Season to Celebrate

The Bunting is Up! But Unfortunately Not Outside...

Apologies for the delay in getting this out there - we were very fortunate last week with the unusually hot weather, which meant knitting was not really top of my priorities. Definitely good to balance that knitting (sat in a chair with chocolates at hand) with being active, so great to spend some spare time out and about pottering in the garden. Also missed finishing the bunting in time for the Queen's birthday... although now plenty of time for fitting in some knitting to make plenty of triangles for next years bunting...

So the bunting is finally up! However, this has quite typically coincided with the rain coming out. It would have been perfect to get my bunting outdoors across the path, but I'm hoping that the sunshine will make a reappearance before my husband's birthday on the 28th. For now, the bunting is being displayed indoors, across the back door (a door which has now just been scrubbed of its smears of whatever, handprints and splashes of tea - Sam, how do you manage to cover the back door with so much tea?? #husbandchild)

Spring Babies and Christenings!

So as well as celebrating with a bit of bunting I've also been a bit knitting-happy when it comes to giving gifts. With a friend having just had a new baby and another friend having her baby christened ( I've reached that point in my life where babies seem to be popping out everywhere), I wanted to give a nice little something that was handmade and unique. I thought these would make nice little keepsakes to hang on the door or a toy box.

I know they're not the best but if you look at them from a distance and squint your eyes a little bit, I think they're alright. As with a lot of these handmade things they don't have to be perfect as it adds to the charm. With the age old saying it's the thought that counts, and the uniqueness and effort is often very much appreciated. I must say sewing on the name did form a bit of a challenge. After several attempts at getting the correct shape, I was rather cross that my friend had picked a name with the letter 'S' in it! And let's just hope others go for short names - something like Isabella would definitely have been problematic...

I went for adding a bit of extra knitted detailing onto the front of the name plaque, as it just made it look a little bit more pretty. Great for short names if you've got the extra space at the edges, but also perfect if any embroidered lettering ends up slightly off centre. The basic pattern for these can be used or so many things, so think out of the box. I thought of maybe doing one for a room e.g home, pantry, loo etc, or even one your next drinks order - perhaps having tea/coffee on each side? I thought I might also do an orange/green version later in the year with 'Boo!' for halloween...

Check back in the updates here next weekend or email me to get the updated patterns straight to you. I'm going to try and go a bit floral next week, with a simple daisy - having spotted my first daisies on the lawn this week!

Happy knitting!

Ali 🙂

How to Knit Bunting

Total time 1 Hour 10 Minutes each Triangle

Made from a single knitted pieces, strung together.

Different colour triangles and repeating patterns, maybe even do some stripey ones!

Add a letter to each piece if you fancy (although this makes it less transferrable to other peoples parties and celebrations).

How to Knit A Name Plaque

Total time 2 Hours 30 Minutes (Plus extra for added detailing)

Made from a two knitted main pieces, back-stitch detailing and added knitted shapes, with a finger-knitted handle.

Use various colours, names or words to suit various occasions.

Knit Your Own Bunting!

Get some ideas, see what you will need and follow the patterns to learn exactly how you can make your own...

Knit Your Own Name Plaque!

Get some ideas, see what you will need and follow the patterns to learn exactly how you can make your own...

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