Kate Box Knitwear is in the press!

I am absolutely thrilled to be featured in the current issue of Beautiful South magazine (Nov/Dec 2017) – and what a beautiful write up it is.

My 100% lambswool Navy Triangle Wrap and Teal Blue Bold Stripe Loop Scarf  are featured on page 7 of the Style Insider section which focuses on surviving winter in style! 

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Packed with fabulous features, luxury products, travel inspiration, things to do in the local area and more - Beautiful South is a gorgeous complimentary magazine distributed throughout the South Downs area and beyond. There is also a digital edition available. As an avid reader, I feel truly honoured to see my knitwear grace their pages this winter. Thank you Beautiful South magazine!

Looking for a special gift this Christmas? SHOP THE RANGE

Buying for a friend or relative and not sure which colourway they would like? We also offer Kate Box Knitwear gift vouchers please email kate@kate-Box.co.uk for more info – the perfect gift for a winter birthday or Christmas.

Upcoming Christmas Events

With just 61 days until Christmas, it is all systems go here at Kate Box Knit HQ! November is a particularly busy month as I will be popping up at some brilliant Hampshire events. So, if you’re local, please do come along and say hello! With the colder weather now here to stay, it’s the perfect time to wrap up and keep warm in style with a new season Kate Box Knitwear design.

November events - come say hello!

The Watoto Christmas Fair

Where: The Tithe Barn, Ditcham, Petersfield, GU31 5RQ

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When: 9-4pm, Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th November.

Details: The Watoto Trust is a charity that believes by relieving poverty and educating children the world can become a better place. They provide sponsorship for individual, bright, impoverished Kenyans as well as increasing awareness of the problems facing Kenya including pressure on natural resources and loss of habitat. 

More info: www.watototrust.org/events/

 

Wyld’s Farm Launch Party

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Where: Wyld’s Farm, Warren Road, Liss. GU33 7DF 

When: 6.30-9.30pm, Friday 10thNovember.

Details: Come and celebrate at the 2017 Season Launch, there will be tasty, hot, street food, gift shopping, live music and The Apres Tree Bar stocked with gin, rum and mulled wine! 

For more information on further opening hours please visit: 

www.wylds-farm-christmas-trees.co.uk

 

Farnham Maltings Christmas Fair 

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Where: Farnham Malting Christmas Fair, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey. GU9 7QR 

 When: Wed 29th Nov 1pm-9pm  & Thurs 30th Nov 10am-8pm

Details: A fantastic local event, featuring a bustling marketplace with over 150 stands specialising in handmade gifts, unique stocking fillers, crafts, vintage, food and drink. 

More info: www.craft.farnhammaltings.com/portfolio/christmas-fair/

 

Can’t make it to an event? All Kate Box Knit designs are available online  – SHOP THE RANGE.

Buying for a friend or relative and not sure what they’d like? We also offer Kate Box Knitwear gift vouchers, please email kate@kate-box.co.uk – the perfect gift for a winter birthday or Christmas.

How To Wear Your Loop Scarf

This season I have launched a new style of scarf - a beautifully striped, soft lambswool loop scarf! Stylish, versatile and available in four different colourways

Perfect for keeping you warm on chilly days, the loop scarf can be worn in one of two ways:

LOOSE – this works really nicely if you are indoors or if your coat/jacket is open. 

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WRAPPED TWICE - for extra warmth or for when you coat is buttoned up to protect your neck from the cold! 

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Add a pop of colour to your outfit this winter with a loop scarf - whether it be to brighten up your winter coat or to provide you with an extra stylish layer whilst keeping cosy indoors. 

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Bold Stripe Loop scarf in Moss Green  

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Bold Stripe Loop scarf in Teal Blue  

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Bold Stripe Loop scarf in Flannel Grey

 

SHOP THE RANGE

 

Buying for a friend or relative and not sure which colourway they would like? We also offer Kate Box Knitwear gift vouchers, please email kate@kate-box.co.uk for more info – the perfect gift for a winter birthday or Christmas.

My story........Kate Box Knitwear

I’m always fascinated to learn more about the amazing small business owners that I meet - to find out more about their personal stories and how they came to be doing what they do now. So, this week I thought it would be fun to kick-off my weekly seasonal blog with sharing a little bit about myself and my career path.

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I always knew I wanted to go to art college and started with a foundation course at Winchester to try out lots of different art and design disciplines. Textiles just clicked for me. I went on from Winchester to Chelsea college of Art where I did a degree in Textile design and then finally did an MA in Knitwear at the Royal College of Art.

 

My final collection at the Royal College of Art was spotted by the designers from Ghost and I was offered a 3-month placement with them over the summer. It was very creative and I worked on some one-off pieces for their catwalk show which was exciting. After my placement had ended there I took a job as a design assistant at Pringle which was very different, as you would imagine working in a large corporation to be. Designing was all about sales figures and what would be most commercial, I absolutely hated it but with hindsight I can see the benefit of gaining that experience. I was only there for a year when I got the job as design assistant to Orla Kiely which was a dream position. It was a hugely creative company that put emphasis on good design. The design team were well supported and looked after and Orla was/is an incredible designer.

 

After I had my daughter we knew that we wanted to move out of London and with that meant leaving my job at Orla Kiely. Moving to Hampshire was a new start and I accepted that that would mean moving my career in a different direction.

 

It wasn’t really a conscious decision to set up a business designing knitwear. I just sort of fell upon it by making things for friends and then finding a shop in my local town that would stock a few things that I was making. When I look back, the products to begin with were very hit and miss but things slowly evolved and I hope they keep evolving.

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I like to walk or cycle my children to school- I enjoy getting out for some fresh air before I start working. When I get home, I make a coffee and then normally tackle any emails that need doing as I’m much better at computer/written work first thing in the morning. I’ll start knitting on the machine around 10 and tune into Woman’s Hour. After that I’ve been known to knit and watch any type of gardening programme I can, Monty Don presenting if possible! At 3pm, I down tools and resume my other role as mum, collect children from school and normally offer a taxi service to football or Brownies. Once everyone has been fed, washed and put to bed the work will sometimes resume. I’m not one for working too late though as I really like my sleep!

 

I find colour and design quite intuitive, everything influences it subconsciously- exhibitions, seasons, films, etc. I’m not sure I could pin point one thing that is a big influence. I really enjoyed the Vanessa Bell exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery this year.

 

My favourite part of running my own business is definitely the flexibility around the children coupled with being my own boss. My least favourite is that it’s very difficult to turn off – it’s like having a third child that I’m always thinking about!

 

The best piece of business advice that I’ve been given? It’s better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly – Robert Schuller. I have to constantly remind myself of this quote!

 

If you haven’t entered already, at the moment I’m running a competition on Facebook to win a pair of wristwarmers - follow the link to be in with a chance! 

 https://www.facebook.com/KateBoxKnit/posts/1499580833463429:0

New Season launch........

I’m pleased to announce that my new 2017-18 Autumn/Winter range has launched!

A new collection of Kate Box Knit original designs – each piece hand-crafted by me in my home studio. 

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The new collection

With a chill in the air and the colours and hues of autumn truly upon us, it’s time to put on an extra layer!  This Season’s collection was designed to draw upon customer favourites from last year, whilst introducing some new products too.

One of my favourites for this season is the Kate Box Knit ‘loop scarf’ which can be worn in several ways (there will be a future ‘how to wear’ blog post on this so stay tuned).  The loop scarf is also a lovely piece to add to an outfit for inside wear as well as out!

Take a look at my new collection here

Mix and match

All new pieces have been carefully designed to mix and match with each other, and to complement items from past seasons.  I’ve enjoyed working with different proportions of stripes and softer colours and tones whilst still including pops of signature bright colours. 

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Keep up-to-date

I’m going to be writing a seasonal blog which will be published each Wednesday and will be sharing news, events, inspirations, tips and advice and monthly competitions!

Competition time........

To celebrate our new season launch, this month I am running a competition to win a pair of wrist warmers! Head over to Facebook to enter!  https://www.facebook.com/KateBoxKnit/posts/1499580833463429:0

Hanging out to dry

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur............ there's a chill in the air and people have started to think about knitwear again - I love this time of year!  I am preparing orders, knitting commissions and trying to think about my stand at the forthcoming Farnham Maltings fair at the end of November.  I've not done a fair before so this is new territory for me and I want to make sure I have products that will appeal to everyone at different price points.  For a long time now I have been thinking of ways I can use up my scraps of knitting - these tend to be pieces that have gone wrong, not felted evenly or fallen off the machine too early; all rather annoying scenarios.  The beauty of these little pieces of lightly felted lambswool is that I have them in abundance, they are delicious in colour and they are all completely original ...............so why not use them?!  Well I have.......read on! 

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This project was rather fiddly in nature but once I got going I remembered how much fun there is to be had in cutting and sticking.  

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It also meant I could use copious amounts of double sided sellotape a luxury denied in childhood due to the cost!  

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It's still all about knitwear.......... 

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and knitted bunting.  

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Cards! Washing lines with freshly laundered knitted outfits. These ones have just been stitched and await tying off. 

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I got quite carried away in the end and I still have a huge amount of scraps left so no doubt I will make more.  

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Here are the finished cards in their cellophane wrappers - it's amazing how a cellophane wrapper can transform a card!  

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Fronts and backs!  

So all these cards will be coming with me to the Farnham Maltings Fair on the 30th November and 1st December. Please do come and visit and say hello! 

 

P.s - did you notice I managed to do the whole of that blog post without mentioning the 'C' word?!