Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Knitting for the Daily Mail

I recently received an email from the Daily Mail promotions team asking whether I could help them out. [ok... the Daily Mail contacting me... I'm listening!]

They were launching a campaign called Get Knitting! They had the patterns but were looking for knitters to knit the items so they could be used as props in their supporting TV advert. Yes, you read that correctly!

I picked out my two patterns...
A Rice Stitch Scarf

Bunny Egg Cosies (x3)
The catch... they wanted them doing in a 24-hour turnaround and were sending a courier!! eeekk!!
It was fate that I had the next day off work, so I accepted the challenge :)
I sourced my yarn and cast on.
I knit like a banshee that couldn't knit quick enough and voila...

They collected and they said they were amazing :)
My knitting was then sent for filming, editing and a few days after (Friday 22nd March to be precise) the advert was played over all of the ITV owned channels for the whole day!
Here is a link to the advert on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0nojaNjUB4
And here is a link to the shorter advert that was played on Sunday 24th March - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awjmPS94EIo

From Saturday just gone through to next Saturday you can claim a free Get Knitting knitting card when you buy a copy of the Dailly Mail.

Friday, 1 March 2013


Since we went to the farm for a mini holiday last summer, we decided that we wanted to keep chickens.

I bought and built a coop and extended with a couple of runs.

When we are home they free-range and tear up the garden but the are so funny!

Introducing our three hybrid hens - Sussex, Warren and Blacktail...



Knitting Up Service

I love my crafty hobbies...

I had a lightbulb moment and want to turn these into more of a enterprise :) something I can enjoy and make profit from.

I understand that I probably will never make enough to give up the day job but small steps in the right direction are needed.

If I can introduce you to my new page on the blog Knitting Up Service.

Go on have a read... and take a gander at some of the items I have made from jumpers to animal hats to the SnowDog.

Who knows how this will pan out but it is something that I want to give a go.

The SnowDog was my first commissioned piece and I am currently working on some knitted leggings for a London fashion student :)

If you would like something knitted up please do drop me an email teamrigby@btinternet.com