Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Secret Garden Party

This last month or so has been an absolute whirlwind, working constantly for a photo shoot then three back to back festivals, Barnes Fair, Larmer Tree Festival and Secret Garden Party. Making new stock on the odd days in between ready for the festivals. SGP was the most intense festival experience I've ever had, a Disney Land for adults, I wonder what these crazy people are like in real life. I made a lot of friends and amazing contacts, sold loads of new and old stock, including three pairs of legging to men!! All in all a win win situation. The response Crooked Knitwear has had made all the hard work worth while.
My Stall at SGP!!!
I had some amazing people come and visit my stall, Big Brother 2010 winner Josie Gibson tried on a dress, a few alterations then the dress will be hers forever. Cabaret super star Lady Rizo was performing at SGP and stopped by my stall  and bought herself a jump suit and the head of productions for SGP bought the Liberty Fleece Blazer that will be featured in Marie Claire next month.

Moccasin making workshop.
The moccasin making workshop was a huge success! I had all colour options out on display, including  new fluorescent lambskin which some people wanted to buy as capes, I prepared all the pieces that the customers needed in their chosen colours then gave a step by step tutorial on how to make their very own moccasins.
Workshop Prep
Workshop prep

The finished product!!
I also did alterations on site, making jeans into shorts and maxi dresses into a harem jumpsuit, it was a very busy and incredible 5 days, I loved every minute and cant wait to go back next year!! Here's a few images I took to try and capture the amazing time that I had!!

Van overloaded!!

Newly prepped stock

First night at SGP <3

Light display over the lake

Very happy customer in new disco lace dress.

The site was so huge!!

Going home with empty hangers!! That's what I like to see!

Campsite after math

Monday, July 15, 2013

Crooked Photo Shoot

Last week we photographed my new products for the website, it was an incredible day and the whole team were amazing. Derby based photographer Adam Morris, hair stylist Alison Jenner and make up artist Cristina Lazzarotto, along with 4 Derbyshire based models, Liuda Mi, Sunni Dehal and Rosa and Frankie Dolcimascolo. I'm really excited to see the finished photos and share my new products with you, here's a few (a lot) of photos from the day and a sneak peek at some of my new lines.  =)

Cristina and Alison getting the girls ready for the day!
Hair products and make up took over the Crooked house!

Sunni wearing the botanical garden jersey dress. Me helping with the shot =)

Frankie wearing one of my new jersey dresses.

All the girls wearing a selection of new dresses to update website banner.

Frankie wearing the new Liberty print parka (I LOOOOOVE IT)

Frankie and Liuda together wearing my Liberty collection.

Rosa wearing a ladder front top and me running round, as I did all day, in my debut action shot!!

Sunni wearing one of a Liberty print silk dresses and freelace jacket.
Adam looking at his handy work,! Frankie and Liuda melting in some new knitwear.

Frankie in one of my snoods and me making sure everything is perfect!!

Rosa and Frankie in ladder tops, leggings and leather panel and me adjusting again!!

After a long, hard (and very hot) day we made our way home!!
That's a wrap!!!

Photos of new products will be up on the website within the next few weeks, I will keep you all posted for the launch of these new clothes. I'm already working on some new products ready for the next photo shoot ;)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tis The Season For Festivals

Up coming Events

Barnes Fair 2013

Larmer Tree Festival

Secret Garden Party

Saturday 13th July | Barnes Green, London, SW13
This is my first year at the Barnes Fair, I will be in the events arena C on Lime path, stall 221. This is the 39th fair at Barnes and a cram packed day with live events all day including music, children's entertainment and arts and crafts. Best of all the fair is completely free!! Great family day out.

17th-21st July | Larmer Tree Gardens, Whiltshire, Dorest Border
Lamer Tree is a great festival, I love it so much that I keep going back, this is my 5th year now. I will be in my usual spot in the artists quarter. This festival is a 5 day festival with camping, or you can just come for the day. This event has an extraordinary amount of live entertainment for all ages to enjoy, including live music from KT Tunsall and live stand up from comedian Alistar McGowan, carnivals, street theater, children's shows and workshops, the list goes on and on. See the full line up.

25th-28th July | A beautiful landscaped secret garden, Mill Hill Field, Grange Farm, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, PE28 2LA
This is my first time at the Secret Garden Party, another first will be my moccasin making workshop, featuring lot's of florescent leather, exciting. I will be located in the north arena near the Yacht Club. Secret Garden Party is a 3 day festival with on site camping. This is another festival that is packed with live entertainment and activities, head line acts include Faithless and Skeptor and live music from Bastile, Modestep, Willy Mason, John Newman and so many more. The festival is 3 days of theater, music, art and food. See full details. As well as all the entertainment the Secret Garden Party is is a fancy dress festival, with this years theme being superstition, so get your glad rags on and I'll see you there!

Come along and shake your tail feathers at these events, come say hello and as always look out for Crooked Knitwear banner! =P

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Newest Member of the Crooked House

To my nearest and dearest this will not come as big shock to you but I wanted to tell the rest of all you lovely people out there about my newest obsession. Its not fluorescent disco pants or finely fringed and feathered headdress but quite simply ..... taking pictures of my cat on my fandangled phone.

 Meet Storm!!
Isn't she adorable!!!!!

Do you like my collar?

I'm comfy here!

Stealth mode


Hmm, What's this do?


There may always be a  Storm, but I'm still smiling.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I can't believe it's the end of June already! I've been crazy busy, and before I knew it half the year has flown past!

So far this year I have done 9 events and 40 special order commissions, keeping me very busy. I still have lots more exciting adventures for the rest year!!

These are some of my favourite images of the amazing things I have been doing so far.

New Moccasins!

Ladder top, with and without sleeves!

My stall and new banner at fairs and show.

Commissioned reversible trench coat, one of my biggest jobs, kept me very busy!!

I've done 5 commissions of this jacket so far, and making more, it now comes in 8 colours

Festival rara skirts for my up coming events, sequined waist bands with hand painted silk! Look out for more festival themed goodies coming soon, bright leotards, head dresses and 2 person raincoats!

Beautiful new fabrics! Can't wait to get making!!