Friday, 3 December 2021

Fibre4Fibres Giveaway preview 86

I am so excited to share this week's prizes with you! They have been planned since the summer and I am absolutely delighted with them. Over the next two Sundays, I will have 10 Christmas Eve boxes as prizes; five this Sunday and five the following Sunday. You may have seen Christmas Eve boxes for sale - full of lots of yarny treats; I have put together these boxes to include some of my very favourite things. I make no apology for the photo-heavy blog post - I want to show you all the lovely things that are packed into these boxes. I'm so grateful to all the people who have donated things to make these boxes really special. Thank you, thank you, thank you! They are everything that I hoped they would be and more! Just feast your eyes on this!




*** Beautiful Flo project bags, stitched by Busy Pottering ***
I saw this fabric in the summer and asked my bag guru Ann how much I'd need. I was delighted when she offered to make them for me. I bought the green fabric to represent Flo's eyes. 




*** Kitty notions cases stitched and donated by Mrs Moog ***



*** Gorgeous indie dyed yarn ***
Thank you so much to Edelweiss Blossoms, Ring-a-Rosie, Lay Family Yarn, Beehive Yarns, Norah George Yarns, Burrow & Soar, The Fibre Fox, Stripey Cat Yarns, Ducky Darlings and Pixie Yarn. Many of them have dyed exclusive 'Celebrate!' colourways to celebrate the end of my fundraising. They are all absolutely beautiful!



 

*** Festive Signature 4 ply yarn donated by West Yorkshire Spinners ***



*** A 12 Days of Christmas yarn calendar ***
This is made up of 12x10g of individually wrapped indie-dyed yarn balls which have all come from my stash.




*** Frolics with Flo set of Ring0s stitch markers donated by Fripperies & Bibelots ***
The black and green are for Flo's fur and eyes and the cheeky black cat stitch marker is so cute!



*** Polymer clay cake progress keeper made and donated by Chapel View Crafts ***



*** Yarn ball tape measure and a scissor and tape measure set donated by Groves Ltd ***



*** Knitting needle and crochet gauge with a yarn cutter donated by Knit Pro Eu ***



*** Sachet of Eucalan wool wash donated by Craft House Magic ***



*** Stripy mug donated by Cornishware, tea bags donated by Yorkshire Tea and coasters which I have donated ***



*** Festive scented soy wax candles donated by Wells Huts Soap and Candle Company, fruity vegan soaps from Provence donated by the Soapyard and tubes of Crafter's Balm, donated by The Lonely Knitter ***



*** Gorgeous ceramic hearts made and donated by Catherine Daniels Ceramics ***



*** Handy notebook donated by me and a kitty pen donated by Ann, Busy Pottering ***



*** Greetings cards donated by Cards from Julie ***



*** Yarny postcard donated by me ***



*** Cute sheep washi tape donated by Curious Rose and Christmas tree washi tape donated by me ***



*** Three fun yarny pin badges donated by me ***



*** Delicious vegan brownie bars donated by Eat Vive and Lindor chocolates donated by me ***



I'm sure that you know the score by now, but I'll tell you how to enter anyway! You have a chance to win all these gorgeous prizes for a minimum donation of £2! Are you tempted to try your luck? Here's everything you need to know. This giveaway will run this coming Sunday 5th December, closing at 23:45. To enter, go to my JustGiving page here and buy your virtual raffle tickets by donating £2 or more. £2 gets you 2 tickets, £3 gets you 3 tickets, £5 gets you 5 tickets and so on. The more you donate, the greater your chance of winning. You will need to leave your Instagram or Ravelry name, or tick the box to share your email address with me when you make your donation, so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This is really important as I have no way of knowing who you are otherwise. Each week, I still get donations where no name or email is left, so if that person's number comes up in the random number generator, I have no idea who it is! All your donations go the Myositis UK to help fund research into this incurable muscle disease, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. Every single donation is important. Let's see how close we can get to £24,000 this week! Thank you and stay safe! xxx






 

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Craftworld Awards 2021



I found out yesterday that I have been shortlisted for a CraftWorld Award 2021 in the Charity Crafters category. I'm thrilled! Thank you to those people who nominated me. Voting is now open although I'm not sure how long you've got to vote. I'd love it if you were able to vote for me. You have to sign up for a free CraftWorld account in order to vote, but I'm sure that it will be worth it as it looks as though it's a website worth exploring.

You can vote for me here! And thank you so much! xxx


 

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Winter Boughs socks

I have just released my 'Winter Boughs' sock pattern on Ravelry. It originally appeared in issue 161 of The Knitter magazine, where it was called 'Alder'. When I designed the pattern, it was due to be published in the December issue, but things got shifted around and it eventually made it to press in March of this year. Because of the change to the publication date, the magazine changed the name so that it fitted in better with the time of year. But as I always thought of it as a wintry, festive design, I've changed its name back to the original one! Goodness, that was hard to explain!

The design was inspired by forests of pine trees in winter time, with frost and snow sparkling and glittering on the branches. The sock is knitted toe up, with a short row heel and toe. The lace pattern of fir trees goes up the foot and around the leg, with silver beads embellishing the final row of trees, just like flakes of snow. There is a ribbed cuff featuring a picot cast off to represent the tops of the fir trees. It would make the perfect sock to knit in the days leading up to Christmas, or perhaps as a Christmas Eve cast on, or even a sock to take your knitting into 2022. I used a sock set which was created for me especially for this pattern by the talented Sophie who runs Pixie Yarn. I don't know if she has any sock sets dyed up at the moment, but if you get in touch with her, I'm sure that she will be able to dye some. The set is called 'Winter Boughs'. If you prefer to knit from stash, then choose a yarn that's not too busy - a tonal or lightly speckled yarn would work best so that you can see the lacy tree pattern. I used silver beads on my sock, but there's no reason why you can't use brightly coloured beads to represent your Christmas lights! 











The pattern is available from my Ravelry store for £4, but if you use the code 'winter', this gets you 25% off until the end of December. If you are not able to use Ravelry, please get in touch with me by emailing me at josiekitten123 at gmail.com and I will do my best to help you. One of the first things I want to do in 2022 is to find another platform to sell my patterns on as well as on Ravelry.  You can find the pattern here. I hope you like them and if you knit a pair, please do share them with me! As usual, I am donating all the proceeds from my pattern sales to my Fibre4Fibres fundraising page. xxx

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Fibre 4 Fibres Giveaway preview 85 update

'What's going on?' I hear you ask! 'An update to this week's preview?' Yes! I'm super excited to announce that there will be another prize in tomorrow's raffle. Hayley from Ducky Darlings got in touch with me today, offering one of her yarn Advent calendars as a raffle prize. As it's December 1st this Wednesday, I decided to have a separate prize this Sunday, so will be picking two winners; one for the bundle of yarn that I shared yesterday and one for the Advent calendar. Hayley will be posting it directly to the winner, so it may even arrive in time for December 1st! If it doesn't, then I'm pretty sure that the winner won't mind playing catch up! I know myself just how beautiful Hayley's yarn is, having collaborated with her for my 'It's Seagull o'clock' socks. The theme of Hayley's Advent is 'Winter Comforts' and the Advent consists of 24 x 20g miniskeins of 4ply superwash merino and nylon yarn. Each miniskein is wrapped and boxed and I believe there may be one or two other little treats along the way too! How lucky is the winner going to be? Thank you so, so much Hayley for your incredibly kind and generous donation. I am so overwhelmed by the generosity of the yarn community. I have taken some photos from Hayley's Instagram page to show you just how beautiful her yarn dyeing is.








I'm sure that you know the score by now, but I'll tell you how to enter anyway! You have a chance to win all these gorgeous prizes for a minimum donation of £2! Are you tempted to try your luck? Here's everything you need to know. This giveaway will run this coming Sunday 28th November, closing at 23:45. To enter, go to my JustGiving page here and buy your virtual raffle tickets by donating £2 or more. £2 gets you 2 tickets, £3 gets you 3 tickets, £5 gets you 5 tickets and so on. The more you donate, the greater your chance of winning. You will need to leave your Instagram or Ravelry name, or tick the box to share your email address with me when you make your donation, so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This is really important as I have no way of knowing who you are otherwise. Each week, I still get donations where no name or email is left, so if that person's number comes up in the random number generator, I have no idea who it is! All your donations go the Myositis UK to help fund research into this incurable muscle disease, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. Every single donation is important. Last week, the total passed £23,000! You are amazing! Thank you and stay safe! xxx

 

Friday, 26 November 2021

Fibre 4 Fibres Giveaway preview 85

As I build up to my final few raffles, the prizes are getting more and more festive! This week's prize includes a copy of The Knitter magazine which has my Alder sock pattern in it, along with a Winter Boughs sock set which was dyed especially for my sock design, and also donated by Sophie who is Pixie Yarn, and enough silver beads to knit the sock. There is a skein of Hazel Knits Entice yarn which is merino, cashmere and silk - so luxurious, as well as two skeins of Posh Yarn Emily which is a mixture of lambswool, cashmere and angora which have been given by an anonymous donor. Lucy from Lucy Locket Land has donated a Fair Isle Christmas Baubles kit and the lovely team over at Craftpod have donated an Autumn 2021 Craftpod box. There is a zipped project bag and badge donated by Suffolk Socks, a bee print fabric dpn case donated by ScruffyDogEco, a pin badge and a cat needle gauge. To complete the prize, there is a beautiful notebook donated by Penelope Cream and a blank greetings card. I will also be giving 5 people a copy of my Alder sock pattern which I plan to release on December 1st. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated a prize.











I'm sure that you know the score by now, but I'll tell you how to enter anyway! You have a chance to win all these gorgeous prizes for a minimum donation of £2! Are you tempted to try your luck? Here's everything you need to know. This giveaway will run this coming Sunday 28th November, closing at 23:45. To enter, go to my JustGiving page here and buy your virtual raffle tickets by donating £2 or more. £2 gets you 2 tickets, £3 gets you 3 tickets, £5 gets you 5 tickets and so on. The more you donate, the greater your chance of winning. You will need to leave your Instagram or Ravelry name, or tick the box to share your email address with me when you make your donation, so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This is really important as I have no way of knowing who you are otherwise. Each week, I still get donations where no name or email is left, so if that person's number comes up in the random number generator, I have no idea who it is! All your donations go the Myositis UK to help fund research into this incurable muscle disease, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. Every single donation is important. Last week, the total passed £23,000! You are amazing! Thank you and stay safe! xxx

Friday, 19 November 2021

Fibre 4 Fibres Giveaway preview 84

Ho Ho Ho! This week's prize is just a little bit festive! Looking in my planner, I can see that it's Christmas Eve in 5 weeks time. How has that happened? So this prize is perfect timing for starting to get you in the Christmas spirit. The prize includes a copy of Amigurumi Christmas by Sarah-Jane Hicks, which has been donated by Search Press. Sarah-Jane, who blogs as Flo and Dot, lives in Norwich, so once the winner has been chosen, she is very kindly going to sign the book especially for that person. Sarah-Jane has also generously donated three of the little Amigurumis that she made for the book and they are seriously cute! To go with the book there are 21 balls of Sirdar Happy cotton yarn to get you started on some Christmas crochet, as well as a 3.5mm crochet hook and a selection of safety eyes. There is a zipped notions case and a pencil donated by Lana Bou, and a couple of stickers, a pin badge and some stitch markers. An Instagram friend Anna has donated two very sweet Amigurumi turtles that she has made too. Last but not least, Joe from Old Forge Creations has donated a beautiful bowl glazed in his Campfire Peacock Eye pattern; its one of a kind and makes the perfect place to keep all those little balls of yarn. (You could of course use it as a fruit bowl too!) Thank you so much to everyone who has donated a prize.












I'm sure that you know the score by now, but I'll tell you how to enter anyway! You have a chance to win all these gorgeous prizes for a minimum donation of £2! Are you tempted to try your luck? Here's everything you need to know. This giveaway will run this coming Sunday 21st November, closing at 23:55. To enter, go to my JustGiving page here and buy your virtual raffle tickets by donating £2 or more. £2 gets you 2 tickets, £3 gets you 3 tickets, £5 gets you 5 tickets and so on. The more you donate, the greater your chance of winning. You will need to leave your Instagram or Ravelry name, or tick the box to share your email address with me when you make your donation, so that I can contact you if you are the winner. This is really important as I have no way of knowing who you are otherwise. Each week, I still get donations where no name or email is left, so if that person's number comes up in the random number generator, I have no idea who it is! All your donations go the Myositis UK to help fund research into this incurable muscle disease, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. Every single donation is important. We should pass £23,000 this week! You are amazing! Thank you and stay safe! xxx