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MRS MOON BLOG

Big Day

February 11, 2016

So today, 11th February 2016, is such a big day for Susan and me.  We have spent the last six years building Mrs Moon into what it is today and we feel so excited and a little bit proud that our first book is being published!  ZigZag Blanket

Since CICO Books first approached us to write Simple Chic Knits, we have kept having to pinch ourselves that it is real, but now that it's actually out there is just amazing!

Two Colour Cowl

Designing has become part of our lives and although we have had so much feedback from our lovely customers of designs that they have made, there is something so special about seeing them in print.

We popped out for an hour or so this morning to Richmond and the lovely people at Pret gave us a latter on the house to celebrate!  How lovely is that?!  The sun in shining, spring is on its way and even though it looked as though our local Waterstone's has ditched its Craft section (a mistake surely?... haven't they heard about us???!!) things are looking rosy.

While building up to today we have also been manically working on our new website which you are looking at now.  It marks the complete transition from bricks and mortar shop to the Mrs Moon we are today and we think it is rather lovely! 

Thank you to Matthew and all the team at Infomagnet for making it such a success...  and being patient... !

Onwards and upwards!  Next stop, Knit & Stitch at Olympia!

Simple Chic Knits

January 26, 2016

We are so excited about the publication of our first ever book - Simple Chic Knits.  We have been working on the book for the last year and have put a lot of love, time and effort into making sure people who love Mrs Moon will love Simple Chic Knits!

The book includes designs for women, men and children, plus accessories and toys.  There are comprehensive instructions for techniques used in the book and advice is given on how to substitute yarns if you need to.

The Handmade Fair

September 21, 2015

We had a really lovely weekend at The Handmade Fair .  The weather was perfect, the company great and we met lots of customers old and new.  A favourite at the show were our  new super simple bobble hats - we have made some pompoms out of Plump to go with them which were flying out of the tent. 

All the samples are available as patterns to make on the website so if you came and were undecided have a look at our projects section now.

We're busy packing for our favourite event of the year, Yarndale which runs next Saturday and Sunday (26th/27th September).   I hope we have as much fun there.

Yarn in the City update

September 07, 2015

We had a lovely start to show season with our day at Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace.  The day began with the easiest set-up we have ever had.  Allison and Rachel from Yarn in the City had made sure that everything ran incredibly smoothly and we were so grateful!  

The Pop-up Marketplace was a new iniative for this year and marked the start of the various yarn crawls around London.  The show had about 30 exhibitors, designer spotlights and a lovely cafe which is always a bonus!

We met lots of new friends and plenty of old.. it was lovely to catch up with so many people.  Our stand was next to Hannah Bass who creates fabulous tapestry versions of city maps...  Triskelion Yarn and Toft with their lovely crocheted menagerie. The perfect corner for us.

It was a great day out....  next up is The Handmade Fair. 

 

Yarn in the City Pop Up Marketplace

September 01, 2015

It can be tough coming back to work after the exotic breaks that we have had over the summer, but when the first week back includes at day out in Chelsea, things get a little bit easier.  We are really excited to be exhibiting at Yarn in the City's pop up marketplace which is at Chelsea Old Town Hall on Saturday 5th September. You can find all the information about the day here

Hooking up

February 11, 2015

Since we closed the shop in January, we have been hooking up with our customers every week at Grounded, which just happens to serve the best coffee in London, every Wednesday morning.  We're here with the latest things we've been working on (here is my reworking of Godstone in Plump dk), samples of new yarn and hopefully good conversation :)

It is a great way to keep in touch, get some advice or get hold of some yarn if you would rather not order online.  This week Susan is also teaching crochet, which can be booked in advance... just drop us a line.

Other opportunities to hook up coming up are the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia which is from 5th to 9th March (we're at stand G87) and then if you are further afield how about Wonderwool in Wales (25th/26th April)?

 

 

 

Super Easy Crochet Baby Blanket in Plump DK

January 30, 2015

This really is a very quick and simple baby blanket.  It is a basic chevron pattern, but to add some texture I have worked into the back loop of each stitch on every third row.

I have used 6 skeins of Plump DK:  Gooseberry Fool, Pistachio Ice Cream,Fondant fancy,  Clotted cream, Peppermint Cream and Bon Bon (1 skein of each colour). Used in this order.  I have managed to get 9 rows out of each skein.

To start:

Ch 117 (the stitch pattern is simply a multiple of 13)

Row 1: 1tr into 4th ch from hook, 1tr into each of the next 3ch, *work 3trs into the next ch (this is the increase), 1tr into each of the next 5ch, skip 2ch (this is the decrease), 1tr into each of the next 5ch, repeat from * to the end (finishing with 1tr into each of the last 5ch) Turn

Row 2: Sl St into the 1st st and into the 2nd st (this is where you start your next row), ch3 (counts as 1tr), 1tr into each of the next 4sts, *3trs into the next st, 1tr into each of the next 5 sts, skip the next 2 sts, 1 tr into each of the next 5 sts, repeat from * to the end. NB you should be working your increase into the middle stitch from the increase from the the row below, the decrease should be around the decrease from the row below. Also note that you do not work into the top of ch3 from the previous row.

Row 3: Repeat row 2, working into the back loop only (BLO) of each st.

Continue repeating row 2. Work into the BLO on every third row. When you change colour you do not need to sl st into the 2nd st along just join your yarn into the 2nd st.

 

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