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Friday, March 06, 2015

A few of my favourite things

This year I want to do a few regular topics on the blog. Some may become weekly, some may be less frequent. One of these regular topics will be 'A few of my favourite things' in which I'll share some of my favourite gadgets - knitting and non-knitting, apps, online shops and other things I particularly like. First up is The Sexy Knitter Tool Tins. I bought my first tool tin a few years ago and I've bought a few more since, both for myself and as presents. My favourite one lives in my hand-bag. I like taking my knitting out and about with me and having a tool tin in my bag means I've always got my favourite gadgets nearby. 

The tool tin come with all your essential knitting gadgets inside: a tape measure, little snips, stitch holder (these are perfect for holding stitches for shoulders), tapestry needles, a cable needle, a small double sided crochet hook and a few hand-made origami stitch markers. The tool tins are made by The Sexy Knitter Sarah Wilson, who's also a designer. 

The tool tin below features a picture of my hand-dyed yarn and you can see the typical contents of a tool tin. This is one of Sarah's permanent tins.

Each month Sarah features a different selection of limited edition tins. This month she's chosen 4 of my designs plus a selection of 6 Karat yarn to feature as her limited edition tins. These tins will only be available until end of March so grab yours while you can. The tin itself is perfect for slipping into a hand-bag or your project bag.

My favourite of these tins has to be my Caprice shawl. I love this photo and I love this shawl. I've been wearing it as a scarf since I made it earlier this winter. It's warm and cozy. This version is knitted in Northbound Knitting Merino Fingering Singles.

We've also got another very special design. I love the texture of this reversible cable pattern which is from my original Shelter scarf. I gave the original sample to a friend for her birthday just after I made it and she accidentally felted it in a washing machine incident (yes I did forgive her). The yarn is Fyberspates Scrumptious DK. The Shelter Infinity Scarf was designed to raise money for Shelterbox which is charity which started in Cornwall where I live. This charity provides boxes for people who've been made homeless as a result of natural disasters. The boxes have things like tents and emergency living equipment for a family. They attend major disasters around the world so it's a worthwhile cause. You can download Shelter for free but please give a donation to Shelterbox.

Leona was first published in The Knitter and will be available through my Pattern Shop very soon. I'm hoping to send the pattern off to my tech editor on Monday.

Daisy is one of my best selling patterns and is currently being re-knitted in a new yarn by one of my wonderful sample knitters. The original featured on the tin was knitted in my hand-dyed yarn which of course is no longer available.

And finally the last limited edition tin features a selection of 6 Karat yarn for sale in my online shop (or at least it will be when I get it back online over the weekend).

Get these tins in Sarah's Etsy shop by the end of March as they won't be back.

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