Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Where to find Sincerely Louise this year!

So you don't miss out on our upcoming events here's a list of where to find us this year!

Sincerely Louise Open Studio, Thursday August 4th, 19:00
Join us for an evening of knitting, wine and faux taxidermy at our South London studio for only a fiver. All you need to bring is your own knitting. There's also informal teaching if you'd like to learn a new stitch or two! Book here.

Mystery Market Place, 26th - 29th of August 
We'll be at an exciting shopping event in Central London over the August bank holiday weekend. Watch this space for more details as we'll be launching our brand new unicorn kit here. 

Tent London, September 22nd - 25th 
Visit our collection at the Etsy Award Winners showcase at Tent London, part of the London Design Fair, in East London. 

Yarndale, September 24th - 25th 
Whilst our pieces are on display at Tent London you can also find them atYarndale in Skipton. It's our first year exhibiting and we can't wait. 

Fox Head Workshop, Thursday September 29th, 19:00 
Come along to an evening workshop of foxy faux taxidermy at our South London studio. Accompanied by Brixton's finest brownies, of course! Book here.

The Knitting and Stitching Show, 5th - 9th of October
This will be our third year at The Knitting and Stitching show and we've moved rooms. There'll be a whole new range of faux taxidermy heads, so keep your eyes peeled! 

Please note there may be a few more events added to this list, including an Etsy Awards celebration. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Please Vote for me in the Etsy Awards!

I'm proud to announce Sincerely Louise has been made a finalist in the Etsy Awards! The public decide on the winner and I'm asking for your help.

To vote simply follow this link:

https://etsyawards.com/uk/Finalist-54/SincerelyLouise

Your vote would mean the world to me, as a small business I've grown from strength to strength and I have to credit Etsy for supporting me throughout. I've been lucky enough to be featured on their blogs, newsletters and across their social media. One thing that surprised me was that out of the 60 finalists my shop is only one offering DIY products. The knitting and crochet community is such a big part of my life, I love designing, teaching and inspiring others to pick up a pair of needles. I can't believe there's not more crafty makers like myself in the final.

So this week I'm asking you to spare just a moment of your time to vote for me, it would mean the world and once the voting closes on the 6th of June I can start working on those new designs for you!

Sincerely,

Louise


Monday, 11 April 2016

Sincerely Louise Workshops Launched!



Since starting Sincerely Louise the business has come along way, from writing my first knitting pattern to making the book, I've moved my small wool stash from home and am now running my own studio in South London. Now we're reading to launch our first workshops which will range from teaching students the knitting basics to faux taxidermy classes!

To be one of the first to visit the Sincerely Louise studio we're offering our first class on April the 21st for only £5! You can come and learn to knit and experienced knitters are welcome. You could even bring that friend who's always wanted to learn.

Our studio is located in central Brixton, just a 5 - 10 minute walk from the station and is full of wool and faux trophy heads. The workshop includes all the materials needed and will be run by myself and another knitting tutor. To find out more and to book visit the website www.sincerelylouise.co.uk.





Wednesday, 5 August 2015

20 Crafty Cakes, Bakes and Treats

The Bake Off is back and I can't wait to see what the contestants make this year. I thought I'd get into the baking spirit by sharing some of my favourite crafty cakes, bakes and treats. I'd love to be able to make a real cake, but these looks delicious and just as fun to make!


















Show stoppers! 




Catch 'The Great British Bake Off' tonight at 20:00 on BBC One!

Sincerely,

Louise 

x

Monday, 27 July 2015

Where You'll Find Me This Year - Shows, Fairs and Workshops

I've already had such a busy start to the year, trading at Unravel and the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show. Giving a speech and running a photography workshop at the Knitting and Crochet Guild convention. Not to mention designing for Mollie Makes, Stylecraft and Knit Today alongside unleashing my latest dinosaur collection. I had a little health blip in between but have recovered well and am excitedly looking ahead to the rest of the year!

And it's non stop, I finally took a big leap and found a studio space in central Brixton. From the 1st of August I'll be moving my huge yarn stash from the living room, and my private stash in the bedroom to it's new home. I'll also be able to proudly display my critters and have my knitting machine permanently set up. It also means I'll be able to run knitting nights and workshops, eek!

Before I open my doors I've got some work to do. But I've got lots of exciting news for the year ahead. Here are some key dates for your diary.

July 28th - The Make Escape 3rd Birthday - Hackney
It's my favourite London craft night! Come along for a night of free workshops at the Hackney Attic. Hosted by the wonderful Momtaz Begum-Hossain (@TheCraftCafe). It's the Make Escapes 3rd birthday and it's Hawaiian themed! I can't wait! 
http://themakeescape.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/coming-up-hawaiian-holiday-our-3rd.html

August 28th - 30th - Frank and Olive Retreat - York
More information to be released soon.

September 3rd - 5th - The WI Centennial Fair - Harrogate
I'm really excited to be apart of the WI Fair, you'll find me trading at Stand A139 alongside running a workshop on Thursday the 3rd. We'll be making mini fox head key rings hurrah! I'll also be releasing my latest collection of kits and scarfs at the show.
http://www.thewishow.com/ 


September the 5th - The Great London Yarn Crawl - London
I won't actually be around for this one, but I'll be there in spirit. The yarn crawl looks really fun, each group has a different route and I'm excited to say that my pieces can be found at both Fringe and Wild & Woolly. Look out for the new ranges there too!
http://www.greatlondonyarncrawl.com/

October 7th - 11th - The Knitting and Stitching Show - Alexandra Palace London
It's the big one! I launched my kits at the show last year so am excited to be back. You can find me in the same hall and in almost the same place. There'll be some familiar faces and some new ones too. I'll also be running a bear pillow workshop too. 
http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london/



November 14th - Festiwool - Hitchin 
Last year I was invited to Festiwool and I'm glad to be back! It's only a short train journey from London so perfect for exhibiting. Again there'll be a fresh face of critters and some old friends too. I'd really recommend visiting this one as it has a fabulous atmosphere and friendly traders.

December 4th - 8th - The Clothes Show - NEC Birmingham
This is a show I'm really excited to be involved in. It won't be my usual set up as I've been given a really big space. Here I'll be teaching how to knit in the educational area as well as trading too. I've got some time to get planning how I want the stand looking as usually I'm only in a 2x2m space! There'll be lots of animals here as well as even more new designs. If you're new to knitting or want to learn just pop along for a free workshop! 


I'd love to see you at any (or all) of these shows! And keep your eyes out for Brixton workshops too!

Sincerely,

Louise

xox

Friday, 19 June 2015

Diplodocus Scarf Pattern - Free Until June 30th!

To celebrate the release of Jurassic World I have been having a Jurassic June! Each week I've been releasing a new dinosaur pattern. First it was my Stegosaurs hat, then my Pterodactyl bag and this week I'm unleashing my Diplodocus scarf! If you haven't seen the film yet I highly recommend it. I personally think there's not enough dinosaur knits for girls, so I've used a pastel palette to make them extra cute! They could easily be adapted for boys, but I thought I'd be a little selfish and design them all for me.


I kicked off the month with my Stegosaurus hat, it's knitted in alpaca chunky yarn and has two sets of spikes running along it. You can find the pattern here!


Next I released my Pterodactyl bag, knitted in a lavender DK with amazing dinosaur patterned lining. I added a chain so I can take it anywhere. Find the pattern here


I finally got to see the Jurassic World film this week, as I said before I loved it! So how could I resist giving my followers a little treat. Until June the 30th my Diplodocus Scarf pattern is free and all you need to make it is two balls of DK yarn! It's perfect for knitting days in the sun or a holiday project as theres lots of St st. Next week I'm off to the British country side and have already cast on my next scarf design. 



Finally I've released my Triceratops kit in red and gold. You can buy the kit here. Keep tuned for my final dinosaur announcement of the month. 



Sincerely,

Louise x



Thursday, 23 April 2015

A Faux Taxidermy Knits Competition

It's competition time! I have been busy the last few days, designing a set of patterns that are going to be exclusively available as part of a competition that will be ongoing on the Sincerely Louise blog until the end of this year. If you have been watching any of my posts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed these cheeky chaps getting featured as I've been designing them...now you can get your hands on them.
A lion, a meerkat and a hippo!

Faux Taxidermy Knits Competition


Until the end of 2015, the only way to get your hands on these patterns will be via this competition. They've been designed as part of an 'Africa' collection that will be published next year; but until that is available, you will not be able to download, buy or otherwise get them in any way apart from entering. 
Mr Lion - with a possibility of a Mrs Lion too!

How do you enter?


This is primarily an Instagram competition, and entering is super easy. When you upload a photo onto Instagram of a finished creature from one of my patterns, tag it with #fauxtaxidermyknits and make sure to mention me on @sincerelylouise, you will automatically be put into that weeks draw. It doesn't matter when you knitted the project, or whether it comes from my book, one of my free patterns here on the blog, or a digital download or kit from Etsy.
A beautiful pink hippo waiting to be made!

The Winners:


A new winner will be picked each week. The competition runs from Wednesday one week to the following Tuesday, when the winner will be announced on my social media channels with a share of that project, as well as credit to the maker. The winner will then be able to choose which critter they would like to be sent.

With three different patterns to win, you can enter as many times as you like to be in with a chance of entering them all! However, only one winner will be chosen every week, so you will have to make sure you enter each week.
Little Meerkat at your service!

Depending on my design schedule, I will be adding to the collection over the coming months, so even if you are lucky enough to win all three, keep checking back, as I may be introducing more African friends over time.

Good luck and happy knitting!