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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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Test Knitting 2014 so far….

I have done a few test knit’s for other designer’s so far this year with most of them being hats!

My first test knit was a top called Velma designed by Casey White. This is a sweet short sleeved top in a loose gauge so it grows fast on your needles. I made this for Ariana and she adores it.

 

My next test knit was a beautiful smooshy hat called “Aspiring” designed by Paula Henley from Koru Designs Aotearoa. It has a great stitch pattern in the body of the hat and a simple yet effective twist in the brim. I made this test kinit for Ariana and she loves it! Gosh I am lucky my 8 year old still tolerates her Mum’s knitting!

 

Next onto the needles was a hat called “Pollinator”  which is my friend Jo’s first foray into designing. Jo also hand dyes wool for sale as well as some other crafty items. Her business is called Meraki Studio NZ. This is a stunning cute design and Makayla was the lucky one to get this hat. The yarn I used was some I was gifted from Casey (who designed Velma above ^ ) and it suited the bee theme in colour and would suit Makayla.

The next test knit was for a new designer as well. Briony from Gradient has not one but TWO hat patterns in testing at the moment. I tested one of them called Fisherman’s Beach. It is a stunning hat that holds special significance to her in memory of her father. ♥ I love patterns that have a story or special meaning. This hat features a simple cable running up the length that is like the beach of waves and their are smaller wee waves with a clever stitch going around the body of the hat.

I gifted this hat to my cousin who raised a lot of money for Cancer Research by cutting her much loved dreads off. I hope her head is nice & warm now! The yarn I used for this project is hand dyed by Jo from Meraki Studio NZ who designed the Pollinator hat! We all tie in together nicely don’t we?!!!

 

** I have completed another test knit but I can’t share that one yet as it is top secret! I adore the pattern & my gradient hand dyeing I did for it but alas you all have to wait!

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Kauri Hat

While I was having my pattern test knitted, I also test knitted a friend’s hat pattern called Kauri. It is a great man hat but equally perfect for us ladies too! Kauri is designed by my friend Gabriella Henry who has designed some very cool, versatile patterns. I have at least two of her patterns in my knitting queue waiting to get knitted!

 

Kauri

 

“Kauri is a fun and satisfying knit for the special man (or woman) in your life.

Featuring an interesting cable/twist panel reminiscent of tree branches, this cozy unisex beanie works up quickly, ideal for last minute gifting.”

I knitted one to fit my husband’s head (medium) in some hand dyed wool and all up it used 50g exactly!

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deanI am about to cast on another in a brown for a quick Christmas gift……photos later after Christmas!

ETA: Here is the hat I made for my youngest brother for Christmas modelled by my handsome husband again.

 

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Recent Test Knitting

I have been busy test knitting a few patterns and some more than once!

In September, I test knitted a new pattern by Julia from Just One W.I.P. called Marji.

A cute modern cropped cardigan, featuring a textured garter stitch pattern.

* Perfect for layering all year long.
* Easy enough for a beginner knitter.
* Uses small amounts of yarn.
* Quick enough to knit for a last minute gift.

Go on and get yourself a copy of the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/marjie

Marji on Makayla

Marji on Makayla

I really love this photo of Makayla. Happy and showing her fun personality.

I really love this photo of Makayla. Happy and showing her fun personality.

Another test I have done recently is a new pattern just released yesterday and the first installment in a series of pattern’s based on the Von Trapp sisters from The Sound of Music. The pattern is called “Gretl” after the youngest of the family and sisters. It is a sweet shrug with a smocking stitch detail at the back and bell ruffle. I made one for Ariana first and then thought Holly would love one as she has grown out of her other shrugs. So then HAD to make another for middle sister Makayla! I love Makayla’s one especially as the smocking stitch looks fab in sparkle yarn.

Ariana’s Gretl took 101g  http://ravel.me/ChevGirl/gt2

Gretl Ariana collage

Holly’s Gretl used 53g of hand dyed yarn http://ravel.me/ChevGirl/gfh

Holly Gretl Collage

Then I made Makayla one in sparkle yarn – 83g http://ravel.me/ChevGirl/gfmt

Makayla Gretl collage

 

And then I cast on another! This one will be a Christmas Gift to a certain 3 yo niece. http://ravel.me/ChevGirl/gfjt

Red gretl collage

 

It is a quick item to knit as it is knit in a loose gauge. These one’s were on a 6mm  & 4.5mm needle using DK/8ply.

Go and check both of these patterns out!

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Buttons!

Recently I entered a competition on Buttons by Benji blog and I WON! Yippee!

I won the chance to design my own buttons and then have them. I designed them around a test knit I have just finished knitting called La Petite. Dusky pink and grey stripes in uneven stripes like the jersey.

My Vintage Haze buttons on the La Petite knit top.

My Vintage Haze buttons on the La Petite knit top.

Here are some more photo’s of the La Petite which is yet to be released.

Ariana in her new top.

Ariana in her new top.

I also won $20 credit to spend on more buttons. I chose these wee beauties.

buttons collage

 

Check out more new buttons on Buttons by Benji.

Kate XXX

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Knitting, knitting and knitting

Time for a quick catch up of things I have knitted….

Poppy Hat & Elizabeth Tunic for a custom order - the pinks I had hand dyed.

Poppy Hat & Elizabeth Tunic for a custom order – the pinks I had hand dyed.

Pirate Milo for a custom order.

Pirate Milo for a custom order.

Reid Hat for a custom order. Deep dark navy.

Reid Hat for a custom order. Deep dark navy.

The seven hats I made for the Hats for Ethan auction weekend. From bottom left: Potae Hat. Magere Bridge Beanie, Reid x3, Sideline Hat and a long Reid Hat.

The seven hats I made for the Hats for Ethan auction weekend.
From bottom left: Potae Hat. Mangere Bridge Beanie, Reid x3, Sideline Hat and a long Reid Hat.

Mud Puddles and matching Mangere Bridge Beanie for a custom order in yarn I hand dyed.

Mud Puddles and matching Mangere Bridge Beanie for a custom order in yarn I hand dyed.

Birthday Present made fast for Ariana's class mate - Capucine Hat.

Birthday Present made fast for Ariana’s class mate – Capucine Hat.

 

Another quick birthday present for a 4yo girl- Capucine again!

Another quick birthday present for a 4yo girl- Capucine again!

There has been more things knitted but some I can’t reveal yet 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Princesses and Pirates!

I am partaking in my first showcase on facebook and it has been somewhat fun! My friend Julia who runs Booti Tutu has organised a showcase on her FB page in the theme of Princesses and Pirates. It is a way of show casing other creative people in face book land. It is amazing what other ladies have made in the theme.

Booti Tutu Princesses and Pirates Showcase

Booti Tutu Princesses and Pirates Showcase

I enjoyed making the items for this showcase. I had a huge 1kg skein of wool to divide up and then hand dye with some items in mind.

Primrose set collage

Princess Elizabeth Collage CORRECT

and then a wee Pirate contribution ♥

Pirate Monkey with logo and words

Gosh the milo took some work with adapting the chart to the number of stitches and then doing it upside down! It was made for a hat knitted bottom up but the Milo vest is knitted top down! Anyway I won! I got the skulls and crossbones chart from here.

Please check out the showcase offerings as there are some wonderful items available! The items are available from 7.30pm on Friday March 8th.

I am going to be doing some rainbow inspired items for another friend’s “Rainbow” Showcase in April…

jodulbug showcase

Keep an eye out!

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