Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter Bunnies, Easter Bakes and Haughty Hens

Its the start of the school Easter Holidays here in the UK.  We’ve been busy making & baking.

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Bunnies have been the main theme of the week here at Knit and Purl Garden….

Yarn filled nest of easter eggs anyone?

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There has been easter bunny making:

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My Easter Bunny was finally finished today : yay!

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This little bunny has been a fun portable project to work on and can be knitted with less than one ball of DK wool from your stash.  You can find the free pattern here if you would like to knit this little lady for yourself or some other lucky person 🙂

There has also been yummy Banana and Chocolate Cupcake making (recipe online here):

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And crafternoon creations – rocking chickens and chicks:

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As its nearly Easter, I thought I’d introduce you my knitted haughty hens:

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You can find the pattern for the Haughty Hens in a great little book by Clare Garland called Knit and Purl Pets.  (There are bunny patterns too :))

And here are our own chickens:

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Happy Easter xx

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Wool House

Would you like to join me on a visit to the Wool House exhibition at Somerset House in London?

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Lots of pictures (!) : I wanted to try and capture the true flavour of the exhibition for you : enjoy 🙂

As you may already know, the Campaign for Wool launched the Wool House exhibition as the world’s biggest ever celebration of Wool, exploring interiors, crafts, fashion and all aspects of this wonderful natural fibre.  Wool House offered a window on the way in which wool can inhabit a space, with leading interior designers demonstrating use of wool fibre within their work across individual rooms.  You can find out more about the exhibition and the Campaign on the Campaign for Wool website.

Come and take a peak inside…

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A dramatic black and white themed entrance hall greeted us including a life sized crochet bear created by Shauna Richardson.  Aren’t Shauna’s crochetdermy skills amazing!?

Look at this beautiful Hummingbird Wallhanging designed by Alexander McQueen:

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The corridor linking each themed room contained this stunning 100 foot wool runner designed by Cristian Zuzunaga:

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This Modern Room was created by Anne Kyyro-Quinn:

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In contrast, the Natural Room was created by Josephine Ryan:

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Every home needs a wool corner like this one, a cosy nook with a feature chair, maybe a table for books and some favourite things to make it a bit special…

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Look at those gorgeous vintage welsh wool blankets…..

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I completely fell in love with the Nursery designed by Donna Wilson:

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Look at these amazing Wall Hangings by Claudy Jongstra:

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Welcome to the Craft Room : a place to meet and enjoy workshops being run by Rowan Yarns, the Sublime design studio and Debbie Bliss, and watch spinning demonstrations.

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When we arrived, great fun was to be had with both young and old enjoying the chance to learn to knit and crochet.  We were thrilled to be able to have a go at hand spinning yarn on a drop spindle:

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We admired the many beautiful yarns on display and mood boards created by the designers:

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This stunning granny squares throw made from Rowan Purelife Renew, designed by Marie Wallin and featured in Rowan’s Purelife Home brochure inspired my daughter to start a little crochet project on the train home (more about this later..)

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You can read more about the Rowan Purelife British sheep breeds yarn range and accompanying brochures here.

I instantly recognised examples of Anna Wilkinson’s work; have you read her book Learn to Knit, Love to Knit?

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The weaving room:

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We just managed to fit in a brief visit to Liberty of London before our train journey home….

Haberdashery delights – Liberty Tana Lawn:

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And swooning over Rowan Yarns of course! :

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Finally, a walk through snowy London and some knitting (for me) and crochet time (for Miss E) on the train journey home:

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Check out the fabulous Edmund the Easter Bunny pattern available for free on the Rowan website: a very portable little one ball knitting project just right for train journeys as were the Granny Squares crocheted by Miss E in Rowan Pure Wool DK.

Are you feeling inspired to bring wool into your life and home?

 As an ambassador for Rowan Yarns I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for yarn, knitting and crochet with you. I’d love to hear from you via my blog or my Knitandpurlgarden Facebook page  – I hope to hear from you soon!

Claire

Sunday Night Make : Crochet Iphone Case

Many thanks to Little Poppits for suggesting this great idea on her blog.  My Iphone came to a sorry end a few weeks ago when I accidently dropped it on the quarry tile floor in our kitchen and it smashed!  This iphone case is just the job to protect my new phone from my butterfingers!  The design originally comes from this great little granny square crochet book, but do check out Little Poppits blog to see her gorgeous version.   I decided to add a little button to mine to keep my phone extra safe and try and prevent future ‘phone dropping anxiety’!

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The Iphone case is crocheted in Rico Creative Cotton (Aran).  My daughter whipped one up too : she is queen of the granny squares!:

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This would make an excellent project for those that are new to crochet.

Bye for now…  super exciting anouncement to follow shortly…

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Easter Preparations…

This weekend I have been eating mini-eggs preparing for Easter….

I’ve been working on a little crochet basket/bowl inspired by designs in this lovely book, using some pretty Rowan pink handknit cotton from my yarn stash.  The pattern starts off with a few rounds of simple trebles (UK) to form the base of the basket, followed by some rounds of bobble or popcorn stitch to form the sides and double crochet (UK) to finish off.

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Today I made a floral lining out of a scrap of Liberty Tana Lawn “Betsy” that I purchased from EBay.

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To be filled with eggs from our chooks:

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Thank you ladies:

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Or Easter delights:

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I think after Easter, my little crochet bowl might find a nice home in the bathroom or bedroom as a tidy for bits and bobs:

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This weekend, we’ve also been enjoying the pre-school puppet show and getting Easter tattoos:

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And I’ve been trying on my new sandals:

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With fingers crossed for some sunshine instead of the wintery showers and hail that the UK has been experiencing this afternoon!

Have you got any Easter projects on the go at the mo?

I’m possibly off to knit some bunnies from Made by Ewe here and Rowan’s Easter Collection here &/or these cute little chickens ‘Esther, Ernie & Enid’ from Rowan (pattern here).

And knit some more of my big project

Happy Easter crafting!

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award Nomination!

It was with great excitement and great surprise that I opened my emails yesterday to discover that I had been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Luisa from http://tetsukuri.wordpress.com : thank you Lovely Lady!  Do check out Luisa’s fab blog from Tokyo, which is all about spare time and fun projects 🙂  You can also check out Luisa’s website: www.luisauribedesign.com if you are curious about what she does for a living 🙂

Being relatively new to blogging, I did a bit of google research on Blog Awards and I quickly discovered that they are a great way to share and spread a bit of friendship and support in blogland and they can provide a great opportunity to meet fellow bloggers from all over the world and see what inspiration other people are sharing!

The rules for accepting this Award are as follows:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog page.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
  5. Notify those bloggers of their nomination and the award’s requirements.

Here are my 7 random facts about myself:

  1. I love animals, particularly my two Border Collies and I have always had a secret desire since I was little to learn how to do sheep dog trialing.  In fact, just having a very well trained dog would suffice (still aiming for that one! 😉 We also have some rare breed hens and a cockerel who has just learnt how to crow!
  2. I have two children, both girls, who are 3 and 10 and totally fab!
  3. I passed my Grade 8 piano exam when I was a teenager but I’m a bit out of practice these days although I still like to play when I get the chance (particularly carols at christmas!)
  4. I love being up high anywhere with a view, in the hills or mountains (but am actually a teeny tiny bit scared of heights!)
  5. I own a VW Camper Van, which is meant to be one of the last 3 air cooled vans ever made in Brazil (probably untrue but that was what we were told when we bought it from Ebay and we believed it at the time!)
  6. I would love to build my own house one day on my own plot of land in the countryside with a view *dreaming here I think* (and probably rescue lots of unwanted Border Collies).
  7. I have a degree in Geography from here but *really* would quite liked to have studied art or textiles and had a more creative career in another life!!  😉 I still have a great love for places and landscapes which influences my love of photography today.

The final step is to nominate other bloggers for the VIB award.  As you know, I’m very new to blogging here at WordPress and I don’t know a lot of Bloggers yet, although I’ve been following quite a few blogs for quite a while and everyone has been so friendly and welcoming to me 🙂  There are several blogs here that have probably already received this award : apologies if you have and I’ve included you on my list!  I’ve just decided to list a few that have inspired me on my path to Blogland and some other lovely blogs and bloggers that I’ve discovered more recently along the way.  In alphabetical order:

Congratulations to you all and thanks again to Luisa at http://tetsukuri.wordpress.com for nominating me and introducing me to the fun of Blog Awards xx  🙂

Have a lovely week xx

Its a Spring Thing (and a doily addiction…)

Spring seems to have sprung all over blogland today and I’ve certainly been inspired by all of the lovely photos and bright Spring colours popping up on the internet.  I’ve had a small stash of candy coloured cotton 4-ply yarn that has been calling out to me for a while now and having seen lots of doilies and similar pretty lacy crochet patterns on the internet I had to give it a go…

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I started off with some Rowan Siena 4ply in light pink and the Victoria Doily pattern in Jane Crowfoot’s book Homespun Vintage.  Jane describes in her book how, following the popularity of crochet during the Victorian era, the 1950s to 1970s saw its revival again (it went into something of a decline during the two world wars possibly as a result of rationing and the difficulty in sourcing yarns), with lacy patterns and doily work suddenly becoming very popular.

Here’s my finished doily (ravelled here); it seemed to look right at home alongside my vintage sheet patchwork blanket…

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Jane talks about the delicacy of crochet work in a doily replicating the look of lace making the perfect table decoration.  Any excuse to get baking and get the vintage china out…

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A close up of the excellent Lemon Drizzle Cake (made by Miss E, not me I confess): yummy!:

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I’d also wanted to make these pretty little coasters for quite some time (see the free pattern over on the Yvestown Blog):

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Ooops: they seemed to multiply quickly and before I knew it I had a whole stack (Ravelled here):

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I think these coasters would also make rather a nice Mothers Day card, with the addition of a sweet little bit of fabric backing:

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On the lacy crochet theme, I thought you might like to see these lovely little containers from Ikea.  They’re meant for plants but I bought them for a couple of pounds each and they’re just the job for keeping knitting needles and crochet hooks in:

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Loving the Ikea lilac too; I wish we had a lilac tree in our garden:

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I spotted some real Spring flowers in the garden today too:

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Happy Springtime! x