Just in time for the run up to Christmas is this jolly seasonal book called The Twelve Knits of Christmas by Fiona Goble, the same author of the popular Knit Your Own Royal Wedding.
This Turtle Dove is just one of the characters from the book.
I have just taken delivery of some new pattern books and I am featuring Gifts to Knit. This latest book by Debbie Bliss is packed full of beautiful gift ideas for all the family and friends.
As always, the photographs throughout the book are wonderful. With this oh so chilly weather we are now having the Hot-Water Bottle Cover on page 136 is on my to do list!
I know its very early in the year to be thinking about Christmas but I just had to mention a lovely lady called Clare who purchased one of my Christmas Pudding Knitting Kits. She very kindly sent me a photo of her first attempt and considering Clare has never knitted in the round before I think she has done a fantastic job.
Clare is knitting the cosy to be used as place settings on Christmas day for her children and family and says she has quite a few to do! Just as well she has started early.
Just got back from The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. We arrived at about 10.30 just after the doors had opened.
A good sign at the entrance - no crowds. However, inside things were slightly different....
So with sensible shoes on and best foot forward we began the show.
This knitted bunting in the entrance was part of the Woman's Weekly Centenary year celebrations attempt to break the world record for the longest line of bunting ever made.
The ladies on the stand were busy sewing all the knitted flags into place. I asked where the finished bunting would be hung and they said they were hoping to be able to display in a well known shopping mall.
I really loved this stand belonging to a very talented artist called Tugba Kop.
I especially liked her leather applique key rings and card holders, really unique.
The lovely Jane Crowfoot was at the show again this year, promoting her Crochet Club which seemed to be very popular with all her visitors. I could not resist purchasing some of her patterns including her new butterfly pattern, which you can download from her website here.
Another stunning stand was by Nest. Nest is a family run business and the ladies on the stall were so friendly and helpful. I did manage to spend rather a lot of my spending money here as there were so many lovely things.
Of course Coats Crafts along with many of the other big names were at the show. These cute woodland animals on the Rowan stand were very popular as they had sold out of the Patons pattern.
This stand by Sophie Durlacher at Twist Yarns with her knitting sweets was absolutely brilliant. What a great idea and Sophie was really chatty and recommended we take a look at The Knitted Maze.
Kate Haxell was also at the show. Kate is an editor, writer and maker. She had samples of her many books and also some of her oh so lovely and original "makes".
I purchased one of her cupcake sewing jars - a bargain at only £10!
A display of Kate's stunning hand-knitted flowers looked amazing.
Selvedge's stand was very popular. I loved these bird cages but could not quite afford one.
We stayed till the end of the day and what a great day we had. With tired feet and empty purses we said goodbye to Ali Pali. Can't wait to do it all over again next year.
From time to time a mystery happens in Chipping Norton, a certain lady "Yarn Bomber" leaves her mark on the town. She has recently struck again and here is a photo of her latest attack.
It definitely brightens up the town's sign posts. You can read more about the mysterious crocheter here.
I am off to the Knitting and Stitching Show tomorrow at Alexandra Palace. Really looking forward to seeing whats on offer and will try to take lots of photos of the day.
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