Inspiration for the creative mind

So, deep breath – first blog post = #excited

And to start me off on this exciting new journey, I decided I was in much need of some creative inspiration and what better way to do this than to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate 2017.

Here I found a plethora of creative ideas, from knitted and crocheted home wares and clothing, to patchwork quilts, marbled tiles…the list is truly endless…so here are a few of my favourites –

Upon entry, I was totally blown away by Rachel John who has created the most amazing concept of knitting on quite literally a mega scale. Using the biggest knitting needles I have ever seen in my life and yarn that consists of approximately 10 strands of different colours, she has created the most beautiful rugs and throws.  I have been on the search for the perfect rug for our family playroom, like forever, and Rachel helped me to choose a rainbow of colours to brilliantly match the most playful of rooms ever for my kiddos.

It’s currently work in progress, it’s really easy to do once you get going (so long as you remember to knit loosely) it all falls perfectly into place…

#megaknitz

Now, I also love to crochet and just had to take some pics of these dreamy crocheted blankets, made by Janie Crow.

Knitted and crochet designs by Janie
Throws by Janie Crowfoot

For anyone who likes to do embroidery, if you are looking for something beautifully vintage, take a look at Linladen– meaning The Flax Barn in Swedish. Originating from the 1960’s, this Swedish technique uses fine long flax fibres to weave together an original yarn, creating the most beautiful vintage patterns.

Linladen

And finally, for me the ultimate knitter’s dream is to be able to knit fair isle style – it’s quite a tricky technique to master, but if you persevere and practise on small pieces first before undergoing a big project, you will be proud of the end result. The key to remember is to weave your wool every three stitches via the weaving in method, that way your pattern will not gather.

I started fair isle knitting a couple of years ago, practising with simple patterns first, and then going on to knit the cutest vest for my then 3-year-old son Frank <3. The original pattern had a line of cute ducks, as Frank loves trains, I made up my own simple fair isle pattern for this section.

Hand knitted fair isle and Nordic knits
#knitfairisle

Which brings me nicely back to my final show stop to the Jamieson & Smith Shetland Wool Brokers Ltd stand where I fell in love with almost every kit they had going…There are lots of free patterns you can download via knitting forums such as ravelry, it’s free to open an account and you are totally spoiled for choice with all of the patterns available.

I had the best time on my first official creative adventure, and I hope this inspires you to go and adventure your way through life’s journey…

 

 

 


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