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The Week Ahead – Knitting Heirlooms

19 Aug

I’ve been a busy bee lately – doing some overtime and earning extra pennies for my house fund. Which is great, but it just means that I don’t have much crafty news to give you.

I finally finished my twisted rib scarf and I’ll get around to blocking and listing it in my shop shortly. I’ve since moved on to a lacy number. I haven’t knitted a lace scarf 2013-08-18 20.51.02before so I’m starting off with a simple stitch which should show off the lovely variegated pinky purple yarn I’m using.

However, the last week hasn’t been all work and no play. My Grandad has been having a clearout and discovered a whole load of my Gran’s old knitting things which he has kindly passed on to me.  They include a lovely knitting bag, a selection of knitting needles, wool, a tobacco tin full of cute buttons and a vast selection of knitting patterns.  I also discovered a copy of Woman’s Weekly dating back to 1979!

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I’m pretty sure my mum used to have this hairstyle…

I’m looking forward to putting these things to good use.  There’s a great selection of wool and I just love the retro style knitting bag.  It’s not only practical but I’ll treasure it for years to come.

In browsing through the patterns I also discovered this hand annotated pattern for an “Easy and Quick Summer Top”.  2013-08-18 20.34.28Feel free to make use of it.  There aren’t any photos included so I have no idea what it looks like!  If you do decide to give it a go, please share your results!

I’m not expecting to do much knitting this week – I’ve got more overtime lined up at work and still trying to be good and go to the gym now and again.  (I’m not complaining at all – this extra money is getting me a step closer to buying my own house!)

I’ll hopefully have more work in progress to show you next week…until then, happy retro knitting!

Thursday Feature – Cute Creations by Lea

9 May

Today I would like to introduce you to Lea from Cute Creations by Lea – a shop full of cute original artwork and knitting and crochet patterns.  As a multicrafter myself, I always love venturing into a shop which features a broad range of crafty goodness, and Lea’s adorable shop certainly fits the bill!il_570xN_444543240_l9uv

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

I am Lea and I am from France. I am a long time crafter. I have always loved to make unique personal gifts as well as buy handmade. I discovered Etsy as a buyer when I was looking for hand dyed yarns for my frenetic knitting needs (actually my stash is growing way too fast!).

I decided to open my Etsy shop after I had designed my first couple of knitting patterns. Why did I start writing up patterns? Because fellow knitters who saw my personal designs asked me if there was a pattern. From that moment I started taking notes while improvising.

I also thought about selling my paintings for a while, even before starting to design knitting patterns. I love to draw child-friendly stuff and I ended stashing up my artwork. I have a day job that has nothing to do with art despite taking art classes at high school and college and when I went part-time after staff cuts I finally decided to do the paperwork and open my Etsy shop as I have reasonable time to take it seriously.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_436281224_li79

I have several favorites. But my Under The Sea crochet skirt pattern is somewhat special to me (I knitted the sample with yarn I got from an old lady who passed away since). Not only is it very comfortable to wear but it is very easy to alter for different waist sizes and lengths. Besides it is easy peasy to crochet.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

The patterns I offer are all written from samples I wear or use myself. This means I actually wear all those socks that are featured. The artwork is only what I would myself consider using or giving as a present to someone. So, you will only find the best quality items in which I have put all my heart and efforts.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

Larger pieces of artwork. I am working on nursery wall art right now. I am also considering more knitwear patterns with shawls and sweaters.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!il_570xN_429361543_18md

My best ideas come suddenly when I wake up in the middle of the night.

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/CuteCreationsByLea
My blog: www.crafter-journey.blogspot.fr
Twitter: twitter.com/woolpixie
Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/people/lea67000

Lea has also kindly provided a coupon code exclusively to The Candy Tree readers!  Simply use coupon code CANDYTREE15 for 15% off everything in Lea’s shop.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations with us, Lea!  You have already had success in the short time your shop has been open, and I just know it will continue to grow with the addition of your nursery art – I can’t wait to see it!