Knitted MillaMia Elk Cushion

MillaMia Elk CushionI’ve had this knitting project on the back burner for absolutely ages. It’s one of those projects that you pick up and do a few rows of, but then you get tired and have to put it back down again, so it’s been a long time coming! I’m so glad I persisted with it though – doesn’t the finished cushion look great?

For this knitting project, I used the MillaMia Elk Cushion pattern that I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate a couple of years ago (I actually bought the Elk Cushion Kit, which contains the pattern and required amount of 4-ply yarn). I was drawn in by the adorable Nordic design on the front of the cushion, which is described as an ‘elegant design of hearts, chain people and elks (or are they reindeer…?)’

millamia elk cushion kit

The cushion uses 100% merino wool, so it’s very soft to the touch. I used 2 balls of Claret (104) and 2 balls of Snow (124), as well as a pair of 3.25mm needles and a 30cm(ish) cushion pad.

millamia elk cushion close up

I think I started knitting the cushion around a year ago and finished sewing it up this past week. The eagle-eyed among you may notice that I knitted the design upside down, with the elks at the bottom rather than the top. Oops. I think it looks fab on my Scandi M&S chair though, don’t you?

Win Tickets to London’s Knitting & Stitching Show!

K&S_LOGO RGB 600Alright London-locals, listen up! Who’d like to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace next weekend? For six lucky people, your tickets are on the house! The organisers of the show, Twisted Thread, have very kindly given me 3 pairs of tickets to give away to the show and I’d love to hand them out to you lovely people. Scroll down to the bottom for details of how to enter!

The Knitting and Stitching Show 2015 starts next Wednesday 7th October and runs until Sunday 11th October – all day, everyday. The tickets I have to give away are valid for all day Wednesday, Thursday evening and all day Sunday so there’s plenty of choice if you can’t make one particular day.

Fabrics at the Knitting and Stitching Show 2015

This year’s show is a cracker too! Unfortunately for me, London is far, far away so I can’t attend. I’d normally go to the show in Harrogate but this year it falls on my wedding anniversary so I already have plans! I actually went to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show a couple of Novembers ago with my sister and it was great – read about it here if you’d like a sneak peek of what to expect. (Btw – how great are these sequinned crabs by Kate Jenkins?!)

Kate’s Plaice the Stitchmongers collection of knitted fish

So, what’s going on at Alexandra Palace this year? Well, the show is being opened by celebrity knitters Arne and Carlos who, if you don’t know already, are a Norwegian/Swedish duo who make the most wonderful, Scandinavian-inspired knitwear and crafts. Seriously, if you love Scandi style and fairisle knitting then you need to take a look at their books. You can even meet them at the show on Wednesday and Thursday at the Coats Crafts UK stand and join in the #arne&carlosselfie competition! I’ll only be slightly envious if you get to do this.

Arne and Carlos Knitting and Stitching Show 2015

The show also hosts regular fashion shows, over 200 workshops, 400 stalls and a brand new Dressmaking Studio in association with The McCall Pattern Company which offers a range of classes to improve your dressmaking skills. I also want to shout about the appearance from Great British Sewing Bee winner Matt Chapple! He’ll be hosting a talk about his sewing career on Saturday 10th which is definitely worth a visit. He’s a lovely chap.

Matt Chapple Knitting and Stitching Show 2015

How to enter! The competition is now closed! Thank you to everyone who entered!

Small print: tickets are valid for visits all day Wednesday 7th, the evening of Thursday 8th and all day Sunday 11th. I’ll pick 3 winners (2 tickets each) at random on Sunday 4th October at 8pm (GMT). Winners will be notified straight away. The tickets will be available for you to pick up at the collection desk in the Palm Court Foyer at Alexandra Palace – you just need to give your name and the tickets will be there waiting for you.

Good luck everyone! And make sure you share your photos of the day 🙂

Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show 2013

This Saturday, 23rd November, my youngest sister and I did something that I’ve wanted to do for many years. No, we didn’t go desert trekking, kayaking or any of those other things that are supposed to be on every 20-something’s bucket list. No, in our family we like to a live a little more on the edge, and so bright and early on Saturday morning we set off down the road to the Twisted Thread Knitting and Stitching Show at the International Centre in Harrogate!

We spent a good few hours browsing all the lovely stalls, filled to the brim with the sort of bits and pieces that make you go ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’. I believe that they’re the same bits and pieces that make you want to touch everything just to see what it feels like (I refer specifically to the alpaca-fur teddy bears!). But words don’t really do the show justice – so instead here are a few photos of my very favourite things from the Knitting and Stitching Show 2013!

harrogate knitting and stitiching show(From top left: quilt by Stephanie Crawford, fabric printing at Colouricious, quilted Yorkshire Tour de France route, coconut buttons at Hannah’s Room, Fairisle cushion at MillaMia, felted decorations, alpaca teddy bears and felt decorations at Kitty Kay)

And the best part of the entire day? Seeing the touring Knitivity, of course! My mum has had one of these on her windowsill every Christmas ever since I can remember. However her knitivity is only 5 inches high…


Did you get to the Knitting and Stitching Show this year? The dates for the Knitting and Stitching Show 2014 have just gone live today so if you missed it this time around, never fear!