My Favourite Makes

Truth is, this started as a simple shoot to show off Georgia's finished owlet. Then Theo wanted to come. Then Ellis. Then the dog and the super friendly rooster, Scarecrowy. Then it moved from the wall outside my studio to the back paddock overlooking the Trossachs. 

And then it turned into some of my favourite photos ever of my brood. 

Yup, the best things I've ever made. 

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Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker

A couple of years ago, I remember talking to a stylist at a photo shoot about an event she had been to.  She was telling me all about these incredible knitted animal heads that hung on the wall like taxidermy.  My curiosity piqued, I began an internet hunt for their creator and stumbled across the delightful work of Louise Walker and her blog, Sincerely Louise

If you don't already have Sincerely Louise in your blog reader, go right now and do it! Its full of fun and quirky knitting patterns for the most adorable toys and accessories. Don't worry, I'll wait. 

Later this week, Louise's first book, Faux Taxidermy Knits, is out. Its full of the same kind of delightful creations as have been on her blog.  My favourite is probably the hedgehog slippers or the Croc makeup bag. 

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But I am pretty sure I know what I will be making the estate's gamekeeper for Christmas this year...

Lots of fun, sweet and very quirky makes. You can buy the book from here.  Follow the rest of the blog book tour here. 

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Old Faithfuls

I am nothing if not a creature of habit. I like what I like. 20140423-IMG_2286

And so, its no surprise when I was reaching for something to make for a friend's baby I went back to my old faithful, Milo by Georgie Hallum. Looking at Ravelry, this is at least my 7th Milo, though there were probably more that went undocumented. It a fab wee pattern and super fun to customise. This time, I chose scandi-inspired colourwork to adorn the body.

You can see at the sides where its pulling in at the colourwork.  I should have gone down a size for the stripes to prevent this, but as these are designed to be worn with little to no ease, it felt like a bit of a faff to go to that effort.

And even more than Milo becoming my go-to pattern, the yarn, Artesano Superwash DK, has become my absolute favourite. I used it at least twice in my new book (though possibly more, I can't remember), in 2 of my current works in progress, in all of my workshops and in my Granny Square and Christmas Stars kits. It comes in a great range of colours, works up like a dream and washes so well. Its a squishy DK, so it feels like it works up quickly, rather than those technically DK, but almost Sport-weight DKs that so often cross my desk.



I am also using it in my so-slow to progress pine bough cowl. This project sits in a basket next to the fire in the studio for those, I need to think and knit moments. With Blogtacular around the corner, just sitting and knitting moments are becoming increasingly scarce.

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