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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!!


A Celebration of Emmms

14 Apr

As today is Emmms 30th birthday I wanted to take some time out to celebrate, what I would say are, the best 5 of her knitting designs!!!

She has been designing knitted items for years and has not only designed for the likes of Alice Yu at Socktopus but has also came 3rd runner up in Katie and Kyliemac’s knitting competition with her mitts ‘In Paris’!!

Emmms has such an eye for stitch patterns and great fibre combinations that I cannot help to just love everything she designs, so without further delay here we go!

5: Under The Tree

Cute and very popular, these owly mitts are just ‘tree’mendous

4: Posie Dishcloth

So simple and so quick to knit, however if you are anything like me you will find it hard to use it to clean dishes!!

3: Heart Strings

Emmms inspiration for these socks was her friend’s medical studies and I just love the blood red colour and the twisting cables


2: Norfolk Ramblers

A beautiful tribute to her grandfather, these delicate and intricate socks are my favourite of all of her sock designs

1: Eunoia Tunic

The most perfect example of her knitting genius, the extra long cowl neck, the puff of the sleves and the brilliant touch of the cable running down the centre make Eunoia my favourite of Emmm’s designs

Please, please, pretty please emmms, desgin a shawl!!!!!!

Happy, happy birthday!!!!!