Who else adores Autumn? The colours, the smells, finally being able to wear layers.... And hand knitted accessories - like this beautiful Baable hat I made for myself!
It is seriously the most cosiest thing I have ever made, and was surprisingly easy to make. I have been pretty terrified of hand fair isle knitting, until I realised I was completely over thinking it, and that all you need to do is just KNIT! I have admired this pattern since it was released for last year's Shetland Wool Week (and designed by Donna Smith), so I thought "fuck it" and gave it a go! What do you think? I love the bright contrasting colours! :)
I have had quite a few ideas of what I wanted to write about in this blog, but instead of breaking down everything into one giant post, I am going to keep this one fairly short so that I can dedicate my next blog to something a little different (and what has been keeping me busy the last few months).
As it's almost Halloween, I want to show you my latest stitch punk creation - Harley Quinn!
I decided to do a Suicide Squad / Jester mash up on her outfit, which I think make shed look so damn cute! Here are some progress shots as well as the final product - her hair was so fun to dye, and I thought the dye bath I made created a really great shot, and who doesn't love a little work in progress pic?
She is available for sale, just fire a message on here or via my Nicolpops Facebook page for more info.
Keeping this short and sweet, but hope you have an amazingly fun Halloween! I shall be doing some veggie carving at the Aberdeen Drink and Draw at Brewdog tomorrow night, feel free to come along if you are in the area!
Okay, it's been ages since my last post, I feel like I say this in most blog posts, my only excuse is life just gets in the way sometimes, so.... yeah! MOVING ON..
I have finally done a couple of illustrations, one of which I will show you today, as it has been so damn long since I had any drawings on here. I guess all the knitting and crocheting took over, which is fine, as I have improved so much with those over the last year.
I have been playing (well, completed in less than a week more like) Life is Strange, which was honestly one of the most emotional, brilliant games I have ever played. You guys need to get on that already if you haven't already done so, and if you are into choices and consequence games. I decided to draw my favourite character from the game, Chloe. She is a total badass and has pretty cool style, and she fitted perfectly in with my creepy-cute style of art!
It's been good to get back into drawing again, and I have been attending a Drink and Draw in Aberdeen, which has helped force me to look out the pens and pencils again! My amazing partner MrKaiM81 created the event, keep reading until the end of the post, and I will leave links for the monthly drawing event for you to check out!
Another game related character I have been working on over the last month or so, has been this super cute chocobo! KWEH!
It took a while to figure out all the funky shapes within this little guy, but I am super pleased with the result, and can't wait to give him to his new owner. This doll is all crocheted, which worked perfectly for all the interesting shapes, which quite frankly would have made me go insane if I attempted to knit it, haha!
I'm sensing a theme here with this blog, but have you guys been playing Pokemon Go??? Are you also drowning in Zubat's and Drowzee's??? They seem to be the only thing popping up in Aberdeen, so to get over this I decided to crochet my own Pokemon! They are so frigging adorable, don't you think??? I used free patterns for these little guys designed by 53 Stitches, you should check out her amazing Tumblr!
Right, I'm sure that is enough game related cuteness for you to handle right now!
You can keep up to date with all my latest work, as well as more knitting and crochet work I don't put on here, by following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (all @nicolpops).
If you are in Aberdeen and fancy coming along to the monthly Drink and Draw, you can find more information on the latest events by following their Facebook group and Twitter. The next event takes place on Thursday 25th August, at the original Brewdog Bar!
As you can probably tell from the title, this blog post involves knitting... And picnics! Foxy picnics to be exact! I finally got round to finishing a Mrs Fox for my Mr Fox stitch punk doll, to celebrate 100 years of Roald Dahl this year, and because anyone that knows me knows I am flipping mad about foxes!
I took the dolls out to do a cute photoshoot in the Duthie Park, seeing as the sun was shining for once, here are a few of my fave pics from the day:
Aint they cute? I will be selling these two along with Mr Rat and Scruffy Mr Fox in the near future, so keep an eye on my Facebook page for further updates, as I post there more often than here! Otherwise, you may contact me through my website here for any enquiries on purchasing these.
I have decided to join my first KAL (that's Knit Along for all you non-knitters), and with this, make my very first shawl as well! Kate Heppell, editor of Knit Now magazine, has generously designed a Recharge Shawl pattern for this KAL, to be released in instalments via her mailing list. This shawl is designed in light of all the horrible things that are happening in the world at the moment, as a way of getting us to focus on something positive and give us a chance to recharge, and give us strength. I have received the first instalment and have worked one repeat. It is rather detailed, thus I shall be keeping this for when I am alone and can use the quiet to focus on knitting each technique. Want to join in with the mystery Recharge KAL? You can sign up to Kate's mailing list via her latest blog post here, and it's FREE (thanks Kate)!
You can see what I have done so far with the KAL here! I reckon this will take me a good while to do, but it will be worth it in the end. I have gone for dark, Autumnal colours, as they make me feel most calm, and I actually enjoy knitting in black yarn!
You can keep up to date on my Recharge KAL progress via my Ravelry page.
Aberdeen's first Drink and Draw
My super talented partner MrKaiM81, has created a new event with Brewdog Bar Aberdeen this Thursday (June 30th) which you should come along to if A) you enjoy beer, and B) you love drawing! I of course shall be attending, especially since my illustrations have been in complete hiatus this year (I'm sorry, knitting just takes up all my free time at the moment)! Check out the event on Facebook here, and I hope to see you there!
So we are in May already now, and I just realized I never got round to writing a blog last month, even though I told myself I was gonna try and write more, aah!
Been super busy knitting and crocheting for Yarn Shop Day, an event created by Let’s Knit magazine, which was on April 30th, so I was making loads of cool creatures for the Wool For Ewe window (which is partly why I have been MIA the last month), check it out:
As the event was sponsored by The British Wool Marketing Board this year, the theme for the windows was Best of British, so we decided to go with a “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party “ theme. Can you spot my Scruffy Mr Fox, and Mr Rat in there???
I also went on a wee trip to Edinburgh last month, as my partner MrKaim81 was getting a cool new tattoo done (and I discovered a yarn shop was just 10mins walk away from the studio, so hello I had to go, right?)!
So onwards I trekked to Be Inspired Fibres, a beautiful Aladdin’s cavern of wonderful and unique yarny treasures!
The shop specializes in handmade, hand dyed artisan yarns, and unusual yarns from Japan – imagine stainless steel mixed with silks, wool, and paper!
And it was wonderful to speak with the owner, Mei, and totally geek out over yarns, I ended up staying there for almost two hours! I ended up leaving with these lovelies:
This ITO Tetsu yarn is from Japan and is a silk and stainless steel blend. I am going to mix it with some fab orange coloured mohair yarn and Noro Mirai yarn to create a scarf or cowl that I can mold into an interesting shape because of the steel (yes, my inner Textiles student is coming out to play again)!
I have decided to become more active on Ravelry, as I would like to start designing some patterns for sale in the future. You can find me on Ravelry as Nicolpops.
One last thing I forgot to mention, if you are in Aberdeen, you simply MUST visit Melt; thee place to go for a grilled cheese! Also, you will see this wee critter I made for them too! ;)
That's all for now, I will seriously get on it with uploading new work and blog posts, as my website has been a bit neglected, eep!
Again, I have put my fox dolls on hold, but only because I got carried away creating a new critter to go with the Fantastic Mr Fox inspired collection. Meet Mr Rat (can you tell I am no good with making up names for my dolls, maybe you guys could leave suggestions in the comments for them???? *hint hint*)!
The rat itself is mostly crocheted, before adding hand embellishments to make up his features, including some needle felted goofy teeth! It's pretty damn cold in Scotland right now as well, so I knitted him a super cute stripy cardigan, with some felt elbow patches!
I have had a few people ask me to provide them with a pattern for my dolls. At the moment, that is something I do not do. I see my dolls as more of a mixed media "sculpture" with a distinctive style that simply cannot be recreated. These are collector pieces of art, and I am not willing to sell that for others to copy and potentially try and sell themselves for profit. If I get enough interest for it, pattern creating will definitely be something I will look in to, but for now I am happy to sell my dolls as one of a kind pieces.
I realised I haven't posted much illustration work recently, currently I am trying to plan re-branding some of the website, just to shake things up a wee bit! Maybe when I get my foxes and other animals done I will make a Fantastic Mr Fox collection piece! :)
OH YEAH one more thing, I am super thrilled at; the raccoon I knitted from Susie John's "Knitted Woodland Creatures" book (which you can totally buy from Wool For Ewe) got picked as a winner in this months Knit Today magazine in their "Show Us Yours" page! I wonder what the prize is, I freaking love surprise goodies!!!
Remember that super exciting news I couldn't tell you from my last blog post??? Well now I can finally share this wonderful news with you all!
Last year I took part in a competition with Knit Now magazine and in conjunction with Sirdar yarns, to be crowned Knitter of the Year. I'm sure you can see where I am going with this...hehe. There were four categories within the contest; Designer of the Year, Online Knitter of the Year, Charity Knitter of the Year and the Open Category. Because my work is mostly mixed media based, rather than hand -knitting alone, I chose to enter the Open Category with this cheeky fellow:
I chose to enter Mr Elephant here because he was one of my fave dolls I made last year, and I feel like I really pushed myself with this one, making him truly unique with his embellishments and features (and the sparkly gradient yarn looked so flipping cool too)!
Anyway... I got the super exciting email a few weeks ago that I was one of the chosen winners! Wahhoo! And even more amazing, is that one of the prizes is that each winner will get to take a trip to Sirdar (where all the beautiful yarn is made!!!) in Yorkshire, and take a look at the new collections and how they are made etc! Pretty much a dream come true to anyone who is yarn crazy!
Of course I will be taking loads of pictures when I am there so I can show you all. I really can't wait!
So that was my great news! Other than that I have been working on my new fox dolls, which may not be out before Valentines as planned, as I need to get more yarn for them, but I will keep ya updated!
Hey guys! First post of the year, just managed to squeeze it in before the end of the month, woohoo!
And what have I been up to, you ask? Lots and lots of knitting, that's what! I treated myself to this AMAZING book, "The Making Of Fantastic Mr Fox", as I love love love the movie and have always been a fan of stop motion puppetry, (as well as having a tad obsession with foxes) this book was truly made just for me!
I decided that I want to make stitch punk dolls of Mr & Mrs Fox, and also the Bean security Rat, so I have been sourcing out lots of beautiful yarns, (making use of the generous wool vouchers I was given for Christmas and my birthday).
I plan on incorporating a lot of hand knitting into my dolls in the future, as I mainly use my knitting machine for large pieces of work, however, I simply could not resist using the beautiful Harrap Tweed yarn from Sirdar, which would have otherwise been rather troublesome for my machine. And hand knitting is so much more fun, albeit time consuming, however, now that I have made a prototype fox, I am happy with the final pattern and will be more fast at knitting the next one.
So this is my prototype fox, or Scruffy Mr Fox as I have called him!
I am super proud of myself, as he is completely hand knitted, and even his tail was brushed out and layered by hand to give it the super fluffiness! I LOVE how the tweed yarn looks on this guy, however for my Mr & Mrs fox, I have some gorgeous mohair and alpaca yarn set aside, which feel so divine held together!
I was hoping on having the next foxes done by Valentines, however time may be against me, but I will try and get at least one finished! I also have some suuuuper exciting news to tell you all, but..... I can't tell you for another week or so, but I will post up on the Nicolpops Facebook page as soon as I am allowed to announce it, so be sure to Like my page to be kept up to date with all the latest goings on, as well as my progress pictures!
Wishing you all the best to the start of the new year, whatever your plans may be!
It's been a pretty hard year if I am being honest, but one where I have learned a lot, and invested time to teach myself new skills, and discover what I need and don't want in my life.
The website has been forgotten about for a few months, and I am trying to work on that, with some future rebranding, and figuring out what I want for Nicolpops, and use my new knitting and crochet skills to develop new dolls to go along with the stitchpunk dolls!
As I have probably said before, life can get in the way sometimes, but I need to work on that, and take the time to concentrate on my own work, and stop living just to please others.
So here's to the new year, 2016 I am ready to welcome you with open arms! :)
Just a quick blog post wishing you all a fantastic Halloween for tomorrow , whatever you are doing! I shall be spending the evening knitting and watching Troll Hunters! ;)
Here are a couple of illustrations I did to get in the Halloween spirit for you to see:
That's all for now!
Now time to get back to knitting Christmas presents!
As you can see from the title, this blog will mostly be about the latest Nicolpops stitch punk doll.. An Alice doll inspired from American McGee's Alice: Madness Returns!
This doll was super fun to do, mainly because I freaking love the Alice Madness game, and also because I got to use some of the new skills I have taught myself over the last few months, including her mini crochet amigurami White Rabbit doll that I totally free styled!
I based her very much on the illustration I did of her a while back, which by the way, totally inspired a lovely lady to get a tattoo based on it! I t truly was the ultimate form of flattery, it looks awesome! What do you guys think?
I am thinking of doing another Halloween blog this year, with some creepy cute stitch punk illustrations, so if you guys have any ideas of characters you want me to do in my style, then let me know in the comments below! :)
Various ponderings by me; Nicola Brand: creator of the Nicolpops stitch-punk doll. I dabble with illustration, but my main passion is for knitting, and using mixed media to create one of a kind critters.