Wednesday, 16 July 2014

On My Needles....and the winners of the Curious Handmade Giveaway.

Hello my friends, today we will start with the winners of the Curious Handmade pattern giveaway........ Drum Roll.........

Reinventing Mother said...

Slip stitches are so much fun! I would love to add this pattern to my growing list! Thanks for the gmiveaway!

Caffeine Girl said...

I love Helen's designs. Afternoon Tea is one of my favorite shawls and I've knit a couple. Last week I bought Global Nomad. I would love to add Red Robin to my list!

And that baby blanket is charming.

Sarah said...

I'd love to enter the giveaway! I love the Twinkle Twinkle pattern (in fact, I think I've said so in a comment here for several weeks in a row, haha!!) but she also has some gorgeous shawl patterns! She's a new favorite on my ravelry!

Congratulations to the three winners, if you could email, please with your Ravelry name and the Helen Stewart pattern you would like, my email address is on the sidebar

My first project I've been working on this week is my Pebble Beach II by Helen Stewart, this little shawl will have lots of sentimental value as I explained in yesterday's post. I cast it on with a wonderful group of people at Unwind Brighton, there's a Pebble Beach KAL going on at the moment which is running until the 10th August. It's on for 4 weeks and each week is set out with a goal, I've reached this weeks goal of 25%, I love it when you have targets to meet, though saying that you can work at your own pace.

These are three of my purchases from Unwind Brighton, a Ysolda Teague pattern, the designer was on the stand and was so lovely and very helpful. I bought some Kettle Yarn Wimbledon Sport in Blue Pictsies. It's a 100% superwash merino in a sport weight and is very soft and squishy, perfect for babies.

I actually got to purchase some Signature needles, I've heard so many good things about them. They are as every bit as good as people say, they are comfortable to hold, lightweight and a dream to knit with. My husband asked me why they were so different from other needles, he laughed when I said they were the "Bugatti of Knitting Needles". I ended up going back to the show the following day to purchase another pair, after knitting my Pebble Beach on them!!!

I cast on last night and have finished the sleeve and front yoke, the sleeves and yoke are knit in one piece then you pick up stitches for the front and back. I've never knit a construction like this before, it's a simple knit with no seaming.

The last thing on my needles is some bunting, I got together with Mel and Sarah as part of Camp Aloha Friends , we thought this would be perfect summer knitting project. It is a free pattern called Knitted Bunting by Faye Perriam. I using some leftover Rowan Handknit Cotton.

I've started reading Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore as one of my favourite authors, it hasn't disappointed. I will carry on with the Zookeepers Wife but it was to big to carry around with me when I was away, also it's a library book and was worried about losing it.

I'm linking to Ginny's Yarn Along and Nicole's KCCO, I'm not sure whether I'll be back on Friday with any FO's so have a good weekend.

Happy Crafting

xxxxDebxxxx

 

20 comments:

steph said...

i adore that pebble shawl.....and even though I only have had 2 skeins of the Kettle yarns....it has become some of my very very favorite yarn---EVER!!! I feel another order coming on!!!

Reinventing Mother said...

What a surprise to find my name here!!!! Off to email you with many thanks!!!!

fjord girl said...

Oh my goodness I just LOVE the shawl pattern and the yarns you chose for it, Can't wait to see it finished.

mamasmercantile said...

Love the bunting, great colours.

thesnailgarden said...

Hi Deb, your Pebble Beach is looking good. I love the way you have graded the grey and that little jumper is going to look super cute in dark blue. Sweet bunting - thanks for the pattern, I have been thinking of either knitting or crocheting some bunting. Best wishes, Pj x

Sarah said...

Oh goodie! I fully did NOT expect my name to pop up since I can't remember the last time I won anything at all! Thank you! Love your shawl, it's so gorgeous! Off to email you!

Melissa Marie said...

I love the shawl the yarn is gorgeous! What type of yarn are you using for the shawl? :)

mysparemoments.com said...

Beautiful pepple shawl and I just love the colours you've chosen for the bunting.

Ira Huberts said...

Congrats to the winners and your new knitwear looks superb, the shawl looks really special. Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

Heather said...

Knitting a bunting, what an idea! That would be a great use of my random bits of yarn that I have lying about. Typically I make wash clothes, but this seems so much prettier!

Kepanie said...

The green ams pink are one of my favorite combos. The nanny Halsey is looking good so far. I love that deep blue. Congrats to the winners.

karisma said...

Congrats to your winners, I love the way you drew the names. :-) Nothing beats a pretty tea cup. So much eye candy in this post. The shawl looks lovely. I am intrigued with the new knitting needles, I have not heard of those ones before. I am planning on investing in a good set of interchangeables for myself for xmas this year but want to try a few different brands before making up my mind. Have a lovely day. xox

Joy said...

Congratulations to the winners :)
Once again I'm loving your knitting Deb, always different and exciting. Happy reading, xoJoy

Caffeine Girl said...

OMG! I can't believe I won something! It is a great treat as I've been working nonstop the past few weeks. Thanks for having such a fun giveaway.

You are tempting me with your comments about the signature needles!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Congrats to the winners and loving what you are working on!!!!

Amy at love made my home said...

Congratulations to the winners! I love the colours of your bunting, what a great combination! xx

Lynnda said...

Love the shawl!! Hugs x

Lucy Bowen said...

Loving Pebble beach - glad you like the needles.

Julie said...

Congrats winners! :)

Dorothy Griffiths said...

Hi Deb sorry not been around so much, just catching up with your fabulous blog. Whenever I see your gorgeous knitting it makes me itch to start picking up my needles again. You are a superb knitter Deb, I always love everything you make. Your Brighton trip looked divine, I visited many years ago and would absolutely love to live here now as it appears to be buzzing with creativity. What a lovely baby shower, I can remember these being mentioned when I was very young by my Auntie Mary in Boston and we wondered what they were - a lovely idea and the Mum in waiting looked very happy. You have done so much Deb, always a delight to visit you as you always inspire me. Big hugs and loves, Dorothyxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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