In Nanacathy’s Knit and Natter on Friday she told us about a book that had grabbed her attention ‘Knitted Fairies’ by Fiona McDonald – I have this book and have made a Hairy Fairy. Cathy said she would like to see her – so here she is.
I made just one Fairy – but I was not pleased with the floppy limbs – they need pipe cleaners in them
and I couldn’t get the face to work
she looks a little sad, or bored, or fed up!
She probably needs a friend.
I haven’t tried any of the great characters from the other book yet, but one of the jackets inspired my Fairy Jacket pattern
which you can find in my Etsy shop
Have you made any fairies, wizards or pirates? If so, I’d love to see them – it might spur me on to give my Hairy Fairy a playmate.
Little Miss M beautifully modelling my latest pattern to go live.
Oh my word I’m so excited to be publishing this pattern today! It has taken years for me to develop and test.
Special thanks go to Sheila at Sewchet for test-knitting it for me. And here it is!!!! Hurray!
A link to the pattern on Craftsy:
The pattern is for a toddler Aged 1-2
But as you can see in the top photo it has lasted well. I always make the arms a generous length and all my grandchildren seem to get a few years wear out of their yarny tops.
The inspiration came from this amazing book:
‘Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies’ by Annette Hefford
The publishers kindly gave their permission for me to develop and sell the pattern so long as I credited the book. There are so many fabulous patterns in the book – well worth a look.
I have set up a Facebook page for sharing progress, finished articles and other favourite faerie patterns
I do hope you like it. I’m planning to publish the pattern in other sizes as soon as I have tested them.
Just published in time to put a link on Cathy’s ‘Knit and Natter Friday’ post
Rachell’s Yarn Along.
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New year, New Pattern! I am proud to announce a new pattern for my Ravelry and Etsy stores! Exciting!
This fun Chemo Cap or fancy dress wig joins 5 other designs and is
modelled here so beautifully for me, back in the summer, by my lovely niece.
It takes me absolutely ages to get a pattern from idea to online shop. This one was requested by a customer in America. All my patterns were in Chunky weight yarn, but she wanted one in Double Knit.
It took a while to work out something suitable and then knit it – those are the two easy, fun stages.
The hard part is writing a pattern for others to follow. After that painstaking, brain-aching procedure, I have to put the pattern aside for a few weeks or months and come back to it afresh to test knit it – it always amazes me how many mistakes there are! A punctuation mark in the wrong place and it can all go horribly wrong!
This one has been waiting in the wings for a while as I needed a few quiet days to test-knit and put the finishing touches to it – and this mid-winter break has given me that vital quiet time – hurray! I love my hibernation years. (I only ‘do’ Christmas in alternate years!) You can see what I did with these precious days 2 years ago here.
These knitted wigs are such fun to create and I get such lovely responses from knitters and crocheters, who are often making them to cheer up a loved one who is going through chemo. It is heartwarming to know that a pattern I created just to see if I could, and for a laugh, is larking around the world cheering people up and bringing in some lightness during a difficult time in their lives. We never know what we are really doing do we – we just have to keep doing what makes us feel happy, or what we feel compelled to do as artists, and see what happens – sometimes with happily serendipitous results!!
Happy New Year one and all!
Looking back at photos of my recent stay in Pembrokeshire I found this photo of a wonderfully vibrant lichen
found on rocks at Whitesands beach
where we went for a wonderful paddle one evening when the sun came out after a grey and rainy day.
Looking at the white lichen on the black rock inspired these doodles
and now I’m thinking of adding some gold and silver – hmm – Christmas cards maybe?
The black and white theme continues with my Cruella Deville Hat Wig selling this week and now speeding it’s way off to be worn for a Halloween Party – must knit another quickly – luckily it only takes a total of 4.5 hours to complete a Hat Wig – a couple of evenings and it’ll be done.
You can find a pattern in my Etsy Shop if you too would like to be Cruella.
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Ha! I’ve done it – created a PDF knitting pattern – what a task! – hopefully I have learnt a lot and the next one will not take so long!
and it is now in my Etsy shop – this feels very exciting!
The file is still 2MB (better than the original 8MB) – if anyone knows if I can reduce the file size without compromising the quality, I’d love to hear from you.
Phew! A coffee and a bit of calm easy knitting is called for.
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