• Hat,  Knitting,  Toys,  WIPs

    WIP Update April 2018

    Hello, happy spring! I hope you’re all doing well and have had chance to get out in this glorious weather we’ve been having. Obviously it couldn’t last forever, but I feel like the mini heatwave last weekend at least partly compensated for the long and cold winter we had!

  • ForKids,  Hat,  Knitting

    Les Chapeaux des Animaux

      For Christmas 2013 I got this amazing knitting book called Animal Hats by Vanessa Mooncie which has loads of knitting patterns for different animal hats, and from that point started a year long obsession with knitting animal hats for small people!   I started knitting the hats in June, but had actually spent much longer consulting with the small people to find out which one they wanted and also deciding the best yarns to use! In the end I used Drops Alaska and Drops Boucle for all of the hats, as this yarn is really well priced and so far I haven’t been disappointed with the quality.   The…

  • Accessories,  Hat,  Knitting,  Scarf

    Winter Woollies

    Last week was a serious uphill struggle. I have the January blues, or rather, so what better way to cheer myself up (and hopefully you!) than by looking at the lovely woolly items I have knitted for winter! Last winter I remember enviously looking at all of the glorious knitted accessories that came out with a flourish during the cold months, and was determined that next year I would knit some of my own, so I did! As a newish knitter I hadn’t quite fathomed that you always need to be knitting a season ahead if you ever want to wear it during weather appropriate months! The first item I…

  • Hat,  Knitting in the round

    A Trio Of Hats

    2013 was the year that I finally gave knitting in the round a try, my verdict? Hmmm the jury is still out. I bought some really beautiful Knit Pro Symfonie circular knitting needles, and whilst at the beginning it was all great, trying to then do the decreases and carry on knitting with fewer stitches was really difficult. I tried the magic loop method, but I still found it very difficult. When I researched the problem, it was suggested to use double pointed needles when you start the decreases, but as you can knit in the round with double pointed needles anyway, why would you not just do that? What’s…

  • Yarn

    Gotta ‘Lova’ That Yarn

    The Knitted Jumper and Co were at the 2013 Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally, London on Saturday and we loved it! All that yarn and fabric in the same place, amazing! It also gave us chance to get hands on with some of our favourite yarns, such as Drops and Rowan, and also to find some new ones, such as Schachenmayr Lova. This chunky, acrylic/wool blend yarn is bang on trend with its neon spots and I can’t wait to get it on my needles. If you go along to the Schachenmayr website they have loads of free patterns including this ladies cowl and on the Stitch, Craft,…