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Monday, 14 January 2013


Helena and I were thrilled to receive a variety of hand knitted gifts for Christmas. One of our favourite presents because they are not only stylish but also so practical were these gorgeous pin cushions.

Max in our team had noticed what a mess our pins were as we prepared for our last photoshoot and therefore got inspired to knit these gifts. With her usual good taste she put together 2 sumptuous colour combinations and also got us some beautiful new pins to match! I think she chose the project as a good way to improve her fair isle technique but judging by the quality of these items we don’t feel she needs to do much in the way of improvement! The pattern is by Tammy Eigeman Thompson and was featured in Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2010, you can find it on Ravelry, here.

Helena's flatmate
Another amazing surprise came from one of our test knitters Margaret. We were stunned to open two gorgeous cowls on Christmas day – modern and stylish in a reversible houndstooth pattern - we were thrilled!

You can see Helena’s gorgeous flat mate modelling Helena’s gift in the photo left. Mine was equally attractive with a strong turquoise contrast that will go with everything. The pattern is called the Brae Cowl by Ann-Marie Jackson.

Our lovely intern - Yumiko


Finally we loved seeing the knit inspired gift wrapping on these salted caramel hazelnuts we received. Seems like even mainstream supermarkets had gone knit crazy this Christmas!

(posted by Katarina)


  1. Gorgeous pincushions. Such a lovely set of gifts.

  2. Thanks for your kind comments. The pincushions were actually nice and quick to knit, whilst being a great way to improve my fairisle skills. Maybe I'll feel confident enough to cast on something more substantial now!