Pom Pom Party!

Last Friday, we hosted our first kid’s craft party at The Knit Club. It was amazing!

Image12 eight year olds were invited to make cool pom pom people at our shop, in honour of a special birthday girl. For the afternoon, we prepped some our our bags and craft materials.The Knit Club

The paper bags were creatively transformed into party bags with colourful felt pens. The artistic talent was very impressive!

The Knit Club Kids Party

We then used Clover Pom Pom makers (super easy to use over and over again) to make large acrylic pom poms.

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The Clover pom pom makers make the process so easy, even for little hands. We used different coloured yarns so that the pom pom people would be multi-coloured. We then added elastic string to dangle them and googly eyes so that they can see!

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The AMAZING birthday cake was also yarn themed!

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The kids were super happy with their new pom pom people, and acquired pom pom making skills!

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To book your party at The Knit Club,

call 01883345220 or visit our website.

Baby Talk…

Last Saturday, we were lucky enough to welcome Erika Knight to The Knit Club for the second time! In timing with the launch of her beautiful ‘knit for baby’ poster pattern. Erika signed copies of her pattern, as well as giving a talk about knitting for babies.

Erika Knight Baby Talk at The Knit Club

 

Here’s some of our picks of Erika’s purls of wisdom…

Baby-Fur-Gilet

(Fur Gilet and Legwarmers from ‘knit for baby’ poster pattern)

On talking about her British Blue DK, Erika explained where her yarn finds its spot amongst the many other baby yarns available. Championing the best of British wool, she has selected the softest sheep wool in petite 25g balls. It’s a luxury yarn, perfect for little projects – or little people! At £3.95 per 25g ball, it’s at the higher end of baby yarns – but the sumptuous colours and super soft texture, as well as the British support, make this yarn seem well worth it.

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(Erika’s British Blue DK)

Erika talked about her background and raising her daughter in a design-led world (Erika previously designed for Rowan), “Bella learnt all her colours from the Rowan shade cards. She would call orange ‘mango’! “And on picking the palette for her own yarn, Erika said she went for “colours that work even with your eyes shut. They work together or on their own.” And we’d quite agree! Modern, chic but with a smidgen of cuteness for the little people. And for chunky garments, Erika says “Pick two colours and knit the strands together. Really on trend to make a mix. ”

Erika Knight British Blue DK

 

(Erika’s British Blue DK)

Erika gave a lovely run through of the designs now available in her poster pattern. “Hats, blankets leg warmers are good starters. And also make perfect presents.” Her poster pattern also contains a jumper design and a cardigan design. She joked “that one [jumper] has a pocket for their mobile phone – because babies do have mobiles now”.

Erika Knight 'Knit for Baby' Poster Pattern

(Some items from ‘knit for baby’ poster pattern – excluding bootees)

With any tops, jumpers or pullovers for babies – its “important to have easy opening for neck or you could pull off their ears and find ears all over the place! Buttons or press studs are perfect. If you don’t want to make a button hole, don’t – sometimes you can just shove then through! I love dark grey or cream mother of pearl buttons. They have colours that match everything, all you need. ”

Erika Knight Buttons

When showing the moss stitch short sleeve cardigan from her poster pattern, Erika explained “do it in any stitch you want. Easy. And avoid seams if you can. If you can work out how to knit in the round or as one flat piece, then the garment will be much more comfy for baby.”

Erika Knight 'Knit for Baby' Moss Stitch Cardigan

(Moss Stitch Cardigan from Erika’s ‘knit for baby’ poster pattern)

Teaming her knitted garments with cotton dresses and silks, Erika has a keen eye for detail and beautiful taste in tailored garments. She brought along a little vintage silk dress, which commanded oohs and ahhs from everyone in the shop!

Erika Knight's Vintage Silk Dress

On showing one of her past designs, Erika talked about a red cardigan with hand stitched patterns and pictures stitched onto the knitting. “Personalise things. Scribble embroidery. I copied a wrapping paper pattern for a jumper, very cute.

A cushion is a nice present for a new born – experiment with stitches. Stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch can be used to create monogrammed squares with baby’s initial.

Erika Knight

The day was such a success, with our knitters leaving feeling everything from nostalgic to inspired and raring to knit! And of course, completely in love with Erika’s yarns and patterns.

Kathryn at The Knit Club

Erika kindly signed some items for her fans, including The Knit Club tote!

Erika Knight at The Knit Club

Lavanya, a regular visitor to The Knit Club, said “It’s nice to knit something when you know the designer has put care into the design and thinks about it from your point of view.”

To see the full range of Erika’s yarns and patterns, you can visit our website or pop in to our shop.

Knitting is Rock ‘n’ Roll

Someone sent me this picture. It made me laugh alot.

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I felt it hit upon a truth. There is no such thing as a stereotypical knitter. It could be anyone! Knitting is whatever you want it to be, and strikes a chord with all types of people. For that reason, I love the idea of mirroring knitting with rock’n’roll. Such contrasting stereotypes, of granny knitters and heavily made up rock stars. The more unlikely of a knitter you are, the more reason you should try it. You will probably love it!

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Oh and on that note, may I introduce our latest tote bag. Inspired by “It’s Only Rock’N’Roll” by the Rolling Stones…

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Knitterview: TinyOwlKnits!

A firm favourite designer at The Knit Club has to be Tiny Owl Knits. Tiny Owl Knits patterns are designed by Stephanie Dosen, “an American singer who lives in the mountains with her unicorn, puffy cat & a hefty yarn stash riddled with gnomes.”

Tiny Owl Knits - Deer with Antlers

(Deer with Antlers Hat)

Recently, we were lucky enough to have a nice chat across the pond with Stephanie and talk all things knitty! Read on for her answers.

When and how did you learn to knit? 

I took several stabs at knitting before it really stuck. I somehow managed to get a job at a yarn shop as a crochet teacher before I could even knit a stitch! The learning curve was pretty steep. I went from learning to knit one day, to helping people with their knitting problems the next. Thankfully there were dozens of amazing mama-owls at the shop that taught me so much every single day. I worked at the shop for 3 years and I refer to it now as “knitting college”. I got my degree in: “OOh I just made up this new thing; now I need to write down what I did so we can ALL make one!”

Are you more of a knitter or a crocheter? 

I love mixing knitting and crochet. To me they are sisters. I do hesitate sometimes to put them both in patterns together because people often seem to like one or the other. If I’m making something just for myself it will generally have both arts together.

Tiny Owl Knits

Who/what inspires your designs? 

I get inspired by so many things. It could be some old fabric I find at a flea market or a squirrel spiralling through the trees. (I only say that because I’ve recently moved to Colorado and I’m obsessed with the color of the red squirrels here! Their coats are so perfectly amber and beautiful. I think I might be addicted to that color right now as my stash seems to be filling up with it!

Do you have a favourite Tiny Owl Knits design? 

My favorites are the “meow mitts” and my new “spirit of the birch” cuff. Though I seem to wear the heck out of the “Oh my bear!” sweater every winter!

Meow Mitts by Tiny Owl Knits

(Meow Mitts)

What do you hope people gain from knitting TinyOwlKnits patterns? 

Whenever I see a pattern that I really want to make, I get outrageous butterflies in my stomach. I get so excited picking out the yarn and casting on! I hope that people get that same feeling when they see my patterns. But secondly and probably most importantly, I want people to have success with my patterns. I need to know that I can get them from “butterflies to finished object” with ease (and without tears!) Knitting can be frustrating when something is unclear. I understand that and try to write my patterns in a way that really clearly guides the knitter. Every knitter who sets out on a project is taking a risk! They are like a hobbit going on a journey and they need a good map! That’s my job. 🙂

Favourite film? 

Harry Potter, Little Women (1994), The Dark Crystal

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Favourite band/artist? 

Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls and Cocteau Twins. I am actually releasing a record soon with Simon Raymonde from Cocteau Twins. Our band is called “snowbird” and I’m really excited for it to come out!

Anything exciting in the knitting pipeline? 

I’m heading back to England for the second photo shoot for my knitting book next month and also have lots of designs coming out. I need some more elves to help me knit! If anyone knows any elves please send them my way. I have lots of goldfish crackers and I’m happy to share. I also give good elf back-rubs. (small backs = easy.)

Describe your favourite knitting spot? 

I have a ridiculously big puffy chair and I live in it. Um… I’m in it right now. 🙂

Do you have a little message for fans of your work? 

Thank you!!!!! Thank you so much for knitting my patterns. I hope they bring you much joy and happiness and that you have success with every stitch! Lastly, don’t be afraid of your knitting. Making mistakes is just part of it. Be afraid of skydiving, but never ever be afraid of your knitting!

xoxo

Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits

Check out our range of Tiny Owl Knits patterns here.

Aye Aye Capt’n!

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My first make of 2013!  A simple beanie pattern, some stripes to break up the black and a crocheted skull and crossbones.  It was quick and fun to make and Son1 loves it, thankfully.  He had asked for a Storm Trooper hat (Star Wars) but that was a bit beyond me (and, if I’m truthful, I didn’t want to make one!).  I did find a cool R2D2 crocheted hat when I was browsing though!

The yarn is Rico Design:Essentials Soft Merino Aran which is a firm favourite of mine.  It’s good value and really nice to work with.  I’ve used it recently for several projects including:

Baby blanket

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Penguin hat (modelled by a melon!)

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My “things to make in 2013” list is underway.  I think there’ll be a blanket, a scarf, a hat and, well, plenty more.  I MUST finish a gift that I started in the summer first though!  Oh, and remember to go to the Post Office to send it!