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  • Linda Whaley blogs from rocketknits 25 January 2014 | View comments

  • Happy 2014 to you!


    I can’t believe we are heading towards the end of January already.
    It’s always nice to look back at the year just gone by before moving on with the next…..and how fast they seem to be passing by these days!

    Last year was a busy year for me. Looking back, I worked too many evenings, but on the flip side it did mean I was able to spend time in the day with my little girl.

    My aim for 2013 was to design and launch some new contemporary baby knitting patterns for everyday wear.
    I designed a new contemporary picture knits collection for babies and children called Little Pickle Knits.
    I was so pleased that Love Knitting for Baby asked if they could feature my 'Mr Fox' and 'Little Robins' baby hats in this December's 'Best Buys' feature. Here is the feature!

    I would like to thank Paula Norman (Oxfordshire photographer) for these lovely photographs of my picture knits.
    I also have a new collection of pretty tweedy knits for girls called Jessica Rose Hand knits.



    So where can we find these new collections I hear you say……...

    You may have noticed there hasn’t been much activity on for a while. There is a very good reason for this…… I developed this website myself using an off the shelf website package….. but by the autumn I had filled it to its maximum capacity. I was planning on it being a short term website but not quite as short as it has turned out to be!
    But….... a fab new website is due to be launched at the end of this month. I am so excited about it….. I’ll keep you posted.


    In April my friend Karen left rocketknits as she needed to spend more time with her family. Karen joined me to take control of marketing rocketknits. Lots of tears were shed by both of us when she left as we had so much fun working together and had so many dreams for the business….. but our families always come first.
    The next two or three months were tough, as I missed sharing rocketknits with Karen. I launched myself into creating designs for Jessica Rose Hand knits and Little Pickle Knits and the creative process helped. I always find getting creative is a good tonic.
    I launched these new collections on Etsy in May and September.


    In November…. Susannah, another good friend, who works in marketing, decided to join me part-time. Susannah has great ideas and has already had a major influence in the direction of the company going forward. We are so looking forward to our journey together. It looks like its going to be exciting!

    The first major change that is happening is that the new website will be called instead of, as it will be housing all my knitting pattern collections. We’ll let you know as soon as it is launched.


    More news!

    The UK magazine ‘Love Knitting for Baby’ will be printing…a Linda Whaley knitting pattern in their next publication. Don’t miss out on this ‘free pattern’ of the hat photographed below.

    I would like to thank Jules Mosley for the absolutely adorable photographs she took for this January’s feature.

    I’ll post a few of the photographs over the next few days but here is a sneak preview.

    The magazine is out on the 29th of this month.

    So onto this coming year…..2014! Plans hopes and dreams

    At work

    Launch the new website ~ add more tips and knitting advice ~ include more offers and competitions ~ give a small amount of time each week for social networking as I’m not quite there yet ~ blog more frequently ~ create new to designs ~ and if I have time, launch a new homeware collection

    At home

    Set up more creative projects with my children as they love it so much ~ take lots of days out with my little girl before she starts school ~ try to keep off wheat and sugar...currently on day 6 ~ keep working on that work/home balance ~ have more success with the vegetable garden this year ~ switch off from work at the weekends.


    Thats my news for now.

    I hope you all have a wonderful 2014



    Posted @ 18:32:27 on 19 January 2014 back to top
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    FREE pattern offer! new baby mittens


    Hi there

    Just thought I'd let you have a peek at a pair of little baby mittens that I have just designed.

    I've had lots of fun adding more designs to my baby picture knits collection over the last few weeks.

    If you are looking for baby mittens this winter do take a look in my picture knits shop. I have just designed three new baby mitts. You can choose these fun little cars, precious little lambs or festive robins. Knit them in an evening! Perfect for Christmas presents!

    I also have co-ordinating hats!. If you want to knit a co-ordinating baby hat and mittens set? a SPECIAL OFFER to you..... If you buy a littlepickleknits baby hat pattern I will send you a FREE BABY MITTENS PDF KNITTING PATTERN! Just let me know which mitts you would like along with the word HANDPRINTS and I will send this additinal complimentary pdf pattern to you.

    Speak soon

    Posted @ 14:31:04 on 05 November 2013 back to top
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    cute baby boy beanie shot!


    Hello again

    It's always so exciting when I see my designs in action! I have just been sent this very very cute photograph of Joseph wearing my classic pixie beanie hat...... how adorable is he!

    I knitted this hat and sold it at a summer fair here in Oxfordshire 4 years ago. Since then the family have moved to a house very close by, have now become good family friends, and Joseph is 5 and at school with my little boy.

    The first time I visited the house, I saw this photograph on the wall and said...... hey I recognise that hat!
    Emma tells me this hat was her absolute favourite hat.... which is so great to hear.

    I am just about to knit a hat for Emma's little girl..... so you may see another treasured family photograph appearing in my blog in the not too distant future

    Speak soon


    Posted @ 16:32:26 on 17 October 2013 back to top
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    new animal hats for autumn


    Hello again

    Autumn is here and its time for those knitting needles to re-emerge for your exciting autumn projects!

    I have been busy designing contemporary picture knits throughout the summer to launch this autumn.
    As my kids so love anything with a picture on it I just couldn't resist setting up a new contemporary picture knits label. There has been such excitement in our house as the kids have so loved watching these knits emerge from my initial sketches. ....its been so much fun! I have had heaps of requests from them both for this winter.

    Here are the first of many animal picture knits... heaps more designs are on their way over the next few days and weeks.

    More hat shapes, scarves, mittens, sweaters and cardigans coming soon! .... I'll keep you posted.

    So where can I find these picture knits I here you ask.....I have launched a new label especially for my picture knits called little pickle knits. This collection of contemporary picture knits is available through my etsy shop

    If you buy a little pickle pdf pattern and you can choose a complimentary pattern of your choice. Just contact me through my etsy shop to let me know which additional complimentary pattern you would like and I will email it to you.

    Speak soon

    Posted @ 13:53:29 on 30 September 2013 back to top
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    Love Knitting Magazine features rocket clothing



    A rainy day here in Oxfordshire.
    I have a quiet moment as the kids are out with their daddy....... so I thought I would show you rocketknits most recent press coverage.
    Love Knitting for Baby contacted me as they wanted to feature my baby knitting patterns in their 'Best Buys' feature.... and here it is!

    Love Knitting Magazine selected two of my very popular knitting patterns...... my mini stripe baby cardigan and my classic pixie beanie pdf patterns.
    These are available to buy in my patterns/baby garments and patterns/boy hats

    If you would like to buy a copy of this magazine go to
    Love Knitting for Baby issue 11

    Speak soon

    Posted @ 10:40:29 on 24 August 2013 back to top
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    hand knit workshops



    I'm starting to feel like autumn is around the corner. There has been a chill in the air..... autumn fashion is starting to appear in the shops..... and I actually saw some children kicking around in fallen leaves today on the green outside my house...... but it's only August!! We still have some summer days out planned with the children this holiday so I am hoping autumn is not here just yet.

    Anyway my latest news......
    I always love reading your emails and will always try to help whenever I can, so..... as I have had quite a few requests for this...... I have decided to run some hand knit workshops this Autumn.

    These initial workshops are designed to help you as you work through my rocketknit's patterns.
    If you are new to knitting and have said you would like help from start to finish, you can book into my knitting workshops at intervals along the way. If you just need help at the final stages of your knit, to pick up stitches to achieve a beautiful neckline.... or to find out how to sew up an invisible seam, then just come along to a workshop with your knitting and I will help you achieve it.

    So come and join me here in Witney Oxfordshire and knit some cosy knits for this autumn....or hand knit a special handmade Christmas present for someone special.
    I live in this very old Georgian house which was built in the 1700's for a family that ran one of the famous 'Witney Blankets' factories. Sadly Witney Blankets is no longer operating, but running my small textile business and knitting workshops from this historic house feels right and connects me with its past in some small way.

    So all you need to do is buy a rocketknits pdf pattern and book into one or more workshops. Come along with your yarn, needles..... and knitted pieces if you would like help with sewing up etc..... and I will help you with your rocket hand knit here in my workroom. Your place is reserved once you have paid. These workshops are open to you all so book early to avoid disappointment as there is a maximum of 6 people per workshop.

    I am holding evening workshops most Tuesdays 8pm - 10pm. Weekend workshops are held on the first Saturday of the month 10.30am - 12.30pm. I have decided to hold these workshops at a special introductory price of £8.00 per workshop to say thank you for being a rocketknits customer, and to help you to create a handknit that you love.
    Take a look at my workshops page for dates and to book your place.

    Hope you've been enjoying the summer





    Posted @ 18:03:32 on 14 August 2013 back to top
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    A gem in Oxfordshire - Cogges farm


    Hi….busy here in Oxfordshire enjoying the summer holidays with my children.

    …… although I'm taking some treasured time out during the day I am designing and knitting most evenings ..... so do look out for some new knitting patterns this Autumn.

    But for now I just had to share some images of Cogges Farm here in Oxfordshire. It is a very special charity run farm that is perfect for a family day out, set in beautiful surroundings, as you will see from the photographs.

    …. I am looking forward to using these beautiful Cotswold stone walls as a back drop for my knits!!

    Here I am trying to get a photograph with my kids.....who never stand still!



    Cogges Farm is in Witney Oxfordshire…and we think it is pretty special.

    It’s a beautiful, and exceptionally friendly charity run farm. There are a few animals including chickens, goats, geese, pigs and a lovely Shetland pony called Ali.



    It is so lovely that quite a few of the chickens are free to wander around the grounds. The kids love it!

    I have always wanted to paint chickens and cockerals ..... maybe when the kids are older!



    This is the new wooden play area for little ones that is perfectly placed next to the café…..Lots of outside seating and yes…… it has nice coffee! A nice relaxing lunch or coffee break whilst the kids play!



    There is also a new wooden adventure play area at the back of the grounds for older children. Large wooden climbing structures, a zip wire, suspended bridge etc and a natural wooded area with trees to climb and clamber on and dens to hide in.



    There is also a lovely peaceful apple orchard to picnic in, and a pretty walled kitchen garden to wander into. This is the walled Kitchen garden… PS the veggies are to the left……I love the stone wall and

    Holly Hocks….beautiful hey!

    There is so much history here…..the Manor House dates back from the 13th century



    Pretty Lavender borders in the kitchen garden



    Looking into the kitchen garden



    We love it!



    Posted @ 20:30:14 on 07 August 2013 back to top
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    easy knit newborn baby bonnet - great for beginners!


    I couldn't resist showing you yet another beautiful newborn photograph of my 'Sweetness Bonnet' knitted in a pretty mohair fancy yarn.
    UK newborn photographer Nemi Miller has very kindly sent this image to me....... Very very cute shot hey!

    This bonnet is very easy and very quick to knit! A great hat for a beginner.
    Do take a look in my easy knits pattern shop if you would like to find out more about this pdf knitting pattern.

    If you are looking for a newborn photographer to take some beautiful photographs of your little bundle...... and you love this adorable photograph..... do take a look at London based Nemi Millers website

    Nemi has other beautiful photographs of my newborn bonnet in her blog
    Thanks Nemi!

    Speak soonX

    Posted @ 19:20:08 on 14 July 2013 back to top
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    new multibuy offers - live!


    Hello again....

    Just to let you know that three new multibuy offers have been launched today!
    As my classic summer cotton mini stripe cardigan is proving to be a 'must have' this summer...... I have decided to team this cardigan up with some other popular pdf patterns so you can purchase them at a reduced price.
    An ideal opportunity for you to create some great co-ordinating knits in DK (Double knit) yarn.

    I also have a new multibuy bundle especially for my newborn photography customers. A selection of blankets, wraps and cocoons. Handknit these very quick and simple designs for a great selection of photo props.

    Might be interested??.....Go to my offers pattern shop to check out the bundles.

    Here are my two latest pdf pattern releases - two newborn photography prop cocoons. Both are very quick to make and are knitted on pair of straight needles.
    NOTE: These cocoons are to be used as photography props only. Please do not leave a baby unattended in these cocoons

    Available to buy from my photography props pattern shop.

    Speak soon


    Posted @ 14:30:28 on 01 July 2013 back to top
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    stripey knits for summer!


    We hope we won't need them ....but yes we do!
    Here in the UK we daren't step out without taking that little cotton cardigan or sweater with us.....and that's on a good day!

    ....So I thought I would tempt you with some classic summer striped baby knits for those very cute 'little people' in your life. These simple striped knits are easy and quick to knit.

    These classic designs have been very popular in so many is just a splattering of the colours that I have sold into baby shops in the past. Indigo dyed cotton has always been a favourite of mine.


    All these hand knits are knitted with DK Double Knit (US light worsted) cotton on a pair of 4mm (US#6) straight needles.
    These pdf knitting patterns have instructions for the following sizes:
    newborn, 4-8 months, 8-12 months and 1-2 years

    Go to my baby garments pattern shop for more information on all four could be knitting one tonight!

    Speak soon

    Posted @ 21:36:11 on 20 June 2013 back to top
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    baby boy cotton summer sweater pattern


    hello again

    .... Just a little note to let you know that I have just released the pdf knitting pattern for my 'flash stripe' baby crew. This little cotton handknit is the perfect sweater for those summer days that are not quite as warm as we would like...... here in the UK we have quite a few of those "not so warm" days! I always have a little cotton cardigan or sweater with me for my children whenever we go out.

    This little baby boy sweater can be knitted in any DK Double Knit (US equivalent worsted) cotton, wool or mixed fibre yarn. The sweater shown here in my blog, and those shown in my rocketknits garments shop are all knitted in DK cotton.
    I have sold heaps of these flash stripe baby handknits in many colours. They are so so popular!
    This design also looks great in other colours. Choose to knit it in shades of blue, or if you like fun brights it looks great in bright primary colours. If you prefer boyish browns and khaki greens, brighten it up with a bright red or orange flash stripe across the chest.
    This blue colourway that I have shown here, is handknitted in three shades of indigo dyed denim DK cotton.
    Do look in my garments shop for more photographs of this baby sweater pdf.

    Speak soon

    Posted @ 14:03:10 on 27 May 2013 back to top
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    pretty in pink! 'little softy' pretty mohair baby hat


    Hello from ...... *sunny* Oxfordshire.... hurray!!...yes it feels like winter may finally be over.
    So here is some colour to celebrate the fact that spring is....hopefully.... finally here!

    I just couldn't resist posting this beautiful newborn photograph that the exceptionally talented photographer Maria Murray has just sent me. This stunning shot is of my 'little softie' baby hat. Isn't this pink striking!...isn't the baby adorable!
    This super soft pompom hat is knitted in Debbie Bliss 'Angel' mohair.

    If you are keen to get your little bundle photographed, do take a look at Maria Murray's beautiful work . Maria is one of the UK's leading newborn and baby photographers..... so don't leave it until the last minute as Maria is very popular!

    I will let you know when this...soon to be released..... 'littl softie' baby hat pattern is available to buy.

    Speak soon

    Posted @ 20:02:56 on 02 May 2013 back to top
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    baby garments pattern shop now open!


    hello again
    ...just catching up with my blog as its been a while since my last post. Quite a few new things bubbling away here but I will keep them under wraps for a little while longer

    .......but just incase you haven't already noticed..... my baby garments pattern shop has been launched. There are 3 patterns available to buy right now. I will be adding more baby sweaters and cardigans throughout the year so do keep popping by.

    The mini stripe cardigan is a great cotton cardigan for the spring and summer months.
    I hand knitted this cardigan in various colour stripes for my little girl...and she wore them so much.
    The cabled hooded poncho and striped hooded poncho are just perfect to wear right now for my lovely customers in Australia and New Zealand as it starts to get chilly.

    Speak again soon

    Posted @ 15:26:38 on 15 April 2013 back to top
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    Free baby hat Easter Prize Draw


    Hello again....

    We hope you had a lovely Easter.
    My partner and I decided we just had to take an extra day... to enjoy a little more Easter family time. We have had so much fun!..... a big family get-together, an Easter Egg Hunt, and it just has to be done.....baking Easter biscuits and Chocolate Crispie Cakes with the kids. Precious times!

    photographs by: Maria Murray & Julie Mosley


    We had such a fantastic response to our Easter Prize Draw. So great to see so many new names added to our mailing list! We'll keep you posted with more offers and news from the rocketknits launchpad!

    So the news you've been waiting for..... the winner of our Easter Prize Draw is.....!!

    *** Julie McGill-Brown ***

    Congratulation Julie..... please email your postal address to us, and we'll pop your newborn baby hat in the post to you.

    Speak soon


    Posted @ 09:29:48 on 03 April 2013 back to top
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    Have fun with colour!

    Hello again.......

    I just thought I give you an example of how you can make a design your own.
    I originally hand knitted my dotty hat in this cream and brown Rowan 'Big Wool' and sent it to Julie Mosley of Jam Photography for her newborn photography shoots.
    Julie then sent me another newborn photograph of dotty in a vibrant turquoise wool she had chosen and knitted.
    photographs by Julie Mosley
    By choosing alternative colours you are able to make any hat your own. There are so many great wool colours available ..... you can have so much fun!
    Speak soon

    Posted @ 13:18:24 on 26 March 2013 back to top
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    Easter prize draw!


    Hello again
    I'm writing to you to let you know that we are holding an Easter Prize Draw to those of you that are on our mailing list.....
    If you would like the chance to win this beautiful handknitted newborn baby hat, just send this word "SNOOZER" to us via our 'contact' form and you will be entered into our prize draw.

    photograph by Maria Murray
    If you aren't currently on our mailing list it's not a problem, We will automatically add you to our mailing list when you send your "SNOOZER" entry to us, so that you will be included.
    All entries have to be emailed to by Easter Sunday 31st March. The winner will be announced in both our blog and on our new rocketknits Facebook Page on Tuesday 2nd April.
    Good luck!!
    Speak soon

    Posted @ 14:02:34 on 18 March 2013 back to top
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    The sun is shining!


    Hello again....

    Hooray.......the sun is shining!

    We spent some time in the garden this morning, so I took some more photographs of Jessica Rose in her favourite hat. She loves wearing it all the time....
    I think it must be the pretty flower.

    This 'little petal' slouchy can be found in my new pattern shop

    .....I also took some photographs of Jessica Rose wearing my cabled poncho, which is almost ready to be launched. You can find these photographs in 'coming soon'

    Now off to sit in the sunshine and with my knitting whilst Jessica is sleeping.

    Speak soon

    Posted @ 13:35:24 on 05 March 2013 back to top
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    more new photographs as promised


    Hello again......

    As promised here are some more beautiful newborn photographs from Jam Photography.
    This is my dotty beanie hat knitted in Rowan's 'Big Wool' on a pair of 15mm (US#19) straight needles.
    This dotty pdf knitting pattern has instructions for 5 sizes: newborn, baby, toddler, child and adult.
    If you would like to find out more about this pattern go to my baby boys hats pattern shop

    newborn photographs by Julie Mosley

    Just off to pick up my knitting needles......
    Speak again soon

    Posted @ 20:05:57 on 03 March 2013 back to top
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    little petal slouchy hat pdf now available!


    hi there....

    As promised my 'little petal' slouchy hat pdf knitting pattern is now completed and available to buy.
    I have been so so pleased with the 'oooh...aaah so cute' reaction that I have had to my daughter wearing her little petal I took some photographs of Jessica Rose on Friday, and here they are.

    This hat pattern is available in sizes newborn,through to adult and knitted in Aran wool.
    If you'd like to find out more about this hat pattern you can find it in my new pattern shop

    Bye for now


    Posted @ 16:08:39 on 02 March 2013 back to top
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    beautiful newborn photographs!


    Hello again....

    I so love what I do! Not only do I love the excitement of creating new designs ...... but I feel like a child on Christmas morning when a photographer sends me beautiful photographs of my designs. It is so so exciting!
    Julie Mosley of Jam Photography contacted me yesterday and sent me some beautiful photographs of my knits. Here are a couple of my sweetness bonnet that I just had to show you......

    Jam Photography, Sheffield

    These are only two of many beautiful shots...... more to come very soon!

    If you are looking for a photographer to take some wonderful images of your 'little ones' do take a look at Julie Mosley's website. Not only is Jules a fab photographer, and a lovely person, but her experience working with magazines including Vogue and Marie Claire, and her training as a stylist and make-up artist, means she can fully style a shoot into a magical setting for your children.
    Jule's will be photographing more of my knits in the future.... so watch this space!

    My sweetness bonnet pdf knitting pattern can be found in my girls hat pattern shop

    Speak to you again soon.

    Posted @ 18:44:24 on 01 March 2013 back to top
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    pixie three flower knitting pattern - now in sizes newborn to adult


    Hello again

    ...... as so many of you have requested additional sizes be added to my baby hat knitting pattern ' pixie three flower '.... this pdf is now available in sizes from newborn right through to adult.
    To those of you that have already bought the pixie three flower pattern in sizes newborn to 2 years, as promised I will email this new pattern with these additional sizes ..... compliments of rocketknits.

    photograph by Dawn Martin

    Posted @ 18:08:22 on 24 February 2013 back to top
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    rich plum tones!


    hello......I just had to show you this beautiful newborn baby wearing my sweetness baby bonnet in this beautiful rich dark plum colour. This is not a colour you would automatically choose when knitting a baby hat, but I really love it!

    This mohair is available to buy from a UK yarn company called Colinette.
    This colour is called Velvet Plum. Take a look at the beautiful selection of colours available in their 'Mohair' range.

    newborn photgraph by Hazel Irvine


    Posted @ 13:03:52 on 20 February 2013 back to top
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    new hand knit flower design


    hello again.........still busy knitting here in Oxfordshire!

    I have had so much fun this last couple of days designing some new handknit flowers to add to my new... soon to be launched...'little petal' slouchy hat.
    ......I thought you may like to have a sneaky peek at the knitted flower I have just chosen for this hat. This hand knit flower has three separate layers of petals and is knitted on a pair of straight needles.
    I hope you like it!

    I am hoping to release my 'little petal' pdf knitting pattern later this month in sizes newborn, baby, toddler, child and adult.
    I'll let you know when this hat pattern is available as a pdf download.

    .....also... coming soon ..... are three new classic boys hats which I am really excited about.
    I am hoping to get some beautiful newborn baby photographs of these new designs very soon...... I'll keep you posted!

    Speak soon


    Posted @ 16:36:33 on 02 February 2013 back to top
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    pretty rainbow pompom hat coming soon!


    I just had to let you see this lovely newborn photo of my rainbow pompom hat by the super talented newborn photographer Maria Murray.

    Beautiful newborn photograph....beautiful baby!

    This pdf knitting pattern will be available in February. I'll keep you posted.

    newborn photograph by Maria Murray

    Posted @ 14:30:57 on 31 January 2013 back to top
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    little boy blue hat pattern is here!


    hello again .....

    I hope you are all wrapped up in your winter woolies! We are never short of hats and scarves to wear in our house!

    We've had quite a few days of snow here in Oxfordshire. It's been very exciting for my kids, and so so beautiful!

    This is definitely the time of year to be knitting blankets hey! The extra bonus is that you are kept nice and snug as you knit! I hand knitted two large and extremely chunky cabled blankets for family Christmas presents ...... and I so miss sitting underneath them now that they are in their new homes. I must knit a blanket for myself next!
    I will be designing a few new blankets this year, I'll keep you posted.

    I just wanted to let you all know that my 'little boy blue' hat is now on available to buy.
    As promised.... this knitting pattern has instructions for sizes newborn, baby, toddler, child, and adult.

    You can find my 'little boy blue' knitting pattern in my boys hats knitting pattern shop.

    Speak again soon

    Posted @ 16:27:54 on 26 January 2013 back to top
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    new pattern now available! sweetness bonnet


    hello again
    ....just to let you know that my 'sweetness' bonnet is here!
    Its super easy and very quick to knit. Great for a beginner.
    Due to popular request this new pattern is available in sizes from newborn through to adult.
    Just leave the ties off to turn this bonnet into a classic beanie which is great for adults

    This simple design looks great knitted in either fancy mohairs, textured wools or simple classic wools as you can see here.

    I have also just knitted this hat in Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran and it looks great......I'll post some photos asap.

    If you are interested in this pattern go to my 'new' designs pattern shop.

    Speak soon


    Posted @ 18:28:47 on 13 January 2013 back to top
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    Happy 2013!!

 's January and we are back! Happy new Year to you all.

    We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the New year Celebrations.
    Lets hope 2013 is a good one!
    Here at rocketknits we enjoyed a magical Christmas with our little ones! Lots of fun playing with Santas presents!

    Since my last blog I have been madly busy. Most of December was spent knitting some new designs.... hats, scarves and cowls..... to give to family and friends as Christmas gifts.
    These new designs will be appearing soon..... and due to popular demand will be in sizes from baby through to adult sizes! Just writing up the patterns now. I'll keep you posted.

    Also ..... a little later than promised due to the pre-Christmas madness.......
    my dotty hat pattern is now available to buy in sizes newborn to adult.
    If you would like to buy my dotty pattern.....go to pattern shops and click baby boys hats to find it. .....dotty is also perfect for little girls in neutral or pretty colours!
    This is my beautiful baby girl at 9 days old wearing dotty.

    beautiful newborn photo by Kate Hopwell-Smith

    Happy knitting!

    Posted @ 22:00:47 on 03 January 2013 back to top
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    Christmas baby hat knitting pattern


    hello again
    .....I just had to show you this beautiful newborn photograph of my 'pretty pompom' design that the super talented newborn photographer Kate Hopewell-Smith just sent me this morning.

    I wanted to create a beautiful Christmas baby hat so I mixed a grey and cream textured slub wool with a red eyelash yarn to create my own unusual mixed yarn.
    If you can't find the wool you like .......have fun creating your own wonderful unique mix. Just make sure your final mix of yarns comes to the same thickness as the wool recommended in your knitting pattern, and knit a tension square to make sure your tension is the same as stated in your knitting patterns.

    You can find my pretty pom pom baby hat knitting pattern in my baby girl knitting patterns shop

    Happy creating!

    Posted @ 12:06:55 on 04 December 2012 back to top
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    toddler to adult sizes coming soon


    hello again....... so many of you are asking for the sizing of my baby hat knitting patterns to be extended to older children, you will be pleased to hear that this is coming soon! To those of you who have already bought patterns..... any additional sizes to your patterns will be emailed to you with our compliments.
    also ....... I am so excited to tell you that I am currently designing some gorgeous new hat patterns with instructions for sizes toddler through to adult. I will let you know as soon as they are available.

    PS Do sign up to our RSS feed to stay in touch with the blog


    Posted @ 12:30:02 on 23 November 2012 back to top
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    unusual knits for creative newborn photoshoots


    hello again......

    I thought you might want to see this beautiful and very creative newborn photograph by Hazel Irvine.
    Hazel asked me to design a pixie beanie hat and blanket with this very 'wild' hairy yarn that I found. Hazel won highly commended for this image in the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) monthly image competition. Well done Hazel!'s stunning!
    I find it so exciting, developing unusual photography props for creative newborn photoshoots.

    If you are thinking of having some photographs taken of your newborn baby, there are some very talented photographers here in the UK, taking very beautiful and creative shots. I have links to quite a few newborn photographers within my website.

    Posted @ 12:22:34 on 16 November 2012 back to top
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    little poppet beanie - also great for boys!


    Hello again...... here is another beautiful photo of my 'little poppet' beanie hat in simple neutral colours. This time I have used a contrast colour for the trim.......perfect for a little boy. This baby hat knitting pattern has instructions for sizes newborn to 5 years. You can find this design in my new pattern shop


    beautiful newborn photograph by newborn photographer Hazel Irvine

    Posted @ 11:12:13 on 11 November 2012 back to top
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    new pattern - little poppet beanie

  those of you who have been awaiting its arrival......just to let you know that my 'little poppet' beanie hat knitting pattern is now available to buy. It is available in sizes newborn through to 5 years. It's a really easy and extremely quick hat to knit. A classic design which is perfect for either a little boy or girl.
    You can find it in my easy baby knits pattern shop.

    Here is the little girls version..... isn't she adorable!
    NB: the flower is a fabric flower and is not included in the knitting pattern instructions

    Beautiful photograph by Kate Hopewell-Smith





    Posted @ 21:12:04 on 09 November 2012 back to top
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    a special autumn gift!




    Hello again.....Still busy here at rocketknits!

    I just had to let you see this beautiful new photograph by the very talented newborn photographer Hazel Irvine.
    This newborn baby photograph shows two of my small textured handknit baby blankets in rich plum tones .....perfect colours for autumn.


    If you would like to buy these knitting patterns just go to my baby blankets and wraps pattern shop and look for 'extreme texture blanket' and 'open lace wrap' where you will see them knitted in softer neutral tones.

    As a special autumn gift.......
    If you buy both the 'extreme texture blanket' and the 'open lace wrap' knitting patterns I will email the plum flower headband pattern to you free.


    Posted @ 15:30:52 on 04 November 2012 back to top
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    new pattern shops are here!


    Hello again....just to let you know.....

    I am so excited to tell you that we have now launched our baby blanket and wrap pattern shop......just in time for your autumn knitting project.

    To all those new knitters out there..... we have an easy baby knits pattern shop just for you. We have pulled together all my easy baby knits and put them together into one shop especially for you.

    As we have so many returning customers who are newborn photographers.....we also now have a photography prop pattern shop especially for newborn photo shoots. We have a great selection of baby hats and bonnets, blankets, wraps, cocoons, and flower headbands.
    The cocoons and the very open lace wraps are really popular photo props. Please note I do advise that these designs are to be used as photography props only.

    .....I am busy designing the baby knit garments as we speak....we are hoping to open our baby garments pattern shop in the next few weeks. Place your name on our mailing list if you would like us to let you know when these patterns will be available.

    Speak again soon


    Posted @ 18:52:44 on 25 September 2012 back to top
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    blankets shop OPENING SOON!!


    ...where does the time go to!

    It's been a very exciting and busy time here at rocketknits.
    I have been busy designing a heap of new knits!

    Lace knit baby wraps.............
    I have some new fine lace knit baby wraps hot off the needles, which will be great for my loyal following of newborn photographers. The wraps are just going out to some photoshoots in the next couple of watch this space....I will show you the images as soon as I get them.
    .....I am always so excited when new designs are being photographed!!

    Almost there!......OPENING VERY SOON!...... blankets/wraps and cocoons pattern shop

    New baby hat designs..............
    I have also been designing a few new baby hats. The knitting patterns are being checked as we speak and will be available to buy in the next few weeks.

    My very special friend Karen Poxon has caught the 'rocketknits bug'. She has now joined me to market rocketknits knitting patterns internationally.
    We are both so excited about our future and have so many ideas!!
    We will be expanding into irrestible women's accessories and gorgeous knits for your home.
    We'll keep you posted!

    Posted @ 14:03:24 on 05 July 2012 back to top
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    rocketknits LAUNCH DAY!


    Hi and welcome to my blog.

    An exciting day!!! The launch of my rocketknits pattern shop.
    My little shop of baby and childrens hand knit patterns will continue to grow and evolve.
    New designs will be added regularly so do pop back whenever you are feeling creative.
    I will keep you posted regularly with any new designs that are hot off the knitting needles, and any new patterns as soon as they are released.

    Over the last two years my designs have been very popular with newborn photographers in the US, the UK and Australia. They have been using my knits as photo props for their newborn photography shoots.....aren't the photos beautiful! I will keep posting all additional gorgeous newborn photos as soon as I receive them.

    PS.....If you are a newborn photographer and want me to show your work to my customers, I am always very happy....and very very excited to receive beautiful newborn photographs of my knits in action! I always include a link to your website to help promote your photography business.

    Thanks for popping by and I look forward to seeing you again soon


    Posted @ 20:15:29 on 16 March 2012 back to top
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