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Paintbox Yarns – colour combination ideas

It’s been a while since I’ve taken some time out to have a play with colours; often it involves me putting a whole bundle of yarn on our bed and organising them into colours that I think work well. It’s such a fun thing to do, even if there’s no purpose, it’s just fun. Disclaimer: I have to work hard not to just throw myself into all the gorgeous colours, stop whatever else it is I need to do and make something immediately with all the colours. I digress!

When LoveKnitting sent me a bundle of newly-launched Paintbox Yarns I knew it was the perfect opportunity to have a play. Paintbox Yarns launched with 60 shades in four lines, DK, aran, chunky and cotton. In this post I’ve focused on the DK collection, but note there are a couple of exceptions.

So, without further ado, here are some ideas for how you could combine Paintbox Yarn shades.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


1. Dark Aubergine, Pansy Purple, Dusty Lilac, Pale Lilac and Paper White. I’ve changed my mind about purple; while it used to be a colour I wasn’t hugely inspired by, since making these purple flowers I’ve had a change of heart. The contrast of the darker shade versus light brings a cosy warmth to it that works really well. I could see these five shades being made into a gorgeous stripy cardigan, or jumper, for a little girl.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


2. Soft Fudge, Melon Sorbet (chunky), Mustard Yellow, Pistachio Green and Paper White. These collective colours spring to mind a meadow for me; you’ve got the harvest light brown, with the Pistachio Green and, to bring it all together, the sunshine warmth from the Melon Sorbet (chunky) and Mustard Yellow shades. I think this could make for a super cosy blanket for that autumn cuddles on the sofa or spring picnic.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


3. Coffee Bean, Midnight Blue, Red Wine, Sky Blue and Pure Black. I’m going to call this primary colour madness – and I say that with a smile on my face. The Midnight Blue and Red Wine shades really caught my eye, so I’ve teamed them up with the Coffee Bean and Pure Black to bring it to life. I’ve then added the Sky Blue to soften the colour combinations. I could see these colours being used in a make for a little boy.


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


4. Slate Grey, Seafoam Blue, Mustard Yellow, Bright Peach (aran) and Banana Cream. Moving on from primary colours, I feel like this is an alternative version with a softer palette. The Slate Grey and Seafoam Blue looks great together and teaming it up with the Mustard Yellow looks great to me. Looking at this again, since photographing it, I think this has more work to be done to get the right combo but there’s definitely something great to work from. What do you think?


Paintbox Yarns colour combination ideas. Post via This Little Space of Mine


5. Stormy Grey, Blush Pink, Pistachio Green, Peach Orange and Banana Cream (chunky). I feel like this is the most feminine of colour collections in this post, what do you think? I built it from the Peach Orange and Banana Cream shades and then muted it with the Stormy Grey, Blush Pink and Pistachio Green to create a soft, spring time feel. I would love to make this into a blanket or similar; the Blush Pink and Pistachio Green especially warm my heart.

What do you think? Any standout colour schemes that catch your eye?

This is just the tip of the iceberg, so definitely go and check out Paintbox Yarns; I feel like there were hundreds more colour combinations I could’ve chosen so I may well be back soon with more ideas!

Thanks for reading, and do let me know if you have a favourite.

Leanne x

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A selection of Paintbox Yarns’ range was sent to me by LoveKnitting, but all opinions and excitement about yarn are my own.

Say hello to Paintbox Yarns

Before I get started, let me set the scene. I’m working at home and the doorbell rings. It’s our postman and he hands me a pink bag filled with yarn. I instantly knew it was from LoveKnitting and even said “But I’m not expecting anything”. Poor guy must get that all the time but humoured me by saying “I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it”. Oh yes. What was in that bag was a selection of new kid on the block, Paintbox Yarns, wonderful collection of DK, aran, chunky and cotton yarns.


Say hello to Paintbox Yarns - a first look over at This Little Space of Mine


To say I was shocked is putting it lightly; I had no idea it was coming and the colours were just so beautiful. Even my boyfriend commented on how nice the colours were, a sentiment echoed when I sent a photo to my Mum and sister.

So who are Paintbox Yarns? Exclusive to Love Knitting, they’ve launched with 60 shades in four lines – DK, aran, chunky and cotton. Designed to be “modern, playful and all about colour”, they’ve launched alongside a selection of free knitting and crochet patterns – including this adorable ladybird pattern, plus a variety of items of clothing (if you’re on the lookout for bigger projects).


Say hello to Paintbox Yarns - a first look over at This Little Space of Mine


What’s struck me most about Paintbox Yarns is the collection of shades they’ve launched with; it feels like they’ve nailed it here and I’m excited about this brand and where it’s going and what might be in store. LoveKnitting have also put together a selection of five colour packs, which is where I get to announce something exciting…

It’s giveaway time! I’ve teamed up with LoveKnitting to give you the chance to win both the Fallen Leaves and Winter Frost Simply DK packs – worth over £35 and, more importantly, that’s 20 balls of yarn for you to plan with. All you have to do is head over to my Instagram feed and…

  • Follow both @leanneabeale and @paintboxyarns
  • Comment on the Paintbox yarn post within my feed with the names of up to two friends who you think would also love Paintbox yarns

And that’s it!

The competition runs until 23:59 on Thursday 22nd September 2016 and is open to UK residents only on this occasion.

Soon I’ll be back with some Paintbox Yarns inspired colour combination ideas; I do love putting together interesting colours so I hope you’ll join me for that. In the meantime do check out Paintbox Yarns, I think you’ll be impressed.

Leanne x

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A selection of Paintbox Yarns’ range was sent to me by LoveKnitting, but all opinions and excitement about yarn are my own.

LoveKnitting yarn review and giveaway!


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For today’s post I’ve teamed up with LoveKnitting to bring you my first blog giveaway! LoveKnitting are an online UK knitting store with a huge range of yarns, patterns and more available to browse and purchase 24/7.

The competition is to win the below collection of yarns – including Rowan, MillaMia, Peter Pan and James C Brett Legacy – worth over £35!

  • Rowan Big Wool helped create the chunky tea cosy and was soft and smooth to work with – ideal for beginners!
  • Two variations of James C Brett Legacy were used for the cuddly water bottle cover. Soft and ‘kind’ to work with and it can easily be washed.
  • A second variation of Rowan yarn, Creative Focus Worsted, helped me create a cable knit cowl. A trickier yarn to work with but perfect for something snuggly around my neck.
  • Peter Pan DK is as soft as yarn comes so it was an easy choice for the bobble stitch cardigan.
  • And finally, the baby hat was made using one of my favourite yarns – MillaMia merino. A beautiful yarn that was a joy to work with.

Each of these yarns were recently used in the ‘Learn with Leanne’ feature over on the LoveKnitting blog; designed to teach you how to knit with confidence over the course of five projects.

To be in with a chance of winning this collection of yarns from LoveKnitting simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter in any way you please. The giveaway is open from 3rd March – 17th March 2015 and a winner will be drawn at random within five days of the competition closing.

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Terms and Conditions: UK entries and over 18s only. No cash alternative. The winner will be notified within five days of the competition closing date.


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Good luck!


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Note: LoveKnitting are providing these prizes free of charge for the purpose of This Little Space of Mine’s giveaway. All opinions in this post are my own.

Knitting for beginners lesson five: a Swiss Darning baby hat



Knitting for beginners - a Swiss Darning baby hat - This Little Space of Mine





Today on the LoveKnitting blog I’m sharing my final knitting for beginners tutorial! It’s gone so quickly, but I’ve got to say I’ve felt rather proud to see my tutorials on LoveKnitting’s website. Big thanks to my Mum and Nan for teaching me how to knit!

Have my tutorials inspired you to give knitting a go? I highly, highly recommend it! More than happy to help if you have any knitting questions too.

A quick overview of the projects to date:

A tea cosey | A hot water bottle cover | A cowl | A baby cardigan

So what could the last project be?

I’m venturing into the world of adding motifs, using Swiss Darning, for this baby hat. Similar to fair isle and instarsia techniques you may have heard of, Swiss Darning is a good way of introducing yourself to this skill and allows you to add a bit of sewing to your knits.

The best part of this project? Using gorgeous MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino – gorgeous, luxurious yarn that I couldn’t wait to try out. All all the projects, this has been the most fun – not too big, too small and the heart motif brings this baby hat to life in such a simple way.


Knitting for beginners - a Swiss Darning baby hat - This Little Space of Mine


So let’s get started…

What you’ll learn from lesson five of knitting for beginners:
  • Swiss Darning
  • Counting across rows and learning how a stitch looks
  • Decreasing/shaping items
  • Sewing pieces together


Knitting for beginners - a Swiss Darning baby hat - This Little Space of Mine





Knitting for beginners - a Swiss Darning baby hat - This Little Space of Mine



You’ll need:

Head on over to LoveKnitting now for my full tutorial – including a step by step guide, lots of photos and lots more!



Knitting for beginners - a Swiss Darning baby hat - This Little Space of Mine





I’ll be back next week with a review of the yarns used and an extra something special (watch this space!), so for the meantime, thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed this series – I know I have.

Happy knitting!


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Knitting for beginners lesson four: a bobble stitch baby cardigan

Today on the LoveKnitting blog I‘m sharing my fourth knitting for beginners tutorial. So far we’ve tackled a tea cosy, a hot water bottle and a cowl, so what could the project be?


Knitting for beginners - a bobble stitch baby cardigan - This Little Space of Mine


A baby cardigan that’ll challenge you but definitely reward you for your perseverance. There are heaps of new skills you’ll learn and the reason we’ve included it in this series is because it’ll give you an introduction to knitting clothes. Starting a baby garment is an easy way to get started before you work up to knitting something for an adult (hello snug wooly cardigans!). So let’s get started…

What you’ll learn from lesson four of knitting for beginners:
  • Bobble stitch
  • Picking up stitches and knitting across pieces
  • Adding buttons
  • Sewing pieces together
You’ll need:


Knitting for beginners - a bobble stitch baby cardigan - This Little Space of Mine


Head on over to LoveKnitting now for my full tutorial – including a step by step guide, lots of photos and lots more!



Knitting for beginners - a bobble stitch baby cardigan - This Little Space of Mine



Knitting for beginners - a bobble stitch baby cardigan - This Little Space of Mine



I’ll be back next week with the final tutorial – looking at Swiss Darning. If you have any knitting questions feel free to drop me an email.

Happy knitting!


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Knitting for beginners lesson three: a cable knit cowl

Hello! Have you been brave enough to give knitting a go yet? So far in my knitting for beginners series we’ve tackled the next steps after knit and purl stitch, and changing colours. How’ve you found it?

I’ve really loved hearing your feedback and I really hope this inspires both knitters to keep going and learn new things, and non-knitters to pick up a pair of knitting needles and have a go – you never know, you might surprise yourself. Knitting is one of those crafts that’s perfect for the winter months – those evenings where it’s too cold to do anything so you just snuggle under a blanket with a hot chocolate and your knitting.


Knitting for beginners - a cable knit cowl - This Little Space of Mine


This week we’re over the halfway point so it’s time to attempt something a little more tricky – cable knitting. Cable knitting seems to be one of those techniques that people really put off learning; the detail it creates looks so intricate, plus knowing that a third needle is involved can be a little intimidating. But trust me, once you get the knack of it you’ll really enjoy it. Of the three projects so far this has been my favourite make – the feeling of achievement is huge!



Knitting for beginners - a cable knit cowl - This Little Space of Mine



What you’ll learn from lesson three of knitting for beginners:
  • How to cable – both front and back stitches
  • How to make yourself a piece of clothing you’ll be proud to wear
  • How to work with worsted yarn
You’ll need:

Head on over to LoveKnitting now for my full tutorial – including a step by step guide, lots of photos and lots more!



Knitting for beginners - a cable knit cowl - This Little Space of Mine





Knitting for beginners - a cable knit cowl - This Little Space of Mine



I’ll be back this time next week with the fourth tutorial – looking at making your first piece of clothing. If you’re stuck or have any knitting questions feel free to drop me an email; I’d be happy to help you!

Happy knitting!


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Knitting for beginners lesson two: a stripy hot water bottle cover

Sharing my knitting for beginner’s series with LoveKnitting last week was a dream come true – my tutorial, on LoveKnitting? Wow, mega good feeling! I’ve loved all the kind words I’ve had from bloggers, knitters and those wanting to pick up the craft and a big welcome to my new readers. More than anything I want to show people how much fun knitting can be and how quickly you can pick up the basics and knit items you’ll be proud of.

Today, over on LoveKnitting, I’m sharing a tutorial for a stripy hot water bottle cover – adding colour to your knitting. This pattern is made up of garter stitch only, the first stitch any new knitter should get started with.


Knitting for beginners - a stripy hot water bottle cover - This Little Space of Mine


What you’ll learn from lesson two of knitting for beginners:
  • Working with multiple colours
  • Increasing and decreasing stitches
  • Sewing pieces together
  • Adding buttons
You’ll need:



Knitting for beginners - a stripy hot water bottle cover - This Little Space of Mine



Head on over to LoveKnitting now for my full tutorial – including a step by step guide, lots of photos and lots more!



Knitting for beginners - a stripy hot water bottle cover - This Little Space of Mine



I’ll be back next week with the third tutorial – another item to keep you warm (hint hint). As always, If you have any knitting questions feel free to drop me an email.

Happy knitting!


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Knitting for beginners lesson one: a stocking and moss stitch tea cosy

Fancy learning a new skill in 2015? Or in the mood to pick up a new craft? Look no further… today I am more than a little bit excited to be sharing with you the start of a five part series – in collaboration with LoveKnitting – knitting for beginners

Dreamed up last year, we want to help knitters who are perhaps just starting out and have picked up the basic stitches, but aren’t sure where to go next. It can be an easy trap for a beginner to fall into, but over the next five weeks I’ll be sharing a selection of tutorials to help develop your knitting skills, teach you new ones and boost your knitting confidence.


Knitting for beginners - stocking stitch & moss stitch tea cosey - This Little Space of Mine


I’ve been knitting for over three years now and I understand how tricky it can be to know where to turn next, once you’ve learnt the basics. I got stuck doing knit and purl for ages, but there are so many other stitches and techniques out there that, with a little time, you can master and will help you create some ace projects.

So first up, we have a tea cosy. Spruce up your afternoon tea with this super chunky tea cosy; it’s the perfect pattern for those who have mastered the basics. I love the fact that it’s made using 8mm knitting needles and Rowan Big Wool – you’ll be able to see it grow and finish it in no time (I made mine in just an evening).



Knitting for beginners - stocking stitch & moss stitch tea cosey - This Little Space of Mine



What you’ll learn from lesson one of knitting for beginners:
  • Using chunky yarn
  • Using ‘big’ (8mm) knitting needles
  • Moving on from knit and purl stitches
  • Working with stocking and moss stitch
You’ll need:

Head on over to LoveKnitting now for my full tutorial – including a step by step guide and lots of photos!



Knitting for beginners - stocking stitch & moss stitch tea cosey - This Little Space of Mine



Happy knitting! Don’t forget to come back next week for the second knitting for beginners tutorial – designed to teach you how to change colours and shape your knitting! If you need any help or have any questions drop me a comment below or email me – let me know how you’re getting on.

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Knitting for beginners - stocking stitch & moss stitch tea cosey - This Little Space of Mine


Happy knitting!


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