I love my little knitting blog! I design / create unique, original high quality accessories. I sell what I make on Etsy and my own web site - thefemininetouchdesigns.co.uk. Some of my creations I have written up in to knitting patterns & kits which are now published on-line. Here on my blog I share what I have learnt, business wise & crafting wise and happy to promote other crafty sellers. You will find some of my personal experiences here too.
The Big Tea Cosy helps to raise vital money and awareness for Breast Cancer Haven, a charity that provides free emotional, physical and practical support to anyone affected by breast cancer, from its centres across the UK.
Love Knitting are helping to support this national fundraising campaign which will take place 1 – 7 February 2017 by providing all of us with knitting patterns, yarn etc to make some gorgeous knitted tea cosies ready for the event.
They asked me if I would design a tea cosy knitting pattern specially for this event, I was totally honored to do this for Haven. Knowing that all proceeds for the knitting pattern will go towards this charity really touches my heart strings (and yours too hopefully).
To help this fundraising campaign, 10% from sales of any of my mug and tea pot cosy's will be donated to Breast Cancer Haven too. The mug cosy's especially will make lovely last minute stocking stuffers, great little Christmas gifts.
I'm getting all geared up for Christmas, knitting chunky hats for my on-line stores, ordering yarn for knitting kits and making felt Christmas decorations for my local yarn shop. I wanted to find a way that I could get you, my blog followers involved in my Christmas get readiness. I thought that starting November off with a Giveaway might get you in the mood, especially if I could incorporate a festive coloured yarn in to the gift. Here it is, my easy knit sock knitting kit in a festive scarlet red ! WoW!
The kit is suitable for an experienced knitter, as I don't explain any of the basics, assuming that the knitter knows how to cast on and off, knit and purl, can do short row shaping and decreases. What I do explain in the instruction is how to position your work on the double pointed needles, simple sock construction, when to do the short row shaping and decreases and why and of course the finishing Kitchener stitch. I wrote the instructions after only knitting a few pair of socks myself so I put my learning experience in to the instructions, including colour photographs along the way too. You could knit the socks ready for Christmas day, wear them yourself or gift them to a friend or family member or put them out for Father Christmas (I'm sure he would love these!). If you can't knit then wrap the kit up in Christmas wrap and put them under the tree x.
Just answer the questions below for your chance to win one of these kits. The giveaway is only open for a week.
It was my 2nd trip to YarnDale in Skipton yesterday and I just want to say how awesome it was. I can totally recommend it anyone visiting the UK or even people living in the UK, come venture to the Dales! It was held in the Cattle Auction Mart in the lovely town of Skipton on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales (a really picturesque part of the UK). Only 40 miles away from my little village Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield so really a yarny event I couldn't miss!
They move all the cattle out of the mart for the weekend and then the woolly people set up stalls in all of the pens. Knit and Natter sessions as well as workshops are also catered for. Of course the woolly people couldn't resist doing a little bit of yarn bombing with colourful woolly bunting outside and in.
And then once inside the auction mart there was stall upon stall of gorgeous yarn, un dyed, dyed, hand spun, ready for spinning, gorgeous stunning colours, soft and luscious textures, ah I was in heaven. The stall holders were only too happy to show us how to do things, so we learnt some new tricks, spinning and lucetting. We even made some woolly friends along the way.
This Alpaca was a little star x Apparently we could only take photos after we had given him a BIG hug! Lovely Sunday out in the Dales!