What, another collaboration announcement? Yep, that's right! This time we get to shout about our partnership with our favourite furniture rescuer and knitting extraordinaire Melanie Porter.
Melanie has designed an adorable hand knitted Acorn Hat and Booties set for your lovely little ones. The set is knitted in extrafine Merino Double Knit wool, which is machine washable you'll be pleased to know! Melanie's second pattern, the Acorn Blanket, matches the first beautifully. Made with extrafine Merino using the same Acorn stitch, this blanket is the perfect addition to baby's ever-growing collection of cosy adornments. Our final pattern is more of the homey kind, a Chunky Cable Cushion Cover (we really like alliteration) that is sure to brighten up any living room.
A bit about the designer herself:
After 10 years working as a knitwear designer for many international fashion brands, Melanie turned her expertise to furniture, creating one-off contemporary designs from antiques sourced from auctions and markets. She trained at the super prestigious Central Saint Martin's College and her ability to create exquisite, textured fabrics all individually knitted and felted, has drawn attention from clients and press all over the world.
Each project starts with the frame itself which can be anything from a Victorian nursing chair to an old cinema seat. The frame is then painstakingly stripped back before being restored using traditional techniques. This blank canvas is then covered with a series of a creatively hand-knitted panels. Impressively, Melanie undertakes the entire process herself and everything, from the restoration and upholstering to the individual, crocheted buttons, is done by hand. By hand!! The result of this incredibly labour-intensive process is a stunning and unique work of art, destined to be a future family heirloom.
We are very excited to welcome Melanie to the Todds Hand Knits knitting family and can't wait to see what else she has in store of us all. You can find all of Melanie's patterns here: http://www.toddshandknits.com/shop-by/pattern/by-designer/melanie-porter-.c.aspx