Friday, 27 December 2013

Let's Party

Wear one of Uniquely UK's stunning accessories and party in style. 


 
We have a wide range of gorgeous goods that are ready for you to wear now !

 We can also provide a full customisation service , so if you fancy the cuff links but in a different colour , then that can easily be done , or the scarf knitted in a different type of yarn , again this is quite easy for us to do.  Just contact us and let us know.

Friday, 13 December 2013

The Creative Design Process for a Bespoke Felt Baby Mobile

Hey All, it's Simmi from Grace's Favours and I wanted to share a bit about the process I've just been through for a customer, to create a set of bespoke GIGANTIC cloud mobiles:



The inspiration for the mobiles (1 white and 2 pale grey) came from these much smaller versions that are in the shop



The customer was after 3 clouds that measured about 3-4 foot in width! This was going to be easily the largest thing I'd ever created.

So I did some drawings which I emailed over to the customer:


Then I had to actually get creative with the felt. Thankfully my cutting table is quite big, so I can just about fit a mahoosive cloud on it!


But even so, I had to lay out the final design on the floor to get it full size!!



Once I'd decided that was the right configuration of raindrops, there was nothing left for it but to brave sewing it up (that was the scary part!)

And to show you the scale, here is a pic of it hung up in my hallway, with my kids, who are 5 (Seren) and 3 (Patrick) - the mobile is enormous!!!


I really enjoyed making these and can't wait to see some pictures of the three together hung up in their new home - they're going to be residing in a Church Nursery in Texas, USA :-)

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Free Tutorial - To knit a colourful Striped Cowl


This is an easy knitting project using a garter stitch (all knit stitches). The gorgeous colourful stripes in the cowl is easily achieved by following the instructions below. Great project to knit this Christmas sat in front of the TV watching your favourite films.


Wear it wrapped round in different directions each day to show off all the different colours














For this project you will need:
2 x 50 gram balls of Adriafil Azzurra 4 Ply in each of the colours shown here.



Azzurra is a high quality yarn made from a classic blend of wool and acrylic.  It comes in a wide variety of colours to suit all tastes.

1 pair of 4.5 mm needles.
Large eyed needle & scissors

INSTRUCTIONS















Step 1:  Cast on 50 stitches using 1 strand of orange and 1 strand of pink yarn.  Knit for 7.5” / 19cm

Step 2: Change to 1 strand of pink and 1 strand of purple yarn and knit for
9” / 23cm

 Step 3: Change to 2 strands of pink yarn and knit for 2.5” / 6cm

Step 4: Change to 1 strand of pink and 1 strand of purple yarn and knit for 1.5” /  4cm

Step 5: Change to 2 strands of purple yarn and knit for 1.5” / 4cm

Step 5: Change to 1 strand of purple and 1 strand of turquoise yarn and knit for 5.5” / 14cm

Step 6: Change to 2 strands of turquoise yarn and knit for 4” / 10cm

Step 7: Change to 1 strand of turquoise and 1 strand of light blue yarn and knit for 3.5” / 9cm

Step 8: Change to 1 strand of light blue and 1 strand of purple yarn and knit for 2.5” / 6cm

Step 9: Change to 2 strand of purple yarn and knit for 3.5” / 9cm

Step 10: Change to 1 strand of purple and 1 strand of orange yarn and knit for 5” / 13cm

Step 11: Change to 2 strands of orange yarn and knit for 2” / 5cm

Step 12: Change to 1 strand of orange and 1 strand of pink yarn and knit for 1” / 2.5cm

Step 13: Change to 1 strand of pink and 1 strand of turquoise yarn and knit for 2.5” / 6cm

Step 14: Change to 2 strands of turquoise yarn and knit for 7” / 18cm

Step 15: Change to 1 strand of turquoise and 1 strand of purple yarn and knit for 1.5” / 4cm

Step 16: Change to 2 strands of purple yarn and knit for 2” / 5cm

Step 17: Change to 1 strand of purple and 1 strand of light blue yarn and knit for 1.5” / 4cm

Step 18: Change to 2 strands of light blue yarn and knit for 2” / 5cm

Step 19: Change to 1 strand of light blue and 1 strand of pink yarn and knit for 1.5” / 4cm

Step 20: Cast off and leave a long end.

Step 21: Sew all ends in apart from the long end left on when casting off

Step 22: Blanket stitch the cast on and the cast off edges together

Do not block or Steam Iron this cowl.


Remember, if you make one of these colourful striped cowls , then send a photo to Uniquely UK and we will feature it on facebook or in our blog (or both).

Please feel to make as many of these as you like for personal use, but I would ask that you don't sell the finished items. Please do not reproduce any or all of the tutorial, without linking back to here.

This tuturial has been created by Sandra of TheFeminineTouch.  Below are some of the cowls / snoods she sells at Uniquely UK, all available in your choice of colours.

http://www.uniquelyuk.co.uk/shop/search.php?q=cowl&search.x=13&search.y=7


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Enter The Uniquely UK Christmas Giveaway!


Welcome to our first ever UniquelyUK Giveaway, just in time for Christmas! One lucky winner will scoop a fabulous Christmas box containing all six of the specially selected handmade items shown below. Entries are open to all UK residents, and you can enter up to a maximum of 10 times - which means you have up to 10 opportunities to win! Every one of your entries has an equal chance of winning, so what are you waiting for? Read on for details of how to enter!!!


Our giveaway runs until midnight on Saturday 7th December. There is one prize, which will comprise all 6 items shown above. One lucky winner will be chosen at random and will have one week to respond, otherwise the prize will be forfeited and another winner will be picked. Do make sure you leave your contact details in the comments so we can let you know if you win!

Please note that the prize can only be posted to a UK address, because the last international posting deadlines for Christmas will have passed by the time this competition closes. Don't worry though, as our next competition will be open to worldwide entries! Good Luck!

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 Update - this free Giveaway is now over and a winner has been chosen , so sorry to those of you that have visited this after the closing date. If you are interested in goodies at Uniquely UK and would be interested in a Coupon Code for 10% off until February 2014 or are interested in a newsletter subscription , then please add your comments below.  Uniquely UK will then get back to you.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Free Tutorial - To make a knitted cable tree



This is a small knitting project for someone just embarking on learning the art of cabling. It uses up odd balls of yarn too, so no buying yarn purposely.

I made this tree using yarns in autumnal colours as I can’t believe winter / Christmas is nearly with us (only 1 month to go!), but for you I suggest using colours to compliment your home Christmas decorations.







For this project you will need:

3 small balls of left over yarn  pieces. I used DK yarn.

1 pair of appropriate size needles for the yarn. I used 4mm needles.

Crochet hook

Large eyed needle, scissors, pins



 Instructions

Step 1: With each ball of yarn follow the instructions below for knitting a cable triangle
Cast on 25 stitches

Row 1    K2, (P1, K4 ) x 4 times , P1, K2

Row 2    P1, P2 together, *Purl to the last 3 stitches , P2 together , P1. * Please knit the knit stitches as you see them.

Row 3    K1, (P1, CB4) x 4 times, P1, K1
Row 4    As Row 2
Row 5    (P1, K4) x 4 times , P1
Row 6    As Row 2
Row 7    CB4, (P1, CB4) x 2 times, P1 , CB4
Row 8    As Row 2
Row 9    K3, (P1, K4) x 2 times, P1 , K3
Row 10  As Row 2
Row 11  K2, (P1, CB4) x 2 times, P1 , K2
Row 12  As Row 2
Row 13  K1, (P1, K4) x 2 times, P1 , K1
Row 14  As Row 2
Row 15  (P1, CB4) x 2 times, P1
Row 16  As Row 2
Row 17  K4, P1 , K4
Row 18  As Row 2  (7 stitches left in needle)
Row 19  K1, K2 together, P1 , K2 together, K1
Row 20  P1,P3 together , P1

Thread yarn through remaining 3 stitches and make secure. Leave a long end





Key
K1 Knit one stitch

P1 Purl one stitch

CB4 Hold 2 stitches to the back of the 
work on a cable needle, Knit 2 stitches, then
 knit the 2 stitches from the cable
 needle

 
Here is a photograph of the three cable triangles that I made with the spare yarn I decided to use.
As you can see, even though I used the same needles and the same number of stitches I finish with 1 of the triangles obviously bigger than the others.
This does not matter, simply use the bigger triangles at the bottom of the tree.



Step 2: Knit the tree trunk

Cast on 10 stitches
 Knit 10 rows
Cast off










 


Step 3: Position the 3 triangles on top of each other to give you the tree shape, pin in place. 

Step 4: Turn the knitted trunk on to its side and pin in place at the bottom of the tree.







Step 5 : Turn the tree over so you are working on the back of the piece of work. Sew all pieces together without showing any of your stitches at the front of the tree.


Step 6: Take the long length at the top of the top triangle and using the crochet hook, crochet a chain , fasten the other end in place on the tree to form a loop for hanging

Step 7: Sew a line of stitches at the bottom of each triangle in one of the contrasting colours.

You can hang these little cable trees anywhere I have knitted mine in autumnal colours and the tree is now hanging in my rustic kitchen.

You can use this design to knit cable trees in lovely Christmas colours, try red , purple and gold for an opulent look or green , red and silver for a more traditional tree. These would look great hanging on the main Christmas tree or hanging on children’s cupboard doors to remind them that Christmas is on its way.

Remember, if you make any of these lovely trees , then send photos to Uniquely UK and we will feature them on facebook or in our blog (or both).

Please feel to make as many of these as you like for personal use, but I would ask that you don't sell the finished items. Please do not reproduce any or all of the tutorial, without linking back to here.

This tutorial has been designed and written by Sandra of TheFeminineTouch. If you have any problems with understanding the written instructions then please contact her via the web site. 
Please view her lovely feminine knitted work here on the web site.

New from TheFeminineTouch this Christmas - gorgeous mug cosy's

http://www.uniquelyuk.co.uk/shop/search.php?q=mug+cosy&search.x=5&search.y=2

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Welcome to Uniquely UK


To all our new readers,

We'd like to say 'Hey!',

And a very warm welcome,



Looking for gifts

Or something for you?
...in red, yellow, green,
purple or blue.


Our website is filled,

With goodies galore,
Handmade one-offs,
And so much more....


Claire brings you buntings

For every occasion,
From weddings to parties,
To buntings with names in.





Sarah’s our Poppet,

It’s purses she makes,
When she’s not sewing,
She loves to eat cakes!





Sandra loves wool
lamb and mohair
She creates lovely garments
for you all to wear 






The magic happens in her kiln,

Ceramics inspired by nature,
Unique items made as only she can,
That's our Potter, Marieanne!






Then there's our Robbie,

He loves his photography,
He's snapping his pics across the pond,
Because he's on holiday!





The artisan behind Pheeple,

And our needle-felter is Bex,
Each Pheeple is made by hand,
And perfect to keep as pets







Erika specialises in Jewellery

With beautiful coloured gemstones
Dispersing light & catching the eye
In pretty silver & golden tones







Heather is our tatting girl

She loves exploring castles
She makes pretty lace in gothic designs
Occassionally with tassles












Simmi, she lives in the woods,

Where she crafts lots of beautiful goods.
Her workshop's not neat, but it really is sweet,
That she makes things that lighten our moods!




Now you’ve met the UUK team,
We're almost at that time…
To give you a hug & blow you a kiss,
And end this silly rhyme!

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