Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Beginnings

Oops! I didn't post at all in May. It was a busy month here, with me working extra hours at work through all of May. I managed to completely miss two of my nephews' birthdays and a good friend's birthday as well :(.  Bad aunty and friend!!

However, there are a couple of exciting new happenings in my small world ...

I am currently knitting my last custom order and am now closed for custom orders for the foreseeable future. Yay!! Much as I've loved the last 19 months since Coco Kids opened for business, I'm very keen to take a break from knitting for others to concentrate on knitting for my own family and friends. 

Don't get me wrong - I am still in business, but for a while I want to knit things I choose, in yarns I love and then will be selling ready made items.In order to be able to sell these ready made items, Coco Kids now have a Felt Store. Feel free to hop on over there and see what we have available ;).  The store will be updated regularly, so make sure you keep checking back.

Another exciting update is that the lovely tikki (Georgie Hallam) has gifted all three of us Coco Kids the lifetime licences for all of her designs!! This is so fabulous as I love all of Georgie's designs and this will allow me to go a little crazy trying to knit one of everything in the next wee while (or it might be a slightly longer while as my knitting queue has just about doubled recently as it is!!).

A while ago I set out to record my yarn dyeing endeavours. I stalled along the way, as I often do with grand plans for my blog! But here are the pics of before during and after - and then the knitted up items. It's not going to be a tutorial as I originally planned, but it's now just going to be a pictorial look at my fun!

And the wound yarn with the items knitted from them:


Here are a few recent finished items:

 These two cowls are from a fab new pattern by Christine Jeffery, the Colosseo Moebius Cowl. It's a fantastic cowl - and comes in two sizes and two yarn weights, 10 ply and 8 ply. This is so practical and warm - both of these were gifts for other people, but I really want to make another one for me!!

 This is a really pretty 12 month size Cassia top/dress in Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury yarn for a custom order.

 The yarn for a test knit for Rachel Evans' new pattern, the Brooklynn Jacket (due for release soon) started life as cream, then turned into the yarn on the left below. I wasn't happy with it, though, so I overdyed it and it turned into the yarn on the right, below. I also dyed up some darker pink as trim and I'm really pleased with the result. Tessa loves her new cardigan/jacket and it's currently her only winter cardigan!


A Little Hoodlum for a custom order, a size 4 with size 6 length, knitted in The Wool Company's Seaweed (a discontinued colourway).

This is a test knit for the Dolly Milo by designer tikki (Georgie Hallam)
Sorry for the hugely long post, but if I don't do it now, it'd just never get done! Hopefully it's not another whole month before I post again!