Behind the scenes of our July shoot – we're off to the beach!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

18 April 2013

Ahh, shooting a high summer issue in the depths of a British April. And this particular April, after this particular winter! It was always going to be tricky.

As you can see in the pic below, we were shooting so close to the beach (so close to real sand! When you live in Brighton, real sand is the ultimate luxury) but the weather, the rolling sea mist and gale force winds... at least the kite surfer was having fun!

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Luckily, on the non-beach side of the amazing Dodo house at West Wittering, Chichester where we did the shoot, it looked like this, which is quite convincingly beachy and summery.

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It really is a pretty amazing house that incorporates two train carriages on each side (you can see the train doors where Editor Emma is standing), with a roof built over the top and rooms tucked in everywhere where you are least expecting them!

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We started off clothing wise with the snugger items in the hope it would get warmer (which it did, phew!). This amazing pink jumper dress has a zip all the way down back and is so cool I already have designs on it!

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It was also our intern Amelia's first Knitting shoot and we certainly made use of her!

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We just love the back of this pretty lace top by Amanda Jones. Model Jess's amazing tan set it off perfectly. Sigh. Wish I looked like that when plumping cushions.

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See, it almost looks like it's sunny! You'll be amazed when you see the July issue out how summery the final pics will look!

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Yep, this might just be the brightest beach bag in history - and we LOVE it! We had this Patons neon yarn in the office for ages and couldn't decide what to do with it. In the end we decided clashing was fun and everyone can just wear sunglasses when looking at it.

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This is such a pretty top in Sirdar's sparkly Ella DK yarn.

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Ahh, the pineappple top!This started off as a bit of a joke, a cute fun knit that always seemed to be accompanied by us singing 'Club Tropicana' but Sian Brown did such a fab job of it, we think it looks great!

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So there you have it, a little sneak peek behind the scenes of our July shoot. You'll have to wait a while to get your mitts on these patterns but that just gives the weather in the UK time to sort it outself out and get back on schedule. Fingers crossed everyone!

 

 

My Big Fat Knitted Wedding

Katie Holloway

Katie Holloway

16 April 2013

As many of you know (I wasn't exactly quiet about the fact), I recently got married. It was a very crafty affair, and so I thought I would share some of it with you.

I knitted a tie for my husband to wear, as well as a pocket square (to go with his rather dashing tweed suit!) and I also knitted bow ties for each of the ushers. 

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I also knitted a bride and groom cake topper to go on top of the cake, and a myriad of knitted flowers, in the same yarn as the ties. (We haven't got our official photographs yet, and the bride does seem to have toppled slightly in this one!)

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Other crafts included designing our wedding invites (with a LOT of help from my graphic designer hubby!), making my own tiara, making teapot decorations, and baking plenty of cakes. In fact, I think every member of our church baked at least a dozen cupcakes for the event! 

Now - on to a very knitted marriage!

Everybody loves a cowgirl!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

11 April 2013

Everybody, it seems, really does love a cowgirl. We saw them across the catwalks for Spring/Summer last year and that has translated into the yarns and pattern collections from our favourite hand knitting designers and spinners this spring/summer.

Sirdar have gone pretty 'country girl' with their new Americana yarn, a DK that comes in soft faded shades that look and feel like washed out and loved soft denim and cotton.

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Rowan designer Lisa Richardson has created a collection of cute cardigans, jumpers and more edgy tops in a soft palette of blues, creams and greys to give the illusion of denim for the latest Studio 31.

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Louise Harding's new 100% cotton yarn Jesse comes in a bright palette of strong shdes with a slightly faded appearance, again like a well-loved and washed denim shirt or cotton shirt.

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Denim is so wearable and the look really lends itself to knitted fabric, giving a soft and faded look, making it as drapey or constructed as you want to. There is a lot more inspiration from the West coming this summer, so anything you make will be effortlessly on-trend!  

 

Sneak peek of our May issue on sale a week today!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

4 April 2013

 

Our beautiful May issue has just arrived in the office and it is snowing outside. Again. So much for Spring huh? Oh well, perhaps it will have to prove aspirational right now, as what I really want is a new chunky bobble hat to keep my ears warm. But say you were going on holiday soon, or are using these prolonged cold (but thankfull not so dark!) nights to get stuck into your summer knitting, when it hits (when, you hear, not if) you will then have a whole wardrobe of gorgeous knitted garments just perfect for spring!

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We love a good theme to tie an issue together, from the mood boards we give our designers, to the shades of yarn we choose for yarn review, it really helps give an issue a cohesive feel. For May we chose Renaissance, and we think our designers did a wonderful job of interpreting that from the shapes to the textures and colours of our beautiful gallery. 

Martin Storey's exquisite Denim bead jumper is our cover star this month. The denim shade gives a lovely faded gamour feel while the beading and cables add sophisticated detail.

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We also knew straight away that we wanted Grace to model our knits. Having worked with her before, we were well acquainted with her ethereal looks and incredible hair. The red on red of this cute textured Swing jacket by Sian Brown looks great togther. 

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This beautiful cardigan, with its mix of textures, is a lovely spring top for layering (no bare arms just yet!) and the pretty lace V shapes in the back add a nice touch.

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Anniken Allis is renowned for her incredible lace shawls and we love, love, love the Poppies shawl she has designed exclusively for us. Pinned together, how Emma styled it on the shoot, it looks like a fairytale-esque cape!

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Also, don't miss in this issue:

  • 29 Fresh knits for spring - women's, men's, children's, babies, home and accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE patterns by Martin Storey, Anniken Allis, Amanda Jones
  • Cute knits for kids - Jasmine doll, Puff-sleeved angora cardi, Sugar Plum fairy set
  • Tile cushion collection by Sarah Hazell
  • FEATURE ARTICLE Hands on - Meet Melanie Porter plus Bramble throw pattern
  • TECHNIQUES 4 Spring edges to give the perfect finish
  • Spotlight on - Bright florals
  • FREE Spring garden supplement (6 patterns - pretty and practical!)

And, of course, all the usual news, reviews, competitions, products and events you expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.