Down in the smoke part 3

Yep, I’m off to London again tomorrow for the Ravelry talk at Knit Nation! Should be interesting to hear from Jess and Casey about how the big beautiful creature that is Ravelry came about and where they see it going. After that there’ll be a few nippy sweeties with Fiona from Bucks New University and Emma K from ‘Knitting’ magazine – I’ll see if I can take a few pics and post when I get back.

Make and Bake for Mencap

Knitting, tea AND cake – surely a match made in heaven, yes?! Well why not combine all 3 for a good cause

The Knitter magazine and Mencap are urging knitters everywhere to grab their knitting needles, bung on the kettle and put on a Make and Bake tea party, to help raise money for the learning disability charity Mencap. Not only that, but if you hold a Make and Bake event you could be in with the chance to win a fabulous prize  – 2 tickets for the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in October.

The tea parties are a simple, enjoyable way for knitters to raise money for a good cause ( as I said you’re off to a pretty good start with the tea and the cake ) so to help people get started, Mencap and The Knitter have put together a fundraising pack which is packed full of handy fundraising tips and recipes for delicious summer treats.

To enter the  competition all you need to do is take a picture from your Make and Bake event and send it into Mencap. The winning shot will be the picture that best captures the spirit of Make and Bake and the winner will be the proud owner of two crisp tickets to the Twisted Thread Knitting and Stitching Show 2010 at Alexandra Palace on 7th – 10th October 2010.

The closing date for the competition is Monday 20th September, so be sure to submit your entries to Mencap by then, you can submit up to five images per person and the sizes  shouldn’t exceed 2MB per image. Either email your pics to or post them to:

Make and Bake competition
Ruth Attride
123 Golden Lane

Make sure you include your name, full address, email address and a contact number.

I’m off to put the kettle on . . ..


It sort of slipped my mind that I hadn’t updated the Kitglobal website since we did Make Do and Knit back in March. I KNOW! I should be ashamed of myself, not quite sure where the last 4 months have gone but I’ve just put that right. If you have a look at the site you’ll see that things are changing again, well I don’t like to let the grass grow . ..

On The Pins

I’ve normallygot SO many ideas running through my addled brain that sometimes it means nothing actually gets done – not this week though. I’m trying to be super productive having had a large on/ off / on / off  project finally confirmed as OFF last week which meant I didn’t really achieve anything. So this week I’m working with lots of lovely twinkly beads for a wee project to be launched next month, enough hints, here’s a pic and I’m off . . .

Bling on the pins this week

Ok I think I’ve cracked it

Right so after about half an hour of checking out the Ravelry wiki, scratching my head and crossing my fingers I think I’ve managed to add links to the side of the blog that should enable you to click on the image and buy my two latest patterns. If you’re not already on Ravelry you’ll have to create an account to buy but it’s free and you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. I’m off for a glass of wine and to watch the rest of ‘Kingdom of Heaven’.

Night night

Two new patterns now available on Ravelry

I just added 2 more designs to my  Pattern Store on both of which are great Summer knits, or indeed any other time of year!

There’s the Sapa Beaded Bag, a cute little ‘throw over the shoulder’ bag which is great if you only need to carry the bare essentials around with you. It’s decorated with 2 colours of beads throughout on both the main bag and the long strap.

Then there’s the Gaia Beaded Bag which is more generous in size and worked in 3 colours of bead.

Both designs are knitted in Rowan Denim which is one of my favourite yarns to work with as the character of the designs will develop with every wash as the yarn fades. You can buy patterns from my Pattern Store even if you’re not on Ravelry  ( assuming you’d want to of course ) I just need to work out the jiggery pokery to make it possible –  bear with me whilst I work it out!

The old, the Stoll and the new

The old?

That’ll be me, well at least the way I’m feeling today but pleased that my latest design for ‘Knitting’ magazine made the cover.

The Stoll?

Found a new home for it, just need to dismantle it and get it down 4 floors, into the car and drive it 500 miles to it’s new home

The new?

The lovely new collection hugely talented knit students from Bucks New University, have a look at their work on their website ‘Red Shed Textiles’ here. Why Red Shed? Well as anyone who’s been to the college will know the department’s based in a huge red shed which used to house some of the building courses. At least it has windows now, when I worked there it was like working in a sauna, anyway, enough rambling.