I was given a choice of country, to go with the International Theme of 'Around the World'. Hannah mentioned she would love someone to do a Japanese theme and I grabbed it. I actually traveled to Japan for a short exchange when I was 15, and adore a lot of Japanese culture.
Choosing a theme, and actually designing both a boy and girl garment to fit the theme are slightly different things, but I got out my notebook and started sketching. Both actually came to me quite quickly, although I did make some minor changes later on.
Yarn is Hannah's thing, and not mine, but I LOVE these colours. I was so happy when she told me that she was indeed going to do Orange!
So you want to see what I came up with?
Momoka means Peach Blossom in Japanese, which was the perfect name for my Peach Blossom Kimono Wrap.
short sleeved version to ballet for quite a few months now, and she loves it!
Boys knits are a wee bit trickier, particularly with a theme.
Shinobi is a Japanese word meaning NINJA. Perfect for my son, who is really, really into Ninjas.
So a Ninja vest he got! This one is knit bottom up, and has a lovely high collar, that actually barely touches skin (and is so soft in RRHY anyway, he wouldn't mind if it did!) You can easily use buttons instead of closures, but these really give a Ninja look!
Photographing these knits was actually a bit of a nightmare, with very excited Children who wanted to be ballerinas and Ninjas instead of models, but we got there in the end!
These patterns were designed exclusively for the Red Riding Hood 2013 yarn club. They will be available for purchase to the public from January 2014. I will be sure to let you know.