Who is the designer?

Designer interview coming very soon!

But which designer is it going to be with?

I’ve been so busy recently, what with designing and preparing items to sell at our craft markets, coming up with new projects for my classes, teaching all over North London (and finishing a few WIPs of my own), that I’ve not had a moment to write my blog…

But, fear not. I’ll be back again early next week with a very special interview with one of the UK’s top knitwear designers, who I’ve known since my college days and who I interviewed a few months ago.

Here are a few visual clues to the identity of this person… Can you guess who it is?

First of all here are just some of the Sirdar and Patons knitting patterns that I had when I was a child.. I loved knitting for my Sindy doll. This person shares a love of Sindy dolls and has knitted Sindy and Paul clothes too in the past.

Patons knitting patterns for Sindy and other dolls

Knitting for Sindy

Now here’s a jumper that I made way back in the 70s. It’s called Hodge and is by Patricia Roberts. No, that’s not the designer, but she’ll feature in our conversations…

Green version of the bobble and cable sweater desinged by Patricia Hodge

Hodge, designed by Patricia Roberts

Rowan has long been one of my favourite companies to turn to for pattern inspiration. Here’s one of the early Rowan pattern books in my library – Rowan 4 from 1988. It featured this design that particularly caught my interviewee’s eye.

Macbeth sweater from an old Rowan book

And if you check back through my blogs you may also get a few clues – this is one of my favourite designers and there have been lots of their designs on my needles over the years.

Any ideas? Why not leave a comment here with who you think it could be. Then don’t forget to check back next week to find the answer or to see if you’re right!

Hearts and flowers for Valentines

Hearts and flowers all the way

I can’t believe that it’s already Valentine’s Day – that time of hearts and flowers! The year is galloping along and I’ve just realised that I haven’t blogged since Christmas! I have a good excuse, though. I’ve been super-busy making things for my Etsy shop, which is very new, and needed lots of love and attention. It’s finally starting to pay off though, as I’ve just had a lovely review from a lady who received a pair of my Flora mittens, which have a little flower on the back, as her Valentine’s Day present.

Pink and purple Flora mittens

There’ll be more about my mittens very soon, as well as a digital pattern for the gloves!

Etsy inspiration

The Etsy shop has spurred me on to  design lots more things and, I must say, I’m loving coming up with the ideas.

Here’s my hearts choker

pink crochet choker with three hearts on pottery head

My Hearts Choker

I love working beads into my crochet, and this choker gave me the ideal opportunity. 

cloe up of three crochet hearts on a chokerI ended up making them in a variety of colours – they’re all over on the Etsy shop (but if anyone wants one in a different colour, just let me know!)Purple crochet choker with three hearts

They’re a little fiddly, and there are loads of ends to sew in once they’re finished, but I love the results. Hope you do too! This character definitely seems to think they’re the cat’s whiskers, it seems!

Purple crochet hearts choker on retro pottery cat

Even more hearts and flowers!

In fact, I’ve been crocheting up all sizes of hearts and flowers in the past months ready for teaching my Hearts and Flowers crochet classes. They looked so pretty together.

hearts and flowers in crochet

It got me thinking about how I could combine them into something cute to hang on the wall. So out came my Rico DK cotton in lovely vibrant pink and pale yellow shades, some blue glass beads, and with a 3mm crochet hook, I was away…

crochet hearts and flowers wall hanging in progress And here’s the finished result..

wall hanging made up of crochet hearts and flowers

Hearts and Flowers wall hanging

I love the multilayered flower. It was just going to be a few rounds of petals at first, but I just kept on going! What do you think?

close up of crochet flower and heartBecause I’d finished the flower with pink at the edge, I decided to add a yellow edging to the pink hearts. The pattern for the little heart is here. And if you’d like the flower pattern too, just let me know in a comment below…

Hearts and flowers crochet wall hanging in pink and yellow

Finally, while doing a bit of decorating at home, I came across this tapestry-style cushion that I designed and made years ago. It’s based on the classic Raphael picture of the cherub leaning on a cloud together with my garland of flowers around the edge. I finished the cushion cover in rich burgundy velvet and added chunky gold rope edging with gorgeous big tassels in the corner. Maybe some more tapestry in the pipeline? But who knows where I’ll get the time from!

Tapestry cushion cover featuring cherub and flowers

My tapestry cushion design

Here’s to even more hearts and flowers in the year ahead!