Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Secret Garden Party!

X Marks The Spot:


Here you will find....



Secret Garden Party Round two! What a fantastic festival! The Secret Garden Party is extremely liberating you can wear whatever you like with no judgments and with the wonderful setting what more could you want from a festival (especially if you like to dress loud and proud).


Megan wearing a beautiful headdress made by one of the Crooked Crew! And a special mention for best purchase of the festival, a gorgeous crown made by Wolf & Moon. Megan looks like a beautiful Spring Princess wearing it.

We had lots of lovely customers who looked great in their Crooked purchases with some even leaving their own clothes behind to be thrown away! Here are some pictures of just a few beautiful Crooked customers...



Above are some fabulous twins who both purchased the Pom Pom play suits! We also had some male twins that we decked head to toe in Crooked which was definitely a highlight of the festival!!



We were running the Bum Bag Workshops again and above is a very happy Bum Bag Workshopper with his brilliant creation in fluorescent leather.

It wasn't just the people dressed in Crooked that looked fabulous there were some great things to see at Secret Garden Party. Here are some pictures that showcase the weird and wonderful with the 'Beyond the Yellow Brick Road' theme...





Other highlights that we were having too much fun to take a picture of:

Fireworks on Saturday night turned the entire sky gold with glittery bubbles let off during the intermission. The best way to describe it is to say it was like a magical explosion of happiness in the sky

The Labyrinth stage in a secret location was amazing and had amazing production with silhouettes holding umbrellas hanging from the tress so that it looked as though they were blowing away!

The sunflower field that was only accessible through a door inside of a portaloo! Turning a portaloo into a portal, such a brilliant idea.

The paint fight by main stage with clouds of colour bursting everywhere!


Last but not least we have to mention our very entertaining neighbours Opposuits who kept us laughing all weekend. It was so great to see how much fun they could have selling suits. The irony of the playfulness of their suits was so lovely to see... 

The only way to describe Secret Garden Party is to say that it is like spending some time in the magical surroundings of an artists mind. An amazing festival with so much to see and do. Thank you to all of those who came and saw us and hope to see you again!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ART IN ACTION 2014!!

ART IN ACTION 2014!!


What a fantastic weekend! Lovely weather, lovely people and lovely camping food...oh yes! Crooked Knitwear headed to Art in Action with high hopes and high stock. It was our first year there but despite not knowing what to expect we were extremely excited due to the wonderful things we had heard about the weekend.

We arrived and set up the stall, creating a mini colourful wonderland. After taking a peek at some of the other fantastic stalls we set off to build our nest in the campsite. After a long hot day we certainly enjoyed our spicy enchiladas that had been prepared the night before and then chilled in the new working fridge in the campervan! We sipped on a single shandy left over from Glastonbury Festival and went to bed satified and eager to begin the following morning.




The Crooked Knitwear stall


Megan working hard sewing on the stall  #NoRestForTheCrooked


When we had time to venture off and see the amazing talent showcased at Art in Action we got some shots of some of the best makers in action. Here are a few pictures for anyone who didn't make it to the event...







Was wonderful to see so many great makers do what they do best in the demonstrating tents cannot wait to see what next year has to hold!



Pimm's O'Clock in the Pimm's Garden to celebrate a fantastic show and a fabulous weekend!

To make a sweet weekend even sweeter a lady who bought a Liberty Parka from us tweeted this...


It is so wonderful to get such great feedback, cannot wait to do it all again next year! We had a record amount of postcards taken and record sales. Bring on Art in Action 2015!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL!!


Glastonbury was a whirlwind adventure to a crazy festival world that was not too dissimilar from Wonderland! On our first night there we traveled up through the Stone Circle meandering through a sea of people and candles that created a fantastic buzz on the hill. When we reached the top we looked out across the festival and were marveled by the sheer scale of it! There were twinkly lights for miles that made it look like a beautiful city-scape. We were all amazed by how huge it was and couldn't wait to explore!

Unforgettable moments...

Pom Pom Shorts success!! These adorable shorts were a hit and brought lots of people flocking to the stall! They sold out meaning lots of festival go-ers were shaking their pom poms over the weekend!




PAPPED! A lovely lady bought the tie dye Artisan Blouse from us only to return the next day to say she had been papped by Style magazine wearing it!
Here is the Splash Print Artisan Blouse 

Whistle while we work! Everyday we had fantastic music to keep the Crooked Crew dancing through the day on the stall! Below is a video whilst a band called Duncan Disorderly & The Scallywags were rockin' on right in front of us! This is the life...

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One of the most important things you need when considering going to a festival is a bum bag: a practical accessory that is easy and safe. But what about if you could have a bum bag that is not only practical, easy and safe but also made by you with fluorescent leather! The bum bag workshops run by Crooked Knitwear were fantastic and all the bum bags that were made looked fantastic! I must admit when out and about lots of people were interested in my creation!

Part of the Crooked Crew on the stall with bum bags!











Megan getting her make up done by Penelope Gweneth Thompson-Griffin and then looking beautiful in front of the fluorescent leather used for the bum bags!

Also if you noticed Megan's fantastically blue mermaid hair then you should know that we dyed it at Glastonbury which was superbly impractical but sufficiently hilarious! Using ice cold tap water to wash out hair dye is definitely not the one, but then neither was turning the Greenpeace eco-friendly shower completely blue the next day!! 

Despite some beautiful sunshine Glastonbury festival was also hit by some particularly persistent rain! Armed with poles to push the pools of water off the roof of the stall, we battled against the elements to fight off waves of water that would come crashing down...(somehow always onto my unsuspecting face haha!)
It was definitely welly weather!!

Occasionally, we all got some time off to go enjoy the fantastic music that Glastonbury had to offer with our favourite performances from London Grammer, Paolo Nutini, Bombay Bicycle Club, Gentlemen's Dub Club, Tinariwen and Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band. We had a fantastic time and there are lots more bands that we saw that were awesome too. The great music coupled with the fantastic production of the festival made it such a memorable experience

    

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The winner of most adorable visitor to the Crooked Knitwear stall goes to...


After a fabulous week at Glastonbury with some amazing people it was time to pack up the van and set off home for a nice warm bath...Bye Bye Glasto...until next year!



Thursday, June 19, 2014

A MATCH MADE IN SHOE HEAVEN!!

A MATCH MADE IN SHOE HEAVEN!!

Caterina Belluardo
Finally, we can bring you all the information from the Caterina Belluardo and Crooked Knitwear collaboration as it has now launched!! If you don't already know Caterina Belluardo then here is some information to get you up to speed. Caterina is a contemporary unisex shoe designer. Despite being Sicilian born, she is now based in London. She is known for working with traditional and classic forms but combines this with unconventional materials...this is the part where we come in.

A Chance Encounter
This collaboration flourished from a chance meeting between Megan and Caterina on the site LinkedIn. It used to be a rarity that Megan checked her LinkedIn but one night she sat down with a coffee and decided to take a look at any recent activity. Immediately she noticed a post from Caterina Belluardo that instantly intrigued. Through further research Megan fell in love with her work and new she had to be a part of this project. After deciding one email wasn't enough Megan sent another in the hope that Caterina would want to collaborate. SUCCESS!! Megan was selected above other knitwear designers to work with Caterina and their collaboration began to blossom!

Off To Work We Go
It took three attempts to get the 24 stitch repeat pattern (technical!) right using a punch card knitting machine. 30 different colorways were then created and sent to Caterina with six of them featuring in the final designs. The pattern contrasted to Crooked Knitwear's paisleys and fairisles boasting geographical chevrons, diamonds and stripes. Despite the colour changes proving to be a challenge the end result was FABULOUS and has opened great opportunity for style directions for us and opened the crooked mind to great heights! Keep a beady eye out for more new exciting work if you know what's good for your sole.

Take a look at some of the snaps from this amazing project...

Some illustrations form Caterina

and some more, she is so talented!!

Before and after pattern

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Knitting away


                                                             Two different colouways 




Some photos taken by Megan pre-launch date!


The star of the collection


                                     
On display at London Collections: Men

RESULT!
After some seriously hard work from both Megan and Caterina the shoes featured in the Day 1 Highlights at the London Collections: Men. See if you can spot them 15 seconds in...



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