the little grey girl

Gift Knitting Ideas for Mothers Day

Gemma DudleyComment

Remember those days years ago when nothing got a better reaction when you were little than something homemade as a gift. Perhaps you get the same joy from homemade things from your children on special occasions.

That doesn't change no matter who you are, how old you are and who you gift to .. be it a thank you, a welcome to the world, a birthday or just because you can.

In this spirit and with Mothers Day on the horizon in the UK I have scoured Ravelry and come up with a list of possible spring knits that hopefully your mum will love.


  • Qwist - Melanie Berg £3.72 A gorgeous to knit pair of light weight 4-ply Mitts with a simple and wonderful to knit texture. I loved knitting these and if you are feeling adventourous with this cold weather why not knit mum the matching hat. The right yarn and you could get both out of the same skein. (pictured below)

  • Et Frais – Alicia Plummer £2.99 A gorgeous pair of textured fingering/4ply fingerless mitts and will showcase a skein of gorgeous hand-dyed yarn, Also come with a matching hat for those speedy knitters.

  • Edina – Claire Devine £3.50 A fabulous pair of DK mitts, Detail which have mirrored cables that flow along the arm and around the thumb. A fast DK knit I'm sure on circular needles why not even give two at a time a go.


  • Urban Hints Shawl – Helen Reed £3.60 This pattern was written by Helen for her The Wool Kitchen Urban Hints Yarn which you can buy on her etsy store. I am knitting this shawl at the moment and I’m loving it. I think this would make a fantastic shawl for mum. Great for beginners looking to attempt their first shawl or a relaxing knit for those more experienced. (pictured below)
  • Mimosa Shawl – Boo Knits £4.80 How can you highlight shawls and not include a Boo Knits. A shinybees fav designer and I adore this pattern this was the first shawl I ever knitted, a majority of sticking stitch with a gorgeous and simple lace edging. With a yardage of 380 for the shawlette size (although the pattern is adaptable for a large size) you could use one of those lovely fingering weight yarns in your stash that’s just begging to be knit. Just to add to the excitement this pattern also includes bead placement.
  • Seiklus Shawlette – Justyna Lorkowska £3.56 A 400 yards Triangular, asymmetric shawl knit sideways with a picot bind off. Leaf Lace pattern section mixed with sections of garter stitch. Sections could be repeated to make  a larger shawl. I think the sections of garter could make this is very quick and satisfying knit.
  • Veil of Leithen – Renee Callahan £3.50 A gorgeous triangular more complicated lacy open-work shawl. Designed with 430yards of yarn you are able to use a gorgeous single, skein of fingering-weight yarn that you have been saving for just such an occasion.


  • Honeycomb Cables Socks - Louise Tilbrook £3.60 Gorgeous feminine socks to keep mums feet warm if this cold weather never ends. The fab Honeycomb cable runs along the front and back of these socks and would make a fantastic knit ... I want some of these for myself (pictured below)
  • Arkin Socks - Rachel Coopey £3.50 Fabulous cabled socks which travel the length of the foot. A great pattern knitted top down, these could be a great knit for a quick 2 at a time knit for mum in a fantastic semi solid yarn.

 Copyright: The Little Grey GIrl

Copyright: The Little Grey GIrl

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Copyright: The Wool Kitchen

 Copyright: Louise Tilbrook Designs

Copyright: Louise Tilbrook Designs

Hope these give you a few options for a gift knit that mum will never want to take off and of course if all else fails and Mum is a knitter you can always treat her to something from my store ;)

Gem x


A knitting day out ....

Gemma DudleyComment

in Feb or March


Unravel 2016 is a 3 day event being held from 19th February to the 21st February 2016 at Farnham Maltings in Farnham, UK. This year unravel will be providing visitors over 80 exhibitors who sell yarn and yarn related accessories and well as exhibitions, talks and workshops. There are some great vendors including some Little Grey Girl favs; Pompom quarterly, Kettleyarn co, Coop knits, Baa ram ewe, Toft and of course Yarn in the City will be launching their new book The London Craft Guide. 

Useful Info: No cash machines at the venue so bring cash although some vendors may hard card machines. Nearest train station is straightforward 10 minute walk from Farnham Train Station 

Dates: 29 - 21 February 2016 

Opening Times: Friday 12noon – 6pm OR Saturday 10am – 5pm OR Sunday 10am – 4pm

Day Tickets: £7 in advance, £9 on the door 

Location: Farnham Maltings, Surrey, GU9 7QR


Knitting & Stitch Show

This is the knitting and sewing show of the year, offering over 200 exhibitors selling essential supplies and craft materials. Whether you want knitting yarn and accessories, fabric, sewing machines or embroidery threads you'll find all the knitting supplies and craft products you can think of. This is a much more commercial show than the likes of Unravel and Edinburgh yarn festival. I like to go for fabrics but less so for yarn.

Useful Info: Closest station is Kensington Olympia which is on the London Overground. 

Dates: 3 - 6th March 2016

Opening Times: 

Thur 10am - 7pm, Fri/Sat/Sun 10 - 5.30pm

Tickets: Day Ticket £13, Two Day Ticket £23 (VIP tickets available)

Location: Olympia London, W14 8UX


Edinburgh Yarn Festival

The Market Place

This year is the 3rd Edinburgh taking place at The Corn Exchange. This is an event not to be missed. The yarn fumes are quite amazing & over-powering.

They have a focus on hand-knitting, but include crochet, spinning, weaving and felting thrown in for good measure, there will be something of interest for all. All exhibitors are hand-picked to show off and sell the most luxurious and interesting products and supplies the Yarn and Knitting Industry has to offer.

As well as all of the yarny shopping goodness there is also the Podcaster Lounge hosted by Knit British, which is not to be missed. Louise will be running a programme of things over the weekend and you can come by just to show off your wares and sit and knit.

Around 100 vendors have been selected (including me of course) and you can view here

Useful Info: Nearest Station is: Edinburgh Haymarket, Buses regularly run to the venue. A cash machine is located at the Asda next to the venue. 

Dates: Friday 18th March - Saturday 19th March 

Opening Times: 10 - 6pm 

Tickets: Advance Ticket - Day £10, Weekend £15. On the Door  - Day £12, Weekend £18

Location: Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ


I hope you get the chance to visit some of these, and of course if you are at ;

  • Unravel let me know as I will be attending on the Sat and will be trying my utmost to keep my purse in my bag.
  • Edinburgh Yarn Festival come and visit me on my stall ... I will be doing a blog post closer to the time about what I will be bringing you there.

Look out for future posts for more events as the year goes on.... 

Right i'm off to go and make some more products to bring you in Edinburgh 

Gem x

2016 ...

Gemma DudleyComment

With over 3 months of The Little Grey Girl passing already, the start of a new year has meant that I am able to reflect on how things are going, and plot and scheme what I would like 2016 to be for me for both the business and me personally.

Who else has decided to do aims instead of failing to keep resolutions ... Anyone else manage just 4 days of dry January like most of the guys in my new team at work?!

So this year I am already thinking about exciting new things I can bring you.

2016 is all about growth. Be it; new products, new fabrics, new ranges and even hopefully some new Collaborations. It’s amazing the ideas that are going around in my head and in my planning notebook

The first big thing and focus for 2016 is Edinburgh Yarn Festival. This is my first yarn show as a vendor. Although I did attend this show last year, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I really couldn’t think of a more perfect place to debut The Little Grey Girl in the flesh. 

Please do get in touch and let me know what you would like to see from The Little Grey Girl this year.

As well as the business and the usual health and general life goals I have put myself together Knitting goals for this year;

- Knit from stash - Only buy yarn for specific projects try not to just do oooooh isn’t it pretty.

- Give myself at least an hour a day knitting time in the week even if it’s only public transport knitting.

- Knit myself another garment

- Replace all of my bought knitted accessories with knitted ones (bought snoods naughty Gem)

- Continental knit .. learn properly (anyone who wants to teach me I’m game)

- Brioche Knit and knit my 2 colour snood – The yarn is in the stash!

Watch this space for some new and exciting things, and if you haven’t already why not sign up for my mailing list for news, exclusives and offers

2015 a reflection ....

Gemma DudleyComment

Happy New Year!

Yes I know you are all thinking aren’t you a little late to the party Gem! Yes I am! I must admit that I don’t know where the last 2 weeks have gone. A new Mon-Fri job could be part of that reason that and the immense Edinburgh Yarn Festival planning and making that I am in the midst of but more of that later.

New Year – Fresh Start

At the start of the year last year I decided that I no longer wanted to have a resolution that I would give up 4 days in and then give myself a hard time for. I wanted to achieve things instead so I set myself a list what was to be my 15 in 2015 or as close to as possible. I ended up with a fab list and I achieved a lot of things (some of which are very boring and I won't bore you with)

My 2015 knitty 'wish' list

•   Get into knitting socks and knit 6 pairs (minimum) across the year (So I didn’t get my 6 pairs done but I have knitted 4 – One pair was lost though)

•   Attend at least 3 knitty events this year including edinburgh yarn festival and great London yarn crawl (edi yarn fest, iknitfandago, indieburgh yarn crawl, Great London Yarn Crawl all done)

•   Knit myself a fitting garmet (knitted a great grey stripy Elfe)

•   Get my blog started & find a designer for a new logo (done and done – Loved working on my logo with Sarah Martin I am hoping we can work on something else this year for a possible plan)

•   Learn some new knitting techniques ... Including brioche (brioche, double knitting, 2 colour cables classes done)

•   Knitting machine classes (done)

•   Have a go at dying some yarn (spent 3 days with Nic from Yarns from the plains and dyed fibre … this needs to be on my 2016 list)

•   Have a go at designing a pattern (it’s started. Need to set more time aside to work on this)

•   Look into how I could teach children to knit in schools (hasn’t happened but time definitely hasn’t permitted 

Time to reflect

I was thinking last week how different my life was this time last year. So much has changed.

As you can see the starting of the little grey girl wasn’t here in January and was not even a dot on the horizon. I knew I was unhappy with work and working 12 hour days which meant my own personal life and admin was always the bottom of the list, and was affecting my health badly. The podcaster retreat really made me long for the love and enjoyment people got from their crafty pursuits and businesses and that was a feeling I lacked. I knew that I couldn’t afford to leave work but surely there was something I could change. 

In looking for a project bag in the summer I realized that what I wanted just didn’t exist. I hate the stigma that knitting gets with people and I wanted bags that fought that ‘granny’ persona. I wanted bright modern, simple, stylish that would appeal to both guys and gals alike. In deciding to make a bag of my own I realized that I could bring these to everyone who couldn’t find what they were looking for in the market already.

The first 3 months have very much been a, what’s the phrase ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ It’s all a huge learning curve esp when you are running something in your ‘spare’ time.  How do you balance, life, fun, work as well as all of the intricacies of a business that you never knew existed. What are the tasks that ‘pack the most punch’ or the most important when time is limited.

This year I want to thank people that encouraged me, let me vent at them, bounce ideas off and generally have been there for me.

Right I'm back off to finish some more 2016 planning

Gem x

Lets just knit all of the things - The enabling post

Gemma DudleyComment

Does anyone else just want to knit all of the things, especially when the weather gets colder? and of course not have the time to knit all of the things they want to knit?? Well thats me at the moment. 

On my want to list is (this is not the whole list):

In my WIP's is:

  • Vanilla Ribbed Socks in Red & White from the iKnit of Dye range from iKnit London
  • Lapsang Hat by Clare Devine in Little Cat Feet Chunky from Ginger Twist Studios
  • Urban Hints Shawl by Helen Read of The Wool Kitchen in Urban Hints Indigo (only available at Wild and Woolly)

and what have I finished: 

Yes these are both grey

So how does all of that add up to the yarn which I have bought in the last couple of weeks .. and mostly cause its sooooo amazing. Errr anyone think I am addicted to Grellow??????????????

  • The Knitting Goddess - Discworld Range in Greebo (Bold Self-stripe) 
  • The Wool Kitchen - Urban Hints in Moonlight Web
  • The Wool Kitchen - Pairs in Hello Grellow
  • The Wool Kitchen - Custom Dye in Grellow that Girl (DK)

Images Copyright of The Knitting Goddess & The Wool Kitchen

Please tell me all of you are like this as well ... or worse. No wonder I need to make project bags to hide all of my WIPs and projects ... that and to enable all of you into more projects as well. 

Right I am off to get on with some knitting or to stroke some yarn 

The Little Grey Girl