Our February newsletter

Hi everyone, have you had snow? We have in Lancashire (especially just off the M66), but I know some friends in Derbyshire have had lots so without being a misery I hope we are done now. I want to look forward to Spring. Whilst we are on the subject of seasons, would you believe in a couple days it will be London Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2015? Talk about wishing your life away. So for now lets enjoy looking forward to Spring and take it one season at a time.

This particular cardigan was made over Christmas and must be my most “international” piece ever. My friend lives in South Africa, the wool was bought in the USA and the cardigan was made in Bury. What can I say but truly cosmopolitan. Hope you like it and I have to say, I think men look good in cardigans. The wool has a tweed texture and kitted up really well. It is very plain but this shows off the fibres in the yarn and sets off the wooden buttons. I think you will agree it looks very smart, all ready for Autumn in South Africa (talk about getting ahead of ourselves!).

Don’t forget if you have a knitting project on the go and you would like to share this, then send me a picture as I would love to hear from you.

Lots of love
Frances x


Who’s ready for winter?

Dear Friends

I can see that the weather has changed, it’s cold and frosty here.  Sorry, but I think this is wonderful and the way Christmas should be.  A chance to wear all the lovely gloves, scarves and hats you have been saving all year.

I have been very busy since the summer.  Some of the orders have been for Christmassy things and some just because they looked lovely.  This beautiful green cardigan in cotton was made in the Autumn but is all ready for the Spring.  It looks quite plain as the tiny rosebuds are very understated, but it was a lovely pattern and cotton is always easy to knit with.

I also made these two little slipovers for a young lady of 9.  I was asked to make the two and given a free hand as to what pattern and what colour.  This does not happen very often so I dug deep into my oddments basket and found these colours. Not enough to make anything with on their own, but look what you can do when you put them together. She loved them which always makes me smile.

Lastly, and not least the lads, this jumper for Nathan ticked all the boxes. I used up some beautiful Rowan British Sheep Breeds DK which is very warm and he asked for the yellow collar. Why not, it’s different and it made him happy. He might wear it now!

I’m finishing off a cardigan for my friend in South Africa, which of course he will not need just yet as it’s very warm there right now. I will keep you posted and pop a picture into the next newsletter, let me know what you think.

Are you all ready for Christmas?  I am nearly done, I have never been this organised in my life, there’s just the food to think about as everyone is coming to me this year. I love it.

If I don’t get the chance to produce another newsletter this side of Christmas, may I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Lots of love

Frances x

Looking back on 2013

I expect that many of you, like me, are running around now like mad people trying to arrange everything for Christmas. Juggling family, home and job: it’s a balancing act. I have not even posted my cards yet!

It will all come together in the end, it always does. Yet the daft part is, out of all the things that are worrying you now, they just don’t matter on the big day.

To recap 2013, this has been a really busy year for me and I am now just trying to get the last of the Christmas orders out and posted – have faith, it will all be done.

On looking back we have made some lovely things like the jockey jumper as it has now become affectionately known back in April. We also had success with Hayley and her lovely angora jumpers which we showed off in our July newsletter.

I have tried to be quite diverse in the things I have made, like using different yarns and colours for baby things rather than the traditional pale pink and blue in baby DK. For instance, there was the navy jumper and shoes for a little chap called Danny.

We have finally made a contribution to the Menswear Department – a cardigan! (I will be building on this, I promise).

Hats and gloves in these lovely sets…

…not forgetting our three baby jumpers in this lovely Cookey Cream wool which I bought at the Cockermouth Woolfest back in July.

We made a shrug for a wedding back in September and gloves for a charity. We have ended the year with the craft fair at Bury Grammar School and by helping a very worthwhile charity, the Babygrow Appeal. We sent them some goodies and I hope they had a very successful night last night.

Lastly I would like to thank everyone on the team for working so hard this year and of course thanks to you too for looking in.

Our final thank you must go to our latest two lovely models who have made my hats look so special.

I shall be signing off now for a couple of weeks, but will be checking in on the emails when I can.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 

Lots of love

Frances x

Autumn is on the way

Dear Friends

It looks like autumn will not be knocking on the door, but bulldozing it down soon! The local forecast says wet, windy and wintry weather is on the way but I cannot help it, autumn is my favourite time of year. I can’t wait for all those lovely jumpers and jackets, nice scarves and gloves (because they look nice, rather than because it’s freezing your fingers off).

Do you remember in the summer I went to the Woolfest in Cockermouth? I bought some lovely yarn called Cookey Cream (you have to love that) from The Marble Collection. It is made up of 75% Bluefaced Leicester wool and 25% British Alpaca which means 100% of luxury. The yarn is very soft and has a silky feel; it knits up as a DK weight. I have to say it was beautiful to knit with and I think you will agree the results are lovely.

I wanted to show that you don’t have to knit with baby blue or pink for small children. This boy’s jumper in the Cookey Cream with kangaroo pockets edged in blue and blue added to the collar is chunky and warm. The hat just finishes it off with the blue pompom. Made for approximately 9 – 12 months.

On a different note, it has been brought to my attention that we are neglecting the gentlemen out there. A great big sorry for that. To try and make it up to you I have made a cable knit cardigan which is perfect for this type of weather. You would not need a coat over this, it is chunky, soft and very very warm. The yarn I chose was Rowan Creative Focus Worsted in grey and it knitted up like a dream.

This particular jumper is for a 36 – 38 inch chest but I would strongly recommend that if you chose something like this, you go up a size. The pattern knitted up a little smaller and at the end of the day it is meant to go over a shirt or t-shirt. It’s worth thinking about when deciding.


Finally, sorry to mention the ‘C’ word but this is the time of year when I have to think about Christmas and the craft fair. I love it and every year it makes me smile. So if you can, get knitting those hats, gloves and scarves now so that you don’t get caught out in the cold!

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Until next time, lots of love,