New Pattern!

It's quite a while since I self-published a pattern, what with making dolls, family bereavements and a husband changing jobs, and beginning some regular magazine work.

But through it all I've found a little bit of time to work on my own designs.  This particular design had been floating around my head for a few months so I'm very excited to finally be able to release the finished pattern.

Meet Polar Bear.

He's quite large at 17 inches tall and he has a pretty rotund tummy, making him nice and squishy for hugs!  The best part has to be his removable fairisle jumper.  It really turned out well, and has a modern 'Scandi' feel - that's very hip at the moment!!

The pattern can be bought on Ravelry, or Etsy.



A Maths Morning

I'm doing lots of maths this morning trying to design a Scandi-inspired jumper for a teddy. I just need to knit it up now and see if it works.


Ombré Shrug

The latest issue of Let's Get Crafting - Knitting and Crochet is now out. And it's got a fabulous pattern for a little ombré shrug designed by yours truly.

It's my first published clothing design pattern so I'm pretty excited by it.


Finished Blanket

I loved working on this blanket. They mix of colours worked out great (slightly different to the actual pattern) and all the different stitches kept it interesting. It didn't take too long either - about a week and a half.
Hopefully the little man likes it!


Some photos of Christmas Makes

I just realised a post from Oct/Nov never published. My father-in-law died after a very short stay in hospital and the months before Christmas were very busy dealing with my mother-in-law, as well as continuing to design for Let's Get Crafting magazine and supply a shop with some toys.

Things are starting to settle down now. My magazine design work is continuing, which is great. The only downside is I can't blog about the stuff I'm making most of the time. I do hope to start self-publishing again over the next few months also as I've a few ideas going around my head.

Right now I'm taking some time out to crochet a blanket for Oliver's room. I'll share a picture once i can figure out how to do that on my phone!


Poor neglected blog!

Unfortunately I've not been so good at blogging over the last few years. Having small kids at home has taken most of my focus. And over the last year or so I have not been designing many new patterns - I just haven't been inspired.

But two things have happened to get me back on track.
1 - both children are now in primary school five days a week for 5 and 6 hours each.
2 - I was contact by UK magazine Let's Get Crafting - Knitting and Crochet to join their design team.

Having to come up with a new design every month has gotten my mind more focused and the ideas are starting to flow again. Woo hoo!

At the moment I'm working on re-designing the mermaid I made for Creative Knitting magazine back in 2011. I've re-done her tail and am now working on a pattern to knit hair instead of sewing strands of yarn on. (Knitting hair is kinda' my thing at the moment!)

I also have another project in the pipeline based on the old Crolly dolls that were made in Donegal in Ireland years ago (the factory is long since closed). 

Here's to lots more designing, and blogging, in the future!