How to Knit a Rabbit Scarf with Fiona Goble
Taken from her book, Knitted Animals Scarves, Mitts and Socks, Fiona shows us how to knit this super cute rabbit scarf. Knitting in super chunky yarn, this will be quick to knit and adding the rabbit details is really fun. Plus she has a great tip for keeping the scarf flat as it’s knitted . Watch Now+
And did you catch her workshop last week on how to knit animal paws where she has a clever way of knitting animal toes so that you don’t get left with lots of ends to sew in. Watch Now+
Finishing your table runner
Last week, was the last part of Nancy’s Tudor Rose Table Runner. In this workshop Nancy takes you through the final stages of making this English Paper pieced runner. She shares with us how to add the remaining two shapes needed – 45 degree diamonds and kites – and the applique that is also needed. That just leaves, the three traditional little words – layer, quilt and bind – and your project is done. Do share your pictures with us of your finished projects, we’d love to see them Watch Now+
Squares on Squares with Jennie Rayment
Jennie shows us how to turn simple squares into triangles which are then squares again! – and no waste! So like Jenny! This is a stitch ‘n flip technique that usually leaves lots of triangles for you to use up. You could do this in the borders but Jennie has another great idea to share with you. Jennie has used red and green which are sort of Christmas colours, but this isn’t essential. Workshop notes are available to Paid Subscribers Watch Now+
Special offers from Lady Sew and Sew
For those that don’t know, Lady Sew and Sew, in Henley, is Europe’s biggest quilting and patchwork warehouse. Not only do they have excellent quilting supplies and goodies, they also have a great selection of yarn and knitting products as well. . We have been busy adding some of these to our Shop for you. AND this month we have teamed up with them for our special Book and Product of the Month offers.
Our Book of the Month for December is the fun “NUDINITS: Bare-bottomed fun from the village of Woolly Bush.” Bursting with British eccentricity, double entendres and the odd bare bottom, this enchanting book will appeal to humour-lovers and knitting fans alike . Set deep in the heart of the
English countryside. It has all the standard features of a typical village. There’s a cake shop, the war memorial, the vegetable show, the vicar. But there are two big differences – it’s all made of wool, and none of the characters have clothes on!
This is not just a humour book. It also includes 20 exclusive knitting patterns so you can knit Bernard and Barbara, upstanding citizens of Woolly Bush as well as a selection of accessories and accoutrement
As our Book of the Month for December it comes with FREE P&P in the
UK Buy Now+
Our Product of the Month for December is this gorgeous Enchanted Forest Cushion Kit by Martin Storey
This beautiful cushion kit comes complete with yarn and a free ‘Rowan at Home’ book. What a lovely addition to any home. It’s a design by Martin Storey using versatile, hard wearing yarn Pure Wool Superwash Worsted (wool.) With a wonderful intarsia pattern of a forest scene, this pattern is suitable for the more experienced knitter.
The book, worth £9.50, contains 9 designs by Martin Storey. They will add the perfect finishing touch to your home. Discover sumptuous designer throws and cushions inspired by mid-century modern furniture and textiles
And even better, as our Product of the Month for December it comes with FREE P&P in the UK
Snuggle Quilt with Dawn Cameron Dick.
This is a great stash-buster quilt from Dawn. It works with any colour theme and is not as complicated as it may look. It would look lovely in Christmas colours for snuggling up in front of the fire with some mulled wine. The beauty of this lovely quilt is that you sew your blocks first and then you trim them back to size – so perfect for all sewers; no need to panic about your seam allowance! Watch Now+
Table Runner with Valerie Nesbitt
This lovely table runner was designed by Stof fabrics in their Duo and Mini Duo fabric ranges. It uses very modern-style fabrics which need no additional enhancement with quilting. It’s made with the stitch and flip method of construction – so both sides at once and then bind! Valerie discusses some of the alternative fabrics you can use eg her black and white version used a jelly roll. Then she suggests thinking about a Christmas version, as well as maybe adjusting the size to create table mats. The pattern and extra tips for a Christmas version are available to Paid Subscribers Watch Now+
Table Decs from Jennie Rayment
Jennie has a great new pattern in our Shop in time for Christmas. There is a twiddled and fiddled candle holder PLUS everlasting crackers from our twiddling queen.
A unique textured six pointed star table decoration, wall hanging or ornament, this is perfect for your festive table. AND you also get the pattern for some festive everlasting crackers, which you can have lots of fun filling with your choice of gift, joke and/or hat.Then you can pack them away and use them again next year. They’d also make a great present to take along to a Christmas lunch.
The pattern comes with full size templates and full instructions.. Buy Now+
What did you miss at our last retreat?
What a great mix of students we had at our recent retreat with Jennie and Paula, down in Hampshire. You missed a jam packed weekend full of learning, chatting, stitching, (more chatting), eating, (more chatting) and relaxing in the spa. Check out our blog and see the photos of what our students got up to Read Now+
The next retreat we have coming up is with Fiona Goble in February. Come and join us for a knit and knatter weekend Learn More+
What’s coming up in December
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
December’s giveaway for Paid Subscribers is Fiona Goble’s very lovely book, Knitted Animal Nursery. It contains 35 gorgeous animal-themed knits for babies, toddlers, and the home. You can learn how to knit super-cute animal clothes and snuggly accessories for babies and toddlers. And you can also fill the nursery with homemade pillows, rugs and toys. Fiona has included patterns for everything your little one might need.
To enter the competition just send an email entitled Animal Nursery to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition will close 31 December 2019.
Treat yourself to one of our amazing quilting, textile or knitting weekends away in 2020
Fiona Goble has a clever way of knitting animal toes so that you don’t get left with lots of ends to sew in. Watch Now+
Jennie Rayment shows us how to turn simple squares into triangles which are then squares again! – and no waste!. Watch Now+
The final stages of making this English Paper pieced table runner with Nancy Adamek Watch Now+
This is a great stash-buster quilt from Dawn Cameron-Dick and works with any colour theme and not as complicated as it may look. Watch Now+
Lorna Bateman guides you through how to work this effective stitch which can also be referred to as ‘tufting’ and which she loves to use in her embroidery work to create a soft 3D look. Watch Now+
Jennie Rayment takes you through the simple steps to create some lovely boxes which do not need to be square. Watch Now+
This is a super way to use up scraps of wadding; and Valerie Nesbitt suggests that any motifs will do but these cupcakes are just very appealing and non-fattening.. Watch Now+
Janet Clare talks us through some of the ideas she has for using the pre-cut charm squares and candies. Watch
Helen Butcher loves making 3D illusion quilts and shares with Valerie Nesbitt some of her ideas.. Watch Now+
Paula Doyle says this is the best bag ever! – and it certainly contains lots of lovely pockets to keep everything neat and tidy. Watch Now+