of bubble wrap and used PVA to stick them around the underside of the jellyfish. PVA is great as it becomes transparent when fully dry. We hung the jellyfish from the ceiling using thin cotton thread.
I also made a net out of string which hung from the ceiling. I borrowed some realistic toy crabs and a lobster for the 'catch'.
When the children came downstairs in the morning they were so surprised. Our daughter just said "Oh my! Wow! and our son said "COOOOL" But what I loved the most was that both of them rushed upstairs to put on their mermaid and pirate costumes, and couldn't wait for the other children to arrive. The party started at 11.30am so they didn't have too long to wait.
The children played mermaid and pirate themed action games, along with Musical Chairs and Pass the Parcel which are always so popular. We put pink shrimp sweets and chocolate coins in each Pass the Parcel layer.
A row of children's tables and chairs were placed in the 'under the sea' room for the party tea. The tables were covered with the same sea water fabric. The girls each had a sparkly mermaid princess tiara and the boys had an eye patch and ear ring, to wear at the table. The table was simply dressed with silver paper plates, blue clear cups, crazy straws, and plastic fish shaped serving platters in the centre of the tables.
The birthday cake was made up of 4 thin layers of sponge in different shades of blue......mmmmm yum.....yes very blue! I asked a cake decorating shop to make the mermaid as cake decorating doesn't come easily to me. All I had to do then was to pipe some cream wavy icing between the layers, add some rough sea on the top and pop the mermaid in the sea!
As we had previously put on a Pirate party for my son we had lots of pirate props stashed away. Some pirate bunting, a flag pole, some pirate flags, balloons, and a ships wheel transformed the playhouse into a pirate ship.
We played a version of Grandma's Footsteps but called it 'Sleeping Pirate', where the children had to steel the treasure from the pirates treasure chest.
The children also had a treasure hunt in the sandpit, and an obstacle course which included 'walking the plank'. One little pirate didn't want to stop and walked the plank 16 times.
Lots of fun!
I wonder what next year's party will be?
Some summer colour! 18 July 2016 |
I am just emerging again after a busy and fun few weeks watching the children in two sports days, a gymnastic show, a performing arts show, and the end of year class open days.
We also put on an Under the Water birthday party for some little mermaids and pirates yesterday.... It was another of our handmade kids parties, which was so much fun to do. The preparations kept me very busy in the evenings this last week. I will post some photos later this week....but today I am taking it easy!
This afternoon I have been relaxing and enjoying the garden in the .... yes... hurray.... sunshine!!!
I just had to take a photo of my Hollyhocks in all their glory.
Hope it's sunny where you are too.
Back to a normal working day tomorrow.
Blossom blankets 04 July 2016 |
Oooh wouldn't it be nice to curl up on the sofa with a book....or a pair of knitting needles of course..... and pretend it isn't Monday!
I have pulled together some images of the three blankets I designed for Rowan last year that are in my Little Rowan Blossom book.
I designed this pretty crochet blanket in these fresh floral shades mixed with cream. I feel this floral blanket would remain your little girls favourite for years to come. I have used Rowan's Softknit Cotton, colours: Cream, Lupin, Willow, Tea Rose and China.
Calla is also knitted in Rowan's Softknit Cotton. This lace and cable knit blanket looks lush in this leafy green colour, Willow. It would also look beautiful in pretty floral shades.
The third blanket in my Blossom collection is a simple striped blanket that would be perfect for a new knitter. I used Rowan Hand knit Cotton. Delphinium, Sugar, Celery, Flamingo and Cloud.
I will be posting some more images for you over the next week or so.
Rowan have said that Blossom should be appearing in your local stockists now.
Girls 'Blossom' collection commissioned by Rowan 01 July 2016 |
I am so excited to tell you that my second Rowan book 'Blossom' has just been published!
Back in January 2015 I put forward my ideas and mood boards for several collections and Blossom was one of two chosen. This book features 15 pretty knits for girls aged 3-7 years.
I know just how difficult it is to have the right knit for the various activities that little girls do, and the looks they want. The little cardigan to wear over a pretty party dress, the cosy casual knit... that is still pretty... to wear with leggings, the knit for playing on the beach or in the garden, worn with shorts or capri pants. So I set about designing a collection of knits that would complete a little girls wardrobe. I designed knits that also varied in length so they hit the waist, the hips or mid thigh, so the proportions work with a range little girls clothes.
This first collage of images that I've pulled together shows the hand knits on 'princess' days when our little girls just want to feel pretty.
I will feature more designs over the next week or so.
I remember saying to the Rowan team that my aim for this collection was that customers would want to knit most of the designs in this book and not just one or two. As you can imagine, I was so pleased when I received this lovely message two days ago. I hope lots more of you love them too!
I bought your new book 'Rowan Little Blossom' and wanted to let you know that i think it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Each and every pattern is just delightful and my little 5 year old daughter and i love it 😍. Thank you for such a wonderful collection that i cannot wait to knit each and every thing from. Kindest regards from Jackie "
If you are tempted to buy Blossom, www.knitrowan has a full list of both online Rowan stockists and high street wool shops that stock Rowan books and yarns.
A calming project 25 June 2016 |
With the momentous and very frightening changes that the UK is embarking on, I have been in a complete state of shock this last couple of days.
I had a strong need to stop what I was working on, and knit a blanket. At the time I didn't think too deeply about it, but on reflection, I think this was subconsciously my comforting 'security blanket'. I have had to sit and knit it at every possible opportunity over the last couple of days. I needed a long comforting project that would take quite a few days to complete. A project that once designed and on my needles, would need some concentration, but the repetition would require no further decision-making. I find this type of project clears my mind and puts me into a calm almost meditative state.
Being creative has pulled me through some very sad and difficult times over the years. I really do recommend it. If life just seems too much to cope with, pick up a pencil, a paintbrush, some knitting needles, and create something....it is very calming.
Here is my security blanket which is growing by the minute!
I hope to launch this knitting pattern in the next couple of weeks, once my blanket is finished.
NEW! Baby blanket 'Ellis' is here 28 April 2016 |
Its good to see that so many of you are still buying my new spring beanie knitting patterns. I think they are perfect for this weather as they look fresh and spring-like, but keep little heads warm..... as its still soooo cold here in the UK! You should be able to knit one up in an evening or two.
My spring beanies had this really nice write up in Love Knitting for Baby's May issue.
I'm also writing to let you know that the PDF knitting pattern for my new 'Ellis' cabled baby blanket has just been released. I have chosen to design a 4ply blanket this time as this lightweight blanket is perfect for the summer months. This blanket has been knitted in Rowan Super Fine Merino 4ply in the colour Blush. You can also knit it in any other 4ply yarn that recommends 3.25mm (US#3) needles.
I chose this cool pale contemporary pink shade, but this blanket isn't just for girls. This unisex cable stitch will also look beautiful in other pale neutral colours, white, cream, dove grey and duck egg blue. Or choose fun brights, or boyish greens, browns, blues and greys.
If you want to knit a blanket ahead of knowing if the 'bump' is a girl or boy, I find cream is always a good option.
Don't forget to send in some photos of your finished knits as I always love to see them
Speak again soon
NEW PATTERN! My Little Ladybird beanie is here 21 March 2016 |
As promised here is the last of my new Little Pickle Knits Spring beanies. I think this fun Little Ladybird beanie would be perfect for a little boy or girl. I have drawn the ladybirds so they crawl up and down and all around the beanie.
Just like my other new Little Pickle Knits Spring beanies, this beanie has been knitted with Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply on a pair of single pointed 3.25mm (US3) needles.
I used the colours: String, Rich, Inky and White.
The little ladybird pictures are worked using Intarsia.
You can find all four of my new Spring beanies here in WHAT'S NEW!
Alternatively pop over to Loveknitting/Linda Whaley where you will be able to purchase my knitting patterns along with the yarn you will need, via your mobile /tablet.
New Preemie beanie knitting patterns 09 March 2016 |
Last week I got an email from a lovely customer asking me how to adapt my very popular Classic Pixie Beanie into a preemie baby hat, as she wanted to knit some preemie beanies for her lovely little twin grandsons. I got back to her straight away with some ideas and she went ahead and made some little beanies for the boys. I haven't been able to stop thinking about her little grandsons since and so hope the hats fitted them.
So.... I have been busy looking into preemie sizing, knitting lots of tiny beanies, and have just released my Preemie Classic Pixie Beanie pattern today.
This knitting pattern has instructions to knit beanies for premature babies who are 1-1.5lbs, 2-3lbs, and 3-6lbs.
These beanies are knitted in DK on a pair of 4mm needles, and as you can imagine are super quick to knit. The beanies shown here are knitted in Rowan's beautifully soft Super Fine Merino Wool.
Oh yes.... I almost forgot to say... this PDF pattern includes instructions to knit these beanies 'flat' on a pair of single pointed needles or 'in the round' on double pointed needles.
Knit an Easter 'Beannet' 03 March 2016 |
Just a quick post to say that all three of these pretty little floral beanie knItting patterns have now been released.....so you still have time to make a very special little 'Easter Beannet'.
..my little girl has asked for 'Little Rose'
All three are knitted in Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply
You can find all three beanies here in LITTLE PICKLE KNITS
Alternatively pop over to Loveknitting/Linda Whaley where you will be able to purchase my knitting patterns along with the yarn you will need via your mobile /tablet
I have another Spring beanie that is almost ready for release, and will be perfect for a little boy this time.
A 'Little Rose' Beanie for the Spring 02 March 2016 |
Just a quick little post as I thought you might like a sneaky peek at another of my new Little Pickle Knits Spring beanies. This baby girl beanie is called 'Little Rose'. This PDF knitting pattern will be available to purchase in WHAT'S NEW! on my website tomorrow!
I decided to place a pretty cluster of roses to one side of this beanie and I am really happy with the effect. I hope you like it too.
This baby hat has been knitted in Rowan's Wool Cotton 4ply. I chose 'Violet' as the main colour, 'Dark Lime' for the leaves, 'Flower' and 'Petal' for the roses.
The little roses and leaves are knitted in Intarsia.
I so love being snuggled up on the sofa knitting on cold winter nights, but these new floral beanies are making me long or those warm days in late Spring and Summer when I can sit and knit in my garden amongst the flowers!
A Daisy hat for the Spring! 25 February 2016 |
We've had some beautiful sunny days here in Oxfordshire this week. Still pretty 'nippy' but it really does feel like Spring is just around the corner.
As mentioned in my last post, I have been working on some lightweight baby hats for my Little Pickle Knits collection. The colours are fresh and cool with pretty floral accents which i feel are perfect for the Spring.
Here is my 'Little Daisy Flower' beanie which is shown here in Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply. I have used 'Celanden', a soft duck egg blue with 'Antique' and 'Butter'.
You can find both my 'Little Daisy Flower' beanie and my 'Little Tulip' beanie PDF knitting patterns in LITTLE PICKLE KNITS
These little newborn beanies shown here each took one evening to knit so there is easily time to knit some for this Spring.
I have another couple of Spring beanies just going through final pattern checking.... so do pop back again very soon.
A little floral beanie for the Spring 22 February 2016 |
I'm so looking forward to spring..... not long now!
I've been working on some floral beanies for my Little Pickle Knits collection. They are soft and lightweight and perfect for little girls on a Spring day.
Here's a sneaky peek at my Little Tulip Pixie Beanie. This beanie is knitted in Rowan's Wool Cotton 4ply. Colours Antique, Dark Lime, Flower and Petal
These PDF knitting patterns are for little girls from newborn to 5 years.
These new patterns are just going through final pattern checks and this pretty baby beanie is scheduled to be released this week.
I'll keep you posted!
Boy or girl? 12 February 2016 |
Just posting another design from my Cherish collection commissioned by Rowan. This unisex boat neck sweater is knitted in Rowan's Summerlite 4ply
I have so many customers tell me that they make the decision to knit both boys and girls newborn gifts ahead of the baby's birth as they so want to give their beautiful hand knits to mum as soon as the baby is born.
.... So I decided to include this unisex sweater into my Cherish collection in the hope it will help. This sweater looks great in this unisex soft neutral 'Washed Linen' shade and can be knitted ahead of the baby arriving. The pattern-work on the sleeves and welt are swiss darned additions to the finished sweater and can be added in boy or girl colours of your choice once the little bundle has arrived. Problem solved! The two colours shown in the diamond pattern-work here are 'Steel Grey' and 'Duck Egg', I also sampled the a girls version in 'Steel Grey' and 'Blushes' (pink) which I also loved.
The envelope neck has a button opening on each shoulder for easy dressing.
I think this 4ply weight is a perfect layer for little ones in the spring and summer months. This was the weight I always reached for when my children were little.
If you are tempted to buy the book......visit Rowan's website for more information and a full list of stockists.
I'll show you some other designs from this book very soon.
Mr Fox Tank is here! 10 February 2016 |
....Yay!....my Mr Fox Tank knitting pattern has just been released.
I started designing a few Little Pickle Knits garments at the beginning of last year, but they were put on hold whilst I was designing my two Rowan collections. I have been busy working on them again for the last few months and I'm so excited that another of my tank patterns is now available for you to enjoy.
I hope you like it.
As the preview of this design had such a great reaction and lots of requests for larger sizes I have extended the sizing from newborn through to 3-4 years.
....I wish my little boy was still small enough to wear Mr Fox.
This Mr Fox Tank is knitted in Bergere De France 'Caline', a soft machine washable 4ply wool acrylic mix on 3.25mm needles. Choose this or another 4ply yarn of your choice.
Best go and pick up those knitting needles!
Another Cherish knitting pattern! 07 February 2016 |
It's Sunday morning and I have a little window of time to pop a quick post out to you. The children have had their friends for a sleepover and are busy dressing up and making up imaginary stories. The girls have about 5 costumes on each....fantastic combinations of mermaids, fairies, halloween witches, with pirate pistols for killing baddies! I love it!
So, just a quick post to show another of my designs from my Cherish collection, commissioned by Rowan. You may have already seen this cabled cardigan on my Facebook page but I couldn't resist blogging it as well.
'Billy is knitted in Rowan's Super Fine Merino 4ply.
This little baby girl is just sooooo adorable!
Rowan have said that my Cherish book will be in stockists any day now!
I heart pixie beanies 26 January 2016 |
Love is in the air,.... and it doesn't get much deeper than a mothers love for her little baby.
This 4ply Little Hearts Pixie Beanie has a row of little intarsia hearts.
Decorate the hearts with a simple naive embroidery running stitch in the same colour as your hearts for a precious pretty look
....or have fun choosing a contrast colour to turn this heart hat into a fun quirky baby beanie.
More designs from Cherish! 18 January 2016 |
As promised here are some more designs from my 'Cherish' Spring Summer 2016 baby collection commissioned by Rowan
So today..... a peek at 'Isaac'
This sweater is worked in simple knit and purl pattern repeat bands, and has been knitted in Rowan's Wool Cotton DK - Colour: String.
.....and my cabled blanket in Rowan's Wool Cotton 4ply - Colour: Paper
Isn't this little baby boy absolutely adorable. Beautiful eyes!
This baby book will be in online stockists and wool shops very soon!
Rowan Cherish has 17 knitting patterns in sizes newborn to 2 years. Do pop back as I will be posting more images this week.
My first Rowan baby book Cherish 15 January 2016 |
I am so excited to announce that my Rowan book 'Cherish' has now been published! Cherish launches Rowan's new brand 'Little Rowan'
I will tell you a little more about Cherish....
My aim for this collection was to design contemporary baby knits that are not only perfect for 2016, but hand knits that will also become timeless classics that are knitted and enjoyed for many years to come.
I designed knits with beautifully simple stitch-work and considered detailing that enhance Rowan's quality yarns. I have used Rowan's Summerlite 4ply, Wool Cotton 4ply, Superfine Merino 4ply and Wool Cotton which are perfect for lightweight layering in spring and summer.
My collection has a soft cool colour palette that runs throughout the book. White, dove grey, duck egg blue and contemporary pinks feature strongly in this collection. My initial vision was a very tight cool colour palette that continued through into the styling of the photography and the setting of the shoot. It is really exciting to see the simple contemporary look that I put forward to Rowan in my initial mood boards back in February come to life in the beautiful photography by Jules Mosley.
'Imogen' lace dress Summerlite 4ply Colour - Blushes
As I was designing the collection I always asked myself if I would have loved my little boy and girl in this hand knit. If my answer was "oh definitely" the design stayed in the collection. We all loved the collection so much that all 17 designs made it into the book!
I hope you love the collection too!
'Oliver' tank SuperFine Merino 4ply Colour - Sky
.......and aren't these babies ADORABLE!!!
'Jessica' lace cardigan Summerlite 4ply Colour - Pure White
I will post more images over the next few days so do pop back to see them
Visit Rowan's website for more information on my Cherish collection and a list of Rowan stockists.
If you can't find the book in your shop today, do check with the stockist as they will start to appear in online shops and wool shops over the next few days.
Handmade Christmas! 02 December 2015 |
Ooooh it's December! It's time to enjoy the countdown to Christmas with my children.
The Advent calendar is up and running, Christmas Fairs are popping up everywhere...and so is Santa! I still have a couple of handmade gifts to make this month, along with some fun Christmas decorations and festive baking activities planned with my children. The kids just can't wait to decorate the Christmas tree this weekend.
December is such a creative month....I LOVE IT!
If you still have time for a Christmas make... these are my most popular Christmas knitting patterns this year!
You can find them all in LITTLE PICKLE KNITS
You still have 22 days and 22 evenings until your creations have to be wrapped and under that Christmas tree! Heaps of time!
Happy Christmas creating!
Rudolph is here! 25% off this weekend 28 November 2015 |
I'm so excited to say that my lovely new Little Reindeer Tank IS HERE!
This tank is really quick to knit as it only has a back and front. It should take 3/4 evenings to complete it.... So there is still heaps of time to make 'Rudolph' in time for the Christmas celebrations.
Add the code Rudolph! to your shopping basket at the checkout and get
25% OFF THIS LITTLE REINDEER TANK .....THIS WEEKEND ONLY!
Do send in some photos of your little ones in this tank on Christmas day....I'd sooooooo love to see them!
Happy Christmas knitting!
Make it a cosy Christmas for little ones 25 November 2015 |
Just a quick post to let you know that I have just released this new pattern for 'Baby's First Christmas'.
It might seem like Christmas isn't too far away now, but there is still time to make some beautiful handmade 'knit gifts' for Christmas whilst you are curled up on your sofa in the evening. This little hat and mittens set shown here took me just two evenings to knit.
This PDF knitting pattern has instructions to make this baby hat and baby mittens in sizes 0-3 months 3-6 months and 6-12 months
Just go to WHAT'S NEW to find out more.
Happy Christmas Knitting!
Rudolph is on his way! Get those knitting needles ready! 20 November 2015 |
Just couldn't resist posting a sneaky peek at the first of my new Little Pickle Knits tanks! I am sooooo excited about these new designs. Hope you love them!
This Little Reindeer slip-over knitting pattern will be released next week. the final pattern checks are just going through.
As this design only has a back and front it's pretty quick to knit....so you will have plenty of time to finish it before Christmas.
Happy Christmas knitting!
Keep your little one cosy in this cable sweater 15 November 2015 |
Just a quick post to let you know that I have just extended the sizing of my Mini Cable baby sweater. It took longer than I had hoped... so to those of you who have been pleading for larger sizes...they are here for you!
You can find the 8-12 months and 1-2 years pattern in ROCKET CLOTHING LONDON.
Add the code MINICABLENOV at the checkout to get 15% OFF the listed price. This introductory offer ends next Sunday November 22nd.
I have also updated my existing 0-4m/4-8 months knitting pattern.
If you are puzzling over why this cabled baby sweater pattern is split into two separate patterns... as each size has its own separate instructions for easy reading, these detailed knitting patterns therefore spread over far more pages than a standard knitting pattern. By separating the instructions into two knitting patterns, it helps to ensure the files aren't too large, and can be downloaded easily.
NEW knitting pattern! Diamond Cabled Crew! 02 November 2015 |
If you are thinking of knitting a cosy little sweater for your little one.....say hello to my NEW knitting pattern, DIAMOND CABLED CREW.
This PDF pattern has just been launched and you can find it in WHAT'S NEW!
I think this baby sweater looks great in a super cosy soft wool or wool mix, I've shown it here in a stunning soft powder blue and my favourite shade of green.
I also love this cabled sweater knitted in either 100% cotton or a cotton/wool mix. These yarns are perfect for chilly spring days.... (and often chilly summer days here in the UK... ha ha!). As you can see here, I love cream and navy cotton. A true 'classic'
DIAMOND CABLED CREW 0-4M 4-8M DIAMOND CABLED CREW 4-8M 8-12M
Just like my other knitting patterns, this easy to follow knitting pattern has separate written instructions and separate charts for each individual size.
So....to ensure these PDF files are the perfect size for transit, I have split my baby cabled sweater knitting patterns so that each pattern has instructions for two sizes,
You can therefore purchase this diamond crew as a 0-4m and 4-8m pattern or an 8-12m and 1-2 years pattern.
Enjoy!....and if you have any pics of your beautiful sweaters, do send them, as I always love to see them.
NEW knitting patterns!... sneaky peek! 24 October 2015 |
Ok.....I couldn't resist......so here's a sneaky peek at three of my new knitting patterns!
These cosy baby aran knitting patterns will be released in the next few days.
Oh yes.....do sign up to my mailing list as I will be emailing out a 25% discount code for these new designs on launch day!
I hope you love them as much as I do!
Let's Knit Christmas knitting feature 21 October 2015 |
Just wanted to share Let's Knit magazine's Christmas News feature as my Little Robins Christmas baby beanie and mittens knitting patterns are featured on their ' Let's Knit Loves ' page!
As mentioned in my last blog , purchase these two PDF knitting patterns together and save 25% !
Click on the link below to fly straight over to loveknitting.com!
LITTLE ROBINS CHRISTMAS BUNDLE KNITTING PATTERN OFFER!
Christmas Hand Knits Made With Love 16 October 2015 |
Just thought I would write to say....that although you haven't heard a squeak out of me for a while...... the studio has been madly busy, and if i'm honest I'm knee deep in a sea of wool! I LOVE IT!
So just to keep you posted.....4 new cabled knits are being pattern checked and should be released within the next couple of weeks. I am really excited about releasing these patterns in time for your Christmas gift makes. Due to lots of requests I have also extended the sizing of my very popular Mini Cable Sweater. So do pop back very soon!
Talking of Christmas knits....if you haven't already purchased my Little Robins baby beanie and baby mittens PDF knitting patterns.......
head on over to Loveknitting.com:
...where you can purchase both PDF instant downloads at a reduced CHRISTMAS BUNDLE OFFER price! Do make sure you select the Christmas Bundle Offer listing for a reduced price
A frozen summer! 28 July 2015 |
I am so happy that the summer holidays are here! The last 6 months have been exceptionally busy working into the small hours most nights,... but the studio has now slowed into a chilled 'holiday mode' as I spend these precious school holidays with my children whilst they are young. ……(To those of you waiting for my new knitting patterns, don’t worry I am still designing in the evenings)
So.... a week into the summer holidays and our house has been transformed into an ice palace. Yes you've guessed, my daughter loves 'Frozen' and insisted on a Frozen Birthday party. She announced a week before her Birthday that she would love her own ice palace for her party. So I set about creating a magical room for her and a few little friends to enjoy. The decorations were very simply put together, and as always handmade with all sorts of materials, haberdashery, and paints etc. that I have sitting in my stock cupboards. The kitchen was also busy as we made sugar glass for the top of the Birthday cake, snowflake biscuits, frozen fairy cakes, pretend snow, and blue glittered play-dough for the party bags. Lots of fun!
I cut heaps of white paper snowflakes and made them into garlands. My partner painted an ice mural, we draped netting from the ceiling, put up sparkling lights, and added lots of shiny silver to the room. We had just two hours to dress the room so it was pretty frantic but when our little girl saw her ‘ice palace’ her little face lit up. Phew…. it was magical for her. Her Elsa costume went on at top speed and she ran around the room singing 'Let it Go'. …. it was one of those moments you just want to remember forever. Yep… I cried!
We kept the games and activities to the Frozen theme as well, so if you are asked to create a Frozen party for your little one, and you need some ideas, here are some of the things we did. The children all seemed to have fun.
We made heaps of pretend snow which we placed in a big trough for the children to play with. Mix cornflour with shaving foam. It feels amazing!
Approx 500g of cornflour to each can of shaving foam.
We froze heaps of little girls jewellery in a big block of ice. The children were very intrigued by the treasure trapped in the ice and loved watching it defrost. They were allowed to take home any jewellery that they could retrieve. One tip though....best to take the block of ice out of the freezer an hour before the party as it takes a long time to defrost.
The children were split into two teams. Each team wrapped a mum in paper toilet roll. The kids thought this game was very funny!
Pin the carrot nose on Olaf
We let our children help with the drawing and colouring of Olaf and the carrot noses in the lead up to the party so they were very excited about this game.
....was played to 'Let it go'' performed in the ' Ice Palace'. It doesn't get much better than that if you are a Frozen fan! The children loved this so much that it was hard to stop the music.
These consisted of little pots of homemade blue play dough with added glitter, a snowflake cutter, a little pot of glitter, a snowball printed notebook and pencil and a Frozen themed chocolate lolly. These were popped into a cellophane presentation bag and tied with a silver ribbon.
I so love creating handmade parties for my children. They aren't slick or perfect by any means, but my kids love them and appreciate them, which is really special to me. The other exciting thing that comes out of creating a handmade party is that the children are inspired and excited to continue making and creating well after the party is over. They haven't stopped cutting snow flakes, drawing Olafs, and building and sculpting in the pretend snow. My daughter hasn't stopped singing, dancing and creating her own Frozen stories in her ice palace….eeeek I’m going to have to dismantle it at some point ……she won't be happy!
I better go for now. Wishing you all a fun summer!
Ice cream or knitting? Hmmm? ...Both 06 July 2015 |
Summer is here!.....
The sun is shining, the circus is in town, summer fairs, sun hats, suncream, and definitely far too much ice cream!!
Little Petal Hat - photography by Jules Mosley www.jamphotography.info
It's been a while since my last blog. As I'm sure a lot of you know by now,.... when I go very quiet that usually means the knitting needles are clicking madly and I am busy designing something new! My studio becomes more and more chaotic as the project goes by, as I love to pull out heaps of yarn, heaps of colours, and heaps of inspiration.... and lay it out on the table and floor all about me. Quite messy, but very exciting!
Back in February I was commissioned to design two baby/kids Spring/Summer 2016 collections. This very exciting project has meant life has been madly busy this last 5 months, with many nights working until 3am. The project is now complete and we are photographing the knits in August. I can't give you any other info at the moment as both collections are under-wraps.
...... but you will be able to get your hands on these 31 NEW KNITTING PATTERNS next spring!
I will keep you posted!
Although cold Autumn days are definitely the last thing on our minds whilst the sun is shining, I just wanted to let you know....I will be designing some new baby and kids cosy knits over the next few weeks. These new PDF knitting patterns will be available to purchase this Autumn/ Winter.
Baby Mittens FREE knitting pattern 11 February 2015 |
A very belated Happy 2015 to you all! ..... I actually spent the first part of January hibernating. Some quality time out with the family was very much needed. Last year was definitely my busiest to date!
Renewed and re-energised..... the needles are now madly clicking here in Oxfordshire. I have so many new designs and knitting patterns that I want to get out to you this year!
Oooooh......just wanted to let you know that I have teamed up wth Deramores to offer you my Little Baa Baa Baby mittens knitting pattern FREE when you purchase any Little Pickle Knits pattern from the Deramores website.
All you have to do is add the Little Baa Baa Mittens to your shopping cart with the other Little Pickle Knits pattern you are purchasing, and the Little Baa Baa Baby Mittens will be FREE when you get to the checkout.
You can also purchase the yarn at the same time with easy links to all the shades I have used.
This offer ends midnight on the 24th February (Deramores Terms and Conditions apply)
Do remember to send any snaps of your knits as I always love to see them.
Christmas reds! 10 December 2014 |
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
I hope your Christmas knitting projects are going well. Most years I try to knit at least a couple of presents, but this year I have decided to spend the time knitting a chunky cable knit blanket as a Christmas present to myself. I so need a cosy blanket to curl up with on the sofa. It's a good time of year to hand knit a blanket as it keeps you cosy whilst you are knitting it!
Happy Christmas Knitting!
Meet The Designer interview 06 December 2014 |
Kirstyn Langford of loveknitting.com interviewed me last week about my career as a knitwear designer, and the inspiration behind my four knitting pattern collections If you would like to read the feature here is the link below
FREE Christmas knitting pattern! 04 December 2014 |
The kids are so excited about Christmas now, and can't wait until Santa arrives!....yep it may not seem far away but I have calculated we still have 20 days and 21 evenings left... plenty of time to get another couple of Christmas projects finished hey!
So if you have time in your knitting calendar, why not 'fly' over to www.loveknitting.com to pick up my very popular Little Robins Baby Mittens knitting pattern which is as 'FREE AS A BIRD' when you purchase my Little Robins Beanie hat
This Buy One Get One Free Offer is only available until midnight Monday 8th December. Here's the link if you want to head over to loveknitting.com to grab your free Christmas pattern
Happy Christmas Knitting!
Little Pickle Knits Christmas Beanie - Best Buys! 17 November 2014 |
Just writing to let you know that my Festive Snowflake Beanie has been featured in Love Knitting For Baby ' Best Buys ' December issue. It's just hit the shelves if you would like a copy!
There's still time to create a Festive knit for a special little person!
Do take a look at my Little Robins Pixie Beanie and Little Robins Baby Mittens as they are also proving to be very popular Christmas Projects this Winter!
Popular Cabled Poncho now has an additional size! 05 November 2014 |
As promised, due to lots of requests ....... my very popular Cabled Poncho knitting pattern now has additional instructions with sizing now going through to 3 years.
The size and shape of this neat little poncho is designed so little ones can play and use their hands easily and freely. If you prefer a longer poncho just knit the next size up.
This grey poncho is knitted with 1 strand of Sirdar Chunky with Wool.
If you have already purchased this knitting pattern just get in touch with your full name and date of purchase, and we will email the new extended and updated PDF knitting pattern to you...
FREE with our compliments!
NEW! Easy Pom Pom hat for beginners 02 November 2014 |
....Just writing to let you know that I have just released the PDF knitting pattern for this Raspberry Tweed slouchy pom pom hat. This knitting pattern is super easy and perfect for a new knitter.
This new design in my Jessica Rose Hand Knits collection is available for little girls and big girls so we can all wear a slouchy pom pom hat this winter!
I have chosen Debbie Bliss Luxury Donegal Aran Tweed, but you could knit this in any Aran (US Worsted) tweedy wool.
Little Petal slouchy hat. A favourite for this Autumn! 21 October 2014 |
I'm so pleased that so many of you are loving my Jessica Rose Hand Knits collection! I am so excited about this collection and have so many new designs buzzing around in my head!
Here are the new images of my very popular Little Petal slouchy hat, knitted in Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Aran Tweed.
I have just extended the sizing of this pretty slouchy hat knitting pattern ...... from baby right through to women's sizes.
3-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-11 years, Adult S/M, Adult L/XL
New Tweedy Head Warmer knitting pattern 17 October 2014 |
Just writing to let you know that I have just added this Tweedy Head Warmer knitting pattern to my Jessica Rose Hand Knits collection. I have chosen this Donegal Luxury Aran Tweed yarn by Debbie Bliss yet again, as I love it so much.
I am so excited about my Jessica Rose collection.... I have some new designs that are almost ready for release....so do pop by again soon!
Berry tones and Tweedy Knits for Autumn! 16 October 2014 |
I'm so loving the beautiful Autumn colours around us at the moment. Such an inspiring time of year!
As my Jessica Rose Hand Knits collection is very much inspired by Autumn berries and Autumn leaves I just had to get out and update some of the photographs!
Here is my Damson Tweed Slouchy Hat knitting pattern in Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran. I have written this pattern in sizes from baby through to adult so that you can all enjoy wearing this pretty tweedy hat.
I will be posting more images over the next few days!
Little Pickle Knits featured in Love Knitting Magazine 25 September 2014 |
The knitting magazine Love Knitting for Baby October issue has just hit the shelves and I am so pleased to be featured on their Best Buys page again this month.
As mentioned in this Love Knitting magazine feature.....My Little Badger Beanie and Little Badger Mittens baby knitting patterns are now also available to purchase as PDF Instant Downloads through the UK knitting and crochet store Deramores. My collection of Little Pickle Knits have been available via deramores.com within their new Independent Designers category since July..... and I am so excited as customers are loving them!
If you would like to take a look go to www.deramores.com/little-pickle-knits
Beautiful knits by one of my customers 14 September 2014 |
I always love to see my customers finished knitting projects, and was so pleased that Anne Shanks from Australia sent me these lovely photos of the beautiful hand knits she made for her grandson recently. These hand knits are made using my Classic Stripe Cardigan and Classic Pixie Beanie knitting patterns. Don't they look stunning in these neutral colours! Beautiful knitting and finishing!
Anne has used Katia Merino 100% Beige and cream. Anne says that Katia Merino is beautiful to knit, it is very soft, with good stitch definition and washes well.
Anne has now bought quite a few knitting patterns from me and leaves wonderful messages about my work on her own Ravelry project page and to use here on my website. Here are a couple of Annes's comments written in Ravelry!!
Linda Whaley (Rocket Knits and Lindawhaley.co.uk), has wonderful designs and such fool-proof written patterns. They have a modern twist to the look of them. I really like the top of sleeve finishing; semi ‘set-in-sleeve’. Linda has great design skills for sure
This striped jumper by Linda Whaley www.lindawhaley.co.uk (Rocket Knits) is one of the best written patterns I have knitted. She gives amazing detail for a very professional finish...... ....I would most definitely knit this again and will be a favourite for me. ............The neck finish is great and the moss stitch collar sits perfectly as it is an extension of the 2x2 rib band. Linda even gives details for the casting off of the collar for a neat finish.
I would highly recommend this. Linda has other delightful patterns in her range which I will be knitting in the future.
If anybody else has any photos of their lovely creations made using my knitting patterns do send in some snaps as i always love to see them!
Having fun with colour! 10 September 2014 |
If you love seeing kids wearing colour you might like this!
This is my 4ply stripy hat knitting pattern in Bergere De France Caline.
I've used the colours Scoubidou, Crin Blanc and Tomate
My son wore this orange gilet when he was three and I so loved him in it. As my daughter has decided this is now her gilet, I spent last night knitting this sporty co-ordinating hat for the Autumn.
I so love kids in orange!
NEW! Fun Stripes for the Kids! 06 September 2014 |
As so many of you have been knitting my Little Pickle Knits picture knits over the last few months, I have recently spent time designing a couple simple stripy knits to help you use up some of your Bergere De France Caline that is probably sitting in your Yarn Stash.
These fun stripy baby mittens and stripy beanie hats are great co-ordinated with my existing picture knits!
.......and these simple stripy accessories will also look perfect with the...soon to be launched...... picture knit tanks I am designing at the moment!! I'll keep you posted.
Childrens World Music Class! 03 September 2014 |
I have found at certain times in my life I have come into contact with what I believe to be 'Special People'. they have been people who give so much to others, those who have stayed positive through life's difficult times, those who have amazing talents, or just those people who are fun to be around and just make you feel good! I have therefore decided to write an occasional blog about these wonderful people.
So....... my first blog is to rave about Michelle Keating. Michelle runs the very successful Salt Box Music Company, World music classes for children in Oxfordshire. Michelle's well structured classes have a different theme each week. The children have so much fun listening to, and experiencing music from around the world. Interesting rhythms, unusual instruments, fun puppets.... and FAB KNITTED SAUSAGES (fizz, bang pop!) for bouncing on the bounciest of stretchy fabrics! This mix of interesting music from different cultures along with the more familiar kids well known songs works well.
Michelle is definitely one of those 'Special People'....she makes every child and mother feel so welcome and special in a very natural caring way. Michelle just sparkles, she has warmth and laughter in her eyes throughout every class, combined with her great sense of humour, Michelle has given us some fun times and treasured memories with our little ones.
.....and Michelle always remembers every child's name in the Welcome Song....... which is incredible considering how many classes she runs!
Thanks Michelle we will miss you...it was fun!
Little Pickle Knits Stripy hat 01 September 2014 |
Just had to show you this photograph....I'm loving the pose for the camera!
This is my stripy 4ply hat knitting pattern that is almost ready to be released.
I have designed this hat to help my 'Little Picklers' use up any Bergere De France Caline colours left over from other Little Pickle Knits projects.
Larger sizes available with my compliments 05 June 2014 |
As promised I have now released instructions to knit this Multi Stripe V PDF knitting pattern in additional larger sizes.
Customers who have previously bought this PDF knitting pattern can request the additional 1-2 years and 2-3 year instructions FREE with my compliments.
Just contact me with your name / email address / and the date you purchased your original pattern and I will send the updated and extended pattern to you with my compliments.
Robots! ....kids love them! 04 June 2014 |
Our house has been invaded by robots!
It started a few weeks ago at a junk modeling session here at home. All the children decided to make robots out of the HUGE heap of recycling we had been collecting for them.
Junk modeling is always a favourite, and the children had lots of fun. The robots look great hey!
My son then decided he would like a Robot Party for his 6th Birthday.... so we've spent the last two weeks drawing robots, painting robots, cutting and sticking robots, and building robots.....it has been so much fun!
This is a selection of my son's robot art work for his Birthday party. I love them!
We made the large 'prize giving' robot shown below. The children had to punch through the holes (control panel and buttons) covered with tissue paper to find their winning party prizes.... 'surprise robot biscuits'.
All the games and activities were Robot themed:
Robot pen pots
The kids made robot pen pots using magnets, nuts, bolts, hinges etc. (If you would like to do this activity, place the magnets inside the tins and seal them with duck tape to keep them away from the children. Magnets are very dangerous if swallowed). We super glued their robot faces in place and removed the magnets before giving the pen pots to the kids to take home at the end of the party.
We also used an amazing tin opener by OXO that gives a smooth and safe child friendly edge to the tins.
Robot Knock Down
We put simple faces onto heaps of tin cans for a Fairground style 'knock down the pyramid of robots' game. Who would win...boy or robot!
Nut and Bolt game.
We had two teams playing a relay game. Each child had to run to the end of the garden, sit down, screw a nut onto a bolt, run back and high 5 the next team member to run. The bolts we used were really chunky and approximately 6 inches long. We weren't sure if this would be exciting, but the boys were so competitive and really loved it.
Build a Robot
The kids were split into two teams. They had to make a junk model robot out of a large selection of junk and a roll of tape. Putting a time limit on this game meant they had to be quick and work well as a team. They stayed focused and excited until the end. Both teams won this game as both robots were great.
Lastly... I just couldn't resist showing you my friends robot. She made her robot at one of the junk modeling sessions with the kids. 'Eggy' also attended the party....fab isn't he! Our robots are currently much loved members of our families, and living happily in our dining rooms!
My son also got lots of robot themed Birthday presents, so robots are going to be popular for a while to come!
I hope this blog gives other mums and dads a few 'robot ideas'
Mr Fox hat knitting pattern now available 29 August 2014 |
Well it looks like summer is at an end. Quicker than we had hoped, but the kids are back at school next week and I am already reaching for my woolies and socks!
So... to celebrate that Autumn is almost upon us, the most popular season for curling up on the sofa with a pair of knitting needles!.... I have just re-launched my updated Mr Fox hat knitting pattern with additional instructions in sizes up to 6 years. Do go and take a peek!
If you have already purchased this knitting pattern just get in touch and I will email the new version to you with my compliments.
Oh yes, before I go........ to all my keen Little Picklers.... coming soon are some very cute stripy hat and mitten patterns designed especially to help you use up any Bergere De France Caline colours you have left over from knitting your other Little Pickle picture knits!
New Little Badger baby mittens are here! 04 July 2014 |
Here in the UK you may think it strange that I am launching my cosy Little Badger Baby Mittens on a lovely sunny day ...... but as it is currently a little chilly for my lovely customers in Australia and New Zealand I thought these may be perfect for you knit right now! I have a co-ordinating beanie as well!
My Little Pickle Knits knitting patterns are all currently knitted in 4ply Caline by Bergere De France which knits up beautifully soft. Happy knitting!
Afternoon Tea in Hampshire 16 June 2014 |
Saturday was my god-daughters 18th Birthday. We were invited for afternoon tea in the garden. Tea and scones, and wonderful company....just perfect!
I went to Art School with the *Birthday Girl's* mother, Penny..... and **!!! years later my god-daughter is now just about to start at art school herself, this September. Exciting times ahead!
Penny has three daughters 18, 16 and 12..... All three girls are now beautiful young ladies.... where did those years go!
Here they are modeling my Rocket Clothing London knits when they were little tots. Adorable!
psssst.....Mini Cable Sweater (PDF's for these larger sizes are almost ready for release!)
and Diamond Cable Cardigan (PDF pattern coming this autumn!)
Penny studied textiles at Brighton art school with me and specialised in weave. She also went onto the Royal College of Art to study for her Masters. Penny is now painting wonderful expressive and textured paintings from her studio in Hampshire, and exhibiting in shows and galleries. Do take a look at Penny's work
I love it!
It was also great to catch up with Penny's sister Liz again. Liz runs a very successful design company with her husband David. This very talented team work on identity branding, both print and digital. Do take a look at their work www.parkcorner.com
Such an artistic family. A chef, a freelance writer, and a photographer are also in the mix! A lovely afternoon.
Mini Cable Sweater...larger sizes coming soon! 06 June 2014 |
As so many customers have requested larger sizes in my very popular Mini Cable baby sweater, I just thought I would show you that they are on their way!
We are just pattern checking the 8-12 months and 1-2 years sizes.
These additional sizes will be added to the existing 0-4 months and 4-8 months knitting pattern
Won't be long now......I'll keep you posted!
Additional sizes available FREE! 21 May 2014 |
The latest news from my studio...as promised my Flash Stripe Crew is now available to purchase in sizes newborn through to 3 years
Just contact me with your name / email address / and the date you purchased your original pattern and I will send the updated and extended pattern to you.
Enjoy the sunshine!
Larger sizes on there way! 28 April 2014 |
I hope you all had a good Easter.
We had a lovely time away at the south coast. Bright sunny days.... but a bit nippy!..... snuggly jumpers and woolly hats were a must! ....Yep you've guessed....there is no shortage of hand knits in our house!
I always love to hear your comments and requests and try to help whenever I can. Quite a few customers have been asking me to add larger sizes to my existing baby knits, You will be excited to hear that I have started writing up these pdf knitting patterns for you.
So ...first on the list are two very popular little boys classic hand knits. These patterns are written and are just having their final checks before I release them here at lindawhaley.co.uk
So.....due to be released next month are.....
Multi Stripe V little boys sweater in 1-2 years and 2-3 years.
Flash Stripe little boys crew in 2-3 years
Other requests have been for larger sizes of Rocket Clothing London designs are my Mini Cable Sweater, Cabled Poncho , Little Stripe Poncho and Mini Stripe cardigan
I will be adding larger sizes to these four designs very soon as well.....so do look out for them. I'll keep you posted!
Tweedy Aran Wool 04 April 2014 |
I just wanted to show you my stash of tweedy wool that I use for my Jessica Rose Hand Knits collection.
This wool is called Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran by Debbie Bliss. The colours in the collection are beautiful!
It is slightly lighter/finer than other Aran Tweeds.
I really like the look and feel of this wool, and love the fact that the wool still looks good several months down the line. My daughter's hats still look new and she wears her 'extensive selection' of hats all the time!
Kids Easter Crafts 03 April 2014 |
As mentioned in my previous blog, I went into my little boy's school to help the children have some 'Easter Art' Fun! As promised here are some images of their fab creations!
The kids Easter card was a spring flower picture. They printed a textured grass background with stamps that I made by wrapping wool around strips of cardboard. The children then cut out various flower shapes and used these with scrunched up cake cases to create their own spring flowers,
The children were also given an Easter basket to decorate. There were some adorable pictures of the cutest bunnies and chicks!
The class also made wool and glue Easter Eggs.
Here are the before photographs of the wool Easter Eggs wrapped around the balloons. It's a very slippery and messy activity......but lots of fun.... and the end results are fab! (More details of how we did this are in my previous blog)
...... Take a look at the photographs below of the children's finished Easter Eggs.....WOW!!!
....Have you spotted the little pompom chick I made for the children as a little surprise Easter treat hidden inside each balloon?
I'm so tempted to make some of these string eggs for friends and family for Easter ..... if I have time!
Mmmmm....I wonder if there is a way of making an edible version?!!!
New knitting pattern! 02 April 2014 |
It's new!...it's cute!...it's very cosy!....and the knitting pattern has just been released!
Here is my latest knitting pattern. I thought it would be fun to design a pretty aviator hat to add to my Jessica Rose Hand Knits collection.
This pretty girls aviator hat is called ' Wild Berry' and is knitted in Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran on a pair of 5mm (US#7) needles.
Another hat to add to my daughter's collection!
Easter Egg crafts 29 March 2014 |
As you will gather from my last few blogs, I have recently been spending alot of time setting up exciting art and craft projects for my children and their friends to explore and enjoy.
..... a note to my loyal knitter fans .....I haven't stopped designing.....I have just completed two new designs that are waiting to be photographed next week. I will post the images as soon as they are done.
Last week I went into my son's school to do some Easter crafts with the class. It was such good fun! The teacher was absolutely wonderful, and between us we had four creative activities on the go at once. Two required our supervision and two were activities that the children could get on with by themselves.
They have produced some beautiful work! I so love young children's artwork, the energy and naivety that it has is just so wonderful!
I will post some images of the children's artwork once it is finished ... but here is a little glimpse of one of the projects .....Easter Eggs made from wool ....and I have heaps of that!
Blow up a balloon so it is the size and shape of an Easter egg. Cut wool into strands. I found about two metre lengths worked best. Dip the yarn into a mix of PVA and water to the consistency of cream. Soak the yarn in the glue, Wrap the yarn around the balloon and then leave them to dry. Pretty messy!
These are the photographs of the Easter eggs before the balloons are popped. I also squeezed a little Easter treat inside each balloon before I blew it up, which the children are very excited about. I'll post some images of the finished string eggs next week once the children have seen them ....they are looking so beautiful!!
I thought it would be fun for the kids to get their hands sticky this week!
As my son and his friends love making potions in the garden.... that is... anything they can find and mix with water!!....I thought they would love to make their own clay. I found a homemade air dry clay recipe online and we have tried it out. As the sun was shining....hurray!...the kids prepared the clay on tables in the garden.
They had so much fun mixing the flour, salt and water together..... and they could be as messy as they liked!
It was so nice for the girls to be able to do the same project as the older kids this week. They had so much fun together! They decided to include sand and mud into their mixtures, and continued to make their own 'garden potions' for quite a while.
I laid out some small children's tables and chairs in the playroom, with a mixture of tools and textured objects for them to choose from...the textured lego strips were very popular! The boys chose to mix the clay with beads which look fun...the beads may all fall out, but that is for them to find out,
We decided to leave the children to explore and create from their own imagination without any intervention. I wasn't sure how it would work out. It was so tempting to say "how about making this".....and "this is how you do this"..... especially when they seemed to be uncertain, but I held my tongue.
Although the kids will need direction and guidance with some of our future projects, I felt it was important to stand back and let them have the freedom to explore the material and create from their own imagination this week.
I love what they've made!
There aren't any finished pieces from the girls, as they continued to enjoy making and mixing their clay in the garden for quite a while.... and then moved onto playing in the play house.
Here is the link to the air dry clay we made.
Must get on with designing my homeware knits now!
creative kids! 08 March 2014 |
As you already know I have started a little art and craft club for my children and their friends. The energy and enthusiasm when the children get together is so special and so exciting! This week I thought it would be fun to draw around the children and let them decide what to do next. Both boys wanted to turn their silhouettes into robots and the girls chose to paint and decorate their artwork as themselves. There was a selection of paints, crayons, pencils, glue, glitter, materials for collage, haberdashery bits, buttons etc. for the children to choose from.
It was so interesting seeing how the children's confidence, enthusiasm and creativity grew as their pictures evolved. The energy in the room was wonderful. The children were completely focused on their paintings for about an hour and a half. They then stopped for a snack and a play in the garden. We assumed that would be the end of the session.....but they chose to return to their artwork 15 minutes later and continued with even more enthusiasm. It was such a shame to pull them away from their creations at 6.30pm....almost 3 hours later! Fab artwork hey!
My son carried on adding more buttons and wires to his 'robot' until bedtime... when he said to me" mummy I can't believe you had this idea" ....I said "why is that darling"?.... he then replied...."because it is SO exciting!".
He is adding more to his robot again today!
It really saddens and worries me that due to pressure from Ofsted lots of young children are missing out on creative learning at school. We need creative thinkers in this world!
On a positive note I feel our little art club is special and I am so happy that we have set it up. I feel it is so important for children to experience the freedom and enjoyment that creativity can give us, and experiencing this with their friends is so much fun for them. Running the club with the other mums makes it possible and fun for everybody. We have all loved watching our children working and playing alongside each other, observing how they support, compliment and inspire each other. The focused energy yesterday was wonderful! If you are a mum or dad and reading this...why not try it?
Homeware knitting patterns 08 March 2014 |
I have been planning on designing some homeware knits for a while now.
One of my 2014 'hopes' as mentioned in my New Year blog is to design and launch a new homeware knitting pattern collection.
As it's already March I started to get some initial thoughts and ideas together last week.
I'll keep you posted!
More 'fibre fun' with the kids 22 February 2014 |
As promised....here are some photographs of this Friday morning's Hula Hoop weaving with some friends. It was such a lovely morning... the kids really enjoyed themselves!
Two of the little girls were so completely captivated that they sat weaving for almost three hours, and only stopped as it was time to go home. They looked so proud of their weaving as they carried their hula hoops home.
Here are some shots of the kids beautiful weaving and the fun time we had..... such a great activity to do with the kids!
Having heaps of fun colours that the kids could choose from was so important..... and so exciting for them! Don't the kids rugs look fab so far!
I need to start thinking about our next art club project!
Hula hoop weaving with the kids 15 February 2014
So the first project of the Creative Kids Club is....hula hoop weaving. I found this project on Pinterest....a hula hoop is used as the frame to weave a fun circular rug. I asked the mums to find as many old t-shirts, baby vests etc as possible. We knew we had to make the colours pretty exciting to capture the imagination of the four boys, so we dyed the fabric in some fun bright colours. I haven't dyed anything since my art school days...I really enjoyed it.
I also found some instructions on the blog of UK magazine Molly Makes showing a clever way to cut a t-shirt to give you one long continuous ball of yarn. So clever!
Here is the finished basket of yarn we had......exciting hey!
We knew the scale of this project would be exciting for the boys. Small children's chairs were the perfect height for weaving.
The boys concentrated so well for about an hour and a half and made such a great start on their rugs.
I have some more of Olivers friends coming next Friday. I'll post some more images of their creations and hopefully some images of their finished rugs at some point in the future.
Here are their rugs so far........ aren't they fab!
I think I would quite like to weave a rug as well!
Knitted with love 10 February 2014 |
Never under-estimated how special it is to receive something that is handmade with love.
I knitted a little hat and scarf for my son as an additional Christmas present when he was four. I really wanted to spend time knitting something especially for him, but I thought I would most likely enjoy this present more than he would.....how could a hat and scarf possibly come close to a bike, Hot Wheels and Superman! I was so so surprised though, he opened up the parcel and really loved them because I made them especially for him. 14 months later, he occasionally says proudly “mummy you made these for me”. I must make some time to knit him a couple of my Little Pickle picture knits as he has asked for them and will definitely LOVE wearing those!
As it’s February here are some Valentine themed images of my Little Petal baby hat and Mini Cable baby sweater. These beautiful photographs are by the talented Sheffield Photographer and Stylist Jules Mosley.wwwjamphotography.info
Magazine features Linda Whaley's knitting pattern 03 February 2014 |
Just to let you know that the UK magazine Love Knitting for Baby have featured my Little Petal Baby hat in their February/March issue.
This pretty hat is super easy and very quick to knit, making it an ideal pattern for new knitters.
I am so happy that my Little Petal slouchy baby hat looks so adorable on little girls. this is little Amelie above and baby Lily below, both photographed by the talented Jules Mosley www.jamphotography.info
I have also hand knitted this hat for my daughter and her very special little friend and we hear ..."oooh!...aaah! ...how cute...love the hat" comments most days. One hat is a warm plum tone and the other is purple. The girls really love their hats....which is the most important thing as it means they keep them on and stay cosy and warm on these very cold winter days.
I will post some more adorable photographs of this Little Petal girls hat over the next few days.
We are now lindawhaley. co.uk 26 January 2014 |
....well here it is....our new website!
You can now see all my knitting pattern collections here at lindawhaley.co.uk in our 'one stop pattern shop' .......rocketknits.com has now joined lindawhaley.co.uk!
You can choose to search by collection....
....or you can choose to view all my pdf knitting patterns via girl, boy, and unisex.
If you are a newborn photographer searching for unusual artistic photo props you can view these pdf knitting patterns in my photo props section.
Susannah and I really hope you love our new website as much as we do!