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ooooh I like that!!!

27 Mar

This week I’m totally loving stripes!

I go through phases of stripes versus polka dots but for a while now striped have been on top……

So this yarn is right up my street

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Mind the Gap from Trailing Clouds

This week I’m also dreaming of sunshine and getting outside to begin painting my garden furniture.
My plan is to try and re-create this beauty from NeonVintageDesigns

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My new kitchen tiles have to be on my love list this week, my dad spent the weekend creating this masterpiece

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More on the kitchen next week………..

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knit nation 2011

26 Jul

It’s been a week since Knit Nation and me and Emmms are finally getting back to normal, but what a weekend it was!!

We need to first say a massive thank you to Pippa at Sweet Clement because if it wasn’t for her Made by Loumms would not have been there having one of the best times ever, so thanks Pippa!!!

Pippa setting up.

Pip has such a great eye for design which she used so well in the set up of the stall, a classy Black and White boudoir theme, and you can just see our excitement about the whole thing!!

Emmms doing some last-minute finishing.

Ta-da!!

We displayed our bags and sample socks around Pippa’s yarn, in wicker baskets,

Large Wristers, sweater-sized!

on a coat stand,

Socky Wristers!

on our paper mâché foot, made from the final copy of the News of the World,

SCANDALOUS! Soon-to-be-released 'June' sock in Beloved (in Blueberry Sundae).

Emmms’s wedding present lamp which proved very popular (Emmms: Because it is GORGEOUS! Best wedding present ever! We had so many lovely people comment on it and several disappointed faces when they learned the pattern will for ever stay in Lou’s head. I can understand their disappointment, but I’m pretty chuffed to have a Lou Original!)

[You can see it in the finished stall pic up at the top, but a proper picture and dedicated post all of its own are definitely to come!]

and also very handy when all the lights cut out!!

Twinkly! Handy in a black-out!

The best bit, of course, were Pippa’s delicious yarns,

Lovely yarn, with a sneaky Pink Flamingos Wrister.

which go rather nicely with our bags, don’t you think?

Sock-Perfect project bags, a tableau with delicious yarn!

Adorning the walls were both the sock patterns by us and shawl and mitts patterns by Michaela and Anna, and the samples knitted up in Sweet Clement yarns.

Patterns lined the walls, with some Wristers up top showing off Pippa's yarns.

Two 'Agatha C.' samples, in Smitten (in Buttercup and Mallard).

It was great to see Michaela and Anna again, as well as the usual faces, Old Maiden Aunt, Ysolda, Nimu, Susan Crawford, Alice (of course, who bought a Sketched Owls Wrister), The Bothered Owl, and many others, as well as meeting new faces, too!!

We had a great chat with so many people, the owner of Temptation Cafe in Brighton, who showed us a pic of his knitted Brighton Pavilion and seagulls; his friend, shawl designer Knit and Fiddle; Martine from iMake who bought an Owly Wrister; Vicky from the awesome Twisted Angle online magazine, and the rest of our great customers who stopped by!

Thanks to one lovely lady who threaded a needle I was using to sew in the end of one of our wristers! And an extra HUGE thanks to the Knit Nation Team who came to the rescue and helped with some last-minute drawstringing of our Socky Wristers before the marketplace opened!! (Emmms: And a huge thanks to them for being such an amazing calming influence when sleep deprivation and hunger got the best of us. They were truly amazing!)

Some of our main highlights was Stephen West and his friend Sam buying a good handful of Wristers — the gaggle of fan girls (including ourselves) outside our stall said it all!! — they, as well as Lillith of OMA, picked up one of our favourite Wristers, the Red Robots!!

Lillith and her Wrister!

It was a perfect showcase not only for the re-release of some of our edited Loumms Year of Socks patterns, such as ‘Singing in the Rain’, but also for Emmms’s new design, ‘Agatha C.’, knit in Sweet Clement of course!

'Singing in the Rain' in Beloved (in Cornflower).

‘Agatha C.’ was so popular we had to get more patterns printed and I’m not surprised as it is totally amazing! Great intricate cables! make this the sock pattern of the year I say!! (review by Lou of course, Emmms is unfortunately not that big headed about her designs, don’t know why not!!)

Official 'Agatha C.' pattern pic in Smitten (in Mallard).

Due to how busy it was we didn’t get to wander as much as we would have liked but we did manage to pick up the following goodies!!

A needle holder from The Bothered Owl (Emmms: Lou snapped this lovely up but I totally lost track of all time and failed to get one for me. Thank goodness Sarah’s getting the Undercover Owl up and running, so I can pick one up for me!)

Whale needle case from Bothered Owl.

The new A Stitch In Time book from Susan Crawford, which I cannot wait to arrive in September (Emmms: GAH! Me too!! I am totally in love with the Miss Marple coat!)

The much-anticipated A Stitch In Time Vol. 2!

A gorgeous sweater pattern from Nimu, ‘Folded’ (Emmms: This was my one purchase for the entire event! It’s such a lovely design, but I’m having so much trouble deciding on the yarn to use — do I start bugging Pippa to get her Adore up on Etsy or do I stash dive? Decisions, decisions!)

The pattern pic for 'Folded'.

An equally pretty shawl pattern from Michaela, ‘Tumbledown’.

Pretty, pretty 'Tumbledown'!

Two great dresses from Twisted Angle in the softest acrylic I’ve ever felt — pics to come next time Loumms finds time for the pub! (Emmms: If you follow us on Twitter, you may recall Pippa regaling the internet with my table-side changing into said dress once the marketplace closed on Sunday! It had to be done!! I love my vintage dresses, but there are times when a lush cashmere-soft sweater dress is the way forward!)

And last but certainly not least an order of the scrumptious Corriedale yarn from Old Maiden Aunt! (Emmms: I swear that was Fate! I was complaining of the general lack of Corriedale in my life just that Sunday morning!)

All in all it was an incredible weekend but most of all it got me and Emmms sewing again! Woohoo!!

Oooh, and whoever won our Raining London Summer Kit in the Bingo get in touch!!! It was part of the big Grand Prize basket and we want to know what else you got!

'Singing in the Rain' Wrister Kit, with pattern, rainy Wrister and a skein of gorgeous Beloved in Cornflower!

making mag, it works!!

20 Jan

At the end of last year I set up a subscription to Making magazine. I heard about it in another mag I get and I was very excited about the whole concept.
A magazine not just designed to aim at one craft but a huge heap of projects in all styles split into 6 sections, wardrobe, garden, bathroom, living, kitchen, and techniques, using crafts like sewing, knitting, painting, woodwork, and cooking. Not only that but packed with articles and stories of crafters and their love of what they do!!

When the first one arrived I just ripped it out of it’s wrapper with delight, could wait to see what I could spy, to begin, an article about craft, perfect. Then a Q and A with a talented paper craft seamstress, and a tutorial and history piece about sewing machines but to be honest I was a little dissapointed with the projects.

I flipped through the pages and yes there was a couple of good ideas, like how to cover a fabric chair seat and how to make different sorts of pickles but nothing really jumped out at me.

I put it away thinking ‘ok it’s just the first one, the second issue will probably be better, give them a chance you perfectionist’ so I waited for issue two.

Again a few good things and a couple of great articles about patchwork and quilting that will come in very handy with a new loumms makes more project,  but its not quite there yet..

Skip forward to issue 3 and my god it was amazing!! Not just one good project but 6!!! They have done it, and to get it this good in 3 issues is a feat to admire!!

So issue 3 of making magazine, articles about lighting designers followed by a turtorial on how to re cover a lampshade of your own (this will come in very handy with a secret project I am working on!) a ‘what to buy’ guide on hand mixers

 and the projects ……..

Renovating and customising a lampshade!!

The cutest little sleeveless shirt

Delicious dreamy truffles recipe (which I plan to make at the weekend!)

A guide on how to create your own blend of bath salts

 

A lovely mirror for the garden

and my absolute favourite, how to build your own compost bin!!!

I had better get a move on with these projects cos if the rest of the issues are any where near as good as this one Ill be  all ‘projected’ out for the rest of the year!!!!!

Thanks Making mag!!!

baby shower

5 Jan

As I write I am on a train heading back from up north and a lovely visit to my family.
The reason for this trip was my sisters first baby shower!!
Baby is due at the end of the month and this was the first time I have seen her looking pregnant, she has been so small the whole way through, which is good for her as she has totally sailed through it! I on the other hand was being very selfish and really wanted to see a hugh baby bump!! Not that she has one now but at least you can now see something!!
The shower turned out brilliantly, based on the ‘little pea’ theme I used for her new born knitted gifts a little while ago https://loumms.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/little-pea/ my mam and other sister managed to get a whole set of goodies matching perfectly!!
My other sister also put together the most amazing nappy cake!!
It is two layers of nappies covered in baby towels with a top layer of flowers and leaves made from socks and booties and little bits!! The whole thing is decorated with cute little flowers, baby dummies and topped with a baby bottle! She is so good!!
A friend of my sisters made some tasty cup cakes and Ginger bread girls and boys and put together a baby basket full of necessities and the obligatory bottle of wine!
Anyway we played a few games, guess the age, weight, hair colour, D.O.B etc, match the crazy celebrity baby name to the celebrity and guess the baby picture game too!
She then opened some of the cutest presents ever and thankfully loved the baby blanket, hat and little pixie trousers I knit! I’ll get some better photos of all of these once the baby is here and wearing them!!
I am so glad I made it up there as the whole weekend was just perfect!!
Next time I see them all she’ll have a son or daughter and I’ll be an aunt!!!

knitting and stitching show – part 1, graduate knitting exhibition

10 Oct

Yesterday me and emmms took a trip in Purple Percy (my car) up to Alexandra Palace and the Knitting and Stitching Show 2010.

I know the show itself is slowly being taken over by big companies who can afford the increasing stall fees however there are still a few great fabric stalls still surviving, one of them being The Eternal Maker.

Me and emmms came across this stall last year and lost our minds over the great prints and fabrics they had in stock, however, when we came to check them out on line when we got home we could not find their card with their name or website details on!!! So annoying!! We searched and searched to find them without success so this year our main goal was to see them again!

We did and now have some more awesome fabric and their website details so we can visit them whenever we want!!

More on our great purchses in part three as this post is all about the Graduate Knitting Exhibition!!!

One of our joint favourite parts of the K and S show every year is the Graduate Exhibition, and this year we were once again very impressed.

Pleats, twists and smocking played a large part in the designs this year with greys blacks and and silvers being popular colours, mixed with bright, garish colours and 60’s style.

I adore the structrure and chunky texture of the following piece by Motohiro Tanji from Nottingham Trent University, the mutli pleated sleves and hem are broken up by the smocking on the body of the jacket, genius!

The other pleat focused piece is this detailed dress by Emma Philpot also from Nottingham Trent University.

The attention to detail is just breathtaking,

Samantha Brook is another student from Trent University and her aim was to portray the internet and digital age through complex and intricate knits, she has totally succeeded!!

The twist down the back of the vest is a something I have tried to do with socks and have never succeeded in doing, she is obviously very very talented!!!!

I really want to own one of these 60’s science fiction inspired jump suits by Ellen Chatelain from Chelsea College of Art and Design!!!

Staying with the 60’s feel the following photo’s are of the 2010 winner Deryn Relph’s ‘Retro Rainbow Rejuvenation’. These are some incredibly designed pieces all created with the idea of reinventing interiors and creating stronger attachments to objects to sustain their existance.

The lampshades just blew us away and have inspired us to try and create some of our own!!, I am not sure if they could possibly be as good as these ones, however once we manage a trip to the second hand shop for some lampshades to work with we will be sure to post about the results no matter how horriffic  hillarious!!!

So another fantastic day with emmms to look forward too!

Check out the knitting and stitching part 2 for photos of our yarny purchases and other yarn we saw and loved!!

for the love of gloves

27 Sep

The one thing I love most about knitted socks is the versitility in patterns and styles you can use to make them unique,

There can be cables, lace, slipped sts, not to mention the huge range of different heels and toes however it never occured to me that you can put the same practice to a pair of gloves until I spotted these beauties by Julia Mueller’s Laris Designs at Knit Nation!

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Julia adds stlye and individuality to each of her glove designs, she also occasionally changes the original structure and when she does the results are amazing, like these Glitten Gloves, my particular favourite!!!

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The detailed cables on Rococo are so interesting, especially as they creep their way up the finger! This I find fascinating as fingers are always the hardest part for me to knit on a pair of gloves never mind with cables too!!!

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Another one of her re structured designs is Guinevere, a glove knitted from the tip of the thumb out!! Genius!!

Julia’s most recent pattern is Chimera, which looks like a cosy warn mitt for the upcoming winter months!

 

Not only is she a really talented designer she also has great taste in yarn choosing to knit a lot of her patterns in Wollmeise!!

Julia also does KAL’s from her ravelry group page too!!

Thanks Julia for some truly inspiring designs!!!

(All pictures taken from www.laris-designs.com)

for the love of socks

24 Aug

My main knitting project for the past couple of weeks has been a delicate snood for my mam for her birthday (photos to come as don’t want to ruin it for her!)

As I have been designing it at the same time and have mainly been working on it at work, it is taking a while. It’s her birthday tomorrow and I have about another 3 inches to go!! Agh, probably not going to be ready in time!

I am really enjoying it and the yarn, 2-ply alpaca/silk/cashmere in lun-dubh by Old Maiden Aunt, is just divine — so soft and fine yet strong! It is a perfect shawl lace weight; however, I cannot fail to admit that I miss socks!

I know I did my sister a pair for the baby, but it’s just not the same as a really good sock pattern that you can really sink your teeth into, so I have been pining over a few delicious sock pattern on Ravelry to try to curb my desire long enough to get the snood finished!!!

Here are a few of my current favourites:

Francie by Rebekkah Kerner

I have had this particular sock in my favourites for a while now but just have not had the time to get it onto the needles. The detail on the sole gives it such a rare quality and that mixed with the simple ribbing adds up to an interesting but easy knit!!

Frankensock by Star Athena

I spotted these yesterday in a sock search and just love their originality. The red stitching over the toe and down the back of the leg gives such great contrast and adds to the feel that they are ‘parts sewn together’!

Lakeside by Julia Vaconsin

Nothing beats a good pair of knee-high socks and these are so pretty, they really do make me want to sit by the lake!

Bex by Cookie A

No sock pattern wish list would be complete without a Cookie A and there are so many to choose from. Bex is my current favourite and as I was given the book Sock Innovation for my birthday and now own the perfect yarn for them (the British merino from Sparkleduck) I have no excuse not to get on with the knit!!

Heart Strings by Emma Haigh

I don’t mean to be biased but these socks by our own Emmms are just fab, the story that goes with them is equally fab, and I just love the medical edge — viens and blood appeal to me! I am also very keen to try out the Welsh heel!

I must admit that I do feel better now, a bit of sock love always works!!!

Keep an eye out for some new sock patterns from me and Emmms coming very soon!!!