Sunday, July 27, 2014

ART IN ACTION 2014!!

ART IN ACTION 2014!!


What a fantastic weekend! Lovely weather, lovely people and lovely camping food...oh yes! Crooked Knitwear headed to Art in Action with high hopes and high stock. It was our first year there but despite not knowing what to expect we were extremely excited due to the wonderful things we had heard about the weekend.

We arrived and set up the stall, creating a mini colourful wonderland. After taking a peek at some of the other fantastic stalls we set off to build our nest in the campsite. After a long hot day we certainly enjoyed our spicy enchiladas that had been prepared the night before and then chilled in the new working fridge in the campervan! We sipped on a single shandy left over from Glastonbury Festival and went to bed satified and eager to begin the following morning.




The Crooked Knitwear stall


Megan working hard sewing on the stall  #NoRestForTheCrooked


When we had time to venture off and see the amazing talent showcased at Art in Action we got some shots of some of the best makers in action. Here are a few pictures for anyone who didn't make it to the event...







Was wonderful to see so many great makers do what they do best in the demonstrating tents cannot wait to see what next year has to hold!



Pimm's O'Clock in the Pimm's Garden to celebrate a fantastic show and a fabulous weekend!

To make a sweet weekend even sweeter a lady who bought a Liberty Parka from us tweeted this...


It is so wonderful to get such great feedback, cannot wait to do it all again next year! We had a record amount of postcards taken and record sales. Bring on Art in Action 2015!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL!!


Glastonbury was a whirlwind adventure to a crazy festival world that was not too dissimilar from Wonderland! On our first night there we traveled up through the Stone Circle meandering through a sea of people and candles that created a fantastic buzz on the hill. When we reached the top we looked out across the festival and were marveled by the sheer scale of it! There were twinkly lights for miles that made it look like a beautiful city-scape. We were all amazed by how huge it was and couldn't wait to explore!

Unforgettable moments...

Pom Pom Shorts success!! These adorable shorts were a hit and brought lots of people flocking to the stall! They sold out meaning lots of festival go-ers were shaking their pom poms over the weekend!




PAPPED! A lovely lady bought the tie dye Artisan Blouse from us only to return the next day to say she had been papped by Style magazine wearing it!
Here is the Splash Print Artisan Blouse 

Whistle while we work! Everyday we had fantastic music to keep the Crooked Crew dancing through the day on the stall! Below is a video whilst a band called Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags were rockin' on right in front of us! This is the life...

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One of the most important things you need when considering going to a festival is a bum bag: a practical accessory that is easy and safe. But what about if you could have a bum bag that is not only practical, easy and safe but also made by you with fluorescent leather! The bum bag workshops run by Crooked Knitwear were fantastic and all the bum bags that were made looked fantastic! I must admit when out and about lots of people were interested in my creation!

Part of the Crooked Crew on the stall with bum bags!











Megan getting her make up done by Penelope Gweneth Thompson-Griffin and then looking beautiful in front of the fluorescent leather used for the bum bags!

Also if you noticed Megan's fantastically blue mermaid hair then you should know that we dyed it at Glastonbury which was superbly impractical but sufficiently hilarious! Using ice cold tap water to wash out hair dye is definitely not the one, but then neither was turning the Greenpeace eco-friendly shower completely blue the next day!! 

Despite some beautiful sunshine Glastonbury festival was also hit by some particularly persistent rain! Armed with poles to push the pools of water off the roof of the stall, we battled against the elements to fight off waves of water that would come crashing down...(somehow always onto my unsuspecting face haha!)
It was definitely welly weather!!

Occasionally, we all got some time off to go enjoy the fantastic music that Glastonbury had to offer with our favourite performances from London Grammer, Paolo Nutini, Bombay Bicycle Club, Gentlemen's Dub Club, Tinariwen and Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band. We had a fantastic time and there are lots more bands that we saw that were awesome too. The great music coupled with the fantastic production of the festival made it such a memorable experience

    

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The winner of most adorable visitor to the Crooked Knitwear stall goes to...


After a fabulous week at Glastonbury with some amazing people it was time to pack up the van and set off home for a nice warm bath...Bye Bye Glasto...until next year!



Thursday, June 19, 2014

A MATCH MADE IN SHOE HEAVEN!!

A MATCH MADE IN SHOE HEAVEN!!

Caterina Belluardo
Finally, we can bring you all the information from the Caterina Belluardo and Crooked Knitwear collaboration as it has now launched!! If you don't already know Caterina Belluardo then here is some information to get you up to speed. Caterina is a contemporary unisex shoe designer. Despite being Sicilian born, she is now based in London. She is known for working with traditional and classic forms but combines this with unconventional materials...this is the part where we come in.

A Chance Encounter
This collaboration flourished from a chance meeting between Megan and Caterina on the site LinkedIn. It used to be a rarity that Megan checked her LinkedIn but one night she sat down with a coffee and decided to take a look at any recent activity. Immediately she noticed a post from Caterina Belluardo that instantly intrigued. Through further research Megan fell in love with her work and new she had to be a part of this project. After deciding one email wasn't enough Megan sent another in the hope that Caterina would want to collaborate. SUCCESS!! Megan was selected above other knitwear designers to work with Caterina and their collaboration began to blossom!

Off To Work We Go
It took three attempts to get the 24 stitch repeat pattern (technical!) right using a punch card knitting machine. 30 different colorways were then created and sent to Caterina with six of them featuring in the final designs. The pattern contrasted to Crooked Knitwear's paisleys and fairisles boasting geographical chevrons, diamonds and stripes. Despite the colour changes proving to be a challenge the end result was FABULOUS and has opened great opportunity for style directions for us and opened the crooked mind to great heights! Keep a beady eye out for more new exciting work if you know what's good for your sole.

Take a look at some of the snaps from this amazing project...

Some illustrations form Caterina

and some more, she is so talented!!

Before and after pattern

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Knitting away


                                                             Two different colouways 




Some photos taken by Megan pre-launch date!


The star of the collection


                                     
On display at London Collections: Men

RESULT!
After some seriously hard work from both Megan and Caterina the shoes featured in the Day 1 Highlights at the London Collections: Men. See if you can spot them 15 seconds in...



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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WE'RE BACK!!

WE’RE BACK

Oh my gosh!! Due to being fantastically busy, it’s been nearly a year since the last blog post. However, the silver lining, as a result there is now lots of exciting things to share. First off, I’ll introduce myself, my name is Holly and I am the newest member of The Crooked Team, hopelessly devoted to keeping you in the know about what’s happening in the crooked house. You can find me in the new office that Megan has decorated with fabulous parrot wallpaper...


So let’s get started with some highlights from 2013…

The Label Fable
In July of last year the new Crooked Knitwear label design was launched and sewed itself into the necklines and hearts of Megan’s designs. If you haven’t already seen the design then here it is…




Hot pick me up!!
Deemed ‘hot picks’ by Instyle and Marie Claire, the Liberty Print Fleece Blazer and the Hand Painted Ladder Top did us proud. Featured in the SEPTEMBER ISSUE of Instyle and Marie Claire. 
 



As if that wasn’t enough, this was then followed up by another ‘hot picks’ appearance from the Liberty Fleece Parka in the OCTOBER ISSUE! Proud moments!

   

I Get Around
Crooked Knitwear has got around!! Megan toured up, down and round the country to events including Barnes Fair, Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, Living Crafts for Christmas, Sparkle, Blackthorpe Barn, Markers Mart and Handmade Christmas at the O2 and Lamar Tree Festival in order to expand the ‘crooked culture’. If you didn’t make it to any of these then be sure to look out for upcoming events we want to see more happy customers…





Smiiiile
Photoshoot in the historical grounds of Repton School not only marked the launch of new products but also a new web design!! Wahoo, finally! Hopefully you have enjoyed using it. A big thanks to Photographer: Bethanie Jane Dennis; Models: Aless Wells, Totty Simpson, Penelope Gwen; MUA: Penelope Gwen; Assisting: Kimberley Moss and Ruixi Guo for their fantastic work. The Florence Coat, the Ashley Cape and the Maple Coat look great here don’t you think?


Design Time
2013 marked the launch of some new goodies including Floral, Houndstooth and Cables patterns that stormed the scene and sat right at home in the range along with previous patterns such as Zebra Stripe Fairisle and Paisley. The new floral pattern in blue and pink looks really tasty…


Megan has also been dedicating lots of time and effort into becoming a black belt in pattern cutting in order to chop away at just some of the masses of fantastic fabric in her collection!


WOAH! This isn't even all of it...


2014 HIGHLIGHTS SO FAR…

From Town to Town
This year has flown almost as fast as Megan has to events and fairs near you. So far this year these have included: the Contemporary Textiles Fair, Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, Craft in Focus @ Canterbury, Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show, Living Crafts, Art, Design & Innovation and finally Patchings Art and Design Festival. 


Check out the AMAZING view from the Crooked Knitwear stand at the Contemporary Textiles Fair in The Landmark Centre...


Fashion Show Glow
Gorgeous girls from Repton School, a beautiful historical building, took to the runway. A great night for the crooked. Here is the running order for the show and some before and after shots....


 Before...

 After...
 

Shop to Give
Crooked knitwear is now affiliated with the CFA in order to help do our bit for charity. We are super proud to say that we will be donating 10% of all sales associated with their events to selected charities. Be kind to your conscience and shop to give!!

Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy FABULOUS shoes and that’s kind of the same thing right?
Crooked Knitwear’s collaboration with Caterina Belluardo has been launched!! Stay tuned for our next blog post that will include behind the scenes pics and all the details we have been itching to tell!!


TONS OF EXCITING THINGS TO COME SOON!!