MRS MOON BLOG
We've been busy creating gift kits ready for Christmas (and beyond) this week. All the kits come with the yarn and needles or hooks needed for our favourite projects, plus a Mrs Moon project bag and the pattern, all wrapped up in a lovely buff box tied with ribbon.
As you can imagine, with the various colour combinations, that's quite a bit of photographing and I was just updating our dropbox folder with some of the latest pics and this is what I saw! Doesn't it beautiful... ? The kits pictured include our beginners knitting and crochet kits, Strawberry Hill, Riverdale and Godstone, but I think it's the overall effect of the thumbnails that looks so cool!
If you've been wanting to splash out on a special project, this is a great way of making sure you get exactly what you want ... send your loved ones our way!
My husband is always hoping that the next thing on my needles is for him..... and is generally disappointed. So desperate is he for a hat, that when I started casting on a beret in yellow, he still thought that there was a possibility.... really??
The thing about men's knits is that they take so long and let's face it, are generally fairly boring... (insert 'always' for 'generally'). Also, don't get me onto the colours!!! Lordy, it gets me down!
Anyway, if you are thinking that the man in your life does deserve a handknit, here is the solution.... something small, quick and gorgeous.
You've probably realised we're slightly fanatical about Worsted Hand Dyes, but it really is an incredibly luxurious yarn and also wears unbelievably well. My Strawberry Hill cowl was rarely off my person last winter and looks as good as new. It's even (don't tell anyone) gone in the washing machine and still looks great!
So, here is my solution for your manly scarf.....
2 skeins Worsted Hand Dyes (shown here in olive, but charcoal, midnight, cranberry, chocolate, mulberry...(I could go on)... would all be great)
Cast on 36 stitches
Row 1: * K2, P2, repeat from * to end
Row 2: *K2, P2, repeat from * to end
Carry on repeating these rows until you've used up all your beautiful yarn and cast off in pattern.
I'd really recommend slipping the first stitch of every row to ensure you get a lovely smooth edge.
So quick, you could probably start it on 23rd Dec and have it under the tree on 24th....
If you would like a kit for this, click here.
Four years ago, we had just opened our door to our first customers. We had planned to open the following day, but realised that it was Friday 13th so probably not that good an omen!! What a steep learning curve we have been on! Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, especially Lynn who has been there since day 1, picking up the pieces (literally and metaphorically) and kept us going!
We've received these gorgeous lilies from Lynn with another incredible knitted project.... tiny weeny knitted things... seriously, they are absolutely tiny.... she is extraordinary!
And Amanda gave us 3 of her delicious cakes from Grounded... What a perfect day!
Thank you to all our lovely customers, both online and in the shop. And of course to everyone who has worked at Mrs Moon and still does.. Lydia, Jenny, Nathalie, Kate, Penny, Jodie, Jane and Allison, not forgetting Karen (are you the only person that reads the blog????)... you are all gorgeous! As a special thank you for those of you who do read this, here's a 10% off code for 24 hours (ends 11.59pm 13/11/13) ... Just use HAPPYBIRTHDAY at the checkout, or mention in the shop... we're waiting......!
... now, where's the prosecco...? :)
Part one of our 'meet the new faces at Mrs Moon' and welcome Jodie!
Can you guess what Jodie used to do?? Yes, very excitingly for my daughter Tilly (and me) Jodie is a dancer by trade and has promised to give us a few hints and tips on grace and elegance (I think I might be a bit past it with anything else dance related!)
Before you know where you are, we will be wandering around in handknitted legwarmers and wraps, stretching at every opportunity! Probably not surprisingly, Jodie seems to have a slightly healthier diet than Susan and me and so far hasn't felt the need for coffee or cake from Grounded next door... she is absolutley lovely though so we'll let her off. She has relocated to Mrs Moon from New York, but doesn't seem too fazed by the frenetic atmosphere in St Margarets and we're sure she'll keep up with the pace!
Hopefully you'll meet her soon!
Check out Susan and I looking slightly ridiculous at the Richmond Business Awards last week! We were thrilled to be Highly Commended in the Best Retail category and after the odd glass of wine look very happy to be sandwiched between Vince Cable and Zac Goldsmith.... they obviously weren't enjoying themselves quite as much as us!
The awards were at Hampton Court Palace and we had a lovely table with girls from SKIN lounge on Richmond Hill. They made it a great fun evening... we had a slightly less serious table than most others!
I just love this scarf that Susan has created using Blue Sky Alpacas' Melange and Sportweight. When she was making it she kept calling me saying she didn't know what she should do with all these flowers... they were so beautiful but she couldn't make her mind up (which isn't unusual for Susan!)
We were really keen on a scarf, she wanted to do a cushion cover. To be honest either would have been fine, but I just don't get why would you have something so lovely on a cushion.. maybe other peoples' children have more respect for their soft furnishings than mine...?
Anyway, here is the result. Perfect too... but is you want it to be a cushion cover, go ahead!
Our first day back at the shop yesterday, kids back to school, summer hols over, feeling a little tincey wincey bit down and then we come in to Mrs Moon and there is Nathalie bearing gifts....
She crocheted these BEAUTIFUL rugs for us over the summer out of old fabric scarves.... They are absolutely gorgeous and we may have shed a tear or two on receipt of them (had nothing to do with the plate of baklava she bought in too!)
Nathalie has such an eye for colour and is so creative... these are so simple but absolutely perfect. We are negotiating which one will go to which home!
I was looking for something simple but satisfying to take on holiday to crochet and think that I may have come up with exactly the thing! Problem is, I go on holiday and Saturday and think I may be at least half way through it by then!
I've been loving Granny Stripes for the whole of this year... they have been bit on the catwalk this year too, but haven't translated them into a blanket before. The beauty of the stripe rather than the square is that you don't get that awful feeling where every round gets bigger and bigger until you can't face starting a new one. With this throw you know exactly how much yarn you are going to need and as each row is the same, don't feel like your project is never going to end.
I'm using my favourite yarn of the moment (well, for quite a while actually), Blue Sky Alpacas' gorgeous Melange and Sportweight. After much deliberation I've chosen 5 stripes to go on the neutral background (toasted almond melange), bubblegum, saffron (both melange) and buttercup, hibiscus and capri sportweight.
I'm loving how it looks already and am sure by the time I'm back from camping en France it will be done.
If you want to have a go yourself you will need:
6 skeins of Toasted Almond
1 skein each of Bubblegum, Saffron, Buttercup, Hibiscus, Capri
3.75mm crochet hook
Finished size: 132cm x 70cm approx
Using toasted almond, Ch 132 (or as big as you'd like, use a multiple of four stitches)
Row 1: 2tr into 4th ch from hook,*ch1, skip 3ch, 3tr into next ch, rep from * to end working 3tr into last ch. Turn.
Row 2: ch4, *3tr into first ch1 space, ch1, rep from * to end finishing with ch1, 1tr into top of ch3. Turn.
Row 3: ch3, 2tr into first ch1 space, *ch1, 3tr into next ch1 space, rep from * to end working 3tr into last space. Turn
Continue repeating rows 2 and 3.
Once you have 7 rows of A completed, change to your first colour, I have used bubblegum, working 5 rows in this colour. Then change back to neutral for 7 rows. Continue as desired.
You can of course change the numbers of rows in each colour... I think random would be quite nice, but requires more thought... too much for my holiday!
Will post a pic of the finished article when I'm back!