Once Upon A Knit in New Zealand

I was sent photos today of a “Once Upon A Knit” inspired crafting competition held by Page & Blackmore booksellers. It looks like it was a lot of fun and they got some great entries!

One of the winners was the Little Red Riding Hood piece in the frame.

One of the winners was the Little Red Riding Hood piece in the frame.

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I’m so glad to be part of the inspiration for such a fun competition!!

~Genevieve

Fairy Tale Character of the Month – Maleficent

I know it’s been awhile, and for that I apologize. I’ve been on vacation and before that I just let it fall by the wayside. I am picking it back up and starting fresh with Maleficent!

Fairy Tale Character Profile – Maleficent

The 1959 Disney Maleficent, Disney's new Maleficent, and Once Upon A Time's Maleficent.

The 1959 Disney Maleficent, Disney’s new Maleficent, and Once Upon A Time’s Maleficent.

In Charles Perrault’s tale “The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood,” several fairies were invited to the christening of the baby princess. Slighted for not having been invited, the “dark fairy” if you will, curses the newborn baby to prick her finger on a spindle of the spinning wheel and die. One of the other fairies amends that she will fall into a sleep for 100 years, only to be awoken by “the son of a king.” (no mention of true love)
In neither the Perrault version nor the Grimm version is the fairy named. Not until the 1959 Disney adaptation was she given the name Maleficent, which came from the word maleficence, which means “the doing of evil or harm.”
In “Maleficent” with Angelina Jolie, the story is slightly different. Maleficent shows us her backstory and explains the reason she curses the baby princess. Without spoiling anything, she is a much more sympathetic character than we’ve ever seen her to be. (By the way, I saw it today and LOVED it! I took all 3 kids and we all just loved it!!)
In “Once Upon A Time” we don’t know much about her except she traded Regina the dark curse for the sleeping curse, and she turns into a dragon. It’s hinted that she curses Aurora (and possibly her mother), although that storyline hasn’t been explored.

Now, if you feel like channeling your inner dragon, or your inner “dark fairy” you can knit yourself the Maleficence Shrug by Tanis Gray.

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~Genevieve

Needle Arts on Vacation

So, every time we go on vacation, I usually bring some knitting.

Gracie, knitting on the way to San Francisco.

Gracie, knitting on the way to San Francisco.

Knitting on the way to San Francisco.

Knitting on the way to San Francisco.

 

Knitting on the plane home from Orlando.

Knitting on the plane home from Orlando.

I’ve also knit in vacation- literally. This is the Hoh Rainforest in Washington.

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The last two weeks we’ve been on vacation. I brought my knitting, but sadly only worked on it for a very small amount of time. Maybe that says something about how busy we were. 🙂

My daughter also brought some knitting. And we visited the local knit shop, The Websters (who by the way carry “Once Upon A Knit”), and she taught herself a new skill. Needle felting!

I bought her a kit and she started the minute we got back to the hotel room.

I bought her a kit and she started the minute we got back to the hotel room.

She made the penguin from the kit, but added wings and feet (which were not in the instructions).

She made the penguin from the kit, but added wings and feet (which were not in the instructions).

She made another.

She made another.

She finished and wanted to do more, but was out of most of her roving, so we went back and bought more, plus a book, and she made a dog, and started a shark on the ride home.

I would get carsick, I think.

I would get carsick, I think.

She made this shark on our ride home. Everything but the teeth, which were added that night!

Shark!!

Shark!!

So while we both did some knitting, the big thing for this trip was needle felting. Who knows what we’ll do on our next trip… I’m thinking we might learn to spin wool!

Oops!

I apologize for that post-non-post. I was wondering what was happening with my post and why I couldn’t find it on my other blog… and then when I posted it (unfinished), I realized it was posted on my knitting blog. Whoops!

I will be posting here in the next day or two about the needlecrafts we did while on vacation, actually. In the meantime, if you want to read that post which was accidentally posted here, you’ll find it at my personal blog HERE.

Thanks for your patience!!

 

~Genevieve

Spotlight On Candy Witch Gloves

Greetings! I apologize for being a bit absent lately. I have recently started back to a “day job” and it’s been challenging finding time for everything. Balance is key.

Today I’m spotlighting the Candy Witch Gloves by Laura Hohman.

 

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These gloves are inspired by Hansel and Gretel. The two children who were sent into the woods by their father and stepmother, who couldn’t afford to feed them. They come upon a house made of gingerbread, which they begin to eat (as any child would). Lo and behold, a witch lives inside, who promptly put Hansel in a cage to fatten him up and cook him for supper. Thank goodness Gretel is a clever, brave girl who outsmarts the witch and saves her brother.

These gloves look like they’re made of gingerbread, icing, and gumdrops!

Things to know for this pattern? Making a  bobble.

Yarn used: http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Stroll_Sock_Yarn__D5420133.html

 

Spotlight on Snow White and Rose Red

Today I’m going to share the Snow White shrug and Rose Red wrap.

There are two characters in fairy tale lore called Snow White. One is the girl whose step-mother (aka The Evil Queen) sends a huntsman after her to cut out her heart. Remember her? She ends up living with dwarfs (or knights in one version). The other Snow White has a sister named Rose Red.

In the story of Snow and Rose, they are two sisters who live with their poor widow mother in a small cottage.  I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t read it, but let’s say there’s a bear and a dwarf involved in this story. In this tale, Snow White is quiet and gentle. She spends a lot of time with her mother in the cottage. Rose Red, on the other hand, loves to run outside and chase butterflies and pick flowers.

The two designs modeled after these sister characters are reflective of their personalities. Joan of Dark designed two beautiful pieces – a delicate, ruffly piece for the gentle Snow White and a simply pretty wrap for the more active Rose Red. These are two gorgeous pieces that would be an asset to any woman’s wardrobe!

Rose Red Wrap

Rose Red Wrap

 

Snow White Shrug

Snow White Shrug

 

Spotlight on the Elsa Vest

The third pattern I’m spotlighting from Once Upon A Knit is the Elsa Vest by Cirilia Rose.

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In Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, the Snow Queen is a woman whose kiss can turn someone as cold as ice. In Disney’s “Frozen” it’s a tale of a young girl with powers she cannot control and separates her from her only sister. When she can no longer hold her powers in, she freezes the whole town and builds an ice palace to live in.

This beautiful vest is inspired by the Snow Queen, Elsa. Knit up in a bulky, beautiful yarn and adorned with snow-flake like crystals, it’s the perfect garment to wear over a beautiful skirt, or even jeans.

Things to know about this pattern: You will use the selvedge stitch, ribbing, seaming, and sewing on the crystals.

A close up of the beautiful beads on Elsa.

A close up of the beautiful beads on Elsa.

And the winner is….

This afternoon I printed all the replies/entries, cut them, folded them, and put them in my fondue pot. 😀

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My daughter swirled them around and chose a winner.

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And the winner is…

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If this is you, please contact me and I will get your address.

Thank you!!!

~Genevieve

Spotlight on Siren Shawl – Once Upon A Knit

The second pattern I’m going to spotlight is the Siren Shawl. It’s in the “Prince and Princesses” chapter and inspired by the Little Mermaid.

In the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, the Little Mermaid’s fate is to become foam on the sea. This gorgeous shawl is knit up in a beautiful multi-hued blue-green yarn made by Madelinetosh, and knit up to look like seaweed on the ocean waves.

Cassie Castillo has designed a truly gorgeous, timeless piece you’ll want to add to your knitting queue!

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~Genevieve

 

PS – don’t forget to enter to win a free copy of the book HERE.