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Cheviot Spring Festival 2014

I have been busy knitting items plus hand dyeing wool to sell at a stall at this event. My Mum has also got in on the act as well and has some items knitted as well.

If you live nearby, come on up, over & to Cheviot! September 12th & 13th are the dates to lock in.

Friday 12th & Saturday 13th September 2014

Friday 12th & Saturday 13th September 2014

Check out the Cheviot website for information or their facebook page.

Some of the yarn available to buy - 8ply & 10ply.

Some of the yarn available to buy – 8ply & 10ply.

I wish I had more time to knit but I will have a selection of hats, shrugs, little girl tunics and baby vests. Mum & I also have some other Spring themed items that may tickle your fancy. The stalls will be next to The Paddock Café at the South end of Cheviot, so grab a coffee and come & say HI!

Kate 🙂

 

 

  

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AMH – A Mother’s Heart

Oh I am slack! Last month I released my third pattern called AMH – A Mother’s Heart.

This is a fab one size cowl that can be worn a few ways. Buttoned or unbuttoned like a scarf. It can be as one long loop or doubled for Mum or tripled for your daughter or son. The stitch pattern is just a combination of knit & purl stitches & is reversible.

I have named this after my daughter’s and the reasons I love being a Mum and their Mum! AMH is A Mother’s Heart or their initials – Ariana, Makayla & Holly.

AMH collage

AMH is worked flat and has a button closure as a feature. I often wrap mine around twice and then button it up once I have it sitting well. Ariana happily sneaks off with it and wears it which is quite sweet. The wool I used in my prototype is so soft and snuggly. There is a little story behind this wool too. When Holly was itti bitti new born I was gifted a beautiful baby set made from this wool. Another lady had made this set for her new baby daughter which you can see at this link. The wool is Evoke “Melody” which is alpaca, bamboo and merino! This beautiful wool has been used for two gorgeous babies and now as a cowl for myself (and Ariana!).

Holly at a few weeks old in her romper suit ♥

Holly at a few weeks old in her romper suit ♥

Here is Ariana wearing my AMH:

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Above – my second knitting pattern

In February I found a beautiful cable pattern of angel wings and felt so connected to it I had to make it into something. Designing a hat seemed very logical so I set to and designed a hat using the angel wings pattern. I had to do a bit of editing of it – from being in knitted in the round and not flat plus I changed one of the increases because I didn’t like the look it created.

I have had a busy team of wonderful test knitters who helped me iron out any problems in the pattern like with the layout, numbers and readability. Thank you team!

Angels have a real infinity & special place with me. On my journey to being a mother to three gorgeous daughters, I had three close consecutive miscarriage’s which really threw me upside down emotionally. Losing a pregnancy was surprisingly hard to go through however as time marches on, you realise you learn a lot about yourself and have empathy for others before & after you that also lose a pregnancy. The “Above” hat is symbolic of the three angels I have up above, that look over my three awesome girls with all sizes having three (or four) angel wings around the hat. The hat also is available in six sizes from toddler to large adult and in three yarn weights. On Monday the 14th of April I released the “Above” hat pattern and this week it has a introductory special price of $3USD (Usually $6USD) .

Some of the beautiful hats made in testing.

Some of the beautiful hats made in testing.

Above is a unisex slouch hat knit from the brim up. The pattern keeps the knit interesting with only one round of cable being used in the body of the hat and a simple twist cable in the brim. The hat is available in six sizes from toddler to large adult and in three yarn weights – fingering (4ply), DK (8ply) & worsted weight (10ply). This pattern would work best with plain, semi solid or gradient dyed wool to show the angel wings cable pattern off best. Skills Required: Knitting in the round with small circumference. Use small fixed circulars or magic loop. Beginner cable work. Gauge information : 4ply/Fingering Weight – 28 sts/10cm on 3.25mm needles 8ply/DK Weight – 22 sts/10cm on 4.5mm needles 10ply/Worsted Weight -18sts/10cm on 5mm needles

Sized from toddler - large adult and in three yarn weights. A beautiful comfortable hat for yourself or as a gift.

Sized from toddler – large adult and in three yarn weights. A beautiful comfortable hat for yourself or as a gift.

If you are on Ravlery, I would love to see your finished project and photos. I am “Chevgirl” on Ravlery and I am happy to help with any pattern support Thank you Kate 🙂

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