13 October 2016

my knitted doll blog hop

I had seen photos of Louise Crowther's (Boo Biloo) book, "My Knitted Doll" on facebook and had made a mental note about knitting one of the dolls up in the future. So I was delighted when I was approached by Sew and So, to review the book and take part in a blog hop.

When the book arrived it did not disappoint...it has patterns and garments for twelve dolls, including one male one. Hair colour and styles can be interchanged so its possible to knit a mini me, or a personalized gift for someone special. All the wee clothes and accessories are delightful, cute, stylish and up to the minute. The clothes fit any of the dolls so its possible to knit up a whole wardrobe. There is a helpful list of recommended yarn which can be used.

The plan was to kit up "Grace" in her stripey dress with heart applique and shrug. There are lovely wee details in all of the doll patterns. For Grace, it was instructions to make a bracelet and hair scrunchies for her pigtails.

Unfortunately all did not go according to plan, things conspired against me and I had only time to knit up Grace's dress...

All I can say it was a great pattern, well written and easy to follow. There is also a useful Techniques Section in the back of the book, in this case for intarsia knitting and picking up stitches. Nice clear photos and instructions for making up as well.
I'm looking forward to knitting up Grace when I have more time.

The book can be pre ordered for November from Sew and Sew.
For more details of the book and a sneak preview, click here 

The Blog Schedule is as follows...

Monday 10th - SewandSo
Tuesday 11th - SewandSo
Wednesday 12th - Eskimimi Makes
Thursday 13th - The Creations of Crazy Dazy
Friday 14th - Planet Penny

Great to find two blogs, Eskimimi Makes and Planet Penny which I never come across before.
Till next time, Ali.

4 October 2016

quick update

I have been a fan of Julia Marsh from Hand Knitted Things ever since I used her pattern to knit up a house for Age UK, Warm House. A few weeks ago she had a giveaway on her blog, which I was lucky enough to win.
When it arrived it was beautifully wrapped....

and inside were Stylecraft vouchers and some Stylecraft goodies....

 Julia also put one of her knitted brooch houses in the parcel.....so I was well chuffed!

As regards my own knitting I have just finished a shawlette as part of a knit a long with Helen and Lola from Instagram. The pattern is Hitchiker by Martina Behm for more details click here. I used Rico Design Las Vegas yarn, which has a wee bit of a sparkle.... I do like a bit of bling.

I'm also still working on my latest food pattern and a project for a blog hop. The blog hop is to review the book, My Knitted Doll by Louise Crowther or rather Boo-Biloo. So call back next Thursday for that.

All the best, Ali