Thursday, 22 December 2011

Get out the Autograph books.......

Nanna has hit the big-time!

Check out whats in Knit Today this month:

Mega thanks to Pip as this wouldn't have happened without her and a big thumbs up to Nicola for her lovely words.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011


Well its been a crazy December. Crimbo market on the first weekend, ATP on the second and Will & Jo's wedding on the third. In between that I've been knitting away trying to get pressies done for Christmas. I'll be posting those up in the well earned break I'm having between Christmas and New Years.

I've also managed to make a few sales on Etsy! A lovely lady from Crewe bought two knitted beards and another lovely lady from Illinois bought the Santa hat & beard. Things are looking up!

Now, I get all sorts of requests from friends and family, but the weirdest tend to come from my work colleagues. For Christmas, Sarah asked me to make knitted loo roll cover of her husband ... I KNOW!.

And here is Gary....

I'm now thinking this could be a new line I put out on Etsy as a made to order product. Will have to pond on that.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Nanna's Market

So we did the Market and it was a lovely lovely day out. Sold a few things (mostly to friends). It was a great experience. I'll defo do it again in the future but maybe at a different venue.

And heres what our stall looked like:

Thanks to all the chums to paid us a visit, you really did help make the day. We were also lucky to have Laurence there to give us hints and tips. She was selling some of her wicked prints which I reccomend you check out

I'm now going to pop the things I didn't sell onto my etsy site to see if I get any interest there

Thursday, 1 December 2011


This Saturday (3rd Dec) I will be making my first attempt at selling my knits at a Market. Bobby and I will be setting up stall at the Southbank Club Christmas Market Bazaar

Since August I've have been knitting and sewing and knitting some more and sewing some more to build up stock for this event. With all the effort I really hope I sell something! The stall will be a mix of Crimbo decorations, toys, hats, scarfs and my usual facial accessories.

Would love to see some friendly faces!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Little bit of collaboration

The Bristol Knitivist were out in force a few sunday's ago. We decked GF Bridge with knitty things that have a sunshine or camoflage theme

I contributed a camo rail cosy topped of with camo pom poms and a rail cosy with natural camo butterflies (although as Twee as Volk pointed out, these actually look more like squid that butterflies!)

And here are some of the other fabbo knitty bits from the other knitivists

I go passed the bridge every Monday after choir praccy and quite a few peices are still there which is ruddy marvelous

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

...It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Crochet Empire. 
During the battle, Nanna D managed to steal secret patterns to the Empire's ultimate weapon, a Yoda Hat and an R2D2 Hat, both with enough power to destroy an entire planet. 
Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Nanna D races home aboard her sofa, custodian of the stolen patterns that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy.... 

Pressies and Penguins

I've had to put in a lot of extra time at work recently, which has meant this poor ol' blog has been neglected some what. But those Birthday's keep on coming and I just keep on Knitting so I managed to duck out of work on time today and have spent a good couple of hours going through pics of what I've made since August.

Here's a few of the things I've made for chums and Family.

Marion got a tortoise

Daniel Got a Barca Hat and Fingerless gloves

Mat got a Swans Hat and Fingerless gloves

Dad gets a hat and a beard

Lizzy gets a Mama and Bubby penguin (although looks like Evan has claimed them so will have to give her something else!)

Siany gets a headband, fingerless mitts and beard

Friday, 7 October 2011

Ooooh that Nanna, She gets everywhere

I'm having a very busy month at work and in my knitting world. To be honest, I'm feeling a bit exhausted but I'm lucky enough to see the recognition of my efforts.

This month, Nanna D's blog is featured in Knit Today Magazine!

I am super super chuffed about this. I bought my copy on the weekennd and its chockablock full of patterns for crimbo knits. Love it.

Bobby and I have also spotted that other peeps have taken pics of my yarn bombing and put them up on their sites or flickr accounts. Here are the ones we've found.

So heres a MEGA BIG TA MUCHLY to all these peeps for spreading the word about my knits.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Nanna D gets BUSTED

You know I said I was going to ease off on the Yarn Bombing? I LIED!
Although Millennium Square is a great space for events and large gatherings, I sometimes think it’s a little bland and sterile – A perfect candidate for a bright Yarn Bomb.

I decided to put my piece on a lampost slap bang in the middle of the square. I put it up at around 7am this morning (Monday). While I was sewing it up I was approached by two chaps. I was a bit nervous (as per usual on a guerrilla knitting expedition) but was presently surprised when one of them started to talk to me.

Him: Are you the person brightening up our city?
Me: I’m trying!
Him: Fantastic, its brilliant.

Confidence at an all time high, I proceeded to finish off my bombing. Then from the north east of the square, a security guard from @bristol approached. The convo went something like this:

Him: Excuse me, do you have permission to put that there?
Me: (Ooooh Pants!) Its only a little bit of Yarn, it will be gone by the end of the day.

Him: It is pretty, but you aren’t allowed to put that up here. There are cameras all around and you’ll be caught. You need to take it down.
Me: How about I just leave it here for a few hours? I’ll be back this afternoon and take it down?
Him: My advice to you is you should take it down. This is private property, you’re on camera and you’ll be in trouble.
Me: It won’t be there for long, I’ll come back this afternoon.

We carried on repeating ourselves for a bit and then both headed off from ‘the scene of the crime’. I must admit, he was a very nice security man. I have a lot of respect for him, he wasn't agressive in telling me to take it down in the slightest.

So what happens next?

I’m sure it will be taken down pretty smartish, either by the nice security man or one of his colleagues. If not should I got back and take it down myself?

I’m not so worried about its short life, I just don’t want to be banged up for Crimbo! I’m going to have to do some research to see if there have been any fines dished out or successful prosecutions against Guerilla knitters, lets hope not!

Anyways, an exciting way to start the week.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Etsy up and running

Should have done this a while ago, but knew it was going to be a bit tedious and time consuming to set up. I set today aside to get it sorted once and for all. Nanna D Knits now has an Etsy account!

I've put a few bits of stock I've been building up on there. Fingers crossed people like them and more to the point can find them on there.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


So I've started to build up some stock to sell on etsy and maybe at stb.

As a natural progression from the knitted tache, I have moved on to beards. I did my first few at Coz's bday gathering. They went down a storm!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

All Dressed up with Nowhere to Go

Another Sunday morning yarn bomb. Blue the Wow Gorilla is now all dressed up for a night on the tiles.

I did it all in seed stitch to stop it curling. Bow tie is held in shape with mini straws. I tied it on pretty tight to try and stop people pulling it off over his head, I'm sure they'll find a way though.

This is going to be my last yarn bomb for a while, lots of pressies to make and would quite like to build up some stock for selling.

Ta ta

Monday, 1 August 2011

Nanna does Liverpool

So I get home from one night away and the Gorilla's bikini top has been pinched and its bottom has become very very saggy! While out with Bobby and Nicky at the tail end of the Harbour fest I made up a new top. Just spent ten mins adding the top and repairing the saggy pants. Hopefully they will fair a little better now.

We were at Ruth and Paul's wedding this weekend in lovely Liverpool. In what is becoming a bit of a pattern, for their wedding pressy I made them a robot loo roll cover. Paul loves his robots - they are a significant feature of a lot of his art projects. Ruth's art involves all things sinister and challenging so I thought this a rather fitting gift

Introducing Vampbot!

Hes naughty, very very naughty

They seemed very pleased with their gift which made me feel nice and warm inside. They weren’t the only ones who liked him though. Some of the bar staff tried to steal him! – poor show eh. He was thankfully retrieved so all is well.

While in a different city I thought is almost criminal not to add a little knitted item to the outdoor furniture. We were staying at really cool place called Parr Street Studios. At the bottom of Parr street, outside Cream is a roundabout with some lollipop structures. I added a pacman and ghosty