Sneak peek behind the scenes of our Feb shoot
26 November 2012
Yes, it's February already in magazineland. Trust us, Christmas was great, New Year was fun and now we're settled into February where it is still cold and dark and we are crying out for some beautiful winter classic knits to get our teeth into.
Our February shoot was at a beautiful house (once upon a time three cottages but knocked through to create an amazing space!) which also housed a pottery, studio, showroom and the biggest kiln I've ever seen! Plus the most incredible collection of west African artefacts, art, textiles and carpets. Other peope's houses are fascinating!
But you're here for the knits, right?
We never go all out for Valentines, if you're not into it it can be a little sickening having it shoved down your throat everywhere you turn. But we couldn't help a little nod to patron saint of love with Sarah Hazell's lovely Hearts collection home knits. This little draught excluder also makes a pretty cool bed or sofa cushion. (Or neck warmer - we know this, we tried it!)
Winter also calls for head-turning knitwear that still keeps you warm! Enter Judy Furlong's Adwen cape - named after the Cornish equivalent of St Valentine as the patron saint of sweethearts and fitting as it is knitted in Blacker Yarns Classic Aran who are based in Cornwall.
If you're looking for something warm, slouchy and relatively easy then Jane Ellison's gorgeous Fiy jumper is the one for you.
We love this Fairisle scarf, designed by Sian Brown in neutral shades to be worn by both men and women. So does model Ivana!
So there you have it, that's just a little sneak peek of some of the many gorgeous garments coming your way come Feb!
Sneak peek of our Dec issue on sale 22 November!
19 November 2012
Here at Knitting we love Christmas and it's with anticipation we look forward to our Christmas issue each year. We wanted to create a magical, almost fairytale-esque look for our Dec issue and forgoing the usual red, white and green we've gone for the icy glamour of whites, creams, pale blues, greys, golds and all offset by a gorgeous wintery midnight blue.
As much as we love style though, it certainly never comes at the expense of substance. This month we have you covered, whether it's chunky, snuggly winter knits or glamorous, sparkling knits for the party season you are looking for.
This cosy cardigan, aptly named Snow, by Sian Brown is an office favourite with everyone having at least one eye on it!
For those looking for a truly stunning garment to turn heads this Christmas, look no further than Judy Furlong's Spyder silk cardigan. The delicate grey silk lace is so beautiful and fine, no wonder the Natural Dye Studio called it Spyder silk.
For keeping warm and lookng stylish, these Lace beret and fingerless gloves are perfect winter accessories. They're also knitted up in Blue Sky Alpacas gorgeous new Metalico yarn - our new favourite - and would make fantastic gifts. We also wouldn't say no to Ruth Maddock's chic Cape, the funnel neck giving it a little bit of retro style.
And don't miss Jeanette Sloan's lovely little Lace and bobble socks, in Louisa Harding Orielle in soft gold with a hint of shimmer. If only we looked this elegant wearing socks!
Also in this issue:
- EXCLUSIVE PATTERNS - Snowflake jumper, Beaded bolero, Blouson jacket, Snow Queen jumper, Silver jacket
- Weekend Knits - Home for Christmas blanket
- Spotlight On - Oriental spice
- One to watch - Meet Jessie Hemmons, the face behind American textile artist and yarn bomber Ishknits
- Wool Week 2012 - The beautiful and bizarre happenings of Wool Week 2012
- Gallery Garment techniques - Creating cables and Figure of 8 cast-on
And, of course, the best news, reviews, techniques, lates products and prizes you expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.
My sock prayers are answered!
12 November 2012
My sock prayers have been answered - by the lovely folks at Toft Alpacas!
After my plea here a couple of weeks ago to find an easy beginners sock pattern (on cheat straight needles!) for me to embark on a new crafty challenge, Toft Alpacas tweeted me in the direction of their lovely beginner Striped bedsock kits, knitted in their alpaca DK yarn and using, yep, straight needles!
Having investigated further, I discovered these sock kits retail at £36 with 200g of natural coloured alpaca DK yarn of your choice (enough to make two pairs apparently!) and a downloadable pattern using 5mm straight needles, all in a cute tote bag.
Well readers, a sock kit arrived in the post for me today! Which means my sock-related adventures can begin. According to the pattern, knitting time is 10 hours (I'm assuming this is for one pair not both?) so that is the challenge. With my RSI, I will be taking it slowly and steadily so hopefully by this time next week I'll have at least one sock to show you.
As there is no circular needles or dpns used they are knitted flat (as you can see here) and there will be a seam to sew up but that's fine, as long as they fit and are soft and snuggley, I'll be happy. Wish me luck!
Pudsey – but not as you know him!
5 November 2012
Sequins, leopard print, funky Fairisle cardigan, glitter? This is Pudsey, folks, but not as we know him!
In fact, this is my kind of Pudsey. After the launch last year of the Designer Pudsey Collection for Children in Need, which saw 14 designers reinterpret the charity's iconic yellow bear and raise over £50,000, this year's collection has been curated by LOVE editor and stylist Katie Grand and includes 30 British and international designers, from Burberry to Balenciaga, Mulberry, McQueen and Missoni.
My favourite though; the inimatable British knitwear gurus Sibling London's leopard print, glittery little punk rock Pudsey. He's amazing!
You can see the entire collection on show exclusively in Selfridges London and Manchester between now and 14th November before the bears go under aucton at Christie's to raise money for Children in Need to help disadvantaged children across the UK.
If you can't make it to London or Manchester you can still see the full Designer Pudsey Collection 2012 over on the Designer Pudsey website. Check them out, Pudsey scrubs up rather well!