• Charity Knitting,  Knitting

    Woodland Yarn Bombing

    A while ago, through Twitter, the lovely Anne Clark asked me if I’d be interested in helping out with a yarn bombing in Belper, which is in the county of Derbyshire. Of course I said yes (complete no brainer!!). The yarn bombing was for ‘Woollen Woods’ and was part of Corridor Arts ‘Here and There’ art walk and also Belper Arts festival. I got so excited about the project and downloaded loads of patterns from Ravelry, and then in the end only managed to knit the two birds above, which was a bit disappointing. Still, I’m REALLY glad I got involved, and it was actually really lovely to think that something I had…

  • Activism,  Knitting

    Knitted Breasts Are Best?

    It’s all been VERY busy at The Knitted Jumper HQ just recently. We’ve had house guests (the nice kind!), been to Secret Cinema, British Summer Time Festival and Women Who Code events, plus Christmas party venue shopping, workplace training, and that’s just in the last two weeks! Needless to say the knitting has taken a bit of a back seat, and blogging activities more so, but we’re hopefully back on track now and ready to go again! I have managed some knitting in the midst of all this fun! I am tantalisingly close to finishing the THE baby blanket, and I had also started grafting the front and back of what…

  • Jumpers,  Knitting

    New Yarn!

    Earlier this month I blogged about some vintage patterns I’d found. I’m really keen on making the Robin jumper, so even though I already have two projects on the go I’ve started looking for yarn (one of the projects is almost finished so I think this is actually OK!!). I want to knit the jumper in a cotton yarn and was thinking about a cotton blend. I know pastels are all the trend this season, but they’re not really for me so I’ve been thinking about doing it in off-white instead. I was hunting around the Internet looking for potentials when I spotted this new cotton and silk blend yarn…

  • ForKids,  Hat,  Knitting

    Les Chapeaux des Animaux

      For Christmas 2013 I got this amazing knitting book called Animal Hats by Vanessa Mooncie which has loads of knitting patterns for different animal hats, and from that point started a year long obsession with knitting animal hats for small people!   I started knitting the hats in June, but had actually spent much longer consulting with the small people to find out which one they wanted and also deciding the best yarns to use! In the end I used Drops Alaska and Drops Boucle for all of the hats, as this yarn is really well priced and so far I haven’t been disappointed with the quality.   The…

  • Jumpers,  Knitting

    Knitting Inspiration

    I really REALLY love this colour block cashmere jumper from Anthropology! I really like the colour way and it looks so soft! It’s a bit out of my price range though so I’m thinking about knitting it myself. I think even buying cashmere wool would make it too expensive so I’m thinking about a merino or maybe cotton alternative! Watch this space!

  • Accessories,  Hat,  Knitting,  Scarf

    Winter Woollies

    Last week was a serious uphill struggle. I have the January blues, or rather, so what better way to cheer myself up (and hopefully you!) than by looking at the lovely woolly items I have knitted for winter! Last winter I remember enviously looking at all of the glorious knitted accessories that came out with a flourish during the cold months, and was determined that next year I would knit some of my own, so I did! As a newish knitter I hadn’t quite fathomed that you always need to be knitting a season ahead if you ever want to wear it during weather appropriate months! The first item I…

  • Colourwork,  Jumpers,  Knitting

    Christmas Jumper, Yey!

    A while ago I blogged about some patterns I had found in a charity shop (Charity Shop Pattern Finds). One of these was a set of Raymond Briggs Santa patterns. These caught the eye of J, and a request was made for me to knit a face-palming Santa in time for Save The Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. I bought the wool (Bonus DK) from the Sirdar stall at the Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching Show. The staff at the Sirdar stall were REALLY lovely and helped me select the best colours for the patterns, which I really appreciated, as I was feeling a little overwhelmed after a day at the…

  • Accessories,  Crochet,  Knitting

    2015 Knitting Agenda

    Hello! And Happy 2015!! I feel very inspired at the moment and can’t wait to see what lovely knitting this year has in store! 2014 was a brilliant year for knitting here at The Knitted Jumper! I’m hoping to blog about some of the latest things in the coming weeks as I am SERIOUSLY behind, but in the meantime here is a summary: Knitted animal hats (Les chapeaux des animaux) Christmas jumpers Winter woollies Little hats for the Big Knit campaign A small *read ill-fitting* jumper Knitted secret Santa and The Knitting and Stitching show, to name just a few! I have some equally  exciting things planned for 2015, a…

  • Knitting,  Knitting Shows,  Yarn

    #KnittingandStitchingShow

    Wooo! I was so excited for The Knitting and Stitching Show 2014. Not only because its awesome, but also because this year I was taking mum and was thoroughly looking forward to spending the time with her! My experiences from last year had taught me to be prepared with a list, but I still felt completely daunted when we walked in the door and had to do some serious ma herding to get her to stick to the ‘up and down the aisles’ plan! With a stop in the middle for lunch we were there for 6 hours and by the end I was seriously flagging. I loved that mum…