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Knittynudo handcrafted curiosities- you can make one too!

March 29, 2012

Hi all!

I’m Caroline, the creator of Knittynudo!

If you haven’t found Knittynudo yet, it’s a collection of handcrafted curiosities… I daily design, knit, felt and crochet my way to happiness in creating little creatures that people can own and love. Who doesn’t love a bit of miniature cuteness? You can find the collection at: knittynudo.etsy.com .

 

To get to know a little about me and Knittynudo, here are 10 strange and fun facts about us:

I am addicted to colour. Now, don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s my way of saying I have amazing colour co-ordination skills, that I’m super-stylish, or can make up a stunning mood-board in two seconds flat, because believe me I can’t! I just LOVE colours, whether they’re delicately pale, bright and aromatic, or as dark as the deep blue sea

My first crafting experience was a knitted scarf when I was about 8 years old, which ended up like a huge wedge rather that the elegant skinny scarf I intended. My lovely Grandmother thought it must be the fashion to wear that shape and wore it anyway.

My favourite foods are grapes, I could eat them until I burst.

My favourite book is ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R.Tolkien.

I’m an avid supporter of fair-trade, and use as much fair-trade and re-newable materials as possible in creating curiosities for Knittynudo knittynudo.etsy.com(and myself!) It’s one of my ambitions to be one day more actively involved in fair-trade.

As well as a compulsive fibre-crafter I’m a writer. I have strange and incredibly vivid dreams and these are often the inspiration for both my crafting and my writing.

I play the penny whistle! I was visiting a village pub in rural Shropshire (England) and happened to be sitting in the small sitting room used by the weekly get together of the local folk music band, and I just fell in love with the jigs and the whistles and the fiddles and I bought a penny whistle the next day. I’ve never looked back (although my family might disagree!)

I never try to make the same item twice, so every little curious creature from Knittynudo knittynudo.etsy.com is an original little friend!

I live in England, but would LOVE to one day visit India, Nepal and Tibet. I definitely feel a spiritual call!
I feel emotionally attached to everything. I really do. It makes it so difficult to create a little life and then give it away. I have real issues with getting rid of things because I feel sorry for them! (It must run in the family, because when I was young and had a balloon I’d draw a face on it, and my mum wouldn’t be able to pop it, resulting in me carrying around a rather sad deflated balloon for quite a while!) I really do try to create a character in each and every little creature I make, so there’s a little friend for everyone out there!

 

KNIT YOUR OWN!

Everyone needs little characters in your life! Ever since my first knitted blob (literally a blue oval with two eyes) I’ve been addicted, and he’s now my traveling companion. Get a scrap piece of yarn and use simple increasing and decreasing (YouTube has fab tutorials) to make a round or wiggly shape, mattress stitch up the back, and stuff with some toy stuffing or even scrap leftover yarn. Then embroider on some simple features and you’ll have make a friend for life – literally! (I love doing this with DGY’s Recycled Resolution because you get a really textured finish!) Have a look at the Knittynudo knittynudo.etsy.com shop to get ideas for different eyes and mouths to make up different little personalities.

 

Be kind to each other, and happy crafting!

 

xxxx

Caroline

 

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Thank you so much Caroline! I can’t wait to make a little fun friend our of some scrap yarn for my desk to keep me company!

xo,

Nicole  | President   Darn Good Yarn Inc

nicole@darngoodyarn.com

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  1. Darby Lohrding says:

    What a nice article and what cute critters! Thank you for making the directions sound so easy that even I could make a fun critter!!!
    Thanks!
    Darby

  2. Caroline says:

    Everyone needs a little knitted / crochet / felted friend! :)

  3. spinndiva says:

    Thank you so much for sharing, Nicole! :) What FUN! I might have to make a little critter for my desk too… or maybe get one from Caroline!

  4. Thank you Spinndiva! I hope you find / make the perfect little friend! :) x

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